I was never big into antiques…until I first visited the Brass Armadillo antique mall. This place boasts a massive collection of unique and amazing items you won’t find anywhere else (and items you can find elsewhere, but still, that’s how much stuff they have). And now that I’m working on building my Youtube channel, I thought it would be good fun to share with you all some of the more interesting (and sometimes spooky) items on display. Watch in awe and wonder as we visit a table supported by dolphins, old rotary telephones, a rusted old gas pump, a doll of Benjamin Franklin, and…a baby’s head on the body of a spider? And what’s that nun doing in that birdcage? Continue reading Bonus Post: Brass Armadillo #1-Annalee Dolls and Spider Babies
My blog is now seven years old, folks! How cool is that? I had hoped that such a lucky number would mean good luck, and it pretty much did, as a lot of nifty neato things happened this year! Before we get to the good stuff, let’s review my current stats. Hmm, let’s see here…subscribers went up from 295 to 349, and total views has increased from 24,723 to 29,061. Mm-kay. My best day continues to be December 9, 2012 with 208 views.
I’m super happy my subscribers and views have increased this past year. (And it’s all thanks to you guys!) But the fact that my blog’s best day was 4.5 years ago makes me cry on the inside a little. Continue reading The Blog’s a Lucky Seven Years Old
Hey there, everyone, I’ve been quite busy with Youtube lately. As I sought out more interesting things to visit and record, I learned about the Goodyear Bible Museum. This small museum is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, which seemed rather odd at first, until I learned that it was actually situated within a hotel. This museum may be small, but on display, you can find a good number of rare and very old Bibles dating back hundreds of years. Mother Duck and I even learned a few things while we were there. The Goodyear Bible Museum, which moved to Arizona from Greenwood, Indiana in 1999, also doubles as a showroom for the rare Bibles they have for sale. I bet they’d be pretty expensive…. Continue reading Bonus Post: Goodyear Bible Museum
About two years ago, I lost my pet goldfish Peepers. To this day, I still remember her fondly and believe quite adamantly that fish are severely underrated pets. They don’t bite (unless you own a shark). They don’t destroy the furniture. They don’t leave surprises on the rug. Furthermore, Peepers was a very sweet fish indeed. She would follow me around when I went to different sides of her bowl, and if I needed to reach in to readjust her bridge, sometimes she would swim alongside my hand. Continue reading Bonus Post: A Tribute to Peepers
For years, I would spot this massive, concrete monstrosity beside the freeway. While I would often ponder over what this mysterious place was, I didn’t actually bother looking into its identity until the fairly recent past. You see, over the past year, I have become increasingly interested in abandoned places thanks to Youtubers like Exploring with Josh and the Proper People. Thanks to their great respect and appreciation of abandoned buildings and the history behind them, I began to see the beauty in that decaying old relic in the middle of the desert. Nay, even that doesn’t truly express how I felt about it. I began to feel pride, and actual affection, for our own abandoned building, our own piece of history.
More and more lately, I have learned to appreciate history. Not just the big events, but small, everyday history. The history of regular people. Abandoned houses that were once inhabited by families I will never know. Abandoned hospitals that went out of business because they cared for their patients above profits. Abandoned shops which were once someone’s livelihood. These buildings tell personal stories, if you know where to look for the history behind them, and if you know how to read between the lines. Here is a little bit of the story behind our own abandoned piece of history. Continue reading A Tribute to the Phoenix Trotting Park
Greetings and welcome to another bonus post. The Duck’s Youtube channel has certainly been increasing in variety these past weeks, and today, I have published my very first video recorded using my dad’s Canon camera. It’s a pretty complex camera to use, and I’m still getting used to how it works, but I’m sure it’ll get easier with practice. For now, I think this first venture into the outside world went well enough despite any technical issues I might have had. Continue reading Bonus Post: Piggies, Fountains, and Star Gazing
Hey there, everybodies, we’re back for part 2 of my video game collection tour! In the previous episode, I showed off my PlayStation-related figurines from Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, and Ratchet & Clank. If you haven’t checked it out, please do. This video, on the other hand, covers all the random things I couldn’t fit into the last video, which mainly includes Nintendo and PC items. Behold the Duck’s plushie collection, including my harmless plush versions of the Five Nights at Freddy’s characters. Watch in awe as you witness one of the largest figurines known to mankind (probably not, but it sounds cooler that way), Scervo from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. And let’s not forget some iconic items from the Zelda series, like Link’s Master Sword and Hylian Shield! Continue reading The Duck’s Gaming Hoard Part 2
Thanks to my discovery of the wonderful thing that is a comic convention (a misleading name indeed when it covers gaming, movies, and TV in addition to comic books), I have been able to amass a semi-respectable collection of video game items, including figurines, plushies, and replica weapons and the like. It also fueled my obsession to the point that I have felt compelled to purchase these things even when I’m not visiting the comicon. I just can’t get enough gaming goodness! Wherever these wondrous items came from, the point is, my collection is pretty sweet. I guess. Continue reading The Duck’s Gaming Hoard Part 1
By now, I have been blogging for nearly seven years, and it is indeed in the written word where I excel. Due to my recent return to Youtube, however, I decided I might try my hand at a little side endeavor. Vlogging. For those of you not familiar with the term, it simply refers to the act of blogging in a video format. This is in no way a replacement for this here blog, but rather, a supplemental thing where a simple typed blog post is not terribly interesting or where my spiel is better accompanied with a few props to illustrate what I’m talking about. Continue reading Bonus Post: What is the Sporadic Quack?
So, I have this Disneyland app. I have almost never in my life downloaded an app before, save for some free antivirus for my phone, but for once, this particular app looked pretty darn useful. It shows you wait times for rides, locations of restaurants and shops. And it shows you where various characters can be found.
I was so excited for my upcoming trip to Disneyland that I was constantly checking this app just for the fun of it and getting a general idea of the wait times for different rides throughout the day. I learned that certain rides close temporarily throughout the day (so if my favorite ride is closed, I mustn’t fret, as it will probably return shortly…as long as it’s not under…refurbishment!). I even learned where all the characters can typically be found. While I don’t exactly care about tracking down any particular Disney characters, I find the whole notion of seeing where they are on a map rather amusing. Continue reading Bonus Time: Why’s Woody in the Woods?