As you all know, I’m a huge video game fan. If I could compare myself to any group it would be the characters of “The Big Bang Theory”. If I had to narrow it down, I’d be Leonard. That’s right, I’d be the gaming nerd who gets the hot girl. With that aside, I dig gaming so much that I sometimes think about what it would be like if gaming crossed over into reality. I guess it would almost be the equivalent of Toon Town from Who Framed Roger Rabbit. It would be pretty crazy if this were possible. During my search for this edition of Tech Thursday I came across an article by Aled Lewis called, “Video Games vs. Real Life”. In this article, Aled provides some images that satisfy my thoughts on gaming crossing over into reality. The images are pretty awesome and I will provide a few and then add a link for the entire article. Enjoy folks!
Source: Video Games vs. Real Life
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
A while back I had come up with an idea where people could be involved in a zombie apocalypse. Their involvement would be shown by the messages they left behind for the living. It started out well and was hot for a bit but the big picture was lost when I became too busy for my own creation. It sucked because there were some good entries but I couldn’t keep up with it. It was on an entirely separate blog and after a while I just lost sight of it. So now I’m bringing it back. I’m thinking of taking what was done on the other blog entitled, “Notes for the Living” and incorporate it here on Jabber Log through mini episodes. I have so much traffic going through Jabber Log that I should have done it this way in the first place. The zombie story is a good one and people I know kept asking when the next note would be put up on the zombie blog in the beginning so hopefully it will continue its popularity here. What I thought made this so good was that the readers would themselves contribute to the story line by submitting their own notes. They would leave a note describing their situation and use their first name, city and state. By doing this others would not only make the story interesting with their own situation but it would show how far the infection had spread. It was interesting to read what others left for their loved ones and strangers to read. To start this out I am going to do the most obvious thing; start at the beginning. The story is seriously based on true events. Only the beginning of it is, of course, and the rest is made up. I had held onto the basis of this story for a long time. I was waiting for the right opportunity and I finally got it in the form of a contamination story around my hometown. Everything fit and what came out was the beginning of a good zombie story. So without further ado, and please comment, I present to you; Note for the Living – The Beginning.
March 24th, 2012.
The world has gone to hell and fast. The unthinkable has happened and I’m left to find my family. Who would’ve thought this day would come? The infected roam the streets and what little survivors that are left have bunkered down or have fled to the nearest military check point. I have been here for days. I’m waiting for you to return Rebecca. I had a bad feeling the night I lost you and the kids. I took the overtime in dispatch because we needed the money for our annual trip to Florida. Had I known it would turn out like this, I would have never called back.
That night I had been reading about the problems in Fennville. A local factory had been spraying their waste in different fields for years. The chemicals that were sprayed made their way into the water of the city and people were getting sick. I thought it was crazy how something like this could happen. I took a call from a nurse at Allegan ER who told me that two guys came in with a weird illness. They were rambling that they had just escaped from a migrant camp to seek medical attention. I was told that they were being held captive with others that were sick and separated from those who were healthy. A few of them worked in a blueberry field near by as well as the factory in Fennville. They believed that the chemicals that were being sprayed in the field caused their illness.
We sent officers and the fire department out to the camp to search for people that were being held captive. Once they got there everything went to hell. All we could hear were gunshots and screaming. Everyone made it out but they left a bloodbath of several bodies in a home that appeared to be dead when they got there. As the officers made their way to the sheriff’s department, I received a phone call from the emergency room. The screams for help attacked my ears and I could hear something horrifying. It almost sounded like chewing. I could hear cries of agony. We sent officers to the hospital and our 911 lines blew up. Those who were infected had overrun the area where the migrant camp was located. It spread so fast that we couldn’t keep up. There was so much radio traffic that the system overloaded and broke down. My team and I decided to leave for our respective families.
I hurried home for you Rebecca. I hurried home for you and the kids. When I got here you were gone. I’ve waited long enough. I don’t think you’ll be back. I leave this note for the living. You must know how this started. I’m heading back to dispatch to find you Rebecca. If you see this, find me there. I love you.
(video below is a voice-over version of the note above. disregard the website at the end, it will all be here now)Post Views: 274
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
I have experienced a lot in my life and being a 9-1-1 supervisor has allowed me to learn more about emergency services and those who work in the field. Today I got the chance to interview Joel Thompson, a Plainwell EMS paramedic. The audio story, which can be heard by following the link below, sheds light on what makes him tick, his educational background and what he enjoys most about his job. A big thanks goes out to Thompson, Plainwell EMS, and Allegan County Central Dispatch for assisting in this project.Post Views: 230
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
I don’t know about all of you but I love movies. Ever since I was young I have dug movies with a good story line, visuals, and of course the music. Out of everything that comes packed in a movie the music is where it’s at. I mean, think about it. Would suspense or thriller movies have the same feeling without the music? Sure the camera angles and slow moving actors help but the music is what sets the mood. It completes the overall scene and pulls at the strings of your emotions. I know it keeps me at the edge of my seat. In this post I would like to share my top 5 memorable movie songs. The following songs are what made a specific scene or the entire movie memorable for movie goers.
