What Was Zota?

  • 1975 Superman audio adventure Tomorrow the World introduces the term “Zota Layer”. (spoiler: the Zota Layer does not exist.)
  • 1995 The members of eventual ambient rock supergroup Zotalayer begin performing together on late night radio show “Symptoms of Death”
  • 1996 Zotalayer performs first live show as opening act for the Anal Kitties
  • 1996 Ambient rock supergroup Zotalayer begins an “extended hiatus.”
  • 1999 BlebNet, the Cultural Output Leader.
  • 2000 Jason Brown — producer and 1st chair tape-loop for Zotalayer — goes solo with a series of ambient drone albums (unreleased)
  • 2001 zota.org created as hypothetical distribution point for unreleased ambient drones. (They remain unreleased.)
  • 2003 The techno-paranoid mnemotechnical AnomieFind database of the Bleb.Net Anomie Node is relocated to obscurantist.com as the Obscurantist Mnemotechnical Archive. The blog-like contents of Obscurantist.com are relocated to zota.org. Will the circle be unbroken?
  • 2003-2006 zota.org publishes an array of blog-like material — it’s a mixed bag. Invasion and occupation of Iraq occurs, regardless of posting frequency.
  • 2005 Superbunker absorbs the zota-related array into it’s cultural research framework.
  • 2006 “zota” joins ambient rock supergroup AMBIENT FORCE 3000, launching the legendary super-ambient rock series, Ambient Haircut.
  • 2006 The legendary poetics and dinner website DinnerNet implodes under the mighty weight of it’s thoroughly corrupted database. Superbunker steals the contents of DinnerNet and turns it into the legendary poetics and piracy website, LubberNet. Lubber becomes a widely recognized go-to resource for recipes, sea shanties and non-linear textual experimentation. Many would be zota.org non-sequiturs find a welcoming home.
  • 2007 Leading cultural officials announce that blogging is “sooo 2006” and blogging as a whole is declared dead. Undead blogs continue to roam the earth seeking memes, and efforts to exterminate the zombie blogs becomes the subject of podcasts and web comics. These too are declared dead. The zombie virus mutates, and the microblog virus begins to spread. In the face of the zombie blog apocalypse, zota.org forms a protective cocoon, camouflaged the same color as the leaves of the internet itself. It remains quiet and tries to avoid detection…
  • 2008 With the blogosphere reduced to ruined piles of irradiated webcockery, bloggish activity cautiously resumes at zota.org, largely as a valiant attempt to create permanent links to otherwise ephemeral flame wars. It’s a mixed bag. Especially with that whole donkey kong thing.
  • 2009 What the hell was up with that year? Amirite? I mean, come on!
  • 2010 This too shall pass.