Your Car Is No Longer Your Best Friend

Stock Photo – DEN BOSCH, THE NETHERLANDS – MAY 14, 2017: Retro styled rear end of a classic pink Cadillac fifties car in Den Bosch, The Netherlands

For those who read the “New York Times” every day, this is not going to be big news. For those who don’t, this can be startling.

Your beloved automobile knows more about you than perhaps your spouse, children, friends, and business associates.

Yesteryear, you would drive your car and everything that happened in it would remain a secret forever. You could eat a whole Carvel ice cream cake in the front seat and pretend it never happened. You could play hooky from work, and drive around all day, and no one would know the difference.

Today, according to Bill Hanvey, president and chief executive officer of the Auto Care Association, your car “not only knows how much you weigh but also tracks how much weight you gained. Your car also knows how fast you drive, where you live, how many children you have — even financial information. Connect a phone to a car, and it knows who you called and who you texted.”

You can get all of the facts you never realized by clicking on the link below. I warn you in advance, you will never feel the same way about your auto again.

So many of you, who love your car more than you love many other things, may want to sell your wheels immediately and only use a Lyft or Uber.

Oops, that won’t work either. They know everything about you too.

We Take Pictures To Stop Time

I’m not telling you anything that you don’t know. The smartphone gave birth to the selfie. Everyone takes selfies, young and old. People are no longer embarrassed to stand alone, pose, and take a photo of themselves. While it’s a little weird looking, we all have come to accept this as proper social behavior.

The other night, Eliot and I watched a Netflix movie called Kodachrome. We had no idea what it was about, but we like to randomly pick movies. We later discovered from Wikipedia that it was a film during the final days of the photo development system known as Kodachrome.

A famous photographer/father, and his son, drove hundreds of miles to reach the Kansas photo lab before it closed its doors forever. The film is based on A.G. Sulzberger 2010 New York Times article about a dying father wanting to develop his photographs before the lab closed forever.

Ed Harris plays the famous photographer and Jason Sudeikis is his son. When they finally reach the lab, they meet other photo journalists who recognize the Ed Harris character. Being the revered photographer, Ed Harris provides his fans with some profound thoughts about photography.

I was so moved by what he said, I just felt like I had to document it. Here we go.

Here is the video clip that caught my attention and gave me an emotional tug.

Go ahead and take your selfies. Just remember to share them with others.

I Second Bill Maher

I’m using my personal blog to express my anger against Bob Mueller. Bill Maher is the only one who had the guts to say it. Mueller failed America. Instead of holding Trump accountable, he left us with bread crumbs. What a big waste of time. Mueller wanted to remain a good guy at the expense of our future.

This Post Will Go Down In History

You heard it here first. Other than the magnificent John DeFaro, be sure to watch the career of artist Asad Faulwell. One day soon, Faulwell will be as famous as some of the biggest names in the art world.

How do I know?

He is 37 years old and tremendously accomplished. Read his resume below. He’s also gorgeous and very married.

I asked Asad why he is so successful. I really wanted to know what makes certain artists popular and fruitful, while other creative souls can’t get arrested. It was a question that holds true for writers, actors, singers, and comics. Asad said it’s mostly, “Luck, connections, a business sense, determination and dedication. Unless you are willing to put yourself out there all the time, nothing will happen.”

Born 1982 Caldwell, Idaho.

Lives and Works in Newport Beach, CA

MFA Claremont Graduate University, 2008

BA-Art UCSB, 2005

Select Public Collections



Columbus Museum of Art Pizzuti Collection

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

Ulrich Museum of Art

UC- Santa Barbara Art, Design & Architecture Museum

The Rubell Family Collection

Franks-Suss Collection

University of Chicago Booth Collection

Solo and Two Person Shows

2019 Climbing a Disappearing Ladder, Lawrie/Shabibi Gallery, Dubai, U.A.E.

2018 Phantom, Denk Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2017 In the Heart of the Cosmos, Lawrie/Shabibi Gallery, Dubai U.A.E.

2016 Shapeless Shackles, Bill Brady Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2014 Obelisk Movements, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York, NY

Bed of Broken Mirrors, Lawrie/Shabibi Gallery, Dubai U.A.E.

2013 Pins and Needles, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS

Asad Faulwell and Chris Johanson, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY

2012 Empty Vessels, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York, NY

2011 Les Femmes D’Alger, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York, NY

2009 Recent Work, Link Contemporary, Claremont, CA

Living History w/Matt Lipps, Marc Selwyn Fis

Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade

Many people in the United States still believe my adopted hometown, Miami Beach, is “G-d’s waiting room.” That’s a slang term for the state of Florida. In other words, a place where people wait to die. In the 25 years I’ve been living here (five full time), the residents keep getting younger and younger. I think Eliot and I are among the oldest.

The Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade is a perfect example of the spirit and lifestyle of what exists down here. People want to enjoy life, and live together in peace and harmony. The sun is usually shining, the weather is warm and we are surrounded by water that constantly reminds us that life is filled with surprises.

The Gay community was instrumental in shaping Miami Beach into the Paradise it is today. We all should be eternally grateful.

Ringside seats at the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade. Larios on Ocean Drive so accommodating. Restaurant owned by Gloria & Emilio Estefan. (L) Eliot, Lois, Gail, Debbie (R) Richie, Marcia, Gary and Myra.

Photos by Eliot Hess

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Gelber. He’s the Mayor of Miami Beach.

Superman Knew A Good Thing

The phone booth may be making a comeback. We all thought it was dead forever with the advent of the cell phone, but we forgot about one thing, privacy.

A company called JabbrrX is counting on business people, as well as the general public, to value their privacy.

They created a 4-foot square luxurious phone booth with sound absorbing walls, good lighting and an upholstered bench. It also has technology secure Wi-Fi, bluetooth connectivity, and a camera and monitor for videoconferencing. They thought of everything.

The JabbrrX phone booth is great for wide open workspaces and crowded public places. JFK International Airport has already installed two JabbrrX units in Terminal 4. More are on the way.

JabbrrX users pay $10 for 15 minutes to $60 for two hours. The company has sold phone booths to Fortune 500 companies. Audible has installed units in their offices, with hundreds more throughout the U.S. and a few in London, Berlin and Dublin.

The company was founded by Brian Hackathorn and Jeremy Jennings.


SPIN – A Spinning Flame In A Glass Tube

We have been living in our Miami condo for 17 years. It’s time for a refresh. While we are going to go slow on our upgrade journey, there are a few things I was thinking about to add that ever sensational “wow” factor.

One accessory is the Spin, a spinning flame in a glass tube. It’s a gadget that can add a very special mood factor indoors and out. Powered with bioethanol, SPIN creates a controlled (safe) tornado of dancing flames within its glass tube.

I first saw Spin on Kickstarter. The company says SPIN uses a thermal lift technology to accelerate air within its tube. “This chimney effect, created by SPIN’s unique shape, boosts flame flow and power up to 500% without any extra energy … it’s simply amazing to see!

SPIN is available in three different configurations and adds a perfect touch of ambiance indoors or outdoors.” Spin starts a $99 and works its way up to $1000 for more complicated designs.

I’ll let you know when the product goes on sale. Please watch the video to see what the Spin can do for you.

See the Kickstarter campaign at

A Surprise Podcast Find

#Photowalk Trader Joe’s

The following was written by Jefferson Graham of USA Today. He is a media machine creating daily stories for USA Today, as well as podcasts, newsletters, and videos. When I read about Trader Joe’s podcast in Jefferson’s recent newsletter, I knew I wanted to share it with you. Here it is.

Did you know there was a Trader Joe’s podcast?

(Everyone’s getting in on the act!)

I didn’t know this until I pulled up Tuesday morning to pick lunch for Michelle and I, and there was that crazy sign in front of the Westchester TJ’s. Check it out.

Turns out TJ’s Inside Trader Joe’s pod is up to episode 12, with professionally produced tales of new flavor discoveries, recipes and a little TJ history. Fans of the store, and they are legion (who doesn’t like lower prices?) would no doubt find this pretty entertaining.

Especially since TJ’s rarely, if ever, speaks to the press. (Go ahead, do a search, and find me a Trader Joe’s article that isn’t about a store opening.) There’s way more info in these podcasts than you’d ever find in print.

Checking out the podcast made me wonder—are there other brands out there doing something similar?

I couldn’t find a Kroger, Safeway, Ralph’s, Von’s or Piggy Wiggly podcast, ditto for McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s, but I did discover a Walmart podcast, where two Walmarters interview associates from within the store. I also found a short General Mills podcast talking cereal and yogurt.

As many of you no doubt know, I’m 2,000 episodes plus in on my daily podcast, Talking Tech, which has been running for over four years. Welcome to the club TJ’s. See you at episode 1000!

My favorite podcast is Slow Burn, the episodic look back at Watergate and the Clinton scandals. In Inside Trader Joe’s, I admire the effort put in and the polished approach to what is basically an infomercial without sounding like one. It’s worth a listen.

What’s your favorite podcast? Hit reply and let me know your choices. My friend Alex is always looking for something new to listen to on his morning bike ride. Help me recommend him something he doesn’t know!

Thanks for the morning read everyone.