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Monday, April 04, 2005
Monkey Business

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If you're a regular around here, you know I like to mix it up on Thunderstorms.  Instead of having a seperate blog for each of my schizophrenic topics -- I simply leave my muse unmedicated, shake the digital Etch-A-Sketch, and see what digital masturbation comes from it all.  There's a 'twist my knob' joke in that, somewhere.

Enough already with the deep, sober thinking about religion and politics, or society and the planet, or life and death.  It's time for us to play with our happy bits (byting optional).

You regulars get to help beta-test and refine the next blogdrive poll idea I plan to give to Helpee.  Last time, I was honored, yet simultaneously horrified that my poll idea was used with little editting and input from others.  There's no guarantee that he'll even use this, but we'll have a little fun here anyway.

When do you masturbate?

  • Saving myself
    That's disgusting. I would never masturbate. God would most certainly kill a kitten, if I did.
  • Morning Wood
    I like to start my day with an orgasm, then I get out of bed. Carpe Diem or Carpe Monkey, it's all good.
  • Afternoon Delight
    Sometimes I like to sneak off during lunch and relief some stress. Or, when I first get home, I like to really unwind.
  • Shower Power
    I masturbate occasionally in the shower. It's mine and I'll lather it up however and for as long as I like.
  • Bed, Bath n Beyond
    If I get lonely on the weekend, I'll fill my bath tub with scented bath oils and light some candles.
  • Ever-ready Bunny
    It's difficult to answer this poll typing with just one hand and ... can't talk now ... busy. So very busy. Okay ... now, I'm just sleepy.

So, let's all hear about your naughty monkey business.  You can comment anonymously, if you're too shy.  For the sake of poll choices, I tried my best during the two minutes I was able to ponder this topic to make it as gender neutral as possible for full participation.  If you need help getting in the mood for this entry, you could always click on over to the Sexy Blogdrivers List and do some reading.

If you prefer some quick aural stimulation, I suggest checking out one of the two Jessica MP3s via the [Ear Candy] link.  For those of you that require more time to get in the mood, click on the 47 minute long RealAudio Stream in the [Headphones] by the Beat Monkeys.  Okay, then.  I'll leave you to your task.

[Headphones] :: Chibuku Mix - Beat Monkeys

Saturday, April 02, 2005
Digital Age Dilemnas

Digital Age Dilemnas
Over a year ago, I published a widely-ignored blog entry entitled "Inventing a Better Future" upon the release of the similarly named report to the United Nations by the InterAcademy Council (IAC) .  Don't feel guilty for not reading it.  I tried several rewritten article submissions to get some traction on the subject at Plastic to no avail as well.  I just failed to make the subject easily readable or sexy enough to be published on Plastic.

However, with the advent and popularization of blogs, we've all become apprentice digital philosophers, haven't we?  The topic continues to fascinate me.  Here was a global organization reporting on the effects of science and technology on the human species: pro and con, gloom and doom, hope and promise.

Living in our Digital Age, there are pros and cons to it.  Moreover, since we are here, now, living, and experiencing the Digital Age, it's a little difficult to step back and look at the 'Big Picture' of what is actually happening in our world.  We don't have the benefit of hindsight or historians to advise us.  We simply must forge ahead.

We can look back on earlier ages of humanity and draw some advice.  What were the daily concerns of the people living and experiencing the Industrial Revolution?  We can not apathetically deny our digital existence.  We've had two generations to absorb the changes in society since the ENIAC.

One obvious thing all of us -- as fellow humans on our little spinning ball of mud -- have to deal with in this age is information itself.  Another thing is the inescapable realization that all humans need certain things to stay alive.  The filter through which we all process these two things is our own personal perspective.  Your reality in the suburban midwestern United States is not the same reality of daily living of a muslim woman living in Nigeria, know what I mean?  Are you listening, Neo?

Information can be spun, meddled with, and massaged.  Furthermore, as MIT linguisitics professor Noam Chomsky might tell you, the information you process by reading your news outlet of choice in order to make an opinion on a given topic is constantly tailored (the digital age moves at light speed) to the potential Consumability Quotient of its target demographic.  Maybe Chomsky didn't say that exactly, but I am.  Take one small story and do your own Thought Experiment on it, like I did last year.

