Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Things I Like: Metal Sonic Boss Battle (Sonic Forces)

 One of the few characters that got the best of Sonic at the start of the game is actually a boss later on. Metal Sonic is no stranger to the franchise, and he's one of my favorites.

Smash Bros. Ultimate With the Nephews at Thanksgiving

I recently acquired this photo my mother took during Thanksgiving. I let me nephews play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate after they were done with their dinner. My youngest niece Little CR came in, crawled on my lap, got up, and tried her best to snatch the glowing tablet that is the Nintendo Switch. Babies are so easy to predict. 

Fact of the Day: Canadian Beavers

Mainly due to its early history in the fur trade, beavers eventually became a national symbol of Canada. 

Monday, December 30, 2019

Things I Like: 2nd Infinite Boss Battle (Sonic Forces)

 When you think Infinite is over, he always comes back for more. This time he fights the recruit.

Getting My Nephew Mr. C His 9th Birthday Gifts

My youngest nephew Mr. C recently turned nine, but I didn't get a chance to give him his presents until Thanksgiving. I just recently got a hold of this picture my mom took. They live about an hour away, and his birthday was in October. This year, they did a party with mostly his friends from school, rather than extended family so I missed out. I think he forgot he was owed a present.  

Fact of the Day: Ouija Origins

Ouija boards became a commercial product during the late 19th century. But it took until about World War I for "spiritualists" to link the game to "the occult." 

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Things I Like: Eggman/Egg Dragoon Boss Battle (Sonic Forces)

 I thought the first Dr. Eggman boss battle in Sonic Forces was a decent one. We first see him in Green Hill Zone talking to Infinite.

Max Flight Simulator Ride at Big Air Spartanburg

 This one was a new one for my Little Brother Mr. B (Big Brothers Big Sisters program) at Big 
Air Spartanburg. Unlike everything else, it isn't part of the general admission so it's one Abe Lincoln lost for every ride. While waiting for a worker there to start the thing, a kid kept asking again if it was free. He couldn't take "no" for an answer.

Fact of the Day: English Duck

The word duck comes from the Old English word duce meaning "to dive."

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Things I Like: First Infinite Boss Battle (Sonic Forces)

The game's 2nd main bad guy, Infinite challenges the player early on in the game. We first think we're going to fight him perhaps as Silver the Hedgehog. 

Realm Royale (Nintendo Switch) Review

 Realm Royale was rather late arriving on Nintendo Switch as it hit PC (Windows), PS4, and Xbox One last year. I also got a little distracted by other games so it took me some time to give it enough time for a full and fair review. I am a big fan of the game Paladins, which is from the same company behind Realm Royale, though this one favors Fortnite rather than it does Overwatch. 

Big Air Spartanburg Mechanical Bull

 I thought it was neat they put a Santa hat on the bull during our visit to Big Air in Spartanburg. Mr. B isn't the biggest fan of the mechanical bull but he wanted to get on it without me asking.

Fact of the Day: Tsundoku

In Japan they coined a term called Tsundoku, which means to collect books without reading them at all. 

Friday, December 27, 2019

Things I Hate: Zavok Boss Battle (Sonic Forces)

 The first real boss in Sonic Forces is by far the worst. I missed out on recent Sonic games, so I didn't really know who Zavok was or why he was important.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019 Film) Review

 I fell in love with Star Wars when I was a kid, though it took me until I was in roughly middle school to really get into the series. I remember Darth Vader terrified me when I was little, so that spooked me for about half a decade. I never thought I'd see a "sequel trilogy" as Lucas was against it. But Disney wasn't going to sit Star Wars on the shelf, and the results have been mixed. Unlike the majority of Star Wars fandom, I loved Last Jedi, mainly because it was unpredictable. Rise of Skywalker flopped harder than most Star Wars films with critics, with them citing a predictable path for the movie. That didn't stop this super-nerd from seeing it shortly after release.

Big Air Spartanburg Dodgeball

My favorite thing at Big Air trampoline park in Spartanburg is their dodgeball courts. My Little Brother Mr. B (Big Brothers Big Sisters program) likes it too (he's on the top of the ledge with a blue shirt) but not as much as I. I like to get as many people out as I can. He likes to hide near the middle of the court to "surprise" someone. 

Fact of the Day: Lepa Radic

Lepa Radic was a Yugoslav communist who was executed by the Germans during World War II for firing at their soldiers. The Germans offered her a chance to live, if she snitched on her comrades and leaders. During her last moments (at the age of 17 no less), she vowed they'd let themselves be known, when they came to avenge her. 

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Things I Like: Cinderella/Ashley Boyd (Once Upon a Time)

 While kind of minor for the series, she did have a decent role in the first season.

Big Air Spartanburg Pizza

In November I took my Little Brother Mr. B (Big Brothers Big Sisters program) to a trampoline park called Big Air. He loves the place, but it is more tiring than a gym. I always like that I can relax for about thirty minutes while we eat. I did notice their pizza this time was better than they had been in previous visits.  

Fact of the Day: Puck Moon of Uranus

One of Uranus' moons, Puck was named in honor of the character Puck from William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Things I Like: Maleficent (Once Upon a Time)

 While far from my favorite villain, I did like her incarnation mildly on the show. She makes a short appearance early on. 

Daisy Getting Lemonade at the Fresh Market

The more "healthy" grocer here had a lemonade stand one day as we passed by. I find the beverage too sour, but Daisy likes it.

Fact of the Day: Sol Invictus Christmas

Sol Invictus was a sun god of the early Roman Empire, made official by Emperor Aurelian on December 25th 274. The god was favored by all the Emperors until the reign of Constantine I.

