Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Story: Rainbow Paint

As I mentioned before, I work in a paint department. I've gotten some strange calls over the years, and one of the ones I remember most is someone asking for "rainbow paint" where you can paint "all seven" colors in one. I was pretty sure it was a prank, but there are people that stupid. While I will say "nothing is impossible" but since paint shakes with pigment to blend all together, it would be pretty hard for a chemist to come up with such a thing and for such a stupid request too. 

Fact of the Day: Queen Politics

When Mary, Queen of Scots was found to have worked with conspirators to commit regicide against Elizabeth I of England, it left the English queen in a bit of a predicament. Any lesser ranked person would be executed without a second thought, but Elizabeth feared the backlash. While Elizabeth ordered her death anyway, her ultimate concern was that Mary's son King James VI of Scotland (who was ironically Elizabeth's heir and eventually successor) would ally with a foreign power against England in revenge. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Photos: Painting My Living Room Walls Beige

Being a home-owner, painting is a reality. It took me well over a year to get around to painting the living room. I wouldn't say I "hated" the color that the previous family chose but it certainly was not something I was loving. It really is a grey, but it often looks really blue-gray and sometimes even grayish-green depending on the light and camera with the pictures. Grays typically do this and I hate gray colors (too depressing in my opinion) so I went beige in the neutrals.   

My Top Five Tim Burton Films

This list could eventually change in my mind since Tim Burton isn't done making movies, but I have realized that most of his best was always his earliest movies. He really took a lot of creative genius with them while his more recent movies kind of lack it.

Fact of the Day: Kazakh Soviets

Kazakhstan while not as a big or well-known as Russia, was part of the Soviet Union. The native Kazakhs suffered greatly in their early days in the Soviet Union. When famines hit the nation, its estimated that 40% of its native people either died of starvation or fled the country. 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Photo: Santa Phone

Our local Target had this cute little Christmas booth setup. Daisy here was trying to call Santa and ask for a truck of stuffed animals, but the call dropped under mysterious circumstances. 

Fact of the Day: New Romes

While the main Roman Empire fell in 476 (and the Byzantine Empire in 1453); the Frankish Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Russian Tsardom (though Russia's was more inspired by the Byzantine Empire) were all attempts to revive the glory of Rome. 

Things I Like: Baby Bowser (Mario Series)

 Baby Bowser is the much younger form of Mario's nemesis Bowser. While he looks almost the same as his future-son Bowser Jr., we see him for the first time when Mario is a baby and Yoshi is trying to save Mario's brother Luigi. Bowser's caretaker Kamek wanted both Mario and Luigi to be Bowser's friends, kinda sad if you think about it.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Photos: Little Ones Christmas Presents Round Two

 Since Christmas is soon, we already got most of the gifts already under the tree. I decided to get my niece Little Iz this board game.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017 Film) Review

 I wouldn't say I had much hype for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets back in the summer, but I was interested at least. It's based on a French comic book series called Valerian and Laureline which started all the way back in 1967. I think the main reason I wanted to see it was because of Cara Delevingne, she had been originally a fashion model (including Victoria's Secret) but moved on to acting. She hasn't really had many decent roles so far, the most notable being the villain Enchantress and her human host Dr. June Moone in DC"s Suicide Squad. But I will say I do have a mild crush on her. Her co-star is Dane DeHaan who played Harry Osborn in the Marc Webb's 2nd Spider-Man movie, but I didn't like his version of it.

Fact of the Day: Columbia TV

The TV network CBS stands for Columbia Broadcasting System. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Photo: Beary Christmas

 Daisy loves Christmas, one of the reasons why is all the cute bears around. She tried getting this one, but I told her no.

Favorite Quotes: Anyone Can Be President

"In America, anyone can become president. That's the problem." 

- George Carlin

I always loved George Carlin, he was calling things for what they were, even stuff that happened after he died. That quote never became truer than on election day last year. Have to imagine what our friend George Carlin would be saying about Mango Mussolini if he were alive to criticize him. 

