Nuggets of Wisdom

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1993 Disney Vacation Video

I’m sure most of you are wondering what my Top 11 List for Disney-uary is going to be. To give you a brick-to-the-face clue, here’s a vintage 1993 promotional video for Walt Disney World.

My folks ordered one of these videos back in the day, and you better believe that I watched the hell out of it as I waited in deathly anticipation for my first Disney World vacation that very next year.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Introducing Disney-uary!

Let’s face it: 2015 hasn’t exactly been a great year. Fortunately, the year will soon be over with a whole new year ahead of us. As such, I’d like to start out the year on a good note. What better way to do that than to focus on something that everyone loves: Disney!

Do I even need to say that I love Disney? Everyone does. I love it. You love it. We all love it. (Well, maybe the guy who directed Escape from Tomorrow didn’t love it, but nobody cares about him and his pretentious film that only angst teenagers consider “deep.”) So to start off this year, I’ve decided to dedicate an entire month to my love of all things Disney with something I’d like to call Disney-uary!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Force Awakens Was…Pretty Good

I just returned from watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I’ve been looking forward to watching this film ever since it was released nearly a week ago. I’ve been on the edge of my seat waiting in anticipation, even more so with how I’ve been doing my best to avoid spoilers.

It wasn’t easy. So many of my favorite reviewers provided their reactions to this film the very day it was released, and I had to avoid the temptation of reading or watching them to avoid any potential spoilers. With the Nostalgia Critic releasing his review of the movie this week, I decided to go ahead and watch the movie.

So, was it good? Yes. Absolutely, yes.

But was it great? Eh!

Did it live up to the hype? Again, eh!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Holiday Hiatus

Merry Belated Christmas, everyone! As a late Christmas gift, I’ve (finally!) uploaded the next three chapters of my fanfic, The Dark Stallion, to both FanFiction and FIMFiction. I’ve even create a Table of Contents so that you can conveniently view all the chapters on deviantART, FanFiction, and FIMFiction.

Aside from that, I’m going to take a break while I work on some other projects. I have a big project coming up next month that I’m super excited about. Until then, have a Happy New Year! ;)

The Dark Stallion TOC

The Dark Stallion

A unicorn in search of an artifact. A pegasus who lost his memories. A wandering swordspony who wields his sword against evil. When these three colts cross paths with the Mane 6, they begin encountering dark forces that befall Ponyville. Now they must team up to thwart the devious Shadow Clan and their leader, the Dark Stallion, all while trying to obtain the Amulet of Purity.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Cute: Bernie Wants To End The Fed

Ah, how cute: old grandpa Bernie Sanders thinks he can steal Rand Paul's supporters by calling to reign in the Federal Reserve:
Wall Street is still out of control. Seven years ago, the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department bailed out the largest financial institutions in this country because they were considered too big to fail. But almost every one is bigger today than it was before the bailout. If any were to fail again, taxpayers could be on the hook for another bailout, perhaps a larger one this time.

To rein in Wall Street, we should begin by reforming the Federal Reserve, which oversees financial institutions and which uses monetary policy to maintain price stability and full employment. Unfortunately, an institution that was created to serve all Americans has been hijacked by the very bankers it regulates.
Oh, so close! Sorry, Bernie, but the Fed wasn't "hijacked" by the big banks. It was created by them. The Fed has always served them because that's what it was created to do. Nothing has changed since then.

Also, if you care so much about the Fed, why did you completely destroy the Audit the Fed amendment? Sorry, you're just not the populist that Ron and Rand are.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

"Socialism" Vs Socialism

When Hugo Chavez first took office, he promised the Venezuelan people that his socialism would lift them out of poverty. Nearly two decades later, and Venezuela has only fallen deeper into poverty with one of the world's worst economy. The country faces shortages of basic necessities such as food and toilet paper on epidemic levels. Its citizens are forced to wait on long lines and use ID cards just to go grocery shopping. Some have become desperate enough to turn to looting and the black market to meet their needs. Politicians who once promised them that they would never go hungry again now tell them to eat fried rocks. Downtrodden, hungry, and tired from their oppression and desperation, the people recently voted out their ruling socialist party. Now only time will tell whether the country will recover from being a “socialist paradise.”

While one country overthrows its shackles of socialism, our very own country has a self-described socialist, Bernie Sanders, running for president and promising to bring socialism here. He ignores the failed socialist experiment that is Venezuela and instead points his finger across the pond to Scandinavian countries like Denmark. Like many socialist idealists, he claims those countries are “socialist utopias”—even though they really aren’t. Even their own leaders admit that their countries aren’t really that socialist.

