1. This little dude is 11, goes to Avonworth, and is the youngest app designer yet, with his own rock, paper, scissors app in the iTunes store. Not only that, he’s donating a portion of the proceeds to several children’s charities in Haiti. He’s SO going to be the next Zuckerberg.
Also, my sister Ta-Ta asked my mother, who in this case we will call “Dottie,” if she put any apps on her iPod Touch yet and Dottie said, “What are apps?”
Try the veal!
2. The dean of the school of engineering at Pitt knew how fed up and on edge the students have been about all the bomb threats and decided to give them all a treat one day — a table full of apples and cookies.
As seen on the school’s Facebook page, “Here’s Yvette Moore and Lauren Byland at the TLC apple & cookie table – so far apples are being favored over cookies (until that afternoon sugar rush is needed).”
I know you think it’s beer, but it’s actually COOKIES that make everything better. True story.
Trust me. I have my PhD in Cookie Therapy. Cookie Monster was my thesis advisor.
3. The greatest neighbor of all said some fantastic things in his life, and I found them thanks to this article UK author Scott Jordan Harris wrote about Mister Rogers for the Chicago Sun Times. It is a must read for any Pittsburgher.
Why in the world couldn’t we use this thing called television for the broadcasting of grace through the land? – Mr Rogers
“We all have only one life to live on Earth. And through television we have the choice of encouraging others to demean this life or to cherish it.” – Mr Rogers
“I feel so strongly that deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex.” – Mr Rogers
“The space between the television screen and whoever happens to be receiving [its message]: I consider that to be very holy ground.” – Mr Rogers
“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.” – Mr Rogers
And this from the author will make you tear up:
Brilliant as they are, there is no flash of satire on “The Simpsons” or subtly acted scene in “The Sopranos” that can compete with the profundity of Mr Rogers simply lifting a dead fish from his tank and helping a million children to be at ease with their mortality. And what is a perfectly executed story arc on “The Wire” compared to the knowledge that Mr Rogers loved generations of young minds enough to instill in them the conviction that there is no one in this world who is a mistake, no matter how different from you they are or how strange they seem?
“Mister Rogers & Me” is a challenging film. In fact, it ends with Benjamin Wagner issuing a direct challenge to the audience: “How will you contribute depth and simplicity to a shallow and complex world? How will you honor those who loved you into being?” Those are questions we should all ask ourselves. And they are questions we should all force ourselves to answer.
I hope Mister Rogers found Roberto Clemente up in heaven because they would have so much to talk about.