After a hectic week of work assignments and racing around with family and friends in Los Angeles, my cousin Hanna and I just wanted an evening of old fashion arts and crafts. Hanna is the only one who is willing to sit with me for hours acting as my art coach. I was completely relaxed and didn’t think of checking my iPhone.
Years past we made string bracelets, tile frames and collage masks decorated with magazine and newspapers clippings. Tonight, I graduated to acrylic paintings. Hanna outlined an abstract drawing and I filled it in. After tonight, I really think I am ready to free draw on my own. I am excited to experiment. Let’s see. Stay tuned.
painting by Lois
painting by Hanna
Started out the day with a loving reminder from my brother
My Tribute To My Father On Facebook.
A huge thank you to Beth, Jeff, Hanna, Whitney, and Fredrick who started at 8am and worked all day cooking and baking. It was an outstanding Thanksgiving. We all benefited from having relatives who were willing to share their talents. Thank you, thank you. It was really special.
Turkey by Fredrick and Beth
Cousins Larry, Whitney, Darren, and Fredrick
Hanna and Beth
Cousins Lois, Jeff, and Debbie
Cousins Veronica and Michael
Cousins Easton and Jacoby
Frayne and Lois
Hanna, Beth, Eliot, and Sandor
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
I couldn’t wait to read David Pogue’s New book called “Pogue’s Basics: Life: Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) for Simplifying Your Day.”
Pogue is the Yahoo Tech founder and a “Sunday Morning” correspondent for CBS. Watch the video above for a great introduction to the book.
The following is direct from Pogue’s book.
Image: Oak Labs
Trying on clothes will never be the same.
There is a new smart mirror debuting in fitting rooms everywhere that is going to act like your personal assistant. The first retailer to introduce the smart mirror is Ralph Lauren’s Polo flagship store in New York City. These smart mirrors were created by a startup called Oak Labs.
You will see more of these mirrors at other retailers as time marches on. The beauty of a smart mirror is that it recognizes the clothing you want to try on because it incorporates RFID, radio-frequency identification tags. As if it was magic, each piece is displayed on a large touchscreen.
Then the fun begins. You can request different sizes and colors of each item you are interested in just by touching the mirror. A Polo associate does all the legwork. You just stand there. When you are done, you can simply check out right on the mirror. How convenient is that?
Oak Labs is located in New York and can’t wait to read your user experience comments. For everyone else in the rest of the country., the smart mirror is going to pop up when you least expect it. Enjoy your privacy as long as it last. Smart mirrors are going to make fitting rooms interactive and you will never be alone again.
Hello from Los Angeles. My cousin Beth, from Sherman Oaks, introduced me to a dance video that I will be watching for years. I wanted to share it with you.
It was created by Michael Binder, a movie aficionado, who claims he has watched every single movie ever made. He recently decided to take the song,”Uptown Funk,” and synchronize it to movies from the days of Fred Astaire and Judy Garland.
It’s wonderful. His final product turned out to be a keepsake video that shows some of the greatest dancers and singers from movies 1953 and earlier perform their moves to “Uptown Funk.”
You just have to watch legends like Gene Kelly, Shirley Temple, Judy Garland, and Fred Astaire move and grove to contemporary music. Priceless!!!!
Cousin Beth Young with daughter Hanna and me,
Eliot, Hanna and me.
I bet you never heard of the term the “dark web.” Get used to it. That’s where terrorists go to communicate with each other.
So many of you have ask which social media platforms do terrorists use? It’s a complicated answer but Shelly Palmer, Fox 5 New York’s On-air Tech Expert, tackles that question with Juliet Huddy and Teresa Priolo on Fox 5.
His findings are very interesting. I encourage you to watch the video because it will give you a better idea of why apps are a terrorist’s best friend.
Hedy Lamar, publicity photo.
My brother Steve emailed me at the beginning of November to remind me that Hedy Lamar
, one of the most gorgeous stars in Hollywood, would have been 101 on November 9th. She died in 2000 at the age of 86.
I totally forgot to honor her. As the author of DigiDame, I should have recognized this amazing woman because she was much more than a pretty face. Lamar was an inventor and the work she did layed the ground work for the Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi. In fact, Lamarr was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.
I may have forgotten, but Google didn’t. They honored her with a Google Doodle. Watch the above video. For more details about Lamar, read the Huffington Post story.
Happy birthday Hedy Lamar.
For all of my contemporaries who are sorry they never got famous, it’s not too late. In fact, it’s easier than ever. All you need is a little creativity and some discipline.
Check out these dramatic photos my friend Russ Rowland created.
Now check out how Russ posts them on Instagram. He carefully hashtags (#) key words on each of his photos so other users who search the same categories, will see his images. It’s as simple as that.
Russ is determined to become a well-known photographer. Judging by his collection of photos, I say he has a good chance. Russ said artists no longer need galleries to get noticed. While everyone would love to be recognized by well-known gallerist, Instagram is much more available.
Vogue recently did an article about how Instagram is influencing the careers of a number of artists. Read it and let’s talk about what you can do to get your 15 minutes of fame.
Click here to take a drone’s tour through the Second Avenue subway.
I was recently meeting with a business who was talking to me about a possible venture regarding the Second Avenue subway in New York City. I thought the idea was far-fetched until she showed me a CBS TV video clip of a drone that flew through the underground tunnels on the upper east side.
I didn’t know if I was more impressed with the new subway system or the capability and preciseness of the drone. I was in awe. The Aerobo is the first FAA license drone company in New York.
CBS reported that one section is set to open in December 2016 and is expected to carry about 200,000 riders a day.
Don’t miss the tour.