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"Didik Sun Shark"
Solar-Electric safety motorcycle.

"Didik Shooting Star" Gas-Hybrid fantasy vehicle built for trade show.

Hybrid Electric
Didik Long Ranger
(highly modified CitiCar)

"DIDIK Muscle Car"
Human Powered Version

"Didik Project 2000" Solar thermo-couple system with 2 meter (6.5foot) vacuum formed reflective lens.
Didik Solar Energy Research

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Didik Solar Energy Research

Ths secret to manufacturing a viable electric car
Didik foldable Muscle Car

Frank Didik proposal for the Trans-Global Highway

"Didik Simplicity" Electric hybrid vehicle with rear wheel turning.

DIDIK 2020
Prototype worlds smallest, lightest 4x5 film camera - scanable 5 gigapixels

Bottom Door Utility Truck Patent Pending
The Bottom Door Utility Truck enhances worker comfort and safety by allowing workers access to manholes from inside of the utility van while maintaining a comfortable work environment. Read More...

Self Stick Stray and Contact Voltage Detector Patent.
Every year, thousands of people sustain electric shocks which in some cases, can injure or kill. The Self Stick Stray and Contact Voltage Detector is the solution. Patent pending

Lip Reading To Text Hearing Aid Glasses
Unique and advanced.
Patent Pending

 Isolation Chamber to transport a sick person and to prevent pathogenic microorganisms from spreading to other people. Unique and advanced. Patent pending

Boat Ungrounder
Patent Pending

The Boat Saver helps free a grounded boat.

Solar-Human powered
DIDIK Muscle Car

"Didik Duplexity" human powered, foldable scooter for two.

"Didik Bubble Bunker" inflatable, positive pressure, emergency clean room.

Didik Sun Shark

Didik Solar Energy Research

The Didik quest for the worlds lightest bicycle. Nine pounds (4kg). Rear and front wheel turns. Epoxy coated foam.

Didik Bubble Bunker Inflatable clean room, filtered Structure

How to Build an Electric Car

Didik Sun Shark

How vehicles are designed
Didik's view on design

DIDIK Muscle Car

Nine day sailing adventure on the Hudson River. Experiments in exceding hull speed and enhanced hull strength with existing fiberglass boats.

Frank Didik proposal for the Trans-Global Highway

First step in construction of large scale inflatable structures.

Didik Sun Shark

Didik 360 Degree 3D Stereo lenticular projection system
Didik Lenticular Stereo (3-D) Technology

Designing and building a simple car top,row boat or motor boat in three days.
Earthquake Relief Housing Effort

Photography by Frank Didik:
New York Photo Archive | Asia | Historic Asia (1850's-1920's) | Stock Film Footage Database | Celebrities | Celebrities in 3D Stereo | Protest marches | Tropics | Electric cars | Japan | Croatia | World Trade Center Archives | Alternative Energy

 Early Didik 3-D Television
Systems from the 70's

A photograph of every building in Manhattan. Photographed by Frank Didik. Part of his virtual reality world project.

Lenticular Stereo (3-D) Technology

Didik Barrier strip stereo-motion 3D images

Didik Ultra-light weight bicycle. Worlds lightest bike

Realistic analysis of the pros and cons of the Hovercraft



Frank Didik Business Books

2003 Edition
 History and Guide Book to Lenticular Technology cd-rom by Frank Didik

Research, Development and
Experimenting. Trial and error and developing new materials. Can you charge a cell phone with an orange?!!

Proposal for the
 Trans-Global Highway.

Positive pressure filtration tents.

 Virtual reality New York City. Expanded GPSThese photographs are interconnected to create a virtual New York City. This was done a numnber of years before Google street view and has a different commercial purpose.

Didik Simplicity

Foldable Muscle Car

DIDIK Muscle Car

"Didik Bubble Bunker" inflatable, positive pressure, emergency clean room.


Didik portable, emergency, germ free safety gurney and bed. Didik Bubble Bunker

Didik Bubble Bunker

Didik portable, emergency, germ free safety gurney and bed. Didik Bubble Bunker

Didik Bubble Bunker

Frank Didik designed and built machine to cut lenticular 3D lenses. Didik Lenticular Stereo (3-D) Technology

Internal component of the Didik gyroscopic image stabilizer designed to rotate in partially evacuated hydrogen atmosphere

Micro housing designed to be built upon a rock outcrop. Please contact Frank Didik for affordable micro housing designed using new, low cost, modern materials.

Frank Didik Commercial and Editorial Photography Didik photographs can be found in numerous magazines and publications

DIDIK Muscle Car

Didik Arctic Explorer Enclosed, heated and floatable snow mobile.

DIDIK Muscle Car driving on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan

Solar-Human DIDIK Muscle Car.


Construction of custom solar vehicle.

Be sure to read "How to Build an Electric Car"

Light weight is essential for efficiency in solar vehicles.

Technique to create lenticular 3D images, from "flat" images. Didik Lenticular Stereo (3-D) Technology

Solar array designed by Frank Didik for custom built, solar heated workshop.

Didik Sun Shark in classroom for seminar on solar vehicles at the National Design Museum of the Smithsonian Institute.

Didik Turtle
A truly basic electric car built in just 14 hours.

Fleeting Moments Art Project.

Current Book Projects and Prior Business Books and Eastern European Business Directory

Design exercise
Didik Ocean Home page
Floating deep water home
Ocean Home PDF file

"Didik Bubble Bunker" inflatable, positive pressure, emergency clean room.

Be sure to read "How vehicles are designed" and "How to Build an Electric Car"

"Didik Bubble Bunker" inflatable, positive pressure, emergency clean room.

"Didik Bubble Bunker" inflatable, positive pressure, emergency clean room.

Thoughts by
Frank Didik

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Euthanasia to be encouraged? I was just reading that insurance companies encourage suicide, in states that permit assisted suicide. Greater profits by less medical bills and life insurance policies invalidated? I suspect that with a rapidly aging population, the elderly will be encouraged to end their lives. Perhaps euthanasia will be presented as the patriotic or honorable thing to do. We are truly entering into an age of barbarism and abandoning civilization. - June 2018

Social Media or Vanity Media With the development of the so called smart phone, a new phenomenon of "social media" has developed that caters to the vanity and inner ego of millions read more

It is now time to eliminate all emergency Covid laws in the country. Now that we understand that the fear of a massive death rate due to Covid was completely wrong..read more

Is it selfish for a woman to seek a career and also have children? read more

Private ownership and strong goals are on the decline. Grown men in their 30's still live in shared apartments, ride a skateboard or a bicycle instead of owning their own home and car and read more

Do not watch TV! (or listen to radio, movies or read newspapers!) If you watch TV programs, you will be programmed! The purpose of the news programs is not to inform but rather to read more

Refugees and citizenship: Should refugee's allegedly fleeing their home country be allowed to become citizens of the countries that accepts them or should they only be granted temporary sanctuary until their country of origin returns to normal?read more

Are "Yoga" pants sexy or are they vulgar? read more

Misinformation does not mean a lie, but rather is a way to undermine a different perspective that is not in keeping with the pushed narrative. Thus something that is described as "misinformation" may or many not be true, but contradicts the official mainstream perspective or undermines the direction of the mainstream agenda. Frank Didik, February 1, 2022

A reminder to fellow citizens When you walk down the street, just remember that every person who you pass by, regardless of their race or physical appearance, or if they are rich or poor, has their own goals and aspirations, trials and tribulations and each person must be treated with basic respect and dignity. It is essential to individualize and not generalize. Each group has their good and bad and one must not fall into the trap of assuming that everyone in a particular group is the same or thinks the same. Sometimes in our rush or arrogance, we forget these basic truths.

