Publisher's Note June 2018

Max & Joanne Friedland

In last year’s June issue of DAVID we wrote about virtual reality entertainment attractions in Las Vegas and last August in our VegasMD issue we explored the UNLV School of Medicine’s 21st century 3D virtual reality anatomy lab. In this issue, we dig deeper into the field of VR and its applications in and out of the classroom. Once the stuff of science fiction, the technology, and its applications are fast becoming ubiquitous. A hand-held device can give the user entré to almost all the repositories of man’s knowledge and thus make the access to information transactional.

The impact that this has had on traditional educational models has been profound. In his piece Grab Your Goggles, pages 52-56, Jaq Greenspun looks at one local online school and some of the challenges faced in this rapidly evolving paradigm. As in so many other fields, the pace of technological advancement and the applications that flow there from far exceed society’s ability to adjust regulatory and institutional controls that safeguard consumers. Brave new frontiers are not without their perils.

Earlier this year, I had a discussion with Brian Sodoma about sous vide cooking. My son gifted our family an Anova sous vide device, and after many months it had remained unused due to our intimidation and general ignorance of the field of immersion cooking. With an impending visit looming, a quick YouTube search provided us with thousands of instructional videos designed for the novice. Off with the cellophane and into the water, we were very soon cooking restaurant-quality steaks, chicken, and seafood. Who knew? We hope that his piece, YouTube U, pages 32-35, will similarly inspire you to follow your potential undiscovered passions.

Talking about passion, it should come as no surprise to regular readers that Jason Harris has an immense passion for good food. A recent trip to New Orleans provided more than enough of an excuse to dig in. In Eating the Big Easy, pages 36-40, he shares his mouthwatering delights with us. It turns out that along with the traditional Creole fare, Nola has quite a community of avant-garde chefs and eating establishments.

Jason’s footprints are all over other areas of this month’s publication. Last November as a result of the horrendous events of 10/01, we published our Vegas Strong tribute issue. In it, he wrote a story called Working the Line, which describes his life in the days and nights that followed. Las Vegas’ fine dining establishments came together to provide victims, their families and first responders hot meals, his job was to find the need and deliver the dishes with a smile.

Sometime after that acclaimed comic book creators, J.H. Williams and his wife Wendy reached out through social media for contributions to a comic book anthology to benefit the Route 91 Strong initiative. Our stories, Comic Relief, pages 46-49, My Story in Pictures, pages 50-51, and our interview of J.H. and Wendy Williams, page 58, provide an introduction to this creative collaboration and charitable endeavor. Buy the book; it’s for a great cause and a great read too.

The traumatic consequences of school shootings are all over the news these days. The gut-wrenching regularity of these events has had the effect of making viewers somewhat blasé. Rob Kachelreiss interviews the authorities to find out what if anything is being done to give school children the safety and peace of mind needed to pursue their studies and socialization. His piece What’s Next?, pages 42-45, explores this further.

As always at this time of year, I admonish you all to keep cool, use a superior UV protector, drink a lot of water, and oh yes read a good magazine too. I’ll see you in the racks.

Max D. Friedland

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