Thursday, January 31, 2013

My January Favorites

With a month over, I decided to show my personal favorite things for the month of January 2013. They can be new or old, it doesn't matter.

My Favorite Photos: A Walk By the Lake

I used to take my dog Zelda for walks in a local park all the time. I would like to go near the very small lake the park had on the nature trail. I think this was the time that the ducks walked by, and she growled like a wolf. The ducks were smart enough not to say hello. 

Fact of the Day: Month of Janus

January is named after the Roman god Janus. He was the god of beginnings and transitions. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Look Into Video Games: Ness (Smash Bros.)

 Ness is the star of the Earthbound series, which has only seen one title get an American release. He's one of the last unlockable characters in the original Super Smash Bros., and I honestly never heard of him at the time.

My Favorite Photos: Mr. K Meets the World

This was taken roughly 3 years ago when my nephew Mr. K was about one.  His parents bought him this play-ball that was painted like the Earth. He's his own Atlas from Greek Myth.  

Fact of the Day: Royal Cobra

Despite being named "King Cobra" the snakes are not true cobras. Cobras belong to the genus family Naja, while the King Cobra is the sole member of the genus Ophiophagus.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (TV Series) Season 1 Review

 When I got sick with the flu, I had a lot of time on my hands. I decided to check out The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes on Netflix Instant, and managed to finish the first season in about a week. I loved the major motion picture last year, but the cartoon is less stellar.

A Look Into Video Games: Captain Falcon (Smash Bros.)

 Captain Falcon is one of the first unlockable characters in the series, and the first I didn't know. He is the main star of the F-Zero racing series, which is one I never played much. Since he was the star of a racing game, he was the series' fastest character.

Fact of the Day: A Tale of Two Chinas

While known in the Western world as Taiwan, the official name of the country is the Republic of China. The island nation split from the mainland after communist forces took over the government in 1949. 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Road to Avonlea (TV Series) Season 3 Review

 Many months back, my girlfriend Daisy introduced me into the Road to Avonlea series. It's related to Anne of Green Gables, and features many of the actors from the 1980's mini-series. Daisy and I love the first two seasons, and sure enough we had to watch the third.

A Look Into Video Games: Luigi (Smash Bros.)

Mario's twin brother Luigi made an appearance in the original Super Smash Bros. If I remember right, he was the first unlockable character.

Fact of the Day: Pigeon Radio

Despite his work that led to the invention of the radio (one disputed with Guglielmo Marconi) Nikola Tesla had nearly devoted the later part of his life to pigeons. He nursed many back to health, and spent two thousand dollars to heal a single white pigeon. 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking (TV Mini-Series) Review

Most in the scientific community are well aware of Stephen Hawking, who may be one of the greatest minds to ever walk the Earth. I saw his TV special on Netflix Instant, and I had to give it a look. It's comprised of 3 very good episodes about life, our solar system, and the universe as a whole.

A Look Into Video Games: Fox (Smash Bros.)

 Fox McCloud ditched his arwing spaceship for the first time for some more personal combat in the original Super Smash Bros. He's appeared in every sequel since.

Fact of the Day: Judy Garland's Real Name

Judy Garland (best known for portraying Dorothy Gale in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz) was born Frances Ethel Gumm.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010 Film) Review

 I've been watching a lot of DC comics films lately, but I was a little hesistant to watch Superman/Batman Apocalypse. I thought at first that this was some kind of doomsday story involving Batman and Superman but that's not the case.

Things I Like: Defender (Arcade)

 Back during the PS1 days I had Defender on some kind of retro arcade collection disc. While most of the games on it were rather lame, I did like playing Defender.

Fact of the Day: Faster than a Cartoon

One of the most classic cartoon moments of all time is the Looney Tunes' Roadrunner outrunning the desperate coyote. However in real-life, the road-runner would not be so lucky. They can run about 20 mph while the coyote can reach speeds up to 43 mph while in pursuit. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

A Look Into Video Games: Kirby (Smash Bros.)

