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Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Bugs n Cheese [menu]





Find all the Bugs n Cheese around the Imajica!  Select an issue below:

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Issue 000: Inaugural BnC
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Issue 001: Which Godzilla?
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Caution: More BnC issues on the way!


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Feel free to leave a general comment or question about Bugs n Cheese below.  If you specifically want to comment about the rudeness or tastelessness of a specific issue, click through to that issue and then use the comment function there to explain how I am bringing down the morality-quotient of the civilized world.





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



Monday, January 10, 2005
Black Monday on Blogdrive


Cool Blogdrive Guy tries to verify the servers are down


Some have a theory that the extra sea water from the massive Asian Tsunami -- after flooding all those millions of square miles, evaporating, and getting into the Pacific jetstream -- is responsible for the recent strong storms on the West Coast of the United States.  The extreme weather was to blame for Blogdrive's Black Monday.

My exclusive underground sources tell me that the extreme weather in California, whatever its true cause, was simply coincidental and used as a cover story to hide a far more evil series of events that caused the blogdrive servers to digitally blink out, like a celestial eclipse of the north star.

That's crazy talk, you say.  Perhaps.  But I have video proof about the sinister series of events that actually took blogdrive down faster than a burrito supreme stuck in Dick Cheney's aorta.

First, as you can see in the webcam screenshot above, something terrible happened to Cool Blogdrive Guy while he was working late into the night.  From this video, you can can clearly see the email forward tersely entitled Goodbye.  After trying to make several phone calls to verify the trouble, not much else is documented.

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No one is quite certain if Phases was able to call anyone during the terrible events on Monday.  Some people are speculating that he may have been on the road.  This video may only tell part of the story, but it is a piece of the puzzle.

Whether or not CBG or Phases actually called Helpee on Black Monday is not known.  But it is clear from this video that someone dispatched poor Helpee to the secret location of the blogdrive servers to try and fix the problem.
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When poor Helpee arrived on the scene, it became quickly apparent that something far larger than himself was set in motion on Black Monday.  No one really knows why some of the videos of evidence of these horrific events for blogdrive have been subtitled in English.

One can only speculate that it is a massive cover-up of the real truth and part of a campaign of disinformation.  I really don't know.  During Blogdrive's Black Monday, I was at home watching my own Christmas home video.








[Headphones] :: Hurricane Jeanne is Gone - JfZ




Saturday, January 08, 2005
Digital Fandom


Clive Barker Rawks!
"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue," goes the saying.  It's been an interesting digital marriage.  I serendipitously themed most of my online activities to Clive Barker's novel, Imajica, soon after I bought the first edition in a Detroit Metro airport shop prior to boarding a flight to San Antonio to start a consulting contract almost 15 years ago.  I digitally co-branded my future existence to a work of literary fiction.  As things typically go with time, I have grown to appreciate that association better than one made with a professional sports team, specific location, or some other named group.  I guess you could call me a loyal fan.  I had the pleasure of a Judith Odell in my life for five of those years.  I also had a cat for 15 years, as I note in my blogdrive profile.  I miss them both.

I've travelled through the dominions of my own personal Imajica.  And like Barker's novel, the horrors and pleasures have been many, varied and fantastic.  All that memory aside, I simply included the image of my digital genesis because I thought it to be appropriate in order to speak of a few items of interest concerning Thunderstorms in the Imajica.

One of the things I've been looking at with an eye toward improvement is my static, left-side, menu panel here.  Before the New Year, I created the framework for my Ear Candy in the Imajica.  I'm going to work from the main destinations envisioned for tha left-sde menu panel graphical headings: the Stormy Topics, Web Litter and Web Phreeks sections, preliminarily.  If you have a suggestion, feel free to make it.

Another thing to do is just slowly adding content linkage to many of those sections.  Here's a warning: complain just once about it and I'll code that panel to display 100 50x50 pixel-sized fan listing, AOL buddy and user avatar icons there.  So, don't push me.

Here's something for you, if you have a non-graphically challenged blog that you otherwise hide by not including the URL for it in any of your email signatures.  Right-click and rip this GIF animation, if you want to beta-test some blogdrive community spirit.  All of the animated GIFs below are the same graphic image file simply shown on several different gradients of background color.

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 right-click and rip it  right-click and rip it








[Headphones] :: Sky's the Limit - Authority Zero




Thursday, January 06, 2005
Swamp Gas v. 002


Welcome to Swamp Gas in the Imajica.  Similar to the You Can't Make This Shit Up (YCMTSU) section, Swamp Gas will focus solely on news and items of interest in the sunshine state of Florida.

They say, "All the nuts in America roll downhill to Florida," so let's just see how true that phrase really is.

Click on the Swamp Gas logo for the smelly menu.

Swamp Gas v. 002

ST. AUGUSTINE

 Maybe little Mikey likes Muzzle Loaders
Yo.  If you're ever stuck in a hotel room in the 904
sharing a suicidally lame weekend with your little cousin Mikey who won't stop whining because you won't give up the Play Station controller, you could always drag your half-stoned redneck ass to the Museum of Weapons in historic St. Augustine.  My enhanced Thunderstorms-enabled web browser's You Can't Make This Shit Up (YCMTSU) plug-in spotted this for me today.  Like Ginger Bear, I figured you wouldn't believe me, so here's the most dial-up friendly proof I can offer you.










[Headphones] :: Jessica: Sanibel Island - JfZ




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



 
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