Sunday, September 22, 2019

My Sonic Forces (Nintendo Switch) Impressions

During the 1990's, Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog was among the best of the best. Now his games are questionable at best. While we've had a few good Sonic games in the last decade, we've had plenty of bad ones too. I had decent hopes for Sonic Forces, so I borrowed it from my local library. I have the Nintendo Switch version but it's also out on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. 

Photos: Joust (Carolina Arcade Museum)

 Joust is a game I remember from a collection disk on PS1 that my brother Brandon had. We didn't have many games in our youth, so I spent a lot of time with Joust. It was made by Williams, a company now more famous for their pinball machines. They also made Defender, which had a PS2/Xbox/Gamecube revival, but by 2002, Williams didn't make video games anymore and they handed it off to Midway.

Photos: Getting a New Smart TV

Right before my birthday, we went and I got a new TV. We have one of the living room, but not for our bedroom. We went about three years without one, before we both wanted one in both rooms. I had it on hold hours before. 

Fact of the Day: Squid Heart

Squids have three hearts. One for the main part of the body (like most animals) and two mainly for their gills. 

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Things I Like: Harry Osborn (Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy)

 Harry Osborn was one of my favorite characters in the trilogy, though he had his ups and downs. He's the son of Norman Osborn, the president of Oscorp and the soon-to-be Green Goblin. Unlike his father, he seems to struggle with school as a young man.

Photos: Original Ms. Pac-Man Machine (Carolina Arcade Museum)

 Right after Pac-Man, I jumped over to Ms. Pacman at the Carolina Arcade Museum in Forest City, North Carolina. This one actually does improve on the original, which is the reason why you see it more often at bowling alleys and pizza places versus the original. It actually wasn't really a Namco idea.

Photo: Sam's Club Soft Pretzel

I often take Daisy to Sam's Club for a inexpensive lunch. This was the first time she tried the soft pretzel, as she often had gone for the hot dog combo. She really liked it. 

Fact of the Day: Lei Liberty

While lei garlands are a common part of Hawaiian culture/history, there isn't a standard quo on what can be used for a lei garland. Flowers (real or plastic), vines, leaves, seeds, feathers, teeth, and bones can make up its design.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Things I Like: Krillin (Dragon Ball FighterZ)

Krillin is often the end of most jokes in the Dragon Ball Z fandom, but I've always liked our bald-headed hero. Counting humans (while debated with Tien) Krillin is actually the strongest Earthling, though Saiyan and Namekian DNA makes us forget about that little fact. 

Photos: Original Pac-Man Machine (Carolina Arcade Museum)

 Pac-Man is arguably the most popular video game of all time. It was inspired by a pizza pie missing one slice and became a worldwide hit. Namco partnered with Midway for the American release. I didn't spend much time with it at the Carolina Arcade Museum in Forest City, North Carolina. 

Photo: Hedgehog Toothbrush Holder

I smiled when I saw this one day. It's a toothbrush holder shaped like a hedgehog. If I had a kid, I would have gotten it. It's so cute. 

Fact of the Day: Lucy Light

The names Lucius and Lucy come from the Latin word lux for "light." 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Things I Like: Giga Bowser (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 While he first appeared as a boss in Melee, he finally returns as a boss (instead of just Bowser's Final Smash form) for Ultimate. He is in World of Light (where any character can fight him) and few select fighters can battle him in classic mode.

Photo: Original Space Invaders Arcade Game (Carolina Arcade Museum)

This was the first arcade game I played at the Carolina Arcade Museum in Forest City, NC. I assume (with a lot of educated guessing to back it up) that this the original arcade machine and not a later version. The game has been super popular so there had been many re-releases over the decades. But I would say this is probably the original because it certainly feels more like a prototype. The unit is pretty short and the controls aren't super-comfortable. 

Photo: No Carts at Walmart Grocery

We happened to stumble upon this one day. It was only a Monday in the afternoon, but there wasn't a single cart in the corral when you enter the door. Which doesn't matter to me as I always grab one from the parking lot anyway. But I imagine some of the more entitled people who go here weren't super happy about it.   

