The Audiophiliac And The Self-Proclaimed Ageless Agent

Lois and Steve

I’m getting ready for my 52nd year attending CES. It takes place January 8 to 11, 2019 in Las Vegas. Steve Guttenberg, one of the most respected product reviewers and writers in the audio industry, always gets a chuckle that there truly is a person who has attended every CES. That’s me.

He has interviewed me several times on this subject. Now he has me sounding off on his popular YouTube channel. I am an uncanny cross between Joan Rivers and Joy Behar.

Maybe I will become a social media influencer for seniors who want to work for as long as they possibly can. This virtual business is awesome. I am the best case study for it. No one does it better. I have people who work for me all over the world.

We all work in our PJ’s around the clock and on weekends too. We bring the word “productivity” to a whole new level. Thank you to the awesome Steve Guttenberg for sharing his high profile YouTube platform with me.

Steve’s Audiophiliac Daily Show on YouTube is his latest endeavor, and he’s having so much fun. He does audio reviews ranging from affordable to insanely expensive gear, music reviews, interviews, show reports, and thought pieces. The videos are short, three to five minutes, so they’re easy to digest as they cover just one subject. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9wBmplRUhaCi-aNrkfgeTg

Steve has been writing the Audiophiliac blog and reviews for CNET.com for over 10 years. Before that he freelanced for The Absolute Sound, Audio, Listener, and Home Theater magazines. He currently writes for Sound & Vision and Stereophile magazines. He also worked as a high-end audio salesman in NYC from the late 1970s to the mid 1990s.

Steve is the royal voice of the music industry.

Robert Downey Jr. Explains Artificial Intelligence

If you want to be regarded as a oldie but goodie tech expert, be sure to watch Robert Downey Jr. next year as he hosts a new YouTube series about artificial intelligence.

Downey and his wife Susan, are executive producers. They own a production company called Team Downey. They describe the show as “a fascinating journey as we explore the exciting developments in the world of A.I. and glimpse into the future.”

No More Flat Tires

https://youtu.be/omQzHD7WWGk

Big Rep, a Berlin 3D printer manufacturer, is debuting a whole new type of bicycle tire. It’s the world’s first 3D printed airless bicycle tire. Unfortunately, the cyclists who want to try it will have to print it. The prototype is just a concept design.

What A Press Conference Looks Like These Days

Let’s take a peek at the Waterpik Sonic Fusion Press Conference

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum,

NYC

May 15, 2018

The press agreed pairing the new Waterpik Water Flosser with the Intrepid was very clever because they are both known for water, technology and power.

The 70-plus members of the media, who showed up for the introduction of Sonic Fusion, will remember this press conference forever. It was in a creative location, the presentation was informative and entertaining, the product was extremely innovative, and the Waterpik team mixed well with the audience.

It’s rare for the media to applaud a presentation. Waterpik got a big roar. They were engaged in the discussion, asked questions, and gave the Sonic Fusion an initial thumbs up.

The work has just begun. We need to get superior editorial coverage, keep the press interested and create many new programs to prove Waterpik is a major marketing and sales force.

Suzanne Carranza of Waterpik

Bart Prins of Waterpik

Brian Woodard of Waterpik

Jay McCulloch of Waterpik

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Do You Hear “Yanny” or “Laurel?”

If you haven’t heard about the debate going on over the Internet, then you really have been preoccupied. Every type of media has been covering the “Yanny” vs “Laurel” story.

It all started a few days ago with a gal named Katie Hetzel, a freshman at a high school in Georgia. She was studying for her world literature class where “Laurel” was one of her vocabulary words. When she looked up the word “Laurel” on vocabulary.com and played the audio, she heard the word “Yanny.” Hetzel was mystified.

She then asked her friends what they thought. She posted it on Instagram and the story went viral. If you Google “Yanny,” you will see the hundreds of media outlets who have covered this story.

If you want to hear for yourself, click the New York Times story below.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/05/16/upshot/audio-clip-yanny-laurel-debate.html

Let us know what you think.

Waterpik’s Electric Toothbrush Lets You Floss And Brush At Exactly The Same Time

Major Breakthrough in Oral Care.

First ever flossing toothbrush from Waterpik®

 

After months of planning to introduce Waterpik’s Sonic-Fusion toothbrush, we finally had the press conference today on the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. It was picture perfect. The water, the power and the technology of the Intrepid and the Waterpik unit was a perfect match. The torrential rain hitting the huge windows in the Great Hall today was the perfect sound effect to remind everyone the power of water.

Here is the press release.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. ‒ Waterpik®, creator of the original Water Flosser, introduces Waterpik® Sonic-Fusion®, the world’s first and only flossing toothbrush. Designed for self-professed “flossing failures” who value gum health but can’t commit to the extra step, Sonic-Fusion® offers an effective, one-step oral care regimen for a complete clean.

By merging the latest Waterpik® Water Flosser and Sonic Toothbrush technologies, Sonic-Fusion® enables brushing and flossing at the same time. As the sonic toothbrush head cleans tooth surfaces, the Water Flosser jet inside the brush head targets plaque and debris between teeth and below the gumline where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This flexible device also allows for brushing and flossing separately, with the touch of a button.

