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Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Space Hotties

Who is the BSG Space Hottie?

Some of the cast of Battlestar Galactica, left to right:

  1. Dr. Gaius Baltar (James Callis)
  2. Number 6 (Tricia Helfer)
  3. Col. Saul Tigh (Michael Hogan)
  4. Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell)
  5. Cmdr. William Adama (Edward James Olmos)
  6. Capt. Lee 'Apollo' Adama (Jamie Bamber)
  7. Chief Petty Officer Galen Tyrol (Aaron Douglas)
  8. Lt. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii (Grace Park)
  9. Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace (Katee Sackhoff)

Cast  your vote in the comments!

There are a couple of hotties not pictured here.  Check out the newly launched Scifipedia for more information on BSG.  Anastasia Dualla (Kandyse McClure) had a steamin' hot scene with Lee Adama (Jamie Bamber) in Season 2, imho.  Season 3 airs in October.

Anastasia Dualla's first love interest was Laura Roslin's assistant, Billy Keikeya (Paul Campbell).  If you really want to know why Billy had to die, you can listen to the Media Blvd magazine interview with Paul Campbell in a podcast here.

Also, gamers and collectors will soon have a BSG Collectable Card Game.  The BSG CCG is being offered by Wiz Kid Games.

[Headphones] :: Sex, Lies and a video blog - BSG EP David Eick

Sunday, April 30, 2006
Tag Board Archive - Feb Mar Apr 2006

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 2006 Archive: [Jan]

Read 2005 Archive: [Dec][Nov][Oct][Sep][Aug][Jul][Jun][May][Apr][Mar][Feb][Jan]

Read 2004 Archive: [Dec][Nov][Oct][Sep][Aug][Jul][Prior to July 2004]

deadringer Very good site, I enjoyed it immensely
brynn last one was a broken link, sorry.
brynn i miss you.
Hurricane Reno Thanks 4 visiting! Yup, Tremor brother blog.
Jude huzzah
Rita Greetings John, Good to see you in the "featured" spot. Blessings to you.
Dennis Is good see you site, see you alive, do hear you feel goot. Like me to see U scribble words page on. Make happy me! SE Ohio suckee! Village People OK, yes! YMCA!!!
plh murble all we get is a murble? LOL
J f Z Murrrrrble.
Jude Heya sex-kitten...
plh Happy Keester HEHEHE
xyz my msg
celticautumn I try my hardest to keep blogging. Please, save my page somewhere, I really want people to read.
plh where have you gotten off to or lost?
Lucinda This is the nice tag board ever yeah.

Sinja Could you link them for me so I can snag one?
Sinja Hey John, was it you that had made those Blogdrive logo images in different colors?
Snotball hey man... thanks for noticing our blog... i was wondering if you play online games at all such as World of Warcraft... yesterday i got killed by someone named Murble... well see ya later..
Kristi/Unknown Hey darlin, if I can get out before they take all my stuff, I'll be happy. A new one is bound to come my way and hopefully soon.
JfZ thinks aloud <-- Generation Debt by Anya Kamenetz.
Mirror Ball Hey John -- thanks for trying to help me in the help forum the other week. I'm sorry I took so long to get back to you, but I've been running with celebrity interviews. Take care.
J f Z Thanks, Asahd. You have a nice collection of desktop wallpapers.
Asahd2 First time visitor, nice site.
Mitchelton Milo Bad news everyone! I'm afraid that Buttom Mutton accidently walked off the jetty and got drowned!
Gloria Holy frack, season 2 finale, J!
KellyK *stab! stab!*
plh *arggggggggggg - i went to my gmail and i cleaned it out before bed lastnight of spam - there were 99 more porkers in there waitin for me a few minutes ago
JfZ thinks aloud <-- The Vidrines stopped by for a visit.

JesterJosh before they pass some VD onto you?
J f Z ... before they take all your stuff?
Kristi/Unknown Thought for the day: When you really truely love someone and it doesn't seem to be working out.... when do you say enough is enough?
Gloria Teh. TEH.
Halcyon I have often considered teh number of problems that cranial amputation could solve
Kristi/Unknown Hello to those who know me. A wink and a smile to all of you.
Kristi/Unknown Hello to those who know me. A wink and a smile to all of you.
Gloria Got you pegged, eh?
Dennis H "Ha Ha Ha American" is GREAT! They got us pegged, eh? Jfz - need your home e-mail - send to mine - you have it!
Lyly Belated Happy Birthday, John. Oh yeah, Happy Valentine's Day too. Who said I'm not in the spirit.
melicious Happy bday 2 u. Happy bday 2 u. Happy BDAY 2 DAYS LATE. Happy bday 2 u!! xoxoxoxoxo
J f Z <-- drop down menu on Web-Litter blog for Skype. Bottom left on the page.
Nurse Rosetta Skype?

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

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Friday, April 28, 2006
Chernobyl Kids

 Image by Ibuzzo

Putting aside the argument of the pros and cons of nuclear energy for a day, here is an image that I had in my mind when I wrote "Remembering Chernobyl" on Dark Skies.  There are a number of links in that entry for you to explore.  Just in case you miss it there, here's the link to the Chernobyl Childrens Progam charity.

[Headphones] :: Bush and Brando Debate - JfZ

Thursday, April 27, 2006
Back. Packing my BFG.

