Thursday, March 22, 2018

Photo: Queen Elsa and Belle Disney World

 My niece loves Frozen but it seems she didn't like Queen Elsa here too much. She's very anti-social, and I assume it's probably because the Elsa here doesn't look too much like her animated self. The silver-blonde wigs often look more fake than real on most women I've noticed.

Question: When Did Your Sweet Tooth Dull?

I remember when I was a kid, I liked candy about as much as a dog likes people-food...or candy. But when I hit my mid-20's, I rarely ever had much candy. I do like some here and there, but I could never finish a large quantity of it anymore. 

When did your taste-buds dull for sweets? 

Fact of the Day: Maternal Milk

While virtually all mammals provide milk to their young before they are ready for more solid foods, it also has more benefits than that. Besides the nutrients, often a mother's antibodies are in the milk which helps her baby's immune system. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Photo: Daisy and Donald Duck

 These were taken during my brother's family vacation to Disney World. My niece seems to like Donald Duck.

Story: Daisy's Wine

I don't drink, but after a family event, Daisy wanted to drink wine after tasting some from what her cousins had gotten. I was rather curious to see what Daisy was like with wine in her system, so I agreed. I poured about two glasses, waited awhile, but Daisy seemed about the same. I kept asking her if she wanted more and she told me that she did. Once she was "drunk", things didn't seem too different, she was just far more calm than usual. I was starting to think she had a pretty good tolerance until about an hour later when she vomited in the toilet. Now if she wants wine, she can only have two glasses at best.   

Fact of the Day: Lambert Simnel

Lambert Simnel was a boy who was picked by a priest named Richard Simon to pretend to be King Edward IV's nephew Edward Plantagenet, 17th Earl of Warwick. If this had been true, he would have been a serious rival to the throne on the Yorkist side of the War of the Roses and serious threat to the Tudor king Henry VII. This charade was eventually suppressed, since Simon was a priest he was not killed but rather imprisoned. King Henry VII most likely saw Simnel as a pawn too young to realize what he was doing, and had him pardoned then he was given a job by the royal household.    

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Things I Hate: Kid Cobra (Arms)

 Despite looking like one of the coolest characters in Arms, he's not that great.

Photo: Hug From Mickey Mouse at Disney World

I was really shocked to see this photo, my niece Little K HATES "big people" along with mascots and I've seen her scream bloody murder at the big giant rat at Chuck E. Cheese birthday party. She must really like Mickey Mouse.  

Fact of the Day: Many Doctors

There are three main types of doctorates, you have medical doctors (MDs), doctors of philosphy (Ph.D.) and doctors of science (Sc.D.).  

Monday, March 19, 2018

Photo: Little K and the Star Wars at Disney World

 Since Star Wars is now part of Disney, they've had a few years to introduce The Force to the Disney parks. Here are my brother and his family with BB-8.

Born in China (2016 Film) Review

 Disneynature isn't quite as old as you'd think it'd be but they've come out with some pretty good natural documentaries over the years. Born in China was a co-op production with a Chinese media group, but for the Western release, it apparently was all Disney to most people. Either way I was intrigued so I decided to watch it.

Fact of the Day: Burajiru

In the early 20th century, Brazil's coffee industry was expanding but they couldn't keep up the demand for labor especially with a decreasing amount of European immigrants. So in time many Japanese immigrants came to work the farms. This is the major reason why Brazil has the highest amount of Japanese-immigrants in the world with 1.6 million residents/citizens.  

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Photo: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

I knew my brother and his family were down in Florida at Disney World, so it was strange seeing them in Atlanta Braves gear. That's our MLB team (not many teams nearby except the Atlanta Braves) but I didn't know why they seemed to be wearing the caps and shirts. Turns out, the team has spring training down there in Orlando, so they got to experience that. 

Beautiful Creatures (2013 film) Review

 Beautiful Creatures is a movie I had mild interest in when I saw it. I didn't know much about besides Emmy Rossum being in it and the fact that it had something to do with dark magic or something like that. It's actually based on the 2009 book of the same name by authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I also didn't notice but the male-lead star of this movie, Alden Ehrenreich is going to be a younger version of Han Solo in the new Star Wars spinoff movie later this year.

Fact of the Day: Time Travel Party

In an effort to "disprove" time travel, Stephen Hawking invited all time travelers to a party with the exact time, date, and location. He sent the invitations after the party was over, and nobody showed up to the party. 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Things I Like: Byte and Barq (Arms)

 Byte and Barq are an interesting duo in Arms. Basically a robot cop and his robotic dog.

