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Friday, December 23, 2005
Web Litter goes Industrial Purple

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A few people have asked me what I have been doing lately since I haven't posted a new entry here for over a week.  Well, I decided to remodel the Web Litter blog and start writing articles for it. That blog will have some tutorials, or how-to entries for basic HTML and graphics.  I'll also spotlight some attention on various software, and also what I call webware, as I test it.

Some of the tutorials will be very basic, but other topics will be specific for blogdrivers and webmasters, and will require some intermediate computer knowledge.  Over the last year, I've been asked by a number of people to help them with their computer problems and found that these people have a huge range of experience or lack of it.

I'm not claiming to be some guru -- but I do know what I know -- and I'm tired of repeating myself.  So, if I simply write some of this stuff down, I can reference it when I temporarily forget, and I can point people to the Web Litter site for help or instruction, eventually.

In addition, the Web Litter site is "my digital coloring book and where I test my ideas," as I warn people on the Welcome page.  A while ago, I modified the original Blogdrive Tremor template, or theme, used here on Thunderstorms, to Industrial Red. Here is a screen shot of red.  While the Industrial Purple look may not be your cup of Jim Jone's grape Kool-aide for your own blog, you just might figure out how to change your blog by reading my tutorial.

This past week though, I decided to make a slight modification to Industrial Red, since I already had made a blue version when I first made the original red one.  So, I made Industrial Purple to motivate me to start organizing the blogspace and write some content for it.  Eventually, I'll pre-package the graphic and CSS files into a downloadable zip file with instructions.

While much of the content on Web Litter right now is only in outline form, because I'm testing out the idea of a nonchronologically-based, topical and menu-driven blog, I did write a few other things.  I wrote up a quick, one page tutorial on changing graphics and CSS layout pages on Blogdrive using basic software like Microsoft Notepad and Paint.  In addition to the theme change post, I did write up an FAQ and an article about freelancing work.  So, do me a favor -- read those posts and point out my grammatical mistakes.

Brilliant Weeds
I realize with the Patriot Act reauthorization and NSA wiretapping in the news, some of you may be craving some political satire from me right about now.  Never fear.  C-Span is continually on my TV while I work like a Pixel Monkey. Read "Marry me, you gap-toothed freak," if you need a quick fix.

Also, if you are a fellow Blogdriver, check out the new home poll.  I helped with that, recently.  It's called Men at Work.  Go cast your vote!  You're liberated now.  We've given you freedom because we know you'll set the example for other bloggers.  You can be a shining beacon of democracy for the broader blogosphere.  Blue-stained fingers not included.

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

Thursday, December 08, 2005
BushWorld Holiday Cheer

Just in time for the holiday season, award-winning graphics design outfit, Plinko, brings us the Baby Bush Toys website.

If you have a resoundingly average child, take a quick look at the Baby Bush Toys products page for such unconfounding playthings as the Twisty Thing that is Red, Portable Playground, Circle of Liberty Puzzle, Red Ball Counter, Goodnight Moon, Freedom Dinger, and the Smasher Breaker.

Other Baby Bush Toys include the Terror Alert Xylophone (left) and the Lil' Looming Disaster Pillow which is the featured Baby Bush Toy.  According to Plinko, this bright and charming pillow ensures that your child never forgets that the world is full of bad people plotting evil deeds.

As we all know, U.S. President George Bush is currently out and about this holiday season making appearances and giving speeches for his Murtha-induced Plan for Victory campaign.  Despite the Democrusader's extremely busy propaganda schedule, he was able to take time out to participate in the filiming of the White House produced holiday video called "A Very Barney Christmas."

It's a 10-minute short film [.ASX] in which one presidential pet, Barney, gets miffed about his falling popularity poll numbers and is jealous that the other presidential pet, Beazley, is the talk of the town.  Talk about weird, tongue-in-cheek irony.  Go watch it, though.  It's kinda creepy with all the people in the White House trying to act and say their lines.

In other Terror Alert Xylophone news, a team with the Federal Air Marshall Service (FAMS) shot and killed an apparently mentally ill man on an American Airlines flight at Miami International Airport.  Who or what is FAMS?  Well, if you need help remembering the Bushworld reorganization and multi-trillion-dollar bloating of the U.S. federal government, just remember the Old Testament.  Dubya beget the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) who beget the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) who recently beget the Federal Air Marshall Service (FAMS).

Despite loud assertions from all levels of government bureaucracy that the Marshalls acted as they were trained and we should all feel good about that, Rigoberto Alpizar was nonetheless tragically gunned down within earshot of his wife.  The Alpizar's were returning from a Christian mission in South America and were taking the short second-leg flight from Miami to Orlando and their home in Maitland, Florida.

