October 27, 2015

I’m back in the blog scene, and it sure feels great to be back! I’ve dramatically fixed up this blog since I last used it, and I think it looks decent.

It’s not perfect, but then again, nothing is.

Speaking on the notion of perfection, we as individual human beings have our own unique opinions of what we consider to be “perfect”, and these opinions can be reflected in how we perceive the outside world, and the way we present ourselves in the online world. Knowing that I’m not a perfect person, I decided to present myself in a way that honestly correlates with the person I am in real life. I’m not here to tell you about the time I played Ultimate Frisbee on the sun AND dug a tunnel to China, but I’m here to introduce myself to a stranger. As you may have noticed from that last sentence, I lied twice. However, those lies were so ridiculous that there is no way that anyone has done either of those things. They were subtle jokes, not lies. I like to make jokes. I think they’re a good reflection of my personality, especially on my personal blog. It’s my form of self-presentation.

I hate lying. I’m awful at it, and it’s extremely humiliating when people find out. Like Mark Twain once said, “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” If you’re honest with yourself and with others, then you’ll have less to stress out about.

Here’s an example. Imagine you’re on a dating site and you mention several skills you don’t have, but you wish you did, like tying your shoes. You meet someone and you go on a date. You and your date have a spectacular conversation and you feel like you found your soul mate. After the great date, your date wants you to tie their shoes because they don’t remember. You said you knew how to tie shoes, but you really don’t. You’re wearing Velcro walking shoes. What do you do? Confess to your lie and never see your date again, or find a lame excuse and lose their respect? Either way, we can avoid these stressful dilemmas if we simply tell the truth from the start. We don’t need to tell people every single thing about ourselves if we don’t want to, but we shouldn’t make stuff up to make ourselves look better. Next time you want to fabricate a lie, ask yourself: who are you trying to impress? Let’s face it; we all have skills that we’re good at, and some people might not be impressed by our skills. If we come to terms with that fact, we will feel happier in the long run. There are over 7 billion people on Earth. Some people may like us, some people may not. My point is to be proud of what we already have. Count your blessings, and respect who you are. I don’t have too many skills that I wish I had, but I’m still proud of the few that I have.

There were several aspects of my life that I refused to share on my blog, including my email, because it’s unnecessary. That’s why I made one up in my “About Me” page. When I was editing this blog, I came across some instances where I asked myself, “what will I get out of putting this on the blog?” We should be very careful with how we manage our identities online. The imagined audience that you have in mind may not be the real audience that exists. You don’t know who’s really looking at the stuff you publish online. As there are plenty of good things that can be proudly shared online, there are also plenty of things that should NEVER be shared online. Would you post your Social Security Number on Twitter? I mean, if you really want to share it, go ahead… but I highly recommend that you DON’T! Like Las Vegas, whatever we post on the Internet stays on the Internet. Because of this, we should keep our private lives private because we never know when it could be used against us. Instead, we should strategically create a balance of information we should share, and which information we should keep to ourselves.

I hope this blog post was as fun for you to read as it was for me to write.

Thanks for reading,


Fun with Animation

I made a little 30 second movie called “How Chuck Got Rich”.

You can watch it here: http://goanimate.com/videos/0CRgCf1PURhc?utm_source=linkshare&utm_medium=linkshare&utm_campaign=usercontent

I tried making a scene similar to the TV show Ugly Americans, although **SPOILER ALERT** there aren’t any characters that look like demons.

I had a very fun time making this movie, and I didn’t encounter any frustrating obstacles. The only obstacle I encountered was this annoying “Flash Player Settings” window that would pop up every time the movie would autosave. I couldn’t click the “close” button, so I had to patiently keep reloading the page. Besides that problem, I was entertained all day long, and time passed quickly.

I hope you enjoy the movie!

QR Codes and Messing with Telemarketers

Buffalocheeks QR code

Hey readers! You see that boxy picture above? That’s the QR code for this blog. I can post it in a lot of different websites to promote my blog. I have zero experience with QR codes, but I think you can access them through QR code scanners on your phone. Play around with it and tell me if it works!