While Scandinavia’s famous “Nordic Model” promotes a strong socialist welfare state, it also promotes free-market capitalism—and in recent years, those countries have rolled back their socialist policies in favor of market liberalization and privatization. Part of this liberalization has included a much lower corporate tax rate—which ironically contrasts with Bernie’s calls for higher corporate taxes, despite America having the world’s highest corporate tax rate! By embracing free markets, Scandinavian countries such as Denmark have become some of the best countries for business.

One socialist country fully-embraced socialism, only to later overthrow it, while another “socialist” country only partly-embraced it, only to roll it back for the better. Guess which one socialists such as Sanders and his wide-eyed millennial supporters embrace as a “socialist utopia.”

Friday, December 18, 2015

The New Star Wars Arrives Today

The newest addition to the Star Wars franchise premieres in theaters on Dec. 18. To celebrate, I’m counting down all the days until the new movie premieres by sharing Star Wars-related content.

Well, ladies and jedi-men, today is the big day. Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in theaters. To celebrate this most awesome of days, I’m showcasing all of the Star Wars content that I was unable to within the past few days. That’s right. I’m including everything today but the kitchen sink. So strap yourselves in as we go into hyperspeed with the Star Wars content.

No. Wait! Hyperspeed is too slow. Let’s go faster. Let’s go into ludicrous speed. What’s the matter, Colonel Sanders? Chicken?! Ludicrous speed, go!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

1 Day Until Star Wars

The newest addition to the Star Wars franchise premieres in theaters on Dec. 18. To celebrate, I’m counting down all the days until the new movie premieres by sharing Star Wars-related content.

Saying that Star Wars is “popular” would be the grossest understatement of the millennia. The movies have helped to weave the cultural zeitgeist as much as they has been woven by the zeitgeist itself. Even if you’ve never watched any of the movies, chances are, you have seen enough pop culture references to have a fair grasp of what they are about.

In fact, Kyle Kallgren of Brows Held High recently re-created an abridged version of the first movie simply by piecing together both its cultural inspirations and references. This coherent narrative of diverse and various media reveals the sheer cultural impact of Star Wars, and how the movies have not only been influenced by the cultural zeitgeist, but have influenced it in turn:

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

2 Days Until Star Wars

The newest addition to the Star Wars franchise premieres in theaters on Dec. 18. To celebrate, I’m counting down all the days until the new movie premieres by sharing Star Wars-related content.

The puppet characters for the original movies, which included Yoda, were created by Jim Henson’s Creature Workshop. As such, many of the Star Wars characters have crossed over into Jim Henson’s other creations:

America's Greatest Threat

Republicans claim we should fear terrorism. Democrats claim we should fear mass shootings. Yet statistically, Americans are more likely to be the victim of a lighting strike than they are of a terrorist attack or a mass shooting.

In fact, according to most statistics, you're more likely to die by crashing your car, keeling over in a heart attack, overdosing on prescription medication, drinking yourself into a stupor, falling off of a ladder, drowning in your bathtub, or even being impaled by a deer than you are by being blown up by a terrorist or shot down by a mad gunmen.

Politicians and media pundits constantly warn us to be vigilant for our own safety, yet there has never been a safer time for Americans than now. For the past several decades, violent crime has been declining drastically, to the point where it has fallen to an all-time historic low since 1978. The only people who tell you to be afraid at a time when there's no need to be afraid are those who would benefit and profit from the exploitation of your fear—in other words, politicians and media pundits!

I’ve already written about the proper responses to both terrorism and mass shootings, so I won’t repeat what I have already said, other than neither of those two things should cause anyone to fear. In the immortal words of FDR, the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

For better insight into America's "violence problem" (and why it isn't a problem), watch this video by The Amazing Atheist:

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Final SSB4 Presentation

The very final Super Smash Bros. presentation streamed earlier tonight, revealing the final three DLC characters for the game.

So, other than Cloud Strife, who else is joining Smash?

3 Days Until Star Wars

The newest addition to the Star Wars franchise premieres in theaters on Dec. 18. To celebrate, I’m counting down all the days until the new movie premieres by sharing Star Wars-related content.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if the Star Wars movies operated by real world logic? Of course you haven’t! You watch these movies to escape reality, not contemplate it. Fortunately, the clever minds at How It Should Have Ended managed to think through the movies and figure out their logical conclusions, or at least what they would be if the people in them really thought things through. Enjoy!

