424 posts categorized "Interesting Stuff"

INTERESTING STUFF – 23 March 2019

EDITORIAL NOTE: Today's Interesting Stuff is two-thirds about animals. As what I call my “predicament” moves forward, I find myself settling in more frequently on nature, most particularly animals - who never, ever bore me.

DON'T LET THE OLD MAN IN

The YouTube page tells us that singer/songwriter/actor Toby Keith wrote this song, Don't Let the Old Man In, after spending time with 88-year-old actor/director Clint Eastwood. Keath asked Eastwood:

“...'what keeps you going?' and he said, 'I get up every day and don’t let the old man in.'” The scenes in the music video are from Clint’s latest movie The Mule.

BUDWEISER LOST PUPPY COMMERCIAL

Thank Darlene Costner for this melt-your-heart beer commercial. It's several years old but not the sort of thing that ever gets old.

STANDOFF BETWEEN EAGLE AND SQUIRREL

Take a look at the defiant stare-off between this little squirrel and a gigantic eagle looking for lunch. You're gonna love it.

DECORAH EAGLES NESTING LIVE

Speaking of eagles – I post this every year or two when the Decorah Eagles are nesting. You can watch them live from Iowa.

FYI: “This bald eagle nest is located near a trout hatchery in Decorah, Iowa. After two of this pair's nests were destroyed, the Raptor Resource Project team began constructing this nest with the hopes that the eagles would take it over and build upon it - and they have! Watch as they come back each year to raise another brood.”

Babies usually are born in late March or early April so this is the time to stay tuned. You can do this at explore.org. There is a second Decorah Eagles live nest here.

25 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT THE HUMAN BODY

The webpage titles this feature, 25 Amazing Facts About the Human Body.

“Amazing” seems to be overstating it but there are interesting ones too. Here are a couple to get you started:

”If they were laid end to end, all of the blood vessels in the human body would encircle the Earth four times.”

“Your tongue is made up of eight interwoven muscles, similar in structure to an elephant’s trunk or an octopus’s tentacle.”

Read all 25 at Mental Floss.

RESCUED CIRCUS LIONS RETURNED TO WILD

Mother Nature Network reports:

”What was eating Luca, Charlie and Kai? For these sister lions, it should have been obvious.

"Their lives were given to the circus.

“With around 370 square feet of steel and concrete between them — as well as a cub named Nathan — these animals knew neither direct sunlight nor fresh air. Only the roar of a circus crowd — or whoever bothered to show up for this pitiable show in the Ukrainian city of Lviv.

“It's little wonder that when the day came to open those cages — thanks to the efforts of the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation — the lions were depressed, endlessly pacing their concrete confines.”

You can read more of the lions' story here.

NEIGHBORS DISLIKE THE FLINTSTONE HOUSE

This Flintstone-inspired house has been labeled a “public nuisance” by some neighbors and others. reports:

”The town of Hillsborough, Calif., perhaps seeking to avoid becoming the next Bedrock, has sued its owner to force the removal of dinosaur statues, a sign reading “Yabba Dabba Doo” (the catchphrase of the animated television show’s prehistoric patriarch, Fred Flintstone) and other landscaping, according to a lawsuit filed last week in State Superior Court.

Nestled in a hilly community of about 11,000 in San Mateo County, where homes routinely sell for millions, this particular residence, with its curving lines, red and purple domes, multicolored mushrooms and scattered animal statues, has long attracted attention from neighbors (no, not the Rubbles). One could even say it is “a page right out of history.”

But at least in its current form, officials and some residents do not to want the home, which evokes the 1960s cartoon, in their backyard.”

More at The New York Times.

THE LANAI CAT SANCTUARY

Cats on the small Hawaiian island of Lanai have got it made – amazing weather, meals served in their own "catfurteria," and a steady influx of adoring fans ready to give them all the love and affection they could ever want.

COW BACK SCRATCHER

Wouldn't it be nice to have a human version of this? Wait until you see how happy it makes this cow.

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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.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.




INTERESTING STUFF – 9 March 2019

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS AT 2AM SUNDAY

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Spring forward again. If like me you still have clocks that don't update digitally, you need turn them forward one hour on tonight.

If you feel like you just did this yesterday in reverse, you're almost right. We did it just last November. But at least we don't need to think about it again until November.

If you are interested in the history and background of daylight savings time and recent efforts to do away with it, there is more than you could ever want to know at Wikipedia.

THE BLESSINGS OF AGE

Even if you quibble with a few of these elders' attitudes about growing old, mostly they are happy with their generally quiet lives – unlike the media's urging us to join outlier old people who climb mountains and bungee jump.

Here is a short documentary by Jenny Schweitzer Bell titled, The Blessings of Age.

There is more information at The Atlantic.

THE AWESOME OPOSSUM

I don't often think about opossums (opossi?) but as this video tells us, they are a lot more interesting than I imagined.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S INSTAGRAM PHOTO CONTEST

National Geographic is probably more well-known for its stunning photography rather than the articles it illustrates. The organization just published the current winners, runners up and others from the recent contest. Here are two to whet your appetite:

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You can see the rest at Bored Panda.

MEDICARE FOR ALL

For going on two years, I have racked up about a million dollars in treatment for pancreatic cancer. And I have not paid a penny more except for a supplemental plan and the small Medicare deductible each year and Part B premium.

Everyone, not just old people (and a few others) should be free from financial worry when they are sick. Without that, in my case, there is no way I could have paid for it and I would undoubtedly be dead now.

There are some new political/policy movements to figure out how to expand Medicare to everyone. It won't happen as quickly as Congressional Democrats seem to think, but I believe this conversation period will lead to it eventually.

Comments can be read at Twitter.

NEW TWILIGHT ZONE

The original Twilight Zone TV show was broadcast from 1959 to 1964 and is still a popular choice on Netflix and other streaming service – well, it certainly is with me.

Here is the trailer for the new imagining of it:

The new program premiers on 1 April. Unfortunately for me, it will be exclusively on CBS All Access, a pay service I do not subscribe to, so I won't know if it is as well done and compelling as the original.

FLYING WITH THE BIRDS

We end today's Interesting Stuff with two videos of birds from two realms: sky and ground.

According to Big Geek Daddy,

”Christian Moullec takes us some amazing flights with his birds in this wonderful video. He has been helping birds migrate from Germany to Sweden since 1995. His efforts have raised awareness about the disappearance of migratory birds in Europe.”

DAILY LIFE OF BACKYARD BIRDS

Bored Panda tell us:

”Lisa, who goes by the name Ostdrossel on her social media, has always been fascinated by nature and birds, so when following her love to Macomb County in Michigan from Germany, she had an urge to get a little closer to the birds in her yard that are uncommon in her homeland.

“She began exploring the ways to make it possible and as a result, she has thousands of images capturing different gorgeous bird species, their funny expressions, majestic poses and sometimes crazy behavior.”

A couple of examples:

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Many more are at Bored Panda.

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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.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.




INTERESTING STUFF – 2 March 2019

PAY IT FORWARD, ACTS OF KINDNESS

And oh what those acts can do. From Tom Delmore.

MOLLIE THE BEAGLE ADOPTS AN ORPHANED POSSUM

You know fro these posts that I can't get enough of interspecies friendship. Here's another.

THE GREAT ICE ORCHESTRA

You've heard of ice hotels? This is an ice orchestra. The Youtube page explains:

”Tim Linhart was sculpting ice in Colorado when he decided to try something new: creating a giant, frozen violin. When a friend jokingly asked how Tim thought his violin would sound, it sparked an idea. Why not make an entire, functional orchestra out of ice?

“That was 21 years ago. These days, Tim is based in Sweden and gathers his icy ensembles to play in cosmic igloos. Grab a seat, and best don’t forget your coat.”

A NAZI NIGHT AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

From the Youtube page:

”In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York's Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism - an event largely forgotten from U.S. history.