 Nintendo's favorite copy cat (Kirby can absorb the powers of foes) made an appearance in the very first Super Smash Bros game and has appeared in every one since.

My Favorite Photos: Mr. K Gives Hug

This was at my nephew Mr. K's 2nd birthday party in 2011. Near the end of his party, he saw his newborn little brother Mr. C and said "I want to hold the baby". He couldn't really hold him, but he gave him a hug. 

Fact of the Day: Sun Science

Galileo Galilei was one the main scientists responsible for proving that the Earth revolves around the Sun, and not the other way around. The Catholic Church found his research to be against what's said in scripture and forced Galileo to say his findings were false even though they were scientific fact. 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Look Into Video Games: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (PS1)

 The early 2000s were a pretty crazy moment in hype for Harry Potter fans. While all the books and movies were popular, but the the first couple of years were something else. I remember when they made the first game based on the original book/movie, and it was one of the biggest games of the year.

My Favorite Photos: Baby Blue

This is my brother's dog Blue when she was a puppy last year. They lived a good bit far away at the time, so I didn't get to meet her when she was that small. My mom said she was adorable when she went over there. 

Fact of the Day: Dolphin Sleep

Being mammals, dolphins need air to breath. Which poses the question on how do dolphins sleep? Well the main way they do it is that they can shut down half of their brain while the other half goes on alert mode while slowly swimming. Then it will switch to the other side when the other half has gotten enough sleep. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Treasure Planet (2002 Film) Review

 I remember when Treasure Planet came out in 2002, but I didn't even come close to going to see it. I think my brother might of seen it, but I'm not surprised to learn that it flopped at the box office. I thought the art style was rather atrocious, and I bet others did too. I guess it wasn't that bad, but I wanted to give the whole film a chance now even if it's 11 years later.

A Look Into Video Games: Yoshi (Smash Bros)

 Mario's dino pal Yoshi also appears in the Super Smash Bros. series. His popularity unsurprisingly got him in the original game too. 

Fact of the Day: Great Defense

Hedgehogs have few very successful predators in the wild. This is because they curl up in a ball protected by the spiky quills on it's back. Their major cause of harm is from accidental collision with man-made objects like cars, litter, and lawn tools for example. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A Look Into Video Games: Superman (N64)

 While Superman may be the most iconic superhero in history, he's not exactly had the greatest share of fantastic video games. In-fact Superman 64 is considered not only the Man of Steel's worst moment, but one of the worst games of all time.

President Obama Begins His 2nd Term

 So Sunday was the official start of Barack Obama's 2nd term as President of the United States.  Since the date fell on Sunday, they had 2 inaugural ceremonies. The official one took place on Sunday in a private ceremony, while the huge public event took place on Monday.

Fact of the Day: Pink Lake

Lake Retba (also known as Lac Rose) is a lake in the African nation of Senegal. It was named after its pink-colored water. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

A Look Into Video Games: Samus Aran (Smash Bros.)

 Samus Aran is the super-star legend of the Metroid series. Even though she didn't get her own N64 game, she did appear in the original Super Smash Bros. game on N64.

My Favorite Photos: Little Iz 3 Weeks Old

It's hard to believe my niece Little Iz is now 3 weeks old. I've had the flu the past couple of days, so I haven't been over there in awhile. My sister-in-law took this picture though, I can't wait to see her again. 

Fact of the Day: Ancient Sheep

Sheep were one of the first animals that man ever domesticated. Which happened in central Asia in about 10,000 BC. It took roughly 6,500 years later for man to learn how to spin wool. 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Things I Like: Moe Szyslak (The Simpsons)

 Moe Szyslak is the local bartender of his own bar Moe's on The Simpsons.

A Look Into Video Games: Phantasy Star (Sega Master System)

The late 80's was the start of many classic RPG series. Enix had Dragon Quest, Squaresoft had Final Fantasy, and Sega had Phantasy Star. This Sega Master System RPG might of been a distant 3rd place, but it does belong in the hearts of many Sega fans.

