Saturday, January 3, 2015

Readership for my Blog

Blog readership various from blog to blog, I assume it has to do with topic or time of posting but some blog posts will get 1000 hits while others barely get 10 hits. I haven't figured out a pattern but most of my blog posts get about 50 hits and I was wondering who was reading my blogs. So I created these polls. If you could please answer both of these questions, I would really appreciate it.

Readership for my Blog, I read...
Every blog post
Majority of the blog posts
Some of the blog posts
Only those that interest me
poll generator

Who is Reading My Blog
I'm a Friend
I'm an Online Friend
I don't know you but enjoy your blog
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Friday, January 2, 2015

De-Christmasing & Eureka Re-watch

I spent a good part of the day De-Christmasing my apartment. It's always a sad day when I start to take down all my Christmas decorations. But on a happy note in 11 months they all go back up again. :)

I did a mini re-watch of Eureka. I found out that Eureka is on Netflix.. well the last two seasons (4 & 5). I watched all of Eureka and loved it but haven't watched since it first originally aired. I figured I'd put that on in the background as I took down my Christmas stuff.. well that was a mistake. I forgot how much I loved Eureka, especially the final few seasons so I pretty much sat and watched season 4 episodes 1 - 15, back to back to back. I finally pulled myself away from it so I could actually finish taking down the rest of the Christmas stuff.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Day of Netflix, Dramas & Comedies

So I've been at this apartment for one year. It was one of the best decisions that I made in recent years, to move to this neighborhood and apartment. With several good friends around, walking distance to food, shops and the red line, it's ideal. I love living across from the park as it makes going on my morning jogs so much more easier which ensures that I do them every morning. Now that my lease is up I have to wait and see if my rent will increase (which I expect it to) but hopefully by not to much.

Today was a Netflix day... I love my Netflix as it's opened my world up to a ton of new "gay" themed movies that I wouldn't otherwise see, but I've come to find out that a lot of the "gay" themed movies aren't that great or they show the gay culture as drug and sex obsessed, which a segment of it is, but it's not what I want to see all the time. Over the past year I have watched about thirty pretty amazing "gay" themed movies (which I have blogged about) but it seems that I'm having a harder time finding "happy" movies theses day. Lots of dramas which I'm sure are good but I have to be in a really good place to watch a hardcore drama. But the movie I started with today didn't sound to dramatic...

Angels of Sex: The established relationship between university student Bruno and aspiring photographer Carla is thrown into turmoil when Bruno feels drawn to sexy karate instructor/break dancer Rai. Complications ensue.

This movie is from Spain and is in Spanish so it's subtitled and the subtitles were so fast that I missed half of the dialogue. It annoyed me at times as I couldn't really watch the actors as I had to focus on the subtitles to see what they were saying before they were gone.

But overall I enjoyed this movie as you don't see many movie about open relationships, threesomes, and bisexuality. It shows how complicated relationships can be. It also shows you how all three sides to this relationship deal with it. For me personally I'd never be in an open or a threesome relationship, but it was a interesting look at another aspect on a variation of relationships.

After this drama I wanted a bit of fun to so I watched one of my favorite comedies of the 80's Troop Beverly Hills: Phyllis Nefler, a soon to be divorced Beverly Hills society wife is determined to prove to her husband Freddy and herself that she can finish what she starts out to do. She soon realizes that being a Wilderness Girls' den mother to a troop of Beverly Hills-bred girls is not as easy as buying cookies.

I love this movie and I'm so happy that it's finally on Netflix. It's one of Shelly Longs best movies (IMO). Funny, caring, heartwarming and wacky at times.. the perfect movie to make you laugh out loud.

