Go Forward To The Past

Image: Business Wire

I can’t figure it out. Why do some people want to go backwards. I have friends who are collecting vinyl records and now use cameras that give you instant printed pictures. We worked so long, and hard, to go digital, and now the purists want to prove older technology is better.

Kodak recently announced that it is partnering with retailer Forever 21 for a 26-piece collection — T-shirts, crop tops, jackets, loungewear, polos, and sweatshirts. This is all in an attempt to get young audiences familiar with the Kodak name.

The current Kodak has nothing to do with the giant film company. The new Kodak is following in the footsteps of Urban Outfitters which features Fujifilm’s instant-printing Instax camera. The new Polaroid who also has its own instant camera.

I know a few college students who love having an instant camera so they can print pictures on the spot. It’s novel to them, but not to us. They think they are cool, but in my opinion, it’s a fad that will not last. The digital world is much cheaper, and much more efficient.

What’s your opinion? Read the full story here.

Marriage Proposal on Emmys

I’m not sure if NBC will try to block my YouTube, so I am posting two versions of the best part of the Emmy’s.


Eliot Hess Photography

Like most people who visited Ireland before me, I was captivated by the vast extent of the green fields in the countryside, and the dramatic cliffs along  the coast lines. They all look like museum paintings. It’s all so peaceful and uncluttered. You begin to wonder if this is how we were all meant to live.


Vive les livres imprimés à Paris

Image: WSJ

Eliot and I were in Paris twice this year. Both times we marveled at the number of book stores that were still in existence, and the number of folks who were perusing the bookstalls along the Seine.

We were wondering why the printed book was still doing so well in Paris while everything was going digital in the States. We didn’t have to wonder very long. The Wall Street Journal recently announced that the Parisian bookstalls are in trouble. The newspaper said France is falling out of love with the printed book. The internet has taken over.

Two hundred kiosk venders are in trouble. They are even being forced to sell more and more souvenirs to stay in business. They also have a new plan. Read about it here.

Miami Is Not All Beach

The next time you visit us in Miami make sure we take you to the Frost Museum of Science. We had an awesome time with Ruth and Howard Greenberg today. Three hours of interactive fun.

It’s a prefect place for both adults and children because there is so much to learn at all age levels. There are so few places where people of all ages can find a common ground. Unlike most other museums, Frost Science is surrounded by the beauty of water and sky. We are very fortunate to have a performing arts theatre and opera house just across the way from a contemporary art museum which is next door to the science museum.

Next on the list is Jungle Island, formerly Parrot Jungle. It’s a newly relaunched eco-adventure park just on the other side of the causeway. We loved it before. We can’t wait to see the new version.

Tell Me Something Good

For some reason, Google feels it’s necessary to offer a feature that allows readers to access only good news. Google said they developed this feature with a group of journalists who want to fight the fatigue from negative news.

As far as I am concerned, there is only one way to get rid of most of the negative news we face today. I hope you know what I mean.

To access the new feature, all you have to say to Google Assistant is, “Hey Google, tell me something good” to hear positive news. You can write the same words in the Google search box on your electronic devices.

Personally, I think Google should be focused on helping this country get sane again. I don’t want Google to be spending time on people who want to put their heads in the sand. These are the times we live in. Helping people escape the facts is not going to help us get past this administration.

If you don’t agree with me, then watch what the Republicans have to say about their leader.


The Three-Sided Movie Screen

Your movie theater experience may be drastically changing in the next year or two. Picture this: a 3-sided movie screen.

Tech industry rumors say that a South Korean company, named ScreenX, is planning to bring a 270-degree viewing experience to the United States.

A number of blockbuster movies are being digitally altered for the new surround experience. I have no idea when the first 3-sided movie theater will appear and where.

All I can say is, “Imagine being immersed in your favorite movie. That’s pretty awesome. It’s like being on stage. Are you ready for your closeup?”

Rich Tech Nerds Headed To New Zealand

Bloomberg’s news service recently reported that the rich and famous in Silicon Valley (isn’t that everyone?) are planning to move to New Zealand if the United States starts to look too dangerous for every day life. They feel we are definitely headed in that direction.

One of the favorite topics at dinner parties is how seven Silicon Valley entrepreneurs recently purchased bunkers and had them situated in New Zealand just in case of “an apocalypse — nuclear war, a killer germ, a French Revolution-style uprising targeting the 1 percent.” One very rich nerd confessed, “We plan to hop on a private jet and hunker down. New Zealand is an enemy of no one.”

End of the world fantasies are the new favorite topic among the upwardly mobile. Have a bag packed and be ready to go.

Read more about the migration to New Zealand here.


Do You Know How To Spiral?

It’s not a dance step, or a yoga move. That would be a good guess, but you would be wrong. Here’s a clue. Many cooks are excellent spiralizer users.

You can use a spiralizer to cut vegetables, or fruits, so they look like noodles. It’s a wonderful substitute for pasta. I was told the best spiralizer is the Joseph Joseph Spiro, a 3-in-1 hand-held unit. It comes with three different blades to produce different shapes and sizes.

I know that many of you know about a spiralizer, but I bet the majority of DigiDame readers never heard of it, or forgot about this handy little gadget.

Eliot and I watched several demonstrations recently, and plan to use a spiralizer as often as possible.

Have fun.


Stand Up To Better Health

Every day I hear about another person, over 60, who has back pain. I am beginning to believe that back pain is inevitable for everyone in their senior years.

I just learned that some back pain is totally avoidable, if you just stand, or sit, with proper posture. It is as easy as that. The video explains why. It has something to do with lumbar support.

I hope that many more of us live to a ripe old age with Better Back. It’s a new device that will straighten us out. If we just do this for 15 minutes a day, we can be back pain free.

Fact it fiction? You tell me.

Thank You For 52 Years

Today marks 52 years that I started working. I like to celebrate the day because not everyone can remember their first day of work. Mine was very exciting.

I opened the door to the city room of WWD and HFD and my whole world changed. I went from living in an environment of all Jewish middle class families, to one of the most diversified group of people anyone can hope to meet at one given time.

I consider myself very fortunate that I continue to work with people from all backgrounds so life, never gets boring. There are new surprises all the time. The same thing happens when you travel. You meet people who live different types of lives, yet you find a common ground that bonds you.

A case in point is a young couple, from a suburb of Austin, Texas, that we met on our tour in Ireland. Ari and Brandon were 40 years our junior, yet we had enough in common to keep our conversations going for almost two weeks. We took photos of each other, at this public art sculpture, because we all knew that one day we would want to say “Thank you” for something. This photo would come in very handy.

Today is my day. Thank you September 9th. I hope to see many more of you.