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.
OLD LADIES PLAYING IN THE STREET
As Colleen Skinner of Meanderings said in the email she sent with this video, “Something to do when we're old and lonely.” Watch and giggle.
We all know that falling is a serious affliction of elders and can be deadly. Now, according to The New York Times' New Old Age Blog, t'ai chi has been added to medical guidelines in the U.S. and Britain as an effective way to help prevent falls.
I'm glad I've been attending those classes regularly.
BORED HEADLINE WRITER HAVING FUN???
Does anyone else think at first glance that this New York Times headline is about a couple of Chinese attorneys and not superstitious ones?
In a Field of Reason, Lawyers Woo Luck Too
I think I once ate a Chinese restaurant with that name.
POLITICAL WISDOM FROM AN ELDER
You may have read about the publishing sensation in France, Indignez-vous! written by 93-year-old Stephane Hessel who was a resistance fighter during World War II.
With the revolutions in the middle east (not to mention our own Wisconsin), it takes on greater significance and an English translation is now available from The Nation magazine, but only if you are a subscriber. There is a short excerpt here and longer story about the author and the essay here.
To quote Hessel:
“To you who will create the twenty-first century, we say, from the bottom of our hearts,
“TO CREATE IS TO RESIST.
“TO RESIST IS TO CREATE.”
GRANDMOTHER FOILS ROBBERY
Here is a video that went viral about 70-something Ann Tilson who used her pocketbook to stop some robbers.
Stories about old people physically standing up to crime or injustice are not uncommon and what I like about them is that invariably, when the elder is asked about their audacity, they shrug as though saying, “Wouldn't anyone do this?”
Here's the follow-up interview:
WHY WALL STREET GOES UNPUNISHED
The initimitable Matt Taibbi is back in Rolling Stone with a new story explaining why no one has or ever will be prosecuted for bringing down the world's economy.
“The mental stumbling block, for most Americans, is that financial crimes don't feel real; you don't see the culprits waving guns in liquor stores or dragging coeds into bushes,” writes Taibbe.
“But these frauds are worse than common robberies. They're crimes of intellectual choice, made by people who are already rich and who have every conceivable social advantage, acting on a simple, cynical calculation: Let's steal whatever we can, then dare the victims to find the juice to reclaim their money through a captive bureaucracy.”
The entire story is long and worth every minute of your time.
HOW FLYING USED TO BE
Many of us have mentioned here that because it is so painful, cramped, tiring and just plain ugly, we do our best to not get on airplanes. Look at how it once was on the flying Clipper ships in the 1930s and '40s:
Planes were slower then and there were even individual sleeping compartments. See more photos here.
TALK ABOUT INFORMATION OVERLOAD
By now, most of us are accustomed to electronic measurement by megabytes, gigabytes and even terabytes. But wait till you read this:
”[R]esearchers calculate that humankind is able to store at least 295 exabytes of information...
“In 2007, humankind successfully sent 1.9 zettabytes of information through broadcast technology such as televisions and GPS. That's equivalent to every person in the world reading 174 newspapers every day.”
JUST SHOOT ME
Sometimes I think I will die right on cue when I can't stand U.S. culture anymore. What are they thinking with a full line of make-up for eight-year-olds?
“This is mascara, blush, lipstick, the works. The product line’s 69 offerings even include anti-aging products like antioxidant-loaded exfoliants for extra smooth and healthy skin...”
Hopefully, mothers of America will resist. Read more here.
SATURDAY IS NOT FINISHED UNTIL THERE IS A CAT
Or 10,000 of them. I saw this commercial a long while ago and had forgotten it. I may even have posted this before. I still love it anyway.