Hear Ye, Hear Ye

I always love giving you a scoop. “Hear’s one.”

I know, I know. It’s “here’s one.” I just wanted to be cute when I clued you in on the fact that a soon-to-be released, smartphone app, will allow you to diagnose ear infections.

This is great news for parents who have children plagued by ear infections. The app uses the phone’s microphone, its speaker and a small paper cone.

According to Engadget, “The app sends short, sound pulses through a funnel and into the ear canal. It then measures the echo of that sound, and an algorithm uses the reading to predict if there’s fluid behind the eardrum, one of the common symptoms of infection.”

The app is waiting for FDA approval. Researchers at the University of Washington and the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, said the app was correct about 85 percent of the time when they checked the ears of 50 children.

Let’s hope that the new app helps parents, and grandparents, make an official diagnose. No one likes to see a child in pain. The quicker ear infections can be treated, the better.

Click below for a more complete story.

https://www.engadget.com/2019/05/15/smartphone-app-diagnoses-ear-infections/

Your Car Is No Longer Your Best Friend

Stock Photo – DEN BOSCH, THE NETHERLANDS – MAY 14, 2017: Retro styled rear end of a classic pink Cadillac fifties car in Den Bosch, The Netherlands

For those who read the “New York Times” every day, this is not going to be big news. For those who don’t, this can be startling.

Your beloved automobile knows more about you than perhaps your spouse, children, friends, and business associates.

Yesteryear, you would drive your car and everything that happened in it would remain a secret forever. You could eat a whole Carvel ice cream cake in the front seat and pretend it never happened. You could play hooky from work, and drive around all day, and no one would know the difference.

Today, according to Bill Hanvey, president and chief executive officer of the Auto Care Association, your car “not only knows how much you weigh but also tracks how much weight you gained. Your car also knows how fast you drive, where you live, how many children you have — even financial information. Connect a phone to a car, and it knows who you called and who you texted.”

You can get all of the facts you never realized by clicking on the link below. I warn you in advance, you will never feel the same way about your auto again.

So many of you, who love your car more than you love many other things, may want to sell your wheels immediately and only use a Lyft or Uber.

Oops, that won’t work either. They know everything about you too.

The Man In The Moon

FULL MOON SETTING OVER MIAMI. Photo by Eliot Hess.

Fran Lebowitz tells Bill Maher that Biden and Sanders are too old. Watch his response. Funny and why I love Bill.


Our crowd recommends Rocket Man and Nureyev. Both movies were excellent. Eliot, Jonas, Brian, Myra, Gary and yours truly dined at Time Out off of Lincoln Road. It’s our new favorite place.

Jill And Jeff

We met Jill Biden last Thursday tonight, the next First Lady of the United States. She has the intelligence and common sense to help this country heal. The highlight for me was when Biden mentioned the importance of community college during her visit to Miami Dade College. She came to Miami to promote her new book “Where The Light Enters.”

She gave me goose bumps when she talked about the function community college plays in helping people better prepare themselves for the academic world. Eduardo José Padrón, President of Miami Dade College (MDC), also talked about his struggles of getting into college and how many he was rejected from. Now because of his position for the last 20 plus years, all of the schools that rejected him found a way to give him an honorary degree.


Jeff Bezos Posts Touching Video For His Dad

For the last few days I have been somewhat involved with the new museum for the Statue of Liberty. I was happy that Jeff Bezos took the opportunity at the unveiling of the new museum to honor his dad who came from Cuba alone at 16. Great story.

Fitness Trackers For Kids

I really wanted to write about something today that could be useful for children.

I think I found something that would be fun and motivate youngsters to do more physical activities.

Let me introduce you to a $70 Fitbit for kids. It just became available. Fitbit had a unit for children last year that was called the Ace. It was $30 more than the new one. The Ace 2 device for children is now available at $69.95.

Ace 2 now tracks activity and sleep. It also encourages children to do one hour of activity a day. The kid-friendly unit features a bedtime reminder, alarms, timers and call alerts. It is also water-proof and has five days of battery life. The companion app is called Kid View.

For those who feel fitness trackers may be too stressful for children, let me remind you that all sports are competitive. It’s better to learn to be active at a young age, than to be a fatty when you’re older.

An Afternoon At Fountainhead Studios

I admit it. I really don’t know anything about art, but I do know what I like. I can walk into an artist’s studio and immediately spot a piece of art that makes me feel happy and enthusiastic about life.

I also think artists of all mediums are among the most interesting people on Earth. Their passion and devotion to their art makes them totally different from most people you meet. It’s as if they have a deeper understanding of life. They see life in abstract forms that gives us an alternative way of looking at things.

Eliot and I visited several artists who work at the Fountainhead Studios on Saturday. I could have purchased several works right on the spot. The inspiration was flowing.

Artist Alex Nunez and her parents. Alex is one of my favorites.

I love walking into a room to see a series of exciting paintings that scream happiness.

Not all art hangs on a wall. Performance art is becoming more popular everyday.

The performers on the other side of the wall are fascinating. Watching them make it happen was completely surprising.

I love these chairs. They represent good times.

Some artists like to express a different identity.

Studio visitors love to compare notes.

Cut outs are becoming more popular.

Artists love to support each other.

What’s Happening In China Can Happen In The United States

I think we have learned during the Trump administration that every decent thing our parents tried to teach us, is no longer valued or relevant. The United States went from the most respected country in the world, to a major embarrassment.

Just when you thought conditions in the U.S. couldn’t get worse, check out what’s happening in China. It could happen here. It’s all spelled out in the above video.

Every citizen in China is being tracked by a nationwide surveillance system. There is a new social credit system for the 1.4 billion people in China that monitors every good, or bad, move they make. Everyone has a personal record. They are judged by their score. This should scare the heck out of you.

If you think it can’t happen here, think again. It is already taking place. The Internet knows what you read, wear, eat, travel, and do for a living. The U.S. also has security cameras on practically every corner of the country. There’s not too much you can do that’s not being recorded. Be very careful.

Warning: The video is very disturbing.