LEAD STORY OF THE WEEK
My friend Jim Stone sent this. The Tweet speaks for itself:
SLO-MO: DOGS SHAKING OFF WATER
It has always amazed me how fast dogs can move their bodies to and fro to shake off water. This video doesn't illuminate that question but it's sure fun to watch.
HOW THEY KEEP BIG BEN ON TIME
This is very cool – the method they use to keep Parliament's Big Ben clock on time. I didn't know this before.
You can find out more about Big Ben at Mental Floss.
BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR PATCH
Earlier this year, one of my doctors asked me to check and record my blood pressure every day for a month. What a pain in the butt. Then I read about this:
”One day soon, perhaps, you will just need a simple stick-on patch on your neck, no bigger than a postage stamp.
“That’s the goal of Sheng Xu and his team at the University of California, San Diego, who are working on a patch that can continuously measure someone’s central blood pressure—the pressure of blood coursing beyond your aorta, the artery in your heart that delivers blood to all the different parts of the body.
“It could make it a lot easier to monitor heart conditions and keep an eye on other vital organs like the liver, lungs, and brain.”
Not to mention making it a lot easier for this old lady. Here is what it looks like:
It's a long slog before this patch passes all the necessary tests and is ready for physicians and patients, I hope it succeeds.
”The device can provide a lot more information than you can get with a standard blood pressure cuff. This information, Xu believes, can be useful for keeping an eye on patients with conditions like hypertension or a history of heart attack.”
You can find out more at MIT Technology Review.
WORLD'S UGLIEST DOG WINNER
Who knew the world's ugliest dog contest has been going on for 31 year. This year's winner is Scamp the Tramp:
”Scamp makes volunteer visits to schoolchildren and a local senior citizens centre,” reports The Guardian. The street dog from Compton was rescued by [Yvonne] Morones in 2014 after she spotted him on Pet Finder.
“'It was on the way home that I knew I made the right choice,' she said. 'There we were, two strangers in a car on the way home to a new start. Bob Marley was playing One Love and I looked over and little Scamp was bobbing his head. It was like he knew he had found his forever home.'”
Here is this year's winning moment.
Being part way through three books this past week didn't leave much time for reading around the web. But I did find a piece from humorist Dave Barry about growing old with his dog. Here's a short excerpt:
”My dog, Lucy, turned ten around the same time I turned 70, so if you go by dog years, we're the same age. But I've noticed that Lucy seems a lot happier in her old age than I am.
“Everything makes her happy and excited. Like when it's time for her walk, I'll be like, 'Oh man, I gotta walk the dog.' But Lucy sees the leash, she's like, 'A WALK!! WHAT A GREAT IDEA!! HOW DO YOU THINK THIS STUFF UP??!!'”
You can read the entire column at cbsnews.com
PLAYER TWO – A GHOST STORY
This Saturday list of stuff could use a little culture, I think. Big Geek Daddy tells us:
“Player Two is a short film by John Wikstrom about a boy’s connection with his father through a video game. The short film is based on a comment the boy left on a YouTube video about a racing game called RalliSport Challenge he and his father used to play on their Xbox.
GIANT SOUTH AMERICAN SEA LION FEEDING WITH THE FISHERMEN
Wow – this is the largest sea lion I've ever seen. He's found an easy way to get breakfast with these soft-hearted fishermen. See how happy he looks at the end of 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.
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