Archive for February, 2013

This thought process is going to be very metaphorical, so I hope you guys can hold on.

I very rarely find myself driving down the road, look to my right, and see anyone in the passenger seat. Those rare opportunities that I do, I usually still find myself nodding and singing with the music than interacting.
That passenger seat…it’s extremely useless to me, it seems.

I love having the seat there, but I’m not sure I know what to do when anyone takes a seat. I like the company, don’t get me wrong, and I honestly prefer it when that seat is occupied, but I feel like I’m destined to drive the streets on my own.

Maybe it’s because I have bad timing.
I’ll try and drop the metaphors.

I don’t like being alone, but at this point, I don’t know any other way to operate. My mouth seems to maintain that status quo more than anything else. I never know when to hold my cards and when to play them, and even when it comes to actual cards, I’m a notoriously shoddy card player. I’ve even been told before, and I quote, “You can’t bluff your mother.”

People will see what they want to see, and if they don’t like it, I guess that’s tough for both of us, but I make no apologies for who I am, or the fact that I wear my heart on my sleeve. I’m honest…sometimes for better, sometimes for worse.

heart on sleeve shirt etsy

/rant

Episode 2.5 of  The Status Bro Show is now available on iTunes. I say episode 2.5 because this is the replacement episode that we recorded on Monday. We’re still planning on recording another episode this week as to try and maintain the 1-per-week that we were aiming for. Check it out and see how bad we manage to deprecate ourselves this week. More to come later this week.

Keep your heads up, your minds sharp, and your hearts open.

– CVSleen

Marinated Oven-baked Tilapia

Marinated Oven-baked Tilapia

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Technical Revisions

Posted: February 14, 2013 in Free Styling, Podcast
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This post is going to be pretty short and sweet. Just a few updates to amend my previous post.

We got some magic to happen earlier yesterday afternoon, and now our podcast is uploaded to, and searchable on iTunes!

So yes, you can go and find and subscribe to The Status Bro Show on iTunes!

If you prefer another means to subscribe to The Status Bro Show, you can visit our Feedburner feed here.

Subscribe to The Status Bro Show!

We recorded another podcast last night, and I’d love to tell to tune in soon for episode 2, but we actually ran into some more technical difficulties, and our recording just jumped the shark and disappeared on us. We’ll try again on Monday, and probably get in two shows next week.

We’re on iTunes…I’ve been trying to do that for years in one form or another. It feels good.

Keep your heads up, your minds sharp, and your hearts open.

– CVSleen

Houston, we have forward momentum. Last week, I had hoped that by this point I would have a podcast to point everyone to. We are close…very close.

All that is left between us and a listing on iTunes is the matter of finding an audio hosting site that is ideally free, more than 5 GB max storage capacity, and allows more than 60 MB per single upload. Free is the biggest ideal part of that equation, as we are poor college students. Paid solutions exist, but I guess we’ll cross that bridge if we’re forced to head that direction.

It sucks because I’ve got an hour long .mp3 burning a hole in my pocket here, and I can’t share it yet. Improvements can still be made, but I’m extremely satisfied with how this first episode worked out. I guess I have a few changes to announce though before this thing actually goes live.

The name “Bros and Cons” didn’t work out for us. It was the name that Kevin used to post his shows under, but since the last time he’s used it, another “Bros and Cons” podcast has popped up on iTunes from somewhere out in Europe. ::Sigh:: We did really like that name, but every now and then you have to learn how to let go. Our title is now, “The Status Bro Show” and I spent most of yesterday afternoon going around and snatching up all the services we need without having to alter our name at all…again. With any luck, this will be the last name change we need, and will remain…

The Status Brow Show Logo

Like I mentioned, we made it for an hour, and I feel like we could have easily gone on for two, so I don’t think we’re going to struggle for content at all from week to week. We actually had a pretty hefty little show planned, but ended up getting pretty personal and went off script just talking about…well, I don’t want to spoil anything for y’all. That’s for me to know and y’all to find out. Believe me when I say it though…soon.

Something else came up for me last week that I’ve been anticipating for a while, but I’ve been holding my tongue as to not jinx it. I have acquired Adobe CS6 Production Premium.

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This gives me access to Adobe PhotoShop, Premiere, AfterEffects, and Audition…among a few other pieces of software. With Premiere in my hands, I finally have the tools that I need to start making videos on my own. I no longer have to rely on friends or a school editing lab for the use of their software…I’ve got it all now.
I felt pretty much the same way when I got Pro Tools for audio production…and now that I have my video production tools as well, I truly am a 1-man-band. At this point in time, I can begin putting myself out there as a freelance filmmaker/video editor/audio engineer/and music producer.

