My favorite blog!

 

First I want to say WOW, Jing is so easy to use! As I type this, my screencast is uploading…64.4 MB out of 135.3 MB! I’m a little nervous just because I’m again on my crappy laptop that has a mind of it’s own and doesn’t always cooperate. I’m also nervous because I talked the full 5 minutes so my file is larger, which could be affecting the upload speed. I just found it really easy to talk about things I love about the blog I chose.

I decided to do my screencast assignment on a blog called Extra Petite. It’s one that I love because of how useful and easy to use I find it. I used Jing to do the screencast, and really liked the software and think I could use this one again in the future. I downloaded it with ease from the link provided, and watched the little tutorial thing even though we reviewed it a little in class. The tutorial was quick and to the point, which was great, and I think most of it has to do with the simplicity of the software. There are only a few buttons, and once you know where to click, it’s easy.

I pressed capture and selected my entire screen that I wanted to display in the video, then selected a mic option. The first time I did this I selected one that maybe was connected to an external camera I use to use but don’t have anymore, so no sound came out in my screencast video. I tried to start a new screencast, but that mic was already set as the default. Jing settings were easy to find, and under audio I changed the source to my internal mic and all went well for the second video.

All in all, I enjoyed this assignment and it made my think about features that I like about other blogs that I would eventually want to add to mine. Like I mentioned in my screencast, the author of Extra Petite knows her audience, and it made me think “who do I want my audience to be and what features would they like to see on my blog?” Food for thought.

Screencast

Commercial Fail!

I appreciated the warning that this assignment would be difficult, so I started working on it pretty early knowing that I’d probably get frustrated, but I didn’t think I would fail at this assignment as bad as I did!

I wanted to find some happy instrumental music, some “twinkly” sounds or techno fun without much lyrics. On account that I literally only have 7 songs in my iTunes (not including those free U2 songs), I had to go look up mp3 video converters. It seems like a lot of them aren’t around anymore, but I finally found one and decided to mix “Domino” by Jessie J and Rita Ora’s “How We Do”. They’re both up beat and mixed pretty well!

I downloaded audacity onto my laptop, and opened the first MP3 “Domino.” The song starts with some audio, but the first lyrics are “I’m feeling sexy and free…” and the rest of the lyrics really aren’t that great for my commercial either. I looked up some tutorial videos online and found one that easily explained how to adjust the vocals in a song. I used the “split stereo track” feature in audacity, inverted the vocal one, and then made the two parts of the song “mono,” and that made a perfect audio background. You could still hear Jessie J’s voice, but it was very faint and the focus was on the audio.

If I knew better, I would have picked two songs that were more similar in speed. “Domino” is much faster than “How We Do”, but when you change the speed of audio, you change the pitch and it just sounds very different. I watched a bunch of videos on how to adjust the tempos of the two songs to fit each other but I couldn’t quite get it. I really only wanted to chorus of the Rita Ora song where she sings “How we do”, but I ended up making her almost sound like a chipmunk, which wasn’t what I was going for.

I’ve been doing my assignments on my tablet because my laptop is ancient and does not function very often, but since we had to download software for windows, I had to use it. I started having issues with my laptop after working on it for 5 hours or so– (getting the blue screen of death)—but a few days later it started working again. The software also kept freezing…or maybe it was just a lot for my computer to handle. After reviving my laptop and finding the entire 2nd song nowhere to be found in the project, I moped around and decided to forgo the second song and just put my voice against the “Domino” audio.

Of course, when it was time to export the file, an error comes up asking me to “modify the metadata” and that the disk is full and bunch of crazy looking characters. I tried exporting to every format and got my nerdiest friends to help, but now my laptop is dead and I’ve given up

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3V4rP97xJPAQlAtcVM5RkRqaWR5RlJQVDRPemktRVExUDVV/view?usp=sharing

 

 

Are all small decisions really this hard?

I couldn’t even think of a picture I wanted to use as the main background. This was probably the most difficult part of this assignment. I do not consider myself a creative person, so I knew when I read this assignment it would be something I’d have to sleep on. Part of the problem stems from the fact that I wanted this blog to include it all! Exercise, nutrition, tips for your mental health, etc. It’s probably too broad of a topic to summarize in one picture. Luckily we could play around with layers to try to include more images of what I’d like to write about.

I’ve used Pixlr once before, so that was my first choice. I found it easy to use and playing around with colors and fonts and images is something I like (and probably waste a little too much time with at work—shhhh.) I did NOT know about the advance search feature for licensing criteria! That’s incredibly useful to me, and I will definitely use that again in the future. For the main background layer I found a few pictures of fruits and vegetables organized by color, but they were a little too busy and didn’t posses that “clean” feel I was going for. Then I found this plain citrus image and thought it had enough color and was aesthetically pleasing.

For the other images, I originally was thinking of using an image of a woman in a yoga pose like the one below. I used the magic wand feature in Pixlr to remove the background and then place it on the citrus picture. Even after increasing the contrast and giving the woman a tan, the colors didn’t blend nicely. That’s how I got the idea of the silhouettes: they’re simple, clean, and relatable.


Image Source

All in all I would say it wasn’t hard to use the photo editing software, and now that I’m more familiar with WordPress, I was able to edit the header without issues. The hardest part was deciding what pictures to use!

Hello!

This would be my first blog as an adult. I had a xanga page in middle or high school (I can’t even remember when!) and I found it a lot easier to set up. It could be because I wasn’t really busy and I was a lot more patient, or I’m getting old and less tech-savvy! Yikes!
I still want to mess around with the fonts and themes because I’m still not happy with this appearance.

I’ve always wanted to journal everyday, but I’ve never committed. It’s also hard eating and being healthy and having a crazy schedule, but I’m hoping this blog will keep me more on track.

Just want to shout out to the best limited edition flavor ever, RIP.Ben & Jerry's Peanut Butter Half Baked Ice Cream
(image from http://www.benjerry.com/whats-new/2014/peanut-butter-half-baked )

Nowadays my weakness is Cherry Garcia. I have a sweet tooth, I don’t think exercising is fun, and I love steak. These are not the components of a healthy person!

All I’ve eaten today was coffee for breakfast, oatmeal for lunch, and not even a full bottle of water. It’s also my first day back from vacation, so this is the healthiest I’ve eaten in 2 weeks (yikes again).

My only goal today is to drink a lot more water, de-stress a bit, and eat an actual meal today (not just Cherry Garcia.) You can see I have a long way to go from being a typical health blogger, but maybe this blog will inspire someone to make some better decisions and be more conscious of their health habits, while helping/shaming me into being healthier.

Thanks for visiting my page!