Your Very Own Air Conditioner

I can remember so many times over the years that I wished someone would invent a personal air conditioner. It just makes so much sense. Everyone would choose their own temperature.

My wish has just come true. There is a new personal air conditioning unit from Evapolar. It cools your immediate surrounding area.

It features a WiFi module that lets you control the climate from your smartphone or smart home system. The Evapolar allows you to remotely control humidity, fan speed, and the color on the outside of the unit. Look how cute it is. It cost under $200. Read more in Business Insider.

Tips from A Friend

The Love Mosaic: A Passionate Project To Spread Love

The world needs love, lots of it. I am working on this project with the talented and wonderful artist, John DeFaro. We are looking for a prestigious public space to display the entire installation and we have limited editions of individual love paintings for sale. We want the world to spread love everywhere. We all want it. We all need it.

A Night Filled With Art

Miami is becoming a big hub for contemporary art. The Fountainhead Residency in Miami had a major celebration for their new residents who showed off their wonderful creations. One artist, who is from Tel Aviv, informed the crowd, that today is Valentine’s Day in Israel. Art brings people together. Art makes everyone happy and harmonious.

Crisis Text Line

I really want to volunteer for the Crisis Text Line. I just finished watching the Ted Talk by CEO Nancy Lublin about how and why she started the Crisis Text Line. It broke my heart.

I had no idea such an organization existed. It appeals to young people because they like to text. It gives them a sense of control and independence. Teenagers with problems tend to open up more if they don’t have to talk.

In the past five years, 6.5 million text messages have been received by the Crisis Text Line. They have volunteers in 285 area codes. Most of the texts are about addiction and being bullied. There are also texts about rape and beatings. It’s unbelievable how some teens suffer.

I think seniors can really help younger generations. Let’s give them hope and direction. A kind text from a stranger can make all the difference in the world. Thank you.

Welcome To The Fan Club

I have a big surprise for people who own ceiling fans. I’m sure only a few of you know about this, so spread the word.

Most of you think that your ceiling fan only has three speeds, plus on and off. You also think a ceiling fan is only to keep you cool.

The interesting news is that your ceiling fan is really meant to rotate in the opposite direction as wel, depending on the time of year. There is a way to make you feel warmer in the winter, and cooler in the summer.

Take a good look at your fan. Look closer. There is a switch below the blades. It’s on the fan’s motor. First turn the fan off. Flip the switch, and then turn the fan on again. Watch the blades reverse themselves.

If you want to be cooler, make the blades go counter-clockwise. The airflow will blow directly on you.

In the winter, you want the fan to rotate clockwise. This will pull the air up instead of pushing cool air down. The warm air will rise making you feel cozier.

It’s that simple. Let me know if this tip works for you. I learned about it from CNET. Click here.

The Country’s Biggest Meet-Up Now Says No Meat

You may have heard about this already because it’s been all over the news, but I thought I would bring it up anyway.

WeWork, one of the most popular start-up co-working companies, will no longer allow 6,000 employees to expense meat. That means if WeWork employees eat a meal that gets charged back to the company, they will not get reimbursed for meat.

WeWork is one of the most successful startups in recent years. It’s valued at $20 billion, and has approximately 200,000 members, in 200 locations around the world. People who need a place to work, rent office space on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

WeWork also announced it will no longer serve meat at company events. The move is all about showing that WeWork is environmentally responsible. In a letter to employees, co-founder Miguel McKelvey said, “New research indicates that avoiding meat is one of the biggest things an individual can do to reduce their personal environmental impact, even more than switching to a hybrid car.

“In just three days, we estimate that we can save more than 10,000 animals. We are energized by this opportunity to leave a better world for future generations and appreciate your partnership as we continue the journey.”

When I first heard about this new mandate, I thought it was crazy. I’m still not sure that I like a company dictating what people eat. The next thing we know, WeWork will not accept folks who wear leather. I like the idea of reducing our carbon footprint, but I question companies dictating lifestyle choices.

Three Identical Strangers

Everyone who sees “Three Identical Strangers,” a documentary about a set of triplets, who were adopted and unknowingly separated at birth, gets into a debate with others about whether “nature or nurture” were the forces that made them the men they are today. None of the men, nor their families, knew about the others for 19 years.

Steve Greenberg and Lois Whitman-Hess, hosts of the “Lying on the Beach” podcast, have been searching for the answer to that question ever since they saw Director Tim Wardle’s documentary a few days ago. They don’t want to spoil the story for you, but they will say a happy reunion turns into an unfortunate upset. You start to question your life, and wonder how you would have reacted if you were one of the triplets: Robert Shafran, Edward Galland, and David Kellman.

Steve is a monthly tech contributor to NBC’s Today Show, and morning TV newscasts around the country. Lois is a co-owner of HWH PR, a leading PR agency in the tech and entertainment business.

Listen to the podcast here

What’s up with Bob Dylan?

I don’t know why, but the Audiophiliac, Steve Guttenberg, always makes me laugh. (That’s a good thing). Steve has a way of taking topics that I never would be interested in and capturing me. Today’s episode on Bob Dylan and how the singer’s voice always changes to the point where it is unrecognizable, reminds me of the bio I read about him.

His father, Abe Zimmerman, an appliance retailer, Hibbing Minnesota, said of his famous son, “My son is a corporation and his public image is strictly an act.”

I actually admire that Dylan was a free spirit who made up information about himself to suit whatever was going on at the time. Not many of us would have the guts to do that. To be labeled a liar would be such a horror. It turns out that it worked well for Dylan. He received one of the highest honors you can get in the United States. President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Freedom to Bobby Zimmerman in 2012.

Meanwhile, at 13 he told people he wasn’t Jewish even though he was Bar Mitzvahed. He also told people he was an orphan. He said he ran away from home to join the circus. He never did. He said he named himself after his Uncle Dillon who was a gambler in Vegas. Not true.

I can accept those fabrications from a creative artist, but I can’t forgive him for mistreating Joan Baez in 1967. She was his girlfriend at the time and accompanied him when he was on tour in England. Not once did he invite her on stage to introduce her to British audiences. Baez never had the recognition in Europe that she had here. Yet, she was the one who gave Dylan the stage exposure to become a big star. She left him over that. That’s my kind of gal.

Steve’s video on Dylan zeros in on his ability to reinvent himself all the time, even with his voice. I think he may be goofing on us wondering why we bought his bullshit all these years.

The Most Popular Game In The World

If the board game Catan, is the most popular in the world, why didn’t I know about it? Did you? I saw a special on Catan tonight on NBC Nightly News. I taped it for you. No sense for both of us to be in the dark.

Forty million copies have sold worldwide in 30 different languages.

The game is all about the Settlers of Catan, sometimes shortened to Catan, or to Settlers. It is a multiplayer board game designed by Klaus Teuber and first published in 1995 in Germany.

Players assume the roles of settlers. Each player attempts to build and develop holdings while trading and acquiring resources. The first to reach a set number of points wins. The game is published by Mayfair Games, Filosofia, Capcom, 999 Games, Κάισσα, and Devir. The Settlers of Catan became one of the first German board games to achieve popularity outside Europe.

The video explains the game and the concepts. Please watch.