Abstract: I've only recently discovered my passion for writing. I know I wanted to further improve my skills as a writer, but I didn't really know the right steps to take. That is where the Mighty Post comes in. It is an outlet in which I can write what I wanted to write most about: video games. The Mighty Post has not only helped with improving my techniques as a writer, but it has taught me the experience and skill set that is required to help me break into the field of journalism. Throughout the year I have been in the Mighty Post, I have slowly built up a portfolio of my work which exists on the website. Through this project, I want to show people to never doubt there dreams and aspirations. Video game journalism is something that is still scoffed at by many people due to the focal point of video games. But this is where my passion lies and though I'm taking small steps to get there (by joining the Mighty Post), I'm taking the right steps.
Favorite Spot: Federal Donuts
Neighborhood: South Philly
Address: 8th and Winton St
I am: A Deputy Editor for MightyPost, a student at Science Leadership Academy, and a video game enthusiast.
Years in Philly: 10 years (almost 11)
Current Home: South Philly
I know our love affair have only just begun, yesterday to be specific. But I can't seem to stop myself from thinking about you. It's funny that I've never noticed you before; probably since you're constantly hidden from plain view. Tucked away in that small street, you definitely deserve more recognition than that.
I didn't know what I was expecting when I first came in. In fact, I was pretty nervous. Were you as great as everyone made you out to be? I didn't want to be disappointed, not again at least. I walked up to the counter and placed my order. I sat on the bench eagerly waiting for my food to be made, all the while looking around as I observed the unique characters that came through the clear, glass door.
Suddenly, I hear my order being called out. I went back to the counter and took my food, afterwards, heading back to my previous seat. I looked down at the feast I was about to partake in. This was it, the big moment. I took that piece of fried chicken and guided it towards my mouth, ever so slowly as to savor the moment as it nears my lips. My nostrils were filled with an intense aroma of honey and ginger. I was consumed in its inviting fragrance and was filled with nothing but passionate lust. The crispy, golden-brown skin was now grazing my lips and a rush of adrenaline filled me. I open my mouth and bite into its flesh, piercing through the perfectly cooked outer layer and entering its tender, succulent interior.
At that moment I knew I've found where I belong. I found my new piece of heaven.
- Sweet soy sauce
We decided to make a salad, and it will be use mostly whole food. The only food with a direct label on it will be the soy sauce. We decided to use the rule “eat your colors” when coming up with this meal. It will cost approximately 9 dollars to make. Compared to fast foods, it will contain a lot less processed ingredients. This meal could be survived on, it has ingredients from several of the major food groups that we depend on to stay alive. The salad will contain vital proteins, vitamins, minerals, salt, and sugar. There will be approximately 150-200 calories per serving. The meal will be enough to feed 5-6 people. The lettuce came from florida. We believe that the majority of the ingredients came from american farms, and we know that they were commercially grown. In the long run, using mostly commercial ingredients for dishes like these may negatively affect the government. The fuel required to transport goods cross country / globally, usually involves emissions that are bad for air quality and the atmosphere.
Commercially grown carrots and Walnuts follow the same pros and cons of other commercially grown food; nuts specifically.Lettuce:
Since lettuce is a vegetable, it is obviously first grown at a farm. Farmers produce crops to sell to big companies for packaging and distributing. There are a lot of steps to take for farmers to get their yield to the supermarket. From tending the soil to sowing the seeds and finally harvesting their crops, there are many steps to take to yield a successful harvest. As they stock up on vegetables, big companies either hire or make deals with them to produce their harvest at supermarkets for the general public. The vegetables go through a cleansing process to preserve its condition. Then, they are packaged up by machines or workers to sell.Walnuts:
Similar to Lettuce, walnuts must first be grown (from trees) to harvest later on in August. By using complex tree shaking machines, they are able to harvest walnuts by the thousands in a matter of a few hours. Most walnuts go through a quick and easy processing phase. The husk is removed since it is not edible and the nuts are dehydrated to optimum 8% moisture level. This is also to protect and preserve the quality of the nuts. Finally, they are packaged and sent to whatever food retailer.Sweet Soy Sauce:
Like many other condiments, sweet soy sauce is made ina similar fashion. It has the same base as regular (salty) soy sauce, meaning that it has the same base ingredient: soy and wheat. Unlike soy sauce, it is not fermented and has various ingredients that I don't know since it's hard to find on the internet. This is because Indonesia is one of the only main countries that use this condiment. But, they are packaged in bottles and shipped out to various grocery stores.
