Due to preparing for the Tokyo in Tulsa 2017: Worlds|Collide: Pirates vs. Ninjas, I completely forgot about the fourth anniversary of Christopher Eastman.com.

However, I did end up finding out that Google Custom Search ID stopped working for some mysterious reason, so that temporarily broke my search input form and my search page. After a bit of troubleshooting to figure out what caused the issue, I was able to get the Website Search running again.

With that being said, Happy Fourth Anniversary to Christopher Eastman.com!

On June 16, 2017 (almost two years ago), I uploaded Let’s Play Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes – Part 7, and I ended up getting busy with work, taking pictures at various events, spending time with my niece when I can, and other circumstances. The entire Let’s Play series would end up being dormant for two years, and I often wondered when I would restart my Let’s Play series.

Well, an opportunity presented itself recently, and I was finally able to record the commentary for Let’s Play Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes – Part 8 and get it uploaded to my YouTube channel.

As we left off two years ago, Solid Snake was able to defeat Psycho Mantis and save Meryl from his telepathic control. Now, the duo must traverse the Caves in order to continue to reach Metal Gear REX. However, the duo end up getting ambushed by a very experience sniper.

With Meryl in danger, Snake will need to find a way to take out Sniper Wolf and save Meryl before time runs out.

Note: I did not realize that YouTube turned off the ability to add or edit annotations on May 2, 2017 until I tried to edit my End Slate annotations for Let’s Play Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes – Part 7. Because of that, I will be ending End Slate (which I was inspired to adapt to several of my YouTube videos after watching Yuriofwind’s YouTube videos). The rest of the videos for Let’s Play Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes will not contain End Screens, but I will begin to use them for future videos.

Happy New Year everyone!

So far, the year has been relatively quiet and slow, but it has been pretty peaceful. Work continues to keep me busy, and I am still working on getting back into the swing of things with my Let’s Plays. Until then, I will continue to maintain somewhat of a presence on my Twitch Channel.

My 2017 convention season does not start until March, and even so, I am not sure how many conventions I will be attending this year. However, I will try to keep everyone posted on the Website, and everyone will continue to see the pictures that I take on my Facebook page.

I know that this update was a relatively short one, but I wanted to let everyone know that I am still around, and I hope that everyone has a great start to 2017.

See You Space Cowboy…

Merry Christmas 2016!

I know that the Website has been lacking in updates the entire year, and I truly apologize for that. My hope is that I will be able to bring more updates to the Website for 2017 regarding my Let’s Plays and photography. I have been making micro updates to the Website (mostly to My Anime List) and stream on the Twitch Channel every so often, but as you can tell, I have not posted anything major since the video that I shot back in October 2016.

Currently, I am looking at exploring new avenues for linking my Facebook albums to my Website, but I would need to find and test some WordPress plugins that would be able to accomplish that task. If I am able to find something, then I’ll look at replacing the current albums with the Facebook albums (additionally, if I am able to accomplish this, it will alleviate some resources to my Web Server). Also, I am looking into developing a new liquid/fluid layout that I can use for the Website. Very likely, I’ll develop the layout for Destroyer X Productions first since it is a much smaller Website, but if the work bears fruit, then I will look into doing a redesign for Christopher Eastman.com. With my full-time job keeping me pretty busy, this project will take some time to complete.

All and all, for those that are working, those that are not working, those that celebrate it, and those that do not, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas 2016 and Happy Holidays 2016.

See You Space Cowboy…

It has been over a year since I last uploaded a video to my YouTube channel, and while I did not upload a new Let’s Play video, I did upload a short video that I shot at Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con 2016 during the Will Friedle and Christy Carlson Romano panel.

For Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con 2016, I decided to rent the Sony Alpha 77, and I was absolutely blown away at the quality of the pictures that I shot with the Digital SLR camera. While I mostly focused on pictures, I figured I would see how the camera would handle when recording video. For my purposes, the camera did not disappoint me at all, and I was truly pleased with the results.

If you get a chance, check it out 🙂

Ladies and gentlemen, I finally have a list of most of the video games and all of the computer games that I own on my Website. For those that are interested, My Computer and Video Game List lists all of the computer games that I have purchased or downloaded that are free-to-play and all of the video games that have been released from the Sega Dreamcast to the Sony PlayStation 3 (all of the video game systems that preceded the Sega Dreamcast were not included at this time).

For those that are interested in seeing me do a Let’s Play or Live Stream from that list, feel free to let me know by sending me an E-Mail from the Contact Me form.

Obviously, I have no plans to do a Let’s Play over the games that I have already Let’s Played unless a new version is released with additional content (even so, I’ll probably just make an Extra Video to that Let’s Play). However, as far as Live Streams are concerned, that entire list is fair game.

Game on!

