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World's Oldest Blogger Dies At 97

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the we-should-be-so-lucky dept.

Social Networks 74

Hugh Pickens writes "The Guardian reports that a Spanish woman who is thought to be the world's oldest blogger has died in Muxia, the northern coastal town where she was born on December 23, 1911. María Amelia López's posts, which chronicled her civil war memories, failing health, left-wing views, and cantankerous humor, attracted a global following and more than 500 readers have left tribute messages on her site after her family published a final post to announce her death. The blog began in 1995 as a gift from her grandson Daniel, with whom she lived, who had no idea what he was unleashing into cyberspace after he taught her to navigate the Internet after she pestered him to download biographies of poets and politicians. He later become her chief assistant, typing in her words as she dictated. 'Now so many people write to me that I can't hope to reply to them all, though I want to,' she explained. 'My grandson complains that he has to work as well, he can't spend all his time typing.' López said in an interview that the Internet had given her a new lease of life and in one of her last posts, published in February, she wrote; 'When I'm on the internet, I forget about my illness. The distraction is good for you — being able to communicate with people. It wakes up the brain, and gives you great strength.'" The Times adds, "Mrs Lopez became the world's oldest blogger on the death of 108-year-old Australian Oliver Riley in June 2008. The new holder of this unofficial title is unknown, although the actor Kirk Douglas, 92, who blogs regularly on his MySpace page, could be in the running. Twitter's oldest microblogger is the 104-year-old Briton Ivy Bean."

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Headstone says... (5, Funny)

darinfp (907671) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081149)

AFK..

Re:Headstone says... (4, Funny)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081163)

GTG

Re:Headstone says... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28081195)

Should we be scared if it says BRB ?

Re:Headstone says... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28081219)

nah, Jesus tried that and so far nothing.

Re:Headstone says... (5, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081453)

3 days later and you're a savior, 28 days later and you're a zombie... talk about people being prejudiced against people who enjoy sleeping in.

Glad the old bat died (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28084661)

Good riddance.

If Jesus was a blogger... (1)

Own3d-You (1082423) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081489)

BBL

Re:Headstone says... (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081257)

Bio.

Re:Headstone says... (1)

ivucica (1001089) | more than 5 years ago | (#28111469)

In other news, the summary of yet another /. article is wrong. The blog didn't begin in 1995, it began when she was 95 years old. Look here [google.com]

Re:Headstone says... (4, Funny)

jokkebk (175614) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081259)

I really hope the obituary says "Died in a blogging accident" [xkcd.com] , too!

Re:Headstone says... (5, Funny)

FudRucker (866063) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081427)

EOL

Re:Headstone says... (2, Funny)

Randle_Revar (229304) | more than 5 years ago | (#28085613)

:wq!

Re:Headstone says... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28083357)

FML

Did you say.. (5, Funny)

powerslave12r (1389937) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081151)

500 readers? Too bad she isn't around to see her blog slashdotted.

Re:Did you say.. (1)

BigDork1001 (683341) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081299)

It is a bit poorly worded. I had to go back and read it a couple times. 500 readers have left messages since her death.

Re:Did you say.. (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28081313)

It's not poorly worded. The two of you just suck.

Re:Did you say.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28081325)

Nice clearification, was wondering why a blog with 500 people reading it was news worthy.

Re:Did you say.. (2, Funny)

stephanruby (542433) | more than 5 years ago | (#28086355)

Hopefully, I'll have more than 500 readers when I'm 97.

No 104-year-old Twitter fan! (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28081169)

Twitter's oldest microblogger is NOT the 104-year-old Briton Ivy Bean. This story was set up by one of the many British "newspapers". The day before that story was published, she (or someone responsible for the article) created her account and only posted twice.

Re:No 104-year-old Twitter fan! (1)

julesh (229690) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081481)

You appear to be wrong. As I write this, the last post on her feed [twitter.com] is less than 5 days old. The articles about her twittering were published 11 days ago. She had been using the site for about 3 days at the time, and had posted about 15 or so times by the looks of it. She also attracted attention when she signed up for facebook, nearly a year ago now, although it doesn't look like she's been keeping up the updates.

Wow! (3, Funny)

ideonode (163753) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081173)

Holy shit! Kirk Douglas is still alive?!

