Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

Sunset Electrics steals the show.

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Hello everyone!

Zachary James Dodds here. I want to give everyone a heads up that JTW&R is going to be changing soon. I’m about to launch my new music project, Sunset Electrics, and I’m committed to directing all my funds and efforts towards it. The result is that I’ll be using my server space for the Sunset Electrics website and will eventually be archiving this blog until the day I can resume my ambitions for the company.

I’m still really excited about the ideas I have for JTW&R, and still love making sunglasses too, so it’s definitely not over. Even if I’m not posting about it, you can bet that I’ll still be working on things here and there.  One day I’ll start the site up again, even if it’s just to showcase different sunglasses I’ve made or other inventions, but for now I’m trying to focus my energy; lazer-style.

Thank you to everyone for dropping in to check things out over the past year+. Also, if you’d like to be a friend on Facebook,  I’ll be redirecting my posts about the et cetara of life and art over there. (Here’s the link to my profile.) Thank you again, and all the best!


Russian Con or Zany Humanitarian?!

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

I opened up my mailbox to find this sweet piece of mail in my “Junk or Safe” section!

At first I have to admit that I thought it was hilarious, but then the globally aware side of me kicked-in and I realized how telling this is of the economic disparity that exists between the U.S. and many other countries.

In Russia, this might be an alright deal as the average daily income in Russia for 2008 was $32 (1). Crazy to think that if one worked 8 hours a day at minimum wage in the U.S., that would be $58, about 45% more per hour.

SO, that got me to think’n, “Is this junk mail from an actual Russian con, or is it some zany and brilliant underground campaign from a humanitarian group to raise awareness about the income disparities that remain despite the current economy in the U.S.?”  I’ll never know, but I’m kind of flattered to think this might have been from Brad Pitt or Bono. Awesome.


(1). $32 number came from dividing monthly income ($640) that was found on Wikipedia by 20 working days per month.

Update II (04-August-2009)

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

I heard about websites popping up with people posting candid shots from Google Street View, so I checked it out, and there are some really funny shots out there. My favorite is the one below. To me, it’s not the assault rifle alone that makes it golden, but that the man is wearing a sweet Harley Davidson sweater and is strolling down a street in South Dakota. Ah, the Dakotas.

Here’s the direct link to this on Street View. (The guy will be 90 degrees to the left.)

Well, I just wanted to check back in and say that the music is still going really well and the excitement for the new batch of songs is still in the air; more so than before actually. It’s been a bit slow since I was sidetracked by needing to find a new part-time job, but I was able to pin down my dream-part-time-job, so all is back on track again.  Thanks, and I hope to be back in touch soon!

-Zach at JTW&R

Update (06-July-2009)

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Just wanted to let everyone know the lack of posts has been due to busy-ness and not due to some horrific event such as being forced to vacation in the West Indies on a white sandy beach. Thank goodness for that, sunburns are a drag.

Mostly, I’ve been working on music and have started working on another pair of JTW&R sunglasses for my good friend and photographer David Blakeman. More goodness is on the way, but for now I’m jumping around to different people’s home studios to get pre-production done on songs or holed up in the workshop. Wish me luck; and good luck to you in whatever your endeavors might be!

-Zach at JTW&R