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INTERESTING STUFF – 26 October 2019


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:


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.


One of her babies got tangled up in a balloon string so mama goose, sought out a police officer to help.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.

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The D-Day Soundcloud recording—astounding! The pet octopus, the mummies—what great stuff; and I hope in my next life I come back as a dog (rather, a LOVED dog).

In 1990 when I was 29 and dating a young woman named Rossi, her mother (an executive at Heinz) gave us 2 tickets to see the opening of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at the Benedum (here in Pittsbugh). It starred Charles Durning, Polly Holiday (Flo from the tv show “Alice”) & Kathleen Turner. Her mother asked us to please wear formal clothes, as we were going in her place as Heinz was gifted the tickets after a sizeable contribution to Children’s Hospital.

When we presented our tickets to the usher, he said “Please remain in your seats after the performance, you’ll be escorted to a private wine & cheese gathering afterwards.” I asked Rossi if she knew what that was about, she didn’t have a clue. After the show, we were led backstage (with several other couples, all looking a lot older & pretty well off) to a setup with wines and fancy nibbles. Shortly after, Polly Holiday came out (she was surprisingly tall) wearing a Japanese kimono and very gracious, she seemed quite sophisticated. Then Charles Durning arrived (to a smatter of applause) wearing a pair of baggy bib overalls (and nothing underneath), drinking from a bottle of whiskey and muttering “I hate this crap” while Polly shushed him.

But what made the evening was when Kathleen Turner appeared. Some sort of black sequin dinner dress, with big gobs of diamonds hanging from her ears and she looked SO elegant. I was starstruck—she walked right over to Rossi & I, thanked for us for our ‘patronage’ and asked us what we thought of the show. I can’t remember what we gibbered in response. She said “You too appear to be the youngest couple here, what industry are you in?” I said “Er… computers.” (I was just a computer programmer with a golden ticket!) Apparently she thought I was some “Mark Zuckerberg” type for being there… I offered to get her a glass of wine and she smiled and said not necessary and and made a small motion with her hand, and one of the waiters rushed right over. She stood there and talked to us for 15 minutes—and was EVERY BIT THE STAR I imagined her to be. (And I apologize for my too-long ramble!)

Thanks, Ronni, the dogs and octo are fabulous!

I'll stay with nature's imperfect apple rather than one that looks perfect. I think food production and feeding the world with dwindling places to do such (yes, counting the Amazon destruction) will be future's focus, problem and driver of stock markets.

RE: The octopus video - I just read a book titled, "The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness," by Sy Montgomery. Beautifully and humanely written, it will broaden your understanding of what constitutes a sentient being.

Great post today Ronni. I'm with Simone. We live in apple orchard territory and I get my apples at a small grocery store that sells "seconds." Smaller, not perfect but perfectly tasty and so much cheaper.

The WW2 recordings were fascinating. How courageous all those folks were, terrifying stuff. Wish they taught that in school.

My father-in law had apple orchards of different kinds of apples: Golden Delicious, Starking, Royal Red, among others. My favourites were Royal Red. From the description of the Cosmic Crisp, they might be talking about my beautiful, delicious, juicy, crisp, beloved Reds. Why change nature? Why manufacture and process what is already there??!

The sound of war is terrifying. My husband was a fighter pilot and had to go twice to the wars in Africa. Young men of our generation had to go, like during the war in Vietnam, and many died. I never watch war movies because I never forgot the horror of those (14) years

Celia, those apples were likely the ones I ate long ago, when living in the NW, not far from your area (and my boyfriend's brother was on "What's My Line" as his name was Patrick Patrick from Walla Walla!).

C. Brito, about a year ago I heard part of a PBS show that mentioned 4 companies owned the majority of seeds, having gotten patents, etc. from around the world. I hesitate to say more as I haven't explored the topic enough, but am aware of US Ag and others going after organic revisions. My guess is that's for cornering the market down the road. Or I'm a conspiracy theorist? Which is easy these days, in so many ways..... *le sigh*

I loved the dogs video ... made me forget for a few minutes what a sorry mess Trump et al are making of our world..

Yes, there was a man aiming a rifle thru a window at the :45 second mark.

I hope the writing is good for The Kominsky Method? It looked a little corny? I hope not.

Octopi are fascinating creatures!

I saw the rifle too....subliminal suggestion? They use to do that in advertising, I think.

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