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February 2018 – Kalen Lu

Our Cat’s Youtube Channel

In a previous post, I wrote about our new kitten Darci. My mom created a Youtube channel for her featuring videos of using iMovie. You can find the channel here. So far, there’s been a few short videos and tricks of her.

In my opinion, I think that it would be better to have longer videos instead of short ten second videos. For example, the videos showcasing the different tricks she can do could be changed so that instead of just showing her doing the tricks successfully they would show her learning the tricks first. This way, the videos will be a bit longer and hopefully stay in peoples minds for a bit longer. The one video from the perspective of Darci making a tutorial was funny and I think that a few more here and there would do well, but when there are videos of her just doing random/silly/cute things they should be condensed into a compilation video. As for the “trailer” videos, they’re not really my thing, but I can see some people liking them. I believe that it doesn’t hurt making them but I feel like the compilation videos would do better from an audience perspective.

However, these are all just my opinions on how the channel could improve and I think it’s fine the way it is. If the channel does want to develop more though, I think that what I listed are a few things that I can say as an audience I would like to see.

Fortnite Battle Royale

Fortnite Battle Royale is a separate type of play style to another game called Fortnite Save the World. In this blog, I will only be writing about the Battle Royale game because I have not played the Save the World version before. Fortnite Battle Royale came out in September of 2017 as a Battle Royale game similar to the popular PlayersUnknowns’s Battlegrounds that came out earlier that year. Most Battle Royale games usually have all of the players start with little to no equipment and they have to scavenge for weapons and supplies to survive. They usually also have a border where players have to stay in that slowly shrinks causing players to have to fight each other until one player/team remains. Fortnite’s version of the game mode, however, was slightly different.

Fortnite’s Battle Royale allows players to harvest materials like wood and metal so that they can build structures such as towers and walls. Most of the game’s environment is destructible so that destructive weapons such as rocket launchers can be used to tear down houses or towers down. This means that the play style is quite different since players can create their own cover in mear seconds. Compared to most other games, Fortnite’s Battle Royale also has things like traps and jump pads that can be placed. There is also a large variety of weapons and tiers that can be gathered.

There are also a few more details that I probably didn’t mention but you can generally get the idea of the game. I’ve played the game for a few weeks now and at least for me, this game is definitely more fun if you play with friends. This may be different for others, but for me, the game gets a bit boring trying to win all the time. That’s why when I play with some friends it helps to lighten the mood a little if things get a bit stressful. As far as gameplay goes, I haven’t experienced any issues with bugs or glitches although from what I know they are out there. The whole player vs player system also works well, but if you’re more used to your shots being accurate to where you’re aiming then you might have to adjust. In Fortnite, unless you’re using a scoped weapon, most of your shots are still going to be relative to your crosshair. However, the aim cone, or spread of where your bullets go is pretty big compared to most other games. I guess this encourages more of a “run and gun” type game and getting close to your opponents, but none the less it’s the same for you as it is for everyone else so their’s no real advantage for anyone.

So far the game looks like it’s heading in a good direction and updates are still being put out every so often, and the game’s free to play. If you have the time and are interested I would recommend giving it a try and see if you like it.

Ellicottville Ski Trip

Last weekend, my family and some other family friends drove down to Ellicottville in the U.S. Since our schools had the Friday off we were able to stay for two nights. When we arrived at the place we were staying at, the driveway was at an incline so our van couldn’t go all the way down. Since we had four cars with us we were able to bring a lot of things. We also bought some groceries from a nearby Walmart earlier. It took a while to bring everything in, but eventually, we were able to go in and look around the house. The house we were staying at has pretty big and had enough space and rooms for everyone. Besides where I slept I probably spent the most time in the basement because one of the families brought their Nintendo Switch. We also found a table tennis set and an air hockey table to use. There were usually a few people down in the basement when we weren’t skiing, but the main part of the trip was to ski.

We went skiing at a ski resort called Holiday Valley where we usually go to when we go to Ellicottville. The resort has a lot of trails and lifts to go on as well. For the most part, we didn’t go on too many difficult runs and we only had a couple of falls considering there were eleven of us skiing. Besides the normal slopes, we also did a little bit of cross-country skiing and through the trees. Cross-country skiing was the most tiring and boring part of the skiing, but skiing through the woods was probably the most fun since there were lots of turns and bumps. Compared to cross-country skiing which is just skating and pushing it was way better.

While we were there we also bought some things from outlet malls like jackets and shoes. I had a lot of fun while in Ellicottville and I’m pretty sure we’ll go back within the next few years. However, the only complaint that came after was that my shins hurt a little, but it wasn’t that bad.