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Tag Archive: YouTube

Mar 24

Seniors and the iPad, love at first sight

“To this technology-ninny, it’s clear in my compromised 100th year. That to read and to write are again within sight of this Apple iPad pioneer.”—Virginia Campbell, age 99.

Seniors and the iPad are becoming quite a team these days. In fact, it is looking like love at first sight.

News stories in papers and on the web are plentiful about how the iPad seems to fit seniors, hand in glove, if you will. Now mind you, these are not advertisements but legitimate news stories that say that it appears the iPad was indeed made for seniors.

In fact one story calls it a “senior saver”. Phillip Moeller writes for money.usnews.com saying, “By providing Internet and e-mail access, and a full range of media capabilities that can be remotely downloaded, the iPad can help seniors avoid becoming isolated. If you can’t get to the library, the video store or the newsstand, they can come to you.”

And take the story of senior Virginia Campbell whose experience with learning the iPad went viral on YouTube.

Reports say it was like falling in love for Virginia when she used an Apple iPad computer for the first time at nearly 100 years of age.

Dan Reisinger in a technology blog on cnet.com described how this 99-year-old Portland, Oregon, woman, Virginia Campbell from Lake Oswego, Oregon, is using the iPad to overcome medical difficulties. She is in her 100th year of life and suffers from glaucoma, making it nearly impossible to read and write, her two favorite pastimes.

A story in The Oregonian newspaper also reported that the iPad has clearly “changed her life.”

Campbell’s daughter Ginny Adelsheim told The Oregonian “that her mother is now reading books on the iPad, thanks to its ability to increase the size of text to a readable level. Campbell has also increased the brightness on the display to further enhance her reading experience. And although she has never owned a computer, Virginia is now writing poetry on the tablet.”

And in addition to that, she is a YouTube star. A video of Virginia trying out her new iPad, using a computer for the first time in her nearly 100 years, is wildly popular. You can find it by searching for “Virginia’s new iPad”.

After watching the video, I decided that if Virginia can do it, so can I.

I bought one.

The hype was true; it was easy to learn and easy to use.

However, I did have one small problem in the beginning.

No matter how many times I tried to adjust General Settings I could not get sound to play through the earphones.

I tried to turn the little button on the side on a cajillion times. Or is it off? I still don’t know. Anyway, there was no sound. Nothing. Nada coming through the earphones. I tried three different sets, too.

I was too embarrassed to call my kids, who would surely lecture me about how simple the iPad is and say something like: “Come on Mom, it’s just like an iPhone. How hard can it be?”

There was nothing left to do but get in the car, drive an hour to the Apple Store and admit to some 19-year-old techy that I could not get the earphones to work.

It took him two minutes.

Ma’am, you have to push the jack in very hard until you hear it click, he said kindly. You didn’t have it in all the way. It’s just like the iPhone, yunno.

Uh-huh.

Dec 30

Top reasons why it’s time for 2010 to end

“Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.”
–Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850

Last year about this time I offered my top ten reasons why I was ready for 2009 to end. The year passed so quickly as they all seem to do, and now it is time for another year to come to a close.

Here are my top ten reasons why I am ready.

10. Too much 3-D. Although Avatar was released at the end of 2009, it was in movie theaters for half of 2010. Agreed, it is a good movie with great visual effects, and granted, 3-D was cool the first time around. However copycat 3D movies flooded the theaters soon after Avatar was released making some movie-goers perpetually dizzy and the rest of us wondering why.

9. The pits of a sports moment–Vuvuzela noisemakers at World Cup soccer. Thankfully we won’t have to listen to this for another four years. If you missed the controversy over these loud plastic trumpets, imagine the sound of a swarm of bees combined with a monotone bullhorn that never stops blasting and you’ll get the idea.

8. One word–Wikileaks.

7. Two words—Lady GaGa.

6. Three words—Justin Bieber’s hair.

5. Fall from grace:
•Tiger Woods– sadly, a continuing fall
• Brett Favre–smart quarterback with no clue about text-messaging
• Jesse James—Sandra Bullock married him because?
• Hollywood stars Lindsey Lohan, Paris Hilton, Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson—in trouble again and this year it was worse than a bad sitcom rerun
• John Edwards—self-explanatory.