Smart Cities It is now making the rounds on the internet that Smart City stands for S.M.A.R.T. which, according to some, stands for S. Surveillance, M. Monitoring, A. Analysis, R. Reporting, T. Technology To continue, click here and scroll down the page

Fact Checkers So-called "Fact Checkers" are merely a way to control the narrative and should never be taken seriously. Fact Checkers always agree with what the controlling party wants.

Global Warming will greatly benefit society. Many people have been led to believe that if the planet continues to get warmer at the ever so pace that it has been warming for hundreds of years, that somehow it is bad for society. The exact opposite is true. Global warming will be wonderful for society. It will be far greater areas will be able to be cultivated, leading to vastly more food supplies. Global warming To continue, click here and scroll down the page

Male-Female "Relationships" For the past few years, I have heard more and more of people referring to their girlfriend as their "partner" or that they are in a "relationship". Traditionally, men and women would "date". The purpose of "dating" was to find a person that they would marry and stay with forever. Dating was not necessarily exclusive. Exclusivity only came with marriage and it was assumed that marriage was forever. Further, "dating" couples To continue, click here and scroll down the page

The media influences everyone. No one is smart enough or insightful enough not to be influenced by the media. The media influences everyone. Those who controls the media, also controls the views, opinions and desires of the population at large.

We are free ... because we are told that we are free. Most people do not really understand the meaning of true freedom.

The first thing that a child or even an adult learns on any topic, is assumed to be true. After that, it is extremely difficult to change that person opinion, even with overwhelming evidence that the first thing that they heard was false. Changing such a embedded opinion must be gradual, with the planting the seeds, of the correct point of view and slowly over time, work to change that opinion.

Constant Smart Phone Use Constant cell phone / smart phone use dramatically reduces creativity and productivity. It acts as a constant distraction. Many, if not most people, waste hours upon hours of time on these devices. I recommend that a person leave their "smart" phone at home and enjoy outside, electronic free and observe society for how it really is.

"The Great Reset". Most people consider the "Great Reset" something to do with the World Economic Forum, Klauss Schaub and others who have received much bad press recently. It should be pointed out that the future is far less predictable than one might think and that the "Great Reset" may well be in the opposite direction that people might consider and may well happen to be a return to traditional values and other unexpected directions. Such as happened many times in the past. For example, 1638 to 1658 in England, after 20 years of To continue, click here and scroll down the page

Many people are consumed by worry. Worry holds a person back and prevents them from adequately thinking things through. The media is a major source of worry, with its constant To continue, click here and scroll down the page



We seem to be living in a fake world. Everywhere you go, you see people walking down the street, staring at their cell phone, often with "ear buds", completely oblivious to the outside world. ...read more

A. M. Herring flying the worlds first powered airplane - according to the May 17, 1899 issue of the Horseless Age.
Were the Wright Brothers the wrong brothers? Was A.M. Herring the first to fly in 1899 - four years before the Wright Brothers?... read more ...

April Fools Day How did it start? read more

Oligarchs: How did the "oligarchs" of Russia, Ukraine and other former Soviet Republics amass their vast wealth? read more

Easter celebrated in Manhattan in 1956
EASTER: Though Easter is a Christian Holiday, celebrated by Christians worldwide, perhaps non-Christians, including atheists, should also celebrate this holiday. Why? Because by Jesus's teachings, Democracy became the norm for all governments worldwide. read more

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Vision Zero is without vision. The New York City program started under former Mayor DeBlasio was well intended to to reduce pedestrian deaths from vehicles but has it reduced accidents? read more

Congestion Pricing favors the upper income people and will significantly reduce local business, while pushing middle class drivers to shop elsewhere that does not have this burdensome tax. Ultimately this will work against the city.

Fossil Fuels: So called "fossil fuels" are most likely, not from fossils.It seems impossible that the so called "fossil fuels" were ever created from plant life. read more

Global trade agreements have failed the United States and has destroyed the US standard of living read more

Socialism, excess government support and Communism are not natural. read more

True causes of the Ukraine-Russian War Click here

Plastic clothing? Have you noticed that it is getting more difficult to find clothing made with 100% cotton or wool? read more

Bicycle Lanes favors the young and healthy, while inconveniencing older citizens, drivers and delivery trucks. Further, for the most part, they are rarely utilized during the winter months... read more

People are being slowly but surely, social engineered The education industry, journalism, the entertainment industry and even the medical industry push social engineering that serves to influence what people think, want, buy and how they see themselves.

People believe the first thing they hear The first thing a child or a person hears, on a topic that they are not familiar with, the person will normally accept as fact. Later, if it turns out that the information was wrong, it is extremely difficult to change that persons mind to see the truth, regardless of the amount of contrary evidence and proof presented. In the future, a persons mind can be changed, but in almost all cases, the change will be gradual. It is important that in school and at home, a child (and an adult) be trained in critical thinking and not immediately accept the narrative. Children must have adults make decisions for them.

Causes of violent crime and property crime Is violent crime and crime against property caused by poverty, lack of education and public policy or is it a lack of good family training, morality, lack of civics education in school and the media, intelligence or is it the temperament of certain groups of people? The media and schools should always and only present a positive view on life and steer away from the bottom of society.

Self defence It is obvious that most cities and locals in the United States do not want people to defend themselves from theft and attack and instead, want the population to meekly submit to the criminals and later, contact the police. If a citizen defends themselves, either through hand fighting or with a weapon, such as a club, knife or gun, that citizen will be charged by the jurisdiction, even if the criminal entered into the home or business of the citizen. As one old saying says, "The police are only minutes away, when seconds count". This must change back to to past when a person was allowed to defend themselves without fear of prosecution. The fact is that armed citizens do stop and prevent crimes. Of course armed citizens do pose a threat to governments, particularly when the governments are not for the people at large, but only to particular special interest groups. Strong, authoritarian governments never want armed citizens. In those cases, the government (acting on behalf of certain small interest groups) want to control everything.

The attention span of the public in the public eye. The attention span of the public is like a lightening bolt, it is so quickly changed. This applies to all levels of basic, non essential existence of the public including music, fashion's, fads, celebrities of today, and To continue, click here and scroll down the page

"Sustainable development goals" Sustainable development goals essentially lower the standards of living of all people under the guise of the unproven notion of manmade climate change. Unfortunately, the notion of the alleged climate "crises" has been To continue, click here and scroll down the page

Propaganda People tend to believe the fist thing that they hear. It takes a huge amount of information and a long time to convince a person of the truth. For this reason, when a government anywhere tries to convince a population To continue, click here and scroll down the page

This website displays designs, projects, proposals and innovations by Frank Didik, but this site has also served to inspire people to bring their ideas to fruition. All too often, people have great dreams in high school and college but within a few years after graduation, these ideas gradually become a distant memory. I encourage everyone to do what ever you are good at and try to make your dreams a reality. What people do today represents the future of our great planet. Go out and do whatever you can do, to the best of your ability.



Opinions It is important to have opinions, based on facts and known information, but one also be willing to change their opinion as new information is received.

