A Much Easier Way To Take A Selfie

I have been looking for a gadget like Podo for quite a few years. I just can’t seem to take a decent selfie. Now, Podo can take the selfie for me.

All I have to do, is stick the Podo on a wall or any surface, open the companion app on my cell phone, and make sure that it connects to the camera (Podo) over Bluetooth.

It’s really simple after that. I set the timer to get myself ready to pose, and then a series of LEDs around the lens let’s me know that my picture is being taken.  The photo then appears on my smartphone. 

Podo is also capable of taking videos, but it has  very limited capacity.  Podo has a two-hour battery life and 4GB of storage. That’s good enough for me. 

Price is around $50 on Amazon.

Shepard Fairey at Art Wynwood




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Shepard Fairey was recently in Miami to receive the Art Wynwood Tony Goldman Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award. Fairey is one of the world’s most admired contemporary street artists, graphic designers, activists and illustrators.

Goldman was a real estate developer who was mainly responsible for the rehabilitation of the Wynwood area of Miami, SoHo section of New York City, and 13th Street in Philadelphia. Goldman died at 69 in 2012. He actually lived in my building on South Beach. His wife still does 

Goldman was an early supporter of street art and commissioned Fairey to dress up the warehouse buildings in the cities he was developing. For a street artist, who most of the time illegally drew on abandoned buildings, this was huge. 

Fairey is also well known as the founder of OBEY Clothing, and “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” sticker campaign. Fairey really became famous when he created the “Hope” poster for Barack Obama. 

His work is included in the collections at The Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Fairey was interviewed by Artnet News last week where I taped the entire encounter. The first half is on video, the balance is my audio post. Fairey was very candid about his political views, other street artists, social responsibility, and commerce working with art.

The conversation was fascinating. Don’t miss a word. The video may be a little shaky, but the content is totally solid. 

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Tatoosh Sails In Miami Beach 

The boat show is in town (Miami) this weekend, but Eliot and I got a special bonus when Paul Allen’s $160 million yacht sailed by our condo’s window this morning. 

The 3o3-foot vessel is called Tatoosh. It was originally built for Craig McCaw, founder of McCaw Cellular (now part of AT&T Mobility) and Clearwire Corporation.

Allen is the co-founder of Microsoft and one of the richest people in the world. Tatoosh was purchased by Allen in 2001 for approximately $100 million. 

Allen now has his own private asset management company named Vulcan Inc. Allen also owns three sports teams: the Seattle Seahawks (NFL), the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA), and the Seattle Sounders FC franchise (MLS).

By the way, Allen also owns a 414-foot yacht, the “Octopus.” Price tag $200 million.

He’s worth $19 billion. 
Tatoosh’s features include:

Five decks

A master suite, a saloon and other rooms on the top deck

A saloon with a French limestone fireplace, a dining area, staterooms and a ladies’ powder room on the main deck

A shaded 6 feet (1.8 m) deep swimming pool with adjustable floor in depth, located aft on the main deck beneath a full overhang;[11]

A movie theatre

Facilities to transport two helicopters on the top of two decks

A 46 feet power boat and sailboats

Give Conan O’Brien A Little Love  

I need you to help me thank Conan O’Brien. The late night talk show host agreed to be the latest featured personality for the Waterpik® Water Flosser Celebrity Online Auction taking place February 23, 2017. The online auction will raise money for Hope Lives, a breast cancer support group in Colorado.

Please show him a little love and bid on his  signed Waterpik Water Flosser plus other goodies.  He agreed to help me and now I have to make sure he gets the proper attention.  

Auction begins February 23, 9pm EST. and ends 10 days later.

For more information visit click here

Conan O’Brien is best known for his years as a late night talk show host and current host of Conan on TBS. With the retirement of David Letterman on May 20, 2015, O’Brien became the longest-working of all current late-night talk show hosts in the United States, at 22 years.  

 Conan is also known for his years as a writer for Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons and for his stand-up comedy. He has also hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards for a number of years.

The auction will be heavily promoted on social media as well as a public relations campaign.

Waterpik®, a leader in innovative personal oral health care products for 55 years, has launched an online auction to support Hope Lives, a breast cancer support center in Colorado., Waterpik® has provided a line-up of celebrities with a Waterpik® Designer Series Water Flosser to decorate in their own unique style for the online auction to raise money for this important cause. 

Hope Lives provides not only emotional support, but a full complementary care program to help breast cancer survivors manage their daily routines. Waterpik® supports Hope Lives throughout the year through sales of their Pink Designer Series Water Flosser.

For this auction, Waterpik® has partnered with Auction Cause, the leader in cause marketing campaigns, branding, and fundraising which utilizes the eBay platform to run and manage auctions. Waterpik® is proud to sponsor this auction in support of this important cause. 

To bid on these one-of-a-kind collector’s items and for more information about the Waterpik® auctions visit ….

https://www.waterpik.com/oral-health/lp/conan

The Hope Lives, Lydia Dody Breast Cancer Support Center was founded in 2001 by Lydia Dody, a Fort Collins, CO businesswoman who had battled breast cancer. After her recovery, Lydia wanted to ensure that the women in Larimer County and Windsor, CO diagnosed each year received complete post-diagnosis support and care. http://www.hopelives.org.  
 

