Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Hollywood Producer Calls

Got An interesting phone call from David Rose, who won an Academy Award for the movie Independence Day and according to some web research I did, has produced over 40 films, won Grammys and written screens plays, etc...

He is planning to fly down here in next few weeks and meet up with me and Ted Dial. He ran across my DAC-ART website, (along with about 10,000 others daily lately). He is planning to do a residential development in Fla.

Along with all this Hollywood stuff, he has written a novel, currently available on Amazon--Godiva the Novel on Amazon

Seems like a very interesting and talented sort of guy. Found a detailed bio online here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Blue Ball Animation

Probably everyone has seen this--but for the 4 of you that haven't yet seen this great animated gif tiling background here is a link.

Wait till it fully loads and follow one little blue ball on its path.

The alignment of the tiling background is perfect. ( I think it has music but my browser,Firefox, didn't load it)

Blue Ball Business Busy-ness

Getting cooler

MORE new stuff from Google

Google wants to pay for our phone calls, and place the call for us, automatically:
  1. What's the phone icon on Google search results? How does it work?
  2. We're testing a new product that gives you a free and fast way to speak directly to the advertiser you found on a Google search results page – over the phone.

    Here's how it works: When you click the phone icon, you can enter your phone number. Once you click 'Connect For Free,' Google calls the number you provided. When you pick up, you hear ringing on the other end as Google connects you to the other party.

    Read the rest here--Google Click-to-Call

    How can they possibly be working on so many developments at the same time ???

Monday, November 28, 2005

One Week of Panama Canal Traffic

You can watch one week of night and day ship traffic thru the Pamana Canal compressed into an 11 minute video. I think you will probably need broadband to enjoy this--but then I think you will need broadband to enjoy the web anyway.
This video is pretty fascinating....Panama Canal Milaflores Locks Time Lapse Video

You can take a high speed ride thru the multiple locks and lakes of the Panama Canal with this video made by the same clever fellow.
Panama Canal Ship Excursion

Saturday, November 26, 2005

HOLLYWOOD Sign for Sale

Only 10 hrs left and no bids...Oh well,
Starting bid $300,000 on ebay.

This guy is offering a storage shed full of sheet metal that formed the original HOLLYWOOD sign before it was replaced in 1978 by the one that is there now.

"I'm selling the original HOLLYWOOD sign, which was built in 1923. This is THE World-Famous sign. You've seen it in hundreds of films, TV programs, commercials and every other form of media.....The sign is made of metal. It features white paint, rust, wind holes, nail holes and graffiti. The sign was built with metal barn roofing in 1923, so these materials are very old and weathered. The stacked sections fill a small storage space up to the ceiling. Only upon closer examination can you recognize that these sections formed the famous landmark."

Phobias come in all flavors

You got a phobia ? They got a cure.
Ran across this while reading a techie web publishers blog,and must share it
and check out the happy woman who had been 'CURED' of her phobia by the board certified Phobia Institute Clinic
I had a good laugh....seems even the New Yorker Magazine endorses this treatment plan...
So I can't help but wonder what behaviors the CURED engage in and how blissful their new life must be. You gotta see some of the text.....

...the problem often significantly impacts the quality of life. It can cause panic attacks and keep people apart from loved ones and business associates. Symptoms typically include shortness of breath, rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and overall feelings of dread, although everyone experiences prostitute phobia in their own way and may have different symptoms.

Friday, November 25, 2005

The Pope is Blogging !

Bet you didn't know that the Pope, over in the Vataican is now blogging ! He really sounds like a pretty regular guy, read this exerpt from his blog:

From : "Ask the Pope" Blog

New Business Cards

I'm getting some new business cards printed up. I'm not sure what title to list under my name. There are so many options: Your Holiness, Pope of the World, Pope & Chief Executive Officer, Big Pappa.

It's so hard to choose.

Bad Planet Alignment in his Hemisphere

Thailand's prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, said yesterday that he would not answer reporters' questions until next year because the alignment of the planets is not in his favour.

"Mercury ... is in a corner perfectly aligned with my star. Mercury is no good, so if it's not good, I am going to request not to speak. I'll just wait until next year to talk," he said, on returning from South Korea and China.

For it for yourself

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving !

This photo has always been one of my Thanksgiving favorites !

I am thankful that we are not having a hurricane today.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Shootin' off Locks

Ever wondered if locks can be shot off, free and clear, in real life as successfully as they are in the movies?

