Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love for the PlayStation 2 & Nintendo Wii consoles.

 

This game takes place in an alternate universe’s New York City in the late 1920s while followings the adventures of the New York Combat Revue (STAR Division).

 

The protagonists in this game consist of Captain Shinjiro Taiga (main hero/samurai) (weapons: twin Katanas) (RoboMech armed with twin Katanas), Gemini Sunrise (heroine/Texas samurai) (weapon: Katana) (RoboMech armed with a Katana & a Colt Single Action Army Revolver), Cheiron Archer (Heroine/Biker/Lawyer) (RoboMech armed with a steel whip called Verdict Chain), Diana Caprice (heroine/Medic/Spiritualist) (RoboMech armed with an artificially intelligent robotic Blue Bird), Rosita Aries (heroine/Mexican bounty hunter/singer/dancer) (weapons: Gold six-shooter & Silver six-shooter) (RoboMech armed with twin six-shooters) and Subaru Kujo (heroine/fighter/pianist/actress) (weapon: fan) (RoboMech armed with twin steel fans).

 

The antagonist in this game consist of Oda Nobunaga (main villain/Japanese Demon Warlord), Lieutenant Ranmaru (villain/varlet) (weapon: Scythe), General Kokuryuhime (villain/Black Dragon Princess/master swordsman) (Weapon: giant black sword), Yumedono (villain/demon priestess) (weapons: demonic insects & poisons), Dokuro-bou (villain/amateur tactician/brutish thug) (weapon: a steel club called a Kanabo) and Tsugarubi (villain/demon priest) (weapon: demon sorcery).

 

In conclusion, I found this game a truly fun & wonderful clash between the ancient past and the modern future, both alternately and/or historically speaking.

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What SEEDS means to me

What Seeds means to me

2/16: At the time of writing this I have been working at SEEDS FOR AUTISM for over a year. During this time I’ve come out of my shell a lot. In High School I was always the quiet person in class that wouldn’t talk anyone and no one would even try to talk to me. I did have a couple of friends from Middle and Elementary school that I would hang out with at lunch and on the bus, but we didn’t have any classes together. I secretly felt kind of lonely but was to afraid to actually talk to new people. After I graduated, my family took me to a job/program/school fair where SEEDS had a booth. It seemed interesting, so that summer I signed up for the summer program -and it was a lot of fun. I met some nice people who I became acquaintances with, but I still didn’t feel at home/comfortable yet. Then in December, I joined the official SEEDs program. I was still pretty nervous, until someone who also works at SEEDS said he remembered me from the summer program and welcomed me into the SEEDS family. I felt bad because I didn’t remember him.  After a while though we became good friends and still are. I started talking about similar interests, things that are on my mind, how life is going, and now I have many new friends! Now I feel like I can make friends, share what I have to say, and I am slightly more confident. I am now truly part of the SEEDS family!

5/25: Today I am leaving SEEDS, I still feel the same as I did when I wrote the paragraph above. I am leaving because SEEDS has given me confidence to follow a new opportunity. I will miss all of my friends and all of my instructors very much, but it’s time to move forward with my life, and SEEDS FOR AUTISM has given me the knowledge to do so successfully. I have learned skills and made things here that I never thought I would ever be able to. I am very grateful for SEEDS FOR AUTISM and everyone here for helping me with so much. The only thing I can say now is, thank you!

~Breanna D.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

~Nelson Mandela

Scream Queens spoiler review

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Warning: this show is not to be watched by the faint of heart!!!!!!!!!! 

