Wishbone and the Amazing Odyssey (Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the PC game Wishbone and the Amazing Odyssey for Windows & MAC.

 

In this game, Wishbone (Our favorite snack & book loving hound) is accidentally sent into a virtual storybook setting of the Odyssey by Homer where he unintentionally takes both the role & identity of Odysseus.

 

In this game, you follow the story of of Odysseus for by doing so will you eventually free Wishbone from this virtual storybook setting.

 

Along the way, you meet timeless characters from the Odyssey consisting of Eurylochus (Odysseus’ 1st Mate), Polyphemus (cyclops & son of Poseidon), Athena (goddess of wisdom), Poseidon (god of the seas), Circe (witch), Tiresias (blind prophet), Hades (god of the underworld),  Zeus (king of the gods & god of lightning and thunder), Calypso (demi-goddess), Penelope (Odysseus’ wife) and Telemachus (Odysseus’ son).

 

In conclusion, this game teaches you history, mythology and culture as you play. Thus, I hope you find this game as educationally fun as I do.

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Jeff’s Eccentric People, Places and Things: J. P. Patches

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Will someone please explain to me whatever happened with the image of clowns? When did they go from beloved bringers of merriment to soul-eating demons, pedofile serial killers, and even a depressed living metaphor for the meaninglessness of life. From the Joker to Pennywise (who is floating back to Derry, Maine on the big screen this September) to real life evil clown John Wayne Gacy, and the “Evil Clown Sighting,” fad last year doesn’t help.  In fact, I think the only mainstream clown people do not fear is now just Ronald McDonald, well maybe except for health inspectors and PETA.

 

First of all I want to apologise to any readers who have coulrophobia, but I feel that this may help you get over your fear. Besides look at that glowing, grandfatherly figure with a red nose. Do you really feel terrified by good old Chris Wedes? Known by children of three generations in Washington State as Julius Pierpont (J. P. to his friends) Patches, Mayor of the Seattle City Dump.

 

A local gem of great value, J. P. was the star of one of the longest local American children’s television. The character first appeared in 1953 in the Minnesota station WTCN Channel 11 played by Daryl Laub. He created the clown and played him for two years, however he left for a rival studio and Chris Wedes took over the role. Chris, already a professional local actor, was unsure at first; as he already was playing several characters on various shows and didn’t want to be overworked. He soon took to the clown like a frog takes to water and even took him to Seattle in 1958. The clown would perform on his own Emmy-winning tv show for over twenty years on KIRO-TV with over 10,000 on screen hours viewed. The show would be improv without a script, with most of the characters being played by the same person. There was Ketchikan the Animal Man, Miss Smith the delivery woman biker, J. P.’s arch enemy Boris S. Wort (Second meanest man in the world!) the Swami of Pastrami and especially not forgetting the Mayor of the City Dump’s pain-in-the-kester love interest Gertrude. All played by the versible and equally talented Bob Newman. One special gimmick the the show had was an amazing magical machine called the I.C.U.2.T.V. This miraculous device, which was most certainly not cardboard with a tv camera in it, J. P. could look into the homes of young Patches Pals (name for fans) on their birthday and tell where to look for presents, that had nothing to do with parents sending in letters ahead to the studio. The I.C.U.2.T.V. also worked as a teleporter to send J.P. and others to North Pole to help Santa with his naughty and nice list for Christmas

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The J.P. Patches Show aired twice a day, six days a week, for the first thirteen years. The next eight years it only ran in the morning and just Saturday morning for the last two. While the cast was small there were quite a number of famous guest stars including cartoonist Al Capp, the Harlem Globetrotters, Colonel Sanders and many more. The show entertained both children and adults and had over 10 thousand hours of on-air time. It had at least 100,000 viewers especially in the Puget Sound area and southwest British Columbia. The Mayor of the City Dump also visited the Seattle Children’s Hospital in the Laurelhurst neighborhood for the sick kids free of charge. The show was canceled in 1981 but this was far from the end of J. P. Patches

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You can’t keep a good clown down apparently. Chris Wedes and Bill Newman would continue to perform their roles in television specials as well as numerous public and private events across the state. Sadly even this circus has to close its doors eventually. On September 17 2011 J. P. put on the makeup and tattered, old, button covered, hat and coat for the last time at Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal. Fans all hoped for him a long and happy retirement but that did not come to be. Chris Wedes died ten months later on July 22, 2012 from a long battle with Multiple Myeloma, a type of cancer for white blood cells. He was 84 and survived by his wife, daughter and granddaughter. All of Puget Sound was moister than usual from the tears of Patches Pales of all ages.

