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Tuesday, December 23, 2008


"Gone For the Holidays"

Well folks, time for me to do some traveling. I'm heading west across the state of Wisconsin to visit family in Minneapolis, and then I'll backtrack a bit to spend time with the girlfriend. While I'm gone, my blogging will be a bit sparse, perhaps even on hiatus. But I'll be back to posting around the 5th of January.

So, in case I don't get to say so when appropriate, have a wonderful Christmas, and an equally joyous New Year. I'll see you in 2009!

Your happily blogging friend,
-Jon

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Sunday, December 21, 2008


"Wow, That's Cold!"

Current Sunday morning temperature: -6 degrees (F) ... (yes, NEGATIVE six!)

UPDATE: - (1:41 PM)
I just stepped outside; that wind is downright Arctic, blustery, and bitterly cold! The current temperature sits at -2F, with a foot of snow covering everything. So far this winter, Milwaukee has already seen 33.1 inches. That's a third of the total snow we got all last winter (99.1 inches)! It's also 23 more inches than normal, and 10 more inches than this time last year.

Cold and snowy? Uh, yeah, you bet!

-Jon

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Friday, December 19, 2008


"Quote of the Day"

"You know how easily and suddenly these things happen, beginning in playful teasing and ending in something a little warmer than friendship. You squeeze the slender arm which is passed through yours, you venture to take the little gloved hand, you say good night at absurd length in the shadow of the door. It is innocent and very interesting, love trying his wings in a first little flutter."
-- Arthur Conan Doyle

-Jon

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"Make A Friend This Christmas"

This Christmas over 1 million geeks around the globe will sit lonely in their bedrooms, misunderstood and ignored by a cruel world outside. Without real friends, they languish unloved in basements, offices and box rooms, hoping without hope for a better life.

All you need to give is a little of your time. A visit from a neighbor, a friendly phone call, it can make a world of difference to a lonely geek. It'll cost you nothing, and you'll have the satisfaction of giving a geek a taste of the human contact he craves (yet instinctively shuns). And you'll brighten up his world -- for a moment at least.

Befriend a Geek.

-Jon

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"Movie Friday: "Veni Vidi Vici"

Another Friday, another movie. This week my selection is titled, "Veni Vidi Vici".

This short little animated film was created by Will Burdett and David Bryan for their final degree project while studying 3D Animation at the University Of Hertfordshire in 2008. Without any words, it tells the story of a little Roman soldier... that could.

Enjoy, and have a wonderful weekend all!

-Jon

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"Winter Storm"

The biggest snowstorm of the season is upon us here in Milwaukee. Right now, five and a half inches have fallen since midnight, and it's still coming down at a steady pace. Anticipated depth sits at 9-12 inches, and all of the schools in the Milwaukee area have been closed for the day. Total snowfall this winter: roughly 20 inches.

-Jon

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Thursday, December 18, 2008


"Majel Barrett Roddenberry, 1932-2008"

Majel Barrett Roddenberry, widow of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry has died. Iconic roles known to fellow Star Trek fans include: Number One in the original Star Trek pilot episode, Nurse Christine Chapel on Kirk's enterprise (1966-69), and the voice of the ship's computer throughout the later Star Trek movies and television series'. She was 76.

"Majel Roddenberry, widow of 'Trek' creator, dies"

-Jon

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"T-Shirt Thursday: Humor T-shirts"

In an effort to show off some of my popular (or new) t-shirts, artwork, and gift ideas exclusive to my online store, Jon Baas Designs, I've decided to feature a few of them here on my blog every Thursday. I call it, "T-Shirt Thursday". Feel free to comment, and enjoy!

Today's Featured Designs:
(click on each image to see available products)

Aim for the StarsContagious. Go AwayStupidity is not a Crime

More T-shirts & Gifts: .... Humor T-shirts & Gifts .... Women's T-shirts

And for those of you who like to shop, weekly sales and coupons are available on the front page of my store. Feel free to use them for special discounts!

Have a wonderful Thursday/Friday everyone!

Your happily blogging friend,
-Jon

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"Ok, Let's Do Some Blogging!"

