Spotify Users! Pacific Moon Records Playlist

Hey folks!

This goes out to those that are big on using Spotify. A few months ago, I created a playlist and shared it on my Facebook and on my Twitter feed. It contains music that is included in some of the albums sold at Epcot’s Japan gift shop, and they are under the label Pacific Moon Records.

So I recently updated it, and I thought it wouldn’t hurt to share it with you guys. :)

Pacific Moon Records Playlist on Spotify

Hope you all enjoy! :D It was actually fun making this playlist. I’ll have to think on doing a couple more. We shall see what happens.

Other than that, I’ll have my orientation with Busch Gardens this weekend. Hoping for the best!

Have a great weekend, everyone! :D

SonicHomeboy’s Vlog: First Video of 2015 + Update

It’s been a long time coming! So here it is! A video blog from yours truly! lol

Gosh, I should seriously do more of these. That way I’m not stuttering and pausing like crazy. I apologize for the length, but there’s a lot to summarize during my time at Disney World. =P

Also, I found out that I can only stick to one seasonal job since the two I described were under the same company. So I’ll be sticking with Busch Gardens since it’s much closer to where I’m currently living now.

Anyway, thanks for looking! Hope you guys are doing well. :) What’s been going on lately with you all?

Until next time, Eddie the Wolf signing off. ^^

Christmas Wishlist 2014

Hey all!

It’s that time of year again! =D Hope you guys have been working at being good this year! lol

Still, this is the time of year when we can all get together and have a wonderful time. Yes, there seems to be a lot of negativity that is outweighing the positive lately, but I think we should all try to take a step back and be thankful with what we have. Even though this year has had many bumps along the way with the passing of my grandfathers, I feel that this year was a bit better than last year particularly being a part of the Disney College Program. :)

As this year comes to a close, I kind of have an idea on what I want to try to accomplish for the new year. That will all be shared in another blog.

With Christmas coming around the corner, I have come up with yet another wishlist. lol Now I don’t expect anyone to get me anything/everything. It’s a wishlist for a reason. This is just to show what my general tastes but mostly all in good fun. :) So here it is!

-Qatsi trilogy, Criterion collection (Blu-ray)

-PS4 bundle with GTA V and The Last of Us

-gift cards to Nintendo eShop, PSN, Steam, and/or Amazon

-Ratchet & Clank Collection (PS3)

-Ni No Kuni (PS3)

-The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Extended Edition (Blu-ray)

-Gone Girl soundtrack (CD)

-iPod around 120GB

-Gargoyles Season 2, Vol. 2

-Borderlands 2 soundtrack

-Pokemon Omega Ruby (3DS)

-Coldplay’s Ghosts (CD)

-Blacksad graphic novel (ask me about it just in case)

-Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward (3DS)

And there you have it. :) If you guys do wish to give me something, gift cards are always fine. I may not have something to give in return, but we shall see what happens. *nods*

With that, I can’t think of anything else to share at this time.

Have a safe and Merry Christmas, guys!

Mystery Skulls’ “Ghost”? Yesterday’s News.

Yes, you heard right! As much as that animated video of the song is cool, there is another one that I think is far better than it. And here it is!

Pretty cool, huh? :) Seriously, this video deserves as much views as the “Ghosts” has. Seeing this made me think back on some of my favorite animated movies that blended 2D animation with 3D visuals, and that’s something I can get behind on.

After seeing that, I did some research on the video’s director, Juanjo Guardino, and it turns out that he’s a former Disney animator and graphic novel artist of Blacksad. I may just as well check out that graphic novel since it does have anthropomorphic characters. =P

While I may have your attention, it’s time that I did an update. There hasn’t been a lot happening since I last wrote my last update. I wasn’t able to get to draw a Castlevania-related picture, and that’s okay. I’ll have an opportunity to get to the idea. :) Speaking of Castlevania, I did manage to finish Symphony of the Night a week before Halloween. And just like the drawing idea, I’ll have opportunities to get to the other Castlevania games I had hopes in playing last month.

