Awhile back I noticed this kiddie ride at the Gaffney Outlet Mall in South Carolina. We noticed a paper that said "out of order". That doesn't' surprise me, with a face like that, it creeps even me out. Who was the artist who thought that was a good idea?
Friday, July 31, 2015
Thursday, July 30, 2015
So yesterday I took my wife Daisy to see Jurassic World. Before the movie she wanted to go out to eat, so we settled on Zaxby's before the movie. We were suppose to meet a friend at the movies a little before it started, and then we learned she was eating there at the same time but we never saw her because she sat on the other side.
I remember when the first Jurassic Park came out when I was just five years old. I don't think I saw it in theaters, but I probably watched it with my brothers when the VCR version came out. I didn't like Jurassic Park II so much that I didn't give a second thought about seeing the third movie. This new movie somewhat ignores the events of the two original sequels, but is it any good?
Most dinosaur artwork shows the extinct animals with very reptile-like skin. However in recent years it's been discovered that some dinosaurs certainly had feathers like modern-day birds which themselves are descended from avian dinosaurs.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The Grumpy Cat meme is one of my favorites. Mainly because the cat just looks grumpy naturally, it wasn't just a one-time event where the cat makes a grumpy face. Now we have Grumpy Puppy, who does quite live up to that nick-name. So do you think the puppy looks grumpier than the cat?
While it seems bottled water has been around a long time, though I remember they started to get really popular in the late 90's to early 2000s. I think the fact that a lot of Americans don't drink enough water could be because we had lived with mainly just tap water and even before bottled water was the "cool thing" I don't remember drinking it much. I drink far more water than I used to, and it's always been in bottles.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
A man named Walter J. Palmer recently was discovered to be the man who murdered a popular lion named Cecil from the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. He apparently lured the lion out of the park (due to the help of the crooked people who work at the park) and shot the lion with a bow and arrow. Turns out that Palmer is a dentist from Minnesota and this is not the first he's hunted larger animals for entertainment. I can understand hunting for food even as a vegetarian, but hunting animals for fun and especially protected and cherished animals is downright evil.
As a kid, I chewed gum for the taste. Mostly the fun ones like bubble-gum and flavors like grape and strawberry. But as an adult, I need gum to counter bad-breath. Trident Original Flavor has been my most recent favorite gum, ever since Daisy got some. I tried one piece after one restaurant's food gave me bad breath, and I could just feel how it was making everything smell good again.
During the reign of Robert I of Scotland (more commonly known as Robert the Bruce), the monarch had led his country during the First War of Scottish Independence. His leadership drove the English out of Scotland and regained Scotland's role as an independent country.
Monday, July 27, 2015
In early July, my mother-in-law tells my wife that she must come visit her great aunt who lives in Massachusetts. The visit wasn't too great as nobody mentioned to me that Daisy's great aunts speaks almost no English, only Laotian. My brother-in-law's cat was there though, and he's pretty people friendly still.
When Vladimir Lenin was dying, he wrote a testament about his views on Joseph Stalin and the future of his country. While he had considered Stalin an ally, he feared what his personal views, rude attitude,and thirst for power would do for the Soviet Union. He suggested that Stalin should no longer be General Secretary, but Stalin used his power to suppress the release of the letter until he could assume power.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
At my Unitarian-Universalist church, we recently had a guest speaker named Ron Robinson who happened to be a Methodist minister and a college professor of religion. He was on the more liberal side of Christianity (the UU church has many members of all points of view, religious and non-religious) and he made a joke that pokes fun at the logic of the creation-fall theology of many conservative Christians.
A common wedding tradition for many years was to throw rice as the couple left the church/building, but in recent years this practice has stopped. Since then most people throw either bird seed or some other alternative because it is believed that rice would burst the stomachs of the birds who would eat the rice. Though this belief is merely an urban legend, rice is perfectly safe for birds to eat.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
I had heard of March of the Penguins back in the mid 2000s but never saw it. I heard it was good, and I wanted a documentary that wasn't about the arctic. Sure Antarctica isn't that different at a glance, but it's on the other side of the world and with completely different animals.
