We saw a lot of interesting exhibits at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival on Saturday afternoon, but the one that interested us the most was a photographer who takes “Kite Aerial Photography.”
Eliot, my friend Brian Hauserman, and I were amazed by the ingenuity of Evan Reinheimer of Patchogue, Long Island.
Evan, an award-winning photographer, flies kites which hold his cameras so he can snap aerial photos all over the globe. It’s a great technique to show new photographic angles.
I asked Evan why he doesn’t use drones. He said kites are much more flexible and he is totally committed to the art form. Kites allow him to fly close to his subjects without danger. He knows exactly what type of kite he needs depending on the winds of the day.
His website explains, “ Evan uses a variety of high end advanced compact cameras. The camera sits in a rig that is suspended from the kite line. The camera sends a live video feed to Evan on the ground and the rig has an electronic servo that allows him to compose the photograph.”
Evan certainly has an interesting life and certainly provides us with a new view.
Do you know your CLV score? I bet you have no idea what I am talking about. More and more retailers are rating you. They are judging your behavior. It’s called “Customer Lifetime Value.”
Can you imagine that? The people where you shop are talking about you, kind of like the drivers for Lyft and Uber who rate you after every ride. I certainly hope you know about that.
CLV is a little more complicated. Participating retailers are sizing you up to see how much more money they can make off of you. If you are loyal, buy more and more, and frequently show up online and offline, you are going to get better pricing, service, and better merchandise.
I suggest you watch the video to better understand exactly what I am talking about. It’s a whole new retail world.
One would think that a guy as smart as Jeff Bezos would know never to text a photo of his private parts over the Internet. You would hope that the world’s richest guy would have some common sense. He knows exactly how the Internet works. He probably would have been the first to tell you that the chances of someone getting their hands on your provocative photos on the Internet is pretty much a guarantee.
So why didn’t that stop Romeo? Like a lot of very successful men and women, he thought he could get away with it. He let himself believe that Lauren Sanchez was really interested in what he had between his legs. As Bill Maher pointed out last Friday night, “the only thing between Bezos’ legs that Sanchez was interested in was his wallet.” Hahaha.
Bezos thinks he is once again the powerful one because he is going after David Pecker of American Media, for extortion and blackmail. He said that “Pecker’s organization threatened to publish intimate photos of him and Lauren Sánchez if he did not stop his investigation into how his text messages and other photos had been leaked to the National Enquirer.”
Is Bezos that naïve that it never occurred to him that his girlfriend could share those photos with others? Again, this is a self-made man, the richest person in the world. One would think he would make better choices. I really don’t care what Bezos does in his private life, but I am offended that he would take such a public risk.
He is married for 25 years to the woman who helped him build his empire. He is the father of four. I just can’t respect him the way I did. I wanted him to be the ultimate entrepreneurial idol. Now he is just a reminder of the lower standards Americans have become accustomed to.
Bill Maher explains why the photos of Bezos below the belt are real.
Thank you Inspicio Editor-In-Chief, Ray Elman, for featuring Eliot’s photo in your prestigious online magazine. This is a tremendous honor. We also want to thank Gail Williams and Dawn McCall of the Williams McCall Gallery for showcasing Eliot’s photo work so he caught the attention of Ray.
Addendum: We saw “True West” tonight. Miss it. Totally juvenile. The following was written hours before we saw the show.
CREDIT: MICHAEL SCHWARTZ / TRUNK-ARCHIVE
I have been in the tech world for ages, but it still amazes me that there is such a thing called a podcast that I can access at any time, on any subject. This became apparent to me when I noticed that Variety has a podcast called “Stagecraft,” available every Tuesday.
Coincidentally, Stagecraft recently interviewed Ethan Hawke because he is appearing on Broadway in the stage production of “True West.” Eliot and I are going to see it tonight.
It was very exciting to listen to the background of why Hawke wanted to do this play and what it truly means to him. It’s going to make a huge difference on how we are going to watch “True West” and realize what the actor is thinking as he says his lines.
I was mesmerized at @maccosmetics on Fifth Ave yesterday while I was buying up my favorite lipstick shade. I couldn’t get over how lovingly this husband was looking at his wife while she was having her makeup applied. He was thrilled for her. A moment in life.
