Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Photos: Painting My Master Bathroom

 I painted the spare bathroom first as we could take showers in there while we waited for the paint to cure in our master bathroom and vice versa. What most people don't realize is just because paint is dry, doesn't mean it's going to hold up to water and other forces until it cures out. So we tried to wait as long as we could before coming back to it. Which is good thing we have two bathrooms. Like I mentioned before this color (which I'm sure is New Penny 3001-8B by Valspar) was in both bathrooms and in our bedroom when we got the house, I just didn't like it. I also saw that they used a really cheap contractor grade and you could tell it wasn't holding up despite having a semi-gloss finish.

My January 2018 Favorites

 January seemed to last a good bit, so I don't think it flew by. While it was really cold outside most of the month, I did get to enjoy a lot in the realm of entertainment.

Fact of the Day: Two Henrys

When King Henry VIII died (due to his poor health and obesity) he had actually died on his father's birthday. Had his father King Henry VII been alive, he would of turned 90 that day. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Photos: Painting the Spare Bathroom Blue

 I would rarely use our spare bathroom in the 1.5 years in our new house. However like the other bathroom and the master bedroom, they painted it with a cheap grade paint in a ugly color I didn't like. The trim was also flat and unclean... I wanted to paint this room first, let the walls cure, and then use the bathroom to take showers while the master bathroom's paint on the wall cure. So I tackled this one first.

Question: Most Beautiful Woman on Game of Thrones?

 I was going to save this question until the series is over, but I don't think we will see any real new characters in the newest season. It will be hard to top all the beautiful women we've seen. With most TV series, usually the main female lead is the most beautiful, but it is really hard to settle on just one. Melisandre, Talisa Stark, Missandei, Shae, the Sand Snakes, and plenty of others had me impressed.

Fact of the Day: Sit and Kneeling Football

While there is outrage from the right-wing on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality, it originally started a bit differently. Colin Kaepernick started the protests by sitting down during the anthem, not kneeling. Kaepernick decided to kneel after talking to NFL player (and U.S. veteran) Nate Boyer who suggested a more respectful form of protest than sitting. 

Things I Like: Classic Donkey Kong in Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch)

 I remember when I was younger, I found a hidden version of the original Donkey Kong game in Donkey Kong 64. I had never played it, and despite it being rather basic, I liked it and found it fairly fun to play. Once Mario is finished with New Donk City in Super Mario Odyssey, Mayor Pauline gives Mario a celebration. However he must go through a Donkey Kong level to get there.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Photos: Snoopy and Husky

 Daisy loves Valentines Day because of all the cute stuffed animals she gets to see. Daisy really has a soft spot for Snoopy.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Nintendo Switch) Review

 Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is one of the first Nintendo Switch games, and a big one at that. While Mario is the main star here, it was actually Ubisoft who made this as Nintendo let them use the Mario characters in a cross-over game with the popular Raving Rabbids series which technically is part of the Rayman series. I didn't really know what the game really was when I got it, I just heard it was pretty good. So what did I walk into?

Fact of the Day: Bunny Gods

In Aztec mythology, there was a group of deities known as the Centzon Totochtin. They were all rabbits who would be known for drunken parties. 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Photo: Let It Snow Danny

During our snowstorm about two weeks ago, this was my mother's cat Danny looking at all the snow. He always likes looking outside the door. He gets very interested when he sees other cats. 

Fact of the Day: Robert Curthose

Robert Curthose was the eldest son of William the Conqueror. Usually when a king dies, his eldest son would become king, but after a disastrous relationship with his father and brothers, he only got the Duchy of Normandy. His younger brother William got the throne of England instead but later died (probably murdered) and his brother Henry became king. Henry and Robert quarreled and Robert was defeated and imprisoned by Henry when he was 55 until he died in his early eighties.  

Things I Like: Bowser (Super Mario Odyssey)

While Bowser's appearances in the spin-off games can be rather forgetful, his roles in the main games usually aren't. Typical of Bowser, he kidnaps Princess Peach and a magical hat's little sister... But this game makes it clear that Bowser wants to marry her and I assume have weird humanoid-reptilian children together.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Photo: Johann Playing

When the in-laws cat Johann was a kitten he was very energetic, like my mother's cat Danny, but lately he's been rather fat and lazy. But the only day he was pretty energetic and interacted a lot with me. 

