Update on personal life

 

I was studying IT via ITPro.TV but had to put that to an end. No harsh words towards ITPro.TV at all, it’s just due to some things going a little awry while I was studying for the A+ exam. For those looking to study IT hardware, I do recommend ITPro.TV. Problem is that my life is a little complicated for me to study IT right now.

One thing I will be doing is signing back up to Treehouse due to my interest in making a WordPress site from scratch. Recently I tried to do this and failed miserably. I have done many of the WordPress classes Treehouse has to offer, but at that time it was all gibberish to me. Going through those classes again will be a lot easier now.

I also want to do the CSS classes again so I can get a better understanding of that great language, it will help my failing Linkedin profile. I’m lacking endorsements!

Miles Bennett Dyson vs. Drug Dealers

Why don’t cha get fucked?

One of the things I got into again is the Arnold pranks. For those who don’t know, a prank caller would call somebody or a business and use a soundboard of a celebrity. There is also the occasion of one calling with a character, such as Sgt. Hartman. This soundboard prank calling has got to XBox Live, here’s an example of Sgt. Hartman at his greatest.

There are a few folks on YouTube who are dedicated to the Arnold calls, but the majority from these folks come from 2011-12 for the most part. This was due to Arnold’s little scandal with banging the maid. YouTubers such as FridockShir (or FreeCock Sure), Secco1000, Douglas Quaid 618 and Myles Bennett Dyson provide some great Arnold pranks, with the third mention making 911 calls with the Arnold soundboard.

Myles Bennett Dyson made numerous calls to a family in Chattanooga, Tennessee who were supposedly drug dealers. Judging that the video above (it’s all audio) being 2.5 hours long, it is my guess that they were doing some bullshit. A majority of the calls were answered by a man and an elderly woman with heavy southern accents. According to this website here, the calls started in spring 2012 and ended in 2013. MBD was harassing these folks for about a year. Around the end of the flurry of calls, the man (or woman) under the MBD name saw his YouTube account being shutdown. MBD was able to get the account turned back on and stated that the drug dealers he was pranking found out about their presence online.

I’m Gettin’ Tired of dis shet!

On 30 August 2014, MBD had revealed on a comment that the elderly woman victim of these calls had died.

Miles Bennett Dyson Drug Dealers

A obituary page had been setup by the family of Granny, she is identified as Willie Brunette. Here is the condolences page.

Sadly, but also funny in a way, are a few comments in the condolences page that have references from the prank call. MBD had discourage people from doing this, but people aren’t listening obviously. One comment is also from Douglas Quaid 618, wow…

Miles Bennett Dyson Drug Dealers

 

I’m not popular… why?

For those of you wondering, that title is meant to be a joke.

Marine City MI
Marine City, Michigan 2015

Haven’t been here for a while but nobody really has been visiting this site, my own fault for not promoting it much.

For starters, I’m on break from my college studies into IT and will be away from it for a while. The month of March is a pain in the ass due to the big bills, then it’s pleasant for me in the end due to my birthday being on March 31st. My 35th birthday yay! Yes, 35 is a milestone year but my party will be small and just for a couple of hours. I do want to keep it at 20 people or less, but something tells me that won’t be the case.

I live a low-profile life, not so much to what happens to Saul Goodman after he disappears in Breaking Bad and you see him in the very beginning of Better Call Saul, working at a Cinnabon and just being a fucking nobody. All the way up until I was about 31-32, I had searched for popularity for the most part. I wanted to be the coolest kid on the block, I wanted to be accepted. My elementary school and middle school days, I wanted to be one of the top 50 most popular kids in school. But due to me being a special Ed kid, it didn’t really come to me. And in those days, I was upset with that.

High School, I went to East Detroit High for a year in some change. I got the boot in Feb or March 1999 and my popularity in Eastpointe, MI got a boost. Before then, I was not loved so much at East Detroit or in the city of Eastpointe (they changed the name of the city in 1992 from East Detroit, the school kept the name) due to the wannabe gangster lifestyle going on. Now when I think about it, I can see why a ‘Goth’ like me didn’t fare well in the then haven of wannabe gangsters of East Detroit.