Symphony of the Night was loads of fun playing for the very first time. I’ve always been a fan of the Metroidvania-style of games, and this was a blast! Yes, I did have my frustrations with the game during the second half as the enemies got tougher, and it became very unforgiving to some extent. Even Alucard moved too slow for my liking. Yes, I know I could have used his sidestep to go fast, but that would have been silly and repetitive to have done so. Despite all that, this was a very solid game. :) Castlevania: Symphony of the Night earns an 8 out of 10 in my book.

The 3DS has been occupying my gaming time as of late. If it isn’t checking Streetpasses for mini-games, it’s mixing it up with Pokemon X, Tomodachi Life, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Now I know I shouldn’t be playing all these games at once, but I’m having a lot of fun with my new handheld. XD Besides those games, I also have Shinobi and Dead or Alive Dimensions.

To all you 3DS users, any recommendations you all might have? Be sure to explain why you think I should look into them as well. :)

Now that I think on it, I did actually do an inked piece that I’m rather proud of. I consider it a mixture of a belated Inkober and Halloween picture. If you read its description, you’ll see why it’s also considered a Halloween picture. =P

Animal Gunwarriors No. 58 – Eddie

And now we move onto movies that I’ve seen of late. There are two I can recall seeing since the last time I updated. They happen to be John Wick and Big Hero 6.

For John Wick, it’s one of those shoot-em up movies that isn’t so much about story as it is about how stylish action scenes can be pulled off. Now I enjoyed it for the most part even though it’s just an over-the-top body count movie. Keanu Reeves fits well with the movie’s titular character. Let’s just say that if Hotline Miami were to have been turned into a movie, John Wick would be the result. lol Fans of action movies like Die Hard might find some enjoyment in this. :) And just as the reviews have said, it’s Keanu Reeve’s best action movie since The Matrix. I give it a 3 out of 4 stars.

Finally, we have Big Hero 6, the Disney animated feature of this year. I loved this movie to death. Everything from the diverse cast of characters and rich colors to the movie’s heartwarming moments and Henry Jackman’s score. I want the soundtrack to this movie so much! This movie has become another big superhero surprise next to Guardians of the Galaxy. So when my top movies list of 2014 comes, expect to see this movie bumping The Lego Movie out of its No. 2 spot. XD And now I must do some Rocket Raccoon and Baymax fan art at some point. This movie gets a 4 out of 4 stars.

Speaking of art, Christmas time is approaching, and I don’t know if I’ll have enough time to do the sketches that I would usually do for friends. Last year, I wasn’t able to deliver to all that I wanted to do sketch wise… So I will have to look into a different alternative if I can. I can’t make any promises, but we shall see what will happen. Even if I am unable to do sketches for Christmas, I plan to do fan art of other people’s characters since it’ll give me an excuse to draw their character without having to worry about receiving commissions. lol But as I said, we shall see.

And that does it for now! I apologize if this journal doesn’t flow so well. I mostly want to share this awesome music video. =P

Take care now! A Christmas wishlist will happen once Thanksgiving is out of the way. So be on the lookout for it. :)

This is Eddie the Wolf, and that’s the bottom line!

Leveled Up to 27!

Hey guys!

Well, another birthday has come and gone, and I’m now one year older. Have I gotten any wiser than before? Perhaps some based on some good and bad life experiences. I will say that this has been one of the best birthdays I’ve had. :) For those that don’t know, my birthday was on October 17.

Seeing that I work at Disney World, it would seem obvious that I would want to spend my birthday at one of the parks. Well, I didn’t want to. So, I decided to go to the Tampa Bay area and spent my birthday weekend with a few friends I had met at the con. There wasn’t anything extravagant that happened while I was with them. It was rather relaxing yet fun as we pretty much played video games, ate out at restaurants, traveled to a couple of malls, and went to the beach.

