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Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Skiddy's Big Adventure

Skiddy is an active kitten, and almost old enough now to just be called a cat.  Although she started off last year with a bum leg that someone even suggested should just be amputated to my extreme horror, months of chasing imaginary creatures and games of fetch with me have improved her mobility to a fairly normal state.  Although she seems to limp a little and get tired after playing fetch for too long a time, her leg is certainly much better from the time when she pathetically dragged it limply behind her.

The picture above shows Skiddy waiting alertly for me to throw her fetch toy from her favorite perch, the back of a stuffed chair in my living room.  When I sit in that chair and start typing on one the keyboards, she has a habit of leaping up onto the top of the back in order to look over my shoulder to see what I am doing.  Sometimes, she reminds me of a pirate's parrot perched up there next to my shoulder.

When she plays fetch, though, she reminds me of a hockey player.  She gets tunnel vision chasing her fetch toy down the linoleum hallway.  It's not uncommon for her to overshoot her prey and slide past it in that cartoon-cat-on-the-kitchen-floor way.  One thing that makes her look like a hockey player is her unwaivering bravery to chase the toy to the end of the hallway and slam into the door like a player going behind the net and into the end boards.  For her own safety, I have had to leave a cardboard box in front of the door to soften the inevitable collision.

Last month, while in the throes of being in heat, she spent the night outside.  I worried about her getting pregnant because I haven't been able to get her spayed yet.  Fortunately, she apparently got scared and spent her first night outside hiding safely under the house.  The next morning, she started meowing when she heard my voice calling for her and she was rescued without incident ( no kitty sex for you! ), except for being a little dusty for a cat.

[Fullscreen] :: No Sex in the Champagne Room  (dial-up users)  Murble - Strippers are special - Chris Rock

Saturday, August 20, 2005

 Fear and Loathing
One of my personal heroes, Hunter S. Thompson, will be memorialized on Saturday at his Owl Farm ranch in Colorado.  A relatively small group of 250 friends and associates will be partying into the night to watch Hunter's mortal remains be shot out of the top of a 150-foot-tall monument in the shape of a fist in a psychodelic fireworks display.  After playing Hunter in the film Fear and Loathing, actor Johnny Depp became close friends with Hunter and his family.  It is said that Depp has worked with Hunter's wife Anita on these final festivities.  Hunter was known by all as the Gonzo journalist because his own alcohol and drug-induced escapades often found their way to the forefront of any serious news stories on which he supposed to be reporting.

For his own reasons, Hunter took himself out with a bang, Hemingway style, in February.  Now, his friends will remember him with another bang.

Goodbye, Hunter S. Thompson.  I will drink a shot for you Saturday night and promise not to sell my copies of your books on Ebay -- except Curse of Lono -- which I saw is out of print and going for about $300.

[ 08/21 update ]

I thought I'd add some post-party thoughts here.  The best articles with some curious details of the memorial come from the Denver Post and the Aspen Times writers.  Here are two photos of the gonzo fist monument.

While scanning news articles, I came across this quote in USA Today:
"I'll always remember where I was when Hunter was blown into the heavens," said Thompson's neighbor, Rita Sherman, who watched the spectacle from the deck of her house.
Hello, Rita ?!?  I hope you'll remember where you were because you are sitting on your deck, you frackin' drunk!

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

Wednesday, August 17, 2005
NCAA name ban - the FSU Seminoles

The National Collegiate Athletic Associaton (NCAA) has decided to ban the use of any names or mascots that they consider to be racially or ethnically "abusive" or "hostile" toward American Indians.  The nickname/mascot ban will be enforced after next February in any post-season tournaments.  One NCAA member college, Florida State University, may take legal action to continue to use the Seminole name and mascot.  Apparently, the Florida Seminole tribe has given FSU permission to continue using the Seminole name.

Here's the funny thing (to me).  I had taken this photo of these two plastic bread clips before the NCAA name ban news came out.  I snapped this photo on the same day when I took a photo of the mystery object.

I think there is a very simple solution to this politically correctness problem.  These colleges should pay any tribe for using its name.  If any given tribe feels offended, they can simply refuse the renumeration.

