John Furie Zacharias
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Thunderstorms in the Imajica

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Friday, March 12, 2004
Fraggin' Friday: Q3A - Pain from Spain

Pain from Spain Munyul and Binaryshi have collaborated to create a large Q3A Free For All / Tourney level with Pain From Spain.  They suggest 4-16 players and they aren't kidding.  While the traffic flow is well planned and a central point of interest exists at the lava whirlpool, one could spend some time hunting down opponents in this large map
if too few players were present.  Did I say it was a large map?  Yes, yes it is. 

If you don't like the prospect of dying in hot lava, then watch where you're going.  This huge map is like running around an alien base carved into a mountain full of lava tubes, ramps and stairways.  It reminds me of the scenes in the movie, The Arrival, when Charlie Sheen was running around the underbelly of that alien-converted power station in Mexico. Everyone likes a tube ride

Hot lava whirlpool fun But there are plenty of weapons scattered around this map in the cool cave-like passages and in the rooms, hallways and stairways on some of the upper levels.  You can even get the BFG, if you can stay on the very narrow ramp that leads to a hovering platform in the very heart of the nifty lava whirlpool.

You know they really must have had fun creating and play-testing this map.  Look at this little ankle-biter I found laying around refusing to die.  Come back!  I can still fight!  If you want to have some big, hot-lava fun, download Pain from Spain and have a Fraggin' Friday. Ankle-biter looks like ...

more quake maps

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Wednesday, March 10, 2004
Daytona Beach Bike Week

When I was young, dumb and full of cUmera film In Daytona Beach, Florida, a week of thunder on two wheels (aka Bike Week) is finishing up with an emphasis on America's favorite obsession, breasts.  According to the Daytona Beach News Journal, Liz Book hoped to lead 1,000 "top-free" women and men along a half-mile of Main Street protesting the city's ordinance.  Ironically, if the nudity is part of a political protest, it is allowed.  Otherwise, on the beach or on the back of a Harley, it's a lewd act that carries a $253 fine.
Last year, 59 women were fined during Bike Week doing what Book considers part of the biker lifestyle for more than 50 years.

According to Daytona Beach police sargeant, Al Tolley, "The complexion of any protest can change, and it can turn into a lewd act in a heartbeat."  In a pre-emptive move, Book sued the city and mayor in federal court in Orlando, seeking a restraining order to prohibit police officers from arresting topless marchers.  U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell refused to grant the injunction because there wasn't time to hear from both sides.
Women recently have won the right to go top-free in parts of Maine, Vermont and in several provinces of Canada, said Morley Schloss, a retired school administrator who helped decriminalize women's bare breasts in New York in the late 1980s.  Perhaps some good first amendment attorney could argue that a biker chick flashing her breasts from the back of a Harley is considered an impromptu political protest.  Is this a cause with no support?

Read the article and commentary on Plastic.

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Tuesday, March 09, 2004
Eye Candy - Art for Engineers!

Time flies when you're havin' fun!

Shown is Keeping Time by Carolyn Weltman.  It's some of her new stuff on her site Art for Engineers.  According to her bio at Digital Salon:

Carolyn is a British-born, mixed media and digital artist and writer who now lives and works in New York city.  Her works, mostly erotica are drawn "from my heart".  She produces her drawings with paint, ball-point pen, whiteout, fingers, a trackball mouse and her computer and anything else that might do! (many of her "girls" wear real nail polish).  In 2003 Carolyn and her fabulous erotic art were featured on the cable TV channel, SexTV.

After checking out Art for Engineers, she seems a bit more interesting than that.  The new stuff is really cool, I enjoyed it all.  The Naughty Girls were very good, and The Muses reminds me of the BDSM art that Clive Barker creates but a much happier and more playful vision of it!

Besides beautiful graphic art, Carolyn Weltman has composed her online gallery with story and commentary.  In addition, she has displayed some of her work as illustrations to her poetry as is the case with Spending Time in Dreams.  It reminds of M by Melicious.  It's all very good.

