Happy Anniversary YouTube

Ten years ago this week, the first video was uploaded to YouTube. Company co-founder Jawed Karim, posted his trip to the zoo. Owned by Google, YouTube has 1 billion users uploading 300 hours of video a minute


Photos from the reading of David Steven Simon’s new play, Grave Doubts, at Ripley-Grier Studios.
   

         



Inside Your Singing Head 

I can’t carry a tune, but I really admire folks who can belt out a song. I just love watching my favorite performers sing the songs I adore. I become mesmerized and almost go into a trance.

I have now taken that to a whole new level. There’s a new MRI technique that allows us to watch more than 100 muscles in our face and neck move to create a wide range of sounds. I can’t stop watching the video demonstration.

It was developed by Professor Aaron Johnson of the University of Illinois and his team from the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group at the Beckman Institute. The MRI records at 100 frame per second, 10 times faster than what conventional MRI can accomplish. 

Read more about it on Engadget. Click here

Shady Copy

   

     

One of the most popular entertainment publications today has 600,000 readers and costs practically nothing to publish. Say hello to “The Shade Room.” It is entirely published on Instagram by aggregating celebrity videos and photos. Very little staff is needed. 

It was started by a 24-year old gal who only goes by the name Angie. Her team consists of a few writers and a brand manager. Instead using a ton of copy in what used to be called a story, The Shade Room is a screen shot with a short caption. Check out the photos on this post to see what that looks like.

The Shade Room gets all of its information from combing social media sites and researching key words. In the digital age, public figures have such big egos that they are  usually the first post good or bad information about themselves. 

You can tsk, tsk all you want. The Shade Room is flourishing when other entertainment publications are going out of business. We are living in times when social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) is the place where younger people go to for their news. 

Word has it that many more serious publications are going to start publishing news on social media platforms just so they can reach new audiences. The New York Times is one of those publications that sees merit in it. An inside source told me that if the Times posts a news breaking story on Twitter, it will be accompanied by a link that will lead the reader back to the full newspaper. 

You can’t stop progress, all the lack of it. Click here to get a fuller story in the New York Times.

  

Lifelong Learning 

 

Image: famous inventors.org 

This blog post is dedicated to everyone who is worried about dementia. There is something you can do about it.

I was so surprised to learn recently that more older adults are becoming inventors. In a article last week in the New York Times, John Calvert, executive director of the United Inventors Association, explained that older people have more time on their hands and can better focus on a projects. 

It was so nice to read something positive about our age group. Dr. Gary Small, professor of psychiatry and director of the UCLA Longevity Center, said,  “Everyone thinks that aging is a negative process. But that’s not necessarily the case. An aging brain can see patterns better.” That’s important news for those who like to invent and are over 50 years old.

Small points out that mental stimulation strengthens the brain, “Lifelong learning also lowers the risk for dementia. He advises scheduling creative time or trying new things. “People who are great inventors observe the world and take it in,” he said.


Moleskine Goes Digital 

 Image: New York Times

I always wondered why so many folks enjoy taking notes in small black Moleskine notebooks. It doesn’t matter how digitally oriented they are, they still like to write down things the old fashion way. Some of my friends even have multiple books they have used stored on shelves in their home office. They would never think of throwing them away.

There is something about a small personal  notebook with an elastic band that makes it so special. Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and Ernest Hemingway wrote and sketched in small black notebooks according to Arrigo Berni, chief executive of Moleskine SpA, the Milan-based company that now makes Moleskine notebooks.

Today, the Moleskine notebooks feature many digital attributes. The company has partnership with  Adobe, FiftyThree, Evernote and Livescribe. That means you can upload content from Moleskine notebooks to smartphones and tablets just by using various software programs. 

Read more about Moleskine in the New York Times. Click here



Technology Kills 

My friend’s father, a big time judge, died when he couldn’t get his iPhone to work. He mastered the iPad, but at 87, for some reason, his new iPhone was giving him trouble. He tried to work it for days. One night he told his wife, “I will never get this thing.” He had his dinner, went to sleep and never got up.

When I heard this story I thought to myself, “I can totally relate.” Not that I think I’m going to die, but I actually felt the Judge’s exasperation. We all get challenged by technology from time to time. If the Internet goes down, or I lost my passwords, or even if I can’t check-out of an online store, I get so frustrated. The out-of-control sensation really makes you feel like you are on the outside, looking in. You feel totally disconnected. I wonder if the judge felt so overwhelmed that he just gave up? 

I just wanted to share that story with you. Don’t give up. Call on someone to help you, I do that everyday.

News not to miss.

GoPro’s CEO makes $284 million a year. That’s four times as much money as Apple’s Tim Cook. Click here for the Mashable story. 

The Whitney Museum moved downtown in NYC. The video illustrations in the NY Times are cutting edge. Click here.

How Meryl Streep is Using Her Own Money to Combat Ageism and Sexism in Hollywood. A Vanity Fair exclusive. Click here

Largest Picasso painting in the world is getting a new New York City home. Nothing is forever. For the Mashable story, click here.

On a personal note.

Introducing the other H in HWH PR. Stanley Hochstadt, a prince of a man. It’s been years since we’ve seen each other, but I still feel close to him. I just became friends with him and his wife Sandy on Facebook. Thank you social media. 

