Thursday, September 28, 2006

Plants that can smell

ASHINGTON (AP) - The parasitic dodder plant doesn't have a nose, but it knows how to sniff out its prey.

The dodder attacks such plants as tomatoes, carrots, onions, citrus trees, cranberries, alfalfa and even flowers, and is a problem for farmers.

So discovering how it finds its prey might help lead to a way to block the weed, or for crops to defend themselves, say researchers at Pennsylvania State University.

Many thought it simply grew in a random direction, with discovery of a plant to attack being a chance encounter.

But the researchers found that if they placed tomato plants near a germinating dodder, the parasite headed for the tomato 80 percent of the time.

And when they put scent chemicals from a tomato on rubber, 73 percent of the dodder seedlings headed that way.

Co-author Mark C. Mescher added, "One of the interesting things we found was that the plants make choices."

When they gave the dodder seedlings a choice between a tomato plant and a wheat plant, they preferred the tomato.

Dodder will infect wheat if there is no choice, he said, but they discovered that one of the volatile chemicals given off by wheat repels dodder, so it will choose the tomato if allowed to pick.

So, finding one compound that tends to be repellant could lead to ways to either treat crops to resist dodder or even engineer them to produce the compound themselves, Mescher said.

While they were attracted to tomato plants and the chemicals they release, the dodders showed no particular interest when offered a fake tomato plant, a pot of moist soil or vials or red or green colored water.

The plants don't have a nose, of course, so it's not clear how they sense the chemicals given off by potential host plants. When the seedlings start out, they tend to rotate in various directions, and they somehow sense the direction where the chemicals are strongest and then grow toward them, Mescher said.

Glad I Wasn't in His Line

From Slashdot:
A traveler frustrated with recent changes to airport security procedures found himself detained in Milwaukee after writing a message critical of the TSA's leader on a plastic bag presented for screening. The message, which read "Kip Hawley is an Idiot," resulted in a confrontation with law enforcement, the traveler being told that his right to freedom of speech applied only "out there (pointing past the id checkers) not while in here [the checkpoint]." The story, which is detailed in a rapidly-growing thread on a discussion forum catering to frequent flyers, has attracted the interest of the ACLU, an AP reporter, and many others. The incident raises a number of interesting questions and concerns regarding just where our rights end."

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


I drove to Memphis on Sunday. Made it in 7 and one half hours. I arrived to some lovely weather and it is a good thingh since the A/C for the upstairs in my parents house is out. I opened the windows and it has been cool enuf outside for a perfect temp upstairs. I think the A/C is out in the guesthouse too. I have been keeping the doors open in there and it is musty and needs some fresh air anyway.

I am on dial-up here and it is so slow. Plus, the phone jacks are in odd places, so I am having to sit on the floor in the upstairs hall w/ my itty bitty laptop perched on an empty box beteween my legs and the mini-mouse on the rug beside it. Not too comfortible, so mostly I justy ck email and do minimum computer time.

I am rather slow going thru these packed put boxes of Miller's belongings. I have found all sortsd of electronic stuff. Some I can't figure out whast it is or does. I have one Uniden device that has a screen and clips on a belt loop it looks like and has a speaker....still don't know what it does.

I found, not only our old Canon camcorder ( I had wondered what happened to it) but also a later model SHarp ViewCam w/ 16X optical zoom. I searched around on the web last night to get some idea how old it was and it seems to be from 1999-2000. People paid up to 5 or 6 hundred dollars at that time and seemed pleased w/ the product. Of course Sharp no longer supports it, so there waS nothing on their website. I have one of the rechargable batteries charging now, so maybe I can maker a little video of the place my folks are movingto and uploadf it to YouTube or similar. Might have to wait until I am back in Gulf Shores to upload video tho...dial-up here is too slow, esp on UPloads. In fact, the whole dial-up experience is so slow, it is almost useless unless you want to spend a day doing click-and-wait.

I cleaned about 4 lbs of shrimp this morning and am going to the grocery & taking Daddy w/ me. Errands like this take a good bit of time, so I am not getting the boxes dealt with as quickly as I'd like. Plus, I get fascinated by what is in them and spend a fair amount of time reading. I do have two big trash bags full and a big box for Goodwill and one for the ebay drop-off store I spotted yesterday.

