FORCED TO MOVE HIS WIFE'S GRAVE
Remember back in October when I told you about Jim Davis's court battle to keep the grave of his wife, Patsy, in their front yard? Now he has lost that fight.
”With husband James Davis, his five children and some grandchildren standing by the log home, a crew unearthed the body of Patsy Davis from beside the front porch. Flowers still sat atop her tombstone.”
Patsy Davis's remains have now been cremated. I suppose the law is the law, but it was such a sweet love story and the man fought four long years to keep his promise to his wife to bury her where she wanted to be. You can read more here.
NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER'S BEAUTIFUL LEGACY
Early this year, French wildlife photographer Laurent Schwebel was murdered, stabbed to death in Buenas Aires.
Until TGB reader Darlene Costner sent me a video montage of his work, I had never heard of Schwebel but surely wish I had. Here are a couple of his astonishing photographs:
In Darlene's note accompanying the link to the video, she said she didn't like all the cross-fades in the montage and I agree. Still shots are meant to be contemplated, especially when they are this exquisite and I think the video presentation does a disservice to the remarkable work of Schwebel.
Even so, in case you disagree, here is the video:
GIANT BEAR INTERRUPTS PHOTO SHOOT
This also is from Darlene. In our advertising-saturated culture, there are a gazillion boring, awful, irritating or just stupidly ordinary television commercials. Every now and then, something marvelously clever comes along and when that happens, we should stop and enjoy it.
SLATE MAGAZINE'S GUN DEATHS TALLY
It is just three weeks until the first anniversary of the unspeakable shootings at the school in Newtown, Connecticut. Since then, Slate magazine has been keeping a tally of gun death in the U.S.
As of yesterday, that total has reached 10,771 and Slate reports that the number is probably low.
The map at its source is interactive and you can sort the deaths by age, gender, location, date and keywords.
LIKE A ROLLING STONE FINALLY GETS A VIDEO
Back when Bob Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone was released in 1965, music videos hardly existed so now 48 years later, Dylan's iconic song finally has one (in conjunction with the commercial release a Dylan album collection, of course).
Still, it is worth notice and what a video it is. Interactive. 16 channels. Here's a (non-interactive) preview:
Reviews of the full interactive video have been mixed. You can see it here and fool around with the various channels as it plays.
HOW SIMON'S CAT GOT STARTED
Simon's Cat has been an internet star for four or five years now. Here is a new video animation of how he came to be.
WHEN THE SELF-RIGHTEOUS ARE CAUGHT OUT
No commentary needed. Oh, except that it's okay to laugh at this poor jerk's stupidity.
Leviticus 19:28: “You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks upon you: I am the LORD.”
BOB THE HAMSTER
Darlene's been busy lately sending a lot of good candidates for Interesting Stuff. Be sure to watch clear to end – past the initial credits.
In her email with a link to this video, Nikki Lindquist wrote:
“When you asked us a couple of years ago, something like - as you're aging, what are some of the things you miss being able to do? - my immediate response was that I miss the feeling of being light on my feet.
“It's sooo many years since I've had that feeling. THIS young man has it in spades. His feet barely touch the ground! Quite remarkable! He's a perfect example of what I miss!!
Take a look. The song is All Night from Parov Stelar.
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.