Monday, December 22, 2008

Perfect Gift - ConfettiCakes Cookbook For Kids

Buy my sister's new baking book. Great for a kid interested in baking or a parent who wants to bake with or for kids…

Confetti Cakes For Kids: Delightful Cookies, Cakes, and Cupcakes from New York City's Famed Bakery (Hardcover)
Elisa Strauss is the founder and head designer of Confetti Cakes in New York City. A former designer for Ralph Lauren, Strauss is famous for her imaginative and elaborate cakes. Her work has been featured in dozens of magazines, as well as on Good Morning America, the Today show, Martha: The Martha Stewart Show, The View, and the Food Network.

Special link at for 30% off ($19.79):
Buy directly from Elisa and get an autographed copy and shipping ($24):
Barnes & Noble or Dylan's Candies for $29

So, if I've ever fixed your computer, made you laugh on a gloomy day, or taught you how to shoot with a DV cam please support the Strauss family and buy Elisa's book.

From yesterday's Daily News:
Cost of a child's custom-made birthday cake: Hundreds of dollars. Cost of making it from scratch: Much less. Look on your child's face when she sees your creation: priceless. And Elisa Strauss , owner of an Upper West Side cake design café/bakery, leads you through every step of the mostly painless process in her new book, "Confetti Cakes for Kids" (Little Brown $29).

Thursday, November 27, 2008

ABC News: iChat or You Drive

Chit, Chat or iChat
Video Chats Are Simple, Fun and Accessible
Nov. 27, 2008

It's holiday time and, for many of us, that means family visits. Over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house we go -- unless the economy is in the tank, and grandma is an expensive plane ride away... (MORE)

Thursday, August 07, 2008

ABC News: Mac or PC, Incentives Abound for Students

By Eric M. Strauss

With just two weekends left before school starts Heintzman has modest plans of hanging out with friends, eating sushi and taking a drive with her father, Mark, to an Apple store to make that one last purchase.

She usually makes her electronics purchases at Best Buy, but this time a perfect storm of educational savings and promotions is too strong for her to ignore, including a rebate to cover an iPod Nano ($199) or a widescreen iPod Touch ($299) with the purchase of a Mac through Sept. 15, an educational discount and a tax-free weekend. (More...)

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

My Friends Are Heros

My friend from work Joan Lefosse donated her kidney to our friend Ani Mozian-Whitney. Read about it below.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Please Watch: "Kidnapped Cousins"

ABC News PrimeTime Crime - "Kidnapped Cousins" - July 16th, 2008 - 10PM

A story I have worked on for a while will air this Wednesday night on ABC @ 10pm. Please watch it, blog about it, tell your family and friends. It's an important and compelling story about domestic trafficking of minors.

PrimeTime gained exclusive access to the story of two young victims; Middle-American teen cousins Carol (14) and Kimberly (15) on their way to buy milkshakes, who end up kidnapped off of Toledo, Ohio's, Main Street and into a world of forced sex with men for money.

Viewers will hear first-hand of the terrifying abduction, the militaristic training and seasoning period, and eventually the dramatic rescue of one cousin and the terrifying journey to save the other.

Federal and Local authorities explain how these predatory pimps operate loosely held networks from typical residential communities to our nation's highways. PrimeTime brings you unprecedented access to interviews, 911 calls, interrogation videos, and a truck-stop sting operation in order to bring you inside the unimaginable world of domestic sex trafficking.

I was able to do a lot of the auxiliary shooting myself. Look for time-lapse shots and additional B-roll shot by me.

Special Thanks: FBI SA Mike Beaver, University of Toledo sociologist Dr. Celia Williamson, Cumberland County DA's Office and Washtenaw County's (Michigan) Sheriff Daniel Minzey and Commander Dave Egeler.


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

No Drinking and Voting

As I was passing through Cincinnati's Airport (which is actually located in Kentucky) I saw this funny sign. Seems in Kentucky they don't serve alcohol on the day of elections. Jake Tapper posted my photo on his blog at ABC

Political Punch

Monday, May 12, 2008

How to make a sculpted dog cake in 4 minutes

You have to see my sister's time-lapse video creating a dog out of cake for my dad's birthday party.

See it here on YouTube.

"Elisa Strauss of Confetti Cakes sculpted her dad's labradoodle for his birthday. For more information, please visit"

Monday, April 28, 2008

Happy Birthday: Elton Strauss is 60

The votes are in and it has been confirmed that I have the best Mom and Dad in North America. My Dad turned 60 last week and we had a couple fun parties for him. My sister made him two amazing cakes in the shape of his favorite child (his dog). I made him a slide show with the new iMovie application that you can watch here, or below.

