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INTERESTING STUFF: 10 November 2012

Posted Nov 10 2012 8:30am

Canadian TGB reader Donna T had to remind me that tomorrow, Sunday, is Veterans Day in the U.S. Similarly, it is Remembrance Day in Canada. What a jerk I can be and in this case, I can't blame it on aging memory; it was inattention.

Our newly re-elected president takes a good deal of flak for being distant and unemotional. But here's a much more personal side of him thanking the young workers at campaign headquarters in Chicago just after he won the election. Nice.

When, on election night, the repugnant Trump went further than ever when he tweeted that the election is a “sham and a travesty” and “a disgusting injustice,” NBC anchor Brian Williams shot back that Trump “has driven well past the last exit to relevance." (No kidding.)

This seems to have enraged Trump who, in junior high school fashion, tweeted,

Trump tweets

Really, now. the media (including me) would be doing the nation a great service if they would dump this disgusting and offensive man from any future mentions. Just ignore him into oblivion.

(You'll just have to forgive me for the concentration on politics today. Or you can skip over this part. I'm still too close to the election to let go of it entirely yet.)

On her MSNBC show Wednesday evening, Rachel Maddow schooled Republicans in the ways about which they are misinformed, in denial or just plain stupid. Take a look:

Not to toot my own horn, but weeks before the election, I predicted that on 7 November the 2016 campaign would begin. That's hardly difficult – the media does this every four years and Politico , among others, had the story:

”That the same two families who dominated American politics for the previous decades may return to the fore after the Obama interregnum would be fitting in a country that purports to disregard dynasties but actually builds, enables and obsesses over its ruling clans.”

Good god. We haven't even digested this election yet and besides, I think that by 2014 or so, Elizabeth Warren may be looking to unseat Hillary Clinton as the reigning woman Democrat; after all, Obama ran after only two years in the Senate.

Okay, I realize I'm just as bad as Politico for bothering with this item. Consider me chastised.

For a moment, let your mind wander back to 1960 and recall what an enormous hubbub the movie, Psycho, made on the nation. The shower scene was instantly famous and has remained so through all these 52 years.

Someone has tracked down this rather lengthy trailer for Psycho starring the direction himself, Alfred Hitchcock, giving a tour of the movie's set. And, says the YouTube page, because Janet Leigh was unavailable for the making of the trailer, Vera Miles in a blonde wig stood in for her.

For me, that's neither here nor there. I just enjoyed seeing such a different kind of movie promotion than we see these days for an iconic film from my younger years.

On 9 November 1863, President Abraham Lincoln and his secretary John Hay, sat for photographer Alexander Gardner. What is startling about this image is that if there were slightly different clothing, it feels like it could have been taken yesterday.

Lincoln Photo 1863_11_08

There are a couple more images from this photo shoot at the estimable Retronaut website .

From Time magazine's recent best inventions of 2012 issue sent in by Celia of Celia's Blue Cottage blog .

Indoor clouds

As the Time website explains:

”That’s not Photoshop. The Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde has developed a way to create a small, perfect white cloud in the middle of a room. It requires meticulous planning: the temperature, humidity and lighting all have to be just so.

“Once everything is ready, Smilde summons the cloud out of the air using a fog machine. It lasts only moments, but the effect is dramatic and strangely moving.”

Are you as fascinated as I am to see friendships between different species of animals? I love it. These two are baby fawn, Pippin, and Great Dane, Kate:

This clip is from a full-length episode of Nature titled “Animal Odd Couples.” You can view the entire film here . It's worth your time. (Hat tip to Larry Beck who blogs at Woodgate's View )

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” in the upper left corner of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I probably 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 if you have one.

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