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.