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Mark Van Patten is Going Like Sixty.

I'm baby boomer man who turned 60 in late 2007. Boomer born in 1947 for search engine optimization. I retired from the newspaper business July 1, 2011.

Contact me: goinglikesixty(at)gmail(dork)com or @goinglike60. Facebook? Friends and family plan only, you can friend me and depending on my mood, I may take you into my inner-circle. We have a club-card and secret handshake, but no dues.
What is unique that's not in your bio?
I still have lots of hair. On my head.
What's your favorite accomplishment?
Uncle Milton's trust fund.
How do you define cool?
Anything Bianca writes is cool. Anything Jeremy wears is cool. Anything Marissa does is cool. Trend Hunter is cool. Therefore, I am cool. Next question?
What is your secret to uncovering trends?
RSS feeds. I use Google Feed Reader which allows feeds to be sorted into folders. I can filter the feeds into different folders and prioritize how and when I read the feeds. I use the keyboard short cut to buzz through the feeds very quickly. Because of this I hate truncated RSS feeds. I still have a few in my reader, but only because they have proved themselves to be valuable resources. I subscribe to a handful email blasts from good sources.
What do you enjoy most about Trend Hunter?
Being able to be conversational about a huge variety of topics. Often I will find myself holding back just a little because someone is excited that they made a "discovery" that had been covered by Trend Hunter a week before. At my age, it can be a challenge to keep up, but Trend Hunter keeps me ahead.
What is your favorite trend?
Luxury. Cars, yachts, architecture, real or conceptual.
What are your tips for writing a juicy post?
Keywords. Sometimes it's awkward to get a keyword in the post as often as Google likes. But keywords can grab monumental traffic if used properly. Jeremy and Bianca taught me that the right keyword used throughout a post is worth the effort. Otherwise, I just go with whatever impressions I have first. I think if I analyzed my posts, I probably have three forms: Conversational; write like you are telling someone what you just found. Factual; straight up about the trend and it's impact. Off-the-wall whacky: sometimes you just get feeling goofy and it's fun to write a post that reflects your feelings at the time.
How do you reset to be creative?
I write more. I have five blogs and I love to comment on other blogs and participate on the Trend Hunter Wall. I read more. Looking at other writing styles is a good kick start. As a last resort, I eat M & M's in their intended order: Red, Yellow, Orange, Brown, Green and Blue.
What inspires or excites you?
Inside information. And... Going Like Sixty
Predict something awesome for 2020?
Favorable: Most televisions are gone, replaced by Pico projectors in phones that are mass market affordable. Unfavorable: Digital divide will have widened because of government interference.
Multi-Lingual Social Media
Multi-Lingual Social Media
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Silky Fair Frocks
Silky Fair Frocks
Shabby Apple Boutique Releases Green Leaf Line Using Vintage-Inspired Photos
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Plus Size Magazine Covers
Plus Size Magazine Covers
The Vogue Italia Full-Figured Cover is a Welcome Surprise
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Badass Frankfurter Grillers
Badass Frankfurter Grillers
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Upcycled Steampunk Lamps
Upcycled Steampunk Lamps
Gilles Eichenbaum Uses Vintage Rejects for Light Fixtures
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Brilliant Blooming Lamps
Brilliant Blooming Lamps
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Simplified Health Symbols
Simplified Health Symbols
The USDA MyPlate Graphic Replaces Ancient Food Pyramid
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Iconic Marketing Celebrations
Iconic Marketing Celebrations
The Louis Vuitton 'Voyages' Show at the National Museum of China
The Louis Vuitton 'Voyages' show has the iconic brand going to a land where it has ventured before: The National Museum of China. The French fashion behemoth, known for its luxury, is moving to the east… MORE
Eerily Fantastical Prints
Eerily Fantastical Prints
The Corey Helford Gallery's Awe-Inspiring Flight and Fable Series
Three female artists will be doing a show at the Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City, California, titled Flight and Fable. These fantastical works are a showing of figures, animals and fantastical scenes.… MORE
Faded Beauty Photography
Faded Beauty Photography
Shane Woodward Makes Soft-Focus Photos Look Sharp
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Illusory Staircases
Illusory Staircases
Interior Design Blog Features Stupendous Stairways That Command Attention
This collection of staircases will make readers wish they had a second level to their home or office. Perhaps adventurous interior designer will add a stairway to nowhere as just a design element. These… MORE
Bike Booze-Carriers
Bike Booze-Carriers
The Bicycle Wine Rack by Oopsmark Has a Steampunk Aesthetic
Oopsmark is a steampunk designer who loves to work in leather. Apparently, Oopsmark also loves the fermented juice of the grape because he has made a leather bicycle wine carrier. This is a great Father's… MORE
Culinary Fashion Films
Culinary Fashion Films
Retro Pizza-Making in Precious by Monica Menez for Willems Wonderglasses
Monica Menez made a sexy, spectacular lookbook in her latest fashion film called Precious. The short film features a retro-styled model making pizza in an sensuous way. Shot in lovely lighting with fantastic… MORE
Celebrity-Studded Gaming
Celebrity-Studded Gaming
The New Black Ops Characters are Causing Commotion in the Gaming World