A Night at the Garden, made entirely from archival footage filmed that night, transports audiences to this chilling gathering and shines a light on the power of demagoguery and anti-Semitism in the United States.”

Margaret Talbot wrote about this film in The New Yorker last week.

TALKIING GARGOYLE AT DENVER AIRPORT

Laughing Squid tells us:

"When the newly-renovated airport was re-opened, management decided to take the campaign even further by perching a rather garrulous gargoyle in the middle of the brand new Jeppesen Terminal. The 243-year-old patinaed creature hilariously engaged with skeptical travelers, disbelieving tourists, curious little children and even a custodial employee or two."

Take a look:

OCTOPUS ESCAPING THROUGH A ONE-INCH HOLE

It's not that I haven't seen this before, it's that it still amazes me.

BEFORE WINTER IS OVER, MY BLIZZARD STORY

From Cop Car who blogs at Cop Car's Beat. Back in 2005, Cop Car related her 1983 big blizzard story here and I followed up with this one of mine. It seems a good time to repeat these:

”I lived in Greenwich Village, downtown, and the production office of the ABC-TV television show I worked on was at Columbus Circle, about three miles north.

“Overnight, the snow had piled up, closing in on two feet. The wind was blowing and the snow showed no signs yet of diminishing.

“Everyone else in our small office lived out of the city or on the east side where subway travel was not easily usable, but there was some work that HAD to be done (no email yet in those days or VPN networks), so it was up to me because my commute was to walk one block from my home to the subway and then one block to the office at the other end of the ride.

'I bundled up: longjohns, two or three sweaters, knee-high, fleece-lined boots, hat and - important to the story - an extra-large, bright blue parka I'd been given on a cold-weather shoot; it had a giant ABC logo on the front of it.

“Columbus Circle is well-known in New York City as a dangerously windy corner and that proved true when I climbed out of the subway there. It was blowing hard - that tiny kind of snowflake that is not quite sleet, but hurts when it hits your face.

“I wrapped my arms around a light pole while I peeked between gloved fingers to see when it might be safe to cross the street - Broadway - which lives up to its name, very broad and on that day, icy and slick.

“At last, the few cars looked far enough away that I could cross and have time to pick myself up, if I fell, before a car could slide into me.

“As I let go of the light pole to step off the invisible curb, a giant gust of wind blew me down on my back in a huge snowdrift. With all four limbs flailing in the air, I must have looked like a big, blue-clad turtle on its back.

“Now, remember the ABC logo on my parka? As I tried to right myself, I saw a camera pointed right at me. A camera with a CBS-TV logo pasted on it. The cameraman yelled through the wailing wind: 'You'll be on CBS tonight, baby.'"

WILD RED SQUIRRELS DOING SOME VERY HUMAN THINGS

From the Laughing Squid page:

”Swedish/Dutch photographer Geert Weggen has created a wonderfully whimsical photo series of surprisingly cooperative wild red squirrels performing some very human tasks such as taking photos, riding a bicycle, playing piano, having tea, riding different vehicles, rowing a boat and enjoying a nice campfire.

“Weggen stated that he became a full-time photographer in 2013 and these squirrels and birds are his specialty.”

A couple of examples:

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And here's a video of Weggen and one of the red squirrels.

More still images of Weggen and red squirrels at Laughing Squid.

HONEY BADGER RESCUES BABY FROM LEOPARD

The Mother Nature Network (MNN) page tells us

“Don't mess with mama...One hungry leopard in South Africa learned this the hard way recently as it zeroed in on a possible meal. In the tense video, the leopard begins to attack a baby honey badger until it is viciously undone by the cub's mother.

“Honey badgers are known to be fearless, but taking on an adult leopard is bold even by their standards. This clash shows how strong their maternal instincts can be.”

More at MNN.

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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.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.




INTERESTING STUFF – 23 February 2019

WOLF FAMILIES CARING FOR ELDERS

TGB reader Mary sent this news article about a book, The Wisdom Of Wolves, by Elli H. Radinger and published in England last Wednesday. (Kindle only available so far on Amazon.)

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I've purchased the Kindle edition but have not read it yet so I'm working on the quite excellent BBC excerpts. It's all fascinating but of course, I honed in on the information about the elders in wolf families. Some quotations to whet your appetite:

”The pups are the beloved and protected treasure of the pack. The whole family looks after them, including aunts, uncles and older brothers and sisters. Old and wounded family members are brought food and never abandoned.
”Elderly or sick wolves, too, are cared for by the pack. Old wolves are invaluable. A pack with just one elderly member has a 150 per cent better chance of winning in battles because of their experience – they will avoid a conflict they don’t think they can win.

“In a pack known as Silver in Yellowstone, a young whippersnapper had become leader but treated the old deposed head with great respect – because the old gentleman was a master in the difficult art of bison-killing.

“When they die, there is genuine grief. Cinderella, one of the females from the park’s ‘Druid’ pack, died during a hunting trip. Her partner retreated into the den where they had raised their pups and howled for the next three days.

“Six months later, his skeleton was found in an area where he had spent many months with his partner. How he’d died remained a mystery. Could it have been a broken heart?”

Of course the article and the book are about wolves of all ages and the article can be found at the Daily Mail website.

BEING 97

Reader Jack Handley sent this video of 97-year-old Herbert Fingarette, a U.S. philosopher who once published a book about death. As the video page notes, in that book

”Fingarette contemplated mortality, bringing him to a conclusion that echoed the Epicureans: in non-existence, there is nothing to fear.

“But as Being 97 makes evident, grappling with death can be quite different when the thoughts are personal rather than theoretical. Filmed during some of the final months of Fingarette’s life, the elegiac short documentary profiles the late philosopher as he reflects on life, loss, the many challenges of old age, and those lingering questions that might just be unanswerable.”

Fingrette died in 2018.

TIGGY WINKLES WILD ANIMAL HOSPITAL

Maybe I'm including this today only because the name of the place grabbed me. Note that this is a place for WILD animals. From the YouTube page:

Sprained paw? Broken wing? Tiggywinkles will get you back to roaring health. With over 10,000 animals coming through the door each year, Tiggywinkles wildlife hospital is the busiest (and cutest) in all of Europe.”

The hospital is named after the beloved Beatrix Potter children’s book character> The hospital employs around-the-clock doctors and nurses who treat injured and sick wild animals that are then released back into the wild.

50 PEOPLE TELL US THE WORST THINGS ABOUT THEIR STATES

Weather is a big topic:

AMERICANS WHO'VE NEVER MET A PERSON OF ANOTHER RACE OR RELIGION

The Atlantic reports on this phenomenon (emphasis is mine).

”In general, the proportion of Americans who seem to live in fully homogeneous communities is small: In terms of identities such as race, religion, and partisan affiliation, only one-fifth to one-quarter of people usually said they seldom or never encounter people unlike themselves.:

I'd say that's a fairly high number in a nation that likes (well, until recently) to tout its diversity. (Statue of Liberty, anyone?) According to The Atlantic report,

”They seldom or never meet people of another race. They dislike interacting with people who don’t share their political beliefs. And when they imagine the life they want for their children, they prize sameness, not difference. Education and geography seemed to make a big difference in how people think about these issues, and in some cases, so did age.”

More on the divide at The Atlantic.

MAKING SOAP THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY

In Nablus, West Bank. It looks to me to be back-breaking work. But it's interesting to watch. Take a look:

SECRET TO LONG LIFE

John Gear sent this tweet and as various conditions of elderhood pile up (it's not the conditions themselves so much as the number of them that accumulate and need to be dealt with), I can't say I disagree.

STRAY CAT COMMUTER MONITOR

Laughing Squid tells us:

”An observant, stray calico cat who fit perfectly into a curved ticket gate at a station in Tel Aviv, Israel, watched intently as commuters attempted to scan their train passes to get through.

“Surprisingly, not many people paid attention to the cat nor did they even notice that she was there.”

