The way our lives are woven together, each of us have common
threads. We have interests that are diverse, but there have been
so many times in my over two years of blogging, where I have said
something about having ‘exactly’ the same thought or ‘truly shared
moments.’ I have some bits and pieces I cull from sources, some
are ‘Aha!’ moments and others are just fun ones that don’t really
teach anything. The conversation amongst my readers has made me
feel like friends chatting about this and that. So, here are three ‘new
to me’ finds to share with you. Hey, FUN is enough reason to do so!
Do you remember Dick Tracy? The comic strip or movie with Warren
Beatty? I think my brothers were the ones who made my Dad read this
comic strip aloud on Sundays. I was more interested in “Hi and Lois,”
“Dagwood” and “Peanuts.” There was an adorable and clever one box
comic, in the daily newspaper called, “Family Circle,” I really liked too.
Well, the first comic I mentioned, “Dick Tracy,” is coming true. When
he used to lean over and talk into his watch, this is ‘happening’ come
Here are some examples of watches in the very near Future to check
A. Apple Watch, will cost around $350 and will include a ‘built in
fitness tracker and apps for many things to do with exercise. The
face of it looks like a mini computer. I am afraid I may need a
magnifying glass to look at this, but it is highly rated and many
are anxiously anticipating its release
B. Samsung Neo Gear 2 Smart Watch is aimed at costing $200.
One of its most heralded feature is its portable music player. This
would be one feature that may get me to buy it!
C. ** Dick Tracy-like, the Motorola Moto 360, has the ability to
be able to talk into it, while it is on your wrist. It is also the most
likely to ‘fool’ someone, since it looks like a real watch. It has the
traditional circular face, analog display and the highly toted,
By the way, Dick Tracy was originally going to be called,
“Plainclothes Tracy.” Chester Gould wrote and illustrated this
comic strip from 1931 until 1977. Wow! That is a long-lasting
comic. It was surely enjoyed for its clever story lines, some
gunfights, but the wizardry of gadgets and forensic science
were also featured. The first one was in the Detroit Mirror
newspaper, then it was syndicated throughout the U.S. via the
Chicago-New York syndication, Hearst publications. If you
have never seen the “Dick Tracy” movie, my own children
enjoyed this immensely, after my Dad bought it for them. It
has Al Pacino, Madonna, Glenne Headley and Dustin Hoffman
in the fine cast. This is filled with unique and ‘evil’ characters.
The upcoming Tim Burton is fascinating to me. I had two of
the paintings that are often featured with waifs with lovely and
incredibly big eyes, they are haunting in their sweet and lonely,
sad looks. They are not ones to be forgotten either. It is a shame
that the artist was taken advantaged by a man. This story will
be on my 2015 list of “Must Sees” since I am a minor league artist,
who liked to paint pictures for children and young adults. I use
pen and ink with watercolors, although have been known to do
walls, murals and hand-painted toy chests and wall borders.
The movie is called, “Big Eyes.” It has Amy Adams, who you may
have seen in the children’s animated mixed with the streets of
New York, in “Enchanted,” the war story with Tom Hanks, “Charlie
Wilson’s War,” more about fund-raising and the movement to make
an impact or in the 2013 movie, “American Hustle.” She also was
in the movie, “The Fighter” with an emaciated Christian Bale and
played a woman who enjoyed cooking like Julia Child, next to
Meryl Streep who played Julia, in “Julie/Julia.” If those aren’t
enough reason to watch this, the villain who ‘stole’ her art is
played by the brilliant character actor, Christoph Waltz. He was
in a movie playing a German in “Inglorious Basterds,” also has
been in “Django Unchained” and he is actually from Austria and
is 58 years old. (When not playing a maniac, he is quite handsome.)
Look who is twittering up a storm about Cleveland: Valerie Bertinelli.
I love this woman who is a dvoted Cleveland fan, even before “Hot in
Cleveland” television show came along. I think every three months I
have to remind you of the ‘genius’ in this comedic group of four famous
women who originally were ‘stuck’ in an airport in Cleveland, but found
their way to a boarding house rental with Betty White as their landlord.
Every time, I mean this, I watch this show I am almost peeing, due to
the laughter that spills out. I guess some of the Cleveland jokes bring
me back to the “Drew Carey Show,” which brings me back farther to
the lively duo of “Laverne and Shirley,” which takes me back to my
childhood love of “I Love Lucy.”
Anyway, Valerie’s son is named “Wolfie” so she posts or twitters about
Cleveland on her “Wolfiesmom” space. I don’t follow Facebook nor do
I have a clue about Twitter. I just love to read about her becoming a
household favorite for many up in Cleveland. She is married to Tom
Vitale, who has a technological company called, “Veebo.” It is like
an app, because it connects local businesses wherever you visit,
around the world to your phone. This benefits small businesses since
it increases their sales, via mobile tech-app. Next time you are out of
town, if you had “Veebo” you could be receiving texts that offer you
discounts, coupons or free pizzas.
On a serious note, there is a new invention costing a couple hundred
dollars, but is well worth it to victims of brain disorders that create
poor arm and finger mobility. It is being ‘touted’ for people with
Parkinson’s Disease and other muscle disorders. But I have a friend
who works at Advance Auto who was fascinated by this news. When
he eats peas and such, he almost drops half of them. His name is
Mike, who went ‘car surfing’ in his twenties, which means he was
like an idiot, daredevil thinking he was young and would live forever,
standing atop a car which was speeding. He had severe brain injuries,
he is often at the library, playing video games, at age 38 or 40 (age
guesstimate?) Here is the motion-stabilized spoon which is being
offered by Liftware. It creates a ‘steadier hand,’ creates balance for
people. It is a motor-driven spoon that ‘counters’ movements with
an inner mechanism.
Hope this was both an informative and fun post.
Do you have any new technological gadgets that we may not have
heard of or used?
I am mainly a ‘technologically impaired’ woman so any new research
or products will be appreciated.
I like to expand my horizons daily!