Crowdsourcing Mornings: Pebble Smartwatch


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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

At its heart, Pebble Time is an awesome watch. The new color e-paper display is easy to read and always-on, perfect for displaying incoming notifications and your favorite watchface. Compared with display technology like LCD or OLED, power consumption is minimized, enabling Pebble Time to achieve an industry-leading battery life of up to 7 days.  Pebble Time’s new microphone lets you send voice replies to incoming notifications or take short voice notes.  They used the latest technology to maintain water resistance so you can swim or surf with Pebble Time (they do not, however, recommend talking underwater).

Pebble Time is 20% thinner than the original Pebble at just 9.5mm. Its ergonomic, curved design fits comfortably on either wrist and slides easily under dress shirts.  Pebble Time is stylish and durable. The lens is crafted from scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass with a bezel made of stainless steel. Like their previous watches, it’s water resistant – perfect for a run in the rain, water-balloon battle or a swim.  People love to personalize their Pebble watches. They’ve included a soft silicone band with each Pebble Time, but all standard 22mm watch bands will fit. All new Pebble watch bands include a quick-release pin, letting you swap bands in under 10 seconds. Now it’s super easy to find the perfect style for you!

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As of February 27th, this project has raised around $10 million of their $500,000 goal. This project only has 29 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $179, you will get one Pebble watch.  For a pledge of $338, you will get two Pebble watches.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/597507018/pebble-time-awesome-smartwatch-no-compromises

The Evening Post: Amazing Alabama Snow Drone Footage From Cullman


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The YouTube channel Kevin Henderson and SkyBama did another wonderful drone video!  This time, they were located in Cullman, Alabama and took some amazing daytime and nighttime shots of the snow.  The last part seeing people stuck on Interstate 65 is a reason why you stay off the roads during snow in Alabama.  Enjoy this epic video!

Movie Review: Cut! Movie


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I was sent a DVD screener of the new movie called Cut!  Cut! is a horror/thriller film and it features plenty of cuss words, killing of people, and some nudity.  So this is a movie only the adults only should watch!  And this movie is nothing like the 2000 Cut! movie.  Cut! features an inspiring filmmaker who wants to make his own horror film.  In fact, during the movie you see other camera and microphone equipment in the background.

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The filmmaker does this by scaring real people, especially hookers, how not smart there!  Soon, it begins to go too far and people begin to die!  One dies by a beheading, one dies by hanging, one gets ran over by a train, and it gets weird!  The filmmakers think killing for real to make a good movie makes sense, but killing for real will only get you killed!   David Rountree wrote and directed the film, and I thought he did a good job with directing.  For a horror film, I wish he would of made those death scenes even more gruesome!  They could of shown more blood and people being cut to death.

In between the killing scenes, I thought the dialogue was good, and good storytelling was . being shown.  The movie was one hour and 40 minutes long.  I thought the cop scenes was somewhat lackluster, and the end where the filmmaker was trying to sell his movie to a Hollywood studio was weird.  Yeah, kill real people and try to make money off of it.  You deserved to have your head chopped off, too bad it was only a dream!  The movie has already won some awards!

During the 2014 Independent Film and Television Festival, it won best film, best director, best leading actor, and the award of merit for audio.  And the website Movie Rankings ranks Cut! as the 4th overall horror movie in 2014.  The movie has plenty of things that are spooky and gross.  But I never was screaming from my couch during the movie.  It’s very hard to scare me!  It’s that hard to scare me I think haunted houses are fun places to go!

So, I think that Cut! was a good horror movie!  Psycho Rock Productions made a good movie!  And if you like horror movies you should check out Cut!  The movie is now out on DVD!  Learn more and order at: http://www.thecutmovie.com/

Food Review: Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt / Claey’s Candies


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On this Food Reviews, how about two quick and easy reviews?  The first is something that is being closed out in the grocery store, so I got a box.  Yasso is a brand of frozen Greek yogurt.  They have several flavors and I got the dark chocolate raspberry.

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The yogurt is halfway dipped in chocolate.  And they say wait for 5 minutes before enjoying.  The yogurt was good, the only issue was the chocolate had a hard time staying on the yogurt, and some was in the bag and not on the yogurt.  The flavors were good, but the high price of over $5 for a box of four is probably the reason why they were not selling.  I would get these again, if the price was a little lower!

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And now something else!  I also got a bag of Claey’s Candies.

