This is just cool.
The memes on KnowYourMeme’s SUCKKK. Absolutely terrible! Horrible selection! Need I go on?….. I think you guys pretty much get the idea. Actually no, I have to continue this rant. I don’t get it. How do these people create such terrible meme’s and think it’s funny. Or maybe I’m just not accessing all that the site has to offer. I couldn’t do it anymore so I left and took my search to Memebase. I’ll get back to you guys when I find a reasonable meme that suits my personality and blog…. or one that I just like.
This assignment was fairly simple. I had a few issues earlier with downloading Jing but I finally figured it out! The application was easy enough to use and seems very practical. Most of my time creating the screencast was spent trying to figure out which blog to use. Since I’m soooo creative, I settled on featuring the website of Giant Step, a creative agency in New York. I just so happen to work there….. haha. I chose this particular blog because I love the content! I also thought it would be interesting to show a blog that has the added features WordPress refuses to give for free- like videos, ads, and all that good stuff.
To create an effective screencast, I think you have to have a reliable Internet connection. You will see from my own cast, that my connection was faulty and slow. This worsens the experience for the viewer. I mean, who wants to sit there and listen to you talk while your page loads?
Screencasts seem like they would awesome tools for tutorials. In fact, I just realized they have been used to explain some of our past assignments to us on Ecollege. The ability to navigate a website while giving verbal guidance is extremely valuable. Professionally, screencasts could be used in place of workshops and presentations. I don’t see screencasts being anything more than an informative tool.
Using screencast has its advantages and disadvantages. The ability to provide guidance without being physically there proves useful and further breaks boundaries of time and space. Once created, the screencast will be available to viewers everywhere and at anytime. This is especially convenient in a professional sense because an instructor may not have the time or be too far to provide hands on instruction, but with screencasts he is able to do so virtually. Disadvantages include the need for excellent Internet connection, fast or slow pace, and inability for the viewer to ask questions.
As individual who’s in love with music, I found this assignment to be quite enjoyable. Well at first….Prior to the start of this assignment, GarageBand was just another useless app on my MacBook, wasting space on my hard drive. I assumed only people who are into producing music or bands actually utilized the software. I also conclude (without much thought or evidence) that it was a complicated software, probably something like photoshop, but for music. So I buried it the deep dark corners of my Mac until this wretched day came.
Ok. Maybe I’m being a LITTLE dramatic.
My first reaction, when I opened up the application was
Then I saw my music from my itunes on the side and thought to my self, “there’s hope.” I spent 3 hours of playing songs on my iTunes trying to figure out which would be the chosen ones. NBD.
First off, selecting only TWO songs was extremely difficult. I like them all a lot! I finally settled with “Bad Woman” by Arctic Monkeys as my intro (because I consider myself a bad ass 🙂 and it’s a super awesome song. Muse’s “Bliss,” was used as my outro because I loveeee that song.
After I got over the HARDEST part of the assignment… selecting the songs, I had to go through the next difficult task of figure out which part of the songs I wanted to feature in my podcast. After that, struggling with volume, fades, splits, and dying numerous times, I successfully completed my first garageband podcast. It took me much longer than I would have liked and I had to record myself numerous times because I wasn’t happy with the fact that I sounded like a man. My recorded voice is not sexy at all, so let’s just say that’s not my normal voice.
Uploading this assignment was a nightmare! I had to deal with copyright issues with sound cloud and I uploaded it several times and my voice over didn’t play. It was just a hot mess. But finally here
It was painful…ly fun. HA.
Almost at the point of hurling my Mac because Soundcloud hates my guts and won’t allow me to post my freaking blog commercial. I might die tonight of high blood pressure.