Of course, our plans changed at the last minute as we did not want to involuntarily kill any of our classmates by serving a poisonous dish. So instead, here is the recipe that we used to make "Matt and Taahir's Energy Drank":
Matt and Taahir's Energy Drank:
- Romaine Lettuce (1 whole leaf)
- Carrots (2 whole)
- Pineapples (juice and fruit; about 1 cup)
- Orange Juice (2 cups)
- Pecans (1 cup)
- Whey Protein (2 tbsp)
- Sparkling Pear Beverage (1/2 cup)
It's really hard to actually pinpoint my exact role in the grand scheme of the food system, but I do know for certain that I am a contributor in the process of creating food. Of course by this, I don't mean that I actually grow my own food. Like everyone else, my contribution stems from my purchases. It's a cycle in which my purchases creates demand. When there is a demand (a market) for something, in this case food, companies will flock to increase their production output of food (I'm speaking generally here). They then buy from farmers and release more food into the world. Thus, making me and everyone else a small, yet significant part of the grand food system.
Speaking of demand, it is a concept that is both good and bad. Let's start with the bad. As the demand for something increases, production increases. But the question is: at what cost? There is a large demand for Apple products right now. But if this means that workers are treated unfairly and are being worked to death to produce more Apple products, then does the value of money outweigh that of humans? In the case of food, it could be inhumane treatment of animals, disregard of fair work ethics, and etc. Money talks and the food system really brings that to light. As corporations get bigger, the workers (farmers) are sufferring in their wake. Farmers have become nothing more than prisoners of big companies. I strongly believe in the idea that biog companies should be stripped of their rights to carry out certain actions, whether it be legal or physical.
Now for the good: you get eat your Whoppers, play your iPads, and etc. But of course, not without the expense of others' rights.
The PATRIOT Act leaves many in the dark since it was truly an emotional response rather than an appropriately weighted idea. I get it though. 9/11 was definitely a big hit to the US and threatened national safety for years to come. But like any other emotional response, it wasn't thought through. It was an act of fear, and fear breeds repression. Instead of actually seeking out potential threats of this country, we instead, turn on our own citizens and view them as potential threats. That doesn't sound like safety to me. Instead it is another additional fear that has been placed in society by the government.
It says a lot about our society when even the most (we would like to think) level-headed officials and politicians are deterred when it comes to important decision making. Like I have stated before: yes, 9/11 was a big hit. But if our nation's leaders, the people who we depend on for the well being of our country, can't even sit down and actually plan out the right course of action, it can't help but lead to distrust. I mean, right now as I write this, I can't help but feel like I'm being monitored by a mysterious van a block or two away from my house. I think that says a lot. To not have ease of mind when you are simply speaking your mind is ridiculous. What happened to the First Amendment? Did the PATRIOT Act ink in fine print now that says: "Unless we think you're a terrorist."?
As much as I disagree with how the and what the PATRIOT Act stands for, it has bound to have worked on more than one occasion. I'm guessing here because, like the PATRIOT Act, it's a mystery. The government is a huge mystery to me. They give out facts and numbers on how many terror plots have been suppressed or stopped due to the PATRIOT Act. But I can't tell for sure if those are factual representations or if it's just to fluff up the PATRIOT Act so the government can still have full access to every person's life. I just don't know. If you round up all of the citizens of the United States, all their opinion will equate to "I don't know.", since we all can't even agree what the PATRIOT Act actually is or entails. I'm not willing to just give up my civil liberties, and neither is the whole population of this country. The PATRIOT Act should be revisited and tweaked to detract from infringing the rights of the people and the foundation that this country was built upon.
