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United Airlines bars Teenagers for Leggings.

Mar. 26th, 2017 | 08:23 pm

Trying to swing back into journal writing.  So, let's start with... an opinion game!

Here's a news article that is not related to the White House.  I would like you to read it and share your thoughts.  In my next entry, I will share mine!

Sorry, but my days are not adventurous enough to post daily, so I need to be a bit creative, especially since I spend most of it grading or reading the news.

For those who want the gist of the article:


 2 teenaged girls were barred from boarding a United Airlines flight due to their leggings. The girls were using a United Travel Pass, a perk given to employees. According to United, leggings do not meet the dress code policy for employees and Travel Pass users.

For more details, read the article (click on link below). Thoughts?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/26/us/united-airlines-leggings.html?partner=msft_msn&_r=0

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Spring Break

Mar. 24th, 2017 | 04:01 pm

has come to it's slow end.  Now, just 9 weeks of school left.  I must say that I am happy to see another school year end.  This group of students has been the most challenging yet.  Hopefully, next year's bunch will be better.

I am not really sure what to post today.  I feel like I am out of topics to write about due to the fact that my days tend to be the same:

Wake up-surf-work-surf-come home.

Nothing exciting.

No love interests.

Quite mundane.

Suffering from severe writer's block.  Haha.

Maybe I'll think of something later.   I have been developing an interest in politics, but I feel everyone is tired of reading about that as well.  I do watch movies, perhaps I should start doing movie reviews again?  Mix it up with movie reviews and political essays?  Ugh.  Not really sure.

anyhoo, I am still alive, if you were wondering.  LOL.  Not shark bait yet.  

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Pokemon Go or Pokemon NO!

Jul. 16th, 2016 | 12:39 am
居場所: My Rock
気持ち: indescribable indescribable
音楽: Surfing

It has been over a week since the release of Pokemon Go and those who know me, are well aware of my love for the cute cartoony creatures.  Since the apps release, there have been many critiques about the game and after spending some time trying to catch ‘em all, I decided I would share some of my thoughts and observations.

After downloading the game and spending the first day just trying to figure out the ins and outs, I discovered that there is more to the game than I was aware of.  First, it didn’t help that there were no guides when I downloaded the app on what to do.  I had to figure out what to do at Poke-stops and gyms, how to catch Pokemon, what to do when my supply of poke balls was running low and more.  Luckily, there were many helpful people on the way of my quest to becoming a poke-trainer.  This is one aspect of the game I found unique: the sense of community for an online game offline.

Whether socializing with strangers was part of the developers plan or not, it happens.  When you are walking to a Poke-stop and notice someone with their phone in hand and walking in the same direction, you get that “I know what you’re doing” feeling.  It a conversation starter.  “What Pokemon do you have?”  “Did you know there was a ______ by Starbucks?”  etc.  Even an introvert could use the sheer fact of Pokemon catching to ease out of their shell and meet new people.  On one Facebook post, a parent shared how the game help her autistic child socialize as well!  On the other hand, people still unaware of the game look at poke-fans with their phones and may be thinking, “what in the world are these lolos doing?”  There is, unfortunately, the other side of socializing, entrapment.

Within my trial week, there were news of “bad” people using the game for “evil” purposes.  In case you didn’t know, a group of teens actually used a Poke-stop to rob Poke-trainers.  The game does a great job of having people socialize, but I am sure the developers didn’t intend the opposite end of that equation.  Luckily, the four teens were prosecuted for their crime and those crying “Pokemon No” used the incident as a strong argument against the game.  But, that’s is not the game’s fault.

Upon start up, the app clearly states, “be aware of your surroundings at all time.”  Some Poke-fans have begun to adjust to the news and started traveling in groups to Poke-stops.  Children walk with their parents for their safety.  Single players, I hope, are either walking with someone proceeding to the same stop, or stopping, checking their surrounding and using their best judgements and instincts, and making their move as quickly as possible to avoid any unfortunate incidents.

Speaking of moving around, this may have been one latent intent of the developers: getting people off the couch, out of the house, and out in the real world.  In order to hatch an egg (which is found randomly at a Poke-stop) a trainer needs to walk either 2, 5, or 10KM!  I am sure the desire to hatch an egg is strong and what is making all these Poke-fans to stand up and walk!  Of course there are those mechanically inclined who “cheat” the system, but I actually enjoy a few extra steps towards fitness to claim some digital prizes.  I just make sure that I don’t take my walking too far.

