Saturday, January 31, 2015

Who Will Win Super Bowl 49?

As I mentioned before, I don't care much for the NFL as I do college football, but I like to my make own guess for fun. This year it is the Seattle Seahawks vs. the New England Patriots. Back in 2004, the Patriots had defeated my local team, the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl. So I have never liked the Patriots since then, especially with the deflate-gate incident going on this year. I also rooted for the Seahawks last year, so they will be "my team" this year. I'm expecting a close game, but I think the Seahawks will win. 

War of the Worlds (2005 film) Review

 War of the Worlds was one of H.G. Wells's most famous novels. He was considered one the fathers of science fiction, so it's understandable that War of the Worlds would get a movie version over a hundred years later. I also remember Steven Spielberg was behind the film, which is good enough for me especially considering I'm not much of a fan of Tom Cruise.

Fact of the Day: Science Teacher

H.G. Wells is considered one of fathers of science-fiction with his many novels. He knew actual science quite well too, as he spent some of his career teaching it. When he was a student, one of his professors was Thomas Henry Huxley, one of the 19th century's most respected biologists.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Galavant (TV Series) Season 1 Review

 I usually don't watch TV shows when they're new, but when I was watching the first half of the fourth season of Once Upon a Time, I had heard about Galavant. It served as a show to take the place of Once Upon a Time for the winter break. It looked promising especially as the comedy part of this musical.

Fact of the Day: Kiwi Bird

The national bird of New Zealand is the kiwi. You actually have no chance of seeing a kiwi in nature outside of New Zealand as the birds are flightless. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Funny Story: Bicycle Mistake

As I mentioned before, I mostly self-taught myself to ride a bicycle. That certainly came with success and failure. The road that leads to my house is on a bit of a hill, so I got over-confident in my early days. In a rush and panic, I wasn't able to get the brakes to work to stop in time. So when I rode, I hit our storage building but in a rather comical way. I didn't get seriously injured, but walking back to the house was rather uncomfortable. 

Fact of the Day: Henry IV of France

While King Henry IV of France died in 1610, in 1793 French revolutionaries opened his grave and took his skull. It was not recovered for over 200 years until in 2010 when it was found in an attic.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Random Photo: Daisy's Cup

My sister-in-law Tiffany is almost like a hobby/crafts master, and she made this cup for my fiancee Daisy. She was so happy, she couldn't stop smiling.  At least we'll never wonder who's drinking glass is who's. 

Fact of the Day: King of Cosmos

An old king in what is now present-day Spain, named Alfonso X of the Kingdom of Castile was quite known for his knowledge of astronomy. Alfonso was a Christian himself, but he did admit that the universe was too big for us to understand especially since he thought (according to his religion) that the universe was created for mankind. He was quoted saying "If the Lord Almighty had consulted me before embarking on creation thus, I should have recommended something simpler." on the subject.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Interview (2014 film) Review

 Late last year, The Interview was set to release in American theaters. But apparently North Korea (which this movie mocks) caused an international scene when they indirectly forced Sony to stop the movie. It suffered a delay, but it still came out anyway. I originally wanted to see it because I thought it would be funny, but for the freedom of speech I certainly wanted to make sure I didn't miss it.

Fact of the Day: Carbon

Carbon was one of the earliest discovered elements, and it get its name for the Latin word Carbo which means "coal". As there is quite a bit of carbon in coal. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

My Favorite Photos: Atlanta Braves in South Carolina

My sister-in-law took this photo of my brother Zach, and my niece Little K not long ago. I didn't know they were visiting, but Zach did. He sure went to see them though, however it seems Little K doesn't quite like baseball teams yet. 

Fact of the Day: Corporal Wojtek

Wojtek was a bear found in Iran, and he was adopted into the Polish Army. They trained him in non-combat roles, and he was given the rank of corporal. After the war, he ended up in a zoo in Scotland. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Romeo + Juliet (1996 Film) Review

I don't remember Romeo + Juliet coming out in 1996, but I remember hearing of it a few years ago. Daisy and I needed a movie to watch, so I suggested this one just because I knew she liked Leonardo DiCaprio. I then remembered how much I couldn't stand him in the 90's. I also had no idea that this one is a modernization instead of it set in the original time of the play.

Fact of the Day: Queen Sophia

Sophia Dorothea of ​​Celle was Queen of Great Britain as the wife of George I. However their marriage went sour when she was accused of having an affair with a Swedish count. She was imprisoned in the Castle of Ahlden for thirty years as a result. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sad Story: Mean Teacher

When I was in elementary school, I had a teacher named Mrs. King. One day in class we had projects where we were suppose to speak to the class and explain our research. During some other student's turns, one of my class-mates kept making jokes not related to class and I tried my best not to laugh (it is a natural reaction) at them. So she sent us out of class, and coincidentally that day in our other classroom (with another teacher) we were suppose to have a pizza party since we won some competition. She forbade me from eating at the party, and during it I couldn't handle either the injustice nor being excluded from the party. Soon later my other teacher over-turned my teacher's decision. 

