Happy New Year And A Good 2014 Blogging Year For simpleek!

Looks like the readers have spoken when it comes to popular posts I’ve written for the site. Enjoy this WordPress report and have a safe and lovely new year, everyone!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 33,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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A Year In Review: 2014 Blog Reflections

The final week of December has arrived and the end of 2014 is nigh. I tend to get a little reflective right before New Year’s. I like to think about where I’ve been, what I’ve done, and what I can do moving forward into the new year. I like what a new year represents––a fresh start and a chance for something new to come into your life. The sense of hope that comes with that idea is very reassuring to me. I want to use this time to reflect on my blog in the past year and what my plans are for it in 2015.

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Please Have Snow & Mistletoe: Fictional Characters I’d Love To Kiss Under The Mistletoe

The best thing about celebrating Christmas (for those of you who celebrate) are the traditions. Some family traditions involve decorating the Christmas tree with family. Other traditions may involve having a particular dish that’s exclusively made for the holidays. What’s Christmas without grandma’s famous egg nog? There’s also traditions people either love or dread around this time of the year. Depending on what your views are, people may like to bring out the seemingly harmless sprig of green with a cluster of white berries known as mistletoe.

Wherever this tradition of kissing under the mistletoe came from, it has been a source of delight and dread for most people. Maybe you need an excuse to kiss that office cutie you had your eye on for months because, you know, tradition dictates you must kiss under the mistletoe when you find yourselves under it. Or you’ll do anything to avoid being caught under it with that guy at the coffee shop who means well but is a bit of a creeper every time you get your morning java fix. To celebrate this Christmas week, I thought it’d be fun to list some of the fictional characters I wouldn’t mind being caught under the mistletoe with in no real order of favorites.

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DAI Inquisitor’s Log: Story, Exploration, & Glitches

Dragon Age: Inquisition isn’t quite a month old yet, but I have been diligently plugging away hours into my first run with the game. There’s so much to do and not enough time in the day to get to it all. The rare and fortunate times I’ve had to myself on weekends to marathon the game hasn’t been close to putting a dent in the game. In spite of feeling a little overwhelmed by the amount of areas and side missions to explore and do, I’ve made some small successes in moving the story forward. Fair warning, there will be some spoilers ahead after the cut. Read at your own discretion.

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Big Hero 6: More Than Just Your Regular Kids Flick

A few weeks ago I watched Disney’s latest film Big Hero 6, which is based off of a lesser known Marvel Comic series. The film follows a boy named Hiro Hamada and his inflatable nurse robot named Baymax on their journey to become the most unlikely superheroes in the city of San Fransokyo. What I expected was a fun popcorn romp with your usual Disney fluff. What I didn’t expect was the touch of seriousness this movie would go in their dealings with death, loss, and the grieving process. If you haven’t seen the movie and don’t wish to be spoiled, go and watch the movie and then return to this article. The movie is worth watching.

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Video Game Challenge (Special Edition) Progress Report 1: Dragon Age – Inquisition

While many of you may be recovering from a long weekend of gorging yourselves on turkey and holiday shopping madness (at least here in America), I didn’t realize how quickly the month of November has suddenly ended. December 1st already? Where has the time gone? With December having snuck up on me unawares, it’s also time to give you my full progress report on my video game challenge.

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