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Tuesday, January 03, 2006
New Year's Resolutions?

What the hell !?  Check out the new Blogdrive Poll and go vote!

Here's a snapshot of the current resolutions leading the way:

Get a job that doesn't make me wear a paper hat

Try to put on at least 50 pounds

Download twice as much music as last year. It's free right?

Give more than receive from the "take a penny/leave a penny" box

Stop procrastinating and exercise more; the year after next

Develop a compulsive disorder for one of my multiple personalities

Get my email addresses down to twenty

Learn to be more creepy toward my family and friends

No more dinning out at the pet store. Even on "all you can eat" night

Stop being so anxious and learn to wait around for opportunity

Focus more on the mistakes of others

Try not to breed as often


[Headphones] ::  Bush and Brando Debate [MP3 stream] - JfZ

Saturday, December 31, 2005
Tag Board Archive - December 2005

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 2005 Archive:

Read 2004 Archive:
[Prior to July 2004]

Daveman Have a Happy New Years duder!
plh Happy New Years!!! *tosses confetti at JfZ
Giggles I hope you have a great New Year, John!!!
J f Z *etnies punk: No, I don't know who you are. Should I care, though?
etnies punk yes it is awful warm here.
etnies punk Who do u think this is?
etnies punk What are you doing the day after christmas?
Jagged Hola! Feliz Navidad y todos cosas.
Gloria Merry Christmas, J.
Jude *gooses JfZ* Merry Merry, big guy!
plh Merry Christmas
J f Z Happy HannaKwanzMas, everyone. May your holiday suck less than a regular day in your life.
brooke fhdgg
brooke hey
brooke hey
Angelena It was mine. And happy holidays, J.
Lyly Have a great holiday John.
ArLo thanks man!
walrus wazzup, dude?
J f Z *Dave: That one was Ang's ... Heh. *Spritey: No, not by a long shot.
plh 6 days left - ya ready?
Toaod Hey, What did the I THink You Broke it suggestion orignally say?
J f Z *Mel - you could be a Cylon. *Hygelic - Okay, then. I emailed you again. I hope you're ok, bud.
melicious FYI typing a code does not verify i am a real person
melicious happy christmakwanzannakah John & everyone
hygelic will you fucking email me your number? I wanna talk to you before xmas --
Dark Angel *hugs* HEY!
plh hehehe *leaves reindeer droppins...
plh good entry! we need more toys like a hole in the head - hey wait ive got 2 holes in the head already - they are called my ears - in one out the other LOL
Jude PS: Happy, happy, Merry, merry, big guy.
Jude "SCSC Friday Fling, 1-3 pm, 1st and 3rd Friday. Dance to music by Helen Miller and the Nice 'n Easy Band at the South Country Senior Center. Cost: $4. See Hettie." -- Hettie must live a full life.
Jude John! You devil...good to see you again on aside! That entry was taken from a flyer left on our door, a gift from the local senior center. I feel so blessed. There was another that cracked me up--
Captain Hook Go Paz! Whew, It got suddenly warmer here. Good to see you, my friend. Snow here, blazing heat there, eh?
FreshnessMaker thanks for the message
JesterJosh Somewhat ordered chaos, very good =^]
plh Happy Holidays 2 U!
J f Z Awww. E-hugs for Unknown! I need another nap in you lap. Heh.
kristi/unknown ahem... hello again. I was here. Love is grand, but can suck too.
J f Z <-- Iraq War discussion
plh awwwwwwwwwwww kitty again - soooo cute & cuddly

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Friday, December 23, 2005
Web Litter goes Industrial Purple

Netizens who like Web Litter with Industrial Purple

A few people have asked me what I have been doing lately since I haven't posted a new entry here for over a week.  Well, I decided to remodel the Web Litter blog and start writing articles for it. That blog will have some tutorials, or how-to entries for basic HTML and graphics.  I'll also spotlight some attention on various software, and also what I call webware, as I test it.

Some of the tutorials will be very basic, but other topics will be specific for blogdrivers and webmasters, and will require some intermediate computer knowledge.  Over the last year, I've been asked by a number of people to help them with their computer problems and found that these people have a huge range of experience or lack of it.

I'm not claiming to be some guru -- but I do know what I know -- and I'm tired of repeating myself.  So, if I simply write some of this stuff down, I can reference it when I temporarily forget, and I can point people to the Web Litter site for help or instruction, eventually.

In addition, the Web Litter site is "my digital coloring book and where I test my ideas," as I warn people on the Welcome page.  A while ago, I modified the original Blogdrive Tremor template, or theme, used here on Thunderstorms, to Industrial Red. Here is a screen shot of red.  While the Industrial Purple look may not be your cup of Jim Jone's grape Kool-aide for your own blog, you just might figure out how to change your blog by reading my tutorial.

This past week though, I decided to make a slight modification to Industrial Red, since I already had made a blue version when I first made the original red one.  So, I made Industrial Purple to motivate me to start organizing the blogspace and write some content for it.  Eventually, I'll pre-package the graphic and CSS files into a downloadable zip file with instructions.

While much of the content on Web Litter right now is only in outline form, because I'm testing out the idea of a nonchronologically-based, topical and menu-driven blog, I did write a few other things.  I wrote up a quick, one page tutorial on changing graphics and CSS layout pages on Blogdrive using basic software like Microsoft Notepad and Paint.  In addition to the theme change post, I did write up an FAQ and an article about freelancing work.  So, do me a favor -- read those posts and point out my grammatical mistakes.

