Good morning folks and here’s a double shot of Tech Thursday on Jabber Log! It’ll be a quick one so bare with me. Do you remember all the animated GIF files from back in the day? Do you even know what I’m talking about? Well if not, think about the old construction images where the little guy is digging up dirt. The image was mainly used to show that a website was still being built. Others involved still images in a loop, and others, well…they were just plain annoying. It made for a very bad website and they were usually cluttered all over the place in early web design.
I’m sure you’re thinking,
“So if the animated GIF was so bad then why the hell are you talking about it here?”
Well, the GIF has slowly made a comeback and now there is an iPhone app called Flixel that can help you create your own GIF’s. The app allows you to make some pretty cool ones too. Think of Instagram but animated. It’s a free app from the App Store and very easy to use. It comes with different filters, a way to share with the Flixel community and it’s social friendly. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and others can be used for sharing with friends and family. So if you find yourself scanning the App Store for something new, make sure to give Flixel a try. I have been using it since early this morning and I’m not only addicted to it but seeing the pictures of others is awesome! If you happen to join the Flixel community follow me @rmarti23 and click the link below for some very creative images that Mashable found. Cheers!
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By Ricardo — 7 years agoAlmost every day of my life has been good. Sure I’ve had some off days like everyone else but rarely have I had a bad day. Well, two days ago I had a bad day. It wasn’t just a bad day, it was a very bad day. So let’s go back a few days prior. On Tuesday I came home from Midland where I had been in training since Monday for work. I had taken my wife’s TomTom GPS to get there and back and if any of you have a GPS then you know there is something that pops up asking if you need to be at your destination by a certain time. Well, I decided to hit “no”. I wasn’t in a hurry and I knew the highway wasn’t far so I attached the GPS to the windshield and took off. I passed by familiar landmarks and started thinking about how long it was going to take for me to get home. I turned on the radio and drove on. After a few turns I began to notice that I was no where near the highway. Each turn and curve in the road led me deeper and deeper into the land of no where. I passed a few cities that time forgot and when I finally reached the highway the ramp was closed. I continued on and after hitting another closed ramp I finally hit the highway. It took about three hours to get home but it was all worth it when I finally saw my family.
Wednesday was a good day but the night was a bit different. I laid down around 11:30 p.m. after finishing up some homework. Lola, my eight month old daughter, was fussy and fighting her sleep. My wife and I let her cry it out. When I finally crashed it was probably 12:30 a.m. or 1. I had to be up early for work so I set my alarm for 4 a.m. or so I thought. When my alarm went off it was actually 3 a.m. I tried to go back to sleep but it didn’t happen. I got up, picked out my clothes and got ready. I took my time since I had to be in at six. That day I had to appear in court for a 9-1-1 call I took a while ago. Court is never fun. It takes forever and the majority of the time you don’t have to take the stand. You end up sitting there for a while and they let you go. If you’re not working that day, you can come out with a couple hours of overtime pay. It’s that easy! So when I finally left for work it was around 5 a.m. I turned the outside light on and walked outside. I stopped for a moment as I noticed that the dome light was on in my car. It looked as though my wife’s GPS was gone. I walked towards my car and the door was open. I looked inside and it was gone. My glove compartment had been emptied and the contents were thrown everywhere. My wallet was still in the console, thank god, and nothing was taken from it. I had to call for a police report since the GPS had been stolen and my bad day had begun.
My work day, however, was good but I had been called to be at court around 12:45 p.m. I had been told things were going fast and they would need me to take the stand around that time. I arrived and prepared. Court dragged on and around 2:30 p.m. I was brought down to a conference room across from the courtroom. There I sat with another witness until 4:30 p.m. At that time the other witness was brought in to testify. I was told that they were trying to get to me and to hang on. I was fine with it. I had no where else to be so I continued to read on my iPhone. Around 5:30 p.m. I got up to check and see if they had forgotten me. I looked into the first part of the courtroom and I could hear people talking so I went back to sit and wait. At about ten to six I got up again and checked. This time I went all the way into the courtroom only to find an empty room. Everyone had left for the day. I was pissed that I had been forgotten and not only were the rooms vacant but security was also gone. It wasn’t enough that someone had stolen my wife’s GPS from car, and it wasn’t enough that I had to tell ZPD that the one time I forget to lock my doors, is the one time it gets burglarized. Why is that bad you ask? Well for the sweet irony that I am a 911 dispatcher who tells people every day to lock their doors when they’re burglarized and I forget to do it myself. EGG ON MY FACE!
