Wednesday, July 31, 2019

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

 Lucario has been in the series since Brawl. He originally came out in Pokemon Diamond/Pearl on the Nintendo DS, though he was in a Pokemon anime film before his real debut. He did replace Mewtwo in Brawl, but both are back now.

Photos: Forrest Gump Hollywood Wax Museum Pigeon Forge Tennessee

 This made me smile and excited when I saw it. The first that got me so eager to get a photo. I loved Forrest Gump and it's genius to make him sit on the bench like he does in the movie. 
 Wanna chocolate? 
Everyone wants their photo with Tom Hank's beloved character.  
I know I did, I wasn't going to pass this one up. 

My July 2019 Favorites

July seemed like a long month, but I didn't get much done I don't think. But here are my favorite things from July. 

Fact of the Day: Chinese Garlic

China is by far the leading producer of garlic, with well over the vast majority of the world's production coming from Chinese farms.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Things I Like: Zoe Barnes (House of Cards)

Zoe Barnes was one of my favorites on the show. She's a journalist working for a dying newspaper. She's very desperate to make a name for herself and land a better job. 

Dragon Ball FighterZ (Nintendo Switch) Review

 One of my favorite anime shows of all time has been the Dragon Ball (Original and Z, GT was garbage) series. I remember at one point in time (in America, Japan was not the same story) where the only Dragon Ball game was Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22 on PS1, which was one of the worst games of all time, let alone one of the worst Dragon Ball Z games. Then we got the decent Budokai game and a whole bunch of better and worse DBZ games followed. This game came out first on PS4 and Xbox One, and fans seemed to have dug it, so I didn't hesitate to get the game myself.

Photos: Robin Williams Hollywood Wax Museum

I'm not quite sure why they used this background (seems fitting for Austin Powers) but I did like seeing the wax statue of Robin Williams. 

Favorite Quotes: Happy Man Future

"A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future."

-Albert Einstein

I like this quote by Einstein, it really is true. The happiest I am, the rarer do I think of the long-term future. 

Fact of the Day: Mole Accident

While moles are common pests for those who grow plants outside, they actually don't eat plant roots. They merely destroy by accident while eating earthworms and other insects. 

Monday, July 29, 2019

Things I Like: Peter Russo (House of Cards)

 Peter Russo was an interesting character on the show. At the start of the series, he's a not so notable congressman from Pennsylvania. He's mostly a liar and a semi-bad person. For one he tries to pretend like he's good friends with the new president to gain some power.

Photo: Audrey Hepburn Hollywood Wax Museum Pigeon Forge

I don't know much about actress Audrey Hepburn besides her role in Breakfast at Tiffany's (which I've never seen) but I can see why many women adore her beauty. She isn't really stunning in a "she's so hot" kind of way, but she's so classy it's difficult not to be amazed by her charm and grace. 

Photo: Danny the Cat and the Painter's Tape

I was at my mother's house and I decided to try something new with her cat Danny. He's bit of a scaredy cat, so I rolled over this old painter's tape to see his reaction. He was interested and started to tap it with his paw, but it didn't take him long to get bored.

Fact of the Day: Dark Mahogany

Mahogany is a popular wood that has a huge demand in the United States and Great Britain. Though it's estimated that 80-90% of what makes up American mahogany furniture/paneling/boats were illegally harvested from Peru.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Things I Like: Giovanni (Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee)

 While very notable in the anime, Giovanni was memorable in the original games as well. This remake shows him still up to no good. He's the leader of Team Rocket, which wishes to do evil with pokemon instead of good.

Photo: Jack Sparrow and Will Turner Hollywood Wax Museum Pigeon Forge

I was a big fan of the movies, but not so much the wax incarnation of the characters. I will say Orlando Bloom looks pretty spot on, but this Johnny Deep was the least well made in the whole museum. He is without a doubt, the worst Jack Sparrow I've ever heard of. 

Favorite Quotes: Rock and Roll is a Music

"Rock and roll is a music, and why should a music contribute to juvenile delinquency? If people are going to be juvenile delinquents, they're going to be delinquents if they hear Mother Goose rhymes."