At the end of 1998, I got rid of the whole Goth mentality and just went normal. But also, I was angry at being in that shit school that I kept getting in trouble. Just a few small things to earn me a day suspension or a three-day. It finally led up to me being offered a choice to go to Kellwood Alternative or stay at East Detroit and be monitored by a Special Ed teacher. Most of my school K-8th grade was in Rochester, and they had a lot of money at the time. I’m unsure of Rochester’s schools finances because I heard they were in some debt in 2008, but a lot of people were getting fucked due to the bad economy. Myself included.

East Detroit schools however, lacked money and most of the teachers didn’t get paid shit back in the late 90s, therefore, most of them didn’t care. I don’t blame them for it now. East Detroit at the time was a rough school and some of the kids were from broken homes. In Rochester, I was living with my Aunt and Uncle, which was very rare for kids to be living in that matter in those days and I’m still guessing Rochester’s population with divorced parents are still a little low. East Detroit, it was mom and step-dad or step-mom and dad. It was common to be a kid with divorced parents or something similar.

My brief popularity in 1999 was my giving up of the ‘Goth’ life and being me. One day, I’ll just wear a funny t-shirt and some shorts, the next day, I’ll wear a basketball jersey and blue jeans. But it was also due to some fights I had won or just some insult matches I prevailed on. But also, I was blamed for a couple small petty crimes I didn’t commit and they could not prove. Never to the point where I was taken to jail or court, in which I kinda wished they did at the time, so I can prove they don’t have shit and get a lawsuit on them. Never got that lucky.

And in my late 20s to early 30s, I wanted to be loved on Facebook, something I do every once in a while now. I currently have 260 friends on Facebook and I like it. But around my 31st birthday, I had 350 and I really wanted more. I wanted to be the best friends with the popular folks in the bars of Macomb County, Michigan. I really wanted me to be on the pictures of some of the local bands, in which I got. But I wanted more.

Around summer of 2014, I had a few things go a little wrong in my life that took a while to fix. And just after that, the wish to be Mr. Popular or have 2,000+ friends on FB or Twitter (I got less than 600 followers now) just dwindled.

Another push was due to some issues with friends in 2016 (last year) I was trying to help. To make a long story short, in 06-08, I was having some troubles and was helped by a few friends who had good jobs and making the bucks. So I thought to myself, when I get there, I’ll help those who are like me (back in 06-08). At first, I didn’t mind helping, but a few of them overtime were just totally fucking up and I lost my patience. Now, truthfully, when I look at it, I perhaps should have been more patient due to my own memories of hitting the bottom of the barrel. But in 06-08, I hardly drank, did no hard drugs and kept working as much as I could when it was available. The problem in those years is I wished I saved more money. It’s the reason why I’m a save-a-holic now. I can be a cheap cunt from time to time. I blame my ADD for it, you can too.

But a few of those folks I was trying to help, they wanted to drink and drink. Fine, but god damn, if you crying the fucking blues that you want to be out of your situation, sometimes or even altogether, you need to withdraw from that beer and whiskey (and the meth too). But then again, it could be worse; you could be married to one of those selfish people featured in that new show My 600lb Life. I suppose having a shit dead-end job were you spend your low income on beer just to pass time by is better than waking up every morning to a big fucking hippo that you married 10 or more years ago spending all your money on food to keep this hippo from fucking complaining… I suppose that’s better. So perhaps, I shouldn’t bother.

God damn…

There’s more to that story of me helping some of these folks, but I’ll cut it short from there.

Another factor is Election fatigue and people overreacting to U.S. Politics. Yes, a lot of people don’t like Trump. I didn’t vote for him either (I voted for Gary Johnson, and yes, he was a dope). And really, the majority of political complaints are online. I never had got into a serious argument at a bar or with family and friends over the election, but FB and Twitter for the most part have been filled with fucking people just bitching about Trump. Twitter is much worse, even when there is a hashtag being promoted that has nothing to do with Trump or politics for that matter, there’s always some cunt whining about Trump. God damn, where’s the balance?

