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INTERESTING STUFF – 9 January 2016


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.


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.


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.


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.


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'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.


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.


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.)


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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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 at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I 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 include the name of the blog and its URL.


Gee that insurance ad made me sad.

Is that all they've got?

NCIS New Orleans is good.

We visited NO couple years ago, took an excellent tour by an entertaining driver/tour guide who told us stories about growing up there, showed us homes of famous authors, the Ninth Ward where Fats Domino lives.

I watched the insurance ad twice—had a hollow feeling in the pit of my stomach when I was done. It's very powerful to present ageism in video. The message is clearer, and we really get the "picture"!

Mixed feelings about the ageism ads.........as was doctafill. What? No one near or over 70! Isn't that a sort of discrimination? What about the rest of us 70 & 80s+? Chopped liver again. There's a woman in the water exercise class I take twice a week who is 86 & she's a marvel......upbeat, well-spoken & vital especially among the group of 70++++. I want to be like her when I grow up!

Too bad the WPost writer thinks NCIS is only for elders. Could it be that we appreciate consistently good writing, good acting & good ole' fashioned entertainment without sex, sex, sex ad nauseum? I hope it never goes off the air & I will forever miss Tony! And his "dad" as well. As usual, Ronni, a well done Saturday post. You never disappoint. Happy New Year! Dee

Thank you, Ronni, for another fun and useful Saturday pause (even though there were no paws today!).
I watched both Ageism videos with great interest but was, like Dee, surprised by the age group (53-67!) considered "OLD" despite knowing that the place where my mother lives is promoted for "55 and up" and the actual average age there is about 85. I was also put off by the tired old "the 40s are the new 30s, the 50s are the new 40s, etc. etc." business in the second video. Still a long, long way to go.
Was amused by Canada's weather humor (and glad I don't live there), very pleased to read about the outing and fining of Lumosity, on edge as I watched the sketchy bridge video, saddened to read about the loss of another key character on NCIS (and confused about why in heaven the fact that such an excellently written/acted and highly viewed show doesn't convince those "in charge" that there IS an audience for quality out there), ticked off by the video on Red which definitely has MANY truly breathtaking images but also includes MANY of women in provocative poses ... just those images that contribute to "normal" women's problems of self-image and men's objectification of women. Was touched to read the article about friendship, further proof of my belief that ignorance, literally "not knowing, is one of the main causes of hatred and violence and most of the world's problems.
To openness and tolerance .... and those who promote them, like you, Ronni.

As to the Australian video: Old folks will always be perceived that way by young people. We did it when we were young and it will be that way for generations to come. And I am okay with that. What I am not okay with is when we are no longer treated as individuals and are "cubby-holed" into one group of tottering, demented sub-humans who are incapable of making our own decisions. In fact, after a while, we become so homogenous that we are not even separated by sex anymore. We are no longer "Men" and "Women", just old people who dress alike, eat alike and all watch the same TV programs. And don't even get me started on sexuality.

Love the ad videos, and of course they are right on regarding how the world sees all of us over 50, but especially over 60, and I note, as did another reader, the absence of any 70 and 80 year olds. When I was in my early 50's, I was watching tv one night and realized with a start that none of the ads was talking to me any more! Not one. Everything seemed aimed at the 30 something householder, and I got it right then that I had moved into the age of invisibility. This is not all bad, of course, and now there are lots of ads directed at my age group but they are mostly for medications. I wonder if that experience changed the views of any of those young Aussies for longer than that day.

One other comment: hated the red video, very one dimensional and that dimension was all about sex. Red is so much more, and women are so much more.

So glad to see the FTC is actually taking action against someone or something. Interesting to note, for the umpteenth time, that this was reported by The Guardian. I always wonder why these stories don't get reported first (if at all) by US media. Sad to have to rely on the Brits to know what's going on here.

Nothing lasts forever, but I do wish NCIS could and would. I'm still mourning Cote de Pablo's (Ziva's) departure.

I am an agist. I admit to grouping, classifying and labeling people under 35. Especially those around 30. When I see people of that age I tend to dismiss them and thier views. I immediately think ,"inexperienced, but thinks she-he knows everything, thinks whatever she is into is the entire world". I classify these people as dismissing 95% of the world because it doesn't fit their tiny agenda. I see them as being users of too much technology, and having poor in-person skills. I see them as having a poor sense of values and of being superficial.

I can't deny it, I don't trust anyone without grey hair.

Too bad about Tony, just when he was getting old enough to be interesting.

I would like to applaud PiedType's comment about Cote de Pablo (though I haven't really gotten over it ... and NCIS lost a great deal of its appeal to me with her departure) and applaud with cheers Cheryl's comment! :) Thank you both!

I'm with Bruce Cooper: "Old folks will always be perceived that way by young people. We did it when we were young and it will be that way for generations to come." My friends' son told me years ago, "You GET it. You're still young." He added, with typical 15 year-old angst, "My parents are over 40." I'm looking forward to teasing him in a couple years when he reaches that age. I'm happy to be the age I am, happy to have learned the lessons I've learned, and don't give a rat's ass if people consider me old.

Say it isn't so; Tony leaving NCIS. Without his humor the show will not be the same. Like Pied Type, I still miss Ziva. The cast was perfect before her departure. I always feel like something is missing now and no one can take her place, just as no one will be able to replace Tony.

John Oliver is spot on again. I don't make resolutions anymore because I know I won't keep them.

I was particularly interested in the Luminosity fraud and the FCC finally taking action. Another example of Follow the Money (apparently about $ 1 billion dollars a year) which seems to be so common in this country.

I noticed that there was no mention of certain well-known medical experts who stated that it couldn't hurt to use such brain games. Actually, it could hurt if people wasted time on these games rather than exercising.

I loved the story of the Elder American and the Young Muslim Woman.

What has happened? 25 years ago when I was 50 I started a new career after graduating with an MA in Clinical Art Therapy. I had no problem getting a job and I worked at 2 different California state psychiatric hospitals, and for the county where I live in several different mental health clinics. After I retired at the age of 65 I was asked to return to work part-time on a contract basis which I was happy to do for three years until the economy tanked in 2008. I just do not understand the ageism attitudes expressed here, but then, most people are happy to ignore the mentally ill and those who work with them.

"Interesting to note, for the umpteenth time, that this was reported by The Guardian. I always wonder why these stories don't get reported first (if at all) by US media."

Actually, the NYT, Washington Post, and a few others had articles on January 5. The Guardian's article was January 6.

I blogged about this, Ronni blogged about this. We both referenced The Guardian piece. The real question: Why do the British write more interesting news articles?

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