Here are some photos from his surprise party.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Health Goes High Tech

by Eric M. Strauss
ABC News
...Most people don't leave the house without their cell phones, which gave tech startup Confidant an idea: Use mobile phones as powerful databases and liaison to health care professionals for patients with chronic diseases.

"After you start dealing with it you realize it really stinks. You need to incorporate it into your routine. Diet and exercise now become life and death," Leinart said. "You have to develop a positive attitude or it will take you over. You realize quickly it's not going to go away." ... (Read the article at

Tim Stevens at Switched read my article. Thanks.

See more article I've written on here.

Friday, April 18, 2008

20/20 Tonight: Weather Myths

ABC News 20/20 - Friday, April 18 at 10 p.m.
Tonight we have an interesting show about the myths and truths about wild weather. I was able to travel to Gainesville, Florida with Sam Champion to meet the nation's expert on lightning, Dr. Martin Uman.
Watch as he tells us how he can create lightning and spells out what you need to know about it.

Confetti Costs

For those that ask me if my sister will make them a cake for their Birthday... I hope you have wealthy parents.
See this article for the reason why.

"Elisa Strauss' Confetti Cakes created this $1,500 Coach bag-themed cake for a 10-year-old girl's birthday party."

While you are at it check out Elisa's new blog and let her know what you think about it.

Friday, March 28, 2008

ABC 20/20 Tonight: Intervention

Please tune in to 20/20 tonight for a story I've been working on about drug interventions with Daniel Baldwin. It's an idea that came out of our very successful hour last summer about Daniel's struggles.

ABC News 20/20 Friday, March 28th, 2008 10-11pm

Read my article here:
Video preview here: Lessons Learned from Daniel Baldwin
Eamon's Journal Entry:

Addiction has touched Hollywood's Baldwin Family as well. Last year, actor Daniel Baldwin allowed Cynthia McFadden to follow his progress through drug rehabilitation. In a new interview, Baldwin talks about how he is doing today. Is he winning the battle?

And because of Baldwin's experience with rehab and sobriety, he says he wants to "give back to others." He helps facilitate an actual intervention to try to get a young man to turn his life around. Will Baldwin be successful in saving this young man's life? "20/20" is there to document.

Friday, March 21, 2008

20/20 Show on Prostitution

We've been working on a series of programs about the real world of prostitution for two years. Tonight (March 21, 2008) we will have a 2 hour program on some of the exploitation involved. Please watch. ABC 9-11pm

I specifically worked on the parts about the undercover stings and the pimp culture. (Parts 2 and 4)

Prostitution Stings
Online video
Online resources to end the exploitation
John's School

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

MacBook Air Review

MacBook Air: Sexy, Skinny as a Supermodel
by Eric M. Strauss

"Carrying around Apple's MacBook Air is like dating a supermodel: She's going to turn heads with her beauty, she'll improve your self-confidence, and you can go everywhere together — from crowded nightclubs to cramped airplane flights. You'll be happy in the end, but there's sure to be a friend who just doesn't approve."

Friday, February 29, 2008

Take a look inside a New Yorker's $500,000 Home Theater's Eric M. Strauss, speaks with a high powered exec who turned to Goldmund, the same people who announced the $17,000 Blu-ray player this week, to create a half-million dollar home theater in his NYC home. By Eric M. Strauss

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Monday, January 14, 2008 Article

Porn Industry Still Struggles With Condom Issue
At Annual Conference, Optional Condom Policies Called Into Question
By Eric M. Strauss

See some video here:

Sunday, January 06, 2008

CES 2008: Sony OLEDs

At CES 2008. I just saw the first thing I would really like to have. I'm at the Sony Press Conference and they just introduced an 11" OLED super slim TV set $2500. It's only the thickness of 3 credit cards. 11" is kinda small though. Sony will be the first to sell OLED displays in the US. They have a 27" one in their booth as a prototype and Samsung has a 31" prototype.

At the press conference before introducing Sony's super slim 11" Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer said,
"All of us at Sony are feeling a bit blue today (big chuckles), but that's a good feeling. Along with WB decision to support Blu-Ray I want to thank Bob Iger at Disney and Rupert Murdoch at Fox for being true blue from the start"

Warner Brothers decided to stop putting out titles in the HD DVD format and Sony which has a strong interest in the competing Blu-Ray technology must be on cloud nine. -EMS