THINGS LEARNED WHILE LOOKING UP CLOCKWORK STUFF ON EBAY:
Always include a '-orange' in the search string.
David Brinkley is dead, at 82. Complications from a fall.
Everyone else is riffing on his news career. I keep thinking about the fall. Falls are common in the elderly, and often catastrophic. Some injuries can be repaired, some can't, and even if something like a busted hip is fixed, rehab is long, and the oldsters often go into an insidious and unstoppable decline afterward, even though they've been 'fixed'. Young people are like daruma dolls, six times down, seven times up. Old folks are walking a tightrope: they're okay as long as they're upright and moving, but tip them too much one way, and it's a long way to the bottom, and hell getting them back up where they were before, if it can be done at all.
Brinkley obviously had more than a broken hip. My guess is a head injury, but I don't have inside info. It's a shame. He might have had another good decade or more if he hadn't fallen. Preventing falls in the elderly is an active topic of medical research, but it's difficult because it involves not just technological interventions, but changing human behavior, which is the most difficult thing in the world. Well, okay, not more difficult than faster-than-light travel or getting my cat to play the vibes while crooning 'Girl from Ipanema', but still pretty hard.
|Left radical is 'altar', right is character now only found in Chinese meaning 'full', derived from a pictograph of a full wine jar. This character originally indicated wine blessed by the gods; now meanings blesssings in a more general sense. Henshall suggests taking this radical as 'one/single' (一), 'mouth/entrance' (口), and 'field' (田), and as a mnemonic: 'Altar at single entrance to field: good fortune.'|