Saturday, June 30, 2018

Fortnite: Battle Royale (Nintendo Switch) Review

Fortnite is one of the most popular games in the gaming community right now. Mainly because even if you have just lint in your pockets, they'll let you enjoy this game. They finally allowed the game a Nintendo Switch version so I was curious to check out this gaming phenomenon.

Photos: Famous American Swords

While swords were going out of style during the American Revolution, they remained part of the U.S. military as a practical tool for a little while longer. This is George Washington's Sword. 

Fact of the Day: Washington the Babysitter

Washington had the desire to retire after one term instead of two terms. A major reason he stayed in politics was because two of his cabinet members Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton had such polarizing politics that they risked dividing the country without someone they respected to tone down their war of politics.  

Friday, June 29, 2018

Pokemon Quest (Nintendo Switch) Review

Pokemon is one of Nintendo's longest running and most successful series. While it hit the Nitendo Switch first, Pokemon Quest was really crafted for mobile phones, as the Pokemon Go train is running out of steam and they needed something different. As a fan of the series, I felt obligated to at least try this one. 

Photos: Smithsonian Modern American Military History

 While it's hard to cover everything, here are a few things I spotted at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. This is a Medal of Honor and a Purple Heart. Not many (if any) Medal of Honor recipients never got a purple heart as well.

Fact of the Day: Jason Dunham

Jason Dunham was a Marine during the early days of the Iraq War. While under attack, Jason jumped on a grenade to save his fellow Marines. He didn't die immediately, but his injuries would take his life about eight days later. He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Photo: Marriage Equality Groom Wedding Cake Toppers

This was at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. If I remember right, it was from the first wedding between two men in San Francisco. Despite it being a good number of years since then, we still have bigotry exist today. That being said, do some good for society, when going to a bakery, don't eat cake from a homophobic baker and tell him/her why. 

Justice League (2017 Film) Review

DC Comics has always been at an eternal (yet friendly and sometimes cooperative) rivalry with Marvel Comics. Now that superhero movies are the top craze and quite unified, DC movies had A LOT of catching up to do with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The folks behind the DCEU were pretty darn impatient because they didn't make many movies before coming out with a real Justice League film. Marvel on the other hand gave every major character some role in a previous film before calling them all to fight in The Avengers. While I loved Wonder Woman's film last year, after the mishandling of the Batman vs Superman film, I wasn't too optimistic about Justice League to see it in theaters.

Fact of the Day: LGBT Students

While Western society has progressed greatly in favor of LGBT rights, even so, more than half of LGBT youth in school feel unsafe from their peers because of their orientation. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Photo: Muhammad Ali Boxing Gloves

At the Smithsonian National Museum of American History they had Muhammad Ali's boxing gloves. Those gloves knocked out some great and powerful people back in the day. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!

Question: Did You Ever Watch Jerry Springer?

I think all of us at one point (in America anyway) have seen what some TV critics called "the worst show on television". Luckily for the critics, they announced that the Jerry Springer show is coming to an end. I used to watch a little of it during middle school and high school when I'd be sick and I was stuck to watching whatever was on in the early mornings which wasn't much. I actually like Jerry Springer as a person, but his show was nothing but the worst of society (actors pretending or real people) making us all feel better about ourselves. 

Did you ever watch it? 

Fact of the Day: Bicycle Boxing

Muhammad Ali's boxing career started before he was a teenager. When someone stole his bike, he vowed to get his revenge on the culprit. A boxing trainer suggested he should have to learn how to fight first. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Things I Like: Ivan Vanko/Whiplash (MCU)

Ivan Vanko is a Russian scientist whose father was "betrayed" by Howard Stark. So he decides to get revenge on Howard's son Tony Stark. He surprises him while Tony is doing some kind of racing event.

Photos: Old Technology for Hair and Speaking

 These two were right next to each other at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The first is this rather "colorful" hairdryer. My mom mentioned she remembered using one of these.

