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Monday, October 31, 2005
Tag Board Archive - October 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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plh happy all hallows eve to you all
Lyly hi.
brynn hey you. i'm missing your conversation. i also made a new blog. it's pretty quiet in there at the moment.. maybe it will stay that way.
Rocker oh my...
wailfulrhyme err... comments, actually. i haven't been keeping up with my online persona lately.
wailfulrhyme miss chatting with ya. hope you're swell. thanks for the recent comment, it made me all fuzzy inside. i shall return the favor soon.
Persecution Smith HEY JFZ This hurricane gonna hit ya?? keep us informed
J f Z Hygelic!!! OMG. Yeah. It's called Red Vs Blue, now. Someone did it. Heh. Oh! You mean, those Doom levels we used to make! Hah!
hygelic Oh, and did you ever conceive a movie being made out of the drunken multiplayer shit we used to do almost 10 years ago?
hygelic Can you call me? Send me an email with your number. I'll send you something you can put your weed into. cmical@yahoo.com
plh ...keep your fingers crossed it turns back out into the alantic
plh parents in boynton beach are all set for new hurricane - metal shutters are up and laid in supplies - when on the phone w/them yesterday thay said that the lake behind them is already flooded...
gwashington U ROK...and TAG ur IT !!!!
plh good day to you!!!
Brandon Starr Is it time to duck and cover again from Wilma, JfZ?
Sevencrows Murble really is such a great word.
J f Z I like your stuff, Dr. God.
Cory Mmmm, activism.
Dr. God I write things without explainations so that readers can make their own assumptions. I'm glad you did. However you interpret it is fine with me, I just figured that I'd give you the backround. =)
HotRod Hey buddy how ya been? nice entry lol love the picture
Ladydin Oh Hey... Thks for ur visit. Love ur blog too... very cool. esp the thunderstorm.
Dr. God I didn't mean online, John. And you're not fugly; you were extraordinarily hot in front of that art gallery...from what I remember.
wailfulrhyme happy... tuesday coming up.
burky_t hey man been a while. comics on sundays. still lookin good tho
CM howdy
Jude *stares down 'sexyman'* ...what a putz. *kicks his tag under the carpet; turns to JfZ, grins lasciviously* ...now THERE's sexy!
plh hahaha finger food hahaha - and i miss 'southern comfort' on a cold winters night - a halfpint kept warmed in an inside coat pocket - also bring on the shrimp!!! i love them w/lots of drawn butter
J f Z Werd, Dennis. Come visit us this winter.
dennis The living pieces of a neighbor "boy" came home - six bullets turned a "hunk" into "junk" (ask HIM!) He is brave! A real "hero" in a coward's war! How can this be allowed - by US? WHO ARE WE?
plh TGIF
J f Z Why is it lame? Not L33T enuff 4 U, Mr. dogballs with no URL?
sexyman this site is lame!!!!!
sexyman wat up?
Kristi/Unknown Peek a boo! It's me the unknown Kristi
Christina Thanks JfZ ... glad you liked it. *smiles*
jude *enters doing the backstroke, licks JfZ, swims off stage right*
CM Thanks
KenSCA Hi There Jfz
arsenal Just passing through - interesting blog. Will be back!
badruddin nice blog. i like it!
J f Z I just put God in the poll because I think God should get some of the blame since he gets all the credit for when things go well. Heh.


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




Thursday, October 27, 2005
Tribal Teen




So, my fellow MENSA members, here's the story of how I totally forgot to pay my electric bill this past week because I was freaking out about hurricane Wilma quite a bit.

After several sleepless nights, scurrying around with my neighbors, I finally went to sleep.  But, in my normal vampiric fashion, I finally went to sleep at around 8am and when I woke up a few hours later, I had no idea what time it was, other than it was still daytime.  I was totally uncomfortable and I had this nagging feeling.  I woke up without morning wood and in a bad mood.

I wiped the crusty eye-poop from one of my eyes and used that one cleaned eye to stare at my ceiling fan like Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now slow motion.  I noticed immediately that I had soaked my pillow thoroughly with perspiration, but this wasn't Saigon.  And, there were no helicopter noises.  As a matter of waking surrealism, my ceiling fan wasn't moving at all.

What's wrong with my ceiling fan?  It's always spinning around, always.  It's never not spinning.  It should be spinning around, right now.