You want to be sure and have the right gun with you when you need to shoot off your next lock now don't you?

Pistols, rifles, & what works and what doesn't.

Dog Tag Generator

Think of the fun you can have....the scrapbookers will LOVE this,
and if my cable Internet access ever starts working again, (MediaCom is driving me crazy) I will put this on .

Make your own Custom Dogtags

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Tis the Season for Humor

Eventually Sue took down her creative Christmas lights display at the request of the local police. Large numbers of 911 calls were made it seems.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Glad I'm Not the Only One

Just read this on John Walkenbach's blog:

Last night, I dreamed that I was able to search Google using only my brain. I would think of a search term, and then see a page of results. I wasn't able to follow the links, just read them. Then I'd wake up, go back to sleep, and do it again. It happened at least a dozen times. And the dreams are lucid dreams, which means that I'm aware that I'm dreaming. I remember examining the search results for accuracy and thinking "wow, my mind came up with all of this!" I also noted that the screen in my head was 4:3, not widescreen.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Sky Pilot

Turn on some David Bowie...

Fly thru the clouds, move your control your direction, your speed, ........your destiny

Do it until you are mezmerized or bored, then remember it for screenshots the next time you need good sky with clouds graphics........

Maximize your browser window,

Hope you have broadband, seems to also take a lot of cpu power (& shockwave of course)

Up, up and away

Friday, November 18, 2005

This could be BIG

How does an otherwise dot-on-the-map small town gain some recognition ? Besides school cafeteria shootings, having the world's largest anything for people to come oggle over is one way.

Amy Elliott and Elizabeth Donius at the Bena Big Fish

Hundreds of small towns across the country boast the "world's largest" something. The rural landscape is peppered with these claims to fame, from 15-foot fiberglass strawberries to 40-foot concrete pheasants. Two filmmakers have just finished a one-hour documentary about the small towns and their struggles to maintain their identity.

The narrative through line will be the story of Soap Lake, WA, and their three year struggle to build the World's Largest Lava Lamp.

World's Largest surveys this distinctly American phenomenon by profiling selected sites across the country and discovering what significance these monuments hold for the communities that display them.

I Call it a Must See.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Google Classified Ads - New Tool

Google Base

Definately still in beta, the reports from users worldwide are mixed. Guy in Israel says to log out of all other Google accounts & log back in to this alone for best success if you want to list something. Guy in Japan says navigation is screwy. Others say Google is trying to be too many things too fast. Not everything they try is a big hit. Froogle has sorta floundered.

They are going up against Craigslist and all Classified advertising with this service.

Try it for yourself HERE.

Tool Cool - Random Stripe Generator

This web app will create for you instant striped patterns where you chose the colors, line widths, etc...if you don't like the first version , you simply click the browser refresh button get a new version....repeat till you get one you really like.

To save you have to do a screenshot (can't do a right click 'save image as') but they tell you how, sort of. If you don't know how, read your Windows help files. Why don't people know to use the Windows help files .......? Pet peeeeeve of mine. (for XP: Start/Search/Info in Help & Support Center or similar)

This page was put online for knitters, but this is handy for making web graphics, craftspeople or any digital graphics for that matter. Or just for a fun time waster....what the web is best for anyway....Random Stripe Generator

Monday, November 14, 2005

WorldChill Mapping

I stumbled upon something the Co-Cola co is using the web for that you may not have seen.

They know that we have weather maps, economic forecast maps, census maps, but so far not a map to guage attitudes...and general sense of well-being.

To this end, they have created WorldChill whereby tuned-in folks worldwide can create geo pinpoints on the world map and report the chill factor of their area or just your own personal frustration level. As in 'people are freaking out over there in Oakland' or 'those folks in Gulf Shores are so damn cool'.

I seem to be the first person to have established a Gulf Shores presence, but may be cool here, but it ain't techie ! See close-up of Mobile Bay--my glowing dot is on the lower right.

You can also download a real-time WorldChill screensaver to keep you abreast of the chill vs. freakout level of the world.

And if you click on Chilltext, you can make cool encrypted art-messages to send to your real chill friends. (Everyone I hang with can expect one from me soon)

I applaud this inventive use of the web. It is like a flashback to the early days of the web, before we started using it to make money....and creative minds (& programmers) put their energy into fun and games instead. Sorta like the 'Cool site of the day' times.

Wonder how much Coca-cola spent on this sleek little interactive app ?

