The Audiophiliac And The Self-Proclaimed Ageless Agent

Lois and Steve

I’m getting ready for my 52nd year attending CES. It takes place January 8 to 11, 2019 in Las Vegas. Steve Guttenberg, one of the most respected product reviewers and writers in the audio industry, always gets a chuckle that there truly is a person who has attended every CES. That’s me.

He has interviewed me several times on this subject. Now he has me sounding off on his popular YouTube channel. I am an uncanny cross between Joan Rivers and Joy Behar.

Maybe I will become a social media influencer for seniors who want to work for as long as they possibly can. This virtual business is awesome. I am the best case study for it. No one does it better. I have people who work for me all over the world.

We all work in our PJ’s around the clock and on weekends too. We bring the word “productivity” to a whole new level. Thank you to the awesome Steve Guttenberg for sharing his high profile YouTube platform with me.

Steve’s Audiophiliac Daily Show on YouTube is his latest endeavor, and he’s having so much fun. He does audio reviews ranging from affordable to insanely expensive gear, music reviews, interviews, show reports, and thought pieces. The videos are short, three to five minutes, so they’re easy to digest as they cover just one subject. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9wBmplRUhaCi-aNrkfgeTg

Steve has been writing the Audiophiliac blog and reviews for CNET.com for over 10 years. Before that he freelanced for The Absolute Sound, Audio, Listener, and Home Theater magazines. He currently writes for Sound & Vision and Stereophile magazines. He also worked as a high-end audio salesman in NYC from the late 1970s to the mid 1990s.

Steve is the royal voice of the music industry.

Paranoia “Likes” Syndrome

Steve and Lois

We thought it wouldn’t happen. We felt we were successful and confidant enough to handle the competition. We promised ourselves we would never get caught up in the social media groupie lifestyle.

We did. Steve Greenberg is a monthly Today Show contributor, and TV personality on 20-plus morning news shows around the country. I am, (Lois Whitman-Hess) the co-owner of HWH PR, and author of DigiDame.

The two of us often commiserate that we don’t get enough “likes” on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to show the rest of the world that we matter. We are both proud of our accomplishments, but not with the number of likes we get. We know we are not alone. Millions of people feel the same way.

We decided to explore this topic on Lying on the Beach, our podcast. After listening, please share your thoughts with us. We are looking for a rationalization as to why we are so addicted to social media.

Click here to hear our podcast.

Smart Talking Street Lamps 

   
Images from GE Reports 

I’m the type of person who dislikes street lamps that talk. Everytime I go past one that starts talking, I freak. It’s like someone has snuck up behind me ready to commit a robbery.

I better get used to them because General Electric is going after every city in America to repurpose thousands of LED streetlamps with real-time sensors and microprocessors. GE has a Predix cloud-based Industrial Internet software platform that can make streetlamps generate and analyze data so that it will be able to notify folks about open parking spaces, air quality and traffic. 

GE Reports. a company newsletter, also explains that the lamps will even be able to provide information to first responders if an emergency occurs. GE, and its new energy startup Current, recently partnered with the public safety company SST, “to embed its ShotSpotter detecting technology in the LED streetlamps. The lights can then detect gunfire in real time and alert police patrol cars and 911 operators with the precise location of any shooting incident.”

GE has already installed talking street lamps in Jacksonville, Fla., and San Diego, Calif. Your city could be next.  

Thank you Neil Plakcy for giving me the lead on this post.