I Spy

My friend Marcia Grand, and her husband Richie, invited us to visit New York’s Spy Museum & Experience with them today. It’s on 55th Street and Eighth Avenue. I didn’t even know that NYC had such a museum, but I just learned that many cities have exhibits like this where there are many spy stories and gadgets.

Most of us know nothing about spies, the cracking of codes, encryption, deception, surveillance, and hacking. You may be thinking why should this topic be of interest to you?

We live in a digital world where we all are being watched. Everything we do is being recorded. Big brother knows when and where we shop, what we read, who we speak to, what we eat, and what we do for fun.

This may be a good time to see what the world of spying is all about. You can even test your skills.


The Next Step After A Coloring Book

I found the Smart Sketcher at CE Week, a tech trade show, at the Javits Center yesterday.

I always wanted to draw, but I was never trained properly. The Smart Sketcher will teach me how to draw line-by-line, so I can see how a composition gets put together.

The Smart Sketcher was really developed for children. I’m not going to let that stop me. I’m going to buy one for $60. All I have to do is insert a SD card, featuring 50 different activities, and I start sketching.

The part that I really love is that you can a take a photo of a person and then sketch him or her.You can also take a photo of flowers, cars, or anything at all. After you finish sketching, you can fill in the color.

I can’t wait to start.

Mommy, Look At Me, No Common Sense

Elon Musk ponders Tesla’s Future

A few years ago, one of my Silicon Valley clients told me a story about his son, who at the time, was working for Tesla. He said Tesla had one of the worst working conditions in tech because everyone was nasty, testy, back stabbing and paranoid. I didn’t pay much attention to what was being said because I thought the son was just making excuses for not succeeding on the job.

Turn the clock forward a few years and we are reading about a Tesla disgruntled employee who reportedly sabotaged the company a few days ago. CEO Elon Musk sent an email to employees Sunday night saying that someone had broken into the company computer system and this could interrupt the production of the new Tesla Model 3 electric car.

You can read more about the Tesla mystery story here. I just wanted to add my two cents about the drama that takes place in some of the most successful tech companies. In the infamous words of Joan Rivers, “Grow Up!”

I often wonder how some of the most successful tech companies ever got to where they are today with the nonsense that takes place everyday. If someone isn’t stealing company secrets, then someone else making sexually harassing remarks, or stealing large sums of money out of petty cash.

I hear horror stories several times a week about how some of these tech geniuses behave in public. It’s like they have zero social skills. I deal with a lot of young people who made it big fast. I think they need to have their mommies with them all the time to tell them right from wrong. Why would anyone want to hurt Elon Musk? Maybe it has something to do with all the people he has been firing lately just to turn a profit.

There has to be a better way.

LA Times Names A 75 Year Old To Head Newspaper

Image: Norman Pearlstine

There goes our theory that senior citizens can’t get jobs. Norman Pearlstine, a long time editor at major newspapers and magazines, was chosen to bring the LA Times back from the dead.

The four time divorcée is a devoted and dedicated newspaper man. I would love to interview the new owner of the LA Times, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, a billionaire executive, to find out why he selected an older guy to lead in the digital age.

This could be very interesting. Maybe, this is the start of a new trend, older executives to tackle the difficult assignments. Wouldn’t that be a hoot?

Click here to read story

The New, New York City

I had no idea what has been happening to NYC. Whitney and Fredrick took Eliot, Steve and I on a ferry ride on the East River to see all of the skyscrapers that are being built on Brooklyn and Manhattan’s waterway. It looked like the skyline of Miami Beach. Tall glass high rises everywhere with beach restaurants, sand, pools, event spaces (one even had a carousel. The space was being used for a wedding when we passed by) and sports areas. The ferries are commuter boats so you can go on-and-off for the price of a subway ride.

What a spectacular day. We started off with Bonnie at Freds at Barneys. The gift she gave Eliot was a riot, underpants with an inscription. We all ate too much. Vera Wang was there too. She was wearing shoes that were so high, she looked like she was standing on stilts. This may be the next fashion trend.

Photos by Steve Greenberg

Looking For Someone To Help Me With Type Face Selections On WordPress

I post a DigiDame every day from my IPhone and the type comes out smaller, lighter and in all caps. I have been posting for six years and this only started with a software upgrade a few months ago. I expect to pay for your service. I must cure this situation. Thank you!

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A New Form Of Transportation

Elon Musk Of Tesla is going to show the people of Chicago just how to avoid traffic. The Express Loop is an underground, high speed form of travel called “pods,” that go 150 miles per hour. Will this become a reality? Watch the video.

Outside my Miami Beach window tonight as I write DigiDame.

A Blast from the past.

Do Video Games Encourage Violence?

Image: PSU.EDU

I am curious about your reaction to a video game that almost made it to the marketplace. It’s called “Active Shooter,” and the player is either a SWAT officer, or a gunman terrorizing civilians and police.

I just don’t understand how any company could manufacture such a product, or how any sane person could buy such a game. I don’t know how some folks can’t see a connection between video games that explain how murders take place, and real acts of violence.

I am mystified. I get into heated debates with others about anything to do with guns. I get furious when someone says “Guns don’t kill, people do.”

I wonder why any parent, or grandparent, would allow guns to be in the vicinity of any child. I also don’t know why any adult would take a chance on the fact that some crazy accident couldn’t possibly take place. Why put a child in that position?

Watch this news clip about the video game that goes against everything I believe in.

You can also read a Washington Post story on this subject. Click here.

A French Hospital Uses Virtual Reality As A Pain Eliminator In ER

I just finished reading a story in Engadget, a tech site, that St. Joseph Hospital in France, uses virtual reality as a way to get Emergency Room patients to tolerate pain without taking addictive painkillers.

St. Joseph students designed a VR program that helps patients relax and tolerate severe pain. Patients simply put on VR goggles and immerse themselves into games and programs. The students truly believe patients can be distracted and won’t ask for pain-free medication.

Dr. Olivier Ganasia, the doctor in charge of the ER, said, “using VR during treatment is like hypnosis.” The French believe this is a way to reduce the opioids crises.

There is no question that everyone wants a drug-free society, but can we really depend on VR?

I asked my doctor friend (gastroenterologist in Georgetown) his opinion and this is what he said, ” If I am in horrible pain from an accident or kidney stones, etc., please give me a narcotic and keep the goggles off my head.

“It may prove to be a wonderful treatment for pain, but please do the studies on someone else. I am not particularly worried about opioid overdose or addiction from pain meds given once in the ER. For chronic pain, maybe it will be the way to go in the future.”

The future of VR is still unknown.

Engadget story