You’ve probably never seen such a magic trick.
Planning to watch The Miniturist, I discovered the absorbing Victorian Slum House series last night and was blown away. It’s a British reality show, which like PBS’ Frontier House took a number of modern people and put them back in the past. The participants of Victorian Slum House go back to the late 19th century to live in poverty in a Victorian slum.
One family of 5 lives in a one apartment. Another is a tailor’s family and the four of them live in two rooms. As a tailor, they expected to make clothes from scratch. What they learn is their assigned to buy highly worn used clothes and fix or modify them. During the 1860s, when episode 1 is set, poor people didn’t buy new clothes. They bought what was patched up.
There’s a single man who’s a rent collector and also does some woodwork. He did opt to switch his modern protheses for one that resembles what was used back then. The producers did add some material that made it more comfortable than what people of his class had. There’s a couple that are shop keepers and they live on the top floor of the slum. They have better clothing and furnishings. Yet their finances are precarious because they depend upon their customers being able to pay up at the end of the week. No one knows for sure what they’ll earn in a week so their fear is real.
Finally there’s a single mom with ten year old twins. Her lot is the most precarious. She works from home making fancy gift boxes. She starts with lots of optimism, but bought more food on credit than the others and her earnings fell far short of what she planned. So she’s very close to being evicted. In fact, in the 1860s, my guess is that she would have been and she’d have wound up down stairs in the sleeping room, where people slept on benches sitting up.
The program is full of interesting facts and the participants comments are enlightening.
I’m impressed with how Dr. Shiva, who’s running for the Senate in Massachusetts against Elizabeth Warren thinks. His ideas are well researched and innovative.
I can not fathom how the Wall Street Journal placed a story about YouTube channels like The Strive Study, which is a channel that mainly consists of videos showing a woman studying. She does not teach study skills, she just studies. (She has another channel where she does share what she does on the weekend, etc.)
I have voiced concern of children watching other children play, as millions who watch Ryan’s Toy Review.
But watching someone study? Hundreds of thousands watch this med student or others.
I just don’t understand.
I guess this might motivate people to study, but why is it literally front age news?
It’s a powerful, thought-provoking talk on why Mr. Young has chosen to be homeless. Clearly, if he wanted to change, he could get a job and a home.
Yet, I’m not sure what I think about Mr. Young. He just doesn’t fit in a box for me. This is a video I truly wonder what other people think.
I can’t believe I never heard of Jeanne Robertson, a super perceptive comedienne whom I just discovered on YouTube. Her humor centers on her home life and old and young can watch, even in the same room.
I’m becoming more and more of a fan of online learning. I really want to dig into Adobe Illustrator and PhotoShop yet since it’s so pricey, I have to go to the library to use it. I’m going back to the library tomorrow to try these styles.
What are you learning? It doesn’t have to be a software program.