In October of last year, my fiancee Daisy introduced me to Road To Avonlea, which is a spin-off of the Anne of Green Gables mini-series. Now finally we have both reached the final season. Looking back it's hard to believe of how much of the story has changed.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Monday, December 30, 2013
I remember seeing the trailer for Dark Shadows back in 2011 or 2012. I thought it was rather humorous, but I later heard that it wasn't really a comedy at all. Which would make sense as Dark Shadows isn't an original story, it's based on a gothic soap opera from the 1960s.
Sunday, December 29, 2013
The day after Christmas we were suppose to visit my brother Steven and have the family gathering at his house, but his wife Amber was sick and nobody wanted to risk becoming ill. So my brother Zach had a sorta-Christmas party at his house.
While the German World War I pilot known as the Red Baron might seem more like a legend than a man, he was in-fact a real person. His real name was Manfred von Richthofen, and despite his legacy he did not see the end of World War I and died at the age of 25 while flying in France.
Saturday, December 28, 2013
While it's no real surprise that one of Nintendo's most famous princesses would be yet again in the newest Super Smash Bros. game, it's interesting to see her appearance in the fourth. She's is yet again based on her appearance in Twilight Princess. Though it seems that is may be likely that she won't be able to turn into her Sheik persona. A move that may be unpopular for some, but I don't think I'll mind.
Friday, December 27, 2013
Thursday, December 26, 2013
I had seen the original Vacation movie and Vegas Vacation many years ago, but I had never seen the Christmas sequel. I thought the other two movies were really funny, but for some reason I never saw this Christmas classic until now.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
When I was in elementary school in the early to mid-1990s, I do fondly remember reading the 1985 book The Polar Express. I do also recall when the movie came out in 2004, but at the time I wasn't terribly interested. The book was fairly short, and a real film seemed like a terrible idea. But years later I heard some praise, and since it's Christmas I decided it was about time.
Looking back now at many Christmases ago, times sure do change. My first couple of Christmases were so magical and some of the best memories. They were better than birthdays, and it was the best time of the year. Though after middle school is when they change for the most part.
While Christmas is celebrated by Christians as the birthday for Jesus Christ, many of the traditions such as Christmas trees and presents (which were borrowed from pre-Christian European festivals) is also celebrated by non-Christians. Because of this (in America anyway) Christmas can be celebrated in public schools without violating the separation of church and state.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Unlike in earlier years, there have been quite a few excellent animated films based on comic book heroes. While I believe DC has gotten pretty awesome at it lately, Marvel can still make a decent movie. Though Iron Man: Rise of the Technovore is a little unique. The animation was actually done by a Japanese studio, which technically makes it an anime film.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Though I personally didn't get a chance to decorate the tree this year, we did have mostly new decorations on the tree. I think it looks pretty good though the colorful lights we got this year weren't as good as last year.
The Christmas flower poinsettia gets its name from Joel Roberts Poinsett. He was the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico (though in his day he was officially a Minister instead of Ambassador), and introduced the flower to the United States in 1825.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
While Mario has had plenty of strange spin-offs, The Zelda series hasn't had much outside the awful Philips CD-i games and Link's Crossbow Training. But now Nintendo along with Tecmo-Koei are making Hyrule Warriors, a spin-off of the Zelda series with gameplay similar to Dynasty Warriors.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
While New Mexico's progressive ruling on equal rights for same-gender couples was a nice surprise, I never expected to see another state do the same in less than a week. What's even more shocking is that this state is Utah where the Mormon majority population usually vote for Republican politicians. A judicial decision found a previous Utah law against marriage equality unconstitutional due to the 14th amendment's equal protection clause. With this Utah has become the 18th state to do so, and hopefully we'll see more join them.
Friday, December 20, 2013
For those who don't know, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has been my favorite game since I first played it back in 2000. While all the 3D sequels have been excellent, they all had their faults. Though none of them (except Majora's Mask) really innovated the series. While Skyward Sword follows a similar formula, the new Wii MotionPlus controls (which weren't around at the time of Twilight Princess) took the series to a whole new level.
