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Monday, June 14, 2010

"Quote of the Day"

"Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet."
-- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

-Jon

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

"Jon Baas: Husband in 30 Days!"

Yep. That's right. In exactly 30 days, I will be saying "I do" to my beautiful fiancee... in front of friends and family... in Tomah, WI. On July 10th, I will move from engaged bachelor to loving husband. And I can't wait! I proposed to Kelli on January 2, 2009. We've been engaged for a year and a half. It's time to turn the page.

If you'd like to follow along as we move closer to the wedding, feel free to join Kelli and me at our Facebook page: Jon and Kelli. We'll keep you updated. We'll even post wedding photos there after the fact! Come be a fan, and join us as our exciting little adventure unfolds.

-Jon

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"Rhythm and Moves"



I'm a fan of percussion; I used to play the drum(s) for many years when I was younger. I also love performing (as evidenced by my career in acting). So, when I come across someone who can combine both drumming and performing into one activity, I can't help but sit back and watch. It's very entertaining -- especially when done well.

That said, here's a drummer that fits that category. He's playing "Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top. And he's stealing the show too! Take a peek, and no.... he's not ADHD (as the YouTube title suggests), he's just focused. And having fun! Enjoy!

UPDATE: (Thursday, 6:47pm)
And here's an interview with Steve Moore, the drummer.

-Jon

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"Earth: From the Peaks to the Deepest Depths

Here's something fascinating: A web graphic featuring our amazing planet from top to bottom. Explore Earth's surface -- from mountain peaks to the mysterious depths.

-Jon

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"Surreal Multiplicity Photography"

Multiplicity is a photography technique in which the same person is photographed from different angles and directions, and then all of the photographs are digitally re-mastered in Photoshop showing clones of the person doing different things all within one photo.

Here are 35 surreal examples of multiplicity photography. Enjoy!

-Jon

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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

"Stephen Strasburg: Baseball's New Phenom"

A new kind of power has arrived in our nation's capital. But it's not a new upstart politician. It's not even a fresh new military general. It's baseball's newest rookie pitcher -- Stephen Strasburg.

The new Washington Nationals starting pitcher dazzled the history books in his first major league debut last night. He struck out 14 Pittsburgh Pirates and walked none over seven innings in a 5-2 Nationals victory. His 100-mph fastball did the trick. So did his 90-mph changeup. And no pitcher has ever struck out so many batters with so few pitches -- 94 total, 65 of which were strikes. No pitcher has ever done that in his first major league appearance.

Yeah, I think we'll be hearing about Stephen for some time to come. He's the new phenom. The "most hyped and closely watched pitching prospect in the history of baseball" -- according to Sports Illustrated. It'll be fun to watch his career develop now that he's in the majors. I'm a Milwaukee Brewers fan first and foremost. But I might just have to call myself a Strasburg fan somewhere in there too.

"No mere mortal, Strasburg dominates in debut"

-Jon

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Sunday, June 06, 2010

"Sculpting with Philippe Faraut"



French artist Philippe Faraut specializes in life-size clay portrait sculptures and monumental stone sculptures. Here's a video of him sculpting the bust of a cowboy. Enjoy!

-Jon

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"House Shaped Like A Car"

Austrian designer Markus Voglreiter created a house shaped like a car. It may look small and compact, but it doesn't lack any of the comfort that comes with a standard-looking residence. Plus, it features sustainable technologies and energy saving systems.

Yeah, I'd live in a house like that. Very creative work!

Now, just imagine what a whole street of these houses would look like!

-Jon

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Saturday, June 05, 2010

"Deadvlei: The Graveyard of 900 Year Old Trees"

To the rational human being, trees in a desert are rare. Unless, of course, those trees are in an oasis. But sometimes those trees are there for another reason -- abandonment. The water dried up, and they were left behind in a sea of dry sand. That's exactly what happened to a grove of dead acacia trees in a Namibian clay pan known as Deadvlei.

Here's a stunning collection of photographs that depict this oddly beautiful environment. Desiccated sun-scorched trees, black as charcoal against the lemon and apricot colored sand dunes of the desert. Quite a sight to see! Beautiful, yet haunting. Take a peek, and enjoy!

-Jon

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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

"Wednesday in Review"

Woke up earlier than usual. Well-rested. Spent some time on the computer. Continued day #2 of apartment painting this week. Painted an interior stairwell, various random areas, and part of a bedroom before running out of paint. (I painted the living room, kitchen, and hallway of same apartment yesterday). Washed up my supplies, and began painting the bathroom (with a different paint). Watched the sky outside turn from sunny to rain. Downpour by 6pm. Came home. Listened to the thunder, and saw the lightning of a passing storm. Talked to Kelli on the phone for an hour. Watched the end of the Brewers game on television. Working on my computer.

-Jon

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"Make Faces"

Here's something fun to do. A neat little distraction, if you will. Using various facial elements, create funny, new, and unique avatars with Digibody's Caricature Maker. Enjoy!

-Jon

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"A Polo Portrait Of Vincent Van Gogh"



As part of a clever marketing campaign by Japanese apparel maker, "Onward Kashiyama", twenty people arranged 2,700 polo shirts in 24 different colors to make a polo portrait of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. Very creative! Take a peek, and enjoy!

Maybe I should do something like this to promote my t-shirt store. An ideas?

-Jon

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"A Space Odyssey Of The Mind"

Six would-be astronauts will begin a 520-day mock space voyage this week to simulate a mission to Mars. It will take place in a warehouse in Moscow's suburbs in an attempt to replicate the cramped, claustrophobic conditions of a voyage across the Solar System.

The cosmonauts -- three Russians, a Chinese, a Frenchman and an Italian -- will live and work as interplanetary travelers, spending eight hours a day working on maintenance and scientific experiments, eight hours at leisure and eight hours sleeping.

"A space odyssey of the mind" -- (BBC News)

-Jon

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