Surf this Weekend in Florida

Small weekend swell starting to arrive in north Florida. How far south will the waves fill in?

Check the free live #beach #webcams on to see how big the #surf is. Now 22 cameras and surf forecast weather!


Illness, crashes, bad weather – there’s a lot more than just rivals to battle against at the Giro right now

Flooding rain and COVID have made the Giro de Italia a bicycle race from Hell. Now snow is expected in high mountain stages.

AI for Marketing Software Platforms

Future Success Today: Become an AI Authority and Supercharge Your Marketing

I’m a marketing pro on a mission to become an authority on Artificial Intelligence (AI) so I can use the tech to help clients with faster and improved marketing and business – with better results.

I’m looking forward to us doing this together. Nobody can do it alone. Here’s what I’ve found up to this point.

From predictive analytics and machine learning algorithms to natural language processing and chatbots, and visual creation systems, I’ve been searching to understand how these innovations can enhance customer experiences and drive results.

How I’m Using this New AI Knowledge

As I learn these complex AI concepts and skills, I’m working on crafting them into simple, actionable insights and projects for my clients.

Most importantly, I’m trying it out. Learning by doing is the only way with new tech.

I’m experimenting with AI-driven software for marketing content and campaigns, including:

  • An AI video generator called Synthesia. Still a bit robot-like but amazing that it can do it.
  • Learning prompting on ChatGPT (OpenAI) and Bard (Google) to generate more ideas.
  • Creating realistic images and art from a description in natural language with DALL-E.
  • Using SoundDraw to generate custom music for use in video.
  • Multiplying video content with Vidyo.
  • Doing creative headline and keyword research to maximize SEO with VidIQ.

See More [R. Michael Brown Marketing News]

Upcoming Florida Surf Forecast for 5-20-2023 Weekend

Monday after Mother’s Day and back to work and school. Looking at the forecast maps from Windy and the National Weather Service, there’s a good chance for waves this coming weekend.

Waves today in north and central Florida, especially at Flagler Pier. See the free and live webcams.

To see these forecasts and FREE live beach webcams (now 21 cameras!) to see surf right now on the east coast of Florida, go to:

Brownie Bytes Free East Coast Florida Live Webcams

Wave Forecast Map for 5-20-2023. Image:
Wave Forecast Map for 5-20-2023. Image:
Front Forecast Map for Friday 5-19-2023. Image NOAA National Weather Service
Front Forecast Map for Friday 5-19-2023. Image NOAA National Weather Service

In addition to the live webcams at the beach, I’ve added weather forecast links for marine weather and

Seaweed Invasion Town of Palm Beach 2019

Disturbing Footage of Seaweed Overtaking this Popular Beach!

So far it’s not as bad as 2019 in Palm Beach County. But, it’s pretty bad. The Sargassum bloom is out of control again. This is in Ocean Ridge, Florida.

Sargassum is a seaweed that can accumulate along the shoreline in large amounts, making the shoreline inaccessible for swimming, boating, and other recreational activities. This beach seaweed overflow is happening again.

If you live near the coast and have experienced the beach seaweed overflow in the past, then you already know what to do! Be sure to check out our site for more information on this and other coastal issues!

See the feature story I did in 2019 when it was really bad in Florida, the Caribbean, and South and Central American coasts:

See my feature story [article and video]

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Top 5 Ways to Crush Your Marketing Goals - And Competition by Consultant R. Michael Brown

Top 5 Ways to Crush Your Marketing Goals – And Competition

Business is getting tight! Here are the top 5 marketing and communications moves that your company should make for the rest of 2023 into 2024 to crush your competition during this slowdown.


See More [R. Michael Brown Consulting]

Historic figures height comparison

Height Comparison of Historical Figures

What does Hitler, Stalin, Gandhi, and current Russian President Vladimir Putin all have in common? They were/are all 5 feet 4 inches tall. Putin’s a shrimp?!!

See the height of all the rest… Hint, Napoleon wasn’t as short as you think when comparing all the rest.

The heights of historical figures, a topic that’s sure to elevate your interest! Let’s take a look at some of the most notable individuals from history and see how they measure up:

First up, we have Napoleon Bonaparte, the legendary French military leader. Despite his larger-than-life reputation, Napoleon was actually quite small in stature, standing at just 5 feet 6 inches tall. But don’t let his height fool you – he still managed to conquer most of Europe and leave a lasting impact on world history.

Next, we have Abraham Lincoln, the towering figure of American politics. At 6 feet 4 inches tall, Lincoln was a literal giant among men. And with his lanky frame and distinctive top hat, he must have been quite a sight to behold.

Moving on to ancient history, we have Julius Caesar, the Roman emperor and conqueror. Although his exact height is unknown, it’s said that Caesar was of average height for his time – around 5 feet 7 inches tall. But hey, he still managed to rule over one of the greatest empires in history, so we won’t hold his lack of height against him.

And let’s not forget about Genghis Khan, the fearsome Mongol warrior who conquered much of Asia and Eastern Europe. Although he was reportedly quite short – around 5 feet 2 inches tall – his military prowess more than made up for any lack of height. Plus, he had an army of fierce warriors at his disposal, so it’s not like he needed to be tall to strike fear into his enemies.

