Thursday, December 12, 2019

Fact of the Day: Stonehenge Merlin

For many centuries, people in England thought that Stonehenge was crafted by Merlin, the wizard in the King Arthur legends. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

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

 This one is based on Cloud Strife's game Final Fantasy 7 by Square Enix after the first area of the game. It first came out with Cloud in Smash 4 and returns for Ultimate. At first it seems like a simple battlefield-like stage.

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

 This one serves as a home stage for Ryu (and now Ken) since Smash 4. It's based on the original Street Fighter 2 stage of the same name.

Tomb Raider Arcade at Frankie's Fun Park (Greenville SC)

This was one of my Little Brother (Big Brothers Big Sisters program) Mr. B's during our time at Frankie's Fun Park. The Tomb Raider games have had their ups and downs, but this one is a light-gun version based on the games, more the newer ones than the classic games. 

Mawu Sun-Light Light Bulb Art (Spartanburg South Carolina)

 I saw this one from far away as it really stands out. Looks like a sun above the fields of tall grass. It's called Mawu Sun-Light by Annette Giaco.

Fact of the Day: Busiest Airport in the World

The Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia is not only the busiest airport in America, but in the world. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Things I Like: Umbra Clock Tower Stage (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 This one serves as Bayonetta's stage as the Umbra Clock Tower was in both of her games. I vaguely remember it sort of from the original one.

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

 I wasn't too shocked when Hero was added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as Dragon Quest is HUGE in Japan, even dwarfing Final Fantasy in popularity. The series used to be known as Dragon Warrior in the United States, but it eventually wasn't released in America due to poor demand. Now that's changed and Hero is in Smash Bros. Though it isn't just one, it's several heroes from the Dragon Quest games, but they all play the same.

Klaus (2019 Film) Review

 I heard about Klaus in either November or October as Netflix suggested it to me before it came out. It is a Netflix Original movie and now that they're "at war" with Disney+, a good Christmas classic is something they need. I haven't seen many Christmas movies in the recent batch of years, so I really wanted to give this one a try. 

Star Wars Battle Pod Arcade Game at Frankie's Fun Park (Greenville SC)

 Star Wars Battle Pod was one of my Little Brother (Big Brothers Big Sisters program) Mr. B's favorites. It's a pretty recent game.

I Breathe Light Bulb Art (Spartanburg South Carolina)

 My city has these light bulb artworks all over the city. This one was one of two in our city's little Spartanburg Art Park. It's called I Breathe by Denise Torrance.

Fact of the Day: Clark's Nutcracker Bird

While many birds have low intelligence, the Clark's Nutcracker may be the smartest. It can bury thousands upon thousands of nuts, and remember where the majority of them are. 

Monday, December 9, 2019

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

 Super Mario Maker was a stage in Smash 4 and it returns to Ultimate. It's based on Super Mario Maker on WiiU which was one I missed, but I did play its sequel Super Mario Maker 2 on the Nintendo Switch.

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

 After Piranha Plant, Joker was the next DLC character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. I heard the news first by words of text, and I thought they meant Joker...from Batman and I was very confused. No, Persona 5 has a lead hero known as Joker but his real name is Ren Amamiya. While Persona isn't owned by Sony, the Persona games have a long history on PlayStation. While some spinoff games have landed on Nintendo platforms (including Persona 5 spinoffs) the real Persona 5 isn't currently planned for Nintendo Switch.

Dragon Ball Super (TV Series) Part 7 Review

 Dragon Ball Super is a TV series Daisy and I have been getting close to finishing. While far from as good as Dragon Ball Z, it certainly is a better successor than Dragon Ball GT. Now that the Goku Black Saga is over, we're now into the last one, which is about the Tournament of Power. 

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX at Frankie's Fun Park (Greenville SC)

While at Frankie's Fun Park I took my Little Brother (Big Brothers Big Sisters program) Mr. B over to Mario Kart. He plays a lot of it on my Nintendo Switch, but this arcade version is a remake of one from before he was born.

Rusty Robot Modern Art (Spartanburg Art Park)

My city has this tiny "art park" and this was one of the pieces there. I didn't get a name or an artist, but I'm calling him the "rusty robot." 

Fact of the Day: Smart Treeshrew

The treeshrew is a rat-like creature that's probably closely related to primates. Out of all living creatures, it has the highest ratio for brain-to-body mass. 

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Things I Like: Victor Frankenstein/Doctor Whale (Once Upon a Time)

 Far from my favorites on the show, but I did mildly like the character and story.

Hologate at Frankie's Fun Park (Greenville SC)

 This was one of the first things my Little Brother Mr. B (Big Brothers Big Sisters program) wanted to do when I took him to Frankie's Fun Park in Greenville, SC. It's a pretty cool Virtual Reality game.

Me With Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet

Hot Topic has this costume glove while we were looking there right before Halloween. I thought it was pretty cool. There's actually nowhere to put your digits, so you can't make it snap. 

Fact of the Day: Battle of Wavre

The Battle of Wavre was technically the final battle of Napoleonic Wars. They were fought between the Prussians and the French in what is now modern-day Belgium. While the French technically won the battle, the Prussians won the war as Napoleon had lost at the same time in Waterloo. The troops were prevented from getting to Waterloo and could have probably changed the outcome of the battle. 

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Things I Like: Blue Fairy/Mother Superior (Once Upon a Time)

 Far from my favorite on the show, I did like the Blue Fairy.

Mini-Golf With Little Brother at Frankie's Fun Park (Greenville SC)

 We had a nice sunny day while at Frankie's Fun Park back in August, so it was good weather for mini-golf for my Little Brother Mr. B (Big Brothers Big Sisters program) that day.

