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…I honestly didn’t see this coming.

Don’t worry, they still let me graduate and all that. I’ve got my credentials now…they can’t take that away from me.

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What I mean to say is…I thought that the end of 2013 would bring about a significant amount of fanfare in my life…fresh opportunities and enthusiasm. You think the race is gonna be over…nope. There’s just another one on the other side.

Sorry, that’s kind of a bummer line to lead off with for the first post of the new year. Also…February…January literally just flew by. So what has happened since my last post…

I’ve said goodbye to Denton…not permanently. I’ve still got plenty of people requesting money from me up there, and plenty of friends I want to try and keep in touch with. But I’ve got all my stuff crammed in a corner of a room at my parents place while I try to find my next place back closer to “home”. While I’m talking about it…is anyone looking to sublease a 1 bedroom apartment in Denton…fully furnished and on the UNT bus route? Contact me for more info.
I’d love to get that monkey off my back.
The job search for the career continues. As I thought, my people don’t really advertise when they’re looking to fill a spot…they just ask people if they know a guy. I’ve still got my current job to keep me afloat, but I don’t see this as a long term venture, and I don’t see the promise of them trying to increase my hours panning out. I’ve tried seeing if there are any other positions within my company that are more worthy of the degree I have now (still waiting on that degree to arrive by the way) but the most suitable match lies down in Austin. I’m still doing a lot of searching in the DFW area here, as I’m trying to move into a new place here pretty soon, but if at some point, I need to definitively expand my search…well, so much for my plans I guess.

I also lost my grandfather recently. My grandfather had been in and out of the hospital quite a bit in the final months of his life. Heck, he’d been in and out quite a bit in the last few years of his life…but he always bounced back. He broke his hip several years back…an injury that at his age would have led a downhill spiral in most people. Amazingly though, he got through rehabilitation and was able to go back home and continue to live his life. This last time though…it seemed that all his resilience had worn out. On Saturday January the 19th, we were informed by the hospital that after going in and out of a responsive and lucid state the day before, that his kidneys were shutting down…which, I don’t know how much y’all know about the medical world, but when a person’s kidneys shut down…it’s kind of the beginning of the end. He held on until that coming Monday night, when all of his kids and grandkids were able to gather to reminisce, tell old stories, laugh, cry, and say our goodbyes. While he couldn’t say anything…we know that he heard us, maybe even tried to gesture to us. He passed at 1:15 early the next morning, knowing that he had held on long enough. January 21st…the day that I lost the smartest man I will ever know. I will miss you immensely Grandaddy.

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Losing him took a lot out of me, but there was some good to come out of his death. It has been near a decade since that side of my family has gotten together as a whole. The circumstances could not have been much worse, but we were finally able to change that, and despite the tears and the heartache, we were able to come together and enjoy our time with one another, and promise to one another that despite our distance, it would not take another act of death or a decade to bring us back together.
In his passing, my grandfather was able to bring together those that he loved in a way that he had not seen in a very long time. I like to be optimistic where I’m able, so I see the silver lining here. We won’t mourn his death…so much as we’ll celebrate his life. I haven’t considered myself much of a family guy in a very long time, and I remember now how much I miss everybody. I can’t wait to see them again.

So yea…the grind of the job search, the search for a new place to call home, and the loss of a patriarch…my 2014 thus far. I still have unfinished business from last year though.
I seem to remember that last post, I left y’all with a trio of polls…my Backstage Accolades for Best Movie, TV Series, and Video Game of the Year. A few of y’all voted. But not quite enough to declare a real winner in any category…we had ties all around. I won’t declare more than one though, so…it’ll just have to come down to me.

Without further ado…the Winner for Best Movie of 2013 is…

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Iron Man 3 was a great movie no doubt…but if it were entirely up to me…I think I’d have gone with Pacific Rim, or Kick-Ass 2. The people have spoken though. My other option here for the actual winner was Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I love me some Jennifer Lawrence, but RDJ just kills it every time.

