WHO SHOULD HAVE KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY
Too often in government health videos for elders I've seen, the speaker sounds like he or she is talking to toddlers. This one, however, is a straight-forward explanation of how decisions for knee replacement surgery are made.
Because joint wear and tear is a common issue with elders, this is good to know.
And, if you or someone you know is a candidate for knee replacement surgery, here is a video from the same surgeon about what it involves.
SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE FOR NON-BRITS
After a week-long hullabaloo about possible Scottish independence from the United Kingdom, the vote is in. There will be no is dissolution. You can read about it here.
Before referendum day, I discovered this video which could easily be named Scottish Independence for Dummies (that would be me) and it's fascinating to consider the ramifications if the vote had gone the other way. Take a look.
Click here to see how the numbers from the vote stacked up.
A FRICKIN' ELEPHANT
It is rare that I post a joke here because I think they don't work well in print a lot of the time. But this one from Darlene Costner is a really funny "out-of-the-mouths-of-babes" moment.
From the diary of a pre-school teacher:
My five-year old students are learning to read. Yesterday one of them pointed at a picture in a zoo book and said, "Look at this! It's a frickin' elephant!"
I took a deep breath, then asked, "What did you call it?"
"It's a frickin' elephant! It says so on the picture!"
And so it does.
THIN, FLEXIBLE SOLAR STICKERS THAT GO ANYWHERE
This is cutting edge solar science but not pie in the sky. It is being developed now and, as Xaolin Zheng explains, it can power the world while providing a sustainable energy future.
The video is 13 minutes long and gets into the scientific weeds a bit but it's worth sticking with (to coin a pun). It's an amazing new technology.
DOG EATS 43.5 SOCKS
I know, it sounds impossible or, at least, that the Dalmation should be dead. Not so. Take a look.
RECORD NET NEUTRALITY COMMENTARY
You will recall that not long ago I asked you to send your comments on Net Neutrality to the Federal Communications Commission – the idea being to persuade the commissioners to not allow “fast lanes” for big companies while slowing down web site delivery for sites that don't pay up.
The public commentary period closed this week and it set a record for the number of submissions, more than doubling the previous record of 1.4 million set with Janet Jackson's “wardrobe malfunction” that briefly exposed her breast during the 2004 Super Bowl.
Now we await the FCC's decision. You can read about that at The Guardian.
CBS TV SUED OVER A FARTING HIPPO
If you are a regular viewer of NCIS, you are probably familiar with Bert the farting hippopotamus, a running joke on the TV series that is so popular, CBS-TV has been selling the stuffed animal on its website.
Now, however, puppet maker Folkmanis Inc. is suing the network for $733,000 for copyright infringement. CBS issued this public response, according to Mediaite:
“We believe this to be a flatulent abuse of the legal system, and we intend to clear the air on this matter immediately.”
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the farting hippo, here is a scene from NCIS starring said toy:
THE WORST NEWS OF THE WEEK
In the category of scaring the pants off you, it's hard top Ebola and beheadings. Even so, this news joined them and global warming on my personal fright list:
”According to the new analysis by researchers at the United Nations and several academic institutions, there is an 80 percent chance that the world’s population, now 7.2 billion, won’t stop at nine billion in 2050 [as had been predicted], but will instead be between 9.6 billion and 12.3 billion by 2100.”
There are forces that could reduce that number, most particularly climate change that could
”...put major stresses on agriculture and water supplies, and these stresses were not considered as potential checks on population growth.
“Nor does the study take into account that population growth could trigger deadly calamities like food shortages, war, and disease even without climate change...”
It doesn't look good whatever happens. You can read more details at MIT Technology Review.
For boomers, PBS will premier a new documentary on Tuesday next week, 23 September, titled The Boomer List.
It seems to consist of interviews with one famous person born in each year of the baby boomer generation – 19 in all. Here's the trailer:
You can read more here and as always with PBS programming, check your local listings – shows are broadcast on different times and days throughout the country.
THE CAT PRINCE
Yeah, it's a commercial but anyone who has ever rescued a cat (or dog) will like the story.
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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