101 YEAR OLD WOMAN SEES HERSELF ON TELEVISION
First, the wimp website posted this video of 101-year old Albina Foisy who had asked her son to stop the car so she would play in the snow. It went viral on the internet. Take a look:
The video racked up several hundred thousand views but wait, that wasn't the end of it. Later, a local news program taped Albina watching her video in the snow and the broadcast it.
Thank my friend Jim Stone for the video and Albina for showing us a bit about how to grow old.
BERNIE SANDERS ON HOW THE RULING CLASS WINS
Senator Bernie Sanders has become well known for never straying from his stump speech – hardly anyone can get him to move off a given day's message. Until he said down for an interview with rapper Killer Mike.
Here is Bernie explaining to Mike in just two minutes how the ruling class wins:
It's a smart, thoughtful, engaging interview and you will find many more clips from it here.
One last Christmas thing because it's pretty amazing. TGB's musicologist, Peter Tibbles sent this video of the Glass Harp Duo playing “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite.
BLOOM COUNTY RETURNS
This one is from Peter Tibbles too. Are there any Bloom County fans out there? If so, you and I have been out of luck since the cartoon's artist Berkeley Breathed stopped producing it 1989.
But he's back, folks, he's been back since July and lately he has been taking on the Republican presidential hopefuls. Here is a recent one:
The cartoon is not in newspapers this time around. You'll find it on Facebook.
RICKY AND DORIS: AN UNCONVENTIONAL FRIENDSHIP
Oh, you are going to love this. Ricky Syers is an off-beat 50 year old street performer who found his calling as a puppeteer after a lifetime of manual labor.
While performing in New York City’s Washington Square Park, he met Doris Diether, an 86 year old community activist. They became friends and he made a marionette that looks just like her. Now she’s joined his act and the two of them can often be seen performing together.
TGB reader Cathy Johnson sent it and I was immediately charmed. Also homesick. That park was MY park for 40 years.
OLDEST KNOWN FOOTAGE OF NEW YORK CITY
Maybe it's only because I believe New York City is my real, my spiritual home even if I can't live there anymore but this video of the oldest known footage of New York captivates me.
Shot between 1896 and 1905, the video includes a map orienting us to which streets and intersections we are looking at and it is so much more than just the city. It is the people from 100 years ago, how they moved, what they looked like, and maybe we can glean a little of how they lived then.
Thank TGB reader, Christi the Cat Lady.
SINGING IN THE RAIN LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT
This is from Darlene Costner who is spending this holiday recovering from a broken backbone. It is from the Festival Cirque de Demain in Paris.
25TH ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST WEBPAGE
On 20 December 1990, the first webpage went live at CERN. Take a look at it:
I'm kind of amazed that the Web is not older. Only five years later, 1995, I started working with a small group creating the first CBS News website. We thought of ourselves then as pioneers and I guess that wasn't hyperbole – at least, not by much.
One of the creators of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, is, according to Engadget,
”...still as tightly involved with web as he ever was, directing the World Wide Web Consortium he helped create. In fact, he's pushing hard to protect the open web against both government censorship and telecoms' attempts to crush net neutrality.
“CERN's role, however, has changed somewhat. While it's still embroiled in networking research (specifically grid computing), it's more often known for smashing particles.”
Nobody knows how many websites there are nowadays but recently, The Atlantic made an educated guess:
"In 1994, for example, there were fewer than 3,000 websites online. By 2014, there were more than 1 billion. That represents a 33 million percent increase in 20 years. That’s nuts!"
THE POLAR BEARS' CHRISTMAS PRESENT
A week ago, the polars bears at the San Diego Zoo got what must have been for them a magnificent early Christmas present. The Polar Bear Plunge
”...was transformed into a winter wonderland early this morning, as nearly 26 tons of glistening white snow blanketed the polar bear exhibit. The three bears—Kalluk, Tatqiq and Chinook—showed their excitement by frolicking in the snow,” reports Zoonooz.
“They rolled around in the fresh powder and wrestled with each other all morning long. Animal care staff also scattered yams, carrots, melons and beef femur bones throughout the exhibit as added enrichment, and watched as the bears pounced and dug for their prizes.”
Thank TGB's assistant musicologist, Norma, for the heads up on this and enjoy. It is a lovely way to end the final Interesting Stuff of 2015.
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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