Saturday, February 29, 2020

Things I Like: Princess Anna (Once Upon a Time)

 While her sister Elsa got more of the spotlight on the show, I did like Once Upon a Time's take on the Frozen character.

Rock Encore Pinball Machine (Carolina Arcade Museum)

 This was the last pinball machine I played with while at the Carolina Arcade Museum in Forest City, NC. It seems like it was made in the 1980's in the era of "interesting" music.

Fact of the Day: Chief Justice and Presidential Impeachment

While most Chief Justices of the Supreme Court never had to do so, but if a president is impeached, they preside over their trial in the Senate. 

Friday, February 28, 2020

Things I Like: Queen Elsa (Once Upon a Time)

ABC made a pretty bold move adding the Frozen characters to Once Upon a Time, and I really enjoyed that season. Queen Elsa had the perfect casting too. 

Disenchantment (TV Series) Part 2 Review

 As a big fan of The Simpsons, I gave Netflix's Disenchantment a chance since Matt Groening created this series as well. Despite an obvious art similarity to his other works (such as The Simpsons and Futurama) Disenchantment was certainly a show in its own class for Groening. But Part 1 was certainly not as good as The Simpsons at their prime or Futurama at any period. But I liked it enough to keep watching. 

Indiana Jones Pinball (Carolina Arcade Museum)

 
Indiana Jones was one of my favorite movie series. I was excited to try the pinball game at the Carolina Arcade Museum. This one looked in great shape, so I'm guessing it's a more modern production, as the only one I could find to look up was made in 1993. If this machine is from 1993, it was kept in great hands. 

Fact of the Day: Boy Who Cried Wolf

The Boy Who Cried Wolf is one of the oldest stories to mankind. It was part of Aesop's Fables from Ancient Greece. 

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Things I Like: Nightmare (Link's Awakening Nintendo Switch Remake)

 The final boss of Link's Awakening is a giant nightmare, as you're merely in the Wind Fish's dream.

Space Invaders Deluxe (Carolina Arcade Museum)

 I noticed during our 2nd trip to the Carolina Arcade Museum that their original Space Invaders machine was missing and this new one took its place. It's called Space Invaders Deluxe.

Fact of the Day: Clara Barton of the American Red Cross

Clara Barton was the founder of the American Red Cross. She got plenty of experience in helping others as she was a nurse during the American Civil War. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Things I Like: Hot Head (Link's Awakening Nintendo Switch Remake)

 Hot Head is the boss of the last major dungeon, Turtle Rock.

Hocus Pocus (1993 Film) Review

 I was a little too young for Hocus Pocus when it first came out. I didn't realize it was Disney film until I saw it on Disney+. I've wanted to see it for a few years now, as it has gained a loyal cult following after an original critical and commercial flop in the early 1990's. I wanted to save it for Halloween, but...eh what the heck. Why not now?

Double Dragon (Carolina Arcade Museum)

They must have gotten the Double Dragon machine after our first visit last year at the Carolina Arcade Museum in Forest City, NC. 

Fact of the Day: Auguste Rodin

Most famous for his work The Thinker among others, artist Auguste Rodin lead a new way for sculptors despite being a traditionalist who embraced the past. Despite all his talent, he was also never accepted into the finest art school in France. 

Monday, February 24, 2020

Things I Like: Facade (Link's Awakening Nintendo Switch Remake)

 Facade is the boss of the Face Shrine dungeon in Link's Awakening.

Rolling Thunder (Carolina Arcade Museum)

This was another one I missed on our first trip to the Carolina Arcade Museum in Forest City, NC. But this time I got a chance to play it. While Atari helped publish the game in America, Namco was the real company behind the game. 

Fact of the Day: Duke of Ireland

While all Kings of England had appointed someone to look over Ireland for them, no one got higher than that than Robert de Vere. He was such good friends with King Richard II (many rumored that they were more than friends) that the Plantagenet king made him Duke of Ireland, which made him the one and only man to have the title. 

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Things I Like: The Simpsons (Season 6)

 I've been watching a lot of The Simpsons lately thanks to Disney+. Lots of good moments in this season.

Commando (Carolina Arcade Museum)

 Commando is an arcade game from the 1980's by Capcom. Not sure I ever played a home version or not but I did play the arcade version while at the Carolina Arcade Museum in Forest City, NC.

Fact of the Day: Otto Americans

Due to Otto Von Bismarck, Otto became a very popular name in American among German-American families. Though nationwide, there were a lot less babies named Otto once World War I began.  

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Things I Like: Dorothy Gale (Once Upon a Time)

 While a minor character, I did like her a bit. She starts out in the typical Wizard of Oz fashion. She was a girl in Kansas who got taken away by a tornado.

Vindicators (Carolina Arcade Museum)

 Vindicators was something I don't recall seeing last time we were at the Carolina Arcade Museum in Forest City, NC. It was made in the late 1980's by Atari.

Fact of the Day: Widow

The English word widow comes from the Old English word widewe which was influenced by a basic Indo-European root word meaning "be empty." 

