Sunday, May 31, 2015

Politician in Pakistan Blames Jeans For Earthquakes

I spent plenty of time listening to religious people explain things that are easily over-turned by scientific evidence, but this story is one of the strangest cases. The leader of a right-wing and social conservative political party in Pakistan, Fazal-ur-Rehman blames recent earthquakes on nothing other than women wearing jeans.I hate to break it to Mr. Crazy, but women wear jeans all the time here in South Carolina and I can't remember the last time we had a bad earthquake.

My May 2015 Favorites

This month my favorite thing was getting married to my wife Daisy. Though this post is usually about my favorite TV shows, movies, and video games.

Fact of the Day: Ganymede

The biggest moon in the solar system is Ganymede. It's one of Jupiter's moons, and was discovered by Galileo Galilei in 1610. It's bigger than Pluto and Mercury, and it's slightly smaller than the planet Mars. 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Big Eyes (2014 Film) Review

I had not heard of Big Eyes until rather recently. The title sounds rather dull, but it's a fitting title for a movie based on the life of this particular painter. I mainly wanted to see it because Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz were in it. Waltz is easily one of the most talented actors I've ever seen.

Martin O'Malley is Running For President

While it seems almost any Republican mentioned on a national level think they have what it takes to be President, the Democratic side has seen fewer volunteers. While I like Bernie Sanders the most of the three currently running, I see two-term Governor of Maryland Martin O'Malley having the best chance of winning the general election. Even though I'm a Democrat, I'm not excited for Hilary Clinton's 2016 run. She's getting too old, made many mistakes in and out of office, and every presidential candidate needs their whole party's full support which I don't think she'll get. 

Fact of the Day: The Moriarty Brothers

In the Sherlock Holmes stories, his greatest nemesis was Professor James Moriarty. In the stories, Moriarty's father might not have been a very clever man himself. As Professor Moriarty had a brother that was named James as well. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Big Wedding (2013 Film) Review

 I had never heard of The Big Wedding in 2013 despite so many famous actors being part of the movie. My wife Daisy had actually watched it first awhile back, and wanted me to watch it with her again. Despite wanting to see it because Robin Williams (and Amanda Seyfried) was in it, I had heard critical opinion was pretty bad.

Fact of the Day: Chicken Egg

While chickens are well-known to lay eggs, they also are known to eat their own eggs at times. Farmers have prevented them from doing so by deterring them by switching some eggs with golf balls. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Things I Hate: Destiny (PS3)

 Back in 2001, Halo changed FPSs forever and made jaws literally dropped in its level of quality. Its developer Bungie went from a team nobody knew of to one that everyone knew about. After making four Halo games, Bungie branched out to make something new. Destiny is one of the rare games to be made for two generations of consoles. Since I don't have a PS4, I had to play the inferior version on PS3.

My Favorite Photos: Nephews 2015 Easter

My mother took this photo this Easter of my two nephew's easter egg hunt. That was always my favorite thing about spring when I was little. 

Fact of the Day: Queen Macbeth

While in Shakespeare's play Macbeth, the King's wife is known only as Lady Macbeth. She was actually based on an actual Queen of Scotland. Her real name was Gruoch Boite.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Question: Were You a Confident New Driver?

I sure wasn't a confident driver, sometimes even today. I actually trust myself even back then, but it's the other fools on the road I don't trust. Though driving a car for the first time was scary as reality does sink in. My method of learning was to drive a small amount and going a little farther the next time and so on and so on. 

Were you more or less confident as a new driver?

Fact of the Day: Libra

The measurement of weight known as pounds is commonly abbreviated as lbs. It's short for the Latin word libra which means "scales" in English. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sleepless in Seattle (1993 Film) Review

Sleepless in Seattle is a movie I hadn't heard of until just recently. I was listening to a talk-program on the radio and one the people mentioned the movie and that it has Tom Hanks in it. Who doesn't love Tom Hanks in a movie? I also figured my wife Daisy would like it since it's a romantic comedy-drama.

Fact of the Day: Infant King

King John I of France may have technically been King months before he was born as his father died earlier that year. Ironically the new king only lived for about five days. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Funny Story: Pillow Thief

For many years I have slept on a body-pillow, as I find it way more comfortable especially as a mattress gets older. Daisy had not, and after we got married she must of realized how comfortable it was in our bed. Without even telling me or talking about it, in the middle of the night she basically pulls it from under me and takes it for herself. The next day we went out and looked for one of her own. 

My Favorite Photos: Laotian Wedding

Daisy was born in Minnesota but her parents are from Laos, so whether she liked it or not, they made sure to give her a proper Laotian Wedding too. They are usually held at the bride's family's home, and we had our American-style wedding on Friday, and this one the next day. The rules were a little different too, as my brother Brandon could not be my best man for this one as he was married. So I had my friend John step in.