See You Space Cowboy…

Updated: September 27, 2016 (I usually don’t update past journal entries unless it’s for spelling or grammatical reasons)

For the purposes of this journal entry, I will be focusing on these nouns and verbs (I probably will not use some of these words in the actual entry):

  • Gift (noun): a thing given willingly to someone without payment; a present
  • Present (noun): a thing given to someone as a gift
  • Borrow (verb): take and use (something that belongs to someone else) with the intention of returning it
  • Loan (verb): borrow (a sum of money or item of property)

Note: The definitions were obtained via Google.

Also, I have no intention of naming people in my post because I want to keep identities confidential.

When it comes to the photos that I take, I take those without asking for payment because I continuously acknowledge that there are people that can take much better photographs than I can. Additionally, I have mentioned on multiple occasions that I largely only want to focus on getting better at photography so I can take better pictures of my niece. However, when it comes to people borrowing money from me, that is a completely different story.

Myself, I am guilty on misusing the word borrow several times in my past. Some examples of me misusing the word borrow are below:

  • May I borrow a piece of paper?
  • May I borrow a pencil?
  • May I borrow a French fry?

However, when it comes to money, I make the distinction of borrowing money and gifting money as a present pretty clear.

Some people know that I rarely ask to borrow money because I do not like having to inconvenience people. However, on those rare occasions where I am in a position to where I need to ask if I can borrow some money, I will pay the person back as soon as possible. Now, over the years, some people have known me as pretty reliable and will occasionally ask if they can borrow money from me. Sometimes, when some individuals borrow money from me, some will actually pay me back, and I am perfectly fine with it.

However, the increasing problem that I have been experiencing over the years is when some individuals (unfortunately, I can think of multiple individuals in this circumstance) ask to borrow money, and I am not paid back.

For some people, I will make excuses for because they are not in a position to pay me back right away. However, when some individuals know that they owe me money and ask if they can borrow more money (once again, I can think of multiple individuals that this would apply), then it is a problem because they are increasing the amount that they owe me and are causing me to gradually lose faith in them ever paying me back the amount that they owe me.

Personally, part of this is my fault because I tend to look the other way quite a bit and be somewhat optimistic that I will eventually be paid back what is owed to me. As a result, I enable people to continue this cycle. However, while I do blame myself for letting it happen, I was silently blaming the other individuals as well (of course, as you can see, with the post being made public, my thoughts are out there in the open) because the money that I let them borrow could go towards many other things:

  • Gifts for my niece
  • Bills (I continue to carry a $2,000+ credit card bill that I am still working on paying off)
  • A 4 to 6 TB Western Digital Black Desktop Hard Drive
  • New camera equipment
  • Some equipment for my other hobbies
  • Car repairs (I have some break pads that need to be replaced, an exterior hatchback latch that needs to be fixed, a gas tank latch that needs to be fixed, and the Check Engine light will illuminate on occasion)
  • Saving enough money to start a Roth IRA
  • Saving enough money to start purchasing furniture
  • Saving enough money to rent an apartment

Now, I am not saying that I do not like helping people out. After all, I have helped people out with rides, advice, gifts, and I continue to offer my photography services for free. However, it has become increasingly frustrating when someone asks for a favor, because the first thing I think about is whether or not they are going to ask if they can borrow money. I really do not like feeling that way, but honestly, it is the truth. Unfortunately, it has become such a problem, that I have reached the point to where I have recently announced on Facebook (and on my Website, of course) that I will no longer let people borrow money from me all together nor will be giving people money nor gift cards (physical or electronic) as a gift/present if they ask (immediate and extended family members will be exempt from this, of course). If it ultimately boils down to me being down to my last few dollars that are earmarked for bills and letting someone borrow money, I will choose the former because with some of my bills, if I either late or miss a payment altogether, it can negatively impact my Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion credit reports and also negatively impact my FICO credit score.

To put things into perspective, if the situation was reversed and I was asking someone if I could borrow $2,000+ to pay off my credit card bill, I honestly do not know who would lend me such a large amount of money.

Plus, you also have to keep in mind that the vast majority of my friends that I went to elementary, middle, and high school with have long since moved out on their own. Furthermore, many of the people that I have met over the past few years that are adult age (many of them younger than I am) are also living on their own. Myself, I am thirty three years old and still living with my mom.

Getting back on topic, if people are needing money, I did find an article on The Penny Hoarder titled 32 Legitimate Ways to Make Money at Home. This article lists many different ways that people can earn some extra income. Of course, depending on their FICO credit score and information in their Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion credit reports, they can apply for a loan at a bank or credit union. Furthermore, there are peer-to-peer lending companies (e.g., such as Prosper or Lending Club) that people can use that tend to have some lower interest rates (once again, this will largely depend on information in their Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion credit reports and their FICO credit score). Of course, if some people want to try their luck and risk their funds, if they are of legal age to gamble, they can try to win some money at a casino, try to win money via scratch-off tickets, or try to win money via buying lottery tickets.

I really hate to act like a bad guy regarding this, but letting people borrow money and rarely getting paid back is starting to become disheartening, making me lose faith in some people, and rather insulting to me because I feel like I am being taken advantage of. I rather not feel like this because my friends mean a lot to me, but at the same time, I have to take better care of myself, and letting people borrow money without paying me back does not help the situation at all.

