MILLENNIALS MOVE INTO SENIOR LIVING CENTER
For a long time I've believed that anyone who develops products, services, government programs or anything else meant for elders' use should be required employ elder advisors because only old people can make adequate evaluations.
TGB reader C Lostetter sent this story about two millennial generation technology entrepreneurs who obviously agree. Al Baker and Ahmed Douad moved into a retirement home for a week to help them learn what elders need and want in tech products.
You can read more here where you can also see the video with the two young men and the elder residents.
JOHN OLIVER DEMOLISHES CONSPIRACY THEORISTS
Oliver's HBO show, Last Week Tonight, went dark last Sunday for Easter but produced this short web exclusive for fans like me who don't like Sunday without John Oliver.
As TGB reader Olga who blogs at Confessions of a Grandma said in the comments last week:
“I know that John Oliver would not pass the birther test so he can't be president, but the world is a better place with him in it.”
FAKE FOOD FESTIVALS
It's spring in the northern hemisphere and in the United States, festivals are busting out all over. Consumer Reports warns about some fake food festivals:
”The advertisements appear genuine and the ticket prices are mouthwatering: A Facebook invitation to a food festival touted $49 tickets for all-you-can-eat crab, salad, pasta, bread, and desserts at a recent “Hot Garlic Crab Feed Houston” or $99 for VIP tickets that offered an additional helping of steak.
“Food festival fans clicked on the link to buy tickets and tapped in their credit card number. But when they showed up at the 'location' of the food festival, there was nothing there: no event, no festival, and no explanation. The only sign of the 'food festival' was a crowd of similarly confused ticket holders. Refunds? Forget about it.”
Be warned and read more here.
Undoubtedly, many of you are as tired and bored as I am by the 24/7 coverage of Donald Trump. I mention this because the next three items today are all about Trump.
But each one of them made me laugh or cheer – each in its own particular way. I hope you enjoy them too.
MEAN GIRLS READ DONALD TRUMP TWEETS
Certainly you know that Trump's favored medium of communication is Twitter and that he uses it primarily to trash women and his opponents.
What we have here is brilliant. Mean girls reading real Trump tweets and it fits so perfectly you wonder why no one had thought of it before. Donald Trump: the ultimate mean girl:
TRUMPED STARRING NATHAN LANE AND MATTHEW BRODERICK
This is produced by the producers of the classic 1967 film, The Producers, and first aired on Jimmy Kimmel in February. I can't think why I didn't show you this when I first saw it. So here it is now.
ELIZABETH WARREN TALKS POLITICAL SANITY WITH STEPHEN COLBERT
A lot of people wanted Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for president this year. It is more than conceivable that she is needed exactly where she is as this clip shows.
On the other hand, it could make an interesting election if Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders chose her as his/her vice presidential running mate.
FAMILY PHOTOS FOREVER
Like me, you have certainly spent a whole lot of time in your life updating storage media. Just for music, we have gone from 78rpm to 45rpm to long-playing vinyl albums, 8-track, cassettes, CDs, streaming, cloud storage and now – are your ready, 5D Nanodot Data Storage Discs.
I don't understand what it is for a minute, but here's an explanation of how it operates from the Gajitz website:
”The medium can hold a stunning 360 terabytes per disc and withstand temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees Celsius, but kept in ideal conditions have a shelf life of 14 billion years. Human-readable etchings at larger scales allow the discs to be marked for future identification.”
Here's a photo:
Professor Peter Kazansky from the University of Southampton's Optical Research Center said in a statement.
“It is thrilling to think that we have created the technology to preserve documents and information and store it in space for future generations.”
“This technology can secure the last evidence of our civilisation: all we’ve learnt will not be forgotten.”
THE UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN
Ukuleles don't get much respect but this video, sent by TGB reader Patricia Read, shows why they should.
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain plays the well-known theme from the Clint Eastwood film, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
As it says on the orchestra's website, they've been playing for “30 plucking years.”
BIG CATS LIKE BOXES TOO
What infants and cats have in common is they both prefer to play with box the toy came in rather than the toy itself.
Now we know that the big cats – lions and tigers and cougars and a whole lot their brethren - also like boxes.
The video comes from the Big Cat Rescue website.
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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