KOMINSKY METHOD SEASON 2
Season two of The Kominsky Method started streaming on Netflix yesterday. It's about two men, lifelong friends played by Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, making their way through old age together.
Here's one little preview for you – Kathleen Turner, who paired with Douglas so wonderfully during the 1980s in Romancing the Stone, its sequel, The Jewel of the Nile; and The War of the Roses, plays one of Michael Douglas's former wives.
According to Entertainment Weekly,
”Turner plays Ruth, who delights in pushing Sandy’s buttons when he calls her to discuss their daughter, Mindy (Sarah Baker), and her relationship with a much older man (played by series newcomer Paul Reiser).
“Fans of the duo can expect delightfully vicious banter akin to some of their past collaborations, as well as one major wink to Romancing the Stone.”
Here is the trailer:
THE APPLE TRAILER
No, not the tech Apple, apple – you know, those roundish things, usually red or green, that we eat.
There's a brand new kind of apple, the media tells us, named the Cosmic Crisp and it's even got a video trailer, as if it were a movie.
According to all the hype, Cosmic Crisp is the best apple ever. Read more at Mother Nature Network.
MAMA GOOSE GETS COP TO SAVE HER BABY
One of her babies got tangled up in a balloon string so mama goose, sought out a police officer to help.
AMAZING EYE DROPS COMMERCIAL
We could look at this video as a more-clever-than-usual advertisement but then I noticed something disturbing.
At :45 into the commercial, at the end, there appears to be an out-of-focus man on the left of the screen raising a rifle to shoot from the window of what looks like a hotel room.
If I'm not hallucinating, what can we make of that? See what you think.
AUDIO RECORDING OF D-DAY LANDING
Last Tuesday in his Reader Story, Jack Handley, wrote of listening to live broadcasts from London during World War II:
”Two years later,” wrote Jack, “I clamped radio headphones against my ears to listen to Edward R. Murrow's broadcast from blitzed London and was transfixed when he opened the studio window to let in the chimes of Big Ben and noise of the sirens and the exploding bombs.”
This isn't Murrow, it is another radio correspondent, George Hicks, reporting from a ship off the coast of Normandy on D-Day 1944, as Nazi planes attack them. The Washington Post explained:
”George Hicks was the 38-year-old London bureau chief for what was then the Blue radio network, a predecessor of ABC. He was on the deck of the USS Ancon, a key communications ship, and was using an early tape-recording machine known as a Recordgraph, which was later used to record the Nuremberg war crimes trials.
(And today, brought to you and me on the internet via electronic Soundcloud.)
This three-minute clip is from the 14-minute broadcast that was recently discovered in Florida with a treasure trove of other tapes from the war. It's scratchy, but if you listen closely, you can hear the words describing the Nazi attack as it is happening.
There is a lot more to the story of finding these historical recordings at the Washington Post.
30 “NEW” EGYPTIAN MUMMIES
New doesn't seem to be the best word for 30 mummies in wooden coffins that are about 3,000 years old but there you are.
Recently discovered in Luxor, Egypt, they are extraordinarily well-preserved including inscriptions and paintings. Take a look:
More of the story at the Daily Herald.
OCTOPUS: MAKING CONTACT
I recently watched a PBS documentary about a marine researcher who brought home an octopus to live with him and his teenage daughter in their home. They named her Heidi because she liked to hide. Here's the trailer:
You can view the full episode online here.
WHY BLUETOOTH IS NAMED AFTER A VIKING
I love my Bluetooth connections – they eliminate at least some of the snarled cables beneath my desk. But did you know that Bluetooth is named for a Viking from the 10th century?
I love that someone named this compilation video, “Weekend Dogs”, as though they, too, take a breather from the workaday world of Monday through Friday.
From jumping into a ball pit, chasing bubbles, riding a skateboard in the sun and more, these dogs know how to play.
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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