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.

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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.

—Buffalocheeks

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,

—Buffalocheeks

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.

—Buffalocheeks