Steve Jobs 1973 Job Application Sold For $174,000

I thought you would get a kick out of this. A job application filled out by Steve Jobs in 1793 was recently auctioned off for $174,757. The application doesn’t indicate the company, or the position.

The application also has misspellings and blank areas. Under address, Jobs hand-wrote “reed college (lowercase). He also didn’t capitalize his major, “english, lit.” He must have felt like a free spirit at an early age.

When Jobs was asked about his special abilities, he wrote, “electronics tech or design engineer. digital.-from Bay near Hewitt-Packard” — misspelling Hewlett-Packard.

Bobby Livingston, executive vice president at RR Auction, in Boston, said entrepreneurs and successful internet company owners who grew up admiring Steve Jobs and Apple bid on the application. “For many, the document was a connection to Steve Jobs,” Livingston said. “He went from nothing to one of the most important people in the 20th century.”

A number of Steve Jobs memorabilia items have done well uber the years at auction. In October, a magazine signed by Jobs went for over $50,000. A signed contract from 1978 sold for $40,000 four years ago. More information about the auctions go to CNET.

The legend lives.

Gatorade’s Skin Patch Tells You If You’re Dehydrated

I friend of mine recently fainted in dance class. I have another friend who becomes disoriented from time-to-time. I also have a friend who keeps getting headaches.

Each friend has visited several doctors to find out exactly what is wrong. I was startled to hear the results. I thought it would be awful. It turns out they were all dehydrated.

Now they drink Gatorade or water every hour, on the hour. They are not taking any chances, especially as we get older. Doctors have told them that dehydration can lead to more serious conditions.

The trouble is that most people don’t know if they are dehydrated. That is currently being cured. Gatorade has developed a skin patch that tells you if you’re hydrated enough.

Dr. John Rogers, a Northwestern University professor, is working with Gatorade, to create a Band-Aid-like flexible patch that will let you know when you’re dehydrated. TWICE Magazine explains, “The transparent, silicone patch, the size of a quarter, can be placed anywhere on a body. As the person begins to sweat, perspiration flows through microfluidic channels within the patch’s reservoirs, passing through food-coloring dye and indicating the levels of chloride within the sweat.”

The Gatorade patch is due out next year. No price was given.


Zen Eating Helps People Feel Full From Less Food

This may be your lucky day. I was asked to promote a new device that can help you lose weight. It was created in Israel and you are the first to see it in the United States. Woohoo.

It’s called Zen Eating.

The creator, Scott Hirsch, was interviewed on an Israeli TV news station. Watch the video for a closer look at how this new invention can potentially can make you thin.

Now that you watched the video, (ha ha ha) I will give you a fast synopsis of what Zen Eating is all about. It’s a new water sipping device that trains the mouth to eat less.

The press release says, “If you use Zen Eating for five seconds before a meal, the device trains the tongue and throat to swallow less amounts of food at once. It’s the easy way to control your eating., You’ll find that you eat slower, enjoy your food more, and feel full from less food. What easier way is there to lose weight or stay on a diet?”

Zen Eating is available for $29.99 on and comes as the Zen Eating Method with the Zen Sipper.

The press release also quotes Professor John Mew of John Mew Orthotropics. “97% of adults do not swallow correctly.  This contributes to fast overeating for a few reasons. The first is that most people swallow way too much food at once because they don’t fully close the tongue-to-palate gap.

“Secondly, people tend to suck food down too fast like a vacuum cleaner by using the cheeks during swallowing. Thirdly, every bad swallow activates a small stress response.  This leaves people less satisfied and robs them of the relaxation and satisfaction they could be feeling with every bite.”

Poor swallowing can also lead to snoring, dental problems and acid reflux. Hirsch said, “If you find yourself eating too much, too fast, or too mindlessly, simply take a few sips from the Zen Eating Sipper. Zen Eating gets your oral muscle memory to work for you, not against you.”

According to Hirsch, having a physical tool to eat less also beats relying on willpower alone.

“Zen Eating gives you a feeling of total control and relaxation when eating, Because food is better digested with a fully active mouth, the feelings of hunger become much less extreme which helps prevent snacking.”

Zen Eating has a patent pending on the Zen Sipper. The Zen Eating Method includes scientifically proven eating tips taken from expensive oral training programs, and is guaranteed to help the user swallow less at a time. The Zen Sipper is made from medical grade silicone, is BPA free, and is shipped all over the world for free.

If you are a believer, this could work. I believe, I believe.

Your Pacemaker Can Give You Away

I may be watching too many episodes of Law and Order on TV. For some reason, I seem to be fascinated how technology is helping law enforcements solve crimes. Let me warn you. If you have a pacemaker, Fitbit, cell phone, or any other electronic data device on you, or near you, the police can use them to figure out if you are guilty.

Most of us are being recorded. Wired Magazine, probably the most sophisticated tech publication, just wrote a story about how a guy in Ohio was arrested on arson and insurance fraud because his pacemaker revealed that his heart rate and cardiac rhythms before, during, and after the crime, didn’t match where he claimed to be during a fire in his home.

In most cases, medical technicians are allowed to examine the same information routinely reviewed from a pacemaker during a doctor’s visit. The police can also check how many steps you took from your cell phone, or a Fitbit-type of device, to figure out where you were when a crime was being committed. Amazon Echos are also being searched for audio recordings and data from the device.

