Today's Interesting Stuff is heavy on pandemic-related items but maybe not the kind that you're thinking of. Things they are a-changing. But first:
SAFE GROCERY SHOPPING
TGB reader Page Day sent this video of a Dr. Jeffrey VanWingen, a family physician in Michigan showing us how to clean the groceries we have bought.
Once a week, I venture out to the market and pharmacy (in the same building). My return routine is more strict than VanWingen's. One example, once I have cleaned everything I brought home outdoors, and taken it into the house, I go directly to the laundry room, undress, put all my clothes in the washer and take a shower.
I'm not convinced we need to be as strict as I am; not everyone has lungs as damaged as mine but we all need to do the best we can. Dr. VanWingen's video is a little longer than I usually run, but there are some good tips on keeping the virus out of your house off your hands and your food.
KINSA HEALTH WEATHER MAP
Kinsa is a company that makes connected smart thermometers and now they have posted a “health weather map” for the U.S. As explained on their website,
”The U.S. Health Weather Map is a visualization of seasonal illness linked to fever - specifically influenza-like illness. The aggregate, anonymized data visualized here is a product of Kinsa’s network of Smart Thermometers and the accompanying mobile applications.”
The map is, of course, limited by the number of the Kinsa thermometers in use and it makes no distinction among diseases that cause fever but it may be a herlpful indicator.
Go to the website to read more and see results for your Zip Code or county.
Those are two of the serious items for you today. Now for the fun part.
Our isolation from one another is changing how we interact, and what is posted to the internet. It is only just beginning with barely a few toes in the water yet but it's easy to see that our ever-creative ways are going to flourish with expressions of our thoughts and feelings on our viral predicament. Here goes:
PATRICK STEWART'S DAILY SHAKESPEARE READING
A week ago on Friday, actor Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard of Star Trek) recorded a Shakespearean sonnet to his Twitter feed. His 3.3 million followers loved it, some saying that his voice calms their fears.
The next day Stewart posted another sonnet reading including a note explaining that his readings would continue:
2. When I was a child in the 1940s, my mother would cut up slices of fruit for me (there wasn't much) and as she put it in front of me she would say, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." How about, “A sonnet a day keeps the doctor away”? So...here we go: Sonnet 1. pic.twitter.com/kDoMNhdqcI— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) March 22, 2020
ROTTERDAM PHILHARMONISCH ORKEST
Like so much of the world, the members of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra are in lockdown. Yet, they have found a way to play together explaining on the YouTube page:
”We’re adjusting to a new reality and we’ll have to find solutions in order to support each other. Creative forces help us, let’s think outside of the box and use innovation to keep our connection and make it work, together. Because if we do it together, we’ll succeed.”
SAN FRANCISCO IN SHUTDOWN
Peter Tibbles, who produces the Sunday Elder Music column, sent this, a drone video of locked-down San Francisco. Another friend I spoke with said that people who produce apocalyptic zombie movies are probably stockpiling enough such video for ten years worth of empty-streets video because who knows when we'll see cities this empty again.
Even if we could leave home, hardly anything is open, including museums. But here, on the internet there are 1200 – count them, 1200 museums with photographs of a lot of their collections on view.
Each number on the map represents the number of museums in that locale. Thank Google Arts & Culture for this. You can sort the list using the map or alphabetically. You'll find all 2,000 museums here with links to each one.
SUNDAY ELDER MUSIC
Don't forget Peter Tibble's Elder Music column tomorrow in which he continues his three-part Home series with Home Again, Home Again Jiggedy Jig, this time with a jazz theme including Nat King Cole, Bud Powell, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall and more.
FIRST NEW BOB DYLAN SONG SINCE 2012
A whole lot of TGB readers came of age with 78-year-old Bob Dylan so it is news for us when he releases his first new song in eight years. It hit the internet on Thursday evening and is not about our current pandemic predicament. It is titled Murder Most Foul and as with so many of Dylan's songs, it's about much more than John F. Kennedy.
What would Interesting Stuff be without animals? We always end with animals. And they don't know anything about viruses.
STELLA THE DOG'S BEST LEAF LEAPS
Thanks to TGB reader Marcia, Stella is making her second appearance on Time Goes By. It has been four years since last time she was here and she's still loving her leaf leaping:
GREAT ANIMAL ESCAPES
I am sure I've mentioned in the past that I don't like compilation videos – they are almost always terribly edited and they leave too many questions unanswered. But this one is different. No explanations needed. Thank TGB reader Joan McMullen.
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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