It has been reported that Poke-trainers are taking their travels too far and trespassing, or putting their lives in jeopardy.  Their claim is, “I was going for the rare Pokemon!”  Talk about bringing the anime to real life.  Ash Ketchum and company were notorious for trespassing and going places they shouldn’t.  The difference?  I don’t think there was a strong legal system in the anime to keep Ash and his friends in check.  In our society and world, there are places you are limited to and those playing the game need to strongly heed the opening words of the app:  “BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS.”  The game does not immune you to laws on trespassing.  Nor is it to blame if you decide to pull a Sylvester Stallone and become a cliffhanger.  If you decide to trespass, you are committing a crime.  That is not the game, nor the developers fault. THAT’S YOUR FAULT!

Reports continue to fill my Facebook feed about “Pokemon Go made me do this,” or “Pokemon Go made my child do that.”  I respectfully disagree with all claims.  Pokemon Go does not make you open the app and use it while driving, that was a choice YOU made!  Pokemon Go did not make your child cross a highway for a Pokemon, YOUR CHILD made that choice to cross the highway.  YOUR CHILD should know that 1 ton of hard plastic and metal is strong and will hurt.  YOUR CHILD should have known NOT to cross in the first place.  Finally, where were YOU when YOUR CHILD made that choice?  Why did YOU not have that conversation about safety with YOUR CHILD?  In short, take responsibility for your actions and stop trying to use the game as a scapegoat for YOU or YOUR CHILD’S actions that lead you to break laws or put your life in danger.

I do not plan to stop using the app.  I use it when I am walking (I want to hatch them eggs) and I keep complete vigilance of my surroundings while walking or gathering materials from the Poke-stops.  I recommend other players do the same.  Finally, be respectful of where you’re walking.  cemeteries should not be bombarded with trainers, especially during a funeral service.  It was not acceptable before the release of Pokemon Go, and using the app now still doesn’t make it ok either.

If you are still against the game, that is your choice.  I didn’t write this to persuade anyone to download and play.  I just wanted to share my thoughts on what I had been noticing during my one week of game play.  If you are playing, then hope to go hunting with you soon (or even trading a few Pokemon).  Be safe and play responsibly.

References:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-36805615 This is about a group of teens stuck in a cave (my most recent find). 

http://www.wpxi.com/news/mom-says-teenage-daughter-hit-by-car-in-tarentum-after-playing-pokemon-go/399354824 Teen being hit by car.  Mom insists it’s the game’s fault.  My point:  no, it’s not the game’s fault.  The mom downloaded the game for her daughter and from the report, one can infer that there was no discussion about traffic safety.  Furthermore, the girl is 15!  Seriously?  The daughter should know better in regards to highways (in my opinion).

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/15/health/pokemon-go-players-fall-down-cliff/

The “Cliffhangers” I mentioned.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2016/07/10/four-suspects-arrested-string-pokemon-go-related-armed-robberies/86922474/

The DARKSIDE!  I love the response to some of the response from the players:  “don’t let this discourage you from playing the game.”  True words!

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Convention

Jun. 29th, 2016 | 01:25 pm

I flew to Denver for a Tech Conference and learned a great deal!  I am excited to start using all the new gadgets and websites in the classroom next year and see the difference in my students.

In addition, took an overwhelming amount of photos and videos (still working on the videos, but there are photos on my IG: surfah_sensei).

More later.  Just wanted to drop in and say HI! 

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Voltron: Defender of the Universe. (Review)

Jun. 16th, 2016 | 09:08 pm
居場所: In the ocean
気持ち: content content
音楽: Voltron

Review

Netflix has just released it's version of Voltron (from Dreamworks).  I have been an avid fan of Voltron since I first watched the 1980's version.  However, after rewatching the 1980's series, I had many unsatisfied moments (i.e. for a 20 minute show, 5 minutes of it is really watching repeated clips of animation cells; the fact that in nearly EVERY episode, no problem could not be solved unless the team formed Voltron).

Then in 2011, Voltron seemed to be making a comeback.  I watched a few episodes of the 2011 version, but I was not sold.  I was more disappointed with the series than anything else.  It seemed too slow and I didn't care for the CGI animation (which at the time CGI animation seemed to be the major choice of animators).  So, upon learning about the 2016 Netflix version, skepticism was inevitable.