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, may have just found out, that he too, can’t make retail all better. A business friend of mine, Rob Stott, an editor at Dealerscope, a tech trade publication, just discovered in a recent Amazon sales report, that “its physical stores reached $4.4 billion during the fourth quarter, a 3 percent sales decline from the $4.52 billion they did last year during the same period.”
According to Stott, that 3 per cent figure includes sales at the company’s Whole Foods locations as well as its other physical stores like Amazon Go and the Amazon Bookstore locations that have been popping up around the country.
Amazon’s overall quarterly earnings report did have a lot of positive news. Sales are up 20 percent year-over-year, ending at $72.4 billion for the quarter.
Stott read the entire report and found the one little item that gave him a chuckle. “For what it’s worth, physical stores represent a tiny segment of the business that Amazon does as a whole. But the blemish they left on what was otherwise a pretty solid quarterly earnings report shows that even big, bad Amazon is at least somewhat struggling to find a way to make brick-and-mortar work for them. And while they’ve been busy expanding their physical retail presence, competitors are quickly catching up on the ecommerce side of the business.”
Thanks Rob for clueing us in. It’s nice to know that Amazon may be forced to figure out how to make traditional retail stores popular again.
If you have to ask the price of the new automated indoor dog toilet, then you can’t afford it. Okay, I will tell you. It’s $1,200.
The price to make your dog comfortable around the clock should be inconsequential to pet lovers. The fact that dogs can now relieve themselves when they get the urge, should be of great relief to owners who have to walk them several times a day.
Inubox of Austin, Texas, is the company that created the smart indoor dog toilet. The product was recently shown at CES 2019.
Inubox starts working when your dog steps off the platform. It senses if waste was left behind and closes the platform to start the cleaning process.
The cleaning cycle removes waste from the platform and restores it to a clean surface for the next time. The waste is processed by Inubox and put into a closed bag. Now there is no chance of smell or spills.
Watch the video to see how it works. If you want to learn more about Inubox, check out Kickstarter. The company wants to raise more money for marketing campaigns.
My skin doctor, Dr. Steve Mandy, just told me about a new invention that is going to help take dark spots off my face. I’m thrilled. Every year new spots appear, probably to remind me that I’m no longer a spring chicken.
The Opte Precision Skincare System from Proctor & Gamble actually debuted at CES. It’s still being tested by women all over the country. It should be available in the next few months for around $1,200. That may seem like a lot of money, but not when you compare it to other remedies. Like all other new methods of improving your appearance, please check with your doctor before using.
The official press release said that the Opte incorporates the best optics, proprietary algorithms, printing technology, and skincare in one device.
P&G said most women only need treatment on approximately 10 percent of their skin. Opté’s proprietary technology treats only the small areas that need correction. It provides a natural, flawless look that makeup and professional treatments are unable to achieve.
Opte is comprised of a Precision Wand and Precision Serum that work together to provide immediate coverage and long-term benefits.
Let’s hope the warmer weather will get here soon because mowing your lawn is going to get a lot more fun. The manufacturer unveiled a robotic mower that uses a wireless detection system to mow your lawn and keep it within the yard’s borders.
It’s called the Imprint Smart Mapping technology. All you have to do is place wireless beacons around your yard and then let the robot find the perimeters. One time around, the Terra will learn where to mow. If you have a large yard, the Terra will return to its base to recharge the battery, and then finish the job.
Homeowners can select the desired grass height and when to schedule the mowing job.
Price has not been established.
Here’s a funny……..
Physicians were unable to reach a consensus: Should the U.S. build Trump’s Mexican Wall? The Allergists were in favor of scratching it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves.
The Gastroenterologist’s had sort of a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought Trump had a lot of nerve. Meanwhile, Obstetricians felt certain everyone was laboring under a misconception, while the Ophthalmologists considered the idea short-sighted.
Pathologists yelled, “Over my dead body!” while the Pediatricians said, “Oh, grow up!” The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the Radiologists could see right through it.
Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing and the Internists claimed it would indeed be a bitter pill to swallow.
The Plastic Surgeons opined that this proposal would “put a whole new face on the matter.” The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea.
Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and those lofty Cardiologists didn’t have the heart to say no. In the end, the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the assholes in Washington !