Is it wrong be judgmental? Further, should a person express unsolicited opinions to others? The fact is that everyone read more

Should we offer unsolicited advice? We have often heard that giving unsolicited advice is wrong but read more

Is everyone equal? Certainly in the Christian world and by extension, under the law, everyone is equal. However the fact that everyone has the same intrinsic value mean that everyone is entitled to the same? Should people who are more ambitious, or people who have better ideas, benefit from their efforts? Societies that have attempted to distribute wealth equally among all people have always failed. People need an incentive to work hard and be productive.

Arrogance Over the past two years, a type of entitlement and Arrogance has developed among the less productive people who now seem to be demanding property and rights that they have not earned through efforts of their own.

Child neglect? Is it a form of child neglect is a woman is pushing a baby carriage and is also on her cell phone either speaking or surfing the net? Should the woman instead be paying attention and teaching the child? Children mostly learn through observation, rather than from schools.

A Utopian society It has been the dream of mankind since the beginning to have a perfect society where everyone lives in peace and harmony and where everybody's wants are fulfilled. Shangra La in the book and movies "Lost Horizon" is an example. Today the World Economic Forum is also pushing their version of Utopia. However it is very unlikely that such a Utopia can ever exist, without the merit system of people producing and benefiting from their efforts. A "Garden of Eden" can not be recreated.

War against personal freedom? It seems that many countries have embarked on a program that limits personal freedom for the alleged common good. For example, many cities around the world have expanded bicycle lanes at the expense of limiting automobile lanes. Of course an automobile implies both freedom of travel and overall prosperity. The bicycle lanes tend to be an excuse since bicycle lanes only benefit the young and fit people, mostly men under the age of 40. The plan to eliminate gasoline powered cars and replce them with electric cars is a fantasy since far fewer people will be able to afford an electric car and the range and slow charging time of an electric car prevents long road trips.

Climate Change excuses, by design or default are limiting personal freedom of travel and preventing one to do as one pleases.

 Schools have become indoctrination centers Compulsory education was never meant to improve one's social status, though that is how it is presented to the public. Originally, students wore uniforms, similar to military uniforms, students learned obedience, such as marching into the school, or raising their hand for permission to read more

Compulsory Education since it started in the 1870's. People today are told that compulsory education in grade schools and high schools are necessary for the development of the child into a productive adult. Certainly school has the potential to educate the student to learn to read, write, mathematics, basic history, science, geography and perhaps civic behavior. Though these important features are what the population at large was told, masked another real reason for compulsory education. Compulsory education started in the 1700's in Prussia when To continue, click here and scroll down the page

Dating today Permanent dating without choosing one person and having a family is today the norm. Often people live together in a farm of limbo or suspended animation without any real plans for the future, children or progress. Sometimes these "couples" will buy a pet dog to give their love to.

Standard of Living Decline in the standard of living. People have been led to believe that cars, natural gas, gasoline, basically all modern advancements are bad and should be abandoned. To continue, click here and scroll down the page

Sex and violence in the media The media, including television, the movies and various lifelike video games constantly display violence to the viewers. The various medias however, state that such violence does not influence the viewers. Perhaps advertisers, who spend fortunes every year advertising in the media, should be notified that the media does not influence people and that the advertisers are wasting their money.

People feel entitled Unfortunately, many people in America have a sense of entitlement regardless of their skill, drive, intelligence or ability. This has led to unfounded jealousy of others and excuses for not being able to achieve the same. These anti-society feelings must end and must be controlled, if not at home as a child, at least in schools and harmony must be encouraged in the media, rather than constantly showing off the life styles of the small number of financially wealthy or socially successful people.

Censorship I am opposed to almost all forms of censorship. There are certain types of "speech" that should indeed be banned. This includes all pornography, sex stories that describe explicit sexual encounters, stories that encourage any act or actions that one might define as contrary to nature. What two consenting, without coercion or any psychological force is to be tolerated, however publishing or telling or filming such acts or encouraging others must be strictly forbidden.

Mass Media vocabulary When the word "education" is used in the media or when governments promote a certain point of view and provide funds to "educate the public", it normally means to attempt to brainwash the public through propaganda and showing only one side of the issue.





Reduced intelligence levels and separately, reduced cognitive ability? It seems that with many forms of modern technology, such as the cellular telephone/smart phone, which is really a window to the knowledge of the world, people have stopped being innovative and thinking for themselves and rather simply rely on their device. One would have thought that the exact opposite would have occurred, but it has not. Further, over the past three years, there seems to be a mark decline in cognitive ability. Some say the the recently developed Covid vaccination causes micro blood clots, but this has yet to be proven. Something however is causing a decline in rapid thinking and cognitive ability in the population.

Life was easier in the middle ages, 1000 years ago? Perhaps, at least in Europe. First, farming is far less demanding than one might think. In traditional farms, the work was primarily for a few weeks during planting season and then for a few weeks during the harvest. The rest of the time was rather easy. Further, a thousand years ago in Europe, there were as many "Holy Days" (the world "holiday" is a derivative of the "holy day") as work days. Thus a working year was about 175 days, rather than 254 days that it is today. Further today, most jobs are 8 hours of constant work in one spot, while 1000 years ago, work was not as intense. As far as longevity, we know know that people 1000 years ago, based on grave stones, lived about the same length as today, that is between 75 and 80 years on average. Further, modern diseases such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer, for example, was very rare.

"Finding truth on the internet, is like finding a diamond in a pile of broken glass". Today there is so much conflicting and false information on the internet that it is difficult to determine what is true and what is false. Often each perspective presents read more

Covid has become political Some say that alleged science is being used to push a political agenda. Back in February of 2020, Covid 19 was presented as a deadly pandemic that many said would kill off a sizable read more

Fact Checkers "Fact Checkers" present an opinion rather than absolute fact. Further, who will fact check the fact checkers"? Recently read more

Luxury Apartments The definition of luxury has changed dramatically in recent years. Traditionally, the notion of luxury doesn't start till a minimum of 9 rooms, Further, historically, a studio apartment was on the top floor, with an angular northern exposure window, so the artist would be able to paint with diffused light. Real studios were considered only for the fringe or artistic people, and was less expensive. Those studios usually were 25x70 feet. What is called a studio today, is a one rooms sleeping place and in the past was only for someone starting out.

Are people really living longer today, than in the past? Time and time again, we are told that people today liver longer than in the past, but is this true? It is not true. read more

Smart phone use dramatically reduces creativity and productivity People waste hours upon hours of time on these devices, without stopping to think for themselves or to look around and get new, real information.

Self Sufficiency America was founded on the concept of self sufficiency. Unfortunately, since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), some members of the lower classes have come to depend on handouts and have essentially become wards of the state. True freedom is only achieved when a person is self sufficient. Of course certain things are best handled by the state, such as the construction of roads, protection of people and property, food and quality maintenance, basic civil order actions and a few other societal rules to allow society to operate smoothly.

USA is now a third world country? The strength of a nation is its manufacturing capacity and capability. Since 1978, the United States has deindustrialization and is now similar to what used to be the definition of a third world country. That is that the USA sends raw materials and food stuff to more industrialized countries and after, those countries sends back finished products.

Avoid "start-ups" Most so-called start up's are a waste of time and investment and are doomed to failure. The majority of startups do not attempt to manufacture or develop anything new, but instead make apps or software, yet they refer to themselves as "technology" companies. A true technology company produces physical products. Apps and software are not the end but the means to service the end.

