January 2011

I was watching the TODAY Show recently and saw Marilu Henner of Taxi fame talk about a rare condition she has called “superior autobiographical memory,” which was first diagnosed by neurobiologist James McGaugh in 2006.

“I can rattle off almost every time I’ve seen you… It’s like putting in a DVD and it queues up to a certain place. I’m there again, so I’m looking out from my eyes and seeing things visually as I would have that day,” said Marilu.

Sometimes I forget where I parked, so I certainly am not afflicted with this condition…

Given that I suffer from “unsuperior autobiographical memory,” I’m very glad to see Viewdle is coming to my rescue.  Viewdle already has a private beta version of its software available which instantly tags the photos and videos in my computer with the right names, and can also upload them directly to Facebook.

This week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the company demonstrated their facial recognition system for mobile phones, whereby the phone’s camera can pick out faces and tag them with names in real-time.  You will then be able to associate the faces with people in your social networks.

“We are giving smartphones human eyes,” Viewdle co-founder and chief executive Laurent Gil told AFP.

Viewdle received $10 million in funding from mobile device makers Qualcomm and Blackberry, as well as  US electronics retail chain Best Buy, and Anthem Venture Partners, in October 2010, and hopes their  software will start showing up in products by mid 2011.

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Hmmm, I’m not sold on the new Starbucks logo. 

I liked the impact of the green and black together, plus I thought it was important to have the name Starbucks in the logo (plus, it’s a great name that’s fun to say).  I understand their decision to drop the word “coffee”, as they do serve more than serve java (and I’m sure they have a lot more product intros planned).  However, I feel like their new logo is better designed for Princess Cruises than a coffee house.  Well, that’s just my mocha cappucino grande’s worth…


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I’m so excited to report I’m already 50% to my goal of raising $1,000 for the Freedom is Not Free charity which helps Purple Heart recipients and their families, as well as the families of those fatally wounded.

I’d appreciate it so much if you could check out my CrowdRise donation page and consider supporting this cause that gives back to those who gave their all.

For 2011, I am adopting the Freedom is Not Free charity, which aids wounded Purple Heart recipients, their families and the families of the fatally wounded.  I will be running the LA Marathon on March 20th, 2011 to raise money and awareness for this organization.

The last time I ran the LA Marathon in 2003, my dad had just been diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer so I moved from Munich to Tacoma to be his caregiver his last three months of life. I had already signed up to run the marathon, so I tried to squeeze in moments at the gym to continue my training, but I just didn’t have the energy. Consequently, when I did show up for the race, I quit half way through. My spirit wasn’t into it, and my body was too depleted from lack of sleep and emotional distress.

My dad was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a career Army serviceman who went on to become the Sit Up King of Ft. Lewis, WA in his retirement, beating out all the young GIs with 5,000 sit-ups in one session. He was stoic, strong, and certainly no quitter.

I’m going back to LA this year, to finish what I started in 2003. For my dad, for Freedom is Not Free, and for anyone who doesn’t want to be a quitter.

Here’s a link to my CrowdRise page for FREEDOM IS NOT FREE where you can check out my progress and also help support the cause.

Wishing you good health and good love in 2011.

Thanks for reading this.

No quitting