Horror movies are my genre of choice. Out of all things horror, my favorites involve Zombies. Almost anything that deals with a Zombie Apocalypse is good in my book. The leaders of my fascination have to be, “The Walking Dead” on AMC and the video game, “Left 4 Dead” on the Xbox 360. If something like this really happened, I would expect it to look how it’s portrayed on the previously mentioned show or game.
So what if it really happened? Where would you go? If you were split from your family or group what would you do? Since we were kids we were told that if we were ever lost to stay in one place. Eventually someone would find you but this never involved zombies. Would you stay in one place in hopes that your group would find you or would you leave? Your chances are rather slim if you head out by yourself but what if you’re given the task of scouting ahead for the group? Or what if you’re simply lost?
If you happen to find something of use or importance to others you’re obligated to leave some sort of message right? This obligation is what interests me the most. You’re alone and separated from your family or group, you get to a spot where you think others will head, and you leave a note for them to find. What would your note say? I think it would be very interesting to see what your responses would be. I would like for you to put yourself in the middle of a zombie apocalypse and think about what you would do to survive. If you reached safety or what was thought to be safe, what message would you leave for other survivors?
What I want to do is document all of your notes on a new blog. You submit the message you would leave and I will post it for others to read. You can name where you live right now as a starting point or you can use any location you want. The point is to dive into your imagination and come up with notes that you would leave for others to read. Maybe someone will stumble upon your message and give an update on the current state of that specific location. You could even leave tips on how to take down a zombie. It’s up to you and it’s all about interaction and participation. The more that participate, the more interesting it will be. If this sounds confusing I will give you an example.
“It’s crazy out here babe. I made it to Holland Police Department but it’s empty. I hope you see this. I’m heading south to Saugatuck. The state police has a post there.”
In the above example, I have left a message for my loved one and anyone else who may pass through. I want to see something like this from you, the readers, of this new blog. It can be anything you want but it has to be within the scope of a Zombie Apocalypse. Let’s dig deep folks. It’s time to let your imagination and creativity flow. If you were in this horrific scenario, what would you leave behind? What would your note say?
(Make sure to click Notes for the Living for a submission of your note and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Well folks we’re approaching that time of year again! Soon enough we’ll all be huddled around the Christmas tree opening presents and sharing good times and laughs. We’ll also be overeating, drinking, and passing out in a mountain of Christmas wrapper…well, maybe not but the point is that everyone will be having fun. To stay in the spirit of having fun and celebrating Christmas, I thought I’d do a top ten list that brings me back to my childhood and the gifts that made up that era. I know there are a lot of them but I picked the ones I felt everyone had at one time or another.
First off is one of my all time favorites. Transformers will always be the best toys out there but they have to be the originals. The toys were heavy like you would imagine a robot to be and they were metal. They could have been considered a deadly weapon and when your siblings are annoying you; except no substitutes. I had a few Transformers and out of all of them, my favorites were Soundwave, because of the awesome mini cassette robots, Megatron, because it actually turned into a gun, and non other than Optimus Prime. I mean, who didn’t like Prime? When I got it, it came with the trailer that transformed and I thought I was the king! No other toy compared to the leader of the Autobots. It was an excellent present but note to self, make sure to pick up your toys or you’ll come home to a yard sale and another kid is walking off with your prized possession. Thanks mom!
Back in ’92 Sega was coming out with some good games but not all of them could compete with Nintendo and their powerhouse of gems. I was an avid Nintendo gamer and felt that nothing could top it until Sonic the Hedgehog surfaced. This game was set to take on all comers and it did just that. My brother and I wanted the bundle for Christmas and it was something that he asked Santa for as well. We had been good all year and we were drooling for Christmas morning. On Christmas Eve though, we would open presents from our parents and then open presents from Santa and our Grandmother the following morning. It was an excellent night and a night my mother will never forget because she just happened to mix up the presents and Santa came early. I’d explain it but I have a short video that captures the moment.