 

Art Wynwood 

A whole group of us ventured over to the Wynwood section of Miami last night to see the latest contemporary pieces of art in the exhibition called Art Wynwood. 

Before we knew it, tennis champion Martina Navratilova walked by. She had a few works of art on display and wanted to see what they looked like amongst other pieces. She seemed pretty pleased.

I made a small purchase. I couldn’t  help myself. I saw a copy of Auguste Rodin’s “The Thinker” holding a smartphone and just wanted it. I used to see a copy of the statue on The TV Show Dobie Gillis in 1959-1960 and loved it immediately. I find this pretty ironic, since I know very little about art but “The Thinker” always meant a lot to me.

 

Martina Navratilova admiring her own work.

The Grand’s, the Greenberg’s and the Hesses dining at Sugarcane after the exhibit. Marcia Grand took the photo.

Marcia and Richie loving the Playboy model nearby.

I may have dated this dude.

A full size copy stands in front of Cibo restaurant, South Pointe Drive on the beach.

I always love looking at The Thinker, even a copy. The addition of a smartphone tickled my fancy.

The gallerist from the lower east side of Manhattan is making my 3D printed miniature version.

The showstopper

Leave Your Cell Phone Home If You Leave The USA  

I’m not happy about the news I’m going to deliver to you. I’m not even sure this story is true. However, you must read the article by Quincy Larson, who claims that he’ll never bring his phone on an international flight again. Neither should you. To find out why, Click here.

He claims that the authorities in an airport in Chile confiscated  his cell phone, demanded his password, and then disappeared for a half hour, just enough time to remove all of his valuable information. We don’t realize how much of our personal information is stored on our smartphones. If someone copies our information, we are in financial and health trouble. We can be hacked immediately. Our personal records will become public and then we have to spend countless hours protecting ourselves. It’s very scary.

Let me know your thoughts after you read Larson’s piece. Thank you 

TV List

Happy Valentine’s Day

Here is a list of the TV Shows and TV Movies  DigiDame readers suggested. Do you have any others? I’m filling in where to locate little by little. Feel free to fill in the blanks. 

A Place To Call Home–Amazon 

American Crimes–ABC

Black Mirror–Netflix

Bloodline–Netflix

Bluebloods–CBS

Broadchurch–ITV

Dancing On The Edge–BBC

DCI Banks–ITV

Dexter–Showtime

Foyle’s War–ITV

Frontier–Netflix

Goliath–Amazon

Good Behavior–TNT

Grace And Frankie–Netflix

Grand Hotel–Antena 3

Grandchester–ITV

Happy Valley–Netflix

Homeland–

House of Cards

Last Tango in Halifax

Lie To Me

Luther 

Mad Men

Madam Secretary

Marcella

Marco Polo 

Miss Fischer’s Murders

Narcos

Nobel

Orange is the new Black–Netflix 

Penny Dreadful–Netflix

Pie in the Sky

Rake

River

Sense 8

Sherlock

Sons of Anarchy 

Stranger Things 

Suites

Taboo

The Crown–Netflix

The Honorable Woman

The Fall

The Killing

The Last Detective

The Night Of

The OA–Netflix 

The You Pipe

This Is Us 

Time In Between 

Top Of The Lake

Velvet

Veep

Versailles

Vicious

Victoria

Vikings 

Westworld 

Witnesses 

  

A Not So Secret 18-Mile Wire Covers NYC 


My Friend, Bobby Williams from Philadelphia, sent me a text over the weekend asking me if I knew that there was an 18-mile translucent wire that covers the outer rim of Manhattan. 

I immediately knew what he was talking about. He was blown away that I knew about the wire, but he didn’t. He’s African American and I’m Jewish. That’s didn’t matter. He said he had enough Jewish friends over the years that he should have heard something about it. He is also a voracious reader. How did he miss it?

The truth is that many Jews know nothing about the wire, called an eruv. I learned about it years ago when I had a second home in the Hamptons. Religious Jews in my neighborhood were required to buy homes where wires hung from utility poles. The wires provided ritual enclosures. It turned public space into private areas. 

An eruv does circle  Manhattan. It’s pretty incredible when you think about it. Look at the map. The eruv can also be found in many cities around the United States including St. Louis, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, and Dallas. 

There is really a wonderful story about the construction and maintenance of eruvs in the video. I watched it and it’s fascinating. A publication called Mental Floss has a wonderful explanation as well. Click here

We all learn something new everyday. Thank you Bobby. 

Williams McCall Gallery 5th Anniversary 

It was like a family event. Everyone loved celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the Williams McCall Gallery in South Beach. Gail Williams and Dawn McCall own the gallery, but everyone close to them felt connected too. We have all learned so much about gallery life and the art world. It has been so much fun. Thank you Ladies. Happy Anniversary. You deserve the best.