Fact of the Day: Loyal Lincoln

While the name "Fido" is synonymous with dogs, it actually means "trust" or "faithful" in Latin. The reason the name became popular is mainly credited to President Abraham Lincoln. A few years before he was elected president, he had named his dog Fido. 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

A Look Into Video Games: Donkey Kong (Smash Bros.)

 Mario's original villain made his first appearance in the Super Smash Bros. games with the original.  His brute strength and powerful blows made him a formidable character. I used him a good bit in the original. Especially when it was fun to throw people with his grab move.

All-Star Superman (2011 Film) Review

 I'm not exactly the biggest fan of Superman to be honest. But I've been giving him more interest after watching the excellent works based on his friend Batman. I came across All-Star Superman which is an original story outside the official comic story-line. 

Fact of the Day: Grade B Eggs

Almost all eggs at the supermarket are "grade A" eggs. The lesser grades (B and C) end up in restaurants, processed foods, and other products. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

A Look Into Video Games: Pepsiman (PlayStation)

 While Coca-Cola might have Santa Claus as their mascot, Pepsi has Pepsiman. Who's Pepsiman you ask? Well he's the ultimate super-hero who saves thirsty people. Except he's only well-known in Japan for being a goofy mascot for Pepsi.

Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010 Film) Review

 Lately I've been watching a lot of things based on Batman. I've known about Batman: Under the Red Hood for a little while but never picked it up. Never heard of the villain before, but it's actually one of the most interesting stories based on the comics.

Fact of the Day: King of Gospel?

Despite being "The King of Rock and Roll" Elvis Presley never won a Grammy in the rock genre. He did win 3 in the gospel category. 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

My Mario Kart 7 (3DS) Impressions

 One of my favorite series is Mario Kart. I've played them all, and it was one of the reasons why I even got my new 3DS. So I had to take Mario Kart 7 out for a spin.

Dogs Decoded (2010 Film) Review

 I'm actually quite a fan of NOVA's productions on science via PBS. I saw Dogs Decoded on Netflix Instant and I had to give it a view.

Fact of the Day: Star Berry

Native Americans once called blueberries "star berries". The reason is that the blossom forms a perfect five-point star. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I Now Have a 3DS

 Despite feeling a little under the weather I did get a great treat today at my doorstep. My 3DS had finally arrived. While I got the DS almost at launch, I waited a good bit for the 3DS. And I got a great deal too.

My Favorite Photos: Blue Being a Baby

This is my brother Brandon and his dog Blue a few months ago. Blue isn't allowed on the couch but she can get up on a futon in the other room. She'll jump and sleep on it like a baby. And she loves people too. 

Fact of the Day: Dr. Seuss Didn't Vote For Nixon

Shortly before Richard Nixon resigned because of the Watergate scandal, Dr. Seuss changed the title of his book Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!  into Richard Nixon Will You Please Go Now! The whole story was published in the column of his friend Art Buchwald with every mention of Marvin K. Mooney replaced with Richard Nixon. Dr. Seuss was a life-long liberal democrat. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Lorax (2012 Film) Review

 As a child I loved reading every book I could from Dr. Seuss. While the animated TV specials were good, the two other major movies (I never saw Horton Hears a Who) based on Dr. Seuss work were hard to guess. I really liked The Grinch but the movie based on Cat in the Hat was beyond horrible. But I still wanted to give The Lorax a try.

Weekly Fun Sketch: Bird House

So I recently started to tap into my artistic side, and my first sketch was of a cartoon-like polar bear. Someone suggested I make a new painting of a polar bear which shows more than his face. However I wanted to do something new so I picked a bird house. Why? Because I'm painting a real bird house to use in my backyard when spring comes. I'm not exactly happy with the way the painting came out, but I can speak highly about the real one.