Fact of the Day: Coral Mineral

When mankind first tried to study coral, they thought it was a mineral. We later figured out it was an animal. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Things I Like: Golden Plains (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 While I don't love this stage, I don't hate it either. It's based on New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS) and the first world of the game. The stage was originally on Smash 4 on 3DS (not WiiU) and it was remade for Ultimate.

Photos: Carolina Arcade Museum (Forest City North Carolina)

 It didn't take me long to hear about the Carolina Arcade Museum. It's located in Forest City, North Carolina, which should be close enough to anyone who lives near the SC-NC border unless you're near the beach. It was a decent drive but under an hour for us.

Photos: Amazing Wings Cedar Springs Spartanburg

 We have walked past this one many times as we get groceries often from the Walmart Neighborhood Market next door. Daisy begged me to take her there one day and so I did.

Fact of the Day: Pluot Non-GMO

Unlike some fruits and vegetables, pluots are not a "GMO." Instead of its DNA being artificially changed, they were crossbred from plums and apricots by hand pollination in the 1980's by Floyd Zaiger.  

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Things I Like: Little Mac (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 I wasn't a big fan of his in Smash 4, though I do think Punchout is a wonderful video game series. But I seemed to have liked him more in Ultimate, for whatever reasons that is.

Stranger Things (TV Series) Season 3 Review

 One of Netflix's best ideas was to make the show Stranger Things. Like another favorite of mine, Game of Thrones, the team behind the show took a year hiatus to make another season. The new season came out in July, but it took me until now to finish it. I will say, it certainly is the most unique season out of the three so far. 

I Got To See Mayor Pete Buttigeg at Wofford College Yesterday

 I try to see as many candidates in the Democratic presidential primary as I can. Wofford College let Pete Buttigeg hold a "town hall" as they welcome all major candidates of nearly any opinion. The Dean of the college let everyone know that Woodrow Wilson, Gerald Ford, and George H.W. Bush had once stepped on that very stage.

Photo: Forest City North Carolina Mural

We saw this mural on our summer trip just about 45 minutes away in Forest City, North Carolina. It was our first time there (just a day trip obviously) and this mural is so impressive. I couldn't even fit the whole thing in a single photo. Whoever painted this, well done!

Photos: Sweet Cherry and Frogger Shaved Ice at Pelican Snoballs

 Before summer ends, Daisy and I went for a final trip to Pelican Snoballs in East Spartanburg. She got the frogger flavor which is a mixture of their pineapple and polar punch flavors. They add a gummy frog in the middle.

Fact of the Day: The Real Iron Throne

In what is now Hungary and Romania, a man named Gyorgy Dozsa led a peasants revolt against the nobility in the 16th century. He was captured and had a terrible doom along with many of his allies. He was personally put on a throne made of iron, with a crown made of the metal as well. The iron was heated to a high temperature, creating a very tortuous and fatal orderal for him.  

Monday, September 16, 2019

Things I LIke: Mary Jane Watson (Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy)

 I liked Kristen Dunst here as Mary Jane Watson. She also looks so much better as a redhead than a blonde. She certainly was a good fit from what I had seen of her in the comics and the cartoon. She starts out as a high school senior whom Peter Parker has been in love with since they were kids.

Photo: Kaleidoscope Room Ripley's Odditorium (Gatlinburg)

This was one of the lamest in the museum. It looks cool far away, but it's nothing more than lights and mirrors, and it's obvious. 

Photo: Nieces with Cookies at Fuddruckers

 I haven't been to Fuddruckers in a long time, but they do make good cookies. Little K and Little Iz do enjoy their sweet treats when my mom took them there.

Fact of the Day: Shining Bright Andromeda Galaxy

The Andromeda Galaxy has about one trillion stars, which is about double the Milky Way, which is roughly the same size in mass. 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Things I Like: Otto Octavius/Doctor Octopus (Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2)

 Certainly the most human of the Saim Rami trilogy villains. Unlike the comics, Doc Ock starts out really good and mostly pure. He loves science and wants to create a new source of unlimited energy. A pretty noble goal.

Photos: Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle and Dragon Ripley's Odditorium (Gatlinburg)

 Near the end is a treat for Harry Potter fans, a Hogwarts castle made of matchsticks. I think it would have been more impressive if it was painted. though, it is impressive.