One of my very good friends from the Disney College Program surprised me the day before my birthday with buying me a 3DS. I’m actually loving the system! As of now, I have The Legend of Zelda: Link Between Two Worlds and Pokemon X, making it my very first Pokemon game ever. ^^;

As for art, I did receive two very awesome gift pieces, and here they are!

Lucy Martinez Gift
Jane Hanzawa Gift

Overall, this birthday was fantastic, and I’m glad to have taken the time off of work to celebrate it. :) For those that wished me a happy birthday, thank you. ^^ You guys have no idea how much it means to me. After how this month started, this was a much needed boost.

Art for the Castlevania inspired stuff will come soon! Just need to set aside that time for it. I’m almost done with Symphony of the Night though! Even though I may not get to the other Castlevania games, there will always be another time for them. :)

Thanks for reading and thank you once again for the birthday wishes!

This is Eddie the Wolf, and that’s the bottom line!

Edwin Hulbert, Jr. (1937-2014)

Hey all, once again.

As you’ve read the title, my grandfather passed away at the beginning of this month. I received a text from my mom around 11:30 pm on October 1st. It was 30 minutes after the fact. I struggled to sleep that night as I talked with several of my friends about it and played some Symphony of the Night. I only got four hours of sleep, and then it was off to work. A couple of hours into the shift was when it really hit hard, and I just wasn’t into the spirit of things. It just didn’t seem like six months had gone my when my mom’s dad passed away, and now this.

Before any of this really happened, he hadn’t been in the best of health and was afraid of going to the doctors. It’s unfortunate that he had to go like this though. All I can do is just remember the good times I had with him. The best times were when the family would go to the beach and have breakfast. Thinking about it makes me want to have some of his cooking again preparing the eggs, bagels, and sausages.

But anyway, it’s just going to be a very surreal feeling next time I see the relatives without him there. How does one lose two grandparents in the same year? I don’t know… It is very hard for me to comprehend it, but life does go on.

Whereas my mom’s dad was 83 when he passed away, my dad’s dad was 77. If you were to make a comparison of the two, you would have thought that my mom’s dad looked young compared to my dad’s dad.

He may not have been the perfect person, but he was family through and through. He will be missed, and I know that he isn’t suffering anymore. Both of my grandfathers were great men, and I’m glad to have been with them.

End of September 2014 Update

Hey howdy hey, guys.

This is yet another blog/journal entry in which I talk about life updates and other fun things I feel like sharing. As always, it just seems that I’m behind on doing posts like these. When you’re on your feet for long periods of time and dealing with people almost on a daily basis, it can really wear you out. I’ll have to think of something to keep myself more active on doing different kinds of posts. What would that be? Find out before this journal is over. :)

LIFE

As mentioned before, work has been exhausting for the most part. When I’m not working, I find myself glued to the computer while browsing the internet. I will even play a game just to escape from everything around me. And while it’s nice to be invited to be with friends, the hard part is not spending anything while with them. True, I could bring my sketchbook to draw while I’m in their company, but it’s that temptation of eating along with them that I have to decline going out almost all the time… Money has been tight these days since I’ve found myself struggling to pay off my credit card once again… Seriously, I’m really going to destroy that card so I don’t have to worry about paying it off ever again!

It seems that summer is coming to a close for a lot of us. Even though I live in Florida, I can already feel that vibe of fall approaching. I honestly had hoped to have gone to the beach more often, but I’m still hopeful that I’ll go a few more times before the year is over. The weather should be nice then. :) All isn’t lost! lol

For this next part, I apologize in advance if this is a bit depressing to read, but it’s something I feel like sharing. My paternal grandfather was admitted into a hospital at the beginning of the month because he had trouble urinating, and it had caused him great pain. He hasn’t been doing too well for a long time now, but the fact that he was brought into a hospital had most of my family in great concern. Around that time, I went to see him along with a few of the relatives including my dad. It was surreal to see my grandfather in a hospital bed as memories of my maternal grandfather at a hospital had sprung up then. Even though you could tell he wasn’t doing too well, he was speaking coherently, and that seemed like a good sign.