I already knew about how the government already has the technology and power to keep tabs on whoever they feel needed to be monitored. But actually seeing how they operate is scary. Michael Westen (Burn Notice) definitely makes it look easy. I can't help but feel a little more paranoid than I was before watching the movie. The way that the people that you are suppose to trust and depend on will break in your house and turn against you in the slightest moment is ridiculous. The one question that lingered in my mind throughout the entire movie was: How much freedom are we willing to give up in the name of safety? It reminded me of prison in a sense where everyone is monitored, whether you like it or not.
In the film, they focused more on the bad egg of the government. It really brought home the idea that in the wrong hands, the surveillance technology available can be used against us. And in a way, it seems that the film is saying that anyone in the government has the ability to cause harm with said surveillance technology. I understand the concept of safety (especially national saftey), but how much is too much? There should be a limit on how much access of information someone has on you. Because if not, do we actually have "freedom?"
The one thing that stood out to me before anything else about the film was: the intensity. The missing soundtrack and use of muffled silence almost put me over the edge. Here we see (hear) the world through a deaf/mute woman during the event of 9/11. Sure it's an interesting take on the way to tell the story of 9/11 differently, but it was more than that. To me, that (the whole film) symbolized the millions of stories that people across the world have to tell. Everyone went through something different; experienced unique happenings throughout the course of 9/11. That's why that film especially stood out to me. It wasn't just about her or his (the characters), it was about my story. My friend's story. My mom's story. My neighbor's story. My neighbor's friend's story. And his family's story and so on and so on. We all have something different and unique to bring tot he table, and the film was the medium in which people could voice their story, even without the actual use of sound. The film, to me, was all about the story of the people.
For the campaign, I was responsible for a number of things. One, I was in charge in dividing the work for people so everyone gets a fair share of the work. I helped keep my group members in line and keep constant contact with them to make sure they were being productive. I helped create the proposal, which was also part of the division of the work aspect of it. Sometimes it was hard to do this since some group members often didn’t show up to class to help work on it, leaving some of us to do most of the work.
I also made the keynote component of the campaign. The keynote consisted of statistics and images that I had to search for on the Internet. One major challenge of doing this was finding the stats itself. It was difficult enough trying to find specific statistics on our topic, but having to do it for a particular city resulted in multitudes of useless sources. I had to dig through and read almost every source in order to find meaningful enough information. Then I had to make sure these statistics were accurate by searching for more sources that mentions said information in order to validate its accuracy. I then got the idea that a timeline element would help the audience see how Philadelphia has progressed with our topic, which I implemented.
Event though I was only able to find only a handful of information, I’m optimistic in the way I have set up the presentation, that it is enough to leave an impression. Also, I’m confident that having the video, keynote, website, and posters put together will result in an engaging and effective presentation for the audience. And the fact that our other components are also able to cover the outside audience assures me that we did a swell job as a group.
Ask: ¡Hola! Mucho gusto.
Me: ¡Hola! Igualmente.
Ask: ¿Como se llama?
Me: Mi nombre es Bartolo Rinaldi. Yo tengo treinta y cinco años. Soy de Filadelfia pero vivo en San Francisco, CA.
Ask: ¿Dónde asististé a universidad?
Me: Para universidad, yo asistí a Baruch College en New York. Yo matriculé por la maestria. Yo me gradué en el año dos mil.
Ask: ¿Dónde trabajaste?
Me: Yo trabajé para Filadelfia Metro como periodista de los años dos mil uno hasta el año dos mil tres. Yo trabajé para New York Times como escritor de los años dos mil tres hasta el año dos mil cuatro. Yo trabajé para IGN Entertainment como el diseñador del sito de internet de los años dos mil cuatro hasta el año dos mil seis. Recientemente, yo trabajé Gamepro como la periodista de los años dos mil seis hasta el año dos mil diez.
Ask: ¿Que te especializaste en la universidad? (What did you major in college?)
