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Tuesday, January 04, 2005
Faded Genes and Memories

If images of the first half of the twentieth century americana are something that you might enjoy, then I may have something for you.  I recently started a greatest journal account to publish some of the pictures I plan on scanning in as part of a personal project over the next several months.

My office isn't quite set up the way I want it quite yet, but I made some significant progress towards that end when a neighbor helped me move some furniture around the house.  Once my scanner is up and running again, I'll populate my various albums planned for the GJ Web-Litter site.

GJ Web-Litter will have photos that could span the 1870s-1970s, more or less. It seems like a nice alternative to having my images moved around by the self-righteous art fag gallery moderators over on DeviantArt.  I like DA, so I say that in the least grumpy way I can.  Initially, you might not find very much on GJ Web-Litter, but bookmark it if this sort of thing interests you.  I will be adding hundreds of images there and I'll put a link to it on the static panel here, eventually.

If you wish to use any of these original images or use them as the source for a digitally modified graphic for your own website, please simply respect my creative commons license to this work.  I have contact info available for permission of commercial use, and also, for obtaining much higher resolution versions of the images I will be publishing there.

The only reason I prefer you don't just rip the images is simply because I may have known or I am related to someone in the photographs.  For example, the image above is a pretty cool wedding photo of my own mom when she was probably 23 years old.  Tomorrow is her birthday.

While I can't afford the tools or time to embark on a genealogical journey at the moment, I do have my reasons for putting low-rez dialup-friendly versions of these images online.  Someone out there may recognize and be able to identify some of the other people in these very old photographs.  It may be their own great-grandmother, or uncle, or some other member of their extended family.

So I'm willing to share -- but I'd honestly prefer a heads-up -- if you planned on using the images for some sort of parody site, like the very funny one Brandon Starr pointed out recently, the Institute of Official Cheer,  And no.  I don't appologize for tricking people on the main blogdrive tag board into clicking on a link only to be simultaneously fascinated and horrified by images of the Dorcus Menswear collection.

[Headphones] :: creed - halofaust

Sunday, January 02, 2005
Low-rez-alicious New Year

 The heavy chains of worry are forged in idle hours -- Jim Rohn
These other pesky blogdrivers -- all of them are making resolutions for the new year.  Such peer pressure.  Wouldn't you think I should take stock of the last year and vow to do things that will improve the next year?

What is this friggin' New Year's resolution tradition all about?  Is it global, or just european, or american?  It sounds like it could be rooted in some seventeeth century Calvinist philosophy.  What the hell?  Bare your soul, announce it publicly and your neighbors and fellow colonists have until the first thaw in the Spring to piss on your dreams.  I don't like it -- not one bit.

Enough about me.  Mouse-over some of these favorites, then click.

Brandon Starr
Dr. God

Okay, fine.  I resolve to procrastinate less.  Don't take note of the date of this New Year's entry and we'll both be off on the right foot.  Lists are embarassing.

[Headphones] :: BaD DoG Karaoke v1.0 - JfZ

Friday, December 31, 2004
Tick Tock, 2004

I will be one person happy to see 2004 disappear from my calendar.  So, in the spirit of celebration and at the eleventh hour, I give you some various places across the United States that will be partying like it was 2005 for the next couple of hours.

Here's a live video stream of NY Times Square.

If you can't watch U.S. TV and see Regis Philbin in a tuxedo filling in for the venerable Dick Clarke, then these webcam sites may be entertaining.  I like the musical line up FOX scheduled for the New Year's broadcast, but I would rather stab myself in the eyes and ears with a lead pencil than watch and listen to Ryan Seacrest host that program.

You can say goodbye to 2004 and hello to 2005 from:

12 webcams on New York Times Square.

Detroit skyline from Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Washington, D.C.

Miami / Ft. Lauderdale



Los Angeles


Here's a nifty page of New Year's Eve images of drunken people with cell phone cams.

If your location isn't listed, it's likely because I spotted a [Bush/Cheney '04] bumper sticker on your pickup truck or farm equipment.  No one really cares how you party in red state America.

[Headphones] :: BaD DoG Karaoke v1.0 - JfZ

Thursday, December 30, 2004
TAG board archive - December 2004

Everyone!  Into the pool!!
So ... why?  Well, I go through the TAG board periodically (or when asked) and delete entries.  Mainly I delete your entries because it reloads the page periodically or when you add a new entry for chatting and when it gets too large, it takes up bandwidth loading constantly.  My general rule was this: if you put an annoying little smilie emoticon on the TAG, that entry was the first to go when I cleaned house.

