Headline Stress Disorder

Before we get started on today’s topic, I wanted to show PBS fans what a Viking ocean cruise liner looks like. Viking is a major sponsor of Masterpiece on PBS. Many of us have either seen Viking’s river cruise boats in their TV or print ads, or have taken a trip on one. Now I get to show you one of their bigger ships as it passed underneath my Miami condo window last night. I quickly grabbed my smartphone, and took a video for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

I couldn’t stop staring at a headline from NBC News the other day. It said, “What is headline stress disorder and do you have it?” I couldn’t believe those words. I was who that headline was talking about. I am obsessed with the news. I keep checking my iPhone several times an hour looking for the next astonishing situation that is happening in the United States.

It could be #metoo, North Korea, fires, Russia, fake news, Net Neutrality, Roy Moore, or ISIS. Should I go on? Nah, you get my drift. There is so much to keep up with. Most of my friends are addicted too, checking their smartphones around the clock for news alerts. The digital world has trained us to expect new news all the time.

NBC said a recent study by the American Psychological Association found that “two-thirds of Americans are stressed out over the future of the country, and the constant consumption of news cycle was pinned as a major contributor.” Therapists are now calling our new condition, “headline stress disorder. ”

NBC is worried that many of us are getting more and more out-of-control. The TV network claims we are creating a very upsetting environment for ourselves. Therefore, they have asked the therapists to help cure us.

This is their cure. I am willing to try a few, but not all. For deeper explanations, click here.











If you are an obsessed news junkies like me, make sure you read the entire NBC story.

Uber Vs. Ambulance

Image: NBC

It was bound to happen. People prefer to take Uber to the hospital, rather than an ambulance. A recent study by the University of Kansas and Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego found that ambulance usage in 766 cities around the United States is declining. The study claims there can only be one reason for that, Uber.

It makes total sense to me. If I needed to get to the hospital, I would immediately call Uber or Lyft. I am not talking about being unconscious or bleeding to death. If I wasn’t feeling well, I would rather call a ride sharing service where I could monitor the pickup time, as opposed to an ambulance that may not be in the vicinity. I want to get to the hospital in the most expeditious way.

The big bonus, in opting for the likes of an Uber or Lyft, is that you can choose exactly when you want to go to the hospital, and which hospital you want to go to. If you call an ambulance, you are at the mercy of the paramedics.

Again, this all makes perfect sense to me. However, we have to remember that Ubers and Lyfts do not come with medical professionals. That could be a matter of life and death.

Mashable covered this story as well.

Tech Onboard

The Carnival Vista arriving in the Port of Miami today in the early morning hours.

One of the many advantages of living in Miami is that you hear a lot about the cruise industry. You always meet someone who works for one of the cruise lines, or the “Miami Herald” has a news story about some development.

The other day there was a story in the Herald about the technological advancements in cruising. I wanted to write about it because so many DigiDame readers cruise all over the world. The changes that will be incorporated over the next five years will be astonishing.

One big attraction for guests is that new “smart” technology will help eliminate long lines and waiting time. This will be accomplished by facial recognition and geo-location. Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and MSC Cruises are leading the way.

Other advances are using your smart phones for hotel keys, wearable, customized mini discs that will track your whereabouts for personalized service, interactive screens in staterooms, and RFID tags on luggage to track delivery times to cabins.

For more good news read the Miami Herald.


Great Truths

1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.

John Adams

2. If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.

Mark Twain

3. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself…

Mark Twain

4. I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.

Winston Churchill

5. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

GeorgeBernard Shaw

6. A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.

G. GordonLiddy

7. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian

8. Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

Ronald Reagan (1986)

9. I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

Will Rogers

10. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free!

P. J. O’Rourke

11. No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.

Mark Twain (1866)

12. Talk is cheap, except when Congress does it.


13. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.

Winston Churchill

14. The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.

Mark Twain

15. There is no distinctly Native American Criminal Class, save Congress.

Mark Twain

16. What this country needs are more unemployed politicians

Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995)

17. A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.

Thomas Jefferson

Thank you Barbara O’Connell for these quotes. They make a great blog post. We were out late and I want to go to sleep. Good night.

