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SBox Stories: How I Almost Died at the Happiest Place on Earth


I thought I’d deviate from my usual talk of video games and film to take part of’s latest writing competition. For those reading on my main WordPress blog, Creators is my secondary blogging platform, and over there they hold little contests to help get the community inspired and win prizes at the same time. I may do these kinds of posts more often depending on the theme of the contest. In this case, the current theme is travel, which gives me the perfect excuse to talk about an odd experience I had at Disney World. Continue reading SBox Stories: How I Almost Died at the Happiest Place on Earth

SBox Quickie: Let’s Talk About Julia, Sesame Street’s Autistic Muppet


Today is Autism Awareness Day once again, as well as Autism Awareness Month, a time dedicated to the recognition and discussion of this increasingly common neuro-type. In honor of this occasion, I’d like to briefly discuss a topic that, while not entirely new, does somewhat align with what I do here on this blog. That’s because it appears that autism will be visiting the most well known city block on television: Sesame Street. Continue reading SBox Quickie: Let’s Talk About Julia, Sesame Street’s Autistic Muppet

Bloggers Recognition Award


Well, ladies and gentlemen, it finally happened. Today I stand before you not as the dashing young lad you always knew. For after years of hard work and dedication (not to mention countless bribes), where I’ve dodged various occupational ailments from carpel-tunnel to writer’s block, my life is about to change forever. I am pleased to announce my nomination and acceptance of the prestigious Bloggers Recognition Award (aka BRA)! Indeed! What are the odds that I’d end up with a BRA yet Deadpool wouldn’t get an Oscar nom?…Too soon? Continue reading Bloggers Recognition Award

SBox Quickie: Amiibo Names


I recently got my hand on some more amiibo figures, and have been faced with the difficult task of assigning each a name. This is a dubious and stressful duty as I face the pressure of making the names as clever and imaginative as possible. There are so many variables to consider. Is your name original? Is it clever? Do I go for a pun or should I just name it whatever? How many people are using that exact same name? The struggle is sometimes too real to bare. Alas, I do it anyway, because it’s fun.

Today, I thought I’d share with you some of the names I’m currently using for my eight amiibo and share my ideas for amiibo I don’t have yet. You know, because I plan ahead. Continue reading SBox Quickie: Amiibo Names

SBox Soapbox: Let’s Talk Pepsi Perfect

Welcome to the future, everybody!

Yes, I realize I couldn’t be more late saying that, but better late than never, right. That’s beside the point, however. Today I want to touch on one aspect of Back to the Future Day.

In honor of the occasion Marty and Doc went to the future in Back to the Future Part II, many companies got in on all of the fun. Lexus created the hoverboard (almost). Nike created self-lacing Air Mags (for Michael J. Fox). And then there’s Pepsi… Pepsi, Pepsi, Pepsi. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Let’s Talk Pepsi Perfect

SBox Soapbox: To Open or Not To Open… (A Collector’s Struggle)

Yesterday, I got my Ness amiibo in the mail from GameStop. For those who don’t know, amiibo are figurines sold by Nintendo which can be used within Nintendo’s games. Unfortunately, they’re notoriously understocked. Luckily, anyone involved in the amiibo hunting knows that the past week has seen some restocks on some of the hard-to-find figures, and the first to do so was GameStop followed by Target and Walmart.

I was unaware of this until an email alert came on. I couldn’t believe my eyes. After all, Ness is a “unicorn” (collector’s term meaning “beyond rare”) among amiibo. GameStop’s servers were going crazy upon this news, but somehow my phone superseded it and allowed me to make the purchase.

It’s been two days since I got it in the mail, and the question that’s been on my mind was this: Do I open it? Continue reading SBox Soapbox: To Open or Not To Open… (A Collector’s Struggle)

Thank You! (The Ranting SBox’s 1 Year Anniversary)

Greetings peeps!

I just got back from my vacation to Disney World. I’m a bit exhausted, and I don’t have a proper post for you all yet. But I couldn’t finish the day off without writing something in acknowledgement of this day. It wouldn’t be right. Even if it’s short and sweet I have to get this out.

Today is July 12, 2015. My first post was made exactly one year go today. That’s right, The Ranting SBox blog is officially one year old!

I want to take this time to thank each and every one of you for your support of this blog and me. I started this blog as a hobby, acting as an outlet for my random diatribes and thoughts. I had no clue I’d get this far in 365 days. If it wasn’t for this blog and the people who happen to read and enjoy it, I’d still be doing this stuff on forums with character limits and moderation. Blogging has proven to be a much more fun experience. I’ve been able to say exactly what I want to say and do things the way I want to do things. So I thank you for giving me that privilege.

Since July 12, 2014, I’ve garnered an impressive amount of stats. As of this post, The Ranting SBox and its 137 posts have been viewed 2,309 times, been liked 192 times and been followed by 49 people; all of which come from nearly 50 countries around the world. They may not be impressive numbers to some, but it’s a lot to me. The fact that anyone is reading anything I write is amazing!