4. LeBron James’ live television announcement, “The Decision.” James: “I’m taking my talents to South Beach”. Come on, man.

3. Jersey Shore, Snooki and “The Situation”–enough said.

2. YouTube video: The confused referee at the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans football game on September 26th. On second thought, I don’t want this one to end. It’s so funny I’ll be watching it well into 2011.

1. My number one reason for wanting 2010 to end–the Kansas City Chiefs will be in the playoffs in January of 2011, and I can’t wait for that day to arrive. Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star describes exactly how we Chiefs’ fans are feeling right now: “Kansas City deserves this. You deserve this. We deserve this…The Chiefs are in the playoffs for the first time since January 2007 — back when Herm Edwards still had hope and Bob Barker still had a TV show…Kansas City finally has a football accomplishment to celebrate.”

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”–Oprah Winfrey

May 07

Remembering Dom DeLuise

“I’m actually a thin, serious person, but I play fat and funny, but only for the movies.” – Dom DeLuise.

It is said that a baby laughs 300 times a day, but an adult only 15.

And that could be 15 less times for many of us who loved and laughed with Dom DeLuise, popular actor, comedian, author, and chef who died May 4, 2009, after a long illness.

We will not be LOL quite as much anymore without his side-splitting comedy and good-natured humor.

I know I won’t. I am still laughing about the Shagungala sketch he performed in the 60s.

Anyone remember that particular comedy bit? Googled it and searched YouTube like crazy but no luck so far finding an old video of this hilarious comic routine.

But first, more about Dom DeLuise. I will get back to Shagungala in a minute.

It is important to note, when critiquing any performer, how rare it is for an entertainer to appeal to all age groups as Dom DeLuise did. Three generations came to know and appreciate this masterful comedian through three different mediums.

Baby boomers’ grandkids know him from his delightful and hilarious children’s books.

Boomers’ young adult offspring remember his riotous Cannonball Run movies from the 80s and his unrestrained Cannonball Run character, Captain Chaos. If you don’t remember this bright orange-and-yellow caped crusader, you can find him under this title on YouTube, the “Cannonball Run Music Video”.

As for my baby boomer generation, we remember Dom DeLuise from television in the 60s and 70s. Although he performed on many variety shows (including the Gary Moore Show, The Entertainers with Carol Burnett, and the Glen Cambell Show), it was the Dean Martin Summer Show I recall best.

The funnyman, Dom DeLuise, played the role of Dominick the Great, a bad magician who spoke in a fake, broken Italian accent and botched his magic tricks. Dean Martin, host, was the straight man. (You can find this sketch on YouTube titled Dean Martin & Don DeLuise.)

Martin sat in the audience and pretended to be a volunteer for Dominick the Great’s disastrous magic acts. Sometimes, Dean stood there smiling at DeLuise while smoking and crunching his cigarette butt under his foot (yes, they actually smoked on live TV in the 60s). Mostly Dean Martin tried to stay out of the comedian’s way.

Dom himself once explained, “Sometimes I get a little manic and you can’t stop me. I’m all over the place. I have fun.”

Marilu Henner, co-star of the 1984 Cannonball Run II (sequel to the original hit movie released in 1981) met Dom for the first time on set and was instantly astonished at Dom’s comedic genious and ability to ad lib.

She commented online about his death, “He had that kind of Robin Williams, non-stop crazy brain that would try anything if he thought it would get a laugh. I loved the relationship between Burt and Dom because you could see they were so yin and yang. Burt was so cool and easy and laid back, and Dom is just a ball of crazy kinetic energy that just doesn’t stop. They were each other’s complements. Because you don’t get smoother than Burt Reynolds, especially during the Cannonball Run period, and you don’t get wilder than Dom DeLuise.”

But, back to Shagungala as promised.

When Domminick the Great made his female assistant disappear in another magic trick gone awry, he couldn’t find her anywhere on stage. He began beating the curtain hunting for her and yelling, “Shagungala, you in there?”

Pardon the expression, I died laughing.

Over the years, when I went hunting for my kids inside or out and whether they understood me or not, I would shout, “Shagungala, you in there?”

I don’t think they got it. But they remember the Cannonball Run.

R.I.P. dear Dom.

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