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.
Perhaps to make up for last week's lapse in cute animal stories, this week they take up about half the items so let's get started.
OWLS – JUST OWLS
When I mentioned in last week's Interesting Stuff that I had forgotten to find an animal video, TGB reader laura left a link to this one.
In case you didn't click it, here it is. I am in complete agreement with a commenter at the video's YouTube page: “How the hell am I supposed to live without an owl now?”
OCCUPY WALL STREET POSTERS
The Occupy movement is producing some compelling and beautiful poster art of which this is just one. You can see many more at Occuprint.
WHERE'S THE OCTOPUS?
This is just take-your-breath-away amazing. A fascinating, marine biology lesson in cephalopod camouflage.
There aren't many hard facts yet about this 40-inch, multi-touch computer from EXOPC which will debut at the Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January and I WANT ONE. RIGHT NOW.
Unlikely to happen, since the price is $1299. Still, I love it and you'll see why in this teaser video. You can read a bit more about it here.
FIRST IPAD VOTING IN OREGON
Most experts say that internet voting is an idea whose time is not yet here but voting by iPad may work. It was tested with elder and disabled voters in a recent Oregon primary election and will be tried again in a January election.
”...these voters used iPads, brought to their homes or nursing homes by election workers, to call up their ballots, mark them on-screen and print them out on a portable wireless printer,” wrote Katharine Q. Seelye in The New York Times.
“The voters or assistants then either mailed in the printed ballots or dropped them off at election stations.
“One woman, who has impaired vision, was able to enlarge the print on her ballot so that she could see the names of candidates. A man with arthritis who could not hold a pen was able to touch the screen with his finger and mark his ballot.”
The program is expected to expand statewide and at least six other states are considering vote by iPad. It is a terrific idea for elders but, as everyone should remember, any innovation or improvement that works for old people is always good for people of every other age too. You can read more here.
GLIDER FLIGHT THROUGH THE ALPS
I picked up this video from James Fallows' blog at The Atlantic magazine website. Here's how he, also a pilot, explains:
“Courtesy of my friend (and glider pilot) Michele Travierso in China...If you watch even a little of this, you will see what an incredible feat it is. The pilots' comments are in Italian, but even if you don't understand that, it doesn't matter. This is another in the category of things I would be afraid to attempt myself but am amazed to see someone else do.”
The flight took place on 13 April 2011. Gorgeous.
GOD, I MISS GEORGE CARLIN
There's nothing to do when you have a Carlin attack but bring up one of his marvelous old routines which all hold up well. This one is on the advantages of getting old. Carlin is his usual, profane self and if you are offended, please don't mention it.
U.K. P.M. DEFENDS DOWNING STREET CAT
Odd little story out of London. Apparently Larry, the official Downing Street cat or “mouser-in-chief,” has fallen down on the job. A rodent was seen in Prime Minister David Cameron's residence:
”Earlier this week, Cameron was dining with Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson when a mouse was spotted scurrying across the floor. Larry was nowhere in sight, and so the Prime Minister did the only thing he could: throw a fork at the blasted thing...” (He missed.)
“So, naturally, there have been questions as to whether Larry should officially step down from his post and hand the torch over to a younger, more charismatic feline. The Prime Minister’s spokesman only had this to say on the issue: 'Larry brings a lot of pleasure to a lot of people.'”
According to another news story on this crucial event, Larry's
”...first confirmed kill was in April, when he was also seen slinking around the cabinet table wearing a Union Jack bow tie to celebrate Prince William's wedding.”
This wonderful, tongue-in-cheek promotional video comes from marketing services agency, Creative Results, that specializes in elders. Of course, it is designed to promote a client, but who cares. You're gonna love this and laugh like crazy. Well, I did.