SONG FOR GRATEFUL DEAD'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY
It has been half a century since the Grateful Dead first set foot on a stage and over the 4 July weekend, they played their final concerts. Norma, the Assistant Musicologist, sent this video but first:
Playing For Change (PFC) is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music.
”Our friends at JamBase asked us to turn the Grateful Dead's 1970 classic, Ripple into a PFC Song Around the world as part of their 'Songs Of Their Own' series and after many miles on planes, trains and automobiles we can finally share it with all of you!!
It's amazing and beautiful. Take a look. Enjoy.
Also, you'll find a good review of the Dead's final concert here.
A CLASSIC UPDATES AND SLIMS DOWN
I don't eat them often these days but Oreo's have been a favorite treat all my life. We all have our own ways of eating them. I like to twist them open, eat the crème inside, then chew the cookies.
Now, it probably won't be so easy to do that. Oreos is releasing a new product, Oreo Thins in original, mint and golden flavors. Take a look at the difference:
“The original Oreo is 42 calories each, while the Oreo Thin is 35 calories each," writes ABCNews reporter Stefanie Tudor.
"This writer much prefers the Oreo Thins," she continues. "They’re crispier and more chocolaty because of a higher cookie to cream ratio.
"One ABC News editor noted, though, that they’re a lot more fragile than the original, and many in the package were already broken upon arrival."
PICTURING THE WESTERN U.S. DROUGHT
Propublica and Matter teamed up with several photographers to document the drought in the western part of the United States and it is terrifying – to me, anyway.
”As serious as the drought is,” reports Michael Friberg, “the investigation found that mismanagement of that region’s surprisingly ample supply has led to today’s emergency.
“Among the causes are the planting of the thirstiest crops; arcane and outdated water rights laws; the unchecked urban development in unsustainable desert environments...”
This is Lake Mead, nearly 140 feet below its high water mark.
Read the story and see a dozen more photos at Propublica.
TURTLE'S EYE VIEW OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
On a similar theme, The Great Barrier Reef is home to almost 6000 species.
”The situation is dire. Half of the natural reserve has died in the last 30 years, due to climate change, and the UNESCO World Heritage Committee will not recognize the area as “in danger,” reports RT.com
The YouTube page explains that the World Wildlife Fund has joined several other environmental organizations to find out how the level of pollution is affecting turtles within the Reef.
”As part of that project, the opportunity arose to very carefully fit a small GoPro camera to a turtle, to better understand the post-release behaviour of tagged green turtles. The result is this amazing video.”
JOHN OLIVER SHALLOW DIVES
John Oliver's HBO program, Last Week Tonight, was on hiatus for the holiday last Sunday. But Oliver produced a little gift to hold us until the next new show.
As you know, Oliver and company specialize in long-form essays on one subject. In his online-only “shallow dive,” he covers 15 topics in one minute.
WHICH POLITICAL PARTY DO YOU SIDE WITH?
And which candidate are you most closely aligned with?
TGB reader James Wallace Harris of Auxiliary Memory forwarded this quiz. Here are some of my results – in order: ideology, party, candidate:
It's a fairly long quiz but it's thorough and gives you a detailed comparison of where you agree or not with about ten different candidates. You can take the quiz for free at I Side With.
In his email with the link to this video, Jim Stone wrote, “She just kills me.” And now, me too. And maybe you.
Ventriloquist Nina Conti uses audience members as her puppets.
SNEAK PEAK OF GO SET A WATCHMAN
You may know that after sitting somewhere in a drawer for 60 years, the followup to Harper Lee's beloved novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, will be released next Tuesday. The book begins as Scout, now 26 years old and living in New York, returns home to visit her father, Atticus:
"Jean Louise Finch always made this journey by air, but she decided to go by train from New York to Maycomb Junction on her fifth annual trip home. For one thing, she had the life scared out of her the last time she was on a plane: the pilot elected to fly through a tornado.
"For another thing, flying home meant her father rising at three in the morning, driving a hundred miles to meet her in Mobile, and doing a full day’s work afterwards: he was seventy-two now and this was no longer fair."
If that's not enough of a taste for you, right now you can read the entire first chapter at The Guardian or listen to it as read by the actor Reese Witherspoon.
You can also read a background here of how this new novel came to be published.
Further, yesterday The New York Times published what is probably the first review of the long-awaited novel and here's a bombshell:
"Shockingly," writes Michiko Kakutani, "...Atticus is a racist who once attended a Klan meeting, who says things like 'the Negroes down here are still in their childhood as a people.' Or asks his daughter: 'Do you want Negroes by the carload in our schools and churches and theaters? Do you want them in our world?'”
The full Times review is here.
Ooops. No. I mean 16 Basenjis. Puppies. SIXTEEN of them - from three litters.
This week's Interesting Stuff contains a lot more heavy-going items than usual and I think that requires strong antidote for a finish. So, all those puppies, some little kids and I promise you will laugh until you weep.
There is more information about the puppies at Huffington Post.
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.