Frozen II Pens

I saw these at Hot Topic one day. They have Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, and Olaf the Snowman. I'm sure my niece Little K would love to have all of these for school. 

Fact of the Day: Amelia

The name Amelia means "work" or "industrious" in English. The names Emma, Amy, Mel, and Milly have spun off of Amelia. 

Friday, December 6, 2019

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

I remember his incarnation in the game's prequel Curse of the Moon and I liked using his powers in that game. I didn't quite expect this alchemist/wizard guy to be more of an antagonist in Ritual of the Night. 

Laser Tag with Little Brother at Frankie's Fun Park (Greenville SC)

This is my favorite thing at Frankie's Fun Park. This was the first time my Little Brother Mr. B (Big Brothers Big Sisters program) and I played laser tag together. Since it was just a few people playing, it was a battle royale. He came in second with 900 points. I was in first place with 2, 175. 

Road Landscape Modern Art by Sylvie Bucher

 The main headquarters of my local library had this artwork set by some local artist named Sylvie Bucher.

Fact of the Day: Forsythia

Forsythia flowers were named after Scottish botanist William Forsyth who lived in the 18th century.  

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Things I Like: Pac-Land Stage (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 Pac-Man's stage from Smash 4 comes back for Ultimate. It's based on the arcade game of the same name, which I don't think I've played. While graphically amazing for its time, now it looks like a middle schooler made it in MS Paint. But I do like that stupid charm.

Things I Like: Wily Castle (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 Wily Castle is Mega Man's stage first appearing in Smash 4. A pretty perfect setting to base a stage of his games. It's where his nemesis Dr. Wily always meets him.

Rookie Track at Frankie's Fun Park (Greenville SC)

 My Little Brother (Big Brothers Big Sisters) Mr. B is only eleven (ten when I took him here) so he's not quite old enough for the "big" go-karts yet. Luckily for him, Frankie's Fun Park does have go-karts and track perfect for him.

JC Stroble "Call it!" Mural (Spartanburg South Carolina)

 I have passed by this mural for a few years now. It's painted on some barbershop but it's done to honor a "local legend" named JC Stroble who died a few years back. He was famous for working at a local restaurant called The Beacon and calling out orders for the hungry folks.

Fact of the Day: Girl

The English word girl comes from the Anglo-Saxon word gerle which meant "dress" or "clothing item." The word first appeared as "girl" in the Middle Ages but referred to children of both genders until the 1400's. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Things I Like: Windy Hill Zone Stage (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 I really liked Sonic's 2nd stage, as it wasn't in Brawl but it did show up in Smash 4. It's back for Smash Ultimate. It's based on a level in Sonic Lost World. Which is one I haven't played

Things I Like: Piranha Plant (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 Right before the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nintendo gave us a look at the first DLC character which was... Piranha Plant from Mario. Which was a character NOBODY asked for, but ironically he is actually pretty good in the game.

Taking My Little Brother to Frankie's Fun Park (Greenville SC)

 Back in August, I took my Little Brother (Big Brothers Big Sisters program) Mr. B to Frankie's Fun Park which is a pretty cool arcade/mini-amusement park. It's the next city over, so it wasn't exactly a short drive, as I would have taken him sooner than this previous summer if it was.

The Snowy Christmas Tree

I saw this one earlier this year while browsing the Christmas section at Home Depot. We already have a tree, but this one spoke out to me for some reason. 

Fact of the Day: Moon Mother of Buzz Aldrin

The famous astronaut Buzz Aldrin's mother was born with the name Marion Moon. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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

 This one was in Smash 4 in the WiiU version. It's not exactly my favorite from the Smash 4 era, but I do like it. It's mainly based on Wii Sports Resort but it did first appear in Wii Fit.

Things I Hate: Incineroar (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

Ironically I chose Litten (his starting form in Pokemon Sun and Moon) during the 3DS game, but I wasn't too big on Incineroar here for a few reasons.

The Guessing Game (Carnival) at Carowinds

 If you like carnival games, Carowinds is a good place because unlike small-town carnivals, they're actually pretty fair and kind of easy to win. Daisy wanted a stuffed animal...again so my idea was to get her one via a carnival game.

Bob Ross Plush

I saw this on the counter at Wal-Mart one day. I was never a fan of his show (like Mr. Rogers, I found it too boring) but I do admire his positive attitude about everything and about life. 

Fact of the Day: Chinese Cantaloupes

China is the world's leading producer of cantaloupes, making up about roughly half of global production of the crop. 

Monday, December 2, 2019

Things I Like: The Simpsons (Season 1)

 Now that Disney has the rights to The Simpsons, I've been re-watching it on Disney+. I alway forget the first episode was a Christmas special. Which was a little bold for a series just starting out.

Things I Like: Sidney Glass/Magic Mirror (Once Upon a Time)

 Sidney Glass was a pretty notable minor villian for the short time he had on the series. I still remember him mostly well.

Daisy With Her Carowinds T-Shirt

Daisy likes stuffed animals a lot and t-shirts almost as much. She always begs for them but I can't get them all. But she did get a Carowinds shirt. I don't really like the design too much, but Daisy sure did. 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade Machine (Arcade1Up)

I often think Arcade1Up would do better if they had way more games on their machines, but I will admit this Teenage Mutnant Ninja Turtles one (which has two of the old Konami games) is pretty cool. 

Fact of the Day: Air Bag Gas

When the airbag of a car inflates, it's mostly made up of nitrogen gas.