ABOUT THE DAILY SMOKE
The Daily Smoke originated as a daily column on pop culture website TashiTagg.com (TT) in January 2003, ending with the final column on 17 August, 2007. TT closed down for good the following week, on Sunday 26 August, 2007.
In the early days of TT I used to post my stories on the TT Forums, as random forum posts. When I left my job as community editor at Iafrica.com in 2002 to work on TT fulltime I decided to create The Daily Smoke to ensure the longevity of my stories (forums have a nasty habit of being ritually cleansed).
Well over 600 columns were written, mostly between January 2003 and April 2006.
In July 2008 an old TT regular, Grim Reaper, posted on my "day job" website, TVSA
, that he was missing the Smokes something bad. I replied, saying it was a time and place and they were gone forever.
Grim's post kept nagging at me, however, until I decided to register the Daily Smoke domain and bung 'em back up again as an historical record.
The Smokes were subsequently dusted off, edited, cropped and uploaded to this website, which went live on 28 November, 2008. There are 486 Smokes on The Daily Smoke - others were culled due to relevance issues.
The Smokes are a mixture of personal stories (mostly from my childhood, teen and student years) and opinions on a wide variety of topics, including (but far from limited to):
Style and Clothing
Fears and Phobias
When they were originally published the Smokes could be replied to, in the early days on the forum and in later years on the TT Blogs.
They generated huge amounts of emotion amongst the community at the time and I decided this time around to leave off the commenting function - a firm case of been there, done that, left my heart on my sleeve and my hat on the door.
This site is intended as an archive, not as a community site.
My opinions change on a yearly basis as I constantly re-evaluate my life, what I believe and why I believe it, meaning a number of the opinions expressed in these articles are now outdated. Just like retro fashion and faded photographs, everything gets old after a while.
I left them in whether I still agree with them or not though - different Smokes for different Okes, you could say.
You can browse the site in a number of ways:
- Use the Smoke A-Z, an alphabetical listing of all Smokes (see top menu)
- On the homepage, puff your way through a random blurb generator (click "Puff Again" to select a new random blurb), choosing any Smoke that takes your fancy. Clicking "Full Toke" - or the title of the Smoke - will take you to the full story.
- Once you have read a Smoke you will find a number of links at the bottom of it, including "Smoke Another", which selects another random Smoke for you to read.
- Search for a keyword or phrase using the Site Search on the right hand side of every page.
If you ever need to get back to the homepage, click the site banner. To print Smokes out, use the Print link at the bottom of each article - it prints out with all site graphics, ads and other irrelevancies removed.
If you have a burning desire to contact me it's a tough racket - see the About Me page (link below) for further detail. I've made it deliberately difficult, in order to weed out as much trivial, spontaneous rage as possible. Nothing personal.
For anyone reading this who was on TT back in the day, when all of this was happening in realtime - I've thought of you often, friend and foe, and marveled at how it came to be that a group of unrelated strangers could inspire such heights of rage, laughter, passion and wisdom.
It's a time I shall always remember, and hopefully document one day.
For those of you finding out more about The Daily Smoke for the first time - I wish you strength and good humour for without them you're going to struggle. I use the words "fuck", "tits" and "helmet" quite a lot. I find them strangely comforting and often underappreciated.
That's it. Draw deep.
All Smoked Out,
Cape Town, South Africa