I've been a fan of Mario Kart even since the original on Super Nintendo. I played every game in the series except Super Circuit on GBA which I only played the demo version. I thought Mario Kart DS was really good, but I thought Mario Kart Wii, and Mario Kart 7 could have been better. Will Mario Kart 8 keep the series fresh again?
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
When a president can no longer physically or mentally perform his duties, the Vice President assumes his role until he recovers. When Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke, First Lady Edith Wilson had to constantly help her husband. While she defended that she never made any real decisions on her own, many believe she had the real presidential power instead of Woodrow Wilson or his Vice President Thomas R. Marshall.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
As many of you know, my wife Daisy and I have really been enjoying Downton Abbey lately. We started season one not long ago and we are already done with the fourth. This is the first season to not have the character Matthew Crawley in it as he died at the end of season three.
Among first world countries, the United States has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy (which often includes unintended or unwanted pregnancies) in the world. While rates have dropped in recent decades, the worst states are mostly in the American South, while the ones with much lower rates are in the Northeast.
Monday, September 28, 2015
I don't think I ever heard of Twins until recently. It came out the year I was born so I obviously never saw it back then. But the idea of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito playing the roles of two oddly dissimilar twins was too good for me to ignore. Apparently critical opinion wasn't that great in 1988, but what did I think about it almost 30 years later?
Sunday, September 27, 2015
My sister-in-law took this photo of my brother Stephen, and my nephews Mr. K and Mr. C. She said this was the inevitable. The one point where all of her boys were interested in football. I assumed it was college football, they're all fans of the Clemson team.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
I took this photo of my wife Daisy while we were at Twistys Frozen Yogurt. We had tried frozen yogurt at other places before, but it's been awhile. This one seemed to cater to those who wanted non-fat or frozen yogurt with no-added sugar. Even though it was more healthy, I thought mine tasted good. I think Daisy was tickled that she also got some maraschino cherries.
A color wheel is an invention that helps people understand the relationship and contrast of different kinds of colors. The color wheel was invented by Sir Isaac Newton though there would be later additions and improvements to his original color wheel.
Friday, September 25, 2015
In a bit of a surprise especially after the Pope visited Congress yesterday, Speaker of the House John Boehner says he will resign from Congress. This won't happen until late October of this year, but this has made the far-right Republicans very happy along with liberals like me who never liked John Boehner in the first place. He championed the Tea Party garbage in 2010 mid-terms elections of lies and fear, but lost their support when he didn't give into their insane ideas. He lead the House these recent years who stopped at nothing to undermine the President instead of reaching across the aisle. All I can say is good riddance!
At the start of the 2016 election cycle, it was deemed that Jeb Bush would be the front-runner for the Republicans but now it's Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton seemed to be heir apparent of the Democratic nomination, but Bernie Sanders is now polling better than her in key states like Iowa and New Hampshire. I've been a fan of Bernie Sanders for years, but I was a little worried that his age and being more liberal than what Republicans think Obama is would hurt his chances. But now it seems that Bernie might be the front-runner.
Do you think Bernie Sanders can win the Democratic nomination?
Despite claims from conservative Americans, illegal immigrants do not get welfare benefits in the United States. Legal immigrants have a five-year waiting period before even they can get any kind of welfare. Children of immigrants born in the United States can get welfare like SNAP (food stamps) and Medicaid because they are U.S. citizens via the 14th amendment.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
The minister who married Daisy and me recently moved to New York, so our Unitarian-Universalist church (which welcomes all kinds of religious and non-religious viewpoints) had to find a new one. We don't get to go every Sunday because of my work, but we managed to go during her first real sermon. After the service was over, there was a reception with a giant cake.
While Sudoku had French origins, the modern version was created by Howard Garns who called the game Number Place in the 1970's. It later became known as Sudoku after a Japanese company made the game popular again. Sudoku is short for the Japanese words Suji wa dokushin ni kagiru which translate as "the digits must be single" in English.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
I have noticed something lately is that while I try to get as much sleep as possible, I also don't like waking up past 10 a.m. because (especially on a day off) it can seem like I have less time in the day. Now I try to be up by 8 a.m. to spend my time on something useful rather than getting more than eight hours of sleep.
Do you get up early or stay asleep later in the day?
