SMART WATCHES FOR OLD PEOPLE
There have long been pendants for elders to wear around our necks to make it one-touch easy to call for help in an emergency. Now there are at least two companies making these devices more stylish.
Lively has been selling its Apple watch lookalike alert system since January.
It seems fairly pricey to me ranging from $34.95 to $27.95 per month depending on the length of contract you choose. Me? I don't sign up for anything for longer than a year now since from here on out, every year is a gift.
You can read more about it at the Lively website.
Unaliwear's Kanega watch it still in development. The website explains that in addition to emergency assistance, it includes medication alerts, fall detection, guide-me-home instructions and can be voice activated.
This one has been funded with a Kickstarter campaign (now closed) and will cost $299 with a $30 per month fee.
You can read more about both these systems in a recent Time magazine story.
JOHN OLIVER ON TRANSGENDER RIGHTS
John Oliver's video essays on his HBO program, Last Week Tonight, flow so smoothly, intelligently and with such great humor that it is tempting to think they must fall together with great ease.
Take it from me, someone who produced hundreds of television shows and segments of various kinds over many years, none are easy and few are as excellent as these. There is a reason it takes a week to produce each one.
Here is the latest fantastically good work from Oliver and his crew about transgender rights.
WHAT DID YOU DO WITH YOUR LEAP SECOND?
Last Monday, you and I and everyone else on Earth got his/her life extended by one second. Huh? you might ask. Here's an expanation from timeanddate.com.
”Every now and then a leap second is added to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in order to synchronize atomic clocks with the Earth's ever slowing rotation.
“Before the first leap second was added in 1972, UTC was 10 seconds behind Atomic Time. So far, a total of 26 leap seconds have been added. This means that the Earth has slowed down an additional 26 seconds compared to atomic time since then.
“However, this does NOT mean that the days are 25 seconds longer nowadays. The only difference is that the days a leap second was added had 86,401 seconds instead of the usual 86,400 seconds.”
Got that now? I'm not sure I do.
MARCO TEMPEST – LE PAD MAGIQUE
It's a nightclub magic act in France. Its from our blog friend, Darlene Costner, and it's charming. It takes a minute to get going but I promise, it's worth it.
ALL ABOUT BACON
Is there any better food smell that bacon? I'm a whole lot like that dog in the bacon pet food commercial - “bacon, bacon, bacon.” Now, however, it has been years since I've eaten any - for all the reasons in this short video.
But I sure do miss it.
JAPAN MOURNS THE STATION MASTER CAT, TAMA
This is a wonderful story of a cat who saved a train company. She died at age 16 a couple of weeks ago and is mourned throughout Japan. Thank doctafil of Jive Chalkin' for this.
You can read more here.
NATURE WALKS IMPROVE MOOD SAY SCIENTISTS
This is about the 10,000th piece I've seen “proving” that nature is better for you than – what? Non-nature, I guess.
This latest divided a small group of people in two – half walked in nature for 90 minutes, the other half in a city.
”The nature walkers reported having fewer negative thoughts about themselves after the walk than before the walk, while the urban walkers reported no change.
“What's more, fMRI brain scans revealed less activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex (sgPFC), a brain region that may play a key role in some mood disorders...” [and blah, blah, blah].
I don't buy it. Never have. I have always found that walking, walking, walking in a big city, New York in my case, is exciting, stimulating, thought- and idea-provoking, energizing and load of good fun.
Nothing wrong with a nature walk now and then, but for me (and I don't believe I am the only person in the world), it's big, loud, exciting cities that get my mind going and make me feel good.
You can read more about this study here.
ADORABLE NEWS GUYS – FATHER AND SON
As you probably know, after Brian Williams' fall from grace, Lester Holt took over NBC Nightly News and then, recently, he was named permanent anchor of the program.
A week or so later, a young news reader at WMAQ TV in Chicago was subbing for the regular newsman at that station when it came time for him to “throw” to the national news desk in New York. That young news guy is named Stefan Holt and take a look at what happened.
Yup, father and son. Nice.
Amazing footage of - well, an eagle's eye view of an eagle's flight from atop the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai. We can thank Darlene Costner for bringing it to us.
You can view the full five-minute flight here.
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