Tuesday, October 30, 2007

camera bugging downtown

After eating lunch, I love to stroll around downtown for some exercise and visual stimulation. After photographing all of the usual tourist scenes, I've been noticing the detail on walls, sidewalks and fixed objects.

I'm glad the wall art is still in place from the Irish bar (closed) on Lower Broadway...

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Fiest 1234, Amazon & O Canada

I'm a sucker for really good pop music - and Leslie Fieist's 1234 fits the bill nicely:

It's been featured as an Apple ipod Nano commercial - but what is ironic (for me anyway) is that I just brought the DRM free version at Amazon's new Digital Service's Store for .89 - 10 cents less than the iTunes Store.

And from Wikipedia:

Feist's single "1 2 3 4" has been featured in many advertising campaigns:

HBO's promos for its summer 2007 schedule.

Apple's advertising campaign for its third generation iPod nano, which premiered on September 5, 2007.

Urban Outfitters clothing promotion video in the Summer 2007 season.

eBay advertising aired in Australia beginning August 2007.

Lifetime Television used it to promote their new show Side Order of Life throughout the summer of 2007.

BBCs Match of the Day on Saturday 29th September 2007.

Bigpond Music download service commercial in Australia.

And speaking of Fiest who is from Canada, what's up with all this music from Canada? A lot of great music is streaming south of the border.

I've got Barenaked Ladies, Nelly Furtado, Diana Krall, Sarah McLachlan, Joni Mitchell, Alanis Morissette, and Neil Young representing Canada on my iPod.

One day, I have to set foot in Canada and tour the sights and sounds of what Canada has to offer.


Friday, October 12, 2007

When The Rain Came Down

When I first heard this song "When The Rain Came Down", I thought for sure it was Annie Lennox and Kate Bush, two female singers that I really like.

Thanks to Google, I searched for "When The Rain Came Down - Lennox" and found this YouTube video.

and the studio version:

The Last Palm Users Group bids farewell

The next Nashville Palm Users Group meeting is Saturday, October 13th at 10:00am.

Please note that we will be meeting at:

Vineyard Christian Fellowship
1400 Donelson Pike # A3
Nashville, TN 37217
(615) 360-8463
Google Map

Our F I N A L Meeting

This is it — the final meeting of the Nashville Palm Users group. After 8 years, we’ve had over 80 monthly meetings and spent approximately 240 hours talking about Palm OS face-to- face; posted over 2,300 online discussions, served up terabytes of bandwidth and exchanged countless e-mails and it all comes to an end this Saturday.

But we’re going out with a bang!

This Saturday is a celebration, a celebration of our love of Palm OS and all the many years that we’ve shared maximizing our use of our beloved PDAs and Smartphones. We will take our usual look at the current state of the Palm OS landscape and a peek at what we think will be coming down the pike in the future, but for the first time, we’ll take look back.

Yes, it’s been 8 years since we started NPUG and along the way, we’ve collected a lot of photos, audio clips, presentations and even video clips. So we’ll take a few minutes to look back and talk about some of the highlights we’ve had along the way. We’re gonna party like it’s 1999 all over again.

And speaking of party, it wouldn’t be one if there weren’t presents! Our resident “Prize Pimp;, Randy Jones, has done an outstanding job of obtaining over $2000 worth of door prizes for the meeting. You may have heard me say this before, but it’s never been more true - if ever there way an NPUG meeting you didn’t want to miss, this is it. We have over 100 door prizes to give away, including a Treo 680, so rest assured, if you come to the meeting this Saturday, you’re going to go home with plenty of loot.

So why not join us in a fond farewell as we celebrate the past 8 years and passion that we’ve shared with Palm OS? You definitely won’t leave empty handed — even if it is sticky from all the Krispy Kreme doughnuts.