Fact of the Day: Violin Fiddle

Violins and fiddles are actually exactly the same, the only difference is the style of music people play on it. Violins are synonymous with classical music, while it's common for violins to be called fiddles in country, bluegrass, and folk music. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Photo: Star Wars Christmas

 A local supermarket near us named Bi-Lo apparently really went all out to get Star Wars decor and stuff for Christmas this year, I guess in hopes to leech off the hype of The Last Jedi movie which comes out not long before Christmas. Daisy wanted her picture with the cardboard stormtrooper.

Story: Not so Clear Coat on Deck

While working in a paint department, I had an old man come up to me one day and said he put a clear coat on his deck but now it was white. I asked him to show me what it was, as some people grab the wrong thing. He took me to an expensive deck resurfacer paint which was white in the bucket and we could tint it any color with our machine. I guess he thought it would dry clear, but the paint is pretty thick, I don't know what made him think that. Not only did he waste so much paint, he had to remove it all, then clear-coat his deck with real clear sealant. I asked him if anybody helped him and he said that he just grabbed it. That's why you ask if you don't know. 

Fact of the Day: Paul Brown

The NFL team the Cleveland Browns are named after Paul Brown, who founded the team and was the original head coach. While a great innovator in the sport, he was not well-liked. He was eventually fired, and he went to go on and found the other Ohio NFL team the Cincinnati Bengals. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Photo: Lost Dog

My brother found this lost dog at his house not long ago. Luckily they found the owners in no time. He has a collar for an electric dog fence, so I assume doggy was either extremely strong, or more likely the fence failed.  

Results From My Mother's DNA Test

 I took a DNA test awhile back, but my mother wanted hers as a Christmas gift this year and her results came early. I had assumed it would happen right near the actual day, but it's fine. Why get her one if I already have mine? Well I don't claim to know everything about genetics, but I do know that a child is 50% their father and 50% their mother (though technically the mother also gives out mitochondria DNA, your father does not) so half of your parents' DNA gets more-or-less lost in the merger that makes you. So the main makeup of her DNA is about the same as mine, Ireland/Scotland/Wales/England, Scandinavian, and Western Europe.

Fact of the Day: Leonid Khrushchev

Leonid Khrushchev was the son of Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev. He served in the Soviet Air Force during World War II where his plane was shot down under mysterious circumstances. A popular theory is that he was captured by the Germans and worked with them.The theory also states that when Stalin found out, he had him executed. The theory is often used to explain why Khrushchev was so anti-Stalin after he assumed power. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Photo: Little R and Grandma's Hair

This is my niece Little R at her sister's early birthday party (since my brother/their father is leaving soon for Army duty in D.C.) at Chuck E. Cheese.  My mother had found that Little R loves playing with her hair, like many babies do to other women. 

Fact of the Day: King Albert Edward

King Edward VII of Great Britain was originally known as Prince Albert Edward. It seems his mother originally intended him to rule one day as King Albert I, but he felt that it would diminish the name of his father Prince Albert and that his father's name "should stand alone". 

My Pokken Tournament DX (Nintendo Switch) Impressions

 Pokken Tournament DX is the ultimate version of the original game on WiiU. Since the WiiU did poorly, they decided to re-release it again on Nintendo Switch. I was a bit skeptical but I have heard good things about it. But it basically makes a real fighting game for Pokemon instead of its traditional turn-based RPG format.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Photo: Christmas Dominos Tree

We got a pizza in early December at Domino's, and I saw they put this decent Christmas tree up. There were other holiday lights all over the pizza place. One of the few places I've noticed that somehow felt truly festive instead of forced festive.  

Favorite Quotes: War Dreams

"I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in."

-George McGovern

George McGovern might not be a familiar name to many millennials, but he was a sane man in some crazy times, for example he lost badly to Richard Nixon because people of that time thought Nixon was the "better" man. If it wasn't for decades of anti-war activism, I'm pretty sure George W. Bush would have drafted men of my generation into the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Like Vietnam, those were two wars created by old men that sent younger men to fight for their own desires.  