Re:Wow! (2, Funny)

retech (1228598) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081249)

Problem is, he has no idea.

His publicist is looking into it.

Re:Wow! (1, Informative)

Issur Danielovitch (1561755) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081255)

Holy shit! Kirk Douglas is still alive?!

Surprised the hell out of me; and I'm named after the old codger.

Re:Wow! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28084681)

But Issur Danielovitch isn't anything like Kirk Douglas.

Re:Wow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28090497)

Kinda slow on the uptake aren't ya?

Re:Wow! (3, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081399)

I was more like "Holy shit! Kirk Douglas can type?!"

Re:Wow! (4, Funny)

laejoh (648921) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081535)

Typing is easy. One day, he hopes, he'll be able to read as well!

Le Vieil Aigri Est Mort (1)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081181)

Vive Le Vieil Aigri!

After all, someone's gotta step into that position.

blah (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28081193)

news for nerds? debatable.

stuff that matters? fuck no.

article rating: 2/10

Golly. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28081213)

You youngins. I post on my weblog weekly, and I'm 123!

Re:Golly. (1)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081787)

I used to be the oldest blogger ever at the age of 127, but unfortunately I just turned -128 :-(.

and when you tried to leave a comment... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28081229)

Get off my blog!

What? (1)

clint999 (1277046) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081243)

500 readers? Too bad she isn't around to see her blog slashdotted.

that's it! (1)

rvJJax (1165589) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081269)

/.sux.sh

Last post (1, Interesting)

cheekyboy (598084) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081361)

last port, and over and out.

I wonder.... (1)

Maxhrk (680390) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081385)

Which baby will hold the world record by post the extraordinary first word:

"slashdot!"

That would rocks the world.

Last po (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28081467)

How am I supposed to post a "last post" if I can not submit without filling the text box? Argh!

Dangerous business (5, Funny)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081499)

It seems rather dangerous being the world's oldest blogger. There has been a 100% fatality rate among previous holders of the title. I, for one, call for UK's equivalent of OSHA to investigate the safety of working conditions - something's fishy here. In addition, the Commission for Racial Equality needs to investigate rampant ageism and see that the perpetrators are appropriately punished, hopefully by public humiliation. Remember, thieves being paraded in public is barbaric, but it's OK to do to people whom society despises.

Re:Dangerous business (1)

Spacezilla (972723) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083631)

It seems rather dangerous being the world's oldest blogger. There has been a 100% fatality rate among previous holders of the title.

Isn't that only true if they all blogged until their death?

Internetting for Retirees (4, Interesting)

Talisman (39902) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081573)

This is a sidebar in relation to something she said, "LÃpez said in an interview that the Internet had given her a new lease of life and in one of her last posts, published in February, she wrote; 'When I'm on the internet, I forget about my illness. The distraction is good for you â" being able to communicate with people. It wakes up the brain, and gives you great strength.'"

I've often thought the Internet would be a fabulous tool for the elderly, though unfortunately, they are the group least likely to embrace it, as any of you with grandparents can attest. You know I love you, grandma, but if you fucking right-click ONE MORE GOD DAMNED TIME WHEN I TELL YOU TO LEFT-CLICK, I SWEAR TO GOD I WILL STRANGLE YOU WITH MOUSE CORD.

Sorry, flashback. Anyway, with nothing but free time on their hands, and declining physical abilities, the elderly have a dirt cheap, incredibly entertaining and mentally stimulating (depending on where you go) alternative to the idiot box, that is merely a phone jack away. My grandfather, who passed before the Internet was popular, would have absolutely loved it. He was very smart. He loved to read. He loved to research things. He tinkered with small engines and held a couple patents related to coloring fiberglass. He made stained glass windows for churches in his spare time. With a tool like the Internet, who knows what he would have done with his final 10 or 20 years of life.

I've seen the vast majority of senior citizens I know wasting away in their recliners, spending their final years listening to Oprah, Judge Judy and reruns of Green Acres. I'm not sure they enjoy it so much as they are simply limited to what they can do at that age. They are usually on a fixed income, physically infirm to some degree, and have declining mental faculties. The Internet is a great way for them to spend their time, if only there was an easier way to get them to understand the technology behind it. Even interactive games would keep their synapses firing a lot more than soap operas and cribbage.