Well, yesterday just kind of flew by. I was still a bit stuffed up, I spent the morning (and into the afternoon) shoveling snow, and distributing rock salt, and I ended my day by talking to Kelli. Blogging didn't come to mind much yesterday either. However, today is Thursday, and I'm home. So, I think I shall do some blogging. Hmmm.... what should I blog about? :)

-Jon

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008


"No Blog Posts. Nope, Not Blogging Today!"

Sorry folks, no blogging today (well... other than this nifty little post, saying that I'm not going to blog!). I'm busy getting over this pesky head cold (and talking to Kelli). I will, however, find more interest in blogging tomorrow -- when I'm not so stuffed up. For now, though, I think I'll go find a little something more to eat, and then visit my pillow for a few hours. :)

Have a wonderful Wednesday all! Until next time...

Your happily "not blogging today" friend,
-Jon

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Monday, December 15, 2008


"Dancing, Romance, and a Pretty Girl"

This past weekend, a pretty girl came for a visit.

On Friday, after her day of teaching came to a close, Kelli drove the hour and a half down here to Milwaukee. I treated her to a local Italian restaurant for dinner (Italian cuisine being her favorite), and then we hung out at my apartment well into the morning, just talking and enjoying each other's company. By mid morning, we both drifted off to sleep -- only to awake a few short hours later.

On Saturday, shopping was on the agenda. Kelli wanted to pick up a few items she was looking for, we had a late cheeseburger for lunch, and then returned to my apartment to get dressed up for the Ballet. Kelli wore a beautiful blue dress that had quite an affect on me, and I, being the far less beautiful of the two of us, opted for a dressy shirt and tie.

Downtown, "The Nutcracker" was just as wonderful an experience as I had hoped. It was also my first time seeing the ballet performed live. I'd watched it on television almost every Christmas as a child, but had never seen it on stage. Upon hearing of this weeks ago, Kelli decided this would be my Christmas present. And let me tell you, it's one of the best I've ever received!

For those that are curious, the ballet had the same familiar score by Tchaikovsky (played by the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra), the plot was the same, but the translation was slightly different. For example, the famous Russian Dance was performed by clowns, and very young dancers from the Milwaukee Ballet School filled out many cute roles not in the original rendition. The sets were fantastic and very professional, and the costumes were just as elaborate. It was a wonderful performance, and I was completely riveted from beginning to end!

After the ballet, Kelli and I returned to my apartment, and once again spent the night together, talking, cuddling, and enjoying the romance of our relationship. When we eventually drifted off to sleep it was -- once again -- well into the morning.

When we awoke to our Sunday, Kelli wowed me with the tasty simplicity of her cooking, we enjoyed breakfast, and resumed our weekend of conversation and romance. We danced to a CD of beautiful music she had put together, talked some more, and then sadly had to bid each other adieu, as she wanted to return home before too late in the evening.

After she drove away, and the romance of the weekend became a happy memory, I found dinner, wrapped up my day, and went to bed early (in the hopes of counteracting a newly-developing cold). I slept for 13 hours, and today... well, I'm still getting over said cold. :)

But, the sniffles aside, it was a wonderful weekend. I learned much from (and about) Kelli, we shared many hours of romantic company, and our relationship was strengthened. We found a great many firsts in our relationship, shared many familiar joys, and took in some theatre. She's back at home now, and I am back to the normality of my work, but I look forward to the next time we'll spend together -- Christmas and New Years. And this time, I get to meet her family!

Ah, the joys of love. Dancing, romance, and a pretty girl. You can't get much better than that! And if, somehow, you can, well... I'm not interested. I've found my Kelli. My heart is happy with her.

-Jon

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Friday, December 12, 2008


"A Weekend With Kelli"

Well folks, it's been a busy week here in Jon Baas Land. I've been working on a number of projects, wrapping up a few things, getting ready for Christmas, that sort of thing. And as a result, blogging has been a bit sparse. Also, this weekend, Kelli is coming down from the Manitowoc area for a visit, and we'll be going to "The Nutcracker" at the Milwaukee Ballet.

So, while I hate to say this, blogging will probably remain a bit sparse until the new week starts. But, I have a feeling I'll offer a recap for those that are interested. Afterall, while I'm a big fan of "The Nutcracker", I've never actually seen it performed live. Plus, Kelli brings romance to the weekend, and that could be great fun too!

