NanaLou’s Digital Fridge

As a kid having your prized #Burgeron106 art projects posted onto NanaLou’s refrigerator meant it was “real” art.  I’ve always been oh so proud of my family’s creative masterpieces –  no matter what their age. But these days things are different. How can a refrigerator magnet attach an audio or video file? Or, heaven forbid, an interactive digital media project?  Ol’ NanaLou has figured it out with my new “digital fridge” that can display any of my family’s art projects. Simply click an image on the fridge door to find out more.

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NOTE: For an optimal user experience, use a computer rather than a mobile device to interact with my digital fridge door.


The hardest part about making this digital refrigerator door with the image mapper software was (through trial and error) figuring out I needed to make my original image 600px wide.  Anything bigger than that wouldn’t map correctly when it was actually displayed on our blog.

Resources:

#Burgeron106 Fridge Magnet

Burgeron106 Magnet

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Goldilocks and the 3 Bears The Movie

The Burgeron Family had come together and created a movie of the classic fairytale – Goldilocks and the 3 Bears after reviews of the audio version were over the top positive.

As virtual attendance to the festival is growing and becoming the option of choice, NanaLou, Great grandson DJ, Mama Boo, Cousin Ron, Cousin Bernie and some help from Dr. M and the famous Headless Inskspots (Viv and David) pooled their best and unique talents and come together with a short film.

After MamaBoo had taken the lead and pulled the audio together, Bernie followed with the video edition.

Cousin Ron was busy prompting with all sorts of new ideas – adding additional sound effects (like snoring and spoons!) and Dr. M suggested including more artists by asking if the Headless Inkspots were contacted.

Along with the final movie outcome, intro and ending clips for future Family Story Time creations are available for anyone to use. If you would like to use them – just contact Bernie or the PR team.

Here is a Dreamy Intro:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4cSdSvv2y02QUU0VmY5TU1kUTg/preview

Music by the Headless Inkspots

The other options created are in this folder.

As a virtual attendance participant be sure to check out the video stories all the artists in residence – Sapphos and Cousin Ron have posted quite a few wonderful stories and audios for enjoyment.  And watch for the debut of stories and music for the adults on “The Porch”.

The festival is heading into week 3 and looks like more and more is coming available each day for festival goers!

 

Recorder version of Isle in the Mist

The eyes of the long lost lassy stare at you at dawn when the mist from the see comes on shore.

The eyes of the long lost lassy stare at you at dawn when the mist from the see comes on shore.

The Celtic festival poster got Ron Burgeron’s attention for sure!
By using his timecycle Ron Burgeron travelled back in time to bonny old Scotland and managed to record a lone recorder player playing the old song The Ilse Of Myst.

Ron got enchanted by the old Celtic music and took out his mouth harp to accompany the recorder player.

 

To the Bovine Signal!

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Original image by Skye McAllister. GIF remix by Rochelle Lockridge

I’m concerned enough that I’m calling for help. Dr. M posted her concerns earlier today. There are now several Burgeron family members that are missing: JJ Mac GIF, Stefanie, Bella & Bonnie Burgeron , and Julie Burgeron.  Quite possibly West Burgeron too – although I’m not positive if he was coming or not. There was even a mention quite early on that the Headless Inkspots from over in DS106 City would be sharing their music at the trailer this summer.  Everyone made contact early on that they would be joining us, started their journey, then not a word. Our Bovine County ace reporter Betsy de R. and Aunty Sappy were investigating some strange sounds over the 4th of July, possibly linked to that mysterious AREA 106, but they haven’t located any of our missing family members. Thank goodness we know Anna Cow is just fine. Congratulations dear on be crowned “Miss Bovine America” at the Bovine County fair.  While Mama and Little Boo are doing some traveling over in Italy at the moment, they’ve at least kept in touch to let me know they’ll be back home in plenty of time to help with the preparations for the big family reunion.

Now with all these missing family members, I personally took it upon myself to head over to the Bovine County seat in DS106 City last night to flash the Bovine Signal, hoping to summon our local caped crusaders to aid us in finding our lost family members.  Could they have been abducted? Or have they been sucked into a time vortex like Highlander Don? Or met some other sinister demise? Maybe they’re just lost and their cell phone service doesn’t reach out here. Whatever it is, I want to get to the bottom of this.  I’m turning 100 for landsakes. This is a big event for the family.  No evil do-er is going to ruin my party.

Highlander Don

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Don Burgeron stars in Braveheart with his bovine battalion at his side. (Original Movie Poster)

The Family was having so much fun this week riffing on movie posters that I decided this ol’ gal would have to take a go at it. Even Dr. M got in the act by creating a new DS106 Assignment: The Best Bond is a Dog.