Me: En universidad, yo especializarse en periodismo y escritura.
Ask: ¿Cuanto tiempo tiene interesada en escritura? (How long have you been interested in writing?)
Me: Desde yo en escuela. Yo supe me encanta escritura.
Ask: ¿Tiene usted experiencia en entrevista? (Do you have experience in interviewing?)
Me: Si, yo entrevista muchos personas por mi trabajo en IGN Entertainment y GamePro.
Ask: ¿Una palabra que mejor te describe? (What one word best describes you?)
Me: Una palabra que mejor describe mi es: Dedicado.
Ask: ¿Por qué tu eliges nuestra compania? (Why did you choose our company?)
Me: Yo queré trabajo aquí desde yo pequeña. Tu compania es muy diferente.
Ask: ¿Que puede aportar a nuestra compania? (What can you contribute to our company?)
Me: Yo voy a aportar mis habilidades de escritura y el periodismo. Yo voy a aportar mi habilidad de diseño también para tu sitio de internet. Mi habilidad en entrevista va a ayudo por la trabajo.
Ask: ¿Que tu penses nuestra magazine? (What do you think of our magazine)
Me: ¡Me encanta tu magazine! Leí todos los magazine. Yo obteno mi inspiracíon de magazine.
Me: ¡Gracias, mucho gusto!
Ask: Igualmente. ¡Adios!
- Dejah Harley
- Matthew Hamilton
- Anthony Buchanico
- Tamatha Lancaster
- Tyler Creighton
There are hundreds and hundreds of varieties of languages in the world. Each language conveys different sounds, emotions, and even a person’s status. Everyone is usually taught to learn and speak only one language depending on what that society requires. Even though the sole purpose of language is to be able to communicate with one another, it is also used required in becoming a part of society itself. Language isn’t just a series of sounds interlaced with each other used to communicate, but also to connect your self to society’s standards.
In my case, I was brought up to learn two languages. I was born in Indonesia and the language spoken there is Indonesian. When I had reached the age of 4, my family decided to move to the United States of America. Coming here, I only knew how to speak Indonesian. Even though my parents had hired an English tutor back home, I still struggled to speak English, mainly because I didn’t pay attention. I regretted this when it came time for school. I was very lost and I didn’t know what was going on most of the time. The only words I knew how to say in English were “yes” and “no.” So most of the time, when someone said something to me, I always responded with either “yes” or “no.” It didn’t matter if I understood what they were saying. The thought of not being able to understand anything or anyone was killing me. So, I just stayed quiet and kept to myself.
After 6 months or so, English didn’t seem as difficult. The different sounds of day-to-day talk became very familiar. Since I desperately wanted to feel like I belonged, so I worked hard to study English. Every day, if I would hear a new word that I wouldn’t understand, I would ask my parents what it meant. Even though they weren’t fluent, they knew enough to tell me what some words meant. A year went by and I had achieved my goal. English became second nature to me. Even though I spoke a lot of English outside of school, I didn’t forget my native language. My parents would always make me speak Indonesian at home. They said they were fine and actually happy that I was learning a second language. But they always reminded me never to forget the language I was born with. This was because Indonesia will always be a part of me and I should embrace my heritage. I agreed with them.
Richard Rodriguez quoted, “The belief, the calming assurance that I belonged in public, had at last taken hold.” Richard Rodriguez took the words right out of my mouth. The assurance that I belonged in public also had finally taken hold, just like Richard. The fact that I had conquered the English language made me feel like a part of society. I was no longer just Indonesian anymore, but also American. But I didn’t forget about my roots. I still enjoyed speaking in my native language. These two languages also made me feel as if I was accepted everywhere. It made me feel like was a part of two different worlds.
Language plays a major role in defining who a person is. It can define who someone is in society. Since society does require people to be able to speak a certain language, you are expected to know and be able to speak that language. Learning a new language opens up a whole new view and takes on a certain part of society. Language isn’t just a series of sounds interlaced with each other used to communicate, but also to connect your self to society’s standards.
