Monday, June 30, 2014

Funny Story: Runaway Go-Kart

On my dad's side, we had a cousin named Chris. He was a very spoiled child as his room always had the best video games and other stuff. He also had his own go-kart in the backyard. I remember he had to crank it up like a lawn mower, but like many things with small engines it gets tougher with time. So one day he tries to pull the cord, and he was maybe too successful after a struggle. As the go-kart sped away without a driver. Luckily it stopped before any kind of accident, but it was funny seeing him run like crazy to get it back.  

Fact of the Day: Laos French

Due to France once conquering the Asian nation Laos, the French language still has a considerable amount of use in the country. It is commonly taught in schools, sometimes used in government, and many signs also have a French translation. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Random Photo: Zoo Chickens

While at the zoo's barnyard section, I saw these chickens. I just have to imagine how lucky these birds are, as many chickens often end up as a sandwich or something. 

Fact of the Day: Strong Abe

In his youth, President Abraham Lincoln was a wrestler. He gained quite the reputation as he was quite talented at the sport. 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Things I Like: The Jetsons

 Though not as good as The Flintstones, I loved the futuristic cartoon family The Jetsons. One of my favorite cartoons to watch as a kid. I also had no idea that the first season was from the 1960s, but took until the 1980s for the next two seasons to come along. Talk about a long wait for those around at the time.

Fact of the Day: Cow Milk

Out of the 28 states that have an official state beverage, 21 of them say milk is their official beverage. Though Rhode Island for example made it a little different with choosing coffee-flavored milk as the state beverage. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

My Favorite Photos: Zoo Goat

At the end of zoo they had a little barnyard area with farm animals. The goat seemed to be very used to people. 

Fact of the Day: Hero From Poland

In 1776 Polish military leader Tadeusz Kosciuszko sailed to America to fight in the American Revolutionary War. He decided to do so because he was sympathetic to the American cause and a supporter of human rights. He was promoted to brigadier general before he returned to Europe.  

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Beaches or Mountains?

Not being very sociable, the mountains seem like a perfect place for me to live/vacation, but I actually prefer the beach. The bright sky, and just the sound of the ocean is rather relaxing. Ironically I'm not much of a strong swimmer so I don't go far out in the water, and I don't feel super comfortable on small boat rides either. 

Fact of the Day: Dolphin Honor

While the 1972 Miami Dolphins won the NFL's only perfect season, they were never invited by President Richard Nixon for an official White House visit. Many decades later in 2013, President Barack Obama invited the whole team for a visit since they never got to do so in the 1970s. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

My Favorite Photos: Little Turtles

While at the zoo, I noticed all these little turtles in this big pond. They always seem to stay together as one big turtle family.

Fact of the Day: Latin Lead

The word plumbing is derived from the Latin word for lead. As many of the world's first pipes were made of lead. This goes back to the days of the Roman Empire.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Salt (2010 Film) Review

 While I had no idea Salt was even a movie back in 2010, I have noticed it very recently. I wasn't too sure what it was even about. Though I also realized this is (I think) the first movie with Angelina Jolie that I've ever seen.

Fact of the Day: Shima

While Japan is made up mostly of four large islands, the nation has over 6,800 smaller islands. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

My Favorite Photos: Zoo Toucan

While at the zoo, we saw the toucan, which is one of my favorite birds. Though when I see one, I can't help but to think of cereal. 

Fact of the Day: Denver

The capital of Colorado, Denver was named Denver City by its founder William Larimer, Jr.. Larmier hoped that naming it after Kansas territory Governor James Denver would make Denver help the town he was named after. Ironically Larmier didn't know that Denver had already resigned as Governor by this time. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Haze (PS3) Review

 For the past couple of years, I didn't even give Haze a second thought. Though now that I have a PS3, I was curious as it is from the team that made TimeSplitters. While it wasn't the greatest FPS series from the PS2/XB/GC era, it was really good. I heard Haze was pretty terrible, so were the opinions accurate?