The second rule: if the entry was older.  But the second rule bummed me out because I hate to throw away memories, so, some entries were deemed to be classics and had to be preserved (like Hygelic reading my blog in the bathroom on his cell phone).

Then the first and second rules unfortunately clashed when it came to old school phreeks who might put an ascii emoticon at the end of their sentence, like Skennedy (et al).  These people were violating my first unstated rule through no fault of their own, and, because the programmers of the TAG board must have thought to themselves, "how handy-fucking-dandy would it be if we just translated every ascii emoticon to a different happy little yellow face?"  So, they dropped another few hits of Exstacy, patted each other on the back and went back to coding the TAG board.

So, whether it is a good thing or a bad thing -- I've decided to archive the TAG board here for all to see -- and still be able to delete older entries (and keep the TAG.html small) with a clear conscience.  I normally archive halfway through the month.

Read 2004 Archive:
[November][October][September][August][July][Prior to July 2004]

raejane » happyyyy newww yearr!!
Gloria » Happy New Year, J.
Lyly » Have a great New Year John. Thank you for making my blog world a better place.
Duke » must have this!!!! =Movies
Jagged » Sorry I'm late, but Happy Holidays! *spreads xmas cheer with a spatula*
CuriouslyMad » thanks for the compliment.
criedmeout » I followed the link on the Ninja's page. I'm glad I did. Great blog - expect another frequent visitor to it. *smiles*
CuriouslyMad » I just want you to come back to the tagboard, and don't say LJ!! shame.
Rita » Hey Jfz, How are you? Hope you've had a great Christmas.
J f Z » I appologize if you were waiting for me to update here, or other places, or help with your projects. I may dust off my L J acct for 2005.
J f Z » I've been magically locked out of my BD acct again. Someone is banning me.
Brandon Starr » Catcher and I often comment on each other's blogs. He's from India, and was nearly caught in the tsunamis! Read about it/send him your best at
wailfulrhyme » great read!
CuriouslyMad » glad you got it figured out
Lyly » blurble
J f Z » murble.
Anthony » <-=-=-= This blog featured on the HN News
Halcyon » merry christmas, have a good un
Lyly » good morning and Merry Christmas, John.
wailfulrhyme » Merry Christmas, JFZ!
Spanner » Merry Christmas John!
Spanner » Merry Christmas John!
CuriouslyMad » merry christmas!
Brandon Starr » Merry Xmas. Batten down the hatches for Santa Bot tonight! "Eat lead, Santa!"
Mr.Frodo » Look man thankyou for the words of wisdom on my comments. I thankyou from the bottom of my soul!
KellyK » Merry Christmas, Jf! *hugs*
raejane » merry christmas!!!!!!
Sinister Ninja » Merry Christmas, John!
Dennis » Again - Awesome! My experience - a humble "help!" ALWAYS brings the "miracle" - always!!! I wish to share your story with my friends - OK? Excellent writing, blessed sharing.
Lyly » back to read this entry again. will keep the message in mind.
Dennis » The best holiday story in a long time, JfZ. And the message, "Stop to 'see' where you ARE - and where you're going will become apparent - and available"- the key to my missing serenity!!!
ElvenSarah » Happy bright patch of sun day!
ralph » daan daan... merry christmas!
Lyly » btw that's my voice in the song.
Lyly » Happy Solstice back. It was bee-u-tiful day here in Austin, Dumb****istan.
Lyly » JfZ-THANK YOU for the compliment! I owe it all to the members of ink1. Been a while since anyone's said anything 'bout my song.
cap'n Jenkins » wow...nice blog, lol...and awesome pictures....keep up the good stuff *thumbs up*
CuriouslyMad » murble. ha ha.
J f Z » Thanks Lyly!
J f Z » I am humbled by your praise, Sinja.
Lyly » <--New entry on our new country name.
Lyly » Snow finger in air - priceless.
Sinister Ninja » Congratulate J f Z on his selection as a Battle Ready Favorite! This site kicks ass.
J f Z thinks aloud » <- serious post holiday topic with followup to SFRC Lugar's S.2514 (promised Sinja)
annette » WAH! Okay, try it again. Hi! JFZ!
J f Z » Hi Rae & Retro!
J f Z » Thanks, Wail & CM. I've corrected the linkage now.
CuriouslyMad » YO! check comments for my real bloggie address. You have me linked to someone else's blog. It's very disconcerting!
