In previous posts over the years I have generally been sympathetic with Joel’s epiphany in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The mix of good and bad memories are an integral part of us. Maybe a bad friendship, a bad marriage, a job we wanted badly but turned out to be a miserable experience, all served as lessons. If you believe in fate, maybe lessons we were destined to learn. The good memories, some of those from the miserable job or the relationship that went sour, also become lessons and offer some solace. What if genes had their own plan about spotless minds, would it be such a horrible thing or a kindness, My Mother’s Case of Pleasant Dementia
It was a geriatric psychologist, Mitchell Slutzky, PhD, who told me about the sub-set of “pleasantly demented.” Most doctors I interviewed hadn’t heard the term, but when I put out the word, I received a flood of emails from friends and bloggers, saying they had relatives who were pleasantly demented. On the Alzheimer’s Association website, one woman wrote, “Half the clients in adult day care are pleasantly demented.”
Shelley Hoon of Boston said her mother’s personality changed drastically with Alzheimer’s. “I used to call her `The General,’” Hoon says. “She was hard-nosed, never laughed, and if she was angry, you’d dive for cover under the couch.” Now, Hoon says, her mother is “totally sweet, laughs and finds pleasure in simple things. I don’t know what to make of it.”
Barbara Ross of Atlanta told me that when her father became demented, “He said he’d had the most wonderful life and was the luckiest guy in the world.” He’d forgotten two acrimonious divorces and his business going bankrupt. “So what is wrong with forgetting that garbage and being happy in the moment?” Ross asks.
In 1928, New York inventor Anatol Josepho received a patent for his “Photomaton,” the first fully automatic film-developing machine. Josepho Photomaton was not the first such device, but it was the first machine of its type to bring instant photos to the public for a relatively cheap price.
Women have stripped off in them, Fred Astaire has danced in one, Andy Warhol turned them into a business. Näkki Goranin, who has spent 10 years collecting these pictures, tells the remarkable story of the photobooth and its camera-mad inventor.
[ ]…This slight, handsome, vivacious inventor constantly won people over with his enthusiasm and brilliance. By September 1925 he had opened up his Photomaton Studio on Broadway, between 51st and 52nd streets. Crowds, as many as 7,500 people a day, would line up to have their photos taken for 25 cents for a strip of eight: the place came to be known as ‘Broadway’s greatest quarter-snatcher.’ The New York governor and a senator were among those waiting for the fun of the automatic photo strip. A white-gloved attendant would guide people to the booth and, once inside, direct them to ‘look to the right, look to the left, look at the camera’.
Anatol had achieved the American Dream. It was 1926 and he was romancing a beautiful silent film actress named Ganna when he was contacted by Henry Morganthau, the former American ambassador to Turkey and a founder of the American Red Cross. Morganthau put together a board of directors with authority to make an offer to Josepho to buy both his photo machines and the Photomaton patent: $1m for the American rights.
There is much to admire about law enforcement as a profession. We certainly cheer on the police in movies, not the murders, wise guys, extortionists and kidnappers. In real life law enforcement officers tend to be flesh and blood. The simplistic idea that mass murders can be prevented with the angels of law enforcements on every door step, armed to the teeth, is to put too much confidence in people that are often all too human, just like the rest of us, National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-12-13 to 01-14-13
Franklin County, Virginia: The sheriff’s deputy who publicly fatally shot and killed his ex-wife pleaded no contest to first-degree murder. He arrived at the scene in the in a police cruiser, and prosecutors say the shooting was captured on the dashboard camera. ow.ly/gNGj7
Update: Chicago, Illinois: An officer was sentenced to 19 years in prison for stealing drugs, cash and guns for the Latin Kings street gang – often, while on duty. ow.ly/gNLAZ
Los Angeles, California: A Los Angeles County Captain will resign amid allegations by a deputy who says she was a victim of sexual misconduct. He denies the allegations. ow.ly/gNeBU
Mayflower, Arkansas: The former police chief can no longer be a law enforcement officer in Arkansas, and he faces a charge of tampering with public records. ow.ly/gNdUC
Seattle, Washington: An officer in under investigation for alleged excessive force. A video shows he made threatening moves to a handcuffed man. ow.ly/gN97W
Jennings, Louisiana: The former police chief is under arrest, and has been accused of stealing items from the department’s evidence room. He is now facing charges of theft, malfeasance in office, obstruction of justice, and injuring public records. http://ow.ly/gNf2u
Harrison County, Missouri: A Sheriff’s Department deputy was arrested on charges of aggravated assault after being accused of choking his wife. He was dressed in his uniform and duty belt at the time of the assault and pointed his service weapon at her before leaving the scene of the assault, according to the release. http://ow.ly/gNfOf
Murray County, Oklahoma: A sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty to charges of deprivation of rights for using unreasonable force and violating the civil rights of an individual who was being booked into jail. http://ow.ly/gNgOU
Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana: A sheriff’s deputy was arrested and fired. He has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman he arrested. The Police Crime Lab conducted tests and determined that the officer’s DNA was recovered from the victim. http://ow.ly/gNfjp
Jefferson County, West Virginia: The sheriff was charged with violating suspect’s civil rights, and has since resigned. The sheriff is accused of kicking and stomping on a suspect after a police chase, and falsifying records during the subsequent investigation. http://ow.ly/gNiw2
Camden County, New Jersey: A judge has sentenced a former police officer for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run crash. She hit a man with her car, and didn’t report it until 14 hours later. The victim suffered serious injuries, and had to re-learn how to walk. ow.ly/gNMgf
When the watchers are watching us, who is going to be watching them and preventing them from doing harm.