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INTERESTING STUFF: 15 December 2012

Tonight is the last night of Hannukah when all eight candles of the menorrah are lit. My friend Kent McKamy sent this video of a wonderfully complicated technology solution to lighting the candles from the people at Technion Israel.

Me? I have to light them the old fashioned way - matches.

You think I'm kidding. Take a look.

Last Wednesday the date 12 December 2012 could be written 12.12.12. The next time that will happen – writing the date with three identical numbers, will not happen again for 98 years on 10 October 2110.

I thought you'd like to know.

NASA explains:

”This new global view and animation of Earth’s city lights is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite. The data was acquired over nine days in April 2012 and 13 days in October 2012.

“It took 312 orbits to get a clear shot of every parcel of Earth's land surface and islands. This new data was then mapped over existing Blue Marble imagery of Earth to provide a realistic view of the planet.”

I could write reams for you about all the things that are wrong with light pollution. I'll spare you today and anyway, this is gorgeous. Take a look. More information and closeup images here.

Courtesy of Darlene Costner.

dinosaur cartoon

(From the New Yorker)

New Yorker cat cartoon Christmas

Ollie the cat is getting tubby in his old age. I wish I could believe he would do this. (Hat tip to Bev Carney)

I recall, when I was a little girl, reading a lot about Helen Keller who died in 1968 at age 87. Here is a most astonishing newsreel video of her and her teacher from 1930:

Terrific amateur video from a real-life UPS employee. Ken Jones sings about being Santa Claus in a big brown truck and doing it not – as he is careful to tell us at the end – on company time. It is such silly fun.

Early this week, we discussed an end-of-life quotation from May Sarton. Here's another from her combined with the image by Ron Palmer. Full size version is here.


They're cute and funny and frisky and silly and so full of baby goat life. If you don't giggle through this video, your funny bone is broken. Thank you Jan Adams of Can It Happen Here?

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.


Don't forget 01-01-2101.

Dear Ronni,
I was wondering what you might post today after what happened in Connecticut yesterday. I thank you for the brief interlude of serenity and distraction from all the horrific, heartbreaking news ... summed up so perfectly by May Sarton. I know your heart is hurting, too, and I applaud your courage in going ahead with this post and not adding to speculation at this particular moment. I have no doubt about where you stand. A BIG BIG hug.

It takes zero courage to post today's Interesting Stuff. It is what I prepared for today and I see no reason to change it.

To the four who have emailed this morning telling me I'm a terrible for "having fun" on the blog when 20 kids are dead: how come you don't post your harsh comments publicly?

Time Goes By is not a breaking news website, not even a general news website except as relates to aging.

I do not report on immediate events. As I write this, there is already plenty of information - mostly repetitive - about the shootings and it will undoubtedly multiply over the weekend.

So there is nothing I can add to the commentary that is worth your time right now and although I may post something next week about the shootings, today - like it or not - you get the regular Interesting Stuff (and Elder Music tomorrow).

Anyone who, like the four who have emailed so far, doesn't like that can unsubscribe.

A Giggle With the Goats made me feel 100% better. I was able to forget the cares of the day as I watched their joyous leaps and antics. They didn't have a care in the world and for a brief time, neither did I.

Thanks fo not only the smiles, but also the May Sarton Quote. I hope you don't mind if I use that later today.

Fascinating way to light the Menorrah candle but I wonder how big of a carbon foot print they left doing it?

It was fun watching though.

I tried not to giggle through the goat video just to see if I could. Impossible. They were just too cute.

I do a lot of shopping on line and I love my UPS man. All the ones I've met are like this UPS Santa.

You don't need me to tell you to keep up what you're doing. Thanks anyway.

My eight-year-old deaf (but speaking as well as signing) granddaughter is enamored of anything to do with Helen Keller. I've bookmarked the clip and also emailed it to her. Thanks for including it.

I've never seen any type of footage of Helen Keller; how thoroughly fascinating (I'm a retired speech therapist).

Glad you stuck with your content strategy today. "Interesting Stuff" often provides some pleasant diversions from life's serious cares. We needed that today more than ever.

Helen Keller was my heroine and inspiration through a physically difficult childhood. While struggling to learn to hold my head up, sit up, use my hands, crawl and ultimately walk again after having polio at age 11 I believed if she could accomplish what she had then I could relearn what I had lost as well. Thanks for sharing this clip Ronni. We were blessed to have some extraordinary role models when we were young.

Ann Sullivan and Helen Keller show us the heights that homo "sapiens" can reach; this weekend's events underscore the depths.

I agree with your response to the 4 hateful comments. I spent the entire day of the shootings totally bummed, listening to the news accounts. Yesterday, having had my emotions drained, I decided to not listen to any more, but to continue praying for all the families. You're right on to provide something uplifting. Thanks.

As usual, lots of very interesting stuff here. We have heard so much about dates lately, 10/11/12, 12/12/12. . .

I wondered why 01/01/01 won't count for January 1, 2101 or 09/09/09 for September 9, 2109? Zeroes don't count?

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