I don’t like the guy either, but there’s something people need to be doing instead of sitting their fat asses on the computer bitching about Trump 16 hours a day, whether it’s on Twitter, FB or even going on YouTube and acting like a cunt.

But also, there is a reason why people bitch about Trump online, there’s money to be made for web sites and content. Have your Google ads up while you call Trump the devil, and you can make a few bucks, or a few pennies. Lots of competition in Politics online. Plus, we had a lot of A-list celebs bitching and telling us who to vote for. Call me a Trump-supporting asshole for this, but it’s funny to see people like Whoopi Goldberg, Madonna, Shia LeBouf (I didn’t know who he was until he did his HWNDU movement) and Rosie going bat-shit crazy over Trump.

So with these days, I’m okay with being a nobody. We have a lot of somebodies acting like assholes over politics. If I’m going to die a nobody (which will be likely, and I’m fine with that), I do want to meet some interesting folks. On my 33rd birthday, I did sit next to Helio Castroneves who’s an Indy Car Driver and also was on Dancing with the Stars. I also met Geoff Downes in 2004 and Isiah Thomas on my 11th birthday. So, I like to meet a few more somebodies or has-beens before I go six feet under.

Also, it’s kind of a bitch when you are the 353rd and last person being called for help on a seriously uncomfortable situation that needs to be resolved quick. I had said no to many of these and the person wasn’t happy. Oh well…

The 8-bit font trick on Flat Bootstrap WordPress Theme

I’m beginning the Retro Hockey Love site had for an hour-and-a-half attempt to get the font in there. I completely forgot how to do so when I created Retro Baseball Love. Anyways, after doing a variety of things that led to nowhere, I finally got it done. This site is pretty much blank now, but here is what it looks like:

8-bit font
The 8-bit font
How to:

The theme being used is Flat Bootstrap Developer, you also need to have Flat Bootstrap theme to go along with it. You can find them here.

Next, after uploading both themes (you’ll need to upload the FB Developer zip file too), go to Flat Bootstrap directory under wp-content > themes > fp-bootstrap.

Find the header.php file and enter in lines 18 and 19:

<link href=”https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Fredoka+One|Nova+Round|Press+Start+2P” rel=”stylesheet”>
<link href=”https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Squada+One” rel=”stylesheet”>

And here will be the result before you save:

8-bit

Now, go to the CSS folder and edit the file theme-base.css.

At around line 230, you can edit site-title and site-description.

Here’s mine:

 

Politics

Since we as a country (the United States) have been rather psychotic about Politics, I have been keeping a low profile on my views. Me, i’m just a guy whose 34 going on 35 working in the Auto Industry trying to get into IT and hoping to make a few websites that will bring me a good side hustle. So, why the fuck am I? I agree, I’m no better than some dumbass on Twitter 60 hours a week bitching about Trump. But I work 51+ hours a week in a job I don’t dig, but I had much worse. There is much more to life than being a cunt on Twitter angry about Trump.

I usually just write one article a month (or less) about politics. I was going to write a review for the PBS Frontline film Divided States of America. Great documentaries but could not put the words together, plus I got discouraged after my Confronting ISIS review.

I’m Libertarian and for the 2016 Election, I voted for Gary Johnson. Yes, Gary Johnson was a bit of a dope. He had his Aleppo moment on MSNBC and his freakout with a Guardian reporter. I knew for a fact that Gary Johnson would not win, if anything, I was hoping he would have similar numbers to Ross Perot in the 1992 Election, to get up there with Trump and Clinton. Of course, that didn’t happen. Gary Johnson ended with 4% of the vote, mine hopefully included. I knew if Gary Johnson was elected, I DON’T think he would be able to abolish the IRS.

I was surprised as many people that Trump won it. It is obvious that rural America had spoken. Those folks living in small towns or places John Cougar Mellencamp talks about in is songs got heard. For someone who didn’t care if either of them won (just suprised that Trump got it), it is funny to see that reaction at Clinton Headquarters, people crying because their candidate didn’t get elected? The person I voted for didn’t win.