Scream Queens is a TV show about a sorority called Kappa Kappa Tau, where 20 years ago, a mystery was born. The main Chanel, Chanel Oberlin decided to prank the sorority’s housemaid, Ms. Bean, unfortunately the prank went horribly wrong and Chanel burned Ms. Bean’s face off in the deep fryer. The Chanels are not the nicest people, but they are being targeted by a serial killer called the Red Devil who, one by one, kills the sorority pledges by various methods. One of the sisters, Hester is faking a condition which requires a neck brace that she stole from another patient at the asylum where she had been living for the past 20 years. Hester devised a scheme in which she falsely claimed that she was pregnant with Chad, Chanel’s boyfriend’s baby. In anger, Chanel pushed Hester down the stairs after finding out that Hester was lying about being pregnant. Chad took Chanel to his family’s house for Thanksgiving, then Hester showed up and the Radwell family engaged in what can be described as the most mean spirited game of Pictionary. The school’s head, Dean Munsch, has a deep dislike for the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority and through her inaction, at least 4 of the sisters die. Dean Munsch’s ex -husband fell in love with one of his students, a young woman named Feather and asked the dean for a divorce. Instead, she killed him, cut up the body, scattered the body parts around the house and framed Feather for the murder. Feather was sentenced to life in an asylum. Chanel #3’s biggest secret is that (shocker) her father is the infamous serial killer, Charles Manson. In the first season, there are multiple deaths, including Hester’s twin brother, Boone. Chanel #3’s real name is Sadie Swensen.  Chanel #5’s real name is Libby Putney. That information only comes out during the Chanel’s murder trial. The Chanels were found innocent but after Chanel insulted the jury, the verdict was changed to guilty.

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Twenty years ago, a pledge gave birth in a bathtub during a party at the sorority house. Dean Munsch apparently covered up the death by disposing of the body. One of the sisters took the babies and tried to raise them. Unfortunately, the stress and guilt was too much for her and she committed suicide. The girl’s sister spent 20 years in an asylum planning her revenge with the help of Hester and Boone, who turned out to be the twins who were born at the party at Kappa Kappa Tau. The sisters of Kappa Kappa Tau decide to host a slumber party, where Chanel #3’s secret is revealed accidentally by her newfound lover, Sam, who then is dared by Chanel #3, in anger, to go down to the creepy basement and take a nap in the blood filled bathtub. Sam is then killed by the Red Devil who suffocates her with a sheet of plastic. Hester planned to get away with murder and pinned the blame on the Chanels by falsely claiming Chanel #5 shoved a high heeled shoe into Hester’s eyeball. Then the Chanels were falsely accused of murder by Hester, who produced all kinds of falsified evidence against them. The Chanels were sentenced to life in prison at the Palmer Asylum for the Insane. The Chanels were enjoying themselves in the asylum, until Chanel’s boyfriend, Chad appeared in the asylum late at night dressed as the Red Devil, holding a butcher knife.

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In season 2, the serial killer is the Green Meanie, who kills several patients as well as Chad who is killed and his dead body falls through the ceiling at his wedding to Chanel, causing her to scream in horror. The Green Meanie also maims Denise the security guard by electrocuting her with defibrillators that are supposed to be used to shock the heart. The Chanels recruit new Chanels, including a male Chanel, Chanel Pour Homme named Tristan. They met Tristan while in prison because he sent them some fan fiction.Tristan is then killed and his intestines are excised. Then Chanel #11, who’s real name is Midge, who has 11 fingers, has her 11th finger chopped off by the Green Meanie, who then stabs her in the stomach. Nurse Hoffel’s Maiden name is Bean because her sister was Ms. Bean and she wants revenge against the Chanels. Back in 1985, there was a pregnant woman whose husband was murdered by the hospital staff. Her baby turned out to be Dr. Cassidy Cascade who is Chanel #3’s love interest. In the newest episode, Chanel #3 runs a psych test on Dr. Cascade, which reveals that he is one of the Green Meanies. She decides not to turn him into the police, saying she wants to be happy. Dean Munsch decides to have Dr. Brock perform a surgery on a woman with a attached twin and weak heart. The Chanels assist on the surgery and sing the song “99 Red Balloons” to calm down Dr. Brock who’s having a panic attack.