Photo: Cinnamon Bread Twists From Domino's Pizza

The other day I got a pizza from Domino's, and on the app it asked if wanted to add the cinnamon bread twists for almost nothing, so that sounded good to me as Daisy wanted to try them too. Since I had the whole pizza to myself, I only got to try a little so Daisy could have most of it, but it was pretty good. Though I rarely ever get side items, mainly because I get too stuffed on pizza. 

Fact of the Day: Charles the Political

While the English/British monarchy would not be "constitutional" for many more years, the idea of a constitutional monarchy was offered to King Charles I of England by Parliament during the English Civil War. Charles I refused and he was eventually executed.   

Friday, March 16, 2018

Photo: Little FDR

This is my nephew Mr. C in costume as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt for some kind of school project. I'll admit, I didn't recognize him as FDR at first. My nephew certainly doesn't have the gray hair, wrinkles, or the polio to complete the costume, but that's a good thing.  

Things I Hate: Generation Z and Millennial Confusion

One thing members of the Baby Boomers generation and Generation X love to do more than complain about the young people is to get our generations confused. While every generation has no clear start and end dates, Millennial grew up in the new millennium, all of us were born in the 20th century. We are Generation Y because we came after X. Every kid in high school today, is a member of Generation Z, many of them are getting to vote for the first time soon. It's also hard to say if the Generation Z name will actually stick but some alternatives have been the iGeneration or the Homeland Generation. 

Fact of the Day: The Simpsons Oregon

In the TV series, The Simpsons, their hometown of Springfield is located in an unknown state and the show's writers have given contradictory "clues" of where its located in America. While the fictional is based on many things, Matt Groening says it's officially named after the Springfield in his home-state of Oregon. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Things I Like: Mechanica (Arms)

 Mechanica is one of the most notable characters in Arms as she clearly is some normal girl in a big suit of armor instead of relying on her natural form to fight.

Photo: Mr. K Basketball Player

This is my oldest nephew Mr. K in his basketball gear. I've never played basketball on a team in my youth, but I can imagine it's tough labor playing those games. 

Fact of the Day: Close Cousins

While the marrying of two first cousins has been around in human history for a very long time, it has declined greatly since the 20th century. Despite that, it's estimated at least ten percent of the world's married couples are 2nd cousins or closer. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Photo: Rainbow Light Bulb

Our city, Spartanburg, South Carolina has many of these light bulb statues all over the city. They're all different designs, this one in Drayton Mills is decorated with rainbow colors and some other little props. I'm not quite sure the reasoning of why it was a rainbow, I tried looking it up but could not find a clear answer. I thought it might of been a LGBT pride thing (as our city hosts the only pride parade in the Upstate area), but it might be just because the artist wanted to make it colorful. 

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005 Film) Review

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is something I've been meaning to watch for quite some time now. While it originally started as a radio comedy, its creator Douglas Adams then made a very popular book series. I do vaguely recall a television series being made as well. Now I can't say I literally watched/read any of the previous works. What really pushed me to watch it is that Martin Freeman (who plays John Watson on Sherlock and Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit movies) was in the lead role in the movie.

Stephen Hawking Dies at 76

Arguably the most brilliant mind of the modern day, Stephen Hawking has died of natural causes. It's amazing of all the work he has done for the world, especially considering how horrid his form of ALS really was. While the average man would be almost useless in such a state, Hawking proved you can sail way beyond the horizon in success. While the man is passed, his energy is not dead, it is still one with the universe. 

Fact of the Day: Slow iPods

While Apple's iPod was the dominant choice of media player (before the age of smartphones), its first few years saw a slow start. Mainly because of it being so expensive and (at first) only working with Mac computers. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Rex Tillerson Out as Trump's Secretary of State

 Many industries are well known for high-turn over due to workers either not liking (or getting fired from) their jobs, but I don't think there are many fields that are lasting as little as a role in the Trump Cabinet. Rex Tillerson is now out as Sec. of State, which I'm surprised didn't happen after it was leaked that he called Trump a moron in frustration. But he just recently blamed Russia over something, and Trump's BFF Vladimir Putin can't tolerate that.  

Question: Are You Good at Chess?

I don't typically consider myself good at chess or even checkers. I know how to play the game, but I lose more often that not against veteran players. When I'm doing good I rarely ever win, I just end up in pointless stalemates.  

Are you skilled at chess? 

Fact of the Day: Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario is the only Great Lake that does not reside (at least partly) in the U.S. state of Michigan. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Things I Like: Twintelle (Arms)

 Twintelle is one of the fighters in Arms, and one of its most popular characters. My little brother (through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program) is pretty good at the game, but he hates when I use her because she usually can easily defeat his favorite Master Mummy.