Obama Improved Our Image

I’m not sure who annoys me more: neocon war hawks who claim Obama has been “weak on defense”, or libtarded moonbats who claim that he’s “improved our image” with the world. Neither statement is based on empirical reality. Over the past eight years, he has bombed twice as many countries as Bush, launched ten times more drone strikes than Bush, backed a fascist military coup against Egypt's democratically-elected government, and even oversaw an air strike on a hospital filled with sick and dying patients. But, apparently, he’s either a “liberal pussy” or a “peace dove”? Give me a break!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Pony Recap: The Cutie Re-Mark (Part 1)

By now, I'm sure you've read my reaction to this two-part episode. I've said all I had to say with that. So without further ado, here's my breakdown of the first part (with the second part coming soon):

College Students For Bernie

The educational clusterfuck known as No Child Left Behind—which, ironically enough, left many school children behindwas recently “left behind”. The good news is that its replacement downplays the role of standardized testing and shifts authority over educational standards away from the federal government and towards the states.

The bad news is that these changes come too little, too late. NCLB has lasted over 13 years, giving it enough time to have influenced the public education of an entire generation of students. That means that someone who began preschool in 2002 when NCLB was first enacted would have by now graduated high school and started their first year of college.

One can only shudder to think what kind of high school graduates would be the product of such mismanaged education. These people would be so ill-educated that most of them would require remedial college courses. These people would be so poorly prepared for the workforce that they would be considered to be the world's least skilled. These people would lack the proper historical perspective to have respect for our basic constitutional rights such as free speech. Overall, these people would lack critical thinking skills, favor feelings over facts, and refuse to consider viewpoints other than their own.

In other words, they are the current crop of “micro-aggression” fretting, “safe space” huddling, ultra-PC millennial college students mesmerized by the sophistry of Bernie Sanders and his false promises of “free stuff”.

4 Days Until Star Wars

The newest addition to the Star Wars franchise premieres in theaters on Dec. 18. To celebrate, I’m counting down all the days until the new movie premieres by sharing Star Wars-related content.

The Star Wars movies are good films, even great films, but they’re by no means perfect films. They do have their fair share of flaws and mistakes. If you watch these movies enough times, you’re sure to spot them all. Or you can simply allow CinemaSins to point them all out for you.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

5 Days Until Star Wars

The newest addition to the Star Wars franchise premieres in theaters on Dec. 18. To celebrate, I’m counting down all the days until the new movie premieres by sharing Star Wars-related content.

Today, I'm sharing some of my favorite Star Wars skits from the masters of parody, Robot Chicken. The series have created so many Star Wars skits that they actually compiled them into--not one, not two, but three—special episodes. You could almost say that they're a—Star Wars Trilogy! :D

The SJW Agenda

Pro-Tip: If you’re the wealthy son of a multi-millionaire CEO who pays for your tuition at one of the most prestigious universities in the state, you have no standing to call yourself “under-privileged” or “oppressed.”

I know I’m late to the Mizzou protest hysteria, but if you want a good understanding of why these protests were BS, then I suggest you watch these video by TL;DR and Thunderf00t, both of whom do an excellent job breaking down the social justice hysteria and hypocrisy of said protests.

Also, the text within the meme above is based off a Lyndon B. Johnson quote that's been tossed around by leftists on social media lately--yes, the same LBJ who was infamous for saying, "I'll have them n*****s voting Democratic for the next two hundred years." Yup, that man was totally invested in fighting racism and not using it to gain votes for his party! /s

Saturday, December 12, 2015

6 Days Until Star Wars

The newest addition to the Star Wars franchise premieres in theaters on Dec. 18. To celebrate the occasion, I’m going to be counting down all the days this week until the new movie premieres by sharing Star Wars-related content.

Let’s start off with something apropos for this blog. Here’s Star Wars re-enacted by ponies—because ponies make everything 20 percent cooler! (Also, here’s the same re-eaction as re-enacted by Arnold Swartzenager. Because, of course!)

Pinkie Pie as Darth Vader? Well, I always thought there was something sinister about her Pinkie Sense. Turns out she was seduced by the Dark Side of the Force.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

How To React To Mass Shootings

Unless you’ve been ignoring the mainstream media (and if you do, I don’t blame you), you’d notice that we’ve had quite a lot of shootings within the past few weeks and month, including the most recent San Bernardino shooting.

And unless you’ve been ignoring social media (and again, if you do, I don’t blame you), you’d notice there’s been a lot of hysteria surrounding it, mostly with the usual left-wing claptrap: “We need moar gun control!”, “Teh NRA and GOP are criminal facilitators!”, “Angry white men are the real terrorists!”, blah blah blah!

Nothing encapsulates all of the left-wing social media hysteria than this single incoherent rant from The Young Turks’s Cenk Uygur:

Monday, December 7, 2015

Xmas VGM Monday: Super Mario 64 Winter Levels

In October, I shared Halloween-related video game music. This month, I thought I’d do something similar by sharing Christmas and winter-related music. Allow me to start off this month with music from the original winter levels in Super Mario 64.