Friday, February 21, 2020

Things I Like: Maid Marian (Once Upon a Time)

 While a minor character, I did like her for her brief time on the show. She's Robin Hood's wife and her role in the story (or should I say his) is about the same as a typical Robin Hood lore.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (TV Series) Part 3 Review

 Last year I watched Netflix's first two parts of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. A very dark twist on the Sabrina the Teenage witch comic/show. My wife found the show too scary, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. With Part 3 out about a month ago, I decided it was time to see Part 3 and see where the story leads us now. 

Ranger Mission (Carolina Arcade Museum)

 On our 2nd visit to the Carolina Arcade Museum was a time to play the ones I missed last time, this one for good reason. Ranger Mission was a generic game from the 1990's and it's not much better today.

Fact of the Day: First NFL

When the NFL first formed in 1920, it was known as the American Professional Football Association or APFA. They became the NFL in 1922.  

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Things I Like: Garreg Mach Monastery (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 With Byleth making into Smash Ultimate, her stage is Garreg Mach Monastery which is the main area in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. For which you spend the most time in the game. It serves as a school and a church.

Toobin (Carolina Arcade Museum)

Toobin was an arcade game I missed the last time we were at the Carolina Arcade Museum in Forest City, NC. It was made by Atari in the late 1980's. This is the first I've heard of the game. 

Fact of the Day: Ancient Wells

The ability to draw water underground via a well has been in mankind's hands for about eight thousand years. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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

It was a little funny to see Byleth added to the roster as I had just finished Fire Emblem: Three Houses right before Byleth was announced for the game. A lot of Smash fans were upset that yet another Fire Emblem character was on the roster. But is anyone shocked? 

Star Wars Pinball (Nintendo Switch) Review

 Last Christmas, my Little Brother (Big Brothers Big Sisters program) Mr. B got me this for Christmas. I had no idea it even existed. I do enjoy Star Wars a lot, and I'm so-so on pinball. Pinball is a decent distraction in an arcade, but video game versions can easily mistranslate. But was this one any good? 

Time Crisis (Carolina Arcade Museum)

 I missed this one last time at the Carolina Arcade Museum in Forest City, NC but I do remember the series long ago, but I was never a big fan.

Fact of the Day: Saint Basil's Cathedral

Saint Basil's Cathedral (one of Russia's most famous buildings/symbols) is quite old. It was built in the 16th century to celebrate a victory for Ivan the Terrible, Russia's first Tsar.  

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Things I Like: Slime Eel (Link's Awakening Nintendo Switch Remake)

 About a middle boss in the game, he was a decent one.

The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019 Film) Review

 Angry Birds was a huge game for mobile phones about a decade ago, and while the steam for their games have run out a bit (compared to their prime) they are still making the movies based on the games. I really had no idea Angry Birds Movie 2 came out last summer until about a month ago. I saw the first film and it was decent but nothing special. I figured this one would be not as good, as sequels often are.

Sega's The House of the Dead (Carolina Arcade Museum)

 I do recall playing this long ago at a fun park, so I got re-introduced to the original Sega game again while at the Carolina Arcade Museum in Forest City, NC. The game was made by Sega in the same year as Resident Evil by Capcom.

Fact of the Day: Fresco Art

Fresco art is a technique which an artist paints on freshly laid or even wet lime plaster. 

Monday, February 17, 2020

Things I Like: Hardhit Beetle (Zelda: Link's Awakening Nintendo Switch Remake)

 The Hardhit Beetle is a boss in the Color Dungeon which was not in the original Link's Awakening, but in the DX remaster for Game Boy Color, so he shows up for the Nintendo Switch remake too.

The Mandalorian (TV Series) Season 1 Review

 I remember when I was a kid, and the only Star Wars movies out were the original three Star Wars films. One of the characters that everyone raved about was Boba Fett which I never got the point of. I thought Disney+'s The Mandalorian was going to be about a Boba Fett who escaped from death after Return of the Jedi, but instead it's about a new guy named "Mando."

Maximum Force (Carolina Arcade Museum)

 I don't think I played this one the last time we were at the Carolina Arcade Museum in Forest City, North Carolina. But I think I have played it back in the late 1990's, as I'm almost certain one of the local movie theaters had it near the lobby.

Fact of the Day: Woodrow

The first name Woodrow wasn't a popular given name until the rise of President Woodrow Wilson. He himself was named after his mother's maiden name. 

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Things I Like: Slime Eye (Link's Awakening Nintendo Switch Remake)

 Slime Eye is one of the earlier bosses in the Nintendo Switch remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.

Joker (2019 Film) Review

 To say Warner Bros has had some flops with the DCEU would be an understatement. But to my shock, they threw a curveball with a Batman movie without Batman and not in the DCEU at all. Warner Bros. made a bold move to base a sole movie on the Joker character alone and got Joaquin Phoenix to play him. I had my doubts at first, but sure enough Phoenix surprised everyone with role role, and he even won the Best Actor Oscar for it too. 

Konami's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Carolina Arcade Museum)

 Last time I didn't get to play this one at the Carolina Arcade Museum due to time and fatigue. I had played it in the past, which was years and years ago so it wasn't a huge deal.

Fact of the Day: Colonel

The military rank of colonel comes from the Italian word colonello meaning "a column of soldiers." 

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Things I Like: The Simpsons (Season 5)

 Thanks to Disney+, I've been watching a lot of The Simpsons lately. Season five is still in the series' prime days.