KITBUL – FROM PIXAR

A charming, little animated story. From YouTube page:

”Kitbull...reveals an unlikely connection that sparks between two creatures: a fiercely independent stray kitten and a pit bull. Together, they experience friendship for the first time.”

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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.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.




INTERESTING STUFF – 16 February 2019

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ONE TOWN UNDER ONE ROOF

All 200-plus people in remote Whittier, Alaska, live in one, 14-story building. Take a look:

More information and more video at curiosity.com.

HOW NOT TO WAKE A LADY LION

This is probably not what he was expecting.

NEW MEDICARE CARD

If you recall, last year new Medicare cards were sent out with new random ID numbers rather than our Social Security numbers. Last week, medicare.gov announced that card mailing is complete and you should have received yours by now.

”Haven’t gotten your new Medicare card yet? Sign in to your secure MyMedicare.gov account to see your Medicare Number and print your official card. If you don’t have a MyMedicare account yet, sign up for free at MyMedicare.gov today!

“Alternately, you can call 1-800-MEDICARE and our call center representatives can help you get your new card.”

DENALI – A TRIBUTE TO MAN'S BEST FRIEND

My friend John Gear emailed this video of a lovely tribute to man's best friend.

WHAT WILL CLIMATE IN YOUR CITY FEEL LIKE IN 60 YEARS?

Unless you are among the deniers, you know Earth climate is change. The University of Maryland has put together a map show how the climates of several hundred U.S. cities are expected to change in the next 60 years.

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Go here to use the interactive map. There is more information about the project here.

SNOW DAYS AT THE OREGON ZOO

A whole lot of animals playing in Portland, Oregon's recent snowstorm.

GHOST APPLES

I never heard of this before and it's amazing. Beautiful – a winter special effect.

RESCUE OF A OLD DOG WITH A BROKEN HEART

A homeless dog on Romania finds a forever home in the United States.

More information and more photos at Laughing Squid.

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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.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.




INTERESTING STUFF – 9 February 2019

MY CANCER TEST RESULTS

What an outpouring of thoughts, hopes and prayers from you, dear readers, on yesterday's post about my mistake in regard to CT scan results. Apparently all your efforts worked.

My new oncologist telephoned Friday at the time we had agreed to with excellent news. At both cancer locations, one lung and the peritoneum, lesions have decreased in number. Exactly what the chemotherapy is designed to do. Woo-hoo! I thank you all and will have more information on Monday.

93 YEAR-OLD'S DEATH BED REGRET

Thank you, John Gear, for sending this tweet. I know exactly how this man felt and I'll be furious with the cosmos if the same happens to me.

Some comments at Twitter.

CONTAGIOUS LAUGHTER ON BELGIAN SUBWAY

Okay, it's just a commercial for Coke but it was fun to watch and I got a good laugh too.

IF I COULD TALK

The other animal videos today are nowhere near such tear jerkers as this.

TEE HEE - CAT TREE IN FULL BLOOM

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A BALL OF YARN NAMED PURL

Purl, directed by Kristen Lester and produced by Gillian Libbert-Duncan, features an earnest ball of yarn named Purl who gets a job in a fast-paced, high energy, bro-tastic start-up and tries to fit in.

LOWE'S MAJESTIC HOWL

As YouTube explains:

”A sweet dog named Löwe who had never howled before, found her voice by watching a video of another dog howling on the computer...It took quite a while to finally get her to howl, and when she did we were not prepared for the majesty of her regal voice.”

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DUMB ASS AND A SMART ASS

Hank Berez sent my favorite animal video this week.

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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.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.




INTERESTING STUFF – 26 January 2019

MARVIN WALDMAN VERSUS FACEBOOK

Would that Facebook would be so diligent with the opposing political point of view.

Marvin's Facebook page is here.

BIG DOG/TINY BED – TAKE A LOOK

THE CAT WHO REFUSED TO WALK

THIS IS WORTH WATCHING OUT FOR

It's a new product that isn't widely available yet and hasn't yet been thoroughly reviewed, but it is worth encouraging since recycling as we do it now is massively ineffective.

”Enter Loop, a program with a mission to "eliminate the idea of waste," says Szaky. Loop takes up the first part of the mantra "reduce, reuse, recycle" by creating returnable, reusable packaging for common consumer items.”

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”TerraCycle looked at how to solve the root cause of waste, while still maintaining the virtues of disposables, like affordability and convenience... “How does Loop work exactly? You order from the Loop store, and your stuff will be shipped to you. On the first transaction, there's a deposit for the container — say 25 cents for a Coca-Cola.

” “Once it's returned to the store, or sent back in the reusable shipping container, no matter what state it's returned in (even if broken, because the container is the manufacturer's responsibility), you get your deposit back in full, says Szaky.”

Read many more details at Mother Nature Network.

AN OTTER FAMILY MOVES HOUSE IN URBAN SINGAPORE.

So cute and brave. Oh, yeah, and smart too.

SHE'S THERE TO BE A PAIN IN THE ASS

This quotation from reporter Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone> magazine sent in by TGB reader John Gear. It's about newly elected Congressional representative from New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“That [Not having big campaign donors] doesn’t make anything she says inherently more or less correct. But it changes the dynamic a bit.

“All of AOC’s supporters sent her to Washington precisely to make noise. There isn’t a cabal of key donors standing behind her, cringing every time she talks about the Pentagon budget.

“She is there to be a pain in the ass, and it’s working. Virtually the entire spectrum of Washington officialdom has responded to her with horror and anguish."

DOLPHINS' TEAM EFFORT

I knew they are smart. I think I even knew, a long time ago, that they do this. It's amazing to see.

MORE DOLPHINS HAVING FUN

Off the coast of southern California earlier this month. What a thrill for the surfer.

CANCER TEESHIRT

For the past month or so, the nurses and medical assistants at the hemotology center where I get my chemo treatments at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) are wearing this teeshirt. I'm doing my best to find a way to buy one.

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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.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.




INTERESTING STUFF – 19 January 2019

This is an extremely short Interesting Stuff today. I don't know if the internet is just less interesting this week or I'm behind in my regular rounds to see what's out there. So here are three I like.

HUSKY LOUDLY OBJECTS TO GETTING OUT OF BED

Zeus is a Husky. He doesn't want to get out of bed. As the YouTube page says,

”He likes to sleep in, which isn't always a bad thing, but when it's time to get up and go outside, he protests. He generally likes going outside in the morning and smelling for any critters that might have passed through the yard during the night. But this morning, he struggled to get motivated to get up. Can't we all relate?!”

TWO 17 YEAR OLDS TRY TO USE A ROTARY PHONE

Chuck Nyren of Advertising to Baby Boomers sent this video. Technology has come a long way in our lifetimes and what's obvious to you and me, isn't so to two teenagers.

EVEN A CAT HAS A WIFE

My friend Hank Berez sent this kitty video:

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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.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.




INTERESTING STUFF – 12 JANUARY 2019

NEW OLD PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SUCK

At least that's what comedian Lachlan Paterson says. Some of his routine made me laugh – ageism is a tricky business. What do you think?

LATEST IN THE NYT OLDEST OLD SERIES

For several years years, one of the finest reporters at The New York Times, John Leland, has been hanging out with six old, old people in New York City to report on their lives in a series of excellent stories. (Here is a page with links to the individual stories).

The series also resulted in a book, Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old.

Leland's latest update on his subjects was published last week. One of them, 95-year-old Ruth Willig,

”...gave thanks for larger gifts this year: as she stayed mostly the same, her family changed around her.

“'I dare not talk about not surviving,' she said one afternoon in her apartment, where balloons in the shape of a 9 and 5 held their last whiffs of helium. 'My children, my son especially, say, “Oh, Ma, you’re going to keep going forever.” 'The thought of my passing is very upsetting to him.'

“Ms. Willig could not help noting the passage of time, especially the absence of her three siblings. Once the youngest, she was now the last of her generation. 'It’s weird to be the only one left, it really is,' she said. I can’t really call anyone: do you remember this? It was not easy at first. I’m getting used to it.'”

