It is very very early but the AudioVillains are back with episode 24! Now, this was recorded a week ago but I have been slacking so I apologize. In this weeks episode we talk about my bout with food poisoning, the battle between Alex Jones and Piers Morgan and random movies that are coming out. We also talk about Bulletproof Coffee and a look back at dial-up Internet Services. As always you can email us by using the black button to the left or you can use the new official email for the entire JCast on Jabber Log at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheers!
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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: 162
By Ricardo — 4 years ago
During the week of 12/13/2012 I was sketching in a notebook. I had a lot going on during that time. I was well into my Masters program, studying, working in dispatch and trying my hardest to be a good father and husband. As I continued to sketch I began to reflect on a new project I was working on. The project was a new podcast named after a written segment on my blog. I was nervous about launching my Kickstarter campaign. What if I couldn’t make my goal? What if it was only something I thought was a good idea? I continued to sketch and think. My co-worker Whitney walked into the room I was in and I asked her what she thought.
“I like it but the symbol makes it look like angry eyebrows.”
She handed me some reports I had printed out and we both laughed as she walked back out of the room. I stared at my sketch for a while. Finally, I added “9-1-1” to the upper right part of the vital sign. I called Whitney again and she told me that it looked good. The sketch was the logo for Within the Trenches. Although I was nervous as hell I was determined to make this project a reality. A few days after completing the logo I launched my Kickstarter campaign on 12/13/2012.
I went through a lot during that time. Planning a campaign is no easy task and promoting it is even bigger than the planning stage. Once it’s out there you have to make sure it remains in the public eye without spamming. The campaign started out strong but hit a snag. With 8 days left I had only reached $330 of the $1,500 needed to fund my campaign. I continued to promote and on January 3 2013 episode one of the podcast was broadcast live on Ustream. The episode was a hit! More pledges came in and with 36 hours left in the campaign I had received $660. I was scared. I felt like I wasn’t going to make it.
With those 36 hours left I sent an email to Gary Allen of Dispatch Monthly. I told him I wasn’t looking for money, just help with spreading the word. He helped me out and in 24 of the 36 hours left in the campaign I surpassed my goal. I remember sitting in the living room with my daughter Lola as she ate lunch. I kept refreshing the page to see if I had made it. I received a text message from my good friend and co-worker Trista that read,
“I just bought a shirt. Congrats!”
After a huge pledge from my now employer, the shirt pledge/reward was worth $25 and that was all I needed to hit the goal. I refreshed one last time and sure enough Trista’s pledge put me over. I jumped in the air with my arms up and yelled, “Woo!” as I hit the ceiling. Lola threw her arms up as well and laughed. I went to work a few hours after that for the second episode of the show and I was greeted by my co-workers with a grand applause. I was smiling from ear to ear and I remember trying to hold back my emotions because I wanted to cry from being so happy. That moment of triumph was great!
It’s been just over a year since I launched my Kickstarter campaign. 2013 was a big year for me. The show blew up and continues to grow. I spoke at Michigan’s NENA conference, made an appearance at the Mini-C conference in Boca Raton, Florida, brought the show to NENA’s National conference, recorded a part in a documentary that features hotlines and call takers in all types of jobs, recorded a segment for A&E’s Panic 9-1-1 and landed an amazing job working on the other side of 9-1-1.
Between Whitney and I, we have interviewed dispatchers from all over the United States and areas such as Australia, Canada and Ireland. It’s been an amazing year and I know that 2014 will be even bigger. I’m grateful for the support and continued support you have given me throughout this adventure. It means a lot to me. The show will continue to tell dispatch stories from those who have lived them. We are also going to educate the emergency services community as well as the public. With Google+ Hangouts serving as an open forum of 9-1-1 professionals we are going to grow and expand.
If you take anything from my experience this last year it is this, “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.” Thanks Doc Brown. Your words have always stuck with me. Well…you’re a character in Back to the Future and I love the movie so…well anyway, the quote is true. YOU CAN DO ANYTHING! Just grit your teeth and work hard for what you want. I’m living proof. Hmm…I think I just wrote the last page of my book. Anyway, here’s to a new year, cheers!
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Hello folks! The AudioVillains of the JCast on Jabber Log are back again with episode 4. This time we visit the world of zombies and what we would do if we had to fight to survive. We also discuss what type of weapons we would use, and what area we go to for safety. Yeah, we geek it up but it’s funny stuff! Throw in some discussion on discipline, food poisoning, and other random topics and you have a kickass podcast. As always if you have any topic suggestions, questions, or people we should interview, make sure to send us an email by clicking the black contact button in the upper left-hand corner or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a good one and listen and share to the masses!Post Views: 93