Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Fact of the Day: Leprosy Animals

Besides humans, armadillos are the only other animals known to be able to suffer from leprosy. 

Monday, January 21, 2019

Things I Like: Dreamland Stage (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

This stage from the N64 original game based on the Kirby series, was one of my favorites since 1999. Though it is a little simple. 

Photo: Spartanburg Freedom Flag

My local library had this piece of history on display. It was made in 1865 in Spartanburg by African-American citizens grateful for the American (Union) soldiers there to keep the peace and to ensure civil rights were being enforced in the local area.

Fact of the Day: Alexander the Great Coffin

After he died, Alexander the Great's body was preserved in a coffin filled with honey. 

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Things I Like: Metal Box (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

This item from Super Mario 64, has been around in the Super Smash Bros. series for a long time, and hasn't really changed since then. While I'm not shocked it's still here, I'm thankful they have kept it in the game. 

Favorite Quotes: Faux Patriotism from NFL Protest Haters

“There’s a lot of racism in this country disguised as patriotism.”

-Colin Kaepernick

At first I was rather skeptical of Colin Kaepernick's protests, but I then heard his reasoning why and that he switched from sitting down to kneeling during the national anthem due to a NFL and military veteran's suggestion. But that wasn't good enough for racist white people who somehow think kneeling for a cross should be mandatory (not many of them actually believe in religious freedom) but kneeling for an anthem is disrespectful. And somehow these protests are "Un-American" while suggesting Trump's collusion with Russia is not a reason to be impeached. It was never about the anthem.   

Fact of the Day: Largest Vocabulary

Due to the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Old French/Latin based words, English (a Germanic language) has the most words of any language. 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Things I Hate: Fox (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 Old Fox McCloud was one of my favorites in the original N64 game and Melee, but I think they have just nerfed him too much in Brawl. And hasn't gotten any better since then.

Photo: Daisy at the Chickfila Westgate Mall

This was taken earlier this month while we were at the mall. Daisy had her Chick Fil A and I had some Sbarro. I didn't mind this mall trip as the post-Christmas season made it almost a ghost town in there. 

Fact of the Day: No Desert Lebanon

Since it's a rather small country in land mass, Lebanon is the only country in the Middle East where there is no desert anywhere in its borders. 

Friday, January 18, 2019

Things I Like: Mordred (Merlin)

 While I was bit puzzled on him at first sight, it didn't take me long to figure out this was Mordred in the Merlin TV series. Merlin sees him first as a boy, a druid hiding from the King and his guards due to his hatred of magic.

Photos: 2019 Valentines Stuffed Animals

 Every major holiday with stuffed animals, Daisy is always ready to look and hug her favorites.

Fact of the Day: King of Hearts

In a classic deck of cards, the King of Hearts is the only king without a mustache. 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Things I Like: Super Happy Tree Stage (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 Super Happy Tree is a stage from the original game on N64 and I'm glad to it return here for the latest game.

Photo: Sarge the Dog

Back in August I mentioned that I saved a lost and starving puppy we found wandering in the road near my mom's house. A co-worker adopted him that night and she showed me how he was doing not long ago. He's a big boy now and very sweet. From what I hear, he stays mostly indoors, spoiled thing. 

Fact of the Day: Panama Hat

Despite the name, panama hats originated in Ecuador. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Things I Like: Warp Star (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 A staple item in the series since Melee, this item from the Kirby universe is one of the most useful tools in the whole game.

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (TV Series) Season 1 Review

 Netflix never fails to surprise me every now and then. While they make nearly countless "Original Series", they seemed to really want to make sure everyone knew that She-Ra and the Princesses of Power was coming. I didn't quite watch the old She-Ra from the 1980's, as it was a bit before my time. I did watch a little of He-Man, who is the twin-brother of Adora who transforms into She-Ra when she gets her magical sword. I was originally going to ignore the series, but for the bits and pieces Netflix was feeding me, I was curious about it. I also heard they add some subtle LGBT characters, which is rather "brave" for a show crafted mostly for a younger crowd.

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018 Film) Review

 MCU's Antman was a pretty big hit for a Marvel hero that I always thought was pretty lame in comparison to greats like Captain America, Iron Man, and Spider-Man. But the MCU made it work and Ant-Man was a good film, not among my top favorites in the MCU, but I still liked it. I missed this film last summer due to being busy around the time of its release. But I got a chance to see it the other day.

Fact of the Day: Ancient Days

60 million years ago and on backward, the length of days on Earth were often more than 20 hours or more in length. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Things I Like: Kirby (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 Since Kirby and Super Smash Bros. were created by the same man (Masahiro Sakurai), it's a no brainier why he's awesome in the series.

Aquaman (2018 Film) Review

 Since about 2000, superhero movies have been the biggest thing since sliced bread. For about twenty years, I've seen highs (Avengers, Dark Knight, Logan) and lows (Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Batman v. Superman) but one things for sure, they're here to stay. DC and Marvel have had a long bitter (yet sometimes friendly) rivalry, and Marvel sure did their homework with the Marvel Cinematic Universe despite struggling to get all the rights in check. DC didn't have to worry about that, but they've fumbled time and time again with the DCEU. While Wonder Woman was amazing, most of the other films were heavily criticized, though I personally loved Man of Steel. Aquaman comes at a shaky time and with a lot to prove. Can it save this movie universe? 

