July 10, 2014 - 001

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…

On Thursday, April 16, 2015, I was extended a job offer for the Help Desk Representative Level I at CrossCom National, the company I was placed at by TEKsystems for my contact-to-hire assignment, and I accepted the job offer that day and started working for them directly on Monday, April 20, 2015.

By far, this is the most significant thing that has happened in regards to my Information Technology career, and I am incredibly excited to be able to work for them and continue to develop my Information Technology career.

I know I have not updated the Website in a few months, and I do apologize about that. The past several months have been incredibly busy for me, and I figured it is time to do an update on the Website and let everyone know what I have been up to lately.

This is going to be a lengthy post, so if you wish to continue, click the “Read More” link below.

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I forgot to mention this the other day, but I created a new Website poll to kick off 2015. The topic of the poll is as follows:

If I do quarterly contests, what would you like to see as prizes?

I have the poll running until 11:59 P.M. CST on February 16, 2015, so if you have a chance, please feel free to check out the poll on the right of my Website layout.

Now that I have some free time again, I hope to start up my Let’s Plays and Live Streams again very soon. I’ll keep everyone posted.

See You Space Cowboy…

First and foremost, Happy New Year everyone!

I know that I Christopher Eastman.com does not get a lot of traffic, but that is perfectly okay. After all, I am absolutely thankful for whatever traffic I get to the Website, and I sincerely hope that as I keep working towards developing my IT career, I can devote less time to Best Buy Company, Inc. and more time to Christopher Eastman.com.

This entry is going to be pretty lengthy, so if you are on the main page of Christopher Eastman.com and wish to read more, please click the “Read More” link below.

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Before too long, 2014 will be over in Oklahoma, and it will be time to welcome the year 2015. Overall, the first half of 2014 was not very awe inspiring at all. For the most part, I did some Let’s Plays and Live Streams, worked my retail job at Best Buy, launched my very first contest at Christopher Eastman.com, and I finally launched Destroyer X Productions. Make no mistake, I enjoyed working on my Let’s Plays and running the Nintendo 3DS XL Contest, but I honestly thought that the beginning of 2014 wasn’t truly sensational.

However, the last half of 2014 was absolutely spectacular. Beyond doing my Let’s Plays and Live Streams, I attended Tokyo in Tulsa 2014: Worlds|Collide: The Undead vs. Mecha and also attended Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con. Both conventions were absolutely spectacular, and I am looking forward to attending both conventions in 2015. Additionally, to celebrate a lot of milestones, I launched The Great Anniversary Contest and gave away over $300 worth of prizes. Also, to catch up on bills, I started working an additional job (from August 2014 to November 2014, I worked at a debt collection agency, and from November 2014 to present, I am working as a contract-to-hire Help Desk Level I Technician for an IT outsourcing company).

Most importantly, I finally met and spent time with my adorable baby niece, and you have no idea how proud I am to be an uncle.

All and all, while I am working myself to death these days, 2014 has ended on a very positive note.

As for 2015, here are some things that I would like to strive for:

  • Spend more time with my niece (this is my number one priority)
  • Spend more time with friends, family, and loved ones
  • Eliminate my credit card debt by early 2015 (the reason why I’m working two jobs to begin with)
  • Work on getting my own apartment
  • Continue to work on developing my IT career (including working on getting some certifications)
  • Scale back or eliminate my involvement with Best Buy (unless I am able to get a corporate IT job at Best Buy)
  • Work on more updates to Christopher Eastman.com
  • Work on promoting Destroyer X Productions so I can obtain some clients
  • Work on more Let’s Plays and Live Streams
  • Continuing to work on becoming a better photographer
  • Work on losing more weight

For the first time in a very long time, I feel like things in my life are finally starting to fall into place, and I have my friends, family, and loved ones to thank for supporting me throughout the years. I honestly cannot wait to see what the future will bring, and with such an amazing support system by my side, I know that the future will continue to shine brighter and brighter.

In closing, I hope everyone has a very safe New Year’s Eve, and I hope that everyone has a fantastic start to 2015.

See You Space Cowboy…

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