Fact of the Day: Ukraine WWII Deaths

Very much like Poland, Ukraine was a major disaster area during World War II after being stuck between Germany and Russia, though it was part of the Soviet Union. For many reasons, it's estimated that about 1 out of every 6 Ukrainians did not survive the war. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Photo: Popeyes Chicken Lunch Break

As I mentioned before, my in-laws don't live far at all from my work. So I took Daisy to Popeyes which is the 2nd most popular chicken restaurant in the United States. Despite its popularity, we rarely have them in South Carolina. This is the first one I can recall in our county, though its rather new. I heard mixed things from my co-workers, my co-worker Pat refuses to eat there after a few bad experiences. Daisy really wanted to go (she had some last at an airport in Dallas, Texas) so I figured I would rather attempt to make her happy. We had no problems at all. The table was clean, we didn't have to wait long for our food, and the food was good. I will say people aren't lying about those Popeyes biscuits making you thirsty.   

Story: Feathers or Bricks Riddle

I like this riddle because it's very simple and not complicated at all. The answer should be obvious but often times people do get this wrong or think too much on it and screw up. But here's the clever little riddle, lets see if you can solve it without help. What weighs more, a ton of bricks or a ton of feathers?

Fact of the Day: Truman in Retirement

While most U.S. President have more wealth before and after their presidency than most normal people, that was not the case for Harry S. Truman. After his terms were over, he only had a meager army pension, so he had to move in with his mother-in-law.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Photo: Santa Door

I forgot to do a Halloween one this year, but the day after Thanksgiving I got this Santa one out. Merry Christmas! 

My Top Five Worst Movie Sequels

Very rarely are movie sequels better than the originals, but many more are often worse and some are just horrid. Here are my top five film sequels that did not live up to par. 

Senate Passes Horrid Tax Plan in Middle of the Night

Historically taxes have been pretty low since the 2000's, but now Congress seems like they are most likely going to have a final version of the bill signed by Agolf Twitler into law soon enough. The Senate version is by the far the most despicable excuse for governing I've seen in quite some time, Senators were handed a bill hundreds of pages long mere hours before the vote and there was amendments written (badly) by hand on the side of the papers. This never worked recently in Oklahoma, Kansas, or in the 2000's with Bush. All that's going to happen is that the national-debt will further more and more, and the economy will probably see a recession somewhere around 2019-2021.

Fact of the Day: Poor Food

While it varies by location, however most food-banks throw away over half of the food that is collected from drives. Many times (especially canned food) is often over-expired and not suitable for consumption. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Photo: Thanskgiving at Daisy's Parents House

 Every year, after my brothers, we got to my in-laws. Daisy's grandparents were seeing her aunt in Texas, so almost nobody showed up. Daisy's dad already went to sleep by the time we got there too. Daisy invited her friend Amy, so they ate. I mainly just played with the in-laws cat Johann.

Favorite Quotes: Snowflake Fall

"No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place."

-Zen Proverb 

I like this quote as it sounds pretty cool and wise. Though I will say that it doesn't make sense literally, as what's a wrong place for snow to fall? A volcano? But it is funny how many things do seem to work themselves out...sometimes.

Fact of the Day: Jewish Spaniards

For centuries, modern-day Spain was under the rule of Muslims. Ironically this time period was a "golden age" of sorts for Jewish people living in Spain as their intellectual and spiritual lives flourished more-or-less during this time. It was only when Catholics tried to take land in Spain (and eventually were successful) that the lives of Jewish people started to go downhill (by the actions of both Muslims and Christians) eventually reaching a point where they either would have to convert, leave, or die. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Photo: Thanksgiving Kids Table

I don't remember if it happened like this last year, but my brother setup a kids table this year for Thanksgiving. I remember being their age and being sent to one myself. I always hated it, so I wasn't too shocked to see both my nephews attempt to convince their mother to let them sit on the couch like the grown-ups. 

My November 2017 Favorites

 November seemed like it lasted quite a long time. Here are my favorite things in entertainment.