And also this:

msnbc

Before I go on, I don’t know Rachel Maddow well, I know she is liberal, very liberal. She also a lesbian (nothing wrong with that) and has some good education. As for MSNBC, I never watched it for more than a minute in my life before the election, but at the time, been told by many folks how left-leaning they can be. I know of Melissa Harris-Perry and how much of a nasty-strict feminist and lefty she can be. I didn’t know until after her show got pulled (or did she quit?) that her show was weekends only. I know a few people are reading this and screaming, “You idiot! She didn’t quit, they pulled the rug from under her, you goddamn idiot! Do some research you stupid asshole!”

Well, you can comment below if my lack of research upsets you. I couldn’t get a good answer on that one.

After the election was over, I was happy with the thought that everyone will calm the fuck down. My thought was wrong, obviously. I knew that Trump being elected would cause some outrage, but still people are fucking going bat-shit nuts. For those Hillary supporters, yeah, it’s disappointing. But my candidate lost too. However, I know if I tried to get a riot together due to Johnson not being president, I’d probably be the only one rioting. That would not look good, I would probably be tossed in the psych ward for that one. If I yelled Hillary, it would be a whole different story.

Julian Assange, from the BBC
hacking

After the election, there was the hacking being called out. John Podesta’s e-mail got hacked and before the election, that big fake news deal was spitting out some bullshit, and also after the election, the Pizzagate incident. I also wrote a nice article on how the Fake News works. What really infulenced me to write it was due to the guy walking into Comet Ping Pong with a gun.

Yes, Hillary Clinton having top-secret documents on her personal server was a very bad idea. If it was you or me with top-secret documents that can be easily gathered by the enemy: …sadly, I couldn’t find the Hank/Jesse DEA interview from Breaking Bad. If you seen the movie, it would be similar to that plus you’d be in a federal ‘pound-me-in-the-ass’ prison (OfficeSpace, 1999). Also, anyone could have got into that server at her house. Anyone. It would also depend on what kind of security that server has, I could never get that info. But even with high security, anyone could have got in. Someone from an ISIS controlled territory could get access to it. So yes, I do believe she should see prison time.

With John Podesta’s e-mail, his password to his GMail account was ‘passw0rd.’ Since I’m an IT student, and not an expert, I can tell you with my lack of knowledge that your password as ‘password‘ or ‘123456‘ is a very bad practice in IT security. Podesta done fucked that one up, but I do feel a little sympathy for him, he didn’t know someone would make fake news articles about him attending a satanic ritual or be the man in charge for a child sex ring in which a presidential candidate would also participate with. This would be known as Russiagate (Yes, I’m being an advertising whore on this one).

Again, I don’t watch or listen to CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. I explained MSNBC and CNN is heading liberal while Fox goes conservative. However, I think some of the higher-ups with MSNBC and CNN is that Trump winning would be helpful to them. MSNBC will be on Trump’s ass until the end of his presidency and CNN isn’t to thrilled with this:

While I’m writing this article, it is mid-February 2017, and I quote the great Anthony Cumia on Trump being president, it’s like throwing a grenade in the works and seeing what happens. And we are now seeing that in real-time. Trump is different obviously and he also uses his own Twitter account for those who wish to see his thoughts. Interesting to me!

Just after getting the keys to the White House, a lot of riots went down. UC Berkley had a big one with Milo was suppose to speak at. Plus, HWNDU which ended after 21 days (it was supposed to last 4 years).  And men wearing pussy hats?

CNN would get some kind of revenge here:

CNN vs. Kellyanne Conway

My thought with the Trump presidency after nearly a month, I’m at 50/50. I can’t give a serious opinion on it minus the General Flynn issue. Trump will say anything, he became a politician the day he walked into the White House. Your average politician with the camera on will put the words out carefully, Trump hasn’t been doing that so far. Trump stating that the crime rate is high as it been in 47 years in incorrect, I agree with CNN with that one. You should also take a look at Freakonomics for more info.

