With a month over, I decided to show my personal favorite things for the month of January 2013. They can be new or old, it doesn't matter.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
I used to take my dog Zelda for walks in a local park all the time. I would like to go near the very small lake the park had on the nature trail. I think this was the time that the ducks walked by, and she growled like a wolf. The ducks were smart enough not to say hello.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Ness is the star of the Earthbound series, which has only seen one title get an American release. He's one of the last unlockable characters in the original Super Smash Bros., and I honestly never heard of him at the time.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
When I got sick with the flu, I had a lot of time on my hands. I decided to check out The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes on Netflix Instant, and managed to finish the first season in about a week. I loved the major motion picture last year, but the cartoon is less stellar.
Captain Falcon is one of the first unlockable characters in the series, and the first I didn't know. He is the main star of the F-Zero racing series, which is one I never played much. Since he was the star of a racing game, he was the series' fastest character.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Many months back, my girlfriend Daisy introduced me into the Road to Avonlea series. It's related to Anne of Green Gables, and features many of the actors from the 1980's mini-series. Daisy and I love the first two seasons, and sure enough we had to watch the third.
Mario's twin brother Luigi made an appearance in the original Super Smash Bros. If I remember right, he was the first unlockable character.
Despite his work that led to the invention of the radio (one disputed with Guglielmo Marconi) Nikola Tesla had nearly devoted the later part of his life to pigeons. He nursed many back to health, and spent two thousand dollars to heal a single white pigeon.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Most in the scientific community are well aware of Stephen Hawking, who may be one of the greatest minds to ever walk the Earth. I saw his TV special on Netflix Instant, and I had to give it a look. It's comprised of 3 very good episodes about life, our solar system, and the universe as a whole.
Fox McCloud ditched his arwing spaceship for the first time for some more personal combat in the original Super Smash Bros. He's appeared in every sequel since.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
I've been watching a lot of DC comics films lately, but I was a little hesistant to watch Superman/Batman Apocalypse. I thought at first that this was some kind of doomsday story involving Batman and Superman but that's not the case.
One of the most classic cartoon moments of all time is the Looney Tunes' Roadrunner outrunning the desperate coyote. However in real-life, the road-runner would not be so lucky. They can run about 20 mph while the coyote can reach speeds up to 43 mph while in pursuit.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Nintendo's favorite copy cat (Kirby can absorb the powers of foes) made an appearance in the very first Super Smash Bros game and has appeared in every one since.
Galileo Galilei was one the main scientists responsible for proving that the Earth revolves around the Sun, and not the other way around. The Catholic Church found his research to be against what's said in scripture and forced Galileo to say his findings were false even though they were scientific fact.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The early 2000s were a pretty crazy moment in hype for Harry Potter fans. While all the books and movies were popular, but the the first couple of years were something else. I remember when they made the first game based on the original book/movie, and it was one of the biggest games of the year.
Being mammals, dolphins need air to breath. Which poses the question on how do dolphins sleep? Well the main way they do it is that they can shut down half of their brain while the other half goes on alert mode while slowly swimming. Then it will switch to the other side when the other half has gotten enough sleep.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I remember when Treasure Planet came out in 2002, but I didn't even come close to going to see it. I think my brother might of seen it, but I'm not surprised to learn that it flopped at the box office. I thought the art style was rather atrocious, and I bet others did too. I guess it wasn't that bad, but I wanted to give the whole film a chance now even if it's 11 years later.
Mario's dino pal Yoshi also appears in the Super Smash Bros. series. His popularity unsurprisingly got him in the original game too.
Hedgehogs have few very successful predators in the wild. This is because they curl up in a ball protected by the spiky quills on it's back. Their major cause of harm is from accidental collision with man-made objects like cars, litter, and lawn tools for example.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
While Superman may be the most iconic superhero in history, he's not exactly had the greatest share of fantastic video games. In-fact Superman 64 is considered not only the Man of Steel's worst moment, but one of the worst games of all time.
So Sunday was the official start of Barack Obama's 2nd term as President of the United States. Since the date fell on Sunday, they had 2 inaugural ceremonies. The official one took place on Sunday in a private ceremony, while the huge public event took place on Monday.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Samus Aran is the super-star legend of the Metroid series. Even though she didn't get her own N64 game, she did appear in the original Super Smash Bros. game on N64.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
The late 80's was the start of many classic RPG series. Enix had Dragon Quest, Squaresoft had Final Fantasy, and Sega had Phantasy Star. This Sega Master System RPG might of been a distant 3rd place, but it does belong in the hearts of many Sega fans.
While the name "Fido" is synonymous with dogs, it actually means "trust" or "faithful" in Latin. The reason the name became popular is mainly credited to President Abraham Lincoln. A few years before he was elected president, he had named his dog Fido.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Mario's original villain made his first appearance in the Super Smash Bros. games with the original. His brute strength and powerful blows made him a formidable character. I used him a good bit in the original. Especially when it was fun to throw people with his grab move.
I'm not exactly the biggest fan of Superman to be honest. But I've been giving him more interest after watching the excellent works based on his friend Batman. I came across All-Star Superman which is an original story outside the official comic story-line.
Friday, January 18, 2013
While Coca-Cola might have Santa Claus as their mascot, Pepsi has Pepsiman. Who's Pepsiman you ask? Well he's the ultimate super-hero who saves thirsty people. Except he's only well-known in Japan for being a goofy mascot for Pepsi.
Lately I've been watching a lot of things based on Batman. I've known about Batman: Under the Red Hood for a little while but never picked it up. Never heard of the villain before, but it's actually one of the most interesting stories based on the comics.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Shortly before Richard Nixon resigned because of the Watergate scandal, Dr. Seuss changed the title of his book Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! into Richard Nixon Will You Please Go Now! The whole story was published in the column of his friend Art Buchwald with every mention of Marvin K. Mooney replaced with Richard Nixon. Dr. Seuss was a life-long liberal democrat.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
As a child I loved reading every book I could from Dr. Seuss. While the animated TV specials were good, the two other major movies (I never saw Horton Hears a Who) based on Dr. Seuss work were hard to guess. I really liked The Grinch but the movie based on Cat in the Hat was beyond horrible. But I still wanted to give The Lorax a try.
So I recently started to tap into my artistic side, and my first sketch was of a cartoon-like polar bear. Someone suggested I make a new painting of a polar bear which shows more than his face. However I wanted to do something new so I picked a bird house. Why? Because I'm painting a real bird house to use in my backyard when spring comes. I'm not exactly happy with the way the painting came out, but I can speak highly about the real one.