Marty Silbernik is the author of I’m Too Old To Do This, a tech blog for folks who remember when none of this stuff existed. This article appears with permission.
I’ve spent a lot of time talking about using technology for those of us that are a little afraid of tech. But, you know, there’s so many resources out there that I think it’s time to start taking a little tour through some of the resources that we really might not think about.
I suspected I might not be as “prolific” through this month, since there were a lot of personal and family things going on. You see, both of my granddaughters were born in March, so we typically go spend a lot of time in March with them for their birthdays. Anyway, it’s amazing what I can find out when I spend time with an 8 year old and a 6 year old.
We were getting ready to go to Disney World with the kids. And all of a sudden I heard the sounds of a roller coaster. Then I heard the sounds of other theme park rides. My 7 year old (soon to be 8 year old) granddaughter had taken her iPod, logged on to YouTube and started browsing the rides at Disney and Universal. She was planning which rides she wanted to go on, and which didn’t interest her as much. Amazing. Then I come to find out, that this isn’t that uncommon. She’s a regular using YouTube.
But, it wasn’t just her. Thinking back, I realized I’d always wanted to wear a real bow tie with a tuxedo. When I finally found one that I liked, I had no idea (at over 60 years old) how to tie a bow tie. To make a long story short, I went out to YouTube, and there were probably at least a hundred videos of how to tie a bow tie. So yeah, I did the same thing that my granddaughter did… and learned how to tie that tie using YouTube.
So if you want to know how to do something — from sauteing onions or mushrooms, to building a piece of furniture, or even learning how to tie a bow tie turn to a resource like YouTube. You’d be surprised what you can learn out there!
Coming up in the future… some additional resources that you may not know about!
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