Moving on…the Winner for Best TV Show of 2013 is…

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Even though I’ve never watched Breaking Bad, it seemed this was the obvious choice. 2013 saw the final season of the series, and with it some of the most epic moments in TV history…so I’m told. My other options in the tie were The Walking Dead, and NCIS. I watched both shows this year, but I still feel like based on the fanfare around Breaking Bad’s finale season that it is deserving based on reputation alone.

Finally…the Winner for Best Video Game of 2013 is…

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Yes…Pokémon X and Y. Y’all seriously left this category the hell alone…my five votes were the only ones tallied. I honestly have been going back and forth between Pokémon and Tomb Raider, but I haven’t been able to put down Pokémon since I picked it up. I Even though nostalgia was the only driving force for getting this game, I’ve continued to enjoy it for months. Don’t get me wrong…I enjoyed the crap out of Tomb Raider…but once I beat the game, I didn’t chase down the collectibles for very long. Pokémon is continuing to provide me with new entertainment long after I’ve beaten it. Now…since I was alone in the voting for this one, I had three other ties. They were Grand Theft Auto V, Dead Rising 3, and Forza Motorsport 5. I lost interest in GTA 5 after a while, and I picked Dead Rising and Forza as my only real options for the next generation of Xbox. Pokémon and Tomb Raider were the only real games that have come out this past year that have held my interest to completion. And somehow I still didn’t pick Tomb Raider after following Lara Croft’s hot hiney around for about 20 hours.

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Nostalgia wins out over sex. Childhood wins out over adulthood. You don’t have to grow up.

Now that 2013 is good and shelved at this point, let’s look forward a bit. I kind of missed the whole Winter Movie season, and I do mean that I missed it. It feels like forever since I’ve gone out and caught a flick. I’m just in time though to look forward to the Spring Movie Season…so what’s coming up in the shining lights of the movie billboards?

300: Rise Of An Empire – 3/07
The legendary 300 Spartans have fought their great fight, and died trying to defend their nation. The nation is now left to defend itself against the imposing Persian juggernaut. Can they hold?
Alright, we’ve got a director here that I’ve never heard of, Noam Murro, and a…let’s be honest…cast of Hollywood D-listers and hopefuls. This flick could go either way…it’s built on a strong foundation, but this crew just might not have the chops to make it everything they want it to be. We’ll see.

Need For Speed – 3/14
The notorious game franchise finally comes to the big screen. Fast cars, and high crime. The thing is…I feel like Need For Speed has already been turned into a movie. I mean, isn’t that what the Fast & Furious franchise has been? I’ve already seen this movie…and I know that Aaron Paul with all his grit from Breaking Bad has a lot to bring, but I think we’re all going to be silently comparing it to the Fast & Furious films, and how it falls ever so short. That’s my guess though.

Veronica Mars – 3/14
This is kind of a shot in the dark here. I know that there are fans out there of the show that made a 3 season run from 2004 – 2007, but I haven’t met any. There was a Kickstarter put in place to try and raise 2 million dollars to make a movie…and bring about some sort of extended closure. Kind of like a Firefly/Serenity type situation. The fans stepped up though and brought in 5.7 million by the time the Kickstarter deadline was up. So…Kristin Bell returns to see her character gets a good farewell. I know nothing of the series, so I have no idea what to expect. Worth mentioning though.

Divergent – 3/21
The books that this were based on became popular after the Hunger Games trilogy started gaining a lot of followers, and with good reason. Divergent is essentially a clone of the whole Hunger Games premise. Expect the same type of action and personality types. Just…maybe not quite as good. I’ve got kind of low expectations here, so I may be setting myself up to be pleasantly surprised by the film quality. I just don’t know right now.

Muppets Most Wanted – 3/14
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You know, I’m sure someone is looking forward to this.

