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Saturday, November 05, 2005
NEV spotlight - Currie I-Zip Chopper Electric Bike


Some of you regular, longtime readers of Thunderstorms in the Imajica know that I occasionally do my own amateur research on environmental issues here.  And when I find interesting resources, like a UN global sustainability report or a cool website, I blog about those things.  One of my personal interests that I have mainly kept to myself only as a collection of browser bookmarks until now is the emerging industry of neighborhood electric vehicles, or NEVs.  While I may have mentioned the term NEV in passing, I decided I would take my research on NEVs and broaden the scope to include other non-petroleum guzzling vehicles, spotlight vehicles you can use today in your everyday life, and start a discussion topic on the future of personal transportation.


Look for a link to a main menu page [here] in the future that will list some of the spotlighted products available and related entries.  No sense in making a menu page of links yet, until I have compiled a few entries to read on this subject.




Currie I-Zip Chopper Electric Bike - $ 529.95



Description:


The I-Zip Electric Bicycle by Currie Tech is the low riding fatboy mini-chopper that everybody's been talking about.  It's not only real cool looking, but the I-Zip electric chopper is real transportation.  It can be ridden as a standard bicycle or simply twist the throttle for a burst of electric power whenever needed. The I-Zip Electric Chopper combines the power of a 450 watt motor with your pedal power to propel you farther and faster than ever.  You'll travel up to 25 miles on a single charge, at speeds of up to 18 mph.  The I-Zip Chopper is street legal in all 50 states!  Currie products are well known for their style, quality and reliability, so you can be sure that your I-Zip electric chopper is a sturdy, long-lasting item.



Specifications:
  • Speed: 18 mph
  • Range: 15 - 25 miles
  • Motor: 450W "Earth-Magnet" Electro Drive, 24-volt DC motor and electronic pulse-width modulated (PWM) controller that includes low voltage battery protection, motor overheat protection, peak amperage protection, stall protection, maximum speed protection, brake inhibit, and is fully sealed (dust and weather resistant).
  • Frame: New 24" x 20" chopper design. 24" double crown chrome chopper fork. Heavy duty drag handlebars with Krayton grips.
  • Currie Electro Drive System: Patented Electro Drive all weather direct chain drive with built-in freewheeling, bolt-on mounting plate, motor and speed specific gearing. Half twist variable speed throttle.
  • Battery: 24V (dual 12V), 12-amp hour sealed recyclable lead acid batteries in a removable V-Twin battery pack.
  • Charge Time: 5 - 6 hours.
  • Brakes: Alloy linear-pull braking.
  • Dimensions: Length 54", Height 42".
  • Weight: 90 lbs.
  • Carrying Capacity: 200 lbs.
  • Rims: Alloy 20" rear, 24" front on F-14G rustless spoke wheels.
  • Tires & Tubes: 20" x 4.25" black street, rear. 24" x 2.125" front.
  • Warranty: 6 month manufacturer's warranty.

Standard Features:
  • Smart battery charger (2 amp).
  • CPSC certified safety reflectors (front & rear).
  • On/off toggle switch ignition.
  • 20" center mounted kickstand.

Additional Info:
  • Speed and range specs are maximum ratings under ideal conditions, i.e. light weight rider (relative to carrying capacity), good terrain (solid, flat, smooth & dry), etc. Less than ideal conditions will reduce speed, range and climbing ability. These characteristics also vary depending upon the amount of pedal assist from the rider.






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



Friday, November 04, 2005
Bush World and the Bible Belt Bust


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When the Democrusader's administration wanted to use the still-smoldering victims of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks as a public and congressional catalyst for invading Iraq, the vice president's men in the Office of Special Plans (OSP) sold the lies of Iraq's connection to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda and reactivation of Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction program.  Most of the U.S. public was caught up in a desire for justice, and even revenge, but Bush World wanted to add a dash of fear to the public attitude with public comments about mushroom clouds over Cleveland.  However, the congress had classified information that the public did not have at that time, but still voted to go to war.  The current cover story is that the CIA gave faulty intelligence to the White House.  DCI George Tenet resigned and the entire intelligence community has been reorganized under the umbrella of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) as directed by the Bush administration.

