Sunday, May 19, 2019

Photos: Motorcycles at Spartanburg Spring Fling

 They had a showing of motorcycles at the Spring Fling festival we went to. We happened to run into my cousin and her family while looking at them. Her son was very upset that they missed the car show which was apparently the day before. Apparently motorcycles aren't "cool enough" or something.

Fact of the Day; Chinese Cuju Soccer

While soccer would be later "invented", Cuju was a extremely similar game invented during the Han Dynasty of China. The word Cuju translates to "kick ball" in modern English. 

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Things I Like: Mr. Geary (Yoshi's Crafted World)

 One of the last bosses of the game, Mr. Geary is created when Kamek sees Yoshi in the big factory place.

Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018 Film) Review

 One of my favorite films of the early days of this decade was Wreck-It Ralph. Animated films take a long time to make a sequel, mainly because they want to make sure it doesn't flop before they make all the expensive animation again, and the studio usually wants to do a different project first. Ralph's 2nd movie shouldn't have taken about six years to come out, and for context some kid that watched it before he was a teenager, would have graduated high-school before the sequel came out. Myself, I have forgotten a decent bit of the plot of the original movie, though I still remember the gist of it and the characters.  

Photo: Spartanburg Spring Fling Magician

At Spartanburg's Spring Fling festival, they had a magician guy doing tricks. They were pretty simple tricks though, and not impressive enough to wait too long in the hot sun for. I'll get sunburnt for David Copperfield. 

Fact of the Day: Han Native Americans and the Klondike

The Klondike gold rush saw many ups and downs for those who moved to the region in Canada in search for a wealthy life. One of the worst hit groups of people were the native Han tribe. Most of whom were forced to a reserve, and many died because of this. 

Friday, May 17, 2019

Things I Like: Frigate Orpheon (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 While never my favorite stage, the Frigate Orpheon stage originated in Brawl and finally returned for Ultimate. It's another stage based on the Metroid series.

Photo: Living Golden Statue

Like one I saw years before, there was a "living statue" lady at Spartanburg's Spring Fling festival. I don't quite get it honestly, but hey whatever. I did think it was a little odd seeing her walk to her spot as we got there as soon as it started. Breaking character!

Fact of the Day: Battle of Cannae

Before Rome became the ultimate superpower in Europe, the Roman Republic suffered a huge loss against its rival Carthage. Hannibal lead his army and totally massacred about 80,000 Roman troops (virtually all their soldiers on the battle) which not only weakened their overall military but brought depression all over the Roman Republic. But by the end of the 2nd Punic War, Rome did win the overall war.  

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Things I Like: Pitfall (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 The pitfall item has been in the series since Brawl. It comes from Animal Crossing. In Animal Crossing games it's a joke item. You bury it in the ground and if someone walk over it they get stuck for a moment.

Photos: Short Circuit Robot at Spring Fling

 Every year at Spartanburg's Spring Fling, there's a robot of some kind. This year was one that looked like Johnny Five from the Short Circuit movies.

Fact of the Day: First Prince

The English word first is related to the German word Furst meaning "prince" in English. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Things I Like: Dark Pit (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 I think I missed him in Smash 4, but I really liked Dark Pit in Ultimate. He's from Kid Icarus: Uprising, a magic clone of Pit, one made to be "dark" but he ends up fighting for good, well sort of. He's certainly meaner than Pit.

My (Not So) Favorite Quotes: Trump Thinks Nobody Should Protest Him

“I think it’s embarrassing for the country to allow protesters. You don’t even know what side the protesters are on.”

-Donald Trump

The President Cheeto is a man who speaks before he thinks, but I often don't think he can form real thoughts anyway, but he does chatter about a bunch of nonsense. But look at this quote, a huge attack on democracy, and his Republican base, couldn't agree more with him. If Obama had said this back in the Tea Party days, conservatives would have flipped the world upside down.   

Photo: Daisy the Lemonade Fan

 Daisy wanted some lemonade at Spartanburg's Spring Fling festival this year. She used some of what she was saving for our Tennessee trip to get it.

Fact of the Day: Tennessee Volunteers

Tennessee is the "Volunteer State" which is from the volunteer soldiers during the War of 1812 from the state, most famously at the Battle of New Orleans. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Things I Like: Myrcella Baratheon (Game of Thrones)

 A somewhat minor character in the series, she's the official princess of the Seven Kingdoms. Though her real father isn't King Robert Baratheon, but the Queen's twin brother Jaime Lannister. Unlike her older brother Joffrey, she's kind and sweet, a very pure soul. She's not very important until many seasons on.