I may locate the nearest coffee shop w/ wireless...this dial-up is making me crazy. I have to wait about 4 or 5 min for every screen of blogger to download and display , just to do THIS post, even w/ just one browser window open. I am on Earthlink and it says 50.6 kbps transfer. I am also just so use to having 5 or more browser windows open at once and switching from one to another doing several things at once.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Business Practices

BOSTON (Reuters) - Graduate business students in the United States and Canada are more likely to cheat on their work than their counterparts in other academic fields, the author of a research paper said on Wednesday.

The study of 5,300 graduate students in the United States and Canada found that 56 percent of graduate business students admitted to cheating in the past year, with many saying they cheated because they believed it was an accepted practice in business.

Old Little Girl Unearthed

Ethiopian scientists unveiled on Wednesday a 3.3 million-year-old fossil of a girl, which they believe is the most complete hominid skeleton ever found.

The fossil including an entire skull, torso, shoulder blade and various limbs was discovered at Dikaka, some 400 kms northeast of the capital Addis Ababa near the Awash river in the Rift Valley.

The scientists think the fossil was older than the 3.2 million year old remains of "Lucy" discovered in 1974, and described by scientists as one of the world's greatest archaeological finds.

More photos

Wednesday, September 20, 2006


Very busy day today. Had a meeting with the new owners of Baby Beach Rentals. One day last week, they emailed me and said they were thinking about buying an additional domain and have it re-direct to their main domain. They mentioned maybe registering it with GoDaddy. I told them that the domain they had in mind was be a good idea since it is an easy 'type-in' domain but I told them I'd recommend that they not use GoDaddy.
Too late.

I get an email a day or two later that said they had used the GoDaddy site to check to see if the domain they wanted was available (it was) and went back a day or two later and low-and-behold some offshore domain holding co had scarfed it up immediately and it was registered thru a Belgium registrar.

This is a domain that is a combo of 3 words and unlikely to be registered by anyone except people watching at GoDaddy to see what other people search for.
Second time this has happened to people I know. First time was last year to a doctor I know with an unusual name and he searched thru GoDaddy for and it was , of course, available, and next day it was registered by someone else and they offered to sell it back to him for 200 bucks. He bought it.

Moral of story: Stay away from GoDaddy and if you see a domain you are interested in is available, buy it on the spot no matter where you did your search.

Today I picked up my completed 2005 income tax returns. Finally. Went to post office and mailed 4 certified envelopes. Glad to have that out of the way. The CPA has a red stamp and had KATRINA stamped all over everything....the deadline in the GoZone was extended to Oct 15 after Katrina. Of course, I then had to run from bank to bank moving money so my checks would be good.

More errands, Cable Co office, Electric Co office, Telephone Co office , all to correct auto-payments that were coming out of the wrong CPA will be so proud of me. I am glad I went to the electric co. Found out I was paying for the electricity in a condo I don't own. anymore. Maybe I should look more closely at my bank statements !!
Just a couple months and I think I can get reimbursed.

Before I left the house, I heard motor noises outside and my sweet Hardwood Dr neighbor was over here on the lagoon cutting my grass. I knew he had said he was coming down this weekend, but he came early and got right on the grass project. By the time I was back from all this tax/bank/errands running around, he had everything weed-eaten and tidy. What a great guy.

Next I did web stuff to send to Heather, who is working every day lately while she is out of school. Then Glenn drove down from Foley and we went to my favorite restaurant, Cosmos in Orange Beach, for dinner. He is working 71 hours this week......he agreed to fill in at Univ of West FL clinic a few days for a friend on top of an already full work week in the Foley hospital emergency room.

Now I am putting together some web pages of photos of Jerry Nasello's DAC-ART building project. They are going on It is a real bare-bones site now, but will gradually take shape. Jerry is building a big 3 story Italian style home about 5 miles down from me. He will have fabulous Gulf views and a fabulous house. It has been a long time coming. There were a bunch of permit obstacles in his way w/ wetlands, beach mouse issues, etc...

My Fans

Ever wondered where the last 20 or so Lundy Says visitors come from. See the map, from about 9 p.m. Wed night.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


A misplaced comma in the list of ingredients gives diners a totally different dish -- and gives British writer Lynne Truss new ammunition in her campaign for the proper use of punctuation.

"Goats Cheese Salad ... tomatoes, onions, goats, cheese."