Fact of the Day: Alvin York

During World War I, an American solider named Alvin York earned the Medal of Honor. During a battle against German forces, he took out a machine gun nest, killed six enemy soldiers, and captured 132 others. The most amazing thing is that he accomplished most of this by himself. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Merlin (TV Series) Season 1 Review

King Arthur is one of the most timeless tales in the western world. I had really enjoyed the mini-series Merlin with Sam Neill from 1998. This one came out in 2008, which I hear was inspired by Smallville which featured a story that's been told many times (in its case Superman) but with much younger characters. This one has Merlin far from an old man, as he's about the same age as Arthur when he's a prince.

My Favorite Photos: First Restaurant While Married

On the night we were married, Daisy obviously wanted to go out to eat. She had already been to her favorite restaurant Longhorn Steakhouse, a mere four days before (for our anniversary of dating) so we wanted something different. We went to IHOP, and I always like going there during the evenings. It's busier during mornings (as it's more known for breakfast), so I enjoy restaurants that have less people and a more calmer mood. 

Fact of the Day: Macbeth

Macbeth is one of William Shakespeare's most famous plays, but the play's King actually existed. He was King of Scots from 1040-1057, though it is said he was killed in battle by the future Malcom III. Despite his role in Shakespeare's work, no historic evidence has been found to suggest Macbeth was a tyrant. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ireland Says Yes To Marriage Equality

Apparently not all the votes are in just yet, but it seems that Irish voters have voted to allow marriage equality in Ireland. About half of my heritage comes from the Emerald Isle, and I'm very proud of Ireland for supporting marriage rights for all Irish citizens. Ireland is also the first country to vote on the matter with a nationwide vote rather than through a congress/parliament or judicial courts. 

Fact of the Day: Swiss Suffrage

While women's suffrage took place for most of the Western World by the 1940's, however Switzerland was very late to give women the right to vote in democratic elections. On a national level, Swiss women finally got suffrage in 1971. 

My Favorite Photos: The Family

This is one of our wedding photos of Daisy and I with all my brothers (all older) and my mother. The only thing I regret is that my father passed away many years ago and could not (obviously) be there with us. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Judge (2014 Film) Review

 I had heard about The Judge very recently and thought it looked promising. Even since the Iron Man/Avengers films, I usually try to see a movie with Robert Downey Jr. in it. I also heard Leighton Meester was also in the movie, as my wife Daisy really liked her as Blair Waldorf in the TV series Gossip Girl. So I figured she'd be excited to see Meester in this film.

Fact of the Day: King Carl

Sweden has had many Kings named Carl, though the first King to use the name was Carl VII. His six predecessors actually existed only in myth. 

My Favorite Photos: Talking and Smiling

I took this photo at our wedding of Daisy talking and smiling with her cousin Alyna and her brother Jeffrey. Every-time I see Daisy with her cousins (doesn't matter which ones), she is always smiling and in a good mood. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Funny Story: Baseball Run

During one of my first years playing baseball, I was tricked by the other team. In baseball, running to a base is your only priority when you hit the baseball. You rely on your coaches to scream on whether to stop or to go. I remember going to base and hearing my coaches say "stop Adam stop" but kids on the other team say "go Adam go". Being little I was a little confused, but "go" sounded better to me so I ran. Should have listened to the coaches as I didn't make it safely to the next base. 

Fact of the Day: Early Earth

The first geological period of Earth began soon after the Earth formed 4.54 billion years ago and ended about four billion years ago. It is named the Hadean period after the Greek God of the underworld, Hades. The name was chosen as the Earth was very volcanic and hot at the time. 

My Favorite Photos: Wedding Guests

This is my favorite photo of some of our wedding guests. Weddings are an interesting place where "worlds collide" as some of these people will never meet each other again. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Question: What Was Your First Car?

Mine was a 1998 Buick LeSabre. There was things I liked about the car, but I didn't like how the air conditioning did not work at all. The white paint was also not the greatest thing as it would show all the dirt no matter what. I'd have to wash it at least once a week. 

Fact of the Day: Arabian Bicycles

Women in Saudi Arabian can't drive a car by law, and the same goes for all methods of transportation. The only exception is bicycles, however they must be with a male relative nearby and they can only ride the bicycle for fun. 