Have you ever bumped into someone and they couldn’t speak anything but Spanish and you wanted to say excuse me in Spanish. Well that happened to me. In this lesson I will show you all kinds of different manors you can say in Espanol. It isn’t difficult at all.
1. When you say thank you, you say Gracia’s It is pronounced Grrraaasia’s
2. When you say Thank’s a lot you say It is pronounced Moochass Grrraaasia’s
3. When you say Thank’s a Million you say It is pronounced Miil Grrraaasia’s
There are several ways to say your welcome en espanol. For a reminder when you see R’s in espanol, you role your tongue always.
The first way to say Your Welcome in espanol is:
1. De nada You pronounce it like this: day na da
2. Por` nada You pronounce it like this: Poor` na da
3. No hay de que You pronounce it like this: No hay d ke
If you didn’t ever catch what someone said you would say in Spanish:
1. Como You pronounce it like this: Co mo
Como is an easy word to say because the word has two O’s and you have to add a C in the beginning and an M in the middle of the word.
If you need to say please in Spanish you would need to say:
1. Por Favor You pronounce it like this: Poor` Favor`
There are three ways of saying excuse me in Spanish. They are:
Con Permiso (When someone is standing in your way) You pronounce it like this: Con Per me so
Disculpe (to get someone’s attention) You pronounce it like this: Dis culp ay
Perdon (if you accidentally bump into someone) You pronounce it like this: Per` don
William was walking very fast to get to work and he bumped into Samuel and this is what they said:
William: Perdon (Excuse Me)
Samuel: Esta Bien (It’s ok)
William: ¿Como te llamas?
Samuel: Mi nombre es Samuel
William: Mucho gusto
Have you ever wanted to know what time it was saying it in Spanish? I have wanted to know. Asking the time and telling the time is an easy way of saying it in Spanish. It isn’t really hard at all. In this lesson I will teach you how to ask and tell time in Spanish so that you will know how to answer, or ask the question, what time it is in Spanish.
You could ask what time it is in three ways.
What time is it?
1. ¿You say Queue Hoar es? You pronounce it like this: K Or`a es
2. ¿You say Que Hora son? You pronounce it like this: K Ora son
3. ¿You say Que Hora tiene? You pronounce it like this: K Ora ty iene
When you want to say o clock you must say
1. Es la una You pronounce it like this: S La una
When you say a full sentence with a number you must have in the front:
Son las: For example Son Las dos (2) 2:00
Son las tres (3) 3:00
Son las cuatro (4) 4:00
When you say 15 in time, you must say
1. Y cuatro For example Dos y cuatro 2:15
Tres y cuatro 3:15
Diez y cuatro 10:15
When you say 30 in time you must say
1. Y media For example Dos y media 2:30
Tres y media 3:30
Diez y media 10:30
When you say 45 in time you must say
1. Meno’s cuatro For example Ocho meno’s cuatro 8:45
Cinco meno’s cuatro 5:45
Nueve meno’s cuatro 9:45
Reminder: Number’s of minutes before an hour is always said meno’s in Spanish.
Jake wanted to know what time it was so that he wouldn’t miss his train so he went to a Spanish-speaking woman to ask the time. Jake asked the women
Jake: Disculpe (Excuse me)
Women: Si (Yes)
Jake: ¿Que Hora es? (What is the time)?
Women: Son las ocho y cuatro (It’s 8:15)
Jake: Bueno Vale, Muchas Gracias. (Ok, Thanks’ a lot)
Women: De nada, Que le vaya bien!!! (Your welcome, have a good one.)
Jake: Y Tu (And You)
Learning how to describe the weather outside is a very easy thing. Today in Philadelphia it is cloudy. In order to describe the weather you need to know how to say the conditions of the weather. Here is a list on how to say the different forms of weather.
1. To say sunny, you must say sol. It is pronounced soooool.
2. To say hot, you must say calor. When you pronounce it you role your tongue.
3. To say cold, you must say Frio. It is pronounced Frrrrriiiio.
4. To say cool, you must say fresco. It is pronounced Frrrrressco.
5. To say windy, you must say viento. It is pronounced Viieento.
In general when you see an R in espanol you must role your tongue.