Fact of the Day: Dog Sweat

While humans sweat virtually on all parts of their skin, dogs only sweat on areas not covered by fur such as their nose and their paw pads.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Things I Like: Morgana (Merlin)

 While many would not expect her to turn dark later on in the seasons, I knew because I wasn't unfamiliar with the stories of King Arthur though her name threw me off. Usually her name in popular British/American works is Morgan le Fay, but Morgana is an alternate name not unique to the Merlin series.

Photo: Little Iz's 6th Birthday at Chuck E Cheese

My oldest niece, Little Iz turned 6th right before the New Year, but they didn't have her party until about a week later on a Friday. So she had cake and pizza at Chuck E. Cheese. 

Fact of the Day: Lightning Gender

Of all deaths by lightning, about 80% of those deaths belong to men. The main reason is these accidents happen often when it comes to accidents with fishing and sports in bad weather.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Things I Like: Hyrule Castle Stage (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 This actually is my favorite stage in the whole series. It came out on the N64 in 1999, and was inspired by the Hyrule Castle in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Luckily they brought it back again.

Photo: Hallmark Valentines Panda

Right at the New Year, we went by Hallmark and saw that they already had their Valentines stuff out. Daisy wanted this panda bear, but that's going to be a no on that one. 

Fact of the Day: Greek Anthem

At 158 verses, Greece has the longest national anthem in the world. 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Things I Like: Super Star (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 While not a new item to the Smash games, the Mario Super Star (or Starman) has been a good tool in bitter battles against rivals.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018 Film) Review

 If you were a 90's kid, it was a great time to be a fan of dinosaurs. Jurassic Park was a massive hit with critics and audiences alike. The two sequels on the other hand...not so much. But a few years ago, they tried to reboot the series with Jurassic World and while it was a lot of deja vu, it was a pretty darn good movie. I was hopeful with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, but was kind of expecting the best and the worst.  

Fact of the Day: Cop

The English word cop came from the Old French caper meaning "seize". 

Friday, January 11, 2019

Things I Like: Yoshi (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 Our good old dinosaur friend has been around since the original game on N64. He hasn't changed much at all since the first game.

Incredibles 2 (2018 Film) Review

I remember watching the Incredibles during my last semester of high school back in 2006, back when the film was fairly new. It took FOREVER for the sequel to emerge, and I can recall a lot of fans begging Disney and Pixar to make this one appear out of a magic hat. I was tempted to see it in theaters, but things never came to be on that one.

Fact of the Day: Brackish Water

While more salty than fresh water, but with far less in salt content than ocean water, brackish water is between the two types of water. It is commonly found where the salt water and fresh water meet, in swamps, and certain seas. 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Things I Like: Gaius (Merlin)

 Since Merlin features the wizard as a very young man,  they needed a character to tell him the ways of magic, which would be Gaius.

Photo: Zach and Little K Bonding at the Library

This was taken the other day by my mother as my niece Little K was enjoying this pretty neat light table with her dad. 

Fact of the Day: What Impeachment Means

While most people believe that a politician being "impeached" means the removal of themselves from office, it has always literally meant to publicly and formally accuse of a politician of a crime or wrong-doing. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Things I Like: Kongo Jungle (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 Most fans know this stage as it's appeared in every game except Brawl. I was glad to see it return. Donkey Kong's original stage was a decent one. 
 While not my favorite stage overall, and kind of small for my tastes, it brings back a lot of nostalgia when I start playing it. 
Good thing that it can still entertain us since its origin back in 1999 on N64. 

Photos: Rapid Fired Pizza in Spartanburg

 Saw this being built/renovated months ago. It used to be Yogurt King, which served frozen yogurt, but we never went there. I really like pizza so I was curious about trying some. 

Fact of the Day: Youngest Congresswoman

At the age of 29, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is the youngest woman elected to the House of Representatives in United States history. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Things I Like: Healing Sprout (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

The healing sprout is a new item in the game that actually heals you constantly. It's unique to the Smash universe alone, so it did not appear in any other Nintendo games. 

Photo: Little K and Little CR at Denny's

This was taken right before Christmas. My mom went out to eat at Denny's with my brother's wife and my nieces. They renovated the restaurant so it's much different from what I remember. I don't like Denny's food. 

Fact of the Day: Marine

The English word marine came via the Old French words marine and marin. The Old French words came from the Latin word mare which means "sea".  

Monday, January 7, 2019

Things I Like: Guinevere (Merlin)

 Guinevere actually starts out as a servant in the Merlin TV series which is a spin from most of the stories with her. She serves and is good friends with the King's ward Morgana.

Photo: Nintendo Switch Time for the Christmas Nephews

 I brought over my Nintendo Switch for my nephews to enjoy during the family Christmas party. The family game room got flooded due to a septic tank problem so it was out of commission. Luckily the Nintendo Switch can be played portable as its in truth, a tablet. I only brought over Super Smash Bros. Ultimate so the boys wouldn't be trying to play a million games at once.   

Fact of the Day: John Brown the Abolitionist

While most American abolitionists were pacifists, John Brown didn't hold the same opinion. John Brown believed only armed insurrection would solve the issue of slavery in America. He led forces often with African-American men as his comrades to some small victories. However after trying to spark a slave liberation movement in Virginia, he was captured by Robert E. Lee and U.S. Marines when no local slaves joined his revolt. While he was hanged for his actions, what he had done he added to the escalation of events that led to the U.S. Civil War which ultimately led to John Brown's main goal. 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Things I Like: Master Ball (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 While not new to the series, the Master Balls act like you would think. It allows for mostly legendary pokemon to enter the battle. There are some joke pokemon like goldeen every now and then that will appear out of the better pokeballs.