Here's a short video from early 2018 of John Leland explaining what he has learned about facing death from his series subjects:

SOMETHING TO ENTERTAIN THE GRANDKIDS

TGB reader, Celia Andrews sent this video of some ideas to get the grandkids off their tablets and other screens:

U.S. FERTILITY DROPS FOR SEVENTH YEAR IN A ROW

...and way too many places are reporting this change as a disaster: From The Daily Beast:

“It may not be all doom and gloom, said Donna Strobino, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 'I think it may stabilize once women who have been postponing pregnancy have the births they are planning to have.'”

Doom and gloom? It's a huge part of climate change that there are way too many people for our poor ol' stretched-to-the-limit planet to support.

U.S. CANCER DEATH NUMBERS DROP

...since its peak of 215.1 American deaths per 100,000 people in 1991, the cancer death rate dropped steadily by about 1.5% per year to 156 per 100,000 people in 2016, an overall decline of 27%.

The is good news for individuals but also probably wipes out the gains from lower birth rate. A more detailed report at CNN.

HISTORY OF THE WORLD ACCORDING TO CATS

Well, the headline is a bit of a misnomer – it's more just a history cat and human interaction through the eons.

VANCE HINDS' AMAZING WEIGHT LOSS

Wow. And I thought it was a struggle to lose 40-odd pounds in one year a few years back. This guy had lot further to go than I did and his progress is remarkable. Take a look:

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN INVENTED THE ROCKING CHAIR

I knew Ben Franklin invented a lot of things we still use today but when I bought my new rocking chair, I had no idea that Ben Franklin invented it.

You can read a list of lot more interesting stuff he invented at Mental Floss.

BABY DEER RESCUE AND RELEASE

This video is longer than I usually post – 17 minutes – but I think it's worth your time. It will make you feel good.

There is a follow-up video one year later here..

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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.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.




INTERESTING STUFF – 5 January 2019

THIS IS SO SWEET

The Daily Show host, Trevor Noah, talks about his 90-year-old grandmother who lives in South Africa. It is lovely.

ONE MORE CHRISTMAS THING

Because I might not be here next year to include it, let's do this one more Christmas video - it's too good to miss. Posted to YouTube in 2015, it was

”A special holiday musical presentation from Union Station in Washington, DC celebrating the service and sacrifices of our nation's World War II veterans and commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.

“Featuring The USAF Band, Washington DC, an extraordinary dance troup from NYC (choreographed by Jessica Hartman), and a cameo appearance by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James.”

Thank Darlene Costner for sending it.

A RIDE IN A WW2 FLYING FORTRESS

Speaking of World War II, reader Mage Bailey sent this video of a ride in a Flying Fortress. Yes, I know it looks like a long video but actual take-off doesn't occur until about nine minutes in so you can scroll ahead if you want to skip the leadup.

50 TIMES CATS CRACKED US UP

...or made us say “awww.” Fifty photographs of cats doing the funny and cute things they do. Here is a taste:

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These are from Bored Panda where there are 48 more kitty photo to entertain you.

FOR ALL THE WONDERFUL OLD MEN I KNOW

TGB reader Joared who blogs at Along The Way, sent this song by the inimitable Nancy Wilson: An Older Man is Like an Elegant Wine. Lyric is the below the video:

Some things are worth waiting for
Some things improve with age
Like a vintage wine, growing mellow and fine
As you let it reach the proper stage
Well, wine is not alone in getting better with the years
A man is at his greatest when he's graying 'round the ears

Chorus:
Yes, an older man is like an elegant wine
He's had the time to mellow and refine
A youth, I'd say, is a Beaujolais
Attractive but light
While a man who's mature has the powerful allure
Of a robust Bordeaux, with a sumptuous glow

That's why the man whom I would like to call mine
Will be an older man, who's like an elegant wine
He'll be strong but sweet, just right to soothe my troubles away
And he'll warm like the glow that you feel head to toe
When you savor the sock of a grand Armagnac

That's why the man with whom I'd like to combine
Will be an older man who's like an elegant wine
And when I need him, I'll enchant him
Hug him, kiss him and decant him

Every night when we're home
And it's time for us to dine
There'll be that beautiful older man
Who's like an elegant wine

FACING FINITUDE

TGB reader Sulima sent this quotation from Maria Popova's miraculously wonderful Brain Pickings blog quoting her friend, Emily Levine:

”More than a century after James, Rilke, and Dickinson, a different Emily — the pathbreaking comedian, philosopher, steward of poetry, and my beloved friend — offers a brilliant, funny, bittersweet, largehearted meditation on the existential art of befriending our finitude as she faces her own terminal illness:

“'We don’t live in Newton’s clockwork universe anymore — we live in a banana peel universe, and we won’t ever be able to know everything, or control everything, or predict everything...

“'I love being in sync with the cyclical rhythms of the universe. That’s what’s so extraordinary about life — it’s a cycle of generation, degeneration, regeneration.

“'I am just a collection of particles that is arranged into this pattern, then will decompose and be available, all of its constituent parts, to nature, to reorganize into another pattern. To me, that is so exciting, and it makes me even more grateful to be part of that process.'”

POLAR BEARS AND THE BLIZZARD CAM

Can Blizzard Cam save itself from the curiosity of three teenage polar bears?

”In a fascinating clip from the BBC show Spy in the Snow, a trio of teenage polar bears kick a snowball shaped camera around in between playful bouts of fighting. The snowball cam was purposely left behind by the larger and much faster blizzard cam as a decoy.”

FAST TALKING GUY

The YouTube page tells us:

”If you were a kid in the ‘80s, you might recognize this man, or, at least, you’ll recognize his velocity of speech. John Moschitta Jr.’s motormouth dominated the airwaves with stints as the fast-talking FedEx guy, Mr. Testaverde on Saved by the Bell and the infamous Micro Machines Man.

“With the ability to say up to 11 words per second, Moschitta broke the world record and made a career out of his dizzying cadence. The Guinness-certified speed talker sat down to give us the whole scoop on his life in fast lane. Now, try to keep up. “

TWO DOGS AND AN OTTER AT PLAY

I'm pretty sure I've posted this video in the past but I had just as much fun with it the second time around. Too bad the dogs' owner didn't shut up and let them have fun playing tag and getting to know the otter.

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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.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.




INTERESTING STUFF – 29 December 2018

A TALE OF MOTHERS AND PINOT NOIR

Remember earlier this month when I told you about meeting the son, Tom Wark, I gave up for adoption when he was born?

Now Tom has written about our meeting in a story he calls A Tale of Mothers and Pinot Noir. You can read it here. It is beautiful.

TEE HEE

Yes, Christmas has come and gone but I probably won't be here for it next year so let's enjoy this together now:

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Thank reader John Starbuck for the laugh.

BLACK ICE

Winter is settling in and that means dangerous ice. Or sometimes it's just funny.

Mental Floss has some good advice about how to walk in icy places.

NURSES MOST REVERED PROFESSION

For the 17th year in a row, nurses come in first – rated the most ethical and honest profession by 84 percent of Americans polled in a survey by Gallup.

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What group of people came in last? You can find out at the Gallup story.

JUSTICE GINSBURG HOME FROM HOSPITAL

Ruth-bader-ginsburg-9312041-1-402Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – the notorious RBG – is home from the hospital after successful surgery for lung cancer. It's her third bout with cancer and doctors are predicting a full recovery.

Read more here and here.

GLAMOUR SHOTS OF REPTILES

I first clicked on the link to this story because the headline, as above, is so deliciously incongruous. And guess what? It's not wrong. (Images from Tropical Herping.)

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You can see more at Atlas Obscura.

ERIC CHIEN IPAD MAGIC

Thank Hank Berez for this amazing magician's iPad fun.