Date: Saturday, July 13th, 2007
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Vineyard Christian Fellowship
1400 Donelson Pike # A3
Nashville, TN 37217
(615) 360-8463

For all the details for the meeting, including maps and directions, please visit our web site

Google Map

1. Welcome & Announcements
After welcoming everyone to the meeting, we give a quick update on what's new with the user group. This include membership, web site updates, where our geocache bug tracker is, etc.

2. What's Happening In Palm OS?
Each month we cover everything that's happened over the past month with Palm OS. We discuss the handhelds, new cool software and what to look for in the future.

3. What's On Your Palm?
Our very own Fred Heumann asks the question, "What's On Your Palm?" and shares what are some of the latest, best and sometimes unusual programs for your Palm.


4. A Look Back
We’ve taken a lot of photos, audio and video along the way. In our final meeting, we take a look back and reflect on what a fun ride it’s been.

5. Giveaways
In looking over the list, we may need to use the entire meeting to do nothing but giveaways. There’s just so MUCH to hand out!

Special thank you to every sponsor listed on this page — it’s because of your willingness to support your fanatical customers that we were able to last as long as we did. Thank you.

Courtesy of Palm, Inc.
- 1 Palm Treo 680 (AT&T)
- 1 Palm Keyboard
- Plenty of Palm T-Shirts

Courtesy of Astraware
- 25 copies of Astraware Solitaire

Courtesy of SplashData
- 25 copies of Snap

Courtesy of Pimlico Software
- 10 copies of DbFixIt

Courtesy of CrazySoft
- 4 copies of The Final Battle

Courtesy of Creative Algorithms
- 2 copies of Trip Boss
- 2 copies of Date Wheel

Courtesy of Northglide
- 3 copies of Cloner
- 1 copy of Uninstall Manager
- 1 copy of OnGuard Backup

Courtesy of LDW
- 3 copies of Village Sim
- 3 copies of Fish Tycoon

Courtesy of PalmPowerups
- 2 copies of Winners Choice

Courtesy of HobbyistSoftware
- 1 copy of Initiate Pro

Courtesy of Resco
- 2 copies of Winners Choice

Courtesy of Blue Nomad
- 1 copy of BackupBuddy for Windows/Mac
- 1 copy of BackupBuddy VFS Pro
- 1 copy of Nomad Security Suite Plus

Courtesy of Megasoft2000
- 4 copies of Winners Choice

Courtesy of DataViz
- 1 copy of Documents To Go-Premium Edition

Courtesy of 79bmedia
- 2 copies of Skinner (Treo Users Only)
For Treo users ONLY

Courtesy of Natara Software
- 2 copies of DayNotez
- 3 copies of Comet with Desktop Edition (Treo Users Only)

Palm-fully yours,

Michael T. Ashby
Nashville Palm Users Group

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

The Dallas Cowboys Double Dagger

I've been a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan since the Ice Bowl, enjoyed some great wins, tough losses, a 1-15 season... but I still keep the faith for my 'Boys. More satisfying than twenty Washington Redskins victories was tonight's Monday Night Football improbable win against all odds.


Tony Romo had a rough night with five interceptions, a fumble... and no love from the graphics guy... This screen flashed up for 2 seconds:

Nonetheless, the team was resilient, defense was awesome, the players never panicked or choked, played to the very end with 00:01 on the clock and delivered a victory worthy of NFL folklore for the ages against all odds.

From the NFL Wire:
It was over when ...
Nick Folk kicked a 53-yard field goal (twice ... after Dick Jauron called a timeout just prior to the first attempt) as time expired to give the Cowboys the improbable win. The Bills appeared to win the game when Jabari Greer ripped the ball out of Terrell Owens' hands on the Cowboys two-point conversion attempt with 20 seconds left. But Dallas tight end Tony Curtis recovered the onside kick to set up the Cowboys' game-winning drive. Of course, the Cowboys were able to stay in the game after Trent Edwards threw an interception near the end zone with six minutes left. The Bills could have held on for the win if they had simply rushed the ball and settled for a reasonable field goal attempt.

