STUNNING AGEISM VIDEO
Take a look at this advertising experiment created by Australia's Apia Insurance. In some ways, it is shocking – in others, unsurprising.
It's also worth watching this short “making of” video that goes with advert.
Give a hat tip to Erin Read of Creating Results for finding this.
CANADA'S SOLUTION TO ENDLESS WINTER
It's been damned cold around here lately – especially for northwest Oregon. The temperature is above freezing (barely) now for the first time in a week.
Here is how Canada, tongue in cheek, handles cabin fever during their long winters.
BRAIN GAMES FRAUD
I have never believed that brain games work and the research has supported me. The best they can report is that brain games make you a little better at playing brain games.
Now, The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is cracking down on Lumosity, the largest and best known of brain game snake oil purveyors, by fining the company $2 million. Lumosity
"'...preyed on consumers’ fears about age-related cognitive decline, suggesting their games could stave off memory loss, dementia, and even Alzheimer’s disease,' said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, in a statement. 'But Lumosity simply did not have the science to back up its ads,'” [she said, according to Vox].'
Further, reports the Guardian:
”The company has also been handed a $50m penalty for harming consumers – but the fine is suspended because the company cannot afford to pay it, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).”
You will find much more interesting and useful detail at the Guardian website.
IT TAKES A BRAVE PERSON TO DO THIS
If you are faint of heart, you might want to skip watching this giant road grader being driven across a narrow swinging bridge. I watched it once and won't be doing that again.
How brave do you need to be, I wonder, to do this.
MICHAEL WEATHERLY LEAVING NCIS
It was announced this week that Michael Weatherly, who plays “very special agent” Anthony DeNozzo on the long-running CBS drama NCIS, will be leaving the show when the current season ends.
It's one of my favorite programs and I'm not sure there can be a show without Tony. Also, in one of the most brilliant casting moves ever, Robert Wagner was hired to play the recurring role of Tony's father. It is uncanny how much alike they look; they could easily be mistaken for real-life father and son.
And take a look at the two men side by side when Wagner was about the same age as Weatherly.
Amazing, isn't it.
But even more amazing was the gratuitous ageism in the Washington Post story about Weatherly's departure by Justin Wm. Moyer. It started with the headline:
”Michael Weatherly (a.k.a. DiNozzo) leaves ‘NCIS': Seniors weep, snobs shrug,” read the headline.
Within the story, Moyer played down the significance of NCIS having been declared the number one drama in the world and saved his snark for the last sentence, writing that DeNozzo's
”...shenanigans — loving them and leaving them, serving as foil for the ever-dour Mark Harmon — helped make 'NCIS' a cornerstone of CBS’s procedural lineup geared to older viewers who actually watch broadcast television. Median age of the average 'NCIS' viewer: 60.”
Right, Moyer. And your point is?
You can read more here.
JOHN OLIVER ON NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS
John Oliver's HBO program, Last Week Tonight is still on hiatus until Valentine's Day but he took a few minutes to make a short, web exclusive to help us feel better about breaking our New Year resolutions.
AN ELDER AMERICAN MAN AND A YOUNG MUSLIM WOMAN
At 75, he worked in a big U.S. city as a mail carrier. She was a shy, 26-year-old Saudi woman, Anah, on his route. They slowly became friends. They even went to lunch together once.
”I tried to imagine their conversation,” the man's daughter writes. “a Muslim girl with limited English and my Italian-American father, Vinny, with his inimitable accent of dropped Rs, asking her if she wanted a 'cawfee' and a cannoli...
“In Anah, he also acknowledges, he saw a mirror of the struggles that his own grandparents experienced after they immigrated here more than 100 years ago.”
Then, sometime later, the mailman told his daughter that his young friend had returned home to Saudi Arabia.
”When he asked me to help him with Facebook to maintain their contact, I realized that his feelings for this friend ran deep. I had recently spent time overseas and had encouraged him to join Facebook to follow my travels; he had wanted no part of it. Now he requested his own account with a personal profile picture.”
You know what? Never mind this poor and impossible attempt on my part to summarize a beautiful story of a friendship that grew across generations, cultures and in spite of current international mistrust.
You should read the whole thing yourself, written by Lori Ayotte, at The New York Times.
THE MANY AMAZING SHADES OF RED
These days my preference is for shades of green but when I was a kid, red was my favorite color and I still have a fondness for it.
This video shows a whole bunch of ways the color can be breathtaking. Sit back for five minutes and enjoy what is, essentially, a meditation on the color red. (The background Christmas songs are incidental; it would be just as effective with different music.)
OREGON ATTACK OWL RETURNS
In late December, Reuters reported that an owl was attacking people here in Oregon:
”The barred owl has clawed at least three people outside the state Capitol in Salem in a series of attacks since late November, city parks department spokeswoman Tibby Larson said.
"It's silent. You're just walking along, minding your own business, and an owl comes silently at you from behind," Larson said.
This isn't new. It started a year ago. Here's a television report about the incidents:
There is another amusing report at Huffington Post about the first attacks in early 2015, with more detail about MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow's involvement.
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