While I don't watch every movie that Daisy chooses, I wasn't surprised to see Letters to Juliet. While I haven't really heard of the movie, it has Amanda Seyfried in the leading role. Daisy and I loved Seyfried in Veronica Mars and Les Miserables. I wasn't sure if I would even like Letters to Juliet but it really surprised me.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Thursday, January 30, 2014
When I was a kid Street Fighter II was one of the coolest games we had on SNES. The series had seen many editions, spin-offs, and sequels, but this is the first time I really played the Alpha series. Since PSN has classics for the original Playstation, I thought I'd start with first Street Fighter Alpha.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
I remember when Cowboys & Aliens came out in 2011. I thought the concept was rather dumb, and I wasn't exactly motivated to go see it. However a few years later I decided it may be at least somewhat good. It has got James Bond actor Daniel Craig, the legendary Harrison Ford, and the lovely Olivia Wilde.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
As I mentioned earlier I recently went to the dentist for the first time in a decade and found a lot of unfortunate surprises. I had teeth fillings in two visits, and besides a little nervousness about needles (been many years) it was fine. Unlike the metal ones (amalgam) I got when I was a teenager the news ones are called composites. They are the same color as your teeth and after the first few days you can't even tell you have them.
I was suppose to get a root canal and a crown but I later changed my mind. I first thought a crown was something made of metal but instead it's like a fake tooth that sits on the base on what's left of your real tooth. Since I was going to lose most of that tooth anyhow, I just got it pulled instead. Luckily it's far back enough not to be noticed and all my trips were painless.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Back in 2007 I had no idea that the movie Atonement even existed. I loved James McAvoy's portrayal of the young Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class. I also really like Keira Knightley as an actress. I had heard Atonement had done really well critically so all three factors made me want to see it.
Olympic swimming events opened for women competitors in 1912, however zero of those athletes were from the United States. Officials at the time did not approve of women competing in such attire. Medals were instead won by Australia (with help from New Zealand), Great Britain, Germany, and Austria.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
I recently heard of this story the other day, and it beyond infuriated me. Even when I considered myself a Christian, I still considered America's freedom of religion and secularism as one of the nation's highest achievements. I live in the South, but in a rather urban area and my schools were very secular like they should be. However the staff at Negreet High School in a very rural spot in Louisiana have thought they were above the laws of the United States Constitution.
While SquareEnix might be one the biggest names when it comes to video game RPGs, I have to say I haven't found many of their games to be very compelling. I've tried many of the Final Fantasy games but none of them really kept me entertained. I heard of Chrono Trigger's epic reputation, and when it came out on the Nintendo DS I was hoping I would at least like it. I didn't just like it, I loved it!
While the biblical story of Noah's Ark is often criticized for being scientifically impossible, this has never stopped people for searching for it. There has been many claims by various groups and individuals over the years saying they had "found" the mythical vessel with no evidence. The most credible person in modern times to look for the ark was astronaut James Irwin who was a devout Christian. He led two searches for Noah's Ark in modern-day Turkey and was disappointed to find nothing. He said "I've done all I possibly can, but the Ark continues to elude us."
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Recently a Federal judge ruled Oklahoma's marriage inequality law unconstitutional, and if the ruling stays it will be the first state in the deep South where marriage equality will be a reality. The reasoning for it being unconstitutional is that is contradicts the 14th amendment's equal protection clause. Now State Rep. Mike Turner (R-Edmond) has thrown out the idea of prohibiting all marriages to satisfy the equal protection clause requirement. Honestly I think it's pathetic that someone would resort to a bizarre idea like this to discriminate against the LGBT community, but I bet social-conservatives are now feeling a bit ironic as now someone (from their own party) is trying to infringe on their civil liberties.
I had remembered when Skies of Arcadia came out for Sega Dreamcast. Following the system's early demise, it was eventually released on the Nintendo Gamecube. I had given it a chance a few years later, and I have never regretted it.
Clark Gable, an actor best known for his role as Rhett Butler in the film Gone with the Wind joined the Air Force (when it was still part of the U.S. Army) during World War II despite being one of the biggest actors in Hollywood. Gable was ironically Germany's tyrant leader's favorite actor and he promised his soldiers a impressive reward if they were able to bring in Clark Gable unharmed.
Friday, January 24, 2014
While most Star Wars games are based on either the prequel movies or the original trilogy, Knights of the Old Republic was set even before Yoda's time. About 4000 years before Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker during the days of the original Republic.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
While many of the sequels did improve many things, it's hard to compare to the nostalgia and awesomeness of the original Pokemon. In America we had the Red and Blue Versions (Japan had Green instead of Blue) where certain pokemon were only available in each version. While some criticize the series always having two versions, I admit it did make us more sociable as we had to rely on friends and siblings to make the game more fun.
When the English War of the Roses was over, Henry VII became King and also founded the House of Tudor. Unlike many monarchs in English history, Henry VII did not obtain the throne through his family tree. Henry VII's forces managed to defeat King Richard III in battle, and he claimed the crown in victory.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
While Mario has had plenty of spin-offs, this was the first time Mario had two spin-offs of a similar game. While Paper Mario was a great game, in 2003 a new sub-series was born with Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga. Instead of graphical style that looks like artistic paper, the graphics were generally the same as any other 2D Mario game.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
For much I adore the Mario RPGs, Paper Mario was ironically one of the last ones I had played. I missed out on it when it came out on N64, but managed to play it when it came for the Wii's Virtual Console. While I thought the sequel The Thousand Year Door was a good game, this was beyond awesome.