The time really is now to begin building my brand, so starting very soon, I will put up a page on this site for Outlaw Media Productions. Hopefully, this will be a spot where I can list all my services and where people can contact me.

Outlaw MP V2 (Alpha-Black)

I’d said that 2013 was going to be the year where I built up my brand, and generally made a name for myself. It’s time to start getting the ball rolling. Between the podcast and the freelance opportunities, I believe I’ve set myself up to begin picking up some good speed.

Oh, and regarding my lady friend…well, it shall stay just that for the time being. I’m not going to get into intimate details, but the time is not ripe, and what she could really use right now is a good friend. If that’s what she needs, that is what she shall get. There is no need to overcomplicate things right now, especially as business has the potential to be booming.

Building blocks or Legos, I don’t know which you prefer, but they’re all in place. All that’s left is to make something of them. Until next time…

Keep your heads up, your minds sharp, and your hearts open.

– CVSleen

Hooters double dipped XXX buffalo wings

Hooters double dipped XXX buffalo wings

There’s been a lot of talk up to this point about cool stuff that’s in queue for the future. I’m glad to report that some of that stuff has moved into the realm of here and now.

As of Thursday, January 24th, my production crew, including Melissa Galbraith, Kevin Ebeling, Zach Lewis, and myself officially went into preproduction for a weekly podcast. Originally meant to be titled, “Bros and Cons” our crew will discuss film, television, pop culture, UNT related events and culture, and recent events in news and personal history. I say originally, because the title that Kevin used in a previous version of this broadcast has since been claimed by some European entity. We’re still thinking of how we can rebrand ourselves while maintaining the same lyrical energy of the old title, but we’ll come up with something.

We’re planning on launching the podcast on February 7th, but there will most certainly be several weeks where we go through a beta testing phase, so to speak. We won’t be able to get everything right in that first couple of weeks, so we’ll be soft-launching until we can get our production quality up to snuff.

However it ends up working out, I’m going to be opening a new section on the site here, where I will link to our podcasts as they come out. We’re trying to use iTunes as a means of distribution, but I’ll also try to figure out a way to link to the broadcasts from here as well.

If you picture the Rooster Teeth podcast, crossed with the Howard Stern show, that’s how we’re aiming to come across…all crass and nerdy. I’m looking forward to it.

I also have another development going on in my life, that I’m somewhat reluctant to talk about on here, just because I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch. But, I’m crushing on someone, pretty hard, and I hate to feel over optimistic, but I think she may be feeling me too.

This girl is an anomaly to me. Everyone has, in their head a list of attributes and qualities that, when combined, equal up to the perfect significant other. This is a very subjective list, and is the same for no two people. Whether we want to admit it or not, we compare all of our relationships, at one point or another, to this list, and see how well they stack up.
Normally, I find myself checking off several items of this internal list, but there are always plenty of blanks. Not this time. Every little item, attribute, and quality that I’ve added to that list that makes up the perfect girl, I find myself checking off with every interaction I have with her. This girl is smart, funny, well rounded, nice to everyone she meets unless given a good reason not to be, sympathetic, empathetic, beautiful, curvy, and unbelievably fun to talk to. She has tattoos, piercings, a creative artsy mindset, and a caring friendly personality. She also has respect for the English language, so I can text her and not get replies back that look they came from a teenage computer…you know, L1K3 7H15, or w/e u guise b using these daze.
She’s damned near a perfect 10 as far as I’m concerned.

It sounds like I’m putting this girl on a pedestal, and maybe I am, but I’ve legitimately never met a girl like her before. She actually challenges my notions on certain issues and causes me to reevaluate my view of the world.

My concern is that I’m falling too fast, an issue that is not uncommon for me. I think that I started going out with my last girlfriend after knowing her for only a week or so. I thought that girl was amazing too, at the time, but that ended up burning out very quickly.
I also don’t want to let this girl slip through my fingers. I’ve actually known this girl for a number of years, and she’s been in a relationship for the majority of that time. I know I’m not the only one that sees all the amazing qualities in this girl, and if I hesitate to pull the trigger for too long, someone else will get in there who’s less afraid of his own internal conflicts. I’ve been out of the game for a while, I don’t know if I know what I’m doing anymore.

Cliff hanger. This is how it ends. I’d love to tell you that there’s a happy ending to this story, but that chapter hasn’t been written yet. And so that is where I have to leave you. Maybe the next time I post, I’ll be delivering some good news. Maybe I’ll have a podcast up and running. Maybe I’ll know where I’m at with this amazing girl…whether it be girlfriend, best friend, or continued pursuit.

Keep your fingers crossed for me boys and girls, until next time…

Keep your heads up, your minds sharp and your hearts open.

– CVSleen

Ribeye Steak with Blue Cheese Caesar Salad

Ribeye Steak with Blue Cheese Caesar Salad