You have entered the world of automated delivery robots if you see a little self-driving cart on the sidewalks of America in the coming weeks. A company called Postmates, San Francisco, has created these carts, called “Serve,” to make food deliveries more efficient.
The carts can carry up to 50 lbs and travel 25 miles on a single charge. Customers can check on the whereabouts of their “Serve” using an app which zeros in on the cameras mounted on top of the robot.
“Serve” will launch first in the Los Angeles area, and will be available in other U.S. cities over the next 12 months.
Local governments will work with Postmates to make sure the self-driving carts are safe and don’t interfere with pedestrians. Postmates hopes the 350,000 carts will be on the road in order to reduce congestion.
I was up very late last night trying to post this video of the very famous Artist and Film Director Julian Schnabel, talking about his new Vincent Van Gogh movie. I did a blog post about this subject yesterday, but I couldn’t get the video uploaded. I had trouble finding the YouTube icon on my camera roll.
My daughter Whitney came to my rescue today by reminding me that I could upload the video through the YouTube app. It never even occurred to me to try that. Even though I work in the tech business, I am often technically challenged.
I’m thrilled to be able to deliver this video to you because I recorded it yesterday after we watched Schnabel’s movie, At Eternity’s Gate, an art movie theater in Coral Gables. Schnabel did the Skype interview from Sweden, 3am, his time. That’s what I call passion for a project. He looked so tired, but he gave us a lot of insight into Van Gogh and Willem Defoe, who portrayed him.
Enjoy this exclusive interview.
A special shoutout to Whitney. Thank you, thank you, for making my digital life so much better.
The last thing I wanted to do tonight was see another movie about artist Vincent Van Gogh. We ventured out anyway to our favorite movie house, the Coral Gables Art Cinema, because they secured a Skype interview with the movie’s director. Julian Schnabel called into the theater from Sweden after we viewed At Eternity’s Gate.
It was so interesting to listen to artist Schnabel talk about artist Van Gogh. Schnabel gave his perspective on how an artist views his or her work. You are no longer just looking at a pretty picture . You are looking at how an artist views the world. The camera work was amazing too. Schnabel shot scenes from angles you are not used to seeing. The portrayal of Van Gogh by Willem Dafoe was surreal. Hollywood feels this is Defoe’s best role yet. Let’s see what happens during the movie awards.
If you have been watching the news lately, you know about the photographer, and his girl friend, who climbed the Great Pyramid in Egypt recently so he could take a topless video of her. We have the first look at this couple who did this unthinkable act.
Here they are !!!
This lady knows all kinds of tricks.
They even had an accomplice.
Now Egyptian authorities are investigating the video and demanding it be removed from. YouTube.
It’s been a tough four days. Our friend Kent Karosen, 53 years old, died while we were visiting him in a Miami hospital last Thursday. Yesterday was the funeral. People from Miami and New York filled Temple Emanu-EL to say goodbye to Kent. It was quite an elaborate funeral with police (cars and motorcycles) escorting us from Temple to Cemetery. Howard Lutnick, CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, (Kent’s boss) gave a powerful speech about how Kent has been helping all of the Cantor Fitzgerald 658 families since the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, and how devoted he is to raising funds for the Fisher Center of Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.
One of Broadway’s Jersey Boys, Matt Bogart, sang, “There’s A Place For Us.” Kent, and husband Brian, were very close to the Temple’s Rabbi, Marc-Philippe and his wife Valerie. It was a very emotional day. We are going to miss Kent big time.
I know that most of you are wondering why so many people love contemporary art. The only explanation I can give you is that most pieces are colorful, are thought-provoking, and have lots of energy. You may not agree, but I can honestly say other types of art don’t energize me the way these do. I guess it’s all about your personality. I need bright, abstract art surrounding me in order to feel positive. A close girl friend said she was underwhelmed by many of the pieces she viewed at the Miami Art Fairs. I can understand her feelings even though I get the opposite vibes.
This gorgeous sculpture (Claudio Ciarvolo) is in front of Temple Emanu-El on Washington Avenue and 17th Street, across from the Miami Convention Center. It’s going to be our go to place to remind us of our dear friend Kent who we lost today. We hope to remain close to husband Brian who is a prince of a man. Kent enlisted me to be on the board of the Fisher Institute for Alzheimer’s Research and the publicist for his recent children’s book.
Today At Art Basel
This sculpture by Dada Khanyisa, Capetown, South Africa, being shown at Art Basel, will hopefully be the big winner for us. The companion piece was purchased by Jorge Perez, for Perez Art Museum of Miami. We loved our choice when we saw it a few weeks ago at the Fountainhead Residency. Now it’s ours. Eliot and I feel one day we will get a call for our sculpture to be shown in the Khanyisa collection at some museum as well. Fingers crossed.
Art Basel Buddies
It’s always wonderful bumping into friends at an art exhibit.Today we were lucky to catch up with the very talented artist, John DeFaro (l) art restorer, Viviana Dominguez, (second from right) and a group of their friends.
I turned the corner in the front hall at Art Basel and saw architect Bruce Danzer of Provincetown.
My girl friend Bonnie lives on the 30th floor of a high rise with beautiful views of NYC. Being that high up brings her lots of freedom because she doesn’t have neighbors peeking in.
That was the case yesterday. Today, Bonnie may have a police drone checking her out. It was just announced that the NYPD will be using drones for hostage situations, remote crime scenes, incidents involving hazardous materials, monitoring crowds at large events and collision documentation.
NYC is not the first to use drones for safety purposes. While the use of drones in many cases are restricted, the NYPD is allowed to use them in emergency situations. A lawyer for the Civil Liberties Union said not enough is being done to prevent misuse.