See You Space Cowboy…

First and foremost, I cannot begin to apologize for the lack of updates to the Website over the past year. I have been so busy with work, hobbies, friends, and other things lately that I have not been able to devote a lot of time to the Website, my YouTube channel, my Twitch channel, and a few other avenues (although I have been keeping the Facebook page updated very frequently). I know that I have not worked on the Let’s Plays in over a year, and the Image Gallery still has over two years worth of pictures that need to be uploaded to it. When I am able to, I will spend some time updating the Image Gallery and getting more Let’s Plays out.

In other news, it has been over three years ago since I first launched Christopher Eastman.com, and while I have not done much to the Website lately as far as major content, when I am able to, I will make some small updates to My Anime List. Currently, I am not planning a redesign to the Website, but at some point, I do plan on updating the Website’s header. Various aspects will remain the same, but the images behind the Christopher Eastman.com text will end up being changed. As far as the actual text, I am highly debating upon changing it to a different font, but we will see.

Work has been going extremely well lately. On April 20, 2016, I have been officially employed by CrossCom National for a year, and I am very pleased with the progress that I have made growing as an IT Technician. My continued hope that, as time goes on, I will continue to learn additional skills and be able to fully utilize my Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems. I still plan on working towards some professional certifications, but at this time, I am just going to continue at the pace I am at right now.

For those that are not aware, I have been doing a lot more with photography over the past year. I am incredibly blessed and honored by the opportunities that have been presented to me at the events that I have attended, and I am extremely thankful for everyone that has allowed me to take their pictures and those that have shared their advice and wisdom with me over the years. With the things that I have learned over the years, I have been able to take better pictures of my toddler niece (it is still hard to believe that she will be two years old in September) so I can share those with my family and loved ones. While photography is not a profession (it is a very expensive hobby), I still strive to become better as a photographer so I can continue to take many pictures of my niece for the years to come.

All and all, the year has been fantastic. I am so thankful for the people in my life, and I really cannot wait to see what the future continues to bring. I cannot promise that I will have any big updates before the year is over, but I will try to have some additional updates to Christopher Eastman.com in the months to come.

See You Space Cowboy…

I know that things have slowed down a lot on Christopher Eastman.com lately, and for that, I truly apologize. Lately, I have been busy with work, spending time with friends, and working on photography, so I have not devoted a lot of time to the Website. Additionally, since I like to record my Let’s Plays when I am home alone and undisturbed (for those that do not remember, I live with my mom, and she is retired), I have not released a new Let’s Play in months.

Nonetheless, with the way things have been going at work and my finances, I am hoping to have my credit card bill paid off sometime early next year so I can start saving up for an apartment, furniture, Internet access, etc. When I have my own place, I should be able to produce Let’s Plays much more frequently than what I am doing right now.

Getting back on subject, for those that are interested, I created a petition on Change.org regarding my current efforts of trying to engage the appropriate decision makers to convince them to produce a karaoke version of the Pokémon: 2.B.A. Master soundtrack. Personally, I do not know if I will get a lot of traction with this online petition, but as the old saying goes:

Nothing ventured, nothing gained

Anyway, I cannot promise that I will be able to post again before Christmas, and I know that I have a fairly large backlog of pictures that I would like to get uploaded to the Website, but I hope to make another update to the Website before the year is over.

See You Space Cowboy…

I know that things have been pretty quiet on the Website, and I do apologize about that. I have been fairly busy as of late with work, spending time with friends, and working on my photography hobby. However, with Planned PTO coming up for the week of November 1, 2015 – November 7, 2015, I hope to be able to work on several projects for the Website that I have been neglecting lately.

During the weekend of October 23, 2015 – October 25, 2015, I attended Wizard World Comic Con Tulsa 2015 at the Cox Business Center, and there was so much to do over the weekend. There were celebrities and industry guests that attended over the weekend (such as Norman Reedus, the Undertaker, Bruce Campbell, Charles Martinet, Kevin Conroy, and so many more), there were official Wizard World Comic Con Tulsa 2015 events to do each night after the convention ended each day, the cosplay contest, and so many additional things that occurred during the fun packed weekend. Wizard World certainly did not disappoint Oklahoma when they returned, and I am thankful that the Wizard World Comic Con tour made a return visit to the Sooner State.

It will be a while before I upload all of the pictures from the weekend to Christopher Eastman.com (largely due to the fact that I took over 1,000 pictures throughout the weekend), but if you are a regular visitor to my Facebook page, you can check all of the pictures in the albums I posted there.

Also, if you are interested in an un-watermarked copy of my pictures, please feel free to send me an E-Mail through my Contact Me form, and I will send you the .jpg file as soon as possible.

All and all, I would like to thank everyone so much for such an amazing weekend, and you better believe that I will be returning for Wizard World Comic Con Tulsa 2016.

See You Space Cowboy…

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