I have two reactive instincts when I see the insanity in the world today:
Option One - Create a positive, little cocoon of a blog that focuses on the good things in the world. (maybe call it Ventipop)
Option Two - Regress from the world and turn it all off. I fight this instinct daily. If you decide you want to retreat from the world like a scared turtle, here's a step-by-step guide on how to Remove Your Online Presence. But if you're not quite ready to pull the plug, today's Daily Grind is all about looking for other means of escape.
Here's a strange mix that works...listen to the new track "Young & Realistic" by The Faint while looking at some vintage things. Trust me.
Take a step back in time...Was Evelyn Nesbit the most beautiful woman of the 1900's? Vintage Everyday has a list of the Top 15 Most Beautiful Women of the 1900's.
- Ahhh...the 1920's... when fashion was an art form.
- Developer Dan Vanderkam gathered over 80,000 photos to create a tour of New York City in the 1800's using Google Street View.
- Renew your faith in humanity by learning about a Dutch retirement home where the young and the old live side-by-side:
"For me it was books, books, books."
- Escape inside one of the best books of 2016.
- Or the more immediate best books released in July.
- Or one of the most anticipated Non-Fiction books to be released in the second half of 2016.
- Pixie Puffs and Cherri Owls are on the menu for those of you interested having Breakfast at Hogwarts.
- Could Invisibility Cloaks be in our near future?
- The Golden Rules of how NOT to name your baby.
- So, no more "Sage Moonbloods", "Apples", "Moon Units", "Moxie Crimefighters" or "Audio Sciences". The weirdest celebrity kid's names listed here.
- Fall down a rabbit hole re-watching hours and hours of absurd 80's and 90's TV commercials:
"It has electrolytes."
- Big deep Exhaaaaale. There's scientific proof the movie Idiocracy is not becoming reality and stupid people are not having more kids than the educated. Whew!
- And saying, "I Don't Know" doesn't make you stupid; pretending you do know does.
- Does the truth matter anymore? How Social Media and technology have destroyed how news is disseminated and the consequences could be dire.
I'm going to close out the Grind today by saying goodbye to one of the men who helped me escape the world at least once a week. Writer, Director and Actor Garry Marshall died yesterday at the age of 81. He was the creator of The Odd Couple, Happy Days, Mork & Mindy, Laverne & Shirley plus many more. He was the driving force behind movies like Pretty Woman, Beaches and one of my underrated favorites The Flamingo Kid. More than anything though, Garry Marshall was genuinely likable. He seemed like a guy who just wanted to bring joy into people's lives. His career spanned half a century, but his work will be remembered and cherished for far longer.