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Friday, August 26, 2011

"United States Air Force Museum Virtual Tour"

Now this is cool!:

You can take a 3D self-guided virtual tour of the entire United States Air Force Museum located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Entirely from the comfort of your own home. You can navigate through the online galleries either by using a drop-down map, or by following navigational arrows connecting the individual nodes. Icons indicate hot-spots where you can get additional information such as videos, audio or links to online resources.

Give the site a visit, and enjoy the photos, planes, and exhibits! It's well worth your time!


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Thursday, August 25, 2011

"First Day of School For Kelli"

Kelli is back in the classroom starting today. Her kindergarten class this year stands at fifteen kids. And unlike last year, it seems to be a good mix of boys and girls -- something Kelli has been eager for. If I remember correctly, she had a classroom of 13 kids last year, two of which were boys. And the year before that, a classroom of 11, with only two or three girls.

As I hear it, a classroom of boys presents a whole different set of challenges than a classroom of mostly girls. Hopefully this year will be more even keel.

I find it interesting too that the first day of school this year is a Thursday. Kelli likes it that way, because the kids can get settled into the school routine on Thursday and Friday, and then start actual classes on Monday. I don't remember it working that way when I was in grade school, but then again, that was over 20 years ago. I guess if it works this way, why change it.... right?

Now that Kelli's back at school, I'll have to get used to her not being around again. During summer, she was still the administrator of the school's Early Childhood program. She had administrative stuff to take care of, and her staff of teachers worked with the kids... most of the time. Occasionally she'd go in and spend the day with the kids, but for the most part, she was home more than she was at school. Now, she's gone all day, and I wake up to a quiet house. I'm the only one here until mid-afternoon.

I don't mind the quiet. In fact, I work best in this kind of setting. Just me, my work, and my office. Still, the absence of wife will take some getting used to.

How has YOUR house changed now that school is back in session?


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Monday, August 22, 2011

"Coming Soon: Jon's Product Designs"

I've been spending a lot of time adding new products to my online store. Not everyone knows that I do this, or that I even design and sell my own line of merchandise. But, hey, it IS one of my chosen professions. So I though I'd get back into the habit of sharing some here on my blog.

A while back, I used to have a blog feature called "T-Shirt Thursday". Originally, it was an opportunity to show my readers some of the t-shirt items I designed. However, over the years, I've branched out into other products beyond apparel. Now, I design and sell everything from posters, prints, fleece blankets, laptop skins, mugs and much more. Lots of themed categories too, some of which sell very well.

In the coming days, I'll start sharing some of my favorite products again. I won't confine them to once-a-week as I did the first time around, rather, I'll just post a selection when the notion strikes me, and go from there. If any of the products interest you, feel free to share them with friends. I already sell internationally, and have customers as far away as Japan and Australia. None of my public work is a secret.

When I post product images, I'll also write a little about the category or theme as well. You'll hear about why I made those products, what they mean to me, feedback I've heard from others, the successes that have come my way.... that sort of thing. If my work fascinates you, by all means, stick around. There'll be a little something for everyone!

Stay tuned!


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Gamarjobat are an award-winning Japanese comedy duo consisting of Ketch!, who sports a red mohawk, and HIRO-PON, who has a yellow mohawk. The duo perform a variety of sketches, including mimes and physical comedy. They're definitely unique. One Youtube commenter summed them up in the following: "...all the cheap & easy jokes, done to perfection."

Sit back, give them a watch, and enjoy!


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Friday, August 12, 2011

"Quote of the Day"

"You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we're doing it."
-- Neil Gaiman


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