Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Adventures in Babysitting (1987 Film) Review

 Since the movie came out a year before I was born, I was never was old enough to remember the movie Adventures in Babysitting when it was new. I do recall hearing about the movie a few years ago. Though the title sounds so dumb. It reminds me of books, tv shows, and movies made just for girls. I thought about watching it for years, and finally got around to it. I heard one of the characters was super obsessed with Thor, and not just the Norse god. But the Marvel superhero version of the Norse god Thor who was a founding member of the Avengers.I also wanted to see it because of Elisabeth Shue as she was quite notable in The Karate Kid and the 2nd and 3rd Back to the Future. Though while she's still an actress today, she's not nearly as famous as she used to be.  

My Favorite Photos: Spartanburg Festival Food 2016

At the Spring Fling festival there are plenty of food stands around. Daisy had a hard time trying to decide which one to go to. 
She settled on a hot dog and soda at a place that was classic American food. She got her food right as the festival was closing down. Papa Johns's stand was nearby trying to get rid of pizzas that would end up in the garbage by the end of the night. By the time Daisy got her food, we didn't have quite enough to get the cheap pizza for me to take home. 

Fact of the Day: Lioness Pride

When a lion pride is established, the female lions keep a very stable social structure. For example, they typically have no toleration from outside lionesses. 

Monday, May 30, 2016

My Favorite Photos: Water Bubbles

While we were at the Spring Fling festival we noticed these water bubble things you can climb in and walk on. I always wanted to try it but by the time we got the festival there wasn't much time left in the day. So I hope to see it back next year. 

Funny Story: We Don't Want No Doughnuts

On the day we closed on our first home, we had to go in the afternoon. That morning my mother left the house and I heard her come back trying to unlock the door. I opened it before she could and said "we don't want any" as if she was a Jehovah's Witness, Mormon, or some kind of other person peddling something door-to-door. She started to laugh as I said this right before I saw her with a box of doughnuts in her hands. 

Fact of the Day: Sahara Snow

While the Sahara desert is well known for harsh warmer weather it does sometimes get cold. It even snowed there (very briefly) on Feburary 18th, 1979.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

My Favorite Photos: Festival Puppets

At the Spring Fling festival in Spartanburg, they always have tents where merchants often have all kinds of things. Daisy always likes the one that carries these marionette puppets. I got her a husky dog one a few years back but the strings got easily tangled and ruined. But they all are pretty cute to look at. 

Favorite Quotes: Lincoln Friends

"The better part of one's life consists of his friendships."

-Abraham Lincoln 

I think Lincoln was very wise and simple when he said this. We by nature are social animals, even us very anti-social ones. There's nothing quite like having a friend. Whether it's from childhood to today. And I will say if your spouse is not really your friend, divorce is only thing at the end of that road. 

Fact of the Day: Bobby Dunbar

At the age of four, Bobby Dunbar went missing in 1912. There was a nationwide search which lasted months. The search ended in Mississippi where he was found. Bobby Dunbar died in 1966 but in truth he was not Bobby Dunbar. DNA testing (via his son) proved that he was not the real Bobby Dunbar.  

Saturday, May 28, 2016

My Favorite Photos: Spring Fling 2016

Spring Fling is something that almost everyone in Spartanburg, SC knows about. It's like a carnival and festival in one but the carnival part has mostly rides for the little ones. I just like to walk around and enjoy the scene downtown. They shut a few streets down to make room for everything. 

Harry and the Hendersons (1987 Film) Review

I had heard of Harry and the Hendersons a few years ago mainly because John Lithgow was in it. I loved him in the TV series 3rd Rock From the Sun.so I figured I had to eventually see this one. I wasn't quite sure if this one was going to be good or not. Critics back then seemed to be very mixed on whether the film was good or not. It actually won an Oscar, though it was only for Best Makeup, not for acting or a good story. I also thought that Harry the Bigfoot monster would talk, but that's not what happens. But I think that's a better thing as it would make the story seem more ridiculous than it was.

