Pokeman Go

Everyone is talking about it. Everyone is doing it. There is no way I’m not going to tell you a little about Pokeman Go so you can impress the young ones in your life with what you know.

Pokeman Go is a mobile game on your smartphone that requires you to walk around your neighborhood to catch Pokemans in the real world combined with augmented reality. 

Wikipedia explains augmented reality (AR) as “a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.”

If you watch the video above, you can see how augmented reality works. 

Pokeman Go uses your smartphone’s GPS and clock to help you detect where and when the Pokemans are located. The idea is to walk around your neighborhood (the real world) to catch the Pokémon in the game. Remember, while you are strolling around your real world is interacting  with augmented reality.” It’s really quite renarkable.

 The game is free and is available on Android and iOS. The Pokeman game takes place in a world filled with monsters,rats, snakes, dragons, dinosaurs, birds, eggs, trees, and swords. Gamers love that. The goal of the game is to capture the creatures.

Pokeman Go makes money on selling objects that help you capture the creatures and other upgrades. 

I tried to simplifed the explanation as much as possible. For more details, read Vox. Click here

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These Need A New Home

Some of these art pieces have been in our family for 40 years. We just don’t have enough walls anymore since our NYC co-op is in contract to be sold. 

We really don’t want to place these treasures in storage lockers. They are meant to be seen, so we are trying to find new homes for as many paintings, posters, and drawings as possible.

I already posted these on the Internet to see if anyone was interested. Here are my Facebook entries .We immediately received some solid interest. Now I am presenting the offerings to you too.  I have to say this is a fun assignment. 

The following are motivational and inspirational drawings. They are perfect for any office or start-up company. The artist is Hugh MacLeod, creator of Gapingvoid. He has a huge social media following, so the art work should go fast.

Nevertheless, everything must go! Thank you.

  
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This Is The Way To Travel 

No more excuses for not traveling. I found the perfect solution for the following complaints by seniors:

1-I’m too old

2-I can’t walk

3-Too much rushing around.

Would you travel if you could ride on top of your luggage?  That means you can sit on your luggage and it takes you from location to location. You have to see this for yourself on Indiegogo, the crowdsourcing site. 

Called Modobag, the luggage can go as fast as eight mph and reach about six miles before it has to be recharged. 

Modobag will be available early next year for approximately $995. That may seem like a lot of money, but just remember the convenienve you will be getting.

A special note from tech and lifestyle site Mashable. 

“While all of this seems too good to be true, the bag does have some drawbacks. Despite seeming compact (meeting TSA standards) it weights 19 pounds on its own. This may be no sweat for some airlines, but it is something to consider when packing your belongings.”

Isaac Mizrahi 

I find it absolutely incredible that we can now access museum programs at home. I used to be so upset when I missed a particular exhibit or lecture. 

Yes, there is nothing like seeing the museum program live, but there are plenty of positives about viewing the entire presentation online. 

Take the case of Isaac Mizrahi. An entire  exhibit at the Jewish Museum, NYC, is dedicated to his genius. The show is on till August 7th. I no longer have to worry about 

getting there on time. I can see it from the comfort of my couch. Click here for a remarkable portrait of one of America’s most influential designers.  You can also watch a video of Mizrahi talking about his career.

Thank you digital world for making this all possible. 

 Macy’s On Call

If you shop at a Macy’s in Bethesda, Md., Woodbridge, N.J., Portland, Ore; or Miami, Fla., you are in for a big surprise. These Macy’s locations will be giving out digital assistant gadgets to all customers so they can roam around on their own, without having to stop to ask questions from real live employees about “where certain departments are located” or “if a specific garment is in stock.” The gadgets will provide all the answers.  

All this might mean the end to live retail sales assistants (if you can find one), forever. If this pilot program works, Macy’s will be rolling it out across the country. The digital assistants are being powered by IBM Watson


 
I bet in a year or two, many more retailers will offer the digital tools as well. No more searching for someone to help you. You can now help yourself. 

 

Introducing Our Power Broker

Our real estate broker, Howard Margolis, of Douglas Elliman, is definitely one of the top selling and best-known agents in NYC.  Our apartment is on the low-end of his listings. Howard and his team are famous for the magnificent properties they represent. 

That’s how we met. A number of years ago, I was looking for a fabulous event space for a press conference. He offered a sensational penthouse in Tudor City. We have been connected ever since.

I thought you would enjoy his recent listing. It was featured tonight on CBS. Click here to view it. 

Located in the Trump Tower on Central Park West, this 47th floor condo, with 6,500 sq. ft., is $40 million. It was just renovated for $10 million. Howard and his teammates already sold the penthouse in same building for $33 million.

Listen carefully to the interview. I’m sure I left out some glorious details. Click here.

Welcome to paradise.

Making a grand entrance.

Fit for a CEO

Milions of dollars was poured into this room.

You feel like you are flying.

The most gorgeous bathroom you will ever see.

The best finishes money can buy.

The view of Central Park changes with the seasons

View of Columbus Circle

 

No Political Commentary This Morning …..I Posted This Instead   

Please click here (not the arrow in the picture) for something you have never seen before. I know it’s silly but we can all use a little  silliness in our lives right now. 

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Thank you Andrew Schulz for sending me the photos you captured on a recent flight. These are remarkable digital photos.

 

Our condo

Our condo

Steve and Williams’ condo

Steve and Williams condo

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Cousins Brunch at Grand Banks, a Restaurant on a Schooner, Pier 25, on the Hudson River, NYC. The lobster roll and oysters, the best!!!


You Never Have To Buy Another E-Book Again


I’m sure you don’t remember, but in December, 2012, I wrote about libraries across the nation going digital. Read that blog post here.

The other day, my daughter Whitney, emailed me a a story that said The New York Public Library created an app so that anyone with a library card can have access to 300,000 e-books. Yes, free. 

That’s such good news to all of us who love to read digital books. I tried to download a book but I’m not a library member so I was denied access. I’d better enroll this week. Remember, you are not buying, you are borrowing.

The app is called SimplyE and you can only read an Ebook on your smartphone.  Sooner or later, the books will be available on a Kindle.  

Libraries have really reinvented themselves. They refuse to go away. That’s good news for all of us.