Netflix definitely surprised me.  The series is set up to be more "anime" format.  The storyline continues (meaning, you actually need to watch every episode to keep up what is happening in the series) and it seems the characters "age" like many anime characters.  With the storyline more intricate than previous versions, it makes it worth the watch.  In addition, not every episode actually involves having Voltron formed (I really like that change).  It still holds the classic "good vs evil" theme, but the flow is much better than the 80s version.

There are many surprises to the series as well, which adds to the development of the plot.  The characters also have history to them making them have a realistic feel and not seem so "cartoony" like in the 80s.  You actually want to learn more about the characters and find out who they were before they became "Paladins of Voltron." For those die hard 80s lovers, classic lines and quotes still exist (i.e. activate interlocks, dyna-therms connect...).  However forming Voltron has changed in the 2016 episodes.

Overall, I am content with this reboot.  If you enjoy Anime (particularly Sci-Fi) you may also enjoy this serious.  It is not perverted like most Japanese Anime (as it is an Americanized Anime, similar to "Avatar: The Last Airbender").  
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14 Days...

May. 10th, 2016 | 07:48 pm

Mark you calendars!  I become free on May 28th!  School will be officially done and writing will be back on the menu.  Been swamped with work and socializing.  Part 2 is a-coming.  Take care and keep in touch. 

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Not dead... just busy

Apr. 24th, 2016 | 09:00 pm

As the school slowly makes it's way to the end, I have been busy.  With my new social life and work, it is becoming harder to update LJ.  So, dropping a line to let everyone know, I'm still here.  I'll try to write again.

Sadly, there are only 2-day weekends for the next month.  So... it will be difficult to update for sure.  haha.  

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Politician Preference, Pokemon, and Pooped!

Mar. 28th, 2016 | 09:36 am
居場所: Runescape
気持ち: happy happy
音楽: Animals Gone Wild

Aloha!  I have had quite a busy weekend, and I plan to have another busy day today.

Saturday was the Democratic Party of Hawaii Politician Preference Poll (Caucus).  From what I understand, it's not really a caucus, but the vote still counts in terms of delegates for the democratic party.  Normally, I don't assist in political endeavors, but because I will support Bernie Sanders, I decided to "get involved."  I spent half of my Saturday volunteering for the "Cuacus."   It made my heart sing with joy when I learned that Sanders won!  I do hope that this is the momentum necessary to boost Sanders all the way to Washington.

After my volunteer work, I was able to unwind a bit by attending a baby shower.  Unfortunately, I don't like being at a party when I know very little people.  I feel awkward.  So, after 2 hours of sitting and conversing with the only people I know, I left to go surfing.  Haha.  While surfing, I landed right smack in the middle of a barrel.  That was the highlight of the session.

Finally, I took my friend and her friends to a bar. I was the designated driver (which is great because I don't drink anyway).  I danced a bit and four hours later drove home to crash.  Sadly, I didn't have long before I was back on the road to lead a hike 2 hours after I hit the hay.  Luckily, I had great music to keep me going.  When the hike ended I drove back home for a 30 minute cat nap before I taught a student how to play Pokemon Trading Card Game.  Magically, that kept me awake enough to finish the game.

By the time I returned home, I was literally too tired to sleep!  I made dinner, ate, and I guess that was the winning combination for slumber.  It was 10 hours later I finally awoke.

Crazy Weekend!  Hahah.

How was y'all's weekend? 

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Wednesday

Mar. 23rd, 2016 | 03:40 pm
居場所: Starbucks
気持ち: happy happy
音楽: Ice Cube

I was asked to help a friend with her website.  For starters:  I am no web designer.  Luckily, all she wanted was to make her power point slides into JPEGs.  After some bit of jiggery and pokery, I was able to figure out a method for her to do exactly what she wanted... keep in mind that I am sooooo not a PC person.  Felt like the Doctor messing around with techy stuff.  tee hee.

I'll be back later to share more. =)
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Time for School

Jul. 28th, 2014 | 07:50 pm

Summer is at an end.  Finally.  I am really looking forward to going back to work.  I have switched from Elementary to Intermediate school.  It is a HUGE change, but I think it is a change I needed.  So, it should be really interesting to see how the year plays out.

The summer was terrible.  The only reason why I am saying that is because there were no decent swells to enjoy.  We had a 3-week drought on waves.  So, imagine how I feel when I go online and discover that California has waves!  UGH!  Can't wait for October.

That's all for now.  I hope everyone else is doing OK!  Until my next post, take care always. 

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