You made it past the rather dramatic hero page or maybe you just ended up on this page to start with and are intrigued as to what this site is all about. EastBayRag is pretty much a playground where I go to undertake little projects. A distraction from the general grind of daily life, scripting in PHP and manipulating data in a Maria database (formerly a MySql db). It provides me something to focus on from time to time that takes all of my attention and becomes my escape. It also gives me a great sense of satisfaction when I create something and it works. In this world of self esteem, I have to say that I never cease to amaze myself!

The Webiste actually started as a small project to create something that I could control that would enable me to share photos with the family and allow them to easily view and download files (without having to order prints). After many late nights and beers it has blossomed into a whole lot more. The photos taken on routes are now geotagged and displayed on Google maps along with lots of other things to explore.

Initially I thought it would be a good idea to include some sort of blog section within the site. That then grew into the thought that I could host blogs for other people so I drafted my buddy “Mr O” from the UK to add content to the blogs, although he's been quiet for a long time (at least here anyway). Next came the idea of allowing other people to interact so the fun stuff section was born with things like a graffiti wall, quiz, caption competition and much more including breaking new ground to figure out how to use javascript to get stuff to move about the screen and do things. All of this serves no purpose what-so-ever, but sometimes you just gotta do things because ....

There's a site map that puts the contents of the site into some kind of order. You can find the site map on the bottom of any page, but you should be good with the navbar at the top to get you to the major areas. So where does it all end? What's the ultimate end game? Well, never let it be said that I'm anything but transparent - if you're interested, take a look at the EastBayRag (EBR) Business Plan.

The remainder of this page provides some highlights from across the site. Have fun! Enjoy! And feel free to contact me.


Showing random photos from the photos section of the site. There's some sense of order to them, but they have been taken from an array of different places .... from NASCAR to bird watching, they're all there.


This Week's Vote

Each week we host a different vote on this site. It's generally something around a completely meaningless topic and should definitely not be taken seriously. It is, however, a tradition I've kept for the past 15 and three quarter years.

This week's question: Are we going to see anything other than a Red Bull win a grand prix this season?


Yes is winning with 67% of the votes submitted to date.


Full vote details including results and analysis of previous votes.

“The Countdown”


But what are we counting down? Is this the end of the world? The end of the website? Or something completely different? Only time will tell. Quite a lot of time right now as this is a pretty long timer as far as timers go. We're in not rush though. Particularly if this is the end of something.

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The Crooked House

I saw an article the other day about Marston's selling off a bunch of pubs including The Crooked House in Dudley. It reminded me of a College outing we had to the pub to see it. The building started to sink until it was propped up, but it's left a rather interesting result. As you can see from the picture everything's skew-whiff. Can't imagine trying to get a door to fit the hole - certainly not going to come from the standard size isle.

The most interesting thing was that the bar was supposed to cause an optical illusion that a coin would appear to roll up hill on it. I have to be honest, we tried and it rolled the way I expected it too, but that could just be that I'm skew-whiff which compensated for the skew-wiffedness of the building to even it out.

I seem to remember it being kind of a spit and sawdust pub, but my memory might be wrong on that. It does look like they've done it up since I went which would have been somewhere around 1991 at a guess. But that's the problem - great attraction to see once, which we did. Something to do in your late teens / early twenties, but not something to keep doing (at least from the distance we were from the pub anyway, which I just mapped to be 70 miles which is a long way to go for a pint).

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Willy Swerve274
The Elite Juan Percent273
Cynicoal 265
Rockin' All Over The World245
Mercenaries 244
Not ChatGPT186


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