After a hectic week of work assignments and racing around with family and friends in Los Angeles, my cousin Hanna and I just wanted an evening of old fashion arts and crafts. Hanna is the only one who is willing to sit with me for hours acting as my art coach. I was completely relaxed and didn’t think of checking my iPhone.
Years past we made string bracelets, tile frames and collage masks decorated with magazine and newspapers clippings. Tonight, I graduated to acrylic paintings. Hanna outlined an abstract drawing and I filled it in. After tonight, I really think I am ready to free draw on my own. I am excited to experiment. Let’s see. Stay tuned.
painting by Lois
painting by Hanna
Started out the day with a loving reminder from my brother
My Tribute To My Father On Facebook.
A huge thank you to Beth, Jeff, Hanna, Whitney, and Fredrick who started at 8am and worked all day cooking and baking. It was an outstanding Thanksgiving. We all benefited from having relatives who were willing to share their talents. Thank you, thank you. It was really special.
Turkey by Fredrick and Beth
Cousins Larry, Whitney, Darren, and Fredrick
Hanna and Beth
Cousins Lois, Jeff, and Debbie
Cousins Veronica and Michael
Cousins Easton and Jacoby
Frayne and Lois
Hanna, Beth, Eliot, and Sandor
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
I couldn’t wait to read David Pogue’s New book called “Pogue’s Basics: Life: Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) for Simplifying Your Day.”
Pogue is the Yahoo Tech founder and a “Sunday Morning” correspondent for CBS. Watch the video above for a great introduction to the book.
The following is direct from Pogue’s book.
Image: Oak Labs
Trying on clothes will never be the same.
There is a new smart mirror debuting in fitting rooms everywhere that is going to act like your personal assistant. The first retailer to introduce the smart mirror is Ralph Lauren’s Polo flagship store in New York City. These smart mirrors were created by a startup called Oak Labs.
You will see more of these mirrors at other retailers as time marches on. The beauty of a smart mirror is that it recognizes the clothing you want to try on because it incorporates RFID, radio-frequency identification tags. As if it was magic, each piece is displayed on a large touchscreen.
Then the fun begins. You can request different sizes and colors of each item you are interested in just by touching the mirror. A Polo associate does all the legwork. You just stand there. When you are done, you can simply check out right on the mirror. How convenient is that?
Oak Labs is located in New York and can’t wait to read your user experience comments. For everyone else in the rest of the country., the smart mirror is going to pop up when you least expect it. Enjoy your privacy as long as it last. Smart mirrors are going to make fitting rooms interactive and you will never be alone again.
Visiting Stan Weston in his magnificent Santa Monica condo overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
I have been searching for Stan Weston, the creator of G.I. Joe, for years. He was our client at HWH PR starting around 1989. He had a licensing company called Leisure Concepts at 1414 Avenue of the Americas. In fact, he was one of the reasons we also moved into that office building and stayed 21 years. Stan meant a lot to me. He was one of those clients who inspired us to do great work. He remained our cheerleader for a number of years before he decided to make Cap Ferrat in the South of France his new home.
Eliot and I were lucky to visit him twice while we were on a tour. It was always fun to see Stan in his new environment.Then we lost touch. This summer we visited other friends in the Cap Ferrat area and decided to reconnect with Stan. We were stunned to learn that he was no longer there.
When I got back home I started to hunt for him. I didn’t really get far, when Leslie Mark Alter, a long time friend, spotted a story about Stan in the New York Daily News. The article covered the fact that Stan never received the proper financial rewards and attribution for the G.I. Joe idea. Hasbro Brothers (then The Hassenfeld Company) bought the idea from Stan for $100,000 and went on to make billions.
Stan wants to re-examine the case. I want to help him. I am working on a high profile campaign right now. This is going to be fun.
The view of the Pacific Ocean from Stan’s apartment.
Hello from Los Angeles. My cousin Beth, from Sherman Oaks, introduced me to a dance video that I will be watching for years. I wanted to share it with you.
It was created by Michael Binder, a movie aficionado, who claims he has watched every single movie ever made. He recently decided to take the song,”Uptown Funk,” and synchronize it to movies from the days of Fred Astaire and Judy Garland.
It’s wonderful. His final product turned out to be a keepsake video that shows some of the greatest dancers and singers from movies 1953 and earlier perform their moves to “Uptown Funk.”
You just have to watch legends like Gene Kelly, Shirley Temple, Judy Garland, and Fred Astaire move and grove to contemporary music. Priceless!!!!
Cousin Beth Young with daughter Hanna and me,
Eliot, Hanna and me.
I bet you never heard of the term the “dark web.” Get used to it. That’s where terrorists go to communicate with each other.
So many of you have ask which social media platforms do terrorists use? It’s a complicated answer but Shelly Palmer, Fox 5 New York’s On-air Tech Expert, tackles that question with Juliet Huddy and Teresa Priolo on Fox 5.
His findings are very interesting. I encourage you to watch the video because it will give you a better idea of why apps are a terrorist’s best friend.
My camera roll is becoming my go-to source, after Google. I have close to 10,000 photos of stuff I like to reference. Some of them are even pictures of people. However, the biggest growth area are things I question or I want to know more about. For example:
I keep getting this notice on my laptop. I took a picture of it so I could email it to the tech guy I work with. He told me to check the little box in the corner and the notice would go away forever. It did.
I freaked out a few weeks ago because Maybelline decided to discontinue #60, my 14-hour stay-on lipstick color. I had several friends check their local drugstores. The inventory was depleted. I told my close friends Bonnie and Sara about my dilemma, and they both jumped into action. They found old inventory on several sites including Amazon. I am now a proud hoarder. Thank you, Ladies.
I photo bombed my nephew and nieces’ wedding picture. My cousin Hanna just pointed it out to me. Happy Anniversary Mara and Sam.
The only time I beat Ed. I had to capture it.
A text conversation. I wanted to easily access the information.
My Yizkor list.
Keeping track of what we read.
27 stitches in my leg because of pre–cancerous cells.
20 photos of jewelry.
I know, I know. The cloud now knows everything about me. I thought it always did.