Sunday, March 31, 2019

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

 The Super Scope has been in the series since Melee, and was based on the actual Super Scope you could hold with your real hands. It was a light gun for the Super Nintendo, and while it didn't have such luck on SNES, Nintendo has honored its memory ever since.

Seven Deadly Sins (TV Series) Season 3 Review

Late last year I started Seven Deadly Sins, and after a pure filler of a "second season", the third season Revival of the Commandments is the true second story arc of the series. While I liked the start of the first season, it loses its steam and finished as "good" but not "great". So what about this new season?

Photo: Little CR and Her Grandma Donna

Little CR doesn't hate new people, but she's getting pretty attached to my mother. But I think it's funny as in this photo, I know what she's thinking. She sees my mother's phone, and wants to play with it. 

Fact of the Day: McLean v. Arkansas

In 1981, Arkansas made a law where if a public school taught evolution, they would have to teach creation science to "balance it out". It was ruled unconstitutional because it favored one religion and also that creation science is not science at all. While it stayed in a lower federal court and only affected a small part of the country, it would later effect later cases in other courts. 

Saturday, March 30, 2019

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

 Lucina (so far) is my favorite character in the Fire Emblem series. She made her debut in Smash 4, but she's from the game Fire Emblem: Awakening and some spinoffs and cameos in other games.

Photo: Princess CR

Well I guess my niece really isn't a princess. Being crowned by your big sister with a plastic tiara doesn't make you royal. But I bet she wishes it was. 

Fact of the Day: Shark Fins

Sharks are often hunted by humans for their fins. They fins are cut off and the shark is tossed back into the ocean. Most of the time, the shark is still alive, but unable to swim. It will run out of oxygen or be eaten by another animal before its time is up. 

Friday, March 29, 2019

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Nintendo Switch) Review

 Halo, Half-Life, Call of Duty, and even Doom all trace their roots back to Wolfenstein 3D, the first major FPS in video game history, though it did start on the PCs first. The series has been rebooted here and there, but I was curious to try this new game. It came out a couple years back on Xbox One and PS4, but like the new Doom, they made this one work for the Nintendo Switch as well, but is it a good game? 

Robin Hood (2018 Film) Review

Robin Hood is one of the most classic tales in the world, especially one set in England. Like the King Arthur stories, Robin Hood has many adaptions, more than most could remember off the top of their head anyway.  Robin Hood's 2018 incarnation didn't do too well with critics, which its studio blamed for its very poor reception at the box office. Though they didn't do too well with regular folks either, so things didn't look good. But my stupid self decided to give a chance anway. 
 While some glimpses of the movie might make you think they were trying to set the classic story in modern times, this is not the case. It's set in the glory days of the Angevin Empire and the Crusades with King Richard I of the House of Plantagenet on the throne of England. Though we don't get to see the king, or his brother Prince John. Instead we see Lord Robin of Loxley return home from a bitter time in battles in the Middle East.  
 Robin earns the respect and trust of Yahya, a Muslim Arab captured in the war. After his own son is murdered, he follows Robin to England. He teaches Robin to be a better warrior and a great thief in secret. Robin will need quite a bit of advice and help as he returns home to find out that he was legally declared dead two years prior. 
 Due to the Sheriff of Nottingham using his "death" as an excuse to plunder Robin's wealth and lands while he was away. Robin doesn't try to fight the Sheriff in person, but rather agrees with Yahya (who takes the English name John) that taking down the corrupt man of law should be an inside job. Things get worse when Robin finds out that the Cardinal from the Catholic Church is just as evil as the Sheriff.  
Robin Hood's 2018 incarnation is a big giant mistake. It reminds me of the recent King Arthur: Legend of the Sword movie with Charlie Hunnnam. While they had the perfect story to adapt, its has no soul or charm to any part of the movie. It's direction is horrid, its script is dumb, the actors don't impress here, and the whole film is just boring. I was watching this one mostly at night, and I could barely stay awake to see it end. The movie teases a sequel with the ending, but since it flopped in all three areas (critics, normal people, and at the box office), I don't think we'll be seeing it emerge. But I doubt more than one person is heartbroken over it. 

Score: D 

Fact of the Day: Bundy Geography

Serial killer Ted Bundy had quite of bit of legal knowledge before he committed his first murder. One of his tactics to avoid capture was to do so over a large geographical area spanning several states. It took law enforcement quite some time before they realized they were all looking for the same man. 