I then decided to watch one of the more "heavy" drama gay themed movies called Priest. It was highly recommended with 4 1/2 stars out of 5 on Netflix. Priest: The Rev. Greg Pilkington is homosexual and a Roman Catholic priest who takes his vows and his love of God seriously. When a young girl confesses to him that her father has been sexually abusing her, Pilkington is overcome with protective rage and feels that he must break the secrecy rules binding the confessional in order to stop the abuse. As the case haunts him, Pilkington is forced to confront the transgression of his lack of celibacy through sex with other men.

This movie was exactly what I had expected.. drama, drama, drama. On the lighter side it was fun to see a younger Robert Carlyle (Rumpelstiltskin from Once Upon A Time) playing the Priests lover, though it was interesting seeing him naked. Even with the movie being uber dramatic I did enjoy it, and it was extremely painful to see what this poor man had to endure.

After that depressing movie I wanted to watch something lighthearted. I came across Bedroom and Hallways and I remember seeing this movie and liking it but it's been a while so I figured I'd give it another go. Bedroom and Hallways: At the suggestion of a straight friend, gay man Leo joins a men's group and is delighted to find hunky, straight Brendan who is coming to grips with his bisexuality and becomes his lover. Things turn ugly as it turns out Brendan's girlfriend is Leo's school ex and still able to seduce him.

I enjoyed this movie even more the second time round. Again like with Angels of Sex this movie deals with bisexuality but in a more comedic way. I enjoyed the characters and the story and I kept trying to figure out where I had seen the actor who played Brendan (James Purefoy) as I find him very cute.. he actually played the Prince in A Knights Tale... so that was cool.

Overall a good day of Netflix viewing.. some heavy dramas mixed with some fun comedies. 

The Year That Was - 2014

I've been debating on weather 2014 was a good year or a bad year overall. Of course I had ups and downs like we all do but my downs were extreme downs and my ups are really high ups. I'll list my good and bad things and see which comes out on top.

Let's start with good in 2014:
  • I moved into my new apartment in North Hollywood blocks from many of my close friends.
  • Met someone online and hit it off, possible boyfriend?
  • Said person visited for a week, had a great time, only issue he lives in Portland
  • Went on my Dream Vacation to Ireland and the UK for a month. Got to meet several "online" friends who were amazing and wish I lived closer to them so we could hang out more often. (Matt, Erlend, Bel, Daniel, Simon, Phil, Russ & Markus)
  • I got to enjoy Wondercon
  • I visited Disneyland about 15 times through out the year
  • Discovered several amazing TV shows, that weren't on my radar to watch. Call the Midwife (Thanks Jes via America), Looking, Please Like Me.
  • I got to spend some quality time with friends who came from over seas (Lydia & Thomas)
  • I attended San Diego Comic Con
  • Got some amazing movie this year, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Imitation Game to name a few.
  • Got my fourth geeky tattoo
  • Some really good TV this year, Scorpion, Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, Flash, Gotham, Big Bang Theory, 
  • Got to play more D&D (Thanks Dallas for always making it fun and entertaining)
  • Marriage equality has become mainstream, we are currently up to 35 state were gay couple can legal marry.
  • My family & friends are healthy
Now for the bad in 2014:
  • My continued weight issues, high as 217
  • Being diagnosed as pre-diebatic.
  • Distancing friendships
  • My continued fight with depression. I was at my lowest this year in a long time. Was very difficult to pull myself out of it... it's a continuing fight.
  • I only worked five weeks this year
  • Lack of work has meant huge credit card debt, gotta charge to survive.
  • Stress from all this effects my health even more
  • Still single and lonely, haven't had a date in many years
  • Lost my friend Craig this year... I miss him.
Though my "bad" list is shorter then my "good" list I think the things on my bad list effect me more, ie my health and my finances. So I'm gonna say 2014 wasn't a good year for me. Though it had some amazing things in it, overall it was a very tough year to get through.