Facial recognition Global facial recognition technology and storing such data is a huge infringement of privacy and ultimately freedom. It is a form of branding, without the brand. Facial recognition technology should be universally banned.

FEDNOW digital currency and payment system Fednow is a newly, partially introduced Central Bank Digital Currency also known as CBDC. This means the elimination of cash and all purchases conducted electronically through a phone, credit card or similar. All CBDC's represents a complete elimination of privacy and freedom and can easily evolve into a new form of To continue, click here and scroll down the page

People want to be told what to do It might be difficult to believe, but it seems that the majority of people want to be told what to do and how to live. People want others to do things for them. People are told what to buy, how to dress, how to talk, how to live, what to eat, almost everything, buy the media and other forms of social influencing areas.

Change Change for the sake of change, is wrong. Change is only good if it improves something or if it improves the existence of human kind.

Expand what is in the public domain and sphere Expand public service, even if the entity is privately owned. The United States courts have ruled that the common space in shopping malls are public space and a form of a new Town Square. It is now time that search engines, credit card companies, banks, phone companies and other similar entities must also be considered a form of a Town Square. These entities must not be allowed to inhibit free speech or To continue, click here and scroll down the page

The Effectiveness of VACCINES If vaccines work, why should the vaccinated worry about the unvaccinated? Further, why should anyone, for any reason, be required to be vaccinated? This applies to jobs, schools, audiences and all other social and business areas.



Covid/Corona Virus
For Frank Didik thoughts on the Corona Virus and it's effect on society and the economy. Click Here

Lockdowns benefit large companies at the expense of small stores and businesses Frank X. Didik December 16, 2020

 It has become obvious that the lockdowns, imposed by most of the states to control the spread of Covid-19, has clearly benefited large companies, particularly on-line mega-companies, at the expense of small, local businesses, that were forced to either close their doors or greatly curtail their operations. It was estimated that these small companies and stores represented about 60% of the economy. As a result of the government imposed lockdowns, much of this bushiness activity and wealth has been transferred, perhaps permanently, to the on-line stores. This is rapidly creating a vastly different business environment and potentially will reduce the ability of an individual to start their own business in the future.

One World Government The world seems to be headed towards a single, one world government, with the notion of individual countries, cultures, customs and races, gradually merging to form a new type of global citizen. This could lead to greatly curtailed personal freedoms, such as the ability to travel, own a car, own a private house, where to work, where to live and even limit the potential to improve one's social read more

More Random thoughts and speculaions by Frank X. Didik can be found here

"Northern Eastern Circle"
A fact finding 1,500 mile road trip through rural north eastern USA. Click here for details.

"Southern Circle"
A fact finding 3,000 mile road trip through the deep south. Click here for details.





A $40 per hour minimum wage? ...Frank X. Didik, September 22, 2021
 In 1962, the average 35 year old working man was able to support a wife, 3 or 4 children, own a house in the suburbs, have 2 cars and had enough money to go on a vacation once or twice a year. Today, it takes two highly educated people working to buy a small one or two bedroom coop or condo, car ownership is rare and they can only afford to have one or two children at best. To achieve what a man in 1962 made per week and to regain the standard of living of that time, the minimum wage must be increased to $40 per hour. The gradual decline over the past 60 years should be changed. Perhaps "shock treatment" that was recommended to the former communist countries in Eastern Europe by "experts" from leading American Universities, should be the guide for this sudden increase in the average (minimum) wage. Several things would happen. First, people would initially spend much more money and this would almost instantly create huge demand. At the same time, it is very possible that prices would go up, though perhaps not as fast as one might expect, since production efficiency is much greater today than in 1962. Finally, it might be necessary to implement trade barriers. This of course would run counter to the direction of globalism. Perhaps it is time to modify the notion of globalism and take into account the different global cultures, work ethics and achievements.


Remote working, office space, the diminished need for employees Frank X. Didik, January 1, 2021 It is fascinating to note that as a result of the government imposed Covid-19 restrictions, that for a period of time, an estimated 30% of the population was out of work, and yet the country did not experience any long term shortages, in any area. One might say that this is a wake-up call for companies to show them that they have too many redundant employees. read more

Does constant mask wearing reduce cognitive ability? Studies have shown that people inhale between 7% and 12% of their exhaled breath, with an accumulation of carbon dioxide. Does this cause minor cognitive loss for the wearer over time? Further, over time, the masks quickly become both moist as well as becomes a breading ground for bacteria. Also, does the additional stress on the lungs to breath through a filter effects the lungs? More studies must be performed to determine if mask wearing causes biological issues as well as psychological issues over time.


DIDIK Muscle Car

DIDIK Muscle Car

DIDIK Muscle Car

DIDIK Muscle Car

DIDIK Muscle Car

Coming Soon: Steam Turbine Solar-Electric Sports Car.


Electric Vehicles

Solar, Electric, Hybrid, Alternate Energy Vehicles

How the vehicles are designed

The secret in designing and manufacturing a viable electric car.

How to Build an Electric Car (Smithsonian Institute Talk)

Directory and History of Electric Vehicles from 1834 to 2000 A directory of all electric cars ever built.

DIDIK Muscle Car

Foldable Muscle Car

Didik Shooting Star

Didik Sun Shark

Didik Arctic Explorer

Didik Long Ranger

Didik Simplicity

Didik Duplexity

Didik Turtle

Worlds lightest bike

Hovercraft - Realistic analysis of the pros and cons of the Hovercraft

Human Powered Bus

Licensing Information
for Manufacturers and Resellers

PRESS KITS covering DIDIK electric cars

Electric Vehicle CD-ROM

The Horseless Age First Car Magazine in the USA, starting in 1895. Contains details on every early car. Fascinating.

Solar Energy Research

The Electric Car Owners Club, which is now known as the Electric Car Society, was founded by Frank Didik

Electric Vehicle Registration Page

History of the CitiCar and CommutaCar

Didik Ocean Home

How to Build an Electric Car(Smithsonian Institute Talk)

Driving an Electric Vehicle

CitiCar and CommutaCar Parts List

Electric Vehicle CD-ROM

Directory and History of Electric Vehicles from 1834 to 2000
Citicar Catalog from 1975

CitiCar Wiring Diagrams

ComutaCar Catalog and specifications from 1980

NEW! For the early automobile enthusiast
The Horseless Age

The first car magazine printed from 1895 to 1918. Information on every car built and every automotive development during this period.

Design, Art, Film, Alternate Energy

Designs by Frank Didik



"Chinatown in the Shadow"
"Secret History of Japan"


Frank Didik's Designer Statement


Virtual New York City and Tokyo

Current Book Projects

Expanded GPS

Hurricane Irene
Report from, NYC
Effects of Hurricane Irene on New York City
Aug 27-Aug 28, 2011

Architecture Inflatable structures and emergency isolation tents.

Positive pressure, germ free emergency temporary medical bed.
Positive pressure filtration tents.

"Fleeting Moments" This art project includes a picture of every building in New York City, photographed by Frank Didik To see thumbnails of many of the photographs, also go to NYCinPictures.com

 Solar and Renewable Energy Research section SOLAR and POWER PLANT TECHNOLOGY. This section provides an overview of solar energy research.

Click here for the Main Power Technology Menu

Direct Solar-Electric Generation

Improved Efficiency for Existing Power Plants

Technology Systems

Solar Electric Vehicle Technology


Trans-Global Highway. Frank Didik proposal for the Trans-Global Highway

BubbleBunker.com Portable, hermetically sealed , inflatable personal shelter. Personal Home Shelters.

