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.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
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!
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?
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
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.
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.
Monday, June 25, 2018
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.
Sunday, June 24, 2018
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
Friday, June 22, 2018
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.
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.
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
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.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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?
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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.
Monday, June 18, 2018
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.
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.
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
Saturday, June 16, 2018
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.
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
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.