The moment that I have been waiting for all year long will soon be upon us.

Tokyo in Tulsa 2015: Worlds|Collide: Mecha vs. Kaiju starts on Friday, July 17, 2015!

As per usual, I will be attending, and I will be bringing my camera with me to take pictures, visit panels, watch anime, see the cosplay contest, and so much more.

My plan for this year is to have all of the pictures uploaded to the Website within a few days of the convention ending. Due to server upload limitations (due to being on a shared server, my PHP Max Upload Size is 64 MB, and NextCellent Gallery/NextGEN Gallery fails to upload pictures and generate thumbnails once it hits the 64 MB limit), the pictures will not be in their full resolution, but all of the pictures will be edited in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom prior to uploading them to the Website.

For those that follow my Facebook Page, the pictures will be in their full resolution there due to the fact that Facebook uses their own dedicated servers and have higher upload limits than my shared server.

Finally, if you see me at Tokyo in Tulsa and would like your picture taken, feel free to stop me for a picture.

The festivities for the anime convention kick off on Thursday, July 16, 2015 with the Tokyo in Tulsa 2015: Worlds|Collide: Mecha vs. Kaiju Annual Charity Ball.

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I was determined to get all of the pictures from Tokyo in Tulsa 2014: Worlds|Collide: The Undead vs. Mecha uploaded to the Website before this year’s Tokyo in Tulsa, and with just a little over two weeks to go, I finally completed the project.

All of the pictures from July 13, 2014 have been uploaded and are available in the Image Gallery.

In the process of editing the names for the pictures, I also corrected all of the pictures that I named incorrectly (for example, tagging the year as 2015 instead of 2014).

Besides getting all of the pictures uploaded to Christopher Eastman.com, the reason I embarked on this massive editing and upload journey is due to the fact that after looking at the bulk of the pictures almost a year later, I felt ashamed of myself that I did not do any kind of editing to the pictures to improve the quality. Granted, I did not officially start using tools such as Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom until Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con (those pictures will be uploaded to the Website before this year’s convention, and all of them were edited last year), but ever since I finally started shooting in RAW format last year, I should have edited the pictures each night when I got home so they could be at their very best quality that I could get them in with the equipment I had available. Furthermore, while I have been taking pictures at anime conventions for years, I was mostly focused on taking as many pictures of my friends and fellow con goers without worrying too much about quality (at the time and to this day, I never considered myself a serious photographer). However, after my baby niece was born, I decided to strive to take better pictures and grow as a photographer so I could, ultimately, take better pictures of her.

All and all, to those that I took pictures of last year, I truly apologize that I did not edit the pictures to the best of my ability.

The original edited pictures in their full resolution are available (the pictures on the Website are at a lower resolution so I can get them uploaded to the Website in one batch without NextGEN Gallery choking), and if anyone is interested in them, please feel free to E-Mail me with your request.

See You Space Cowboy…

Gallery: Tokyo in Tulsa 2014: July 13, 2014

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I am nearly done uploading all of the pictures from Tokyo in Tulsa 2014: Worlds|Collide: The Undead vs. Mecha to the Website, and if I keep working at this rate, I will definitely have all of the pictures uploaded before Tokyo in Tulsa 2015: Worlds|Collide: Mecha vs. Kaiju.

With this update, I uploaded all of the pictures that I took on July 12, 2014.

All and all, I hope everyone enjoys this next batch of pictures.

See You Space Cowboy…

Gallery: Tokyo in Tulsa 2014: July 12, 2014

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I am still working on getting the pictures from Tokyo in Tulsa 2014: Worlds|Collide: The Undead vs. Mecha uploaded to the Website.

All of the pictures from July 11, 2014, the first day of the anime convention, have finally been uploaded and are ready to be viewed.

If everything goes according to plan, I should have the rest of the pictures uploaded to the Website before Tokyo in Tulsa 2015: Worlds|Collide: Mecha vs. Kaiju begins on July 17, 2015.

All and all, I hope everyone enjoys this next batch of pictures.

Gallery: Tokyo in Tulsa 2014: July 11, 2014

It has been an incredibly long time coming, but after an eight month hiatus, Let’s Play Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes finally resumes with the upload of Part 7.