Just recently President Obama has visited Kenya (his father's homeland) for the first time as a U.S. President. Before his visit, many Christian pastors in the country urged him not to speak about the rights of the LGBT community. Anyone who is LGBT (which under current Kenyan law) can face a considerable amount of time in prison. I had the time to hear a lot of their remarks and they were beyond hateful, and it is quite disrespectful for them to ask a President of the United States to be quiet on an issue. While in the country President Obama urged the importance of equality for all people while in Kenya, and I'm proud of him for standing up to those bullies.
Unlike most other animals in the world, Emperor penguins are active fathers. When the mothers go to hunt for food, the fathers wait long periods of time without food to care for both the egg and when it hatches as a baby. Usually the mother is absent at the time of the baby's birth.
Friday, July 24, 2015
The former Florida Governor and Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush has made his support official for the Republicans in Congress who wish to "reform" Medicare by turning it into a voucher system. Saying it should be eventually phased out into something different. I noticed he also made comments that Americans need to work more hours, and doesn't care if they have benefits. Isn't it a coincidence that a millionaire from a wealthy family would think that social programs and better working environments isn't a good idea? Instead of turning Medicare into a system the elderly can't afford, we don't we join the rest of the world and expand it so every U.S. citizen regardless of age, military status, or income?
The Sultan and military leader known as Saladin was a major figure in the Third Crusade. Despite successfully stopping Christian invaders, he was well admired by friend and foe alike. When he died, he had gave away his entire fortune to his poor subjects. Which left nothing for his funeral.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
I had seen Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure last year and liked it. I wasn't too terribly impatient to watch the sequel, Bogus Journey. I heard it wasn't as good, but a co-worker told me that even though that may be true, it's still very comparable. Turns out he was right.
The 19th century saw the discovery of many fossils and the discovery that there were animals from a long time ago that don't live today. A lot of people in the Western world believed that life went mostly unchanged from the beginning of Earth due to a belief in the creation myth of their religion. Some thought the possibility of an animal going to extinct was impossible, as that was to almost say that their deity had made a mistake creating them.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
As many of you know, my wife and I have been watching a lot of Merlin recently. So much so that we finished all five seasons in a very short span of time. It features a younger cast of characters than what is usually in Arthurian legend, similar to that of Smallville and Superman comics. What did I think of the last season?
Monday, July 20, 2015
In early July, we went to IHOP for a nice late breakfast. Daisy got want she wanted, which was a lot of bacon, eggs, and some other stuff. Along with some kind of pancakes with all kinds of sweets on top of it. It's been the first time in awhile I've seen her finish all of her food. She's usually too full and needs a to-go-box. But I think she couldn't resist finishing the pancakes she saved for last.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
I usually ignore the insanity spouted by the evangelist Franklin Graham but someone pointed out his recent comments about the Chattanooga tragedy done by a lone terrorist who had immigrated to the U.S. from Kuwait. Graham suggested that we stop allowing Muslims into the U.S. suggesting a policy similar to what happened to Japanese people during World War II. What happened to the Japanese immigrants and Japanese-Americans back then was nothing short of racism and evil. Until right-wing Christians realize that all faiths and beliefs should unite against those who use their ideologies for evil, this war on terror will never end.
I had heard of Bridesmaids back in 2011, but never gave it much attention. I thought it was a chick flick, but it's more a comedy that men might enjoy more than women. It's one of the movies made by Judd Apatow who's known for a lot popular comedies.
A white wedding dress is typical for most brides in the Western world, but the tradition didn't start until about 1840 when Queen Victoria was married in a white wedding dress. Before then many colors could been have been worn, or the bride would wear her best dress. It wasn't until later that Christians would attach the tradition of a white wedding dress with the concept of innocence and purity.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
At my high-school I was in the Army JROTC class, and every Friday we had P.T. which was like gym but way tougher. The toughest P.T. was the first, and that was not because of the lack of experience. We actually had a 9th Grade Campus, so our battalion commander came down from the "big school" to instruct us on our first Physical Training class.