In 1928, a Tennessee politician named John Butler came up with a law that was passed by the state legislature that forbade any public teacher (from grade school to university) from teaching evolution and denying Biblical creation myth. A teacher was arrested and his trial (known as the Scopes Trial) turned into a large debate between both sides of the argument. The act remained on the books until a fired teacher took his case to the courts saying it was his right to teach evolution due to free speech. The Tennessee state house repealed the Butler Act quickly before the court had time to judge the case.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
We spent the night at my wife's parents not long ago, and Daisy's brother's cat Johann was being cute, but also rather annoying. He's only a few months old, so he's very interested in all new things. He never gets much time to spend in Daisy's old room, so every time the door opened, he'd be right there. When we went to sleep, we could hear him clawing underneath the door trying to get in. The whole day he was sticking his nose in everything, but when he tried to eat my breakfast is when Johann realized that his behavior wasn't cool. But I'll forgive him.
The Liberty Bell is famous for being a symbol of American Independence during the Revolutionary War. Except the bell didn't become well-known until after the 1830's. Abolitionists had tried associating the bell with the freedom of slaves. The false stories about it would follow later.
Monday, September 21, 2015
In a recent interview, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson suggested that no Muslim should ever be elected to be President of the United States. He said that a person's faith should be consistent with the U.S. Constitution, and he believed that Islam was not. Except in a country where there is suppose to be separation of church and state, a person's faith should not matter. Maybe if Ben Carson actually read the Constitution he would have found the part that forbids religious tests for public office. The Islamophobia of conservatives in this country is downright shameful.
For quite a few years I used to work as a produce clerk at a supermarket. I played a joke on one of the front-end girls who was trying to put back some strawberries someone either returned and decided not to get. I saw her looking around for the strawberries so she could put them back and I said in my most serious tone of voice "those actually go in the meat department" and she paused and thought pretty hard about it. I told her I was kidding because I was honestly afraid she would have really gone over there to look like an idiot.
The heir apparent of the British throne is typically called The Prince of Wales. Queen Victoria's son Albert Edward was the longest-serving Prince of Wales. After almost 60 years, he finally became King and ruled as Edward VII. The current holder Prince Charles will surpass the record if he remains Prince of Wales by September 10th, 2017.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Saturday, September 19, 2015
One of my wife Daisy's favorite things to do is to go bowling. I had seen Peach Bowl Lanes on a trip to Greenville, and figured I'd take her when we went back to Greenville for her birthday. It's about halfway on the trip in a tiny city called Greer, so I figured it would also make the car ride easier though it's not bad either.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Crocodile Dundee II came out the year I was born, so you can say I was certainly very late when it came to seeing the movie. I watched the original for the first time in April. It wasn't the greatest film, but I did really like it. I heard the sequel wasn't as good, but I knew I wouldn't watch the third film regardless as I hear it's horrid.
When crocodiles lose their second set of teeth, they don't remain toothless forever like humans. They come back quickly, and this process can happen hundreds of times for every spot for a tooth. This is also a trait for alligators too.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
This was my brother with my niece Little K at Daisy's birthday dinner. She's still a very shy little girl, so she wasn't too happy seeing all these new faces at dinner. But she calmed down, and acted normal by the end of it. One of the waitresses saw her bow, and asked her if she liked Frozen. She can barley talk, but her parents answered that for her with "a...little bit". Little K apparently sings Let it Go the best she can at her house.
Despite most monarchies never considering illegitimate children as true heirs, William I's (also known as William the Conqueror) parents were never married which caused him some trouble in claiming his father's title of Duke of Normandy. He would later become King of England not by birth right, but by military conquest.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
I often joke that Downton Abbey is what I watch to make me forget that Game of Thrones season six is still many months away. My wife Daisy and I have become big fans of Downton Abbey, and we love every minute of it. It can be a little hard to believe that a show based on British aristocrats could be so fascinating, but it is.
During the days of the Roman Empire, the Romans had conquered present-day England and Wales. Most of present-day Scotland however resisted Roman rule. They had minor success in the south, but Scotland was never conquered as a whole.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
I took this photo of my wife Daisy at her birthday dinner. We were at her favorite restaurant Longhorn Steakhouse. My mother, my brother Zach, my sister-in-law Tiffany, my niece Little K, and Daisy's brother Jeffrey all came to celebrate her birthday with her.