One would need only to observe the latest staged production and loaded audiences of the Bush Lollapalooza Tour on Social Security Reform as a larger example.  Paid journalists, propagandists, and official government media shouldn't be all that surprising.  Conservatives believe mass media is overwhelmingly liberal because they attempt to show both sides in some quaint notion of objectivity.  At the same time, liberals point out that mass media still must rely upon government sources and embedded reporters.  And ultimately, mass media must stay soft on stories that could cause embarrassment to their corporate masters.  While the Digital Age offers some promise for more people to access information, it requires effort.

Denial isn't cutting it anymore
If the Digital Age is enhancing the notion of a Global Village, we are still faced with the global sustainability issue.  How long can we, as humans, continue on our current path of behavior?  I mean, we can't just move to another planet when we're done messing this one up.

As part of the Millenium Declaration of the UN of 2000, Millenium Development Goals were defined.  As part of that MDG effort, all these goals have targets and indicators.  These indicators require progress reports of a global scale:

A framework of 8 goals, 18 targets and 48 indicators to measure progress towards the Millennium Development goals was adopted by a consensus of experts from the United Nations Secretariat and IMF, OECD and the World Bank.

As these progress reports are written, you have to be very proactive to find them in the deluge of popular media disparagement of the UN in America, lately.  It's just sexier to report on UN scandals rather than technically-dry scientific reports that might not peek the interest of Suzy Soccer Mom.

I stumbled upon a short entry by Julian Brookes at MoJo blog that pointed out the recent release of the Millenium Ecosystem Assessment study.  With a little effort, I found some press releases on it.  The global sustainability issue certainly should be of concern to people, even Suzy Soccer Mom.  It's the future of her children and grandchildren we're talking about here.
Many ecosystem services that support life on Earth such as freshwater, fisheries, and the regulation of natural hazards and pests are being degraded or used unsustainably. This is revealed today by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA), an extensive scientific report prepared by 1,300 experts from 95 countries.
The keyword there is unsustainably.  If we don't make some basic changes, even the near future isn't very bright.  The report only focussed on global scenarios for the next 50 years.  So, while we all debate the future viability of Social Security in the United States, we might consider the following question.  What good is your money going to do you, if you're on a dead planet?

With a little more effort, I found a user-friendly website published by a non-partisan, non-advocacy organization called GreenFacts that sorts through the massive scientific findings in the Millenium Ecosystem Assessment report and makes it very understandable.  I encourage you to educate yourself on this topic by visiting the site and reading that section.

If all you did right now was read the summaries on this page, you're one step closer to making informed decisions about your own future and that of your family.  If you are a more proactive person, you might contact your political representatives recently talking up the Culture of Life in the media, over one woman in Florida, and simply ask them if they've seen the Millenium Ecosystem Assessment Report.  Give their staffers the GreenFacts Ecosystems web address and ask what their positions might be for the Culture of Life for the planet that we're all going to be living on in the very near future.

The Digital Age brings you the information.  Therefore, the real question then becomes, "What are you going to do about it, now that you know?"  You decide for yourself, Neo.

[Headphones] :: Get Off Your Butt! - JfZ

Thursday, March 31, 2005
TAG Board Archive - March 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.

