MAGICAL MYSTICAL GIRAFFES
I don't want to tell you too much; you should discover this video for yourself as I did when I received it from TGB reader Karen Kennedy. All I will say is that it is titled 5M80, I have no idea what that means and the creator is someone named Nicolas Deveaux.
The video was created in 2011 and there appears to be more information at Les ateliers Orange but it is in French of which I'm ignorant. If you read that language, maybe you will share what you learn with us in the comments.
You already know if you're myopic or not but this vision test is still fun. If, while sitting at a normal distance from your computer screen, you see Albert Einstein, your vision is good. If you see Marilyn Monroe you should probably be wearing corrective lenses.
If you see Einstein and want to see the Monroe image, step back from your computer screen by a couple of yards/meters.
This hybrid image was created by Dr. Aude Oliva for the March 31, 2007 issue of New Scientist magazine.
It is hard to know where such an idea as turning old books into landscape sculptures comes from but it does exist.
Nikki Lindquist who blogs at From Where I Sit sent the link to Canadian artist Guy Laramee's website where in a video, even he can't say how the idea came to him.
You can see more of Laramee's book sculptures here.
EVEN MORE BOOK SCULPTURES
One of the first things I heard when I arrived in New York City in the 1960s was that even if your interest is one in a million, there are seven more people just like you in town. That's more true on the internet - no matter how obscure something is.
I wasn't looking for more, but soon after Nikki told me about Guy Laramee's book sculptures, I found U.K. artist Su Blackwell's. She uses books and paper in a different way that is no less odd and compelling. Take a look:
You can find out more about Ms. Blackwell and her work here.
Last week we had a good discussion about old age sex and a couple of days later I ran across a short article from a writer name Amit Wehle.
He doesn't say how old he is but it's clear he still has a long way to go until he's old.
Nevertheless, he is seeing changes in his libido and he eloquenty laments the loss of the morning woody he has been accustomed to:
”...I miss my old morning mate for what he represented: me as the sexual being. Me, the potent mammal. A reminder that despite being nearly buried beneath life’s responsibilities and fears, I still rise with a throbbing pulse. I’m hard, therefore I am,” writes Wehle.
“Sure, it may be a bit caveman and one-tracked, but it’s strangely gratifying. These days — and I suppose in all the days yet to come — the evidence will be a little more watered down.”
Go read the whole thing at The Date Report. It's nicely done and worth the time.
ELDERS STILL REJECT GAY MARRIAGE?
It was a big week at the Supreme Court for gay marriage. My favorite moment was when Justice Ruth Ginsberg (an elder, don't forget) described current law on the subject as “skim milk.” In June, we will learn the Court's verdicts on the two cases.
Meanwhile, everyone says it is remarkable how quickly popular support for gay marriage has grown in just a few years. Remarkable in every age group, that is, except elders. From the Washington Post [my emphasis]:
”In the Post-ABC survey, a slim majority of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents younger than 50 now support gay marriage. Nearly seven in 10 of those age 65 and older oppose it, but that number was more than eight in 10 as recently as 2009.”
Here is a graph from Pew showing the change in attitude by age group:
Jeffrey Toobin in The New Yorker:
”Once a society decides that the law must treat a group of people equally in one area of life, it becomes harder - and, eventually, impossible - to justify discriminating against them in others.”
And so it is now with gay marriage. Come on, old people, get over it and join the future. You are embarrassing yourselves and you are embarrassing me.
BUZZFEED EXPLAINS WHAT 2,000 CALORIES LOOK LIKE
I've spent more than half a century working to keep my weight under reasonable control and I know a lot about doing that.
One of the silly games I've played over the years, is to scare myself about how much space a pound of fat (or five pounds or 10) takes up on my body by extrapolating from the size of hunks of meat at the market.
Now Buzzfeed has put together a video to show us what 2,000 calories looks like in various foods. (Most nutrition experts tell us that men should, on average, eat about 2,000 calories a day. Women, somewhat fewer.)
THE HUMBLE STAPLER
Even though computers have taken over, the paperless office hasn't yet materialized and the humble stapler is still a necessity. I've had mine for – oh, probably 40 years and it works as well as when I first got it.
One of the things I like about The New York Times is that they regularly make space for feature stories about ephemera – in this case, recently, the stapler and its history. Who knew this:
"Stapling devices have existed since at the least the French court of Louis XV. But before Mr. Linsky’s time, staples generally had to be laboriously loaded, one by one, into the rear of the stapler."
Times reporter Phyllis Korkki tells us that Mr. Linsky, in 1925, founded the Parrot Speed Fastener Company, later renamed Swingline – the brand of my stapler and just about everyone else's.
Staplers days are probably numbered, says Korkki, but not anytime soon. Go read the whole story. It's fun.
ANOTHER GIRAFFE – A BRAND NEW BABY
Just a week ago, in the early hours of March 22, this beautiful baby giraffe was born at the LEO Zoological Conservation Center in Connecticut – a welcome and happy event because she is an endangered Rothschild giraffe, native to Africa, of which only 670 remain.
That's important but right now, we have the wonderful awww moment of the baby taking her first steps as mom coaxes and reassures her:
LEO Zoological Conservation Center is a non-profit refuge for rare, threatened and endangered animals, with a focus on breeding species at risk. You can find out more at their website.
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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