Saturday, 10 December 2011
INTERESTING STUFF – 10 December 2011
LAUGHING THROUGH THE AGES
Through the ages, literally, from infancy to old. That's all, just laughs.
100 YEARS YEARS OF FASHION IN 100 SECONDS
Well, fashion east London style, but it's similar to the U.S. too. Great, well-done video.
IN MEMORIAM: DAVID B. WOLFE
One of the first bloggers I met online many years ago was elder marketing guru, David B. Wolfe of Ageless Marketing.
It wasn't that I am so interested in advertising or marketing in and of itself, but David was an important thought leader in his field who understood how our minds, behavior and worldviews change as we age, and he worked to impress this on marketers. What that means for you and me is that sometimes, maybe more frequently thanks to David, advertising is not quite as insulting to elders as it can be.
David deeply understood the importance of storytelling to the human condition. He was a big supporter of The Elder Storytelling Place and contributed several stories in that blog's earliest years which you can read here.
David died on 3 December. You can find out more about David's life and influence from Brent Green at his Boomers blog.
ONE SOLUTION TO A HOLIDAY TASK
Tee hee. Hat tip to Kathi of My Sister was a St. Bernard
ELDERS TAKING JOBS FROM YOUNG PEOPLE
Apparently, older workers are the cause of our nation's unemployment problem or, at least that's what some business people believe as TGB reader, Joe Erlich, pointed out when he sent the link to this story and this video.
LARGEST INSECT ON EARTH (?)
I was amazed when I saw this photo of what is described at geekosystem.com as not just the world's largest insect, called a giant weta, but the largest ever example of one.
Others were astonished (or, maybe like me, creeped out) enough to publish the story all over the web but New Zealand, where the big bug is native, took exception. The New Zealand Herald points out that it's quite common for wetapungas (full name) to eat carrots and this particular one isn't any larger than many.
Nevertheless, I'm glad they don't live in my vicinity.
CUTE ANIMAL PHOTO
After that gigantic bug, a cute antidote is in order.
ELDER DRIVING SOLUTION
Last Monday, we had a good discussion about the terrible loss of freedom elders face when/if it becomes time to give up driving. Since then, I ran across a TED talk by Sebastian Thrun, one of the developers of Google's self-driving car.
The car has been successfully tested in cities, on highways and mountain roads, during daylight and night with no mistakes, no accidents.
Thrun makes a point about how many young lives can be saved (auto accidents are the number one cause of death for young people) with this car, but I think the usefulness for old drivers is equally important and would solve the problem many of you mentioned on Monday about being stuck far from public transportation.
I am eagerly awaiting production of this car with a price in an affordable range. Here's the video.
SILLY STEPHEN COLBERT FUN
Many of Stephen Colbert's interview guests can't compete with his public persona. Most are good-natured about being the butt of his conservative jokes, but occasionally it is cringe-producing, seems a bit cruel and makes me uncomfortable.
Every now and then, however, someone you would never expect could do so takes on Colbert and wins. Such was true this week with David Hallberg, a dancer with both American Ballet Theater and the Bolshoi in Moscow.
It's wonderful and be sure to stick it out for Colbert's participation in the dance at the end. Hilarious.
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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.
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