The Friday Bulletin December 28

Timely nuggets of information and ideas we want to share with you.

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns gives viewers access to curated clips from all of his films on one webpage because he believes all the themes are interwoven and related to one another. Ken Burns UNUM (from the U.S. motto e pluribus unum meaning ‘out of many – one’) highlights the themes that run through American history. Viewers can watch clips under the themes: Elections, Divided Nation, Leadership, Innovation, Hard Times, The Vietnam War and Art. Viewers can also search by timelines – 1610 – 2018.

Sort My List is a new online word tool that will text sort lists.  It will reformat, sort and clean your data. It can number shopping lists, alphabetize any list, ‘crunch’ the output from web logs, remove duplicates, and more. I wish it could complete tasks and cross things off my list as well!

Wikipedia describes Veronica Mars as an ‘American teen noir mystery drama television series’. It ran from 2004-2007 and I loved every single episode. I am particular about my mystery series – not too scary, not too violent – sort of Angela Landsburyish – and I loved this one. It’s being revived, and Kristen Bell (currently starring in The Good Place) is starring again as Veronica! I’m very excited. It will air on Hulu in 2019.

Smarty Pig is a free online piggy bank for folks saving for specific financial goals like a vacation, holiday presents, new car and so forth. Users set a savings goal with a date and amount of money to be withdrawn from their bank account every month. Smarty Pig transfers the money, puts it into a SmartyPig account with 1.75% annual percentage yield until you meet your goal. It is free to join – no fees. You can open multiple accounts for different goals. The savings accounts are held securely at Sallie Mae Bank and are FDIC insured to the maximum amount.

Remember when you mastered the electric slide?  The new trending dance step is… The Floss. To master the Floss, you put your hands into fists, swing your arms in one direction and your hips in the other. It is harder than it looks. Think advanced Zumba. Ask a kid if you need help.

This young woman has made a video to teach us to do The Floss. She is skeptical that adults can bust these moves. Prove her wrong and impress your kids and grandkids.

Watch another version of The Floss.