I’ve always been into music and back in the day I loved to play the drums. I had asked for a drum set but my parents decided to get me something much better, or at least something electronic. So on Christmas Eve I opened up a present my parents would regret until it finally broke. I believe they found a way to destroy them without me know but I will never know for sure. The Hit Stix were a pair of drum sticks that had a cord connected to them and a speakerbox. The box had a clip for your waistband and included volume and sound effect buttons. Once you hit them against something the sound came through the box and it made for hours of fun. What made it even more fun was that you could air drum and it would still make a sound effect. It was a grand present and although my parents wanted to blow up the sticks, I’m sure they were content with my happiness…maybe.
Back in the early 90’s I played a lot of Tiger Handhelds. My favorites were Ninja Gaiden, Double Dragon, and Batman: The Movie. The games were the equivalent of a handheld Poker game but it was fun! The games of today are far more superior than the Tiger games but at that time they were the stuff. I remember going to the Meijer in Jenison, MI every other weekend and my parents would buy my brother and I a Tiger game. One Christmas I got the Batman handheld and I played that game until I beat it. It was amazing to me at the time and it was so amazing that I decided to take it apart and put it back together. I wanted to see how it worked and although I got into a lot of trouble for destroying my games, I see it as one of the reasons I am into electronics and technology in general today.
How many of you were lucky enough to get a Nintendo Game Watch? I know I wasn’t but a couple of my cousins were and at that time I thought those watches were the best thing since sliced bread. I mean, think about it; Super Mario Bros. and Zelda on your wrist to play whenever you want? Oh yeah! The games were killer but they were expensive too. I remember playing around with one that was on display at a store named Hills in Holland, MI and it was cool but for over $100? I don’t think so. My parents were not about to get me that and looking back at it now, they had no real graphics and the controls sucked! I would have had more fun with a Tiger handheld anyway but back then, the Nintendo Game Watches were top sellers.
Please tell me that you remember Garbage Pail Kids? The cards were disgusting and awesome! I remember getting packs of those and trading with my friends and family. It was cool to bust out the most disgusting one and heckle my siblings or my mom with it. I think the worst one was the kid who had popped all the pimples and was covered in pimple juice. The Garbage Pail Kids were so cool that they made a movie and yes I have it at home. I don’t remember the plot line but remember how shocked I was at the time to see them on screen and alive rather than on cards with no movement. If you were a kid of the 80’s or 90’s then you mostly likely had some Garbage Pail Kids floating around or maybe even some Madballs. Remember those?
Oh Simon, how I hate thee. This game is very addicting and can also contribute to high blood pressure. The game itself seems easy but it’s harder than you think. You have four different colors on a circular board that light up and have their own sound. Just like “Simon Says” you have to follow the pattern in the exact same way that Simon does. If you fail you lose. It starts out slow but once you get further it adds colors and the pattern gets harder. As I mentioned before I hate the game but in the same sense I love it because it’s addictive and I won’t let Simon get the best of me. I think the best part of the game was the commercials. It always showed kids walking up to the game and challenging it. They made the commercial look like an epic duel and made you want to take on Simon.
Crossfire was a game, like Simon, that had an epic commercial that made you want to beg your parents for it even if it meant rolling around on the floor like a fool. The game board was built like an arena and pitted two people against each other to see who could get the most points. At the end of each side was a gun with silver marbles as ammo. Each player would shoot their ammo at their opponents game piece in order to knock them out of the arena or game board. The game was fast paced and very fun but I hated that the balls would get stuck in the guns.
You sunk my battleship! I love playing Battleship and when the talking electronic version came out it seemed to make it that much more awesome! It probably wasn’t that awesome but the guy yelling and talking was almost like bacon, it makes everything better. So what more can I say about this superb game except for that your parents were probably tired of hearing the game voice and listening to you and your sibling(s) fight over who won and who might have been cheating. Either way it was a fun game and the electronic talking added to its complete awesomeness. I also added the commercial at the end of this post so that you take a trip back in time and reflect on how cheap yet cool this game was.
Finally we have Gloworms. They have been around for a long time and they were cool from what I remember. I had a green one and I believe mine simply lit up where others lit up and played music. The toys were soft, cute, and everyone had one back in the day. Gloworms are still around but they’re not the same. The other day my wife and I were at Target and found one but it wasn’t as cool as the originals. It was made by the same company but it looked like a knock off. The originals are always the best anyway.