World Trade Center Horror A first hand, eye witness report of the World Trade Center Horror, as seen by Frank Didik on September 11, 2001

Design and build a simple car top,row boat or motor boat in three days.

Real Estate

Click here for Real Estate information products for brokers and investors.

Hawaii Real Estate CD-Roms

Stock Photo
and News Archive

Photographs by Frank Didik:
New York Photo Archive

Asia Photo Archive

Historic Asia (1850's-1920's)

Stock Film Footage Database

Celebrities in pictures

Celebrities in 3D Stereo

Protest marches

Tropics in pictures

Electric cars in pictures

Japan in pictures

Croatia in pictures

 World Trade Center Archives in pictures photographed by Frank Didik during the 911 horror

Alternative Energy in pictures

Tokyo1.org -Japan stock photo archive

Tokyo1.org (historic)
Historic Japanese and Asian photo archive section covering 1853-1923

Hawaii Stock Photo Archive

Frank Didik Commercial and Editorial Photography
Didik photographs can be found in numerous magazines and publications

Nine day sailing adventure

Earthquake Relief Housing Effort

A photograph of every building in Manhattan. Photographed by Frank Didik. Part of his virtual reality world project.

www.News1.net Stock photo and video archive plus editorial and media content.

Stereo 3-D Pages

lenticular software

Lenticular Stereo (3-D) Technology STEREO and THREE DIMENSIONAL (3-D) imaging including Lenticular printing and Vari-Vue. This section covers stereo photography, stereographic cinematography and stereo (3-D) television.

 Main Stereo 3-D menu

 History and Guide Book to Lenticular Technology cd-rom by Frank Didik 2003 edition

Mass Production of Lenticular images for advertisers

Production Price list for Lenticular Mass Production

Lenticular Photography
Lenticular Supplies including lenses for printers and photographers

 Early 3-D Television Systems from the 70's

Lenticular Technology
A brief history of VariVue Since 1936

Directory of 3D (Stereo) films since 1922

Lenticular Technology Book

How to view stereo pairs (non-Lenticular)

Research, Development and Experimenting.
Charge a cell phone with an orange? !

Lenticular Licensing
Information for Manufacturers and Resellers

Press Kits for lenticular 3d

DIDIK Stereo Registration Page

Business Intelligence

Eastern European Business Directory by Frank X. Didik This business directory can be found in most libraries world wide and required over one year of work, including numerous trips to Eastern Europe. It was the key business book covering Eastern Europe in 1990 till 1992. Besides English, special regional editions of "Didik's Directory of American Businesses" were published in German, Czech and Polish. The primary purpose of all of these directories was to assist the businessman to determine "who produces what".

Eastern Europe Business Database CD-ROM by Frank Didik Covers every factory in Eastern Europe and former USSR

Easter and Central
European Business Directory

Eastern Europe Business Information This section is primarily for larger companies, banks and government agencies seeking information or technical assistance on various industries and industrial sectors in Eastern Europe.

Special Industrial Reports Over 400 industrial sectors covered

Trade Directories and Books Covering Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe Registration Page

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Frank X. Didik in Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, on April 11, 2023

Thoughts by
Frank Didik
Random thoughts on science, business and society today.

What if and what can or might be.

 Napoleon is supposed to have said "History is a lie agreed upon". I say that these days, "science is a lie agreed upon". So much of alleged science today is complete nonsense. The definition of science is the ability to test and retest and always get the same results. Anything else is mere speculation or philosophy.

Eclipse in Upstate New York
Eclipse in Upstate New York: April 8, 2024 The width of totality was about 109 miles/170km and lasted for little more than 3 minutes. A total eclipse is vastly different than a 99% eclipse. Within just 4 seconds, the temperature dropped by 7 degrees Fahrenheit. The colors, for some unexplained reason, seemed to shift. Further, our digital cameras did not seem to function well and read more interesting observations --- Frank X Didik, April 8 2024.thm_P1440665.jpg


What is the speed of gravity? If it is instantaneous, then what if gravity can be modulated? Today most scientists, assume that the speed of gravity is the same as the speed of light, but what if the speed of gravity is instantaneous? Further, if gravity can be modulated, it might allow for instantaneous universal communication. Thus it might be possible to communicate with space craft instantly, rather than waiting for minutes for transmissions to reach the craft or earth. Perhaps computer chips can be made to operate vastly faster. And this is just the beginning since ...read more ...

What if the decay rate of elements varies rather than being a constant? Imagine, if this is the case, it would mean that all archeological dating is in question. How old are artifacts? When in fact did the dinosaurs really die out? Further, consider that ... read more ...

Disappeared from society over the past two decades. Some of the things include:
Cameras that use film
Dial telephones
Home telephones
Video Tape recorders including Betamax, VHS and others
record players
Special delivery
... and soon ...
private houses
private ownership of cars
private ownership of all types
Freedom to travel without excessive restrictions
Illusion of Freedom
Freedom to do as one pleases

Frank X. Didik theory of theories:
People often forget that any "science" that has the word "theory" in it is mere speculation without any substantial proof.
For example, the atomic "theory", or the "Theory" of evolution, Big-Bang "Theory", theory that stars are suns, theory that there are millions of other planets and universes, the theory of climate change, and the list goes on and on. So many things are taught in our schools without any real proof are mentioned so often that people accept these thoughts are unquestionably real, but the fact is that all of them are mere speculation that may or may not be true. Some things are accepted as fact, that may not be true or accurate. Such things as carbon 14 dating, or the age of certain stratigraphy or fossils are all suspect. Truthfully, we just do not know. Science is the ability to test and retest and always get the same results. If something can not be tested, it falls under the domain of philosophy.

Frank's old girlfriend? No! This 3 foot high speculative recreation of what I think is a monkey, is on display at the National Museum of Ancient History in Ueno Tokyo. The museum states that this creature is what human's "evolved" from, for those who actually believe in "evolution". The museum complex is excellent, though I do not accept their conclusions. There are so many theories that perhaps the museum should be renamed "The Museum of Speculation and Wishful Thinking"! Sadly, many museums around the world repeat the same speculations without proof.

Social Media Social media has very little to do with being social, but rather deals with ego and the desire for recognition and self defined importance and with the number of "likes" or "followers". Perhaps "social media" should be renamed "anti-Social media". A key issue is that those who are addicted to "social media" tend to neglect real life.

Education today As mentioned before, schools have become more and more focused on indoctrination and formation of opinions, rather than focusing on the basics such as reading, writing, mathematics, critical thinking, basic history, art and business.

Value Value is determined by availability and unavailability. Value increases if something is difficult to obtain and if the item is needed or desired.

Science today attempts to prove natural phenomenon without the existence of God. Another way of saying this is that science is attempting to prove the God does not exist. Unfortunately many things that so-called "modern" science clings to are very dubious at best.

