Monday, February 23, 2009

The Truth About Audio Editing

This is probably the funniest(and truest) thing I have read in a very long time.
I found this great article on the No Media Kings blog(which is amazing, by the way), about making your own boom stand. My favorite part reads..

"3. Eloquence over abundance. This tip is simply a matter of opinion. Too many sounds effects and other novel noises will suck. Simple as that. When you are tempted to add that comic slide whistle, conjure up images of desktop publishing in the eighties. We all know the effects of too much clip art and too many fonts."

This is very true. I have friends that edit things that look like they jumped directly out of those annoying educational videos from two decades ago. It is very annoying... Read more on this article...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Blog of the Week: Daily Designs

Hello everyone (or anyone, really). I have decided to make a new weekly posting series called Blog of the Week. Here I will post interesting blogs, from the popular to the obscure.

Alright, lets start with Daily Designs. This blog was started and currently maintained by a friend of mine from the forums, Stanley. It focuses on delivering the daily dose of inspiration to you as a designer, as well as tutorials, useful websites, and information about various graphic designers.

So far this blog has been quite successful, accumulating over 1000 unique hits as of the time of writing of this post.

If you need a blog to add to your daily rounds on the 'Net, definitely add this one to your RSS reader. Read more on this article...

Monday, February 16, 2009

Standards, please!

Ah, looks like time for a rant post. To be honest, I have been planning this post for ever, just never quite got around to actually writing it. So here we go...

Standards, as you all know, are very important, especially in the constantly shifting environment that is the World Wide Web. Unfortunately, there always seems to be a company or a piece of software that will try as hard as possible to combat standards with their own proprietary technology. It sounds ridiculous, idiotic, and silly, but it's completely true.

As it happens, I have to tell you about something that has happened to me recently at school (and, in fact, is still happening, as this is a year-long project). My Algebra class has been assigned this year-long project, where we research and write about a famous mathematician (who has been assigned to us by the teacher), a mathematical concept, and a mathematical symbol. This project takes the form of an MS Sharepoint "wiki". Sounds simple enough, and it is. The problem is the fact that the school system is using MS Sharepoint Server for all of its teachers' websites. To me as a student its OK, as long as I don't try to edit my page with something other than Internet Explorer... but I have Firefox. That means that when I click the "Edit" button on my page, it gives me a box with mangled, proprietary HTML, and when I try to upload an image to the Image Library, I simply can't. Now all this is not a problem (I threw the HTML into KompoZer cause I didn't have the patience to screw around with all that disgusting code). But it's all very unnecessary and annoying. Why do I have to download another program to my computer just to do a school project?? Cause Microsoft wants to expand its market share? Come on. Even though this is more of the school's fault than Microsoft's (it's actually completely the school's fault), why not just let other browsers access the simplified editing page, and make everyone happy? Forget it, man...

Just wanted to get that off my chest, as they say. Hope you don't hate me.

Ta ta for now.. :) Read more on this article...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Almost Sad

This is almost sad..

Yes, its AYBABTU... Yes, I'm a bit behind everyone else.
I just wanted to point out the apparent hilarity of the fact that the Human voice is Microsoft Sam. It seems like something I would do when designing a game.

Hmmm... Read more on this article...

Change is a cliche..

..but that's what I'm all about, am I not??

Alright, so my decision to completely refocus this blog might be for the worse; I really don't care. I decided to refocus this blog to be more general, more personal. See, I don't really feel like writing about graphic design anymore, although graphic design will certainly be one of the topics discussed here.

SO, there you go. Enjoy my incomprehensible gibberish.. Read more on this article...