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The dean’s previous lover, Weston, returned to seek revenge on the Chanels because his daughter, Grace, ended up in an asylum because the trauma from the murders was too much for her. Then he killed the hospital candy striper, Chamberlin, who was hired through a Craigslist ad. It is revealed that Jane Hollis, the woman from 1985, is one of the 3 Green Meanies (the others being Dr. Cascade and Weston). She killed the doctors and patients in 1986. She drugged Zayday and tied her to a web in a octagon shaped room. Dr. Cascade, with the help of Nurse Hoffel, killed Chanel #9 by inserting numerous needles all over her body. In the finale, the Chanels are set free from the horror of being hunted by a serial killer. The four Green Meanies (Nurse Hoffel, Weston, Jane Hollis and Dr. Cascade) all met dead ends (Weston burned in a pool filled with hot oil, Jane Hollis was shot, Dr. Cascade died when he jumped in front of #3 and was impaled with a knife and Nurse Hoffel drowned in quicksand). Hester stole all Dean Munsch’s money and ran off with Dr. Brock to Blood Island. The episode ends with a cliffhanger: Chanel gets into her car and notices a Kappa ring and Red Devil costume in the backseat and screams.
I’m really looking forward to seeing the next season of Scream Queens, because it is my favorite show.

My trip to the Out of Africa Wildlife Park

During my winter break from SEEDS I had fun with my family, celebrating Christmas, going on our yearly trip to Williams AZ., and the most interesting thing we did exploring Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde. When we got to the park we saw a big bird cage filled with different kinds of parrots and lovebirds. We the got on a shuttle to the other side of the park, it was a bumpy ride. There we saw other animals like, ring-tailed lemurs, marmosets, a sloth, lions, wolves, tigers, and hyenas.out-of-africa-131 We stopped for food then sat and watched the Tiger Splash show. The tigers were running around the pool playing with toys like giant house cats. It was cold hat day and I didn’t expect any of the tigers to go in the water, but once one of them noticed there was food on a raft it went for it and dived right in. out-of-africa-23But because it was cold and rainy the week we went, we had to track trough lots of mud. I was okay though because with all the fun I was having I didn’t mind getting muddy. There was a zip-line over the animals, my little sister was the only one of us brave enough to do it. She told me it was fun and didn’t feel like she was that high up. ziplineThe last thing we did was go on the safari tour. We got to go on the safari bus and drive around close to the animals. Also on the safari tour we could feed a giraffe or a camel named Humphrey. out-of-africa-104The all the other animals on the tour had teeth that would hurt if it bit you while trying to feed it. Some of the people put the treat near their face to get a giraffe kiss. A kid sitting behind me tried to do that to one of the giraffes named Pilgrim. But Pilgrim almost missed and got me, but I ducked in time and didn’t get a sticky giraffe kiss. At the end of the day we all had fun at The Out of Africa Wildlife park and would definitely recommend going to visit.out-of-africa-74

~Breanna D.

~All photos taken by Breanna D.

Suicide Squad Review

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The film Suicide Squad was released August 5, 2016, one day before my 31st birthday. Set in the DC Comics Expanded Universe, the film is a character study on the broad range of criminal insanity and the worst side of human nature. In a polarized world of good vs. bad, the baddest of the bad at a high security prison are forcibly drafted by the US government into Task Force X, a Secret shadow operations group tasked with performing deadly wetworks missions in return for reduced criminal sentences. Each criminal exhibits a different streak of nasty behavior that is complex and surprisingly relatable to. No person is perfect, and even among bad people there are positive elements.

 

Former psychiatrist Harleen Quinzel was assigned to analyze the criminal mind of the psychotic Joker, but instead fell under his sway and grew to love him, becoming an insane murderous harlot herself known as Harley Quinn. Floyd Lawton is a deadly hitman known as Deadshot, with an almost supernatural affinity for firearms of every make, model, and era. A serious professional, he tries to set a good example for his teenage daughter, who is the reason for his work ethic of contract fees paid up front, and no women or children killed. George Harkness is Australian rogue Captain Boomerang, dressed like an aristocrat, but who is callous, brutal, and self-centered who does not get along well with anyone. He is a professional bank robber and a member of the criminal group called the Rogues, who are united in fighting against the Flash. Waylon Jones is Killer Croc, a former circus performer and a genetic freak with reptilian traits, including great physical strength, thick scaly skin, and sharp teeth. He harbors a deep hatred of the human society that shuns him. Chato Santana is El Diablo, a tormented former criminal gang leader who shuns his powers of pyrokinesis after destroying his family and home by mistake.Together they are controlled and monitored by subdermal implants placed within their necks that mark their location and can be remotely detonated if the subject misbehaves, hence the name Suicide Squad. Control of the implants rests in the hands of squad field commander Rick Flag, a highly skilled soldier and veteran of countless black-ops missions. At Flagg’s side is Tatsu Yamashiro, a woman known as Katana, armed with a mystical sword that steals the souls of it’s victims.

