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Beth Carpenter manages social media for a whole host of fun topics at AARP, including travel, technology, entertainment, and sports.

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The Old MTV Is Back (Music Videos All Day!)

Posted on 07/4/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentIf you were 18 in 1981, the year MTV went on the air, you turn 50 this year. Back then, MTV actually played music. You may have to explain this to your grandchildren — to them, MTV may just be shows like “16 and Pregnant” — but back in 1981, MTV meant, literally, music television, playing videos all day. (Here’s video of the very first day.) Today, MTV is back. The channel that once introduced a generation to The Who …

Wellframe: A Platform to Prevent Your Second Heart Attack

Posted on 04/16/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthHeart attack. Those are two of the most dreaded words in the English language. After the moment, after the hospital trip and the frantic calls to family cellphones,  its horror is a reality check for many. What do I change now? How can this never happen again? The traditional track to cardiac rehabilitation goes like so: Patient gets discharged. Patient goes home with a stack full of instructions, books, and scary warnings. Don’t do this. Stop doing this. Change your …

Spot the Beastie Boys Tracks Featured in This MCA Tribute

Posted on 04/12/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentA Year and a Day from James Curran on Vimeo. If you’re 51 today, you were 25 when the Beastie Boys released Licensed to Ill; you might remember dancing to “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)” They were inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame last year, just after the death of 47-year-old lead singer MCA. As the anniversary approaches, we’re starting to see some amazing tributes. Above, an artist put together a trailer for his London art show …

Your Facebook News Feed is About to Change (Again)

Posted on 03/7/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologyLet’s get the hard part out of the way: Sometime in the next few days, what you see on your Facebook homepage – or News Feed – will look a lot different. Not again! Yeah, we know. Here’s the good news: It seems a whole lot easier on the eyes. You’ll notice much bigger photos and less clutter. Here’s two things we think you’ll notice first. First, let’s say you shared a photo. Below, left, is how it looked in the …

In the Future, Can I Just Glare At My Computer?

Posted on 01/10/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologyCan you pour a beer with your mind? You can – if you wear a headband straight out of Star Trek. Could you use your eyes to scroll through a website on your tablet? You can - if your tablet has a camera and an infrared LED.  As technology gets better and better at reading our bodies’ signals, we may not have to use a keyboard – or even touch our computers – to use gadgets in our daily lives. A couple months …

Regis on Notre Dame: “I Can’t Tell You How Much I’ve Suffered!”

Posted on 01/6/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentRegis Philbin, University of Notre Dame Class of 1953, is more than a little excited for Monday’s national championship game…