Thursday, March 19, 2015


Hey, those bright colored suit are fun! Why aren't we seeing guys wearing those suits?

I have to admit that if I saw a guy in the turquoise, or that lovely lilac suit, I might think is he gay?

My reaction tells me that I'm prejudiced, and stuck along with men, with their more traditional suit preferences. Apparently most men are happy and comfortable wearing the typical, "classical" outfits that have only minimally changed over the centuries.

Back in 1799, after the French Revolution, when the future king of England, George IV, graduated from Eton, he brought his buddy, Beau Brummel, home with him, to be his best man at his wedding.

Brummel, a handsome sexy guy, got a lot of attention. He designed the clothes he wore, replacing knee-length breeches with trousers, popularizing trousers, vest, coat, and cravat, while leading a wild, promiscuous life -- a love life that Oscar Wilde would later use as the pattern for his tragic protagonist, Dorian Gray.

As Brummel was charming the ladies of the British court, the cotton gin and sewing machine (1829), were changing things, along with slavery in America. Cotton production, increasing by more than 1,000 percent, made fabrics much cheaper, and men began wearing lounge suits.

Savile Row sprang up in London around that time -- today it's still the place for the world’s most esteemed men’s tailors. Back then, in the United States, Henry Sands Brooks opened the first men’s clothier, Brooks Brothers, which now boasts more than 250 Brooks Brothers outlets on six continents. Apparently, men have stayed with traditional clothes, while we women have gone to all sorts of extremes -- from bustles to bikinis, bravely, uninhibitedly trying to be sexy, and sexier.

In a recent Newsweek, sports writer John Walters  summarizing fashion history, said in the late 1960's suits were for squares; the 1970s gave us the leisure suit; 1980s gave us Ronald Reagan in his conservative suits; in the 1990s when the dot-coms exploded, bankers and CEOS of capitalist firms, began wearing turtlenecks and hoodies, but most of them returned to wearing suits.

The editor of of "GQ"-- Gentlemen's Quarterly, the definitive men's magazine, with style advice, entertainment and culture news -- has declared, “The suit is a uniform. It’s the armor you wear each day into corporate life.”

Well, maybe men sense that women want the typical, classical, stockier, stronger look of their fathers and grandfathers. Probably males know that the more self contained and inaccessible they are, the more we women will do to attract their attention.

Hey, yay, hurray!  It's a viva la diffĂ©rence thing!

I showed my husband, John Cullum, the picture of the colored suits, and asked him "wouldn't you, secretly, on the QT, enjoy wearing something unusual this spring like a bright green suit?"

He didn't say yes or no.


Monday, March 16, 2015


"Big Daddy" Microsoft -- the fatherly parent who got a lot of us into PC's --  is now selling us virtual reality -- VR.

Yes, iPhones, iPads, Android devices all have VR apps, and Apple, iTunes, and Google Play Store are selling it. But what Microsoft's is offering  has more features, and more power.

Boo! Wow! Eek! (That's is my refrain for what's life-changingly new.) Soon, just about everything in life will be run on the super-smart gleaming gizmo that you bought for making phone calls.

Time Magazine reporter, Dan Kedmey, shared his experience with Microsoft's new "HoloLens," saying: "I looked at an ordinary coffee through the visor of this virtual-reality headset -- suddenly a translucent castle surrounded by fields with grazing sheep materialized  -- I could prod the animals around the pasture, nudging one of them to the edge of the table, where it jumped down to safety."

This kind of  thrill is what we'll be getting more of in our 3D future.

Big Daddy M says HoloLens is the next wave. Facebook, after paying $2 billion for Oculus Vr, is on the verge of releasing an affordable head set.  Sony's working on a VR device to go with its PlayStation 4. Samsung sells Gear VR, which works with its Galaxy line of phones. Prices -- $199 for the Sony, $350 for the Oculus; other manufacturers offer gear from $199 to $499."

Another Time article tells how a teacher can now take students on field trips to a rain forest, or the Battle of Waterloo. Gaming on a Sony, players can actually command a vessel screaming through space. At the Sun Dance Festival this year, though VR films have never before been included, 11 virtual reality films were shown.

Wow, holy cow -- I'm impressed. Are John Cullum and wife Em going to go with the flow?

Take a look, like we did, at Wearable headgear. It was intimidating, until we saw the Google Cardboard VR. You can buy and assemble it. It comes with a pair of lenses, magnet, velcro, rubber bands and a link that launches it. You cut and mold the cardboard into the right size; arrange the velcro; with double-sided tape and sticky rings, you slot the lenses and the magnet into place; fold it all together. You click the NFC link ("Near Field Communication) and -- wow.

For $24.95 you can test what you feel about VR.

Hmm. I might buy this and try VR once, or twice at most.  I am not thrilled or interested in having Virtual Reality adventures.

Why not? Because I'm so deeply involved, everyday, with REAL Realty.