Good evening people! This morning I met up with a good friend of mine to record a podcast about many things. Now, most of you know that I have a segment on Jabber Log called Diaper Wars but for those of you who don’t know, the segment is based on my adventures through the interesting world of cloth diapers. The idea came from my friend Candis who owns EcoBuns in Holland, MI. We share many stories and I’m sure you’ll dig them. There is even a moment when a special guest shows up for a brief hello and plug. This podcast is rated for all so no worries if the little ones are around because we keep it light and funny. We even talk Man-dals and Dad-pants so I hope you enjoy it and this is a stepping stone to a new addition to the JCast in the form of Diaper Wars. May the cloth be with you and please comment and share to everyone you know. Also make sure to check out EcoBuns by clicking the links below and she will be opening her new store September 8 2012 at the outlet mall in Holland. Have a good one!
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Good morning everyone! Ever since Within the Trenches hit its goal the show has become quite popular. With such an outpour of support it not only makes me happy but it proves how important this show is. I have been working on spreading the word on the show as well as submitting feeds in order for people to have the ability to download certain apps and stream the show over their mobile devices. As of right now there are three separate feeds. I stated this in a previous post but I wanted to state it again so that it is clear. The feeds are separated as separate categories with one being Within the Trenches, The AudioVillains (NSFW), and a feed to rule them all, The JCast. The last one holds all the shows in one. I did this because not everyone wants to hear every show and all three links can be found on the right side of the site.
With that said I’m happy to announce that Within the Trenches is not only on iTunes for subscription but on Stitcher Radio. For those who have not heard about Stitcher, it’s a free mobile app available for iPhone, Android and other mobile devices. It’s an on-demand podcast, news and public radio app. Ever since I started using Stitcher I have discovered many great shows and I highly recommend it. I will provide a video on Stitcher and a link to Within the Trenches for your listening pleasure. Thank you again for listening and this Wednesday January 16th episode 3 will be recorded. If you have any questions please contact me any time at the JCast’s official email email@example.com. If you are a fan of the show or you know someone who is, make sure to ‘Like’ Jabber Log on Facebook for up to date information on new episodes.Post Views: 290
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Well folks we’re approaching that time of year again! Soon enough we’ll all be huddled around the Christmas tree opening presents and sharing good times and laughs. We’ll also be overeating, drinking, and passing out in a mountain of Christmas wrapper…well, maybe not but the point is that everyone will be having fun. To stay in the spirit of having fun and celebrating Christmas, I thought I’d do a top ten list that brings me back to my childhood and the gifts that made up that era. I know there are a lot of them but I picked the ones I felt everyone had at one time or another.
First off is one of my all time favorites. Transformers will always be the best toys out there but they have to be the originals. The toys were heavy like you would imagine a robot to be and they were metal. They could have been considered a deadly weapon and when your siblings are annoying you; except no substitutes. I had a few Transformers and out of all of them, my favorites were Soundwave, because of the awesome mini cassette robots, Megatron, because it actually turned into a gun, and non other than Optimus Prime. I mean, who didn’t like Prime? When I got it, it came with the trailer that transformed and I thought I was the king! No other toy compared to the leader of the Autobots. It was an excellent present but note to self, make sure to pick up your toys or you’ll come home to a yard sale and another kid is walking off with your prized possession. Thanks mom!
Back in ’92 Sega was coming out with some good games but not all of them could compete with Nintendo and their powerhouse of gems. I was an avid Nintendo gamer and felt that nothing could top it until Sonic the Hedgehog surfaced. This game was set to take on all comers and it did just that. My brother and I wanted the bundle for Christmas and it was something that he asked Santa for as well. We had been good all year and we were drooling for Christmas morning. On Christmas Eve though, we would open presents from our parents and then open presents from Santa and our Grandmother the following morning. It was an excellent night and a night my mother will never forget because she just happened to mix up the presents and Santa came early. I’d explain it but I have a short video that captures the moment.
