DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS AT 2AM SUNDAY
Spring forward again. If like me you still have clocks that don't update digitally, you need turn them forward one hour on tonight.
If you feel like you just did this yesterday in reverse, you're almost right. We did it just last November. But at least we don't need to think about it again until November.
If you are interested in the history and background of daylight savings time and recent efforts to do away with it, there is more than you could ever want to know at Wikipedia.
THE BLESSINGS OF AGE
Even if you quibble with a few of these elders' attitudes about growing old, mostly they are happy with their generally quiet lives – unlike the media's urging us to join outlier old people who climb mountains and bungee jump.
Here is a short documentary by Jenny Schweitzer Bell titled, The Blessings of Age.
There is more information at The Atlantic.
THE AWESOME OPOSSUM
I don't often think about opossums (opossi?) but as this video tells us, they are a lot more interesting than I imagined.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S INSTAGRAM PHOTO CONTEST
National Geographic is probably more well-known for its stunning photography rather than the articles it illustrates. The organization just published the current winners, runners up and others from the recent contest. Here are two to whet your appetite:
You can see the rest at Bored Panda.
MEDICARE FOR ALL
For going on two years, I have racked up about a million dollars in treatment for pancreatic cancer. And I have not paid a penny more except for a supplemental plan and the small Medicare deductible each year and Part B premium.
Everyone, not just old people (and a few others) should be free from financial worry when they are sick. Without that, in my case, there is no way I could have paid for it and I would undoubtedly be dead now.
There are some new political/policy movements to figure out how to expand Medicare to everyone. It won't happen as quickly as Congressional Democrats seem to think, but I believe this conversation period will lead to it eventually.
More than 42% of the 9.5 million people diagnosed with cancer from 2000 to 2012 drained their life's assets within two years, according to a study published last year in the American Journal of Medicine. via @annagorman KHN/@NPR https://t.co/cNinEMGYFK— Kaiser Health News (@KHNews) February 26, 2019
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NEW TWILIGHT ZONE
The original Twilight Zone TV show was broadcast from 1959 to 1964 and is still a popular choice on Netflix and other streaming service – well, it certainly is with me.
Here is the trailer for the new imagining of it:
The new program premiers on 1 April. Unfortunately for me, it will be exclusively on CBS All Access, a pay service I do not subscribe to, so I won't know if it is as well done and compelling as the original.
FLYING WITH THE BIRDS
We end today's Interesting Stuff with two videos of birds from two realms: sky and ground.
According to Big Geek Daddy,
”Christian Moullec takes us some amazing flights with his birds in this wonderful video. He has been helping birds migrate from Germany to Sweden since 1995. His efforts have raised awareness about the disappearance of migratory birds in Europe.”
DAILY LIFE OF BACKYARD BIRDS
Bored Panda tell us:
”Lisa, who goes by the name Ostdrossel on her social media, has always been fascinated by nature and birds, so when following her love to Macomb County in Michigan from Germany, she had an urge to get a little closer to the birds in her yard that are uncommon in her homeland.
“She began exploring the ways to make it possible and as a result, she has thousands of images capturing different gorgeous bird species, their funny expressions, majestic poses and sometimes crazy behavior.”
A couple of examples:
Many more are at Bored Panda.
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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