Monday, December 10, 2018

Fact of the Day; Ancient Soap

The earliest production of soap was probably in Babylon around the year 2800 BCE. 

My Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo Switch) Impressions

 One of my favorite series of all time is Super Smash Bros. While I liked Brawl and Super Smash Bros. 4 (3DS and WiiU), Melee I think had the best feel and movement and overall fun despite a roster that had been very dwarfed by its sequel games. Now Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is here, and I got to play about ten hours of it so far.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Things I Like: Toadette (Mario Tennis Aces)

 I always thought Toadette was a rather dumb addition to the Mario universe, but she's a good character in this game.

Photo: Little Innocent CR Niece

My mom took this photo of my niece Little CR the other day. I often call her photo taking mediocre, but she got a good one this time. 

Fact of the Day: Doctor Teacher

The English word doctor comes from the Latin word of the same spelling, which meant "teacher". 

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Things I Like: Toad (Mario Tennis Aces)

 Well fans apparently hated it in the game, I didn't think he was that bad. Those it is odd that his "brothers" are all over the place. 

Photo: Brandon and his Family

Before Thanksgiving, my brother returned from National Guard service up in D.C. for about a year. Like the previous time, my mom, my sister-in-law Terry, and my nieces went to get frozen yogurt to celebrate. 

Fact of the Day: French English American Vermont

Large parts of the state of Vermont were part of New France until the aftermath of the Seven Year's War in 1763 where it became the territory of Great Britain. Britain would soon lose Vermont during the American Revolution. 

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (Nintendo Switch) Review

 One of my favorite series of games, Castlevania has been rather in dormancy besides the Western-developed Lord of Shadows sub-series of games. I wasn't a big fan of the classic games either, but rather the Metroidvania games on PS1, GBA, and Nintendo DS. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is an upcoming game made by the ex-Konami guys who wanted to make another Castlevania but not really Castelvania. Their support from fans went so well, that they released this prequel game earlier this year. 

Friday, December 7, 2018

Things I Like: Princess Rosalina (Mario Tennis Aces)

 Since Mario Tennis Aces was my first Mario Tennis since the Gamecube days, this was the first time I played as the galactic princess in the tennis game.

Photo: Gray Cat Near My House

This little fellow greeted me one day when I was talking to my neighbor. Super-friendly, I assume it lives nearby. The cat was being nicer to me than my mom's cat Danny and the inlaws cat Johann. He tried to jump into the neighbors SUV, and after that the cat tried to follow me into my house. I haven't seen the cat for about half a month now, so I hope it is safe. 

The Christmas Chronicles (2018) Film Review

 Christmas movies are hard to make an impression on me. While I do have favorites close to my heart, any movies outside that circle rarely stay within my memory. Netflix has done plenty of good TV shows, but they've been kind of bumpy on their original films. Though Christmas Chronicles looked too good to pass by, mainly because Kurt Russell is not only in the movie, but he agreed to be the star of the show, Santa Claus. 

Fact of the Day: U.S. Navy George Bush

Future president George H.W. Bush served in the U.S. navy during the majority of the American war years during World War II, in the Pacific Theater. He had come close to being KIA as an enemy solider had damaged his plane enough to force Bush to eject himself from the aircraft. He was saved by American Navy sailors before the Japanese could capture him, which was not the case for some of his close comrades that day, whom met grim fates. He left the military shortly after the end of World War II. 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Things I Like: Princess Daisy (Mario Tennis Aces)

 I can't recall using Princess Daisy in the older games, but she's a decent character in the new Mario Tennis Aces game.

Photo: Little Caesars Pizza Portal Machine

I got a pizza one day with my Little Brother (through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program) Mr. B at the Little Caesars near my house. We used the pizza portal for the first time through the mobile app. It's a neat but gimmicky machine, it's a shame the only pizza company that has one, is the only one that really doesn't need it. But I suppose it would be handy if the line was super long and you didn't want to wait through it.  

Fact of the Day: Old Avocado

Avocados were first cultivated in present-day central Mexico about 10,000 years ago.  