Before I got to him, one of my uncles explained to myself and the other relatives that it was colon cancer that had spread into some of his system including small areas in his liver. There was suspicion of prostate cancer, but it was never confirmed. A few days later he underwent surgery to remove a huge chunk of mass of the colon cancer, and it was a success. The night after he suffered a stroke…

A couple of Sundays prior to this post, my dad said that my grandmother would like for me to see him. Before then, I had planned to see a few friends from Megaplex and hang out with them. And personally, I didn’t want to see him because I didn’t want that memory of seeing him in a coherent frame of mind be tarnished by what I would experience later on. After telling my friends that I would reschedule the meet-up, I ended up being with the relatives again. At this point, I was just overwhelmed and frustrated. Being overwhelmed came when I was asked to do things even though I wanted to just keep to myself with my laptop and just be there. I know it may sound harsh, but I was frustrated because I wanted to be with friends without having to deal with this. The two days that I was there were very exhausting, and I was pretty much quiet for most of the time. When I was asked questions, I just gave short answers hinting that I didn’t want to be bothered. Even before I left to go back to Orlando, I apologized to my dad for being so quiet, and he said that he understood with what has been going on.

Before I did go back though, the decision was made for my grandfather to be brought back home under hospice care. I, myself, and a few others noticed that there was swelling on certain parts of his body, and that indicated that parts of his system have started to fail. So what would have been another six to nine months to live before the stroke is now only a matter of time before he passes on…

BEING TIRED

Even with all that’s been happening, I’ve found myself in very unpleasant moods. Now I’m not one to turn around and snap on others, but there have been plenty of times that I just want to yell at someone. I think part of that really has to be that I’ve developed a really bad sleep routine, and it’s something that I seriously need to fix so that I don’t like garbage in the morning. There will be days where I just don’t want to be at work, and I’m not in the spirit of it 100% of the time.

As I type this, I can kind of feel my eyes burn a bit along with my head feeling very heavy. lol Way to go, me, for pushing yourself to the extreme when staying up late…

FUN THINGS

Enough about the day-to-day things. Let’s talk about stuff that we can all be happy about! :D
There has been this movie I’ve wanted to watch ever since I saw a trailer of it a couple of months ago. It’s an independent film called Boyhood. For those that may not know, this film project was started back in 2002, and it follows the same actors throughout the twelve years the movie was made. It may sound crazy, but it’s rather interesting to see those same actors actually grow up and experience certain changes for their characters. The film did hit home in so many ways as it shows how one grows up in very real situations and to find oneself in the ever-so-changing world. Boyhood’s theme on growing up fits as a whole with this song that’s played in the movie and in the trailer.

The late film critic Roger Ebert has given mention to certain movies from year after year that said movie would probably be the best that he’ll see all of that year. Well, I’m going to be pulling a Roger Ebert here and say that Boyhood will most definitely be the best movie I’m ever going to see this year. And out of some of the movies I’ve managed to see this year, here is a top five list of them as of right now.

1. Boyhood
2. The Lego Movie
3. Guardians of the Galaxy
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
5. Godzilla

Since my last journal update, I’ve been gaming here and there. Closer to the end of last month, I picked up Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed for the PS3. Now some of you are probably going to laugh and roll your eyes at me, and that’s okay. I have actually been enjoying this game a lot, probably more so than the last Mario Kart I played being the one on the Wii. Of course, you get some of your usual Sonic characters as a part of the roster, but you also get many others along with themed tracks from some of Sega’s other well-known titles such as Jet Set Radio, Super Monkey Ball, Samba de Amigo, and Nights into Dreams. What I like about it is that it doesn’t focus more on the items you can use in the game as it’s more on how skillful you are in a race. That’s something I always thought that Mario Kart in general lacked.

