Guns and gun ownership are not the problem. To
those who are blaming an inanimate object for the loss of life in last
week's school shooting, it's time to get real. The REAL problem is our
society's endless obsession with violence in the media; the
glorification of death and violence in pop-culture; and the rapidly
eroding respect for human life throughout our general society.
The Second Amendment
to the U.S. Constitution was passed on December 15, 1791. For 221
years, American's have had the protected right to possess a firearm, and
to use that firearm for traditionally lawful purposes. There is nothing
wrong with guns, they are just an object. The problem at hand stems
from the use of those guns by people who do not use them appropriately.
How about we focus on the problem, and stop trying to put a band-aid on the result of that problem.
Late last night, I did something I've never done before -- I submitted a design for a new Milwaukee Brewers game jersey. It's part of an official design contest hosted by the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club (MLB). The object of the contest is for fans to submit original, creative designs for an alternate Brewers jersey and hat that will be worn by the players for a game during Spring Training 2013.
A Brewers' panel of judges will select the four most compelling jersey designs (from among all qualified submissions), and those top four designs will be put before a fan vote on the Milwaukee Brewers website. All four Finalists will win a trip to the Brewers annual On Deck FanFest in Milwaukee, WI on January 27, 2013. The top winning design -- determined by the judges and fan vote -- will be announced on the Main Stage during the events of that day.
The winning design will then appear as the uniform to be worn by all Milwaukee Brewers players for the Spring Training game on Friday, March 22, 2013 against the Chicago Cubs in Phoenix, Arizona. The person who created the winning uniform design will win an all-expenses-paid trip to see that game in person, a jersey and hat worn by one of the players during the game, and ten t-shirts and hats made from the winning jersey design. For any Brewers fan, it's a pretty big deal!
I put my creative mind to work, and tossed my own unique jersey design into the ring. The submission period ended yesterday. Now it's up to the panel of judges to determine whether they like my jersey or not. Do I make it into the top four design ideas, or do I get beat out by better submissions? We'll see.
Today is 12-12-12. December 12, 2012. This is the last time Humanity will see this date until December 12, 2112 -- 100 years from now. This is also the last triple-number date like this until 2101, when our descendants will witness January 1, 2101.
For the record at 12:12pm today -- 12-12-12 12:12:12 -- I was navigating Facebook.
"The Time Tunnel (2002) - The Unaired Remake Pilot Episode"
Back in 2002, Fox showed interest in remaking the old 1966-1967 black and white science fiction television series, "The Time Tunnel". The series from the 60's lasted only 30 episodes. Fox thought a modern remake might catch on thirty-six years later. As a result, a complete 2002 pilot episode for the new Time Tunnel series was produced by Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Television Studios and Regency Television. It starred David Conrad, Andrea Roth, Tawny Cypress, and Kavan Smith. Ultimately, however, that one hour pilot episode was not picked up by Fox, and therefore never aired on television.
As it turned out, Fox chose to go with another new science fiction series instead, a futuristic space adventure produced by Joss Whedon called.... "Firefly". Of course, as we all know, Fox chose to cancel "Firefly" after only eleven of fourteen episodes had aired. So, that sci-fi show didn't last long either.
Earlier today, I came across the entire 2002 unaired pilot for the "The Time Tunnel" on Youtube. It's not half bad. By today's standards, it may be a bit too formulaic, it doesn't focus on the characters as much as I would have liked, and it speeds through the plot a little too fast, but, ten years ago, it would have been an excellent series pilot. And perhaps a solid science fiction series had it been picked up.
For your convenience, I've embedded the entire 2002 unaired "The Time Tunnel" episode right here on my blog (embedded in five parts). In total, it's 48 minutes long. Give it a watch, and if you like it, feel free to comment. I'd love to hear your thoughts!
I love books. I love catchy music too. Here's a video that combines both. In this one, John D. Bosworth autotuned and remixed Levar Burton in "Reading Rainbow" for PBS Digital Studios. What we're left with is a catchy tune about books, "sung" by Levar Burton.
"A book lets you zoom through time and space, but don't bother packing, you can stay in one place...."
In the Star Trek universe, the professional sport of baseball had died out in the 2040s. However, by the time of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine", in the 2370s, it was becoming popular again. Colony worlds were playing it. Captain Benjamin Sisko played it on the holodeck with his son, Jake. At one point (in the 7th season DS9 episode, "Take Me Out To The Holosuite"), a Vulcan Starfleet ship challenged Captain Sisko and his crew to a game on the holodeck. The Vulcans called their team the Vulcan Logicians; the crew of DS9 called themselves the Deep Space Niners. It was a fun episode, and one that seems to have become a fan favorite.
Since I'm a huge fan of both Star Trek and baseball, it made sense for me to create a line of Deep Space Niners gear for my store. I've recreated the actual DS9ers logo, as seen in the episode, and I've placed it on a replica baseball cap. I've also created an accurate t-shirt replica of the game jersey the Niners wore. Additional items such as other Deep Space Niners t-shirts, dark apparel, housewares, a collectable shot glass, pillows, bags and more can also be found on my Deep Space Niners product page.
All of my Star Trek designs are officially licensed by CBS/Paramount, and available at Jon Baas Designs. Click one of the links or images above to see that particular product.