The author, who was totally stunned when her book on punctuation "Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation" became a British and U.S. hit, has set up a Web site ( that is collecting funny examples of wrongly used commas and apostrophes such as the above example. Whole article

Making a Point

Porcelain is strong. I remember going into Robert Crump's Hancock House in Memphis, w/ Momma before I married, looking at china. Robert Crump picked up a piece of Haviland and began banging the edge of the dinner plate on the counter to show us how strong it was. We were impressed as I recall.

Now the Wm. Ashley store is making the same point. This display features a bright green Lamborghini Gallardo balanced atop four teacups in front of the William Ashley store in Toronto to promote a contest for a set of fine China - the very same China supporting the 3,153-lb. vehicle.

Grand Tent

From a rocker's at Japan's FujiFest blog and the official site:

"The Grand Speigeltent is truly awesome and has to be seen to be believed. There are only a few of these left in the world. All-wood interior and a bar called "Black Velvet," named after one of its signature drinks: a cocktail of champagne and Guiness. Her spacious dance-floor, vast stage and comfortable bar, surrounded by romantic booths, suit her perfectly for a wide range of activities. The lustrous style and atmosphere of the Grand Spiegeltent stand for a true, nostalgic experience."

3 days to construct / 2 days to take down. 10 men. Arrives in 2 containers that weight aprox 30 tons each. I think its home is the Netherlands.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Willie Nelson

One and a half pounds get a 'citation' ???? In other areas that would get you an 'intent to sell' or something. Guess they figure W.N. doesn't need the money so no intent to sell.

LAFAYETTE, Louisiana (AP) -- Willie Nelson and four others were issued misdemeanor citations for possession of narcotic mushrooms and marijuana after a traffic stop Monday morning on a Louisiana highway, state police said.

The citations were issued after a commercial vehicle inspection of the country music star's tour bus, state police said in a news release.

"When the door was opened and the trooper began to speak to the driver, he smelled the strong odor of marijuana," the news release said.

A search of the bus produced 1 1/2 pounds of marijuana and 0.2 pounds of narcotic mushrooms, according to state police.

Books in the Post

About last Thursday I mailed 2 heavy-ish scrapbooking idea books to a lady in England who had emailed me to report copyright infringement info about my graphics on a commercial CD for sale there.

The lady at the post office here kept arguing w/ me about surely I didn't want to send them surface, it would take 2 months to get there. I told her over and over, yes I did , as the other options cost about 20 times as much and there was no rush. I had told the lady in the UK that they would arrive surface 'one of these days'.

But it appears that the USPS delivered them by air ANYWAY ! I just got a 'thank you' email from the reciepent. What a bargain for me !

Business Bib Half Suit

For video telecasting and web conferences.....for talking heads

The Businessbib allows you to look perfectly put-together in a fraction of the time it takes to boot your computer. You can work from home in your underwear while presenting a polished appearance to the people that matter most. Using a simple abbreviated design of the traditional business suit eliminates the time and effort that goes into primping for more formal meetings. It frees your time and allows you to continue uninterrupted with your casual lifestyle.
Split down the back w/ Velcro.

This is Funny :o)

When moviemakers told Gallatin, Tennessee, (near Nashville) Mayor Don Wright they wanted to use his office to film a scene with a superheroine, he kindly obliged.

But Wright was startled when the movie's title, "Thong Girl 3," and his role in its making was splashed across the front page of Friday's editions of the Nashville Tennessean newspaper.

"I had no idea what the movie was about," Wright said on Friday. "They told me it was about a superhero woman and there was no nudity or offensive stuff in it. Other than that, I really didn't have a clue."

According to the Thong Girl Web site, heroine Lana Layonme wears a red thong under a cape as she flies over Nashville repelling a villain who is trying to turn country music performers into rappers. The movie is the third in a series released only on DVD.

Sounds like a MUST SEE ! Watch the Thong Girl II Trailer on YouTube. (harmless & nutty)

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Nigerian Scam Letter Generator

I am sure you have gotten numerous versions of the Nigerian scam letter. Well, now you too can get in on the action. you can quickly generate scam letter's with your victim's last name in the critical parts.

I remember way back in the early days of the Internet, a writer for one of the techie magazines actually replied and corresponded with the sender of a similar letter. He went so far as to fly into some island country and arrange a meeting. As I recall, the adventure took several twists and turns in different countries, but in the end, the reporter did not ever actually get to give the scam artists his money.