Out of all the 50 States, New Mexico had been rather unique in the marriage equality debate. It was the only state with no laws against marriages of couples of the same gender, but no laws in favor of it either. The unclear issue was settled by the Supreme Court of New Mexico, and I'm proud of them.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Due to the use of the Julian calendar system at the time of his birth, Issac Newton was born on Christmas day in 1642. Though in our modern Gregorian calendar, he was really born on January 4th 1643.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Super Smash Bros. Melee is one of my favorite games of all time, and when the sequel Brawl came out on the Wii I was more than excited. It had been a good number of years since Melee and there was plenty of new features and characters. Including the first non-Nintendo ones being Metal Gear Solid's Snake and Sega's Sonic.
The origin of Christmas stockings may go all the way back to Norse mythology. Children would often fill boots or shoes with food for the Norse god Odin's horse Sleipnir. Odin would apparently return some kindness by filling the now empty boots with gifts or candy.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
While Super Mario 64 is considered one of the best Nintendo games of all time, the sequel Super Mario Sunshine was not as adored as it's predecessor. I loved Sunshine, and I will even say I liked it more than Super Mario 64. Though the FLUDD water jetpack did make it a lot different than it's predecessor. I was ironically happy to see Super Mario Galaxy be a little more traditional.
Monday, December 16, 2013
While it was originally suppose to be one of the last great Gamecube games (though it was still on the Gamecube) most knew it better on the Wii. The two were pretty much the same except the controls were different and the Wii version was mirrored to have Link being right-handed as he's traditionally left-handed.
While Yule or Yuletide is generally synonymous with Christmas, it was originally a separate religious winter festival celebrated by people of the Germanic regions. The traditions of Yuletide was absorbed into Christmas after Christianity became the most common faith in the area.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
The original New Super Mario Bros. on DS was a good platformer and a great revival of the classic 2D games. Though it was too easy, a little bland, and there was a lot they could have improved upon. I was surprised to see the first sequel appear on Wii instead of the DS (or the eventual 3DS), but I thought it would be about the same quality as the first. I was thankfully wrong about that.
Being agnostic I can't exactly wear a cross around my neck, though I did see this evolve pendant which is one of the many parodies of the Ichthys symbol commonly known as the "Jesus Fish". The most common parody is one with four legs (a reference to first land animals coming from out of the sea) with the words "Darwin". But this one is a tad different with "Evolve" and while it's a tad difficult to see but it's holding a wrench giving a nod to our species being smart enough to make and use tools.
After gaining independence from Great Britain, the United States of America's first Constitution was the Articles of Confederation. Under it each individual state was nearly sovereign, and there was no real President of the nation. With a weak federal government, it proved to be a failure and was later replaced by the U.S. Constitution in 1789.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
While I liked the original No More Heroes, there were many little things like boring mini-games or a lifeless city that held the game back. The sequel fixed most of these little annoyances and the "beam katana" laser-sword combat improved greatly.
Friday, December 13, 2013
While it was originally on PS2, the version I know Okami for was on the Wii. When Okami was praised on PS2, many noted that the paint-brush combat system would make sense on Wii or DS. While I hear the PS2 version ironically controlled better, I still loved Okami on Wii.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
I thought it's predecessor Mario Kart DS was the best game in the series except for the original. I was really excited for Mario Kart Wii, though while I did like it the only thing it added to the series was the ability to ride a motorcycle.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Like the Gamecube, the Wii managed to get a few games that went a good bit beyond the family-friendly tone of the system. No More Heroes featured Travis Touchdown, a lovable loser with a laser sword. He is challenged to defeat the game's ten bosses, all very memorable and strange.
During the 1960 Presidential elections, someone asked President Eisenhower what Vice President Richard Nixon had contributed to his presidency but couldn't think of anything. His response was "Well, if you give me a week I might think of one." Nixon would later lose to John F. Kennedy in the general election.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Realizing that the WiiU is now over a year old, I figured now would be a good chance to reminisce about my favorite games for the original Wii. The worst of the best is Zack and Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure which is one of the system's lesser known games.