I’m In Good Company, Age-Wise

When I saw these slides on Facebook, I knew I had to share them with you. Thank you, the Today Show, for recognizing these great, senior women.

A good friend, Gary Arlen, a Washington DC tech writer, took the time to add information about Net Neutrality. Thank you Gary. you are always the educator.

Your Access To The Internet Is Being Threatened

Thank you Alabama, thank you, thank you, thank you !!!!!

Now for the next issue…….

I’m not sure if you totally understand, but this Thursday the FCC may decide to repeal the Obama net neutrality protection.

What does that mean?

It means that the Internet could get very difficult for you to use.

I am rather shocked that many of us have not spoken about this before. The Trump Administration doesn’t want the Internet to be equal for all of us. Net neutrality means that all content on the Internet is the same for everyone. The current administration may want to play favorites.

Obama made sure that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) couldn’t block or slow down content for any of us. Now all kinds of manipulations may take place.

Please google net neutrality to get more information about this situation. Give us your opinion.

Thank you

You can write to your Senator or State Rep.


Nine Important Facts To Remember As We Grow Older

Happy Chanukah, Love, Lois and Eliot

Nine Important Facts To Remember As We Grow Older

#9 Death is the number 1 killer in the world.

#8 Life is sexually transmitted.

#7 Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

#6 Men have 2 motivations: hunger and hanky panky, and they can’t tell them apart. If you see a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich.

#5 Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks, months, maybe years unless you give them your email address.

#4 Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing.

#3 All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

#2 In the 60s, people took LSD to make the world weird. Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal.

#1 Life is like a jar of jalapeno peppers. What you do here, today, may be a burning issue somewhere else, tomorrow.

Thank you Walter Salm.

3-D Printed Musical Instruments

We received an invite to the Jewish Museum Of South Florida for a Sunday brunch. It was so cute. The invite said, “Basel, Lox and Cream Cheese.” That’s pretty clever considering it was Art Basel week in Miami, the largest art fair in the United States.

The museum was exhibiting 3-D printed musical instruments that were first of a kind. 3-D printing is a process provided by specialized computers to create three-dimensional objects.

MONAD Studio, an award-winning architecture firm in Miami, came up with the concept of 3-D instruments because they were interested in producing new kinds of sounds. You can hear them in the above video.

The sounds are pretty primitive. The music sounds much better in an ensemble. I’m sure you will be seeing and hearing more of these types of instruments in the future.

Most of the folks at the brunch never heard of 3-D printing before. This was s great way to introduce them to a state-of the art manufacturing concept. MONAD has a road show of this exhibit around the country. If it arrives in your city, be sure to go. You will be witnessing the future of music in many different forms.



Body Marbling.

For those of you who always wanted a tattoo, but never liked the permanency, I have a solution for you, body-marbling.

Watch the videos. You bathe in psychedelic paint and then turn your body into a work of art. The good news is that it all washes off.

Invented by Brad Lawrence, body marbling is a water painting technique that uses hydrodynamics to transform your body into a psychedelic canvas..

Friends of mine experimented with body marbling, and they loved it. It’s a fun thing to do, especially if you are older than 50. It’s silly and you get to have fun with your arms and legs. Suddenly, you are young again and could be the talk of the party.

Nothing wrong with that.

Art Is What You Make It

Human art is in the above video. Be sure to click and watch very closely.

This video art piece drew quite a crowd at Art Basel. I was surrounded by lots of other folks taking videos of the talking head. You can think this installation is ridiculous. All I can say is that it brought smiles to thousands of people who passed by.

If you threw out your child’s playpen, you are now going to regret it. This installation was priced at a few thousand dollars. The stuffed animal was extra.

Many abstract designs are now becoming wallpaper. I’m not sure I could live with this.

If you have an extra pair of gloves, you too can become an artist.

This must be a magic trick

Imagine these creatures in your living room

This is a garden.

You figure it out