Solutions in hindsight; it’s too darned late
The theme here is “How They Could Have Saved the Day (But Didn’t)”:
Italian orthodontist Loredana Bottalico sends word of “Michael Jackson Syndrome,” a book in which she (as a co-writer) says she could have saved the pop star with proper dental care. “I studied my patients from that holistic dentistry perspective, listening and examining them carefully. Then I treated their postural symptoms in harmony with ordinary dental problems . ... Michael was not addicted to painkillers! Nowadays patients suffering postural problems have no alternative to suffering and medication, and this book is a message of hope.” I’m feeling it already.
And in that same spirit (selling something), Ooma.com, which describes itself as a “leading Internet home phone service,” is claiming that if 911 had been dialed from a landline rather than a cell phone, Prince might have survived. “Responders would have automatically had Prince’s location and taken immediate action had the call come from a home phone . ... Prince’s story raises important questions about the use of landlines and cell phones in times of crisis.” The company’s CEO is available for interview.
And how far has tech come? Maybe, in some cases, too far.
Among the press releases received recently: “New York Area Alzheimer’s Home Care Agency to Offer ‘Virtual’ Spiritual Care” and “I’m doing the first-ever Facebook Live video from underwater . ... The focus of the discussion is on poverty and conservation.”
Elsewhere in the innovation biz, VapeExhale has sent word of its “first-ever cannabis athletic training session . ... This event isn’t about ‘getting stoned and working out,’ instead it will focus on how to use cannabis to maximize athletic and mental performance during competition.” But isn’t it illegal to use performance-enhancing substances in athletic competition?
It took Carey Perloff 18 hours to read aloud her own book, “Beautiful Chaos,” for the Audible version of it. “Boy, is that hard,” said the American Conservatory Theater artistic director.
John Fiore says there’s a long-closed Adult Day Health Care Center in his neighborhood, the Excelsior, with a sign on the door that says, “Sorry — no solicitations, no rest room, no public phone, no copy machine.” Three feet away is another sign: “Please ring bell for service.”
Craigslist founder Craig Newmark has given $50,000 to the University of San Francisco to fund 10 $5,000 Newmark Scholarships to Encourage Ethical Public Service. The money will go to USF students studying at the university’s Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good in Washington, D.C. Newmark was awarded an honorary doctorate from USF in 2009. Retirees Cea and Jack Soares, inundated by robo-calls, received one the other day with the caller ID that read “Illegal Scam.” Jack couldn’t resist picking it up, but “it was only ‘robo-Diane’ with a very sincere offer to clear our carpets.”
PUBLIC EAVESDROPPING “You have water. You have an iPad. You don’t know what stress is!” Mother to son, aboard a flight that has been diverted, overheard by Susan Rothstein
Dhyan Raufa took a picture of an abandoned mattress on Third Avenue near Anza Street. Whoever had dumped the piece of decorative street art — or perhaps a passerby? — used its flat surface as a signboard on which to convey a message:
“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. — Anaïs Nin.”
“They even got the diaeresis spray-painted in,” said Raufa. “Is this a literate city, or what?”
Burning Man organizers have announced the coming of “Burner Express Air: BurnerOwned-and-Operated Air Transport to Black Rock City.” This is purported to make it easier to fly there, and also to alleviate congestion traffic on Highway 447. Last year, say the organizers, more than 2,300 people flew into the Black Rock City Municipal Airport in Nevada, via burner-operated Advantage Flight Solutions of Reno.
Although the Burner Express website says that its rates are the lowest they will be this year — “and they will increase throughout summer” — the flights are not inexpensive. Round trip from San Carlos Airport to Black Rock City on a shared flight is $1,065; to book a private aircraft one way costs anywhere from $3,500 to $6,500. In other traveling news, Deborah Strobin and her grandchildren were getting into a cab in Berlin “when the driver asked me if I was voting for Trump. If I did,” he told her, “he would throw us out of the cab.”