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH ELEPHANT SEALS

As the husband of the woman in this video explains:

”It was while we were ashore in South Georgia on this huge gravel beach filled with King Penguins and elephant seals, that Jess laid down on the ground to get some cool low-angle shots of some passing King Penguins, when suddenly one of these huge baby elephant seals flopped over to investigate Jess, and was soon joined by another.

“Before she knew it, she was being squashed by several of these 100kg+ adorable animals, snuffling, burping and sniffing all over her.”

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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.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.




INTERESTING STUFF – 22 December 2018

AN OLD-TIMEY VAUDEVILLE ACT

TGB reader Joan McMullin emailed that this has a terrific surprise ending and she's right.

BERKELEY THE BEAR PLAYING ON ICE

Berkley is a Kodiak brown bear cub who lives at Discovery Wildlife Park in Innisfail, Alberta, Canada, He's having a wonderful time on the ice.

THIS GIVES ME SOME HOPE FOR OUR COUNTRY

Thank my friend Jim Stone for sending this along earlier this week.

HOW TO CREATE A CROSSWORD PUZZLE

David Kwong, shows us how he makes a crossword puzzle – not just any crossword puzzzle, a New York Times crossword puzzle. This is a longer video that I usually post but I think it's interesting – at least for puzzle fans.

PEW'S 18 REMARKABLE FINDINGS OF 2018

Pew Research Center named 18 “remarkable” findings of 2018. One of them is about how younger people are better at telling the difference between factual statements and opinion statements. Take a look:

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Well, I don't think there is that much difference between the two age groups. Neither one is all that good at it.

There are a bunch of other Pew 2018 findings at their website.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF CHEESE

My two favorite foods are cheese and ice cream. I had no idea that cheese making is thousands of years old:

JEANNE ROBERTSON AND THE CHRISTMAS BIKE

Here's one of our favorite comedians on a certain Christmas gift...

22 MUSICALS IN 12 MINUTES WITH LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA AND EMILY BLUNT

Thank Trudi Kappel for this musical collection.

It's James Corden with the stars of Mary Poppins Returns to perform a musical-inspired Role Call, featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt singing classics from 22 musicals covering Evita to The Wizard Of Oz. And Kermit the Frog stops by to help James with The Rainbow Connection.

MAYBE THE BEST, CHEAPEST SLEEPING PILL EVER

From TGB reader Mary Symmes. This may be the best idea for falling asleep I've ever heard. It runs for just over an hour. You can find the YouTube page here.

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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.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.




INTERESTING STUFF – 15 December 2018

DOG FINDS WOOLLY MAMMOTH TOOTH

As the Mother Nature Network (MNN) website reports:

”When Scout, a young Labrador retriever puppy from Whidbey Island, Washington, went to work digging up a new hole in his backyard, his human owner Kirk Lacewell wasn't necessarily surprised to see him emerge victorious with something in his mouth...

“After taking a few photos of the object, he passed them along to experts at the University of Washington's Burke Museum. Their conclusion? Scout's find was no less than part of a tooth from a woolly mammoth estimated to be about 13,000 years old.

Here's the whole story from a local newscast:

You can read more detail at the MNN website.

IMPROBABLY CUTE HOWLING COYOTE PUP

This just might be the cutest baby animal you've ever seen:

Big Geek Daddy tells us:

”The coyote pup was found by this boy and his friends when they were camping. They soon realized that as cute as this coyote was they couldn’t keep it so they released it back into the area where they found it so it could reunite with the rest of the coyote pack.”

FAKE NET NEUTRALITY COMMENTS BEING INVESTIGATED

Remember earlier this year when we were fighting hard, sending emails, signing petitions, calling legislators to preserve net neutrality? We lost the battle.

Now there will be an investigation into the fact that almost half the millions of comments opposing net neutrality were faked:

”More than 20 million comments have since appeared on the site, with the New York attorney general’s office estimating that up to 9.5 million of those were filed in people’s names without their consent,” reports Buzzfeed News.

“As part of the New York attorney general’s previously announced investigation, the agency in October issued subpoenas to 14 organizations — 11 of which are either politically conservative or related to the telecommunications industry and opposed net neutrality, and three of which supported it.

“The offices of the attorneys general of both Massachusetts and Washington, DC, are supporting the New York investigation, and also issued subpoenas.”

The FCC has refused to honor a Freedom of Information records request that would shed light on the suspicious comments. Expect more to come and read more now at Buzzfeed News.

DYNASTIES – LION AND HYENAS

From the Dynasties series presented by BBC Earth, an amazing clip of Red the lion who finds himself surrounded by a pack of more than 20 hyenas. His ally Tatu rushes to help. An astonishingly intense scene of life in the wild.

NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW

A terrific exhibit that features 30 sets of moving trains and 150 New York landmarks made of plant parts.

WOODEN WATCH

One of the few positive things that can be said about having a terminal disease is that if you don't count daily requirements such as food and bathroom tissue, you don't need or want to spend money anymore.

Nowadays, I don't read advertisements and I've unsubscribed from all the shopping newsletters that used to arrive regularly in my email inbox.

But this caught my attention:

It's silly and I can't tell you why, but I am charmed by the idea of a wooden watch. I don't care about the whiskey barrel part – I don't even understand why that would matter and most of all, I cannot imagine how anyone even thought this up.

But it just seems so cool - a watch made of wood.

Now don't anyone go thinking you should buy this for me. I don't need it, I don't want it, I haven't even worn a watch in more than a decade. I just think this one is cool.

You can find out more about it at this website.

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE BRAVE DOG WHO SURVIVED THE WILDFIRE?

When Andrea Gaylord arrived back at her home off Merrill Drive in Paradise, [California], she was surprised and overjoyed to see her beloved dog, Madison, survived the fire and was waiting patiently for her to return home.

Lovely story of a beloved pet's loyalty.

Find out more about Madison and his survival at Laughing Squid.

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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.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog
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INTERESTING STUFF – 8 December 2018

[PERSONAL NOTE: For the second Saturday in a row, today's is a shorter than usual Interesting Stuff. I just ran out of time.

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REPUBLICAN VERSION OF IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

Apropos of yesterday's post about the Christmas movie, It's a Wonderful Life, my friend Jim Stone sent this video - a Republican version of the film. Enjoy.

WHERE ARE ALL THE OLD PEOPLE GOING TO LIVE?

My friend Chuck Nyren who blogs at Advertising to Baby Boomers is one of the best observers I know of the absurd. This time he has taken note of the recent upsurge in concern over where all the old people are going to live.

“It used to be that old people lived wherever they lived – and that was that...” writes Chuck.

“Now there are choices. So many choices you could have a multiple strokes just thinking about them. There’s staying put (aka aging in place) where you don’t go anywhere and you’re taken care of by people or robots.

“Or you can buy a motor home, drive it around for a few years until you get bored, then park it somewhere.

“Or you can purchase a ready-made tiny house and have a helicopter dump it in one of your children’s backyards.”

Or – read the rest of Chuck's take on old folks' 21st century living arrangements here.

ALL THE VERMEERS IN THE WORLD IN ONE PHONE APP

Johannes Vermeer made few paintings in his lifetime – just 36 that have been authenticated and they are scattered among 17 or 18 collections in seven countries – hard for most people to be able to see in a lifetime.

”Now, the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague...has teamed up with Google Arts & Culture in Paris to build an augmented-reality app that creates a virtual museum featuring all of the artist’s works,” reports The New York Times.

9TO5Google tells us:

”Google Arts & Culture is leveraging augmented reality for a new Pocket Gallery feature. Opening the app and camera will display a virtual seven-room exhibition space that you can tap to enter with the ability to drag, pinch, and resize to move around.

The app is available for phones with a camera for iOS and Android.

OLDEST KNOWN CAVE PAINTING FOUND IN BORNEO

As the Los Angeles Times reports:

”In limestone caves hidden deep in the jungle of Borneo, archaeologists have discovered the oldest known figurative drawing created by a human artist, dating back at least 40,000 years.