Apparently, it is now government policy to show incompetence on a monthly basis.  Did Rigoberto Alpizar have to be killed?  I don't know.  You couldn't pay me enough money to be a law enforcement officer in any agency.  I'd likely kill you just because you are ugly.  I have to defer judgement to the officers making those split-second decisions on the scene.

But have you taken a look at Department of Homeland Security secretary, Michael Chertoff, lately?  This poor bastard has only had this job for less than a year, but he looks like he wakes up in the morning, throws up from anxiety before his first cup of coffee and forgets to shave.

You would be stressed out, if you were in charge of Homeland Security, which:
  • the 911 Commission just recently gave failing grades, in all areas.
  • and, in charge of TSA whose FAMS agents just shot and killed a man.
  • and, in charge of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which is a joke.
  • and, let's not forget FEMA and the Hurricane Katrina debacle.
Yeah, if I was Michael Chertoff, I'd definitely be puking up my gingerbread cookies and egg nog every morning, too.  But, in happier holiday news, the Defense Department has said they believe Osama bin Laden is still alive and well, and living in Waziristan, the mountainous tribal area between Afghanistan and Pakistan.  So, that's something.  Military Intelligence catches up with the media.


[Headphones] :: Bush and Brando Debate - JfZ

Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Digi-Chix v04: A Woman Named Peace

Welcome to Digi-Chix in the Imajica!  This is my ongoing tribute to fascinating women that I randomly find on the digital planet and wish to highlight for you.

Check out these previous Digi-Chix entries:

v01 - Pixel Chicks

v02 - Writing with 'tude

v03 - Vixen Voices

Digi-Chix v04: A Woman Named Peace

Shown above is Paz Trigo Campos, aka Paz Vega. Paz Vega was born in Seville, Spain in 1976. As a teenager, she decided to become an actress and pursued her dream after moving to Madrid. A well-known actress in Spain these days, she hit the Hollywood scene in the U.S. in December 2004 with a supporting role in the romantic comedy "Spanglish" with Adam Sandler.

I just saw the movie "Spanglish" this past weekend on cable television. I won't bore you with the personal reasons why this movie touched me, but suffice it to say that watching this film was the impetus for me highlighting Paz Vega.

"I'm not the new Penelope Cruz. I'm Paz Vega. There's only one Penelope and she's marvelous." -Paz Vega.

After seeing Paz Vega, I only have one question, "Who's Penelope Cruz?"
Since I posted such a large photo of Paz Vega here, I'm just going to leave you with my Paz Vega links for you to explore:

Extensive Biography @Full Latin

Filmography @IMDb

"Spanglish" movie reviews @Rotten Tomatoes

"Spanglish" movie trailers [broadband] [modem]

Other videos online @Yahoo

More Paz Vega images: @Google @Yahoo @MSN


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

Sunday, December 04, 2005
Horny Cat Holiday Cheer

Since I just posted a photo of the Mini-Manx kitty, I thought I should also put a link to a photo of my cat, Skiddy, so she doesn't get jealous and poop in my shoe.

Even more so, since we're on the feline topic, here's a recent photo of Sonic (above) sent to me by Melicious.  Sonic is getting some holiday cheer in his own special way.

Anyway, I'm glad I don't have to pick up that sticky stuffed animal after Sonic is done being a stuffed animal sexual offender.  Melicious has to wash it, not me.  It puts a whole new meaning to the phrase, "Let me be your fuck-toy."

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

Friday, December 02, 2005
Baby Kitty Holiday Cheer

I haven't been blogging for a little bit because I've been helping a friend move from one this-old-house to another that-old-house.  Besides the physical transportation of a decade's worth of stuff from one domicile to another, the old place can not be abandoned like a stinky pair of old tennis shoes, as the old home has become a rental.

I have spent the last few weeks helping my friend with a bit of remodelling and maintenance on both homes, as belongings are moved.  Painting a room or rewiring electrical outlets (etc) before you put your stuff inside of it is easier than painting the ceiling after all your happy stuff is moved into the room, right?

The little kitty (above) is a Manx, with no tail.  It's the last kitten of a recent litter my friend's cat had about a month ago.  It was the Momma Manx cat's first litter.  The kittens came at a very inopportune time.

An older couple finally took one kitten, however.  Then "Magic" Dave took three kittens after a night of heavy drinking.  Ask me in chat about Dave -- he knows how to levitate, apparently.  That just leaves this little pooper-stinker under foot.

I thank all of you wishing me a happy Thanksgiving on my Tag Board.  I gave my thanks by helping my friend who was not only doing her best to move, but also help out her other friend who was very suddenly diagnosed with stage-4 cancer.  We all are doing our best to make life carefree for her friend, accomodate her friend's family, and keep her sick best friend in our thoughts and prayers.

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

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