These Roller Skates Are For Me

I am currently in LA. When we arrived at LAX, I saw a young gal whiz by me on a pair of roller skates like we used to wear when we were pre-teens. I am talking about the skates with four wheels on each foot.

A second later, I had a flashback to my life in Queens, NY, 55 years ago when I used to spend hours each day pounding the pavement on my skates. It was one of those times when you preferred to be alone so you could fantasize about being a sports super star while you skated.

Today, I heard about Action Rocketskates that look like they are for sports enthusiasts but probably are suited for our age group as well. They look somewhat safe and sturdy. See if you agree. Look at the above video.

Rocketskates are electric, motorized skates that strap over your shoes. The company explains that “each skate has two hub motors controlled by an on-board microprocessor. They are powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. The skates also communicate with each other so they maintain the same speed and behavior.”

Rocketskates are now featured on Kickstarter because the developers need money to produce enough inventory to fill their ever-increasing orders.

Unlike the roller skates of our time, Rocketskates have an app. You can monitor your skates and their performance. You can also track skating routes, skate diagnosis, battery status, games, and social interactivity. The app keeps you in touch with other Rocketskaters.

Times have certainly changed, This just might be a new pastime for our crowd.
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Maker Bot Teams Up With Home Depot

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Photo provided by Home Depot

Five years ago, no one ever heard of Maker Bot. Today, the 3D printer company announced that its printers are being sold in Home Depot.

That is a huge coup for both Maker Bot and Home Depot. Both companies “help people make things” so it’s only natural that they should work together.

The Maker Bot replicator line is available at both the Home Depot and a countless number of stores around the country.

The astonishing part of this story for me is that I first saw Maker Bot at a trade show five or six years ago. Bre Pettis, the CEO then, and still today, was a young man with a dream to bring 3D printing technology into the mainstream. He has done a miraculous job to make this happen.
Maker Bot is now a leader in this business. 3D print technology is now an integral part of design and building work for businesses and personal use.

Maker Bot has their own stores throughout the United States where you can learn more about this technology and how you can use it for future projects.

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Photo Prints In Vogue Again

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Hanna and her FujiFilm lnstax Mini 8

You can be a hero to any youngster for just about $70.00. All you have to do is buy the FujiFilm Instax Mini 8, a Polaroid-type camera, for any young person of your choice. The FujiFilm Instax Mini 8 is quickly becoming a popular novelty item among young folks because it is a non-digital product. Go figure.

Teenagers love this product but really anyone can use it. Our 15-year old cousin Hanna just got one for her birthday. She explains, “There are times when you just want a print of a photograph you have taken. It’s so much fun. You become more selective and the photos are true keepsakes.”

The FujiFilm Instax Mini 8 is being sold in Urban Outfitters, Walmart, Amazon, etc. Make sure you compare prices because some retailers want $100.00. Also shop around for the film. That can get expensive too.

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Celebration

It’s Sunday and many of you have a hangover from last night. We do. Eliot and I are in Los Angeles for Emilie Lesser’s Bat Mitzvah. We partied too hearty.

I am seeing double so here is something you will enjoy without too much interpretation from me.

21 Secret Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/AGn0Au/aplus.com/a/iphone-tricks-you-didnt-know?ref_src=email

Now back to the party.

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Dear American Airlines

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You have got to be kidding me American Airlines. I can’t believe you designed the arm rests on the 777′s to house the remote control for the entertainment system, lights, and to call the flight attendant.

What were you thinking?

Everytime I leaned on the arm rest, the flight attendant showed up at my seat. After the fourth call, the attendants knew to ignore me. I was so crazed and uncomfortable. Every time we hit a little turbulence, I jabbed myself trying to hold on to the arm rests.

I’m sure you are aware that there is such a thing called “human computer interaction.” You couldn’t have possibly asked someone in that field to bless the design of this arm rest. It just doesn’t make any sense.

Breakthrough Miami


Eliot and I were invited earlier this week to visit and learn more about Breakthrough Miami, a six-week Summer Institute and Saturday school-year program. It is an eight-year program, starting with middle-grade students from economically disadvantage backgrounds. The main purpose is to promote a love of learning and commitment to the community.

The reason why Elissa Vanaver, CEO, of Breakthrough Miami, asked us to visit one of the many campuses where the program is being held (Ransom Everglades School) was to discuss the possibly of helping to promote the program in traditional publications and through social media. We both agree that direct campaigns via email is far more effective than social media, but that is another discussion.

I’m writing about this program today because I want to urge people in our age group to get involved in programs like this or any community opportunity where you can give back. Too many of my friends have narrowed their scope of the universe and basically focus on the same list of things to do each day. It bothers me that they are a lot smarter than I am yet they don’t explore new opportunities.

It’s as if someone had told us, as we entered our 60s, that we had done enough and to just spend the rest of our days on a golf course or in front of the TV. I am no different. I really have to push myself to take on a new challenges.

