WHY RULINE IS WITH HILLARY
Now don't go getting all up about this being a list of women's firsts or tell us that it's not right to vote for Hillary just because she's a woman.
Forget that for a moment and just look at this campaign video. Being a woman is part of who Hillary is too.
Thank Jim Stone for sending this.
SAMANTHA BEE IS BACK
She and her TBS show returned from hiatus this week in top form. Here is her opening survey of what happened in politics during the time she was gone from the TV screen.
Remember – Samantha is not always safe for work and small children. But she sure is funny.
In our discussion of hearing loss and hearing aids this week, reader Wendl Kornfeld left a comment about how difficult it is to understand young women who practice “vocal fry” which, believe it or not, is the professional term.
I had never heard the phrase so I tracked down some information on the interwebs. Here a video from CBS Sunday Morning about it:
The affectation seems to be closely associated with the Kardashians about whom I know almost nothing. If you are interested, click here for many more videos about vocal fry.
COVERING THE CAMERA ON YOUR COMPUTER
Remember when it was revealed that Mark Zuckerberg, who made his billions collecting personal information about Facebook users, taped over the camera on his desktop computer.
Now we learn that FBI director, James Comey, does the same thing. As reported in The Hill:
“Comey was pilloried online earlier this year, after he revealed that he puts a piece of tap over his laptop camera to keep away prying eyes. The precaution is a common one among security advocates, given the relative ease of hacking laptop cameras...
“Comey was 'much mocked for that,' he acknowledged on Wednesday. But he still uses the tape on his laptop.
“'I hope people lock their cars,' he said. 'Lock your doors at night… if you have an alarm system, you should use it.'”
Not that I believe anyone is interested in hacking into the webcam of an old woman but just to be safe, I tape over the camera on my computer too, as you can see in this photo.
LIGHT POLLUTION AND THE NIGHT SKY
According to this video, 88 percent of the world's population has never seen the Milky Way due to light pollution.
You and I are old enough that even in most cities when we were kids, we could still see the stars but it's doubtful we've been able to do that for many years. In fact, I remember the last time could see them - in the mid 1970s in upstate New York.
Now, two towns in Colorado have brought back the night sky. Take a look:
THE TRIPLE SPIRAL DOMINOS CASCADE
TGB Sunday music columnist, Peter Tibbles (who just had a birthday), sent this amazing triple spiral. It's gorgeous:
And just for some added fun, here is the same triple spiral in reverse:
ANSWERS ABOUT THE HAJJ
Every Muslim is required to make the pilgrimage to Mecca, called The Hajj, at least once in his or her lifetime. This year's Hajj ended last Wednesday.
Diaa Hadid, a New York Times correspondent at the newspaper's Jerusalem bureau, attended the Hajj this year returning several videos of the religious event where two million people show up each year. This one is an excellent story filled with explanations and answers for people like me who are mostly ignorant of it beyond the fact that it exists.
RIDING IN UBER'S SELF-DRIVING CAR
Uber began testing its self-driving car in Pittsburgh this week with real riders.
Washington Post reporter Brian Fung got a demo a few days earlier and says that it works “at least under ideal conditions.” Here's the video:
Read more about it here.
A GUY AND HIS GOOSE
Reader Richard Lombard sent this video. This man and his goose are well known where I live in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and last week they were featured on the CBS Sunday Morning show. It's so cute. Take a look:
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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