What Do We Do When Antibiotics Don’t Work Any More??

My doctor just gave me two antibiotic prescriptions, one for Sipro and the other for Z-Pak. He also gave a set for Eliot. I don’t like to travel without them. Since we are leaving for Barcelona on July 12th, I made sure we were covered for colds and stomach ailments.

I thought I was being so smart until my friend Carlos sent me this Ted Talk by Maryn McKenna, a journalist and author who specializes in public health, global health and food policy. You must watch the video above to learn the facts. We may be killing ourselves. 


The Truth Behind Binging 

Eliot and I watch more TV than ever before. I don’t know where we find the time. We work, go to the theater and movies, visit with family and friends, attend events, read, travel, and eat out. Despite all this, we manage to watch at least 30 hours of TV a week.

We binge. We love it. We have such a good time watching some very well developed TV series. We are in the comfort of our apartment, relaxed in loosely-fit clothes, snacks nearby, and bathroom breaks when we want them. 

Media Post, a marketing trade publication, just did a study that says binging is on the rise. That’s no surprise. The part that I found strange was that while binging “brings much joy to consumers, it can also bring the blues.” TiVo Research says that “52% of those surveyed are experiencing sadness when they approach the end of a TV series.

I can relate to that. It’s difficult to let go to your pretend family and friends on the TV screen. “Binging is also having an impact on sleep patterns.” TiVo says “31% have lost sleep due to binging, and 37% say they have spent entire weekends binging.”

Eliot and I have done that. It’s a great escape from all of life’s challenges. After a weekend of binging, we realized how much we enjoyed ourselves and how it didn’t cost much to have a good time.

World’s Longest And Highest Glass-Bottom Bridge


At first I thought it was a hoax. Was my friend Todd Smith kidding me two days in a row? First he emailed me a story about a guy who makes landmarks out of toothpicks, and now he’s telling me about a glass bottom bridge almost 100 stories in the air. 

I quickly googled it. The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon skywalk. Sure enough. Todd was right. China is about to open the most terrifying see-through walkway bridge in the world. It’s a quarter-of-a-mile across a canyon at 980ft up. It’s suspended between two cliffs. Israeli architect Haim Dotan, conceived this venture. 

You’ll never get me anywhere near the structure. Just thinking about it, gives me the shakes. I gladly admit it. I’m afraid of heights. 

Apparently, there are many who aren’t. The walkway is going to have the highest bungee jump attraction. All I can say is “Ouch!”

You Don’t Pick Your Teeth With These Toothpicks

This is truly amazing. An innovation doesn’t always have to be a digital invention. It can sometimes be toothpicks. Yes, toothpicks.

My friend Todd Smith told me about Stan Munro. He has been making things out of toothpicks since the 5th grade. Thirty years later he turned it into a big money-making  career. It was all happenstance. 

While Stan was a TV feature reporter 10 years ago, his wife Suzi found out that she had Polycystic Kidney-Liver Disease (PKLD). Watch the first video to hear Suzi’s explanation of what happened to her. Have a tissue ready to wipe away your tears. 

Stan had to stay home with his wife. She couldn’t be alone. During that time, he focused on his hobby of toothpicking. Strange as it may seem, he sold his first Toothpick City exhibit in 2006 to a museum in Spain. Then in 2011, his wife received a double-transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. 

Life really started turning around. There are still tough times, but they inspire each other. Stan and Suzi live in North Syracuse, NY. He has built some of the world’s most famous landmarks out of toothpicks. All of his models are built to 1:164 scale. They can take anywhere from a day to six months to create. 

Museums and galleries show his work all the time. The one closest to him is the Museum of Science and Technology in Syracuse. Name all of the structures, and you win a Waterpik Water Flosser. I even inserted clues, in or near, the photos. Good luck. 


Ford Leads The Way From @Four Wheels To Two”

Image: Media.Ford 

Looks like the car industry is going to enter the electronic bike business. I heard rumblings of this back in January at CES where auto manufacturers, who wanted to show off all their latest technology, said they wanted to get serious about electronic bicycles.

Ford told USA Today (thanks SZS for sending me the link) that their Hands on Mobility project is “experimenting with the production of electronic bicycles, studying how the products will interact with cars, buses and other forms of transportation.” 

Ford believes they have the wherewithal to introduce electronic bicycles that will “take innovation to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and big data.” 

In other words, adopt some of the technology used in cars and incorporate them into bicycles. Ford may be the first to use rear-facing ultrasonic sensors which will alert bikers when cars gets too close. Or, Ford bikes will feature its own GPS system for optional cycling routes.

My prediction? We will all be using e-bikes over the next 10 years for mass transpiration.


Map Of Death

I found this map on Get StumbledUpon. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wanted Americans to know the unusual causes of death that took place in each city. There was no special or private message accompanying this map, just some eye-popping information. Sorry for being such a downer.

The CDC recently released this infographic to show off the “most distinctive causes of death” in each of the 50 states. It’s also available on the CDC website. This is a result of data from 2000 to 2010. 

The CDC doesn’t mean that you are going to die of the same causes. The Center just wanted to share statistics. 



Your Brain Is A Living Super Computer

I feel we are living in miraculous times when it comes to technological advancements in medicine. CNN just did a spectacular feature on neurologist Kelly Foote and neurosurgeon Michael Okun. Together, they gave a famous TED talk where the two doctors spelled out the details of direct brain stimulation. 

What does that mean? Both doctors strategically implant electrodes inside the skulls of  patients to alleviate symptoms of tremor, multiple sclerosis and even OCD. 

You have to see how this works. It is quite remarkable. Your brain speaks a binary language, just like your computer. That’s all you need to know before you watch the video. 

Your New Best Friend 

The next big category in the world of gadgetry is digital personal assistants. They’re going to change our home lives forever. Not only will they make great companions for those who live alone, but they will also keep all users informed and up-to-date on all relevant news. 

The one I want to highlight today is the Echo made by Amazon. The Amazon Echo is a voice command device that answers questions, plays music and can control other smart devices. The device, housed in 9.25-inch tall cylinder speaker, responds to the name “Alexa.”  The name can be changed. 

To fully understand the capabilities of this gizmo, watch the above video. It could become your greatest resource. 

Let your imagination run wild. It’s only $179.99.

The World We Live In 

My long time friend, Dick Krain, who was a big time executive at Grey Advertising for 30 plus years, sent me this video today because we always share interesting information. I just finished watching it. It is so exciting that we are living in a time when things occur at Internet speed. 

Many of us think the possibility of Donald Trump becoming President of the United States is absolutely ridiculous. One mystery: how does he produce productive, level-headed children? 

 Meet The Next Larry Page and Sergey Brin  
I met these two teenagers, ages 16 and 14, at CE Week today, a mini CES convention. They were among a handful of students who won awards for their digital inventions. When I asked them who they were, they answered “innovators.” Remember these two Dwight High School students. They have a technology that will allow you to attach a gizmo to your glasses and read everything people are mumbling. The timing couldn’t be more perfect for someone like me who misses a lot of words in loud restaurants. Bravo to these two unusual youngsters.