Hello everyone! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve written on Jabber Log. I’ve been pretty busy lately with family, work, and especially school. I have about 3 weeks left and I’m trying to concentrate on my studies as much as possible. My final class revolves around my professional portfolio that will be given to potential clients and employers in the future. All of my assets have been put together and I’m close to being done. Graduation is coming up fast and I can’t wait!
There will be a lot of changes coming in the near future. If you haven’t noticed already, Jabber Log has a new face. You can call it version 2.0 if you’d like. The layout has been changed and only the most recent post will show up as fully visible. All other posts will be at the bottom with a small excerpt and in order to continue reading you will have to click the “read more” link. Along with a new face, Jabber Log has recently surpassed the 15,000 mark with 131 subscribers. I am very proud of that and I thank everyone who helped me get to this point.
I have a lot of ideas for the future of this blog. I can’t say too much but it’s going to be awesome! I will continue to write as much as I can but for the last 3 weeks of school I will be taking somewhat of a break. I need to stay focused and work on my portfolio as well as build a site to showcase my work. I’ve already bought some hosting space and a domain name, I just need to work on the site. If you don’t see anything from me for a while you now know why. I have not and will not throw in the towel on Jabber Log. I’m simply taking a break in order to study harder. Have a good one and continue reading. Cheers!
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Hello fellow Jabber Loggers and welcome to an early edition of Tech Thursday. This sneak peek is so awesome that I had to share it a day early. If you dig zombies then I’m sure you have either read the comic series of The Walking Dead or you have been watching the show on AMC. Well if you’re like me then you can’t get enough of this! I’m a Walking Dead Junkie and I even have the comics so that I can read ahead. So why is The Walking Dead being mentioned in an early edition of Tech Thursday? Well folks, a teaser trailer by Telltale Games has debuted today and it shows an excellent looking preview to a game of The Walking Dead that will hit some time April ’12 for iOS devices. I’m not sure about Android users but it looks as though it will be out for iPhone and such devices first. I can’t wait for this to hit and make sure to check out the trailer below and follow the link for more goodies from Telltale Games where you can pre-order and get the chance to join The Walking Dead cast and die a horrible death. Cheers!Post Views: 41
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Hello all and Jabber Log is back with another story from the past. A funny story involving my brother, myself, and the State Police of Michigan. It was February of 1999 and I was getting out of school for the day. I had been debating on whether or not to bring my Tommy Hilfiger jacket with me or not and finally I decided I had enough crap to take home with me so I left it in my locker. I waited for my brother to get out of class and we got out of the parking lot and fast. For the past month or so I had been defying authority by parking in the teacher’s parking lot and I felt like I could get away with anything. With my cocky attitude I was just begging for Karma to kick me in the ass.
My brother Fernando (Nando for short) and I were cruising in my 1983 Z28 Camaro to South Haven so that I could get my senior pictures taken and we were enjoying ourselves. I had an excellent sound system in my car and I was bassing it all the way to our destination. The sounds of “F Da Police” by N.W.A. were blaring through my speakers and I turned to the left to see a state trooper pass by me going north. I didn’t care though, nothing could stop my good mood and I thought, “F Da Police” just like the song.
Well in my stupid teenage, not giving a crap mood, I failed to notice that the trooper had whipped around and was now on my ass. For whatever reason I sped up a little and looked over to tell Nando that we were going to get pulled over but he was passed out. I slowed down and I began to sweat, I mean really sweat. It was that kind of sweat that creates spots in unflattering areas. I was looked in the mirror and noticed a second trooper catching up to us. For a moment I thought they were heading to something else and then I about soiled myself when one of them pulled up next to me and they both hit their lights with the one next to me motioning to me to pull over. My attitude changed and I could barely breathe. I pulled over, shut my car off, and put my window down.
“How’s it going,” asked the trooper.
I could barley speak, “Um..alright I guess.”
“You know why I pulled you over?”
“Let me see your license and registration.”
I gasped and I swear my ass puckered when I flashed back and realized that I had left my stupid license in my Tommy jacket. I was sure I was screwed.
“I don’t have it…I left it in my other.”
“Get out of the car!”
I got out of the car and I held back my emotion. I was so scared and pissed that I wanted to cry like a fool. The trooper nudged me toward the back of my car as I dragged my feet.
“Get up against the car!”
“Did I stutter boy?”
Never in my life did I think I was going to be in this situation and I grit my teeth, placed my hands on the car and spread my legs.
“How old are you”, the trooper asked as he searched me.
“I’m 17 sir.”
“Yeah? Do you deal at all?”
“Why would you ask me that?”
“You fit the description of a drug dealer we’re looking for.”
I stood with no response as he pulled out my pager and cell phone.
“Hmm…you have a cell phone, a pager, and this nice car and you don’ t deal?”
“My parents have to keep track of me somehow and I work and get good grades man.”
“Uh huh, so if I search your car I won’t find anything right?”
Without missing a beat I blurted out, “Well it’s my dads car so if you find anything it belongs to him.”
The troopers laughed as I stood there trying to stop myself from wetting my man-shorts.
“So who’s that guy in the passenger seat and what’s wrong with him? Is he on drugs or something?”
“What? No sir, that’s my little brother he’s just tired.”
The trooper had me stay with the other one in back of my car and he tapped on the window. Nando didn’t move a muscle and after tapping the window a little harder he finally decided to open the door. Nando was so tired his ass fell out of the car and onto the road. I had not thought we could be screwed anymore than we already were until Nando fell out of the car. He looked cracked out, drunk, and his hair was mangled.
“Get up and go over there with your brother”, yelled the trooper.