Now that Meryl has been spotted by the enemy, Solid Snake needs to ensure that she is safe. Upon meeting up with Meryl, the two set off towards Metal Gear REX’s underground maintenance base.

However, as they move towards the Commander’s Room, we end up noticing that Meryl’s been acting strangely…

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After almost a year later, I am finally getting around to uploading the pictures from Tokyo in Tulsa 2014: Worlds|Collide: The Undead vs. Mecha.

Of course, I am not just uploading them because this year’s Tokyo in Tulsa is only a month away…

Anyway, I do apologize for the incredibly long delay in getting these pictures uploaded. Right now, I am starting out with the pictures from the Cosplay Charity Ball that occurred on July 10, 2014. Currently, those are the only pictures in which I have completely edited and resized to upload to the Website. My goal is to have the rest of the pictures uploaded to the Website before the next convention starts, so I will be working on editing the pictures every day until I have all of them completed.

All and all, I hope everyone enjoys the first batch of pictures.

Gallery: Tokyo in Tulsa 2014: July 10, 2014

On May 22, 2015 – May 24, 2015, the Tulsa Comic Expo 2015 took place at the Cox Business Center, and it was a blast.

I ended up taking a lot of pictures, seeing many of my friends, made several new friends, and met some of the special guests that attended the convention.

As with the other pictures that I’m behind on, I will have the pictures uploaded to the Website at some point.

Speaking of pictures…

When we last left off, the Website Search box would not display in the actual Video Gallery pages (the pages that actually display the YouTube video player and the video thumbnails). Although I have not been able to test in Internet Explorer 10 yet, I was able to test in Internet Explorer 11, and the Website Search box will display in the Video Gallery pages.

So far, the issue may appear to be a conflict with gcse:searchbox-only and TubePress v4.1.8 displaying the gallery in Internet Explorer 9 and below. Once I am able to either get Internet Explorer 10 or an application that emulates the behavior of Internet Explorer 10, I will be able to determine whether it will be something that I can correct by coding a new search form for scratch or leaving the issue be for those impacted browsers.

Currently, this does not impact the latest versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari.

I have purchased a yearly license for TubePress Pro, so I am now running TubePress v4.1.8 on Christopher Eastman.com.

After editing the CSS accordingly for v4.1.8, the video galleries are now displaying properly, and unless Google deletes the YouTube API v3, I do not anticipate any problems with the video galleries.

I have noticed a bug in Internet Explorer 8 and 9 (I do not have Internet Explorer 11, so I do not know how the site behaves in Internet Explorer 10 and 11) that prevents the Website Search box from loading when you’re in an actual video gallery. It is likely that it is related to the gcse:searchbox-only code, but I will need to test to make sure. If it turns out that the gcse:searchbox-only code is the conflicting party, I will need to code a search box so it can be displayable in a video gallery.

Currently, that is the only thing that I can see as not functioning on Internet Explorer. However, if you noticed anything else that is not functioning in Internet Explorer 8 and above, please send me an E-Mail via my Contact Me form.

It has been a run of a year and nearly nine months, but the time is fast approaching for my employment at Best Buy Company, Inc. to come to an end. On Sunday, April 26, 2015, I submitted my notice of resignation from the company, and my last day with Best Buy is officially on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Since I am now employed directly by CrossCom National, it is time for me to focus more on my Information Technology career rather than working at retail companies (since 2001, I have spent over twelve years in retail).

In other news, I am nearly in a position to begin recording commentary for Part 7 of Let’s Play Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes. With luck, I can start recording commentary this weekend and have it uploaded to my YouTube channel by the end of the weekend.

Additionally, I plan on going through the entire Website this weekend to make sure that all of the plugins that I am using are functioning properly. I believe that TubePress v3.1.6 is no longer displaying thumbnails (TubePress is what I use for my Video Galleries), and after looking through some notes, it looks like it is related to Google shutting down YouTube API v2 in favor of YouTube API v3. Neither v3.1.6, v3.1.7, nor v3.1.8 support YouTube API v3, so I will either look into getting another video gallery plugin or doing a monthly subscription for TubePress Pro. Fortunately, TubePress Pro is very affordable, so it wouldn’t be a terrible inconvenience.

All and all, beyond the usual things that I really need to work on for the Website, things are just business as usual.

See You Space Cowboy…

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