Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year

Make yourself some fireworks if you are at home looking at this and not out on the beach watching the real thing.
or let PBS tell you a bit about them.

OR, see fireworks like you've never seen them before ....The Netherlands, 2000.....fireworks factory fire and explosions. See another cameraman's movie of it.

or watch this along with the Swedes who traditionally show this video at midnight. But listen to the weird words.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Whopper Freakout--funny

If you have not seen it on TV, watch the mini-movie online. Lots of careful editing, I am sure. (Requires Flash ver. 9, so overly agressive Adobe will attempt to auto-update.)

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Garage Lintel

While I was gone, the big lintel for the garage door opening was trucked in and set in place. It is the largest individual piece of concrete in the house (except slabs). We have had a couple days of nice weather but rain is suppose to come back. It rained a lot right before i took these can see water standing here and there.

The winter brings lovely sunsets.
This last photo is in the entrance hall area where a recessed niche is suppose to go. Ted is making some special curved top-piece and shelf for it.
Dan told me today that both floors will have a 9'2" ceiling height. He is talking to the truss designer about raising the upper ceiling into the attic space but he will have to re-design the trusses and don't know yet how much more that might cost. Another issue is cramping the area to run the A/C and waterlines, doing that. But I told Dan if we could gain a foot, it would be probably be worth it. We decided to add a foot to the windows on the first floor too. We'll have skylights on the top floor, but the first floor won't have al that extra light flooding in. Plus we don't want any pinched nerves in our necks as we look up to see the Blue Angels practicing.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

It's oooooo-o-o-over.

I am back in Gulf Shores. Flew to Mempho on the 19th and back on Xmas eve. Nice visit. Stayed w/ Momma. Amazingly, there was one day when all of us chullin were there together at one time. Stephen drove up from Mississippi, Lisa had just gotten back from taking her 3 grandchullin skiing in Colorado and Cary (w/ her two offspring) flew in for the day.
Momma says it is the first time we were all together in a long time. I see all of them pretty much, so I didn't realize that.

Now that i am back, I am doing web stuff ninty miles an hour. I have so many projects in motion. Tonight I am designing floor tiles to coordinate w/ Duralee fabrics. My good buddy, Marti, who works for Duralee and is a big hit w/ them for 'E' for effort & strong sales, is going to the annual sales meeting in New York in a couple days and I only found out yesterday. i want to have these drawings done for her to take w/ her.

I have spent massive amounts of time researching classic Hydraulic Cement Floor Tiles, aka Encaustic Tiles and a whole bunch of other terms. I decided that this is the absolute most perfect flooring for my new place. Absolutely. Trouble is, no one in the USA makes them anymore. And the are very heavy. I complied most of what I learned on this web page. Migght as well share the knowledge:

I am pretty determined about this. It is the perfect, green flooring. Waterproof and lasts centuries. I am thinking that it might be a good idea to make my own designs, make them coordinate w/ some popular fabric and get a fabric house excited about the possibility of selling more goods because of a tie in to the promotion for the flooring. I won't be using a lot of fabric in my place, but the average gal does. And, if I can make people aware of these way-cool floor tiles, then it is a service to mankind and might just end up working out for me in several ways. Plus I love the have seen them all over Latin America, Cuba, Spain, Portugal, fancy pancy mansions in south FL, and even France.

Next is a web project that Carol Mc and I are doing together. A website for moms in Memphis. Carol is writing content and I will do the web work.

Also a discussion forum for Dr. Skip P. in Tuscaloosa for patients to discuss the benefits of this startling discovery he made in his practice about IBS and fibromalgia. It is and is a work in progress. Can't believe that domain name wasn't taken, as over 450,000 domains are registered each day !!!

Well, I had decided that the Google Santa must have flown over my house this year , when what to my wondering eyes should appear but a neat white box in my mailbox today. I already knew what they were sending out this year cause the blabber-mouths on webmaster forums were discussing it. A cool flash drive w/ 2 gigs of storage (and to think that is double my first computer) and it is the size of a credit card and made like one. Thanks Larry and Sergei :o)

Plus, get this, Google included a credit card looking card that said it was a gift certificate for . I'd never heard of it, so I went to the website....

What this is , is a website where teachers post requests for stuff they want for their classroom and why. It has the total $ needed and you can browse around looking at the requests, or search for some using keywords. I put in 'physics' plus 'alabama' and found a teacher in Jasper wanting to buy rocket ship kits for general science. She had already gotten about 200 bucks of the total of $307 needed, so I put in my gift certificate and it said it was for a hundred bucks !! ... and it offered me the opportunity to chip in the additional $7.50 by CC or check so she'd get the total bucks for the rockets. I did that and now it is a done deal...

I remember in 5th grade, or maybe it was actually 4th or 3rd, cause he went to Riverdale for 5th, anyway..., at MtPisgah Middle when Miller got his teacher to come out to video tape him shooting off a rocket in the field behind the house. She said it was better to do it there than at the school. It was for some school project. I think he was the only one doing rockets for he assignment. It was just a little stepping stone to his enthusiasm for flying and getting all his pilots licenses. Maybe she will inspire a bunch of little future pilots. Thanks Larry and Sergei :o)

The site said I will get an email thank you note from the teacher. I'll tell her to write Google too.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Bouncing Balls

Ruth S. sent this short, entertaining video. You may have seen this guy on the Tonight Show, I didn't. Wonder how long he had to practice to do this.