 

Like many other long running local children’s show host in other states, J. P. Patches remains a minor cultural icon and almost a folk hero to the people of the Rain City. There are clips and episodes are on VHS, DVD, and the Internet. Archie McPhee, Seattle novelty company that created the “Horse Head Mask” for the internet menu, has among other weird goodies, J. P. Patches lunchboxes, socks, Christmas Tree and scented car ornaments. Along with Oregon’s clown Rusty Nails, J. P. is said to have inspired the Simpsons’ Krusty the Clown and had a shout out in the episode “Radio Bart” on Krusty’s “Birthday Buddies” list. The biggest monument, aside from the memories in fan’s hearts, is the statue, Late for the Interurban, in Fremont, Seattle, dedicated on the show’s fiftieth anniversary

 

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You know what, I won’t do this for every article from now on, but here’s another YouTube video. I’m just in the mood.

Inuyasha: The Secret Of The Cursed Mask (Review)

Charles did not see himself as a writer, until he was introduced to the SEEDs for Autism blog. Realizing that he could focus on the things that interest him, and share his thoughts with a larger audience – he discovered tremendous motivation and dedication in creating these reviews on the various video games he enjoys. (Ed.)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Inuyasha: The Secret of the Cursed Mask for the Playstation 2. This game features an all-new storyline designed specifically for this game which takes place during Japan’s Feudal Era.

 

This game’s protagonists consist of Michiru (human male) or Kaname (human female)(Universal Magic/Shikigami), Inuyasha (half-demon male/hanyō)(Giant Sword/Tessaiga), Kagome (human female)(Bow & Arrows), Shippo (male fox demon)(Fox Magic), Miroku (human male/monk)(Magic Talismans as well as his Wind Tunnel), Sango (human female/demon slayer)(Giant Boomerang/Hiraikotsu) and Sesshomaru (Inuyasha’s older brother and a full-fledged demon/yōkai)(Cursed Sword/Tokijin).

 

This game’s antagonists consist of Naraku (demon warlord/male)(Poison), Kagura (female demon/wind sorceress)(Wind-Controlling Fan) and Utsugi(Michiru/Kaname’s ancestor)(Universal Magic/Shikigami).

 

In conclusion, this game is a definite blast to the past and I hope that you enjoy or enjoyed this game as much as I did.

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Transformers: The Last Knight(Preview)

 

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to preview the upcoming movie Transformers: The Last Knight.

 

This is the 5th live-action Transformers movie as well as the final film in the Transformers franchise.

 

The cast of Transformers: The Last Knight consists of Optimus Prime(Autobot Leader), Bumblebee(Autobot Scout), Hound(Autobot Commando/Field Medic), Drift(Autobot Tactician/Samurai), Megatron(Decepticon Leader) and Grimlock(Dinobot Leader).

 

Also, this movie introduces us to both Optimus Prime’s Creators and HotRod(Bumblebee’s French accented brother-in-arms) as well as reintroduces us to Barricade(Decepticon Scout) from the 1st Transformers movie.
In conclusion, I personally believe this movie will bring a climatic finish to the Transformers film franchise as well as teach us how important it is to value everyone’s existence and not just your own.

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Facts about Gemstones

Amethyst Facts

“Amethyst is formed in silica-rich liquids deposited in gas cavities of lava that occur in crystalline masses. Such cavities occur in the earth’s crust for several reasons such as gas bubbling in circular cavities or filling of veins.”    

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Amethyst in Hebrew is “Ahlamah” which also means “dream”.

Amethyst is the birthstone of Febuary .

The world’s biggest amethyst geode is called The Empress of Uruguay. It is 10ft. (3.27m.) tall and weighs 2 tons! The Empress is located in The Crystal Caves in Cairns Queensland Australia. http://www.crystalcaves.com.au/

Amethyst was once believed to protect the wearer from drunkenness.

Amethyst was also know to bring peace, love, dreams healing and happiness.

The first character I ever created, which was part of a game I played with my friends as kids, was a member of a superhero team that used gemstones to transform and gain powers from. This character’s Powerstone was amethyst.

There is a member of the Crystal Gems from the TV show Steven Universe who is an Amethyst.