My Favorite Photos: Wedding Snack Table

My oldest niece Little Iz is not even three yet, so I don't think she even knows what a wedding really is. But I think I can tell what her favorite part of my wedding was, the snack table!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sad Story: Death of Fish

As I mentioned awhile back, my betta fish Yuki had passed away. I actually knew how she died, as it was all my mother's fault. Even though she's not a clownfish (or male), my mother would call my fish "Nemo". She thought it would be fun to pet her Nemo on the head, and my fish went into shock. She stayed near the bottom of her tank for the rest of the night. The next morning, I found her in her log lifeless. 

Fact of the Day: Presidential Bowling

The first bowling alley in the White House opened in 1947. The first president to be able to use the bowling lane was Harry Truman. 

My Favorite Photos: Wedding Kiss

This is one of the photos we took outside during the wedding. Daisy's very shy about kissing in public, but she did pretty well during the photos. Usually she'll start to giggle a lot, and get embarrassed by the thought of it. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Random Photos: Marco's Pizza

 I've always been someone who tries to support the underdog, so a few weeks ago I took Daisy to a new pizza place that opened up not that long ago. It's called Marco's Pizza, and only thought there were a handful of them, but they have a lot of pizza parlors in the United States.

Fact of the Day: Vasa Ship

During the 17th century, a Swedish warship named Vasa was built. King Gustavus Adolphus wanted the warship to be a powerhouse in the Thirty Years War, but she sank on her maiden voyage. The reason may have been because nobody wanted to tell the king of its problems, like it having too much weight on top. 

My Favorite Photos: Shy of Great-Grandma

This was my grandmother and my niece Little K at our wedding. Little K has been the most shy of all my nieces/nephews and she didn't look too thrilled to see her great-grandmother. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Fact of the Day: Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston was one of the most famous actors of his time, but people only knew him by his stage-name. He was actually born John Charles Carter. 

My Favorite Photos: Wedding Cake

 This is our wedding cake during our special day. I was a little worried about having a rather small cake, but we'd had more than what our guests ate. It was actually a pretty good cake too. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013 Film) Review

I had never heard of The Tale of The Princess Kaguya until very recently. The main reason I wanted to see it is that it's from Studio Ghibili which is like Japan's Pixar in quality. The story is based on the 10th century Japanese folktale known as The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.

Fact of the Day: Mazie Hirono

When Mazie Hirono was elected to the Senate in 2012, she became a lot of "firsts" in American democracy. She is Hawaii's first female senator, the first Asian-American woman in the Senate, the first Senator born in Japan, and America's first Buddhist senator. 

My Favorite Photos: Best Man and the Maid of Honor

 Unlike some weddings, we only had one member of the bridesmaid/groomsman be in our wedding. My brother Brandon was quite honored being my best man. We almost had a crisis when Daisy's cousin Tiffany was suppose to be the maid of honor, but she ended up not being able to make it. Luckily the dress we had gotten for Tiffany also fit her cousin Alyna. She was actually Daisy's first choice, though her mom made her pick Tiffany since Alyna had lived all the way in Minnesota.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Things I Hate: Mountain Dew Sangrita Blast

While I liked Baja Blast, the other new Mountain Dew flavor, Sangrita Blast didn't not taste well to me. I think I remember a kind of old Mountain Dew flavor that tasted rather similar. It was a bit sour for my tastes, but my wife Daisy seemed to like it. 

Fact of the Day: Space Pencils

A story out there is that NASA spent millions developing a space-pen when Soviet/Russian cosmonauts just used pencils is a bit untrue. Like the cosmonauts, American astronauts would use pencils to write in space. However pencils tips often break off which can lead to harming space-equipment. The space-pen does exist, but it was not NASA's invention as a company came up with a pen that could write in almost any condition and later offered it to NASA. 

My Favorite Photos: Being Married

 I knew since I was very little that one day I would be married. Though you never imagine it like how it would eventually be. It didn't seem as surreal as I expected but I was glad for the moment to come. I was also glad we found the Unitarian-Universalist Church. They welcome all religious (and non-religious) viewpoints, so our minister had no problem helping an Agnostic and Buddhist get married.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Things I Like: Mountain Dew Baja Blast

Mountain Dew Baja Blast is one of the new flavors for the soda. Typically this always only around for a few months or so. However I might miss it when it's gone, because I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. I actually prefer it more than regular Mountain Dew. 

Fact of the Day: Judaism in Afghanistan

Despite influence from Western nations, Afghanistan is still not a country with true religious freedom. Zablon Simintov is believed to be the only Jewish person (by faith) remaining in the country. He has been reluctant to leave the country, even though his wife and daughters live in Israel. 

My Favorite Photos: Unity Candle

This is me and Daisy performing the unity candle ceremony at our wedding. I actually had never heard of the tradition until very recently. Though it is a nice symbol of our love.