Black Ops gamers will love the new Activision and Treyarch levels for Call of Duty: Black Ops. The new zombie level for Call of Duty: Black Ops is mind-blowing, especially with the addition of some awesome… MORE
Psychedelic Swimwear
Psychedelic Swimwear
Agua Bendita Releases Avant-Garde Bikinis for Summer 2011
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iPod-Enhanced Surgery
iPod-Enhanced Surgery
A Breakthrough Concept for Navigating Around Knees and Hips
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Trashy-Chic Photograhy
Trashy-Chic Photograhy
The Danil Golovkin Garbage Reign Photo Shoot Celebrates Royalty
Danil Golovkin has mashed up fashion, photography and what some would argue fine arts for this photo shoot called Garbage Reign. Is it a coincidence that just a week before the royal wedding, Golovkin… MORE
$6,400 Luxury Toilets
$6,400 Luxury Toilets
The Over-the-Top Kohler Numi Bidet Toilet is a Palatial Place to Poop
If your bum deserves the best (or your poop doesn't stink), you are ready for the Kohler Numi, an ultra-luxurious toilet-bidet with its own footwarmer and built-in music system. The heated seat rises and… MORE
Aging Eye Celeb Blogs
Aging Eye Celeb Blogs
The Chicks With Steve Buscemi Eyes Tumblr Site is Hilarious and Odd
This Chicks With Steve Buscemi Eyes Tumblr site presents a number of celebrities donning the eyes of the iconic star Steve Buscemi. These mash-up photographs will definitely make you look twice as it… MORE
Elected Comic Book Characters
Elected Comic Book Characters
The Governator is a Comic Book Featuring Schwarzenegger
Some say Arnold Schwarzenegger has always been cartoonish. From his early days as an outrageous body builder to his movie roles as a cyborg terminator—and even some would argue—as governor of California.… MORE
Exploding Cakes
Exploding Cakes
Turn Up the Volume is the Latest Wicked Video for Autoerotique
My friend and Trend Hunter 'Cowbag,' aka Emmylou Cakehead of Cakehead Loves Evil, should have made this video for the band Autoerotique. It is done in a manner that is so her style. Alas, the exploding… MORE
Iconic Toy Mashups
Iconic Toy Mashups
These Star Wars Rubber Duckies Bring Kids Fun in the Bathtub
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Designer Period Protection
Designer Period Protection
Kotex Hires Patricia Field to Create Pretty Pads
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Monstrous Knit Designs
Monstrous Knit Designs
Badass Needler Tracy Widdess is Skilled at Brutal Knitting
Tracy Widdess is a monster knitter. Focus on her sci-fi based Tumblr blog and you will see the depths of depravity and despair applied to her custom knitted headgear. It will blow your mind. Widdess… MORE
Wearable Portable Shelter
Wearable Portable Shelter
The Lullatic Portable Home is a Haute Life-Saving Apparel
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Brainwave Music Composition
Brainwave Music Composition
Eduardo Miranda's EEG System Aims to Revolutionize Musicianship
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Marshallmallow  Chick Marketing
Marshallmallow Chick Marketing
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Delectable Dessert Furniture
Delectable Dessert Furniture
Kibiljo's Milan Design Week 2011 Creations are Simply Sweet
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Macho Museum Ads
Macho Museum Ads
Historically Hardcore is a Mash-Up of Pop Culture and Dead Guys
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Mechanical Cyborg Arms
Mechanical Cyborg Arms
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Forget juicing up to build the biceps for an impressive gun show--with the world's first exoskeleton arm, pumping iron gets a cyborg assist. The x-Ar from Equipois will be on the market to help give "dynamic… MORE
Social Media Stock Pickers
Social Media Stock Pickers
Study Proves That Twitter and Facebook Correlate to Market Performance
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Pop-Up Portable Coffee Shops
Pop-Up Portable Coffee Shops
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Pacman Rears
Pacman Rears
Bizarre Lower Back Tattoos that Take a Crack at Creativity
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Innappropriate Dessert Branding
Innappropriate Dessert Branding
The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck Roams NYC
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Bottle-Stopper Laxatives
Bottle-Stopper Laxatives
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Future Car Exoskeletons
Future Car Exoskeletons
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Extravagant Chess Set
Extravagant Chess Set
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Chinese Microcars
Chinese Microcars
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Avian Fashion
Avian Fashion
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Prosthetic Arms for Wounded Soldiers
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Family-Friendly Airborne Festivals
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Light Up Club Wear
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Supercar Dealership Shutdowns
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Panda Passion is in Fashion
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Personalize Video Activism
Personalize Video Activism
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Governmental Fun with Photoshop
Governmental Fun with Photoshop
More Iran Tech Pix Revealed
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$260,000 World Cruise
$260,000 World Cruise
108 Days of Crystal Serenity
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Hardcore Outdoor Boots
Hardcore Outdoor Boots
Nike SFB Tactical is Made Tough for Extreme Athletes
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Blown Plastic Lights
Blown Plastic Lights
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Youth Defiant Magazine Covers
Youth Defiant Magazine Covers
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