Not every senior citizen would use the Internet to further their education; in fact most wouldn't. But I'd personally rather watch my great aunt ding 80 in Warcraft than have her sit through the 8th rerun of Green Acres where Arnold gets in the vegetable patch.

Good for you, Mrs. Lopez, and rest in peace.

Re:Internetting for Retirees (0, Troll)

MisterSquid (231834) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081659)

if you fucking right-click ONE MORE GOD DAMNED TIME WHEN I TELL YOU TO LEFT-CLICK, I SWEAR TO GOD I WILL STRANGLE YOU WITH MOUSE CORD.

Rather than venting your frustration in a double-imagined scenario (yelling, one, and strangling, two), reassign her mouse buttons so that left- and right-click are swapped.

Or get her an operating system that doesn't allow programmers to rely on a distinction between right- and left-click and, yes, I'm talking about OS X.

Re:Internetting for Retirees (0, Offtopic)

anss123 (985305) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081841)

Or get her an operating system that doesn't allow programmers to rely on a distinction between right- and left-click and, yes, I'm talking about OS X.

Uhh, OS X does allow for right clicks and you can also use a single button mouse on Windows/Linux if the second button troubles you. Few programs require use of the second button and for those that do there's a button on a keyboard for it.

Re:Internetting for Retirees (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28084675)

Uhh, OS X does allow for right clicks

Uhh, you might want to look into the meaning of this word "rely." And then after that consider dropping the condescending uhhs.

Re:Internetting for Retirees (1)

anss123 (985305) | more than 5 years ago | (#28086641)

Uhh, you might want to look into the meaning of this word "rely." And then after that consider dropping the condescending uhhs.

Still wrong though, there are apps that expose functionality solely through right clicks (so rare yes but certainly possible) and "uhh" is not "condescending" but rather the reverse :-)

Re:Internetting for Retirees (1)

DirePickle (796986) | more than 4 years ago | (#28094503)

Or with a command-click. Oh, yes, that's far more user-friendly! Whenever someone would click the right mouse button in Windows, let's make them hold a button on the keyboard while left-clicking. And let's have the mouse behave differently when you press on the right side of it depending on whether or not your finger is still resting on the left side!

I think maybe the problem is that 'right click' and 'left click' aren't intuitive concepts, even though pressing two different buttons is. Maybe index-finger-click and middle-finger-click would be better, since that doesn't require any preconceived notions about the computer or mouse, as long as you teach the person how to hold it.

Re:Internetting for Retirees (1)

anss123 (985305) | more than 4 years ago | (#28094993)

Oh, yes, that's far more user-friendly! Whenever someone would click the right mouse button in Windows, let's make them hold a button on the keyboard while left-clicking.

There's a button on the Windows keyboard for right clicking. Never use it personally but no right left or right clicking is required. IMO Ctrl, shift and alt + three buttons on the mouse is just right, however if you want just a single button on the mouse you don't have to replace your PC with a Mac or vice versa - just the mouse.

Re:Internetting for Retirees (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28088145)

I don't think the operating system is ever a choice when it comes to how you use a mouse lol
That's like getting your grandmother a bicycle because she has trouble pushing the gas pedal on the car :) No more gas pedal, so no worries!

Re:Internetting for Retirees (1)

kackle (910159) | more than 4 years ago | (#28096539)

I agree wholeheartedly. I had an elderly neighbor for 25 years who developed emphysema, which significantly reduced his mobility and physical flexibility. His family connected him to the Internet, which generated a tons of questions for his computer-savvy neighbor, me. I taught him the basics of windowing, email, spyware, etc., over time.

At one point he was having computer troubles, which turned out to be a really nasty, intermittent, hard drive failure. It was taking a few days to sort it all out, during which he was sans a computer. I visited him to give an update when he said, 'You know, 102 cars pass our houses between 6 and 7 a.m.?' That saddened me; the poor guy didn't have much else he could do without his click machine with which to read silly joke emails from his friends and play solitaire. So, I dragged my old 486 over there so he could at least play solitaire, which he greatly appreciated.

I got his computer all back to exactly where it was. He was visibly thrilled. A few days later, he passed away.

At the funeral, there was more than one person there who, including his priest, knew me as, 'the guy who fixed the computer'. This outlet meant so much to my neighbor, that he was discussing it with all those around him. To me it was just "another thing to fix". To him it was a critical part of his life.