Nymphomaniac Part 1 – 3/14
This is a 2-part NC-17 flick…it is the story of a woman’s life from birth to age 50, and the numerous erotic adventures that the self proclaimed nymphomaniac has endured. I’m just intrigued by the concept of a 2-part NC-17 film, the second part arriving…somewhere, on April 18th.

Noah – 3/28
The biblical story of Noah who after suffering dreams of a coming apocalypse receives a message from God, telling him to construct a great ship, to save all the animals of the land from an upcoming flood. This is a film by Darren Aronofsky, the Director responsible for Black Swan. Might be interesting to see what he does with a biblical tale…and Emma Watson.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – 4/4
The first Captain America several years back was a bit of a disappointment. But now that we’ve seen what Cap can do in the Avengers, I’ve got a little more excitement built up for him in this chapter. The rest of the Avengers can go home. Stark can go back to Malibu, Thor can go back to Asgard, Banner can go back to keeping a low profile…Steve Rogers can’t go back to WWII era America, where things were simpler…more black and white. So he stays on with S.H.I.E.L.D. to try and figure out how to fit into life in the modern world. Just as he begins to get a grasp on things, threats emerge that bring him back into the fray.
They’ve had time to get it right at this point, and I think I’m going to enjoy this Captain America.

Transcendence – 4/18
Will Caster, played by Johnny Depp, is the leading developer in Artificial Intelligence. After an incident which leaves his days numbered, he and his assistants make the decision to connect his consciousness to the internet before he dies so that he can continue to live in virtual form. AIs have needs though, just like the living…and no one can predict what this new intelligence will do next.
There isn’t a whole lot of publicity for this movie yet, but it’s one I’m really looking forward to. Based on subject matter alone, I’m hooked…but the cast looks phenominal as well. Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany, I’m excited.

The Amazing Spiderman 2 – 5/2
The rebooted Spiderman franchise with Andrew Garfield  gets its sequel this May. Paul Giamatti plays The Rhino, and Jaime Foxx jumps in as Electro. I’m actually pretty excited to see Jaime Foxx suiting up as a bad guy in the Marvel Universe. I think he’ll do well as a villain, and great alongside Garfield, definitely a better choice for the webbed crusader than Toby Maguire. I’m just left wondering now when Columbia will release the franchise so Spidey can finally join up with the Avengers.

Neighbors – 5/9
Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne star alongside Zach Efron in this story of a couple who have a baby and are forced to deal with the debauchery of a frat house moving in next door. With the same creators that brought us This Is The End, I’m expecting raunchy laughs all the way through.

Godzilla – 5/16
It’s being remade…again. It’s got to be better than the last version with Matthew Broderick. I mean, how can it really get much worse. I loved that movie at the time, but I look back on it now and shake my head. It will be better.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past – 5/23
Oh God yes. X-Men: First Class was so unbelievably good. And we finally got ourselves a good stand alone Wolverine movie too. Brian Singer said it was such a hard job wrangling all the huge personalities in this movie, but that it was so worth it. I don’t know how they’re going to handle the time travel thing, but I don’t care. Jennifer Lawrence…body paint. Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry…eye candy. If there’s one movie I could see this coming season, it’d be this.

Maleficent – 5/30
Disney’s most iconic villain finally gets her backstory told, and with Angelina Jolie playing the leading lady herself, Maleficent. It’s been a good long time since Jolie has lent her talents to the big screen, but even given her hiatus, I wouldn’t have picked anyone else for the role.

That leads us into the summer, and I suppose the end of this installment. My timetable is a complete mess right now, and I have no idea when I’ll be able to do this again. So, let’s just say…I’ll see ya when I see ya.

One last thing though…with a new year, it’s time to change the theme of my closing image. After giving it some good thought, I think I’m gonna go with classic cars. Anything made before I was born is fair game.

In loving memory of David Michael Martin Sr. One of the smartest and most loving people that ever existed. Rest in Peace.