Fact of the Day: Mother Loki

In Norse mythology, Odin's horse Sleipnir was the son of Loki. Except Loki gave birth to him in the form of a female horse, making Loki his mother. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

My Favorite Photos: Lion Nap

While we were at the zoo, the lions were just taking a nap. Seeing them so calm reminds me so much of house-cats going to sleep on something like a counter-top. 

Fact of the Day: Wadi River

In many of the driest spots of the world, there are dry riverbeds known as wadis. They will only contain water in times of heavy rain. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

A Look Into Video Games: Dragon Ball Z: Sagas

 From middle school to high school, Dragon Ball Z was one my favorite shows to watch after school. One of the earliest games was Dragon Ball Z: Sagas for PS2, Xbox, and Gamecube. Unlike the Budokai games, it wasn't a fighting game.

Fact of the Day: Pharaoh Alexander

After Alexander the Great conquered Egypt, he was seen as a hero and many thought of him as the son of the Egyptian god Amun. Alexander was okay with this as Amun was considered as the Egyptian version of Zeus. He also became Egypt's pharaoh. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

My Favorite Photos: Zoo Giraffe

 I took this picture of my fiancee Daisy and my mom at the zoo with the giraffes. They were my favorite animals we got to saw that day. When we walked by the father giraffe as he was having lunch with his son.

Fact of the Day: Origin of Coffee

The plant that makes coffee beans was first cultivated in southern Arabia. However coffee was not made until about the 15th century in Yemen. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Funny Story: Football Tackle

In high-school I was in JROTC, and one day we had a game of touch-football. It was quite a fun game, though there was one idiot on the field. During a play, I got tackled which isn't even suppose to happen. To make things worse, the doofus was on my team.

Fact of the Day: Youthful President

At the age of 43, John F. Kennedy became the youngest person ever elected to become President of the United States. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

My Favorite Photos: Two Lions

My mom took this photo of my fiancee Daisy and me with the two lion statues at the local zoo. I just wish they weren't so close to the ground. 

Fact of the Day: Japanese Vietnam

During World War 2, France's fall (by Germany) had led them to lose control of French Indochina. In 1945 Japan took control of Vietnam creating a puppet-state called the Empire of Vietnam. It only lasted about half a year until Japan lost control after their defeat at the end of World War II. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Things I Like: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979 Film)

 I saw this movie maybe five or six years ago. The main reason I wanted to see it is because of the name Kramer. Any fan of the TV show Seinfeld can't help to think of the character when they hear the name Kramer.

Fact of the Day: White Cheddar

While cheddar cheese is often a rather vibrant orange, it is an artificial color. Cheddar's true shade is more of a pale yellow. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

My Favorite Photos: Joy the Elephant

During our trip to the zoo we got to see Joy the elephant who's been there for decades. We got to see her on the last weekend she was at the zoo. Since the zoo is rather small and standards have change, Joy is going to a bigger zoo in Colorado.

Update: I just learned that Joy has passed away earlier today during her trip to Colorado. I had fears that in her old age that something like that would happen. Such a shame. 

Fact of the Day: Cat Hyena

While hyenas do share some similar qualities of the canine family (e.g. dogs, wolves,etc) they are not closely related. They are actually more closely related to cats, tigers, and lions. 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Walking With Dinosaurs (2013 Film) Review

I had sort of noticed Walking With Dinosaurs last year, though I rather ignored it. Though I figured it has been a long time since I saw any movies with dinosaurs in them. I have a keen interest in geological eras and past species of the planet, so I figure it couldn't be that bad.

Fact of the Day: Cuban Doctors

While Cuba's health-care system is harshly criticized by many, the number of doctors in the country is surprisingly high. In doctors-per-people ratios, Cuba is much higher than most first-world nations.

Friday, June 13, 2014

My Favorite Photos: Zoo Globe

When we went to the zoo last week, one of the first things you see is this giant globe. It spins around and shows some of the conservation causes around the world. 

