David Pogue’s Tips And Shortcuts To Improve Your Life 

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.





Smart Fitting Rooms 


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.

Mr. G.I. Joe and Me 

Visiting Stan Weston in his magnificent  Santa Monica condo overlooking the Pacific Ocean.   

I have been searching for Stan Weston, the creator of G.I. Joe, for years. He was our client at HWH PR starting around 1989. He had a licensing company called Leisure Concepts at 1414 Avenue of the Americas. In fact, he was one of the reasons we also moved into that office building and stayed 21 years.  Stan meant a lot to me. He was one of those clients who inspired us to do great work. He remained our cheerleader for a number of years before he decided to make Cap Ferrat in the South of France his new home.  

Eliot and I were lucky to visit him twice while we were on a tour. It was always fun to see Stan in his new environment.Then we lost touch. This summer we visited other friends in the Cap Ferrat area and decided to reconnect with Stan. We were stunned to learn that he was no longer there. 

When I got back home I started to hunt for him. I didn’t really get far, when Leslie Mark Alter, a long time friend, spotted a story about Stan in the New York Daily News. The article covered the fact that Stan never received the proper financial rewards and attribution for the G.I. Joe idea. Hasbro Brothers (then The Hassenfeld Company) bought the idea from Stan for  $100,000 and went on to make billions. 

Stan wants to re-examine the case. I want to help him. I am working on a  high profile campaign right now. This is going to be fun.

The view of the Pacific Ocean from Stan’s apartment.

Uptown Funk Synchronized With The Golden Age Of Cinema   

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.


The Dark Web

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.

My Camera Roll

My camera roll is becoming my go-to source, after Google. I have close to 10,000 photos of stuff I like to reference. Some of them are even pictures of people. However, the biggest growth area are things I question or I want to know more about. For example: 

I keep getting this notice on my laptop. I took a picture of it so I could email it to the tech guy I work with. He told me to check the little box in the corner and the notice would go away forever. It did.


I freaked out a few weeks ago because Maybelline decided to discontinue #60, my 14-hour stay-on lipstick color. I had several friends check their local drugstores. The inventory was depleted. I told my close friends Bonnie and Sara about my dilemma, and they both jumped into action. They found old inventory on several sites including Amazon. I am now a proud hoarder. Thank you, Ladies.


I photo bombed my nephew and nieces’ wedding picture. My cousin Hanna just pointed it out to me. Happy Anniversary Mara and Sam.


The only time I beat Ed. I had to capture it.


A text conversation. I wanted to easily access the information.


My Yizkor list.


Keeping track of what we read.


27 stitches in my leg because of pre–cancerous cells.


20 photos of jewelry.


I know, I know. The cloud now knows everything about me. I thought it always did.


Belated Happy Birthday to Hedy Lamar


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.




How To Get Famous On Instagram 

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.