When President William McKinley was murdered by the politically-enraged Leon Czolgosz, his wife Ida McKinley went into a deep depression. She was so upset by the loss of her husband, that she couldn't bear to go to his funeral.
Monday, January 20, 2014
In 2000, I had played Pokemon Blue so much, there wasn't much left to do. I don't ever remember exactly wishing for a sequel right away, but when I heard about it was a big deal. The original was a such a master-piece, and a sequel with new improvements and pokemon was a dream come true.
When King Charles II of Spain died without an heir (he had no children), many nations in Europe eventually started the War of the Spanish Succession. The war was a bitter debate on who in Europe had the right to be King after Charles II. Many in Europe feared that if the new King Phillip V also gained the right to the French throne (which was possible) that it would upset the balance of power on the continent. In the end Phillip V remained King but with the compromise of denouncing any right to be King of France.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
While Bioware received universal appraise for developing Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic, they had disappointed many by opting not to make a sequel themselves. I had heard that they found that making sure every character in the Star Wars universe (even little things like eye color) was correct was very tiresome. So in retrospect it wasn't terribly shocking to see them make a game based on ancient China and its mythology. That game would be Jade Empire.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
While generally over-looked by American gamers in the 90's, Super Mario RPG was the original RPG starring Nintendo's Mario. It was also developed by Square, the same guys behind the Final Fantasy series. It came out in 1996, and with the N64 and Super Mario 64 releasing later that year it wasn't hard to guess why it was "ignored". Despite that, it had quite the legacy among fans considering it to be a masterpiece. I was more than excited when it came out for the Wii's Virtual Console.
While Jacqueline Kennedy was one of America's most memorable First Ladies, she actually disliked the title. She advised her secretary once "The one thing I do not want to be called is First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse."
Friday, January 17, 2014
Far from my favorite genre of video games, I did have a lot of fun recalling my favorite RPGs. It is also a video game genre terribly hard to define (I certainly don't count the Zelda games as part of the genre), as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords is not a typical one. While games like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest made slow turn-based combat almost synonymous with the genre, the KOTOR series is in real-time.
While Joseph Priestley had many scientific achievements, his greatest (though an honor he shares with Carl Wilhelm Scheele) would probably be the discovery of oxygen. He was even able to isolate it from other elements in the air.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
One night I took Daisy home and we heard the sound of a bell in the distance. Being around Christmas I joked it was "Santa" but then this cat jumped right on the porch to say "hello". Daisy told me she thinks the cat belongs to her neighbors, but the cat is pretty friendly. I took this photo the 2nd time I saw it, after he greeted me when I drove to Daisy's house.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Being agnostic, I loved finding the Unitarian Universalist Church which features members of many religious and non-religious viewpoints. Our local Unitarian Universalist church just celebrated their 60th anniversary (back when it was a traditional Unitarian church) this past Sunday. After the service, we had a little party to celebrate.
In the 19th century, President Ulysses S. Grant originally wanted the Dominican Republic (known then as Santo Domingo) to join the United States with promise of eventual statehood. He thought it would be a safe haven for African-Americans who were being oppressed in the Southern United States. The move failed to gain approval from Congress.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The Five-Year Engagement was something my fiancee Daisy picked out for us to watch. I don't think I recall hearing about it back in 2012, but I like Jason Segel as an actor. Being currently engaged, it seemed like a perfect movie anyways.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Due to work, I missed my niece Little Iz's first birthday party. So I gave my niece her birthday present a little later. She had adored Daisy's polar teddy-bear, so after that I made sure that's what she would get for her birthday.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
One of the most famous military medals, the purple heart (given to soldiers wounded or killed while serving) originated back in the 18th century. When the modern medal was modernized in the 20th century, it featured a portrait of George Washington himself.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
While I'm not surprised since he was in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but Kirby's nemesis is set to be in the fourth Super Smash Bros. game. While he was never my favorite, I did respect that he was one of the few characters to play almost exactly how he is in his series. I'm glad to see him return.
Thomas Edison is known for creating the light-bulb (though he does share the honor with some other inventors), and that may have helped Edison with one of his fears. He admitted that he was afraid of the dark.
Friday, January 10, 2014
I few years ago I did remember hearing about Alpha and Omega. My fiancee Daisy loves husky dogs (though this movie is about wolves), and she decided she wanted to see it. I hadn't heard terribly awesome critical opinions, but I decided to see if it was at least half as good as a Pixar classic.
While the U.S. Senate is represented by two Senators of each U.S. state, the House of Representatives are represented based on a state's population. The first congress had only 59 representatives, and grew along with the country's population. However Congress in 1911 prevented that number from going higher than 435 regardless of population.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
I had some tooth pain that I couldn't stand so I went to the dentist for the first time in ages. Good news is that the first visit was complimentary, which included this electric toothbrush and some other stuff. The bad news is that I'll need to get a root canal and a crown.