What Makes A Painting Worth Millions

My first introduction into the world of art came from Richard Ekstract, the publisher of a chain of tech publications. I worked for him for three years and, at the time, was exposed to some of the most bizarre art you have ever seen. He collected ultra contemporary art pieces. I loved every one of them because they represented his creativity.

I never quite understood the world of art even though we have bought a fair amount of moderately-priced paintings and sculptures over the years. I have always questioned who establishes the price of a art, why do some artists succeed while others falter, and how did certain collectors get so rich.

You have to watch the HBO special “The Price Of Everything.” It will answer many of your questions.

The following artist are featured in the documentary: Richter, Jeff Koons, George Condo, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Marilyn Minter and Larry Poons, as well as art-world insiders Stefan Edlis, Jerry Saltz, Amy Cappellazzo, Ed Dolman, Margaret Lee and others.

You owe it to yourself to watch this film. It so right on.


Printed Photos Are In Vogue

Life is so mysterious. We work like crazy to advance ourselves to the digital world only to desire what we had before. Introducing the KiiPix Smartphone Picture Printer.

I am definitely going to buy one, or maybe, two or three. At $39.99, it makes the perfect gift, especially for children who rarely see printed photos.

All you have to do is place your phone on top of the KiiPix and push a button. Before you do that, you can adjust photos with a filter contrast option, or add all kinds of funny trimmings. After you achieve the photo that you want, you press the button for the print option. It rolls right out. It couldn’t be easier.

Buy the KiiPix on Amazon. For more information, click below.


Next Up For Cataract Surgery

I documented Eliot’s visit to the surgeon at Bascom Palmer in Miami who will perform his cataract procedure in January. I did my two eyes in July. We live in the age of modern miracle medicine. Thank goodness.

GM Is Getting Into E-Bike Biz

General Motors is getting very serious about helping city dwellers, get from point A to point B, without typical major transportation or problems.

The American car manufacturer is actually going to introduce two electric bikes early next year.

One bicycle will be a compact, the other will fold. No details on features and pricing. This is just a heads up.

While GM engineers are designing the bicycles, the company still doesn’t have a brand name.

If you are interested in creating one for the car company, click here.

Give Your Neck A Good Stretch

Before I start my little story, let me remind you not to use the Air Cervical Soft Neck Brace Device without consulting your doctor first.

I love these type of gadgets because my neck always feels tight, especially when I’m under a lot of pressure. My neck has always been where all of my tension seems to settle. For the last 40 years, I have slept with a round neck pillow that I place between my right shoulder and my right arm. I stretch my arm as far out as it will go so my neck does not crunch up while I am sleeping.

It’s wonderful. A good night sleep usually cures neck pain caused by tension. There are times when I can crack my neck first thing in the morning, and then I can feel everything loosen up. Oh, it feels so good. My Uncle Ruby use to let me use his big metal stretching contraption that would hang from a closet door. It would stretch my neck with different amounts of weights. It was great, but very cumbersome.

Today I spotted the Air Cervical Soft Neck Brace Device being introduced on several tech websites. For $30.00, you have a handy gadget that aligns your neck and spine.

Read the benefits here or below.

Again, consult your doctor.


• FAST NECK PAIN RELIEF – Provides fast neck pain relief, and a faster recovery from neck injuries, without the need for medications or surgery. Relieves neck pain for anyone suffering from neck arthritis, herniated/bulging disc in the neck, neck strains and cervical muscle spasms.

INCREASES BLOOD CIRCULATION – The cervical traction device helps by increasing blood circulation to the structures of the cervical spine, helping to oxygenate muscles, nerves, tendons, thus decreasing pain and promoting relaxation.

CORRECTS NECK POSTURE – Keeps your neck in a perfect posture allowing it to heal and prevents further neck injury and pain.

COMFORTABLE & EASY TO USE – Soft and comfortable fabric and inflates easily. No longer go to a physical therapist for neck traction; you can do neck traction at home just as effectively and safely.

FULLY ADJUSTABLE – The cervical traction device is fully adjustable to almost any size and can be used for men and women. For best results use 2-3 times daily for 30 minutes session each. Color May Vary Blue Or Brown

• EASY TO USE: No assembly required. Step-by-step instructions ensure you’re getting the best use of our cervical traction unit. We know how important it is to have detailed instructions and we want you to be as comfortable as possible.

• SMALL ENOUGH TO TAKE ANYWHERE: No matter where you are on stiff days, experience spinal traction at home or on the go. It’s soft, lightweight and small enough to fit in your suitcase, purse, car or backpack.

• INFLATABLE FOR MAXIMUM COMFORT: this cervical pillow is easily adjustable so you can control the amount of air for a comfortable spinal stretch to relax your neck and shoulders. Should fit comfortably up to 17.5″ neck size.

• QUALITY TESTED: Thoroughly tested against the leading traction devices to ensure your comfort and satisfaction.

Digital Notes

Thank you Leslie Mark Alter for posting this on Facebook.

Thank you Techlicious

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Elizabeth Goldfeder owns Reflectel. The company is located in SoHo.

Eliot And Steve Went Ballooning in Luxor

I refused to join the majority of our group on the 4am Balloon ride over the Nile. These photos were taken by Steve Greenberg and Eliot Hess who shared them with me. They loved it. They were totally exhilarated. This was Steve’s third time on a Balloon ride and Eliot’s first. Twenty Balloons floated right past my hotel room. It was quite a sight. I was glad I was planted firmly on the ground

Then We Went Sailing To A Banana Plantation


A Crowd Pleaser

We have been walking close to 10,000 steps everyday. My clothes started to feel loose until the Egyptian Zalabia Balls were served onboard our four day river cruise on the Nile. Perfect for the upcoming holidays.

The following is a Steve Greenberg production. He photographed and taped this entire segment.