Hello all! Today is Friday and here in Michigan it is bright and sunny. Usually I try to do a Friday at the Movies post but I’m thinking of switching it. I want to do something similar to what Twitter does on Friday and it is known as #FF. For those who don’t know what this is, Twitter uses a hashtag (#) in front of keywords like FF or Follow Friday. It’s used as a way to quickly find other posts that relate to #FF, for example, or anything else that has a hashtag and keyword. So every Friday people head to Twitter and type up something to the effect of,
“Hey everyone make sure to #FF @JabberLog”
People are able to find others to follow and connect with. This helps build a fan base and gain followers. So what I’m thinking is that I can do a Feature Friday on Jabber Log. If you are a blogger, a store owner, an artist, someone who is running a contest, a fundraiser, or anything that you would like some exposure on, you can do it on Jabber Log. I already have the Creative Corner where I feature stories, poems, etc. but this would be for everyone. Each Friday, Jabber Log will feature something new. Let’s see how far this can go. I’m always looking for new things to do and new people to feature. If you have any ideas let me know by commenting or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. When this starts you will be able to spread the word with Jabber Log’s new features and if you have Twitter you can use #FeatureFriday as the hashtag. It looks like some people already use it but let’s jump on it and get some people noticed! Cheers!
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Throughout this school year I have heard my 7 year old son talk about what he’s doing in P.E. He’s been doing things like roller skating and gymnastics. It sounds cool but what about all the fun games? Sure roller-skating is fun and learning how to tumble and flip is cool but where are all the fun games? You know, the ones I used to play when I was his age.
Let’s take a trip to the late 80’s and early 90’s. When I was in school I had the privilege of playing games like Mr. Mars. You remember that game right? If not, the game involved the entire class. One person would be chosen to be Mr. Mars. The rest of the class would line up on one side of the gym and yell out a question to Mr. Mars.
“Mr. Mars Mr. Mars may we travel through your stars?”
Mr. Mars would promptly respond with something like, “Yes you may, yes you may, if you have the color I say…Green!”
The kids would check to see if they were wearing the color green or any color that was chosen and haul butt to the other side of the gym. Mr. Mars would chase the kids running across and if he or she happened to tag one of them, they would have to sit down in the place they were tagged. Now, I don’t remember for sure but I think if someone were to touch another person who was previously tagged, that person could get up and run. The game would go until all students were tagged and then a new Mr. Mars would be chosen. That game was probably the best one I played as a kid.
There were many other games I played and I knew it would be a great day when I entered the gym to witness Ms. Dornak pulling a parachute out of a box. I remember it had holes, many holes. It looked as though moths had been eating it for years. The parachute was also camouflage and I don’t remember the name of the game or why it was fun but I remember we would all grab a hold of it, put it in the air and pull it down over us. I can still see my classmates and I laughing as the parachute slowly fell on top of us. Does anyone recall the name of this game and if there was a point to it? A similar game involved a parachute or cloth that was multicolored and a hole in the middle of it. Ms. Dornak would throw a whiffle ball onto whatever it was we were holding and we would move it up and down making the ball bounce in the air. I believe this was called Popcorn. Maybe these games were the same?
Either way, I had a great time in P.E. as a kid. The games were always fun until the dreaded day of Country dancing. Ugh! I remember walking into the gym and seeing the record player, yes, I said record player, sitting in the middle of the gym. There would also be cutouts of footsteps to show us how to dosey doe and swing your partner round and round. Argh! Well, at least we didn’t have to dress the part. Does anyone know if the schools do these games anymore? There were others that involved a huge beach ball, two teams, and it was like soccer but each player would have to do the crab walk. It might have been called Chinese Soccer but I’m not for sure. Are there any games you can think of? I’m sure I’m forgetting a lot. One more game I want to mention does not involve P.E. but it’s good enough to make the list here. So, do you remember, Heads Up 7up? You don’t? Well if I remember correctly, there were seven people who would stand up in front of the class. The students who were at their seats would put their heads down and put their thumb up. The seven students would run out and choose a person by putting their thumb down. Once all seven were back up front they would yell,
“Heads up 7up!”
Those who were chosen would try and guess who picked them and if they were correct they would have a turn to choose someone in the next round. If they chose wrong it would go to the next person and so on. It was a fun game! I don’t know if my son has played this or not but I’ll have to ask him. If you can remember any games please let me know. As I stated before, there are a lot of them out there. You can even mention some playground games like Red Rover, King of the Hill, and Football with a 5 apple rush. Remember those games? Ah, those were the days. Well folks, happy reading and make sure to comment and share!Post Views: 236
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Good evening folks! It has been a week and normally the AudioVillains would be preparing for another episode but we will be on break for this week and the upcoming holiday. We did manage to hook up episode 19 but there was a technical difficulty with one of our mics. For whatever reason there was static while Eddie spoke throughout the cast. There was no indication during mic checks but it recorded with static. I was able to go in and cut it out so it’s all good. Get ready for an hour of humor and debauchery as we talk about World War Z, the election and hatred that followed, and other stories to keep you going. As always you can email us at email@example.com or click the black button on the left. Cheers!Post Views: 166
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: 257