Favorite Quotes: Religion Morality

"The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion."

-Arthur C. Clarke

One of the first debates of conservative Christians against those who believe in no gods, is that one cannot be moral without God. I'm sure Muslims and other faiths use the same argument in countries where Christianity is not the majority-religion. Ultra-evangelical Christians are often delusional enough to believe that only Christians can be good. The two most charitable men in the world are Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. Bill Gates believes more in science than religion, while Warren Buffet certainly is the more irreligious of the two. What motivates them to do good? Common human decency maybe? 

Fact of the Day: Michael Pan

While the 1991 film Hook starred Robin Williams as Peter Pan, Steven Spielberg originally wanted the film to be a musical starring Michael Jackson. 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Photo: Bojangles During Work Lunch

Since I work near my in-laws, I let Daisy stay over there to spend time with her mother while I was at work. Every once in awhile, I'll take her out to eat while I'm on lunch break. I took her to Bojangles which I didn't realize until recently is only really big in the South especially in the Carolinas. They're famous for their chicken and biscuits. This one is actually the newest one as they had an older location across the street. I wasn't too big of a fan of the older designs, but I really do like this new Bojangles. 

Fact of the Day: Car Deaths

Over a million people die every year in car crashes worldwide. The rate is higher among 3rd world nations than 1st world nations. 

Things I Like: Ruined Dragon (Super Mario Odyssey)

 Ruined dragon is Bowser's new pet in Super Mario Odyssey. They surprise our favorite plumber and attempt to take his ship out of the sky.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Photos: Our First Snow Storm of the Year

 These were taken last week during our winter storm in the South. I had to work early in the morning. There wasn't a snowflake when I looked out the door at like 4 in the morning, but when I left at 4:50 it started to fall. When I got home, the roads were slush but driveable. 

Question: What Do You Wish You Were an Expert In?

I'd could name more than a few, but I wish I had real good talent in art, I don't even have adequate talent in art. I'm also horrible at creating or playing music, but my soul doesn't call out to music like it does some people. But I've always wanted to be able to produce amazing art on my own. I can barely draw a stick figure sometimes.  

What do you wish you were an expert in?  

Fact of the Day: Helix Nebula

One of the most notable nebulas is 74 light years away from the Earth. The Helix Nebula is quite famous due to its resemble of an eye. It's also commonly called "the eye of God" or "the eye of Sauron". 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Photo: Little K in the Snow

Snow hit our area recently, and my niece Little K got to wear her Elsa (Frozen) costume to have some winter fun. 

Story: Mama's Snoring

 Back in August of last year, my mother went with us on a mini-vacation to North Carolina. We mainly went to the Zoo and an aquarium the next day. Since the hours are limited (hard to cram both in the 9-5 time-frame especially considering the drive time) we stayed at a hotel. We had just one room with two queen beds so we could make the trip a little less expensive. I had terribly forgotten my mother was a horrible snorer. She drove in her own car, and after 3 hours of trying to go sleep, I panicked in my head. I tried everything in the book to get me to sleep. Counting sheep didn't work, even watching something boring didn't work. That snoring combined with the excitement of the day really had me wide awake.

Fact of the Day: King Dudley

When King Edward VI died, he named his cousin Lady Jane Grey as his true successor, passing over his sisters Mary Tudor and Elizabeth Tudor. While Mary did take the throne as Mary I, Lady Jane Grey held the power of queen for a short time. Her husband, Lord Guildford Dudley wanted to be officially King of England as a result. Queen Mary I had them both executed not long after she took power.  

Things I Like: Mechawiggler (Super Mario Odyssey)

 Mechawiggler is a boss that appears as soon as your arrive in New Donk City. In the story he basically drains the city's power as he's some kind of robot bug.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Photo: Little Brother's Family Pets

 As I mentioned before, I volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and my Little Brother Mr. B's grandmother has these pets. This cat's name is Shadow. He was a little "indifferent" the first moment I met him, but he was pretty friendly after that. He likes sitting on this chair even if someone is in it and rocking it.

