It happened by chance


 This project was not easy to do. Not only did my Photoshop kept on troubleshooting,but on top of that when I wanted to upload,it didn’t upload as a GIF; instead it uploaded as a still photo.

I’ve done some googling and found a way on how to create the GIF into a URL and it worked!

For those of you who are having trouble as well,use this website right here and it will solve all your problems. You just need to create an account,upload the GIF from your desktop,and then copy the link onto your blog and problem solved.

but anyways, I chose Starbucks because its my favorite coffee shop in the world. whenever I see Starbucks, I go inside, even if I don’t plan on buying anything.

one time I even wrote a speech on how Starbucks coffee is better than Dunkin donuts,because that’s how much I love it.

Overall,this project was fun to do,but in the future I wouldn’t do it again; it was too much of a nuisance and isn’t for me.

Well that’s pretty much it for today,see you next time!

When 2 hours = 3 seconds

It is so easy to be intimidated by photoshop. You load the program, and when the screen pops up, you are overtaken by buttons and tools that have so many uses, it’s easy to confuse them.

When it came to the project the class was to do, I was a bit apprehensive. Just like everyone else, I can be overwhelmed by new things easily. The project was to take a photo and use photoshop to edit it and make it animated. When it came to doing this, I was completely lost, so I decided to look up a video on YouTube.

The video I decided on was Animate Photos in Photoshop – Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts. This video was extremely helpful in helping me with the project, because it was exactly what I wanted to do- I had an idea and I knew I had taken a photo a few months before that would fit it perfectly. So once I found the tutorial and my imagine, it was easy to get started.

Annnd I found that it was no so easy to do. I got mixed up with a few of the photoshop tools and how they work, so it took me a bit to even get started. Once I got started, I went back and forth between the video and my workspace, mimicking the steps that this online teacher (of sorts) took.

The entire process took me two hours. My finished product was 3 second long. I can honestly say that I have never spent so long doing something for such a small result; I was proud, confused and a little bit bitter all at the same time. But every time I see the little animation I made, I feel pretty happy with it. Next time I do this, I know the things I could do differently, and hopefully that will help me cut the work time in half.


On Doing Different Assignments

There are many reason why being a flexible learner is important; the main and most important point is that being a flexible learner means that you are giving yourself the opportunity to learn more. Learning more is never a bad thing; would you rather know more than know less?

Learning to be flexible in a class like CT is important and very helpful. A class like this is an amazing asset for opening up your mind and getting to know a little something about a lot of things.

Looking through the DS106 site, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of projects that are there, and have been done by other students who are both just like me and completely different than I. I took my time to look through some of the assignments and find two that I am interested in– one that I knew that I could do on the spot, if asked, and a second that I would have to take my time to learn how to do.

The first assignment I chose was Dear Future Husband. I thought that this assignment was interesting because it entails writing a short (or long, because sometimes people have a lot to say) letter to your future spouse. I would love to do this assignment because I am a bit of a hopeless romantic. I love to think about writing a letter to my future life partner, telling them a bit about how I was before I met them and how I hope our relationship might go. This assignment also intrigued me because before anything else, I am a writer. While I would definitely put truth into a letter like that, something that might touch the eyes of someone I care about, I have a love for telling stories. Telling my future life partner about me would basically be telling my future life partner a story; they will not have known me as I am today, so really, it’d be a story about someone who once was. No one stays the same as they grow older. We all grow and learn and conquer intimate issues within ourselves, so being able to tell my future love a story of the person I once was sounds quite exciting.

The second assignment I found was one called Glitch Art. This assignment is described as being a project to make a piece of ‘glitch art,’ which would be “a genre of art based around digital artifacts.” The assignment description goes on to say “a digital artifact is the unexpected result of when a technology breaks.” This assignment looked interesting to me because I have no idea how glitch art is made. The project description does not say how to make one, either, so I know I would need to ask for assistance to do this project.

I think that these types of projects would be useful to me because they both help me exercise a part of my brain. The letter project is something that I know I can do well, and the glitch art project is something that I know I can learn and possibly get better at. I think that doing a few types of these projects would be useful to the course for these same reasons; everyone’s writing changes and grows, so writing something personal, whether for themselves or for someone they love, is a great way to evolve their writing. Making various types of art is subjective, as everyone has a different eye and different idea for what they want to see at any given time. These two projects are linked by being subjective and personal to a person, but differ because they allow any one person to exercise different skills.

My reaction to CT, told by Alec Lightwood

My experience in CT so far has been interesting. There have been good days and bad days, when the work and the content of the work is considered. When I began searching for reaction gifs to express my feelings towards the class thus far, there was only one face that came to mind: Alec Lightwood. Played by Matt Daddario, Alec is a character on the Freeform show called Shadowhunters; Daddario is known for his priceless facial expressions as the character. I could not find any GIFs that I liked, so I decided to make a bunch myself.

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My initial reaction to the class was good. I was excited, eager to get to work. I am familiar with computers and the internet, and how they work. I was excited to dive into the class and get started…

Until I figured out that I’d try to go above and beyond with my posts, more specifically, my “making me happy” post, titled Halcyon Days. From the moment I started to type up that post, I knew that it meant a lot to me, and that I’d try my best to make it great with the skill set I currently possess.

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This is exactly how I felt as I was writing the Halcyon Days post. I had written my commentary about how I felt towards the blogging site Tumblr, and I was torn on how to visually show why I loved the site. I took the time to message Professor Seslow about it, and still, I was torn. Quite honestly, though, I was shook.

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Fast forward to February 14th, Valentine’s Day. I’d shown up a little late to class, nonetheless ready to work. After a while, Professor Seslow came over to help me learn how to embed my tumblr blog into my post, which is the issue I had messaged him about beforehand. He knew exactly what to do, and sat down to assist me. Should’ve been easy, right?

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Wrong. Professor Seslow and I worked on the coding for the embed. We did about three or four different versions of it, and nothing was working. Nothing at all. It’s safe to say that we were both a bit frustrated; Professor didn’t understand why it wasn’t working when it always had. I was just confused and, to be honest, a little angry.

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I am not quick to lose my patience, especially when it comes to things technology related. I am familiar with the struggles of technology, and I know that there is always a solution. I know that sometimes you just have to calm down and figure it out, but in that moment, I was internally exploding. I wanted to leave.

Professor Seslow came to the rescue, though, with the answer; on his end of our class site, he has most, if not all of us, listed as Authors. He thought that if he switched my listing from Author to Editor, I’d be able to do the embed.

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And that is exactly what happened. In the end, I was able to do the embed, and I was very happy about it. I left class that day both significantly less stressed and with a finished post.

All in all, one bad day does not equate to a bad course. I am still just as excited for the class. I’m even excited to run into similar issues that I had with Halcyon Days, which sounds nuts, but if you never run into problems, how will you ever learn anything? I’m excited to run into problems and get frustrated about it, just so I can feel the satisfaction of learning how to fix the problem and make my work better.