Fact of the Day: Heaven's Door

In many early human civilizations, doors were once considered an "entryway" to the afterlife. Doors in important places were often decorated with local religious symbols. 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Goosebumps (2015 Film) Review

 Goosebumps was a book series I read a lot of when I was little. R.L. Stein was such a prolific author that the book series is often just too difficult for anyone to really read and keep up with them all. I also remember the TV series which was pretty good though they were mostly based on his best work. His work was always like Stephen King but for an audience not quite grown up yet. When I first heard of the 2015 movie with Jack Black I was a little shocked. I haven't read a Goosebumps book in many years and I hadn't thought about it in a long time either. But the reviews seemed to be good so I was excited to eventually see it. Does is do the Goosebumps book series justice or is it just too silly for its own good?

My Favorite Photos: Barnes Coffee

I'm not a fan of coffee at the cafe nor at home, but Daisy likes it. Every now and then I'll let her get some at the cafe. She like Starbucks at the Haywood Mall in Greenville SC, but I told her to just get something at our Barnes and Noble in Spartanburg, SC as they serve Starbucks too. 

Fact of the Day: Falcon Migration

Since there are many species of falcons, they often can be quite different. Falcons often migrate, but some do not. Typically if they live in a region with warm winters and lots of food they don't migrate as there isn't a reason to leave. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Fact of the Day: Deer Road

A common automobile accident is when cars and other vehicles collide with deer passing on the road. Which happens about 1.5 million times each year in the United States, causing about 150 human deaths. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Fact of the Day: Soviet Moon

While America was first in putting a man on the moon, they weren't the first to get to the moon. The Soviet Union sent the spacecraft Luna 2 which reached the moon in 1959.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

My Favorite Photos: Food Court May 2016

For some reason or another I always cave in to Daisy's wishes to eat at the food court when we go to the mall. Luckily (due to their calendar thing) she got a free salad at Chick Fil A. 

Question: Most Important Man in History

This question is very hard for me to answer especially as I know a lot about history. I know many say Johannes Gutenberg because he invented the printing-press which caused books to be more widely available instead to just a few thus educating countless generations. I typically don't care much for inventors historically as I believe many of the vast majority of inventions would have came along eventually if that person had never been born. I don't think one man can be considered the most important in history. 

Who do you think is the most important individual in history? 

Fact of the Day: King Cromwell

During the reign of Charles I of England, a large number of people wanted the King to give almost or all of his power to Parliament. Refusing to give up his power, Charles I let a civil war take over England which resulted in his death. Oliver Cromwell abolished the monarchy and became Lord Protector. While he wasn't king, he essentially was a dictator despite supporting a cause to overthrow the king and establish democratic republicanism. While many past and present viewed his rule as very good and very bad, he certainly had far more power than English parliament. He was even addressed as "Your Highness". 

Monday, May 23, 2016

My Favorite Photos: Calliber Popcorn

 When my car was hit by some idiot in the parking lot, we had to take my car to a auto-shop (Caliber Collison) nearby to get an estimate. Most car places will have you waiting a long time and their waiting rooms are laughably bad. But this one wasn't. There was a nice couch, chair, and a HDTV with cable. The coolest thing was the popcorn machine. 
My wife Daisy certainly wanted some. I tried a little of it and it was pretty good popcorn. 

Favorite Quotes: Ruth Home Run

"Every strike brings me closer to the next home run."

-Babe Ruth 

I like this quote by Babe Ruth as it shows the flaws in our heroes. We hear of the best of the best of our kind, and often think they make no ore extremely little mistakes. The best typically are the best because they practice countless times and learn from their mistakes. So when the time arrives, they will be ready for what's in front of them. 

Fact of the Day: Thor's Helmet in Space

In the constellation of Canis Major there exists a nebula called NGC 2359 which is about 30 light years in size. It's often called Thor's Helmet as it vaguely resembles the helmet of the Norse god. 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

My Favorite Photos: May 2016 Bowling

 One of my wife's favorite things to do is go bowling. So during our 1st wedding anniversary we went to Star Lanes on the east-side of Spartanburg.

Funny Story: Two To and Too

My mother was talking to her boyfriend Jimmy one day and I over-heard them talking. He had no idea what the difference was between to, two, and too when written. I remember learning this shortly after learning how to read, and I don't think it's that difficult. She explained it decently well but I could tell some of it he just didn't get. I then said "The two of them went to the beach too.". Both of them thought it was funny. 

