This Light curve was created using After Effects CS3 and originated as a tutorial project on Creative Cow.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
A new guy in town walks into a bar and notices a very large jar behind the counter, which is filled to the brim with ten-dollar bills. The man guesses there must be thousands of dollars in it and approaches the bartender to ask: "What's up with the jar?"
Bartender: "Well, you pay ten dollars and if you pass three tests, then you get all the money."
Man: "What are the three tests?"
Bartender: "Pay first. Those are the rules."
So the guy gives him the ten bucks and the bartender adds it to the jar.
Bartender: "OK, here's what you have to do. First you have to drink that whole gallon of pepper tequila - the WHOLE thing at once - AND you can't make a face while doing it. Second, there's a pit bull chained up out back with a sore tooth. You have to remove the tooth with your bare hands. Third, there is a 90-year-old woman upstairs who's never had an orgasm in her life. You gotta make things right for her."
Man: "Well, I know I've paid my ten bucks but I'm not an idiot; I won't do it. You have to be nuts to drink a gallon of tequila and get crazier from there."
Bartender: "Your call. But your money stays in the jar."
Well, as time goes on and the man drinks a few, he asks, "Wherez zat teeqeelah?"
He grabs the gallon of tequila with both hands and downs it with a big slurp. Tears are streaming down his cheeks, but he doesn't make a face. Next he staggers out back and soon all the people inside hear a huge scuffle going on. They hear barking and screams, yelps, and growling, then eventually silence.
Just when they think the man must surely be dead, he staggers back into the bar with his shirt ripped and big scratches all over his body.
"NOW," he says, "where's that woman with the sore tooth?
Thursday, December 13, 2007
One beautiful December evening Pedro and his girlfriend Rosita were
sitting by the side of the ocean.
It was a romantic full moon, when Pedro said, 'Hey, mamacita, let's doWeeweechu.
' Oh no, not now, let's look at the moon!' said Rosita.
Oh, c'mon baby, let's you and I do Weeweechu.
I love you and it's the perfect time,' Pedro begged.
'But I wanna just hold your hand and watch the moon.' replied Rosita
* Please, corazoncito, just once, do Weeweechu with me.'
Rosita looked at Pedro and said, 'OK, one time, we'll do Weeweechu.
Pedro grabbed his guitar and they both sang.....
'Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas,
Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.'
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Finally, here they are. I'm not particularly happy with the quality still.
These were taken with a Riccoh g4_wide 3.2 mPx camera, with a shutter speed of 8 seconds using a tripod. This camera doesn't take very good nighttime pictures with or without flash. It's time I started thinking about buying a better camera, (maybe I should have written to Santa!) but these will have to do. Click on a Thumbnail to see the ful size photo.
You may have noticed a large orange tub outside the front porch.
This is used to water the plants in the front garden. We are on stage 3a water restrictions now in Melbourne. The tub gets it's water from another tub in the shower in the ensuite. The plants don't seem to mind a bit of soapy water!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Finally got the Christmas decorations up. Took a complete day just to get all the lighting sets fully working before I put them up. I had to use the globes out of 2 sets to get the other sets working. Couldn't afford to buy new globes this year.
Some of the older sets that stay in place the whole year are starting to show their age, with the odd globe no longer lighting up, but I no longer have globes for them, and another set doesn't have replaceable globes (uses permanent LEDs).
I took photos on the first night at dusk, but they didn't come out too well. Too much camera jitter, so I'm going to take photos using a tripod as soon as I get a free night from work (definitely not working Tuesday 4th, so that'll be the night to set up for some shots).
Sorry I haven't been posting much, but I'm working 2 jobs now, so I don't have as much time as I'd like.
We're holding Lorna's 50th birthday party on Friday the 7th Dec. (her birthday falls on Thursday the 6th) at a local reception place. It's a venue we are familiar with, and like. Should be a good party. Just a few friends and relatives (who are also friends of course!).
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Thank you everyone.
I won't say that I have cleared up my problems, 'cause it just wouldn't be true.
It may take a long time. I'm off to see a shrink in the morning. It'll be my first visit every to a Fruedian type, so it should be an interesting experience.
I'll let you know the outcome later tomorrow.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Listen to the Judges comments! They are so obviously trying to make the best of a bad situation. I don't think they wanted the competition to go this way. And they probably have less say in the matter than you or I realise.
Behind their words it is easy to see that they realise that with the eliminations of contestants in previous weeks they are now left with only one contender for the title of Oz Idol 2007. And how do you string it out for another couple of weeks when everone knows who's going to win?
What a miserably, ridiculous and futile competition it has become!
If anyone tried to convince me that the competition is not rigged, I'd have to say that they are blind, because it is so bloody obvious.
I've; sadly; lost a lot of interest and respect for Idol after the last few years.
Some of the really good contenders seem to be eliminated in favour of the less talented. And the final counts are (sometimes) a fiasco.
Is there someone behind the scenes pulling strings and manipulating the votes of the Oz public? If so it has to stop! Now!
When a young artist of the calibre of Tarisai, who has completely knocked me over week after week is eliminated in the third last week of the competition, so that we are left with 2 maybe's and a sure thing is very evident of tampering behind the scenes.
Believe me this is not uncommon when there is no publicly available information readily available on the real results of the phone vote.
We are left to believe that what we see as the final 'people's decision' is what really took place, and I don't; for one; believe it!
There is just too much left to doubt! The way things stand, people behind the scenes can fiddle without anyone knowing.
Too many people in the background, may be getting a few thousand slapped in their hand to screw the results. How are we ever to know?
