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Know Your Rights: Photographers

While I’m not a huge fan of the ACLU, I’m an even lesser fan of gestapo tactics that police use, especially when they are photographed or video taped while in the course of their duties. Too many times after a police officer does something questionable when arresting a suspect, you’ll see him whip his head around to see if he was video taped. Seriously, like one of my children might do.  They then start harassing the photographers and videographers trying to minimize the damage.

If you photograph the police doing something out of line, snap that pic and take the ACLU’s advice.

If you are stopped or detained for taking photographs:

  • Always remain polite and never physically resist a police officer.
  • If stopped for photography, the right question to ask is, “am I free to go?” If the officer says no, then you are being detained, something that under the law an officer cannot do without reasonable suspicion that you have or are about to commit a crime or are in the process of doing so. Until you ask to leave, your being stopped is considered voluntary under the law and is legal.
  • If you are detained, politely ask what crime you are suspected of committing, and remind the officer that taking photographs is your right under the First Amendment and does not constitute reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.

via Know Your Rights: Photographers | American Civil Liberties Union.

10K KB Challenge Update

Going strong on the 10K Kettlebell Swing Challenge.  I did miss my workout for Sunday, as it was Adam’s birthday.  I’ll be sorry for missing that workout when I have to make it up later.

9/2 – 333 Double arm sings
9/3 – 245 Double arm sings/90 Single arm swings
9/4 – No workout
9/5 – 337 Double arm swings

Log your Kettlebell Challenge workouts at kettlebellchallenges.com.

10K KB Challenge Day 1

If you’ve never done kettlebell workouts, I have one guarantee for you. They are an extremely effective sweat extractor. Doing that many swings, the main thing that I concentrated on was form. Good form will ensure you don’t get injured in any workout.

333 Double Arm swings today logged at Kettlebell Challenges.

10K Kettlebell Swing Challenge

Fellow podcaster, Tom Jordan, suggested that we do the 10,000 Kettlebell Swing Challenge during the month of September.  What is it? Basically it’s exactly what the name implies. You do 10,000 kettlebell swings during a 30 day period of your choosing. I’ve been using kettlebells as part of my weekly workout routine for a while now, but this is going to be intense. The math works out as 333 swings per day (10,000 / 30) with one more for good measure.

I’ll be chronicling the month here and tracking the number of swings that I’m doing at Kettlebellchallenges.com.   It’s a new site that I’ve been working on.  It’s functional, but will be added upon and updated before and during the challenge.  If you want to track your workouts there, sign-up and start your challenge.

The end game?  To complete the challenge, be in better shape at the end of the month and to fully embrace the kettlebell workout.

Enjoy a short video of Tom showing good double arm swing form.

Final Amazon Associates Payment

Sad day.  As far as I can tell, I received my final Amazon Associates payment today.   I had credit for sales through June 30, 2011 so I may get another payment but it’ not easy to tell because of the closing of the account. Sad day.

VUDU: The Other Streaming Movie Rental Service

I was reminded of the VUDU service today.  VUDU is a streaming service that lets you rent or buy movies and TV shows and streams them to you.  They started out life as a dedicated box you would purchase that had a portion of the movies on their service cached on the internal hard drive.  The movie would start right away and then stream from there.  Nowadays they are strictly a software company.  On your computer you can rent movies for $2 and have access to them for 2 days.  Good deal.

And here’s the best part.  According to their website, you can get movies the same day that they are released on DVD.  No more 28 day Netflix penalty.

And here’s the worst part.  Television shows.  The catalog of available television shows, especially children and family programming is anemic at best.

VUDU is built into numerous web connected devices , Blu-ray players, HDTVs, and the PS3.

So, this seems like a killer combo for streaming content:  Netflix Streaming – $7.99/Mo. and VUDU for new DVD release access, a-la-carte pricing.  I just need a way to get VUDU content on my TV.

Wouldn’t it be nice to see a VUDU channel on my Roku.