Photo: Little Iz and Olivia the Dog

My brother regretted getting another great dane, I guess due to her size, though they had Blue before her. He was trying to find her a new home (I was asked...no thanks) but nobody wanted her. I feel kind of bad for Olivia. But I also would feel awful if she had to leave her original home. 

Fact of the Day: Fauna

The animals of a particular region/habitat are referred to as fauna. Coming from the Roman goddess Fauna, who was the female counterpart of Faunus, the god of the forest, plains, fields. The Greek counterpart god was Pan, he was the god of the cattle, shepherds, and the wild.  

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Things I Like: Cell (Dragon Ball FighterZ)

 Cell was one of the greatest villains in the series, and he shows up for Dragon Ball FighterZ. While he's overshadowed by Frieza, he's still notable in the game.

Photo: Astronaut Suit Ripley's Odditorium (Gatlinburg)

This wasn't the first astronaut suit we got to "wear" during our vacation, but I still posed with it anyway. It does make me more legitimate as an astronaut than someone in Donald Trump's Space Force.  

Photos: Painting My Mother's Porch Armor Gray

Years ago I painted my mother's porch blue, and she had her then-boyfriend Jimmy a few years after paint it brick red. He didn't use a good primer (which I should have done the first time) and after 3 years, it became this peeling mess. I got tired of looking at it, so I decided to do it for my mother. I made sure to prime it with a great primer first. 

Fact of the Day: Flora Flower

The plants in a particular region/habitat are referred to as flora, from the Latin word flor meaning "flower."

Friday, September 13, 2019

Things I Like: Crazy Hand (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 Crazy Hand has been a boss since Melee, and I've always liked fighting him. He's not much different in Ultimate.

Photo: Giant Chair Ripley's Odditorium (Gatlinburg)

I don't know why I like giant chairs but I do. It's like a throne for weirdos like myself. 

Photo: Mr. Camerashy

My mother was showing me these photos and I noticed something about my youngest nephew Mr. C, he's getting really camera-shy. 

Fact of the Day: Peach Marzipan

Because of its close heritage with almonds, peaches can actually be used in substitute to almonds to make the confection known as marzipan. Though when peaches are used in its place, they typically call it persipan.  

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Things I Like: 3D Land (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 While this one was in Smash 4, it was only in the 3DS version of the game. So it's new to me here. It's based on Super Mario 3D Land, one of my favorite games for the Nintendo 3DS.

Photo: Rope Bridge Ripley's Odditorium (Gatlinburg)

 I liked this one a lot, it actually goes over the last floor of the place and you'd think you'd see that area pretty soon afterward, but it's at least another hour away unless you really sprint through the museum.

Photo: Danny the Cat Takes My Mother's New Pillow

This is my mother's cat Danny after my mom got a new pillow for the couch. "Don't you know human? If I fits, I sits!"

Fact of the Day: Robert H. Harrison and the Supreme Court

Robert H. Harrison was the first nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court that was not confirmed by the Senate. He was an attorney who served under George Washington during the American Revolution. George Washington nominated him to the court in 1789 but Harrison had to decline as his health took a drastic turn south before things were official. He died in 1790. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Things I Like: Rosalina and Luma (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 Rosalina and her pal Luma were originally in Super Mario Galaxy. I wasn't shocked when they showed up for Smash 4 and returned for Ultimate. 

Photo: World's Tallest Man Robert Wadlow Ripley's Odditorium (Gatlinburg)

While I have outlived Robert Wadlow by almost a decade now (he died when he was 22) this dude was no-joke, the tallest man ever alive. It's ridiculous how tall he was, a giant really. He makes me look short and I'm a hair under six foot tall.  

Photos: Little K Turns Six

 It is a little odd to be saying she's six, I remember telling you guys about her coming into this world, now she's in the first grade. She had a mini-birthday party on her birthday in late August.

Fact of the Day: Gerard Phillips

One of the founders of the electronics company Phillips was Gerard Phillips. Ironically the Dutch businessman was a maternal first cousin of Karl Marx, as his aunt was Marx's mother.