So, if you need a lift, check out the candy at Art for Engineers.

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Monday, March 08, 2004
Who are you?

I think I smell an online ID  On-Line registrations and so-called privacy policies ... friggin' annoying!  I had to register on Martha Stewart's web site the other night just to browse through the bulletin boards for the Martha, Martha, Martha blog entry.  But, I've decided to have some fun with this annoying privacy invasion, and you can too.

If you want to go to and it asks you to sign in - use the email address I supplied: (or the user id: jfz) and the password: imajica. Then, go to the bulletin board section and find a good recipe for some yummy cookies and bake me some.  If you use this user ID/PWD, just leave the personal profile alone as I do get a kick that they may be sending spam to an email address in their own domain.  And, I like living at 1313 Mockingbird Lane.  (TV trivia ... anyone? Anyone?) Then again, if you do, know that one NY judge thinks you may be committing a crime.

But it does seem you have to register to use many, many web sites these days.  So, you either have to create your own real or fake personal profiles and remember them or you can just check out Bug Me Not.  Bug Me Not has user IDs and PWDs for you to use.  I regularly use the eatme123 ID at the New York Times newspaper, just because I seem to remember it when I go there.

I think I'm going to use the jfz/imajica combo on a few thousand web sites and see if the Department of Homeland Security pays me a visit for simultaneously searching the CIA docs and looking up good cookie recipes while reading how bomb dogs may detect the RDX vapor in the plastic exposive Semtex and downloading porn.


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Sunday, March 07, 2004
Big Brother

Like sheep we go That's the Big Brother award.  This last year it was given to a store.

Everyone has seen Radio Frequency ID (RFID) in use whether they realize it or not.  You may be more familiar with RFID tags in goods, like clothing, to prevent theft.  Along with RFID tag on the item, you've seen the readers that you pass through at the entrances and exits of a store that will alarm if the RFID tag is not first de-activiated.  But RFID is much more than a nice way to prevent theft.  The RFID tag is actually a tiny processor connected to the more visible and familiar coil antenna.  RFID is the Big Brother UPC of the future.


I think there will come a time
that you will pass through the entrance of a store, the RFID tags
in the plastic cards and currency in your wallet will be read, and that store's marketing computer network will know everything there is to know about you before you say hello to the first pimple-faced clerk.

In 1997, ExxonMobil developed the wireless payment application known as Speedpass. Since then, six million consumers have utilized the payment option at 7,500 Speedpass-enabled locations.  Speedpass uses RFID.  Seems pretty HFD. But the price of the RFID tag is getting cheaper and they are getting smaller and smaller, too.  We found one in the damn box of One-a-day Vitamins purchased at Wal-Mart.

Stop RFID What can the RFIDs do?  Unlike UPCs that have to be scanned, the RFIDs can be read remotely, like the Speedpass or walking through the reader.  The RFID chips are microscopic, the tag's antenna can be paper-thin, and they can cost as little as 1-3 cents to produce now.  So, guess what?  That means they can affordably be put in anything. According to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) section on RFID:

The European Central Bank is moving forward with plans to embed RFID tags as thin as a human hair into the fibers of Euro bank notes by 2005, in spite of consumer protests. The tags would allow currency to record information about each transaction in which it is passed. Governments and law enforcement agencies hail the technology as a means of preventing money-laundering, black-market transactions, and even bribery demands for unmarked bills. However, consumers fear that the technology will eliminate the anonymity that cash affords.

March 2nd, the San Francisco Library Commission voted to approve funding for the implementation of RFID chips in books and on other library materials before holding a hearing on the matter, which the Commission had promised to do. The ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are among the groups that oppose the RFID tracking at the library without implementation of privacy safeguards.

So, 1984 is here.  It's a little late, but it seems to be making up for lost time.

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