Archive for April 2013

A Friendly Reminder: I have Four Other WordPress Blogs   Leave a comment

I am mindful that the majority of those who access this blog are either getting linked over from Facebook/Twitter/You Tube or are using a smartphone/tablet PC. I’ve decided to make the effort a few times a year to link you over in a blog post.

Before I go over the list, here’s how you can access them after this post from this page:

  • Smartphone/Tablet PC users should scroll down until they see a box that says “Older Posts”. Scroll past that and you will see my PayPal Button. scroll down a bit more and you will see “Blog Stats”. Directly below that you will see a series of links. The first four will take you to my other blogs. The 5th will take you to my forums (free to sign up and use by the way). The other two will take you to pages on this blog.
  • PC/Mac Users will see everything I described above except “Older Posts” on the left hand side of the screen. You know what to do.

Without further ado, here is the list of what the other four blogs are about. For the convenience of those currently reading this on a Smartphone/Tablet PC, I will link you over from here. Click the titles to go to each blog:

  • Aurabolt’s Anime: The blog is exclusively Anime and Manga from Japan and things related to them. After Anime Boston 2013 I will start to include Cartoons from America and other parts of the world, most notably Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.
  • Aurabolt’s Game Blog: On this blog I discuss video games past and present. From reviews to previews to hints and tips I cover a bit of everything. Starting with my next blog post I things that highlight what you can do with many game systems other than play games.
  • Aurabolt’s Fanfiction: Here I talk about stories inspired by other creations. I did a panel on Fanfiction at Anime Boston 2012 and am hoping to do it again for AB2013. I also discuss the Fanfiction I have written here so check it out if you’d like to see some of what I’ve done.
  • Aurabolt’s Fiction Press: This is where I discuss both non-fiction and and fictional work (not Fanfiction, which itself is a sub-genre of fiction) of my own creation. I am currently working on a few short stories and hope to have finished them all by the end of the yeasr.

Here’s hoping you will check out the blogs and follow them!

 

Boston Eight Days Later   Leave a comment

I want to open with this before I say anything else: Thanks for the extended coverage National/World Media but now that the manhunt is over and we know there will be a trial, you guys can leave now. There are more pressing things going on around the world you guys should be focusing on.

Except for those directly effected and the site of the bombings, the city’s back to business as usual and HAS been since last Tuesday. The first thing I said when I got home last Monday was “Back to work in the morning.” I’m not like the media outlets. I see no benefit in exploring conspiracy theories or spinning things to play to my audience. I just stick to what I know based on the known facts and give some insightful and oft-times informational anecdotes and commentary.

Collectively, EXCEPT those directly effected by the bombings and the Manhunt in Watertown we’ve already moved on. As I said in a blog I posted last week I look forward to eating at UNO’s @ Boylston St. again.

Speaking of which: Boston Police just announced moments ago Boylston St. will be open to the public starting TOMORROW. Spread the word!

Moving on from Education   Leave a comment

I originally drafted this on April 4 and after reviewing the three paragraphs I’d written so far, I’m glad I decided not publish it at the time.

One thing my trolling incident reminded me last week is at times, I overreact in situations where it isn’t warranted. At the same time, I underreact in siuations that warrant a much stronger reaction. The only grandfather I ever knew died two weeks ago. It didn’t even sink even though it’s been a week since he was buried in Trinidad. I felt absolutely nothing when I learned of his death even though he meant alot to me. That’s just speaking for my more recent personal struggles.

I know I’m known for long monlogues so I’ll give the short version:

When this school year started I lost much of my confidence in the classroom due to some things the happened with me the previous school year at another school. Those collective things (which I will not discuss in detail either here or in my longer explaination) were the reason I decided to leave that school community after one year. Going into this school year at the Mission Hill School gave me the fresh start I was in need of in the aftermath of the previous school year. If I had gone to MHS last year instead of this year I would have stayed on for longer than I did.

As I hinted at above several things happened last year that led to me leaving the school where I was after just a year. By the end of the first week of school this year I had made the decision to part ways with Boston Public Schools at the end of the school year. The little confidence I’d been able to muster was swept away by the end of that first week. I’d been working with children 11 years going into this is school year. For the first time since my time in City Year I found myself doubting mysellf and my ability to be productive in the classroom more times than I’m willing to admit. Not just that first week throughout the year. In every other area I was fine but once I stepped in the classroom I could literally feel the confidence in my skills shatter to pieces. I consider myself fortunate I not only realized it so early on but I was able to kept the cloud from ruining what was otherwise an opportunity of a lifetime.

