Thoughts On Being Old and Alone
ELDER MUSIC: Toes Up in 2014 - Part 1

INTERESTING STUFF – 27 December 2014


YOUNG WOMAN'S BEAUTIFUL MUSIC AT A RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

That doesn't sound like much of a big deal, does it? After all, lots of people bring music to elders, particularly at this time of year.

But it's really different with 24-year-old Marissa Plank in Cleveland, Ohio: she lives there and it's a great idea. Take a look:

You can read more here.


NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON ON PHYSICIST STEPHEN HAWKING

It's not often you hear a scientist referred to as badass but that's what Neil DeGrasse Tyson calls Stephen Hawking in this trailer for the new movie about Hawking, The Theory of Everything. Take a look:


CHRISTMAS DECORATION INJURIES

Who would have guessed – certainly not me – that 15,000 people a year in the U.S. are injured while hanging or taking down Christmas decorations:

”The statistics indicate that around a fifth of all injuries involve Christmas lights, and about half involve non-electric decorations such as wreaths, trees, and ornaments. (Artificial trees, which occupy their own category, account for one in ten injuries.)

“...remember the good news: seventy-five per cent of the decorating injuries come before Christmas Day, so you’re almost out of the woods.”

So be careful out there. You can read more at The New Yorker.


IS LAUGHING CONTAGIOUS?

Thank Darlene Costner for this and see what you think about the headline question.


WALL STREET JOURNALS' BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR

Too bad there aren't captions but these are still stunning photographs that, for better or worse, help illuminate the world around us.


PREVIEWING THE NEW CONGRESS

When the Republicans take control of both houses of Congress in January, things will undoubtedly be different and not necessarily for the better. Here is one Democratic legislator, Sherrod Brown, who has elders' issues in mind:


CAT FINALLY HAZ CHEEZBURGER

Although no one knows for sure, it can be argued that a photo of a cat with the legend, “I Can Haz Cheezburger?” started the whole internet cat craze that seems only to grow from year to year.

Now, maybe we can, as someone wrote about this photo, all go home - the internet is dead:

Catfinallyhazcheezburger


GREAT MOMENTS FROM THE COLBERT REPORT

Well, let's say some great moments (there were plenty more) and in a few of these cases, you probably needed to be there to see the entire sketch. But I think we need a farewell video to a great comedian, a great character, and great show.


3D PRINTED DOG LEGS

You know how interested I am in 3D printing and what is being revealed is how amazingly useful it is for replacing body parts.

Wait till you see this success story with man's best friend. It will make you teary with joy.


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 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 include the name of the blog and its URL.

Comments

Those 3D printer prosthetic legs are amazing! All the more amazing because I just finish a novel where they were using a printer like that to make guns and bullets...two examples of using technology for good vs. evil purposes.

All the stories were really interesting. Makes me want to go back and watch all these Colbert episodes. Love the dog story.

I had fwd. the article in the Plain Dealer about the Judson House just in time for your big "email purge!" But I knew you would discover it one day & so it happened. It was a big hit when it hit the PD on more than one occasion & each time I see it, it warms my heart. Thanks again for a great W/end post. Dee

I thought you might want to know that in Canada the Colbert Report video displays... this:

SORRY, BUT THIS VIDEO IS UNAVAILABLE FROM YOUR LOCATION, PROBABLY DUE TO YOUR OVERLY POLITE ATTITUDES.

But never fear, as you can watch clips from The Colbert Report at thecomedynetwork.ca.


I am still grinning!

Sylvia...
I would say I'm sorry but many videos posted in one country can't be displayed in other countries and I would lose my mind if I tried to work that out for everyone who reads TGB.

Glad you found a way to see it.

So good to see 3-D printers being used for purposes like this. I've seen many stories this year about prosthetic appendages created for humans and animals that have allowed them to things they may never have otherwise. Wonderful use of technology!

The Colbert farewell is perhaps the best farewell production ever! Thanks for another enjoyable Saturday Ronni!

Probably should save the contagious laughter video to my smart phone to call up when things seem grim. I couldn't help laughing along with everyone.

I'm going to miss Stephen C. unless I change my TV viewing habits from virtually none to at least the Late Show and/or watch all the episodes on YouTube.

Thanks for another great I.T., Ronni.

Derbies legs , the best

Of course the big black holes, like the one at the centre of our galaxy, will take something in the order of 10 to the 100th power years to radiate away, and that's a hell of a long time.

Very nice post, Ronni --educational, funny, hopeful, happy -- altogether useful at this time of year.

Happy holidays, Ronni!

I would like to thank Darlene Costner for all the joy she has given me with the referrals of great web items. Thank you, Darlene. I don't know how you do it.

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