An Internet Radio Star Is Born 

Less then two years ago, Katerina Cozias, a former client who became a good friend, announced to Eliot and I that she was leaving Miami to move to Los Angeles in order to pursue a career as a talk show host. Today, she has one of the hottest radio shows on the Internet called LA40. 

We met with Kati last Thanksgiving at the Mondrian in LA to discuss her career strategy.

Kati started her radio show last November.

Kati reinvented herself at 38 and there is no turning back.

We can’t believe the progress Kati has made in such a short period of time. One of the main reasons is that she lives the life she preaches on her show. Unlike many folks, Kati is not afraid of change. 

She believes that you are the happiest when you are challenging yourself. It doesn’t matter how old you are. It’s never too late. 

Kati recently interviewed three actors on why they never give up.

Click here to watch this episode of LA40.

Kati has become so popular that TV talk shows are asking her to make live appearances to share her knowledge on life changes.

To watch Kati’s appearance on a San Diego TV show click here. 

The Apple Is Ripe 

I wanted you to know about two big tech stories this week. 

It definitely looks like a spaceship has landed in Cupertino, CA. After many years of being under construction, Apple’s new headquarters is opening in April on 175-acres. Twelve thousand employees will eventually work there. CNET has the whole story. Click here

UPS Tests Drone Deliveries 

Many of us, over the years, have questioned the use of dones to deliver our packages from various retail sources. While it still may seem implausible, you have to watch this video which shows how UPS tested a residential delivery service this week on a farm just outside of Tampa, Florida. The part I found fascinating is how the roof opened on a UPS truck, a package got inserted in the drone and how it took off and returned to the vehicle that moved to a new location. Pretty fascinating. Check it out on Tech Crunch.

Did I Take That Pill? 

Steve Greenberg, author of “Gadget Nation,” shows Kathie Lee Gifford and co-host Jenna Bush gadgets yesterday morning that will organize even the most scatterbrained home. From charging electronics in a neat and easy way, to quickly removing stains, these items will have everything in its proper place at home.

I take 11 different pills and supplements every night before I go to sleep. All of my pills are stored in one big plastic bag, ready to travel at a moment’s notice. 

My usual routine is to take one pill out of each vial until all the meds have been taken. That is my usual routine. Every once in a while,  I stare at one of the vials and think, “Did I already take you?” 

I swear, I sometimes don’t remember, even though I took the pill seconds ago. I usually can figure it out if I think about it long enough, but it’s disconcerting.

Yesterday, I found a cure all. Innovation insider, Steve Greenberg, showed the TimerCap on the Today Show as part of his product showcase. I never heard of it before. Yes, Steve is a friend, but I usually see all the gadgets he knows about when I see him on a TV show. The minute I saw the TimerCap, I knew it was for me. 

The TimerCap is a vial cap with a built-in LCD timer. The cap has been sized to fit most pharmacy vials. The timer helps people remember when they last took their medication. The TimerCap is available at any CVS and Rite Aid Pharmacy for $9.99 for a three-pack.

That is a small price to pay for a great safeguard. The older we get, the more we need items like this. 

A Much Easier Way To Take A Selfie

I have been looking for a gadget like Podo for quite a few years. I just can’t seem to take a decent selfie. Now, Podo can take the selfie for me.

All I have to do, is stick the Podo on a wall or any surface, open the companion app on my cell phone, and make sure that it connects to the camera (Podo) over Bluetooth.

It’s really simple after that. I set the timer to get myself ready to pose, and then a series of LEDs around the lens let’s me know that my picture is being taken.  The photo then appears on my smartphone. 

Podo is also capable of taking videos, but it has  very limited capacity.  Podo has a two-hour battery life and 4GB of storage. That’s good enough for me. 

Price is around $50 on Amazon.

Shepard Fairey at Art Wynwood

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Shepard Fairey was recently in Miami to receive the Art Wynwood Tony Goldman Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award. Fairey is one of the world’s most admired contemporary street artists, graphic designers, activists and illustrators.

Goldman was a real estate developer who was mainly responsible for the rehabilitation of the Wynwood area of Miami, SoHo section of New York City, and 13th Street in Philadelphia. Goldman died at 69 in 2012. He actually lived in my building on South Beach. His wife still does 

Goldman was an early supporter of street art and commissioned Fairey to dress up the warehouse buildings in the cities he was developing. For a street artist, who most of the time illegally drew on abandoned buildings, this was huge. 

Fairey is also well known as the founder of OBEY Clothing, and “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” sticker campaign. Fairey really became famous when he created the “Hope” poster for Barack Obama. 

His work is included in the collections at The Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Fairey was interviewed by Artnet News last week where I taped the entire encounter. The first half is on video, the balance is my audio post. Fairey was very candid about his political views, other street artists, social responsibility, and commerce working with art.

The conversation was fascinating. Don’t miss a word. The video may be a little shaky, but the content is totally solid. 


Tatoosh Sails In Miami Beach 

The boat show is in town (Miami) this weekend, but Eliot and I got a special bonus when Paul Allen’s $160 million yacht sailed by our condo’s window this morning. 