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

Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Audio Link List

Welcome to my Ear Candy matrix
BaD Dog Karaoke v1.0
Musician Websites
Streaming Net Radio
Audio File Archives
Community and Scene
Software Applications
Info, How-to and Articles

BaD DoG Karaoke v1.0 CD
My MP3 files posted on Thunderstorms' blog entries via the [headphones].

You can get any of my BDKv1.0 MP3 files absolutely free for some time after the date of the blog entry in which they may appear in the [headphones] link.  If the MP3 file is still available for download, you can simply click on its name.  Due to file server bandwidth limitations, bandwidth theft, or hot-linking, my MP3 files are eventually rotated off the server and the [headphone] links in the blog entry itself will be broken.  However, this list is always updated and current.

You can download, copy, host, distribute or complain about the following files as long you follow the guidelines in Creative Commons license available to you via the icon in the lower left corner of every page of Thunderstorms in the Imajica.

If you want a custom meatspace playable CD with all the BaD DoG Karaoke V1.0 songs on it with which to play very loudly and annoy your neighbors or fellow commuters in your car, contact me.  Currently downloadable MP3 files are highlighted links.  Alternatively, you may also find these MP3s on various P2P nets.

File Size  - MP3 audio file title

4.80 MBs - Allah's Helicopter (beta)
5.82 MBs - Evil Stevie: Activate!
4.35 MBs - Evil Stevie: Wonders *
4.87 MBs - We Can Do Better *
5.13 MBs - Get Off Your Butt *
4.46 MBs - Bush and Brando Debate 
5.35 MBs - Dancing with the Dubya 
6.18 MBs - Hurricane Jeanne is Gone *
7.12 MBs - Psycho Sarah (Conspiracy Theory theme)
3.59 MBs - Jessica: Sanibel Island
4.18 MBs - Jessica: Pleasure Club Mix

* soon to be removed from the server - get them while you can.

Musician websites
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My ever-growing list - some are commercial sites, some are blogs.
Le Tigre Yves 'evillair' Allaire

Streaming Net Radio
[ back to matrix ]

I decided to list some of my favorites. I live in the middle of nowhere where many important or simply amusing sources of information and entertainment aren't commercially viable or available.  I personally enjoy freedom of expression, unconventional thought, and hearing from voices not always approved by the BushWorld FCC.  Most links are dialup friendly.

Imus in the morning
Real Radio Guide (List)
Song Planet Radio
Mental Discharge
Social Crime
Infidel Guy
Radio Volta

Audio File Archives
[ back to matrix ]

People have often asked me, "Where the hell did you get that audio clip?"  So to help answer that question, I thought some list may be helpful to organize my often schizophrenic surfing and research techniques.

Community and Scene
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There are many communities in your available cyberspace based upon a software application, an activity, or other such thing.  Various discussion forums, fan clubs and sites are listed here.
ACiD Planet
Song Planet
Propellerhead Forums
FL Studio Forum
Winamp Forums

Software Applications
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Here are some utilitarian links to software that you can download.  You need these programs to listen, manipulate, convert, or create Ear Candy online  -- or just locally on the happy magic box at which you are staring, right now, in front of you. 
ACiD and Sound Forge
Real Player
Audio Xtract
Fast Tracker
Winamp player
Virtual Sheet Music
FruityLoop Studio
Reason Studio

Info, How-to and Articles
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Ear Candy related posts on Thunderstorms and other sites.  If I am foolish enough to attempt to explain something audio related, or post Ear Candy related things that might be worth a second look, I will list it here.

Big List of Audio Tutorials
P2P Network XML News


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

Posted at 07:46 am by John Furie Zacharias

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Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Pix - Pineapple Crib

 Pineapple Crib 
 by JfZ

"Pineapple Crib"

Another Florida nature photo from around the hood.

This image is half-sized and has been converted into a bandwidth-friendly, lower resolution .JPG file.  If you want to use it on your web site as a background or for any other purpose, feel free to do so.  Simply respect the creative commons license.  Information about the creative commons license is always available by clicking through its icon located at the bottom of the left side panel on every blog page here.  If you would like the original frameless 960x1280 pixel version of this image, contact me.

[Headphones] :: In Winter's Embrace - Crusade - Yves "evillair" Allaire

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