HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY LEGOS … One of the Greatest Toys of all Times

Today, marks the 50th anniversary of the Legos brick. Happy birthday to one of Legosthe greatest toys ever invented for children. Legos have expanded more children’s minds with the building of nearly everything from houses to airplanes and all things in between including that what children just dreamed up on their own. Once again Legos … Happy 50th Birthday to easily one of the top 5 toys of all times. Legos are truly building blocks of child and adult learning.

The Lego company plans to celebrate the anniversary with, among other things, a worldwide contest to discover the best kid Lego builder. Each country will have its own national champion, Lego promises, and these lucky kids will get the right to come to headquarters in Denmark to fight it out for the world title.

Having, as I said above, covered two adult U.S. national model builder competitions, I can tell you that these things are great. I don’t know what Lego plans for the kids, but if it’s like the adult version, they’ll get some time to pull bricks from endless bins, and then a few hours to build something magical. They’ll also have to all craft the same object, with the best models getting a leg up for later in the competition.

Posted January 28, 2008 by
Child Welfare, Fun, Toys | 9 comments

The Hollywood Movie Machine … So You Want to be in the Movies, Now Its a Reality.

Imagine playing Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca? Or  dream you are Judy Garland in The Wizard of OZ or more recently, any one of  the numerous characters from The Lord of the Rings? Think it is impossible, not any more. Thanks to an innovative and amazing new video experience, The Hollywood Movie Machine. You too  can be a star.


(Hollywood Movie Machine, retail version)

The Hollywood Movie Machine is the brainchild of Dennis Fountaine and Jamie Day. After about three years of putting in their due diligence, the once small idea has now developed a life of its own. As Jamie Day  stated, “we wanted to be able to provide the opportunity to  put people in the movies and provide them with their 15 minutes of fame.” Jamie also said they wanted to create a family friendly product as well, “what a great way for parents and their children to spend time together, The Hollywood Movie Machine provides a great outlet for the entire family to be involved in an activity at home.”

You can be your favorite star for a day and get your 15 minutes of fame without having to have an embarrassing video pop up on You Tube that requires more explaining than fame. However, in this case with The Hollywood Movie Machine Experience you can replay your 15 minutes of fame over and over again.

The Hollywood Movie Machineâ„¢ makes it possible for the consumer to magically appear on-screen as if they actually are that famous actor, singer or celebrity – granting them their very own 15 Minutes of Fame.  

Through a fun and interactive “Hollywood Movie Making Experience”, a participant’s face and voice electronically replaces the original performer’s face and voice in a clip from a variety of famous Movies, TV Programs, Music Videos, Cartoons, or even Video Games.  

Each participant’s expressions, movements, and words are captured live and in real time as they see themselves on-screen becoming the actor or singer from their chosen Movieoke Clipâ„¢. (Hollywood Movie Machine)


(Hollywood Movie Machine Home prototype)

The Hollywood Movie Machine will come in a retail and home version.  However, it does not stop there. Larry Garrison, President of Silvercreek  is developing the concept for a reality TV series and a feature based on The Hollywood Movie Machine. Move over, American Idol … The Hollywood Movie Machine Reality “SCREEN TEST” is coming. For all those individuals who participate in reality series to gain fame and fortune or their 15 minutes within the music industry, one for acting is right around the corner. Imagine being discovered by those in the movie industry, this reality TV show is the next big reality show vehicle to do just that.

Larry Garrison known as “The NewsBreaker” and also of President of SilverCreek Entertainment in Los Angeles, CA is in development of a reality series and a feature based on “The Hollywood Movie Machine.” Pixie Monroe  has been tapped for casting.   Garrison states that The Hollywood Movie Machine will sweep the nation in movie theatres and malls, and equates the home version to be a family oriented innovation for young and old alike.      

Dante Grayson has been instrumental in making Jamie and Dennis’s dream come true. He has worked aiding in financing the development of the machines. He has also been influential on the series and feature, and will work producing with his company and Executive Producer Larry Garrison.    