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

– CVSleen

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Top of the morgen my loyal army. I’ve found some time to come out of my little hidey hole to make some commentary. I’m really glad I’m on my last semester of school, because this workload has, frankly, felt rather ridiculous. I’d love to show off some of the fruits of my labor, but I have yet to load them up on the interwebz. Once I do though, I’ll come back and post it up…

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These projects have just eaten up so much of my time. And yea, I knew they would too…but I’ve had some significantly stressful days as of recent. Combine that with my boss telling me that my coworkers are hurting for more help, as I’ve only been able to give them 1 of my possible 4 days to work while I’m in class most of the time. I’ve caved and agreed to give him more days for a little while, so my free time to meditate, or drive recklessly in GTA V, is greatly reduced.

I’ve had some help though. Since my last post, I’ve found a very amazing lady that makes me feel like no one else on this earth ever has before. You’ve heard similar claims before, and might expect me to talk on how I might go about wooing said temptress, but…there’s the thing, I believe this conversation has already been had…and we’re already crazy about each other. I don’t know quite how this whole thing got started…I’ve known this girl forever, and we’ve been electronically in touch for quite some time as well. All the sudden, things just started clicking, and we’ve been getting on swimmingly. I’ve been more open with this girl than I believe I have been with anyone else, and I’ve found out details about her life that less than a handful of others are privy to. I could go on for eons about the way this girl makes me feel…but that’s no fun for anyone but her and I, and she hears plenty of my puffery on a daily basis. We’ll leave it then with me telling you that…I’m smitten, and this boy is off the market.

Now, I’ve missed some relatively big news since I last checked in. In fact, when we last met, I was still talking about the Apple announcement, and by now I could probably run out to the Apple Store and pick up a Gold 5s like it’s nothing.

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(And yea, I know those are a special 24 Karat Gold build)
Well, now that I’ve had some time to conk out for a bit, and recharge my batteries, I decided that I would get caught up on my gaming news. Now, I know that none of this is breaking news…that is all.
Let’s start with Valve. There were a lot of speculations before E3 that Valve was join the console fray and introduce a “Steam Box” that would enter the market and absolutely baffle the competition. We were all disappointed when Valve said nothing of any possible console developments, but late in September, Valve finally threw us a bone and said that they were going to be releasing some big news in 3 waves. In that last week of September they released three big announcements. First was SteamOS, a Linux based gaming operating system to make your living room run at top performance.

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With the announcement of an operating system in round one, the second round announcement seemed to be a sure thing. Sure enough, the second announcement gave us the name of a dedicated piece of hardware to run SteamOS, and to act as a gaming platform…the Steam Machine. A unified platform for all Steam games to be based on.

And we thought at that point about a possibility that could have granted them instantaneous market share. If you look at Valve’s catalog, you will find a number of games that have made it to 2 installments, for which we are eagerly awaiting a third. Portal 3, Team Fortress 3, Left 4 Dead 3, Counter Strike 3, and the title that everyone is waiting for, Half-Life 3. The opportunity was ripe to make this third announcement be the bombshell that beckoned a new era of gaming. With a mountain of possibilities in front of them, what did they go and do then…?

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The Steam Controller…ok. If there was one thing that Steam didn’t need to waste considerable development energy on, it was a new controller. Years of research from both Microsoft and Sony have brought us to a pair of controllers that bare a striking resemblance to one another, and there’s a good reason for that. It’s the configuration that has shown to be preferable to most people. Nintendo, well, nobody knows what the hell Nintendo is doing nowadays, so I won’t go there. I don’t know, I know that there are plenty of people out there that would have poured money into the potential lineup that I mentioned before, much more so than a controller that will probably perform mediocre.
There’s talk though that we might see some of that line, however. Left 4 Dead 3 might have been unintentionally confirmed in some footage posted one of their social media accounts, and at least a development team has been named for Half-Life 3 through some sort of internal database leak. Time will tell if any of this information will amount up to anything though.