If you have a senior in your life, seriously consider this as something that may give them unexpected joy. I wouldn't force it on them, but all involved may be pleasantly surprised.

And as an open note to the web-based email hosts: don't change layout of your home page because you think users want to see a "new look" or something. Nobody cares what your home page looks like, except you. It only confuses older people, who may already have trouble finding the email button, especially with failing eyesight. Heck, that's one of the reasons I migrated to Google so many years ago.

God bless you John.

Re:Internetting for Retirees (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28096905)

I have an uncle that likes to use skype and other stuff to talk with people around the world since he can't set up his ham radio stuff in the retirement condo.

Oldest? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28081577)

I guess the oldest is just fine, at least I think there is always an oldest...

And an other thing, then who was this guy? http://worldsoldestblogger.blogspot.com/

This woman is somewhat of an inspiration (2, Insightful)

amn108 (1231606) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081579)

I had long suspected, and later has come to prove it to myself, that in the end, a human being can really go long way being active with the brain and cognitive power, as long as that brain is kept well fed with experiences, and not least, challenges. Something this woman has said herself. I wish more people would stop complaining and fearing death (wishful thinking at best, of course) if they realize their brain and body will support them if they themselves lust for more life and are willing to say to themselves "i want to live more, i am not ready to stop being a thinker". That, in my opinion, is the main difference between 70 year old depressed or apathic amnesiacs and those 95 year olds who somehow use Internet, move around and just are being a great example on how to live a mature life.

Re:This woman is somewhat of an inspiration (1)

misexistentialist (1537887) | more than 5 years ago | (#28084003)

Exceptions prove the rule. Some people maintain muscle mass and flexibility until late in life, some retain mental capacity, but everyone else diminishes to a pathetic state (a huge number diminish so fast as to not survive middle-age). Willpower will not enable you to age gracefully any more than it will make you a excellent baseball player or programmer.

Re:This woman is somewhat of an inspiration (1)

Corbets (169101) | more than 5 years ago | (#28086223)

Willpower will not enable you to age gracefully any more than it will make you a excellent baseball player or programmer.

You may be surprised just how much willpower has to do with each of those, actually. It may not be enough on it's own - it won't turn a man with no legs into michael jordan - but it's a critical component.

Re:This woman is somewhat of an inspiration (1)

Wildclaw (15718) | more than 5 years ago | (#28088305)

So true.

Of course, any disruption can easily spell the end. My grandmother went from being fairly self sustaining (we just had to shop for her) to someone who you basically had to make sure that they ate, in just a few months. All because she fell and hit herself and therefore had to lie still doing nothing for a couple of weeks, after which she declined rapidly.

She is still alive, but now has to live in elder living as she can't take care of simple stuff like making food. She even forgot how to play solitaire cards. Something she used to do fairly often.

It was actually quite terrifying to experience the change as it showed just how fragile the human body really becomes as you age. But I also learned a valuable lesson. Stay active, and enjoy life.

Whats the big deal? (1)

nitroyogi (1471601) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081605)

Every oldest blogger/microblogger/whatever will eventually die one day. Or is it happening for the first time?

Never saw a news item stating the world's oldest coder/programmer died ... and his lifelong battle against frustrating bugs and crashes. :(

One thing... (1)

viyh (620825) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081621)

It's awesome that this story got tagged "McCain".

thank you (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28081635)

As a socialist who feels the Western world has since the mid '80s pretty much lost its sense of community, its manufacturing industry (we make nothing! do you not see why this is a long-term problem?), and its heterogeneity, I'd like to say thank you to people like her. Such individuals tend to outlive, intellectually and physically, all the greedy flag-wavers for Number One, even while constantly kicked and mocked. The world has seen many empires rise and fall, and I take faith in knowing that our current state of affairs contains no special qualities that will keep it propped up ad inf.

I've lived in post-Franco Spain, and during the 10 years after his death, the legacy of community spirit remained while the the shackles of authoritarianism had been broken.It was actually a bearable place, still carrying a class with a keen, honest work ethic, care for extended family and neighbourhood, and the desire to get together and enjoy life during free time. Then they joined the EU, they got greedy and materialistic, and the '90s gave Spain the consumer society countries as idols. Now, they're as fucked as the rest of them.