The 3o3-foot vessel is called Tatoosh. It was originally built for Craig McCaw, founder of McCaw Cellular (now part of AT&T Mobility) and Clearwire Corporation.

Allen is the co-founder of Microsoft and one of the richest people in the world. Tatoosh was purchased by Allen in 2001 for approximately $100 million. 

Allen now has his own private asset management company named Vulcan Inc. Allen also owns three sports teams: the Seattle Seahawks (NFL), the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA), and the Seattle Sounders FC franchise (MLS).

By the way, Allen also owns a 414-foot yacht, the “Octopus.” Price tag $200 million.

He’s worth $19 billion. 
Tatoosh’s features include:

Five decks

A master suite, a saloon and other rooms on the top deck

A saloon with a French limestone fireplace, a dining area, staterooms and a ladies’ powder room on the main deck

A shaded 6 feet (1.8 m) deep swimming pool with adjustable floor in depth, located aft on the main deck beneath a full overhang;[11]

A movie theatre

Facilities to transport two helicopters on the top of two decks

A 46 feet power boat and sailboats

Give Conan O’Brien A Little Love  

I need you to help me thank Conan O’Brien. The late night talk show host agreed to be the latest featured personality for the Waterpik® Water Flosser Celebrity Online Auction taking place February 23, 2017. The online auction will raise money for Hope Lives, a breast cancer support group in Colorado.

Please show him a little love and bid on his  signed Waterpik Water Flosser plus other goodies.  He agreed to help me and now I have to make sure he gets the proper attention.  

Auction begins February 23, 9pm EST. and ends 10 days later.

For more information visit click here

Conan O’Brien is best known for his years as a late night talk show host and current host of Conan on TBS. With the retirement of David Letterman on May 20, 2015, O’Brien became the longest-working of all current late-night talk show hosts in the United States, at 22 years.  

 Conan is also known for his years as a writer for Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons and for his stand-up comedy. He has also hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards for a number of years.

The auction will be heavily promoted on social media as well as a public relations campaign.

Waterpik®, a leader in innovative personal oral health care products for 55 years, has launched an online auction to support Hope Lives, a breast cancer support center in Colorado., Waterpik® has provided a line-up of celebrities with a Waterpik® Designer Series Water Flosser to decorate in their own unique style for the online auction to raise money for this important cause. 

Hope Lives provides not only emotional support, but a full complementary care program to help breast cancer survivors manage their daily routines. Waterpik® supports Hope Lives throughout the year through sales of their Pink Designer Series Water Flosser.

For this auction, Waterpik® has partnered with Auction Cause, the leader in cause marketing campaigns, branding, and fundraising which utilizes the eBay platform to run and manage auctions. Waterpik® is proud to sponsor this auction in support of this important cause. 

To bid on these one-of-a-kind collector’s items and for more information about the Waterpik® auctions visit ….

The Hope Lives, Lydia Dody Breast Cancer Support Center was founded in 2001 by Lydia Dody, a Fort Collins, CO businesswoman who had battled breast cancer. After her recovery, Lydia wanted to ensure that the women in Larimer County and Windsor, CO diagnosed each year received complete post-diagnosis support and care.  


Art Wynwood 

A whole group of us ventured over to the Wynwood section of Miami last night to see the latest contemporary pieces of art in the exhibition called Art Wynwood. 

Before we knew it, tennis champion Martina Navratilova walked by. She had a few works of art on display and wanted to see what they looked like amongst other pieces. She seemed pretty pleased.

I made a small purchase. I couldn’t  help myself. I saw a copy of Auguste Rodin’s “The Thinker” holding a smartphone and just wanted it. I used to see a copy of the statue on The TV Show Dobie Gillis in 1959-1960 and loved it immediately. I find this pretty ironic, since I know very little about art but “The Thinker” always meant a lot to me.


Martina Navratilova admiring her own work.

The Grand’s, the Greenberg’s and the Hesses dining at Sugarcane after the exhibit. Marcia Grand took the photo.

Marcia and Richie loving the Playboy model nearby.

I may have dated this dude.

A full size copy stands in front of Cibo restaurant, South Pointe Drive on the beach.

I always love looking at The Thinker, even a copy. The addition of a smartphone tickled my fancy.

The gallerist from the lower east side of Manhattan is making my 3D printed miniature version.

The showstopper

Leave Your Cell Phone Home If You Leave The USA  

I’m not happy about the news I’m going to deliver to you. I’m not even sure this story is true. However, you must read the article by Quincy Larson, who claims that he’ll never bring his phone on an international flight again. Neither should you. To find out why, Click here.

He claims that the authorities in an airport in Chile confiscated  his cell phone, demanded his password, and then disappeared for a half hour, just enough time to remove all of his valuable information. We don’t realize how much of our personal information is stored on our smartphones. If someone copies our information, we are in financial and health trouble. We can be hacked immediately. Our personal records will become public and then we have to spend countless hours protecting ourselves. It’s very scary.

Let me know your thoughts after you read Larson’s piece. Thank you