So, yeah, hang in there. Blogging will resume in a few days. For now, time to go enjoy a few wonderful few days with the girlfriend. :)

Have a wonderful weekend all, and until next time,

Your happily blogging friend,
-Jon

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008


"Pictures of Water Drops"

Since all the water is frozen outside, and the frigid beauty of winter has set in, I though I'd take a moment and share some of life's warmer beauty with you. For your viewing pleasure, here are some stunning pictures of water drops. Enjoy! And happy Wednesday!

-Jon

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008


"Tuesday in Review"

Woke up in the late morning. Sat down at the computer; chatted with Kelli up north (she had a snow day from teaching). Not much new snow down here at the time, just freezing rain. Left the apartment to go shopping in the early afternoon. Discovered first-hand why the rain was freezing. Froze a little myself. Visited the local mall. First stop: a HOT spiced caramel apple cider from Starbucks. Mmmmm! Warmed me right up!

Did some shopping. Found 50% of what I was looking for. Slightly disappointed. Did a lot of walking. Visited Victoria's Secret; fascinated by the feminine interest in colorful undergarments. Enjoyed some tasty Arby's for dinner. Returned home by way of public transit and frigid bus stops. Happily warm in my own apartment. Unwinding. Going to bed soon.

-Jon

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"Kitty Loves Broccoli"

Parents often have a hard time getting their children to eat their vegetables. Kids just hate the green stuff. Here's a little kitty, however, that doesn't have that problem. Enjoy! ... [video]

-Jon

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Friday, December 05, 2008


"Quote of the Day"

"Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out."
-- Vaclav Havel

-Jon

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Thursday, December 04, 2008


"T-Shirt Thursday: Fruit T-shirts"

In an effort to show off some of my popular (or new) t-shirts, artwork, and gift ideas exclusive to my online store, Jon Baas Designs, I've decided to feature a few of them here on my blog every Thursday. I call it, "T-Shirt Thursday". Feel free to comment, and enjoy!

Today's Featured Designs:
(click on each image to see available products)

Grape T-shirtsPineapple T-shirtsBanana T-shirts

More T-shirts & Gifts: .... Fruit T-shirts & Gifts .... State Cutie T-shirts

And for those of you who like to shop, weekly sales and coupons are available on the front page of my store. Feel free to use them for special discounts!

Have a wonderful Friday everyone!

Your happily blogging friend,
-Jon

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008


"The Story Behind Hollywood Studio Logos"

Now this I found fascinating: Every time you watch a movie, there's always a logo before the film starts. It identifies the film studio that produced the movie. Have you ever wondered, though, who the boy in the DreamWorks logo is? Or the "Torch Lady" in the Columbia logo? Or even which mountain inspired the Paramount logo? Well, here, let's find out, courtesy of Neatorama.

Here's the story behind the major Hollywood Studio Logos. Enjoy!

-Jon

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"Typography Inspiration Showcase"

Typography can be one of the most fascinating elements of design. Whether it's web design, album art, corporate logos, posters, or any other type of graphic design, typographical inspiration can be a great resource for designers.

Here's a collection of beautiful typographical works. Enjoy!

-Jon

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Monday, December 01, 2008


"A Shoveling Upgrade"

It snowed last night. Only about 3 inches, though, not enough to shovel. Since I've moved to a new apartment, and someone else is already on tap to do the shoveling, I get to do things a little differently. My landlord bought a shiny new snowblower, and I get to remove the snow (at three rental properties) as the back-up guy to those already taking care of things. In other words, I get called in when the snow is too deep to remove by hand.

Today was my first snowfall under the new plan. I opted to use a shovel, since there wasn't enough snow to blow. But with winter upon us, and the white stuff falling again, my days of back-breaking shoveling are at an end (at least for a while). Yours truly can now do the job the easy way!

-Jon

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"Quote of the Day"

Today's quote is posted in honor of Kelli. She's come to visit me these past two weekends, and has spent the entirety of both just hanging out with me -- Christmas shopping, watching movies, and chatting on the couch. In that time, I've come to learn more about her, and with each passing day, my love grows. This quote sums up what I've learned:

"You don't love a woman because she is beautiful; she is beautiful because you love her."
-- Unknown

-Jon

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