Tech Tidbits 


YSL Is Selling Stiletto Roller Skates
I wonder if YSL provides injury insurance with its latest fashion entry. I love innovation, but this is just crazy. The price is even more crazy. The new Anya 100 Patch Pump Roller from Saint Laurent retail for $2,600. There are two designs: — a Roy Lichtenstein face or a cool snakeskin print. Mashable Click here.

Remember the Victrola? You can find it in Port Washington, Long Island.  Newsday  Click here

There are new career opportunities for people without college degrees. Tech jobs focus on skills. New York Times. Click here.
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This is good news for all of you who are worried about your children, and grandchildren, spending too much time on their smartphones. Watch the video for more details. 

Al Gore Live 

Ed, Eliot, Meredith, Lois and Paul.

Al Gore being interviewed by a Miami Herald reporter.

Al Gore has no plans to re-enter politics. He calls himself a recovering politician.

I never thought I would be sitting in my local movie theater on Miami Beach listening to Al Gore speak. A group of us went together to see Gore’s new documentary on global warming, “An Inconvenient Sequel.” This film is a follow-up to the 2006 documentary Gore made called “An Inconvenient Truth.”

At first we thought Gore would appear via Skype. After all, the film was debuting in theaters across the country. Why would Gore appear live here? Maybe it’s because Miami Beach is more vulnerable to the impact of global warming than any other city in the United States.

We witnessed that earlier this week when we got hit with seven inches of rain in one afternoon. Our streets immediately got flooded because underground drains couldn’t handle the amount of water being accumulated. Water was pouring out of manholes. 

Gore knows we are in trouble here with the rise of sea levels all around us. Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is working closely with Gore to help resolve the situation. Some of the streets are being built-up and new water pumps are being installed everyday.

Everyone must see “An Inconvenient Sequel.” It’s an solid reality check for what’s going on in the world. We know a lot of the information already, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need a refresher course.

Start-Up Competition TV  

If you, your children, or your grandchildren, are ever interested in raising money for a new product or service, I strongly suggest you watch one of the start-up TV investment shows.  They show you exactly how to make a presentation.

Don’t think making a presentation is an easy task. It’s not. It’s an art. There are definite do’s and don’t’s. One wrong word can destroy your chances. I have been involved in many start-up investment projects. The people who get money understand what investors want to hear. They know how to appeal to their senses.

You can learn some of these techniques from Shark Tank, the ABC reality TV show where contestants try to convince five major angel investors to invest in their idea. You don’t have to like the show. You just have to listen carefully to the questions investors ask and how they react to the answers. 

You may think this show is scripted, but it doesn’t matter. If you watch it often enough, you learn what’s real. It’s important to read between the lines and understand how the sharks make their decisions. While they all have different requirements, they all want to make money. You have to convince them that you know how to do it.

Another fund raising TV show just started. It’s called Funderdome. It’s hosted by comedian Steve Harvey. The show has a completely different format, but it’s worth watching because you get to see people present their ideas. You will immediately see which presentations are appealing and which ones are a joke.

Funderdome premiered on ABC, June 11th. Both Shark Tank and Funderdome are produced by Mark Burnett. Contestants on Funderdome pitch products to a studio audience. The audience votes on who gets seed funding. In this case, the audience is judging the product itself. Don’t discard this format. It is vital. If customers like your product, chances are people with deep pockets will like it too.

Good luck! 

I Like To Smile And Show My Pearly Whites

The Glo Science teeth whitening  product has been around since 2010, but I’m not sure if many DigiDame readers know about it. I’m in the middle of using it now. I feel it’s a much easier process than the mechanism with the trays.

I encourage all of you who are interested in making your teeth whiter, to visit a dentist who has progressed to this method. The initial treatment is faster and the whitening LED machine you use at home has better results than those messy trays.

The big bonus is that your teeth don’t experience any sensitivity. I think my teeth look much whiter than ever before. I’m going away for three weeks, so who knows what color my teeth will be when I get home. 

My Miami dentist told me not to worry. He said the Glo that I applied will last me for weeks. I can do touch ups when I get home. Watch the videos to see how Glo works. It’s the most advanced professional whitening product available today. 

I paid $560.00 for the treatment. That includes the home LED machine. My teeth do look white, maybe not as white as others, but white enough for me. I am very pleased. 




Happy Birthday Betty White, A Bubbie And The Police, And Grandpas Getting Stoned  

I have three topics for you today.

The first one is a video about a Bubbie, (Grandma) and her encounter with the police. There is a surprise ending.