A Mom's Day in 3 Minutes

This is very funny,
From my good friend Carol McC :

Tony the Dancing Cop

This guy, a grandfather, comes out of retirement every year at Xmas to direct traffic in Providence, RI. He even has his own website. where it tells what intersections he will be at on what day.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Sandy Xmas

A guy who sends me occasional emails sent a photo of a sand tree he made in the middle of a store. The background had clothing displayed, I cut it out and put it out on a beach. Not our beaches, as they are white and his sand was pretty dark, but I found a pretty good match. He sells cool sand sculpture kits at

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Google Game

You and another player have about 2 min to see if you can guess the same tags at the same time.
It helps Google to identify images and is a bit of fun for you.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Not There

Well I wish I had been in Las Vegas for WebmasterWorld Pubcon this past week. Thanks goodness for the kind souls who work their fingers to the bone reporting what the speakers and panels are saying.
I have only read a short part of the online accounts, but already have picked up one great tip that I put into place immediately on that has made a big difference in earnings on that site.

Speaking of, last weekend I got an email alerting me to copyright infringement on eBay uk and I had to report it and the seller's account got canceled, now today, i have another email about another seller of CD's w/ my graphics included...seems to never end. UK is worse that U.S. for some reason. Fortunately ebay is really great about yanking the offending merchandise and dealing w/ the seller. Just takes time on my part. I have to be sure that it really is my work on their CD.

New house work at a standstill due to crane repairs. No huge deal, and good to get the crane in top notch working order. Recnetly I have seen two ads for same crane, older year model than mine, for sale for 75% more than what I paid...this is a good thing.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Boy do I miss Memphis--NOT

Thanks Mark B. for passing this news story on to me. Mark is making a trip to Memphis for biz in a few weeks, so he must be reading Memphis news just to be ready to face what may come at him while there.

Rarely do I copy /paste a whole news story but this one is so great, and I am afraid the link might now work or somehow you'd miss this, (note the use of "fightin" and "takin" in the quotes).... so here goes :

I call it : "I guess that just pissed them off worser"

Memphis Police continue to search for search three cross-dressing crooks who started a fight at the McDonalds on South Mendenhall Sunday night.

It was definitely not business as usual at a local McDonald's Sunday night as a carful angry transvestites pulled up to Martez Brisco's drive-thru window.

"Men trying to look like women, drag queens, transvestites is what they were," Brisco said.

There was an argument at the window and that's when things started to get a little strange.

"They come to the window, tap, tap, tap. I'm still ignoring them. I guess that just pissed them off worser," Brisco said.

Three men, dressed as women, jumped out of the car, ran into the restaurant armed with a tire iron, and started swinging at employees, but not before they disrobed, kicking off their stiletto boots, hoop earrings, and jackets.

"They just decided they wanted to start a fight with the crew at McDonald's here. They began to get ready to fight taking clothing off to fight," said Lt. Trevor Tisby with Memphis Police Department.

"He swung and hit my manager, manager swung and hit back, so they step back, get to takin' off they shoes, boots and whatever else they had to do to get satisfied to fight," Brisco said.

Albert Bolton had bandaids covering scratches where one of the drag queens mauled him with his fingernails.

"I was fightin with 'em, trying to protect him, and he scratched me," Bolton said.

As the fight carried on, the manager grabbed a pot of hot french fry grease and launched it at the men. One of the men retaliated, smacking the manager in the head with a wet floor sign sending him away in an ambulance.

Before they drove off, the cross dressers smashed in the drive-thru window.

Police are working on a more detailed description of the trio. Authorities said they are looking for a black car and three men dressed as women.

Saturday, December 01, 2007


Here it is Buying Frenzy season again, so PLEASE, use this Amazon search box on the top right of this page for all , ... ALL ...your Amazon purchases.

It will display the top search matches in the grey frame and you can click the best match. Amazon sells everything now, and I find they often have the best price (cameras, inkjets, etc)

Remember, I spend all this time, (over 1000 posts in this blog) telling you about important and cool things, and I do it for pls, use my Amazon search box so I can earn a few cents commission when you make any Amazon purchase.

Happy Buying Frenzy Season from all of me to all of y'all.

Who Knew ?

Get a Tan?: Velma from Milwaukee writes; "I was in Mexico a couple of years ago and a lady saw me tanning outside the hotel and I just couldn't tan, she then said, " want a great tan"? Of course, " I said". She said buy some Coke, not diet coke, cherry coke or generic, just plain Coke and apply it over skin. Believe me, I did, and laid out for a while, I got up, and I had the best tan ever. It lasted for about 6-7 months. So, now I do it here in Milwaukee when it gets hot, I even use the coke in the tanning machines and it really works. And, no, bugs will not eat you. The coke dries in your skin and then your skin is silky. This is the best tanning lotion I have ever used." Thanks Velma! I can't wait to try this out myself!

Read more scientific uses for Co-cola.

And better print this stuff out as these tripod sites have a tendency to come and go.