Justice League Dark (2017 Film) Review

While the first Justice League movie came out late last year, for many "fans" this was the first time they've seen Justice League outside of a TV series. However DC has been making pretty good animated films for many years now. So while the silver screen movies are just getting started, the animated ones are getting closer to pretty fresh story-lines from the comic books. Justice League Dark is about a more paranormal side of the DC universe. The only character I recognized in the roster (Batman technically isn't in the Justice League Dark) was John Constantine since there was a movie many years ago with Keanu Reeves.

Fact of the Day: Magic Merlin

Since there are many versions of the King Arthur story, the are many variations of the wizard Merlin. In addition to being a magicians, some stories have him as a prophet and even a poet. 

Monday, January 22, 2018

Photo: The Bunnies

 Daisy loves seeing bunny ears at places. She spotted these at our Hobby Lobby in their Easter section.

The Guardian Brothers (2016 Film) Review

Known as Little Door Guards in China, The Guardian Brothers was taken by Netflix for the English release. Its rare to see an animated movie come out of China and land in the United States. I remember hearing years back that China really hated that many of their citizens never liked their original creations in comparison to stuff created in Japan, America, and Europe especially in the realm of animation. So I suppose they made this one to help make a splash into the industry. I was surprised to learn that Netflix had gotten a pretty solid voice cast with Edward Norton, Nicole Kidman, Bella Thorne, Mel Brooks, and others lending their talents. But the bigger question, was it any good?

Fact of the Day: King Yama

Yama is the ruler of the underworld and the God of Death in not only Hinduism but he basically serves more-or-less the same role in Buddhism, Sikhism, and also in Chinese and Japanese mythology.  

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Photo: Caulking For Mother's Laundry Room

My mother's then-boyfriend Jimmy had built her a laundry room out of our old back porch a few years ago. While I couldn't do the same, I noticed that there were cracks around the trim and across the ceiling awhile back. I can't remember if this was Jimmy's fault or just happened that way. My mother is pretty useless when it came to home repair, so while we were at the home improvement place, I told her to get a squeeze tube of latex caulk and I would do the labor because I know she would never get around to it.  

Wedding Crashers (2005 Film) Review

I've heard of Wedding Crashers for quite a few years now. I've never been the biggest fans of Vince Vaughn or Owen Wilson, mainly because they always seem to be about the same character in every movie they are ever in. But Wedding Crashers was pretty well received by critics and regular folks, so I knew I'd eventually get around to seeing it.

Fact of the Day: Purity Wedding Dress

The concept of a white wedding dress becoming the most popular color in Western weddings didn't really finalize until about the 19th century. However many people later incorrectly assumed that white was the color of purity and brides that had been experienced in the bedroom were encouraged to wear blue instead. However blue was the original color for purity as its commonly associated with Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Photo: Zaxby's Before Haircut

I usually get my mother to cut my hair (since Daisy is short and I can't see the back of my head) and we went over there the other day to do so. We figured it'd be a better idea to go out to eat before we did that. We went to Zaxby's which we haven't been in almost a year for some odd reason. The only thing I dislike about the place is that it does take awhile to get your food. Daisy for example got hers first. 

Story: Marriage Riddle

 I heard this one on a reality show many moons ago, and I've seen it again recently but in a much simpler form. I think the simpler one is too easy, so here's more of the version I heard but with my own wording. This year in the state of Virginia, a Protestant man publicly marries two Protestant women on a Saturday, making it no secret to the local community of his hometown. He is not confronted ever by the authorities for charges on polygamy, how can this be? 

Fact of the Day: King Francis I Death

King Francis I of France died on his son's 28th birthday, strangely after complaining about the weight of his own crown which he had originally considered a gift from God. His son took the throne as Henry II. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Photo: Daisy the Polar Bear

My wife found this little mask while looking at Valentines Day stuff. Seems rather more Christmas but it was cute.  