There you have it folks! The Top Ten Christmas Presents from the 80’s and 90’s. I know I didn’t even scratch the surface on the best but that’s where you come in. What toys should have made it on the top ten list from the 80’s and 90’s?Post Views: 941
Between the hours of 7pm-midnight during the week you can hear the voice of Jackie over the airwaves at WGRD. She provides her listeners with the hard hitting rock that the station is known for. A recent graduate of Ferris State University, this inspiring powerhouse has not let anything hold her back from branching out into other outlets of media. An avid runner and pageant competitor, this girl is one to watch out for. When she’s not blessing her listeners with the rock gods of today, she can be found on television and taking part in photo shoots.
Currently Jackie has entered a contest to win an editorial with Teen Vogue. Contestants are asked to upload and submit a photo that expresses their own personal style. Teen Vogue will then post their top 10 finalists on September 12 2011 and then it will be up to the readers to decide on the winner. This is where you can help Jackie come one step closer to winning this contest. I will supply a link at the end of this post where you can go and vote. Simply register and comment on the photo. It’s as simple as that. The picture within this post is the one that was submitted to Teen Vogue and I must say that I dig it. In her own words Jackie explains,
“This is a very modern strapless dress. I describe it as a “punk princess” its adorned in zippers up and down the bodice of the dress, with a tulle underlay. The bowler hat tops it off for a fun 80’s punk princess look!”
Now let’s do our part by heading to Teen Vogue and vote for Jackie! From the airwaves, to television, to modeling and acting, this girl knows how to make things happen. She is truly a Jackie of all trades.Post Views: 465
Technology has always been used to the advantage of the people. It has made everyday life simple in many ways. Communication, Media and even Healthcare have benefited from it. With healthcare in mind, technology has been a large contributor to the progress of man. It has been so beneficial that the FDA has approved a way for healthcare and security to follow us wherever we go. A tiny chip implanted in your right arm or hand would hold our medical records, financial records and information pertinent to our identity. Has technology gone too far? Is this idea immoral or unethical?
So far one company has been approved by the FDA to bring this product to the public. Applied Digital Solutions has designed the VeriChip for our needs. The VeriChip is made possible by the use of an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) microchip and is about the size of a grain of rice, the microchip inserts just under the skin and contains only a unique, 16-digit identifier (VeriChip Corporation, 2006). The chip does not contain GPS (Global Positioning System) capabilities yet and it cannot be lost, stolen, misplaced, or counterfeited (VeriChip Corporation, 2006). Although this type of technology sounds new, it has actually been around for some time now. RFID chips are everywhere. When buying a purse at the store there is a metal strip inside. This is the chip that makes the alarm go off when leaving the store without having it deactivated after purchasing it. Anything you buy these days (other than food) has a RFID tag on it. Even animals have implanted chips. When and if you ever adopt a cat or dog from the Humane Society, press down on the back of its neck. You will be able to feel the chip that has been implanted to track it in case you lose it.
In 2002 VeriChip made a break-through when they chipped a family in Boca Roton, Florida. Jeff and Leslie Jacobs, along with their 14-year-old son, Derek, had the tiny chips implanted in their arms (Family implanted with computer chips, 2002). The insertion took only a minute under local anesthesia. The family had decided to be chipped for medical emergencies. Jeff has suffered through cancer, a car crash, a degenerative spinal condition, chronic eye disease and abdominal operations (Family implanted with computer chips, 2002). Within their chips contained phone numbers and information about previous medications. If for some reason they were incapacitated and brought to the hospital, a swipe of the arm would supply vital information to treat them according to their past medical history. At this time the FDA had not approved the chip because they did not consider the implant to be a medical device (Family implanted with computer chips, 2002). The company had hoped to market this product for those who suffered serious medical conditions, for instance those with Alzheimer’s disease (Family implanted with computer chips, 2002). After two years the FDA approved the VeriChip as a medical device. According to their Class II Special Controls Guidance Document the FDA states that, “the device is intended to enable access to secure patient identification and corresponding health information in humans” (2004, p. 1). Since VeriChip was given the green light the company seemed to target the elderly, children and the military. As they had previously hoped, they were able to market their “medical” device for those with Alzheimer’s disease. In reference to children, the chip was presented to protect children from abduction. As soon as a baby comes into this world the hospital wraps a bracelet on its ankle. I witnessed this first hand when my son was born in March of 2004. They carried my child beyond the security line and a loud and annoying alarm went off. Just a little peace of mind for the parent and one would find this to be a blessing but not everything is as it seems.
