Friday, August 31, 2018

Things I Like: Pon and Con (Kirby Star Allies)

 While not new to the series, Pon and Con are a duo boss who keep Kirby from getting past a gate of dark magic.

Photos: Batman at Hillcrest Walmart

This is my brother putting on one of the superhero mask/helmet things at Walmart being Batman. While it does look funny, I thought about doing it myself in the past when I saw them, but figured my chances of catching lice from the Wally World kinfolk was pretty high. 

Question: Best Sherlock Holmes?

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most classic characters in all fiction, as such, he's had A LOT of actors assume the fictional character. While many liked a more recent one like Robert Downey Jr. in the 2009/2011 films, my favorite by far is the 21st Century version of Sherlock played by Benedict Cumberbatch. The whole TV series is amazing, and part of that is due to Benedict giving such a marvelous portrayal of the character. 

Who was your favorite Sherlock Holmes? 

Fact of the Day: Betsy Bonaparte

When Napoleon's youngest brother Jerome Bonaparte married an American socialite named Elizabeth Patterson, his Emperor brother was not very happy. Despite Elizabeth being pregnant, eventually Napoleon got his way and the marriage ended and his brother married a German princess instead of the woman he loved. 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Things I Like: King Dedede (Kirby Star Allies)

 While King Dedede is the Bowser of the Kirby series, at least he's more willing to be friends with our favorite pink Nintendo hero. Though you first meet him while he's "evil"...well more evil than usual.

Photo: Aunt-Niece Lightsaber Duel

My niece Little K's youngest aunt (my sister-in-law's little sister) is more like a cousin to her as she's very close to her. My mom took this picture of them after they put on costumes and fought with lightsabers. 

Favorite Quotes: Look Up at the Stars Not Down at Your Feet

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the Universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up."

-Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking was a very interesting person, it's amazing to see such an motivational quote out of someone with ALS which totally weakened Hawking to the point where only his mind was in perfect shape. Doesn't surprise me to see such a quote from him about advancing human society. If we learned anything from the Dark Ages, focusing all your time on superstitions and delusions will get us nowhere at all.  

Fact of the Day: Original California

The name California originally applied to the Baja California peninsula of present day Mexico. It eventually extended to present-day California and other parts of the present-day Southwest United States. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Things I Like: Meta Knight (Kirby Star Allies)

 When you come across this random sword on a battlefield, you know it could only mean one thing to our friend Kirby.

Photos: Grandma Donna and Little Iz Go to the Mall

 Out of all my nieces, I'll say Little Iz is the closest to my mother. They recently took a trip to the mall together.

Year One (2009 Film) Review

 I sort of remember hearing about this movie years ago. The thing about comedies is a lot of them are too stupid and too silly for their own good. And frankly a story about "cave men" (as the poster would make you assume) wasn't interesting to me. A co-worker (a religious one) mentioned the movie to me as I'm non-religious and he thought the movie was a big tribute to atheism as it makes fun of Bible characters. I'll comment more on that later, but Olivia Wilde has a starring role and since I really like her, it made me want to see it.

Fact of the Day: Chicago Globetrotters

When the Harlem Globetrotters became a team in 1926, they were originally based in Chicago. They moved the team in 1928 to New York. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Things I Like: Yondu Udonta (MCU)

 When Ego fathered a son on Earth, Yondu was tasked to retrieving Peter Quill and take him to his demi-god father. However Yondu knew the doomed fate of such kids of Ego, so he kept him safe and made him his adopted son. In the original Guardians, Starlord manages to fall out with most of Yondu's circle.

Photo: Meeting The Husky Puppies

 Cousins of Daisy's first cousin had husky puppies in their yard. Daisy had never seen a husky dog or puppy up close in real life before despite loving the breed for years. These little guys were more adorable than her regular stuffed animal husky dogs. We were not looking to adopt, I just knew Daisy had a good chance to play with them if she asked nicely.

Shameless (TV Series) Season 8 Review

 As many of you remember, I've spent a good chunk of this year watching Shameless. It's taken me quite a number of months, but I'm finally caught up with the antics of this crazy Chicago family of Gallaghers. This doesn't mean the series is over, I'm just caught up with all the current seasons out right now.

Fact of the Day: Ancestor Joan of Kent

While she was never Queen of England, Princess of Wales (through her marriage to Edward, the Black Prince) Joan of Kent was the mother of King Richard II. With Richard II deposed (and probably murdered) by his cousin King Henry IV, his line ended without issue. However due to her first marriage to Thomas Holland, her future descendants through her offspring during the original marriage later took the throne. Such as King Henry VII (and all Kings and Queens after him), his wife Queen Elizabeth of York, Queen Anne Neville (wife of Richard III), and King Henry VIII's last wife Catherine Parr.    

Monday, August 27, 2018

Things I Like: Whispy Woods (Kirby Star Aliies)

What would a Kirby game be without a match against our favorite evil giant tree.

