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Saturday, 10 May 2014

INTERESTING STUFF – 10 May 2014


U.K. CELL PHONE ADVERT FEATURES ELDERS

Take a look at this commercial promoting the use of Vodaphone's 4G mobile to listen to Spotify's music streaming service.

How do you feel about that – all those old folks having a good time listening to the music? One commenter on a marketing website featuring the ad had this to say:

”I can't help but feel that it is somewhat condescending to elderly people. Why must the songs that are used be, for the most part, ones with provocative, innuendo-laden lyrics...

“It's clearly a deliberate attempt to make the adverts funnier as its more ironic to have elderly people singing along to implicitly sexualised songs.”

Apparently I'm not up on current pop music because I didn't catch that part. (Hat tip to TGB reader Anne Brew)


ELDERS TEACHING ENGLISH LONG DISTANCE

John Starbuck of From a Dancer sent this video. Nothing to say about it except watch and think about how this wonderful idea could be expanded.

You can read some more here.


THINGS YOU DON'T OFTEN SEE

Darlene Costner sent an email with a whole bunch of photos as surprisingly wonderful as these:

Seagulls

You'll probably have trouble recalling the last time you saw a woman in a fur coat running a vacuum cleaner on grass.

Grass vacuum furcoat

And wouldn't you have been pleased to have shot this basketball sunset.

Basketball sunset

I wish I had room for all the images in the email. Instead, I found this website that has most of them.


TWO VEEPS HAVING FUN MESSING AROUND

Maybe you caught last weekend's White House Correspondents Dinner. Or maybe you didn't. President Barack Obama was funny and so was the hired comedian, Joel McHale, although a few critics thought some of his jokes were tasteless.

I enjoyed the two men but I also liked the video skit of Vice President Joe Biden and Julia Louis-Dreyfus who plays Vice President Selina Meyer on the television series, Veep. First Lady Michelle Obama makes an appearance too.


ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND MAN'S TRULY BEST FRIEND

Lisa Abeyta made this video of her father and the family dog, Roscoe. That's all you really need to know before watching this don't-miss video.

There is a bit more information about the video here.


LOOK UP FROM YOUR SMARTPHONE OR TABLET

A lot of people complain about how social media does more to separate people than bring them together. Usually they are older people who say this.

Sometimes, however, it's a young person and this one does it quite eloquently. (Hat tip to lilalia of Yum Yum Cafe)


UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE SAVES LIVES

You probably remember that Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, has a lot in common with Romneycare, a similar program Mitt Romney instituted in Massachusetts when he was governor there and which took effect in 2006.

That is long ago enough that a study could be conducted to see if mandated coverage has made any difference in health outcomes. Just such a study was released last week.

”The study tallied deaths in Massachusetts from 2001 to 2010 and found that the mortality rate — the number of deaths per 100,000 people — fell by about 3 percent in the four years after the law went into effect.

“The decline was steepest in counties with the highest proportions of poor and previously uninsured people. In contrast, the mortality rate in a control group of counties similar to Massachusetts in other states was largely unchanged...

“A national 3 percent decline in mortality among adults under 65 would mean about 17,000 fewer deaths a year.”

You can read more about the study at The New York Times.


I HAVE THIS KIND OF TROUBLE KEEPING UP TOO

Time Goes By's Sunday music columnist, Peter Tibbles, sent this Zits cartoon by Jerry Scott. All too true for me these days.

Zits

You'll find more of Jerry Scott's Zits cartoons here.


THE SQUIRREL AND THE PUSSY CAT

The YouTube page tells us that these folks had a baby pet squirrel who, once he was full grown, ran away. But every now and then he returns for visit and this time got reacquainted with an old friend.


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

A daily read of a Zits cartoon is a fun part of my life. Jerry Scott is very creative.

I love the "Look Up" video! It should be mandatory viewing for all teenagers.

I also loved the first video with the old people listening to music on their cell phones. If that was "condescending to elderly people" I'll eat my shoes for dinner.

Love the videos, especially the two Veeps!! Your column is still truncated for me - I don't know how to fix it.

Ronni:

I wonder how that marketer will react to the advert when they're old?

Despite my age, I still can tell the difference between a beautiful woman and a fireplug.

The advert was NOT condescending; it was life-affirming.

Loved watching the CNA Speaking Exchange promo: A perfect deployment of technology to teach, learn, connect. And, no matter her role, "Elaine" is a star. Thanks to you and contributors to this wonderful weekly feature.

"ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND MAN'S TRULY BEST FRIEND"

I have always been an advocate of combining pets and old people. A gentleman living at our ALF had a beautiful chocolate Lab service dog. Everyone loved him and he loved everybody here. People who were usually withdrawn perked up when "Satchmo" walked in the room. A dog or cat would certainly liven up this "morgue" a lot.

Wow. Every entry today is terrific!

What a wonderful idea connecting elders with foreign youngsters. The computer does have some great applications even if smart phones and computers do isolate us at times.

And now I have to find the video of the Corespondents Dinner. I love it and missed this years. Thanks for the reminder.

It is not just "young people" with their faces stuck on their cell phones - I see parents ignoring their children while playing games on their cell phones. I give the children books and read to them while their parents "do their thing". What will these children be like when they are adults?

You hit a home run today - lots of laughs but a few tears as well. LOVED the look up from your screen; it's not just to connect with people but be safe when crossing the street. I see so many people fixated on their phone that they don't pay attention to traffic signals.

As usual a good way to start the w/end even tho' I'm very late today. The phone commercial bothers me because I think today's "music" is horrible.......can't stand the overt sexuality in everything now days. I'd like to see it done with some '50s or 60s music, how about some Dylan & Simon & G.? Anyway the other videos spot on. Thanks again, Ronni. Dee

Marc - couldn't agree more with you - I thought the phone advert was fun - just that - fun - and who doesn't think the music of earlier years wasn't full of sexual innuendo? Might have been somewhat more subtle I agree. Personally I think the commenter was the one being patronising - obviously doesn't approve of sexy seniors!

On a flight from Brazil to Montreal, our plane was loaded with excited, friendly Brazilian students heading to Canada to study English.

The idea of connecting seniors with students wanting to learn a language, is fantastic.

I'm volunteering at a senior home once a week now, helping to serve lunch. It's a great experience watching what goes on and getting to know the people.

I'm going to mention the idea of seniors teaching or tutoring students from a nearby school.

It's an excellent way to build relationships between the generations.

Great Saturday read.

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