Extreme QR code

Anyway, a funny thing happened today. I got a call from an unknown number, and on the other line was a man that I assume is either Indian or Pakistani, judging by his accent. He introduced himself as “Juan”. He called because there is some kind of malware on my PC that I have to get rid of by purchasing a “Windows Security Blah-Blah-Blah” for $535. I thought this was funny because I have a MacBook, and he couldn’t have picked a better time to call because I felt like messing around with him a little bit. And indeed I did. After he pitched his scam to me, I asked him, in my very convincing Spanish accent, if he offers his service in Spanish. I do that with most telemarketers that I feel are trying to con me. He laughed and said, “You stupid motherf*cking bitch! You don’t want to fix your computer?! Are you stupid?!” and I replied in Spanish with “No entiendo lo que me estás diciendo” (I don’t understand what you’re telling me). He said “F*ck you” about 13 more times and kept trying to sell me his product. Talk about customer service. For the duration of the phone call, I kept saying “Yes” to everything he said, because that usually makes people go nuts. He asked me for my name, address, and date of birth, and I replied with “yes” to all of them. He finally hung up after approximately 15 minutes of hearing his potential customer say “yes” over and over again. If you ever get a call from an anonymous telemarketer that you feel is trying to take advantage of you, annoy the hell out of them. It’s really fun!

“Juan” didn’t have a good day today.

Uncommon Greetings, Creative Commons, Fair Use, and Fencing.

Good day, readers. I say “good day” because “good night” and “good morning” are reserved for specific times in a day. There are 24 hours in a day, so it would make sense to use “good day”. I don’t understand why very few people greet one another that way here in America. It’s a very nice thing to say! I should start greeting people with “G’day!” like the Australians do. That way, people will be like, “Someone said ‘G’day’ to me today… I don’t know why, but it made my day!” That probably won’t happen ever, but it’s nice to know that you have the power to make people have odd, noteworthy experiences sometimes. Greet someone with “G’day” sometime and share your experience here!

Nothing like a good rambling to get this post in gear, but let’s shift gears now and talk about important stuff.

So I went to the Creative Commons Search Engine to find a piece of media that relates to my blog, and this is what I picked:

This is a picture of an Italian fencer and a Swiss fencer having a fencing bout with each other at the Challenge Réseau Ferré de France–Trophée Monal 2012. I picked this picture because I haven’t posted about sports like I said I would in the “What’s This All About?” page. So here’s my chance to talk about something sports-related. The picture favors every fair use in the ‘Purpose’ category of the Fair Use Checklist, because I’m commenting on the fencing bout. Unfortunately, I won’t profit from using this picture :/, but it’d sure be nice to make money that easily! I also acknowledge that this picture is a published work that is factual and nonfiction based, and that this an individual picture, and it’s appropriate for educational purposes. This picture also did not have an effect on the market, it’s not copyrighted, and I didn’t need permission to share it with y’all. But I really would like to thank Marie-Lan Nguyen for taking a brilliant picture of a perfect example of what a flèche is!

For those of you who don’t know, fencing is an olympic sport. It’s actually considered the martial art of fighting with blades. You get a strenuous workout, and you get the chance to have a duel with someone without killing them or getting killed (if you do it the right way). You also get a good brain workout because it requires a lot of thought to land an attack on your opponent, and that’s why many people call it “physical chess”. I’ve been fencing on and off since I was nine, and I absolutely love it. If you’re interested, I encourage you to go try it out for yourself. It’s really fun!

My first fencing tournament, c. 2003

My first fencing tournament, c. 2003

Album I’m listening to

The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main St (1972)

My high school history teacher recommended this album to me, and he told me that I’d have to listen to it a few times to really enjoy it. He was right, I’ll admit that the first time I heard it, I really didn’t like it, but the second time I heard it, I ended up loving it! If you plan on listening to this album, listen to it until you LOVE it, because it’s an acquired taste. These aren’t the jolly “I can’t get no… satisfaction” Stones that you’re probably used to. Exile on Main St is the product of a band that spent all their tax money on drugs and concerts, so they moved from the UK to Southern France before the British government could seize their assets. Hence the name Exile on Main St. Not only does this album has an interesting background story, but it also has music that you’ve never heard or will never hear in your life. Don’t miss an opportunity to listen to Exile on Main St. Check it out on youtube!

