Do You Know Where This Is?

Larry Page and Sergey Brin used to work here. In fact, this is the Santa Clara, California, garage where they started their business. They started out calling their company BackRub. Then Larry and Sergey realized that the BackRub name was not ideal for a search engine. After long discussions, they picked Google.

An explanation on the Internet claims. “It was play on the word “googol,” a mathematical term for the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros. The use of the term reflects their mission to organize a seemingly infinite amount of information on the web.”

We can all agree Larry and Sergey did great work in that garage. We can’t live without our Google.


Do You Think Watching TV Is A Waste Of Time?

No one really believes me when I tell them how many hours per week Eliot and I watch TV. To the outside world, it seems like we are out every night going to restaurants, plays, art exhibits, the movies and parties. It’s true that we go out a lot, but there are times when we stay home, days at a time, and binge on Amazon or Netflix programs.

We readily admit that the nights we binge on our favorite programs, are sometimes more fun than going out. The time we spend in front of the TV increases every month. We are tired after a whole day of working, or doing chores, and all we want to do is “do nothing.” There are times when Eliot decides to work on his photographs, and I write DigiDame, while watching TV. Nevertheless, we are still watching a few hours of TV at night.

I’m not sure if the following article in the Fast Company is talking directly to us, or to the person who never goes out. I don’t think it matters. It’s something to think about.

You tell me what you think.

“How to stop wasting your life watching TV and do something worthwhile with your downtime.”

Click here.

Did You Give/Get A Hug Today?

About 35 years ago, the owner of a well known retail stereo chain, told me that one of the most important things in life was to either pat someone on the shoulder, or give a person a hug. He said human contact could help add years to someone’s life.

I thought that was such a strange comment coming from a guy who was known for his aloofness. I nevertheless took that comment seriously. I don’t necessarily go out of my way to hug everyone I see, but I do smile at all that I come in contact with. I particularly smile at strangers I pass on the street, and most of the time, they smile back.

I had a big smile on my face when I noticed that my daughter Whitney posted a story about hugging on Facebook. I couldn’t pass it up. I had to share it with you. I do believe every word written here. Enjoy!

Arsenic and Old Lace

Eliot and I had a unique movie theater experience tonight. We actually saw the 1944, black-and-white, Arsenic and Old Lace movie from its original 35mm print. The film was presented on six reels.

Arsenic and Old Lace was presented at the Coral Gables Art Cinema. We are members. The theater is the proud owner of two 35mm projectors, two 70mm projectors and and a state-of-the art digital projector.

The movie was directed by Frank Capra and it was based on Joseph Kesselring‘s play Arsenic and Old Lace. The script adaptation was by Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein.

The movie was as good today as it was when it was first created 74 years ago. We laughed continuously. What a pleasant surprise.

Don’t Forget Your Overtime

I just want to make sure you know that YouTube offers extra footage of some of the TV shows you love so much. Both “60 Minutes” and “Real Time with Bill Maher” have segments on YouTube called Overtime which give you informal interviews and a behind the scenes look at the topics of the day.

I don’t know all the TV shows that offer this YouTube feature, but I suggest you do a search. All you have to do is put the name of your favorite TV show in the search bar on YouTube, and then scroll through the segments. You will see the extra options. Enjoy the extras.

Overtime 60 Minutes

Overtime with Bill Maher

Thank you @chucktodd for making sure @MeetThePress posted #metoo⁠ ⁠ Sunday, October 7, 2018, on Youtube. I really appreciate it.

I Stand Corrected

YouTube Cut Me Off

I love digitally recording (taping) TV shows, news and features, and sharing them with others. I usually have no problem copying a show off the TV and then transferring the video to YouTube. Then I post the YouTube on social media platforms and DigiDame.

Today I got a big surprise. NBC blocked me. I wanted to share the ever-important #metoo segment on “Meet The Press.” I recorded the seven minute news piece because it clarified what the whole movement is about. Tarana Burke and Alyssa Milano, #metoo originators, gave heartfelt explanations of what they, and women, everywhere, hope to accomplish.

I spent an hour trying to get YouTube to accept my video so I can properly post it here. No luck. NBC finally stopped me. The video posted here comes straight from my camera roll. I hope my raw video works.

Please watch the video. I feel it’s a piece of history that should never be forgotten.

I emailed Meet the Press host Chuck Todd. I asked him to make sure NBC posts the #metoo segment on YouTube so we can all have a professional copy. They posted most of the other segments from this morning. Why did they omit this one?

Is Your Airbnb Hosts Spying On You?

A couple in Toronto recently found a camera inside an alarm clock in their Airbnb rental. It was facing directly toward their bed. According to a number of my friends, who use Airbnb rental quite often, this situation is not that uncommon.

How awful is that?

After realizing that some people are so creepy, I don’t think I will ever feel that comfortable in a hotel either. I will want to check everything, and everyplace, in my room for a camera. I think I would be quite upset if I found one.

Digital Trends recently ran a story about how to make sure no one is watching you, Click here.

Did You Know?

Apple CEO Tim Cook remembers Steve Jobs 7 years after his passing. Click here.

Congratulations to Jordan Walker-Pearlman, actor, director, and nephew of Gene Wilder for your wonderful words in this important tribute to Gilda. We saw it tonight. Jordan and HWH PR worked on several projects together.

Mysterious fire-spewing hole not caused by Satan or meteorite in Arkansas. Click here.

Binge-watch these Netflix shows to learn Spanish. Click here.

Image: Neal Preston

The Top Karaoke songs from “A Star Is Born.” Click below.