Charles Alan Ratliff

is back home in North Carolina

E3 2014 Press Conference Food

Continuing my tradition of bad food decisions for the E3 press conferences a third time, I looked to my picks for 2012 as this year's inspiration while making some minor changes.

Apple juice, ketchup, two spring rolls, small fries, large vegetable fried rice, large vegetable lo mein, strawberry parfait, carrot cake, two large cups of water.

And because I got large versions of my orders instead of small, I had enough food to last me through Nintendo Treehouse's fantastic coverage the days after. Delicious.


I Made My First Gif

With a combination of GifCam, CyberLink PowerDirector, and Photoshop, I made my first gif while watching Giant Bomb's June 21st, 2013 Unprofessional Fridays show earlier this month. Vinny was playing SpyCraft: The Great Game when one of the game's characters suddenly got shot in the head in the middle of his dialogue, which caused Jeff to make a face that instantly reminded me of the "BRB Using Imagination Since No Pics" meme. I captured it with GifCam and exported it to an AVI file. I added the text overlay in CyberLink PowerDirector, and then turned it into a gif with Photoshop. I was surprised by how easy the process was. The only annoying part was trying to shrink the gif's file size into something reasonable. The first version was about 24 megabytes. I managed to get it down to about 11 megabytes. Anything further and the quality goes down too much for my liking.