Situation: Not Good – MERS Reaches U.S.

May 4th, 2014 by greenteabreak No comments »
MERS - Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

Getty Images – Celeste Romero Cano

Its official, the deadly virus known as MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) has infected someone within the United States. So far the U.S. has only one confirmed case, but the CDC (Centers For Disease Control And Prevention) and WHO (World Health Organization) expect more to follow. The person infected has been hospitalized, quarantined and is currently in good condition.

In a Press Release published by the CDC they stated:

“We’ve anticipated MERS reaching the US, and we’ve prepared for and are taking swift action,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “We’re doing everything possible with hospital, local, and state health officials to find people who may have had contact with this person so they can be evaluated as appropriate. This case reminds us that we are all connected by the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. We can break the chain of transmission in this case through focused efforts here and abroad.”

Worldwide over 260 people in 12 different countries have been infected by MERS. MERS is a type of virus strain not unlike the common cold, but can be far more deadly. It’s in the same family of viruses as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). During the outbreak of SARS in 2002 and 2003 there were 8,273 confirmed cases with 775 resulting in fatalities.

The symptoms of MERS include severe acute respiratory illness, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. On average one out of three MERS cases result in death. To make things worse, officials are not sure how the deadly virus spreads. Researchers believe MERS originated from camels because it has been found in a number of camels within multiple countries. Though, the virus has also been found in a bat. Currently, there is no vaccine or medicine designed to treat MERS. Although, Doctors are able to treat the symptoms.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

Throwback Thursday – Michael Jordan And Spike Lee Nike Commercial

May 1st, 2014 by greenteabreak 2 comments »

Spike Lee as Mars Blackmon and Michael Jordan in Nike’s “Hanging” Air Jordan sneaker commercial. Do you know, do you know, do you know!

Just Announced: The Cast For Star Wars Episode VII

April 30th, 2014 by greenteabreak 1 comment »
Star Wars Episode VII Cast Announced

Photo by David James via Starwars.com. The above photo shows the cast of Star Wars Episode VII along with the director J.J. Abrams and producers Kathleen Kennedy and Bryan Burk.

Starwars.com (the official Star Wars website) announced the cast for their upcoming sci-fi film, Star Wars: Episode VII! Many stars from the original Star Wars cast will be featured in the new film including Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, and Kenny Baker. They will be joined by new cast members John Boyega, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, and Max von Sydow.

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness). The film is based on a screenplay written by Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams. It will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park Trilogy), and Bryan Burk (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super 8) with John Williams as the composer. If all goes according to plan Star Wars Episode VII is set to premier worldwide on December 18, 2015.

Here’s a quote from Director J.J. Abrams regarding the announcement of the cast, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

Micro 3D Printer – By M3D

April 24th, 2014 by greenteabreak No comments »

The technology used for 3D printers has become an industry changing technology. M3D, LLC aims to create an affordable efficient 3D printer designed for everyone. The Micro 3D Printer is small enough to fit on the corner of your desk and is able to use a range of different materials when printing. With the Micro 3D printer, users can choose from previously created models to print or create their own. The possibilities are endless as you could create toys, Jewelry, or even decorations for the house. It’s all up to your imagination.

Goonies II – Just Announced!

April 23rd, 2014 by greenteabreak No comments »
The Goonies - 1985

The original Goonies movie (1985).

The production of Goonies II has just been announced! Goonies was one of my all time favorite childhood films. This masterpiece was directed by Richard Donner and produced by Steven Spielberg.  The list of renowned actors in the film include Sean Astin, Josh Brolin and Corey Feldman. Since its release in 1985 the film developed quite a following. Goonies is about a group of misfit kids who embark on an underground treasure hunt in order to try and save their parents homes. During their adventures they had to endure many obstacles and enemies. They even managed to make a new friend on their journey.

Now some 28 years later the production of Goonies II has been announced. Goonies was a legendary flick so we can only hope the squeal lives up to the standard set by the first film. If it does we’re all in for quite a treat. The film is certainly starting off on the right path as it will be directed and produced by Richard Donner (Superman: The Movie, Lethal Weapon, Scrooged) and Steven Spielberg (Raiders of the Lost Ark. ET, Poltergeist). They were the films original director and producer. Plus, early rumors are that the squeal will feature members of the original cast! The release date of this film is still a ways away. Though, it very well might be worth the wait!

Happy Earth Day

April 22nd, 2014 by greenteabreak No comments »

Man, the Orange sure is annoying! lol But seriously, its a great video with the point being: we all have to do our part to make sure Mother Earth lasts as long as possible. It’s hard to deny the impact of global warming as it’s becoming more and more evident with each day that passes. This is not a trend that will change unless we continue to take proper steps (electronic cars, less pollution …ect) to defeat global warming. Below are a few links in honor of Earth Day:

Happy Easter!