-Elvis Presley

Every generation complains about the ones that come after it, but I do like this quote. The same generation that knew Rock and Roll was fine, complained about comic books. The comic book generation complained about kids playing video games. Can't we all agree that Mother Goose has ruined American culture? 

Fact of the Day: Olympic Taekwondo

The martial art known as Taekwondo has been a sport at the Olympic games since the year 2000.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

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

 Skyworld first came out in Brawl, loosely based on the Kid Icarus games. Though when the later game, Kid Icarus: Uprising came out, you could easily see this setting in a game like that rather than the 2D games.

Photo: Old Indiana Jones Hollywood Wax Museum Pigeon Forge

I was a bit surprised the Hollywood Wax Museum chose to make Indiana Jones in his senior days from the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull movie. I'd prefer the more youthful Indy. You can tell the wax Harrison Ford is too old for this. 

Photo: Our Fourth of July 2019

 Like most Independence Days, I had to work, but Daisy was off. It was bad weather that night so we opted not to go to the city's show. We managed to shoot some off in our driveway before the rains hit hard.

Fact of the Day: Basset Hound

The Basset Hound was originally bred to help in the hunting of hares and rabbits. Its sense of smell is only inferior to the Bloodhound. 

Friday, July 26, 2019

Things I Like: Boss Galaga (Super Smash Bros.)

 The Boss Galaga is an item, originally appearing in Smash 4. It's based on the enemies of the same name from the Galaga series. Anyone who played the classic arcade game, should remember this one, I think.

Photo: Elvis and Marilyn Hollywood Wax Museum Pigeon Forge

I'm guessing this is from one of the Elvis Presley movies though I was never a big fan of either of them. Even in "character" it is odd to see the King of Rock and Roll behind a counter serving milkshakes. 

Favorite Quotes: Muhammad Ali Retirement

"I'm retiring because there are more pleasant things to do than beat up people."

-Muhammad Ali

Ali had boxed for over twenty years, so I doubt this decision was more of a spur of the moment kind of thing. But I could see a man like Ali rarely missing the ring. It is a brutal sport. 

Fact of the Day: Latin Greek English

While English had gotten many words from Old French due to William the Conqueror and his royal descendants, many words in English we created directly from Latin or Greek came mainly around the time of the Renaissance in England. 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Things I Like: Captain Olimar (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 Captain Olimar has been in the series since Brawl, I've always been on a neutral stance with him. I've neither liked or disliked Olimar. This holds true more of the same for Ultimate. He's from the Pikmin series, as the star of Pikmin 1 and Pikmin 2.

Photo: I Dream of Jeannie Hollywood Wax Museum Pigeon Forge

While I was way too young (or should I say alive) to see it air for the first time, I was a big fan of the I Dream of Jeannie re-runs. Barbara Eden was one of my first crushes, but I admit, this one looks a bit older than what I remember on the TV show. More like Jeannie took up her old job once the kids went off to astronaut college.  

Photo: Little Iz and the Paw Patrol Puppies

My mother took this photo (I guess she thinks she's being "artistic" with the black and white hue) of my niece Little Iz with her stuffed animals. While I've never seen the show, kids sure seem to love that Paw Patrol cartoon. I wonder if its creator was inspired by Pound Puppies? Which was a part of my childhood.

Fact of the Day: Cola Cure

Coca-Cola was originally intended to be used as a medicine. Its inventor John Pemberton was addicted to morphine after being wounded during the U.S. Civil War and he wanted something else to use in its place.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Things I Like: Irina Spalko (Indiana Jones)

 Irina Spalko ironically was the main villain I remember the most in the Indiana Jones series. I didn't hate the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but it was the series weakest film. Since the film takes place in the late 1950's, she's a Soviet instead of a German, as World War II had long since passed.

Photos: The Stars at the Hollywood Wax Museum Pigeon Forge

 Most of the wax statues at the Hollywood Wax Museum are them in character but the first part you see is what some of these stars look like on the "red carpet."

Favorite Quotes: The War of Politics

"Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war, you can only be killed once. But in politics many times."

-Winston Churchill

I like this quote by Churchill, who said this many years before he ever became Prime Minister. I think Hillary Clinton, Richard Nixon, William Jennings Bryan, and Adlai Stevenson probably knew this last part to be very, very true. 

