Baltimore Orioles vs Detroit Tigers

Going back to where I was before posting Halloween costume photos, a baseball game I went to as part of Dan’s wedding festivities. Got some good shots relative to my usual luck. Had to push things a bit to be able to get the shutter speed I needed so the ISO’s a bit higher than I would have preferred.


Scarlett Plays Catch with her Glove for the First Time

Danielle bought Scarlett her first baseball glove and I was curious to see how her first attempt at catch would go. Here is a video of that first try:

And some stills:

What do you think? Sports in her future? Or nerd like her dad?

Fun on a Sunday Afternoon

Sports Fun on a Sunday Afternoon
Fun, outdoor games requiring a minimum of only two players

Danielle and I went to Rockburn Branch Park today to throw a ball around and maybe ride bike.  We ended up not riding bike because we didn’t like the trail too much and my water bottle holder came loose from my bike.  So we grabbed our gloves and brand new baseballs (we lost our previous ball in the woods behind our house) and went out to an empty baseball field.  The fact that we had a frisbee was simply due to the fact that Danielle threw it into the bag.  I certainly hadn’t intended to play frisbee.  It was so awesome to have a whole baseball field to ourselves.  It did, at the same time, feel a bit weird to have that whole field to ourselves.  It was great to just run around and throw the ball.  Eventually our catching hands got really sore from having the ball slam into it.  We tried our best to get the ball to end up in the part that didn’t contain our fingers or palms, but it wasn’t always easy.  So I looked into the bag and we eventually switch to frisbee.  It was so much fun.  We were both uncannily good.  I think it was mostly because we didn’t have the pressure of really awesome players to make fun of us when we did fling the disc in very wrong directions.  Eventually the bugs were getting to be too much and we left.  Still, yesterday’s play at the park made the weekend for me.

Rockburn Branch Park, you can see the baseball diamond where we played.  Image from Google via Geosetter
Rockburn Branch Park, you can see the baseball diamond where we played. Image from Google via Geosetter

Another example of the perils of DRM

Time and again I’ve warned my readers of the perils of DRM.  (Specifically here and here).  That’s why I don’t buy music on iTunes and have given all of my digital music patronage to  Even my wife, who’s not as into FOSS and all that as I am, has become disgusted as she’s understood what DRM means for her – regular Jane Consumer.

I’m not the only one who’s made these claims.  Yet others say, “you guys are just using that as an excuse to malign DRM.  It’s necessary for protecting content from piracy and you just want to pirate stuff.”  Oh yeah?  Well, are you prepared to give up your rights to expect your paid content to work when you come back to it in the future? 

Then I read this on Download Squad via a link on Digg:

…Major League Baseball has deactivated a DRM license server used to verify your worthiness to play back video of games you purchased online.  …MLB’s new content and old content are managed by different license authentication servers. After making the switch, MLB has arbitrarily decided it has no intention of honoring its earlier commitments to fans who purchased downloaded games under the old system, thereby rendering many fans shut-out.  …MLB is completely unapologetic to fans who’ve lost their purchased content to the horrors of DRM death.

“Shame on you Major League Baseball, this is fraud. We’ve warned Download Squad readers that buying DRM “protected” media is a crap-shoot, but when issuing those warnings we were mostly concerned about smaller media sales outlets going out-of-business in an ever evolving digital media landscape. This goes so far beyond those fears, with an active and profitable business making a clear and informed decision to yank the DRM rug out from under your purchased content.Is it any wonder non-drm downloads via P2P are so popular? …it’s …about “freedom”, the freedom to do what you wish with the content you’ve collected. If consumers aren’t given options which allow them to get their content free as in freedom, they’ll take that content free as in beer.

Fans shafted as Major League Baseball revokes DRM licenses – Download Squad

So, basically, these people paid money to download these baseball video clips and now they can no longer watch them.  Why should they get punished in the same way as people who did not pay for these clips?  Is this ethical?  I don’t think so!

I’ve had my own experience with content dying on me.  When I was in college I decided to buy some songs off of the new Napster.  Then my computer died.  When I tried to renegotiate the DRM a few months ago, it said that I can no longer listen to that music because they no longer have a contract with Napster.  What kind of BS is that?  This is not the kind of world I want to live in.  If you agree, you should join me in boycotting all content with DRM!  If you want digital music, buy CDs or buy it on  (If you want more indie music there’s also DRM free music at Magnatunes)

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