Merry Christmas 2019

I hope everyone who celebrates it, will have a great Christmas!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Things I Like: Miriam (Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night)

Miriam is the main character, so it's hard to hate on her. She reminds me a lot of Shanoa from Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, which was the last real Metroidvania that Konami had done.

Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983 Mini-Film) Review

 Now that I have Disney+, I decided to catch up on some of their Christmas films I've missed. This one isn't a major movie, but a small (under thirty minutes) film which I assume was aired on TV back in the early 1980's, about half a decade before I was even born. I've seen the Muppets take on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, but I was curious to give Mickey Mouse and friends a try with this one.

Giant Sloth at Kohls

Near the Christmas gift section at Kohls they had this giant sloth stuffed animal. He's bigger than Daisy.  

Fact of the Day: Christmas Tree Farms

About 98% of Christmas trees each year come from Christmas Tree farms. The other 2% come from the wild. 

Monday, December 23, 2019

Things I LIke: King of Fighters Stadium (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 King of Fighters Stadium serves as the home stage to Terry Bogard from SNK. I somewhat remember it from the games, though I was never big into the King of Fighters games.

Things I Like: Spiral Mountain Stage (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

Spiral Mountain serves as Banjo & Kazooie's home stage. I never got into the N64 classics, but apparently all the games start you there. Think of it like Green Hill Zone in the Sonic series, but for Banjo and his bird friend.

Things I Like: Mii Gunner (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 While I don't think any of the Mii Fighters are top tier characters, I would say Mii Gunner is certainly the best one of the bunch.

Noelle (2019 Film) Review

 With the launch of Disney+, they don't just draw from a massive well of former Disney movies/show plus all Star Wars and Marvel films, but like their rival Netflix, they're committed to Original Content. Noelle has some pretty familiar faces (like its star Anna Kendrick) and silver-screen production values, so this does seem like it's a step above and beyond something they'd make for the Disney Channel. But the question is, was there a reason Noelle didn't make it to theaters?

Kohls Santa Countdown

A clothing place named Kohls had one of these statues of good ol Saint Nick here. I thought it was neat it had Christmas countdown blocks on it. 

Fact of the Day: Ornament

Christmas ornaments get their name from the Latin word ornare meaning "adorn." 

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Things I Like: Yggdrasil's Altar (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 This serves as the home stage of Hero (or should I say Heroes) from Dragon Quest. I was never into the series, but apparently this altar makes an appearance in many of the games.

Things I Hate: Mii Swordfighter (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 While I do like the idea of using Miis in Super Smash Bros., I've never been a big fan of the Mii fighters in the games since Smash 4. While I like Mii Swordfighter better than Mii Brawler, I still didn't like the fighter much.

Barrel of Fun Light Bulb Art (Spartanburg South Carolina)

 I was excited to see this one as I had passed it kind of far away. I thought it was a watermelon from far away, but no...it's not.

Fact of the Day: Pomegranate Grenade

The English word for a military grenade came from the French word for pomegrantes. 

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Things I Like: Mementos Stage (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 Mementos is Joker's from Persona 5's stage in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It's based on some area in Persona 5 but since I've never played it, I won't pretend like I know what it is.

Things I Hate: Mii Brawler (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 While it was neat for Sakurai (the series' creator) to put Miis as Smash Fighters in Smash 4, I'm not exactly thrilled to see their return in Ultimate. I think they were all one fighter last time, but they separated them in three different classes for Ultimate.

Dragon Ball Super (TV Series) Part 8 Review

My wife and I have been making our way to finish Dragon Ball Super as the English-dub finished not long ago. Our library already had Part 8 which officially starts the Tournament of Power though there are episodes which lead up to grand tournament of survival.  

Misty Morning Light Bulb Art (Spartanburg South Carolina)

This one was called Misty Morning by an artist named Emily Clanton. Apparently she based it on a "day dream" of a trip to the mountains. I don't really see it, but it's a decent bulb. 

Fact of the Day: Blue Topaz

Blue topaz occurs rarely in nature, typically using heat and other methods, humans can turn the gemstone into a more vibrant shade of blue. 

Friday, December 20, 2019

Things I Like: Jefferson/Mad Hatter (Once Upon a Time)

 Jefferson was a pretty good character though I often forgot about him as the series ended. He's based on the Mad Hatter from the Alice in Wonderland stories. But certainly more human and relatable. 

Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Nintendo Switch) Review

Fire Emblem took a long time to make a splash in America, but even before Three Houses came out, I knew the game was super-popular in the United States and Europe. The series had been Japan-only for a very long time, but at least the old-school system where characters would die permanently is entirely optional. Three Houses was the first game for a Nintendo Switch console since the era of the 3DS games. Which makes sense as the Nintendo Switch is both a console and a handheld. But did this game become the series' magnum opus? Or was it under par?

Bananas Giraffe Art (Spartanburg, South Carolina)

 Near downtown Spartanburg, I noticed this art piece. Besides both being yellow, I don't know what else giraffes and bananas have in common. 

Fact of the Day: Rutabaga

Rutabaga vegetables are actually a cross between a cabbage and turnip. 

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Things I Like: Geppetto/Marco (Once Upon a Time)

 One of the more charming minor characters in the show. Geppetto in this incarnation is very much like his original role in the Pinocchio tales. 

Daisy Eating Zaxby's After Movie

After seeing Frozen 2 in early December, Daisy wanted to go to Zaxby's down the street. All the candy and popcorn ruined my appetite, so I sat that one out. 

Fact of the Day: Napoleon Vs the Bunnies

While Napoleon's greatest defeat was at Waterloo, his more embarrassing one may have been during a rabbit hunt. Little did he know, but eventually hundreds of bunnies swarmed him and his party and he was forced to retreat.