5. Forrest Gump – Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Forrest Gump is one of those feel good movies where the main character triumphs throughout the film. Although it does have some sad moments it’s fairly balanced with good humor and events from history. It’s a movie I can watch over and over and actually, I could watch every movie on my list over and over. The movie has an excellent soundtrack and it was hard to pick one but the one I chose completes a time of war. After graduating from college Forrest inlists in the Army. Once his training is complete he and a friend named Bubba are shipped out to fight in the Vietnam War. I was not yet born during this time period but I have heard stories and the movie depicts it rather well in comparison to what I have heard. I mean, it shows a mild depiction where a movie like Full Metal Jacket is a bit more harsh. On top of that the movie includes Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival. I would explain the scene but I have provided a clip instead. I wouldn’t be able to do it justice but the song completes the whole scene.
4. Blow – Blinded By The Light By Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
When this movie came out I immediately wanted to watch it and it wasn’t because of the great cast either. It was the movie trailer that had the most influence on me and the music. Once I saw the “based on a true story” movie I couldn’t believe how much George Jung was involved in. For example here’s a quote from the movie, “We invented the market place. In fact, if you snorted cocaine in the late 1970’s or early 80’s, there was an 85% chance it came from us.” George was obviously a big player in the distribution of cocaine in the U.S. During the time that this quote is being made there is a montage of images from his accomplishments and good times. In the background of the montage is Manfred Man’s Blinded By The Light. The song is perfect! So without further ado, here’s the trailer to my number 4 pick.
3. Top Gun – Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins
Next up is Top Gun! This was a hit movie back in 1986 and how awesome were the scenes from this movie? I remember the movie pretty good but I only remember the scenes that are most talked about. It was 1986 and I was born in 1981. I have seen the movie many times but I can’t recall it word for word like some people. Either way though, this was a huge movie for Tom Cruise. There was a lot going on in this film but check out what IMDb has as a synopsis for it,
“The macho students of an elite US Flying school for advanced fighter pilots compete to be best in the class, and one romances the teacher.”
Umm….really? That’s it? What about the loss of Goose, a good friend, and how Maverick finds himself by finally getting over his fear that involves his father and kicking ass at the end? I guess none of that stuff matters. It wouldn’t make for an awesome action packed film if the synopsis had that in it. The movie is one that many people remember for the rivalry between Maverick and Iceman, Iceman biting down and almost breaking his teeth, jet fighter dog fights, singing in a bar to woo the lady, and least but certainly not least, Kenny Loggins Danger Zone. You can’t mention this movie without mentioning the song. Everyone knows it and if they can’t sing it they can hum it. Forgetting this song is like forgetting this quote,
“I Feel The Need, The Need For Speed”
It can’t be done. Although I was young when this came out I still saw it and there are a lot of elements that make this movie memorable especially the music.
2. Rocky III – Eye Of The Tiger by Survivor
Next up is none other than Rocky III. I love the Rocky franchise, but out of all the movies I dig part two the most. The fight between Rocky and Apollo is epic and the music that fuels it is superb! Why can’t boxing matches be more like those of the Rocky franchise? I guess there is too much money involved and well…someone has to take a fall right? In part three, Rocky is the champion and his face is everywhere. During a press conference Rocky is confronted by a disgruntled boxer named Clubber Lang played by Mr. T. Lang destroys Rocky in their championship match, Mickey dies, and Rocky is left to marinade on his future. The Eye of the Tiger is first mentioned in this movie by Apollo Creed and I believe the song is played at the end when Rocky and Apollo go to swing at each other before the credits roll. Someone correct me if I’m wrong here. The movie came out in 1982 and well, I was barely a year old. I am merely speaking from the reruns I’ve seen on TBS. The movie was good either way and below I have included a tribute that someone created on YouTube.
1. Reservoir Dogs – Stuck In The Middle With You by Stealers Wheel
And now for my number one pick in my “Top 5 Memorable Movie Songs”. Whenever I hear “Stuck In The Middle With You” by Stealers Wheel I think of Reservoir Dogs. This is a movie by Quentin Tarantino about a group of men who band together to pull off the perfect crime. The movie has an excellent cast with a storyline to match. When this movie is mentioned, fans think of the infamous ear scene. Along with this scene is the song I have mentioned here. If you have yet to see this movie you must head out and buy it or borrow it from someone. The scene is classic and instead of adding the clip I will place a link here. The scene is rather brutal and I don’t believe it would work here so instead I will add the movie trailer.
So there it is folks! These are my top 5 and I’m sure everyone has a comment for this so let me have it! I would like to have your opinion on my list and please feel free to list your top 5 as well. Have a good one and happy reading. Cheers!Post Views: 340