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Saturday, 08 March 2014

INTERESTING STUFF – 8 March 2014


OSCAR WINNER: THE LADY IN NUMBER 6

For the past two Saturdays, the documentary about the 110-year-old pianist who was also the oldest Holocaust survivor was featured in this first spot on the list.

So it makes sense that today we again celebrate Alice Herz-Sommer, who died last week, because that film about her life won the Academy Award last week for best documentary short:

"The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, was produced by Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed.


DOES HTML SOUND LIKE STD TO YOU?

Sometimes the stupidity and/or ignorance of people just leaves you gasping. Or laughing.

It is understandable that 77 percent of Americans don't know what the letters SEO stands for. And there is a certain loopy logic to the 42 percent of Americans who think motherboard is the name of the deck on a cruise ship.

But what is there to say about the 10 percent who think html is venereal disease. You can read more here.


VILLAGE FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA

Midori Barstow sent this fascinating story about Village in the Netherlands named Hogeweyk that is especially for dementia patients. It's a far cry from nursing homes and hospital wards that we are more familiar with.

Among other changes, the patients' living quarters are designed to mimic the lifestyles they were accustomed to before they became ill. Some examples:

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This is a short video from the BBC about the village:

A second dementia village is currently under construction in Switzerland. It is a new idea with barely a toe-hold yet in the world of eldercare but is one good idea among the many innovations in eldercare we will soon require as the elder population increases.

You can read more about Hogeweyk in this New York Times story from a couple of years ago.


BILL MAHER ON THE ONE PERCENT WHINERS

When Maher is good, he is really, really good.


SNAKE VERSUS CROCODILE IN AUSTRALIA

TGB's Sunday musicologist, Peter Tibbles, sent this item after having received it from his assistant musicologist, Norma. In her email to Peter, Norma wrote:

”Here's one to keep up our reputation for scary critters. Actually I'm surprised there are crocs so far inland, even freshies.”

It's not so much the kind of animals in Oz this time, as what happened when a croc met up with a cobra python.

What astonishes me is that it was the croc who didn't have a chance. I would have guessed the reverse – I mean, wouldn't you think a crocodile would just take a giant bite out of the middle of a snake? I guess not.

You can read more here where there is also a collection of still shots of the event.


MINI-PIG TO MAXI-PIG

This is a much more benign, happy animal story sent by doctafil who blogs at Jive Chalkin'.

It seems these guys thought they were getting a pigmy pig but instead got Esther – 400 pounds of her. Here's the story:

You can read more about Esther and her owners' plans for her here.


SHERWIN NULAND DIES

When I first started researching what aging is all about 20 years ago or so, one of the most fascinating books I read was National Book Award winner How We Die written by surgeon and university teacher, Sherwin B. Nuland.

It was a pull-no-punches description of what happens to bodies as they reach the end of their time. He followed it four years years later with How We Live about the miraculous intricacy with which our bodies function.

I still read these two books. They remain among the most important in my ever-growing library on aging.

Nuland Books

Nuland died last week of prostate cancer at 83. When these two of his books were published in the 1990s, the death with dignity movement was barely a glimmer on the horizon but I don't think that takes away anything from this notation in Nuland's New York Times obituary:

"Dr. Nuland confessed that he, like many of his readers, desired a death without suffering 'surrounded by the people and the things I love,' though he hastened to add that his odds were slim. This brought him to a final question.

“'And so, if the classic image of dying with dignity must be modified or even discarded, he wrote, what is to be salvaged of our hope for the final memories we leave to those who love us? The dignity we seek in dying must be found in the dignity with which we have lived our lives.'”

NAKED FRENCH GUYS' TOWEL DANCE

Norma, the assistant musicologist, is back with this video just in time to be included in today's Interesting Stuff. Two naked guys in a French nightclub. So silly. So funny.

Does the video remind you of anything? How about the Balloon Dance that was posted in Interesting Stuff about three years ago. (Scroll down – it's the last item on that day's post.)


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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Comments

Good Bill Maher stuff. However, he delivered one of the most vicious anti-elderly rants I have ever heard a few weeks ago. I had to write him about it and can only hope he never does it again.

There are so darned many acronyms and special terms used in the realm of technology, I can easy understand why someone would not be familiar with all of them. You can use a computer or cell phone as a tool without knowing the names of the parts or anything about the coding of the apps and programs. I've been blogging for more ten years and only learned about SEO a few years ago.

I love Bill Maher but I'm too cheap to subscribe to HBO.

BTW, that's a python, not a cobra, that killed the croc.

Maybe a stretch, but through my March 8 lens, this post is an entry for International Women's Day.

The snake was a water python – we don't have cobras, our snakes are much more dangerous.

The home for dementia patients seems so sensible. They can live in their own world where it's familiar and comfortable.

And yes, Bill Maher really nailed it on this one.

Darn. Kept waiting for the towel to drop.

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