Thursday, March 28, 2019

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

 This stage had originated in Melee, and hasn't missed a single game in the series since. It's based on Onett, the hometown of Ness in the series Earthbound.

Photo; Little CR in the Box

Like myself at that age, Little CR apparently loves playing in an empty box. Funny how little babies/kids are entertained by such a simple concept. I don't know why we share that with cats. My old dog Zelda hated boxes as a puppy or a dog. 

Fact of the Day: Veterinarian

The word veterinarian comes from the Latin word veterinae which meant "cattle" or "working animals". 

Fact of the Day: Old Denmark Flag

Since a nation's flag changes often with changes in government/regimes throughout the centuries, most of the world's flags aren't terribly old. The oldest is Denmark's national flag.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Things I Like: Fire Flower (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 The fire flower has been in the series since the original. Obviously taken from Super Mario Bros. where it gave Mario and Luigi the power to shoot balls of fire.

Photos: Our Blizzards at the Spartanburg Dairy Queen

 We took a trip to the local Dairy Queen after our trip to Greenville. Daisy had the mint Oreo blizzard ice cream, I think.

Fact of the Day: United States v. Wong Kim Ark

Wong Kim Ark was born in San Francisco, California to Chinese parents in 1873. He would be later be discriminated against by various anti-immigration laws targeted towards Chinese immigrants, for which he wasn't allowed back into the country. The case went up to the Supreme Court which heavily ruled in his favor. While his parents were born subjects of the Emperor of China, they were not employed as diplomats or any other official role for the Chinese Imperial Government. The case in 1898 ruled that virtually any child of non-diplomats were U.S. citizens at birth, regardless of their parentage as regular people fall under the jurisdiction of the United States and its laws.  

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

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

 Marth has been in the series since Melee, and was almost left out as Fire Emblem didn't reach America by 2001, and eventually only due to the popularity of Marth and Roy in Melee. He's also one of the first characters to be beloved by players who prefer really technical fights.

Photo: Daisy and the Grey Easter Bunny

In early March, I took Daisy to Walmart and she was happy to see all the Easter stuffed animals out. To her "they're all cute". 

Fact of the Day: Herbert Hoover Jr.

While rather unknown to his presidential father, Herbert Hoover Jr. did serve a notable role under the Secretary of State for a few years during the Eisenhower Administration. He did not run or serve in Congress or any other elected government roles.  

Monday, March 25, 2019

Things I Hate: Venom Stage (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 While I can tolerate Venom (set on the Great Fox flying in the "bad" planet Venom, home planet of Andross) I've disliked it since Melee. You basically fight on the ship in a different view than you do on the Corneria stage. 

Things I Like: Coca-Cola Orange Vanilla

I heard about this new flavor coming out about a month ago, but I didn't get a chance to try it until the other day. I liked it, tastes a lot like the original soda flavor, and maybe kind of like a bit of Orange Crush to it. My wife Daisy really liked the can I got her. 

Fact of the Day: Great Turkish War

In 1699, the Ottoman Empire was at war with most countries in central and Eastern Europe not allied with them. The Ottomans were defeated, and the Empire saw its first large amounts of lands lost, mostly in Hungary and Poland. 

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Things I Like: Ray Gun (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 The ray gun had been apart of the series since the original game on N64. It's original to the series, so it didn't appear in a previous Nintendo game.

Photo: Daisy and Her Mango Dragonfruit

Daisy loves her mango dragonfruit tea at Starbucks. I think she'll be upset if they ever take it off the menu. 

Fact of the Day: American Health Tourists

More than a million Americans leave the United States each year to get healthcare in other countries. The vast majority of these cases is due to lack of affordability. 

Saturday, March 23, 2019

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

 I've never been the biggest fan of Falco in the series, but Fox's greatest wingman is a decent fighter in all of the games. While I don't love him, I don't dislike him either.

Photo: Lego Millennium Falcon

Lego and Star Wars have had a long history but we saw this one at the Lego place in Greenville. It's big and expensive. It's actually the most pieces than anything else there, more than even the Hogwarts Castle. 

Fact of the Day: Marbury v Madison

Marbury v. Madison was a Supreme Court decision in the year 1803. It started when John Adams lost re-election and appointed federal judges to be a thorn in the side of the incoming president Thomas Jefferson. One of Adams' picks was enraged when Jefferson tried to deny him the role of judge because the Senate too long to confirm him in time. The Supreme Court ruled that courts had the power to strike down laws, statues, and government acts that contradicted the United States Constitution. This decision is almost universally considered to be the court's greatest case.  