CuriouslyMad » I saw this- J f Z » I could wipe off the little ceramic christmas tree, take a digital photo of it and submit it to Curiously Mad. -and I'm waiting.
wailfulrhyme » by the way, you gave CM the wrong link.
wailfulrhyme » kathleen hanna rocks my socks!
wailfulrhyme » glad you featured le tigre. i've been a le tigre fan for years! their first two albums are way better than this one though, if you're just getting into them.
raejane » Hey you!
RetroSoul » Wow, cool blog!
J f Z » Is someone screwing around or is that fo' real, or fah real? LOL I'd delete it, but I'm laughing too hard right now.
Buzz » Wow, real porduct art? Not the low-fat porduct art that always ends up tasting like cardboard?
fahreal » my name fahri i have informathio about me. ihave porduct art you want give respont about this.thank you
Halcyon » kyrel black ventures further into teh otherlands
wailfulrhyme » *chuckle*
wailfulrhyme » thanks for that. my Canadian media's been providing me with negative American feedback of what we've been doing so that cheered me up greatly. it was greatly funny but now i want my free porn & candy
snarkychick. » i'm enjoying the reads on your blog... keep it up.
J f Z » Brandon, 'Leo Getz' was just the nickname we, or maybe just Mel, tagged the poor SOB with.
Cherry » nice blog
Brandon Starr » Interesting. "Whatever you want, Leo Getz." That's from the Lethal Weapon movies--Pesci's character's name and motto.
melicious (c) » Yea, he was the Libertarian nat'l campaign manager. he was a cool (ADHD) dude.
J f Z » Who was that Leo Getz guy, Mel? Was he Harry's national campaign manager?
J f Z » IMHO, it would have been way more fun if you had Harry sign the top of your breast that night, Mel. Heh.
melicious (c) » Anyone who has Leo Getz working for them is BALLSY Brandon! <nudges JfZ> I have a book signed by Harry Brown
Brandon Starr » Libertarians and Greens are paying to have Ohio Presidential ballots recounted. They're more ballsy than Kerry! (Proud Libertarian signing off...)
Saphfire Storm » Hey, I surfed here from Dukes. Hope you don't mind. This place is great...
J f Z thinks aloud » <-- Foo3's 'Stupid Humvee' photo
J f Z thinks aloud » <- Foo3's first-hand Humvee rant.
Lyly » ooo hi, I'm Jessica...Enjoying the Pleasure Club mix.
J f Z » *pets* ruse and Mikey. Yo Phases! Yes, deidre, I've I told CM many times her layouts are nice. Ariana: Yes, thanks for asking.
J f Z » Uh, okay, ZAP, what-ever. Happens all the time here.
ZAP » I hate people who can't even say who they really R when they hit Ur tag board.
ZAP » cool blog. I only hope that I can get mine to look this cool.
ruse » hi hi *tag pet*
jan » hello from Mikey
Phases » heya, yo.
princessdeirdre » Thank ya. Christine made my layout. She does good work!
Ariana » Hey there, hope you're all better now
J f Z » LOL, Sarah.
ElvenSarah » And when you are down with her I have some plumbing that needs to be addressed.
wailfulrhyme » but thanks anyways. hehe.
wailfulrhyme » *throws the macaroni at you and wipes self with towel* i have food now! yay!
Duke » So many of us geeks in one place? This can't be good...heh
J f Z » The collective should be so fucking lucky. Sorry, a momentary flash of self-esteen there.
ElvenSarah » We are the borg. Lower your firewall and prepare to be plagerized. Your quotes, links, and unique humour will be added to the collective.
J f Z » Hey, Duke! Bite my shiney metal ass while I email you.
Duke » I just saw yer comment below there about who'd wanna be named Duke....bite me...heh
J f Z » Hi Sarah. I see you're using the magic feline word of boredom.
ElvenSarah » murble
J f Z » <- Zen Apathy, E.
E » you have all these different religions here... I was just wondering which one you follow...
J f Z thinks aloud » Also on DVD
J f Z thinks aloud » <- Now on DVD
Helleena » ok I guess U are still pissed off at me. Sorry I guess I will talk to U later
Brandon Starr » So that explains Duke's ramblings about the microchip the Feds implanted in his brain and why he is now working on a car that runs on salt water.
J f Z » I catch up when the HypnoToad isn't looking. Lately, it's been alot better around the Imajica.
Lyly » not if i didn't have to. i'm trying to get away with 4-5 hours a night but it's murder.
