Monday, June 29, 2015

My take on gay marriage

Last weekend, the Supreme Court upheld a decision to allow or endorse gay/lesbian marriage. However, I am opposed to gay/lesbian marriage, favoring traditional marriage. Sadly, some who are opposed to gay/lesbian marriage have been persecuted by school faculty or workforce management.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Super Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot

The Super Smash Bros. 4 fighter ballot opened after Nintendo Direct aired on April 1, 2015.

My wishlist is:

Ayra (Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War)
Sigurd (Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War)
Krystal (Star Fox Adventures)
Snake (Metal Gear series)
Adol Christin (Ys series)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I'm done with American Idol this year. My series of YouTube videos about SSB4 fighters begins.

I am done with watching American Idol this year. American Idol XIV is the worst season ever. I will forget that this season even happened. I do not want to talk about it anymore.

My series of YouTube videos dedicated to each of the 48 fighters of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U begins.

They will be published in this order (with 15-minute backing track):

Episode 1: Mario (3/28/2015) - "Super Mario World Medley"
Episode 2: Dr. Mario (4/4/2015) - "Chill v. 2 (Dr. Mario)"
Episode 3: Luigi (4/11/2015) - "Luigi's Mansion Theme"
Episode 4: Yoshi (4/18/2015) - "Yoshi's Island Remix"
Episode 5: Bowser (4/25/2015) - "Airship Theme (SMB3)"
Episode 6: Bowser, Jr. (5/2/2015) - "Fortress Boss Remix"
Episode 7: Wario (5/9/2015) - "WarioWare Inc."
Episode 8: Peach (5/16/2015) - "Title Theme/Ending (SMW)"
Episode 9: Rosalina & Luma (5/23/2015) - "Egg Planet"
Episode 10: Donkey Kong (5/30/2015) - "Jungle Hijinx"
Episode 11: Diddy Kong (6/6/2015) - "Mangrove Cove"
Episode 12: Mr. Game & Watch (6/13/2015) - "Game & Watch (Brawl)"
Episode 13: PAC-MAN (6/20/2015) - "PAC-MAN theme"
Episode 14: Duck Hunt (6/27/2015) - "Duck Hunt Medley"
Episode 15: Little Mac (7/4/2015) - "Jogging Theme"
Episode 16: R.O.B. (7/11/2015) - "Gyromite"
Episode 17: Toon Link (7/25/2015) - "Great Sea / Menu (LoZ: Wind Waker)"
Episode 18: Link (8/1/2015) - "Main Theme v.2"
Episode 19: Ganondorf (8/8/2015) - "Dark World / Dark Dungeon"
Episode 20: Sheik (8/15/2015) - "Saria's Song"
Episode 21: Zelda (8/22/2015) - "Ocarina of Time Medley"
Episode 22: Samus (8/29/2015) - "Theme of Samus (Super Metroid)"
Episode 23: Zero Suit Samus (9/5/2015) - "Pyrosphere"
Episode 24: Pit (9/12/2015) - "Overworld (Kid Icarus)"
Episode 25: Palutena (9/19/2015) - "Wrath of the Reset Bomb"
Episode 26: Dark Pit (9/26/2015) - "Dark Pit's Theme"
Episode 27: Mega Man (10/3/2015) - "Mega Man 2 Medley"
Episode 28: Kirby (10/10/2015) - "Great Cave Offensive"
Episode 29: King Dedede (10/17/2015) - "King Dedede's Theme (Brawl)"
Episode 30: Meta Knight (10/24/2015) - "Revenge of Meta Knight"
Episode 31: Sonic the Hedgehog (10/31/2015) - "Sonic Heroes"
Episode 32: Fox (11/7/2015) - "Space Armada"
Episode 33: Falco (11/14/2015) - "Area 6 / Missile Slipstream"
Episode 34: Ness (11/21/2015) - "Magicant"
Episode 35: Villager (11/28/2015) - "Plaza"
Episode 36: Olimar (12/5/2015) - "Stage Clear / Title Theme (Pikmin)"
Episode 37: Captain Falcon (12/12/2015) - "Mute City v.3"
Episode 38: Wii Fit Trainer (12/19/2015) - "Super Hoop"
Episode 39: Pikachu (12/26/2015) - "Pokémon Main Theme (Brawl)"
Episode 40: Charizard (1/2/2016) - "Elite Four"
Episode 41: Jigglypuff (1/9/2016) - "Pokéfloats"
Episode 42: Lucario (1/16/2016) - "Spear Pillar"
Episode 43: Greninja (1/23/2016) - "Pokémon X/Y Training Battle"
Episode 44: Shulk (1/30/2016) - "Gaur Plain"
Episode 45: Robin (2/6/2016) - "Id (Purpose)"
Episode 46: Ike (2/13/2016) - "Ike's Theme"
Episode 47: Marth (2/20/2016) - "Fire Emblem (Melee)"
Episode 48: Lucina (2/27/2016) - "Conquest (Ablaze)"

Sunday, February 22, 2015

American Idol XIV Top 24's Genre Listing

The contestants' "formative listening" pretty much screams what genre they are pegged as.