In the end I’m still a bit bitter about the whole day but everyone has to have at least one bad day right? It’s the bad days that help us appreciate the good ones. Yeah…I’ll stick to that train of thought for a while. I’ll try and look on the bright side but for the person who stole from my car? You’ll be caught soon enough. Had I caught you doing it, you would be walking funny because you would be missing a leg. Actually since you stole from me you would be missing your hands. That’s how it was done back in the day right? So…if you live in the Zeeland, MI area and you know someone who recently came across a TomTom GPS XL 340.s and no packaging, please turn them in. It might just be the one that was stolen from me. There won’t be a reward but if you count partaking in a thrashing as a reward then you’ll be rich beyond your wildest dreams. Yeah, I’m not bitter at all. I’m also not a violent person so have fun with the GPS. I’m glad that bad day is over and today was an excellent day! If anyone wants to know how that day felt you can view the video below. Cheers!
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By Ricardo — 8 years ago
It’s been about a week or so since I have written anything on Jabber Log but I have been occupied with family life, school, and work. During that time I have been able to brainstorm on some new things I want to do with this blog and hopefully I can accomplish all of my goals. The first idea comes from a conversation that I had with my wife Rebecca the other day. I was talking to her about a new artist named Maddie Larkin and how hard it is for unsigned artists to receive radio play. Now I’m not sure if many radio stations have a segment where they feature new or unsigned artists and if they don’t they should. I enjoy hearing my favorites on the radio as much as everyone else but let’s hear the artists who are virtually unknown. Let’s give them a chance to be heard and become one of our favorites. I don’t want to have to wait to hear someone unknown on a reality show. I want to hear someone on a local radio station that is unsigned, hungry, and ready to break through. With all that said, I have decided to add a new segment to Jabber Log entitled “New Artist Tuesday”. The first Tuesday of each month I will highlight a new artist who is looking for some exposure. Their are many new artists out there who are trying to get noticed and break into the music business. All it takes is a little push from the people to get them out there on the radio and finally to the record executives who can make their dreams come true. That’s what I want to do with this segment. I want to help the unknown get their music out there. I realize I’m a small voice on a blog but when people come together they can make things happen.
For the first edition of New Artist Tuesday I would like to highlight Maddie Larkin. She’s an artist that I have mentioned before on Jabber Log but I thought she would be perfect for the first post of this segment. Maddie is an aspiring Country singer/song writer. She has been very busy lately with several different shows and will be heading back to Nashville where she cut her album. There she will be enjoying some co-writing sessions, meetings, and possibly the CMA’s. Although this talented singer has released a record and performed in numerous venues she has not been signed. There is no radio or television exposure and really it’s up to the artist to do what he or she can to spread the music out to the masses. Luckily in this day and age there is a way to reach the public without a major record label but having them back your music is where its at. As of right now for the many talented artists such as Maddie, social media is a way to get their music out there. It’s an excellent way to gain fans and share their story. For me, the story within the lyrics is what draws me into music the most. I like the sound of music in general but the story behind it is what drives it home. I believe this is what fans are into and if I am correct then why not give new artists a chance to tell their story?
A good story behind the music follows Maddie Larkin before her realization and calling to music. She was previously a competitive gymnast and suffered a devastating back injury. It was during her time of recovery where she wrote lyrics that dealt with her pain. Her music comes in the form of ballads and anthems. Whether Maddie’s music is told through heartache or recovery it flourishes lyrically on her debut album, “Letters From My Cold Heart”. It’s stories such as those told by Maddie that need to be heard. As of right now you can hear the musical talents of Maddie Larkin on iTunes, Jango.com, CDBaby.com, and you can follow her on Twitter or visit her Fan page on Facebook where she recently added a Bandpage that features a look at “Give It Up”. These are the ways you can hear Maddie Larkin and when you visit her Facebook Fan page make sure to click “Like”.
In the end it’s the people that make a difference. This holds true for anything really, and what we need to do is stand up and ask for new artists to be played on the radio more than the usual mainstream favorites. As I’ve said before, I’m all about the favorites but lets hear from those who are unsigned, unknown, and even if they have had a little air time, let’s hear more. Let’s “Occupy the Airwaves” so to speak and demand new music. I think people would listen to the radio more and even purchase more music if new artists were given some sort of exposure without corporate backing. If you are a new artist who is looking for some exposure submit your information to me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a feature on “New Artist Tuesday”. I want to read about your story behind the music and help spread your talent to the public. I have been told that it’s almost impossible to get music on the airwaves without corporate backing but we can change that. Let’s try and get passed this hurdle. It’s time to get new up and coming artists on the radio, it’s time to Occupy the Airwaves.Post Views: 453
By Ricardo — 3 years ago
This episode features four of my personal #IAM911 movement stories. They are the stories that started it all and now they have more of an explanation to them. Enjoy, share and make sure to check out the IAED links below as well as the information on the Within the Trenches Continuing Education Scholarship.
As always if you have any questions, comments or you want to be a guest on the show, send an email to email@example.com.
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