“The ancient artwork is incomplete, but appears to depict a large mammal — probably a type of wild cow — with an oval-shaped body, thin legs and a spear sticking out of its rump.”

(You might want to turn off the annoying audio on this video. It astonishes me how badly produced many news videos are.)

AUTOMATION GONE TOO FAR?

As David Neevel explains on the YouTubepage:

”I'm always looking for ways to be more efficient in my shop. Voice commands are one way. Automation is another way. And I combined those two ways into one.

“Why? Efficiency. Have a look at my candy thrower, beer thrower, ibuprofen thrower, and other robots and marvel with me: What will I accomplish now that I don't have to throw ibuprofens at my own mouth any more? I can't wait to find out.

“Google end dictation. No don't type that. Stop the dictation. Google stop. Google stop. God damn it. Post video google.”

This is so silly. Take a look:

MANDARIN DUCK IN MANHATTAN

Have you heard the story about the Mandarin duck, native to Asia, who has been hanging out in the pond in New York City's Central Park for the past month or more?

If not, believe me, you've never seen a duck as gorgeous as this one – well, I hadn't.

You can read more in The New York Times and at The Los Angeles Times.

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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.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.




INTERESTING STUFF – 1 December 2018

It's been an exhausting and busy week so I haven't had time to collect the usual number of Interesting Stuff items. Here is a shorter than usual list for this week.

WOODSTOCK MONUMENT

On August 15, 16 and 17 in 1969 what became known as the Woodstock Music Festival was held on Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York. In 2017, the site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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”Today, the historic music festival is marked with a small monument that offers a panoramic view of the original festival site.

“The site is adjacent to the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which contains the Museum at Bethel Woods, which features displays and artifacts related to the Woodstock festival and the 1960s counterculture that it came to represent.”

There are many more photos by Rhapsodic Bohemian at Atlas Obscura.

I was there in 1969. Were you?

COSMO THE ST. BERNARD GETS A NEW HOME

Cosmo is a St. Bernard who weighed 130 pounds and had never lived with a family or been inside a home when he was adopted. Lovely story.

DOG DISCOVERS MUD PUDDLE

As Big Geek Daddy explains:

”A dog named Toby is out walking with his dog friends when he discovers a mud puddle that is calling out to him to play in. He can’t resist the urge to jump in and take a mud bath on a cold winter day and needless to say it is quite the experience.”

DO FEET GET BIGGER AS WE AGE?

I always thought so and here's the explanation.

TILLY THE RIVER OTTER

From TGB reader Charlene Drewry, an orphan otter lives to tell her tale. She is the cutest thing.

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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.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.




INTERESTING STUFF – 24 November 2018

[EDITORIAL NOTE:] After the last couple of Interesting Stuff editions, you knew we were heading in this direction. Right? An entire Interesting Stuff devoted to animal videos. Couldn't help myself.

PANDA PLAYING IN THE SNOW

TGB reader Trudy Kappel sent this video of a young panda Bei Bei at the U.S. National Zoo having a fine old time in an early snow. The YouTube page explains:

"The giant pandas are most active in cold weather and enjoy tumbling and rolling in snow.”

STRANGE 26-FOOT SEA CREATURE

Another TGB reader, Mary Symmes, sent this one. The videographer, Steve Hathaway, found this elusive sea “thing” in October near New Zealand, ending a search of more than a decade:

“'I’ve always wanted to see one,' Hathaway said in an interview Wednesday discussing the 26-foot-long pyrosome — a colony of tiny sea animals that link together into a free-floating mass.

“Their mysterious features and bioluminescent glow have caused some scientists to dub them the 'bizarre unicorns of the sea'. They reportedly feel like an exquisitely soft feather boa.'”

You can read more at the Washington Post.

HARRIET THE SINGING DONKEY

I know, you're expecting “hee-haw, hee-haw” but you would be mistaken. According to Laughing Squid:

”While out one day in the Irish countryside, Martin Stanton captured footage of his favourite donkey, who’s name is Harriet, as she sweetly serenaded the humans who passed by in a gorgeous, operatic soprano voice.

“According what Stanton posted on the Facebook group Ireland From the Roadside, his Harriet never learned to vocalize properly.”

A BEAUTIFUL DOG RESCUE STORY

The video tells it all. Just watch – you'll be happy you did.

YELLOWSTONE TRAFFIC JAM

So there are are, taking the kids on a leisurely drive through Yellowstone National Park looking at the beauty and critters and this happens.

Nothing to do but sit back and wait until the buffalo feel like moving along even if it might be awhile. (Filmed by Arun Binaykia in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park in 2016.)

LAKE OSWEGO GOOSE

Reader Joan McMullen sent this recently. I posted it a couple of years ago but it's worth a rerun here in my neighborhood in Lake Oswego.

RARE SHARK NURSERY DISCOVERED

According to Mother Nature Network,

”A team of marine scientists have discovered a very rare shark nursery, 200 miles west of Ireland while investigating Ireland’s deep ocean territory.

“This rare occurrence was discovered during a recent SeaRover survey by the Marine Institute’s remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Holland 1...”

To learn more, visit here and here.

DOGS MAKE AN ABANDONED KITTY PART OF THE FAMILY

The YouTube page explains:

”...we found Rilu on side of a road 2014, he was only 2 months old, skinny and very scared, meowing for help. He has been in our care ever since and his 'ability' to break down the traditional cat-dog animosity and create a special bond and friendship with our rescue dogs has amazed us all.”

ALL SORTS OF ANIMALS LOVING THEIR PEOPLE AND VICE VERSA

Long time TGB reader Darlene Costner sent this wonderful video – a great way to end today's collection.

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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.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.




INTERESTING STUFF – 17 November 2018

AT LAST – A STAR TREK MEDICAL TREATMENT

I may have mentioned that I was a big Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) fan on its first run from 1988 to 1994 and I've watched the entire series two or three times since.

One of the many great things about the show was medical care. Broken arm? Just hold a mobile phone-sized device over and it healed in a couple of minutes. Something just as simple and quick for cancer and I expected these advance in medical science to be here by the time I might need them.

No such luck but get this:

”On Star Trek: The Next Generation, Commander Riker had an impressive ability to receive head wounds. Luckily for him, Dr. Crusher could whip out the 'dermal regenerator,' a handheld sci-fi tool that healed skin wounds with a colorful laser.

“Luckily for us, Kaushal Rege and colleagues at Arizona State University are developing essentially the same thing. Well, close enough. In a new paper out from the journal Advanced Functional Materials, the engineers successfully repaired animal wounds with a silk and gold nanomaterial activated by a laser.

But wait. There's more:

”Because near-infrared light can penetrate fairly deeply into tissue, Ghosh and colleagues hope to use the technology to eventually repair things like blood vessels and nerves—tissues that are often deep in the body and time-consuming to repair...

“Ghosh expects the cost of the silk-gold material will not be prohibitively expensive, and the lasers would be a one-time equipment cost for medical centers.”

If the current living rat tests go well, the researchers will move on to pigs and, eventually, humans.

You can read more at ieee Spectrum.

INTREPID NEW YORKERS CROSSING STREETS DURING MARATHON

Last week, New York City held its annual marathon that runs through all five boroughs. As you might imagine, non-fans who need to get around town are frustrated by the delays. Here's a terrific video of them try to cross streets as the long line of marathoners are passing by.

SWEDEN'S ICE HOTEL

I know I've posted about ice hotels before but I like them, winter is here (well, it feels like it where I am) and why not? Although there are many ice hotels around the world now, this is the original:

THE CASTLE THAT MELTS

I guess this second ice video means I'm fairly impressed with arrival of cold weather this year. This one – a student film – is about an ice castle in New Hampshire built each year by a team of engineers and artists. The story is as much about two young sisters who visit the castle.

