Search engines are funny

I live in a small town, Clinton Tennessee. For grins, I just googled:
digital artist clinton TN
I come up 1st and 4th ranking.

Then I googled:
artist clinton TN
1st and 6th ranking

Then I googled:
fractal artist clinton TN
1st ranking
Then I googled:
Steve artist TN
Second place

Then I googled:
Steve fractal
and came in on the 4th result

Clinton fractal pulls me up as the first result.

Googling clinton tn steve comes up with me as the first result. Am I the only Steve in Clinton Tn?

Googling fractal digital clinton pulls me up as the 3rd and 5th result.

Googling fractal clinton  pulls up 7th place.

I’m also finding that this post will appear at the top of the listings, so that’ll help track me down if all you remember is my first name and fractals. Too funny.

Steve and fractal pulls me up. How crazy and generic is that?
Search engine rankings intrigue me to no end, how bizarre.
EDIT: I originally wrote this up a couple of months ago, and since then, rankings have changed. Now let’s see if this post will change the listings.

EDIT: This post is indeed changing the rankings.

New Releases

New releases- tile boxes, the boxes are now offered in a high gloss black piano finish as well as a high gloss mahogany color, the hinge is now spring loaded to keep it propped up, the bottom is felt lined, and the interior is lined in white satin fabric.
One word- classy.

These are the currently available designs, which are also available as coasters and framed tiles.

Fantasia

Fantasia

Ghost Spiral

Ghost Spiral

Red #2

Red #2

Red #1

Red #1

Panels Purple Orange

Panels Purple Orange

Blue Cove

Blue Cove

Black White Spirals.

Black White Spirals.

Coils

Coils

Coils 2

Coils 2

Brown Spiral

Brown Spiral

Tall Grasses 1

Tall Grasses 1

Julia in Red

Julia in Red

Autumn Square

Autumn Square

Sunshine

Sunshine

Sea Flower

Sea Flower

Seafoam Coral

Seafoam Coral

Angel Wings

Angel Wings

Fire Flower

Fire Flower

Lotus

Lotus

Burning Bush

Burning Bush

Glass Vessel

Glass Vessel

Gateway

Gateway

Peace

Peace

Crystal Mass

Crystal Mass

Inky Strands

Inky Strands

And the waters came

And the waters came

Blue Spiral

Blue Spiral

Golden Angel

Golden Angel

Purple Portal

Purple Portal

Purple Suncatcher

Purple Suncatcher

Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds

Lemon Twist

Lemon Twist

Contained

Contained

Pandora Streaming Radio

I thought I’d share something cool with you. Pandora.com is a streaming radio station. You can create your own station based on artists or song titles, then it learns which songs you and others thing can go togther, more or less a station based on similar tastes in music. It learns as you go by voting thumbs up or thumbs down on the songs as they play. Or, you can just sit back and let it do it’s own thing.

I created a station around a year ago, which I’ve been fine tuning all along. It was based on the band October Project. Over the last year, I’ve been voting things in and out of the station, and figured I could turn you all on to some cool music you might not have heard before.

You can even make your own station for free- there’s no catch at all, no commercials on the broadcast of the music. It’s not a jukebox, you can’t set it to play a certain song you want to hear right away, but it’s still a very cool thing I’ve been enjoying for a year or so.

So, just click the link, and if you’ve got a zippy internet connection, it’ll stream for you. This is the stuff I listen to night and day as I work on things.

Link to October Project Station

My first solo show- Abode in Knoxville

There’s a new place on Market Square, downtown Knoxville, called Abode. During the month of July, I’ll be the featured artist, my first solo show, and I’ll have a few brand new pieces. Some of my newer pieces will be one offs, they’re signed and dated and marked 1/1. The prints with that numbering system are being treated as an original piece of artwork, a one of a kind. Opening night, the first Friday of July, I’ll be at Abode between 6 – 9 PM.

First Friday is a monthly event- galleries stay open late, and it’s a chance to galllery hop to see the new pieces of artwork brought in each month, as well as a chance to meet the artists. So if you’re in the area, stop by and say hi.

Here’s a sneak peek of four of the newest pieces I’ll be debuting at Abode. They’re the first four images in this gallery.

EDIT: I just returned from the opening night, it was a good time. I met with some very cool people. The local TV News guys in town happened to stop by, so of course, I had to talk with them a little. Lord, I just come across badly on video. *cringe* But hey, they got my name right, so it’s all good.

TV Interview snippet

A new look for 2007

I finally, FINALLY finished working on the way this site is laid out, and how it looks. I’ve learned more about how to tweak Word Press installations than I ever wanted to, but it’s cool, I’m slowly getting the hang of what happens when you change this, move that, that sort of thing.

For those of you that also run Word Press, let me clue you in on something weird that’s had me stumped for months. Some directories, like themes for example- I couldn’t delete the folder. I kept getting an error message saying the directory wasn’t empty, or I didn’t have permissions. Also, some themes refused to let me load them in the editor to tweak them- no matter which template file I clicked on, nothing would load except default.css

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An upcoming show

During the months of March and April, I’ll have artwork hanging at the Stir Fry Cafe at Turkey Creek, just west of Knoxville, TN. My artwork will be there for two months, so if you’re in the area, pop in and take a look. And buy a print or three. Then hang out and order something from the menu, the food at this place Rocks with a capital R.

I’ll be heading over there to drop off a couple more pieces, and I’ll try to take a few photos. It’s such a surreal thing to see something I’ve created on someone else’s walls. ;)

Flame Fractal Video – high quality

This video clip is an animated flame fractal, with music I created from random samples of sounds and music. The video is a Flame Fractal, created through ElectricSheep.Org and used here under a creative commons license. The music was sampled, arranged, edited, and mixed entirely with Audacity, an open source audio editor.

This is the extended version. Play it in full screen if your computer can handle it, and turn up the sound, there’s lots of nuances in the background.

My online galleries contain thousands of images, feel free to pay a visit and see the variety of artwork I’ve created.

This is a large download, over 900 megs in size, so please check out the streaming version of it on Google first, which is located here.

If you really want to see it at a larger size, you can grab it here. Feel free to share this video with others, it’s something a lot of people haven’t seen before, and it’s always cool to turn someone onto something new.

I did the editing on this, and also created the music. It was created by assembling dozens of sound clips, which is detailed here, along with mp3 downloads of the various incarnations of the music bed, which I saved in incremental steps as I worked. You can read the details of the music part of it here.