I’ve always been into music and back in the day I loved to play the drums. I had asked for a drum set but my parents decided to get me something much better, or at least something electronic. So on Christmas Eve I opened up a present my parents would regret until it finally broke. I believe they found a way to destroy them without me know but I will never know for sure. The Hit Stix were a pair of drum sticks that had a cord connected to them and a speakerbox. The box had a clip for your waistband and included volume and sound effect buttons. Once you hit them against something the sound came through the box and it made for hours of fun. What made it even more fun was that you could air drum and it would still make a sound effect. It was a grand present and although my parents wanted to blow up the sticks, I’m sure they were content with my happiness…maybe.
Back in the early 90’s I played a lot of Tiger Handhelds. My favorites were Ninja Gaiden, Double Dragon, and Batman: The Movie. The games were the equivalent of a handheld Poker game but it was fun! The games of today are far more superior than the Tiger games but at that time they were the stuff. I remember going to the Meijer in Jenison, MI every other weekend and my parents would buy my brother and I a Tiger game. One Christmas I got the Batman handheld and I played that game until I beat it. It was amazing to me at the time and it was so amazing that I decided to take it apart and put it back together. I wanted to see how it worked and although I got into a lot of trouble for destroying my games, I see it as one of the reasons I am into electronics and technology in general today.
How many of you were lucky enough to get a Nintendo Game Watch? I know I wasn’t but a couple of my cousins were and at that time I thought those watches were the best thing since sliced bread. I mean, think about it; Super Mario Bros. and Zelda on your wrist to play whenever you want? Oh yeah! The games were killer but they were expensive too. I remember playing around with one that was on display at a store named Hills in Holland, MI and it was cool but for over $100? I don’t think so. My parents were not about to get me that and looking back at it now, they had no real graphics and the controls sucked! I would have had more fun with a Tiger handheld anyway but back then, the Nintendo Game Watches were top sellers.
Please tell me that you remember Garbage Pail Kids? The cards were disgusting and awesome! I remember getting packs of those and trading with my friends and family. It was cool to bust out the most disgusting one and heckle my siblings or my mom with it. I think the worst one was the kid who had popped all the pimples and was covered in pimple juice. The Garbage Pail Kids were so cool that they made a movie and yes I have it at home. I don’t remember the plot line but remember how shocked I was at the time to see them on screen and alive rather than on cards with no movement. If you were a kid of the 80’s or 90’s then you mostly likely had some Garbage Pail Kids floating around or maybe even some Madballs. Remember those?
Oh Simon, how I hate thee. This game is very addicting and can also contribute to high blood pressure. The game itself seems easy but it’s harder than you think. You have four different colors on a circular board that light up and have their own sound. Just like “Simon Says” you have to follow the pattern in the exact same way that Simon does. If you fail you lose. It starts out slow but once you get further it adds colors and the pattern gets harder. As I mentioned before I hate the game but in the same sense I love it because it’s addictive and I won’t let Simon get the best of me. I think the best part of the game was the commercials. It always showed kids walking up to the game and challenging it. They made the commercial look like an epic duel and made you want to take on Simon.
Crossfire was a game, like Simon, that had an epic commercial that made you want to beg your parents for it even if it meant rolling around on the floor like a fool. The game board was built like an arena and pitted two people against each other to see who could get the most points. At the end of each side was a gun with silver marbles as ammo. Each player would shoot their ammo at their opponents game piece in order to knock them out of the arena or game board. The game was fast paced and very fun but I hated that the balls would get stuck in the guns.
You sunk my battleship! I love playing Battleship and when the talking electronic version came out it seemed to make it that much more awesome! It probably wasn’t that awesome but the guy yelling and talking was almost like bacon, it makes everything better. So what more can I say about this superb game except for that your parents were probably tired of hearing the game voice and listening to you and your sibling(s) fight over who won and who might have been cheating. Either way it was a fun game and the electronic talking added to its complete awesomeness. I also added the commercial at the end of this post so that you take a trip back in time and reflect on how cheap yet cool this game was.