Fact of the Day: Old Hairdryers

The first hairdryer was invented in France, but it wasn't very portable. It was essentially a bonnet connected to the chimney pipe of a gas stove in a hair salon. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Things I Hate: Emil Blonsky/Abomination (MCU)

 The main villain of The Incredible Hulk film in the MCU, Emil Blonsky starts as a foreign soldier on loan to the U.S. Army to bring in Dr. Bruce Banner. They inject him later with a super-soldier serum (much like the one Captain America had) and he really became a menace.

Photo: Smithsonian Swedish Chef

At the National Museum of American History, there was the Swedish Chef from The Muppets. Though he was much quieter here. 

Fact of the Day: Head Chef

The English word chef is derived from a French word of the same name meaning "head" as in the top official, such as in the related word chief. 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Things I Like: King Henry VIII (The Tudors)

 Like the real King Henry VIII, this fictional portrayal has his fair share of issues. He's not a very good husband (a common trait later in life haha), but he does seem to be a good person for the most part at first. 

Photo: FDR's Radio Microphone

At the Smithsonian Museum of American History, they had the microphone used by FDR who was the first president to speak to the American people via the radio. This probably helped his popularity as people probably liked the idea of having a president who they knew sounded like.  

Fact of the Day: Mother Roosevelt

Sara Delano Roosevelt was alive when her son was elected to be president. Thus (after the passage of Women's suffrage as well) she was the first mother to vote for her son as President of the United States. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Virginia Restaurant Asks Sarah Huckabee Sanders To Leave

A small restaurant called the Red Hen in Virginia recently asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave as  she works for Donald Trump and they had moral objections to serving her. This comes shortly after the Supreme Court sided with a baker who refused to bake a cake for a wedding between two men. Sarah whined on social media about it, but guess what Sarah? Political party is a not a protected class, politics is something you choose to rally behind. If I had a pizza parlor for example, I would never refuse to serve someone over something they couldn't change about themselves. However if someone like Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, or O.J. Simpson walked in, well...I might have some issues letting them eat there because of the character of their hearts. And I certainly would have issues with someone who lies and lies for a president who is doing such harm to not only immigrants, but his own citizens. 

Photos: Smithsonian American Politics History

 This was one of the neatest sections I found in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. While this Democratic Donkey and Republican Elephant are all sunshine and lollipops here, most of our presidential campaigns were anything but so.

The Greatest Showman (2017 Film) Review

 The Greatest Showman was something I heard about before it came out. One of Hugh Jackman's first post-Wolverine roles, it's also a musical like his previous work in Les Miserables, which I really enjoyed. Though when it hit theaters, critics hated it. Though regular folks seemed to be far more positive about the film.

Fact of the Day: Politics

Politics is derived from the Greek word politika which means "affairs of the cities". 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Things I Hate: Charles Brandon (The Tudors)

A character throughout the whole series, I was never the biggest fan of Charles Brandon. He's good friends with King Henry VIII, so much that he's elevated to being a duke.

Photos: America's Shameful Past at the Smithsonian American History

 All these were in various spots at the National Museum of American History. These are the seats at the famous Civil Rights sit in in Greensboro NC. Much like the NFL anthem protests today, racist white people hated these protests. While the protesters kind of knew what to expect, nevertheless they were spat on, had things thrown at them, and were also beaten as well. That's heroism and bravery.

Fact of the Day: Vietnam American War

In Vietnam, the Vietnam War is sometimes referred to as the American War in the local language. However a longer title is Khang Chien Chong My which means the "Resistance War Against America". 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Things I Like: Princess Mary Tudor (The Tudors)

 While I had never been a fan of the real-life eldest daughter of King Henry VIII, I did like her in The Tudors show.

Photo: Smithsonian Faux Subway Train

At the Smithsonian Museum of American History, we saw this recreation of a subway train. We actually Ubered the whole time in DC, so we never got to ride the real DC subway train. At least I don't have to worry about being mugged on this one. 

