Getting an education is good, mostly because you probably won’t get very far trying to apply for some jobs and saying “oh, yeah I learned all of that myself, online, and at the library”, or can you?
I’ve heard of some people who passed their Bar Exam after studying law with no school, now working as lawyers ( participating in a 2+ year law office study program is required in the U.S, though)
There are also many online schools where you can get your degree.

I’ve learned a lot online myself. About programming, graphic design, video editing/effects, and writing is something I learn daily as an ESL. Let me share some of my favorite resources:

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(and some I probably could)

I’ve now gone half a year without a smartphone, something I previously thought I couldn’t live without.
All I really need is my laptop or tablet with me, and an internet connection nearby.
Oh, and I have to study Google Maps really carefully if I’m going somewhere new, since I’m pretty bad with directions.

1. Google Voice

This amazing service from Google lets me have one number forever, so the next time I get a phone I won’t have to tell people my new number. It forwards the calls/texts to any number I want.
The Chrome ext. for this service notifies me of new text, voicemail, or missed calls. I can also send text from there. And amazingly enough it is FREE.
Also, If I have Google+ open in a tab I get the ‘incoming call notification’, however, I can’t actually answer the phone there; I think they’re still working on that. I just call people back from my gmail.

2. LastPass

A password reminder tool. Whenever I turn on Chrome I log into the LastPass app with the ‘Last Password I’ll ever have to remember’. I like this better than any built-in password reminder in any browser, for many reasons. It just works better, remembers better/updates when I change password, fills out forms and can create random passwords, it’s easy to turn off when others want to use my computer, and some other features.

3. SEO for Chrome

I could live without this, but it’s nice to have the option to view statistics about the page I’m on. I mostly use it for my own pages (check page rank and backlinks). But sometimes for other sites too, to check if they’re ‘safe’, as in not brand new PR1 sites that I maybe don’t want to give any of my info.

4. PwnYouTube

This is a bookmarklet, not really an extension. It’s a bookmark dragged onto the address bar that ‘does something’ when you click it.
It is made by deturl, the hands-down most amazing free YouTube video download tool, since I’m always two clicks away from downloading the video I’m watching, and convert it to another format. AND it lets me choose between the various converter services, so if one isn’t working, use another. AND I don’t have to install some annoying Java tool to do the job.

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Whenever there’s a bookmarklet for the job I prefer that over apps/extensions. For example in the share folder I have bookmarklets to share on Twitter, G+, Pinterest and many others. Having too many apps/extensions slows down Chrome quite a bit.

Where to Post That?

Posted: June 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

Just made this infographic. Embed it on your site if you wish

Kudo Studio

If you’re wondering where you should post that image, meme, or article for most visibility this infographic can give you a hint.

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Here’s a fun little tool I tried recently, Vizify – Creates a video-infographic of your Twitter activity. And also a web page infographic of your online profiles. All in a few minutes Check out mine https://www.vizify.com/nicko-gibson (first version)

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Should you be on Klout or Empire Avenue? Read my lates guest post Social Measurement Tools – What are the good for? on Lerablog.

That’s all. It’s fun and serious bizness!

I ushually try to spell with no imperfekshens. But sumtims I see sum that I think meiks mor sens than the ‘corect’ spellin. And I wud say, or think “Hmm, yup, that’s how it shud hav been desind!”.

I do respect the English langwij a lot, it’s the most advanst in the world. And I luvd lernin it, still lernin. But I alweys wonder about pepl who sey they’r “anoyd by” alternativ spellin, or errors for that matr.

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Picture Editing for $5 – I will adjust the quality and colors in up to 3 of your pictures.

I’ll fix the levels and colors in up to three of your pictures to the best of my ability. It can bring out some detail, remove some murkiness, make colors more vibrant, or change them entirely.

More examples are here: nickogibson.wordpress.com/color-level-adjustments/

That’s my opinion.

And maybe some movie soundtracks, I don’t watch many movies these days. I don’t play too many games either but I often listen to the soundtracks of some old and new games. Very nostalgic.

Here are some playlists I’ve been curating, with video game music.

Video game Epic/Classical Soundtracks

Battle Themes (Video Games)

And also Video Games Trance/Techno Music. Little is more exciting than a cool techno soundtrack while playing a game.

Wrote another article on TubeBlogger. Don’t do much of my own writing there any more.

Make Money in Online Games – Yes You Can.

Simply sharing two games where you can make real moneys, legally. No BS!. I’m not saying it’s ‘easy’ Check it out.

Spoiler: EVE online and Second life.

Many things can be said about video games as one of the latest forms of storytelling.

Certainly some people would say video game is the best story telling medium. As it is both interactive and can have the same visual effects that film/video can, sometimes better. But it is opinion still, that interaction makes stories better, or that real human characters make stories better in film.

The challenge of making books into movies has often been great, and we have finally reached a point where things like Lord of the Rings is possible. And it’s safe to say most books are possible as films (or games) one way or another, if anyone cares enough and has enough money. Sometimes however, because of length and other things, they’re not always viable as films, but maybe series, TV shows, or games.

In a video game there are more options for including more of the details described in the book, without making a “too long” story, as is often the case with video.

How would you tell a story like this in a book?

I wonder, is there any story that is better told in a video game than any other medium?

The whole storyline of “Bioshock: Infinite” would have to be a pretty long book. Even though the game is only a few hours long. In order to describe all the details etc. the book could be very long. Definitely the game series Fallout and Elder Scrolls would be long books. The games themselves include big worlds to explore, which can take days/weeks, though the main storyline can be completed in hours.

In video games you can tell such stories, with an immense amount of data and detail that is optional, and adds a lot of richness to the story whether the player explores the optionals or not. Since they are in the background and define the virtual world.

The main strength of video games is that they can tell a story with variables. With multiple endings etc. and with optionals to explore.

Gamification

Theres an increasing interest in gamifying certain tasks to make them less boring. And it’s also increasingly common for movies to have game apps, facebook apps. or some form of game related to the story.

I think as time progresses, more parts of daily entertainment will involve some gamification.  And also more of the tasks will.

At one point virtual worlds will probably be the most popular form of entertainment. And many entertainers will see there’s more money to be made in virtual worlds.

Especially big entertainment companies will, I believe, eventually there’s more incentive and money to be made in virtual worlds because the average fan spends more on entertainment in a virtual world.  And it will probably be true whether it’s an interactive story or not, I believe 2D video will become a less popular form.

Wrote this little dice roller app as my first project while learning Javascript.

Hosted on Google Drive.

Hosted on Google Drive.

You can pick any of the popular roleplaying dice, from a four sided dice (d4) up to 20 sided dice (d20). Up to 20 of each if you want, and roll them all at the same time.

Please share =)