With the CNN interview with Kellyanne Conway, the thing I notice the most is she looks like shit. Is she exhausted for covering for Trump’s wrongs? I agree somewhat, but since her job was to collect data for politicians running for a higher office. Conway was originally working with Ted Cruz. After his loss, Trump asked her to join his campaign, and she later got the job as counselor when he got the White House. I think she doesn’t know what the fuck she got into. And say what you want about Donald Trump, he is a workhorse. Besides Conway walking into something that is not going so well for her, it seems she is trying to play workhorse along with Donald. We’ll see how that lasts.

Yes, CNN was screwing with her, the media can be a vicious cunt. I agree 110%. My personal favorite political commentator That Guy T says it best here with the media (he also includes BLM and leftist politicians.)  If you haven’t watched it, well I said earlier, the heads of CNN and MSNBC did want Trump to win. Therefore, the ratings will go up. The left-wing media will attack everything he does. They will go after staffers, they will have a field day when a scandal happens and when a mass shooting happens (and sadly it will), that will work for their ratings.

CNN going at Kellyanne Conway brought good numbers. And recently, Morning Joe announced that they will not have Conway comment on their show. Hell, Kellyanne Conway was one of these talking heads that would show up on your favorite political news show telling you bad things about the democrats. Now, she’s on the hot seat. Strange, isn’t it?

I also have to agree with That Guy T here.

psychoatic twitter use

What influenced me big time to write this big article here is when Jim Norton commented on how people on Twitter going bat-shit crazy about Trump.  I’m not so popular on Twitter, I follow 1,100 people and have 580 followers, including recently Bobo. When I see the feed, it’s mostly about their concern about Trump. It’s fucking ridiculous. It’s one thing to not be happy that Trump is president, I’m not. I’m Libertarian, legalize weed, do something about lowering the national debt and most importantly, leave me the fuck alone.

I live my life, work my stupid ass job, make my websites, write an article or two. But with some people, it just seems like folks are just angrily tweeting about Trump. No jokes really, just getting on the offensive. Do these people have jobs? Are these folks on their phones while driving 15 miles under the speed limit typing their anger on social media? Some of us have shit to do, get the hell off the road and bitch about Trump on Twitter. Yes, it’s okay to be angry about Trump, but Jesus Christ on a fucking pogo stick, take it easy with it.

But if not, can you stay off the road while complaining about Trump? I don’t want to be behind someone driving 15 miles under the speed limit and swerving on both lanes while you pay attention to your phone. I also don’t want to be in a fatal car accident either.

 

Quick one (Honoring Mike Ilitch)

Windmill Pointe Park Pier, Grosse Pointe, MI. July 2015.

I’m looking to make a long post, but I have been busy with web development and adding  more content so much that I don’t have it in me for a long post.

So, I’ll honor the late Mike Ilitch (owner of Little Caesars, The Red Wings and The Tigers) with one of my fav Little Caesars ads:

Also, I added this:

2016 Nightwish, Sonata Arctica & Delain show

Super Bowl Sunday and I couldn’t care.

Orchard Lake
Orchard Lake, MI

Chances are good Beyonce is doing the halftime show and will say Trump is evil, continuing on with the far-left fanaticism.  Again, I’m Libertarian, I also don’t dig the far-right. But lots of protests, with some of them getting paid. And grown men wearing pussy hats? Sad… I see the HWNDU show is kinda dwindling down. I got to take a look at that before I go to work.

Been busy with work and websites, I now have a timeline I made. It shows all the accomplishments I have made so far in the year 2017.

I launched 80s-n-90s.com and looking to add more stuff soon. I got my Rush 80s album slideshow done. What else did I do? Um, oh, I got this here.

On the Fleetwood Mac post on 80s and 90s, I thought of including their bittersweet performance in 1993 when Bill Clinton got elected. But I was worried that my site will be a big minus due to the political climate. Plus, the late Micheal Jackson (before that child molestation scandal got on the news) sung along on the third verse of Don’t Stop. I want to stay as far and away from politics on my sites as best as I can. But, I failed to do so in the beginning of this post.

