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My friend Jim Stone sent this. The Tweet speaks for itself:


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.

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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” 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.


The political cartoon you posted is despicable. I would not expect that from you.

From another Lynn - the cartoon could not be more accurate. A racist bully who believes immigrants are less than human from the treatment he allows them to receive. This "cartoon" is much deserved.

Great assortment this morning, Ronni. Dave Barry! What fun. And I agree, that is the largest sea lion I've ever seen. It makes sense, keep it well-fed on the fish that are too small and it won't be competition out in the water for the big ones.

Another Dave Barry fan here, Ronni, thanking you for the dog walking true! My own story would have revolved around brushing and grooming two geriatric kitties 20 years ago when they got too old to do it themselves the way they once could.
Now at 82 I would be so empathetic!!

Now the point of this post.
In the course of sorting and finding homes for my eventually to be orphaned beloved library of treasures I came upon one of Barry's I bought for my husband in the politically chaotic years around Nixon. Late 80s? "DAVE BARRY SLEPT HERE..A sort of history of the United States"

I realized as I thumbed through it, that apart from names, dates, and locales, nothing has changed other than it is getting darker and more evil feeling and those of our 'vintage' are losing hope. Yet somehow, Barry's total irreverence in discussing it all is hilarious and reminded me how much better I feel in spirit and body after a few spontaneous "belly laughs". SO many great lines I could quote here....couldn't decide which was best. It is probably funnier to those of us that remember some of the actual events. It gives me better responses to lighten things up when personal discussions tend to get too heavy-handed for me. It is likely still available in used book stores....

Or...if you would like a short totally mindless entertainment, I would be happy to bring you this copy. Anything that gets me moving and 'out of the house' a bit seems therapeutic even with that other fringe 'benefit' of fatigue. I guess that is what the naps are for. :-)

Dear Ronnie:

You are the most interesting woman I don’t (face-to-face)know. This assessment is based on a lot of ‘things’, but today it’s based on your selection of “Interesting Things”. Anyone who can find all that terrifically interesting stuff while coping with cancer/meds/doctors et al/housework and shopping wins the prize for being
You make me happy and, -well, interested in what you’re going to present on every Saturday morning. Thanks so much.

Gentle hug, Mariev
Victoria, B.C.

The cartoon itself is not despicable; the event and attitude it depicts most definitely are.

Love today's content. Dogs with long ears must beat themselves black and blue when they shake. The ugliest dog is so much better looking than in past years. And the sea lion -- well, now I see why they are called sea "lions."

Today, as usual, Ronni, your every selection of interesting things to brighten a Saturday hits the spot. Many thanks. Take especially good care of yourself this weekend.

I don't want to start a food fight on Ronni's blog, but I can't let Lynn No. 1's comment pass without vehemently disagreeing with her. What I find despicable is tRump' s spreading hatred of the asylum seekers with callous lies and total lack of empathy for their suffering. Most of all I find his cruelty of separating the children from their parents and locking them up in cages worse than we keep our zoo animals in. Now that's despicable!!!!!

The cartoon cleverly points out his lack of humanity as well as his priorities and I give it an A.

A heart felt Thank You to Darlene Costner !!

Dear lady, you have voiced my own thoughts so clearly, professionally and better than I have the talent for. You have put into words the thoughts I feel certain most of those following Time Goes By share with you.

Thank you!
Charlene (in Portland)

While the editorial is shocking it sums up his highnAss attitude. A rotten shame the cartoon ever had to be drawn. Worse I have heard no news stories on what positive thing is happening since. It will just become another 'out of sight out of mind' incident.

Just to let folks know, the cartoonist posted out of Halifax was sacked this week. Not sure if it was related to the cartoon or to the times we live in.........the owners of the Maritimes publications are quite conservative in their politics.

I, too, agree with Darlene and others. tRump is the "despicable" factor here. He's a revolting excuse for a human being--among the absolute worst of the species, IMO. I heartily endorse calling out his lack of empathy and inhumanity towards other humans.

Personally, I feel powerless to change what is going on in our country--but we'll ALL have that power in 2020. Every single voter who rejects what Trumpistan represents must VOTE. It's not too early to start making sure that happens to the best of our abilities.

I've always enjoyed Dave Barry.

Thanks, Ronni!

I'm with the majority! My husband keeps saying "What would you expect with his background?" - that is, of course, "rich, entitled, spoiled brat."

What Darlene said.
And I love the world's ugliest dog and the most beautiful sea lion!

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