Monday, September 14, 2015
In my town a new (and very small) European grocery store opened up and I found Milka chocolate bars there. I've never had them before but I remember my friend Anna-Alina posting about them before. They're not as good as Kinder bars which I had a few years ago, but I do like them. I would certainly have Milka chocolate over a Hershey bar any day.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Daisy's birthday was on the 11th, so that day she wanted to spend most of our time in Greenville, SC. I had heard of Stevi B's Pizza only because there were plans to have one here in our nearby city but nothing ever happened, at least not yet. I was actually expecting it to be a stand-alone restaurant, even with GPS I got a little frustrated trying to find it.
In the late 19th century to the early 20th century, William Jennings Bryan was one of the most notable leaders in the Democratic Party. He was nominated for president three times and never won. Despite his large role in the party, the only two notable offices he ever held was Congressman in Nebraska, and two years as Woodrow Wilson's Secretary of State.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
At the end of season three, it was revealed that Queen Elsa of Frozen would be in the next season of Once Upon a Time. I heard the news despite never having seen the show. My mom mentioned she watched the first season and liked it so the news of Elsa made me want to watch the series. So I watched all the three previous seasons before the fourth came out. By this time, I had liked the series so much that it didn't matter if Elsa was in it or not.
While most areas of the U.S. can get some snow at least once in a few decades, in some parts of Florida it has never happened. Key West, Florida for example has never had a recorded temperature below 41F (5C) in its history. Snow can only form at 32F (0C) degrees or below.
Friday, September 11, 2015
I took this photo of my wife Daisy at IHOP for a bit of a pre-brithday treat. This was her getting this new blueberry lemonade drink before our food was ready. She really liked it! Though she probably really likes that it's actually her birthday today. She is now 29 years old.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
At our local mall, a new coffee place opened up and while I'm not a coffee drinker, I do enjoy ice-cream. We actually went in once before they had ice-cream to be disappointed, but now they had all kinds of flavors. It was ice-cream by Hershey, and we had two scoops of the cotton candy flavor. It was pretty darn good.
While dogs belong to the biological order of Carnivora (which includes all canines, cats, bears, weasels, and others) despite the name they are not exclusively carnivores like wolves and cats. They can have a wide-range diet which often includes meat/animal-derived food but they also can healthily digest large amounts of vegetables and grains.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Radio-controlled (RC) cars were always fun to drive when I was little, but it was usually a friend's or relative's RC car. I eventually got one of my own, and my old dog Chip was a not a fan. While it never went in his direction, as soon as it moved in the room he ran under the bed and hid. I don't remember him getting the courage later to not care about the car, because I remember the car not working not long after.
Despite being a hated enemy of Great Britain during World War I, Kaiser Wilhelm II was the eldest grandchild of Queen Victoria. He craved the acceptance of his grandmother whom treated him with courtesy and respect. Other members of his maternal family thought he was arrogant and obnoxious. Not many relationships were as terrible than the one with his uncle Edward VII, as he treated him like another nephew instead of Emperor of the Germans.
Today marks the date that Queen Elizabeth II has served longer than any other British monarch, which was previously held by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria who was monarch for 63 years. While British monarchs have virtually no power anymore, I think most would agree that her reign has been very positive.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Monday, September 7, 2015
This is my wife Daisy while we were at the local mall's food-court. I try to be frugal and not eat outside the house as much but I think Daisy intentionally delayed lunch until it was time to go to the mall. It wasn't suppose to be a long visit, but her plan worked because I got hungry enough. She usually goes to the Chinese restaurant, always making sure to get that extra eggroll.
During 1918 a massive pandemic of Spanish Flu spread across the world. It killed millions, many of whom were healthy young adults. It was discovered that it had caused a deadly over-reaction of the immune system, which left those with a weaker immune system (children and the elderly) with a higher chance of surviving than usual.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
I somewhat remember The Sum of All Fears when it came out in 2002, but I never actually saw it. I later learned that is was part of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels/movies. I have actually just recently saw all the previous films The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger which all of them I have really liked. I figured I wouldn't like this one as much as I could obvious tell they had made Jack Ryan a lot younger with Ben Affleck replacing Harrison Ford despite the novel being a direct sequel to Clear and Present Danger.