I'm wishing you all a great New Years! As we enter 2013, I hope everyone enters the year with a positive attitude. If there's one resolution to make, then let us strive to be better people. Be kind to your fellow man, and we will all live in happiness.
Monday, December 31, 2012
So yesterday my niece (I think I'll call her Little Iz here on Neko Random like how I call my nephews Mr. K and Mr. C) was born. I was at work at the time, but I didn't get to see photos until after the end of my shift even though the news broke over the phone on lunch.
While life has been evolving for eons, old traits can reappear after being absent when one species evolved into another. This is called an atavism, and it's commonly nicknamed "an evolutionary throw-back". For example in extremely rare cases biologists have discovered hind legs in whales, hind fins in dolphins, extra toes on horses, and teeth in chickens. An example found in humans are vestigial tails, and large teeth.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
When I was a kid, I was really fascinated by Godzilla. I remember seeing this title at Blockbuster, and I begged my mom for us to rent it. This was probably the first "versus film" I've ever seen, and I hated it.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Russian President Vladimir Putin recently signed a bill passed by Russia's parliament that ended all U.S. adoptions of Russian children. The bill had extreme favor in both houses, but even certain leaders in the Russian government are opposed to it. The Kremlin claims that the move was to protect orphans from abuse, but that's a cover for the truth.
Qin Shi Huang became the first Emperor of China by defeating several states and unifying China. His impressive accomplishment made history, and Huang wanted to hold on to that glory forever. He was obsessed in trying to find a path that would make him immortal. He ironically died from poisoning after he took some mercury tablets that promised him eternal life.
Friday, December 28, 2012
This was taken several years ago at my brother's house in Charleston. My brother Zach and his then-girlfriend Maryanna were spending time with my brother Steven's dog Marty. The dog is very goofy, but I always crack up when the flash from the camera make his eyes so illuminated.
Before the Dark Knight film trilogy, I was never the biggest fan of Batman. I liked the superhero sure, but outside the major incarnations I never really watched much of Gotham's favorite hero. But now I'm giving more versions a shot, and I recently got the chance to watch Batman: Year One which is obviously an origins film.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
For many years I've heard spectacular things about The Fifth Element, but never seen it. Never had the chance to watch it except once on TV but it was in the middle so I skipped it. Luckily I got the chance to watch it, and I have to say I've can't believe it took me 15 years.
While he came up with the most famous love story, little is known about William Shakespeare's marriage to his wife Anne Hathaway. He married her when she was 26, and he was only 18. She was also pregnant with their first child at the time of the wedding. They would later have a son and another daughter.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
As practically everyone knows, a few days ago was the supposed "Mayan doomsday", and yet nothing happened. I had waited years upon years for that day to pass. I've heard about it since I was little but took it seriously around middle school. I was watching some TV show where someone was preaching that we had "only 12 years left", and honestly that didn't settle right with me. I was relieved to actually take the time and research Mayan culture to find out there was no apocalypse prediction at all. Just an end to some long-count calendar.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
This was Daisy at my maternal family gathering in 2011 exactly a year ago. I had to work, but she went there to get to know the family better. She even got a few things like candy.
While the Twelve Days of Christmas song has no confirmed meaning other than what it states, a lot Christians believe there are code-words in the whole song. For example it's believed that the partridge in the pear tree symbolizes Jesus and the ten lords a-leaping represents the Ten Commandments.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
I remember hearing about Shakespeare in Love in the early 2000s when my English teacher got some videos with the film's cast talking about Shakespeare and his plays. I always found high school English classes' love for Shakespearean plays over-rated, so I skipped my interest in it during 10th grade. Now in 2012 I learned it had won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1998, so I had to give it a go.
Friday, December 21, 2012
This was the last Thanksgiving we had with our Uncle Jason four years ago before he died the next year. He is missed.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Ded Moroz (translated as Father Frost) is the Santa Claus in the culture of most of Eastern Europe. However the earliest tales of Father Frost depict him as an evil wizard who would freeze people and parents would give him presents to get their children back. However he reformed his wicked ways and now is a good person. His (usual) helper is his beautiful granddaughter Snegurochka whose name translates as Snow Maiden or Snowflake Girl.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
This month I meant to watch a lot of Christmas movies I have never seen before. I failed my goal, but the other day my girlfriend Daisy and I needed a movie to watch. So I saw The Search For Santa Paws and decided to give it a try since Daisy got mad when I skipped "the puppy movies" when I chose to rent The Amazing Spider-Man awhile back. I also liked Air Bud back in the day (oddly enough this is considered part of the series), so I was willing to see if this one could impress me.
When Mario Party became a hit for the N64 in 1998, other companies took notice. Sega tried giving Sonic a chance to be a worthy rival on Dreamcast and failed. Sony released Crash Bash around the same time as Sonic Shuffle and the results were a good bit better.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
While the origin of the Christmas stocking is uncertain, the origin may lie in the popular legend of St. Nicolas. The story told of an old man with three beautiful daughters, but were too poor to get married. The father would not accept charity, so Saint Nick came in at night and put gold coins in the stockings hanging out to dry.