Most people today are so boring. Do you have an iPhone? Have you seen the latest Star Trek? How big is your house? Those who survived the collapse of the Soviet Union were either already at the top or had chosen to always invest in education. For while kingdoms rise and fall, anyone who has kept his brain sharp will carry himself through and always be of value to the society he finds himself in. And let us be clear - a Soviet mathematical or scientific education was nothing like the jokes you see from average modern Western first degree programmes. I learnt Russian to have the privilege of being able to read Soviet mathematics textbooks at university.

I'm sure there are other socialists, lurking here and afraid to post lest the Objectivist with his sophistry or the Libertarian of contradictions pounce on him with an army of straw men. But be proud, brothers, that you are not so lazy as to want to work only for yourself; stand tall, and know that your principles have made bearable the lives of so many. There are those who will point at Stalin or Gorbachev and say that "Communism is an evil failure", just as there are those who will point at America's economy of 2009 or interference in the Middle Esat and say "Capitalism is an evil failure" - but neither of these countries are the incarnations of an ideal, nor would an ideal ever be incarnated. What is important is that you have chosen to live your life in a principled manner, and that when you have the choice to destroy another man or to give him your hand, you choose to give him your hand.

(in b4 hand-holding is gay)

No nos moverÃn!

Re:thank you (1)

RiotingPacifist (1228016) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081851)

dunno why this is OT, it is to do with the blogger and her blog :S

mod do3n (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28081679)

the '3ommun1ty'

Blogging is dangerous! (3, Funny)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081719)

Extra Extra! Read all about it! Blogging may be fatal!

Explain the reasoning... (1)

adosch (1397357) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081843)

Toilet plunge my karma, but why is this a /. headliner? Only light that is coming out of this is at least some early 20th century folk have melded into and use technology, as far as the statistic... who cares.

Re:Explain the reasoning... (3, Funny)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082907)

"Toilet plunge my karma, but why is this a /. headliner? Only light that is coming out of this is at least some early 20th century folk have melded into and use technology, as far as the statistic... who cares."

Umm, because most of the rest of us aren't soulless twats?

Re:Explain the reasoning... (1)

adosch (1397357) | more than 4 years ago | (#28094457)

Umm, because most of the rest of us aren't soulless twats?

Oh is someone bitter because they hold a baseless meaningless title of biggest douche sack and want to make sure their purpose on Earth is not trivial?

Tagged 'oldnews' (2, Funny)

Little_Professor (971208) | more than 5 years ago | (#28081875)

for more than one reason...

Descanse en paz, y gracias (2, Insightful)

jejones (115979) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082159)

Neat story; I hope I'm as open to new things when I am that old.

Re:Descanse en paz, y gracias (1)

diegocgteleline.es (653730) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083799)

You're old (compared with newborns)
Now you are a bit older.
Now older.
Older, older, older!

Quick, open a blog before you die! :(

Good Riddance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28083401)

Why is this News? A Spanish clueless grandmama gets "blogging". I am Beowulf.

Olive Riley (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28084995)

Olive Riley was the world's oldest blogger at 108... not Oliver.

http://www.allaboutolive.com.au/

I would say check your facts, but this is Slashdot after all.

Perhaps the perfect story for this classic phrase: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28085089)

And nothing of value was lost.

(bowing) Thank you! Thank you! Try the veal!

how about Donald Crowdis (1)

gezi (875890) | more than 5 years ago | (#28086645)

I always thought that Donald Crowdis was the oldest blogger and I still have him on my blog roll but he has not posted anything for more than two years at http://dontoearth.blogspot.com/ [blogspot.com] so now I am wondering if he is actually still around. Does anybody know about him? His last post says that he is not dead, but after two years you never know...

Re:how about Donald Crowdis (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28088721)

he moved his blog to http://dontoearthagain.wordpress.com/ [wordpress.com] not sure why.

Began blogging in 2006 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28092335)

For god sake, the year is on her blog! She began blogging in 2006 by the time she was 95 years old.

This is news? (1)

kmoser (1469707) | more than 4 years ago | (#28094315)

News flash: old people can write and use the Internet.

in unrelated news (1)

OrugTor (1114089) | more than 4 years ago | (#28097101)

Blogger with most freckles dies. Blogger with longest average word length dies. Blogger with smallest dog dies. ...
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