Saturday, September 16, 2006


There are few blogs that I read every post, but Shoemoney is one that I do. Jeremy Shoemaker lives in Nebraska and spells like Miller did. (And is about Miller's age) He is an extremely successful web money-making guy. Schoemaker has embraced the mantra, “prioritize potentially profitable projects.” He is constantly generating new ideas for sites, programs and marketing, channeling energy into those that truly have the potential for long-term traffic and revenue. Anyway--I was just reading his list of 10 big flop ideas, some he spent time and money on. I think this one is so funny it is worth repeating:

1. - SchoeMoney Petroleum Company -

(I cant believe im actually telling these in public)
Ok Follow me here -I want to purchase a Gas Station and Give away Free Gas
The catch is like the gas would come out really slow and also you would be limited as to how much you could get per week. (Like max 50 gallons a week).
How do I make money ? EASY - I would setup paintball guns around the gas station with webcams that would let people from the internet take shots at the people filling up there cars with gas. You could charge per shot or a xxxx amounts of shots per month for a set fee. PROBLEM - I talked to a city council member about this and he told me there was a “no flying ordinance” or something rule within city limits however I could maybe do it in the country…

Well, Jeremy, there is also the issue of goggles---paintballs can put out eyes !

Where to vacation ?

After reading this today:
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- A series of bomb blasts ripped through three department stores Saturday night in Thailand's restive south, killing four and wounding dozens more, a local television station said.
The attacks came just hours after the military staged a peace rally in the south, the site of a Muslim insurgency, where it expressed hope that people would work with authorities to end the violence.

I am wondering if we could make a list of Muslim-free countries.

Friday, September 15, 2006

No Waiting for Rides at Six Flags

Just eat a 3 inch long live Madagascar cockroach.

During the first weekend of its annual Halloween festival, Six Flags Over Texas will let guests skip to the front of the Titan roller coaster line if they eat a live cockroach.

A live, wingless, 3-inch long Madagascar hissing cockroach that can run at 3 mph.

Chew and swallow one of these crunchy, wiggling critters and Six Flags will also give you a Flash Pass for the evening that will let you bypass the line on many thrill rides.

Free Printable Calendar

Heather has done a great job of the free printable 2007 calendar we just added to Tom Stanton's site. We will be adding text to the page and some photos of assembly.

All the photos are ones I took of areas in and around Gulf Shores.

Etch-a-Sketch BC

An ancient slab of green stone inscribed with insects, ears of corn, fish and other symbols is indecipherable so far, but one message is clear: It is the earliest known writing in the Western Hemisphere. The ancient Olmec civilization probably produced the faintly etched symbols around 900 B.C., or roughly three centuries before what previously had been proposed as the earliest examples of writing in the Americas. The text contains 28 distinct glyphs or symbols, some of which are repeated three and four times. The writing system does not appear to be linked to any known later scripts and may represent a dead end, according to the study.


The cable company from hell.
I have probably spent 30 hours either on hold or talking to the tech support guys in Gulf Breeze since August 2nd. My televesion is unwatchable and my internet access goes on and off (mostly off) repeatedly all day and night.
I have had repair work scheduled something like 8 times and all have been no-shows.
I wish I had documented every phone call, etc...and I could go before the Alabama Public Service Commission.
I realize tha the hurricanes have given them a hard way to go. But, it is a year past Katrina, 2 years past Ivan for goodness sakes. I was very sympathetic post hurricane, the clean up all up and down the shore resulted in repeated cuts in the lines, but what I can't understand is the scheduled appointments and being stood up with no explaination.

I have DSL in addition to cable Internet, so I am not paralyzed, but I have things set up in a way that certain computers are on cable and others on DSL. If I don't continue to insist that they do something about my service, nothing willhappen. In fact the official service record shows that they 'fixed' it twice in this time period !!

So frustrating.....

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Make a Picasso style painting

Play. Create your own abstract painting. Mr. Picasso Head

Looks like a good movie

Incredible it out....move the cursor around everything.

In an incredible twist of fate, a Scottish doctor (James McAvoy) on a Ugandan medical mission becomes irreversibly entangled with one of the world's most barbaric figures: Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker). Impressed by Dr. Garrigan's brazen attitude in a moment of crisis, the newly self-appointed Ugandan President Amin hand picks him as his personal physician and closest confidante. Though Garrigan is at first flattered and fascinated by his new position, he soon awakens to Amin's savagery - and his own complicity in it. Horror and betrayal ensue as Garrigan tries to right his wrongs and escape Uganda alive.

