It is time to write a paper!

To begin with, I hate writing in a way that I constantly ask myself what makes life worth living every time I am writing a paper. Even though I have spent two whole semesters to get myself used to writing 3-5 page paper, my inner fear would still appear like a demon that drags me to hell. I may, or definitely, have exaggerated, but that is indeed how I feel when writing a paper. In a word, it is suffering.

I have never seriously written a composition in English that includes more than 12 sentences before I went to university. All right, to be honest, I wasn’t serious enough when dealing with TOEFL or SAT or the placement test. I almost freaked out when it was asked to write a 3-page paper at the beginning of the first semester of freshman year. There were two thoughts that immediately came up in my mind: 1) *BEEP* it, I can’t write a 3-page paper; 2) Okay, I’m gonna fail this writing course. Nevertheless, I somehow managed to pass the course with a passing grade. Am I blessed or something?

As a non-native English speaker, it is hard for me to put ideas into words. To be specific, I can stare at my laptop for an hour with nothing typed in but a flood of ideas in my mind. I used to try several times to go with the flow. Unfortunately, they all ended up similarly that I would eventually get stuck in wording and phrasing at some point.

For now, I have developed my very own technique to prompt myself when writing a paper, which is to GO WITH THE WORD COUNT. I can tell without my brain that how many words that are Times New Roman, 12-point font, and double-spaced would fill how many pages with 1-inch margins. I admit that it is a terrible technique that it is very uninspiring and damages the spirit of writing to some extent. Nonetheless, I would rather keep using this technique until I excavate some pleasure in writing.

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By the way, I really start to enjoy using FocusWriter to write for anything with the screenshot of my favorite character in FFXV set as window background. I can’t believe that I even start to like the set of daily goals, even though, by its very nature, daily goals are still just quantified word count.

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How to do a screencast

Introduce a blog-like website

The website I introduced: Dole Get Up and Grow

I must admit that it is really easy to do a screencast when you have the right tool. I used to do the screencast of drawing tutorials for my friend on my PC. However, the software I used on PC is not user-friendly in a way that it would slow down the computer whenever I run it. It is extremely annoying because the software for drawing tutorials (PhotoShop CS6) has already dragged down the processor speed. Since the screencast I created is only about two minutes long, I would say Jing is the best tool to quickly create short screencasts especially when you have no intention of refining the screencasts and doing video-editing afterwords.

As a screencaster, my problem is narrating while screen casting. In the case of this specific assignment, I found it is somehow hard to control the balance between narrating and solely screen casting. It is awkward that I have few things to say when taking a relatively long time to present the whole website. Similarly, sometimes, I have a lot of things to say about one particular page on the website, which, as far as I concerned, would probably make the audience bored due to a large amount of narration while the screen remains still. To be honest, I also felt quite lost when it was time to end the screencast. I won’t deny that I did a terrible finish, which, in my opinion, the word “awkward” is no longer enough to describe how poor it is.

I think screen casting can be associated with live streaming. That is to say, they are basically the same thing except that live streaming is recorded in real-time. While live streaming provides real-time interaction with the audience and, to some extent, requires the ability of improvising, screen casting needs a rough plan but also allows to make changes. There is no certain way to tell which one is better. It depends on the situation whether to choose screen casting or live streaming.

How to create your commercial

My final product: Personal Blog

Despite my previous experience with Adobe Audition, it is quite troublesome for me when I used GarageBand at the beginning. I spent almost two hours on figuring out how to input a song and get off with the default software instrument track. The normal audio track is what I really needed nevertheless another Classic Electric Piano track would show up when I clicked New Track. However, everything went smoothly when I got it right. It did not take me long to find several alternative songs for my commercial because all the available songs and BGM were already categorized on the website (http://maoudamashii.jokersounds.com/). I had tried a number of combinations of two pieces of music before I finally made up my mind which two I would use for my commercial. I did not know what came over me at that moment, but I did the most stupid thing which was to edit the two songs first. I adjusted the volume and did some fading effects, which turned into a big problem when I blended them with my recording because the volume was still too loud. I had to redo all the fading effects in order to set the proper volume. Other than this, my experience with editing is relatively enjoyable. It is worth noting that it was hard to arrange many notes only with touchpad when I wanted to create a smooth curve for the fading effects.

I knew what I was going to say in my commercial. What I did not know is that it was difficult for me to record what’s in my mind fluently once and for all. Sometimes I would lose track of what I was saying, sometimes I would pronounce the words wrong. The fact that I am not good at speaking English makes me ended up breaking the whole recording into various parts. Also, for the name of my blog, I overlapped the word “not” at the the complete sentence “It is all about me” by lowering the volume between the world “is” and “all”.

All hail AP mid laner

*FYI, the game I am talking about is a Chinese mobile game which is similar to LOL.

First of all, I swear to gods that I will never not ever choose an AP tank again! If you are thinking “Hey, what about AD tanks?”, then I can tell you that I have no idea how to play as an AD tank from the very beginning.

Here is a piece of evidence of last night massacre.

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One word to describe it: PATHETIC. Our ADC can not keep up, and despite we have two AP champions, one of them certainly do not know how to play it. I guess fortune is never on my side when I play as an AP tank in solo queue.

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Originally posted by gameraboy on Tumblr

Well, that is enough complaints. I am gradually starting to play AP champions now  (usually I would prefer support champions but…). Nevertheless, I really want to become good at it!

Oh, one more thing! Guess who just hits a 6 games winning streak?

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My heart is dedicated to APC.