San Francisco in Jello

Liz Hickok, jello artist--her project consists of photographs and video, which depict various San Francisco landscapes with the buildings cast in Jell-O. Similar to making a movie set, she adds backdrops, The Jell-O sculptures quickly decay, leaving the photographs and video as the remains. See a 1 minute move of the San Franscisco earthquake in Jello.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Missing any change?

Carwash owner reported significant amounts of change missing from his coin-op set-up.

Installed video cameras and caught the culprits.

Now, if I can train my little flock of birds to do ATM's and bring the goods on back to me as they should.......hmmmm...

See the amazing photos here....thats a stack of 3 quarters in this birds mouth.

Do Japanese Businessmen Work Too Hard?

Seems that some Japanese business men and a few women put in such long hours that sleep overtakes them when they can no longer carry-on no matter where they are.
See some photos of folks who had just gone on as long as they could........and dropped.

Google flying in new direction

Google Inc. is testing a new feature that connects users to travel agencies that offer the cheapest fares.

Google said on Tuesday it was testing the feature, putting it in competition with travel search sites like Sidestep and Kayak, which sift through all published bookings information for fares and reservation prices.
For now the search features only works for certain city pairs. A Google search of a city pairing like Chicago and Little Rock, Arkansas, yields no fare information.

Google is not the first search engine to dabble in the travel business. Last month, Yahoo Inc. said it plans to offer tools that turn Yahoo Travel into an online travel guide and encourages users to publish and share their itineraries.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

The Correct Attire

Good friend Mary Jo is sporting the proper boots for the Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival !

CAN you dig it?

Cool sculpture all made from real can goods. Like tuna fish, pork & beans, etc.. The competitions happen all over the States, in something like 50 cities. After the display comes down, the cans go to food banks.
Can you believe it.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Jumbo Croc

Fossils from a real-life sea monster—a massive crocodile-like species—have been unearthed in Patagonia, Argentina. The animal likely measured 13 feet (4 meters) long from nose to tail.

The researchers who made the discovery say the marine reptile, nicknamed Godzilla, lived about 135 million years ago. They describe their find in the November 11, 2005, issue of the journal Science.

Details about the ancient predator will also appear in the December 2005 issue of National Geographic magazine. The article will feature exclusive images, like this illustration, of what the reptile might have looked like

Steve Pridgen turns 81 !

Sometimes when I reflect on all the beer I drink, I feel ashamed. Then I
look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all
of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be
out of work and their dreams would be shattered. I think, "It is better
to drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and
worry about my liver."
~ Babe Ruth

Happy Birthday Daddy !

We had a fabulous day--the weather was HEAVENLY.....absolutely.....we went to wonderful, charming, hidden away (at least for now) Bon Secour to get fresh shrimp and crab. While there we say pourposes swimming in the Bon Secour River--the photo of the water with the little white splashes is their tails. I didn't have my big-zoom camera with me, so I didn't get any good shots of their tails in the air, and I am not sure that Daddy ever saw them. But I did. The old live oaks are so georgous in Bon Secour and the sky was so blue.

Later we had a nice beach walk. There were a few sunbathers on the beach too--see photo.

I took a photo of Daddy and he took one of me, my head is clearly in it.

Came back to the house and cooked shrimp and crab.
Now dashing off to The Undertow for some razza-ma-taz music.

Now in case you are confused---the womanleaningover is NOT ME !! It is the other beach vacationer that Daddy and I shared the public beach area with today.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Steve Pridgen enjoys Songwriters Festival

First two photos are Wed nite at Tin Top restaurant in Bon Secour. We sat outside on the gravel next to the porch and had a great dinner. Daddy loved his crabcakes and collard greens.
Next photos are the Giggling Grouper. Stupic name, great building, great location at Bear Point Marina. Music was upstairs, we sat outside at the picnic tables where it was not quite as loud. Great food. Daddy had grilled Maui-maui.

What I learned at Songwriter Festival tonight:
You can't Drown Your Sorrows, They Can Swim

I have Page Rank !!

Just noticed, after the latest Google re-index my little blog, is evidently popular enuf to qualify for deceint ranking in the SERPS and Page Rank 3 !!
Makes it easier for me to find myself in the dark.
Follow-up Note: now showing PR0 again, on FireFoxtool bar, but the blog does great in a Google search, so it doesn't matter. Any search for
lundy says
or lundini
has me at or near the top
opps--it is back...
now it is it is back...

