Thursday, June 21, 2018

Photo: Smithsonian Faux Subway Train

At the Smithsonian Museum of American History, we saw this recreation of a subway train. We actually Ubered the whole time in DC, so we never got to ride the real DC subway train. At least I don't have to worry about being mugged on this one. 

Fact of the Day: Green Subway Metros

Subway metro systems (rapid-transit) are often used by cities as it uses far less land and is more eco-friendly than using just a system of motorways. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Photos: Smithsonian American History Technology

 While not all of these things are American, they did all make an impact on American culture. These old computers show that we have come a long way in our PCs.

The Post (2017 Film) Review

 When The Post came out last year, I had no idea it even existed. But since it had two Oscar nominations (Best Picture and also Best Actress for Meryl Streep), I wrote it down to eventually see it. It was kind of odd this kind of film (Steven Spielberg) made such a small splash at the Oscars, but did I like it?

Fact of the Day: Ping Pong

The alternate name for table tennis, ping pong actually originated in England. It's a simple onamonapia for the sounds the game makes. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Things I Like: Catherine Parr (The Tudors)

 Catherine Parr is the last wife of King Henry VIII. I thought it was kind of odd of how the King chose her and why. They don't have much of a romance, she's more of his caretaker and nurse than his wife in reality. Though in secret, she is a devout Protestant of more of a Lutheran variety.

Photos: Smithsonian American Food History

 At the Smithsonian Museum of American History, they had a whole lot of stuff about the first things in the industry of food. Because why not! Half of us Americans are plagued with obesity.

Fact of the Day: The Lizard Gator

The English word alligator is derived from the Spanish words el lagarto which means "the lizard".

Monday, June 18, 2018

My Fortnite Battle Royale (Nintendo Switch) Impressions

 A recent craze in the video game world is Fortnite which has since hit PCs, Xbox One, iOS and PS4. But now it's on the Nintendo Switch. While the campaign game is the traditional thing (not on Switch), Battle Royale is actually a multiplayer game that doesn't take a penny to enjoy. Which is the main reason why it has a insane amount of players so far.

Photo: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

In a big window at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, I could easily spot the rather new Smithsonian museum that is all about African-American history. We didn't go on our trip to DC, but I will say that place looks like it would take more than a few hours to finish. 

Fact of the Day: John Lewis

Congressman John Lewis (D-Georgia's 5th Congressional District) back during the Civil Rights Movement (alongside Martin Luther King Jr.) was a member of the Big Six, who were instrumental in the organization of The Great March on Washington in 1963. 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Things I Hate: Catherine Howard (The Tudors)

 Catherine Howard is the fifth and youngest wife of King Henry VIII. She starts out more as a woman picked to make the King happy.

Photo: Smithsonian Big Bicycle

I saw this old timey bicycle at the  Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Imagine trying to ride one of these bikes. Doesn't look so easy to me. 

Fact of the Day: Bicycle

The English word bicycle is pretty simple in origin, it comes from the word bi meaning "two" and the Greek word kuklos meaning "wheel". 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Things I Like: Anne of Cleves (The Tudors)

 Henry VIII's fourth wife Anne of Cleves seems the strangest choice for a bride when you first see her. Purely political, the marriage was to protect Henry against Catholic foes. But the Protestant Germans seemed very resistant to the marriage and even tried to hide Anne's face behind a veil.

Photo: Smithsonian Oscar

I forget whose Oscar got donated/loaned to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, but I thought it was nice I got to see one with my own eyes. 

Fact of the Day: Oscar Wilde Paris

After being freed from two years of hard labor for having an affair with a man, Oscar Wilde left Ireland and Britain forever. He moved to Paris, France and died a much different man than in his prime and much poorer as well. 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Things I Like: Jane Seymour (The Tudors)

 With the marriage of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn quickly deteriorating, the King sets his eye on the pretty Jane Seymour.

Photo: Titanic Life Jacket

At the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, I saw this life-jacket from the actual Titanic. Technically this wasn't going to do much good in the icy cold waters that night, but's interesting to see how different this compares to the life jackets of today. 

Fact of the Day: Titanic's Final Home

The Titanic sank about 370 miles southeast of Newfoundland's coast in Canada. Its original destination was New York City. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Things I Like: Gachapandora (Sonic Mania)

 This was one of my favorite boss fights in Sonic Mania. One reason is that Sonic and Tails turn mini and they are super cute.

Things I Like: Egg Pistons Mk II (Sonic Mania)

 While most will forget, but this is a "remake" of the final boss fight from Sonic the Hedgehog 1.

Photo: Smithsonian American Jazz

We saw this at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Two instruments of the Jazz age in America. I'd rather play the saxophone than the clarinet, though I'm not musically talented, so I'd be awful at both. 

Fact of the Day: German Clarinet

Clarinets were invented in what is now modern-day Germany by Johann Christoph Denner. He basically improved the design of a older instrument called a chalumeau. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Photo: Smithsonian Whale

I saw this at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. It shows the horrid history of whaling, it's amazing how much humans can destroy anything in nature. 

Despicable Me 3 (2017 Film) Review

 A few years ago, I started watching the Despicable Me series, and I actually enjoyed it a lot. My wife Daisy really loves the dang minions, but I was disappointed in the Minions movie they had not too long ago. With the prequel out of the way, it's time for a real sequel again. But does this one hold a candle to the past films?