The only way to keep this valuable competition honest is for the public to impose more strict rules on openly reporting the results of votes that the public make.
That then would have to be an independant organization compiling the votes too keep it honest. Ok! This may take away some of the suspense that the show uses to build user interest. But that's just too bad for them. The end game is honesty, and that is what is totally missing from the Oz Idol competition.
It seems to me that the only benifiters of the phone voting are the phone companies themselves. (WOW, surprise surprise). We are charged a fee for every call we make to vote! And I'm not too sure but, do you think the phone companies care what we vote? No, they only want people to make more phone calls don't they! That's where their revenue comes from.
It seems to me that if we go to the trouble and expense to vote on these competitions, then we should get some value for money by getting feedback about the votes that we make for each performer! But WE ARE NOT GETTING IT ARE WE? (If the phone companies were realy smart, they would push this, because, if you could see the running totals of the votes, and you see that your favourite is not at the top, guess what? Yeah, you'd put in another vote or two and generate a bit more revenue for those companies. But they're not that smart are they!).
Regardless of the voting public, I believe someone behind the scenes with their own agenda is screwing the votes, so our money is wasted. We spend it. They squander it for their own ends, AND IT HAS TO STOP NOW!
I invite your comments. Let me know what you think. Am I wrong? Or am I right?
Understand that I am not pushing for any particular artist. I just want to see a fair and impartial competition. You're opinion is important!
Saturday, November 3, 2007
I have just visited Doug's site for the second time. I didn't take the time to read his post the first time, but I did this time.
I was so ashamed of my first comment that I removed it. In light of what I read I could not justify such a bland comment that didn't even speak of what Doug wrote about.
I strongly urge my friends to read Doug's post http://douga57.blogspot.com/2007/10/my-first-post-on-blogspot.html, where Doug has given us a unique look into his soul.
Good on you Doug and God bless. And thank you for sharing your experience with us.
Friday, November 2, 2007
I Turned Off the word verification for comments. It was more of a nuisance than anything. If there comes a time when it's needed to defeat robots, then I'll enable it again.
At first I thought that it was a better behaved device than the one on BB, but this has not turned out to be true. Several times, I have been sure that I typed in the correct code, only to be made to enter a new one. So it's likely that all the word verification systems time out to further defeat robots and alike. Trouble is they also defeat us poor imperfect bloggers.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
The results that I obtained gave me some guidelines for getting the best quality animated photo images.
1. Size all images required for the animation in PSD format to the target size that will appear on the page.
2. Create the animation, and write it to animated GIF format.
3. Upload the animated image to a photo server.
4. Use the URL of the image on that server to place the image in the post.
5. Edit the HTML code of the post to specify the correct width.
I have deleted the posts that I did during my tests, so all the associated comments have gone to look for Santa at the North Pole.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
To one and all, our dear Lonz from BigBlob has mentioned to me in a comment on a recent post on BBlog ref: http://terrys.bigblog.com.au/post.do?id=175532 that he has started a BS Blog.
Welcome Lonz --- I haven't found your BS URL yet but I'll let others know as soon as I find out what it is.
You'll find things faster and easier on BS, and for a guy like you with the HTML know-how, this facility will be great for you because it allows you so much freedom to directly edit anything you do in HTML. I'm not so good at that myself but I'm reading up on it and I'll be trying out all sorts of things in the near future (starting today probably). I've already tried out sending a post via email, and it's so easy. The next thing I'm going to try is including HTML in an emailed post.
When you opt to have email sent to you when someone comments on any posts, you get the text of the comment in your email, with a link at the bottom of the email that you can click on, that takes you straight to the comment editor for that post - absolutely great. Another link allows you to optout of getting emails for that post.
I know you are going to be at home on BS, and I wish you all the best.
(P.S. I hope you've posted your poem already - that would be a great start)
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
A visit to one of our most picturesque and beautiful places in Victoria. The Twelve Apostles is a unique coastal area of Victoria, Australia.
Photos by T.Dunn circa 2006
Monday, October 22, 2007
I've just seen the result of a phone vote that Channel 9 ran after the Debate. The results were in favour of John howard by a comfortable margin, which reflects on my last post.
The Worm certainly did not truely reflect the opinion of the Australian population to how the debate went. There is no doubt about this. If the Worm was even close to the mark there would not be such a marked difference between the telephone poll and the Worm.
Again - what do YOU think? Let others know! Add a comment.
After watching the Election debate last night and seeing how biased the worm seemed to be, I'm tending to agree with those that believe that the worm may have been tampered with.
That sort of thing seems to be too susceptible to tampering to be reliable. I'm also beginning to wonder if there is ever going to be a reliable tool that accurately guages audience response (especially in election campaigns) without having either built in bias or unintended bias that sallies the results.
It's a serious thing when people are subjected to behind the scenes bias by someone or some group that thinks that their opinion is more important than the populace, or or does it purely for financial gain.
What are views on this - I'd like to hear them.
Leave a comment and let me know.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I'm Here at last.
I have been commenting on another BlogSpot blog for a few weeks now and didn't realise that it was hosted by Google let alone how good it is!
I've been Blogging on BigBlog http://terrys.bigblog.com.au/ since early Oct. this year, and with the problems that I (and all) BigBloggers experience with the BigBlog system I wouldn't be surprised to see more come across to Blogger in the next few months (some people are slow!).
I just tried to add a photo to this post and got an error message that the system isn't able to download photos at the moment - wow BigBlog - here we go again...
Well, I'll give this a go for awhile and see how it pans out!