Finally we have Gloworms. They have been around for a long time and they were cool from what I remember. I had a green one and I believe mine simply lit up where others lit up and played music. The toys were soft, cute, and everyone had one back in the day. Gloworms are still around but they’re not the same. The other day my wife and I were at Target and found one but it wasn’t as cool as the originals. It was made by the same company but it looked like a knock off. The originals are always the best anyway.
There you have it folks! The Top Ten Christmas Presents from the 80’s and 90’s. I know I didn’t even scratch the surface on the best but that’s where you come in. What toys should have made it on the top ten list from the 80’s and 90’s?Post Views: 723
By Ricardo — 3 years ago
Let’s be honest. I’ve been pretty excited since I found out I’d won the Within the Trenches continuing education scholarship. I live in a coastal, college town so summer starts in March. With the weather getting warmer – the calls are getting crazier. This was a good opportunity to step away and reframe things. I left work Friday, June 10 and packed for a flight that left Wilmington around 0700 Saturday morning. The 2016 NENA Conference was held at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. The conference brought public safety employees and vendors- from telecommunicators to PSAP Directors; IT guys, network architects, and others – together to discuss the state of the industry and technological advancements in the field as well as future trends. Classes were offered in professional development, training, leadership/management, etc. Sunday’s pre-conference class, Cybersecurity in the PSAP, was by far my favorite. It took on different types of cyber threats that occur in today’s society and looked at methods PSAP’s can use to combat threats and keep their networks secure. Sunday night closed out with the Kickoff Celebration. Georgia St got shut down by NENA members and Wally and the Beavs! A food truck is one of my favorite things in the world. There was a diverse selection (I passed up barbecue for a killer Chicago style dog. I heard the OR Pulled Chicken was pretty good too.) It was nice to mingle with the crowd and get to know some faces. I was able to step out of my comfort zone and find some common ground with new people and gain perspective. We talked shop, television (there aren’t enough episodes of The First 48 to satisfy me), and compared how we do things. NextGen9-1-1 was a major focus. The technology that’s involved and the fact that we are soon going to be able to see videos, to add to the texts and voice we have now – it’s pretty impressive to see where things are headed. Keynote speakers included Jake Wood of Team Rubicon, Boston bombing hero Dr. Natalie Stavas, and Chief Rick Lasky, a career firefighter and chief who emphasizes the importance of family in public safety. To say it was inspiring is an understatement. I was able to take in classes to learn tips on how to work towards being a true leader – to lead by example. Stress management and resiliency also seemed to be common themes. It was good to learn some information I could take back for myself and share with my team. I managed to fit in a little fun here and there after classes too: an afternoon run downtown by Indy’s Canal Walk; Motorola’s reception at the Mavis Arts Center; A baseball game after the Young Professional’s mixer at Victory Field; a tour of Indianapolis’ Airport Authority AOC/EOC… the list goes on. One of the cool parts of the week was getting a chance to check out the vendors and exhibitors! Some of the products I use every day, that make my work easier, were on display. I saw some programs I wish I could get my hands on. An adult moment? Completely staring at a certain dispatch console setup: slick monitors, LED lights, stand/raised console and wishing I could have it (there was even a cup holder for my Venti blonde roast) Total furniture envy took over. INdigital’s own Indy car arcade game set up was a hit with members (made me wish I didn’t suck at video games. The Division makes me want to break things in my house). Even though they weren’t in their normal roles, people still stepped up to help others. The events that happened in Orlando occurred; it was heavy. At the blood drive, there was a line of folks waiting to donate blood. A white sign with a simple hashtag greeted those folks: #OrlandoStrong. The people at this conference save lives every day, why were these days any different? Opportunity. The word has presented itself so much lately. I was fortunate to get to attend a conference where I met folks that I aspire to be like. It made me realize how important what we are all out here doing REALLY is. We can have a broad reach if we work hard to educate people on the 911 system. This was my first but definitely won’t be the last. NENA 2017 in San Antonio looks pretty attractive! Here’s to Ricardo and the people at INdigital that made this possible – you’ve paid it forward. Time to keep it going.
To learn more about Leslie please listen to her tell her story on episode 111 of the podcast below.Post Views: 412