A 1950'S TIME CAPSULE
A lot of us at this blog are old enough to remember the 1950s in some detail. Reader Nancy Leitz has provided us with a montage of artifacts from that decade from 65 years ago.
VOICE RECOGNITION ELEVATOR IN SCOTLAND
There are a couple of Scottish comedians named Iain Connell and Robert Florence. This is the first time I've seen them and in this skit, they are having a fine ol' time making fun of voice recognition. Thank you Darlene Costner.
WHY A LIBERAL COUPLE MAY VOTE FOR TRUMP
A friend sent this newspaper clipping from a married couple who describe themselves as Ivy-educated, politically liberal Democrats who, after looking at the candidates, say
”Yes, we could be like the good citizens who voted for a 'tameable' Hitler in 1933 to get things back on track. But the alternatives look worse.”
Read the full letter below to see how they arrived at this position.
I suspect there are more than a few Democrats who feel this way. Scroll down at Buzzfeed to read what else this couple says about their possible choice.
REALLY? PEOPLE ACTUALLY WALK ON THINGS LIKE THIS?
There is a similar glass-floored walk over the Grand Canyon in the U.S. This one is at Jasper National Park in Canada that is 900 feet above terra firma.
I couldn't watch much of the video from the Grand Canyon glass walk that I posted here a while back nor I can't look at all of this one. It is a mystery why I keep posting these.
If Medicare is not the most complex program of the U.S. federal government, it is damned close. I'm pretty sure no one knows all of its details.
Enter Medicare Interactive [MI] from the Medicare Rights Center that answers, they say, two million questions about Medicare:
”Medicare Interactive provides easy-to-understand answers to the questions posed by Americans with Medicare, their families and caregivers, and the professionals serving them,” states the website.
“Drawing on the experience and best practices of Medicare Rights’ expert counselors and attorneys, MI offers a wealth of answers to Medicare questions in a variety of formats, and is available for use anytime...
“MI Pro builds on the 25 years of counseling expertise of the Medicare Rights Center, a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities.”
If you're new to Medicare or a long-term beneficiary needing some answers, this is an excellent new website to help you out with Medicare – something to bookmark for when you might need it for yourself or a loved one in the future. Check it out here.
STUPIFYINGLY GREAT TRUCK PARKING
I am really good at parallel parking a car and uncommonly proud of it. I can usually do it in one go even when the space is squeaker small.
But that's as close to nothing as you can get compared to what this FedEx driver does with his 18-wheeler in Manhattan. Wow.
TRICKS FOR A BETTR MEMORY
We like to make rueful jokes around this blog about how our memories fail us particularly in small, irritating ways. A reader commented recently that she can't remember what she's looking for in the time it takes to walk across the kitchen.
In a story at Salon.com, reprinted from Scientific American, Julia Shaw reports on research that explains how some people who pay a different kind of attention are better at keeping information in their “working memory” and I think we elders could make use of this information:
”...attention and memory are inextricably linked,” reports Shaw. “By paying attention to an object, you increase its representation in the brain and make it easier to remember.
“But making something easier to remember is only one aspect of attention. Paying attention also means ignoring all of the distracting information in our world.”
There is more to it than I have quoted, but you don't have to be a scientist to know that this makes sense and could be useful to help out with the grocery lists we don't write down.
STEPHEN CURRY'S AMAZING BASKETBALL TALENT
As I mentioned only yesterday, I have no interest in sports. In fact, I am not just disinterested in all big league sports, I actively dislike them and the amount of space they take up in American society and media.
But this leapt out at me because it is from The New York Times which hardly ever features in such a big way anything about sports. Therefore, I thought I should pay attention and I'm glad I did. Amazing.
(Originally, I posted the video from The New York Times but got a note that it's blacked out for other uses, probably due to the NBA. I found this one, highlights from Curry's 2015 season that is almost as spectacular.)
You can read about Stephen Curry at The Times and see their terrific compilation video too.
You are undoubtedly aware that ducks imprint on people sometimes. Johnny Carson used to have loads of fun on his TV show with ducks who thought their keeper was their mother.
But who knew that sometimes the imprinting goes both ways. Wait until you see this adorable little girl and her duck. I'll bet you watch it twice. Or more. Thank you Alan Goldsmith for sending in the video.
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 at the top 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.