Explanation In Real Life (Scenario)
This is Bill and he is in his house and he wants’ to know what the weather is going to be in Malaysia. His friend who is Hispanic talks in Spanish. Bill decides to pick up the phone and call his friend Jobe. He calls Jobe.
Jobe: Hola (hello).
Bill: Hola, Tingo una pregunta (I have a question)?
Jobe : What is it? You ask in espanol.
Bill: Que Tiempo hace hoy en Malaysia? (What is the weather like in Malaysia)?
Jobe: Hase viento (It’s windy)
Bill: Bueno Vale (ok) Mil Gracia’s (thanks’ a million)
Jobe: Hasta lluego (See ya later) Adido’s (Bye)
Bill Hasta lluego (See ya later) Adido’s (Bye)
What's the date? Does this question sound familiar? This is a common question we all ask at one point. Well, when you need to know, ask someone, "¿Cual es la fecha de hoy?" That's how you ask for the date. Someone will then reply with, "Hoy es el (#) de (mes)." This means, "It's the (#) of (month)." You would then know the date. How about months? Do you know the months? Let's go over it.
1. enero : January
2. febrero : February
3. marzo : March
4. abril : April
5. mayo : May
6. junio : June
7. julio : July
8. agosto : August
9. septiembre : September
10. octubre : October
11. noviembe : November
12. deciembre : December
You are trying to do a worksheet. But you can't even get to the first problem since you can't fill in the date box. You wonder for a good minute and finally ask your friend.You ask, "¿Cual es la fecha de hoy?" Your friend then replies, "Hoy es el( #) de (mes)."Now you know the date. Your worksheet is based on months. You partner up with your friend to say the months.
1. lunes : Monday
2. martes : Tuesday
3. miercoles : Wednesday
4. jueves : Thursday
5. viernes : Friday
6. sabado : Saturday
7. domingo : Sunday
*Days in espanol are not capitalized. Also, in espanol, Monday comes first instead of Sunday.
You arrive at school. You wonder what today is so you can figure out your schedule. You ask your friend what today is. You say, "Que dia es hoy?" Your friend replies with "viernes." Know you know it's Friday. And that you forgot to study for the quiz. ¡Ay, Dios Mio!
Let's say you're in a new country. You want to make a new friend since you don't have any in that country. Basic conversation can get you far. You can ask someone their name by asking "Como te llamas?" They would then tell you their name and ask for yours. Tell them your name by saying, "Me llamo (your name)." or ""Mi nombre es (your name)."After you guys are finished talking, you can say, "Mucho gusto." This shows your appreciation of meeting him/her. They would then say "Igualmente" which means likewise. You just made a new friend.
We'll break things up so we won't confuse you. Greetings consist of words such as "¡Hola!", "¡Buenos Dias!", "¡Buenas Tardes!", and "¡Buenas Noches!." "¡Hola!" means "hello!." You would normally say this to greet someone in a day to day basis. There are also "¡Buenos Dias!" which means "good morning", "¡Buenas Tardes" which means "good evening", and "¡Buenas Noches!" which means "good night." Now for "How are you?" The simplest way to say this is "¿Como estás?" You would usually say this to your friends. You could also say "¿Como está?" if you're speaking to an adult. For "Goodbyes," the most universal saying is "¡Adios!" This just simply means "bye!" Some other versions of "Bye" can be "¡Hasta Luego!" which means "See you later!" And ¡Hasta Pronto!" which means "See you soon!"
When people see each other, they usually greet each other. Whether it's an "¡Hola!" or a "¡Buenos Dias!" When people greet each other, they usually tend to ask how they (to each other) are. They usually ask "¿Como Estas?" or "¿Qué Tal?" After they have chatted, they will need to go. And this is where "Goodbyes" come in. Just simply say an "¡Adios! or ¡Hasta Luego!"