Sony and RootKit spyware

Don't put a recently purchased SONY music CD in your computer until you know what you are doing. A pretty good explaination of the whole mess is here--The State of Calif has files 3 lawsuits over their tactics.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Sony has gone over the edge

Perhaps you'd better read the 3,000 word (!) end-user license agreement (aka "EULA") that comes with certain CDs.

When you buy a regular CD, you own it. You do not "license" it. You own it outright. You're allowed to do anything with it you like, so long as you don't violate one of the exclusive rights reserved to the copyright owner. So you can play the CD at your next dinner party (copyright owners get no rights over private performances), you can loan it to a friend (thanks to the "first sale" doctrine), or make a copy for use on your iPod (thanks to "fair use"). Every use that falls outside the limited exclusive rights of the copyright owner belongs to you, the owner of the CD.

Now compare that baseline with the world according to the Sony-BMG EULA, which applies to any digital copies you make of the music on the CD:

  1. If your house gets burgled, you have to delete all your music from your laptop when you get home. That's because the EULA says that your rights to any copies terminate as soon as you no longer possess the original CD.
  2. You can't keep your music on any computers at work. The EULA only gives you the right to put copies on a "personal home computer system owned by you."
  3. If you move out of the country, you have to delete all your music. The EULA specifically forbids "export" outside the country where you reside.
  4. You must install any and all updates, or else lose the music on your computer. The EULA immediately terminates if you fail to install any update. No more holding out on those hobble-ware downgrades masquerading as updates.
  5. Sony-BMG can install and use backdoors in the copy protection software or media player to "enforce their rights" against you, at any time, without notice. And Sony-BMG disclaims any liability if this "self help" crashes your computer, exposes you to security risks, or any other harm.
  6. The EULA says Sony-BMG will never be liable to you for more than $5.00. That's right, no matter what happens, you can't even get back what you paid for the CD.
  7. If you file for bankruptcy, you have to delete all the music on your computer. Seriously.
  8. You have no right to transfer the music on your computer, even along with the original CD.
  9. Forget about using the music as a soundtrack for your latest family photo slideshow, or mash-ups, or sampling. The EULA forbids changing, altering, or make derivative works from the music on your computer.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Creative Ideas...

Ryan Airlines is considering giving away free airfare so that flying passengers will be there for them to earn revenue on inflight drinks and gambling.
A quick check on the RyanAir website showed most flights out of London to be least till Thursday night......maybe they have begun this new business plan already......RyanAir

Frank Brown International Songwriter Festival

Official Website--Click Here

Daddy is here for a visit and he is really enjoying going out for live music most every night.

First photo was Gary Hirstius from New Orleans at SunPlace Else II where we had dinner the first night. All was well until the third set when a female performer came on who's volume was a bit louder than Daddy liked. We got out fast. He walked out with his fingers in his ears. He was shouting 'shut-up' prior to that...

At The Beach Club we heard the old Bearefoot Bar crew, . They are Daddy's favorites. Volume doesn't seem to be an issue there. Sometimes Daddy likes it loud jes fine. Jimbeau Hinson (in orange T-shirt) had his first Granny nominated song 'Colors' this year, a patriotic song .

Rusty Golden plays keyboard--Daddy loves his playing. His father is one of the Oak Ridge Boys. Marc Alan Barnett played along with them. Marc Alan lives in Nashville but used to play at the Bama, pre-Ivan , once a month. Marc Alan is always high-energy and fun. These guys write songs that get recorded by Nashville hit-makers--the CMN bunch.

One fellow was really enjoying himself at the Giggling Grouper with some new drink that Budwiser is introducing. It is Sparks--a Red Bull type thing to keep you up later so you can drink even more. They were serving it in special 'chemistry lab' type containers with funny markings on the side. Our waiteress said he and his friends had been there all day drinking.... we had to order a couple of these things for ourselves, they looked like so much fun.

At the Beach Club, after Jimbeau, Mark Alan and Rusty, we saw Carl Jackson and Jerry Salley. Larry Cordell usually plays with them , but his parents in Kentucky are ill so he left early. These guys are great and can be seen on TV frequently on Turner South on the Bluebird Cafe. They also write many of the Nashville songs that end up on CD's . They have been coming to this thing ever since I can remember. wherreas some songwriters can write great songs but don't play or sing too well, these guys are really great on stage. They sing in harmony....wonderful voices, real musicians, great songs.