Saturday, 18 August 2012
INTERESTING STUFF: 18 August 2012
Time to celebrate. It's Millie Garfield's 87th birthday today. She is among the oldest elderbloggers around.
Millie recently sold her condo and moved a few miles down the road to Brooksby Village. That's a big deal when you are Millie's age and she has handled it magnificently. Now, she is getting settled in the smaller space and documenting all that with a lot of photos at her blog.
So get yourself over there right now and leave her your birthday wishes. She is an elderblogging treasure showing the rest of us how to grow old with grace, humor and aplomb.
BIRD JOINS BLUEGRASS BAND
Another 87-year-old blogger, Darlene Costner, sent us this lovely, fun video of a bird joining in with a bluegrass band. Be patient – the bird shows up at about one-and-a-half minutes in:
This came from Kathleen Noble of The Dassler Diaries. I've seen it before and may have posted it here in the past, although I can't find it. Never mind. It's magnificent and definitely worth watching again.
BABY FLAMINGO AT THE BRONX ZOO
Even the most ungainly baby animals are cute. Here is a Caribbean flamingo at the Bronx Zoo last week, making his (or her) first appearance from under mama's wing – just three days old.
HELEN GURLEY BROWN DIES AT AGE 90
Particularly in her later years as editor of sexy women's magazine, Cosmopolitan, it was easy to mock the author of Sex and the Single Girl - the book that made her famous - and many did. But I saw her differently.
In the early 1980s, I was producing a profile of Helen Gurley Brown for the ABC-TV program, 20/20. At the same time, my father was dying 3,000 miles away in Oregon so I traveled back and forth every couple of weeks.
On the morning I was scheduled to survey Helen's office with the lead cameraman to determine what equipment we would need for the shoot, I had arrived in New York from Portland via the red-eye flight. Even so, I was pretty sure that a shower and change of clothes disguised my exhaustion and grief and indeed, I appeared to pass muster with the cameraman.
When Helen greet us in the lobby of Cosmopolitan, I was surprised that she remembered me from a couple of TV shows we'd done together a decade earlier but the shocker came with her first words: “Oh dear, Ronni, what's wrong?” At which point, I collapsed into her big, motherly hug.
She ordered tea for us in her office and we three talked about parents, losing loved ones, grief and such which was exactly what I needed at that moment. Yes, the cameraman and I still got our survey done for the shoot, but Helen Gurley Brown made a friend for life for being so caring to notice what I thought I'd hidden.
I'm not the only one on the receiving end of Helen's sensitivities. You can read stories about her kindnesses all over the web. This is a good place to start. Rest in peace, Helen.
SUMMER STYLE TIPS FROM ADVANCED STYLE
One of my favorite websites about old people is written and produced by a very young (compared to me) man named Ari Seth Cohen. Here is what he says about what he does at Advanced Style:
”I roam the streets of New York looking for the most stylish and creative older folks. Respect your elders and let these ladies and gents teach you a thing or two about living life to the fullest.
“Advanced Style offers proof from the wise and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age.
Perhaps some of you have already found Ari's blog via the Elderbloggers List. If not, it's worth spending some time with.
Ari also produces videos with elder fashion mavens. Here's a recent street interview on a blistering hot Manhattan day:
All of Advanced Styles' past videos are here.
THAT NASA MOHAWK GUY AND THE PREZ
By now, you undoubtedly have heard about the NASA scientist working on the Mars rover mission known at the Mohawk guy. His name is Bobak Ferdowski:
When President Barack Obama called to congratulate NASA on a job well done, he noted this:
"I understand there is a special mohawk guy working on the mission. I thought about getting a mohawk myself but my team keeps on discouraging me.”
In the age of Photoshop, Mr. President, not a problem. Before long, this terrific, funny image arrived from @darth on Twitter:
MITT BAD LIP READING
One of the best things about the last ten years of my working life was being with so many young techie types who kept me up to date on computers in general, web production and, of course, the latest cool things online.
I'm way behind these days so I'm just now catching up with the Mitt Bad Lip Reading meme although for all I know, I've come in at the tag end and it's almost over.
Here is first one I saw, one of the latest that comes with a warning: weird language and not safe for work or the grandkids. At first it seems just silly. But hang in for a little while; by about 40 seconds I was laughing my ass off.
HOW CATS LAND ON THEIR FEET
I have recently discovered a young man named Destin who teaches all kinds of science at a YouTube website he calls Smarter Every Day. His big deal passion is rockets, but he knows all about all kinds of other science-y things too.
Today, I think a lot of you will like Destin's excellent experiments and explanation of the physics of how cats always land on their feet.
BRAVING THE WRATH OF A MOTHER BEAR
You would think there is not a soul alive brave enough to go anywhere near a mama bear's cub. But one woman did just that. First, however, here's the explanation from the YouTube page:
”Where, oh where, are my baby bears? Some baby bears got stuck in a dumpster overnight. Mama bear sat by the dumpster all night listening to her cubs cry. This kept my aunt's friends awake as well. Watch their rescue!”
I dunno – brave or foolish? See what you think:
FLASH MOB IN SABADELL, SPAIN
TGB reader Bill sent this video for us. It was produced by one of Europe's largest banks (oh, dear; I wonder how it's doing) which explained:
”On the 130th anniversary of the founding of Banco Sabadell we wanted to pay homage to our city by means of the campaign "Som Sabadell" (We are Sabadell).
“This is the flashmob that we arranged as a final culmination with the participation of 100 people from the Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Lieder, Amics de l'Òpera and Coral Belles Arts choirs.”
And now, from Sabadell in Catalonia, Spain. Gorgeous.
NOW, DON'T FORGET TO GO WISH MILLIE GARFIELD A FABULOUS 87TH BIRTHDAY.
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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