Brilliant Weeds
I realize with the Patriot Act reauthorization and NSA wiretapping in the news, some of you may be craving some political satire from me right about now.  Never fear.  C-Span is continually on my TV while I work like a Pixel Monkey. Read "Marry me, you gap-toothed freak," if you need a quick fix.

Also, if you are a fellow Blogdriver, check out the new home poll.  I helped with that, recently.  It's called Men at Work.  Go cast your vote!  You're liberated now.  We've given you freedom because we know you'll set the example for other bloggers.  You can be a shining beacon of democracy for the broader blogosphere.  Blue-stained fingers not included.

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

Thursday, December 08, 2005
BushWorld Holiday Cheer

Just in time for the holiday season, award-winning graphics design outfit, Plinko, brings us the Baby Bush Toys website.

If you have a resoundingly average child, take a quick look at the Baby Bush Toys products page for such unconfounding playthings as the Twisty Thing that is Red, Portable Playground, Circle of Liberty Puzzle, Red Ball Counter, Goodnight Moon, Freedom Dinger, and the Smasher Breaker.

Other Baby Bush Toys include the Terror Alert Xylophone (left) and the Lil' Looming Disaster Pillow which is the featured Baby Bush Toy.  According to Plinko, this bright and charming pillow ensures that your child never forgets that the world is full of bad people plotting evil deeds.

As we all know, U.S. President George Bush is currently out and about this holiday season making appearances and giving speeches for his Murtha-induced Plan for Victory campaign.  Despite the Democrusader's extremely busy propaganda schedule, he was able to take time out to participate in the filiming of the White House produced holiday video called "A Very Barney Christmas."

It's a 10-minute short film [.ASX] in which one presidential pet, Barney, gets miffed about his falling popularity poll numbers and is jealous that the other presidential pet, Beazley, is the talk of the town.  Talk about weird, tongue-in-cheek irony.  Go watch it, though.  It's kinda creepy with all the people in the White House trying to act and say their lines.

In other Terror Alert Xylophone news, a team with the Federal Air Marshall Service (FAMS) shot and killed an apparently mentally ill man on an American Airlines flight at Miami International Airport.  Who or what is FAMS?  Well, if you need help remembering the Bushworld reorganization and multi-trillion-dollar bloating of the U.S. federal government, just remember the Old Testament.  Dubya beget the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) who beget the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) who recently beget the Federal Air Marshall Service (FAMS).

Despite loud assertions from all levels of government bureaucracy that the Marshalls acted as they were trained and we should all feel good about that, Rigoberto Alpizar was nonetheless tragically gunned down within earshot of his wife.  The Alpizar's were returning from a Christian mission in South America and were taking the short second-leg flight from Miami to Orlando and their home in Maitland, Florida.

Apparently, it is now government policy to show incompetence on a monthly basis.  Did Rigoberto Alpizar have to be killed?  I don't know.  You couldn't pay me enough money to be a law enforcement officer in any agency.  I'd likely kill you just because you are ugly.  I have to defer judgement to the officers making those split-second decisions on the scene.

But have you taken a look at Department of Homeland Security secretary, Michael Chertoff, lately?  This poor bastard has only had this job for less than a year, but he looks like he wakes up in the morning, throws up from anxiety before his first cup of coffee and forgets to shave.

You would be stressed out, if you were in charge of Homeland Security, which:
  • the 911 Commission just recently gave failing grades, in all areas.
  • and, in charge of TSA whose FAMS agents just shot and killed a man.
  • and, in charge of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which is a joke.
  • and, let's not forget FEMA and the Hurricane Katrina debacle.
Yeah, if I was Michael Chertoff, I'd definitely be puking up my gingerbread cookies and egg nog every morning, too.  But, in happier holiday news, the Defense Department has said they believe Osama bin Laden is still alive and well, and living in Waziristan, the mountainous tribal area between Afghanistan and Pakistan.  So, that's something.  Military Intelligence catches up with the media.


[Headphones] :: Bush and Brando Debate - JfZ

Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Digi-Chix v04: A Woman Named Peace

Welcome to Digi-Chix in the Imajica!  This is my ongoing tribute to fascinating women that I randomly find on the digital planet and wish to highlight for you.

Check out these previous Digi-Chix entries:

v01 - Pixel Chicks

v02 - Writing with 'tude

v03 - Vixen Voices

Digi-Chix v04: A Woman Named Peace

Shown above is Paz Trigo Campos, aka Paz Vega. Paz Vega was born in Seville, Spain in 1976. As a teenager, she decided to become an actress and pursued her dream after moving to Madrid. A well-known actress in Spain these days, she hit the Hollywood scene in the U.S. in December 2004 with a supporting role in the romantic comedy "Spanglish" with Adam Sandler.

I just saw the movie "Spanglish" this past weekend on cable television. I won't bore you with the personal reasons why this movie touched me, but suffice it to say that watching this film was the impetus for me highlighting Paz Vega.

"I'm not the new Penelope Cruz. I'm Paz Vega. There's only one Penelope and she's marvelous." -Paz Vega.

After seeing Paz Vega, I only have one question, "Who's Penelope Cruz?"
Since I posted such a large photo of Paz Vega here, I'm just going to leave you with my Paz Vega links for you to explore:

Extensive Biography @Full Latin

Filmography @IMDb

"Spanglish" movie reviews @Rotten Tomatoes

"Spanglish" movie trailers [broadband] [modem]

Other videos online @Yahoo

More Paz Vega images: @Google @Yahoo @MSN


[Headphones] :: Jessica: Pleasure Club Mix - JfZ

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