Got to do a few thing before I go to work for 4 hours at the job. Lots of midnight shift folks at my place of employment (until I get into IT, which I’m failing at lately) are calling off due to the Super Bowl, no biggie, I got a good notice instead of a phone call at 9:25p.

And I also want to help my friend whose in the band Declared Dead with this, perhaps they should play the Super Bowl halftime show!

 

 

RIP John Wetton

Sucks, we lost Emerson and Lake last year (Lake was December) and before January ended, we lost John Wetton. Fucking A! Asia and Journey were going to tour together, I wanted to see that!

RIP John Wetton

Teamrock link.

Using the 2017 theme, New Pres and Updates

Jimmy Johns Field
Jimmy Johns Field

As you might have noticed, the site has updated to a different theme. I kinda like this 2017 theme and just may use it for my two upcoming sites. I have a classic RPG site I’m looking to make, and also an Android RPG website. I’m just going RPG crazy! (That’s not funny, I know…)

I suppose WordPress made the 2017 theme to have big pictures on your site, this seems to be the new thing.

Here are some pages I made:

Tecmo Super Baseball

World Series Baseball

Top 5 NES RPGs

I also got Tumblr too.

I will also have a article about the Russia Hacking coming up the start of this week. Since yesterday was the 20th of January, I do acknowledge that Donald Trump is President. I voted for Gary Johnson and like most Hillary supporters, I not a big fan of that. Yet, it seems like a lot of Hillary supporters are quite pissy about it. I also have to agree with Anthony Cumia when it comes to how we select Republican or Democratic for a president, “we are a Coke or Pepsi country.” Voting for Gary Johnson is like selecting Faygo Cola, I brand I love.

I could have more things done but I’m fighting off a cold. This cold hasn’t been tough, but it seems to be lasting for a while in a moderately fashion.

Another site idea was a Rock n Roll history site, but I think I’ll keep my Rock n Roll posts on this blog here. The official RobbeeWrite site  will be the odds and ends that I cannot build a good website with. The reason why Android RPGs are next on my list is it brings a good number of Google searches with low competition, haven’t checked classic RPGs yet.

Thanks to Lazy Ass Stoner and Yoast SEO for the help

About to go to sleep soon, besides, I find Gavin McInnis bashing Pentatonix… wow!

 

 

The Underground Scene and Wheel Of Torture Webzine

Back in 1998 to early 2001, I was a stupid high school student who got into the underground metal scene. Back in that time, I was limited on which parties to go to and me and a friend attempting to go to a show for people ages 21 and older, but that was a failure, we got in but the guard kicked our 17 year old asses out of there.

The underground Metal network would work with many bands, zines (or Literature as I like to say now), and also disros. The last mention is short for distribution, and what happens is the person would buy 10 cassette tapes or CD’s from a band at a lower price, and/or buy 10 of the zines and practically set-up his own mail order store to make a few bucks and also help support the band on zine.

Most of the underground Metal network I knew was done mostly by snail mail.  My entrance into that world was me putting out a pen pal ad in the now defunct magazine called Metal Maniacs (the store I bought it is also defunct). Me going to this Magazine was due to my displeasure of Guitar mag focusing more on the alternative bands 1997 had to offer, plus there was a focus on blues rock from a then 19-year-old Kenny Wayne Shepard and then 15-year-old Jonny Lang. They did cover Ozzy Osbourne’s re-entrance into Black Sabbath in their June 1997 issue, though.

Metal Maniacs 2007 issue. C: BlastedTower.net
Metal Maniacs 2007 issue. C: BlastedTower.net

The Metal Maniacs issue had My Dying Bride on the cover, a band I would later become a big fan of. In the end of most Metal Maniacs mags would be the pen pal ads, or otherwise called ‘shorts.’ My short was ran on their final issue on 1997 and found quite a few pen pals. However, the ones I found on Metal Maniacs lost touch with me or the other way around within a year.

One in particular, a guy named Harold (forgot if he was from Missouri or Montana) would send me ads. On his last letter, he sent me an ad to a Death Metal band called Unholy Death, what interested me was the band was in Ortonville, MI, about 60 miles north of where I was living at the time, Eastpointe, MI.

