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INTERESTING STUFF – 17 February 2018

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A lot of people have gotten a good laugh out of this video from Jukin Media: It got more then 3.5 million views on YouTube in only 10 days:


As he reminds the audience, NBC, where the Olympics is being broadcast in the U.S., does not allowed Kimmel to show clips on his ABC show. So he did this.


Thank TGB's Sunday music columnist, Peter Tibbles, for this cartoon from Pearls Before Swine. I know just how the guy feels and for me, it's about this particular magazine.

As much as I love The New Yorker, I'm always playing catchup with it.


Find more Pearls Before Swine cartoons here.


That headline is what a commenter said about Sister Rosetta Tharp on the YouTube page. A lot of people don't remember her or never heard of her but my mother was a fan so I grew up singing along with recordings of Ms. Tharp.

She is often referred to as “The Godmother of Rock and Roll” or “The Original Soul Sister”. This video is from 1964 in Manchester, England: Didn't It Rain. See what you think.


Wait 'till you see this: Swinging in the rain (ahem) without getting wet.

The Big Geek Daddy page explains how swingers stay dry:

”Sensors mounted on the swing set send data to a software program that determines when to release the water so it misses the person swinging beneath the waterfall. The water used for this is recirculated from the collection pool beneath the swings so it’s not using a lot of water.”


The U.S. president is doing everything he can to promote old, dirty energy production which, as it turns out, is actually more expensive that renewable energy.

”A widely-used yearly benchmarking study — the Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis (LCOE) from the financial firm Lazard Ltd. — reached this stunning conclusion: In many regions 'the full-lifecycle costs of building and operating renewables-based projects have dropped below the operating costs alone of conventional generation technologies such as coal or nuclear,” reports ThinkProgress...

“Since power from new renewables is cheaper than power from existing coal and nuclear, it’s no surprise that the lifetime cost of new renewables is much cheaper than new coal and nuclear power. And that gap is growing.

“Lazard notes that in North America, the cost for utility scale solar and wind power dropped 6 percent last year, while the price for coal remained flat and the cost of nuclear soared.”

The cost savings are even greater in some other countries. Read more at ThinkProgress.


Gothic, Colorado is one of the coldest places in the United States. It is also been a ghost town since the 1920s. As the YouTube page further explains:

”For more than 40 years, current resident billy barr has lived in a small cabin, recording data about the snowpack to pass the time.

“In this short film, Morgan Heim of Day’s Edge Productions profiles the legendary local who inadvertently provided scientists with a treasure trove of climate change data.}


Tomorrow night, Sunday, the inimitable John Oliver returns for Season 5 of his HBO show, Last Week Tonight. My god I've missed him. Here's the trailer for his new season:

If you don't subscribe to HBO, you can watch it on the YouTube page or see the best part here next Saturday.


Lynea Lattanzio is a certified cat lady who would "rather have 800 cats than another man." The founder of The Cat House on The Kings oversees a 12-acre sanctuary in California with close to 800 adults and 300 kittens.

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Eager for John Oliver's return, too. It's been way too long, and I'm hoping for some sense of balance to be returned to the universe, but that may be putting too much weight on John.

I can totally understand the cat acquisition. If I had more resources and lived in a more favorable climate, by myself, they would somehow find me and I would absolutely take on their care. To have kittens around all the time would be wonderful, and to have the older ones with whom I'd established relationships would be even better.

Thanks for another entertaining Saturday morning, Ronni!

One cat is enough for me. I would go mad with 800 of those critters running underfoot.

I would not make it in the cold area of Colorado. I hate being cold more than most anything. I didn't like cold weather when I was a child and I actively dislike it as an elder. Just watching the video gave me shivers.

Oh joy. John Oliver returns. There is sometimes good news in Mudville. (Or -rumpville)

Renewable energy now cheaper than conventional sources? Hurray! Let the conversions begin, en masse.

Seems to me a ghost town isn't a ghost town if someone lives there ...

I notice a rocket in the background behind the waterfall swings. Perhaps in this case it really is rocket science (or scientists) that produced the swings.

I love cats and would have many more if I had the resources (and the energy of my younger years) to run a cat shelter. We have 3 senior rescue kitties, and I volunteer for a cat rescue/rehoming organization. There are never enough good homes for all the wonderful cats.

Some of the harder ones to rehome are those who have lost a long-time cat-parent and familiar surroundings. They are often scared and defensive and don't "show" well in an adoption center. Still, we usually end up placing many of them. The organization's no-kill sanctuary houses 150-200 additional cats--not on the grand scale of Cat House on the Kings, but we try.

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