With the flick of my Photoshop magic wand, cloning tool, and healing brush Don Burgeron is now starring in the hit film Braveheart with his trusty bovine battalion at his side- Anna Cow in the lead.

But that’s not all, as I was doing my research on the poster and movie I came across something very interesting.  That buzzing sound Don Burgeron heard last week before he went missing? It was quite possibly a time warp forming to pull him back into the 16th century where he first became a Highlander fighting bravely for the Burgeron106 clan back in the DS106 Highlands in 1536. There is a rumor going around that Don is seriously being consider for the starring role in the new Highlander remake that was to start filming in 2014 when lead actor Ryan Reynolds exited the movie  last summer.

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Don Burgeron stars in the 2014 remake of Highlander. (Original movie poster)

Nana Lou’s Fall From Grace

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Image created at the Newspaper Clipping Generator

Nana Lou’s Fall From Grace is reposted from DS106 Daily Create TDC889 “Rumors of Bovine County”.


Well, it’s coming up yet again.  Can’t this little blemish in my past ever go away? I’ve remained silent all these years, but Bovine County just won’t let it go.  Maybe I will finally have to give in and share the whole story at the #burgeron106  family reunion gathering for my 100th birthday. What other surprises might be in store for those folks who decide to stick around this summer.

Rumors of Bovine County

 

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Burgeron Gnomes hanging out at Nana Lou’s place. (Remix image by Rochelle Lockridge licensed CC by SA, Gnome images from Brent Moore)

Over at that DS106 Daily Create (TDC889) yesterday folks were prompted to:

Tell a story that is whispered in Bovine County. Make it ART.

Miss Cris Crissman / @Cris2B Twitter shared this little ditty. My Grandson Don was able to snap the pic above this morning.  I’m betting that happy gnome on the log in front of my place is drinking some of that Burgeron Backwoods Brew we made a few weeks back.  If Don keeps sharing it with the cows and now the Gnomes, we’re not going to have any left for the reunion party at the end of August.


Going Bovine

There was something unusual about the garden gnome stationed near the peonies at the Burgeron family home. His eyes seemed to follow you around like those of a bad ancestral portrait. And that look on his face, well, could it be disgust? I’m definitely posting his pix on Instagram.

Whoa! How’d I trip? That was quite a wallop. If I didn’t know better I’d say that funky little fat creature didn’t like having his picture made . . .

And that’s how the rumors of the grumpy gnome at the Burgeron’s place began.

With apologies to Libba Bray, Going Bovine

 

Don goes Reminiscing about Dancing Cows and Scarecrows

Today I have been reminiscing about some of the gatherings we have had here on the property and at dad’s old place on the river. I guess nostalgia is a good thing. Some of the memories are just great and they make me smile. Other are a bit confusing and some get me feeling a little down, truth be told.

I recall the 82 Bovine Hoedown we had here in town and how excited everyone was to bring some game to play, some food to eat, and some instruments to make music with! Families practicing songs in the cool breeze of a June evening. You could hear them hootin and hollerin from miles away.

I recall one family that had a teen with an electric guitar. Good lord it was awful. That kid made more noise in three minutes than most folks make in a year or two. I ain’t sure, but if I recall that summer was the same summer the family had a big blowout and the kid left town real unhappy and carrying a guitar case. I don’t know that I’ve seen him since. I don’t even recall his name, just the screechin ripping through the prairie.

I remember that after the hoedown here at the trailer we had a few of the games we had made. One was this silly looking wooden scarecrow with the face cut out. The game was to hit whoever was a standin behind it with a water balloon. The day of the hoedown a kid who didn’t know any better came up to play and I was standing behind the thing. I don’t think the kid really realized what he was doing, he had just seen other folks throwing stuff at me. He had been playing baseball with some friends and he up and through his baseball at me fast as can be! And damn if it didn’t smack me right on the forehead. Knocked me clean off my feet and stone cold out for 10 minutes.

Well, I guess that is what happens at hoedowns. I snapped the picture here of ol Nana standing behind the scarecrow after we got home to the trailer.

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I suppose our reunion will be sorta like a hoedown?

I was also thinking about that old Anny Cow and her damn dance studio. I think that is where little Sally Lou learned to dance? I don’t really recall. That damn cow was the only cow I have known to own and operate a dance studio? We have had a lot of good lookin and smart cows here in Bovine. But that Anny, she sure had some initiative. Where else but in a place called Bovine could a cow get a business license?

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Burgeron Bovines

We’ve had some disparaging comments and discussion of the animals of the bovine persuasion hanging around at the Burgeron place.  But let’s set the record straight. When Don was talking about those “Damn Dumb Cows” he was referring to the boorish uncultured cattle next door on the Bergeron spread (that’s with an “e” not a “u” – read more about the name confusion here. ) The BUrgeron bovines, on the other hand, are intelligent, creative, fun loving and talented creatures. Although we have to admit that occasionally we get a stray odd one in the bunch that likes to eat barb wire that we just can’t explain.