Nando jumped up and ran toward me. “Oh my god dude what’s going on!?”
I shook my head and looked up into the sky. Lady Karma had arrived and it was time for me to get mine. The trooper had destroyed the inside of my car and I was freaking out. We were told to get back in the car and we did as we were told. We waited for the longest time and finally the trooper came up to give me a ticket for the tint on my windows. Apparently that was the real reason for pulling me over and since I did not have my license on me he could have arrested me for it. The trooper let us go and I was so happy. The following day I was a little pissed that I would have to take off my tint but was happy that if I did I would not have to pay the ticket.
Later that day I went to the eye doctor and I told him my story. Before I left his office he gave me the note pictured above. He told me to present it with my ticket and I would be rewarded. I went to the post and brought my father with me. When we got there the trooper who had pulled me over happened to be there and I turned in my ticket and showed my doctors note. He grit his teeth and I thought he was going to blow a gasket when he ripped it up in front of me. I couldn’t help but crack a smile as he gave me the look of death. I said thanks and walked off in a blaze of glory. I was pretty happy with myself since I had put it to the man.
Years later I look back at this incident and I think, “What the F was I thinking?” I could have gone to jail but when you’re that young you don’t care until it’s right in your face. What sweet irony this turned out to be since I now work for the man. Ha! I now understand why officers do what they do and if you had told me back then that I would be working for the police as an adult I would have told you, “F Da Police”.Post Views: 78
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
When I was growing up the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was it. Almost every game was gold and it was fun. Super Mario Bros., Castlevania, Bad Dudes, Duckhunt and others were at the head of the game. My personal favorite was Mega Man and to me this game was the most challenging. The video games of today are awesome and way beyond the games of the NES and Sega Master System age but you can’t beat the classics. With all the awesome games that hit in the 80’s and 90’s, and the pure fun of it, there were some downsides to the NES. Now, the following downsides blew when the game was good but looking back at it now, almost everyone dealt with the same thing. In that sense, it makes it funny how everyone did the same thing when it came to the cartridges and the system in general.
So let’s think about this. You’re up late and at the end of Mike Tyson’s Punchout. The NES is pulled out onto the floor, so that you can sit comfortably against the bed. I’m sure we all remember the cords being rather short. Mike Tyson goes down and you watch as Mario counts to ten. Your younger brother is very excited and jumps in the air and lands close to the NES causing the game to pop up. Your jaw drops and all you see is the blinking green screen of death laughing at you. Game Over! Did this or a similar scenario ever happen to you? I know it did to me and that’s what sucked about the NES but it made it that much more challenging because you had to start over and get back to where you left off. Another thing was having to blow on the cartridge to make it work. I have spoken to a lot of people regarding this issue and I believe everyone had their own special ritual for this.
I remember turning the cartridge vertically and blowing, “Heeeee, Haaaaaa. Heeeee, Haaaaa.” It worked almost every time and when it didn’t and the game was very hot it would go into the freezer. Yep you read that right, it went into the freezer to cool down for about ten minutes and it worked like a charm. It makes me laugh to think about all the stuff that happened with the video games of my youth. I remember when I discovered a cheat for Super Mario Bros. 3 on the second level of World 8. I was pissed that I couldn’t beat it because I kept falling into the water and couldn’t get back up so Mario would drown. I finally gave up and decided that on my final life I would try to swim underneath the boats as a fluke. Well, it worked! I remember waiting for the first boat to pass and I let Mario sink beneath the boat and then I hit the B button as fast as I could and I made Mario swim all the way to the end. I couldn’t believe what I had done and I sent the cheat/tip to Nintendo Power but it never made their cheat section. I was crushed but I didn’t care. I ended up beating the game and I felt like a king.
Another video game memory involves a Christmas when Santa came a day early. I had to have been around 9 or 10 at the time and it was Christmas Eve. My father was in Texas because my grandmother was ill and it was just us at home for the holiday. The whole day had been a blur as we tried to find something to do to pass the time until we opened our presents. We were jumping off the walls by nightfall and my siblings and I were eager to tear open our presents. We immediately went for the larger boxes while my mom worked the video camera. As I opened up a present I heard my younger brother scream.
“Richie! Richie! Look at this!”
I turned to see what he had and I figured it was an action figure of some sort but my jaw dropped when I saw the box in his hand.
“You see this Richie?”
“Yes! I can’t believe it Nando!”
My brother and I stared at this glorious box. The roof opened up and the angels sang as light shined upon it. The box he held was that of a Sega Genesis controller. I looked over at my mom and she covered her mouth as she continued to record us. I remember shaking my head as I smiled at her. All she could say was,
She ended up taking the box from us and said it was just a box but the next morning she gave it back when my brother and I opened up a large present that held the Sega Genesis, Sonic the Hedgehog bundle. It was all caught on camera and if I get the chance I am going to convert it and post it but for now this will suffice. I have to say though, watching the video as an adult is pretty funny. All in all, I have had many great adventures in video games. I’m 30 years old and I will always be a big fan of the classics. My favorites were Mega Man, Castlevania, Battletoads, Super Mario Bros., Double Dragon, Mike Tyson’s Punchout, Ninja Gaiden, Tecmo Bowl, and many more. I have passed on the torch to my 7 year old and he’s actually the one pictured in this post. He loves Mega Man but out of all the characters his favorite is Proto Man so that is what he was for Halloween ’09. What are your favorites? I have named a few of mine but I could add so much more. Let me know what your favorites were and if you too had a specific method for making your NES games work. Also don’t ever forget, Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start! It’s the Konami code for Contra that gives you 30 lives. Cheers!Post Views: 72