You have to read the Wired story for specific examples of how the smart devices are being used to present evidence against suspects. You may have constitutional rights, but your devices don’t.

A Private TV Experience

Eliot is sleeping next to me as I am writing this blog post. He’s snoring away and I am watching Law and Order SVU. I worry that the TV is going to wake him because there is a lot of screaming in this episode.

Then I remembered Tunity, an app that allows me to stream audio from my TV directly into my cell phone. Through the use of ear plugs, I can privately watch TV without Eliot hearing a word.

All I have to do is scan the television screen in the Tunity app. It will identify the live video stream. It figures out the exact timing and syncs the audio with my phone. Tunity currently works with more than 100 channels in the United States.

You can also use Tunity in a bar, gym, and at the gate in the airport. Watch the video to see exactly how Tunity works. It very simple to use, and now you have your own personal TV sound system. You can also check out CNET for their video explanation.

Happy TV days.


YouTube Video Favorites

Several friends recently sent me their favorite videos. This should keep you testing your noodle for a few minutes. The fourth video is good for all of us.


2-Personality Test: What Do You See First and What It Reveals About You


4- This is What Happens To Your Body When you Walk 5, 30 and 60 Minutes

Happy Birthday Mom At 97

If you think Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook, you are so wrong. My mother did. Long before the Internet, my mother had legal pads filled with lists that covered many of the topics found today on Facebook.

I think Zuckerberg was visiting his grandmother, or some other senior person, at Huntington Lakes, in Delray, Florida when many of my mother’s papers were being discarded just before she died. Is it possible that Zuckerberg walked into the incinerator room where my mother’s papers were put into a recycling bin and snatched them? I think it’s very possible.

Ruthie Schneider’s lists were a roadmap for anyone who wanted to be social. She was a master at it. She had records that told her who to get in touch with everyday for birthdays, anniversaries, get well wishes, new births, career promotions, college acceptances, weddings, on and on.

I would sometimes work the lists with my mother. We were big on “likes.” If you didn’t send my family a card back, or call to see how we felt if we weren’t feeling well, you got put on a new list. Today, I still keep some of these lists on my Wunderlist app.

If my mother was still alive, she would have been 97 today. I posted it on Facebook, and the response was overwhelming. The “likes” are still coming in but the last time I looked it was at 132 with 30 comments. Most of my Facebook posts generate an average of 20 “likes.”

My mother would have been very pleased. I certainly am. Thank you.

The picture below was taken at a press conference in the 80’s.

3D Printer Homes For The Homeless

One of the biggest pieces of news that came out of South by Southwest (SXSW) this week was that ICON, a very progressive design and construction company, has partnered with New Story, a San Francisco non-profit, to use 3D printers to manufacture inexpensive homes for the homeless. The 800 square-foot homes will be built in 24 hours for $5,000 each.

SXSW is an annual tech and music show in Austin. The homes are being designed to work under constraints such as limited water, power, or labor.

There are one billion homeless people around the world.

The first areas being targeted are Mexico, Haiti, El Salvador, and Bolivia.

Please watch the video to see how all this will get done.

Next step! They will develop robots that can help install windows, doors, stairs, closets, and lights.

Let’s hope this effort gets funded for a long time.

What Makes Doug Jump?

I can’t believe one of the three guys in this video is my friend Doug Garr. I’ve written about him before in DigiDame, but after I saw this video on Facebook the other day, I had to ask him again why he jumps out of airplanes from 3,000 feet.

“You can’t imagine the high you get when you first jump,” said Doug. “It’s the most euphoric feeling. You realize that you are one of a very few people on earth that gets to experience this exhilaration.”

Doug has jumped 1,630 times. He is in his late 60s and plans to keep jumping as long as he is healthy. Doug jumps with another guy who is 88 years old. He said the most difficult thing about jumping is experiencing a hard landing. You don’t want to hurt yourself. Young guys are so confident that they jump in flip flops.”

Doug said he absolutely loves jumping. It has been a great hobby. When he is not jumping, Doug is a caregiver for his wife. One would think that he wouldn’t want to do something as dangerous as jumping out of planes under his circumstances.

His answer? “It’s not as dangerous as you think. We have backups for everything. We spend a tremendous amount of time going over all of the precautions. We leave nothing for chance. Everyone looks out for each other. It’s a lot safer than you think.”

I really understand what Doug is talking about even though I have trouble watching the video. I feel like I’m falling out of my chair. I guess I should stay on the ground.

People Who Like To Be Alone Have These 10 Special Personality Traits

It’s very strange. More and more of my senior single friends are loners. I can call them day or night, and usually find them home. Even when they go out, they don’t mind doing it alone.

What’s even more strange is that I have to call them to check in. They will call me less than half of the time. I often think “what the heck are they doing, all day and night?”

The truth is that my friends really like being alone. Some of them lost their spouses, and some of them were never married. It doesn’t matter. Time alone means time to think, read, write, do hobbies, try new recipes, take care of housekeeping chores and errands. They like going for walks, bike rides, even traveling on their own.

Most of my friends went to great colleges and graduate schools, had very productive careers, are family-oriented and are involved in several charities. They also love to go out and have a good time.

However, if they had their choice, they would prefer to be alone. They simply like themselves. Check them out in the video below. You might be one of them.