Tetris 99 (Nintendo Switch) Review

 Tetris 99 caught my eye a few months ago when Nintendo released it. I originally thought it was some notable DLC game, but it was even better, it was a freebie if you have Nintendo's online service for Nintendo Switch. While they've offered the NES library for those people, Tetris 99 was a pleasant surprise that nobody asked for.

Photo: Man on Stilts

 At Spartanburg's Spring Fling, there was a juggler on stilts. Making him about as tall as the tallest man in history. 

Fact of the Day: Myers v United States

In the 1920's, a postmaster in Oregon was removed from office by President Woodrow Wilson. The case went up the Supreme Court where they ruled that the President can remove an appointed official from federal office for virtually any reason. One of the few exceptions is Vice President, where they have to be impeached and removed by Congress. 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Things I Like: King Tommen Baratheon (Game of Thrones)

 When the series starts, Tommen is a prince and often ignored for most of the time. Like his brother Joffrey, he's really a bastard son of his mother Cersei Lannister and her twin brother Jaime Lannister. Unlike his brother, Tommen is kind, and actually likes his uncle Tyrion Lannister. Cersei seems to care for him the most, a lioness proudly protecting her baby cub.

Grave of the Fireflies (1988 Film) Review

 Grave of the Fireflies is a film I've been meaning to see for a few years. It's by Studio Ghibli, which is pretty much the Japanese version of Disney cartoon movies. Though Studio Ghibli had never been afraid to make animation movies with darker themes. This one is set during the very last months of World War II in a very war-torn Japan, so yeah, it gets rather dark.  

Photos: Daisy Meets the White Husky

 I spotted this white husky walking through the crowd at the Spring Fling. I told Daisy to hurry and get the owner to stop.

Fact of the Day: Greek Arrows

The English word toxic came to English via Latin, but the Latin word ultimately comes from the Greek word toxon which meant "bow" in English. The later use of poison arrows in early history would help influence the word.  

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Things I Hate: King Joffrey Baratheon (Game of Thrones)

 While one of the best written characters in fiction, who actually liked this guy, even for a moment? I sure didn't. When the story starts when think Joffrey is the Crown Prince, the trueborn son of King Robert. Until we find out that he's an inbred bastard of Queen Cersei and her twin brother Jaime Lannister.

My Life as a Zucchini (2016 Film) Review

 Most animated films typically come out of Hollywood, but My Life as a Zucchini came from a team based in both Switzerland and France. In French, the name of the movie is Ma vie de Courgette which translates literally to its English name. I really had no idea what the movie was about (I honestly expected this kid to turn into a zucchini) but it did receive an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature but it lost to Zootopia. 

Photo: The Dog Wizard

During our trip to the Spring Fling, we saw this guy dressed as the Dog Wizard. He was there to give notice of some dog training place in the local area. 

Fact of the Day: Cheeto Corn

The main way cheetos are made is by mixing corn with water. 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Things I Like: Gator Train (Yoshi's Crafted World)

 Gator Train is one of the last bosses in Yoshi's Crafted World. Yoshi should have known better than to run into Kamek and Baby Bowser near a train.

My Super Mario Party (Nintendo Switch) Impressions

 I haven't been a big fan of the Mario Party series to be honest. I missed out on the N64 games, but I did like Mario Party 4 on Gamecube. However, I've ignored the series for most of its history. But I figured it would be a good time to give the series another shot with Super Mario Party, which seems to renew a fresh sub-series of this spinoff. 

Photos: Spartanburg Spring Fling Fun Things

 While most things there will set you back a few bucks, there were some fun things for the kids to enjoy that didn't require a penny. One tent had some lego robots. While not very impressive to me, my Little Brother Mr. B and my niece Little K probably liked them more.

Fact of the Day: Sleepy Koala

Koala bears typically sleep for about twenty hours a day. 

Friday, May 10, 2019

Things I Like: Nofair (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 This stage has been around since Brawl. It's from the Metroid series. Nofair is one of the most volcanic parts of the planet Zebes, so Samus Aran has encountered it from time to time.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018 Film) Review

Dragon Ball Z was one of my favorite parts of my childhood, so I was excited for a Dragon Ball Super movie. Ironically, I never saw the Broly movies back in the day, but I did think the character was rather dumb as a "legendary" super saiyan when the idea of a super saiyan was legendary on its own. Pretty much all the Dragon Ball Z movies contradicted the main story, so when they decided to make a new Broly movie, the saiyan's tale had been rebooted. 