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This company has been around since 1919, and the entire bag only cost $1!  I got the root beer flavor and the candy comes in with a powdered sugar coating, is that what it is?

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Anyways, this was also good!  A big bag of candy for $1, you can’t beat that!  I will get another bag!

Learn more about Yasso at: http://www.yasso.com/

Learn more about Claey’s Candies at: http://www.claeyscandy.com/

The FCC Passes Tough Net Neutrality Rules But The Fight Is Not Over


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Well, it finally happened.  Today the FCC passed new tough rules to impose strict new regulations on Internet service providers (cable companies).  Internet Service Providers including landline and mobile carriers, will now be subject to stringent oversight on how they handle data that flows over their networks. The regulation will prevent the companies that operate the internet’s infrastructure from striking deals to give preferential treatment to content providers.  That means no more having companies pay money to be placed on some so called “fast lane.”  And before you start criticizing me, most modern and advanced countries in the world regulates the internet providers.

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The new rules reclassify broadband internet under Title II of the Communications Act, meaning the companies will be now regulated in a manner similar to utilities.  But ISP’s will not be subject to certain parts of Title II regulation, such as price controls and forced sharing of infrastructure.  As most on the internet are celebrating, some are already criticizing the new rules.  And you know this fight is not over!  Because those cable companies are already getting ready to take the FCC to court, or bribe some members of Congress to get new legislation passed.  Why do I believe the cable companies knows what’s best for the internet?  I mean, our local cable company Cable One can not even provide us with a decent internet speed.

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Some are even calling this Obamacare for the internet, or Obamanet.  Some are even quoting a Ronald Reagan quote when he said “I am from the Government and here to help.”  I mean, I am sorry if some of you out there are offended by this news today.  But most of the internet, and most of the geeks and nerds, are applauding this move!  For starters, the new rules keeps internet providers from forcing small businesses to pay access fees to compete with large corporations.  Meaning I can’t be slowed down because Geek Alabama can not pay huge fees to stay on the fast lane, while another site like The Anniston Star pays those fees to stay on a fast lane.  It also stops corporations from being able to block access by paying off providers.

Second, without net neutrality, companies would be able to package the internet up and sell it the same way that the cable company sells you stations.  How many people enjoys that today?  Would you like to purchase the internet with the Google, Ebay, and Amazon upgrade? Well that will be an additional $10 a month. Oh, you want to be able to access Netflix, well that puts a strain on the network, so we’ll require an additional $20 for that and I see you have two computers that game in your home so that will be an additional $20 right there.  This already happens with cable, and for now it won’t happen with the internet.

I am on the boat saying that net neutrality is a very good thing.  Without it the internet companies can charge you more to use sites like Facebook and the price of using Netflix monthly could increase dramatically. The new rules takes the internet away from big business/corporations and allows it to remain free and open the way it has been. Do you like the Internet the way it is? Good, because that’s what this bill does is allows it to stay that way.

Without net neutrality you would have corporations packaging the internet up and selling it to you at the highest bidder. It would be throttled and only those that could pay the most money would get the best positions. The new rules would allow any mom and pop organization to have an online presence.  If you want to start a business online, you can! All you have to do is build a website and start selling things or services.  It allows that one time American Dream of being a possibility.  Without Net Neutrality, sadly corporations can force small businesses to the background or closure the way Walmart does to small businesses when it enters a town. This keeps things fair and equal.

Originally, the rules were supposed to be very different!  But then John Oliver came to the rescue with that Net Neutrality video.

I commented to the FCC along with millions of other people.  To be fair, I am not against the cable companies, they do some good things.  But they have shown in the past about how greedy they can be and how much poor service they can provide.  Yes, the new rules might slow down new high speed internet access to people who don’t have it.  But most people does not want the internet to become the wild, wild west of the tech world where the cable company is the sheriff, and everyone must bribe the sheriff to get their way.  And for fun, Verizon who sued the FCC to begin with, issued a press release in a 1930’s style typewritten press release.  They also did it in Morse code, I call them sore losers, as most of the internet is doing as well.

And yes, the fight is far from over!  There are going to be more lawsuits and backroom deals with lawmakers to stop these new rules.  But one thing is for sure, if the courts overturns the net neutrality rules.  Or if Congress passes legislation stopping these new rules.  And if the cable companies change the internet forever with slower speeds and more costs, the internet is going to go into revolt!  And it will be a very ugly time in America!