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The way we were

In all seriousness, I'm doing some java coding these days. Mostly JSP pages for a big medical system project. No I did not really join the military. Sheesh some folks are gullible.

Now for a short trip down defunct internet startup memory lane. In the early days of any internet startup company, there's many a late night programming session, or so the lore of the internet startup industry would have you believe. While combing through my vast archives, I found this image taken from the early days of Z, just after we moved into what was the building on Empire Ave. in burbank.

One such night, I snapped a photo of a couple of chaps working away on some project or other at around 2am. In the foreground you will notice the original edit station cluster with the cool flat lcd screen monitors, and a mini DV recorder visible. This corner of the building was known as the "tech area".

One can also see the super bright halogen lights, which eventually were enclosed in filtration screens to diffuse their iris burning intensity.

I'll forgo naming the subjects of the photo, but from what I hear they currently reside at a web design firm called

I have it on good authority that quite a few ex-z folks have ended up at Sony Pictures Digital entertainment. You might want to consider it yourself. They still have numerous openings and I hear from a reliable "source" that things have stabilized there.

Listen to Now!I've dedicated a machine to keeping my music cast going, although loses it's mind from time to time, so if this doesn't work, don't blame me :-) Since i listen to the stream myself, I reset it when it goes south. I upgraded the stream quality to 56k, which is easily as good as FM radio, if not better. Click on the Live365 image to access some free tunes.
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So long Z and I have parted ways. 1999 was a very tough year for dot-coms, and Z suffered during the economic down swing as did so many other companies. After a tremendously enjoyable and challenging year, it appears that the I knew and loved, was coming to an end, the victim of lean times in the online advertising market, and the complete retreat of the venture markets to invest in anything online. I'm not 100% sure what will happen to As of now it still appears to be humming along, serving up entertainment. I wish Joe and Mike the best with Z, and of course I'll be rooting for it to survive in some capacity, or at least to see some of the great entertainment sites built at Z, reborn in acquisition. I will miss all the creative and talented people at Z. Oh yeah, and I need a job! :-(
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Wow the year has flown by continues to grow. We successfully launched the new Zhomesite, code name Z2home, and it came out pretty well. We built a publishing system run on coldfusion, Win2k servers and Oracle database to support it, and I'm working on enhancing the ad serving piece of it. I need some sleep. Anyways, check it out at
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  • is chugging along towards our official launch. We did a recent docu-site following Tommy Lee's band Method's of Mayhem. The site is at

  • We also launched our first game show, Dare for Dollars. The show revolves around people who need cash and are willing to do outrageous things for it. If we like a Dare, we will offer to film you attempting it, and pay you an agreed fee if you pull it off.

  • We decided to offer people the opportunity to get their own email address. These will go fast, so sign up now at our front page.

  • I've put up a new section with photos of our new house here.
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  • Wow, the y2k is here. It's been a long time since I've added to the news section of the site, and much has changed. Signalling this is my crappy flash based flower animation, rendered to animated gif. For now consider it a placeholder for the amazing Y2k flash interface. Gizmo is hard at work on it, in our amazing new abode high above the sunset strip on Grandview Drive. A 360 degree panorama is in the planning stages, and should appear in the month of february.

  • I've taken a job, self described as an Internet entertainment studio. Not 100% sure what that is, but it's incredibly interesting. Our company name is Check out the site (as of this writing purely a preview site) at

  • One of our first projects is a behind the scenes documentary following the Red Hot Chili peppers on their y2k tour promoting their album Californication. I created this banner ad as a test for the company, and kinda liked the way it turned out. Sadly at 20k it's too big for a banner ad. All the images were extracted by me from the videos themselves. How did I do it? It's a secret, but some information will probably start appearing in the tech section as soon as i have time.

  • We've bought some Canon DV cameras (GL1 & XL1) and are doing some interesting web video and quicktime VR stuff, as well as encoding streaming medias. I hope to add interesting information as the year goes on.

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