When Cheney's OSP stovepiped intelligence to fix the facts to invade Iraq in the first place, it's a sad irony that they can blame the CIA and the intelligence community when their grand agenda for Iraq isn't the cakewalk that people like Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney told everyone it would be.

Most of the Democrusader's political opponents now say they were fed lies by the administration, and yet still do not have the backbone to say that they wouldn't have voted to go to war if they knew then what they know now.  How then, can any such congressional Democrat claim any more integrity than the congressional Republicans?  GOP lackeys can at least claim they are being loyal to their party for their ridiculously ass-covering stances.

One exception to this lame political position is voiced by Tennessee congressman Harold Ford -- who recently admitted in a candor that politicians rarely possess during an MSNBC's Imus in the Morning show interview -- that his vote to authorize war in Iraq was a mistake.  Whether you agree or disagree that Iraq is a mistaken war of choice and folly, you must acknowledge that a politician showing some common sense integrity, like Ford, should be worthy of some note and praise.

Meanwhile, the Bush World propaganda machine still runs at full speed.  I didn't blog specifically and singularly about the indictment [PDF] of the vice president's chief of staff, Scooter Libby, because it really doesn't seem like news to me.  He was indicted for lying to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DoJ) special prosecutor's grand jury.

Other than Libby taking the fall for the Bush administration and covering up for the OSP, how is that news?  The public is supposed to be shocked that the Bush administration lied (again) or lied again to cover up another lie?  I just don't get how that is news from the last five years of the Democrusader's administration -- or will be news during the next excrutiatingly long three years left before Bush and his cronies finally go away -- to Crawford and other places of obscurity in the history of things.  The Libby indictment does highlight how the administration deals with opposition voices to the Bush World plan for Iraq.


When the Democrusader and his cronies want to put their jackboots on your head, you need only realize how Valerie Plame and Ambassador Joe Wilson are living with 24/7 security personnel in fear of their safety, nowadays.  If you embarass the White House, be prepared for a shit storm that might come at you from any and all angles.  If you can't personalize or have empathy for people in the news, like Plame and Wilson, please note the case of the 27-year-old webmaster, Chris Wilson.

After I blogged that Wilson's "Porn for War Pix" forum had stirred little controversy, he and his site then got too much embarassing attention for the likes of the pro-war faithful who like to maintain the image and message of the Iraq war now as simply as "The nice Americans came to liberate Iraq from evil Saddam Hussein."  Stay the course, because George Bush is Santa Claus.

Chris Wilson, an ex-police officer, decided to allow military service personnel access to the members-only forum areas on his amateur adult website if they sent in photographs taken in the warzones of Iraq or Afghanistan.  The reason for this policy is that his web site, "NowThatsFuckedUp.com," and its content is user-supported, but soldiers and marines wishing to access the site in those theaters of conflict had nothing pornographic to upload.  It's very similar to the old school BBS file transfer policies in which a user uploads images and then has access to download images.

What did Chris Wilson get for his generosity to the troops?

Once the media got hold of the actual photos military service personnel had taken of dead enemy combatants in Iraq, some treated it as if it were some Abu Ghraib redux, with the added story sex appeal of the porn site's involvement.  [AP / Reuters] While I blogged about it here with the attitude of appreciation of the first amendment and truth-telling, someone in the Bush administration obviously made a call to the Florida state attorney's office of the president's brother, Jeb Bush, to shut down this photographic truth of war.

On October 8th, Polk county deputies arrested Chris Wilson in Lakeland and charged him with 300 misdemeanor counts of obscenity and one felony count.  His bond was set at over $100,000 and he sat in jail until his parents could put up their house to make his bail.  If Tom Delay can claim his indictment in Texas is politically-motivated, then Chris Wilson's arrest in Florida certainly is politically-motivated.

It's no coincidence that out of the thousands of porn sites managed from or operated directly in Florida, that Chris Wilson was arrested only after the media spotlight was shown upon him and the media fallout embarrassed the Bush World cronies.  Now, let's see which Florida state and local cronie starts lying in depositions as to who told him to persue Chris Wilson in the first place.

In the meantime, you can go to FreeChris.org, and if you have the means, donate to Chris Wilson's legal defense fund with the simple patriotic motivation of keeping the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution's principle of free expression, free indeed.






[Headphones] :: Democrusader [Stream] [Download] - JfZ





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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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.







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