John Furie Zacharias
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Thunderstorms Anywhere

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Monday, October 25, 2004
A Celebration of Flip-flopping

There is a place where flip-flopping is a highly celebrated activity.  Recently, Helleena and members of her family on vacation spent the day at Sea World.  Because it was the generally accepted notion that I would become exceedlingly grouchy trying to drag myself around a theme park all day long, I spent the day babysitting the broken kitty who also faces the same ambulatory challenges as I do.

I appreciate everyone on the main blogdrive tag board who kept me company and ultimately named the broken kitty, too.  Skiddy is an appropriate name.

Here are a few dialup-friendly pix from Sea World.
Fly! Be free!
They're gay. You can just tell.
... hovering high over the football stadium ...

[Headphones] :: Walk Away - Jenny Fisher

Friday, October 22, 2004
My Magic 8 Ball and other election polling

Who's it going to be?
With less than two weeks left before the United States elects a new president and determines the direction of the most powerful economic and military entity on this particular spinning ball of mud that we lovingly call Earth, a great number of people are interested in foretelling the outcome of this event.

Personally, I have been staring intently at my own childhood clairvoyant device -- the Magic 8 ball -- for some sign or answer when my own impatience overtakes me.

Other more exceptable methods of foretelling the future outcome of the 2004 Presidential Election are employed by various groups of people and their organizations.  They simply ask people.

Asking people, or polling them, can be trickier than you would first imagine, however.  As I tried to point out in Town Hall Tap Dance, after the Second Presidential Debate, who you ask does matter.

Every major news and media outlet conducts polling by phone and internet.  My only instinct regarding their polling data is that it is likely to reflect their own audience's political tendencies.  A FOX or CBS news poll is only likely to enlighten you to the views or political opinions already held by their core audiences.  Does it really matter if they add leaners, likely voters, or independent voters to their polling sample?

Even still, with the race being so close, or tight, or evenly split, any delta-V in the polling data instantly becomes news here in the U.S, and then is parroted in various newspapers across the globe.  Recently in the news cycle is Nickelodeon's polling result that apparently shows kids prefer John Kerry.

Seriously, who needs to listen to Rasmussen, Zogby or Gallup polling when your candidate has sweeped the Nickelodeon demographic?  Don't be lulled in complacency or apathy if you do want some change in the United States.  Get off your ass and vote for your candidate.  If you're tired of the same old DNC-donkey and RNC-elephant, I'm sorry.  Despite my own admiration for Ralph Nader and Michael Badnarik, it appears that the only place that a third party political species has any chance to win an election is on Disney's ToonTown.

Although he was unavailable for comment, Donald Rumsfeld's Commander in Chief has apparently also lost the Vulcan Vote.

The United States has been a house divided since George W. Bush took office four years ago and no matter who wins this upcoming election, my Magic 8 Ball doesn't predict any change in the political and cultural divisions that define and shape this great nation.

[Headphones] :: We Can Do Better - JfZ

Thursday, October 21, 2004
Evil Thumbnails v1.01

Click for more Evil Thumbnails
Welcome to my Evil Thumbnails page.

Millions of people store billions of images on the internet.  You can never tell what the image really is from its filename.

I thought I'd take it a step further. I'll even let you see a part of the image.

See if you can guess what the image really is.

Click on the Evil Thumbnail to view the entire image.
001 Super stage curtains?
002 Ramen Noodles?
003 Nice tiara.  A fairy Princess at the beach?
004 Bird's eye?
005 This could be anything. It's somewhat related to the one above it ... but how?

[Headphones] :: Bush and Brando debate - JfZ

Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Election Banner Graphics

Go Vote or she'll frag your ass
If you want to rip some graphics to remind the people that visit your blog or web site to go vote on Election Day, then you're looking at the right blog entry.

I made these banner graphics just for you.  They don't tell you who to vote for, but hopefully they'll remind you and your visitors to vote.

Some people get so angry with me because I don't happen to like George W. Bush.  That's okay.  I didn't vote for his father either.

Other than being sarcastic and making fun of George Bush on a regular basis, these angry people seem to miss that I've also made fun of John Kerry, too -- perhaps not as often as the current liar-and-thief -- but they miss it when they're so pre-occupied being offended and launching themselves into Dubya-defense mode.

And they miss something else, too.  Do you see a Kerry-Edwards, Bush-Cheney, Badnarik or Nader campaign banner on my blog?  No, you see an online voter registration tool that's been there for months.

You can also see a Blog The Vote link that takes you to a blog entry with the other graphics I made for anyone to use on their website or blog.

This "Gamerz Vote" animation is 160 x 320 pixels (100kb).  I used a transparent color, so if it doesn't look good on your site, stick it inside of a table and modify the table background color to something you think looks good.  The non-animated GIF version of "Gamerz Vote" is also transparent, but only 9kb in size. You can right-click your mouse on the grafix, view its properties (dimensions and file size) or select save-as to copy the image to your own computer.  So, feel free to do that.
gamerz voteget off your ass
vampires votebloggers votebloggers vote

If I make any more, I'll add them here.  Meanwhile, you go take a happy pill.  Please!

[Headphones] :: We Can Do Better - JfZ

Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Early Bird Specials

Some say they had 537 reasons to vote early in Florida yesterday.  Even though Florida in just one of the thirty two states that allowed early voting before the November 2nd election day, Florida is a focal point once again.  In a state of some 17 million residents, George Bush was found to have carried the sunshine state by only 537 votes in the 2000 presidential election.  This gave Bush Florida's 27 electoral college votes and the presidency.  This too, after the country agonized for over a month as the ballots were recounted, hanging chads scrutinized, and Florida quickly became the object of any derogatory political joke.

With public opinion polls indicating that 2004 will also be a very close race, each and every vote counts. Some people are also saying that after the voting recount debacle of 2000 in Florida that wasn't resolved until the Supreme Court of the United States settled it 5-4 in favor of Bush, they aren't taking any chances this time around.  Both Democrats and Republicans are urging some of their faithful to vote using an absentee ballot in order to create a paper trail of their vote.

Florida is considered to be a so-called battleground state.  According to CNN, both the RNC and DNC are spending millions of dollars each week in Florida.  Both Bush and Kerry have made over a dozen trips to Florida.  Both candidates, or their running mate, or their spouse, or their family member was in Florida campaigning yesterday and/or is also here today.  President Bush is scheduled to speak at rally about a mile away this afternoon.

It's still warm enough outside to wear a T-shirt here in Florida, unlike some areas of the country. So, if you plan on going to a candidate's campaign rally or head out the door to cast your vote early, make sure you are wearing a good T-shirt.  If you don't have a good T-shirt to wear yet, get yourself some effin' gear!

[Headphones] :: We Can Do Better - JfZ

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