A 1974 COMPUTER PREDICTION
Forty-five years ago, science fiction writer, Arthur C. Clarke, made “the bold claim that one day computers would allow people to work from home and access their banking records.”
Take a look at this 1974 news story about that.
DON'T CALL OUR COUNTRY HOLLAND ANYMORE
The Netherlands began the new decade by announcing that the country be called The Netherlands, not Holland:
”The Netherlands actually consists of 12 provinces, two of which combined make up Holland, so referring to the Netherlands as a whole as Holland is just wrong,” reports Business Insider.
“The rebrand hopes to manage Amsterdam's over-tourism, which has already been addressed by the country in the form of a ban on guided tours of the Red-Light District, as well as the removal of the famous 'I amsterdam' sign.”
HOW WOLVES CHANGE RIVERS
As the Vimeo page explains,
”When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable 'trophic cascade' occurred.
“What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers? George Monbiot explains in this movie remix.”
NOTORIOUS RBG SAYS SHE IS CANCER FREE
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced last week that after treatment for a recurrence of pancreatic cancer, she is now cancer free:
”The 86-year-old justice, one of the oldest to serve on the Supreme Court, offered the health update to CNN in an interview in her chambers Tuesday evening.
“'I’m cancer free. That’s good,' Ginsburg said, with CNN reporting that she was 'sounding energized and speaking animatedly.'
"Ginsburg’s intensive radiation treatment for a malignant tumor on her pancreas in August had followed a diagnosis of lung cancer at the end of 2018 that resulted in the removal of part of her left lung and forced her to miss oral arguments for the first time in 25 years on the bench.”
You can read more at the Washington Post.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A NERD AND A GEEK
According to the YouTube page,
”Don McMillan is an engineer and a comedian so he has the brains to utilize fancy charts and graphs to make his point. He makes some good points about the everyday technology that we use like printer ink and usb devices.”
And I laughed out loud. You probably will too.
There is more comedy from Don McMillan at his YouTube page.
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM IS 150 YEARS OLD
2020 marks 150 years since the Metropolitan Museum in New York City opened its doors. Not to take anything away from other marvelous museums, The Met was one of my most favorite places in the city over the 40 years I lived there.
The Youtube page tells us that the anniversary will be celebrated
”...throughout 2020 with exhibitions, events, and new ways to connect with art. Highlights include Making The Met, 1870–2020, the reimagined British Galleries, and a three-day celebration in June.”
Here are three people – a Museum employee, fashion guru Tim Gunn and a ballet dancer – on what The Met means to each of them:
The Met's website is one of the best on the web. You'll find it here.
I love this story – about social media pages where UPS drivers throughout the world post photographs of the dogs (and some other animals) they meet on their delivery rounds.In Olympia, Washington:
DAVID ZINN – CHALK ARTIST
David Zinn (not to be confused with the costume and set designer of the same name), has been delighting people in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for many years.
The are quite a few good chalk artists on the internet, those clever folks who make it look like you're about to fall into a chasm if you take one more step forward on the sidewalk.
Zinn can do that too, but his work usually involves funny little characters and a sense of whimsy I haven't see before. Take a look:
Lordy, it must be fun to walk around Ann Arbor.
Thank TGB reader Joan McMullen for this.
THE SQUIRREL SNOW REMOVAL SERVICE
Now if only a squad of them could be trained to do the driveway.
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