As far as celebration, I have a couple ideas to commemorate this properly. I’m not certain which one(s) I’ll go for, but I’ll try my best to get them posted within the week. I have an old draft I’ve been saving for a while that tells you guys more about myself. Another idea is to make follow-up post to my most viewed article ever (the Power Ranger movie analysis). I could also do a similar thing for my first real post ever (Smash Bros Newcomer Probability). These are just things I’m throwing out there.

In any event, stay tuned for the proper anniversary post. Again, I thank every single person who has given this blog the time of day. Whether you’ve liked a post, reblogged something, followed, commented, or just viewed it in passing, you helped me out and gave me joy. To close this out, I’d like to thank the following people in particular:

Here’s to another year, peeps!

I’m SBox180. (From the bottom of my heart) Thanks for reading!

Saying Goodbye to an Opinionated Man

This will be a quick post and it’s of no relevance to anything I usually do on this blog. Honestly this post could’ve served just as well as a comment on this person’s blog. However, if this is truly goodbye and if he is to see whatever I would say, I figure it would be more fitting to go about it in this fashion. So bear with me.

To Mr. Crushman,

(I really hope you read this.)
Continue reading Saying Goodbye to an Opinionated Man

My Quick Thoughts on Go Set a Watchman

I’ve been meaning to talk about literature for the longest time. That’s one topic off my to-do list!

If you were a student in high school within the last 40-50 years, then you’ve probably read a book called To Kill a Mockingbird. Furthermore, if you were watching movies within the same timeframe, you’ve probably also have seen the Academy Award winning movie by the same name. Case and point, I’m most of us are aware of this book’s existence. The novel was written in 1960 by Harper Lee, and has become an American classic, particularly for its views on racial injustice.

The novel has been gaining a new relevance in the past couple of days. It was announced that on July of this year the sequel will be published and available to the public. The first wave of release is said to be two million copies. The book, titled Go Set a Watchmen (which I will now shorten to GSAW), takes place 20 years after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird. where Scout returns to Waycomb, Alabama and revisiting aforementioned events.

This story has a fascinating and ironic history behind it. The original book actually stemmed from this manuscript being rejected by publishers. Lee retooled the story under recommendation by the publishers, which became To Kill a Mockingbird (which I will now shorten to TKAM). Before we even knew of the existence of the story, Lee had on several occasions refused to release a sequel to TKAM as it would take away from the story. 55 years later, she seems to have finally agreed.

Among what some consider excitement or shock was some controversy. See, Harper Lee is currently 88 years old and resides in a nursing home. After a stroke she has been left deaf, near-blind, and in a wheelchair, with her only connection to any media sources being her recently deceased sister (who was also her lawyer and caretaker) and her current lawyer (the one who discovered the manuscript in fall last year). Due to these factors which follow five decades of ruthless resistance for GSAW’s release, fans and speculators came to the theory that this sudden agreement was made under foul play. It may be possible that Lee signed this off without her legitimate consent.

In response to the suspicion, some have called for boycotting the book release to express disapproval of such a practice. Others remain curious and excited to see what the new book is about.

I like many others have read TKAM in school during Freshman year. That book was probably my favorite of the stories I read that year. I really do admire the story for what it was and the issue it was tackling. To me, any work that dares to be different has my support in one way or another. I haven’t had the chance to see what I hear is an incredible movie, but it’s on my movie bucket list. (Yes, I have one of those).

By the time you read this, the news would’ve been introduced to me yesterday in my English class. I was curious to find out more, and when I did the controversy put me in a tough spot. The million dollar question is, of course, whether or not this was Lee’s decision or was it manipulation.

I thought a small while on it. It would be rather dim of me not to acknowledge the jarring coincidence of this sudden change of heart while she is in such a frail state. It’s not even so much an age thing as it is a vulnerability thing. It’s very easy to imagine someone giving her the contract and telling her it’s for something entirely different so she’d sign it. 55 years is also a milestone year; the perfect opportunity to capitalize on what can now be a franchise.

Something in my heart wants nothing more than to believe that she had something in writing somewhere giving consent. But until she herself comes out and verbalizes it (which will probably never happen), we can never know for sure. All that’s left is the moral predicament: do you support a work that may or may not have been released without the author’s permission? Feed curiosity or stand opposed?

This is something I continue to struggle with. Normally scandals in something’s development never stops me from buying or experiencing any medium I wanted to experience. However, it’s probably different since this was probably never meant to be seen. Granted, today I was going to go searching for the leaked original pilot for Big Bang Theory which was never meant to be seen. I was first in line to see “Dexter’s Rude Removal” when Adult Swim uploaded it online; again never meant to be seen (though CN gave consent, so it may be different).

As of right now, I’m not gonna lie, curiosity is getting the best of me. I may not read it when it comes out as I already have Ernest Cline’s Armada to read during the summer. My possible solution will be to get a copy which will inevitably be available in the library in order to avoid moral conflict; but only if and after I get around to seeing that TKAM movie. I need a refresher.

What do you guys make of the situation? Do you care to read the book eventually? Do you think there’s reason for concern or boycotting? Let me know in the comments, because I’d love to discuss this further.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!