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INTERESTING STUFF – 27 August 2010

Posted Aug 27 2010 5:31am

Category_bug_interestingstuff This edition of Interesting Stuff is top-heavy with video, silliness and fun, but not entirely. Enjoy.

ELDER TELEMEDICINE
Only 11 percent of medical schools in the U.S. require geriatric training and there are not now, nor will there be in coming years nearly enough geriatricians - those trained in the often unique medical treatment of elders – to go around. One way to alleviate the crunch is to care for elders' routine medical needs with telemedicine.

Telemedicine has not advanced far yet and certainly not with elders. One reason is the belief that old people cannot or will not adapt to the necessary gadgets. But according to a recent story in the Washington Post,

"'I was shocked; they love the technology,' says Laurie Chichester, who directs home-care services at the Metropolitan Jewish Health System in New York, where 170 patients use remote monitoring.”

They're always underestimating us elders. I would welcome telemedicine. You can read more here .

MAKING EXERCISE FUN
It won't do the rest of us any good, but in Stockholm, taking the stairs, even after a long day's work, is growing by – well, leaps and bounds. I wish I could do this.

IT TOOK ME 50 YEARS TO GET THE JOKE
One of the fun things about returning to Portland, Oregon, where I lived until I was 15, is rediscovering buildings and landmarks that bring back memories from those years. A recent story by Anna Griffin in The Oregonian discusses the restoration of an 80-year-old sign on a Chinese restaurant.

I clearly remember this sign and the name of the restaurant, which I often saw when I was a kid, and may even have eaten there. What I didn't understand back then was why grownups laughed about the name.

Hung Far Low sign

You can read more here .

”I LOVE MY BORING LIFE”
Steve Garfield of Off on a Tangent (yes, he is the son of our very own Millie Garfield ) alerted me to a blog post titled the same as this headline. I've had a few notes for a post with similar thoughts, but Len Edgerly got there first:

“I’ve spent just shy of 60 years looking for adventure, trying to be important. If you’d told me when I was 18, or 35, or even 50 that there’d come a time when the best things in my life would be boring, I’d have puked. But that time has come, my friends.”

Couldn't have said it better myself. Although Len's boring life is distinctly different from mine, the contentment is not. Read more here .

SIMON'S CAT IN A BOX
Youtube star, Simon's Cat, is endlessly entertaining, but somehow I forgot to check in for new installments during the past several months until lilialia of Yum Yum Cafe reminded me. This universal cat behavior is what makes it so funny to us cat fans.

PHILADELPHIA TAXES BLOGGERS
Now and then, Marilyn Bess posts a story to her low-traffic blog about green living. Together with some other posts on eHow over the past few years she has earned, she says, about $50. Nevertheless, in May, she received a letter from the city demanding she pay $300 to purchase a business privilege license - and pay taxes on her income.

She is not alone. Other local bloggers, including one with even less revenue than Bess, have received the same demand.

"According to Andrea Mannino of the Philadelphia Department of Revenue, in fact, simply choosing the option to make money from ads — regardless of how much or little money is actually generated — qualifies a blog as a business."

A bill will be introduced in September to set a floor of $100,000 profit before taxes are due, but the business privilege license would still be required. Will Philadelphia blogs go dark? Is this a First Amendment issue? Read more here .

OVERSTATING THE OBVIOUS
If people who feel the need to state the glaringly obvious are annoying, signs that do so are just stupid – or funny.

Sand

Although I'm not convinced this image isn't Photoshopped, there are some more at Huffington Post that are not.

SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST
It is lilalia again who sent me this link. Certainly, you have heard of StoryCorps , the nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the life stories of Americans from all walks of life.

They have partnered with the Rauch Brothers animation studio to produce videos using audio recordings from StoryCorps interviews with real people. The animations air on the PBS program POV and are posted online after broadcast.

That's all I'm going to say except don't skip viewing this, titled Danny and Annie.

EDITORIAL NOTE: Interesting Stuff is an occasional Time Goes By feature – about two or three times a month – listing items that have recently caught my attention, some serious and others not. Suggestions are welcome with no guarantee of publication.


At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Nancy Lazinsky: Radio

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