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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Hello and welcome to another edition of Tech Thursday on Jabber Log. Today we welcome “ram0527”, a new addition to the team who will be contributing to all things, “Tech”. His first assignment was to tackle the mighty and very popular, “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3”. So without further ado I present, ram0527.
I’m a little nervous about this…this is my first blog post ever, so don’t be too harsh on me. I’m known as ram0527 and I will be talking about Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3. Yes, I know the game has been out since November 8th excalty 2 weeks to the date, but I am here to give my honest, but late, opinion about it. The first thing I noticed was the graphics (of course). These graphics are magnificent. The attention to detail that Activision puts into the game is amazing. The ripples in the water, the vains on the hands, the explosions, I can go on for days about the details and how awesome they are , but we have a lot more to talk about. Modern Warfare now has auto aim. Which is a great idea, while playing the campaign or special ops but for online play it sucks. Moving on, the games story is moderate. I’ve never been into story lines, but I liked this story line. It kinda makes you think that one day this can happen…. Anywho, you continue from the end of where Modern Warfare 2 left off and takes you across the world from Europe, to Africia, to Russia. You see some old faces and some new people during game play, the missions are also better and harder. My favorite mission is the one where you are on the plane and you have to save the russian president and his daughter. The way the plane hits turbulance and you fly through the air (in slow motion) shooting the bad guys…Man, after that I fell in love!
Ok….ok, like I said earlier I don’t want to give to much away, so onto the online playing. If you can get away with it, play as much as you can. These maps are harder and the game play is faster. The maps were designed with perfection. Not a whole lot of places to camp out or snipe through the whole match. You have to man up and search for other players. But be careful, because there are spots and they are really good spots. Last but not least, the special ops game play. If you chose to finally get off online playing, play the special ops menu. You have 2 options, missions and survival. First the missions, I personally don’t play the missions because if you beat the campaign you already played the missions. Don’t care for it so I don’t have much to say about it. Like my mom always said, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.” The survival mode is my absolute favorite! I’d rather play survival then play online. You only have one mission in survival…..survive! Just like zombies in Call of Duty: Black Ops you must face waves upon waves of enemies, but these enemies have guns, exploding dogs, suicide bombers, juggernauts and many more. There are 3 stages with 5 different levels ranging from easy to insane. To make things even better you must start out with a handgun and you have to earn everything. That right there is what makes me love this game even more and more. If you haven’t played this game yet, what’s the matter with you? Go and buy it right now. Well I hope my first blog post wasn’t too bad for you guys. Thanks for giving me a chance.
Make sure to check back every Thursday for all things tech from our writers Gamer LCM, ram0527, and Commando Chando. To pump you up even more for this game is a trailer with all the goodness that is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Cheers!Post Views: 472
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
I have always been fascinated by ghosts and the unexplainable. The horror genre is my favorite and two local stories have always been a topic of interest. Growing up I heard stories of melon heads in West Michigan. I figured it was simply a story to scare me into good behavior but as I got older I continued to hear the story but in more detail. The story I heard was that of an asylum next to the Felt Mansion that housed the insane as well as children with “melon heads”. They were abused, treated badly, and ultimately left to roam the woods. It was also said that at one time they stayed at the mansion. The story spooked me but I wanted to know more. I actually wanted to see the building and the inside of the mansion. I had gone out to the mansion several times but could never get close to the supposed asylum. It has been destroyed but the mansion remains. I’ve been inside the mansion and although it has been restored, it felt as though I was being watched by something or someone. The stories are endless but after a little research I have found more info on the asylum. According to StrangeUSA.com,
this is located near the Felt Mansion it is a small building that is a behind the BMX track. It is all broken up and windows are busted due to kids. At night if you were to go and look around the house, curtains in the window move and windows open and close, and strange lights are often visible in them. If you were to go inside and walk around you can hear heavy breathing, loud footsteps, screams, and even able to see silhouettes of figures walking. Sometimes you can feel as though something walked threw you and sometimes you may encounter a sudden pain in the wrists of your hands over all the place has just a creepy feel. October 2004 update: This building is the last remaining building of Dunes Correctional Facility. Its the old Trustee Bldg. that housed 80 inmates. This place is now being vandalized horribly and the police ARE prosecuting! The Junction itself is a myth. Allegan County Historical Society has stated repeatedly that “The Junction” insane asylum has never existed.