The issue of privacy and side-effects of the implant troubles the mind. An article in USA Today spoke of this issue and focused on CityWatcher.com, a provider of surveillance equipment. Two of their employees had been chipped to protect high-end secure data. Sean Darks, chief executive of the Cincinnati-based company compared chip implants to retina scans or fingerprinting (Lewan, 2007). The comparison is weak in reference to implanting humans and to others, the notion of tagging people is Orwellian, a departure from centuries of history and tradition in which people had the right to go and do as they pleased, without being tracked, unless they were harming someone else (Lewan, 2007). When presented with the idea of a Big-Brother-like campaign Sean Darks squashed it by saying it was “hogwash” (Lewan, 2007). Whether it is believed to be hogwash or not others feel it goes hand in hand with the Bible. Some Christian critics saw the implants as the fulfillment of a biblical prophecy that describes an age of evil in which humans are forced to take the “Mark of the Beast” on their bodies, to buy or sell anything (Lewan, 2007).
Regarding the issue of side-effects an article on MSNBC.com entitled, “Microchip for people may cause cancer” mentioned that there were possibilities that tumors could form. When the FDA approved implanting microchips in humans, the manufacturer said it would save lives (2007). They found “reasonable assurance” the device was safe, and a sub-agency even called it one of 2005’s top “innovative technologies” (2007). However, neither the company nor the regulators publicly mentioned that the chip implants had “induced” malignant tumors in some lab mice and rats (2007). These studies were actually performed in the mid-1990’s and well before the approval in 2004. One would wonder why the FDA would allow the approval of a product that could possibly cause cancer. Within the Class II Special Controls Guidance Document, the FDA determined that premarket notification is not necessary to provide reasonable assurance of the safety and effectiveness of this generic type of device if the manufacturer follows the recommendations in this special controls guidance or equivalent measures to address the risks identified in this guidance (2004, p. 3). The risks of chipping humans are even listed within the document, however, no mention of cancer (2004, p. 3).
- Adverse Tissue Reaction
- Migration of implanted transponder
- Compromised Information Security
- Failure of implanted transponder
- Failure of Inserter
- Failure of electronic scanner
- Electrical Hazards
These are just a few of the risks regarding chip implants and this product was designed to help us.
In conclusion this is just the beginning and so far it has been seen as a grand invention for healthcare and security. Persuasion is the key to marketing to the American people and those around the world. You will no longer have to worry about your medical information or if your children will be abducted. Missing soldiers will be a thing of the past and your finances will be kept safe in a secure database that can only be accessed by a swipe of your arm. Such simplicity would make everyday life a cake walk but the big picture is concerning our privacy. The question of whether or not chipping humans is unethical or immoral is irrelevant. The time is now to wake up and reject the wolf in sheep’s clothing. As George Orwell put it in his book 1984, “Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious” (Orwell, 1950).
(2006). VeriChip Corporation-RFID Tags. Retrieved October 17, 2007, from VeriChip Corporation Web site: http://www.verichipcorp.com/content/company/rfidtags#implantable
(2002,05,10). Family implanted with computer chips. Retrieved October 17, 2007, from USA Today Web site: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2002/05/10/implantable-chip.htm
(2004,12,10). Class II Special Controls Guidance Document. Retrieved October 17, 2007, from The Food and Drug Administration Web site: http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/ode/guidance/1541.pdf
Lewan, T (2007). Microchips in humans spark privacy debate. Retrieved October 17, 2007, from USA Today Web site: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/surveillance/2007-07-21-chips_N.htm
(2007). Microchip for people may cause cancer. Retrieved October 17, 2007, from MSNBC Web site: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20643620
Orwell, George (1950). 1984. New York,New York: New American Library.Post Views: 546