I’m not telling you anything that you don’t know. The smartphone gave birth to the selfie. Everyone takes selfies, young and old. People are no longer embarrassed to stand alone, pose, and take a photo of themselves. While it’s a little weird looking, we all have come to accept this as proper social behavior.
The other night, Eliot and I watched a Netflix movie called Kodachrome. We had no idea what it was about, but we like to randomly pick movies. We later discovered from Wikipedia that it was a film during the final days of the photo development system known as Kodachrome.
A famous photographer/father, and his son, drove hundreds of miles to reach the Kansas photo lab before it closed its doors forever. The film is based on A.G. Sulzberger 2010 New York Times article about a dying father wanting to develop his photographs before the lab closed forever.
Ed Harris plays the famous photographer and Jason Sudeikis is his son. When they finally reach the lab, they meet other photo journalists who recognize the Ed Harris character. Being the revered photographer, Ed Harris provides his fans with some profound thoughts about photography.
I was so moved by what he said, I just felt like I had to document it. Here we go.
Here is the video clip that caught my attention and gave me an emotional tug.
I met a person the other day who never ordered a thing from Amazon. Most people I know order everything from Amazon. They haven’t been inside a traditional store for years.
Here is a special treat for all Amazon lovers. You can now use a special Amazon tool to see everything you’ve ever ordered.
How scary is that?
Amazon just announced that “you can see what you paid for an item, when you ordered it, the vendor you purchased from and what payment method you used. You can also see returns and refunds by running a similar report.”
Instructions from Amazon!
Go to Amazon.com and log in to your account.
Tap “Account & Lists” on the top right.
Choose “Download order reports” under the “Ordering and shopping preferences” section.
Select a report type: “Items” is default and shows all shipments, but use the drop-down to switch to “refunds” or “returns.”
Select a start and end date.
Tap “Request report.”
Click here to read a CNBC story that gives you more details.
I’m using my personal blog to express my anger against Bob Mueller. Bill Maher is the only one who had the guts to say it. Mueller failed America. Instead of holding Trump accountable, he left us with bread crumbs. What a big waste of time. Mueller wanted to remain a good guy at the expense of our future.
I’m curious about your reaction to this news. I’m not so sure I like the idea of hundreds of drones flying around my neighborhood delivering packages. I feel like my environment is cluttered enough. Now the skies are going to be filled with all kinds of flying objects.
In case you haven’t heard, the Federal Aviation Administration, gave (Google) Alphabet’s Wing Aviation, permission to start usingdrones to deliver packages. The first city, which will be an experiment for the unmanned aircrafts, is Blacksburg, Virginia.
The drones are expected to deliver food, medicine, and small consumer products. Wing plans to reach out to the local community before getting started in order to get a sense of its needs.
Get ready for all kinds of photos when this starts to take place. It’s going to be very difficult to distinguish between a bird and a drone.
Ruth Reichl, one of the most famous food writers in America, debuted her new book, “Save Me The Plums,” at Books & Books in Bal Harbour this last Tuesday. The minute I heard about the event, Eliot and I signed up because we wanted to meet the legend.
It was definitely a good decision, at least for me. Reichl chronicled her career before she spoke about her book. While she is famous and I am not, her experiences were so similar to mine. I felt like we had the same long satisfying career. It had nothing to do with how much money she made over the years, and who gave her accolades. It was all about the journey and the experience she brought to her readers.
She never wanted to be a typical restaurant or food critic. Telling readers that a certain dish at a restaurant was too salty, or the waiters were rude, never appealed to her. She wanted to report on interesting new twists that young chefs were trying out, or what new foods were being discovered in local farmer’s markets.
That angle caught the attention of the LA Times when she was a food writer for small periodicals in Berkeley, CA. At the time she was living on a commune. She started her full time food career at the LA Times and then moved on to the New York Times to replace Bryan Miller. It was years later that SI Newhouse, of Condé Nast, asked her to be editor of Gourmet Magazine.
After repeatedly turning him down, Newhouse chased her with a big raise from the $84,000 she was making at the Times. He also gave her a car and driver, several club memberships, and a complete new wardrobe. The first task the Condé Nast PR department had on Reichl’s first day, was to get her a new hairdo and makeup. She remembers bumping into Anna Wintour in the elevator. Wintour looked at her with disdain. Reichl never got the hang of being a fashionista.
Reichl’s new Book is a memoir of how she transformed Gourmet from a stuffy relic of the old guard into a publication that embraced a new culinary era. It was also a time when “woman were taking on new challenges, pushing boundaries, and hanging onto the sense of wonder.”
Reichl wanted to be treated like an average customer. She disguised herself when visiting restaurants. She claims most restaurants had her photo posted in the kitchen with the words “WANTED” across the top. Anyone who spotted her, and then warned the restaurant management, got a $2,000 reward. Everyone wanted to be on their best behavior when Reichl was around.
These days Reichl lives with her husband in the Berkshires. She writes books and constantly cooks. A member of the Books & Books audience asked her what she thinks of people critiquing restaurants on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter? She claims she “loves it. You have to know how to decipher what people write. “If you can filter the comments, you will find some very unique comments that are very honest and important.”
Reichl has always enjoyed change. She predicts that more social media folks will focus on the experience of dining when they post, rather than the food itself. “It will be like theater. How did they feel about the adventure? Did it bring people together? Did they learn something new?”
Food shopping, food preparation and food dining over the years will be going through major transformations. The best is yet to come.
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Sunday, May 12, 2019
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What Grandma doesn’t want to show off HER beautiful grandchildren?
Not one we’ve met yet! LOL
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My girl friend Joon is a riot. Her Nike sneakers are see thru. She said this style has been around for awhile. I haven’t see them, but I’m not a big sneaker person. For those like me, take a good look. This is the trendsetter. I’m not sure how and why Nikedesigned this model but I wanted you to see it.
Old Movie Stars Dance to Uptown Funk
If you want to get yourself in a great mood, click below. You will be shaking your booty before you know it.
They finally imploded the abandoned hospital on Fifth Street and Alton in South Beach. It’s been an eyesore for years. A 40-story tower will take its place. Which is worse? Watch the building collapse. It’s fascinating to see how it’s done. Click below.
Joanna Stern, of the WSJ, said it best. Samsung is not ready for prime time. Those were her wordsafter she received the $2,000 Samsung Galaxy Fold this week from the company to review for her newspaper. It’s a smartphone that folds. HWH PR, my PR agency, spent 17 years teaching Samsung how to get Editor’s Choice Awards. Now 10 years after we ended our relationship, they are making early stage company mistakes. This is so difficult for us to watch. Click below to read Joanna’s story.
We went to the two-hour Tropicana show on our last night in Havana. It was an open air extravaganza. It reminded us of the early days of Desi Arnaz when he entertained us from his night club on TV, also called the Tropicana. The club was often featured on the legendary “I Love Lucy” TV show. If you watch the videos you will see the fantasy TV show come alive.