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:
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.
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.
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