Fact of the Day: Wolf Peace

Wolves have mostly had an antagonistic relationship with humans. They were often hunted because of attacks on livestock. They proved less likely to harm humans as most known attacks by wolves were usually by ones suffering from rabies. 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

My Favorite Photos: Pelican Snoballs

 A new shaved-ice place called Pelican Snoballs opened up in our town, and it was near Daisy's favorite restaurant. Since it was our first year anniversary that day (May 1st) I figured I'd take her there for a dessert of sorts.

Question: Do You Like Talking on the Phone?

I personally hate talking on the phone with people. I didn't mind so much back in the days of landline phones, but most cell phones are hard for me to clearly hear someone. My wife Daisy and my maternal grandmother could gladly talk on the phone until the end of time. When I'm on the phone I usually like to be clear, simple, and to the point. 

Do you talk often on the phone? 

Fact of the Day: Neutral Yugoslavia

During the Cold War many countries opted to be part of the Non-aligned movement which separated them from the West led by the United States and the Communist nations led by the Soviet Union. While many capitalist countries didn't join the political alliance with the West, Yugoslavia (which was a single-party communist country) decided not to officially be part of the Soviet Union's power bloc. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

My Favorite Photos: Our New Home

This was the other day which was two days after we had closed. We still haven't moved in exactly but getting everything we can moved in. It's very nice to have your own real place. I have some painting and some fixing up to do, but we got a decent house. It's the first time I lived outside the city limits, so I no longer have trash-pickup, so that'll be one thing that will be different. We didn't move very far from our current home. And my drive to work only got a tad longer. Daisy's drive got a little shorter. 

Sad Story: The Monster Named Tisha

 Sometimes we see dark storms get closer and prepare for the worst, but I've never seen a storm never end. That's how it felt working with a girl named Tisha. We all have co-workers we at least dislike, but flat-out honestly hate? Not many for me. We both started at this place on a similar situation, we had worked for the company for quite some time but transferred to a different location. I started shortly before she did, and when I met her I asked her if she was the "new" girl and she rudely wanted me to know that she WAS NOT "new". She was stubborn like crazy, always seemed to be in a terrible mood, and if you did something to tick her off, you would know. She would often do things that should have gotten her fired (due to her terrible attitude) but she stayed on. Leaving me to scratch my head in wonder.

Fact of the Day: King of Birds

Eagles were often on many heraldry of royal and noble families similar to lions. Like how lions were seen as "King of Beasts", eagles were often considered "King of birds". 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

My Favorite Photos: Clock of Boiling Springs

 During the carnival we ate lunch at the nearby restaurant known as The Clock of Boiling Springs. It originated in Greenville and now most parts of the Greenville/Spartanburg area (including small towns) have their own Clock. There all a little different, but most are kind of like a mix between a formal restaurants and a fast-food place.

Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015 Film) Review

 I had seen the original Hotel Transylvania a few years ago and I liked it a good bit more than I expected. Critics weren't very happy with the original but most of them will find any excuse to trash anything associated with Adam Sandler. The 2nd movie did better with critics but not by much. My wife was excited to see the sequel though she was a little disappointed that we missed it in theaters. I liked the concept of this sequel as the original had it sorta set it up that way with Mavis and the human Jonathan eventually having a kid. There's a few Dracula stories of the vampire having a son (like Alucard from the Castlevania video games), but I don't think I've ever seen the legendary vampire himself as a happy grandfather.

Fact of the Day: Balkan Vampires

While vampires and vampire-like creatures stories  have existed in many cultures all over the world, the term vampire didn't become popular to the English-speaking world until the 18th century. Mainly because a lot of vampire lore and superstitions from Eastern Europe and the Balkans started to spread heavily into Western Europe at that time. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

My Favorite Photos: Ping Pong Pond

One of the last games we played at the carnival was the game were you throw ping pong balls at the floating cups. They were all different colors but most were clear. Getting one in the clear just gave you a few more tries. With luck I landed in the color that granted any prize. Except none of them were THAT GREAT. But Daisy chose this one for herself, a blue raccoon. 