 

The Squad is assembled and sent to fight against the Enchantress, a malevolent ancient mystical spirit possessing the body of the archaeologist June Moone. Moone was a former lover of Rick Flagg before she was possessed while researching magical artifacts in Asia. By disturbing the magical vessel containing the Enchantress, she gained incredible magical power, but was enslaved by the dark spirit who sought to destroy the world of men who once worshipped her as a god. June was slowly corrupted by the sorceress while under the employ of Amanda Waller, the government official who is responsible for founding the Task Force X Program. Waller, herself, is ruthless and unforgiving, concerned only with completing the given mission,no matter the cost or collateral damage.
The film is a showcase of good, bad, and ugly in  various shades of human nature working, or at least trying to work together, to defeat a greater evil. In the process, the criminals become slightly better, or at least better understood. Harley’s love/hate bond with the Joker becomes more believable, Diablo comes to terms with the ghosts of his past, Boomerang improves his social skills, Deadshot vows to be a better role model for his daughter, Croc regains some of his humanity working with other outcasts, Katana wields her cursed blade for a good cause, and coldly professional Rick Flagg finds someone to relate to in June Moone. In my imaginary superhero alter ego Rain Man, I would be brave yet reckless, professional yet hot-headed, both compassionate and arrogant, funny and serious in equal measure, a clever sense of humor but able to use words as potent weapons to support people in need of help and disrupt the actions of those who oppose me, and to point out the good and bad in everyone. I would also control the forces of rain and lightning and use weather-related humor while doing good for humanity. 

By Erik

Wood Department review

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Hi my name is Megan and the wood department is what I want to talk about today. The wood department is my favorite because I’ve worked in there the most and Ed is a really good instructor. There are two instructors in the wood department. One works from Monday to Thursday and the other one only comes in on Wednesday. Ed is the one who works at SEEDs all week and Al goes on Wednesday. Ed is the instructor who taught me how to use the lathe in wood turning. One of the previous instructors, Brian, taught me how to use the bandsaw. I hurt myself once by not paying enough attention to what I was doing and accidentally cut myself. After the accident though I was able to restrain myself from getting cut any more on the bandsaw and work towards being better in the wood department.

I first started working at Seeds in 2014 and when I did, Mary Ann thought I should work in the wood department. At first I was a little bit worried and scared, but after a while I got used to it. Working with Ed has helped me tremendously and I was able to further understand how to work in the wood department. The things I’ve made in the wood department include: salt and pepper shakers, acorn boxes, handles for pizza cutters, garden forks and wine bottle stoppers just to name a few.

The skills I’ve learned so far in the wood department range from job skills to conversation skills. I also learned how to cope with situations that you don’t always agree with. Even when you’re faced with something you’ve never done before, you learn how to deal with it as time goes on and it gets easier and easier to do. I was patient with myself so that I could adapt easier to what I was doing in the wood department. And I was also able to be persistent with what I was doing right when I was in the wood department so that I could better adapt to working in there.

The wood department has taught me many things including being persistent, learning to be able to cope with different situations, job skills like focusing on the task, following instructions, attention to detail, and most importantly listening to the instructor. One of the reasons I love working in the wood department is that the instructor Ed has helped me overcome a lot of difficulties to be able to work in that department. Another reason is that he has taught me how to cope with situations and work on the lathe which was a new experience for me.