April 20th, 2014 by greenteabreak No comments »

Hope you all have a Safe and Happy Easter Sunday! Don’t eat too much chocolate!
Jesus died for our sins and gave us eternal life with his resurrection. Today (Easter Sunday) we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Amen.

A Look At The Greatest Movies Of All Time

April 19th, 2014 by greenteabreak No comments »

It’s hard to argue with the above video’s choice of films for their top ten films of all-time list. They’re all great. Plus, I’d imagine it was very hard for them to narrow the list down to just ten movies. There have been way to many fantastic motion pictures produced over the years. I attempted to come up with a top ten films of all-time list. However, it was close to impossible. So I came up with a top twenty greatest films of all time. And even then I needed to add a honorable mention section to this post. The below movies are not in any particular order. Here we go – Green Tea Break’s Top 20 Greatest Movies Of All Time:

  • Life Is Beautiful
  • ET
  • Wizard of Oz
  • A Bronx Tale
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Top Gun
  • Kick Ass
  • Raiders OF The Lost Arc
  • Hachi
  • Jerry Maguire
  • Mighty Joe Young
  • Titanic
  • Gotcha
  • Green Mile
  • Young Guns 2
  • Great Expectations
  • Old Yeller
  • Braveheart
  • Goodfellas
  • Forrest Gump

 

Honorable Mention: Rain Man, King Kong, Field of Dreams, Stand By Me, Back To The Future, War Games, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Silence Of The Lambs, Hunger Games, Memphis Belle, The Departed, The Natural, The Right Stuff, Miracle on 34th Street, Gremlins, Gladiator, Heat, Herbie The Love Bug, Rambo, Gone With The Wind, Batman: The Dark Knight, The Outsiders, Rocky, The Sound of Music, Total Recall, Fast And Furious 6, Cujo, Footloose, Dirty Dancing, Heathers, Ghostbusters, V For Vendetta.

Throwback Thursday – The TI-99

April 17th, 2014 by George Farina 2 comments »
TI-99 Texas Instruments Vintage Computer

The TI-99 used technology ahead of its time. It was both a home computer and a gaming machine.

I bet not all of you remember the Texas Instruments TI-99 computer? It was a fairly popular machine, but in no way shape or form did it receive the publicity or following that the Commodore 64 received when it was released just a year later. The TI-99/4a was released in June of 1981, while the Commodore followed in January of 1982. Back in those days households did not have access to the internet and as such the TI-99 didn’t provide access.

The TI-99 was my (and when I say “my” I really mean my parents) first computer. And the little-machine-that-could provided me with knowledge I still hold to this day. We owned the TI-99 with the voice synthesis and a tape drive. Yes that’s right, I said a tape drive. Back in the day you would record data, programs … ect on regular cassette tapes in the same way you would later record data on floppy disks, CDs, DVDs, Hard Drives or by Cloud Storage.

I remember spending many days typing in programs (mostly games) provided via Family Computing Magazine into Basic on our TI-99. Then saving them to the Tape Drive. The first game I entered was a racing game where you would control the car with the keyboard. If I remember correctly it was called Roader. To get that game working I had to type in five full pages of basic coding. I was probably ten or eleven at the time. Typing in the program must of took me about three full days. Once I was done I had to go back through the debugger to fix all the errors. When I was finally able to get the program up and running it felt like an incredible accomplishment. The idea of the game was to see how far you could get before hitting one of the walls on either side of the track. It was such a simple game, but provided hours of fun along with a fantastic learning experience.

We also had the video game Alpiner, which was on a cartridge. The computer was a gaming machine and a computer. I never really understood why computers moved away from accepting gaming cartridges. Anyways, the TI-99 was the first machine of its kind to include a technology called voice synthesis. Alpiner was one of only a couple games that put the technology to use. Alpiner was a blast to play. It was a one or two player game with the object being to race to the top of a mountain as you avoid falling objects. That is where the voice synthesis came into play. In the 1980’s, hearing a computer talk to you was something out of this world. I remember the TI-99 telling me to “beware of falling objects” and “Onward and Upward” along with a number of other sayings. The voice synthesis made Alpiner so much more fun.

Looking back now I understand the impact this little machine had on my life. It probably had a similar impact on many other peoples lives as well. The TI-99 provided me with years of learning experiences and fantastic memories. I’ll always have special memories of the TI-99.

Changing A Tire While Driving? A Walk In The Park!

April 16th, 2014 by greenteabreak No comments »

Changing a tire shouldn’t cost you valuable time on that long road trip. Just flip the car up on two wheels, step out onto the side of the vehicle and change the tire. Easy, peasy. It’s just like Ghost Riding The Whip.

Disclaimer: DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!