So the building was once the Dunes Correctional Facility. Where I work it’s known as the old 80 man building. It was a low security prison that was eventually shut down because of funding. This is the story for the public but others seem to believe that much more happened in this area. That this is actually the infamous “Junction Asylum” where the melon heads originated. Wikipedia, who is not always a good or factual resource, had a little more info on the matter. “According to one story, they were originally children with hydrocephalus who lived at the Junction Insane Asylum near Felt Mansion. The story explains that, after enduring physical and emotional abuse, they became feral mutants and were released into the forests surrounding the asylum.” This story is amazing to me because it had to originate somewhere. Something had to happen for this to spread. I’m sure it could be made up but if this is true then someone out there has to have some sort of evidence. Maybe I should walk through the woods and see for myself what’s out there. Can you imagine finding the underground tunnels that were supposedly used by the children who escaped the asylum? It is also said that the melon head children had planned to kill the doctor who abused them. Once they did, there was no where to hide the body so they cut him up and hid parts around the mansion. If you or anyone you know has any solid information on what really happened in this area, I would like to know. Was this correctional facility the site of The Junction? I’ve heard many tales of the hauntings in this area. If you have experienced anything in this area please leave a comment. It’s about time that we solve the mystery of The Junction Asylum that has been said to not exist by the county. Stay tuned for part two and watch the video below. Cheers!
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Mmm, mmm, mmm! Love me some sweet sweet soda pop. How many of you dig your pop? I know I do and when there is no beer or bottles of water I go for an ice cold pop. My favorites are Pepsi, Coke, 7up, Sprite, and others but no diets. I can’t stand the after taste but if there is nothing left in the machine I will take what is there. Back when I lived in Florida and worked at the Frostproof Police Department as a dispatcher, I would drink 3 to 4 pops in an 8 hour shift. I wasn’t drinking much water there and eventually it took its toll on me. The area where my kidney’s are located began to hurt and I finally broke down and went to the doctor. She told me I needed to cut my pop consumption in half and limit my intake to light colored soda only because whatever it was that was in dark colored sodas made it stronger and I was beginning to develop kidney stones.
She put me on some meds and sent me home. Ever since then I have tried to limit my soda intake but it’s hard, really hard. My wife recently found some information for me and it’s crazy. Whats more crazy is the sweetener in diet sodas. From what I have read sugar intake effects your immune system. One can of pop can destroy your immune system for up to 5 hours within 45 minutes after drinking it. So if you get sick easily and you drink a lot of soda you now know why. An over consumption of soda or simply sugar in general can lead to hypoglycemia, diabetes, heart disease, chronic tiredness, and chronic fatigue. Here I thought I was not getting enough sleep so I would drink pop in order to wake me up but it’s doing the opposite. When it comes to diet soda a study has found that an over consumption of it may raise a risk involving strokes and heart attacks.
I would like to mention a little bit about the sweetener that is used in diet soda and possibly all soda for that matter. Have you ever heard of Aspartame? I would hope so if you drink diet soda, but I do want to make something clear to everyone. I do not claim to know all the facts on this and I am only providing information on what I have read. Believe what you want to believe and I am only putting it out there because it’s interesting. I still drink pop so I’m not stepping onto my soap box and saying don’t drink pop because that would just make me a hypocrite. I drink pop when I shouldn’t because of past problems with my kidneys. This is my own thing and I can make my own decisions just like you. So here’s a quick quote, “A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused by aspartame include: Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.” That’s pretty crazy if you ask me. I know the FDA has approved it and said that it’s safe for us but so is the meat they have approved and we all know how much bad meat goes around. Oh well, check out the links and do your own homework on it. Cheers!Post Views: 293