Fact of the Day: Cheyenne

The capital of Wyoming, Cheyenne is named after the Cheyenne Nation which was one of the most notable Native America tribes of the Great Plains region. 

Nintendo Making Sequel to Kirby: Canvas Curse

It's hard to believe it's been almost nine years since Kirby: Canvas Curse was released on Nintendo DS. It was my favorite Kirby game ever, and now it's finally getting a sequel on WiiU. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse may be a worthy successor, though only time will tell. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Nintendo Unveils Yoshi Wooly World (WiiU)

Nintendo has shown some very creative games lately and I'm really excited for this new Yoshi game. It looks like it plays like the Yoshi Island games except with different graphics and instead of eggs Yoshi uses yarn. Each color seems to have a different ability, and to make things even better you can play co-op with a buddy. 

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (TV Series) Review

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is actually a sequel/successor to Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage from 1980. Like the original Cosmos, A Spacetime Odyssey is thirteen episodes, and they're all fantastic.

Fact of the Day: Log Cabin President

James Garfield was the last person born in a log cabin to later become President of the United States of America. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Random Photo: Mom's Flat Tire

So last week my mom, my fiancee Daisy, and I decide to go visit the zoo we haven't been to in many years. As soon as we started driving down the road, we heard the most awful noise. About a mile away from the house we pull over and discover she had a flat tire. So we just went to the zoo the next day. 

Pac-Man Confirmed For Super Smash Bros. IV

Namco's Pac-Man will now be appearing in the newest Super Smash Bros. game for both WiiU and 3DS. He joins other 3rd party characters like Sonic and MegaMan to the roster. I honestly think he will be a great character in the game. 

Fact of the Day: Cold Day on Earth

The coldest temperature on Earth ever discovered by researchers was at the Soviet Vostok Station in Antarctica, on July 21, 1983. However recent satellites have been observing cold temperatures too and have found instances where it has gotten colder than -135.8 degrees Fahrenheit (-93.2C) at a time.  

Legend of Zelda (WiiU) Unveiled

Everyone knew it was coming sooner or later, and Nintendo gave us the first glimpse of Legend of Zelda for WiiU. It showed Link on a horse running away from a giant monster shooting lasers. However Link wasn't using a sword (rather a bow) or even wearing green. Some are pondering if this is really Zelda or perhaps even more radical, a female incarnation of Link. I'm a glad to see them look like they have gone very original with the newest game. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Eric Cantor Loses His House Seat

The House of Representatives' 2nd most powerful member just lost his house seat because he lost in the GOP primary to a new challenger named Dave Brat. Since Cantor cannot run in the general election in November, he obviously will not be in congress anymore. Cantor is the House Majority Leader, and is the first one in U.S. History for either party to lose in their party's primary. 

Sherlock (TV Series) Season 3 Review

While I never watched the show until very recently, I've been absolutely impressed by this modernization of Sherlock Holmes from the United Kingdom. Season 3 actually came out earlier this year, so now I'm finally caught up. As I mentioned before, there's only three episodes, but they're almost like their own movies so it evens out.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Coming to Xbox One

One of my favorite things to come out of E3 2014 so far is Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One. It features not just Halo 1, but Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 4, and a beta for Halo 5 this November. I'm most excited about the remade Halo 2. I don't care much about going through the campaign again, but the multiplayer coming back. It was my first online game for Xbox, and I have a lot of nostalgia for it. 

Fact of the Day: Brad Soda

In 1893, a pharmacist named Caleb Bradham invented a soda which he called Brad's Drink. He later changed the name to Pepsi-Cola in 1898. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Random Photo: Dr. Pepper Vanilla Float

I'm a big fan of Dr. Pepper, but Daisy was the one who begged me to try the new Vanilla Float flavor. It's suppose to taste like Dr. Pepper mixed with vanilla ice-cream, and I think it's okay. Though Daisy loved it. 

Fact of the Day: King Bee

Until the 17th century, the queen bee of a bee-hive was known as the king bee. A Dutch scientist named Jan Swammerdam discovered that the "king bee" had ovaries.