How Having a Stroke Made Me a Better Person

I woke up about 4:30, I felt a tingling. It was like I had cut off the circulation in my whole body. “I have to pee,” I thought. It was very difficult to move but I struggled. I had to pull myself to the toilet. I was having another stroke. I had had a stroke a year ago, however it had not been as bad and I had not seeked out medical attention or changed my lifestyle. I have always been stubborn this way.

I started smoking at twelve, of course trying to fit in. Every Summer I was given money for lunch by my parents. I would convert it into a 6-pack of Dr. Pepper and Taco Bell. I started growing and loosing my health at a massive rate. Later that year I also found marijuana, which made it much easier to indulge in “the munchies.” I was always good in school, but in the back of my head I was embarrassed of my size, which made me eat much more. School, that is where the lying started. I would tell lies to get approval from friends and was mean to people to make myself feel better, which both lasted my whole life until the stroke.

I called out to my mother from the toilet seat, she came. Then my sister arrived, who called the ambulance. When I got to the hospital my blood pressure was 225 over 145. I then went in for a CAT scan. I was told I had a brain hemorrhage in my brain stem and they could not perform surgery. I was alive but I had realized I was a terrible person who did this to himself.

I was put in intensive care for a week. I was then transferred to a rehabilitation hospital next door. I was given Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy. The kindness of the doctors, nursing and therapy staffs at both hospitals were inspirations to me. It was then that I decided I would change my life. No more incredible portions of food, no more lying and no more meanness.

It has been four months now, I have lost 54 pounds, I have stopped the lying and started confront people with truth and I have abandoned the meanness. I now look forward to a happy life.

Podcasts I Love

I first started podcasting in 2006 with the show Tasty Logic. I played royalty-free music, strange audio clips and recited strange stories to entertain the audience. In 2007, I started a Fantasy Football-based show named Pigskin Radio with a partner, John Neese who I played the sports dungeons and dragons with. Back then we started streaming on USTREAM, adding a video element. I then starting attending Dallas area tech groups and hooked up with some friends (Sarah McGee and Kyle Kondas) to start a geek culture video show called The Tech Tards Show. I have run Dallas PodCamp twice and visited the Los Angeles Podcast Festival and the Podcast Movement to name a few. I now host and produce the Dolphin Squad Show. I have been listening to podcasts for years and here are what I currently listen to, hope you enjoy.

Gillmor Gang X RSS This is the first podcast I start listening to in 2005 and it isnpired me to do it myself. Some od the smartest people in technology every show hosted by Steve Gillmor @stevegillmor

Gilbert Gottfried ‘s Amazing Colossal Podcast This is the place to be if you love old movies and older culture hosted by Gilbert Gottfried @realgilbert and Frank Santopadre @franksantopadre

Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History Some of the most well constructed shows you will ever hear hosted by Dan Carlin @hardcorehistory

Common Sense with Dan Carlin is the news supplement to Hardcore History again hosted by Dan Carlin @hardcorehistory

Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend A great interview podcast host by the late night legend Conan O’Brien @conanobrien

The Three Questions with Andy Richter A great interview podcast by Conan’s sidekick Andy Richter @andyrichter

The Joe Rogan Experience A way out there interview podcast with comedian Joe Rogan @joerogan

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape: Science, Society, Philosophy, Culture, Arts, and Ideas Great science interview podcast with Sean Carroll @seanmcarroll

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard Another fine interview show with actor Dax Shepard @daxshepard

Off the Wall RSS Long time radio show with a political bent from the hackers at 2600 in New York hosted by Emmanuel Goldstein @emmangoldstein

Off the Hook RSS Long time radio show from the hackers at 2600 inNew York hosted by EmmanuelGoldstein @emmangoldstein

This American Life Wonderful stories from the PBS radio show hosted by Ira Glass @iraglass

Ted Talks Daily Daily episodes with Ted talks about everything

Penn’s Sunday School RSS Another fantastic interview podcast with magician host Penn Jillete @pennjillete