Adam Ezagalian
DOB: October 7, 1993
Hometown: Watangh, New York
Genres: Classical theatrical rock
Others: Musical Theater, Comedy/humor

Clark Beckham
DOB: May 15, 1992
Hometown: White House, Tennessee
Genre: Old school R&B/Soul
Others: Rock, Pop

Daniel Seavey
DOB: January 15, 1999
Hometown: Vancouver, Washington
Genres: Pop, Folk, Blue-eyed soul
Others: Contemporary Christian, Gospel

Mark Andrew
DOB: October 30, 1985
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Genres: Psychedelic rock, blues rock, folk
Others: Outlaw country, Country/Southern rock

Michael Simeon
DOB: September 20, 1993
Hometown: Lumberton, Mississippi
Genre: Blue-eyed soul, R&B, pop
Others: Country, hip hop, gospel, Disney, contemporary Christian

Nick Fradiani
DOB: November 15, 1985
Hometown: Guilford, Connecticut
Genres: Alternative rock, post-grunge, pop rock
Others: Blues rock, folk rock

Qaasim Middleton
DOB: January 13, 1995
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Genres: Funk, Soul/R&B, jazz, hip hop
Others: Boogie, Disco

Quentin Alexander
DOB: December 11, 1994
Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
Genres: Psychedelic rock, funk rock, neo-soul
Others: Jazz, R&B, quiet storm

Rayvon Owen
DOB: June 27, 1991
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
Genres: Soul/R&B, Pop, Gospel

Riley Bria
DOB: September 30, 1996
Hometown: Spring Hill, Tennessee
Genres: Country, Hard rock
Others: Heavy metal, Pop punk

Savion Wright
DOB: March 13, 1992
Hometown: Jasper, Texas
Genres: Blues rock, folk rock, soft rock, blue-eyed soul, gospel
Others: Alternative rock, R&B

Trevor Douglas
DOB: January 19, 1998
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
Genres: Pop, folk, hip hop, blues rock, acoustic, blue-eyed soul


Adanna Duru
DOB: October 8, 1996
Hometown: Diamond Bar, California
Genres: Pop, R&B, Dance/EDM

Alexis Gomez
DOB: May 20, 1992
Hometown: Centerville, Ohio
Genres: Country pop

Jax Cole
DOB: January 4, 1996
Hometown: East Brunswick, New Jersey
Genres: Progressive/psychedelic/art/folk rock
Others: Pop

Joey Cook
DOB: August 2, 1991
Hometown: Woodbridge, Virginia
Genres: Jazz blues, vocal jazz, Swing
Others: Indie rock, Soul, Hair metal, Pop

Katherine Winston
DOB: June 5, 1996
Hometown: Lenox, Massachusetts
Genres: Americana, folk, indie rock, pop rock, soft rock
Others: Country pop, Country, Country rock, Soul

Loren Lott
DOB: September 9, 1992
Hometown: San Diego, California
Genres: R&B, pop
Others: Disney, classical

Lovey James
DOB: November 15, 1997
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Genres: Pop, R&B
Others: Doo-wop, Country, Showtunes

Maddie Walker
DOB: January 30, 1998
Hometown: Ankeny, Iowa
Genres: 2000s+ country pop

Sarina Joi-Crowe:
DOB: June 27, 1995
Hometown: Columbia, Tennessee
Genres: Pop, jazz, pop rock, R&B, soul, gospel
Others: Traditional pop

Shannon Berthiaume
DOB: June 1, 1997
Hometown: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Genres: Rock, Soul
Others: Country, Alternative Metal, Hip Hop, Neo Soul

Shi Scott
DOB: May 4, 1995
Hometown: Belcamp, Maryland
Genres: Funk, retro soul, jazz
Others: R&B, progressive rock

Tyanna Jones
DOB: February 24, 1998
Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Genres: Gospel, R&B/Soul
Others: Pop

Top 12
Who I think will make the top 12 are Clark Beckham, Daniel Seavey, Nick Fradiani, Qaasim Middleton, Quentin Alexander, Rayvon Owen, Adanna Duru, Jax Cole, Joey Cook, Loren Lott, Sarina-Joi Crowe, and Tyanna Jones.