The Mission Hill School is known to education communities all over the world. I have wish only continued success to the MHS community moving forward.

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects Invoke “The Wrath of God”, Manhunt is OVER   Leave a comment

After nearly 24 hours, The Largest Manhunt in U.S. History ended yesterday in Watertown, MA with the death of one suspect and the arrest of the other.

Out of respect for the families of the four people who died (An MIT Officer was shot and killed, which sparked the manhunt Thursday night going into Friday morning) I will not use their names. Their names should be forgotten to history. I will instead refer to them as White Hat (Suspect #2) and Black Hat (Suspect #1), which is what Law Enforcement used to identify them with during the marathon manhunt yesterday. Since I’m sure all of you have been following this on the news youk now their names already and you also know that they are brothers.

I feel profound sadness and sympathy for the homeowner who first discovered White Hat on his property:

67 Franklin St., Watertown, MA

…Not the way I’d want to be remembered. His home is now the most famous–or rather IMfamous–address in Massachusetts. Moments after White Hat was arrested joke For Sale listings for the boat popped up on Craig’s List.

This man is America’s Police Commissioner:

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis

As soon as the bombings happened Monday I had no doubt that for him, the manhunt was personal. I can only assume his awe-inspiring leadership was why the FBI and even the U.S. Military stepped aside and allowed him to take point in the manhunt. Since I’m in a good place to do it I will contact the Boston FBI and BPD and request the number by agency and department of how many people were involved.

I can tell you right now I know the following organizations were involved:

Boston PD: Obviously, they had the largest presence and committed the lion’s share of the resources used during the manhunt.
Mass. State Police: Same as BPD prettymuch as the host state.
Mass. National Guard: They provided security in Boston immediately following the bombings. Said security was expanded to Cambridge and Watertown during the manhunt.
FBI: They’ve been there since Monday. Once they got confirmation the suspect at large was indeed Suspect #2 (not gonna say his name, it’s been said enough in the last 24 hours) they’ve been riding shotgun with the BPD and Watertown PD.
U.S. Military: Hanscom Air Force Base is about 50 miles west of Boston. As we saw yesterday Blackhawk Helicopters were brought into Watertown in the final hours of the manhunt.
Watertown PD: For almost 24 hours Watertown was under lockdown during the manhunt. Watertown PD, which knows the streets best helped officers, soldiers and agents navigate the city (Watertown is a CITY, not a town).
Cambridge PD: They were there when it hit the fan Thursday night.
MIT Police: No explaination needed.
Baltimore PD: We can thank the media for this one >.>;
Russian Security Agency: Same as above and investigators wanted to interview the Suspects’ parents.
Interpol: Apparently they put the brothers on the US’ Radar in 2009. Once their identities were released yesterday they put all member nations on notice.

And the following Departments provided additional manpower and resources during the manhunt:

Dedham
Chelsea
Revere
Belmont
Arlington
Waltham
Lexington
Brookline
Newton
Needham
Milton
Medford
Malden
Saugus
Woburn
Melrose
Saugus

Like I kept saying yesterday in this thread on MMO-Champion, the suspects invoked what I call The Wrath of God when the manhunt began on Monday. Knowing almost two dozen law enf0rcement agencies are combing Boston and later Watertown looking for you would make anyone feel lonely. I don’t doubt White Hat would love to do nothing more than what this guy got to do and hug his mother:

The above guy is a convict comforting his mother. Black Hat’s dead and White Hat can only wish he could do this.

Of course, these people will never again be able to do it either and it’s their names that should be remembered forever:

Krystie Campbell, Martin Richard and Ling Zi-Lu.

As far as I’m concerned, these were good people who died for nothing. 178 people were injured or maimed for no reason. Like the suspects’ uncle said yesterday White Hat and Black Hat are losers.

Westboro Baptist Church to Protest Marathon Boming Funerals, Anonymous vows swift retribution   Leave a comment

I got wind of this on The Huffington Post’s website two hours ago. I have since been spreading the word via social media as well as CNN’s iReport website. I will not say their name in full but I will refer to them as WBC. The C in that doesn’t even apply to them anymore on account officially they are no longer considered part of any religious¬† organization in the US. In the wake of their winning a case that went to the Supreme Court, congress is moving to get them officially recognized as a hate group.

