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"Those who go mad are merely thoughtful souls who failed to reach any conclusions." - Bloodborne

Thursday, April 28, 2016

News Bit 04/28/2016 - Behind The Scenes

So I've been doing these silly little videos called News Bit lately. I used to just write up little fake news posts and put them here on this blog, but no one reads this blog so I thought I should try YouTube. I did a couple where I just read the fake news headlines in front of this web cam but it didn't quite look right. I thought about doing a green screen set up but after asking a friend of mine about a program called Facerig I decided to go with that instead. Have a look at the newest News Bit and then I'll go into some more details about what I used to make it.



If you liked that, please share the video anywhere and everywhere you think there might be people who would like it. Twitter, Facebook, etc, etc. Also, please check out the charity link I put below the video. It's a good cause.

Here's what I used for the video...

  • Facerig A program that allows you go map your face and head movements to a 3D (or even 2D) avatar. This is what I used for the "news man" and the desk.
  • Handbrake While Facerig outputs .webm files by default, Adobe Premiere won't take them, at least the version I have doesn't. I use this, which is both fast and free, to turn them into .mp4 files.
  • Video Blocks This is where I got the looping news studio background. This is an amazing place to get backgrounds, footage and more. Once purchased they can be used in any manner you see fit, including commercial use.
  • Gimp for Windows This is my image editor of choice. It's free and multiplatform.
  • Adobe Premiere While I use Adobe Premiere Portable 2014 as my preferred video editor, I plan on upgrading when I have the money.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Check out my YouTube Channel for more videos like this, most of them much lower effort!

Monday, April 4, 2016

The Trinelogy Youtube Giveaway!

EDIT: CONTEST OVER! Thanks for everyone who entered. If you won, make sure to get the Steam link from the email address you entered with. If you don't see it, check your spam and trash folders just to make sure. Stick around, move giveaways to come in the future!

I thought it would be fun to do another giveaway... so we're doing it. I'm giving away a Steam copy of The Trinelogy pack to three people. It contains all three Trine games. Make sure you have or are willing to install the Steam client and meet the minimum system requirements for the Trine games. Giveaway widget below. Good luck!

The Trinelogy YouTube Giveaway

Saturday, April 2, 2016

My "April Fools" videos.

Before April 1st rolled around, I decided to do a full play through of "Depression Quest" which is a free... let's call it text adventure... on Steam. It was made by Zoe Quinn (hoo boy) and is, at least in my opinion, exceptionally shit. I had only played a small amount before and decided to play through the entire game as sort of an April Fools thing. Here's my attempt:



As you can see, I didn't get very far. That's my honest reaction as I ALT+F4'd the game and noped the fuck out. Still, an okay April Fools thing. But, later, on April 1st, I decided to do an additional one. This time, a reaction to my play through attempt.



I think both videos are somewhat amusing. What do you think? Leave me a comment below.

Also, check out my YouTube channel where I regularly post game play and stupid stuff. If you liked the videos on this page, or anything on my YouTube channel, share it with anyone you think might also like it, that helps me a ton. Thanks!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tips for getting sleep.

DISCLAIMER: EVERYTHING HERE IS PRESENTED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CONSULT WITH AN ACTUAL DOCTOR BEFORE TAKING MEDICAL ADVICE FROM A JACKASS ON THE INTERNET. I'M NOT RESPONSIBLE IF YOU TAKE MY ADVICE AND HURT YOURSELF OR EAT A NEIGHBOR'S PET.

So over the course of the last few years, I've had difficulty sleeping. On two separate occasions I spent MULTIPLE DAYS in a row unable to sleep. Other times I simply don't sleep enough. Given my experience with sleep and trying to get sleep, I thought I would share some useful tips with anyone else out there who suffers from difficulty sleeping.

Melatonin

This is an over the counter herbal supplement that can help with sleep. Unlike some herbal supplements, this one is actually good and works. You should be able to find this in a drug store, supplement/vitamin specialty store or somewhere like a Wal-Mart.

Melatonin is a natural hormone that your body uses for sleep so this tends to be a gentle, safe option. I've had some success with this in the past. More info.

Exercise

If you can, get some exercise about a two or three hours before bedtime. This is a piece of advice I got from a family friend and has worked fairly well for me when insomnia hasn't been severe. If possible, go for a walk, run or use a treadmill.

Wear your brain out

This has been a pretty successful method that I use most nights. There are many ways you could accomplish this such as doing puzzles, math, playing strategic video games, but I prefer to play games in my head as I lay in bed.

Try this. You're going to work your way through the alphabet. Start at A, end at Z. Starting at A, think of as many things as you can that start with A. Maybe movie titles, actor/actress names, places, etc, that start with A. When you absolutely cannot thing of another, move to B and continue from there.

This is my favorite non-medication method of getting to sleep. Try it.

Seek medical assistance

If nothing else works, you should definitely ask a doctor or pharmacist. Insomnia can sometimes come from anxiety, depression or be caused by something else that you might not be aware of.

Did anything on this list work for you? Did I miss something? Leave a comment and let me know.