Fact of the Day: Green Subway Metros

Subway metro systems (rapid-transit) are often used by cities as it uses far less land and is more eco-friendly than using just a system of motorways. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Photos: Smithsonian American History Technology

 While not all of these things are American, they did all make an impact on American culture. These old computers show that we have come a long way in our PCs.

The Post (2017 Film) Review

 When The Post came out last year, I had no idea it even existed. But since it had two Oscar nominations (Best Picture and also Best Actress for Meryl Streep), I wrote it down to eventually see it. It was kind of odd this kind of film (Steven Spielberg) made such a small splash at the Oscars, but did I like it?

Fact of the Day: Ping Pong

The alternate name for table tennis, ping pong actually originated in England. It's a simple onamonapia for the sounds the game makes. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Things I Like: Catherine Parr (The Tudors)

 Catherine Parr is the last wife of King Henry VIII. I thought it was kind of odd of how the King chose her and why. They don't have much of a romance, she's more of his caretaker and nurse than his wife in reality. Though in secret, she is a devout Protestant of more of a Lutheran variety.

Photos: Smithsonian American Food History

 At the Smithsonian Museum of American History, they had a whole lot of stuff about the first things in the industry of food. Because why not! Half of us Americans are plagued with obesity.

Fact of the Day: The Lizard Gator

The English word alligator is derived from the Spanish words el lagarto which means "the lizard".

Monday, June 18, 2018

My Fortnite Battle Royale (Nintendo Switch) Impressions

 A recent craze in the video game world is Fortnite which has since hit PCs, Xbox One, iOS and PS4. But now it's on the Nintendo Switch. While the campaign game is the traditional thing (not on Switch), Battle Royale is actually a multiplayer game that doesn't take a penny to enjoy. Which is the main reason why it has a insane amount of players so far.

Photo: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

In a big window at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, I could easily spot the rather new Smithsonian museum that is all about African-American history. We didn't go on our trip to DC, but I will say that place looks like it would take more than a few hours to finish. 

Fact of the Day: John Lewis

Congressman John Lewis (D-Georgia's 5th Congressional District) back during the Civil Rights Movement (alongside Martin Luther King Jr.) was a member of the Big Six, who were instrumental in the organization of The Great March on Washington in 1963. 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Things I Hate: Catherine Howard (The Tudors)

 Catherine Howard is the fifth and youngest wife of King Henry VIII. She starts out more as a woman picked to make the King happy.

Photo: Smithsonian Big Bicycle

I saw this old timey bicycle at the  Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Imagine trying to ride one of these bikes. Doesn't look so easy to me. 

Fact of the Day: Bicycle

The English word bicycle is pretty simple in origin, it comes from the word bi meaning "two" and the Greek word kuklos meaning "wheel". 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Things I Like: Anne of Cleves (The Tudors)

 Henry VIII's fourth wife Anne of Cleves seems the strangest choice for a bride when you first see her. Purely political, the marriage was to protect Henry against Catholic foes. But the Protestant Germans seemed very resistant to the marriage and even tried to hide Anne's face behind a veil.

Photo: Smithsonian Oscar

I forget whose Oscar got donated/loaned to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, but I thought it was nice I got to see one with my own eyes. 

Fact of the Day: Oscar Wilde Paris

After being freed from two years of hard labor for having an affair with a man, Oscar Wilde left Ireland and Britain forever. He moved to Paris, France and died a much different man than in his prime and much poorer as well. 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Things I Like: Jane Seymour (The Tudors)

 With the marriage of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn quickly deteriorating, the King sets his eye on the pretty Jane Seymour.

Photo: Titanic Life Jacket

At the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, I saw this life-jacket from the actual Titanic. Technically this wasn't going to do much good in the icy cold waters that night, but's interesting to see how different this compares to the life jackets of today. 

Fact of the Day: Titanic's Final Home

The Titanic sank about 370 miles southeast of Newfoundland's coast in Canada. Its original destination was New York City. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Things I Like: Gachapandora (Sonic Mania)

 This was one of my favorite boss fights in Sonic Mania. One reason is that Sonic and Tails turn mini and they are super cute.