The city of Holland, located in western Michigan has been growing in popularity for the past several years. It is the home of the Tulip Time Festival as well as other popular community events. According to the Holland Chamber of Commerce, the event was named the “Best Small Town Festival” by Reader’s Digest in 2004.”
At the top of the list of popular events, such as the Tulip Time Festival, is the Street Performer Series. This event hosts a variety of street performers and is free to the public. “Every week is different than the week before,” says cityofholland.com. It runs from June 10 through August 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Horror movies are my genre of choice. Out of all things horror, my favorites involve Zombies. Almost anything that deals with a Zombie Apocalypse is good in my book. The leaders of my fascination have to be, “The Walking Dead” on AMC and the video game, “Left 4 Dead” on the Xbox 360. If something like this really happened, I would expect it to look how it’s portrayed on the previously mentioned show or game.
So what if it really happened? Where would you go? If you were split from your family or group what would you do? Since we were kids we were told that if we were ever lost to stay in one place. Eventually someone would find you but this never involved zombies. Would you stay in one place in hopes that your group would find you or would you leave? Your chances are rather slim if you head out by yourself but what if you’re given the task of scouting ahead for the group? Or what if you’re simply lost?
If you happen to find something of use or importance to others you’re obligated to leave some sort of message right? This obligation is what interests me the most. You’re alone and separated from your family or group, you get to a spot where you think others will head, and you leave a note for them to find. What would your note say? I think it would be very interesting to see what your responses would be. I would like for you to put yourself in the middle of a zombie apocalypse and think about what you would do to survive. If you reached safety or what was thought to be safe, what message would you leave for other survivors?
What I want to do is document all of your notes on a new blog. You submit the message you would leave and I will post it for others to read. You can name where you live right now as a starting point or you can use any location you want. The point is to dive into your imagination and come up with notes that you would leave for others to read. Maybe someone will stumble upon your message and give an update on the current state of that specific location. You could even leave tips on how to take down a zombie. It’s up to you and it’s all about interaction and participation. The more that participate, the more interesting it will be. If this sounds confusing I will give you an example.
“It’s crazy out here babe. I made it to Holland Police Department but it’s empty. I hope you see this. I’m heading south to Saugatuck. The state police has a post there.”
In the above example, I have left a message for my loved one and anyone else who may pass through. I want to see something like this from you, the readers, of this new blog. It can be anything you want but it has to be within the scope of a Zombie Apocalypse. Let’s dig deep folks. It’s time to let your imagination and creativity flow. If you were in this horrific scenario, what would you leave behind? What would your note say?
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By Ricardo — 3 years ago
Good morning and welcome to episode 114 of Within the Trenches, a podcast based on the experience of being a 9-1-1 dispatcher. A lot has happened since the last episode and instead of boring you with text I will let you get to this episode. Check out the topics below and make sure to listen and share! As always if you have any questions or you would like to be a guest on the show you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
I realize this post is a day late but I had to write something for Tech Thursday even though it’s Friday. So while searching for interesting topics I found an article on Mashable with crazy predictions for 2012. I laughed at a few of the predictions but a couple of them really made me think,
“Could this really happen?”
Like anything in our ever changing world, anything CAN happen. The article from Mashable contains 6 crazy predictions for 2012 and although I will not go through all of them, I will touch on the ones that peaked my interest the most. The first prediction involves SOPA and the Internet. If you do not know what SOPA is you need to educate yourself and Google it. In short though, SOPA stands for “Stop Online Piracy Act”. It may sound great to some but in all honesty it’s nothing but bad news. I posted on it a few weeks ago and you can read it by clicking here. The politically driven folks are trying to pawn this bill off as a way to protect creativity and ones property but in a sense it does just the opposite in reference to creativity. If this bill were to pass we would be screwed. The way we use the Internet would literally change over night and free thinking creativity, which is supposed to be protected by this bill, would be destroyed and taken away from us. To give you an idea of what it would be like I want you to think about how you use Facebook. You log on, see what your friends are doing and a song pops in your head. You go to YouTube, find the video and post it on Facebook for all to see. Pretty normal right? Well if SOPA passes a few things could happen with the previous scenario. If you posted the video on Facebook and the owner felt that it was harming their best interest a complaint could be filed against you. It would be removed, you would probably pay a fine and SOPA wins. The scenario could very well happen but I think money also plays a factor here. Facebook is worth billions so it’s possible that the law would only fall on smaller fish that are on their way up. It’s almost like a drug dealer who has made a deal with the law. They protect each other and if smaller dealers come into play they tell the law and the law takes them out in order to protect the bigger player.
So after my somewhat short explanation, here’s prediction #3 from Mashable’s, “6 Crazy Tech Predictions for 2012”.
“Myopic congressman and a distracted president take the Stop Online Piracy Act and pass it into law. Designed, at least according to the bill, “To promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property, and for other purposes,” SOPA has an almost unprecedented chilling effect on the web. Thousands of U.S. sites shut down, other larger ones continue, but are now full of boring pap that could never be misconstrued as content piracy.
Content creators of all stripes are so unsure of what will be labeled piracy they struggle to create anything. By the end of 2012, however, an underground Internet (The UnderWebs) arises. It’s full of unfettered communication and content, and slowly but surely, millions of web surfers around the world begin using it instead of the government-policed Internet — a platform that dies a sad, quiet death in 2018.”
How crazy is that prediction? It almost gives off a Demolition Man vibe with “The UnderWebs” idea. It’s definitely crazy to think but it’s a possible scenario that we will all have to face if the bill is passed.
The next predication involves Honda’s Asimo robot. Have you ever heard of this? Does it ring a bell? It’s rather amazing what the people over at Honda have been doing in the robotic humanoid department. Asimo is a robot that is designed to help accomplish things around the house for the elderly, disabled, and others. It can do many things and as years pass, Honda’s creation continues to evolve. I first saw a commercial for Asimo back in 2003. I believe it was a Super Bowl spot and it only aired once. The commercial showed Asimo walking around the house but I believe it only showed its feet. It then switches to a shot of a garage. As the door opens it reveals a small robot. A paper boy passes by and throws a newspaper that lands in the driveway. Asimo walks out towards it, picks it up, and waves. I was floored when I saw this. I thought it was the greatest thing and I immediately began to research Honda’s Asimo. After reading what it could do I thought of the robot maid from The Jetsons. If Honda can accomplish all of their goals involving Asimo, I think it could make a difference in the lives of those who need constant care.
With that said, here’s prediction #6 from Mashable.
“Japanese auto manufacturer Honda shocks the world by unveiling a fully operational, $1,999 Honda Asimo Home Helper Robot. Like the Asimo we’ve seen in product demonstrations and on YouTube, “Home Asimo” can walk, run, jump, make coffee and sandwiches and, as we soon learn, clean toilets. Honda sells a stunning half million units before August, 2012. The most startling news, though, comes when one Home Honda robot in Dearborn, Michigan turns on its family’s computer and signs itself up for Twitter and Facebook. By December, more than 300,000 of the robots have been destroyed or returned.”
This prediction is funny but with that much artificial intelligence it could possibly happen. Asimo could very well join forces with Xbox’s Kinect and rule the world for all we know. Google is using facial recognition on Google+ and our tech dreams and fantasies continue to come true. 2012 is definitely going to be a year where tech goes beyond the scope of imagination so look out. Make sure to check out Jabber Log for more Tech News and other fun topics. You can also follow us on Twitter at @JabberLog and make sure to check out Mashable for everything social and tech media.
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