Fact of the Day: Edgar Allen Poe Football

The Baltimore Ravens chose their mascot for two main reasons. Their MLB team the Baltimore Oriels use a bird as their mascot. But the main reason is that Edgar Allen Poe spent his early career in the city and is buried there as well. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Photo: Little R on Thanksgiving

My baby niece Little R was probably the most popular person at our Thanksgiving event. Unlike my niece Little K, she seems to be pretty people-friendly. 

Hell or High Water (2016 Film) Review

2016's Hell or High Water kinda slipped passed my radar last year. I don't even remember it coming out though it had plenty of Oscar nominations when the Academy Awards happened earlier this year. Though its box office run was rather mild, some movies are born just to win Oscars it seems sometimes. I'm pretty sure the only reason I knew about it was because I have been trying to catch up on movies with Jeff Bridges, as I think he is the one of the most talented people in Hollywood. The movie lost the Oscar for Best Picture to Moonlight, but what did I think of it?

Fact of the Day: Prince Johns

While John is not an unfamiliar name in English/British royal history, it had never been a name that amounted to much luck. King John had a disastrous reign where he lost some of his rights as king along with a lot of family land in France. Also two princes named John (one son of Edward VII and one son of George V) died young. Princess Diana had wanted to name her first son after her father John Spencer, but she was discouraged by royal tradition, so the family chose William instead. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Photo: Thanksgiving Cake 2017

Every year I get one of these cakes from Publix decorated in a Thanksgiving theme. They changed their plastic pilgrims to tiny versions. 

Things I Like: Green Gobbler Drain Opener

Over a year at our house, we haven't had many plumbing problems. My wife's fallen hair does make the bath tub fill with water when I take a shower. My bathroom sink also had collected quite a bit of sludge in the pipe. These little packs almost look like white sand but they work decently well but I wouldn't say they are that powerful. They seemed to "clean up" the sink and my tub is clear now so I'm happy at least. 

Fact of the Day: Free Ethiopia

Ethiopia was one of the rare few countries in Africa to never have been colonized by a European power. The closest it ever came to a conquering is when communists took over the country after a civil war and Ethiopia more-or-less was a puppet of the Soviet Union until the fall of Communism in the early 1990's. 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Photos: Painting the Trim in My Bedroom

 Back in August, I painted my bedroom. It took me some time to get around to painting the trim. When it's your bedroom, moving everything around does get old fast. I got a little blue paint on the window and on the trim back in August. But it was a good way to test to see how well the paint covered.

Around the World in 80 Days (2004 Film) Review

Around the World in 80 Days is not a movie I remember coming out around 2004. It's one of several (though as of 2017, the most recent) adaptations of the Jules Verne's novel of the same name. The only person in the cast I seemed to care about was Jackie Chan, though I later saw Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mark Addy (who later played Robert Baratheon on Game of Thrones) in the movie as well. 

Fact of the Day: Donald Trump's Hair

Donald Trump does claim his hair to be real, he also claims that he doesn't do much to it either. He also says the person who cuts his hair, is his wife Melania. 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Photo: Giant Dum Dum Lollipop

We found this giant dum dum lollipop at Big Lots. I learned my lesson with giant candy, it's fun to see but not nearly as delicious as you'd imagine. 

Favorite Quotes: George Carlin on Libertarianism

"One of the more pretentious political self-descriptions is "Libertarian." People think it puts them above the fray. It sounds fashionable, and to the uninitiated, faintly dangerous. Actually, it's just one more bull$#% political philosophy."

-George Carlin 

Those who don't know politics very well, might of never heard of the Libertarians who are aren't so much about liberty (though they claim as much) as they are just anti-government. 99% of self-identified Libertarians don't believe you should have any rights in the private sector. They don't believe government does any good in any circumstance. While I am a progressive democrat, I don't believe all my views are 100% right all the time, some things in politics are never 100% right or 100% wrong as many choices have pros and cons to them. Libertarianism is almost like a cult, as very few members I've ever met actually will criticize any platform the Libertarian Party for its faults. I recently heard a atheist Libertarian admit its hard to find a like-minded partner because right-wingers are usually Christian and atheists tend to be more left-wing. I told him it's not really correct to say you're a Libertarian atheist when a political belief is your religion and Ron Paul is your Jesus.