Story: Sarge The Lost Puppy

 On my way to my mother's house on my birthday on August 10th, I was driving and I saw a car in the middle of the road. Guy was standing with a puppy for no apparent reason. Then I slowed down and got a good look, and it was my childhood neighbor Tyrone. He said this puppy almost ran out in front of his car. I told him to take him back to my mom's house and see what we will do from there. He was extremely skinny, and when I felt his ribs, I knew that trying to find his "home" was not an option. 

Fact of the Day: Real Palestine

While a real country with its own government and head of state, Palestine is not recognized by most of Western Europe, the United States of America, Canada, and Australia. While there are a few exceptions, almost all of South America's, Asia's, and Africa's nations recognize the State of Palestine. 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Things I Like: Red Skull (MCU)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe's take on Captain America's greatest nemesis was done pretty well. The MCU incarnation is like most of Marvel's Red Skull versions. His name is Johann Schmidt and he's a high ranking officer in Germany's science field of the Nazi army called HYDRA. He finds the Cosmic Cube in Norway and takes it for himself.

Photo: Pizza Hut on 30th Birthday

I usually don't go to Pizza Hut often, but on my 30th birthday (like my 29th) we ate inside for my birthday dinner. It was only until I learned recently that some parts of the country don't have sit-down Pizza Huts, a lot of them are just take-out like Papa-Johns or something like that. That being said, there's never a huge crowd when we go. I see more people come in to pick up a carry-out pizza(s).  

Senator John McCain Dead at 81

I never agreed much with John McCain, his war-mongering efforts were a major reason I voted against him in 2008, but I do admit he had way more honor than most of his colleagues in the Republican Party. During the 2008 campaign, a racist woman wanted John McCain to agree with her that Obama was "dangerous" and "an Arab". John McCain looked to be very offended by her comment and didn't take the chance to be popular by the far-right by agreeing with her, even slightly. He said Obama was a decent person and a family man. That's very honorable. It was quite humorous to see a lot of the Republican base that wanted him in 2008 to win, turn against him when he was one of the rare few in the GOP that has stood up against Donald Trump. 

Fact of the Day: Poor Robin

When Burt Ward played Robin on the 1960's Batman TV series with Adam West, he was mistreated by the TV network. His salary was the lowest for a character of his importance, and they never bothered to hire a stunt-double in an effort to cut more corners on the budget. Which caused Burt Ward to visit the emergency room dozens of times when stunts went wrong. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Things I Like: Raphael the Raven (Yoshi's Island)

 My 2nd favorite boss battle of the whole game next to the giant Baby Bowser. So what happens when a simple raven is turned into a titan by Kamek's magic.

Photo: My 30th Birthday Cake

This photo was taken during on my 30th birthday back on August 10th. Though to tell you the truth, there was something really interesting that happened on my birthday, and it wasn't cake. Find out that tale on Monday.  

Paddington 2 (2017 Film) Review

 As a kid I never knew any of the stories of Paddington Bear. But a few years ago I watched the first movie and I liked it. I didn't quite love it, but it really is hard to hate on ol' Paddington Bear. He's so nice, polite, and adorable that only a person with a black heart would hate such a creature. I didn't rush to see it in theaters but I was glad to rent the Blu-Ray.

Fact of the Day: Kaiser Sister

While it's not odd for a queen to officially convert to her husband's religion/denomination (if different), Kaiser Wilhelm II (the Kaiser of World War 1) was furious when his sister Sophia of Prussia converted to the Greek Orthodox Church when she married King Constantine I of Greece. He actually tried to prevent her from ever visiting Germany ever again. 

Friday, August 24, 2018

Things I Like: Tap Tap the Red Nose (Yoshi's Island)

The little spiky enemies were bad enough, but a giant one from Kamek's magic, yeah that's not good...

Photos: Painting the Spare Bedroom Bermuda Teal

 The spare bedroom will become our first kid's room, but for right now, it's more of a storage room. Though we did host Daisy's cousin's family for a night. I did not like the state of this room when it came to the cheap flat white paint they had all over. Flat finish on paint is not easy to clean and doesn't look very fresh...ever.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006 Film) Review

 While a lot of Japanese anime films don't really make a splash in the United States, I usually hear of the better ones. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is rather old for Japan, but Funimation had done a remake of the English dub in 2016. Either way, I'm rather late to the movie, but I was very optimistic and I looked forward to it.

Fact of the Day: Sakura Flower of Japan

Japanese sakura flowers (cherry blossoms) are so popular in Japan that it is unofficially (along with the chrysanthemum) the national flower of Japan. 

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Things I Like: Sluggy (Yoshi's Island)

I found his stage to be far more frustrating to beat than the actual boss. I've replayed most of these boss battles in the game several times, but Sluggy the least because of his level. I thought it was pretty cool.

Photo: Black Cat Near Daisy's Work

 Daisy's old car had to be fixed by her dad, so one night I had to pick her up from work. As I was waiting for her, a black cat comes out of nowhere and gets close to me.

Khumba (2013 Film) Review

 When it comes to animated pictures, it's hard for any film studio to compete with Disney's main animated studios or Disney's Pixar films either. I had heard of Khumba just a little bit back in 2013, but it was never on the top of my list to put it nicely. I thought this might have been a Dreamworks project, but it was the 2nd film by Triggerfish Animation Studios which previously made Zambezia which was one I had never even heard of.