WTF with Marc Maron Podcast RSS A great interview show with comedian Marc Maron @marcmaron

The Church of What’s Happening Now: With Joey Coco Diaz RSS Another comedian interview pod check out Joey Diaz @madflavor

CNN News Briefing RSS A few minutes of your day to catch up with the news @cnn

Adam Carolla Show Adam Carolla hosts grea interviews @adamcarolla

Monday Morning Podcast Another fine comedian does the interview thing @billburr

Sacred Symbols: A PlayStation Podcast RSS A PlayStaion podcast with Colin Moriarty @notaxation and Chris Maldonado @chrisrgun

Giant Bombcast RSS Video Game podcast from the folks at Giant Bomb San Francisco crew @giantbomb

Giant Bombcast Aftermath RSS The Giant Bomb aftershow hosted by Jeff Gerstmann @jeffgerstmann and Ben Pack @packbenpack

Giant Beastcast RSS Video Game podcast with the New York crew @giantbomb

Official PlayStation Blogcast PlayStation podcast from Sony @playstation

Podcast Beyond RSS Video Game podcast from the folks at IGN @ign

Restarting my Podcast After Having a Stroke

I woke up with a tingling sensation. It was 5 a.m. in the morning, my Sister called an ambulance. I got sick on the way out of the house. The ride seemed to last forever. I finally made it. They took my blood pressure it was 215/96. I was sent to the CT scanner. In the morning I was put in intensive care for a week . They then put me in a single room. After another week it was time for rehab. I was transferred to a rehab center next to the hospital for 2 weeks. After physical, occupational and speech therapy, I returned home.

I recovered pretty well but I missed Twitch and podcasting. I had started podcasting in 2016 and live video streaming the following year. I became a Twitch Affiliate in two years,and loved it. Now it was time to get back to it. I was still using a walker but my speech almost fully returned. I had an old computer in my garage and decided to make it a streaming PC. I had streamed with my PS4 but I needed a change. With the help of my brother-in-law and Elgato, it worked well.

I started a new show called The Dolphin Squad Show. Started podcasting for free using Anchor. Now three shows back, it feel so good. I went back to Twitch also. It gives me something to do and to exercise my voice. I feel like I am actually back.

If you want to take a listen, hit this site. leave me a comment would love your feedback.

Control Your Sound Effects for Free

Easily control your sound effects for your Twitch stream, podcast, radio station or any other live event with Jingle Palette. It is a free sound dropper with amazing controls at you disposal. Jingle Palette will run on most modern versions of Windows and has all the controls you would expect for a professional radio station. It supports many audio files including MP3, MP2, MP1, MPA, OGG and WAV. It is also designed to support touch screen monitors. If you have a Twitch stream you want to enhance with audio this is the tool for you. To download visit https://www.jinglepalette.com/

If this helped you please follow https://twitch.tv/markramsey and sub and bit me if you wish.

Google Plus: Potential

We were frustrated with Facebook. Tired of the terrible blog comments. Wanted more control and more features. For a brief period of time, we thought we had it. Google Plus was the future, but now it is the past.

Google Plus is now five years old and for the most part, a ghost town. Google was thinking they could make a better social media platform. Technically they did, however social media is about who is there. I had amazing conversations on Google Plus about very technical things. Google Plus was made by engineers for engineers. Facebook was so damn simple even my Mom could use it, and that is why they won.

Facebook is incredibly sticky. It is made for the masses and made to conquer the world by feeding in to the narcissism of our time. Cat videos, baby pictures and 5 year old obituaries flow like water. Grandma is there. Your neighbors are there. That high school classmate that you can barely remember is there. It is what we want and Facebook knows it.

Will something new take over? Maybe. Chances are Facebook will buy it first. My guess is a shift to something like VR gives a new platform a chance which is why Facebook bought Oculus Rift.

I will miss Google Plus. Today I decided to stop posting there. Not because it isn’t a technical great social media site, but parading down the street of a ghost town just seems like a waste of time.