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.
You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” in the upper left corner of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I probably won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog if you have one.
NO KIDDING - THIS WILL AMAZE YOU
Remember the replicator on the TV series, Star Trek: The Next Generation that created food and drink for the starship crew? Fiction, right? Not anymore.
I didn't believe this when I first watched the video, but you can find out more about 3D printers at the Z Corporation website. Meanwhile, prepare to be amazed.
ODD ICE CREAM FLAVORS
To me, there is no treat in earth that beats ice cream. If it were not unhealthy to do so, I would eat it at breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. My flavor choice, however, is limited to one and I consider it a waste of calories to choose anything but vanilla.
Not so other people and now Newsweek reports on a growing interest in strange ice cream flavors – like garlic or avocado or right here in my town of Portland, Oregon, bacon pear with blue cheese. Yeech. But you might be interested. Find more odd flavors here.
HOW TO COURT THE JEWISH VOTE
The presidential wannabe who believes the founding fathers ended slavery shows off her Yiddish chops on Fox News last week.
OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES
Left to their own devices, children sometimes are more grownup than the adults in the room. Watch this kid work through the idea of gay marriage for himself the first time he learns of it.
MANHATTAN'S SECRET BOOK STORE
Thanks to high rents, mega-stores and most recently, e-readers, small, idiosyncratic bookstores everywhere are going toes up. But Brazenhead Books lives on in New York City but it's hidden and you'll need to do your own detective work to find it.
SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
On 6 August in Houston, Texas Governer Rick Perry (that is, an elected government official) who has presidential aspirations is hosting a prayer rally he describes thusly:
“As a nation, we must come together and call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles, and thank Him for the blessings of freedom we so richly enjoy."
If that's not offensive enough for you, one of the endorsers of the event is Dr. John Benefiel of the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network who had this to say about the Statue of Liberty in a recent sermon:
UNFORGETTABLE TELEVISION COMMERCIAL
Most television commercials are so lacking in anything approaching originality that the product – the purpose of the endeavor – is lost on consumers. On rare occasions, there is one to delight us.
Darlene Costner sent this one and here's your assignment: Try to guess the product before the commercial ends.
NINE LITTLE DUCKIES...
Not in a row.