This week’s “Lying on the Beach” podcast
Neil Plakcy is a professor at Broward College and the author of more than 30 published novels. He has also edited and contributed to many anthologies.
For the past 20+ years, Neil has been able to publish about four books a year, from a gay detective series to the very popular series of mysteries about a golden retriever.
His most recent series of books are Deadly Labors, a police procedural mystery set in Honolulu, and the latest in his golden retriever mystery series called Dog’s Green Earth.
“Lying on the Beach” podcast, by Steve Greenberg and Lois Whitman-Hess, is thrilled to have the unbelievably productive author and professor Neil Plakcy join us. Click the link below.
If you ever had blood pressure issues you are going to be interested in a new product that is under development.
The product (patent pending) is a wearable device that can continuously and accurately monitor blood pressure using photoplethysmography.
Click here to find out what this is.
All this is done without a cuff and has the ability to continuously monitor blood pressure around the clock, yes even during your sleep. This is super important when trying to anticipate strokes and heart attacks.
Now comes the biggest surprise. This new innovative device is being developed by a 16 year old. Robin Raskin, founder of the “Young Innovators To Watch” program for CES, discovered Vardhan Agrawal for her scholarship program.
CATEGORIES 2020 CES Entries
SCHOOL Cupertino High School
LOCATION Cupertino, CA
CREATOR/AGE Vardhan Agrawal, 16
Vardhan Agrawal’s website explains, “Hypertension affects over 75 million Americans today. The new device uses photoplethysmography, a technique that relies on the fact that blood absorbs green light. The device shines a green light into the user’s skin and measures the light reflected back by the blood. When the heart beats, more of the light is absorbed. At a sampling rate of 150 Hz, this outputs a PPG signal.
“The device converts the signal into a series of images using a continuous wavelet transform, which conveys important information (derivatives, scale, and rate of change) about a signal in the form of an image for further processing later.
“The device processes the images in a convolutional neural network to recognize characteristics of the waveform and produces a blood pressure reading.
“Not only does the product feature state-of-the art technology under-the-hood; it’s also been designed with the user experience and a sleek form factor in mind. The device can be comfortably worn throughout the day for “set-and-forget” blood pressure measurement.”
Right now the device is scheduled to be priced at $49, less than half the price of a traditional blood pressure cuff. I will let you know when the product becomes a reality.
I may be unreasonable, but why do print and broadcast reporters ask an older, accomplished person “How would you like to be remembered?” I find it offensive and rude. I’m sure many of you may not agree, but I get so upset when I hear that question.
Why don’t writers ask that question to younger, famous people? The fact that it’s always used on senior people only makes me feel that they expect a person in their 70’s to die soon.
Not so fast. Older people in their 70’s and 80’s are not checking out anytime soon. In this day and age, we can last way into our 90’s. Don’t rush us. We have a lot of living to do.
To really understand what I am talking about, watch the interview Jackie Nespral, TV broadcaster, NBC 6, Miami, did with Jorge Perez, one of the most successful real estate developers in the United States. She didn’t mean any harm. However, it just seems like the end is near.
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This is one of the most exciting weeks for art lovers in the United States. Artists, collectors, gallerists, writers, photographers, and so on, are all flocking to Miami for Art Basel, the most extensive art fair in the country with over 200 of the world’s leading international modern and contemporary art galleries displaying the works of over 4,000 artists. In addition to Art Basel, there are countless satellite exhibits all over Miami where you can find young artists to museum-caliber masterpieces.
We are very excited to have one of the major art forces in Miami, on ”Lying in the Beach,” who is going to tell us more about Miami Art Week. Kathryn Mikesell, and her husband Dan, are co-founders of Fountainhead Residency, an artistic home away from home in Miami where artists get the opportunity to create and connect with other artistic talent from around the world.
Fountainhead has hosted over 390 artists from more than 45 countries. After 12 years of existence, Fountainhead is thrilled that over 100 of its alumni are now exhibiting in Miami Art Week.
Welcome Kathryn to “Lying on the Beach.”
I feel it’s my duty to make sure you know what “TikTok” is. It’s the biggest rage among social media users. You don’t want to tell others you are not in the know. It’s like saying you don’t know who Mr. Rogers is.
“TikTok” is a social media video app for creating and sharing short lip-sync, comedy, and talent videos.
Top 10 Countries with the Largest TikTok Database
• India – 119.3 million users.
• USA – 39.6 million users.
• Turkey – 28.4 million users.
• Russia – 24.3 million users.
• Mexico – 19.7 million users.
• Brazil – 18.4 million users.
• Pakistan – 11.8 million users.
• Saudi Arabia – 9.7 million users.
“TikTok” was created by ByteDance, a Chinese software company. Many people in the United States are very concerned that the Chinese are spying on us because of the information they are collecting from U.S. users.
Shelly Palmer, an advertising, marketing and technology consultant, recently wrote an article about “TikTok” that explains why the app is insanely popular and details the security issues. Palmer warns that TikTok is wildly addictive.
“No matter your age, your stage, how jaded you are… resistance is futile. You will become addicted to ‘TikTok’ within minutes. Then, the app will begin its symbiotic relationship with your brain, and then… it’s over. You will become a full-fledged ‘TikTok’ addict and, as far as I know, there is no cure.”
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