Fact of the Day: California Produce

Despite California having the highest output of any U.S. state in agriculture, the sector is only about 1.5% of California's economy.  

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Things I Like: Hela (MCU)

 Hela is the main villain of Thor: Ragnarok and one of my favorite villains in the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first real comic book-derived villain since (probably) Catwoman that I've had a crush on. Odin tells both Thor and Loki that she is their secret older sister who he had to banish. What was holding her back was Odin's magic, which died upon Odin's death. She takes no time to initiate the family reunion.

Photos: My Washington DC Fridge Magnets

 I started collecting magnets last year during our vacation to Atlanta, Georgia. The first of my DC trip is the one from the Smithsonian's National Zoo. I had to get one with the red panda on it. 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018 Film) Review

 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a new "Netflix Original" movie though only internationally. It was a regular movie from what I researched when it came to the United Kingdom, its obvious source of origin. The name of the movie is awful (though to the story it makes sense), but what drew me to the film was its leading actress Lily James. While I prefer her with blonde hair (as she was in Cinderella and Downton Abbey), I have a notable crush on her, so I wasn't just going to let this one slip by me.

Fact of the Day: Komodo Lizard

Despite its scary name, the komodo dragons are really part of the monitor lizard family. Monitor lizards are a very diverse group of animals and are native to Asia, Africa, and Oceania.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo Switch) Review

Back during the SNES days, Donkey Kong Country was one of the biggest titles by far on the platform. While Rare did well with fans for all three DK Country games on the Super Nintendo, I wasn't too impressed with Donkey Kong 64, though some other fans liked it. Since Nintendo let Rare fall into the hands of Microsoft, the Donkey Kong series had been left mostly in hibernation until Retro Studios came out with Donkey Kong Country Returns on Wii, after they had decided to quit making Metroid Prime games. Tropical Freeze came out on WiiU, but I missed out on it. So now I had the chance to play the game on Nintendo Switch. 

Photos: Our AirBnB

 Due to the rush of things, I only have two photos I took of our AirBnB which was a room in a loft building in a nice quiet (and very safe) DC neighborhood called Palisades. For those who don't know, AirBnBs are kind of like the Ubers of lodging. Ubers replace the idea of taxis, and AirBnBs replaced the idea of hotels. Typically it's much more inexpensive, but there's no real staff to help you. We had our keys left in a lock box and we never actually met the owners.

Fact of the Day: North Korean Winter Olympics

While North Korea surprised many by showing diplomatic unity with South Korea during the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, they did not improve their stance at earning medals. They walked away with zero medals. The last time they won a medal at the Winter Olympics was in 1992. 

Monday, August 20, 2018

Things I Like: Marching Milde (Yoshi's Island)

 Marching Milde is a giant version of a regular milde that Kamek turns big with his magic to attempt to defeat Yoshi. I never quite realized this as a kid, but I can see milde was an "evil" parody of Nintendo' other series Kirby.

Photo: Back at the GSP Airport and Home

We arrived back at our local airport after our flight landed, with smiles. Our DC trip went pretty smoothly without many hiccups and no disasters. Before our DC trip, every long trip I'd take away from home I'd get home-sick and be utterly grateful to see our town again. But this time, I could have stayed (mentally anyway) in DC a few more days without being that homesick. That being said, our feet couldn't last much longer, so more days in DC would have not been a good idea. 

Mary and the Witch's Flower (2017 Film) Review

 As many of you know, I have a soft spot in my heart for Japanese anime shows and movies. Granted I don't see as much I did back in the day, but when one falls into my lap, I try not to pass it up. Mary and the Witch's Flower is not a Studio Ghilbi film, but the first film by Studio Ponoc. First films by studios can be either really good or really bad. So what happen with this one?

Fact of the Day: Pilot Food

While not a universal rule, pilots are advised (or mandated by the airline) to not eat the same meal as their co-pilot(s). The reasoning is that if one pilot were to get food poisoning, the other pilot(s) would most likely be in a fine condition. 

Sunday, August 19, 2018

My Octopath Traveler (Nintendo Switch) Impressions

Octopath Traveler is one of the newest games for Nintendo Switch, and a JRPG by Square Enix that's not related to Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest. While the Ninendo Switch is capable of HD graphics in 3D, the game was made on purpose to look like a classic JRPG of the 16-bit era.

Photos: Our Flight Back Home

 We finished our round trip with United Airlines back to Greenville from Dulles Airport. I wasn't nearly as nervous this time as I was the first time.

Fact of the Day: Tiny Jet

The world's smallest jet is the BD-5 Micro. It's weighs only 358.8 pounds (162.7 kg) and a wingspan of 14-21 feet depending on the model. 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Things I Like: Hookbill the Koopa (Yoshi's Island)

 Koopa troops are perhaps the most famous and most beloved Mario enemies in the whole series. So this was neat to see Kamek use magic to make a monstrous koopa troopa for Yoshi to fight.