YOUR STORIES OF NURSING HOMES AND ASSISTED LIVING ARE IMPORTANT

This item came from my friend John Gear who practices consumer law in Salem, Oregon, and when John says something is powerful, I listen. Here is what it is about – from nursinghome411:

"I am writing to let you know that we are launching a new 'Tell YOUR Story' tool that will enable residents, families, ombudsmen, and those who work with them tell their story about nursing home or assisted living care. The form is available here.

“One can fill out the form on the website, download it to fill out on a computer or phone, or print out a hard copy to mail in. All personal identifying information is kept confidential unless the individual provides specific permission otherwise.

“Stories about resident care can have an enormous impact on advocacy for better care and dignity. We would appreciate any help you can provide in getting the word out and passing this along!”

If you have such a story to tell, please do that at this website.

A MAN FILMED A TREE IN THE WOODS FOR A YEAR

I have a vague sense I've posted this video before but it is nice to watch and kind of soothing in it way seeing how the animals go about their daily lives.

SONG MAP OF UNITED STATES

Sunday TGB music columnist Peter Tibbles and his Assistant Musicologist sent this story. It is a map of the United States made up entirely from titles of over 1,000 songs about place names in the country.

Here's a piece of the west coast:

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And here is a piece of the east coast.

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You can see the whole thing at We Are Dorothy. It is a retail website in London where you can buy the map – I am not promoting that, just letting you know.

SQUIRRELS LEARNING A DIFFICULT OBSTACLE COURSE

Squirrel intelligence and agility gets put to the test in this obstacle course. They are such clever little critters.

ROLLING SAFARI – WHAT IF ANIMALS WERE ROUND?

TGB reader Celia sent this video of animators' idea of what they would be like if animals were round? It's funny. Enjoy.

There are more inflated animals here.

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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.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.




INTERESTING STUFF – 10 November 2018

EDITORIAL NOTE: Again this week, my selections are heavy on animals. I hope you enjoy them.

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YOU THINK THREE RIBS ARE GOING TO STOP JUSTICE?

That's what Bryant Johnston, long-time physical fitness trainer to 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a reporter after RGB fell last week and broke three ribs:

"To all the stressed out people in America," Johnson told The Cut, "remember that the justice is TAN. Now, I always use that acronym: TAN. She’s tough as nails. You think three ribs are going to stop Justice?

"We probably won’t train at least for another week or so just to give the ribs a chance to heal because the ribs are just very sensitive areas that you just gotta give them a chance to heal. And then we’ll pick back up just like we usually do, and I’ll take in account for the ribs and we’ll just kinda ease and move in a little bit easier around ‘em."

Thank god she is TAN. We need that woman on the Court.

WHAT ANIMALS DO WHEN WE'RE NOT LOOKING

Julien Tabet is a young French artist who says he likes to surprise people.

”...imagining the improbable fascinates me...,” he says. “My works deal mainly with animals for a lot of reasons. Animals are different from humans because they are so much more humble and innocent.

“But what I like the most is that they can be mysterious due to their anonymity. I love to dream up the way animals act when we aren't watching them, kind of like Toy Story.

I think his work is magic:

ElkWithHarpHorns

LionWithWings

SwanWithPenguinsandPolarBear

There are more fantastical images at Bored Panda and at Tabet's Instagram page.

HOW CONGRESS STOPPED WORKING

We may have elected a Democratic-majority House of Representatives on Tuesday but that doesn't mean Congress will suddenly function.

The Washington Post and ProPublica got together to produce a short animated video, How Congress Stopped Working, that includes some predictions about whether it will soon get better.

Warning: This is not encouraging:

You can read more at the Washington Post and at ProPublica.

ONE TOUGH LITTLE RAT CHASES OFF A SCAREDY CAT

The YouTube page tells us:

”An inquisitive cat in the Luxembourg city of Esch-sur-Alzette, saw something move across the street and immediately trotted over to investigate. Upon discovering it was a rat, the cat began the chase.

“This tough little rat, however, turned right around and instead became the chaser...nipping at the poor kittie’s heels all around the streets.”

GERMAN SHEPHERD WATCHES OVER TEENY TINY BABY QUAIL

This is so cute:

”A noble German Shepherd named Thorin,” says the YouTube page, “very gently sniffed out a bevy of baby quails who were chirping away while crawling around on a comfy shag rug. After meeting these little birds, Thorin sat down and stood guard over them, remaining completely affable even when they climbed upon him.”

A SMALL AMOUNT OF GOOD CLIMATE NEWS

I may have mentioned that I can no longer read stories about climate change. Just the headlines make me weep for our beautiful big blue marble home in space.

Then there is this from the BBC. It won't change much, but it's good to read:

”The ozone layer, which protects us from ultraviolet light, looks to be successfully healing after gaping holes were discovered in the 1980s. The Northern Hemisphere could be fully fixed by the 2030s and Antarctica by the 2060s.

“A new United Nations report says it's an example of what global agreements can achieve.”

Read the entire story at the BBC.

MERCATOR MAP ANIMATED GIF

Undoubtedly you know that maps made for a flat surface distort the size and shape of land masses. Climate data scientist and interactive mapmaker, Neil Kaye, has made an animated gif to show the differences in the size of countries between flat and globe-shaped maps.

”Because the Mercator Map distorts land size in accordance with increased distance from the Equator, countries like Greenland, Russia, Canada and the United States look so much larger than much of the rest of the world.”

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Read more at Laughing Squid.

HISTORY OF CEMETERIES

A succinct little video about the way humans bury their dead has changed from the earliest days of humankind to the present.

HOW TO RID YOURSELF OF EARWORMS

Most of us get stuck with annoying earworms from time to time, a tune stuck in our brain that won't go away.

Susana Martinez-Conde, writing at Mental Floss, has five suggestions for banishing them. One of them is to listen to a “cure tune”:

”The same study also found that some subjects used competing songs, or 'cure tunes,' to control their earworms. The researchers identified 64 such tunes, with six of them named by more than one person.”

Another suggestion is to chew gum:

”Chewing might hinder the motor programming involved in speech articulation, and therefore could keep people from subvocalizing (saying the words to the songs in their heads). They found that vigorous gum-chewing did reduce the number of unwanted musical thoughts, but...”

Read the rest at Mental Floss. I have no idea of any of these work.

COMEDY WILDLIFE AWARDS

The Comedy Wildlife awards are back again this year with some of the funniest animal photography you've ever seen. A sampling of finalists:

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SplitSquirrel

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The 2018 winners will be announced next Thursday, 15 November, in a ceremony at Foyles in Charing Cross, London.

Meanwhile, you can see a lot of more of the finalists at Bored Panda (click through for the entire five pages of entries) or at Comedy Wildlife Photos.

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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.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.




INTERESTING STUFF – 3 November 2018

DON'T FORGET – CHANGE THE CLOCKS TONIGHT

For most of the United States, it's time to change our clocks tonight to standard time – one hour back.

FallBack

Some of our tech clocks make the change on their own but I still have some old-fashioned analog clocks I need to do by hand. Just before bedtime.

DON'T FORGET – VOTE ON TUESDAY

Vote I happen to believe voting is not just a civic duty, but a moral one. Aside from laws that apply to everyone, voting is the only thing a democracy asks of all citizens. Please, please do it on Tuesday.

HUNDREDS OF YEARS OF HUMAN BONES

This is amazing, what reader Nana Royer sent. It is about the Sedlec Ossuary (The Bone Church) in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. It is a world Heritiage Site containing the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people.

Wait until you see all the ways they are displayed.

TINY DRONES COOPERATE TO OPEN HEAVY DOOR

According to the YouTube page,

”Researchers from Stanford University and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland built small drones, which they call FlyCroTugs, that can move heavy objects by coordinating their actions.”

It takes these little, electronic critters a couple of minutes to get going but you sense them communicating with each other.

7TH GRADER WINS TOP SCIENCE PRIZE

My friend John Gear sent this item about a 13-year-old (!) who won an important prize for a new science invention. Business Insider reports:

A 13-year-old boy from Oregon has won the Young Scientist Challenge by inventing an artificial intelligence treatment for pancreatic cancer.

