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< Piro >

Missing Saline teen believed to have taken flight to Puerto Rico

"attn: readers in Puerto Rico"

Tuesday - February 3, 2009

[Piro] - 01:20:10 - [link here]

UPDATE: Looks like this story has a happy ending - Jasmine Rieberger was picked up by Interpol and FBI agents about 40 miles outside of San Juan: Pittsfield Township girl found in Puerto Rico. For my next rant i'll try to focus on something a little less serious. Thank you for your attention. (Oh, and that comic thing? Drawings are about half done, i'll post sometime this afternoon as soon as i get back home).


Usually the news items here in the small community where we live are relatively benign and tend to be about High School sports and other community events. This afternoon, however, a local news story started to develop that has become a real world nightmare for a local family.

Here is a link to the story: Missing Saline teen believed to have taken flight to Puerto Rico.

16 year old Jasmine Rieberger purchased a one-way ticket to Puerto Rico and flew there Saturday afternoon. Before leaving she removed the hard drive from her computer to prevent her whereabouts from being tracked. The airline confirmed that she was on board the flight which arrived Saturday night. Our local police are working with the Police and a number of different agencies in Puerto Rico to locate her. Her father and grandfather arrived in Puerto Rico Monday afternoon to assist in the search but so far she has not been found.

The family has put out a call for help from anyone with contacts in Puerto Rico who might be able to help, so I'm passing this call on to our many readers in Puerto Rico. If you feel you can be of any assistance, please contact the family at

Now, the net itself has no real geographical boundaries, so this call isn't limited to those of you who live in Puerto Rico. If you know of anything at all that might help find Jasmine, please email the address above or contact me and i will put you in touch with the appropriate authorities.

This is not really the way i planned to break my rant silence of the past few months, but i appreciate your attention. Thank you!

< Dom >

"Dubs, Booze, and Bosches"

Thursday - February 12, 2009

[Dom] - 15:05:23 - [link here]

On the eve of the day I make sexy time with Johnny Yong Bosch at AOD in San Francisco (and by "make sexy time" I mean "pick him up at the airport"), I'm playing Persona 4 and realizing that the dub for this game is really, really good.

It's taken me a while to come to this realization, even though Matt and I have been playing the game in two languages in tandem while comparing notes on which characters are better in which language.  We've decided that Chie and Naoto sound better in Japanese, but we keep going back and forth on most of the other characters.  

This morning it hit me - ten, even five years ago, very few dubs would spark this conversation.  Dubs were pretty terrible back in the day, with notable exceptions like El Hazard, where the Jinnai and Fujisawa characters were so perfectly dubbed that it made everything else about the show better.  These days, I have some niggling complaints about casting overall, but my complaints have become less and less major as the years go by and people realize that they don't have to sound like squeaky Japanese girls, they just have to ACT to be good at these roles.

It's something that just keeps improving over time, and I think I'll let Mister Bosch know that tomorrow before dropping him off at the convention hotel.


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