  Sandy and Stanley Hochstadt 

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Photos From Williams McCall Event 

 

Gallery owners Dawn McCall and Gail Williams with artist Rubem Robierb. 

  

Weatherman Sam Champion, husband of Rubem, with one of the guests.

  

Bachelorette star Josh Murray representing Enduring Hearts charity

  

Josh’s aunt and uncle, the Feldman’s of Miami. 

  

The Rubin’s and the Levy’s. 

   

       

Rubem’s heart paintings

Other guests 

  

     



   

     







Email Works, No One Talks 

I may have mentioned this already, but I can’t emphasize this enough. No one in the workforce uses the telephone anymore. Everything is done through email or text.

The press will never answer their phone if you call them. If you have their cell number, maybe. But the usual course of action is through the written word. 

Talking is just passé. Younger people feel it just takes up too much time in the world of the Internet when everything happens at record speed.

A case in point is the event I just worked on.  My client is the Williams McCall gallery. They are having an opening Saturday night for artist Rubem Robierb’s Heart Series. Rubem is married to weatherman Sam Champion.  

Josh Murray (ABC’s The Bachelorette) will be making a special appearance at the event. I scored a big hit in the Miami Herald by working the emails. The female writer saw my media alert which I sent out several times. She asked me questions a few times, all by email. I made sure I promptly answered her. I didn’t take my eyes off of my incoming emails for many hours. 

Bravo!  We made it into the Miami Herald. They announced the event in their calendar section. Below is the editorial hit. Below that  is the press release I issued. I also sent a few media alerts announcing Josh Murray’s appearance.

If you are in Miami, you’re invited.

 

 

CONTACT:        Lois Whitman                                  

HWH PR                       

PHONE:            917-822-2591

E-MAIL:            loisw@hwhpr.com

Artist Rubem Robierb’s HEART Series 

Exhibits at WILLIAMS MCCALL GALLERY

110 Washington Avenue

 

Saturday, April 18th at 6 pm to 9pm

 

(Many Notables Expected to Attend)

 

 

Rubem Robierb And Husband Sam Champion 

 

 

MIAMI BEACH, FL – March 19, 2015 – Rubem Robierb exhibits his HEART series to the Williams McCall Gallery South of Fifth.  The opening reception is open to the public on Saturday, April 18th at 6 pm.  The exhibit will run until May 7th.  The exhibition will benefit Enduring Hearts whose mission is to increase the longevity of pediatric transplant recipients.

 

With HEART, Robierb strikes yet another nerve in contemporary American society by showcasing the fact that human emotion often gets transferred to a plethora of external communicative objects like signs, emojis, words and symbols. The heart holds such strong emotional, symbolic value and when juxtaposed with everyday signage and phrases, the underlying power of each emotion emerges more evident. The outcome is a collection of ironic, edgy, political and critical artworks that display Robierb’s personal vision of the world. Both opulent and sophisticated, Robierb’s artistic vision creates dramatic metaphors that highlight the swift changes in our culture and incites the viewer to reflect on the both universal and deeply personal question of what is love.

 

Robierb’s body of work carries an innate connection to the pop art movement referencing Warhol’s two-dimensionality, visual strength and use of repetitive figures. As with Warhol, Robierb utilizes a simple, almost naïve sense of figurativeness to convey powerful messages to the beholder, which also aligns him with a contemporary artist like Banksy. Although not as politically loaded or motivated as Banksy, Robierb successfully captures the beholder’s attention compelling the viewer to extract the underlying message of the artwork – a particularly powerful trait of Robierb’s art. Robierb’s use of the hearts in this show and the butterflies in his previous Bulletfly Effect Series also builds a strong alliance to Damien Hirst. Robierb’s use of nature and biological elements generate a strong visual representation of nature versus manmade metaphors.

 

Rubem Robierb was born in the Brazilian state of Maranhão.  Four years ago, he moved to the United States to further develop his artistic career.  He lives between New York and Miami, where he has his own studio.  His works are represented in collections and galleries in New York, Miami, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Milan, Paris, Monaco and Zurich.

 

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Thumbs Up 

 

Image: CNET

 Image: Zigmag

Manicurists are going to love this.

Researchers at MIT Media Labs are busy developing a thumbnail-mounted, (U.S. quarter-sized) trackpad which is operated by the index finger on the same hand. It’s called NailO and consists of a battery, capacitive sensors, a microcontroller, a Bluetooth radio chip, and a capacitive-sending chip. 

I’m always looking to amaze you. It’s mind-boggling to think of all this technology packed into such a small space. Many tech publications are writing about the NailO because of its size and capacity.

NailO is user-friendly. You no longer have to be concerned about freeing up your hands to pick up a smartphone or controller. All you will have to do is tap your thumb with your index finger. The command will be sent

The NailO will also be useful when you don’t want to be rude by swiping your smartphone in the company of others. Now you can  subtly tap your thumbnail with your index finger to quickly send a message, 

The MIT researchers are also working on a detachable decorative top membrane to match the user’s outfit. This is a whole new dimension in wearable technology.

Read more about the NailO on Zigmag.com and CNET.