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Things I Like: Princess Peach (Mario Tennis Aces)

 I never used her much in the past tennis games, but I liked her incarnation in Mario Tennis Aces. 
She's a technical character so her special skill is precision aiming.  
Which she is fairly good at too. Though not that much compared to the rest of the roster. She can often feel like an all-around character.  
But overall I used her a decent bit, and I won quite a number of matches with her too. 

Photo: Little K's First Pair of Glasses

My niece Little K got glasses recently, which was only a matter of time. Both of her parents need glasses, so her genetics was against her. Her mom says she was nervous, but she was happy they had a pair of Hello Kitty glasses. I just hope the kids in school don't try to pick on her. She's in kindergarten, so maybe not. I got mine in 9th grade, it wasn't exactly a warm welcome when some of the people who didn't like me saw it on my face. 

Fact of the Day: Presidential Medal of Freedom

While most of the Presidential Medal of Freedom awards (the highest U.S. civilian award) goes to famous people who did not serve in the military, if a serving member of the military gets the award, they also get to wear it on their uniform.  

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Things I Like: Waluigi (Mario Tennis Aces)

 Since his first appearance in the whole Mario series was Mario Tennis on N64, you know you have to have Waluigi in any Mario Tennis game. He's still trying to make a real appearance in Super Smash Bros. 

Photo: Grumpy Cat Pumpkin at Boiling Springs Library

I forgot to put this picture up after I saw it the day after Halloween at a smaller library near my in-laws house. They did a great job painting it to look like Grumpy Cat. If you never heard, Grumpy Cat's real name is Tardar Sauce, no wonder she's grumpy!

Fact of the Day: Blind Iowa Guns

While previously untrue before 2011, Iowa lets blind people have guns via a permit. This also includes those who are totally blind, not just partially. 

Monday, December 3, 2018

Things I Like: Wario (Mario Tennis Aces)

 I had never used him much in previous games, but I really like him now.

Photos: Our 2018 Thanksgiving Dinner

 This was the first Thanksgiving in my brother Steven's new house, which is huge. Never had a family event with so much space.

House of Cards (TV Series) Season 6 Review

 House of Cards had been a favorite series of mine for a few years now. It was always have a spot of love for the founders of Netflix and it really was the first show that proved that Netflix could make an original show that was on par and even better than a show that came out on cable. While it was obvious the show was near its end, the Me Too movement's arguably most notable fallen star was Kevin Spacey, and it didn't take Netflix anytime to disavow their lead star. Luckily the show had already put Claire Underwood as president, so the show writers got lucky on that.  

Fact of the Day: Western Stalingrad

While Joseph Stalin was not a very liked figure in a post-WWII western world, there are a few places in the west (such as streets) named Stalingrad. This was done because of the bravery and victory of Soviet Soldiers during the Battle of Stalingrad against Nazi Germany. 

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Things I Like: Luigi (Mario Tennis Aces)

 Our favorite green plumber is a decent character in the Mario Tennis roster.

Photos: The Primed Treehouse

My brother Steven built this treehouse for my nephews Mr. K and Mr. C. However, I thought he had painted it grey, which was odd since he told me the boys would choose the color. Turns out it was just gray primer. He plans to paint it orange and purple to match the colors for the Clemson Tigers college team. Gray is a good color to paint over especially when you're dealing with deep reds, purples, yellows, and oranges.

Fact of the Day: Paul Manafort and the Far Right

Before his severe legal trouble in recent memory and his time serving as campaign chairman for Donald Trump, Paul Manafort had advised and lobbied for many on the right wing. He advised Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bob Dole. He also helped the disgraced (and pro-Russian) Ukrianian President Viktor Yanukovych. Even more controversial were him lobbying for dictators such as the Philippines' Ferdinand Marcos and Mobutu Sese Seko of the Congo. 

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Things I Like: Mario (Mario Tennis Aces)

This one is a "duh" but it's hard not to love our favorite red plumber in any of the spinoff games. 

