EDITORIAL NOTE: I try to keep this weekly links post to nine items or fewer because I believe that too much choice is no choice at all.
Even so, I've gone overboard today but there was just so much interesting stuff this week – and I omitted as many as I have included.
If someone would like to think up a good name for it, perhaps I could post just one Interesting Stuff item on Tuesdays and Thursdays – days for which I have stopped writing full posts. Or not – just a stray idea for now.
WHAT'S THE BEST PART OF THIS PHOTOGRAPH?
Can you tell? Look closely at these Bostonians waiting to see movie stars arrive for a film premiere.
As Alan Goldsmith said in his email with this photo, “There is something to be said for analog born.” If you couldn't tell, catch the elder woman in the front row. She's the only one enjoying the moment without a cell phone in front of her face.
THE WORLD OLDEST STREET ARTIST
Actually, Grace Brett, at age 104, is the world's oldest “yarn bomber.” It's a thing, yarn bombing. You can look it up. Here's a little video of Grace – be sure to note the phone booth cover:I first saw this at Senior Planet. If you are interested in knowing more, google “yarn bombing” for additional video and stories about this phenomenon.
CHINESE GLASS BOTTOMED BRIDGE OPENS
In recent years, a worldwide meme has developed in the physical world to scare the pants off everyone with transparent walking areas. Here is one of the latest, a glass-bottomed suspension bridge in China. Take a look (if you dare):
There are more facts about the bridge at the YouTube page (scroll down).
SANDERS CAMPAIGN SETS DONATION RECORD
According to the Wall Street Journal:
”...the campaign of Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said it reached its goal of one million individual online contributions.
“He is the first candidate of the 2016 campaign to announce it had reached this number – and he reached it faster than President Barack Obama did in 2008 and 2012.”
Alternet notes that Bernie's campaign
“...is not supported by dedicated Super PACs, as are all of his opponents on the GOP side and Martin O'Malley and Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side.”
In addition, the amount of Sanders' contributions almost matches Clinton's. From Politico:
”Clinton’s operation raised more than $28 million in the third quarter after a grueling fundraising schedule, compared with about $26 million for the Vermonter — who raised his money largely from online donations, and few in-person fundraising events.”
THE NEW DAILY SHOW
Trevor Noah has weathered his first week in the Jon Stewart chair at Comedy Central's The Daily Show. Quite a number of critics were – well, critical. I watched all four shows. Sometimes jokes fell flat. He was obviously a bit nervous. But overall, I think he's doing fine.
Do remember that it took a good while for Stewart to get his groove when he took over the show in 1999, so let's give Trevor Noah room to grow. Here is his first opening monologue:
THIS VIDEO HAS BEEN REMOVED BECAUSE COMEDY CENTRAL HAS CHANGED THE CODE SO IT STARTS AUTOMATICALLY. SORRY.
You can watch all Daily Shows online at Comedy Central.
JOHN OLIVER: MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES
Have you realized that four(!) alumni of The Daily Show are now holding forth on late night television? Stephen Colbert on The Late Show on CBS-TV, Larry Wilmore at The Nightly Show on Comedy Central, Trevor Noah also on Comedy Central and John Oliver on Last Week Tonight at HBO.
That makes Jon Stewart quite a successful talent spotter.
John Oliver returned from hiatus last Sunday. An immigrant himself to the U.S., he took at sharp look at the current migrant and refugee crisis:
OH, LET'S DO ONE MORE FROM OLIVER
Oliver's long essays are uniformly brilliant – or damned close. But he also produces a short video each week which I rarely post here. This one, however, is irresistible.
It was reported, without corroboration, that British Prime Minister David Cameron had an interesting episode in college between a private part of his anatomy and a dead pig.
Of course this is something that Oliver could not resist. Look at the video and if you're not laughing out loud as much from Oliver's delight with the story as from the segment itself, you are probably no longer breathing.
For the record, Cameron has denied the episode although it took him a week to do so.
MY APOLOGIES: that the short Oliver video has been removed. It was really funny. If you want to know what it was about, just google "david cameron pig" and you'll get the explanation.
WHY DOESN'T SOMEONE IN CHARGE STOP THIS CRAP?
On Thursday, the State of Alabama stopped issuing drivers licenses, which are required to vote, in counties where 75 percent of registered voters are black.
”Due to budget cuts,” reports Raw Story, “Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said that 31 satellite DMV offices would no longer have access to driver’s licenses examiners, meaning that residents will need to travel to other counties to apply for licenses. The move comes just one year after the state’s voter photo ID law went into effect.”
As John Archibald wrote at alabama.com:
”It's not just a civil rights violation. It is not just a public relations nightmare. It is not just an invitation for worldwide scorn and an alarm bell to the Justice Department. It is an affront to the very notion of justice in a nation where one man one vote is as precious as oxygen.”
I don't understand why this is allowed to happen – again and again and again.
HOLOGRAMS ARE MORE THAN ENTERTAINMENT
Holograms are kind of strange and wonderful but in all the years we have had them, I've never figured out if they are good for anything besides resurrecting fuzzy images of Abraham Lincoln. Now comes a really good hologram idea from Russia. Take a look.
Thank my friend Jim Stone for that video.
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON AND PEPPER THE ROBOT
My favorite astrophysicist (well, okay, the only one whose name I know but you have to admit he's a cool guy), Neil DeGrasse Tyson, interviewed Pepper the robot at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative last week:
Filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand said this:
“I dreamed of a film in which the power of words would resonate with the beauty of the world. The movie relates the voices of all those, men and women, who entrusted me with their stories. And it becomes their messenger.”
The film is titled Human and Mr. Arthus-Bertrand
”...spent three years collecting real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries.
"Working with a dedicated team of translators, journalists and cameramen, Yann captures deeply personal and emotional accounts of topics that unite us all; struggles with poverty, war, homophobia, and the future of our planet mixed with moments of love and happiness.”
Of all the many choices, my friend Jim Stone sent the video below and that's the one I'm showing you too, Francine's Interview:
The goal of the filmmaker was to investigate
“...what it is that makes us human - that Human the movie – many interviews looking into what it is that makes us human? Is it that we love, that we fight? That we laugh? Cry? Our curiosity? The question for discovery?”
There are three feature-length parts to this monumental, amazing, ambitious project. You can see them all for free on YouTube.
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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