If you are here because of a spam email you received….

A spammer has spoofed my email address and has been sending spam emails which appear to be from me and/or my organization. I have been contacted hundreds of times today via instant messages, emails, voicemails, phone calls, and text messages expressing how much you hate me, my family, and/or my organization.

Here are a couple examples from people who decided to reach out via email.  These are so nice… the phone calls are so much harsher.  ❤

 

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So before you “reach out and touch someone” (that’s a reference to an 80s AT&T commercial) , look at your email headers before you threaten someone and their family and loved ones – you’ve simply fallen subject to a spammer.

And seriously… death threats aren’t cool.  And all this stuff you post online is there forever – do you really think you are anonymous behind your keyboard and monitor?

Eleventh Day of Lent

I haven’t posted anything in awhile, so I thought I’d share this lovely day I had catching the final round and playoff of the Honda Classic!

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Oh what a day!  First of all, the Honda Classic took place over the weekend.  This event brings the world’s best PGA Tour golfers to (normally) sunny Palm Beach Gardens, Florida – but Saturday’s rains pushed Sunday’s starting times, and the tournament ran over into Monday.  Guess what happens then… free golf!  Monday’s golf was free to all attendees, and even free preferred parking!  I managed to make it up to the PGA National Championship Course to catch Phil Mickelson finish his round, and then the thrilling Harrington-Benson playoff!

PGA rules forbid photography and video recording during tournament play, but I managed to snap a couple photos of the 18th hole – gorgeous day, huh?

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Looks like that car is floating! Looks like that car is floating!

After a wonderful day of golf, Susan and I decided to take advantage of a great happy hour at Morton’s Steakhouse with Meredith…

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Gronk rules the Patriots Victory Parade…and why vertical videos suck

Rob Gronkowski stole the show during Wednesday’s victory parade in Boston, and there is a lot of data online to prove that – videos of Gronk twerking on duck boats, doing pushups on the parade route, and chugging anything fans would toss to him…from beers to Fireball Whisky.

Take the video above for example – a compilation of a bunch of Gronk highlights.  It’s like you’re actually on Boylston Street, right?  Well, maybe not.  But to make matters worse, over half the clips were recorded vertically on [drunken?] fans’ cell phones.

What makes people want to record video vertically?  Think of all the screens on which you have enjoyed video since you’ve been born… TVs, movie theater screens, computers.  How many of them have been vertical?

I, for one, don’t enjoy watching videos while on my computer (ask Danielle Raybuck) – but when I do, I don’t like them taking up only 30% of the screen with huge black rectangles on both sides.

Thankfully, mainstream mass media has noticed this epidemic and they are trying to retrain us into filming – errr, recording – horizontally.  During Winter Storm Juno, The Weather Channel invited viewers to send in their videos to be shown on-air, but warned viewers to record horizontally or they couldn’t be used.  Anchors on the TODAY Show have also been asking viewers to record horizontally or they wouldn’t be able to show viewers’ vids on TV.

Hopefully the masses will pick up on this.  Maybe the technology giants will build in some reminder on future devices.  Until then, here is a public service announcement you can share with your friends:

[photo courtesy of the Boston Globe]