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dead petals *grins*
blueskelton link added bro
SSunsprite nice 2 C U again
dennis I'VE INADAQUATE words for your thoughtful blog. I KNOW the bad experience and betrayal by the medical/legal community - under the guise of "healers/lawmakers. It's Godzilla in charge of baby chicks.
J f Z thinks aloud <-- *Potencia: Here's some sound reference material on data mining.
BrokenChaos Hello! How are you doing? I hope you survived Easter without killing anything, enjoy your week.
wailfulrhyme <---the link if you like, so you don't have to search through the useless blabber on my blog.
wailfulrhyme thar. you may delete all my blabber now.
wailfulrhyme nevermind, i'll just re-write it.
wailfulrhyme hopefully you can understand it.
wailfulrhyme sorry for all the spelling mistakes in the comment too... i just read it back to myself. heh. i had woke-up from a fever before i wrote it.
wailfulrhyme I replied to your comment, you might be intrigued... or it might be useless blabber that you've heard before.
J f Z Pretty good, Lyly. I post every other day now so I can go to my blogdrive buds' blogs and interact on the days in between. Participate in the symbiotic digital masturbation. It's all good.
Lyly how's it goin'?
Lyly <--Click here for the next toy from the Pentagon: unmanned 'trauma pods.'
kromo please visit my blogdrive and you will see my photo
Sapphire thanks for stopping here's a blog that catches my interest
Potencia Scooped up during data mining? Please elaborate.
SedatedBelle thanks for stoppin by. deffinetly a fan of this place.
KnOizKi just passing by.
Edna May *leaves a chocolate egg and pot of chamomile tea on the doorstep*
Jude should audition, John. Bring the cane. We'll work around the other wardrobe issues.
CuriouslyMad <-- and here. voodoo t shirt pic just for you.
CuriouslyMad whatever, it's always slow loading.
J f Z It's just because of the time it takes to process the XML to JS on a 3rd party server in the 3/23 entry. It'll drop off the main page in a little bit, CM.
CuriouslyMad have a Tolerable Easter, J to the fZ
CuriouslyMad can I just say that this page takes forever to freaking load? thanks.
J f Z *Edna: I have a cane, but no tophat. *CM, Lyly, BrokenChaos: Hello, ladies. *Dennis: Yeah, there were a lot of sucky things that happened with the so-called healthcare people in FL.
J f Z thinks aloud <-- Wail: SNAG magazine has some interesting reads concerning the shooting at Red Lake, MN
Edna May Greetings, you tap? Lexie is looking for dancers with acting skills for her next production...a rap version of Madame Butterfly. We think you'd be a shoe-in for the male lead.
wailfulrhyme my trusty dictionary (which happens to be american--i'm too lazy to get my canadian one) calls them Eskemoan people, which is in fact a slang. i wrote more about it in the comments section on my blog.
wailfulrhyme we call them First Nations people because they're that. We also call them Aboriginals, which basically means the same thing. If they're from the north, we call them Inuit. I'm not sure what that means
Lyly Hello John. Have a good holiday weekend.
Xavier JFZ! Skate and I would like to be your workbitches ! We require assistance in this from you. Puh-lease?
BrokenChaos Hello! How are you? Have fun and have a great weekend!
Akira3099 Freewill feat. David Sosa (from Waking Life)
dennis My God, I didn't know that about your Mom!!! I also filled out the "long form" - I felt safe, 'til now. Oh Poop! Your Mom's option - haunt the S.O.B.'s. I like that thought! That's what I'll do!!
BrokenChaos I don't rule out entirely all that much. I think there's bullshit in all of it but that's the same with life. Sorry for taking up space, they truncate it to politely tell you to shut up I think.
BrokenChaos Thank you for the comment. I've researched & read about a lot of different religions & found similiarities between a lot of them. I don't devote myself entirely to any certain religion but
Jude *wanders by, still thinking about fruitcups
Rocker Ha, that tag made me think of campbells soup.
Jude hey John...just checking up on you. edna may sez hey
blake funny blog, i like it
BrokenChaos Hello. Long time no see.
fallenmaples just blog hoppping. love ur place here!have a great day ahead!
Ten Speed Indian Hey, I thought I'd leave a last comment, if anyone is up around the Tampa area, we're playing at Boomerz again in April, check out our site for the date which is TBA!
Gloria Lol. Eloquent as always, J.
J f Z I got yer 'fruitcup', right here, eric. /grabs a handful of package/ but thanks for stopping by.
RaeJane Yo!
eric what a fruitcup
Lyly Nothin' but the bacon.
Assumpta diMaio or perhaps you could spare a few hours to help in our latest cause?
Assumpta diMaio Thank you for the encouragement, John. It's a rotten job, but someone has to do it....would you, by any chance, need a sofa?
J f Z thinks aloud <-- Lyly finds Rosie O'Donnell's blog. Will the horror never end? Heh. It's actually sort of intriguing.
drivezila cool
wailfulrhyme great, i get to be a vegetable AND a pain in the ass. thank-yoooou.
wailfulrhyme i left a comment. looks like i might've hit "cancel" instead of "post" though. so i might not've left a comment.
wailfulrhyme i got eggnog in my goat milk.
Doc' Not Godzilla?!!
J f Z thinks aloud *G-sus: Thanks for the link. *Kel: Why do I always fall for the stabby girls? *Brandon: Thanks, bud. *Xavier: Coolio. *Dennis: You old dawg. Heh.
dennis "Tin roof leaks and the chimney leans. Got a hole in the seat of my ole' blue jeans. Et the last of my pork and beans - life gets tedjious, don't it?"
dennis "Hound dawg howling - so forlorn. Laziest dog ever born. howling 'cause he's sittin on a thorn. Just too durn lazy to move over" Life gets tedjious, don't it?"
Xavier Also, a web-safe gallery of the wedding will be available on <A href=""& gt;My Journal</A> as soon as I get around to it.
Brandon Starr JfZ, please make sure to read my comment under "Slow Motion Ninja." I want you to be healthy!
KellyK *stabs Jfz* missing you in a stabilicious way.
angelgrayson Just swinging by to see how goes it. Hope you are doin great!
G-Sus Click on my name to visit a project site to create awareness towards the Asian tsunami crisis. Please link us
BrokenChaos Take it easy.
J f Z I'm off. I promise updations. I've IMed the worthy among you. (Nix is returning -- kneel on the broken shards of glass) Heh. J/K
Akira3099 Heeeeeeeeeeey.. How's it goin'?
Christina Just stopping by to say hello. It's been awhile since I stopped by here. Have a great day! *smiles*
kristi ahem! Pictures!
Shauna how was the wedding you went to, J f Z? Im nervous!
Gigglesbee Thanks, J!! I hope you're doing well!