Ding ding ding! The one-eyed realization hit me. I cursed at myself, "you asshole, you forgot to pay the electric bill and now they've found the time to disconnect you from the planet."

My gaze travelled from the motionless ceiling fan -- which I never realized was so incredibly filthy before this point in time -- down to the three dead, lifeless and blank computer monitors across the room.  How hollow they looked in the bright sunlight streaming in from the window.

I thought to myself, "this unfortunate event may just throw my morning routine (a relative term) off quite a bit."  Hurricane Wilma didn't take out my power, but my absent-mindedness just had.  I squinted at my lifeless coffee machine as if I was expecting it to be alive somehow.

Out of habit, I limped across the room toward the coffee maker, anyway.  I poured myself a left-over cup of cold coffee, took a swig, and shuddered at its cold and bitter taste.  I took another nasty sip in the hopes that it might clear the cobwebs from my mind, so I could remedy this dire situation.

Eventually, I had my power restored that day.  (An Aside: Obviously, you fracking geniuses, because I am blogging here again, right?)

The aftermath of my stupidity was that I lost all the unsaved files on the computers when the power was unceremoniously cut off.  I had to re-write my Rosa Parks entry from scratch.  If you can count, you might notice that there are about two dozen links in it.  Do you think that I put those links in my entries for the hell of it?  No, I put them in there for you to read and learn more, if you so desire.

The other thing was that I had to log into all my various accounts again: blogdrive, plastic, yahoo, et al.  That was a bit scary.  I use different user IDs and passwords for stuff.  I signed up for the Supreme Court of the United States newsletter with a Martha Stewart domain email address, for gods sakes.

So what's with that photo above?  I happen to find it when I logged on to Flickr.  It's a Flickr-freak.  I can't honestly tell if it's male or female.  It looks a bit androgenous, like Pat, from Saturday Night Live to me.

The other intriguing thing to me is that his/her ears, eyes, teeth and god knows what else are in modification mode.  It's just odd.  This poor kid, male or female, is surely beat up at school on a regular basis.

And, this is how I felt about myself the other day, drinking left-over cold coffee.  I saw this image in my bathroom mirror.






[Headphones] :: Stabuhbeetle (live) - The Vidrines




Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Rosa Parks 1913-2005


This is my favorite photo of Rosa Parks - resolute and defiant
The nation is mourning the passing of Rosa Lee Parks, the matriarch of the civil rights movement, who died Monday in Detroit.  Nearly 50 years ago, Rosa Park's simple act of civil disobedience against Alabama's racial segregation laws sparked more activism and galvanized other black Americans to join the movement.  Rosa Parks was arrested in 1955 for not giving up her bus seat to a white man.  Her quiet dignity, yet resolute conviction to end the racial segregation (aka Alabama apartheid) of that time in United States history launched the Montgomery Bus Boycott that lasted for over one year.  The civil rights movement was launched by Rosa Parks and then led by other activists with whom all are now familiar, like Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.  The Supreme Court of the United States may have officially and legally ended segregation, but in reality many black families migrated to northern cities for better paying jobs in the wake of the racial tensions of the times.

Check out these books for more about Rosa Parks: And if you don't like to read, but do like to lay on your couch and watch a DVD on your TV, check out these DVDs about Rosa Parks, MLK, and Malcolm X: It's vital that Americans not only remember the heroes of the civil rights movement, but also learn from them for the issues that face us today.  The Rosa Parks Memorial site expresses this eloquently:
We as Americans and civil people are priveleged to have had a person as fine as Mrs. Parks willing to spark change in our country.  Her memories will live on and teach our youth that even today we still need to embrace our civil rights as people and Americans.  Today we celebrate the life of one of America's most important women.
The following are the locations and times of upcoming Rosa Park memorials:

ALABAMA: Viewing Saturday from 3 p.m. until midnight at St. Paul AME Church, 706 E. Patton Ave., Montgomery, Ala. Public memorial from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul.

WASHINGTON: Viewing Sunday from 6 p.m. until midnight in the rotunda at the Lincoln Memorial.  A public memorial from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at Metropolitan AME Church in Washington.

DETROIT: Viewing from 9 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Wednesday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren.  The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Greater Grace Temple, 23500 W. Seven Mile, in Detroit.  Internment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Woodward near 8 Mile, Detroit.







