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Saturday, May 02, 2015
A New Baas House
So, my wife and I took a new step in life this week -- we're buying our first house. Up until now (for the past five years) we've been living in a nice apartment building. But the time has come to upgrade to something more permanent. So, earlier this week, we made an offer on a house here in Brillion, the offer was countered by the seller, and we accepted. It's legally binding now.... if everything else falls into place (as we anticipate it will), when we close in the near future, the house will be ours.
It's an exciting step. I've never owned a house before. I've lived in many different houses and apartments in my life -- in many cities -- I've moved far more often than I would have liked -- but I, personally, have never owned a house. The nice thing is, though, this is a great house, great location, great neighborhood. We both like it. It has many things our present residence does not. I'm certainly looking forward to the joys and challenges of home ownership, and the growth opportunities it presents, but I can't say that I'm eager for yet another move.
The good thing is, though, when you own a house, the chances of moving drop significantly. I can live with that. It'll be a place to settle into, and a place to truly call home.
I won't say much about the house at this point, there are still a few post-signing steps to complete, and then, of course, there's closing. But when that happens, expect to hear more details. It's a big step, but it's a big step forward. And in life, that's always a good direction to travel.
I went to see Avengers: Age of Ultron last night, and I'll be completely honest, it was a fantastic ride! The story was solid, the special effects were jaw-dropping, and James Spader was pure evil (and sounded it too!). If you haven't seen this film yet, go see it.
According to reports, Avengers: Age of Ulron made $27.6 million in domestic ticket sales on Thursday alone. Even before the official opening day here in the United States, the movie has already brought in $287.3 million internationally. And, if the excitement on social media is any indication, I have a feeling it will be breaking a few cinema profit records.
Go see this film. For your convenience, here's the official film trailer.
In my continued efforts to remodel JonBaas.com, my site forum has now been upgraded. I've widened and reworked the layout (with more expansion coming soon), I've updated the design, improved the navigation, and added some new features for members. I'll be working to promote this forum as an active community in the coming days and weeks, but for now, the forum is up and running. Stop by for a visit, set up a profile, join a discussion. Let's see where this goes!
As some of you already know, I've become a big fan of Marvel in recent years -- primarily because of "Avengers" and their other related film and television efforts. My personal favorite Marvel superhero is, without a doubt, Captain America. There's just something fascinating about his down-to-earth personality that I like. He's a character you can't help admiring.
In fact, that seems to be the angle I take in all of my superhero fandom. Even in the DC universe, I side more with Green Arrow (as seen in the television series, "Arrow"). He's a human character thrust into a good versus bad world, not because he wants to, but because he has to -- to save the city he loves. He's a superhero, without a super power.
Lately, I've become a fan of yet another superhero, Marvel's Daredevil -- not the Ben Affleck film version, no, the Charlie Cox television version released on Netflix. There's just something remarkably compelling about a blind man using his heightened senses to fight crime on the streets of New York City at night, while fighting injustice by day as a lawyer.
If you're a fan of Marvel, superheroes, or even just a great, well-written thrill ride of a story, look for Daredevil on Netflix. Grab your popcorn and binge-watch. Season one is available in it's entirety, and it's well worth your time. Although, I will warn you, it's a darker breed of superhero. Darker.... but nonetheless addictive.
Well, as promised, the update to my website has been completed; the new pages have been uploaded. JonBaas.com 2.0 is live and ready to enjoy!
Of course, you'll notice that the site still bears the same basic format as the previous rendition -- that was intended (I like the simplicity of the design), however, it's a complete bottom-up overhaul. I've re-coded everything to make it cleaner, fresher, and easier to read. I've adjusted the color scheme, giving the blues a more welcoming feel. I've increased the site width and font size, I've even updated the content across all pages.
It's a new site for a new era.
If you happen to see any errors, though, please let me know. Send me a message, post a comment, however is most convenient for you, and I'll take care of it asap.
How cool is this! The elevators to the observatory at the top of the new 1 World Trade Center in Manhattan show an animated time lapse video recreating the development of New York City's skyline, from the 1500s until today. You'll even see one of the old World Trade Center towers appear for a moment, and then fade away, memorializing the old towers that once stood on that very same spot.
It's a short video, but well worth your time. Watch and enjoy.