 Say HELLO to my little friend ...

It's been about 60 days that I left you alone, but now I'm back.  While it is clear to me that half of you didn't even notice I wasn't posting entries on Thunderstorms and the other half of you didn't care, there were a few concerned people.  This entry is for those few.

I wasn't technically gone.  I was simply debating with myself whether or not to continue the Thunderstorms blog.  I took the time away from here to make some commitments -- to developing Web Litter and Dark Skies into blogs I could like -- and to post on them.  I almost gave up blogging altogether, but then I remembered something ...  a little advice that I have given other people in the past.

I don't do this for you.  Ultimately, I enjoy blogdrive for me.  If my blog happens to be entertaining for other people, then I'll take the bonus points.  Meanwhile, I remembered that I don't care if you are entertained because the reason Thunderstorms was created in the first place was to keep me sane and happy.

Since the majority of visitors here are fellow blogdrivers, here's my shaman message:

Unless you happen to be the one in ten million people that get paid to blog, then you have to remember that you blog for your own entertainment and satisfaction.

While I wallowed around in my own indecision because of personal and business matters that seem to continue to disappoint me, I withdrew and stopped blogging. I don't like to post entries here about my personal matters.  In the past, my snarky attitude about politics and the world has earned me a fair number of grouchy people who like to send me hate mail.  That's fine, I like email of any kind.

I'm always protective of my personal info so the one lone nutjob in the bag of peanuts doesn't come to my house.  I imagine I'd feel terrible for a few minutes if I had to double-tap someone down for their eternal dirt nap, even if they were a crazy person.

I get weird comments or contact mail because of my opinions, or from some odd story that I blog about here.  When I blogged negatively about Bush and Iraq, I got my share of haters.  But I also get interesting stuff from what I call the Googlers.

Googlers are people who come to Thunderstorms from a link on Google (or other search engines) after they look up their own name or someone they know.  Some of the Googlers are more interesting than others.  Vampire Don, from Mad Mad House, commented on an entry and we ended up emailing back and forth.  Some of my Swamp Gas entries have produced comments from people in Florida, like the Squirrel Lady.

The most extreme Googler interaction was from a family of a soldier killed in Iraq.  That was not pleasant.  They could not seperate my dissproval for Bush's war of choice in Iraq with their feeling that I was somehow against their dead family member, or the military in general, because of it.  Being a military veteran myself, their confusion and anger absolutely mortified me.  That was not the reaction I intended to invoke from anyone -- but coming from this grieving family -- I felt so terrible for their confusion.  A few of you may remember that as it played out in comments and on my tag board, that summer.

Since I've been speeding down memory lane, I guess I should point out that I created some yearly archive calendars for you.  You can access them from the links on the left -- below the tag board and above the monthly calendar.

I guess I should warn you, too.  I renewed my paid subscription with blogdrive for another year.  This means several things.  I will likely design more T-Shirts on zazzle to help pay for it, so look for those entries.  I have developed Dark Skies and Web Litter into blogs that I like, different than Thunderstorms, and you'll likely see my hand in the BD home polls occasionally.

In addition, some cohorts and I are developing a .com website this next year, so I'll likely have to promote it here, once it is worthy of your attention.  Also, if you come to Thunderstorms and it looks completely unfamiliar, it could be that I'm just experimenting that day with new graphics or beta-testing some functionality.

[Headphones] :: We Can Do Better - JfZ

Thursday, February 23, 2006
Comment Spam -- Banned and Deleted

comment spam screen shot -- Thanks, Ivar Tenter, you frackin' twit.

Here's a screenshot of some recent comment spam.  I added the domain names for my own reference, before I banned and deleted these comments.  The reason I am displaying a screenshot, instead of making a simple text list, is because the comment spammer wants the domain names on web pages to try to boost the search engine placement of the domains.  Checking these online stores reveals that there are shopping carts for all manner of goods, but no webmaster or business contact information.  They may be legit businesses or affiliate landing pages for real businesses, but it all looks really phishy to me.

Reading the comments, I think the Latvian-to-English translator needs some serious grammatical tweaking for this spam.  Checking a WHOIS site told me that is admin'ed by Ivar Tenter, from Riga, Latvia.  You can spam Ivar Tenter at these email addresses: and  I put these on this entry hoping that every spider will digest them into their viagra and penis enlargement email address databases.

comment spam screen shot -- Thanks, Alex, Ilya, or Vlad, you frackin' twits.

The Russian Mafia gambling spammers are so much nicer, IMHO.  They make me feel important and talented.  WHOISing these .ru sites, I found that I should thank Vladmir A. Bolotin for this flattery.  Feel free to spam or even and let them know how much I appreciate comment spam from their domains.

Even though the comment spam (or cspam) was pleasant, I don't have any need for a floorcare-store or its vacuum belts.  Even more useless is gambling cspam with a russian top level domain (tld).  These flattering idiots cspammed one of my conspiracy theory entries, for frack's sake.

I don't trust my own government, here in the United States, so, WTF makes them think I am going to start gambling my credit card away on some Russian Mob Frackin' Bingo?

Vanna White! Please shimmy your middle-aged flat ass across the stage, turn those letters, and give these losers a frackin' clue.  Buzzzzzzz!  So sorry.

[Headphones] :: El Cahon - The Wreck

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