Hello, Hello, I’m Back Again

Blogging has changed a lot since 1996, when I first started with it. For one, the word “blog” didn’t exist back then. For second, blogs weren’t yet mastered by anyone but geeks and techies with far too much time on their hands — folks just like my buddy Kent who wrote a custom scripting engine to run my old web site, haaz.net, the domain name for which I foolishly let expire back in 2000… not my best move ever, eh?

Anyhow, it’s now 2008. Haaz.net is long gone, and I’m no longer in Madison, Wisconsin or Savannah, Georgia, the two places from where I wrote it. (archive.org has some copies of it, but that site’s down right now.) The current political scene in Wisconsin and the United States has lured me back to blogging. I’ve got the second-best domain name next to haaz.net here with haas414, left over from when I ran for the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors earlier this year. I’m sure I’ll expound upon that race later. And Milwaukee politics. Among other things. I certainly couldn’t let Folkbum have all the fun!

My interests are as wide and varied as any other self-aggrandizing blogger. I’m a bit of a specialist in the history of the Cold War and the Soviet Union. I speek [sic.] so little Russian that I’m not going to try to reproduce it on here, for which I’m sure you’ll say pajalsta, tovarisch. I’m also the host of the Milwaukee of Drinking Liberally… and there’s much more to say on that later. I’m also a big advocate for diesel cars, especially the Volkswagen TDI, which gets over 48 MPG on the highway. By the way… have you heard of biodiesel?

Tomorrow, though, I’m headed down to Illinois for a homebrew biodiesel workshop in which I’ll learn how to make biodiesel from grease. Given how expensive all fuels are, that should be good to know how to do. And given that I’ll be getting up early to go there, with apoloies to Gary Glitter, I’ll sign off. All the old posts on here are from my bid for the county board. Go read them or something.


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.

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