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BUZZ AND THE DANDELIONS
Let's start the list today with a great good laugh. Who can resist a laughing baby.
WAIT TILL YOU SEE THESE BABIES
Meerkats this time, born at the Miami zoo.
The Bored Panda website tells us:
”Squirrel-sized meerkats are mongooses, widely known for their upright posture. They often stand on their rear legs, scanning the areas over the southern African plains where they live.
Many more of the meerkat family at Bored Panda.
JOAQUIN PHOENIX OSCAR ACCEPTANCE SPEECH
There was a time when almost every year at the Oscar ceremonies, several Hollyiwood stars would speak up for political or humanitarian causes in their acceptance speeches.
That doesn't happen much anymore but last Sunday actor Joaquin Phoenix spoke and it is worth a listen.
HEAR CHAUCER IN THE ORIGINAL 14TH CENTURY ENGLISH
As Mental Floss explains, a team of researchers has created an app that reads Geoffrey Chaucer's 14th century masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales in the Middle English in which it was written.
”The app includes a 45-minute narration of the 'General Prologue,' and the researchers have plans for at least two more apps, which will focus on The Miller’s Tale and other stories.
“If you’re not exactly well-versed in Middle English, don’t worry—the app also contains a line-by-line modern translation of the text, so you can follow along as you listen.”
What surprised me is that I can (and you will, too) understand parts of what is being read – parts where the English hasn't changed much.
One of the contributors to the project was Monty Python member Terry Jones who was – surprise to me – a medievalist.
"[His] two books on Chaucer and translation of the 'General Prologue' are featured in the app’s introduction and notes. Jones passed away on January 21, 2020, and this was one of the last academic projects he worked on.”
The artist, James Cook, tells us on the YouTube page that these are various scenes around the Essex countryside in December 2019.
”The three 'typicitions' were partly-drawn from observation. I spent no more than 3 hours at each location and completed these drawings indoors (where it was nice and warm.) These drawings were typed on my 71" Adler Tippa and 56" Oliver Courier typewriter.
I once had a really long cat but I think most of these are longer. Take a look:
More at Bored Panda.
”THE DAY DEMOCRACY DIED” SUNG BY THE FOUNDING FATHERS
So many of you sent this video that I almost stopped opening my email program this week. Featured in order of appearance are: George Washington, John Adams, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay – to the tune of American Pie.
This short animated film from Matthew A. Cherry, tells the story of an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.
The film won the Best Animated Short at the Oscars this year. Thank my friend Jim Stone for sending it to us.
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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