J f Z thinks aloud » Would you sleep, Lyly?
J f Z thinks aloud » Who would want to be named 'Duke'?
J f Z » <- Here, redrobot
G-Sus » Haha... I'm a parody blog.. Thanks for the listing By the way, your picture in the banner sorta reminds me of the title character from the Soldier of Fortune computer game.
Duke » you all know how I am so it should be fairly simple to discern whether or not it's me
Duke » it would appear that someone has been posting elsewhere using my name...please let me know if you see comments that appear to not be me
Lyly » Hey John. Do you ever sleep?
redrobot77 » still waiting for those coordinates
J f Z » You're not a jerk, wail. *pet-pet* You just have an opinion, and that's okay. I just wanted to point out that those pix were all taken by regular people.
wailfulrhyme » heh... *shrugs* i guess that's pretty good for a british teenager.
wailfulrhyme » i wasn't looking for an apology... now i feel like a jerk.
Helleena » Hey I need to talk to you about my other blog when will be a good time? call me and let me know please!
iqbalrofiq » Thanks again for listing my blog. English is not my mother tongue, though. Hopefully my writings do not sound too odd...
J f Z » It's my fault, wail. I was looking for another S-word, and I didn't want to link to a bloody, casualty shot. The photo is just by a british teenager.
wailfulrhyme » i don't really like the sorrow picture. sure it has meaning, but it's so clichéd. the artist's description of it is almost word for word to the book the cage. i guess i can't enjoy art when i'm bitter
J f Z thinks aloud » <- Norwegian Knitting Ladies. Maybe this should be the next list o' blogs.
Helleena » Hey what would you say if I wanted to get my other blog up and running again? Do you think that you could help me with it?
Duke » heh, yea, I saw the new poll...I commented on their theft...ROFL
wailfulrhyme » jag-girl*
wailfulrhyme » bang. didn't know you knew the jay-girl. (jagged) hehe.
melicious (c) » Your line is busy... its almost noon on Friday!!!!!! Me need to mainline some JfZ
Kristi » OMG has it been that long since I've been here? I'm not even on this list anymore. WAH!
iqbalrofiq » Thanks for visiting my blog. As for your own blog, wow, it's amazing...
~justme~ »
J f Z thinks aloud » <= Add this to the 'Duh' bookmarks
Myisha » Good to hear from u too..I had to get a new computer that's why i haven't been online in a while...
Duke » my phone back on
Jagged » Well, gee...I wouldn't mind the aromatherapy salespersons, and I think that most of the ritual ax-murderers are already my minions, so maybe I'll join the list!
keesai » nice site....
Rita » Hi JfZ, Thanks for the tip. I just had to go look. Kinda neat to be listed on the poll page.
wailfulrhyme » personally, i was a little more maddened with Americans than I originally was. to think that we depend on them. oh well. there's always gonna be a grudge between countries, i think.
wailfulrhyme » caught the national last night... caught nothing of royal canadian air farce, thank-god. hehe... but it was good reporting. what did you think of it?
meis » nice, i'm liking the colours
ynanna »

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[Headphones] :: BaD DoG Karaoke v1.0 - JfZ

Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Evil Thumbnails v1.03

Click for more Evil Thumbnails
Welcome to my Evil Thumbnails page.

Millions of people store billions of images on the internet.  You can never tell what the image really is from its filename.

I thought I'd take it a step further. I'll even let you see a part of the image.

See if you can guess what the image really is.

Click on the Evil Thumbnail to view the entire image.
011 Every holiday season has some of the good, the bad, and the ugly.  You decide.
012 How Christmas Grinches are spawned.  It's not the green couch.
013 It seems that U.S. President Bush is the only one to get away with a so-called working vacation.
014 If even plastic holiday images and symbols are this traumatic, I think we can safely assume some long hours on the therapist couch for this one, later in life.
015 Before you click on this one, see if you can guess which Blogdriver was playing Santa this year.  Look very closely.

[Headphones] :: Evil Stevie: Activate! - JfZ

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