[Headphones] :: Staring At The Sun Behind Closed Eyes - Aenonima




Monday, October 24, 2005
Hurricane Wilma Whacks South Florida



Hurricane Wilma whacked south Florida.  Screaming in from her long weekend in Cancun, Wilma raced across the Florida penninsula from the Gulf to the Atlantic communities in just 4-5 hours.  South Florida is the most populated region of Florida, so her drive-by destruction was felt by millions of people, despite her comparatively short time playing God's lawn mower.

Hurricane Wilma slammed into the SW Gulf coast of Florida in hurricane Charley fashion, but near Naples this time.  I'm reminded that Florida has seen 8 hurricanes making landfall in the last 14 months, and everyone is fatigued from it.

Emergency preparedness, rescue, recovery and damage mitigation are becoming all too common for the local and state officials and organizations.  Practice makes perfect -- but each hurricane affects each community uniquely.

Check last year's hurricane Charley images to see how that storm flattened Punta Gorda and ate trailer parks.  Besides Charley, Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne made me hunker down (drink Melicious!) or evacuate.  Luckily for me, hurricane Wilma tracked well south of central Florida.  My area had tornado warnings, but I didn't get any damage.

Also, for those so thoughtful to check in on me, here -- Melicious IMed me to report that she and her family are doing fine, but power was off and on.  No word about her parents in Naples, yet.  Though, we all wish them safety and good health.

The power is out for about 6 million people in the storm's path.  Insured loss estimates range from 2-10 billion dollars.  Double that amount for the true cost of Hurricane Wilma -- because it should be a matter of common knowledge that like the U.S. healthcare industry -- about half of the people can't afford insurance premiums and are totally uninsured for catastrophic events -- whether from illness or mother nature.

[snark] I'm sure that some people should just be relieved that I've been so preoccupied with natural disasters lately, I don't have time to focus on the gross ineptitudes of the current Bush administration and its domestic and foreign policies.

I use the adjective "current" in hopeful expectation of a Nixonesque deconstruction of this BushWorld regime -- hopefully culiminating in federal indictments, presidential impeachment, 2006 elections going bonkers, and some awakening of the apathetic slackers against political corruption.

On the other hand, Florida governor Jeb Bush seems to be a capable leader in a crisis.  Not only does Jeb speak fairly fluent Spanish, but also he doesn't have to pronouce English words over three syllables in length slowly and phonetically while on camera. [/snark]

For the geographically challenged, match up my image above with the websites below for more helpful information for your friends and families in these South Florida counties affected by hurricane Wilma:
  1. Charlotte County :: Port Charlotte
  2. Glades county :: Palmdale
  3. Martin county  :: Stuart
  4. Lee county :: Cape Coral / Fort Myers
  5. Hendry county :: Clewiston
  6. Palm Beach county :: Palm Beach
  7. Collier county :: Naples
  8. Broward county :: Fort Lauderdale
  9. Monroe county :: Key West
  10. Miami-Dade county :: Miami
I hope the links above lead you or your loved ones to information that can assist your friends and family.  While Florida residents are fairly practiced at dealing with hurricanes, lately, it's still traumatic if one's residence is destroyed.

One unreported, but helpful resource I found today was "Operation Blue Roof," sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Check their site or call 1-888-766-3258 for more information about getting free tarps for damaged roofs.






[Headphones] :: Crazy - Aenonima




Saturday, October 22, 2005
Wilma Went Wild in Cancun


Buy a print of this painting

Cancun is the premiere tourist destination in Mexico.  Category 4 Hurricane Wilma carved an uncozy path straight through the nearby island of Cozumel -- then she hit Hotel Row in Cancun's barrier islands.

Here are some really cool promotional 360 views of a few Cancun hotels:

Sadly, the beautiful views above may now be characterized as "Before Wilma" views.  Hurricane Wilma lingered over the Yucatan for over 36 hours and thousands of international tourists are stranded in emergency shelters inland.

According to official sources in Mexico, over 22,000 people are sheltered in 100 emergency facilities in Quintana Roo and Yucatan.  Nearly one million people are affected locally by the storm damage.

The Mexican Red Cross is assisting people in the storm-ravaged area, but clearly they need international support in the wake of their relief efforts because of Hurricane Stan.







[Headphones] :: Mexican Radio - Authority Zero




 
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