So what do I hope for 2015... well I got all the bad out of the way and I'm due for some good. In 2015 I'll find a great job (that lasts a while) and a great guy that I can see spending he rest of my life with. With a job I can get my financials woes in order and I've already started working on bettering my health towards the end of 2014 so I'll continue to move forward with that. I'm going to make a better effort to strength the friendships that I deem worthy and let go of the ones that no longer work. Gonna stop worry about what people think of me and just be the best me I can be.

I'm gonna grow Geekyfanboy Productions with more podcasts, video blogs and series. I know there will be set backs as I continue to struggle with my depression but I will overcome these obstacles and continue to fight the good fight. 2015 is a year of change and I'm ready for the challenge.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My New Years Eve

UPDATE: The antibiotics are kicking in and my face is starting to deflate a bit. It's also helping with the pain and I'm not popping Advil like they are candy anymore.. so yay. Still feeling pretty icky so no New Years Eve plans for me, which is a bummer but on the upside I got to Skype with my buddy Erik and celebrate the New Year with him (well the east coast & central time zones). I was in bed by 11 so I didn't actually make it to midnight here on the west coast. It's not how I wanted to start 2015 but whatcha gonna do, such is life. I hope you all had some fun for me.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Urgent Care Visit

This isn't the best way to end this year but since it's been a pretty crappy year I guess I shouldn't have expected anything better. I've had a tooth ache the past few days. I have bad teeth so I get pain here and there from time to time and it normally goes away. Well this morning I woke up and the left side of my face was swollen. It was like I had a golf ball in my cheek. It's obvious that the tooth is infected and that I'll have to go to a dentist ASAP.

Well I called ten different dentist since I don't have one and every place I called is closed for the holidays and won't be open until January 5th. I did find one dentist open, Western Dentist, but they don't take emergency cases. Things were getting frustrated as I was in pain and I knew this golf ball size infection was going to get bigger and bigger if I didn't do anything about it.

So I finally opted to go to a local Urgent Care, I figured I could go to a doctor and probably get antibiotics from them. Sure enough they were able to see me and the PA checked out the tooth and indeed it is infected so she gave me a prescription for 10 days worth of antibiotics.

The infection is actually causing a fever and making me feel not so great. I'm bummed as it's going to ruin any plans I had for New Years and it's not how I wanted to bring in 2015... but such is life.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Recording a Harry Potter Podcast

Today I recorded a podcast for Treks in Scifi Podcast. Rico (the owner of that podcast) and I have been trying to get together to record a podcast on the Harry Potter movies and books. We've been talking about it for over a year so we finally booked some time and today is the day.

The recording went really well.. Rico and I work and I have some fun chemistry, we discussed the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone for about 30 minutes before moving on to the movie and talking for another hour. We plan to do each book and movie, one every few months. All I have to do now is edit it together and send it off to Rico so he can post in his podcast feed, If all goes well it should be released January 18th.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Please Like Me S2 - My Review

Today I got to enjoy the second season of Please Like Me. It picks up one year later, Josh's dad has a new daughter, Geoffry is out of the picture, Josh and Tom have a new and cute (also gay) roommate who Josh has a crush on. Josh's mom is in a mental hospital after a third suicide attempt and we meet several new characters there.

Josh meets a new love interest who is also a patient at the mental hospital, his name is Arnold and he's my favorite character now. He has extreme anxiety and low self esteem. Every time he's on screen I just want to hug him and tell him everything is going to be okay. I was so happy when Josh and him finally hooked up at the end of this season. I hope this storyline continues into season three.

I wasn't a fan of Tom's storyline, he's become a pot smoking loser and not very likable.  I've been really liking the new storylines from the mental hospital with Hanna, Ginger, Rose (Josh's mom) and Arnold.

Season two continues to build the relationships and characters. It's still quirky, a bit awkward, funny and serious. The characters seem much richer as we get to know them better over the season. There is an entire episode with just Josh and his Mom hiking through the bush talking... it's one of the more serious episodes.

I can't wait to watch both S1 & S2 again and I really can't wait to see Season 3 and see where these characters go.