REMAKING LONDON'S ICONIC RED PHONE BOOTHS
Since just about everyone has a mobile phone now, old fashioned phone booths are going the way of dodo. People in London, however, are finding interesting new uses for their iconic red booths. Two examples - a defibrillator and a community library:
Both photos by Andrew Testa for The New York Times where there are more photos and an interesting story to go with them.
WHAT WOODY ALLEN TOLD DIANE KEATON ABOUT DEATH
Friend and TGB reader, Richard Lombard, sent this quotation in response to my announcement earlier this week of Ollie the cat's death.
Last June, Richard explained in his email, the American Film Institute (AFI) presented actor Diane Keaton with a lifetime achievement award. Here is what Woody Allen told Keaton when he presented her with the award – video and transcript below:
”She's always had a morbid fear of death. And I tell her there's nothing to worry about. Because if you've ever had a colonoscopy, they give you an injection and you're out! And it's black and peaceful and nice. And so death is like a colonoscopy. The problem is that life is like the prep day."
At the end of his message, Richard noted to me, “Ollie is in the beautiful place. We are still doing the prep!”
INTERIOR DEPARTMENT TO LIFT RESTRICTIONS ON HUNTING BEAR AND WOLVES
According to NBC News (and many other news organizations),
”The Trump administration is moving to reverse Obama-era rules barring hunters on some public lands in Alaska from baiting brown bears with bacon and doughnuts and using spotlights to shoot mother black bears and cubs hibernating in their dens.
“The National Park Service issued a notice Monday of its intent to amend regulations for sport hunting and trapping in national preserves to bring the federal rules in line with Alaska state law.
“Under the proposed changes, hunters would also be allowed to hunt black bears with dogs, kill wolves and pups in their dens, and use motor boats to shoot swimming caribou.
“These and other hunting methods — condemned as cruel by wildlife protection advocates — were outlawed on federal lands in 2015.”
My heart is breaking. It has always baffled me what people get out of shooting animals for sport.
The public has 60 days from Tuesday 22 May to comments on the proposed roll-back of sane hunting regulations. You can do that at the regulations.gov website.
In the search box, type "RIN (1024-AE38)" (with the quotation marks). When the next page loads, click on the “Comment Now” button.
When the comment page loads, type your message and include the words “National Park Service” or “NPS”. And maybe you could pass this on to your readers or friends.
TWO LYNX MEET ON AN (ALMOST) DESERTED ROAD
A testy conversation ensues:
(The internet tells me the plural of lynx is lynxes. I think that sounds weird, so I made the plural lynx for today.)
“EMPATHY” CARDS THAT SAY WHAT YOU'RE THINKING
My friend Ann Burack-Weiss sent these/ The sentiments are honest, real and hard to find:
You can purchase these cards and many other more “traditional” ones at Emily McDowell Studio along with a variety of other products. (Warning: this website is heavily commercial – many things for sale – but they are much more clever and interesting than many.)
TRUE FACTS ABOUT ANTS
As the Big Geek Daddy page explains:
”This is the latest video in the True Facts series from Ze Frank. Each episode is like a miniature science lesson from a teacher full of humor and sarcasm that any student would find entertaining.”
I agree – see if you do too.
RULES FOR AIRLINE PASSENGERS
My friend Dave Delaney posted these rules on his LinkedIn page. You wouldn't think grownups need to be told such things as, but apparently not:
• Only jerks recline their seats on domestic flights. Passengers are already packed like sardines up there.
• Avoid the airport seats near power outlets if you’re not going to use them. Be sure to unplug and share that power once you are all juiced up.
• If the person you strike up a conversation with doesn’t ask you questions, it’s time to be quiet.
You can read the rest of Dave's rules at his LinkedIn page.
HOW HAS YOUR U.S. COUNTY CHANGED FROM 2000-2016
Pew Research compiled the statistics on how some demographics have changed over 16 years in every U.S. county. Just as useful, Pew allows embedding this interactive feature.
Just type in the name of your county and click on the correct one in the dropdown menu. Your selected county information will appear:
If for some reason this doesn't work here, you'll find the Pew Research page here which also has more information about the survey.
THE SOLDIER AND THE KITTEN
As you might imagine, I've been thinking a lot this week about how important our pets are to us. In this case, a soldier with PTSD and a stray kitten rescued each other.
Interesting Stuff is a weekly listing of short takes and links to web items that have caught my attention; some related to aging and some not, some useful and others just for fun.
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