Fact of the Day: Founder of Fingerprints

The science of understanding the use of fingerprints was founded by Charles Darwin's half-cousin Francis Galton.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Things I Like: Henry Jones Sr. (Indiana Jones)

 One of the my favorite characters in the movie franchise, Henry Jones Sr. is Indiana Joness father, as we see him in the Last Crusade, the last of the original three films. Like his son, Henry had a habit for studying old artifacts from history. But he ends up in some tricky trouble with the Germans during World War II.

Outlaw King (2018 Film) Review

When I first heard of Outlaw King, I thought it was about some kind of Viking king. Though I suppose it was the Vikings TV show that got me thinking that. I don't know why, really. Instead it's about Robert the Bruce, a notable king from a medieval Scotland. In truth, it's about what happened after the events of Braveheart (with Mel Gibson), so if you ever wanted a sequel to that film, this is the best you're going to get.   

Photos: Hollywood Wax Museum Pigeon Forge Tennessee

After making our last day at Dollywood bitterly short, my mother offered to take Daisy and I to the Hollywood Wax Museum later that day out of her own pocket. I thought about going before she asked, but it's rather expensive for the 1-2 hours you'd spend there. Our hotel was down the street and it's pretty cool to see King Kong in the distance. 

Photo: Avengers Endgame Artwork

I think I forgot to post this back in May, but the local movie theater has an artist who will draw something of a popular movie that is currently showing. I really liked his work with Iron Man. Marvel recently brought Endgame back to theaters in order to topple Avatar as the highest-grossing film of all time. But both films are beat when inflation is adjusted by Gone with the Wind. 

Fact of the Day: Antonine Plague

The Antonine Plague was a plague that effected Europe from 165-180. It was brought in by Roman soldiers returning from campaigns in Western Asia. While this disease was mostly like not the same as the Black Plague, but the most educated guesses were either measles or smallpox.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Things I Like: Blaine (Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee)

 I suppose it was the anime I like Blaine a lot in. But he's a rather odd one for a near-to-last gym leader in a Pokemon game, but on to that later.

Photos: Longhorn Steakhouse Pigeon Forge Tennessee

 My wife Daisy loves our Spartanburg Longhorn Steakhouse, and sure enough, she was just thrilled that Pigeon Forge had one of its own. There wasn't one close enough during our other major vacations, so we never got to go until now.

Favorite Quotes: To Build and to Cherish

"It has always been easy to hate and destroy. To build and to cherish is much more difficult."

-Queen Elizabeth II

While the royal family of Great Britain haven't had any real effect on government policy in Great Britain (not that it matters to an American like me) for several lifetimes now, I do like this quote. The British Empire certainly has gotten better during her reign than before she took the crown.  

Fact of the Day: California President

Up to at least 2019, Richard Nixon remains the only president born in California. 

Sunday, July 21, 2019

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

Summit is a stage that originated in Brawl. While its an stage dedicated to the Ice Climbers, it wasn't really in their NES game. But if they had somehow gotten a new 3D game, you'd imagine a place like this would be there. 

Photos: The Island Pigeon Forge

 One of the neatest things I heard about was The Island in Pigeon Forge. I didn't expect a place where you had to park far away and be driven to the place by a trolley bus.

The Phantom of the Opera (2004 Film) Review

 While it's not a very common story nowadays, I do know what the Phantom of the Opera is. A few TV shows I watched would do parody versions of it. I didn't know much about the real story, except the Phantom was some stalker and the girl he was after was supposed to be very beautiful. Also something about opera. This one is based on Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical (which is based on the classic novel) and he produced the film as well. Joel Schumacher helped him with the screenplay along with him being the director.

Fact of the Day: Bridgetown Barbados

The capital of Barbados, Bridgetown is the only city outside the United States where George Washington had visited. Two of his ancestors were early planters on the island.  

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Things I Like: Killer Eye (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 The item isn't new, it came out in Smash 4. Though its game of origin was Kid Icarus: Uprising. I kept thinking Zelda: Skyward Sword. Shows you how well my memory of both of those games really is huh?