Elderly in Japan use exoskeleton tech to keep them working longer

From Futurism.com:

Exoskeletons aren’t just for super soldiers, automotive assembly workersand the paralyzed — they can assist the elderly in everyday tasks as well.

Now, New Scientist reports that older folks in Japan are using exoskeletons to help them do their jobs as they spend more of their lives in the workforce.

Japan currently has one of the oldest populations int he world. According to the U.S. Population Reference Bureau, Japan has the highest share of people above the age of 65 of any country — 26 percent, according to 2015 data.

In response, a number of Japanese tech companies are building exoskeleton suits to give the elderly a leg — or arm — up.

Thousands of Penis fish wash up on Drake’s Beach

It’s like a real, live Moses plague.  Related: JD Salvager’s story: “It’s a Perfect Day for a Bananafish.” 

Only in the richest country on earth

From Vice:

At 29, Brown works approximately 40 hours a week, splitting her time between a McDonald’s in Durham, North Carolina, and a food-service gig a local hospital. “It’s still not enough,” she said. Both jobs are part-time, and she doesn’t receive health insurance through either employer. She can’t afford insurance on her own, either. That’s a problem since Brown is diabetic, and she has to pay for her medical expenses out of pocket. She’s trying to do all she can on her own—she receives no food stamps or other assistance, she notes—but it rarely feels like she’s doing enough.

“It’s really rough right now,” she said.

Read the whole piece.

The Can Opener bridge of Durham North Carolina

This fun, short documentary features Jurgen Henn and how he’s recorded trucks ramming into a bridge in North Carolina, despite many efforts to prevent the crashes.

Henn records the crashes and puts them on Youtube for all to see.

Recently plans to finally raise the bridge eight inches has been secured. So I guess Jurgen is out of a job …

 

 

 

 

We bought a house in NC, Part Deux!

A few of you watched the first episode of our journey buying an investment property in North Carolina. Here’s part two.

In it, we wrap up our renovations. We hired a contractor to redo both bathrooms and the kitchen, as well as paint throughout.

In my journal from the experience, I wrote about how my parents had become our best friends. We saw them more regularly than any of my friends or my brother or his family. My dad came over often to help with different bigger ticket jobs that I couldn’t possibly do myself. My mom hemmed our curtains and hung wall paper. It was a huge group effort.

The house has been renting on the social media home sharing sites. We’ve had five or more bookings so far and have it booked through Christmas off and on.

It’s a challenge being this far away from the house. But so far it’s been great and seemingly rewarding of an effort.

Enjoy part two. And if you want to skip to before and afters around 6:20.