I would later buy their demo on cassette and keep a correspondence with the singer/guitarist of the band named Tim. The band would later make a full-length CD which I bought a copy of that. Like Harold, Tim would send me some ads. I would later write to a few folks, buy some tapes and CD’s and I would later do tape trades. I would later get sick of death metal altogether and move onto Doom and Gothic Metal.

Summer of 1998 and after, I got into bands such as the aforementioned My Dying Bride, Therion, Love History and Nightwish. Besides the tapes and CD’s, I would also buy some zines. Most were basically about the metal scene altogether. Comedy-based zines were a little hard to come by, one of them I have a copy of is “I Hate You Mother Fucker.”

IHYMF Zine
IHYMF Zine

Yes, that indeed is the title. IHYMF had interviews with unsigned Death Metal or hardcore bands, the writer very honest album or demo reviews (if he hated your demo, he’d rip it apart), some movie reviews (he gave the Lifetime movie Death of a Cheerleader a good review) and lots of articles and content that could easily be filed under NSFW.

After a while, I decided to create a zine called Wheel of Torture. My intention was to have the zine published via newsprint from a company in Florida who had asked for $600 to have 1000 copies printed. It was late 1998 when I started trying to get the content together. I began to save cash for the zine. I also began to learn HTML just in case actually publishing in newsprint would go south, therefore I could make a webzine.

With the help from Tim & another pen pal named Patrick, I was able to get the zine together before spring ended in 99. However, I lacked the funds due to me getting canned from the local Kroger. I didn’t have the $$$ for the Florida deal and I wasn’t interested in doing what the editor of IHYMF did. A letter from him before I declared Wheel of Torture Webzine, told me on how local printers in his area would not print his zine due to it being considered “too offensive.” So he had to go to Kinko’s (now known as the FedEx Office) and do it himself.

Since I knew how to make web pages (in 1999s standards) and some basic graphics, Wheel Of Torture was created and hosted on AOL. Of course, I didn’t have www.wheeloftorture.com, the url was something like: www.aol.com/hodz67890/Wot/index.html

Wheel of Torture Webzine was on the AOL world for a few months, I was later e-mailed by someone claiming to be a female Christian who wasn’t happy with my heavy metal site and threatened to report me to AOL. I e-mailed “her” back and told her to do her worst (however, my words were not nice on that reply). Sadly, she did, AOL deleted those pages and gave me a warning. AOL also gave carbon copies of my offense to all accounts in the household, including my mom.

A friend would later tell me about Geocities from Yahoo! Also, Geocities had less rules on content, the only problem they had is that you couldn’t make a porn site. I wasn’t looking to do that, but I was later asked by a couple people if they would help with that. Geocities saved the day, but I had to make new ads to go through the underground via snail-mail. Also, the W.O.T. Webzine once uploaded on Geocities had an additional page on the AOL situation. This came along with my then hatred of that company and the wish that “they go down in flames.”

Well, it’s Xmas 2016 now, my 17-year-old self kinda got his wish.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/05/12/business/dealbook/aol-timeline.html?_r=0

The Decline…

In 2000, I began to see less ads, zines becoming defunct, less snail mail. And also less people interested in our Unhappiness Compilation tapes. Volume 3 of our tape remains unfinished and at the time, we intended to make a CD-R release. What lead to me calling it quits was receiving the 9th and final issue of IHYMF where editor Chuck C. Bobuck indicated that he had it. Another thing Chuck said was with the help of the internet, the underground became “deader than a doornail.”

I have to agree.

W.O.T. Webzine ended just before the summer of 2001.

One of the things I would do from time-to-time is try to act more “business-like” and taking W.O.T. as a legit business. That is something I regret, big time. How are you going to be business-like when you look like this:

Me in Sep 1998
Me in 1998 – Yuk!

Sadly, Metal Maniacs went down in early 2009. As of Xmas 2016, the metalmaniacs.com domain is for sale on GoDaddy.