Although having Wreck-it Ralph makes sense, Danica Patrick is a bit out of place despite that she’s a NASCAR driver. Another complaint I have of this game is the Pursuit races in the World Tour mode are a pain. The objective in those races is to take on a tank that will leave behind obstacles that will damage your car as you try to hit it with missile items. Watch this video.

I don’t know how many times I’ve had to restart after being hit with oncoming obstacles that damn tank leaves behind. lol It’s super frustrating, but the game overall is a lot of fun. Even though it’s a bit like Mario Kart in some ways, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed offers plenty of content and challenge that would rival Nintendo’s prized racing series.

I’m still working on Final Fantasy VI Advance on and off. I have reached the Fanatics’ Tower by following a couple of walkthroughs. However, I ended up getting killed every time I reach the area’s boss. So I asked a good buddy of mine on what was the easiest way to level up my characters to at least level 50. He mentioned about the forest that is outside of Jidoor, and it contains leap frogs and greater mantises that offer high XP. He advised to use one character at a time and use certain espers to help boost the characters magic abilities every time he/she leveled up. To help speed up the process, I’ve equipped each character at a time a growth egg which gives them double the XP after every battle even though it’s a very tedious process. So that has what I’ve been doing for most of this month with the game. I had hoped to have this game completed before this month was over, but now I don’t know when I’ll have it done. It’s all right though since I do look forward to completing it soon. :)

With October coming up, it’ll be a Castlevania month starting with Symphony of the Night! After that, it will be Harmony of Dissonance, Aria of Sorrow, and Dawn of Sorrow. I don’t know if I can manage to fit all of those games in a single month, but I’ll see what I can do. lol With Castlevania on the mind, I plan to do some art related to the games involving some of my characters. It should be fun coming up with costume designs that might fit the game universe. :) And it gives me a good excuse to work on drawing clothes that are not swimsuits. XD

Even though I have a bunch of games to play, I have bought more thanks to these deals that just keep happening on Steam and GOG. So I’ve found myself getting into SimCity 2000 and Rise of Nations as far as PC gaming goes. I actually did manage to finish a game thanks to using save states, and that would be the Sega Genesis game Castle of Illusion, which I got with the remake during a PSN promotion. So if my money hasn’t gone into food, gas, and art commissions, it’s certainly gone into buying games… ^^;

As far as art goes outside of my Castlevania idea, I plan to get to doing more personal and owed art along with drawing up some gifts. I feel that I need to get better with my drawing before I can take on any more commissions. I have even thought of coming up with a webcomic after coming across one called Save State. This is a comic I can get behind mostly because the chemistry between the characters are great, and it has a unique charm that makes me want to see more of it!

The gaming webcomic idea has been done before, I understand that much. However, that doesn’t mean that it can’t have another person’s take on it with his/hers personal experiences. It would even give me an excuse to exercise both my writing and character development with a couple of characters I have in mind. Hopefully, that will help me gain the courage and experience needed to go into other story ideas for other characters I have in my ever growing roster.

WRAPPING UP

Before I wrap this up, my birthday is going to be coming up soon. October 17 is the date. :) I don’t really expect much from it, but I hope to hang out with a few friends I made at Megaplex. So that should be something worth looking forward to. ^^ I could really use a break from work. I know this year has been a lot of ups and downs for myself and many others I know. Despite all that, I want to work on finishing this year on a very strong note.

As for the journal posts I plan to do, they will have their own unique theme to them. It’ll be a way of getting to know me a bit more as far as interests go in games and movies. You’ll see what I mean soon enough. I think what I may do is do one of some of my favorite game music selections. So keep an eye out for those in the near future.

As always, thank you all for coming by to read. I hope you guys have a good one! Any plans for Halloween this year?

Until next time!

This is Eddie the Wolf signing off!