Thursday, May 28, 2020

who is the better property brother? (27)

I've been watching a lot of property brothers lately and honestly I'm not a big fan of these home design shows, they make me feel like my mom. I mainly watch them because they can get addicting, like 90-day fiance. Plus I like the "uh oh this thing went wrong and it could ruin what we're doing but it won't actually" sort of thing that happens in every episode.
So I compiled a list of strengths and weaknesses for both of house boys. Think of them like video game characters, and this is their little introduction screen:
Drew (real estate man)
Pros: 
- sells houses idk
- better name
- better hair
- was in Dancing Ninja (2010)
- master bathroom
- manly stubble
Cons:
- soulless eyes
- wimp shrimp
- wears ties
- does not destroy walls (often)
- shunned by dogs
- was in Christmas Parade (2014)

Jonathan (renovation man)
Pros: 
- big strong man
- my mom has a crush on him
- destroys walls
- funnier than brother
- natural lighting
- licensed contractor
- always gives the bad news
Cons:
- lumberjack (may be a pro depending on who you are)
- hair not great
- occasionally wears v-necks
- was not in Dancing Ninja (2010)
So I think we can conclude that Jonathan is the better property brother. Okay, bye.

Monday, May 18, 2020

The expansive series of Percy Jackson: the future???

As I am a major nerd, I have been recently informed of a new series contextualizing the Percy Jackson Series. Given the occasion, I have decided to look back on every single version of the first books.

The actual book:
The actual book is obviously the classic. It's the version kids grow up with, the version everyone's used to. In the book, Percy has much more inner conflict with his godly parent, and Annabeth is still blonde. Grover is ginger as well, many other depictions. Nico Di Angelo, a character introduced in the third book, is much more of a villain, controlling the background during the fourth book, and Clarisse La Rue is an understandable bully. Kronos isn't introduced until later on, and he's much more powerful. There are lovely scenes of romance and friendship drama, ones that give the character depth. The action and wit never pause for anything, trading and flipping in and out between the two of them.

The movie:
Well, brunette Annabeth really isn't what I'd expect. The series ends with the second movie, where they defeat Kronos in... an abandoned amusement park? The movie attempts to bring as much pop culture as they can, but in the end, the movies miss out on much of the untapped potential of the third book and ones after it. Many characters are either unintroduced or underdeveloped. Entire scenes are replaced with more time for Percy and Annabeth. Where the first couple of books would only lightly tap on their relationship, the movie just seems to force them together. The fact that book 2 was the last movie they made was even worse. The sea of monsters, being almost exactly a copy of Odysseus's journey, was bland and dry, even in Riordan's hands.

The video game:
I barely even knew this existed before today. I think I owned it at one point, but words cannot describe how horrific this game is. Based entirely on the plot of the movie, your cast of characters is even smaller. This was made during the point in time where Nintendo was in a helpless gambit with their ds, trying to create as many games as they could (Donkey kong, Kirby, Mario, pokemon, harvest moon, fire emblem, Metroid, Xenoblade, lego harry potter, golden sun, Mario sports, another pokemon game, Mario Party, Mario vs donkey kong, epic mickey, dragon quest, Alice in wonderland, Okami, barbie, Bakugan, ben 10, crafting mama, and many more games that were probably shelved. They were desperate). This game is the epitome of selling out. It's the classic Rpg game that's used too much by now (Three fighters, all different skills. Non-magic and magic attacks). Annabeth and Percy both carried swords while Grover... had nothing I guess? It was a little depressing. The enemies were based off fights that didn't exist.

The musical
I don't know where this one came from. It's plot is mostly derived from the book, with a few plot holes here and there. There aren't many problems with it, actually. The biggest complaint is that the entire act one consists of only before the quest, which is the main part of the book. Most of the quest is inside two songs, where they skip most of the journey from the east to the west. And while I do realize it would be difficult to be consistent with the plot, it felt weird given the fact that the fight against the chimera was 5 seconds long. The theme of the music is upbeat, matching the writer's previous work (Be more chill).

that's all.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Club penguin online is being shut down.

Of course, every single time we are given a good thing it is ripped from our grasps. This time that thing is club penguin online.
As you guys will remember, the original club penguin got shut down two years ago. Since then there have been many imitation websites to revive it and keep it alive, but none of them were nearly as successful as Club Penguin Online. Since its original creation two years ago, over 8 million people have joined. Things were going well, I was entertaining myself over the break chatting with idiots on this site, observing political debates, and buying tons of puffles. Until I logged on this morning and saw a newsletter from the creators saying that they were shutting down the site at the end of May due to Disney's copyright on club penguin. 
In addition to this, recent controversies have been sparked about one of the main creators of Club Penguin Online taking advantage of underage users on the site, granting them mod status if they sent certain pictures. Yikes. Not very cash money, that's for sure. 
The worst part of this whole situation by far is that all of my puffles will be officially put down. I will be holding a memorial service for Ted Cruz, The Destroyer, Zuckerberg, Puddle, Dementia, and Quicken Loans next week. I am in agony and I appreciate the condolences while getting through this difficult time. 
I may be making a video reporting on this and other things on the Morning Show for next week (I haven't decided yet, whatever week this happens). You can watch the morning shows here, a new show should come out every monday. If you don't watch it, you are proving that you do not care about dead puffles.