March 4, 2014

Update #5: New Hal-Con 2013 Interviews, Portal 2 Video

People of the internet, hello! How are things? Good? Everything shiny? Glad to hear. On my side, I'm happy to the report numerous new additions in this update. One exciting little tidbit is that I'm down to one last Dragon Con 2013 video, and though it's not fully finished yet, it will be ready quite soon! I'm also set to attend another convention, shortly, and that'll mean more interviews in the near future. In fact, overall, I'm ramping up production in all of my content creation plans. It's an exciting time! Added four Hal-Con 2013 interviews: Steampunk Beast Big Bird and Evil Elmo Three Dimensional Maneuver Gear (Attack on Titan) Robin Added the second part to my Portal 2 Let's Play…
February 23, 2014

Update #4: New Dragon Con 2013 Interview, Transcription, Let’s Play Series, Facebook Page

Hello again! This update will list what I've accomplished over the past month or so. Once again, the limiting factor here is that I can't reveal everything I'm working on. You can expect more information about some of these additions in future posts. Added one more Dragon Con 2013 interview: BMO. Something unique happens in the middle of that interview, so look for that when watching. I even wrote a blog post about it, and transcribed it soon after uploading. Added the first video in a new Let's Play series, one where I play through a friend's Portal 2 map. Expect a post about this initiative in the near future. Launched a new Facebook page to represent my content creation efforts. If you…
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February 1, 2014

Feel Free To Approach

Photo by MMChicago It's no mystery to the people that know me, but I sometimes speak in a manner that isn't necessarily common. In essence, I have a tendency to switch up my vocabulary so I use uncommon words, all in the name of keeping myself entertained. So, for example, I'm the type that would say "I'm gonna go consume some pizza, I'll talk to you later." Naturally, the word "consume" is rarely used in these types of phrases, but I enjoy going there. "Eat" is far more boring in my mind, as it's been said a billion times before in such a context. Now, normally, this is all fine and good - people understand my phrases anyway, and sometimes, they get a kick out…
January 19, 2014

Weekly Update #3: Website Improvements, New Dragon Con 2013 Transcription

Hi, all! This week's updates have mainly been about improving my website as a platform, rather than introducing new content. The original plan was to finalize at least one of the two remaining Dragon Con interviews, but my schedule ended up busier than I anticipated. This is partially because, as I hinted previously, I'm working towards something big on the side, and am still figuring out how transparent I want to be throughout the process. Also, the interview in question requires more editing than most, and thus, I will need more time to get it right. So, the updates: Added a new visual style to the top-level interview pages, one which lists all individual interviews in a visual fashion, rather than with a simple bullet list.…
January 12, 2014

Weekly Update #2: New Dragon Con 2013 Interviews, Transcriptions

In an effort to be more transparent in my work, I thought it'd be a good idea to start posting weekly updates. Over time, these updates will be mixed in with regular, creative posts, but for now, I'm thinking extra information is better than total silence. So, without further delay, here's what's new: Added three more Dragon Con 2013 interviews: McDonald’s Crew – Ronald, Grimace, and the Hamburglar Devon D'amo (Female Punisher/Bane) Lucy van Pelt Transcribed two Dragon Con 2013 interviews. Cecil Sinclaire and Carla Rhodes Assassin’s Creed Modified font styles throughout the website to improve readability. Further improvements coming soon. Added descriptions to many of the Dragon Con 2013 interview pages. More coming soon. There you have it. My focus for…
January 4, 2014

Weekly Update #1: Where I’m At With The Interviews

Our camera set up from Dragon Con 2013 Hi all! I've been less active, as of late, and I wanted to give you all some insight into what's been going on. The main piece of news is that I attended three conventions this year, and I hosted interviews at two: Dragon Con 2013, and Hal-Con 2013. At the moment, I'm still working hard on getting all those interviews edited and published. If you interviewed with me, and you have yet to see your footage, rest assured that I have not forgotten - I'm just heavily backlogged. One reason behind these delays is that I'm working on something big on the side, and that project relates to everything that I do in a really exciting way.…
June 26, 2013

One of the Last Known Survivors

I recently began going through my old belongings in an effort to clear out the excess that I'd accumulated over the years, and in doing so, I encountered a particular item that proved problematic. You see, the item in question was a 3 1/2 floppy drive, you know, the old technology that no one uses these days. I specifically remembered that I had never actually tested it - so it was highly possible that the thing wasn't even functional to begin with. Not only that, but the drive had other flaws: it was beige (a color that most people aren't interested in), and plus, it was wrapped in plastic wrap - a material that may conduct low amounts of static electricity. I clearly recalled wrapping…
March 11, 2013