“Rishab Jain created an algorithm to improve cancer treatment by using AI to locate and track the pancreas in real time.

“A prime challenge in radiation treatment is locating the pancreas itself, which is often obscured by the stomach or other organs, resulting in healthy cells being inadvertently hit. Rishab's algorithm improves accuracy and increases the impact of radiation treatment, according to organizers of the competition.”

All I have to say about this is THIRTEEN? The rest of us might as well not bother. Read more at Business Insider.

NOTE FROM RONNI: All the remaining items are about animals. I had so many this week I could have done the entire post on animals. I restrained myself. Since I was told of my latest cancer predicament nearly four weeks ago, there is been a noticeable and fairly large uptick in my interest in the natural world.

TRACKING BIRDS OF PREY

The You Tube page tells us:

”On a remote mountaintop in Eastern Nevada, a dedicated team of conservationists has been keeping watch for over 30 years. Their mission? To count and record every single raptor and bird of prey that flies past to keep track of their populations.

“Over the years, HawkWatch International has counted over 13 million birds across their network of observation sites. Since hawks sit on the top of the food chain, any drastic changes in their populations signals problems with the balance of their eco-system.

“If these hawks start to disappear, HawkWatch is the first to blow the whistle so we can take steps to address the problem.:

REMY THE HARVARD CAMPUS CAT

Harvard University has communal cat.

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The Harvard Gazette explains:

”Jessica Shires, department administrator in Harvard’s History and Literature Department, said that when she started the Facebook page 'Remy the Humanities Cat' with a couple of colleagues, she was surprised to learn how many fans the feline had made in his travels.

“'Little did I know how far his visits spread across campus,' Shires said. 'Occasionally I’m reminded by Law School, STEM, and museum friends of Remy that he’s not just a humanities cat. I suppose now I’d probably be more inclined to call him ‘Remy the Interdisciplinary Cat.’”

“Remy’s owners have known about his double life at Harvard for years now through the many phone calls they receive — up to 10 a day, as late as 2 a.m. — from across campus. 'We have picked him up from numerous Harvard buildings over the years,' Watton says.”

There is much more about Remy, including a recent disappearance and retrieval at the Harvard Gazette.

DOGGIE AMBASSADORS

Yes, this appears to be a sort of commercial for the Fairmont Hotels but it such a nice idea that I can't object to posting it. The Youtube page tells us:

”Since 2001, Fairmont Hotels around the world have been home to a highly esteemed (extremely adorable) fellowship program. Fairmont’s Canine Ambassadors aren’t just a hotel guest’s best friend and the perfect four-legged concierge—they’re family.

“These formally-trained pups know the halls of the hotels and the people who work there. They’re also experts in mountaineering, constantly exploring the landscapes surrounding Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.”

GARY AND SEAL IN THE SCILLY ISLES

This is so adorable you will not help but kvell at underwater videographer Gary Grayson's encounter with a friendly seal:

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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.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.




INTERESTING STUFF – 27 October 2018

MY FRIEND THE GARLIC GURU

My friend, Tony Sarmiento, grows his own garlic in his backyard and is considered a guru of garlic. Recently, reporter Adrian Higgins of the Washington Post took notice:

”Tony Sarmiento, who gardens in the Woodside neighborhood of Silver Spring, is a guy versed in the theory and practice of garlic cultivation.

“From simple raised beds between the neighboring garage and his own vine-clad garden shed, he cultivates approximately 120 bulbs a year, setting the cloves in loamy soil in simple grids a hand span apart.”

Here's Tony in his garden, photographed by Higgins.

Tony Sarmiento Garlic Guru

If you're interested in growing your own garlic, the Post story has some useful information.

PEANUT BUTTER AND MAYO – I AM VINDICATED

I grew up eating peanut butter sandwiches with mayonnaise. Whatever else might be included – banana, cucumber, jelly, etc. - there was peanut butter on one slice of bread and mayo on the other.

To this day, that is the only way I enjoy peanut butter sandwiches but when it has come up in conversation that I use mayonnaise, people recoil. Not only are they disgusted, they've never heard of it. Now I learn from Atlas Obscura:

”During the Great Depression, people valued high-calorie combinations of protein and fat. Meat and dairy were costly, and consuming enough energy could prove challenging. Enter peanut butter and mayonnaise on white bread.

“The combination became a staple in Southern households in the United States and, in some regions, it was as ubiquitous as peanut butter and jelly.

“For the next 30 years or so, the PB&M was a favorite in many American kitchens, perhaps because adding mayonnaise to the era’s rustic, coarse nut butter may have been key for spreadability. Newspapers from the 1940s in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Troy, New York, both advised adding mayonnaise to 'moisten' or 'thin' peanut butter before adding bacon or shredded American cheese.”

So you see? I'm vindicated at last. You can read more here.

MONARCH BUTTERFLY ANNUAL MIGRATION

The largest insect migration in the world ends each year in Michoacán, Mexico. Millions of monarch butterflies travel from the United States and Canada to pass the cold months in the towering trees of this beautiful forest. On their incredible journey, the butterflies travel around 2,800 miles.

Take a look:

CANNON BEACH'S BUNNY PROBLEM

According to the Oregon Public Broadcasting website, the coastal town of Cannon Beach is overrun with bunny rabbits. It seems that many years ago, someone released pet bunnies into the town and nature took its course.

”Pets don’t usually do well in the wild. They can’t easily find food and aren’t well prepared for predators. But for some reason, these rabbits survived to do what their species does best: Reproduce, again and again and again.”

And now Cannon Beach is split between those who love their fluffy neighbors and those who want them gone. As one resident, Melodie Chenevert, explains, she and her husband

”'...took to buying 10 pound bags of organic carrots at Costco. We’d cut them up,' she said. 'And every morning Gary would put the flag up and pretty soon there were 10 or 12 bunnies sitting in the driveway staring at him.'”

Cannon Beach Bunnies

That image is taken from the banner of the Facebook page Mrs. Chenevert started for the bunnies.

You can read more about the controversy here.

THE BECKHAM CREEK CAVE HOUSE

Take a look at this huge and astonishing cave house in the Ozarks near Parthenon, Arkansas. (The most fabulous shot is at the every end.)

The Cave House was for sale earlier this year. Another source says rooms can be rented overnight, hotel-style. There is more information and some additional photos at Travel and Liesure magazine.

OR, HOW ABOUT LIVING IN AN ORIGAMI APARTMENT?

A company called Orisystems (derived from origami, the art of paper folding) has designed a one-room apartment that hides several other rooms – more or less.

Here is the company's sales video:

As the sales copy explains:

”Guided by the principal that interior space, particularly in high-density urban innovation centers around the world, has become too expensive to be static and unresponsive, Ori’s breakthrough innovation, technology and design create dynamic environments that act and feel as though they are substantially larger.”

What do you think?

You can learn more at the Orisystems website and The New York Times.

THE ACHOO AFFECT

Have you ever heard of the “Achoo Affect”? I never had. Here's how it's explained:

”Have you ever stepped out on a sunny day only to be struck by a bout of sneezes? If yes, you likely suffer from a rare genetic condition that has been baffling scientists for millennia. Photic sneeze reflex — also known as autosomal compelling helio-ophthalmic outburst, or ACHOO—affects 10% of the world’s population.

“Scientists from Aristotle to Francis Bacon have had their own conjectures about the syndrome, but modern science has proved all these theories wrong. As scientists today continue to try to solve the ACHOO effect, the answer might not be as simple as you think.”

Here is more about it:

WHO INVENTED THE REAR-VIEW MIRROR AND WHY?

It had never occurred to me to ask and now I discover that the reason it was invented isn't what I - or you, probably - would think.

THE HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN

Halloween is nearly upon us and you undoubtedly already know that the holiday goes back centuries. I sort of recalled that but I was fuzzy on details. National Geographic got me back up to speed.

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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.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.