TV List

Happy Valentine’s Day

Here is a list of the TV Shows and TV Movies  DigiDame readers suggested. Do you have any others? I’m filling in where to locate little by little. Feel free to fill in the blanks. 

A Place To Call Home–Amazon 

American Crimes–ABC

Black Mirror–Netflix

Bloodline–Netflix

Bluebloods–CBS

Broadchurch–ITV

Dancing On The Edge–BBC

DCI Banks–ITV

Dexter–Showtime

Foyle’s War–ITV

Frontier–Netflix

Goliath–Amazon

Good Behavior–TNT

Grace And Frankie–Netflix

Grand Hotel–Antena 3

Grandchester–ITV

Happy Valley–Netflix

Homeland–

House of Cards

Last Tango in Halifax

Lie To Me

Luther 

Mad Men

Madam Secretary

Marcella

Marco Polo 

Miss Fischer’s Murders

Narcos

Nobel

Orange is the new Black–Netflix 

Penny Dreadful–Netflix

Pie in the Sky

Rake

River

Sense 8

Sherlock

Sons of Anarchy 

Stranger Things 

Suites

Taboo

The Crown–Netflix

The Honorable Woman

The Fall

The Killing

The Last Detective

The Night Of

The OA–Netflix 

The You Pipe

This Is Us 

Time In Between 

Top Of The Lake

Velvet

Veep

Versailles

Vicious

Victoria

Vikings 

Westworld 

Witnesses 

  

A Not So Secret 18-Mile Wire Covers NYC 


My Friend, Bobby Williams from Philadelphia, sent me a text over the weekend asking me if I knew that there was an 18-mile translucent wire that covers the outer rim of Manhattan. 

I immediately knew what he was talking about. He was blown away that I knew about the wire, but he didn’t. He’s African American and I’m Jewish. That’s didn’t matter. He said he had enough Jewish friends over the years that he should have heard something about it. He is also a voracious reader. How did he miss it?

The truth is that many Jews know nothing about the wire, called an eruv. I learned about it years ago when I had a second home in the Hamptons. Religious Jews in my neighborhood were required to buy homes where wires hung from utility poles. The wires provided ritual enclosures. It turned public space into private areas. 

An eruv does circle  Manhattan. It’s pretty incredible when you think about it. Look at the map. The eruv can also be found in many cities around the United States including St. Louis, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, and Dallas. 

There is really a wonderful story about the construction and maintenance of eruvs in the video. I watched it and it’s fascinating. A publication called Mental Floss has a wonderful explanation as well. Click here

We all learn something new everyday. Thank you Bobby. 

Williams McCall Gallery 5th Anniversary 

It was like a family event. Everyone loved celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the Williams McCall Gallery in South Beach. Gail Williams and Dawn McCall own the gallery, but everyone close to them felt connected too. We have all learned so much about gallery life and the art world. It has been so much fun. Thank you Ladies. Happy Anniversary. You deserve the best.








The Met Now Offers Free Art Work Images 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is making a very generous gift to bloggers (me), schools, businesses, and even you. 

The museum is now allowing the public to use approximately 375,000 of their public-domain images for free. It’s called an “Open Access” policy. What’s more, the Museum is not even requiring attribution for when we use them.

I tried to find out why the museum decided to open their vault for free. I learned that they want the public more exposed to these pieces of art. They also signed partnerships with Pinterest, Wikimedia, Artstor, the Digital Public Library of America and others. 

I also found out that the museum has 1.5 million works in total. Eventually, everything will be digitized. Other museums around the world offer free use of their works, but the Met has the most well-known pieces from the past 6,000 years. Good for us. 

It’s going to be interesting to see how most people take advantage of the free images. I sure hope they do. 

Read more about it in Engadget.

Camera For An African Safari

The next time you want to get up close and personal with African wildlife, you may want to consider the BeetleCam, a remote controlled buggy with a DSLR camera mounted on top.

Friends of mine told me about it because they said this little contraption will give me them better shots than what they have been able to achieve before.

Created by Will Burrard-Lucas and his brother, Matt, its first shots were released in 2010 in a series called “The Adventures of BeetleCam.” It filmed African wildlife in the Ruaha and Katavi National Parks in Tanzania — creating amazing pictures and videos of elephants, African buffalo and lions. 

Retail price $1.600. That seems pretty reasonable considering it could save your life while you are having fun photographing animals in the wild.

Good luck! 

A New Way To Feel Music 

I know that people love to feel their music, but how far are they willing to go to experience the sensation?  That’s the question many tech reporters are asking Daniel Büttner, CEO, of a Berlin based company called Lofelt.

Lofelt is the maker of Basslet, a wrist-worn subwoofer that vibrates the user’s forearm in time with the music. A subwoofer is a type of loudspeaker that reproduces a low-pitched audio frequency known as bass.

I personally don’t like subwoofers because the pounding sound hurts my head and it feels like it is vibrating off my chest, similar to  palpitations. Many times over the years,  I have asked Eliot to disconnect the home subwoofer from the stereo system. I just hated the feeling.

Apparently, music lovers love the pounding feeling because it immerses them into the music. Now Büttner wants music lovers to experience the impact of a subwoofer on their forearms. 