Waterpik® Sonic-Fusion® delivers all the clinically-proven benefits of the Waterpik® Water Flosser[1] and is significantly more effective for removing plaque vs. other sonic toothbrushes.

• Up to 2X as effective as regular brushing and flossing

• Removes up to 99.9% of plaque from treated areas

Dr. Chris Salierno, DDS, tested Sonic-Fusion® with his patients who struggled with home care. “I had the opportunity to test Sonic-Fusion with my patients and I was truly amazed by the results that I saw.  My patients had significantly less plaque build-up, less bleeding and less inflammation of the gums.  It appears to me that Sonic-Fusion is not only a more effective way to brush and floss, but it’s also easier, so I found that my patients were actually flossing more often than they normally would.”

The new Sonic-Fusion® features specially engineered Waterpik® Water Flosser and Sonic Toothbrush technologies, as well as:

• Compact, all-in-one design that requires less counter space

• One-handed mode control for simplified use

• Three modes (brush, floss, brush + floss) for flexibility

• Advanced water pressure control and 10 settings for custom comfort

• 2-minute brushing timer with 30-second pacer

• Reservoir capacity of 60+ seconds

• Premium LED recharge indicator

• 2 patented Water Flossing brush heads included

• Deluxe toothbrush case included

• 3-year limited warranty

Waterpik® Sonic-Fusion® has earned the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. The extensive review of the clinical research by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs confirmed that it helps remove plaque along the gumline and between teeth and prevents and reduces gingivitis.

The new Waterpik® Sonic-Fusion® will be available online May 15th for $199.99.   For more information, visit waterpik.com/sonic-fusion

About Waterpik®

Waterpik® is the #1 brand of Water Flossers and Replaceable Shower Heads. Headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, the company has a rich history of innovation and design, engineering their products to deliver the wellness benefits of water in multiple new-to-the world products – including the iconic Water Flosser and Original Shower Massage®.  The Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Church & Dwight.

For more information, visit waterpik.com. Waterpik® can also be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Robots In Your Future

Boston Dynamics is going to change your impression of what robots will be able to do for you. They seem creepy at first, but they will soon become familiar creatures for both home and commercial use.

Watch the videos. These robots will be on sale next year. Boston Dynamics is a spin-off of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They developed the first robots that can run and maneuver like animals.

Mother’s Day

Lunch at the Print Hotel and the RBG documentary after. Q and A with the movie director after. A perfect day orchestrated by Whitney and Fredrick. Photos by Steve.

Godmother Bonnie between the redheads

Eliot, Fredrick and Steve

What a beautiful day!

Happy Mother’s Day

My parents are pictured to the right. My aunt and uncle are to the left. I have shown this picture before in DigiDame. It’s one of my favorites. It means so much to me. The four of them were very close. I hope they have each other in the afterlife. We love and miss them all so much. Happy Mother’s Day to everyone.

Leggo my Eggo

https://youtu.be/UY789mG36AQ

Embarrassing to admit, but I get breakfast in bed everyday. It’s usually comprised of two rice cakes with low sugar jelly, coffee with half and half, and brown sugar.

I’m not an egg person, but if I were, I would want the “LEGO Breakfast Machine.” It can fry bacon, crack eggs and scramble them. Yum.

It was created by a financial company called The Brick Wall. The video demonstrates a couple of different egg combination. Go for it.

One Of The Boys In The Band, 1968

Larry Luckinbill, at home in Palm

Springs.

Larry and his wife, Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill, with my family, last Thanksgiving, in Palm Springs.

I’m forever the PR person. I couldn’t help myself. When I heard that my pal, actor Larry Luckinbill, was going to the opening night of Boys in the Band on Broadway later this month, I jumped at the chance to tell the press. The minute I issued a media alert, every Broadway writer called me to interview Larry.

Larry is one of three actors who are still alive from the original production of Boys in the Band. Larry played Hank in the original workshop (January, 1968), then the Off-B’way production that followed it (March or April, 1968), then the London company (late 1969), followed by the shooting of the film in NYC (1970), at Hy Brown’s studio (affiliated with CBS).

The others, who are still alive, are Peter White (who played Alan), and Mart Crowley, the author. All of the other actors died of AIDS except for Cliff Gorman (Emory) who had a brain disease.  All of the original production crew–including the producers–died of AIDS.  The original director died of AIDS.

Larry said it was a 60’s-70’s-80’s epidemic.  “And it was so bad in part because gay folks were so targeted, and therefore so closeted.  Epidemics thrive on ignorance and lack of information–and the gay population was generally hidden away from general notice.  Now, it’s all different–but it’s instructive to go back and look and see what misery closeting and isolating and turning whole groups of humans into pariahs makes.”

Larry was the first actor to say yes to being in it. Mart Crowley (writer) and Larry met when they were both in college. Larry said the play was a powerful agent for social change and social justice during the Off-B’way run. He saw the effect it had on people, including his conservative, Roman Catholic, Southerner parents.  It confirmed for him, “What an actor’s mission should be–to search out and appear in work that has the potential to change lives in some positive way,”

He has spent the last two days doing interviews with print, broadcast, and internet media. More to come. If you Google Larry’s name, you will start to see the interviews appear. The press loves Larry, and Larry loves them. This is such a nice experience.

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