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THE GIRO’S RACE OF SURVIVAL CONTINUES BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS HAVE EVEN ARRIVED

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.

www.rouleur.cc/blogs/the-rouleur-journal/the-giros-race-of-survival-continues-before-the-mountains-have-even-arrived

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

https://browniebytes.net/surfing-webcams-in-florida/

Wave Forecast Map for 5-20-2023. Image: Windy.com
Wave Forecast Map for 5-20-2023. Image: Windy.com
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 Windy.com.

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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#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]

Surfing Legend Kelly Slater Misses Cut to Leave 3-Decade Career in Limbo

Kelly Slater, File Photo: Creative Commons

Eleven-time world champion Kelly Slater missed the World Surf League tour’s mid-season cut Saturday in a blow that could spell the end of his more than three-decade career.

The 51-year-old American, widely regarded as the greatest professional surfer of all time, was eliminated in the round of 32 at the Margaret River Pro in Western Australia.

It meant he finished outside the top 22 halfway through the season to miss the cut, a contentious new concept introduced in 2022 to slim down the field.

He can no longer compete on the top level championship tour unless he is offered a wild card for the back half of the year. Alternatively, he could surf the second-tier challenger series, or retire.

“It is what it is. Let’s see how things turn out,” the Florida-born Slater said on the WSL website after his elimination, adding that he was not sure about his plans.

See More [France24]

Too Much Excitement – First an Emergency Alert Test @ 4:48 AM in Florida – then SpaceX Starship Blew Up

Florida Emergency Alert on all the cellphones in Florida

I’ve been up today since, you guessed it… 4:48 AM. Thank you Florida state government Emergency Response Team.

The governor is pissed. So am I and a lot of others throughout Florida because the alarm went out to every cellphone in the state.

But, I’ll bet the coffee companies are happy because of the millions of Floridians that couldn’t go back to sleep and just got up and got coffee. We’ll need some more between 2 and 3 PM this afternoon to stay awake beyond dinner.

Officials apologize after ‘Emergency Alert’ test sent in ‘error.’

Typically, only a few agencies have the ability to request and send out emergency notifications to cell phones, and they’re usually for imminent situations, such as severe weather warnings, an AMBER Alert for a missing child, public safety alerts, or a national emergency.

Hours later, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) apologized for the incident in a tweet, and said the Emergency Alert System (EAS) notification was part of a monthly test, but that it was supposed to air on TV, not cell phones.

Florida Governor DeSantis’ press secretary @BryanDGRiffin says “party responsible” for 4:45 a.m. emergency alert will be fired, “This morning’s 4:45AM SERT test alert was not appropriate and not done at our direction. The party responsible will be held accountable and appropriately.”

Twitter is Lit Up

“ICYMI: Florida‘s got its feathers ruffled today because at 4:45am the EAS decided to send a TEST to our phones. All of our phones. All of them. We are grumpy.”

“To whoever decided to do a test of Florida’s Emergency Alert System at 4:45 a.m.: I hope you step on a Lego. Jerk.”

“On the night my sister’s six-month-old was actually sleeping through the night for the first time. She’s out for blood.”

“The only thing the state of Florida achieved with this 4:43am emergency alert test was helping people find out how to turn alerts off, probably at the expense of all other alerts including AMBER alerts.”

And Then… the Cool Huge Rocket Blew Up

SpaceX Starship launches
SpaceX Starship blows up at about a minute into the launch just as it tried to separate stages.
SpaceX Starship blows up at about a minute into the launch just as it tried to separate stages.

The giant rocket started to spin weirdly and wiggle, then… BOOM!

Geek wording for an explosion of SpaceX Starship today: “Starship experienced a rapid unscheduled disassembly before stage separation,” SpaceX said in a statement on Twitter.

I just want to go back to sleep at this point.

Library waives $52,400 fee on book overdue for 58 years

They finally closed the book on this case.

A British library waived a $52,400 fee for a book that had been overdue — for 58 years. 

In 1964, then-17-year-old David Hickman checked out “The Law for Motorists” from the Dudley Library before a court visit over a minor traffic violation, the Express & Star reported.

When the former Dudley resident moved to London in 1970, he brought the book with him.

See More:

nypost.com/2023/01/21/library-waives-52400-fee-on-book-overdue-for-58-years/

Houston Taqueria Customer Shoots, Kills Armed Robber

Security Camera Image

A customer at a taqueria on the southwest side of Houston shot and killed a would-be armed robber, according to video released by the Houston Police Department. The customer reportedly gathered the money taken by the robbery suspect and distributed it back to the victims before leaving the restaurant.

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