Photo: Spring Fling Games

 My Little Brother and my niece Little K liked the games various tents had. Nothing really fancy.

Fact of the Day: Napoleon Liberator of Poland

While Napoleon's invasion of Russia was more of a plot to undermine British interests in general, the French Emperor officially claimed it was to defend Poland from the threat of Russia. He named it the 2nd Polish War as a result, especially as he wanted to gain the favor of the native poles. 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Things I Hate: Mr. Saturn (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 Mr. Saturn has been a notable item since Melee, but I've never liked him much. He originates from the game Earthbound (Ness' home game) but I've never really played the game so I can't tell you much about him there.

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018 Film) Review

 To be honest, I was never the biggest fan of Freddie Mercury. He died when I was just a little boy, so he certainly was before my time, so there is a considerable disconnect there. With his death, the band Queen lost its head, but I was happy for them (though I haven't really watched much of them) when they "revived" themselves when they partnered with Adam Lambert. Bohemian Rhapsody made splashes at the Oscars this year, but failed to bring home the Best Picture award. Now Rami Malek (who plays Freddie Mercury) got the win for Best Actor, and I just had to see this for myself. 

Photos: Spring Fling Spartanburg 2019

 We haven't been in a few years, but we went the Sunday, which was the day before we went to Pigeon Forge Tennessee. We went about as soon as it started on that Sunday, and it wasn't crowded too bad.

Fact of the Day: Snow Land

When Iceland was first discovered by the Vikings, it was originally named in what would be called Snowland in modern English. A similar inspiration by another Viking community would later give it the name Iceland. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Things I Like: Pit (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

I use like in the mildest degree possible. While I've never hated Pit, ever since Brawl, he's just been on the bottom list of my favorite characters.

Avengers: Endgame (2019 Film) Review

 Back in 2008, I don't think anyone had any idea of how powerful, big, or awesome the Marvel Cinematic Universe was going to be, but it's here to stay. It's been so successful not only at the box office but with fans and critics alike, that many studios have tried (and most have failed) at creating their own mini-universes. While Endgame is not the final film in the MCU, it might as well be for the first generation of Avengers, or that's how it's looking. 

Photos: Sets of Flowers at Mom's House

 While her front porch needs to be repainted (her ex-boyfriend Jimmy painted over the blue I did with brick red and didn't do the proper steps) my mom made it look better with some flowers. 

Fact of the Day: Friendless

While it varies by culture, country, and place in time; generally about 15% of schoolchildren suffer chronically from having little to zero friends at school.  

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Things I Hate: Lancel Lannister (Game of Thrones)

While he lasted a good majority of the series, I've never liked Lancel. Lord Tywin's nephew only got some pity from me as he was King Robert Baratheon's squire, and he was badly treated by his monarch despite his noble birth.

Stargate (1994 Film) Review

 Over a long period of notable years in the days of advanced sci-fi movies and TV shows, I have heard of Stargate but I never quite knew what it was or what it is. I did know that they had done at least two different TV series like Stargate SG-1 or Stargate Atlantis. The other day I had the chance to watch where it all began, in this 1994 standalone film. But how does it compare to something like Star Wars or Star Trek?

Photo: Danny the Cat Mad at Me

I'm one of the few my mom's cat Danny gets to see, but I was on his bad side for about two weeks. He was near the front door and didn't move when I went to look out the window on the door. I ended up stepping on him and he screamed like crazy. I felt pretty bad about it, but I could tell he held the grudge longer than my old dog Zelda would when she'd get mad. But eventually, he came to forgive me. 

Fact of the Day: Shinto-Buddhism

Quite early on after Buddhism was introduced to Japan, instead of contradicting the native Shinto religion, the Japanese people as a whole assumed both were true and the two religions started a strange and complicated mixture. This would go on for many centuries until the 19th caused some friction. Nationalists wanted to separate Buddhism from Shinto, seeing as Shinto was from Japan while Buddhism was foreign. While a new government under Emperor Meiji tried to sever the two faiths, the policy failed to do so in the long-term. 

Monday, May 6, 2019

Things I Like: Burt the Ball (Yoshi's Crafted World)

 One of the major bosses in the game, Burt the Ball is created by Kamek when him and Baby Bowser see Yoshi near some icy water.

Photos: The Carnival Coming to Town

 Every spring, a little carnival comes right next to a branch of a library. I was getting some stuff at the library about a week before, and I saw them putting part of it together. I always wonder how long it does take to get it going.