What’s the story with the site icon?

You may be wondering what this web site’s icon is, or why I chose it.  The icon was created from an image of my cat, Gizmo. Sadly, Gizmo is no longer with us, but he visits me in my dreams frequently.  He’s a dream animal now, which makes him perfect for this site.

Gizmo outside, looking in.
Gizmo outside, looking in.
Gizmo at his post, guarding the stairs from intruders.


Welcome to oneirozoo.com.  The word oneirozoo is not in any dictionary – as far as I know.  But if it was, it could mean “dream animal.”  I ‘discovered’ this word while playing with a program I wrote in the early 1990’s called The Thousand-Sided Dice.

I wrote the program originally at the request of my sister, who – among her other talents – is a poet and songwriter.  The program randomly combines a word prefix with a word suffix, selecting from a thousand of each; hence, the name.  When it randomly popped up “oneirozoo” and I realized that it could mean “dream animal” I liked the word so much I bought the domain oneirozoo.com.

A web-based version of the Thousand-Sided Dice, hosted on the same server as this site, went live in September of 2012. There’s a link in the sidebar of this web site, or you can go there directly at ksided-dice.com. Go ahead! Check it out, then let us know what you think.