Mother Goose 2.0

2:15 PM -- Reuters reports on Maria Amelia Lopez, age 95, the latest elderly cybercelebrity to storm the blogosphere:

    "Today it's my birthday and my grandson, who is very stingy, gave me a blog."

Couldn't even spring for a full MySpace account?

    "At first I thought a blog was just a type of paper notebook," said Lopez, a great grandmother.

    "When I saw my grandson using the Internet, it caught my attention. I said to myself 'What's this? You can find out about anything. I want an Internet!' "

Hey, I want one too...

    With 60,000 regular readers so far, Lopez's homely mix of memory and chat, available at http://amis95.blogspot.com/, attracts regular readers from around the world and has put her back in touch with the younger generation in a way she had never imagined...

    "Look at what I was," she wrote in one entry, beneath a photograph of herself from 60 or 70 years ago, "And look at what I am, at what I have become. My eyes aren't pretty, nor my mouth, or anything, not my body. Age disfigures everything."

Sheesh. Here's hoping Granny the Decrepit wasn't planning to use her blog to score some dates.

    "I'm going to die before I get broadband," read one recent, sad entry.

Well, what's the difference when you already move more slowly than dialup?

— Red Panda, Disfigured Blogger, Light Reading

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