There’s a bit of a rumor going around that they may’ve gotten into some of that Bovine County Vodka, or perhaps Cousin Clitus poured a nip of the ol’  Burgeron Backwoods Brew into their watering trough before Don captured their joyous frolicking on video. And we don’t quite know what to make of these bovine conspiracy theorist folks who are afraid that our creative, cultured and computer literate cows are somehow preparing themselves to take over the world.

HappyCowCheeseThey’ve come a long way from their trip over from the old country being hauled by Great Aunt Cornelia down a dutch canal to being unloaded at the New York docks, then Ma & Pa Burgeron turning them into cheese making dairy cows – following in the footsteps of the de Boer family next door who were co-founders of the Happy Cow Cheese corporation.

At one point the dutch cheese masters from the Prima Donna company had courted Ma & Pa. Unfortunately, even with my Louridge family Italian cheese artisan connections they just weren’t able to acquire the artistic skill to aging the cheese properly, and that enterprising endeavor ended.

But let me tell you… when we claim our cows are creative, talented and fun-loving we’re not just spinning yarns. We’ve got proof right there posted on YouTube. Our very own star of the Burgeron Bovine Herd, Anna Cow, showed off her “hoofing” skills in a 2010 Cadbury commercial, “Tap Dancing Cows“.  Her dancing instructor, my grand-daughter Sappho, did her family proud.

And we’re just pleased as punch that Sappho is offering dance classes for the human side of the family this summer in preparation for the family reunion. Why little Sally Lou, Bonnie and Bella have already started preparing.  You can see them all below learning the Burgeron’s Children’s Trailer Song.

Anna Cow leading Sappho's dance class teaching the young Burgeron girls the Burgeron Trailer song this summer.

Anna Cow leading Sappho’s dance class teaching the young Burgeron girls the children’s  Burgeron Trailer song this summer.

Burgeron Backwoods Brew

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Nana Lou selfie at the Burgeron Family Still this past week. (Remixed image CC by R. Lockridge)

Well, folks.  It’s Nana Lou here, reporting for duty.  Some of you may have noticed I’ve been MIA lately.  The truth of it is I’ve been holed up in a tumble-down shack in the middle of a God-forsaken forest  at the plum exact center of nowhere.

Yes, the birds are a-singing, the flowers are a-blooming and the lovers are pairing off to stumble down the aisle into wedded bliss.  That means pre-parties and after-parties and all manner of debauchery so the orders for a little backwoods refreshment are comin’ in strong with my grandson Don and his fool-headed cousin Clitus, Comet’s boy, tripping over themselves to oblige.  All I can say it’s a good thing Clitus’s brother Ron stayed home waiting for his newly discovered son Reggy to arrive.  Land sakes, I don’t know how I could’ve handled all three of ’em.

FamilyAncestryI will never understand how those three emerged like they did from the loins of our great lineage.  They’ve got the brains (of course) but no common sense.  It’s the 21st century, for heaven’s sake.  Anyone can run down to the Bovine County corner liquor store for half the cost and none of the risk.

But Don and Clitus fancy themselves in 1920’s pinstripes and bowlers so of course I went along to keep an eye on things.  And didn’t sleep a wink!  I do believe those boys wouldn’t know a condensing coil from Tigger’s tail. I was hobbling every which way just keep them from blowing something up. After that big blow-out a few years back when they were showing off for that hunky Jean-Claude Van Damme, these boys need lookin’ after.

Burgeron Moonshine Blow-out. (Image remix from Flickr Brent Moore)

Burgeron Moonshine blow-out a few years back. (Image remix from Flickr Brent Moore)

Still, it did remind me of a more adventurous period of my own youth when the excitement of explosive chemistry had not yet been tempered by army discipline.   Well, the good news is that everyone made it back alive this year and the only casualties were a few eyebrows and some future taste buds.

Of course the garden was a disaster when I got back, completely over-run with weeds, and the mosquitoes had conveniently bloomed into full blood-sucking harvest.  But the boys did finally show some proper respect for their elders and fixed it up quite nicely while I took a well-deserved nap.   They even called Gretta, Don’s ex-wife, over to make up a fine dinner and let the grand kids, Bella & Bonnie,  fuss happily over their great great grandma.  So all-in-all it was a rather fine adventure but kept me off-base for several days.  I might have to stay home next year.  I don’t suppose I’ll be quite as spry at 100.  Nana Lou, signing off.


  • Background image remixed from Flickr photo “Lost Sea Moonshine Still” by Brent Moore
  • Special acknowledgement to Nana Lou’s ghost writer, Amber Lockridge, for this inspiring post.