Folk not only made the game-winning kick, but also executed the perfect onsides kick.

A game for the ages... The Buffalo Bills' fans had the Music City Miracle back in 1999 - tonite, a double kick to the teeth: Nick Folk's two 53-yard field goals. Let's call it the Dallas Double Dagger: a 106 yard field goal long enough and deep enough to cut deep any football fan's heart.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

iPod or iTouch...

I'm loving the iTouch... the user interface makes the Classic so old school.

Mrs. WonderDawg wants a iTouch... probably best to hold out for the next version of the iPhone.

On a side note, I don't understand why the MP3s don't transfer the album art and song info when burning a CD out of iTunes. Must ask Google...

Friday, October 05, 2007

Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues

When I walk by this carving on Second Avenue outside the Trail West store, I'm reminded of Danny O'Keefe's song "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues."

I don't know why... he has this far away look; maybe perhaps of the sadness just around the corner of the building of the homeless people camped out underneath the bridge.

Here's the song:

(Danny O'Keefe)

Elvis Presley - 1973
Also recorded by: Charlie McCoy; Jerry Lee Lewis; B. J. Thomas; Willie Nelson; Charlie Rich;
Leon Russell; Joe Simon; Dwight Yoakam; Chris Hillman.

Everybody's gone away
Said they're movin to L.A.
There's not a soul I know around
Everybody's leavin' town

Some caught a freight, some caught a plane
Find the sunshine, leave the rain
They said this town were a waste of time
I guess they're right, it's wasting mine

Some gotta win, some gotta lose
Good time Charlie's got the blues
Good time Charlie's got the blues

You know my heart keeps tellin' me
You're not a kid at thirty-three
Play around you'll lose your wife
You play too hard you'll lose your life

Some gotta win, some gotta lose
Good time Charlie's got the blues
Good time Charlie's got the blues
Good time Charlie's got the blues

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Hot footing after Britney Spears and Martha White

i was leaving work this afternoon at 5:30 pm when I spotted this baby blue Martha White Flour / WSM Grand Ole Opry / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs bus at Broadway and 1st Avenue in downtown Nashville.

After a OMG moment, I unzipped my backpack, grabbed my camera and gave chase after this bus uphill.

With a golf umbrella in one hand, and camera in the other, I ran four long city blocks uphill on First Avenue (barefoot of course) to catch a decent shot of this bus.

I need to get in shape if I ever have a faint desize to be a paparazzi. Britney Spears could have easily been on this bus headed toward East Nashville.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Sync your mobile digital lifestyle: The Ford Focus | Sync Review

[I wrote a monster post with lots of photos over at GearDiary on the introduction of the new Ford / Microsoft Sync technology...]

GearDiary was invited to join traditional media and automobile journalists to experience the launch of the redesigned Ford Focus and Ford Sync™. Hosted in Seattle, Washington by Ford Motor Company and Microsoft, the program included significant drive time with the Focus vehicle, demonstration of the Sync technology and a visit to the Microsoft campus to view the House of the Future. Geekness and coolness personified :!: .

Sync is the newest mobile technology to emerge from the Ford-Microsoft relationship. Debuting in the 2008 Ford Focus automobile, Ford Sync is a fully integrated, flash memory-based system that allows the driver to use their Bluetooth phones hands-free. Additionally, music players such as the Zune or iPod can be controlled via voice commands and buttons mounted on the steering wheel.

Sync General

Read more of the article at GearDiary.com

See the Flickr Set of the trip.

Big shout outs go to my pilot and navigator David Goodspeed of Auto World Today that I met in Seattle:

and new friends Maggie Fox and Collin Douma of Social Media Group and my Editor / Friend at GearDiary, Judie Lipsett for making this trip possible!

Ya'll R O C K !

Burger on the brain

After partaking of Cheeseburger Charley's at lunch and Sonic's Tuesday's Five for $5.95 Burgers after five p.m. special for dinner, fate delivers me this photo via Flickr.