Photo: New Great Dane Puppy Olivia

My brother got back from his long stay in DC (National Guard duty) and not long after he got a new puppy. Her name is Olivia and she's a great dane, just like his old dog Blue. She's six months old (which is odd considering I always got mine at six weeks) and she's rather distrustful of new people. Took her about a hour to warm up to me. 

My November 2018 Favorites

 I don't know about you guys, but November seemed to fly by for me. Seemed like it was Halloween one day and then boom, it was Turkey Day. Here are my favorites in the realm of entertainment. 

Favorite Quotes: Trump White House and Saudi Arabia

“I never thought I’d see the day a White House would moonlight as a public relations firm for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.”

- Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee)

It's rare to see a Republican stand against Donald Trump even when he commits treason against the United States. Bob Corker is one of the lucky few sitting Republicans members of Congress who wasn't seeking re-election in 2018 and was free to say whatever he liked without much fear from the far-right who controls the majority of the GOP. While most other countries took a firm stance against Saudi Arabia over the death of a journalist they literally murdered in cold blood. Donald Trump on the other hand, says "we may never know" or some BS like that when asked. It's so shameful, that I don't know where to begin. 

Fact of the Day: Muhammad Ali Rapper and Boxer

While very famous for boxing, Muhammad Ali is considered by some for his record I Am the Greatest (when he was still Cassius Clay) in 1963 to be the very first record in the hip-hop/rap genre of music. 

Friday, November 30, 2018

Things I Like: Bowser (Super Mario Bros. 3)

 This was Bowser's first real appearance since the first game (since the Lost Levels was more or less deja vu) and thankfully, it evolved his boss battle instead of that sprint for the axe.

Photo: Dillards Red Christmas Nutcracker

Saw this giant nutcracker in the Christmas section of the Spartanburg Dillards in the Westgate Mall. I always think they're rather neat. 

Fact of the Day: Alois Alzheimer

The disease Alzheimer's was discovered by German doctor Alois Alzheimer. He didn't call the disease after himself (it was coined by a colleague of his) but he called it originally "presenile dementia".

Mario Tennis Aces (Nintendo Switch) Review

 I've been a fan of the Mario Tennis sub-series since the N64 version, though it was predated by a really obscure version for the ill-fated Virtual Boy system. I certainly missed the WiiU sequel Ultra Smash but I heard it failed to really evolve the series. Since I no longer have a WiiU, I guess I'll never know for sure. So how did the Nintendo Switch incarnation hold up after a good hiatus since my days with Power Tennis on the Nintendo Gamecube? 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Things I Like: Ludwig von Koopa (Super Mario Bros. 3)

 The strongest and oldest Koopaling, Ludwig Von Koopa is the last reptilian menace before Bowser himself in Super Mario Bros. 3.

Photo: Mall Cupcakes to Go

Saw this vending machine of cupcakes while at the mall before Thanksgiving. First time I've seen cupcakes, though I've heard of vending machines having them. Wasn't in the mood for a cupcake, so I didn't get one to try. 

Fact of the Day: Avocado Sauce

The word guacamole is derived from the Aztec word ahuacamolli which means "avocado sauce" in English. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Things I Like: Lemmy Koopa (Super Mario Bros. 3)

 Lemmy Koopa is the next to last on the list of Koopalings to fight during Super Mario Bros. 3. Much different from his reptile siblings, he walks on a bouncy ball while sending out others for Mario to dodge.

Photos: Big Pile of Leaves

 Saw this huge pile of leaves as we went to the library one day. I've never seen some many gathered up in one spot before.

Fact of the Day: English French Latin Colors

Typically non-American spellings of the word color are spelled colour with the extra "u". Which is taken from the Old French colour, but the Old French word was derived from the Latin word color. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Things I Like: Roy Koopa (Super Mario Bros. 3)

 One of the later "Koopa kids" his battle isn't too much different from his siblings.

Photo: Soda Snowman

Saw this snowman while getting the last few things before Thanksgiving dinner. The Pepsi people made these, I always thinks it's neat what they come up with. 

Fact of the Day: The Last Man in Europe

George Orwell was originally going to call his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four as The Last Man in Europe.