Fact of the Day: Whale Hunters

While a common practice in human history, hunting whales better known as "whaling" has decreased greatly in more modern times. Despite this; Norway, Japan, and Iceland still participate in the practice. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Things I Like: Heavy Rider (Sonic Mania)

 One of the later bosses in Sonic Mania comes after Sonic and Tails on a robot ladybug while carrying a mace.

Things I Like: Drillerdroid (Sonic Mania)

 Drillerdroid is a later boss in Sonic Mania. It targets Sonic and Tails but his crosshairs are easy to dodge. But when it crashes down, cave spikes fall and they're difficult to dodge.

Nintendo Gives Us Massive Details on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at E3

 Nintendo dropped the news about the game existing not long ago, but now we know a lot about the game. This will be a full sequel instead of being Super Smash Bros. IV+. 

Photo: Smithsonian Wizard of Menlo

I saw this at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. It's of Thomas Edison and while a humble man would probably feel strange having such a statue made of himself, Edison's ego would have loved it. 

Fact of the Day: Thomas Edison Jr.

While Thomas Edison became a legend in the inventing world, his son Thomas Edison Jr. did not. He used the family name and had many products that had little to no merit. This annoyed his father so much that they had to take the matter to court. Eventually they came to agreement, he would use an alias and Thomas Edison would give him an allowance. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Photo: Smithsonian Buick Super

This is one of the classic cars at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Certainly much different cars than we see today, you'd almost imagine something like this on the set of Back to the Future. 

The Road to El Dorado (2000 Film) Review

The Road to El Dorado was a movie I totally missed out on in the early 2000's. I was only twelve at the time, but I don't know why I missed out on it. It was actually one of Dreamworks first films and one of the few rare Dreamworks movies that was actually animated in 2D art instead of 3D computer animation. 

Fact of the Day: Chinese Buick

Despite being such a historic name in American automobiles, the good majority of Buicks in the world are driven in China as it's one of the most popular automobiles in the country. 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Things I Like: Mega Octus (Sonic Mania)

 Probablly the one boss I had the most trouble with. This Dr. Eggman driven metal octopus is quite tricky.

Things I Hate: Meter Droid (Sonic Mania)

A later boss should't be a cakewalk but Meter Droid sure is. On my first try I managed to defeat him before he warmed up. But his main attack is to toss you up towards the spikes. Either way, losing to this guy would be an embarrassment. 

Photos: Smithsonian National Museum of American History First Moments

 This was the first stop on the third day (but 2nd full day) of our Washington D.C. trip. This was the first real Smithsonian Museum and I was pretty excited.

Fact of the Day: Mister Fred Rogers

Fred Rogers started his show Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood mainly because he saw what was on the air as "children's television" and he didn't like much of what he saw. 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Shameless (TV Series) Season 3 Review

 As I've mentioned before recently, I just started making my way through the older seasons of the TV series Shameless which is based on the British series of the same name. I loved the first season, but the second dropped a little bit in quality to me. Is the life of the crazy Gallagher family still entertaining to me?

Photos: 7th Hill Pizza Palisades

 We stayed at an AirBnB in the Palisades neighborhood of DC. This was the most notable pizza place I researched around our lodging. Seemed like a good idea, the DC crowd seem to dig it.

Fact of the Day: Italian Spaghetti

Real Italian spaghetti is made from durum wheat semolina. Other forms are made with various types of flour. 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Photos: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Not far away from the Lincoln Memorial is the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. While Lincoln led the way to abolish slavery, Martin Luther King Jr. led the way in trying to abolish racism in the government and American culture in general. At first I was kind of unsure if we were at the right spot, but it becomes clear once you stand where the people in green shirts are. 

My (Not So) Favorite Quotes: 2nd Amendment is in The Bible?

 "Well, let me tell you, the Second Amendment’s actually in the Bible. Yeah. Think about it. Even God understood that he had to give his angels weapons because you don’t defeat evil with tolerance and understanding. So for all of you people that are saying we need peace, well peace only prevails when the good guy has the bigger weapons."
-Joshua Feuerstein

Joshua Feuerstein is a evangelist who became popular among conservative-Christians for his bizarre and semi-coherent rants on social media about evolution, Starbucks holiday cups, Planned Parenthood, and almost any subject he would like to spout into some form of audio diarrhea. I always thought Feuerstein and his flock had the IQ of a stump, but even he couldn't be stupid enough to suggest that a modern weapon is in a 2000+ year old book? Right? 

Fact of the Day: MLK Vietnam

During his final years, in addition to advocating for civil rights, Martin Luther King Jr. also expanded his reach by speaking against the Vietnam War. Which unfortunately alienated some of his supporters at the time. 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Things I Like: Heavy Magician (Sonic Mania)

 Not the greatest boss fight in the game, but I thought it was interesting. 

Things I Like: Uber Caterkiller (Sonic Mania)

In Sonic Mania, it seems this boss is summoned by the robot magician after some floating and mocking at Sonic and Tails. 

Photos: District of Columbia War Memorial

This little memorial is to honor all those in DC who had served during World War I.

Fact of the Day: League of Wilson

Despite being a figurehead in the founding of the pre-United Nations group known as the League of Nations, Woodrow Wilson couldn't get Senate approval for the U.S. to join the League of Nations. Which caused Woodrow Wilson great mental and emotional pain.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Things I Like: Thomas Cromwell (The Tudors)

 Fairly accurate to how he was in real life, Thomas Cromwell starts out rather humble and you don't really notice him much. But he soon rises in court through the failing of the King's first marriage. He played a key part in the rise of Anne Boleyn.