The Empress of Uruguay

~Breanna D.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

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My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a TV show about ponies, magic and friendship. There are 6 ponies named Applejack, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity and Twilight Sparkle. The cutie marks are symbols of each pony’s special talent: Applejack= 3 apples, Fluttershy= 3 butterflies, Pinkie Pie= 3 balloons, Rainbow Dash= thunderbolt, Rarity= 3 diamonds and Twilight Sparkle= stars. There are 6 seasons. The show has basic themes like jealously, overdoing it,selfishness and sharing. The 6 friends personify the 6 Elements of Harmony: Honesty, Kindness, Laughter, Loyalty, Generosity and Magic. They use the Elements periodically throughout the show. One time they had to use the Elements was when Princess Celestia asked them to use the Elements to defeat Discord the spirit of chaos. Their friendship was initially broken up, but Twilight Sparkle repaired the friendship and they used the 6 Elements of Harmony to turn Discord to stone. In Season 2, they attended the wedding of Twilight Sparkle’s brother, Shining Armor and Princess Cadence. Twilight discovered that the bride was a fake and set out to find the real Princess Cadance trapped in a cave. They managed to escape from the cave and stop the wedding. Shining Armor and Princess Cadance used the power of their love to defeat Queen Chrysalis, the changeling and her minions. The wedding was planned by the 6 friends and went off without any other problems. In Season 5, they discovered a map that led them to a quaint little village where ponies with the same cutie mark lived under the rule of their leader, Starlight Glimmer. They helped the villagers regain their cutie marks and stopped Starlight Glimmer from escaping with their cutie marks.

 

The Mane 6 ponies consist of Applejack, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity and Twilight Sparkle. Applejack is a orange earth pony with a blond mane and tail. Her cutie mark consists of 3 red apples. She represents the Element of Honesty and is a hard worker. Fluttershy is a yellow pegasus with a light pink mane and tail. Her cutie mark is 3 pink butterflies because she can communicate with animals. She represents the Element of Kindness. Pinkie Pie is a light pink earth pony with a bright pink mane and tail. Her cutie mark is 3 balloons. She loves to throw parties for her friends.  She represents the Element of Laughter. Rainbow Dash is a sky blue pegasus with a rainbow colored mane and tail. She can be full of herself. Her cutie mark is a thunderbolt. She represents the Element of Loyalty. Rarity is a white unicorn with a violet mane and tail. Her cutie mark is 3 blue diamonds because she is a fashionista who is prone to dramatics. She represents the Element of Generosity and loves to create clothes for her friends. Twilight Sparkle is a purple alicorn( a cross between a unicorn and a pegasus) with a violet mane and tail. She is a studious pony. Her cutie mark is a violet star surrounded by 5 smaller white stars which represent her friends. She represents the Element of Magic.

 

There is a seventh season still in production. There is speculation about what’s going to happen in season 7 but nothing definite yet. There will also be a movie coming out in October. I’m sure lots of people are very excited about that.

by Sydney

The Flash Season 3 Episode 17 (Duet) review

                                                     By  J.L. Wolf

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The episode itself is amazing. It takes place in a 1920’s version of Central city and modern day 2017 central city. It is a great balance of action and song. Darren Criss plays Music Meister, a guy who at first comes off as an odd ball and bit of an antagonist. He puts Barry Allen aka the Flash into a coma like state and he wakes up in a musical. Melissa Benoist sings “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  The Next song that pops up is “Put a little love in your heart” performed by Carlos Valdes, John Barrowman, Jeremy Jordan, Darren Criss and more. I might have missed them pull off one the best scenes I have seen so far in The Flash and Supergirl. It left me feeling a lot of joy. I would love to see more Episodes like this. The fourth song that appears is “More I Cannot Wish You” sung by Jesse L. Martin, Victor Garber, and John Barrowmen. By the end of the episode it was revealed that Music Meister only did what he did to fix 2 broken hearts. So, to me he is the guy that has a song in his heart. The Music Meister pops up where and whenever he is needed to help others like Barry and Kara as they both had hearts that were hurting. The last song was called “Running home to you” sung by Grant Gustin. All in all the cast looked like they had lot of fun, and I can’t wait see what they do next!

Moon River

Put a little love in your heart.

I’m your Super friend

More I Cannot Wish You

Running home to you

 

 

                                               (J.L. Wolf)