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By Ricardo — 5 years ago
Good morning everyone! I hope you are having an excellent Sunday morning. I’m writing to announce that Jabber Log and Threadsy have joined forces to spread the word on not only the Within the Trenches podcast but the great work that Threadsy is doing. Now, if you are unsure what Within the Trenches is then here is the quick and easy explanation. It’s a podcast based on the experience of being a 9-1-1 dispatcher. The show is taking off and we were trying to hit 500 ‘Likes’ on the Facebook fanpage in order to do a t-shirt giveaway. Thanks to Diary of a Mad Dispatcher, Through the Eyes of a 9-1-1 Dispatcher, Emergency Response for Dummies, The Cool Kids of 9-1-1 and more, for helping us hit our mark!
With that said, the giveaway has begun! Threadsy a t-shirt company with a mission to help those in need have teamed up with Jabber Log for this giveaway. According to their official website, “we make lifestyle products that help fund charity projects across the world. We sell each tee for 7 days and give $7 of every product sold directly to that week’s charity.” Right now Threadsy is running a campaign for the No Kid Hungry movement. It’s an excellent campaign they are working on and they do all the custom design work in-house. “One week. One cause.” That’s how they do it and although this giveaway is not for a specific charity it’s to help promote Within the Trenches and feature the first “first responders.” They are the people who help you in your time of need and sometimes over a 16 hour shift. They take horrific calls and rarely get any recognition. Well it’s time to change that and with this podcast I intend on telling their stories.
A big thanks goes out to Seth Manthei, CEO of Threadsy for the help on this giveaway. It means a lot and to anyone who is reading this, please go to their website and check out the great things they are doing. You won’t be sorry and it’s for a great cause!
Now for the giveaway. There are three things that must be done in order to qualify. The giveaway will last from January 26th – February 2nd (midnight). Three official Within the Trenches t-shirts are up for grabs and this is one of two giveaways. If we happen to reach 1,000 ‘Likes’ then we will do another round of t-shirts and coffee mugs.
Step 1 – Like Jabber Log on Facebook
Step 2 – Like Threadsy Tee on Facebook (tell them Jabber Log sent you)
Step 3 – Listen to the first episode of Within the Trenches and message me on the Jabber Log Facebook Fanpage (not on wall) and tell me what I told the Chief of Police when he asked if I had any skeletons in my closet. It’s right in the beginning and funny. It’ll be worth it! Once you get the answer, message me with it and as long as you’ve done the first two you are qualified. Remember, DO NOT POST THE ANSWER ON THE WALL.
Let’s have fun with this and make sure to share this with all you know!Post Views: 129
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
How smart are kids these days? I would say, judging from my 7 year old, that kids are very smart. I’m sure my parents said the same thing when I was younger and I’m sure I thought I was awesome but now I’m the adult and I’m paying for it. My 7 year old Logan comes up with some interesting thoughts and concepts. There are times where I have to have him repeat it because it’s so out there, yet logical, that it takes me a moment to wrap my brain around it. He’s does great in math and he reads a grade level higher than others in school. I can’t even spell anything out in adult conversation because he’s already putting it together. It’s crazy how fast he picks things up.
One evening my wife and I were making Spagetti for dinner and he was saying that he did not want any cheese because he doesn’t like square cheese. I laughed at him and said,
“Buddy, you love cheese.”
“Yeah, but not square cheese.”
“Well, mom is shredding it up right now so it’s no longer a square.”
“The shredded pieces are the shape of a rectangle so it’s still somewhat of a square.”
I froze and I felt my face get hot. I looked at my wife as she tried her hardest to hold back from laughing.
“He got you there Rich.”
What else could I say? He got me and all I could do was laugh and think, “Crap! This kid is too smart for his own good.”
He’s clever and blows my mind at times. He also listens way more than I realize. I mean, we as adults speak in front of our kids and either use codes or spell things out in order to converse without them knowing what exactly is going on. It’s not until they repeat something you’ve said that you realize your kid has been paying attention the whole time. For example, Logan and I had gone to the store and a song came on the radio where the female lead singer was screaming into the mic.
“Dad, are you sure that’s a girl?”
“Yeah buddy, I saw this band live and they’re all girls.”
“Wow, they’re awesome!”
“Heck yeah! I wonder how they can scream like that without hurting their throats?”
“Well dad…I guess they just put their back into it.”
I busted up laughing. Once again he got me. I always say, “Put your back into it”, and I don’t ever think he’s paying that much attention to what I say but when he repeated it without skipping a beat it cracked me up. Kids are pretty clever and when they read it makes it harder to hide certain things. Another example of how smart kids are comes from a conversation between my wife and our son.
“Logan, can you bring me my vitamins?”
“Yeah, I’ll open it and bring it to you.”
“I don’t think you can open it Logan. It’s child-proof.”
Logan opens the bottle and brings it to his mom.
“Logan, how’d you do that?”
“Mom, it’s only child-proof for kids who can’t read. See, it tells you how to open it on the bottle.”
How true is this? I mean, seriously? The only reason stuff is child-proof is because at a young age kids have not yet learned to read. The directions are right out in the open for adults because we can read. See…kids are a lot smarter than us. They learn new and advanced subjects a lot earlier than we did because kids absorb things like a sponge. It’s amazing how much information they take in and distribute and they are doing this without the burden of every day life. I think they could take over the world if we let them. The only reason we stay in power is because we’re bigger. So, how many of you have dealt with a similar situation? How many of you see yourself in your kids when their doing something clever. I know I’ve seen myself many times through my son. He is in fact a version of myself at that age, but he’s evolving and surpassing me. It’s definitely a sight and something great to experience.Post Views: 172
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Hello everyone! I know it’s very late and that it’s actually Friday but here’s the Tech Thursday edition of the JCast MiniCast. This week we look at a human microchip, a Chinese counterfeit handheld gaming system called the Droid X360 and a way to install Apple’s OS X Mountain Lion on as many Mac devices as you want without having to purchase a separate download for each one. As always I will post the links to the entire stories at the end of the post. I have also made the executive decision to provide the MiniCast to you by using the normal player only. It will still be added to SoundCloud but since the MiniCast can be produced with good quality under 10mb’s I am able to use the normal player. This also adds them to my RSS podcast feed for those who have subscribed to it. As for the main episodes, those will continue to be powered by SoundCloud and embedded into each post using their player for excellent quality. Enjoy this weeks MiniCast and it was recorded with a new mic. It sounds clear but since it’s so late I had to speak a bit lower than usual because my family is asleep. Thanks again and keep listening folks!Post Views: 114