The second video is about three Grandpas smoking weed for the first time. Watch the video and then read the story in Mashable. You will enjoy.



The last post is about celebrating Betty White’s 95th birthday

Defining Age 

Liz Smith at 94

Jenny Allen is 61

 

I was getting a mani/pedi a few months ago when one of the manicurists, who is about 35 years old, said to me that “I was so cute” because I knew how to operate an iPhone. Her parents didn’t want to try.

I was sitting in a big lounge chair getting a pedicure at the time when she made that remark. I wanted to puke. I think of myself as an active digital influencer and the manicurist sees me as an elderly lady using a smartphone.

I got a mani/pedi again yesterday. A female client in the next chair made a remark to me about liking my Kimono.  Her manicurist looked at the two of us to ask if we noticed the elderly woman who passed us a few minutes ago. She said she was adorable wearing a mini skirt. We both missed it. I asked the manicurist how old she thought the elderly woman was. She said, 60. I wanted to puke again.

I know that I can’t stop the years from racking up, but I just don’t want to be put in a group that is considered “cute” because we curse, wear youthful clothes, or use electronics. 

Coincidentally, I’m not the only one who has difficulty dealing with the elderly woman syndrome. Hear what Liz Smith, the most famous gossip columnist ever, has to say about not getting work even when she offers her services for free.  

And Jenny Allen, a famous journalist, humor writer and performer, talks about her life after she separated from her famous husband of 30 years, Jules Feiffer, and then contracting a life threatening disease.

Don’t miss these candid stories.

Click here for Liz Smith and here  for Jenny Allen.
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Who Remembers? 

Thank you Neil Goldstein, a great friend, for the memories.

“Sign Off” Messages. Remember these? TV would go off at midnight playing the National Anthem​.​

Cars were big and colorful in the 50’s.

We Got Dressed Up for Birthday Parties. And sometimes there was even a pony there!

We played in the streets. We didn’t have to text our friends back in the day – we’d all just come outside and play!

Gas was very cheap. On some days, it was only $0.20 a gallon, and beyond that, the people at the station could also fix just about anything.

The supermarket of the day.

Our skates got locked with a key.

The drive-in was a popular movie place.

The freezer had to be defrosted.

We loved licking the icing off the beaters.

Our food was delivered on roller skates.

This was called a sock hop.

Sunday was the day when families took a ride, sometimes aimlessly.

Most families had one TV. Everyone agreed on what to watch.

We used to stand on swings to go as high as we could. No one got hurt.

Some of us could swing multiple hula hoops.

We didn’t text. We would pass notes and we rarely got caught.

We Had Xylophones. We used to pull them on a string.

No cans or plastic bottles back then. We were 100% excited when we’d find a cooler like this to get that ice cold bottle!

A 50-Year Old Birthday Present To Herself 

I just spent 1 hour and 18 minutes on the phone with Loren Pomerantz, a terrific gal who lives in the co-op apartment building in Manhattan where I used to live.”​ I had a million questions for her after I finished reading on Facebook that she was going on a year long trip to many different areas of the world. 

What caught my eye was that Loren will be traveling the world while working remotely. She signed up with a group called “Remote Year” that will be taking 65 people to 12 cities in 10 countries. All the participants have jobs but will work from remote locations that the company sets up.

Most of the travelers are in their 20s and 30s but that doesn’t bother Loren because you are basically on your own in each city. For $2,000 a month, Remote Year provides you with an apartment that has a solid Internet connection, a 24-hour co-op office space, and transportation to each city. All travelers have to separately pay to get to the first city and then back home again from the last location.

The basic idea is that people who work from home or in what I call a virtual environment, have the opportunity to travel and do their job at the same time. Remote Year is great because for an affordable price you get the basics you need to work and play in each city,  You are primarily on your own unless you call someone from the group to get together. You hopefully make new friends all the time.

You spend a month in each city so you definitely get to know what it’s like to live in each location. Loren decided to take this adventure because she wanted to give herself something special for reaching 50. She is single and wants to do this adventure without any of her friends. She is anxious to live a year traveling to far away places without any plans, or any commitments. While Loren is currently in a relationship, she still wants to go on this journey. 

Loren is subletting her apartment and making all the arrangements for being away a year. When I spoke to her today it sounded like she was having as much fun preparing for the trip as she will on the trip. I didn’t want to get off the phone.  The excitement in her voice, and the adventures of what she was going to experience, made me feel there is still a lot of living to do.