Roller Coaster Chess, Burglar Teletubbie, and Halloween

Hey there, it’s been a while. So I was looking around KnowYourMeme.com hoping to find a funny meme to make this blog look cool, but then I came across a really cool meme that kind of blew my mind… Roller Coaster Chess. That’s right, Roller Coaster Chess. I chose this not because it’s so funny, but because it’s so clever. It’s about the souvenir pictures that you get at the end of an amusement park ride, except these involve a couple kids playing chess on a chessboard that has glued chess pieces on it. The kids that are playing chess aren’t even screaming or freaking out like people usually do on roller coaster rides. They’re just so calmly playing chess while the car’s just dropping at 70 mph. How did that chessboard get on the ride to begin with? That seems like a bit of a safety hazard, but I still think it looks cool.

Look how cool these pictures are

Photocred: KnowYourMeme.com

Photocred: KnowYourMeme.com

And it not only involves roller coasters or log rides, but they also involve any other rides that might be a little bumpy.

Photocred: KnowYourMeme.com

Photocred: KnowYourMeme.com

Photocred: KnowYourMeme.com

The first time you see one of these pictures, you get tricked into thinking that they’re really playing chess, but then you come to realize that they’re just staring deeply into a chessboard with game pieces glued onto it. Pretty cool, right? I’m hoping this will make this blog look cooler.

Speaking of ridiculous things, there was a 20 year old kid from Lehigh University who broke into his friend’s house at 2 in the morning. Dressed up as a yellow Teletubbie. What’s funny about this story is that the guy ended up going into his buddy’s fridge and dumping Chinese food in his “man purse”, then leaving. He also damaged a door when he broke in. How desperately hungry does one have to be to break into a home, break a door, dressed up as a yellow Teletubbie just to steal some Chinese food? You can read the story here.


Before I forget, I want to wish you Happy Halloween! It’s a fun holiday, so don’t do stuff that’ll make it un-fun for you or other people. Don’t break into your friend’s house in a silly costume, unless he/she says it’s alright. If you’re going to eat candy, make sure you brush and floss. If you’re going to drink, don’t lose your sh*t. Make good decisions. I sound like a dad right now. I hope you get the point though. Be good!

Here’s a picture of my costume:

Furry Banana!

Furry Banana!

Album I’m listening to

Black Sabbath, Sabotage (1975)

When you bring up the amazing heavy metal band, Black Sabbath, one usually thinks of “the band that played ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Paranoid'”. Which is very true, but no one really cares about the music they made after those two hit songs. Sabotage is one of those albums that few people really care about. I didn’t care about listening to it before, but then I started listening to it, and I was satisfied within seconds! It has the perfect combination of heavy guitar riffs, funny lyrics, and softer riffs. Sabotage is so easy and fun to listen to, and not only that, but it’s one of the best albums to listen to this Halloween. Go check it out!

JINGle Bells

Hello there! I just made a screencast, which you can view by clicking this link: http://screencast.com/t/Us6uMoEkSA

I recorded it using a program called Jing, which specialises in capturing images for screenshots, and videos for screencasts. I had a feeling that this assignment was going to be fairly easy because there are way too many screencasts out there on YouTube… Just look up “how to empty your recycling bin on a PC”, you’ll find at least 500 tutorial screencasts that hold your hand you through the steps. If they can do it, anyone can. So I gave it a shot, and it was just as easy as I expected it to be, although I flubbed a couple of times while I was recording and it sounded like I had a potato in my mouth, so I had to record several takes.

I really like the idea of screencasting because if you want to do something on your computer, like “how get more space”, then you can look up a video about that on YouTube, watch it, and follow each step on your computer while you watch the video. Another reason I like screencasting is because it’s great for recording footage for a video game and commenting on or reviewing it, so you can show the whole world and they can judge whether or not it’s a game they’d like to play. That’s exactly what I do when I’m thinking about buying a video game — I type the name of the game on YouTube, pick a video that is screencasted, and judge whether the game is worth my time while I watch the footage and hear the screencaster’s comments. It’s very helpful to see what you’ll be playing before you play it, and it’s good to also hear what other people think of it.

OFF TOPIC: As I was writing this post, I was eating a banana with peanut butter, and it was amazing! Put some cinnamon on top and you’ll have an incredible and healthy snack. Try it out if you can.

Buffalocheeks Commercial!