Without Proof There is always something that some people will believe without proof. For example: if an atheist is asked if God exists, will immediately say such things as only primitive people believe in God or those who will not accept "science", etc. When asked about ghosts, spirits, astrology the atheist may again say that it is complete nonsense. However if you ask the atheist if he/she believes in life on other planets, the existence of millions of planets and solar systems, global warming, and most of what is in books on the current view of the pre-historic world, the atheist may well accept it even though there is not a shred of evidence that any of this is real. Other concepts that are often accepted without proof include:

  •  The theory of "black holes",

  • The acceptance that the decay rate of radioactive elements to be a constant, rather than varying over time or because of outside influences, such as pressure, temperature, etc. If the decay rate is not a constant, it will completely effect the notion of carbon dating, a method that is already questionable.
  • Human caused global warming
  • Evolution
  • The atomic model of protons, electrons, neutrons and a host of "sub atomic particles".
  • That stars are suns
  • The expanding universe or big bang theory
  • The speculative belief that life exists on other planets

...and the list goes on and on.

Moving ahead It is difficult to accomplish things and move ahead if you are always busy. You must take the time to step back and think things through.


Frank X. Didik aboard
"The Futurist" in New York Harbor.

Evolution of American English Accents I have noticed that accents evolve very quickly. If you were to watch a movie from the 1930's, 1940's or any other time, you will notice that people from each period have distinct accents. Recently, I have noticed that first generation Americans, who perhaps grew up in bilingual families, for example Polish or Chinese families, have a distinct, new American accent. I presume that over time, everyone's accent will be significantly different in years to come. Frank Didik, February 1, 2022

Reason, Logic and intellect is not reliable. The late Christopher Hitchens often stated that we should rely on our logic, reason and intellect to determine the truth. Many people who pride themselves as educated, intelligent and progressive believe the same. As reasonable as this seems, Galileo proved over 400 years ago that our logic, reason and intellect is unreliable and that only direct experimental data, should be relied upon. Galileo had dropped two balls of the same material, but different masses, from the Leaning Tower of Pisa to demonstrate that they would hit the ground at the same time, rather than the heavier ball hitting the ground first, as almost everyone, including Aristotle, 2000 years ago, had assumed. Our logic, reason and intellect is not reliable and should only be viewed as speculation. Only direct experimentation and obtaining the same results, over and over again should be relied upon.

What if time varies along with all things, rather than being a constant? Consider that...read more ...

Can the speed of light vary, even if traveling under the same conditions, or in other words, is the speed of light really a constant? According to Einstein's theory of relativity, the speed of light is a constant but ...read more ...

The 1956 Firebird was to be self driving.
Self Driving Cars? If you have an accident with a self driving car, who is at fault? The car manufacturer, the owner of the car or the occupant "driver" of the car? I have enjoyed owning and driving some of the most interesting cars made and have always enjoyed the freedom of driving without impediments or restrictions. Nevertheless, if self driving ...read more ...

Bicycles? What ever happened to jet packs, flying cars and advanced technology that in the past, was predicted that we would be using by today? Why are bicycles being pushed by cities world wide?...read more ...

Question: Do bicycles and skate boards represent a more environmentally friendly world or does it indicate a decline in the standard of living? I ride my bicycle about 10 miles every day, but only a small percentage of the population benefit from bike lanes, mostly men under the age of 50. Further, most people ride bikes in warm, favorable weather and rarely in the rain, snow or cold weather.

Old Computer Formats and the longevity of our digitally stored knowledge. Are we entering into a "pre-history" era? How can we preserve our computer written records, books, photographs, video and knowledge? If you wanted to, would you be able to read a:

    3 1/2" or 5 1/4" or 8" floppy?
    cd-rom or a dvd?
    12" optical disk?
    9 track tape?
    IBM punch card?
    Paper punch tape?

If you can not read these one or two generation old formats today, how will society be able to read these documents in 200 years from now? I doubt that the current line up of formats, such as SD cards, USB drives or others, will be easy to read in 15 years. The longevity of computer/digital storage before major failure is also an issue ...read more ...

There is an alternative to population control. Restricting and discouraging the formation of families in order to stabilize or reduce population infringes on the freedom and rights of every human. There is another much better approach...read more ...

Cell Phone Etiquette
Advice for the modern person - December 9, 2016 read more

Time to rethink bike lanes Advice for bicyle based cities
 - August 3, 2016 read more

Questioning the results of modern science. For the last 100 years, we have been experiencing the collapse of real science. Theories, speculation and fantasy is the norm today. By definition, the scientific method is the ability to test and re-test and always get the same results, over and over. If an idea or a theory can not be tested, the idea must be viewed as speculation and not considered true, till that idea is proven without a doubt. Scientific theory has moved to areas that are beyond our present capability of testing and gradually a number of unproven theories have become accepted as fact without any real proof. Further, new theories have been developed based on old theories. Thus we have a situation where science today is largely based on theory upon theory. If something can not be proven, it falls into the realm of philosophy rather than science. This has led to...read more ...

Science and media hype: Any sudden "revolutionary" scientific discovery, even if such discovery is written about in every newspaper and scientific journal, should be greeted with skepticism. Such a discovery should only be accepted after the bulk of scientists have have had a chance to review the discovery and confirm that it is in fact correct. Such things that come to mind include cold fusion, the so called "God Particle" and even the recent stated discovery of a "gravitational wave". All too often such media hype has come and gone without any real discovery or fundamental change. ..read more ...

What percentage of information, contained in science books is accurate and true? Are we in a post science period? Many science books today present ...read more ...

It is time to retest scientific properties. Verify results. I suggest that the properties of all materials be re-tested using modern technology and certify the results. Melting and boiling points, conductivity, hardness, and all physical properties of materials should be re-tested ...read more ...

Honesty and integrity in scientific research is essential in order to advance our knowledge base. When a scientist has worked for years to prove a particular theory and finds out that their work has been in vain, it is difficult to admit that their original assumptions were wrong. Still it is vitally important ..read more ...

Collapse in the standard of living I believe that the standard of living in the United States was highest in the early 1960's. In 1962, the average 35 year old working man was able to support a wife, 3 or 4 children, own a house in the suburbs, have 2 cars and had enough money to go on a vacation once or twice a year. Today, it takes two highly educated people working to buy a small one or two bedroom coop or condo, car ownership is rare and they can only afford to have one or two children at best.read more

The need for a $40 per hour minimum wage? read more

Automation and robotics will help return businesses to the United States. With new automation and robotics, which requires less employees, it is now possible for most American Based companies to return manufacturing to the United States, with the benefit of lower production costs, lower shipping costs and a safer business climate, when compared with outsourced manufacturing. -February 14, 2018

Internet free speech and censorship read more

The Downside of Robotics Robotics will bring about a fundamental change in society. Millions of jobs will be lost, but only a few, high end jobs will be created. Most former employees will not be employable in this new environment. The same occurred in England in the early 1800's with the industrial revolution. High end weaving jobs were lost after the introduction of high speed looms. Another example is the computer revolution from the late 1960's till the mid 1980's and on till today eliminated the need for thousands of office clerks. - May 5, 2019