As I’m sure many of you know WBC vehemently opposes GLBT tolerance in America and their protests at the funerals of servicemen who died overseas is their platform for spreading their viewpoint. Given Massachusetts was the first state in America to legalize Gay Marriage and they’re likely going to protest as close to the site of the bombings as possible…assuming it’s this week I will be there personally to see what happens.

On the other front, the collective group known as Anonymous issued a statement via social media regarding WBC’s plans saying “Protest in Boston at your own risk.” Anoymous, which according to them is everyone on earth is considered a vigilante group by most and an anti-hero by just as many. In my opinion, I think WBC may have finally met their match with Anonymous. Realistically WBC can’t do anything to to something to an organization that doesn’t even have a chain of command or even organization. WBC is legally untouchable (so far) and Anonymous is literally untouchable.

While I believe the law should prevail, like it or not sometimes you need something with no regard for the legal system to step in from time to time. I know I am not alone in saying many people will cheer when the protests from WBC finally stop. After all, WBC is the epitome of a real life Troll. Their leadership are lawyers. Anyone who thinks different from them are wrong/evil. Even the Supreme Court ruled they are legally exercising their right to free speech.

Here are a couple of links from the White House to get WBC legally classified as a hate group. Sign them and pass this on.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/pet…hurch/YrKbHYtV
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/pet…ctive/kmYR4DTL
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/pet…group/tNVz4V7Q
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/pet…group/DYf3pH2d (has over 350,000 signatures)
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/pet…tural/xHF0d3nq

And now a new one over the Boston bombings.
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/pet…mbing/KbLlysdG

I’ll leave you with this number from Les Miserables, which immediately jumped to mind when I first heard about this showdown in Boston.

The Unstoppable Force vs. The Immovable Object. In Boston. I’m gonna need to buy some popcorn!

 

America and beyond sends Boston Lots of Love   Leave a comment

I’m still mindblown over this tribute done by the New York Yankees on Tuesday:

I can’t even put it into words given I am aware of the blood feud between the Red Sox and the Yankees. I’ve got family who live in New York and we draw the line when it comes to sports teams. Very classy, New York. Very Classy.

I’m not gonna repeat stuff you can probably get from major news outlets. After all, of them are in Boston covering the investigation and beyond. Well, except for one thing: It’ll take ALOT more than the people or persons responsible are capable of to break the City of Boston. Folks have already started to get on with their lives, which is all you really can do.

As soon as the the area is reopened to the public I will go the UNOs on Bolystom St., which is a few doors from where the second bomb exploded. It’s my favorite restaurant on that end of Boylston St.¬† I also look forward to going to a Red Sox game when the team returns to Boston ^_^

The world is going to see what the people of Boston already know. We might get knocked down but we don’t stay down.

Boston Marathon Bombing Kills 3, Injures 144   Leave a comment

First off, I’m alright. I want to make sure I say that given I was downtown when the bombing happened. As soon as I figure out why the video I recorded earlier today on my iPod Touch did not upload properly I will embed it into this post.

I do want to say that despite what all the media outlets are saying there are no suspects at present and no terrorist groups domestic or overseas has claimed responsability. Also these are the only bombs that exploded. There were initial reports a bomb went off at the JFK Library but that was later proven false. Another initial report later disproven is that the boming was carried out by suicide bombers. This is not true.

For those who’ve never been to this part of Boston either during the Marathon or otherwise there is a Subway station at the finish line (Copley on the Green Line).¬† For security reasons it’s shut down the day of the marathon both ways and security is tightened at the adjacent stations (Arlington, Prudential and Hynes/ICA) as well as nearby Back Bay Station (Orange, Commuter Rail and Amtrak).

The silver lining is luckily this happened AT the finish line AND in Boston. In case you forgot four of the best hospitals in America are in Boston: Tufts Medical Center, Mass General, Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center. There’s little arguement their overall proximity to the site of the bombings as well as the medical staff already at the finish line were the main reasons the death toll was so low. Not trivializing the fact that lives were lost but all things considered first responders were already in place because of the marathon.

This is Boston. The city will be back in the swing of things by the end of the week. There are a few restaurants and shops I frequent on that section of Boylston St. I look forward to visiting them sometime soon.

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