Hello folks and welcome to a second edition of Tech Thursday with Jabber Log. Yesterday I had an early edition with a sneak peek of The Walking Dead iOS game that’s coming this April. Well I’m back again with a very brief look at Photoshop CS6. Oh yeah, you read that right and it’s up on Adobe’s website to download for free before it officially comes out. I would talk about it some more but we all know about Photoshop and the image within this post should be enough to make you want to go and download it. The link that I will provide will bring you to a page where you can download it directly from Adobe and there are options for both Windows and Mac. All you really need is an Adobe account to activate the Beta Trial and you’re in! If you don’t have an Adobe account you can sign up for one and it’s free! So if you dig Photoshop as much as I do then click on the link below and check out CS6 before anyone else. Cheers!
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Hello everyone and welcome to another installment of Tech Thursday on Jabber Log. Today we reflect on the Internet and the thought of not having it. I remember around 1995 when America Online (AOL) hit the scene. There were advertisements all over television showing people connecting online through chat rooms. I was in awe at what could be done with AOL and I wanted to connect right away! Back then I had a stellar Packard Bell sporting Windows ’95. My parents purchased an AOL disc and allowed me to install it. It was New Years Eve and my family was having a party. My friend Adam and I logged on and we began to chat with people from all over. It was awesome but the Internet was still new and there was a lot to learn.
That was the beginning…the Internet got better and better after that. It spawned movies like Hackers, The Net, and many more. Information was easy to find and available to all. Now let’s think about something. What if the Internet never existed? Free information would cost loot with several volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica, television, mobile phones, and music would be completely different. There would be no, “Just Google it,” no tweets, likes, and Ebay would be nothing. Think about it…the world would be completely different and if you can’t imagine it, I have an infographic from Mashable.com that breaks it down. Happy reading and thanks to everyone or should I say Al Gore for the Internet. Also, make sure to comment below on what you think would suck if the Internet never existed. Cheers!
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By Ricardo — 8 years ago
Contributing to Jabber Log every day has been an excellent experience. I am finally able to let the creativity flow and share a little bit of myself with all of you. I really appreciate all the comments and everyone who has taken the time to read my entries. I am pretty close to 600 views and I am stoked about it! I have a lot more coming so stay tuned. Hopefully “Parents of Elementary Students” will take off and for those who have dug the stories in reference to my current career, there is more to come.
Thank you once again and the fun will continue. There will be more additions to the sections of News, The Creative Corner, Parents of Elementary Students (hopefully), a fan page and especially Within the Trenches. Have a good one folks, and cheers you cheeky mofo’s!Post Views: 277
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
According to neighborhoodscout.com, the city of Grand Rapids, MI holds a population of just under 190,000 people. Within that amount are people with their own story. They range from the happy to the sad and to those of violence. This is the story of Cruz, a former gang member who sought the friendship and limelight of a gang but soon found out that this life was not a smooth path. This story also highlights the work of Mario Alfaro, a youth advocate and gang specialist with the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan.
Alfaro works with gang members through a program called, Supporting Our Leaders (SOL). According the center’s official website, “the Supporting Our Leaders (SOL) Program’s mission is to strengthen families and reduce youth violence by offering educational and cultural empowerment opportunities.” With a recent rise in violence, Alfaro spoke on a local radio station to express his concerns. Others have also noticed a spike in violent crime and according to mlive.com, “Police Chief Kevin Belk released 2012 statistics that show a 10-percent spike in violent crime from the previous year.” The spike was enough to bring local leaders and authorities together for one of a series of town hall meetings to share ideas on how to prevent and stop this problem.
It was just this past January when the town hall meeting covered by WOOD TV8, a local news station, dubbed “Beyond the Violence” occurred. According to their official website, “Strong role models, more opportunities, positive outlook and the community working together were common themes during a WOOD TV8 town hall, “Beyond the Violence.” The site goes on to say that, “The town hall is the latest in a series of community meetings begun by area pastors in conjunction with the police and other community activists to stem the tide that has seen 11 people gunned down over the past six weeks in the city of Grand Rapids.”
It is people like Alfaro of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan and other local leaders of the community, as mentioned above, that strive to curb the issue of violence. Whether it is due to gangs, the youth or random acts, the endgame of peace is something they strongly believe in. As for Cruz, whose name and voice have been changed for his safety, sought help through the center. Although he eventually left the life of a gang member, he suffered 20 gunshot wounds as he walked home from celebrating his 18th birthday. The shooting was done by a group of people who he once had a problem with when he was involved in gangs. Cruz lived through the incident and tells his experience in his interview within this publication.
The entire audio story can be found at the beginning of this post. Below you can view an infographic for more information on gangs. For more information on the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, follow the links below. You can also view images of Alfaro, the center and some art created by the youth from the community.
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