Frank Didik's
Thoughts on how the world will change in the future

  No one really knows what the future will be like and rarely have predictions made in the past, become a reality in the same way that it was predicted. Nevertheless, certain generalities of what might happen, can be foreseen based on what is happening today
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1. In the future, robotics will change society and millions will lose their jobs ...read more
2. In the future, robotic friends, including intimate friends will prevail ...read more
3. In the future, dating and marriage may greatly decline read more
4. In the future, populations may drastically decline ...read more
5. In the future, pet ownership will decline read more
6. In the future, natural child birth may decline read more
7. In the future, Licenses may be required to have children ...read more
8. In the future, virtual living will take precedence to real life read more
9. In the future, aroma, heat, wind, moisture and taste will all be recorded read more
10. In the future, wealth will be concentrated among a tiny group of people read more
11. In the future, technological advancement may slow down ...read more
12. In the future, planets will not be colonized read more
13. In the future, people will travel less in the future ...read more
14. In the future, transportation networks will gradually be reduced ..read more
15. In the future, there will be a Loss of optimism for their future ...read more
16. In the future, people will rarely interact, face to face ...read more
17. In the future, microscopic robotic "bacteria" will be injected into the body to cure diseases and repair or remove internal body issues ..read more
18. In the future, robots will perform medical procedures including surgery more
19. In the future, doctors will be able to operate from anywhere on the planet ...read more
20. Radically changed moral values and decline in human dignity awaits us in the future ...read more
21. In the future, society may gradually fall into a stagnant, non advancing epic ...read more
22. Future crises in Human Dignity ...read more
23. In the future, medicines will be specifically designed for the individual ...read more
24. In the future, robots will do most factory work and manual labor, including farming and cooking, as well as the jobs of professionals such as doctors and accounting, just to mention a few chores and will cause the loss of millions of jobs and make large populations unnecessary .. read more
---Predictions for the future by Frank X. Didik, December 2, 2016

BITCOIN: Bitcoins are backed by nothing more than the gullibility and wishful thinking of the Bitcoin holder.
I believe that the Bitcoin rise in value is akin to the Dutch Tulip craze in the early 1600's and that a massive decline in value is imminent.

Foreign manufactured products versus American manufactured products: American's will never buy an American made product if the same or similar foreign products is sold at a lower price. This means that manufacturing jobs will never return to the United States, unless there is an import tax, however import taxes will violate most of America's NAFTA and GAT treaties. Any talk of manufacturing jobs returning to America without import taxes is simply idle banter.

The Safety of Plastics. Over the past 30 years, there has been a massive increase in the number of human ailments such as Alzheimer's, breast cancer, prostate cancer, autism, declining fertility, and other ailments. Some people say that the cause is actually better diagnosis, while others blame processed foods, GMO foods, pesticides, wifi, cell phones, vaccinations and other outside influences. During this period, there has been a rapid increase of various plastic packaging for food, water and even clothing made out of polyester and other plastics, with a decline in 100% natural fibers such as cotton and wool. Studies should be conducted regarding the safety of these new materials, as well as the fabric dyes and determine if such chemicals can be absorbed by the skin and if they have any type of long range human effect. -February 14, 2018

Cell Phone Etiquette
Advice for the modern person - December 9, 2016 read more

Time to rethink bike lanes Advice for bicyle based cities - August 3, 2016 read more

The common phrase, "It's all good" ... is all wrong. All is not good. There is an absolute right and an absolute wrong and this is not culturally or time dependent. If you see someone going down the wrong path in life, it is essential that you vocalize your concerns and offer to help that individual. I am a moral absolutist and not a moral relativist.

Producing the very best and most effective TV commercials The single purpose of a television commercial is to sell the product or service. The fact that an advertisement might be interesting, funny, informative or well produced is secondary to the main purpose, which is to sell the product or service. One should never leave the creation of the television commercial to the television producer or the video editor. ... read more ...

Building the most effective business websites Never let a "web designer" develop the website for you. A web designer should be produce the website under the supervision of an on line marketing master, usually working with ... read more


From the right, Frank Didik, Dr. Eric Bitterman, Chairman of Deutsche Welle, Dr. Joachim Reppmann, and publisher Walter at the Von Steuben formal event in New York City. Though Frank Didik does not have any German background, he enjoys the inginuety and drive of the German people.

Subway Safety-Subway Gate Subway Safety Barriers: Every year hundreds of people are killed or severely injured when they fall onto the tracks of trains and subways. The prevention is cost efficient and greatly reduces liability ... read more ...

Greatly reduce train noise A significant amount of train noise is caused by the train wheels rolling over the expansion joint of the tracks. This vibration creates noise, vibrations, an less pleasant ride and also reduces the life cycle of the train. The solution is relatively simple and cost effective ... read more ...

Frank X. Didik with former NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio and first lady Chirlane McCray, at Gracy Mansion in Manhattan.

WAR. Are we headed towards a global war? It sure looks that way. Every action by almost all European countries shows agression. Every TV program, every newspaper, every podcast, and all information sources are all talking about war. Even science magazines are discussing such ..read more

Home Front. What will happen inside of the United States if a major war breaks out?

  • Rationing of fuel, and food.

  • Censorship
  • Total mobilization of all industries and workers
  • Price controls
  • Confiscation
  • Suspension of most or all travel..read more

The Library of
Frank Xavier Didik

  Frank Didik in his home library on June 13, 2024, holding an original philosophy book from 1687, entitled "The Whole Duty of Man"...read more

The library of Frank Xavier Didik has over 10,000 books, with a large number being considered antiquarian books, with many before 1850 and some dating to the late 1500's. All but perhaps 25 are non-fiction on topics of science, engineering, history, religion, philosophy and politics. For research purposes, some of the books cover cooking and medicine from the 1700's to the late 1800's..read more

 Film Vs Digital

A Fuji 6x9 (2 1/4 x 3 x 1/4) film camera with many rolls of Fuji Velvia 50 film, which sadly is very hard to buy today. Fuji
Claims that the finished positive (slide) film will last up to 100 years.

  • Film lasts for 100 years or more

  • The best digital cameras are up to 108 megapixels but medium format film can be scanned at up to 2 gigapixels and still give sharpness.
  • Digital cameras, process the image within the camera so that even though the image may look wonderful, it may not be a completely accurate image. Fine detail may be removed by the internal software of the ..read more

Digital Currency will represent a loss of freedom and privacy. Digital Currency will mean the total control of your money by the government. Thus what you (are permitted to) buy will be under the complete control of the government. Further, everything you do and buy will be known to the government and anyone who has access to this information. Thus everything that you buy or sell or are permitted to buy or sell will be known and potentially controlled. -April 11, 2023

The power and effect of interest. Many people do not understand the true cost and effect of interest over time. For example, if you put $10 in a bank account you will have the following after 100 years:

At 3% interest, compounded yearly: $192.19
At 6% interest compounded yearly: $3,393.02
At 8% interest compounded yearly: $21,997.61

As you see, doubling the interest rate, vastly increases the amount you either get from interest or have to pay in interest. This is why when the central bank increases interest rates, it matters so much and can have such a massive effect in the economy or commerce. -April 12, 2023

The playgrounds are empty but the dog runs are full. No children, only dogs. I have noticed that in New York City, the playgrounds are empty but the dog runs are full. People are no longer getting married, and having families. Where will this all lead to? When I was a child growing up in NYC, there were children everywhere and the stores catered to families, rather than individual single people. The best boutiques along Madison Avenue on Manhattan's upper east side, always had play areas for the children, so that the children could play, while the mothers shopped. We children knew which stores had the best toys and demanded to go to those stores, which in most cases, were the most expensive stores! A sizable portion of the population are no longer getting married and forming families, but read more

It is essential to maintain law and order in New York City There has been a type of collapse of law and order in NYC. Shoplifting is rampant, with little chance of punishment, even if caught. Shoplifting is so prevalent that some stores have simply closed their businesses. Unfortunately, the recent state law that removes the bail requirement for many smaller crimes has given the green light to criminals to continue their criminality.

