Monday, July 23, 2018

What Age are you wearing?

Can we tell the age of a person by simply looking carefully at what they are wearing? That's my theory - the style and colours tell the story.  This seems to me to be a sociological study rather than a google search.

On the other hand, I found this article in  What makes it remarkable is that it identifies ages such as 30 as being too old to wear various styles.  It is clearly addressed to women.  There are some articles for men, but fashion is targeted primarily to women.

Top 10 items you're too old to wear

1. Message t-Shirts (retail retirement age: 30)
2. Too-trendy denim (retail retirement age: 35)
3. Costume shoes (retail retirement age: mid-40s)
4. Micro-mini skirts (retail retirement age: 40)
5. Anything showing excessive cleavage (retail retirement age: 50)
6. White, ribbed cotton tank tops (retail retirement age: 40)
7. Hair gadgets (retail retirement age: 30)
8. Oversized, overly-decorated hobo bags (retail retirement age: 50)
9. Cheap, unflattering underwear (retail retirement age: 40)
10. Loud accessories (retail retirement age: 35)
11. Visible or coloured bra straps (a throw-in without age)

Here's the concluding platitude:  “But what you’re striving for isn’t to look youthful – it’s to look ageless,” DeMartino says. “This way, you’re going to look more fabulous because the look is appropriate for you.”  It is followed by a referral to Charla Krupp’s How Not to Look Old  (Grand Central Life & Style).

There are lots more top ten lists on what to do/not do:  the AARP entertains us with their concluding four items:
  • Gold chains with your name on them.
  • Gold chains with anyone's name on them.
  • Gold chains.
  • Chains.
We had lots of rain in the garden yesterday, so I took a few shots of the rain drops. 

Sunday, July 22, 2018

How old is Kirk Douglas?

Have you ever wondered about your favourite celebrities from past decades?  At NEWS 1130, they list the celebrity birthdays for the following week in order of oldest to youngest.  Here are today's celebrity birthdays:

July 22: Actor Orson Bean (“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”) is 90. Actress Louise Fletcher is 84. Actor Terence Stamp is 80. Game-show host Alex Trebek is 78. Singer George Clinton is 77. Singer-actor Bobby Sherman is 75. Actor Danny Glover is 72. Writer-director Paul Schrader is 72. Singer Don Henley is 71. Actor-comedian-director Albert Brooks is 71. Composer Alan Menken (“Little Mermaid,” ”Little Shop of Horrors”) is 69. Actor Willem Dafoe is 63. Singer Keith Sweat is 57. Singer Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls is 55. Actor-comedian David Spade is 54. Actor John Leguizamo is 54. Bassist Pat Badger of Extreme is 51. Actress Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”) is 51. Actor Rhys Ifans (“Elementary,” ”Notting Hill”) is 51. Actor-singer Jaime Camil (“Jane the Virgin”) is 45. Musician Daniel Jones (Savage Garden) is 45. Singer Rufus Wainwright is 45. Actress Franka Potente (“The Bourne Identity”) is 44. Actress A.J. Cook (“Criminal Minds”) is 40. Actor Keegan Allen (“Pretty Little Liars”) is 31. Singer-actress Selena Gomez is 26.

It seems so fascinating.  I would not have realized Louise Fletcher or Terence Stamp were over 80.  What about Kirk Douglas?  He's age 101, born in 1917.  (His son Michael Douglas is 73 years old).  Olivia de Havilland is age 102, born 1916.

There's a wikipedia list of actors, entertainers, celebrities who are centurions (living and deceased).  I found this person in the list:  Ruthie Thompson, born 1910, age 107, American animator.  (Maybe she's 108 by now).

This seems really old.  In comparison the oldest verified living person is 117 years old - Chiyo Miyako, born May 2nd, 1901.  And the oldest person who has ever lived and whose age has been verified is Jeanne Calmest at age 122 years, 1875-1997.  She has a fascinating story HERE.

We look at the delicate shapes and textures in  carnation flowers today.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Google Feels Lucky

How does Google decide those little doodles at the top?  I clicked on "I'm Feeling Lucky" and see a page of doodles for July.  Continue scrolling and one can likely scroll down to the beginning of doodles.  That was in August 1998, designed by Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.  The first doodle was about the Burning Man Festival!

"The first Google Doodle was featured in August 1998. and it was designed by Google’s founders; Larry Page and Sergey Brin. It was a doodle which notified the users of a Burning Man Festival, which Page and Brin attended, so if the servers crashed, you would know why Google was offline. Later on, Google Doodles became more than random logos; they became a part of Google’s culture."
  • Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the cofounders of Google, went to Burning Man with Eric Schmidt nearly two decades ago to see if he had what it takes to become CEO.
  • Schmidt landed the job because he proved he could cut loose.
Schmidt had been to Burning Man Festivals prior to the job, and that attracted Brin's and Page's attention.  Schmidt subsequently became an executive fixture at Google/Alphabet from 2001 to 2017.

Find out more about the two tech 'giants' hiring approach in this business insider article 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Richest Person Ever

The Globe and Mail reported this week that the richest man in the world has $150 billion.  He's Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon.  He's the richest person in history. This is more wealth than anyone since Forbes started its rich list in 1982.  Bill Gates had a net worth around $149 billion in 1999, and has since given away billions to charity so has 'lost ground'.

The Independent UK article says that the nine richest men in the world have more combined wealth than the poorest 4 billion people. 

In another article by author Tim Worstall in Forbes, he says that the average American today is 90 times richer than the average person in Central Africa.  And richer than the historical human being.  He proposes that outside addiction or mental health problems, there is no one in the U.S. today who suffers from the usual human description of poverty.  Real poverty is defined as $600 a year.  Brad Delong pointed out that historical living standards never fell very far below $600 for long, because if they do then they become dying standards.

Tim Worstall, the author, makes a poignant observation: "...we sure do have a lot of people still talking about poverty so what are they on about? The truth is they're not talking about poverty at all. They're talking about how some have more than others: inequality."

Which is where we started: wondering over the wealth of the richest person ever.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Hooyah! Mission accomplished

Yesterday we looked at the Guinness records about roofs.  Today, in celebration of the rescue of the cave-bound Thailand boys, we look at underground records.   We were there for that record too. It was August 2010 and 33 miners were trapped underground in Chile for 69 days.  

But how about this record?  It would be on a lighter note (!): The deepest concert underground was at 1271 m (4,169 ft 11 in) below sea level at Pyhäsalmi Mine Oy, Pyhäjärvi, Finland and was performed by Agonizer (Finland) on 4 August 2007.

My Google search goes off-course with a fascinating title: 20 Guinness World Record-breaking destinations to visit around the world. 

1.  The largest railway station by number of platforms is New York City's Grand Central Terminal.

2. World's narrowest Street - Germany's Spreuerhofstrasse street. Located in Reutlingen, the thin street is only a foot wide at its narrowest point.

... World's Oldest Restaurant:  You can still dine at the world's oldest restaurant - Restaurante Botín - located in Madrid, Spain. Created in 1725, it still maintains its original 18th-century interiors and firewood oven today.

Then Google results return to the topic in a bizarre headline:  "A man who has been buried alive in a pub garden for more than three months has broken the record for the length of time spent in a wooden box underground".
Geoff Smith, 37, beat the European record of 101 days - set by his mother - at midnight on Monday.

Could you make these stories up?  His mother did it when he was seven years old. "He did it at 37, and it has been his ambition to go and bury himself in a box".

Back above ground, it is Lilycrest blooming time.