I wanted an outlet for my thoughts and areas of expertise. In an age of rapid-fire social media - Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, & others, I believe blogging is more deliberate and thoughtful. Recently, I deleted my Facebook and Twitter accounts.
I've had a career in technology - writing books about the Internet and speaking about technology. In technology and life, I always try to simplify things. So, on this blog, you will find interesting technology, items about health (I have written books & websites about it), & random thoughts. I am passionate about technology, health, and simplifying everything.
These posts will be short, sweet, & to the point. No need to blab on. If you find something interesting, you can do more research & investigation. I hope you find something of value here.
I was reading a fascinating article in the New York Times about low-cost meds without insurance. It sounds too good to be true, but it's worth a try. I popped a few meds into it. If the pharmacy honors the pricing, it's definitely a good deal. The article did a good job explaining the very complicated prescription marketplace.
The other day I was shopping at an outlet mall. Dang, if Google didn't have a list of every store I visited. Can you imagine: Between Amazon, Facebook, Google, and others their data centers are collecting a lot of information that in the olden days would be private. I wonder if Google knows what I ate at Johnny Rockets ... probably.
As an Amazon Prime member, photo storage is free. Every photo that you take on your cell phone is automatically uploaded (I upload to Amazon and Google - lots of backups). Recently, I have been using the service to print photos and photo books. The prints are inexpensive and there is no shipping charge. I like the photo book because it places the photos automatically. If needed, you can make changes.
...but high quality? We've gotten used to inexpensive products - from clothes to technology. However things might get cheaper. This New York Times article was fascinating. I even bought the product it discusses. Hey, 20-bucks for a quality Internet connected camera? Couldn't pass on that...even though it's backordered. Now, I'll be able to see the nocturnal animals eating all my birdseed on my back deck.
Daryl Cagle's cartoon site has been in many of my books. Have you ever seen it? Check it out now.
...Conyers & Franken are forced out of Congress ... Moore is endorsed for the Senate and Trump can accuse himself of sexual harassment and he stays...of course, let's not forget about Clinton (president)...I say ...
Go to many museums and view thousands of art pieces from the comfort of your home. Be sure to check out the menu options.
One of the great things about the Internet: You can travel throughout the world with a mouse click. While reviewing my book for 2018, I came across one of my favorite sites. Happy travels.
Today, I listened to two very unsatisfactory responses about social ills. The first was the CEO of New York Public radio in regard to many allegations (sexual and other) against ex-host John Hockenberry. It appears she knew about problems with Hockenberry, but did not act and under the pretense of confidentiality, did not respond to many questions.
The other was Preet Bharara response to David Axelrod. Bharara had the ability to go after the Wall Street "mob" after the 2008 monetary debacle. However, he did not prosecute any bigwigs. His reasons were basic B.S. Same old story...if you're wealthy, elite, and connected, you can get away with a lot.
I had a thought today: With all of Trump's bizarre tweets, how will officials deal with him and his tweets after he's out of office? After all, he is privy to top secrets. I can envision him tweeting top secret information. Click the photo below to hear Pocahontas by Neil Young.
The video that started a revolution. This is the first YouTube video ever. YouTube was sold to Google for a mere $1.6-billion.
When I sign on to my Amazon account, it reminds me that I have been a customer since 1996. I was also a stockholder early on, but my stock in AMZN is long gone. While I made money, had I held it, I would have made a significant amount. Oh well...that's the story of investing.
However, it's very curious that Amazon's stock is so high. In the market, it's treated as an Internet startup. Take a peek at it's P/E ratio: a whopping 293! Walmart's? How about 25 and it even pays a dividend.
I'm not going to go into comparative financials, however, Walmart's income and net income is substantially higher. And, while Amazon does pay income tax, Walmart pays about six times as much.
Only time will tell how Amazon's stock does in the future, but it is way out of whack with the normal reality of valuation.
Maybe Walmart needs to do a little rebranding...into an Internet play. By the way, it does own a number of Internet brands. One company that is an Amazon "competitor" is Jet.com. Walmart paid a cool $3-billion for it. I don't know about you, but I purchase a lot on Amazon. Jet? I have made one purchase on. I got a good deal on three of the same books.
I'm not a Dead-head, but a fun time was had at the Dead & Company concert.
As we enter the month of serious overeating, it's possible that you need a little motivation for living a healthier lifestyle. This video motivates me...see if it helps you.
Ten months after Trump is president, CNN is making this observation? This guy is a buffoon. The people of the United States are living in a real-life soap opera. We'll look back on his presidency as the most bizarre thing that has ever happened to the U.S. of A. I pity the historians who will write books about him.
However, once he is gone, we will miss him. The media is laughing all the way to the bank. I have to admit, he's fun to watch because he says the most ridiculous and insane things. The next president will have a very difficult task. How do you follow an entertainer-in-chief? Just imagine Pence as president. OMG...we'll yawn at every utterance he makes. The media better be saving its windfall. Their uptick in subscriptions and viewership is temporary.
The New York Times just had an article titled: The Internet Is Dying. Repealing Net Neutrality Hastens That Death.
The Internet has been "dead" for a long time. It's been taken over by mega-corporations. And, I know I'm pretty much alone on this thought ... Facebook is a scourge on society. I think all the sharing of nonsense is insane and the fact that Facebook knows everything about its users, makes it a vast wasteland of bullshit. I'm very happy to be a non-participating member of social media.
I had a feeling Matt Lauer would be one of the guys who was taking advantage of his power and wealth. I was never a big fan, but my wife was. She awoke this AM to the disappointing news.
I feel certain that Matt Lauer will not be the last big name person to be outed. Stay tuned.
The ink is barely dry on this page and now Garrison Keillor has been fired for inappropriate behavior. Any bets on who's next?
Coincidently, my local paper printed my Letter to the Editor today.
As Donald Trump honors Native Americans who served in World War II, they are being watched by Andrew Jackson. Against a Supreme Court ruling, Jackson forcibly removed thousands of Native Americans to Oklahoma. Known as The Trail of Tears, thousands died during this removal. I happen to live, hike and run where the Cherokee once lived. And, I used to be a member of a golf club called: Indian Hills...with courses named...Seminole, Cherokee, and Choctaw. I guess that's how we honor the people we treat like shit.
...it's time for these perverted old men to resign. This guy is 68 and John Conyers is 88. Come on old men. Get the hell out of D.C. The swamp is getting downright messy with your...well, you know what I'm talking about.
Sorry folks, I have to laugh at this "new" discovery. If you fast-forward to slide 64 in my presentation below, you will see that I have been talking about it for almost ten years. And, respected science writer Gary Taubes wrote an article in the New York Times in 2002 - What if it's all been a big fat lie. He also has a book titled: The Case Against Sugar.
What you really need to know is: The food industry sucks and the government does not have your back. Yes, just like our "health care industry", when it comes to what you eat, you are on your own. If it's important to you, do the research. I did. When I did the research, the working title of my book Feed Your Head was...The Pissed-Off Diet. I got pissed-off at the food industry.
Many years ago, on his television show (yes, in black and white), Jack LaLanne told us to stay away from these foods. Um, looks like sugar to me. No new news from this study.
As the Monkeys sang (damn, I'm old): I'm a believer. Once you read the article: Lies, Damn, Lies, and Medical Science, you might be a believer too.
Sounds far-fetched, however, try putting your smartphone away for one day. Then you will realize how addicted you are. There are lots of books that have been written about the problem.