I worry about the people in this world

A mother deemed this ‘Love Is On’ commercial as being “very suggestive” because of the kissing and touching. She complained because it was aired in a movie theater, before a PG movie. She thought it more appropriate for ’50 Shades of Grey’, and did get an apology from the theater and from Revlon.

In a comment to Local 6, Revlon mentioned they “would have never paid for its ads to go before a kid’s film.” If you ask me, it seems a lipstick commercial would actually be well played before a kid’s film — if you go on the assumption that a mother would often take their younger child to the movie theater.

Below is a screen grab from the video interview with the mother. I cannot help but wonder about those pictures on her wall behind her. Why wouldn’t she consider any of those as suggestive.


It is also a bit curious that she went from seeing this commercial in the theater, to being outraged, to recording it so quickly — the commercial is only 30 seconds long.

And on the note of using your cell phone in a movie theater. The article mentioned how she recorded the commercial to show it to the theater. The last time I checked you were not able to record ANYTHING during a movie. Copyright and all that good stuff.

Read more at ClickOrlando.

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Districts will get $10, and parents will be forced to spend much more

It seems the Florida House has come up with a rather clever way to encourage schools to adopt uniform policies.

From the article;

“The measure that passed (HB 7043) would pay districts $10 more per student if a uniform policy is adopted. Districts are currently paid nearly $7,000 for each student.”

My take;

Just wonderful, the district will get an extra $10 per kid (for forcing them to wear a uniform), and the parents will end up spending more money to buy those stupid uniforms.

Seems the priority is off here, how about we focus on what is important — the education, and not so much what they are wearing. I assume the districts will be quick to adopt this (to get that extra $10), but I am not convinced the students and parents will notice any difference in the quality of education, or for that matter, the supplies the kids see in the classroom.

Read more at 10 News.

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Sometimes I keep quiet, only to write about it after

My wife had surgery last Friday. It was outpatient, for her back, and she is doing well recovering. But the surgery isn’t my point here. While I was sitting in the waiting room a couple (man and women) came in. They sat near me, and we chatted while they waited. They both seemed nice enough, and they were in and out within about 20 minutes or so. But what happened as they exited the hospital left me rather sad…and mad.

Hospitals often have a mix of employees and volunteers in the lobby to greet people as they enter. These employees and volunteers make people feel comfortable, and at ease. But what I witnessed them doing as this couple left really bothered me. There was a handful of (hospital) people in the lobby, but the ones I took issue with were three older women. And I say older as in their 70’s, I would guess.

I’ve always gone by a few rules. One is that you shouldn’t judge a book by the cover, and the second is that if you don’t have anything nice to say you shouldn’t say anything. I’ll adjust that second point to say that if you must say something bad — at least do not say it in a public space where people will be able to hear the conversation.

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Sharing drone videos on YouTube makes you a commercial operator (according to the FAA)

It seems the FAA has decided to dub anyone with the potential to earn money from a drone video a commercial operator. In this case a man from Lutz, Florida has received a letter from the FAA because he has been sharing his drone videos on YouTube. And well, YouTube users have the potential to earn money from advertising.

Read more at Bay News 9.

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Just goes to show you really need to read everything you sign…

Windemere Cay, an apartment complex near Orlando, seems to have been using a “Social Media Addendum” to keep renters from posting any negative reviews.

This addendum blocks renters from posting negative comments online. And also allows the complex to impose a $10,00 fine on those who break that rule.

Perhaps even worse, the addendum also assigns copyright of all “written and photographic works regarding the Owner, the Unit, the property, or the apartments” to the landlord.”

That essentially means the landlord can appeal to any website and have those reviews or comments removed, because they would have copyright (say) over those words and images.

via ABC Action News and Ars Technica

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Looking back: 30 Day Challenge for December 2014


Re: My ‘more steps and more activity’ 30 Day Challenge

Looking back at the Fitbit data for the month of December and while I didn’t hit my goal of 15,000 every day — I only went below 10,000 steps on one day. That day was December 19th, and I did 9,123 steps. To be fair about missing my bottom level goal that day, I had an ultra-marathon scheduled for December 20th, and therefor was taking it a bit easy. Regardless, I still missed and could have gotten to 10,000 without issue.

Otherwise, I only had one other day where my steps were in the 10,xxx range. The other day was December 29th when I did 10,687. Not a bad day, but not where I wanted/hoped to be. Aside from those two lower days I managed to get over 15,000 steps for a total of 12 days.

In total that means I had one day below 10,000, and twelve days above 15,000. This goes without saying, but the remaining days were somewhere between 10 and 15 thousand steps.

In the end I would say I still need to keep working on this challenge, and while I wish the above 15,000 step days would have been higher — I still consider this challenge a success because it got me thinking about being more active THROUGHOUT the FULL DAY as opposed to getting majority of my activity in a short one hour period.

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30 Day Challenge: More steps and more activity


On the surface I appear to be a really active person. I run daily, with most of those runs being in the 5 mile range. I also ride my bike and swim, and because I run daily — the days when I bike or swim simply mean two workouts. And because of my running, I’ve sort of become the town runner. Everyone from friends, to parents of my kids friends, to random people ask me about running. Usually the question is something along the lines of;

Was that you I saw out running earlier?

Which is often followed by something along the lines of;

You seemed pretty far from home. How far do you run?

Seriously, it has gotten to the point where I tend to respond to the first question by saying one word — probably. And as if the attention from non-runners isn’t enough, I even get comments from other runners. Those usually tend to the fact about running everyday, and running ultra marathons. Bottom line here, I’ve become (locally known in my small town) as a runner, an active person.

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