2 Old Guys Dancing

James Cagney and Bob Hope at a Friar’s Club Meeting back when actors were real performers. Bob Hope was 52 and James Cagney was 56. The year was 1955.

For the young folks, here is something you’ve probably never seen before and, unfortunately, you may never see again.

For us older folks, this is the best of the best, and we had it for many years! This is a side of these two entertainers you hardly ever saw, but it shows you their enormous talent. Bob Hope, the best of comedians, and James Cagney, mostly cast as the bad guy, a gangster in the movies.

Click HERE to watch the video!

Happy Friendship Day

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When we think of friendship, we may think of Facebook, but this holiday actually dates back to 1919. Although it was created by the Greeting Card industry, it has found footing once again thanks to how social media has changed the way we interact with our friends.

Thanks to Facebook, we can now reach thousands of people in just one post, and also stay connected with people that we have known for a very long time. This being said, nothing changes the value and timeless impact the institution of friendship continues to have on who we are.

On friendship day, take this opportunity to reach out to your closest friends and let them know how much they mean to you.

Wishing you a Happy Friendship Day! 

Click here to read more about Friendship Day!

 

STREET Transformations…… Fantastic!

Incredible After & Before Street Art Transformations

That Are Simply Stunning

For those individuals among us who possess a talent for art, opportunities to create something beautiful can be found all around us.

Everywhere you look, there are empty walls that are just crying out to become something more beautiful, if only someone would take the time.

Thankfully, there are plenty of incredibly talented street artists out there who are doing just that, turning drab public spaces into explosions of color and creativity.

Check out the gallery below to see some truly incredible transformations.

 

“Knowledge Speaks – Wisdom Listens,” Athens, Greece  

After and Before

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“Juliette Et Les Esprits,” Montpellier, France

After and Before

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3D Mural In Poznan, Poland

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“Renaissance,” Le Puy en Velay, France

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Giant Starling Mural In Berlin, Germany

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“Au Fil De Loire,” Brives Charensac, France

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Photorealistic Mural, Glasgow, Scotland

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Full Moon Hostel, Bristol, UK

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“Topart,” Budapest, Hungary

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“Porte Des Lavandières,” Aurec Sur Loire, France

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The Future

A dear friend of mine forwarded this bit of startling information!  Our world is indeed changing faster than we notice while we are going through our daily activities, “just riding the bus” so to speak.
Best wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

 

The FUTURE is approaching faster than one can handle….!  ?????

In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide.

Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt.

What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 years and, most people won’t see it coming. Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on film again?

Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975.  The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore’s law.  So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a time, before it became way superior and became mainstream in only a few short years.  It will now happen  again with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and  electric cars, education, 3Dprinting, agriculture and  jobs.   Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution.  Welcome to the Exponential Age.      

Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.

Uber is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the  world.

 

Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties.

Artificial Intelligence:  Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go-player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected.

In the U.S., young lawyers already don’t get jobs. Because of IBM’s Watson, you can get legal advice  (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans.

So if you study law, stop immediately.  There will be 90% less lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain.

Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, it’s times more accurate than human nurses.

Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans.  In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans. (NEVER!/Albert)

Autonomous  cars: In 2018 the first self driving cars  will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You don’t want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while driving.

Our kids will never get a driver’s license and will never own a car.

It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% less cars for that.  We can transform former parking spaces into parks.

1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 60,000 miles  (100,000 km), with autonomous driving that will drop to accident in 6 million miles  (10 million km). That will save a million lives each year.

Most car companies will probably become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels.

Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi are completely terrified of Tesla.

Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.

Real estate will change.  Because if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighbourhood.

Electric cars will become mainstream about 2020.  Cities will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity.

Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean:  Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can now see the burgeoning impact.

Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil.  Energy companies are desperately trying to limit  access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar  installations, but that can’t last.  Technology will take care of that strategy.

With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination of salt water now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter (@ 0.25 cents). We don’t have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water.   Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.

Health: The Tricorder X price  will be announced this year.  There are companies who will build a medical device (called the “Tricorder” from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample  and you breath into it.

It then analyses 54 bio-markers that will identify nearly any disease.  It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medical analysis, nearly for free Goodbye, medical  establishment.

3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from  $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies have already started 3D printing  shoes.

Some spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports.  The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used to have in the past.

At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities.  You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home.

In China, they already  3D printed and built a  complete 6-storey office building.  By  202710% of everything that’s being   produced will be 3D printed.

Business  opportunities: If you think of a niche  you want to go in, first ask yourself: “In the future, do I think we will have that?” and if the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner?

If it doesn’t work with your phone, forget the idea.  And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to failure in the 21st century.

Work70-80% of jobs will disappear in  the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a short time.  This will require a rethink on wealth distribution.              

Agriculture: There will be a  $100 agricultural robot in the future.  Farmers in 3rd world countries can then  become managers of their field instead of working all day on their  fields.

Aeroponics will need much less water.  The first Petri dish produced veal, is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces are used for cows. Imagine if we don’t need that space anymore.

There are several start-ups who will bring insect protein to the market shortly.  It contains more protein than meat. It will be labeled as “alternative protein source”  (because most people still reject the idea of eating insects).

There is an app called “moodies” which can already tell in which mood youre in. By 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions, if you are lying.  Imagine a political debate where it’s being displayed when theyre telling the truth and when theyre not.