The Future In Camping  




Eliot and I will be traveling to Paris next month for a mini CES tech show that showcases start up companies. I am very excited because I am anxious to see the new innovative products coming from the French. 

I first noticed that France was very innovative productwise at the last CES in Las Vegas when I witnessed a football field of French companies showing off their creative wares. There were lots of start-ups from many other nations, but France had the most. A few years ago it was Israel. I guess, it’s all very cyclical.

One company that has caught my attention recently is France’s Green Cat Technologies. They just unveiled the sCarabane, one of the most unique camper trailers you have ever seen. When it’s on the road, it looks like a 26-foot silver mobile truck, but it unfolds into a useful, 420-square-foot tiny house.

Watch the video. It will surprise you.

At the campsite, the sCarabane sits on a circular stand that allows it to rotate. The tiny house features a front deck, two rear bedrooms and a very modern kitchen.  An adjustable bubble window features a reflective shade to control natural light and heat. 

No word on pricing. 
  

People Helping People 

On a trip to Croatia a few years ago, Eliot and I met an older gay couple from Houston. We kept in touch from time to time. I thought of them two days ago, and sent an email to check up on them. I can’t believe what I got back. 
Dear Lois,

It is wonderful to hear from you.  

 Our worlds have changed forever.

We have lost everything; car, house, all contents! We are living in a one room garage apartment. I am concerned about our health. Everyone in one story houses for miles around us have lost a lot. I just got Internet but no TV, radio, land phone, etc. The house is uninhabitable. It will be a total loss and I am selling the property at lot value.  

We are trying to buy a condo but I must raise a lot of cash very fast. They require cash, full payment! This morning we are signing papers on one vehicle as total loss for cash.  

My computer is acting strange, moving letters around!

We hope you are safe and I will try to email later.  

The Wall Street Journal wants to do a story about our tragic losses.

Hugs and kisses with much love,
Us 

I posted this letter on Facebook without identifying them. I was hoping to get them help. Here are the comments.


The final results. After reading my Facebook posts,  Meredith Stark, a former CBS executive, has volunteered to help my Houston friends. She said she is great at paperwork and just wants to see these guys get well again. Meredith is incredible. Thank you Meredith.

Back To The Future In Cameras 

I’m always looking for novel products. This one is for the person who still loves to walk around with printed photos. 

I’m going to let the photo essay provided by the  manufacturer spell out all of the details of the Prynt Pocket. Simply put, this new accessory turns your iPhone into a palm-sized instant camera. You can now print any photo in your camera roll. The Prynt app also allows you to add a video inside your photo. See the explanation below or watch the video. It’s quite remarkable.
Have fun.

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Audible on Amazon Echo


I did something today I thought I would never do. I listened to an Audible book on our Amazon  Echo.  

I have been listening to books on audio contraptions since they were invented. I was an early user of Audible books long before Amazon bought the company.

I listen to a book a month, sometimes more. If I went out walking everyday like I should, I could knock off an audio book or two a week. I would love that. One day I will get my act together.

Here is a little background for those who never listened to a book on Audible. In today’s world, most books published are available on Audible.  Either the audio version is available immediately, along with the print edition, or a few weeks later. The books are read by the author, an actor, or a professional reader. I spend $15.00 a month on Audible which usually gives me one free book, plus bonus credits for future purchases.

I listen to books on my iPhone or iPad. It doesn’t matter what device I use, the book picks up where I left off. It seems like magic. It’s not like the books you used to listen to on audio cassettes. There is very little chance to lose your place. The chapters are marked and you can set the voice speed. If you need to review the story because you didn’t understand something, you can click a 30-second button to go “back” or “forward.” 

Today, I decided I wanted to listen to “The Store” by James Patterson on my Echo. I thought I could just give the command to Alexa and the book would be read. No go. After 45 minutes on the phone with Audible support, I found out I had to download the Alexa app, and click on a few settings to make it work, 

I listened to “The Store” on the Amazon Echo for a few hours today, while I worked on eliminating my emails. It was a great way to work and be entertained at the same time. The commands for The Echo are posted above.. See how sophisticated and easy it is. Let me know if you need my help.

Ready, Set, Go

Image: The Verge

Industry analysts are predicting that there is going to be a shortage of the iPhone X’s. Most folks will not he able to get units until 2018. I urge you to be ready to preorder on October 27th.

This seems unbelievable considering that the iPhone X is the most expensive one ever, $1,000.  

Millions of smartphone users are super thrilled to own an iPhone that features a full-screen, no bezel, and facial recognition. Apple anticipates 40 million units will be sold in 2017, and 90 million 2018.

Read more about it in The Verge. Click here

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Failure Is Fake News 

I wish I knew there was no such thing as failure when I was building my career. I was always so afraid of failing that I really didn’t venture into some of the things I wanted to do. Now I know better. 

 I want to make sure that all of my young friends don’t make the same mistake. One such friend is  LA40 talk show host, Katerina Cozias.  Kati recently had a quasi mid-life melt-down because she felt she had failed. Was she living the life she had intended to? Watch Kati evaluate herself in the age of the digital revolution. We can all learn something.

Click here.

Enjoy the slogans.

He Said, She Said 

The first time I saw the Sock Slider commercial on the air, I thought the product was a great idea. I didn’t have to bend down to put on my socks. Eliot looked at me like I was out of my mind. “How lazy can you get?” I thought for a second and said, “Very.”

I have thought about that little conversation a lot. We are getting older. Which route are we going to take as we age? Are we going to think like an older person, or ignore the increasing numbers? Many of our contemporaries live pretty simple lives and have somewhat narrow universes while others are busy exploring new hobbies, traveling around the world, and doing charity work. 

The New York Times recently did a story about how to stop aging mentally by making strong commitments to improving your mind and body.

My friend Mel reminded me that most illnesses in older people come on suddenly, without any warnings. It’s time to start thinking and acting younger. 

Read the New York Times story here


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News Scoop

I didn’t post this on Facebook but I did want io tell you that we have a major Republican guest at the Colonnade. Jeb Bush and his wife were spotted in the lobby and going out for dinner tonight. I guess this was his shelter for Irma as well. Of course, I will be scouting for him tomorrow. I have a few questions that I have been dying to ask. Here is my chance.