I just mentioned that Nintendo has been up to some real weird hocus pocus lately. They recently released a new handheld console that had a lot of people scratching their heads, the 2DS.

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What Nintendo has essentially done is to make a bigger handheld console that won’t flip closed, and that has lost the 3D capabilities of its predecessor. I don’t know what they were thinking in terms of style. The thing is just so ugly, and the buttons just so high up. Its like no one who was on the design team had any sense of ergonomics. Their only redeeming factor at the moment is their price. The 2DS clocks in with a price tag right in around $130, where the full-powered 3DS is still right in around $200.

Pokémon X and Y came out recently, and actually really interested in playing it. It’s a 3DS title though, and the last time I bought a handheld was the Gameboy Advance years ago.

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And, I don’t know if I’ve just been out of the market for too long, or if I’m just out of place with the pricing, but $200 feels like a little steep for a handheld console. Either way, I’m feeling a bit nostalgic for some Pokémon, and the 3DS just feels too expensive. The 2DS however, is much more within a price range that I would consider acceptable. What’s a guy to do?
I mentioned last post about when Pokémon was a kind of underground obsession, out of fear of ridicule from the middle school ruling elite. It’s weird how trends change, because I feel like if I was walking around playing Pokémon now, not only would I not care at the least what other people thought of me, but I’d be taken aback if I got any kind of ridicule at all. I like how as adults, for the most part, have learned to leave their judgements at the door, and can be perfectly fine walking around with Pokémon screaming from their electronic devices.

I can’t get my Pokemans fix right now, but I have managed, at some point in the past several weeks, to go out and pick up Grand Theft Auto V though.

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I hear the same stories about this game that you usually hear about World of Warcraft when people first purchase it; it will absolutely destroy your life. Like once a person goes in, they haven’t been seen to come out. I don’t know what I was thinking buying this game, but I told myself that I could defy the hype.
Thank goodness I have a dedication to my schoolwork, because somehow to this point, I’ve only gotten about 20% of the way into the game. Man, this game at times doesn’t play like a game, it plays more like a movie, most all of the missions feel so motivated, and the characters are amazing. I can’t wait to get some more time to play through it. I hear that the story get really intense. Time willing, I may have a review for it in a year or so.

Now, I haven’t talked much about it, just a little bit during E3, and that’s because the release date is still so far off, but I’ve been eagerly awaiting the new Bungie game, Destiny to drop.

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I talked enough about it in that post, but Bungie has recently announced that there will an open beta for a select number of players out there starting next year. Several weeks ago, I got an email saying that I have been given a beta access code, so I’ll get to jump into some Destiny gameplay hopefully not too long after Christmas this year.

I was doing some speculation last week about another game that was announced at E3, that at this point still doesn’t have a release date, Kingdom Hearts 3.

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The Kingdom Hearts franchise has been a mashup of Disney characters and Square Enix characters thrown together in an epic adventure of colliding worlds.  I don’t know anyone that dislikes this game, and it has been one of the most waited for games in quite a number of years.
My speculation is this: Disney has acquired several large entities in recent years…most notably Marvel and Star Wars. I wonder, do you think we might see any of those new characters pop up in Kingdom Hearts 3? Think about that for a minute…what if Kingdom Hearts 3 had Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the Hulk? What if Kingdom Hearts 3 had Darth Vader, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Chewbacca, hell, what if Kingdom Hearts 3 had Han Solo?
Part of me thinks that this would never happen in a million years. But, with a release date still looming in the shadows, who know s what they might have time to do, or what they might even be motivated to do.

Lots of potentially cool things on the horizon. And once I get my time back (and a little bit of dime as well) I intend to take it all on.

Still don’t know when I’ll find free time again to make another post, but rest assured, I haven’t forgotten about y’all yet.

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

– CVSleen

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