I’m waiting here at the building behind the post office. I left Bird’s Eye because of what I saw. A group of people have been sick. I don’t know if it has to do with the chemicals here but after a while they attacked other workers. I saw one of them bite a chunk out of Alex’s neck. His blood sprayed the walls. I ran as fast as I could from the building. That incident was days ago. When I got here all I could hear were screams over the radios. I don’t know what’s going on. There are people running around outside. People are yelling and screaming. I hear gunshots, it’s a warzone. I will wait a little longer. I hope help arrives…
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
So the wife and I have recently decided to make some changes in our lives to better ourselves and our children. It all began with our decision, and some help from a good friend at EcoBuns, to try out cloth diapers with our daughter Lola who will be here around September 1st of this year. We are very excited about our new adventure and if you didn’t know, I will be documenting my journey in a segment called “Diaper Wars”. This is the first stage of an eye opening experience.
The second stage involves a 10 day pledge that my wife recently stumbled upon. This pledge involves 10 days full of eating real food and cutting out processed foods, which includes refined sugars and artificial sweeteners. When my wife sent me the link I did what any other man would do and skimmed through it. I guess you could say it was the equivalent of a man actually asking for directions to a specific location when he is obviously lost. Yeah, I was being stubborn. I told her to go for it since she seemed so dedicated and I was willing to try it. I had already decided to cut out pop so why not try this?
Our 10 day pledge toward eating “real food” starts today and so far it has been great. I have gone without pop since this past Thursday and though it was hard the first couple days at work, I’m feeling good and my stomach has not been hurting. I’m going to miss it but if I feel better then it’s worth it. McDonald’s and all other fast food joints will no longer get my business and although that too sucks I will feel better in the long run. So here it is, the two stages to a better life and health. I’m digging it and maybe you will too. Below is the link to the pledge and no there is no money that you are actually pledging. It gives an explanation of the pledge, recipes, and other items. The family that did this did it for 100 days but 10 days is enough for me…for now.
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By Ricardo — 6 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: 29
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Good morning fellow Jabber Loggers! The past couple days have been excellent for the people of the world and the Internet. For some time now there has been talk about a couple bills that go by SOPA and PIPA. These bills were meant to protect creative property from piracy but in turn would do more harm than good. The bills would ultimately censor the Internet but they were met with rage and revolt from the people. On January 18th, 2012, several sites went dark in protest over SOPA AND PIPA. Even major sites like Google, Wikipedia, Mashable, and WordPress went dark in their own way and even supplied links and forms to send messages to members of Congress to stop the bills. The education was provided and it was up to us, the people, to finally take a stand on something and let the powers that be know that we were not going to stand for this BS. Well…I don’t know whether or not the powers that be thought we would revolt but they got their answer to the bills and they heard us loud and clear.
From what I read, there were over 13 million people who responded online in protest of SOPA AND PIPA. When I learned that WordPress was participating, I immediately jumped onboard. Jabber Log went dark and nothing could be seen except for ways on how to speak up and fight back. Now you can see a black stripe at the upper right-hand corner of my blog that reads, “STOP CENSORSHIP”. Throughout the day of the 18th some major players backing this bill pulled out. It was all over social media and other media outlets. It was awesome to see the people stand up and on January 20th it was announced that both SOPA and PIPA were pulled. Some of the powers that be had made mention that they heard the voice of the people and decided to pull the bills. They also mentioned that the issue of piracy needs to be approached in a different way so we have won for now but I’m sure they will be back soon with another draft.
All I can say is that when the people stand united and revolt we can move mountains. We need to continue writing our officials to let them further know that we will not stand for this. Now, if we can get something like this pulled it makes we wonder what else we can do? The 2012 Presidential Election is coming up and right now everyone is fighting for a nomination. What if the candidates chosen to run for office are not that good? What if we want someone else to run? What would happen if when it came down to voting, we all voted undecided? What would happen then? Would they choose for us or would they throw everything out? It would be wild to see what would happen if we stood up in this sense. It was just a thought but let’s score one for the people in the fight against censorship. I applaud all of you for your participation. As for SOPA and PIPA and all other bills that try to censor us, you will continue to bite the dust. Cheers!Post Views: 20