Besides the shoplifting and new bail rules, New York City has become like the wild west when it comes to motorcycles. Today, very few motorcycles seem to even have license plates, which means that they are probably uninsured, unlicensed, and unqualified to even be riding. Further the motorcycles rarely obey traffic laws and almost always go through red lights, ride on the sidewalk or ride the wrong way down one way streets. In the past, Police commissioner Bratton and others maintained that by enforcing smaller regulations, the larger laws also benefit.

We must have reasonable police enforcement in New York City and certainly let us not even consider reducing funding to the NYPD. Let the NYPD do their job.

The term "White Privilege" is a racist term, on the same level as the "N" word and only serves to create racial tension, towards whites. Needless to say, there are both poor and wealthy whites. All people should be treated with respect, regardless of their race or physical appearance. It is essential to individualize, rather then judge an entire group of people, as though they are all the same. The derogatory term of "White Privilege" should never be used by politicians, in the press or used in schools and the term should be allowed to die out.

Down Syndrome. Did you know that there are some people with Down Syndrome who are geniuses? read more

Natural Gas substitutes

Before 1947 in the USA and late 1960's in Europe, countries used first wood gas and then later coal gas, as this plant in Seatle, Washington prouced till the mid 1950's read more
Natural Gas. Europe and many other countries around the world are concerned about shortages of natural gas but there are many substitutes for read more

Wood gas was also used to power cars, trucks and buses when gasoline was not available in Europe and Japan during World War 2. read more

Bike Registration Though I am a strong believer that less government is best government, the time has come to register and insure bicycles and to make sure that bicyclist obey traffic rules. This is particularly necessary in crowded urban areas. With the proliferation of bicycles, more and more accidents and related injuries are occurring to both the cyclist as well as pedestrians. A basic form of a license plate for bicycles as well as liability insurance is clearly necessary.

Can a draw bridge be an example of true democracy? read more

Fads come and go. Today,the fad is clown colored hair, body graffiti, extensive facial shrapnel and torn jeans, ultra tight "yoga pants" read more

The "Frank Didik" penny theory to analyze the state of the economy read more

Either gold is over valued or silver is under valued, based on historic ratio's read more

Libraries have lost their purpose. read more

Massive surpluses in society Industry has produced massive surpluses Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, 230 years ago, society has gradually managed to ever increase productivity and surpluses. Today, these surpluses are so great that I estimate that only 20% of the population can support themselves and the rest of the population. This assumption was proven essentially correct with the Covid/Corona lockdowns when it was estimated that over 50% of the population was not working and yet society did not experience any shortages in any area. Further, with the robotic and artificial intelligence revolution just around the corner, even greater surpluses will be achieved and even less workers/employees will be needed. This leads to the question of how to deal with the vast number of people who's work will no longer be needed? If the present monetary system continues, perhaps a basic, livable income will necessary, though in general, I am not in favor of the idea, since I have always felt that everyone should be required to carry their own weight in society and further, give back to society. There are some who feel that the population should be reduced by discouraging the formation of families, encouraging single life, birth control, abortion, same sex unions encouraging latter age marriage and other methods. Most non-retail businesses can easily survive with less than 50% of their work force.

Where have all the insects and birds gone? Just a few years ago, when I would drive in the country, my windshield would be covered with insects that had hit the car. This simply does not happen anymore. Has the insect population somehow died out? No one seems to talk about this. Has insecticides or plastics or radio transmissions somehow effected them? Further, I have noticed a large drop in the number of birds that we have in the cities as well as in the countryside. It seems that we are headed towards, a silent spring.

Frank Didik's opinion
On Education
Rethinking school and our education system

Should everyone attend college or university? ... read more ...

Wisdom: I believe that wisdom can not be taught, but rather wisdom is a unique gift of understanding that a person is born with.

Can a college or a university really teach a person to be a businessman or an artist or good in any particular field? ... read more ...

How come all college undergraduate degree's require four years? Should some degrees require only one year while others perhaps six years? ... read more ...

Weak Students: I have long believed that in a classroom environment, the weak student holds the better students back. The idea of putting a weak student with better students is a disservice to both the weak as well as the better students. It should also be recognized that not all people have the same ability and potential in every field. Two individuals completing the same university program and having the same grades and degree, does not make them equal in ability and potential. Students should not be told that they can succeed at anything that they try to do.

What courses should and should not be taught at college or university? Can college or a university teach a person how to be a good business person, or how to be creative? ... read more ...

Teaching: I feel that it is not possible to teach a person to be creative or a good businessman and the same applies to many other fields. You can only expose that person to what has already been done and the current understanding of the tools and materials of the trade and perhaps with this understanding, the student can expand upon this knowledge.

Learning: My view is that almost all learning is through observation and questioning. This underscores the importance of parents to teach their children and expose their children to the parents daily lives. In today's society, most parents are forced to work and thus the child has only limited exposure to the richness of the parents understanding of things. I would also argue that when a parent is walking with a child, that the parent should not be using their cell phone or texting and instead be devoting their full attention to the child. Schools, as they exist today, have a limited ability to truly train/educate a student and most of what is taught to the student is repeated over and over with little practical use for the student after graduation. So many students today study for years and yet after graduation, never use what they have learned or what they have learned is of little relevance to their lives.

The playgrounds are empty but the dog runs are full. No children, only dogs. I have noticed that in New York City, the playgrounds are empty but the dog runs are full. People are no longer getting married, and having families. Where will this all lead to? When I was a child growing up in NYC, there were children everywhere and the stores catered to families, rather than individual single people. The best boutiques along Madison Avenue on Manhattan's upper east side, always had play areas for the children, so that the children could play, while the mothers shopped. We children knew which stores had the best toys and demanded to go to those stores, which in most cases, were the most expensive stores!

Where have all the twenty something year olds gone?
Strolling down fashionable Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York City recently, it struck me how the average age of the crowded streets seems older than in the past. I would guess that the average age of the people I saw was around 35 years old. Twenty years ago, the average age would have been probably around 25 years old. Why? I will further guess that the answer is that many people are postponing marriage and having far fewer children. Perhaps the high student debt or perhaps women seeking careers over family or perhaps the hook-up culture is the culprit. Regardless, this does not bode well for the future and increasing family commitments is a must for a healthy society. --- Feb 11, 2019

The aging population is a sad, worldwide industrial nation phenomenon. I am in Tokyo for a few days and have been here many times before. In 2002, I would guess that the average age on the street was about 24 years old. Today, I would guess the average age is about 35 years old. --- Feb 26, 2019

Immigration: Almost all countries consider what perspective immigrants can do for their country and if those immigrants will contribute or be a burden on their society and also evaluate if the potential immigrant will blend in with their existing culture. Perhaps the United States should take the same approach. ---Feb 11, 2019

Life forever? It is interesting that life never really dies in that life continues, uninterrupted with the offspring. Science has never observed life emerging from minerals or non living elements. ---Feb 11, 2019

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Good Citizenship
 and respect for our fellow human beings.

Important quotes from my friends from around the world, that I completely agree with and I am sure that most people would as well:

"Do not generalize, but rather individualize." --Daniela D. in Germany, who works for the German diplomatic Chancellery.

"Never get angry with anyone. Who knows, perhaps one day that person will save the world!" --Yuka S., who works for Aoyama University in Tokyo (and Kanagawa).

"It is important to always remember that every person you encounter has their own goals and aspirations, trails and tribulations and deserves equal respect." --Sue Ann M. in Durham, North Carolina.