The Hollywood Movie Machine  idea and concept has been a work in process. Obviously in the visual  world  we live in and the advent of  reality TV, the people behind the Hollywood Movie Machine are really on to something.   When asked what was the most difficult part of the process was Jamie stated, “finding the right movie clip. One that is memorable to a movie, yet one that does not have a tremendous amount of head movement.” She also stated that they are in talks with numerous movie studios for the licensing rights for film usage.  Jamie stated, “right now anyone could  become Fay Wray from the original 1933  King Kong or Carry Grant, Eva Marie Saint or James Mason from Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest.”

The Hollywood Movie Machine, great for the family, entertainment for all ages, providing you with your moment of fame and soon to be a TV acting  reality series.

The Hollywood Movie Machine asks, “Are you ready for YOUR Close-Up?”

For more Information & Publicity contact:

Larry Garrison
SilverCreek Entertainment

Its in the GPS Shoes … Gimmick … or Effective GPS Gadget?

Quantum Satellite Technology and the brain child of Isaac Daniel will be putting out next month a line of adult GPS shoes ranging in price from $325 to $350. A children’s line will be offered this summer. The purpose of the shoe is to locate the wearer;  “It promises to locate the wearer anywhere in the world with the press of a button”. A question arises, what happens if the wearer can’t push the button?

It’s the latest implementation of satellite-based navigation into everyday life – technology that can be found in everything from cell phones that help keep kids away from sexual predators to fitness watches that track heart rate and distance. Shoes aren’t as easy to lose, unlike phones, watches and bracelets.

The sneakers work when the wearer presses a button on the shoe to activate the GPS. A wireless alert detailing the location is sent to a 24-hour monitoring service that costs an additional $19.95 a month. (AP)

They claim that the shoe is not meant for “non-emergencies.”

… like to find out if a teen is really at the library or a spouse is really on a business trip. If authorities are called and it is not an emergency, the wearer will incur all law enforcement costs, Daniel said.

In theory, this is a great idea. Any idea to keep children safe or find missing children or adults. However, with this type of technology out there wouldn’t the sexual predators know it exists too? I could see the very first thing a sexual predator does is takes a child’s shoes off and throws them in the garbage or along the road side. A micro-chip on or in any article of clothing can be rendered useless by removing the article of clothing. The criminal mind knows these things.

Blog Tools : Blogjet is one heck of a program

If you are looking for an easy to use and great program to use with your weblog, try blogjet . It works with most blogging software and has made me much more efficient.

The software does a couple of things that I especially appreciate. First, you can drag and drop from a web page. So the internal links are maintained. That in itself is a huge timesaver. Pictures are also included with the drag and drop feature, although they do not normally work as well.

Also, it allows you to work in a WYSIWYG environment. If you need to tweak the htlm, you can in the code section. That makes life much easier for the newbie blogger.


The only real weakness I have found with the product is that with WordPress 1.5 I need to post it as a draft as the time feature has not worked correctly.

The program is available for free for 30 days, and then you can purchase it for 40 dollars.

Posted May 9, 2005 by
Bloggers, Fun, Main, Toys | one comment

Music was meant to be Free. Real Networks is taking another step in that direction.

First thing, I can not stand real media player. The ethics of the company, hiding shareware in the install process has always made me furious. I refuse to install it on my computers.

However, watching the controversy over the RIAA and the downloading of music has been something I have watched. It has been my assumption that music is fighting to be free, and once it is so, the artists stand to make much more money than they are now. As long as the record companies control the distribution of music, the artists will never achieve their earning potential. The biggest stars make their millions, but every other artist subsidizes the stars and typically barely breaks even selling their music through the record companies.

So today RealNetworks announced that if you download and install the Rhapsody software, they will give you 25 songs. That is not bad. My only fear is that in doing so, they will install spyware on the computer to make up some of the money that they are losing giving away the music. For the consumer, it is a windfall, and there is no commitment to buy any more music.

Soon most artists not under a contract will put their music out for free, and the exposure they will recieve will be much greater than any record label would ever give them.

The article is below the fold.

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Posted April 26, 2005 by
Fun, General, Technology, Toys | 3 comments

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