In Retrospect, Perhaps Not So Convenient

A long time ago, I felt that perhaps I could expand into another medium. The idea was to create a web series called "All Too Convenient," one where I reviewed TV shows and movies, me being the picky creature that I am. So I tried to make that happen, and despite some interesting lessons, it didn't really work out. As a second attempt, I tried to simply create another blog out of it, but again, it just didn't take. A few months after that, I tried to launch the blog again - but this time with a different approach. Rather than write in a serious fashion, I decided I'd let my humor run wild, and see how that worked. The main idea was to spend…
March 11, 2013

TV Review: The Walking Dead – S01E01 – Days Gone Bye

This is one of two reviews from All Too Convenient, a project I recently cancelled. It was originally published on October 18th, 2012, and features a humor-based writing style. Hope you enjoy! Spoiler Level: Mild Yep, a zombie TV show - a slightly different take on a genre that's been done to death, so to speak. When I heard about it, I liked the fact that it was a TV show, not a movie, and that it was based in Atlanta (a city I frequent yearly), so I bought the first season and got to watching. Here's a brief description I got off Wikipedia in case you never heard of it: The series stars Andrew Lincoln as sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes, who awakens from a coma to find the…
March 11, 2013

TV Review: Continuum – S01E01 – A Shift in Time

This is one of two reviews from All Too Convenient, a project I recently cancelled. It was originally published on October 13th, 2012, and features a humor-based writing style. Hope you enjoy! Spoiler Level: Mild I finally got around to watching Continuum in the last few days, and felt like sharing a little bit of the ridiculousness with you all. Ever since the creation of Corner Gas, I've been desperately awaiting the arrival of a TV-show that would allow us Canadians to regain some of our dignity. Yes, I realize that it's a comedy, and Continuum isn't, and I also realize some of you actually like Brent Butt's monstrosity of a TV-series, but can't quite understand why that is. But, you know, to each his own. Anyway, I felt like Canada had a…
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January 19, 2013

So Apparently I’m a Complete Slacker

I attended college at a very turbulent time in my life, and though it resulted in many negative experiences, it also provided me with great stories to laugh about and share with others. Today, I'd like to tell you about this one class that I had... I don't remember the name, exactly, but it can be best described as a physical education class that focused on nutrition. In case you haven't read my previous posts, I'll set the stage by explaining that it took me somewhere between 1.5 to 2.5 hours to get to the campus in the morning, and the same at night. Because of this, most of my efforts were focused on my core Computer Science classes - the others weren't my priority, but…
January 13, 2013

Is YouTube Allowing Accidental Ad Clicks By Design?

Like many creatures of the web, I've been known to watch YouTube videos every now and then. For the last year or so, I've noticed something strange going on with Google's advertising approach within YouTube. Initially, I just thought I was witnessing a mistake that their developers made, and I waited to see when they'd fix the issue. To my surprise, that day never came - so today, I'm going to describe the problem, as I perceive it. Let's start with a screenshot: An example of the pre-roll ads that appear on YouTube, with a countdown. Notice the message to the bottom right? It says "you can skip to video in," and then has a countdown, in seconds. There's nothing wrong with such an approach…
November 15, 2012


Now that I've dipped into the topic of Halloween, here's a picture of me getting kicked by a guy in a SWAT costume: Notice how I'm still holding a glass, despite being cuffed? I'm dressed as Julian from Trailer Park Boys, a character who always walks around with a glass of liquor. Even in the most ridiculous scenarios, he'll keep his glass in hand. Given my hair color and overall body type, I felt I could do his character justice - the result can be seen below. And finally, here's a really specific reference to first Trailer Park Boys short that was ever created (which was in black and white). Important: While I'm pointing a toy gun at a cat, I am not advocating violence towards animals…
November 11, 2012

Movie Review: The Hunger Games

Some of you may remember that I wanted to expand into TV and movie reviews, with video as a delivery format. The idea was to have a review show named "All Too Convenient," but despite some effort, I never seemed to find the right approach. It wasn't a total loss, however, as it resulted in one YouTube video that detailed the experience. Today, I'd like to reveal another product of "All Too Convenient" experiments: a written review of The Hunger Games. I originally published it on April 20th, 2012, but it didn't take long for me to pull the plug. It's a good review, in my opinion, but I felt it took me too long to write, and I already had one blog that I…
September 3, 2012

Interviewing Cosplayers at Dragon*Con 2012

It's no secret that I've been less active with this blog, as of late. I won't go into the details, but I've been putting a lot of time and effort into a certain project, one that I can't yet reveal. What I can say is that it's something that I've been working on for a very long time, and I'm really looking forward to introducing it in the near future. Today, however, I'm happy to announce that I'll be releasing a series of interviews that I hosted from Dragon*Con 2012. I've always wanted to expand into video, and this turned out to be a great way to do so. You may recall that I've previously mentioned wanting to start a web series, and even posted…