Fact of the Day: Sheep Ancestor

Sheep were one of the very first animals domesticated by humans, which has led us to the sheep we know of today. Sheep are believed to have descended from the wild species of the Ovis genus known as Mouflons. They are native to parts of Europe and Asia. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009 Film) Review

 There's a lot of stuff that people feel nostalgic for, and one of those things is G.I. Joe. I for one though, have no nostalgia for it. I had heard of it for many years, but it was never a part of my childhood. Though I was fairly curious about the movie though, could it make me a fan?

Fact of the Day: Jesse Reno

Reno, Nevada is named after a Major General named Jesse Reno. The Major General was known as a "soldier's soldier" as he fought alongside his men. He was a veteran of the Civil War, and the Mexican-American War, He died in the Civil War at the Battle of South Mountain. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mike Huckabee Complains About Secular Theocracy?

Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee might not be a Fox News pundit anymore, but he's kept the tradition of distorting the truth. Huckabee was recently on a religious talk-show, and agreed with the host that America is in a "secular theocracy". I hate to break it to ol' Mike but a theocracy is a government ruled on religion, and the word "secular" means not attached to religion with no bias. Huckabee then said he doesn't mean to create a Christian theocracy, but insisted that America must become a "God-centered nation".  I don't know about you, but I don't trust this guy or most of his party to keep the freedom of religion in this country pure and in-tact. 

Question: Your Favorite Subject in School?

Now I'm talking about major subjects, not "fun" classes like gym or creative writing. Mine was always history/social studies, though I'm sure none of you are surprised. I was really good at American History, and it was my favorite class in high school. We had a quiz event in the class where two sides competed against each other in turns with one student vs. another. One of the girls in my class complained it "wasn't fair" when I answered correctly before my teacher was finished saying the question. 

What was your favorite school subject? 

Fact of the Day: Orange Falls

Bobby Leach was the first man (but not the first person) to go over Niagara Falls and survive. However he died later after suffering complications from gangrene. The reason he died all came from an accident when he slipped on an orange peel. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Duchess (2008 Film) Review

 I've been meaning to see The Duchess for quite some time now. My fiancee Daisy will see almost anything with Keira Knightley. I also noticed that Ralph Fiennes was in the movie, though most people know him better as Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter movies. This movie is actually based on history, though on a Duchess who wasn't really important to British history but well-known for her choices in life.

Fact of the Day: Bear Cat

Panda bears are native to China, and in China they are called 大熊猫 (daxiongmao) in Mandarin Chinese. The name translates as "big bear cat"in English. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Funny Story: American Piranhas

Me and my brothers would often hangout at my friends house in our childhood. He had a big backyard that merged with the woods. There was a little river, and my brothers told me that there were piranhas in there that would have me for lunch. Unfortunately for my brothers, even being the gullible little brother, I had a hard time believing their story. I knew the fish was native only to South America, not South Carolina. 

Fact of the Day: Squirrel Adoption

While squirrels aren't considered social animals, they can care for the young of motherless babies. Squirrels can adopt orphan babies, though studies have show they will only do so if they are closely related. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Things I Hate: Long Car Rides

I find longer car rides easier to tolerate than when I was little. Driving yourself isn't nearly as boring as being the passenger. I remember long trips to Charleston, SC and another beach, and being bored out of my mind. I also get motion sick in the car, so reading was never an option. 

Fact of the Day: Royal After-Life

In the old religion of ancient Egypt, it was a common belief than only royalty and the wealthy could make it to the after-life. It was only until later that regular people were told that they too could go to the after-life as well. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008 film) Review

 I don't think I remember The Other Boleyn Girl back in 2008, but I have known of it for a few years. This one of the movies that my fiancee Daisy really wanted to watch with me. She always seems to like movies set in olden times, and she loves Natalie Portman. I know the story of King Henry VIII very well, he's easily one of the memorable and worst kings in English history.

Fact of the Day: Charlotte

The city of Charlotte, North Carolina is named after King George III's wife Charotte. She was Queen of Great Britain for many decades and her sons became kings after their father as King George IV and William IV. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Question: Was Learning How to Ride a Bike Difficult?

I remember it being easy and not easy when I was little. When my dad was still alive he tried, but I never agreed with his teaching style. He'd make me ride real fast and hope I could keep my balance. After he died, I self-taught myself slowly until I found my balance. 

Can you remember learning to ride a bike? 

Fact of the Day: Prince of Wales

The heir apparent of the English (now British) throne has been known as the Prince of Wales since 1240. However there were times that the Prince of Wales would never become King. The first prince to do so was King Edward III's son. Prince Edward died a year before his father, so his son became King instead as Richard II.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Derek (TV Series) Season 1 Review

 I had heard of Derek for quite some time now. I have seen a bit of Ricky Gervais' work and comedy, but I didn't give Derek any serious consideration until recently. Opinions seemed to be really good, but what did I think of it?