Favorite Quotes: Old Horses

"Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order."
-John Adams

I like this quote by John Adams, the 2nd President of the United States. I'm not old by any means, but its not exactly smart to think all old people are wise. Idiots grow old too. Are minds are like swords, you have to do some work to keep them sharp. I've heard stories of people forgetting how to speak languages they were once fluent in because they grew out of the practice. Never stop learning and thinking for yourself. Stupidity is a terrible disease. 

Fact of the Day: Singing Canary

Most of the first domesticated canaries in Europe were kept in the royal courts. Mainly because only monarchs and nobles could afford them. This was mainly because the original breeders only let people have the males (which sing) and kept the hens. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

My Favorite Photos: Duck Rings

At the carnival we tried the game where you throw rings at the floating ducks. On my last throw I got one, but apparently not good enough. It apparently has to go past its beak not resting on it. I felt like this one was certainly unfair. 

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (TV Series) Season 2 Review

 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was one of Netflix's newest original series that came out in spring of last year. It was one of my favorite shows of last year next to Game of Thrones. It took me until about October of last year to watch it, but my wife and I were very impressed with the first season. It was created by the same team behind 30 Rock which I never watched but I heard it was pretty darn good. In the first season Kimmy Schmidt escaped the doomsday cult she was trapped in for 15 years and moved to New York City. She made friends and foes along the way, but she's finally established a life there. But what's next for Kimmy? Does her super-positive personality and wacky antics still delight and humor us all? Does the 2nd season of the show outshine the first?

Fact of the Day: Native Immunity

While Native Americans were often in conflict with European settlers and their future generations, even the peaceful European groups led to the large drop of the population of Native Americans. That's because Native Americans had never built up an immunity to diseases common in Europe. Smallpox epidemics proved to be devastating to the Native American people. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

My Favorite Photos: Baseball Throw 2016

I tried this game I think last year, and didn't come close. I liked the ones where you have to guess the speed, not try to break some kind of record. My brother didn't have much luck here either with it even though I told him about it. I think they do fiddle with the radar as it seems to read awfully low. 

Brooklyn (2015 Film) Review

 I would say that one of my favorite actresses is Saoirse Ronan from Ireland. I also think it's surprising she's only 22 right now as she never seemed to be immature to me. My wife is also quite fond of her and she has trouble remembering how to say her Irish name. I had heard of Brooklyn sometime last year or perhaps the year before. I thought it was interesting that she was taking a role perfect for her as she's playing a Irish woman who immigrates to America in the 1950's. The movie is also based on a book of the same name by the Irish author Colm Toibin. It got nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars along with Saoirse Ronan being nominated for Best Actress though neither the film nor her got the actual Oscar.

Fact of the Day: Met Giant Yankee Dodgers

Being the most populous city in America, New York has two major league teams which are the New York Yankees and the New York Mets. They once had more than that with the New York Giants (who are now the San Francisco Giants) and the Brooklyn Dodgers (who are now the Los Angeles Dodgers) before they moved. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

My Favorite Photos: Basketball Throw 2016

Most carnivals have these games where you throw the basketball in the hoop. Daisy really wanted the giant husky dog behind her. I tried at the same carnival last year or two but I believe it's almost impossible. But my brother thought differently. 

Fantastic Four (2015 Film) Review

 While the super-hero team The Avengers are more famous now, Marvel's earliest (I think) superhero team was the Fantastic Four mainly because all four heroes got their powers at the same time caused by the same event. A decade before this film was the original theatrical Fantastic Four movie which I thought was decent. I wasn't too hopeful for this one though, as I didn't like how the characters are quite a bit younger than they are typically. And the cast had some questionable choices. I've never really liked Miles Teller as I remember him as the douchebag from the Divergent movies. This is also one of the few Marvel movies that exists outside the Avengers-movie universe. Did this one disappoint fans like the first one?

Fact of the Day: Fire and Dragon

In many concepts of mythical dragons, they would often breath fire though not always. But in some stories they could be poisonous or their blood would have acidic properties to them. 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

My Favorite Photos: Little Ducks

 This is my brother Zach and my niece Little K at the carnival. He let her play one of the games which you could not lose. You simply had to pick up a duck that said you were a winner. It's a little asinine, as they all say that.