I know this may seem weird to the average person, but Büttner came up with the idea when he was playing his stand-up bass. He explains it is a big resonant hollow hunk of wood that does indeed let the player feel the music.

The tech writers who reviewed the Basslet reported that they could feel the music, but only liked it for a short period of time. It just may appeal to audio lovers who appreciate feeling the music within their bodies. All they have to do is shell out $199 for the experience.

Read more about it in Tech Crunch

Your Yearly Memory Test !

  1. (only 4 questions this year)

Image: livescience.com

Yep, it’s that time of year again for us to take our annual senior citizen test. Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles.

As we grow older, it’s important to keep mentally alert.

If you don’t use it, you will lose it !!!

Here is a very private way to gauge how your memory compares to your last test.

Some may think it is too easy, but the people with memory problems may have difficulty.

Take this test to determine if you’re losing it or not.

The spaces below are so you don’t see the answers until you’ve answered.

OK, RELAX, clear your mind and begin. 
#1. What do you put in a toaster ?

 

Answer: ‘bread.’ If you said ‘toast’, just give up now and go do something else.
And, try not to hurt yourself. If you said, bread, go to Question #2.

 

# 2. Say ‘silk’ ten times. Now spell ‘silk.’ What do cows drink ?

 

Answer: Cows drink water. If you said ‘milk,’ don’t attempt the next question.

 

Your brain is already over-stressed and may even overheat.

 

Content yourself with reading more appropriate literature such as Women’s Weekly or Auto World.

 

However, if you did say ‘water’, proceed to Question #3.

 

# 3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made from black bricks, what is a green house made from ?

Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass.

 

If you said ‘green bricks’, why are you still reading this ???  PLEASE, go lie down !

But, if you said ‘glass,’ go on to Question #4.

# 4. Please do not use a calculator for this for it would be cheating:
You are driving a bus from New York City to Philadelphia.

In Staten Island, 17 people got on the bus.

 In New Brunswick, 6 people get off the bus and 9 people get on.

In Windsor, 2 people get off and 4 get on.

In Trenton, 11 people get off and 16 people get on.

In Bristol, 3 people get off and 5 people get on.

And, in Camden, 6 people get off and 3 get on.

 

You then arrive at Philadelphia Station.

Without going back to review, how old is the bus driver ?

Answer: Oh, for crying out loud !
 

Don’t you remember your own age?!?! It was YOU driving the bus!

 

If you pass this along to your friends, pray they do better than you.

 

PS: 95% of people fail most of the questions!

 

Sorry for all the spaces. You’d be tempted to cheat otherwise. 

If you had fun with this, send it on; I did. 

Thank you Richard Ekstract for a good chuckle.

 

Madonna Vs. Lady Gaga

I am working on an assignment for a client. We need your opinion. Please answer the following questions – Yes or No.

We are asking folks over 40 their opinion because we want a more mature view on these two major talents.

Please email your answer to loiswhitman@gmail.com.

 Your name will not be mentioned. All individual information is confidential.

 1) Do you think Lady Gaga is a Madonna imitator?

2) Do you think Lady Gaga is more talented than Madonna?

3) Do you think Lady Gaga will be as popular as Madonna at 50 plus?

 Comments?
Thank you.

A tech industry friend, Brad Stone, just wrote a new book, “The Upstarts,” about how certain new companies like Uber and Airbnb are changing the world. He’s the guy who also wrote “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon.”  Brad is a senior executive editor at Bloomberg News, based in San Francisco. 

Anyone who is interested in starting a new venture should read this book. I read his Amazon book, which really gave me tremendous insight into how this company evolved.

I plan to start the “Upstarts” this week. I will let you know my thoughts just as soon as I am done.

With Gayle King of CBS This Morning

 

USA Today Flexes Digital Muscle 

Seconds after Lady Gaga finished her halftime Super Bowl show, USA Today issued spectacular photos of it in an alert to readers. I was amazed that any news organization could get work out like that so fast. Yes, it is the digital age, but this was unusually fast.

I posted some of the photos that I received below. I was thrilled to get them because I was still exhilarated from Lady Gaga’s Tiffany’s TV commercial that appeared before her performance. I included the video here because I was hoping  you all would share Lady Gaga’s message with young women everywhere. She encourages girls growing up to seek individuality and to step outside their comfort zones in order to have happy lives.

Even at my age, I like to think that there is plenty of time for more daring steps. I can always hope.

Never Heard Before Stories About Andy Warhol

Eliot and I were among many art lovers tonight who had the good fortune of hearing exciting stories about the good old days of Andy Warhol from former master printers for the pop-art icon. They also demonstrated Warhol’s innovative silkscreen process.

This all took place at the Williams McCall Gallery @ Frameworks in Coconut Grove, Florida. I have much of it on video so I am sharing it with you.


It was a tremendous treat to meet artists Debbie Carfagno, Michael Enns, and other associates, who told us what it was like working with Warhol, building the business, and producing the art work. We also learned why it’s impossible today to authenticate Warhol’s work.

The artists worked for Warhol in the late 1970’s until his death in 1987. Anyone who is interested in getting “Warholed” can contact me or the gallery directly.