Alright, folks, I'm relaunching full-steam after a hiatus from blogging. My many projects stole my attention (and rightly so), but it's time to get back into the world of daily musings. If you've been
one of my readers for the past twelve years, you're seeing a
newly-minted blog design. I am working on updating the rest of my website to match. It's cleaner, fresher, and more in line with advancing
web standards. Yeah, I know, about time, right?
tuned as I kick things off again -- just like old times. Only this time,
we'll be diving back into the world of blogging with a new perspective.
Blog 2.0. Let's get started!
To the scammers out there: if you're going to call me on the phone pretending
to be from "Microsoft", speaking in a thick Indian accent with
artificial concern, and offering to "fix the technicals" of "Mr. Kelli's" computer (FYI: Kelli is my wife), I will hang up on you.
I received a call like this today, and it went something like this:
ME: Hello, this is Jon.
SCAMMER: Hello. I am Tom from Microsoft. May I talk to Mister Kelli?
ME: Kelli is a girl.
SCAMMER: Uh... Can I speak to him? May I leave a message.
SCAMMER: Uh... Okay.... I am calling from Microsoft. We have
informations about problems to fix the technicals on Mr. Kelli's
computer. If you can...
*click* ... (me hanging up on "Tom" mid-sentence).
Clearly, "Tom" wasn't listening. Nor did he care about his supposed "customer service".
You'd think these scammers would get get the hint from the other dozen
times I've hung up on them. They used to call asking for "Mr. John". I've
hung up on them quite rudely every time. Now they're calling for "Mr.
Kelli" (who is a woman, and, quite clearly, my wife). These guys are attempting to
scam people by convincing those people to give them remote access to their
personal computers (so that they can install malware and other dangerous programs).
Their scam has been widely reported on the news, cautioned by word-of-mouth,
and can easily be discerned by most people.... yet they
persist. They are foolishly determined to steal from and scam anyone who will do what they ask.
If you get a call from someone like this claiming to be from Microsoft, hang up. Microsoft does not call people asking to fix their computers. That's not how Microsoft works.
I'm deeply fascinated by pictures of old abandoned buildings. For places like this, it's as if life just ceased one day, and everyone disappeared. Artifacts are left behind; pictures are still hanging on the walls; once-valuable documents litter the floor. But the questions always remain: What's the story behind each of these abandoned places? And why are they still here for us to wonder about and explore?
Come join me as we take a peek at some off-limits areas. The photos of these unique places are oddly captivating.
One of the things many Star Trek fans enjoy, is the opportunity to dress up as themselves -- or their favorite character -- in the Star Trek universe. But that usually requires a costume, and more often than not, those authentic replica costumes can be very expensive. So, I was thinking, what if those popular Starfleet uniforms could be available in a t-shirt format? What if a fan could wear their favorite uniform in everyday life?
So I made these all-over-print replica Starfleet uniform t-shirts, printed on the front and back. They each feature the appropriate iconic combadge, the department colors (exactly as seen on Star Trek), and they are all 100% softened polyester. In addition, each t-shirt is fully licensed by CBS/Paramount. They're the coolest Star Trek shirt every fan needs to own!
If you're looking for a new way to show your love for Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyager, or Deep Space Nine, you've come to the right place! Click any of the t-shirt images or links above to check out the shirts in more detail, place an order, or see any of the other non-shirt items I have, featuring the same uniform images (stickers, buttons, pillows, tech cases, etc.)
Take a look. I think you'll be love 'em as much as I do!
Like many Milwaukee Brewers fans, I'm sad and disappointed. What began as an exciting baseball season full of hope and eagerness for a post-season Playoff berth, fell apart in September. The Brewers started the season in April with a 20-7 record, and they stayed atop the National League Central division for five full months. During that time, they never gave up first place. But in September, they crashed with a 9-22 record to end the season at 82-80.
Third place. No division title. No wild card. A fantastic season that ended with a heavy thud.
Yeah, I'll miss my Brew Crew. I'll miss watching the games. I'll miss the crack of the bat. But, like every disheartened life-long fan (of any losing team), I'll put the depressing fall behind me, wipe the slate clean, and hope that next year tells a very different story.
Six months until the 2015 season. The long winter wait begins.