Last but not least, we have Cleopatra, the legendary queen of Egypt. While her height is estimated at 4 feet 9 inches tall, it’s said that she was known for her beauty and charm rather than her towering stature. And with her wits and cunning, she managed to rule over Egypt and forge alliances with some of the most powerful men in the ancient world.

So there you have it – a lighthearted look at the heights of some of history’s most notable figures. Whether tall or short, they all managed to make their mark on the world in their own unique way.

#1 Bicycle Racer in the World Still on Track for Tour de France Race After Crash

April 28, 2023

Tadej Pogačar’s six-week program of recovery from his Liège-Bastogne-Liége crash and injury may still include a spell of altitude training from mid-May to early June, Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws reports.

After a busy and highly-successful first part of the season, the Slovenian star had always planned to use the next two months as his build-up for the 2023 Tour de France, with a repeat of just one stage race, the low-key Tour of Slovenia, on his program prior to July.

There had been fears that the scaphoid fracture (wrist) caused by his crash in Liège-Bastogne-Liège could have seriously affected that process.

But according to the Belgian newspaper report, citing team sports manager Joxean Fernandez Matxín, Pogačar could yet be training as planned at an altitude camp by mid-May.

On his way to another Tour de France win even with this setback?

See More [CyclingNews]

Kelly Slater Wins Back World Surf League Place after being Handed Wildcard

American surfing great Kelly Slater will continue on the World Surf League tour after the 11-time world champion was awarded a wildcard. Slater’s year looked over when he missed the mid-season cut at the Margaret River Pro, which remained on hold on Thursday for a fourth consecutive day.

The 51-year-old was eliminated in the third round by Australian Liam O’Brien, which meant he was unable to climb the rankings into the top 22 who continue beyond the tour’s fifth stop. However the WSL announced on Thursday that Slater and France’s Johanne Defay, who finished as world No 3 last year, would receive the 2023-24 wildcards.

See More [The Guardian]

April is Military BRAT Month – 17 Things that Make Them Different

By R. Michael Brown, BRAT and Marketing Consultant

Since 1986, April has been designated as the Month of the Military Child (BRAT) by the United States Department of Defense.

This is a legacy of Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger as a time to applaud military children and the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges that they overcome.

Let’s remember all the Military #BRATS that serve our country, just like their parents.

17 Things Only Military Brats Understand

1) Making new friends in a new distant location every 3-4 years. Usually losing touch with the friends you left behind.

2) You have a military ID card and you better not lose it. Only thing that gets you on a base and allows you to buy anything at the Commissary (grocery store), BX or PX (Base or Post Exchange (small department store), check out books from the base Library, check out rec equipment like basketballs at the base Rec Center or gym, or show with respect to any MP (military police) if they ask you for your ID.

3) The pantry usually has MREs (Meals Ready to Eat – military rations), just in case. You ate a lot of vegetables and other foods out of cans from the Commissary.

4) You are around a lot of firearms, including automatic rifles (including machine guns) and it seems normal. If the base has a FlightLine (airport) you hear a lot of jets all the time and don’t complain about the noise or sonic booms when they break the sound barrier.

5) You don’t have a lot of books or toys because it’s too much to move every 3-4 years. The phonetic alphabet is learned, especially if you live overseas and have to learn a foreign language.

6) Your church on base always has an American Flag.

7) If you live or are on base, you have to stop and face the music or American Flag, standing at attention, when they play revelry (raising the Flag), taps (lowering the Flag), or the National Anthem (depending on the base) at the beginning and end of every day. Referred to as raising or lowering of “Colors.”

8) Calling an adult “ma’am” or “sir” is just what you do, without fail, every time.

9) Calling everyone by their last name is normal.

10) Folks ask you where you grew up and it takes 5 minutes to answer.

11) Your doctor is the base hospital.

12) If you aren’t 5 minutes early, you’re late. 15 minutes is better.

13) Your chores are mandatory and you don’t get an allowance for them. Making that bed first thing every morning better get done.

14) Respect is automatically shown to anyone in uniform.

15) You have had holiday dinners at a military Chow Hall or Officers Club (depending on the rank of your parent). You know all the military ranks of your branch of the service.

16) It’s a celebration when your parent returns home from deployment or a trip. You worry the whole time they’re gone. Most of the time you’re not allowed to know specifically where they went.

17) If you live on base, you worry when a military staff car drives down your street with 2 uniformed members in the car. It’s probably because someone’s parent is KIA (Killed in Action), MIA (Missing in Action), or a POW (Prisoner of War). During a war, most on-base housing blinds/curtains are shut facing the street so that those inside don’t see the staff cars. When the staff car stops at someone else’s house, one or both of your parents, along with the other parents from the neighborhood, go to their house to be with the family.


18) BRAT brothers torture their BRAT sisters more than civilian siblings. This is just for my sister, Patti. Love ya “older than me sibling!”

Military brats naturally develop organic strategies and tactics to deal with their situation. It makes them:



Civilians don’t get it. Most think that a BRAT lives like any other kid in America. Hopefully this beginning list shows why BRATS should get extra respect. They are serving their country too, alongside their parent.