Thursday, January 19, 2012

SOPA Protests Were Scary for Politicians Who Back Them!

I received this email from and figured I share it as a good way to end the blackout on my blog. Not that I post to it everyday anyhow, but it's just the principle.

"Today was nuts, right?

Google launched a petition. Wikipedia voted to shut itself off. Senators' websites went down just from the sheer surge of voters trying to write them. NYC and SF geeks had protests that packed city blocks.

You made history today: nothing like this has ever happened before. Tech companies and users teamed up. Tens of millions of people who make the internet what it is joined together to defend their freedoms. The free network defended itself. Whatever you call it, the bottom line is clear: from today forward, it will be much harder to mess up the internet.

The really crazy part? We might even win.

P.S. Show this video to as many people as you can. It works!

Approaching Monday's crucial Senate vote there are now 35 Senators publicly opposing PIPA. Last week there were 5. And it just takes just 41 solid "no" votes to permanently stall PIPA (and SOPA) in the Senate. What seemed like miles away a few weeks ago is now within reach.

But don't trust predictions. The forces behind SOPA & PIPA (mostly movie companies) can make small changes to these bills until they know they have the votes to pass. Members of Congress know SOPA & PIPA are unpopular, but they don't understand why--so they're easily duped by superficial changes. The Senate returns next week, and the next few days are critical. Here are two things to think about:

1. Plan on calling your Senator every day next week. Pick up the phone each morning and call your Senators' offices, until they vote "no" on cloture. If your site participated today, consider running a "Call the Senate" link all next week.

2. Tomorrow, drop in at your Senators' district offices. We don't have a cool map widget to show you the offices nearest you (we're too exhausted! any takers?). So do it the old fashioned way: use Google, or the phonebook to find the address, and just walk in, say you oppose PIPA, and urge the Senator to vote "no" on cloture. These drop-in visits make our spectacular online protests more tangible and credible.

That's it for now. Be proud and stay on it!"

You can also see my article for South Florida Internet Marketing Association on the SOPA Protest: SFIMA Blog

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises

Each year that a new Batman movie is released, a new Batman costume also comes out. This year will be no exception and you can expect to see caped crusaders of all shapes, ages and sizes donning The Dark Knight's black attire tricking and treating this Halloween.

Also look for other Halloween favorites from this year's Batman movie release: Catwoman Costumes and Bane Costumes too!

Here is the latest Dark Knight Rises movie trailer to give you an idea of what one of the most popular costumes for this Halloween will look like:

Until the new costumes are released later this year, you can still get the Batman Begins child costume now at And also this deluxe movie replica that is sure to turn the heads of some jokers:

Batman Deluxe Latex Movie Replica Costume