Hi there folks. I’ve finally made a commercial for this fancy blog here. You can check it out on the bottom of this post, or wherever WordPress allows me to post it. So, how did it go? Not as well as I expected. I used to play around with the 2008 version of GarageBand, which was fun and easy to use. I felt that every feature (like sound clips, vocal effects, pitch control, etc) was given to the user on a silver platter. I had the time of my life working with that version.

But for this project, I used the newest version of GarageBand, which by the way, STINKS ON ICE. It’s very disorganized, and I couldn’t find vocal effects, pitch effects, or any other effects for that matter. Not even after 5.5 hours of messing around with the application. Perhaps it’s because it’s the free, amateur version from the App Store that lacks too many features, but I don’t know. All I know is that it stinks.

Anyway, I had a frustrating experience making this commercial, but in hindsight, it wasn’t too bad. I took two songs from my iTunes library (‘Psychic Chasms’ and ‘Ephemeral Artery’, both by Neon Indian), spliced them up a bit, and made a decent music bed. Then I recorded myself reading some words — most of which were taken from my “Meet the Editor” and “What’s This All About?” pages. I think the finished product doesn’t sound too bad… it gives my blog more of a vintage feel, and it feels more interactive because you get to hear my voice, which I don’t particularly enjoy listening to. I don’t really think anyone enjoys listening to recordings of their own voice. It’s totally natural to feel disgusted.

Well that just about wraps up this experience. I’ll keep you posted on anything else that I feel is noteworthy.


Here’s the commercial. Enjoy!

Pixlr: The Poor Man’s Photoshop.

I love my header. It’s a picture of a majestic buffalo in front of a beautiful Northwestern landscape. Isn’t it awesome? It reflects the name of my blog perfectly because you can see one buffalo cheek. You can probably guess what the other cheek looks like. And if you think the buffalo has a cheek on his rear, then you’re wrong because only apes, humans, and other animals that aren’t buffalos have buttocks. Alright, I’m done giving you this biology lesson that you don’t really need.

Anyway, this was the first picture I uploaded, and I felt reluctant to edit it on Pixlr because I had already edited the hell out of it on Picasa with the 1960’s filter and with some brightness tuning. Then I read the assignment, and thought, “Sure, I could edit this picture on Pixlr… why not?” So I went to Pixlr and before I knew it, I was looking at an affordable Photoshop! They are almost identical to each other. The only difference is that one of them costs hundreds of dollars, plus tax, and a hint of buyer’s remorse. So I uploaded my picture and I used the burn tool on the sky to make it darker, which was totally useless in the end because I had to crop it out so you can see this cool buffalo. Now you can only see like 4% of the sky in the header. After burning the sky a bit, I adjusted the brightness and contrast, which I liked a lot because it gave the picture a cool vintage vibe to it. I think this new header also adds a little bit more color to my page, compared to the older one.

Pixlr works like a charm, and now I feel like I don’t have an excuse to not get birthday, mother’s day, and father’s day cards for my friends and family. I can simply find a few pictures online, make them look cool with some editing, write a few nice words, and voila — a brilliant card that I can make from the comfort of my own home without having to waste time standing in a long line at Target. I have underestimated Pixlr, but now I know its full potential. Go try it out for yourself.

I hope you’re doing well,


More Than A Welcome

Well hello. This is José, or Buffalocheeks, writing to let you know that I have finally set up a blog. I’m just a college student that writes things about sports, school, comedy, peanut butter, sandwiches, and some interesting or awkward experiences that I’ve been a part of. It’ll be fun for you hopefully. That’s enough introducing myself… Let’s get this blog in gear!

I really thought this blog-making thing would be extremely frustrating and time consuming, much like building a house on a scorching hot day in July.

“I’m doing this ’cause I love you…”  (image from blog.apphappening.com)

But it turns out that building this blog is as fun and simple as riding a bike downhill.

This blog may go downhill pretty quickly, but as long as I don’t smash my face on the way down, then it’s all good. (image from gaby.fachrul.com)

I am basically letting you know that I just made a fancy blog that has reply boxes, which you are more than welcome to comment on. What does “more than welcome” even mean? Well, I guess it means you can totally let me know what you’re thinking at the moment. Like, totally.

That being said… Hello to all of you. I hope you enjoy this blog and I hope you’re doing alright.