See Ya in a Year, but then, Maybe Not

Kenyan followers of a U.S.-based religious sect which predicted the world would end after a September 12 outbreak of nuclear war moved into bunkers on Wednesday despite the failure of their prediction.

Dozens of members of the House of Yahweh -- dressed in gas masks, gloves and long overcoats -- have built a network of underground hideouts in the small highland village of Mauche.

They have stocked the bunkers with dried fermented flour meant to feed them for a year, by which time sinners would have been wiped off the Earth, according to their beliefs.

"We shall stay in the bunkers for a period of one year."

According to Sang, a nuclear war between the United States and North Korea only failed to kick off Tuesday as expected due to difference in international time zones.

"Members of our sect who are in the U.S. will not be affected as they are protected by Yahweh," Sang added.

According to its web site, the group was founded in Abilene, Texas.
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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Really cute SHORT video. Monkey protecting a kitten.

Wiki Article of the Day

How to Dissuade Yourself from Becoming a Blogger

Example text : Find five completely random blogs, and read them daily for a month. After thirty days, you will absolutely dread your self-imposed requirement to read all that dreck. Any blog you create will most likely be on par with what you've been reading. Don't put anyone through that.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Hurricane Aniversary Today

Frederic changed the Gulf Coast forever .... 27 years ago today.

Hurricane Rag
Composer/Lyricist: by Frederick G. Johnson.
Publication: Chicago : Harold Rossiter Music Co., c1911.

Can a python bite off more than it can chew? Ewe bet

In fact, after swallowing a pregnant sheep, it couldn't move at all.

Firemen in the Malaysian village of Kampung Jabor, about 190km east of Kuala Lumpur, easily caught it after it was spotted on a road.

Conservationists were yesterday still deciding whether to keep the 90kg snake in a zoo or release it back into the wild.

Pythons eat no more than once a week but when they open their incredible hinged jaws, anything is fair game.

This 5.5m python found its eyes were definitely bigger than its belly.

In July surgeons were forced to operate on a 4m Burmese python after it inadvertently swallowed a queen-size electric blanket.

Humans also have become victims. In 1972 a python in Burma swallowed an eight-year-old boy.

But sometimes their food really doesn't agree with them.

In October last year, a 3.6m python came off second best in Everglades National Park in Florida.

The snake, which tried to swallow a 1.8m alligator whole, exploded, said scientists who found the gory remains.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Air Guitar Championship Finalists

Some REAL talent....a Japanese fellow won. Gotta see it and have your speakers on.

What the World Needs to Know



The world is a wicked place.

Watch this Video

Crooked, crooked, crooked

The $55m estate of Timothy Olufemi Akanni came to the attention of the authorities after his two widows rowed about who should inherit it.

Akanni's fortune only came to light after his death in a plane crash.

Nigeria's anti-corruption body has made its largest single seizure of illegally acquired assets belonging to a dead electoral official and pastor.

It was only after his death in a plane crash last October that it was discovered he had a secret second wife.

The ex-electoral commission director's assets now pass to the state.

The BBC's Sola Odunfa in Lagos says the forfeited assets include 23 bank accounts in various names; shares in leading Nigerian banks; houses and land in the most sought-after parts of Lagos and Abuja; schools in Abuja and a variety of motor vehicles.

Mr Akanni, who was a Pentecostal Church pastor in Abuja, was eulogised at his death for being a patriotic and selfless Nigerian.
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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Army Worm Wine

Not a Joke ! Wine made from Army Worms....aka Caterpillers.

Ray Reigstad, a 36 year old Northlander living in Duluth Minnesota, got the idea for Army Worm Wine from a co-worker whose grandfather used to make it back in the day.

Four local wine connoisseurs invited to taste the wine described it as dry, pale and crisp. They compared it to a pinot grigio or white bordeaux.

The comparison came before they were told exactly what went into the wine. Afterward, they joked that it was the best insect wine they've ever tasted.

Longest Diary, Most Boring Read.

For twenty years, Robert Shields of Dayton, Washington, has kept a written record of absolutely everything that has happened to him, day and night.