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

Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Another Sunset

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I had a lengthy, serious entry planned for today about the Patriotic Act provisions that are making people nuts.  It's a long, technically legal and politically nasty topic.  While it's an important topic, it's as exciting as reading the dictionary.  I'll save that for the next time I get motivated.

More appropriate might be the photo I snapped out on the lake today, since Terri Schiavo is in the twilight of her mortal existence.  While I may come across as funny, sarcastic, or even offensive to most people who read the blog -- I was actually thinking about this poor woman today -- as I went on my first fishing trip since I was ten years old.

While I didn't catch any fish myself, I did get a few good images.  I put some of them here, and I may add more as I go through my files.  If you like nature scenes, feel free to check out the little album I've started there.

I've posted twice about Terri Schiavo.  First, here: Hungry Vegetable Soup.  And then here: Life, Choice or Tyranny.  There is also a poll with some thoughtful comments on the blogdrive homepoll (this link will expire).

Since this poor Schiavo woman may indeed be dead by the time you read this entry, I won't bother with too many legal or politically-themed topics.  I'm not going to cite any Bible verses either.  At the same time, I do have several things that continue to puzzle me, even now:

If the Pro-life Evangelicals are supposedly Christian, why would they float all these terrible rumors out in the media about Terri Schiavo's husband -- about greed, abuse, broken bones, and murder plots?

If the Pro-Life pundits are so strong in their belief for their protection of the institution of marriage -- to deny same-sex couples that same standing -- why are they suddenly against the spouse of this woman and his rights and responsibilities?

Why are Pro-Life people sending death threats to Terri Schiavo's husband, Judge Greer and others not parroting the far-right social agenda?

Why won't these Pro-Life people turn their keen, judgemental eye upon the pro-war neocons in the Bush administration whose policies have caused the death of tens of thousands of people?  Are Muslims dying everyday not worthy of a little protest?  I wonder.

While I may wonder about these things until Theocracy is the new form of U.S. government, there is no doubt that the political and social ripples of the Terri Schiavo case will continue after her death.  In practical matters, this case has raised some awareness of end-of-life issues among millions of people.  One never knows when this sunset may indeed be the last one to enjoy.

[Headphones] :: Evil Stevie Wonders - JfZ

Sunday, March 27, 2005
Bugs n Cheese 005 - Easter BVNRI

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[Headphones] :: Allah's Helicopter (beta) - JfZ

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