I am grateful to Alissa for inviting us to see what she is working on. I met her at our July 4th party. She is the wife of the photo editor at the Miami Herald.

I already told you how we met him. Alissa came to this event armed with brochures and business cards so that she could get the word out about Breakthrough Miami.

Alissa used to be managing editor of the Miami Herald and now is totally devoted to changing lives and creating leaders. Wow, what a wonderful second career.

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Lauren Kellner, site director and CEO Alissa Vanaver.

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Shark Tank’s Daymond John Looking For Innovative Mobile Devices

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Daymond John and his Bluetooth keyboard.

I would ordinarily say that Daymond John, founder of the FUBU clothing line, and one of the original investors on Shark Tank, was out of his mind for jumping into the mobile device business. However, smart is always smart.

I just reviewed some of the products his new company, called Moguls Mobile, is planning to introduce. They are quite unique compared to the so-called competition.

The first one I was impressed with was a Bluetooth keyboard for the iPhone. It hooks on the iPhone with magnets called Magneti. I predict that this keyboard is going to be huge. It just makes sense for typing. It looks like the Blackberry keyboard.

The other device I thought was clever, was a lost and found tag service. I have no idea why someone else didn’t think of this before. It’s a natural. If one of the Moguls Mobile devices get lost, the finder calls the service phone number on the unit. Moguls Mobile sends a courier to pickup the unit and then delivers it to the owner. The finder gets a reward but those details were not spelled out.

In order to offer the most unique mobile products ever, Moguls Mobile is partnering with Edison Nation, a company that solicits ideas from inventors. So now you know where to call with that inventive idea you wanted to pursue

Go for it.

To pitch an idea read Venture Beat here.

Quick, Before I Forget

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You already know that I love to share information. Some of you may know more about the Exelon Patch than I do, so this blog post is all about reaching out to everyone who never heard of it.

If you Google, Exelon, you will learn that “since 1997, Exelon (rivastigmine tartrate) has been widely used to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease in more than 70 countries. Exelon is the only cholinesterase inhibitor to be also approved to treat both Alzheimer’s disease and dementia associated with Parkinson’s disease (PDD) in Europe and US.”

I never knew a thing about Exelon until last Friday. One of my friends who attended our July 4th party was wearing the patch because he has had a form of dementia for a number of years. He is around 80 years of age. It seems to me that he went from being somewhat confused and irritable to keenly alert and content. His facial expressions became positive and filled with energy and he mingled and conversed with many. It was a stunning turnaround. His wife/caregiver is quite happy with the results and feels she has been given a reprieve.

If you research Exelon, you will see the typical warning side effects. With any drug, there are trade offs. Pick your poison.

One of the main reasons why I devoted this post to Exelon is because many of my friends fear getting dementia. Here is hope that we can ward it off for many years. This is a prescription patch. Please consult your doctor for what is best for you.

Remote Control Fertility

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Bill and Melinda Gates may not be active in the PC business anymore but they are certainly funding scores of new technology projects that are changing lifestyles everywhere. The one that recently caught my eye is contraceptive implants.

I first heard about this when I attended a tech meetup for investors a while ago and then I read about it again in Engadget, so I thought it was time to share with my readers. We will never be able to take advantage of this, but your grandchildren or their children will be able to use contraceptive implants that are wirelessly controlled.

The Gates Foundation is funding a Massachusetts biotech company, MicroCHIPS, that is working feverishly to develop a wirelessly controlled implant which slowly pumps out drugs. That means that women will be able to control their fertility the way we use a wireless device to change TV stations. Apparently, contraceptive implants have been around even though I never heard of them. Then again, that is not my area of focus these days. (Ha, ha).

The big news from MicroCHIPS is that their implant will only have to be changed every 16 years. Engadget reports, “The current progestogen-releasing implants have to be replaced every three years.” They also can be removed if you want to get pregnant.

Read more about it here.

Photos from Engadget and The Gates Foundation.

Google’s Back Story


As the years pass-by, my fascination with Google’s co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, grows deeper and deeper. Their search algorithm has changed the world. I must Google things 10 or more times a day.

I even stopped entering names and phone numbers of restaurants, retail stores, doctors, and movie houses into my contact list. I just look them up on Google. I find it easier than maintaining an address book. I am also able to spot pertinent information from time to time that I would not normally see.

In an unusual interview with Page and Brin, Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures, questions them about “What might have been” if they didn’t make certain decisions. What makes this fireside chat so interesting is that Khosla’s company, wanted to buy Google for less then $2 million not long after the company was born.

It is very interesting to examine the chain of events that led up to the Google as we know it today. The interview gives us great insight into how the tech business functions and why certain companies come out on top.

I watched this video several times because I wanted to savor every moment of it. Good life lessons are shared and it makes us wonder what the future has in store for all of us.