Capsule Inn

A typical Capsule Hotel is composed of two major sections; a public lounge space including bathing, and the other is a private space where the sleeping rooms (capsules) are arranged. The actual sleeping room is a capsule unit made of reinforced plastic and designed in the image of a jet airplane's cockpit. In the capsule unit, all the required amenities are provided; TV, radio, alarm clock, adjustable lighting... almost everything is provided! Every device is within your reach and you can control everything in a sleeping position.
See a Capsule Hotel in Tokyo

Obviously not for honeymoon trips.

Famous Phrase

Arthur Schiff Dies - Copywriter Behind Ginsu Knives
Direct Magazine comments: "If there is an afterlife and any cosmic justice, the first words Arthur Schiff heard when he died were: 'But Wait! There's More!'"


Just found a great streamlined free ad-supported site that will let me upload large files that they will store for 7 days to allow someone else to download it. This was perfect timing as I have a bunch of large (graphics in bitmap) zip files to get to someone in Moscow, Russia.
They will store files as large as 100 MB and you can opt for notification when the files are downloaded. You can review the history of your account too.

Also Get 1GB of free space on

Cool People DriveThings

Look who also drives a VW Thing.
Allan L. sent me this YouTube link.
Allen writes:
Look who's driving a Thing. The name of the song is
"Fruitcakes" about people being different and crazy.
YOU have a Thing. Coincidence? I think not.


Saturday, September 09, 2006

Do You Know This Plant?

I photographed this small weeping shrub in Pensacola in a front yard. The purple flowers and orange berries were present at the same time on this georgous plant. The same yard had some of the same species but with white flowers that were not nearly as vibrant. It looked great in spite of a very dry summer and it is planted close to salt water.

I have been doing online searches trying to identify this plant to no avail.

Click to see big photo

King WIllie

Martin Choate sent me this great YouTube video about the Mayor of Memphis. If you are unfamiliar w/ this man and crooked Memphis politics, just think: Marion Berry

I notice that Paul Shanklin is part of the team that made this video. Paul lives in Memphis and is the world famous voice and songwriter from the Rush Limbaugh radio parody songs. Paul is very talented. I used to live across the street from his brother.

For reference, Mike Flemming (mentioned in the song) is a popular talk radio show host in Memphis.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Muscadine Season

Check your local produce dept for the fabulous, big commercially grown muscadines from Georgia. They are so sweet and HUGE. Ours are about 4 or 5 bucks a big clear plastic box.

Eat them skin and all, but remove the seeds w/ your tongue...they are bitter. Throw them in your yard near a fence or tree, maybe you'll get your own muscadine vine.

Cool Shadows

Oil lamp casts interesting shadows, many different themes. UNICA

Mosquito Bite Cure

My sister Cary reports that when she puts scotch tape on her fresh mosquito bites that they disappear almost immediately.
Mine disappear almost immediately anyway, with no treatment of any kind, so I can't test this. Maybe you can.

Cary says that ordinarily "my bites last about 3 days at least usually- itching all the way"

Try this yourself and post comments please. We may be 'onto something'

Donate Your Gently Worn Shoes

Soles for Souls has a simple mission: To impact as many lives as possible with the gift of shoes.

One Minute Film Festival

Is YouTube eating up too much of your day ?
Try One Minute Films from around the world, vote on your favorites.

Play the Stick Game

Through a fabulous fluke in 1958, 16 year old Jeffrey Metzner was hired by a big time ad agency while he was still in high school. Here he learned the many skills of the commercial artist from some of the most talented studio artists of the time.

This idea came about when Jeffrey and his grandson Orion were spending the afternoon together on the front porch. Orion said, “Gramps, did you know that I am taking art classes and that I like art a lot...and I know a lot about art, too?!” Metzner responded by quickly drawing a stick figure image and asked, “OK, wise guy, what’s this?” “Gramps, that’s too easy,” Orion said, “That’s the Mona Lisa!” Metzner tested Orion with a few more and Orion tried a couple of his own, and before long the family got involved and everyone was hooked.

STICK: GREAT MOMENTS IN ART, HISTORY, FILM, AND MORE is a book for art lovers, film buffs, and anyone who appreciates the irony of art in its simplest form: stick.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

VW Innovations

The 2 photos were taken at Volkswagen's new storage facility in Wolfsburg, Germany. The actual space that the facility occupies is approximately only 20% of a comparable facility with the traditional design that is used primarily in the US. Not only is the German structure less expensive to build, but vehicles are also "retrieved" in less time and without the potential of being damaged by an attendant. Collecting your new car is an event in itself. "In a fully automated procedure, your new car is brought down to you from one of the 20-story Car Towers. Large signboards in the Customer Center show you when your turn has come. Then, you're handed the keys, your picture is taken, the glass doors open and your brand-new car appears. You're all set to go".