Fact of the Day: Truman and Graham

While Christian evangelist Billy Graham has met with many former presidents, the first president he met was Harry Truman. While Eisenhower and Johnson considered Graham one of their closest friends, Truman was far from impressed. Truman would later say "He claims he's a friend of all the Presidents, but he was never a friend of mine when I was President. I just don't go for people like that. All he's interested in is getting his name in the paper."

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Question: Are You Good at Music?

I might be bad at art, but I'm way worse at music. I can't really sing and while I wanted to play piano or guitar before, it never went terribly well. I'll leave the music-playing to the real musicians. I'm certainly no Beethoven. 

Do you consider yourself a musician?

Fact of the Day: Water Element

Despite needing oxygen to make water, hydrogen's name comes from the Greek words "hudro" and "genes". Which roughly means "water forming". 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Things I Like: Runts (Candy)

While not the best Wonka candy, I've always liked Runts. I don't eat very sweet candy as much as did when I was younger, but I do like them every now and then. 

Fact of the Day: Khan Arrow

While much is known about the life of Genghis Khan, his death is a bit of a mystery. Many stories say he fell from his horse after a hunting trip. Marco Polo heard that it was an enemy's arrow that caused his demise.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Question: What's Your Favorite Holiday?

Mine has always been Christmas, followed closely by Halloween. When I was little, January would always be rather depressing as it would be eleven more months until Christmas. Though ironically I'm a little glad it will be awhile until Christmas these days. Getting everything ready for the holiday can be rather stressful. 

What is your favorite holiday?

Fact of the Day: Paddlefish

Paddlefish have existed since the days of the last dinosaurs, in the late Cretaceous period. They are often called "primitive fish" because they have changed very little since the 75 million years they've been on the Earth. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sad Story: Cooking Accident

I'm not much of a cook, but I can use an oven. One morning I was making some biscuits, and when I was trying to put the pan in the oven, my grip led the pan to be imbalanced. I didn't open the oven door all the way, so when I tried to make sure my biscuits wouldn't fall, my arm hit the door of the oven. I always imagined a serious oven burn would hurt, and it sure did. Though after a doctor's visit, it healed fairly well and there was no scar. 

Fact of the Day: Potatoe

In 1992, then-Vice President Dan Quayle was invited to a school's spelling bee. During it, a student had spelled "potato" correctly, but Quayle told him the correct spelling of the word was "potatoe". Quayle later blamed the blunder on the school's staff.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Question: Are You Afraid of the Ocean?

I'm not exactly afraid of the ocean, but I've never really swam in it. At the beach, I won't let the water go past my waist. I can't swim very well and I always thought it would be much harder to be rescued in the sea than a pool. I have been on a small boat ride from Charleston, SC to Fort Sumter and I was more sea-sick than nervous. Though I figured I'd be nervous about a real boat trip across a sea or ocean. 

Fact of the Day: Utnapishtim's Ark

Cuneiform was one of the earliest forms of writing in human history, and many stories were written in it. The most famous was one of the earliest, the Epic of Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh was Hercules-like character who had many adventures and was also a king. In the story, Gilgamesh meets an ancient man named Utnapishtim who told him that the god Enki had tasked him in making a boat to survive a world-wide flood that wiped out everything that was not on the ship.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Larry Crowne (2011 Film) Review

 I had heard of Larry Crowne back in 2011, but I wasn't that terribly interested. But Tom Hanks usually has far more good movies than bad, so I couldn't forget about it forever. Tom Hanks actually co-wrote, and directed the movie as well. But is the movie one of his best?

Fact of the Day: Spartan Kings

The Greek city-state of Sparta was well known for its army and culture. It was quite unique for its monarchy, as Sparta had two kings who ruled at the same time. However neither king had much power especially in comparison to other kings of the time. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Things I Like: Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars

For many years, this has been one of my favorite ice cream treats. Strawberry is often one of my favorite artificial flavors, and these are always delicious no matter who makes them. 

Fact of the Day: Hera Olympics

The original set of Olympic games in Ancient Greece had only male athletes, and women couldn't even watch the games either. However there was a similar event for female athletes in honor of the goddess Hera rather than Zeus. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Question: Did You Like Drama Class In School?

I loved drama class in middle school. What I remember most was being the Tin Man in our play based on The Wizard of Oz. However my interest in drama class ended in 9th grade due to a pathetic teacher and bit of stubbornness on my end. She didn't teach us much and we never did a single play. She was a new teacher and she left the school after her first year. I should have continued drama class in 10th grade because from what I heard, it was what I expected the class should have been like in 9th grade. 

Did you like acting-class in school?

Fact of the Day: Dire Wolf

Many thousands of years ago, the dire wolf lived in both North America and South America. It was larger than the Gray Wolf, and stronger as well. However about 10,000 years ago, many of larger animals that were its prey died out. They co-existed with other wolves, like the gray wolf, but were much slower. Their slow speed might have led to their extinction as they weren't as fast to catch smaller animals.