Friday, March 22, 2019

Things I Like: Tobias Beckett (Star Wars)

 While I wouldn't doubt he's shown up some spin-off Star Wars media by now, Tobias Beckett's main role is in Solo: A Star Wars Story. When we first see him, he sneaks into a battle with his band of criminals. They pretend to be Imperial officers but they really want a ship. Han Solo notices them but thinks they're real. 

Photo: Lego Car

We have a Lego place in the Haywood Mall in Greenville, SC. Pretty sure this was based on a Ford Mustang. I'm not much of a car or Lego guy, but I liked this one. 

Fact of the Day: Worst Battle in American History

The Meuse-Argonne Offensive was one of the last chapters of World War I and the series of battles took the most lives in American history at over 26,000, quite a bit larger than the later Battle of the Bulge. The reasons for this is Spanish Flu, and the inexperience of many of the troops along with that there were 1.2 American soldiers there as well. 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Things I Like: Edith Crawley (Downton Abbey)

 While she made her own mistakes, I liked Edith on Downtown Abbey. The middle sister was often miserable. It all starts in her youth, not as smart or clever as Mary nor as beautiful and passionate as Sybil, Edith is often lost in the middle. While she has a decent relationship with most, her and Mary often hate each other.

Photo: Daisy Found the Easter Bunny

Daisy loves stuffed animals (as many of you know) and while she can't take them all home, she does like to hug them. I will say this giant bunny at JCPenney was actually pretty reasonable. But way too big for our home.  

Fact of the Day: French Dinner

The English word dinner comes from the Old French word disner meaning "to dine". 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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

 While the ship is called the Great Fox, Corneria is the homeworld for Fox McCloud and most of the characters in the series. An Earth-like planet,it's a "good" planet in the series. The stage has been around since Melee and had always been one of my top favorites. 

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018 Film) Review

 When I was a kid, I loved the Goosebumps books. They were a major reason I actually read books in school. No teacher ever told us to read them, we wanted to read them. I really liked the original major Goosebumps movie a few years ago with Jack Black. I thought he was going to star in Goosebumps 2 but instead he opted out for A House with a Clock in its Walls and reduced his role to a cameo thing. Can a sequel survive without its major star?

Fact of the Day: Nikita Khrushchev Shoe

Nikita Khrushchev became infamous for many things, one of which was banging his shoe (which some debate actually is what he did) on a desk in protest at a U.N. meeting. The Soviet Union officially condemned colonialism, but he was enraged when a delegate from the Philippines called him out on the double standard as the Soviets had essentially built their own empire out of Eastern Europe. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Things I Like: Death's Scythe (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 One of the fewest items from a 3rd party game (Castlevania), this scythe would be commonly used against the Belmonts by the Grim Reaper. I liked this new item in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Photo: Mocking Spongebob Pillow

In a Spongebob episode, Spongebob sees plaid and something in his brain makes him want to act like a chicken. The face oddly became used as a mocking meme all over social media years later. And at Hot Topic, they have a pillow with that face. I almost couldn't believe it was real. 

Fact of the Day: God Bless America Song

The song God Bless America was written by Irving Berlin, he originally wanted to use it in a musical called Yip Yip Yaphank.

Monday, March 18, 2019

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

 After almost twenty years, Pichu finally returns to Super Smash Bros. He got left out of Brawl, and nobody seemed to care during Smash 4. But since they insisted on every character returning for Ultimate, Pichu rejoins his pokemon friends for the fighting.

Photo: Daisy and Her Chicken Meal at Haywood Mall

Before spring started, I took Daisy to the nearby mall the next city over. It's one of her favorite places in the world. She ate Chick-fil-A for lunch. 

Fact of the Day: Greenbrier Congress

The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia had a massive underground bunker built for it during the Cold War to house Congress in the event of nuclear war. Obviously, it had never been used for its original purpose. 

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Things I Like: Qi'ra (Star Wars)

 Qi'ra is a major character in Star Wars, mainly in Solo: A Star Wars story. We see her young and in love with Han Solo. Both of them, down on their luck with some petty crime-lord on some worthless planet.

Photo: Little K the Harry Potter Fan

My sister-in-law took this photo of my niece Little K watching Harry Potter. She's probably seen all the movies over a dozen times now, knowing her. Her baby sister Little CR probably doesn't understand any of the movie yet.