Good afternoon everyone! The AudioVillains are back with episode 22 on Jabber Log! This week we reflect on the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, CT. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all that have been affected by this. We spoke on it for a while before switching to a more happy topic. This past weekend I shared my weekend with the family where we broke out in song to Mr. Big’s, “To Be With You.” We touched on movies, movie trailers, and how I apparently look like a Furbee with a hat. Many laughs were shared and we about messed ourselves while laughing. Make sure to listen and share to everyone you know. You can also check into my new Kickstarter venture. The project consists of a live podcast that features 9-1-1 dispatchers telling their stories, what they’ve been through and the calls they’ve taken. As always you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or hit the black button on the left. Cheers!
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
I remember grade school being pretty fun. There was a different learning tool every year. Some seemed stupid back then but looking back at it now, I see where it helped. Some learning tools came with incentives and if it had not been for that I might not have read as much. I mean, I enjoyed reading back then but I would rather write than read. Now years later I have a 7 year old and yesterday he revealed a program that I used to participate in and it shot me back to grade school.
“I’m going to have pizza tonight”, yelled Logan.
“What”, I asked.
“Well…maybe, if that’s what we have.”
“What are you talking about?”
“I get a free pizza because of Book It.”
I chuckled at him and flashed back to my pin with gold stars and a hologram on the front of it that would switch between a book and the Book It logo. I asked him to give it to me so that I could see what it looks like now and when I saw it I was a little disappointed. Sure you still get the pizza for reading books but now it’s simply a slip of paper. That’s right, a slip of paper! Why!? What happened to the Book It pin? The pins were what made the program awesome! Well…at least it made it awesome to me. Logan was very happy about it but my wife and I lit up at the thought of our pins back in the day. We both grinned from ear to ear and you would’ve thought we were the ones getting the personal pan pizza. We ended up having pizza for dinner and I am very proud of my boy.
After dinner I started thinking about other things in school that were cool. The first thing I thought about was these inflatable figures that were used as a tool for learning your ABC’s. I thought these figures were so cool that my parents went looking for them but could not find a store that sold them. The figures had names like Mister M – Munching Mouth, Mr. B. – Beautiful Buttons, and others. If you don’t remember The Letter People then you should Google it but if you were a kid in elementary school during the early to mid 80’s then you know what I’m talking about.
Man those figure were awesome and if I remember correctly I think there were some records or tapes that included songs or skits where a specific letter person told a story or something. Next up is D.A.R.E. Do you remember this program? If so then you remember the weeks of education followed by a t-shirt, pencils, erasers, and bumper stickers at the end of the program where there was an actual graduation. Sounds like a lot but it happened. Now…how many of you graduated the program and smoked weed either way? Raise your hand if you did this. Are you actually raising your hand right now? If you are then that’s pretty funny!
I’m sure there are many more things that made school cool but I can’t think of anything else at this time. I’ll tell you one thing, I remember walking down the hallway in grade school and the fresh odor of saw dust. I remember walking to my locker and approaching a huge puddle in the middle of the hallway. As I got closer the odor was stronger and every time it was the same thing. Some kid showed up to school sick and chucked it all over the floor so the janitor would have to put this sawdust like substance over it to take away the smell. It didn’t always help but it was better than nothing. Along the same lines of gross was the fluoride that was provided in grade school. Do you remember this? When it first started we were given a small, clear, plastic cup with a light green fluoride rinse. It tasted nasty and not minty at all. It tasted more like hotdog water but there was a way to get out of it. Each cup was accompanied by a napkin. What my friends and I did was wrap the napkin around the cup so that our teacher couldn’t see it and fake the rest. It worked every time! Later on they began using a bubblegum flavor but by then I was older and the school didn’t care anymore. Either way it was all nasty and years later we find out that fluoride isn’t the best thing for us after all. Hmm….Well all of this, minus the sawdust and fluoride, made school cool. If you can remember anything from school like this then make sure to comment. If there are any school officials who are reading this then I request that you bring back the Book It pin and the Letter People! They were awesome and I think kids would dig it. Have a good one folks and happy reading!Post Views: 473
By Ricardo — 8 years ago
Ahoy hoy fellow Jabber Loggers! I just wanted to post something real quick about Google+. If you have not heard yet, Google has created their own social network. I know you’re probably thinking, “not another one”, but this looks promising. The interface is nice and somewhat similar but has some very good features. The other day the head of Facebook announced that they had partnered up with Skype to bring video chat to the masses within Facebook. Sounds good and dandy but if you ever used Skype in the past you know that the quality wasn’t that great. Hopefully they have added a little something more in order to compete with the features of Google+.
Within Google’s social network they provide “Circles”. They can be customized to your liking and you can separate family, friends, co-workers, etc. When you post something you can designate who you want to see this. You can also break up your streams of information and only view friends, or family, etc. The next feature is called “Hangouts”. This involves video chat and you can bring in multiple people at one time and you can even view YouTube videos all at once. Next is a feature called “Sparks” where you are fed articles, videos, etc. on stuff that you are into. It sounds weird but I will provide a couple of videos so that you can see for yourself. Everything seems awesome so far and I would think that the people over at Facebook have to be slightly worried about this. Google+ has a long way to go to reach 750 million members but if they can deliver they will be excellent competition for Facebook. Have a good night and if you would like an invite drop me a line with your email address. Cheers!Post Views: 638
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Hello everyone, I am back this week with a quick bonus episode of Within the Trenches. In this episode I gave condolences on behalf of Whitney and the show for those who were involved in the Boston Marathon Bombing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them and we salute emergency services and especially the 9-1-1 dispatchers. This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week and although we didn’t do a full episode we still wanted to honor one of our own. Deb Pallett has been recently recognized for her 30 years of service with Allegan County Central Dispatch. She has done great work and continues to do so. I have had the pleasure to work with Deb and it has always been a good time. It has also been interesting and I have learned a lot from her. This episode includes an interview I did with Deb and our Assistant Director Tammy for a class assignment where Deb tells her story of survival from breast cancer. This bonus episode is a must listen and there is also some info for those who want to be guests on an episode of Within the Trenches and conferences that are coming up. As always you can email the show at email@example.com.
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- Thoughts & prayers to those in Boston
- In honor of Deb Pallett
- Within the Trenches Open Call
- Upcoming conferences