Photo: Daisy and Olivia

Since all of her cousins came down to see Daisy's cancer-stricken grandmother recently, Daisy got to see her baby first cousin-once removed (i.e. her first cousin's daughter) probably for the first time as they live in Minnesota. Her name is Olivia, and she is a semi-friendly baby. She let Daisy hold her for a little while, but she made it clear (without bursting into tears) that she wanted her mommy or grandpa soon later.   

Fact of the Day: James II Vs. William Douglas

While many kings quarreled with their lords, King James II of Scotland took a bitter dispute to the extreme when he fatally stabbed an Earl by the name of William Douglas. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Photos: Baby Birds at Tractor Supply Spartanburg

 I'm not "rural" in culture enough to need much from Tractor Supply, but every spring I at least like to look at the baby ducks and baby chickens there. They had way more than I remembered last year.

Things I Hate: Left Wing Atheists Refuse to Criticize Islam (Argument)

Being very non-religious I follow several Atheist/Agnostic pages on social media. Very often an anti-Islam thing comes up and sparks a debate. While most irreligious people are left-wingers, there are quite a few right-wing atheists and agnostics just like there are left-wing devout Christians who are far outnumbered by their conservative peers. They often mock left-wingers as we are "soft" on Islam and only focus on "attacking" Christianity.

Fact of the Day: Pope Pius V and Queen Elizabeth I

While never a Catholic (despite attempts by her sister Mary I) Queen Elizabeth I was officially excommunicated by Pope Pius V. With the order, the Pope declared that all Catholics in England were free of allegiance to Elizabeth I. It even went steps further and excommunicated any Catholic loyal to the Protestant Queen. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Things I Like: Min Min (Arms)

 Min Min is one of my personal favorite fighters in Arms. In the story she is part of Ramen royalty (WTF is that anyway?) and she is a big parody almost of Ramen eating in general.

Photo: Pi-Squared Pizza Spartanburg

The other day we went to Pi-Squared Pizza in Spartanburg in the Drayton Mills neighborhood. It was one of the hardest restaurants I ever had to find. It's actually built in one of the old mill buildings, so it doesn't stand out like a typical eatery would. The first one in our county was in Boiling Springs, but this one was way closer to our house.   

Fact of the Day: Digestion

While most people think of the stomach when it comes to digesting food, it's really the next stage in the small intestine where the majority of digestion takes place. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Photo: Daisy and Peter Rabbit

Daisy's not a tough movie critic (it has to be really bad before she'll say something) but she liked the movie Peter Rabbit as well. 

Peter Rabbit (2018 Film) Review

 Despite being over one hundred years old, I never really spent much time with any work of fiction based on Peter Rabbit, who was originally penned by Beatrix Potter. I didn't realize the movie was coming out until about the time it was released. My mind first thought of Hop and I didn't know if I was ready for another bunny adventure. But Daisy and I needed something to spend a night at the movies with, so that's what we chose. The film had mixed reactions from critics and fans, but what did I think of it? 

Fact of the Day: International Red Fox

While the red fox is believed to have evolved in Eurasia, they are also present in North America. New World red foxes are believed to have been separated from the Old World red foxes for about 400,000 years. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Super Smash Bros. Coming to Nintendo Switch

 I heard this was probably going to be official soon enough, and I was not shocked at all to hear today that is now confirmed that Super Smash Bros. will be on Nintendo Switch.

Photo: Silly Face at Disney Restaurant

This is my niece Little K making silly faces while sitting down for a meal at Disney World. 

The Breadwinner (2017 Film) Review

I didn't hear of The Breadwinner until fairly recently. I'm always a sucker for animated films, and this one sure didn't look like the average one. Instead of being a typical "family-friendly" animated film, it's really a more realistic tale of a horrid society/regime that reigned in Afghanistan from 1996-2001. The movie is based on the book of the same name by Deborah Ellis, and she based the story on real-life accounts that she heard from refugees. The movie was nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Picture as well.

Fact of the Day; Tattoo

The English word tattoo is taken from the Samoan word tatau which means "to strike".

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Photo: Little K at Disney World

I can't read her mind, but I want to say this week is probably my niece Little K's favorite time of her life so far. This is her first trip to Disney World. 

Story: Tea and Pizza

Back when I was in Kindergarten, we took a field trip to Pizza Inn (seriously) and it was a pretty lame idea on a educational level. I did get to see and walk in the freezer/cooler so that was pretty neat I thought. I always liked pizza but...

Fact of the Day: Coffee Bar

A server at a coffee place is typically called a barista, which is Italian for "bartender".