42 (2013 Film) Review

I've heard about 42 for a few years now. I don't know why I waited a few years to see this one. I guess it might have been that I saw Moneyball around the same time at home, and I suppose I wasn't in the mood for another baseball story at the moment. The film is about Jackie Robinson, who in 1947 joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and broke the racist color barrier that kept African-Americans in separate (but certainly not equal) leagues. While there is a large amount of diversity in the MLB today, it seems crazy that this was ever a controversial issue. But Jackie Robinson made a lot of enemies simply because the color of his skin, but he paved the way for justice not only in baseball but in all fields of the American life.

Fact of the Day: Jackie Robinson Day

In 2004, the first Jackie Robinson day was held on April 15th which was the first day of his MLB career, he was the first African American player to make it to the majors since 1880. All players wear his number 42 (which is officially retired for the industry) to honor his legacy.   

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Things I Like: Cookatiel (Super Mario Odyssey)

 While not my favorite in the game, its hard to forget a giant bird like Cookatiel.

Photo: I Spy a Panda

This was taken in early January, after Daisy realized that surely the Valentine's Day stuffed animals were probably out. She wants them all, especially this panda with the red bow-tie. 

Fact of the Day: Arthur Tudor Of Winchester

While Henry VII took England's throne by conquest in the defeat of his distant cousin Richard III in the House of York, the need to cement his claim was immense. While Henry VII was descended from King Edward III, he also wanted to assert more ancestry than that. He had genealogists trace his descent back to the legendary King Arthur, and thus he named his first son Arthur (who died tragically in his teenage years) and had him born in Winchester which at the time was believed to be where the Camelot of legend was located. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Photos: Reptar Bar

 While nobody cared about us 90's kids in the 1990's, places are starting to care about the importance of millennial pop culture. I heard FYE had these Reptar Bars which was from the Nickelodeon show Rugrats.

Ghost in the Shell (2017 Film) Review

2017's Ghost in the Shell is based on a Japanese anime film of the same name from 1995 which itself was based on a manga series (same name as well) that started in 1989. I never read the original manga, but I did see the anime film back in 2012. While I really like anime, it wasn't my favorite, but I still thought it was a pretty good movie and story. The Hollywood version of Ghost in the Shell was criticized immediately for casting Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi as she's white and the cyborg character is suppose to be Japanese. This caused a lot of people to hate on the movie before it even came out, though ironically the movie had a better reception in Japan among fans there whom didn't seem to even remotely care about the white-washing of the cast. 

Fact of the Day: Cyborg

While cyborgs of fiction are often confused with robots and androids, they are organisms (in fiction often humans) that use both biological and artificial parts to their bodies. Thus cyborg is short for cybernetic organism.  

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Kevin McCarthy Gives Trump His Favorite Candy

A lot of those who don't follow politics very well might not know who Kevin McCarthy is. He's the House Majority Leader and was the heir apparent to John Boehner's House Speaker job until he said something to tick off the extreme-right and they chose Paul Ryan instead. If Republicans want to save their seats in the 2018 mid-term elections, they'd want to distance themselves with Trump. However we see that's not the case with almost all of them. Kevin McCarthy is getting on Trump's good side by giving him a jar that he had filtered out where Trump only gets pink and red starburst as all the other flavors are kind of meh. While I agree on the flavors (who really likes lemon anyway?), is this the best the Republican House of Representatives is doing with their time? 

Photos: First Bowling Trip of 2018

 Daisy and I had stopped bowling last year in the middle of the summer (I think) out of laziness I suppose, but we went bowling the other day. It was a rainy day and the place was almost empty. Which I prefer, I hate bowling around morons and chaos.

Question: Do You Like Traditional Family Dinners?

By that I mean when everyone gets to a proper table at home, there is a large meal with a lot different things, where the patriarch/matriarch asserts authority making everyone abide by their rules. Typically there is talking and no television. I hated these as a child as I always felt so small and insignificant during them. I guess I'm not the only one because I can't really recall the last time I was ever at one except when I was a kid. Even during Thanksgiving, most of the time there isn't a table big enough for everyone, and everyone is given the chance to have a little bit of freedom of when to eat and where. 

Do you like family dinners?