Monthly Archives: August 2013

Family Facts

A few (mostly true) facts about my family.

The Seven Deadly Sins

I created these as a project to capture the seven deadly sins. Some are better than others (those tend to be more personal) and others have Snorlax.

Summer Movies 2013-Recap

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Summer is over and the big budget movie season is done. Back in April, I wrote a summary of the movies I was looking forward to (or at least, interested) in seeing.  Now that September is two days away, it’s time to look back and see how everything panned out.

Iron Man 3 was a great way to open the summer. It was fun, clever and took care of any worries that Marvel wouldn’t be able to keep interested post-Avengers. As a Marvel fan, I was very happy.

Star Trek Into Darkness was okay. It wasn’t as fun as the first one, but anytime the cast was interacting with each other, it was a good time. It loses major points for simply retelling Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and I was disappointed with Benedict CumberKhan as a lesser version of a great villain. I hope the next one does a better.

After Earth was a pass.

Man of Steel. I’m not sure where to start. Let’s just say I wrote a review and now I’m not allowed to talk about it anymore. And honestly, I’m ready to move as far away from it as possible.

World War Z was probably the surprise of the season for me. Knowing it would be nothing like the book helped. Once I got past that fact, I was able to sit back and enjoy the movie. It was fun, exciting and scary at times. It’s the kind of zombie movie I wanted when I was a teenager.
the-wolverine-teaser-posterPacific Rim was a mixed bag. I enjoyed it but it definitely took too long to get going. The dialog was a bit rough but it means well. Plus, it had giant robots fighting monsters.

R.I.P.D was a pass.

The Wolverine was great. It was well thought-out, action packed and felt like a Wolverine movie. I was surprised by how intriguing it all was. The last act felt out of place but I can handle generic superhero action. The bullet train fight well made up for it. Also, the teaser at the end? Why can’t it be next summer already!

Elysium was good. It wasn’t as mind bending as District 9 and packed fewer surprises, but was still above average scifi fare. I put the pieces of the plot together fairly early, but was still involved the whole time. It was a good way to end the summer.

So there it is. Even though I enjoyed most of the movies, I still felt a little bored with the whole summer season. It might be that it was too crowded with movies I had no intention of seeing, like The Lone Ranger and Fast and the Furious 6. But as a whole, I enjoyed my time in the theater.

Until next summer!

 

The Post-Apocalypse and Video Game Music

During on my classes, we had to create a visual project that connected to a piece of music. I chose AmIEvil’s Mega Man 4 remix, ‘Let There Be Light’ and created these eight post-apocalyptic photos.

…always a gamer!

The last post on my blogger was about my final days as a video gamer. It’s always a sad topic for me, because I once felt a personal connection to the games I played, the characters I met and the worlds I explored. To not be part of that anymore because my life is now filled with other things is bittersweet.

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But there is some light coming down this tunnel! A resurgence!

My wife and I recently traded in some older video games we inherited from family. I didn’t expect much money back, but Bullmoose has a great exchange program. I walked around their video game selection, looking for inexpensive PS2 games I hadn’t played. This proved to be a gold mine, as I found a copy of Shadow of the ColossusIt was a game I had watched a friend play but never picked up myself. Not only that, but they had a copy of Tomb Raider: Legend, which I had only played a demo of but enjoyed quite a bit back in the day. I also found Onimusha 3: Demon Siege and my uncle lent me Silent Hill 2. The first two Onimusha games were some of my favorites back in my big gaming days and the Silent Hill series is one I’ve stayed away from due to not wanting to cry like a baby.

As of right now, I playing through Resident Evil 4 and Onimusha 3 and then I’ll move on to the others. What’s exciting for me is that I’m having fun playing all of these old games because they’re new to me. I missed all of these back in my glory days but they’re here for me now. Cheap, fun and I even have time to play them! Shadow of the Colossus was great, even if it was short. Now, I just need to find a copy of ICO, Kingdom Hearts II and Final Fantasy XII and my PS2 days will be complete.

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But just playing video games isn’t the only thing to give me back some of my old gaming joy. Kendra and I recently attended a Video Games Live concert. We went to the one in Allentown, PA and despite the look of the surrounding town, found the concert hall to be extremely fancy. The audience was filled with geeks and gamers, but also people you didn’t expect were gamers. I assume a lot of the older audience were there to support the local orchestra.

The show was amazing. It was great to hear the soundtracks of my favorite games get so much love. Their rendition of Castlevania rocks and the Pokemon segment was a heck of a trip down memory lane. Repeating the Team Rocket speech with an entire opera house? Awesome.

I’ve also never seen so many people cheer for one man playing Guitar Hero.

The whole experience was wonderful and helped remind me of how much fun I used to have with video games. The concert played a big part in me going out and picking up the classics that I missed, so it looks like I have Video Games Live to thank for getting me to play Shadow of the Colossus.

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A video I made using puppets that belonged to my friends’ kids. The song is called “Stay” by the BoDeans.
I get bored easily.

Florida: One Month In

Kendra and I are now a month into our new Florida lives. In that short time, a lot has happened.

Kendra found a job working as a music teacher for an elementary school. She’s only a summer out of college and already a full time worker in her career of choice. Color me jealous but proud.

I got a part-time job at a local library, which is great. It puts my foot in the door down here and isn’t the horror that is food service. I’m also interning at the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies as their social media worker. We’ll see where that leads, but it should be fun.

ImageIt seems like forever ago, but we went to Disney World a few weeks ago. It was my first visit and we spent my birthday in Magic Kingdom. Now, I’m sure it’s a magical place to some, but I the Magic Kingdom was not my cup of tea. Epcot and Hollywood were much more enjoyable and less crowded. We spent a day in each park, ending with Animal Kingdom. It was tiring, but fun and I’m glad I got to finally experience it.

There’s been some time killing on my part. I’ve gotten back into League of Legends, which is a guilty pleasure of mine. I’ve also been trying to knock out the AFI Top 100 Movies list. I also realized I need to watch more Martin Scorsese movies.We’re still looking for a church, having visited three already. A problem I have is that I don’t like churches that do multiple services; whether due to size or worship style. It makes me feel like there’s subdivisions in a community that should be growing as one. A church that has four different services isn’t the kind of family I’m looking for.

There’s been a lot of paper work to get through. Kendra officially changed her name but it’s been a hassle to do that while registering for the elementary school. I got my new license and signed on with the city as an employee. We got an account with a new bank, changed our address and signed up for insurance.

So, at the moment, the current goals are to find an apartment and get a dog. There’s a good amount of animal shelters down here, so finding the right dog shouldn’t be hard, but we haven’t decided when and and what to adopt. Apartments are plentiful, but we want one that lets us have a pet and isn’t too much money. Plus, most down here require a few pay stubs to prove you can pay them.

It’s been busy, but it’s warm and I love the climate. For the most part, I’ve learned my way around the roads here, and have checked out a few local stores. I auditioned for a community theater, which was an attempt to meet new people. What I really need is to find a gaming group. But all things in their own time, I suppose.