John Furie Zacharias
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Thunderstorms Anywhere

Thunderstorms in the Imajica

 The different ways I don't like you 
 in a list that may never become organized
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Tuesday, December 30, 2003
Adult Swim

Aeon animated most guys

I have to admit to watching Cartoon Network's
Adult Swim just about every night it is on.  Here's the thing ... at 11:00pm, I could watch my local TV news, or Futurama.  Rather than laughing at the cheesy news anchor trying to make a story about parking at the mall during the holiday season seem important, I'd just rather laugh at Fry, Leela and Bender.  So, as Bender would say, "If you don't like it, you can bite my shiny metal ass".

At 11:30, if Jay Leno and David Letterman are not very fresh, I just continue watching Adult Swim.  The current line-up has Family Guy after Futurama.  Family Guy is more hilarious than either Jay or Dave's monologues anyway.  I have nearly fallen out of bed and re-broken my knee listening to Brian (the dog) or Stewie make their sarcastic or demanding comments.

At midnight, Adult Swim currently shows anime.  I personally don't like Inuyasha or Big-O, so I tend to surf back to the official talking heads of late night like Jay, Dave, or Conan.  Then I wait.

At 1:00am, one of my favorites comes on, Cowboy Bebop.  I think this cartoon is very cool, because it takes place in space, in the future, and it's light-hearted.  Unlike Inuyasha and Big-O though, I can actually follow the storyline.

After Cowboy Bebop, a more serious anime comes on -- Reign: The Conqueror.  Just watching Reign, you can tell it was created by the same guy (Peter Chung) that created one of my all-time favorites, Aeon Flux.  It's serious, it's weird, and it tells a good story.  The artwork is friggin' awesome.

Don't forget to check out the New Year's Eve Party at the Brak show.  Do you ever watch Adult Swim?  What's your favorite cartoon?

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Saturday, December 27, 2003
Sucks to live in China

You could get fucked by the PROC guvmint

Let's see ... there's the communism thing. 

Then there's the fact that you probably have the same name as one hundred thousand other people in your country.

Standing in front of military tanks in Tianamen Square has been done.

But, reading this headline from the AP news really caught my eye:
Mass-orgy leads to jail for life

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Thursday, December 25, 2003
We have ways of making you understand

With love, to my favorite Hillsborough County Sheriff's Deputy

I found a nifty little thing to add to the web warez list.  It's a user-defined glossary of terms.  Yup.  You see, there has been some confusion around here lately and I found a way to clear things up.

For example, what do you think of when you hear or read the following words:

Porn Star

Welp, those are words that describe people.  And no, they're not the latest racial slurs or anything ... except maybe Saltine, which I have been called before. They're just frickin' slang.  So now when I find myself using an archaic or slang term, I can point you to the newly created Thunderstorms in the Imajica glossary.

We get to play with a  new web warez toy for a new year.  If you have some terms you'd like added to the glossary, use the comment function below.  Have some fun.  But remember, you'll have to look up regular words like perseverate in the regular dictionary, just like I did once.

Oh, and Merry Frickin' Christmas.

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Monday, December 22, 2003
Dances with Stumps goes brown

That's a suicidally orange wife beater he's wearing

Congratulations to Dances with Stumps for passing his Brown Belt in Karate.  That's pretty impressive.

Then again, I think I'm pretty impressed with anyone that can ambulate without artificial assistance at this point.  Will my own knee be
stronger, faster and better with 2 metal plates and 6 screws in my leg?

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Wednesday, December 17, 2003
I am a meat popsicle

All-you-can-eat Donner BBQ, if you don't mind picking metal staples out of your teeth

It's actually true what some of you already have been thinking about me.  As Bruce Willis says in The 5th Element, "I am a meat popsicle".

This is my first blog entry since before Thanksgiving last month.  Disregard any date/time info on the blog entries until the middle of the month.  I'm going to play catch-up for a little while.  It's only been a day or two since I could take sitting in front of the PC for any length of time.  I just got back from a doctor's appointment today (17th) where the nurse unceremoniously yanked out the happy little metal staples in my leg.  I counted just about forty of them. 

Then the doc checked out my slab of meat, or leg, if you prefer, and put in two little stitches where he had cut a drainage hole that hadn't stopped bleeding after two weeks.  He told me that since I was such a smart ass all of the time, I could wait a week or so and cut out my own stitches, if I wanted.  I had to fill out an update form this morning, which I thought was silly since I had just been in his office only six days ago.  So, to answer his question of "Has anything changed since your last visit?", I replied, "I've shaved" to see if he actually reads his own little forms.

The surgeon, Dr. Mitchell, really has been pretty cool with me about this whole deal, though.  He described the condition of my leg and knee after the surgery as "trying to prop back up a crushed bag of saltine crackers". 

He knows I don't have any frickin' medical insurance, so he's been letting me take a few short cuts along the way.  He discharged me out of the hospital after surgery a day earlier than normal.  He hasn't padded my experience with any extra, unnecessary procedures or appointments.  He showed me some exercises that I'd have paid a physical therapist to instruct me on, and so forth.

While I'm not supposed to put any weight on the knee or leg whatsoever for many weeks to come, I am now allowed to get vertical, sit in a chair or bounce around the house using my happy, happy walker.  It's a cool collapsible walker that I bought for my mom's hip rehab almost two years ago.  It folds up and can be tossed in the back of the truck.  I even zip-tied a handy-dandy white rubbermaid container to the front of it so I can easily take stuff with me as I hobble about aimlessly around the house. 

I was hoping the doctor would give me a little bell or squeeze horn I could attach to my walker today, but he was fresh out.  I would have settled for a pair of cute little sparkling handlebar tassles, but I think you need major medical insurance for those kinds of amenities.

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