Funny Ad, Git It ?

Brilliant Idea

eBay Promotion Technique

Cardboard Furniture

Sturdy stools made by folding one sheet of cardboard.
One could sit on these stools while sturdying for school.

HP adds 'slimming effect'

Certain HP digital cameras now subtract 10 lbs or more off your photo's subjects. You'll become everyone's favorite photographer ! Read More.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

It's a Start

Peace Fleece
A yarn company committed to helping historic enemies cooperate and prosper through trade. Peace Fleece offers knitting yarn made from a blend of Romanian/American, Israeli and Palestinian wools as well as felting supplies, batts for quilters, handpainted knitting needles and wooden buttons, patterns, knitting and felting kits and roving for hand spinners.

Neat Shop

Mahar Drygoods
Interesting stuff for kids made by designers and craftsmen

Handbags for Fall

Cut and sewn from two layers of industrial wool felt made from factory excess in the San Francisco area.

Some funny shirts

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Undercover Tatoo

Always wanted a tattoo but afraid of what your boss will say? Thanks to a fascinating new technique you can cover yourself in body art and no one will be the wiser – unless they see you in the dark, which is the only time these tattoos are visible. The new technique uses blacklight reactive ink, which is reactive to UV light. It’s kinda freaky but imagine the fun you could have after dark.

Really how safe is Chameleon Blacklight Tattoo Ink?
Given its extensive testing of FDA approval, with absolutely no adverse reactions to it in over ten years, it is all in the proof, this ink is most likely the safest ink on the market.


Tues Evening

I had a very pleasant birthday and thanks all out-of-towners for the cheerful cards & emails. My birthday was low-key. Not many people down here knew it was my birthday, as in one. He figured it out on his own, Skip C. who took me sailing and made me a great custom B'day CD. He keeps his boat over in P'cola. It has living quarters and a great music system.
Then on my actual B'day I went out to dinner & watched a movie with Glenn P., but he didn't know it was my B'day till later and I told him.
Now I am officially a year older--yipee. Right .

It is still bone dry here. We have had the driest year most people can remember. The pop-up showers sometimes drench downtown Gulf Shores and miss us totally. That has pretty much been the case all year.

My great Hardwood Drive neighbor, Charles C. mowed all (both houses) my grass again for me and even edged as he always does. What a sweetie.

Not a whole lot of news down here. I am still doing things to get ready for the poster tent at Shrimp Festival. Lots of friends are planning to come down for it so that will be fun.

Tomorrow I go to P'cola. I am going to help Glenn pick out new glasses.


Bathtub and Shower TV.

All Purple, All the Time

Get it all in PURPLE.

Pet Phone 1-800-FEEDHER

Call your PetPhone and it dumps down the food for your pet while you are out.

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Looks like some transformations are more successful than others.

GulfTel Bandwidth SpeedTest Results: 6,920 Kbps

GulfTel Bandwidth SpeedTest Results

Curious about your connection speed? Click 'Run Speed Test Again' on the above page.

FYI., I am getting 6,920 Kbps on Gulftel DSL and 4,739 on MediaCom cable

Monday, September 04, 2006

Very Good News

My Momma and Daddy have made the decision to buy a home in The Village at Germantown, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC).

My sister Cary, and her husband, Herbert drove to Memphis from Knoxville to spend a few days and help Momma clean out a big closet. While they were there, I think I have this straight, Herbert and Momma went back over to the retirement complex to reconsider that option. A while back, Cary, Lisa and I all got Momma to go look at the model house that they had on display while this brand new facility was under construction.

It is really suppose to be a first class operation. Momma and Daddy will have a 3 BdRm free-standing home (one of 28) in the complex that has multiple restaurants, apartments, a beauty parlor, a movie theater, a health care clinic and an Alzheimers unit amongst many other amenities.

Before they make this move, Momma wants hardwood floors added in the bedrooms and built-in bookcases built. They are also going to convert a covered porch to a screen porch. I think they have 90 days to get all this done and home--owners monthly dues begin. The dues include all home maintenance, maid service, laundry service, a golf cart and a bunch of other things. The health care is affiliated w/ the Methodist Hospital.