Top 12 American Idol XIV Female Song Choices

Here are the song choices of the female semifinalists of American Idol XIV:

Adanna Duru - "Rather Be" by Clean Bandit/Jesse Glynne - Advanced to top 16
Alexis Gomez (with guitar) - "Gunpowder And Lead" by Miranda Lambert - Advanced to top 16
Jackie Cole (A.K.A. Jax) - "Bang, Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" by Cher - Advanced to top 16
Joey Cook (with accordion) - "Somebody Like You" by Keith Urban * - Advanced to top 16
Katherine Winston - "Safe And Sound" by The Civil Wars/Taylor Swift - Eliminated
Loren Lott - "Note To God" by JoJo - Advanced to top 16
Lovey James - "Love Runs Out" by OneRepublic - Eliminated
Maddie Walker - "Love Gets Me Everytime" by Shania Twain - Advanced to top 16
Sarina-Joi Crowe - "Mamma Knows Best" by Jessie J. - Advanced to top 16
Shannon Berthiaume - "Who Knew" by Pink - Eliminated
Shaina "Shi" Scott - "Umbrella" by Rihanna/Jay-Z - Eliminated
Tyanna Jones - "Lips Are Movin'" by Meghan Trainor - Advanced to top 16

* received the only standing ovation by a judge (Keith Urban)

Who I think will be eliminated are Alexis Gomez, Katherine Winston, Shi Scott, and Shannon Berthiaume.

Update: Of the female contestants, who were actually eliminated are Shannon Berthiaume, Lovey James, Shi Scott, and Katherine Winston.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

American Idol XIV: Top 12 Male Song Choices

The top 24 semifinal performance shows of American Idol XIV have been taped on February 19, 2015. Here are the song choices of the male contestants:

Adam Ezegelian - "I Wanna Rock" by Twisted Sister - Advanced to top 16
Clark Beckham - "When A Man Loves A Woman" by Percy Sledge * - Advanced to top 16
Daniel Seavey (with mandolin) - "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz - Advanced to top 16
Mark Andrew Pudas (with guitar) - "The Weight" by The Band - Advanced to top 16
Michael Simeon Smith - "How Am I Suppose To Live Without You" by Michael Bolton - Eliminated
Nick Fradiani, Jr. (with guitar) - "Thinking About You" by Ed Sheeran - Advanced to top 16
Qaasim Middleton - "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars - Advanced to top 16
Quentin Alexander - "I Put A Spell On You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Advanced to top 16
Rayvon Owen - "Jealous" by Nick Jonas - Advanced to top 16
Riley Bria (with guitar) - "Homeboy" by Eric Church - Eliminated
Savion Wright (with guitar) - "Hey, Soul Sister" by Train - Eliminated
Trevor Douglas Haueisen (with guitar) - "Best I Ever Had" by Gavin DeGraw - Eliminated

* received the only standing ovation by a judge (Keith Urban)

Who I think will be eliminated are Daniel Seavey, Mark Andrew, Trevor Douglas, and Michael Simeon.

Update: Of the male contestants, who are actually eliminated are Riley Bria, Trevor Douglas, Michael Simeon, and Savion Wright.

Friday, January 30, 2015

My Super Smash Bros. 4 Rankings: #45 Yoshi

Ranking at #45 on my Super Smash Bros. 4 fighter rankings is Yoshi, who is chronologically the sixth member of the original 12. He made his debut in the 1990 SNES launch title Super Mario World. His original role was Mario's steed. In that game, he was trapped in an egg by Bowser, but he was freed by Mario. He was on a quest to rescue the seven baby Yoshis, who were abducted by the Koopalings. Yoshi is the second most popular Nintendo character in Japan, second only to Mario. I am certainly not a big fan of Yoshi for several reasons. Most of his games have very childish presentations. He reminds me of Lip from Panel de Pon, my least favorite Nintendo character. He symbolizes fertility, as the Yoshi franchise insignia suggests. Yoshi has appeared in a huge number of video games. He is the cutest Nintendo character ever. In the Super Smash Bros. series, he is not recommended for Super Smash Bros. novices.

The Yoshi species goes all the back before Mario's time. The prequel, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island focuses on the Yoshi species' past. Yoshis come in different colors, with green being the most common, and white being the rarest. Green, red, yellow, and blue Yoshis were the original four Yoshi colors, introduced in Super Mario World. Pink, cyan, brown, and purple Yoshi were introduced in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Orange, black, and white Yoshi were introduced in Yoshi's Story, where video game musician Kazumi Totaka provided the voice for the Yoshi species.

The creation of Yoshi was triggered shortly after the original release of NES classic Super Mario Bros., a true classic (selling over 300 million copies). Shigeru Miyamoto stated that Yoshi was created, the Nintendo staff wanted Mario to ride a dinosaur. That feat was technically impossible until the SNES was developed.