During the 1945 World Series, the Chicago Cubs faced the Detroit Tigers. A man named William Sianis took his goat to one of the games of the World Series, but was told to leave after it had bothered a lot of fans watching. When he left he said "The Cubs ain't gonna win no more" and many fans believe he put a curse on the team. As they have never won or gone to the World Series ever since.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Being a vegetarian, I like restaurants that serve breakfast all day since it gives me more options. Though some restaurants do it good and some do it well. IHOP can serve me a perfect pancake or waffle no matter what time of day, some places will have stuff sitting there getting stale by the time someone wants it. Though I wish more fast-food places did all-day breakfast since lunch should not begin at 10:30 in the morning.
What do you think about places with all-day breakfast options?
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Now that we have our own bowling shoes, we haven't been too picky about where we go bowling. Star Lanes is a local bowling alley in our town, but it's on the other side of where we live. So I had never been, Daisy said the lanes were "old". Seeing the place did remind me of bowling lanes you'd see from a few decades ago in movies/tv shows.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
My brother was telling everyone about my niece Little K one day. He mentioned how much she loves her iPad. He said one time she hit her head real hard to point of many tears, and as soon as he said "iPad" her mood went back to happy. Little K was in the room at the time, and when she heard "iPad" in the story, she looked at my brother with the biggest smile on her face.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The New Horizons spacecraft after nine years has finally completed (from what I understand) its flyby mission of Pluto. When I was a kid, I used to think Pluto was the lamest of all the planets (and I wasn't too mad when they took it off the list of planets) but I found this new mission to be fascinating. Isn't it beautiful?
My wife Daisy's brother just recently got a new kitten. He named it Johann after the composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Her brother is a little weird. But little Johann is a cute little kitten. Her brother and his friend rescued him down in Columbia, SC, so Mr. Johann is a lucky cat.
In the 19th century, a British woman named Mary Anning found many fossils (mainly from the Jurassic) that led to some of the first scientific thoughts about pre-historic Earth. Her two major discoveries were the Ichthyosaurs and the Plesiosaurus.
Monday, July 13, 2015
I used to be very fascinated by ghost culture and I would remember seeing TV shows that would list the most haunted places in America. A lot of them were now inns or hotels where people could actually sleep for the night. While I somewhat believe ghosts aren't real, I believe in the possibility enough not to try sleeping in a haunted house.
Would you have the courage to sleep in a haunted house?
King George IV of Great Britain had his own pet giraffe. It was given to him as a diplomatic gift from Egypt. The giraffe was not very healthy, and despite kind treatment from the king, the giraffe died within two years. It was said that King George IV loved his giraffe very much, and was quite heartbroken when the giraffe passed away.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Unwanted pregnancy (especially among teenagers) is still a big problem in America, but two states (California and Oregon) have recently passed bills making it easier for women to get forms of birth control. The most obvious is birth control pills which usually require a doctor's prescription, but under the new laws in these states, it will be a pharmacist who approves after a simple health screening at the pharmacy.
Even though it's been out in theaters for awhile, there was quite a bit of people in the theater with us when we went to the movies not long ago. Daisy convinced me to watch Inside Out instead of Jurassic World. I'm actually glad I did because (as I've already said before) it was awesome. Daisy really liked it too. When she needed another soda, she refused to leave her seat. So I had to be the nice husband and get it for her. I didn't want to leave my seat either.
The Lady is about the Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi who is very important to the country's history of taking steps towards democracy. She's still alive, and I recently heard that those still holding on to the country's power keeping find up reasons to prevent her from being the most powerful person in the country.
In the Asian country of Burma (also known as Myanmar), the country had been ruled by a military dictatorship known as the junta since a coup in 1962. It seemed that the military junta gave in to democracy in 1990 by giving other parties the chance to have power. A woman named Aung San Suu Kyi led a pro-democracy party to win a super-majority in that election. The military-junta ignored the results, so instead of becoming Prime Minister, Aung San Suu Kyi was eventually put under house arrest until 2010.