When Cultures Mix – by Gary S. Smolker

See email correspondence below.

April 23, 2016 Email to Paul Cook from Gary S. Smolker

Saturday, April 23, 2016


It is amazing where imagination and technology can take us.

I recently went to a “Virtual Reality” program where one of the speakers described how a virtual reality program he created has been used used at the Cleveland Clinic as a training tool – it allows cardiologists to experience conducting heart surgery in virtual reality.

I recently told a woman about you, in a discussion this morning.

This woman is Irish and verbal.  Her code name is SUPERNOVA.

SUPERNOVA told me that it is Irish culture and tradition to be verbal: to tell stories around a fire while getting drunk.  According to SUPERNOVA: That is the way the Irish communicate.

SUPERNOVA told me that Jews communicate (stories) by writing; they sit around a camp fire with quill and pen in hand writing down stories being told on vellum.

SUPERNOVA told me that as an Irish Woman she will tell me stories which I as a Jewish Man can and should write down and publish.

That is the way different cultures mix in Los Angeles


—–Original Message—–
From: Paul Cook <pcook@lpcook.compcook@lpcook.com>
To: Gary Smolker <gsmolker@aol.comgsmolker@aol.com>
Sent: Sat, Apr 23, 2016 8:09 am
Subject: Re: Seder

Hi Gary,
Wow, what a great job YOU did in posting your photo in a clean and informative way! I felt like I had been there with you. Very nice photos too! You are getting much better at photography, keep it up!
Tuesday I took Claudia (my wife) to a golf course to scan one of their greens that was not shaped correctly anymore.
Over time the lay of the green changed due to many factors so it was time to redesign this green.
We set up my scanner in 5 positions around the green and had 9 sphere targets set out which would be use later in my office to register the 5 scan positions together.
I finished processing the scans and developed a contour map that showed every 1/10 of a foot change in elevation.
I also produced a triangular Irregular network with a grid size of 1/2 foot which is used to determine the various slope percents and colorized on my map.
I sent all the data to my draftsman who is on the East coast of Canada and then Claudia and I went to lunch.
By that same night I had the finished map and delivered it to my client here in Santa Barbara and to their golf course designer in Ohio.
They LOVED it!
Here’s what the contour map and slope analysis looks like. (see below)
This is just one of thousands of uses for mass precision measurements that LiDAR (laser scanning) is good for.
Some of your other readers may enjoy seeing this too so please feel free to pass it on.
Enjoy your Saturday. Happy Passover!!
Best always,

On April 23, 2016 at 4:09 AM Gary Smolker <gsmolker@aol.comgsmolker@aol.comgsmolker@aol.com> wrote:

Happy Passover

Check out 25 photos I took at the Seder I attended last night at


L. Paul Cook, PLS


About Gary S. Smolker

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY: No enterprise can exist for itself alone. Every successful enterprise ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others. Otherwise, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist. Imagination, open mindedness and flexibility are the most important factors in unlocking potential. Those who embrace innovation, improvisation, continuous learning, time management, are action oriented, high energy, passionate, creative, purposeful and intense individuals are best equipped to succeed. We all have ideas and the ability to make progress by sharing information and our ideas and also by changing our ideas when appropriate. We should always be on the lookout for teaching and mentoring moments. We hold time like water in our hands; however tightly we clench our fingers, it drips away. But, if it falls on a seed, a seed may grow to become something that will have a positive social impact. PERSONAL INTERESTS: I have a passion to learn, to innovate, to lead, to mentor and to teach. I seek to write things worth reading and want to do things worth writing about. I enjoy (a) driving a fast car, (b) having intense conversations (c) teaching/mentoring, (d) reading and (e) being involved in productive activity. PERSONAL: I believe in cultivating and backing passionate people, innovation, and old fashioned good ideas. I love making human connections and spreading good ideas. I am strongly motivated to achieve in situations in which independence of thought and action are called for. PERSONAL GOALS: I want to live life vibrantly, to be as sharp as a tack until my last breath and to change the world by being me. My personal goal is to be fully engaged in life, to lead by example, to set high standards and to continue to amass firsthand experience and knowledge in all that interests me. PERSONALITY: I love fun and mischief. I relish absurdity. I have an irreverent, facetious and satiric disposition. I dread boredom. I have spent a lifetime reading. I have no bias against people who have lived successful and/or complicated lives. I write to release tension, to get things off my chest. SOCIAL MEDIA: I post articles on the "Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange" blog at www.garysmolker.wordpress.com, and "Dude's Guide to Women's Shoes" at www.dudesguidetowomensshoes.com. I also post images and comments on Instagram @garyspassion. CONTACT INFORMATION: Gary Smolker, Smolker Law Firm, 16055 Ventura Blvd., Ste 525, Encino, California, 91436-2609, USA. Phone 1-818-788-7290, e-mail GSmolker@aol.com.

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