Digital storytelling 101 — The Final Blog💔

Greetings Everyone,

I hope you are feeling happy and healthy. My name is Sifat Syed, and unlike most of my classmates — I transferred from QCC with A.A.S. in Behavioral Science and Information Technology. I’m currently pursuing dual-degree @York in Behavioral Science (BA) and Communications Technology (BS). Therefore, my arrival time to ‘CT101’ was arguably; Backwards!

However, undeniably I had the honor of comprehending TWO EXTREMELY CRUCIAL piece of Magic from ‘Maestro de GIPHY’ — Ryan Seslow! (sincerely hope you recall the passionate title I’ve bestowed upon you, Sir Ryan.)

What are those two things?

One is rather quantitative, in that there are several forms of “Digital storytelling”. So let’s explore what this 1st significant factor is really based on:

Digital storytelling — a relatively new term that defines the execution of everyday people who utilize ‘Digital’ tools to express their ‘Story’. In plain English; digital stories are multimedia presentations which derive from fusion of an idea by an Artist + various types of artistic elements powered by Computer Softwares in order to create contents. Digital storytelling is the process by which diverse creators of Audiography, Cinematography, Photography, and Visual artists share their life stories and creative imaginings with viewers across the 🌎world. Today digital storytellers are widely regarded for being the expressive medium within the Internet for setting benchmarks across the entertainment industry to become the new standard for; ‘entertaining’.

Who are these Artists?

We ARE of course!

Its people like us, who utilize softwares like; Adobe’s Dreamweaver, Lightroom, Photoshop, or Microsoft’s Visual Studio and many more unmentioned programs to develop contents which power the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT).

Henceforth, its difficult to imagine a future WITHOUT Digital storytelling — it’s IMPOSSIBLE to be Entertained in the world wide web;

The 2nd and most significant lesson taught by ‘Maestro de GIPHY’ — Ryan Seslow; is the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF).

The new “Jack of all trades; master of all trades” when it comes to ‘Digital-stickers’ because they are also Animated UNLIKE the stickers from my childhood. Gif is a bitmap image format developed by a team @CompuServe led by American computer scientist Steve Wilhite on June 15, 1987. 🤯 Damnn, that’s BEFORE I was 👶born… 🍼

Anyway, description aside, GIFs are highly qualitative due to its sheer amount of diversity in terms of how many of these there are throughout the Internet today. They are simply put, fun to create; and funny to observe. I have NEVER-EVER in the history of ever, created a Gif UNTIL ‘Maestro de GIPHY’ — Ryan Seslow; taught me how-to-make Gifs using GIPHY.

The proof is in the Pudding as they say, and that proof is the FACT that NOBODY in my class had a GIPHY account to begin with. Because of ‘Maestro de GIPHY’ — Ryan Seslow; we CREATED one and begun our beautiful journey of creating Gifs, which will NEVER END!

Therefore, to our beloved ‘Maestro de GIPHY’ — Ryan Seslow; we are thankful to have such a remarkable professor like you. In the midst of COVID-19 we lost direct contact with you, yet still, you kept us going and in the end; waited for those of us who fell behind. And no matter how many times we kept emailing — you replied with, “Aw, you are not ever bothering me, this is what we are here for, to learn together!”, and finally, “I am sending you and your family good Energy!”

And so, thank you for blessing us with “Good-Energy” during the WORST TIME of my life, ‘Maestro de GIPHY’ — Ryan Seslow; for you also taught us the BEST THING I have ever learned in terms of ‘Digital storytelling’.


Because Gifs created by Syed via GIPHY will be UTILIZED by him from now on to:

1. Alluring (attracting) — potential clients by INVITING them with Gifs (instead of 🎁Gifts), in order to get HIRED because it WILL WORK! (you know it professor.)

2. Alluring ⚜ Vista — my photography site will be attached to those GIPHY invitations to ATTRACT potential clients via Cat-face Gifs, because it WILL WORK! (you know it professor.)

3. Third time’s the Charm — I’m NOT just planning on shooting weddings for life ya know, ‘Maestro de GIPHY’ — Ryan Seslow; for I also plan on PROPOSING👰💍💘 to my Girlfriend (I’m fucking seriously-serious) USING the POWER-of-GIPHY, saying for the last time; because it WILL WORK! (you know it professor.)

Amen ✝, may GIPHY’s blessing be with all of us…

Now, my grade for your class?

‘Maestro de GIPHY’ — Ryan Seslow; give me <{([A])}> Super-pretty-kitty-please!

Thank you for reading & please stay safe, I’m giving everyone Good Energy!

Best Regards,
Syed Sifat


💪🙏Avengers: ENDVIRUS


I’ll discuss my thoughts regarding Ms.Corona today. In my CT101 class, my friend was confused as to why it has ’19’; “when we are @2020”. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Initially, this virus was addressed as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”. It was renamed to a simple, yet, descriptive title of “COVID19”.

At first I joked about this being the, “made in China” virus. But things became serious quickly, way too serious. So far with 1,384,930 total cases & 83,947 Deaths (at the time of writing), this is the 1st time I’ve been scared of a disease this much. HIV was the ONLY other one, which I didn’t care for much since I did NOT have GF or SEX at the time… I was not allowed to by my Mother.

Do you guys believe in Prophecy?
Here’s what Bill Gates was AFRAID of this whole time and BEEN WARNING us about it:

Mr. Bill also did a wonderful TEDx presentation explaining the things we needed to prepare for:

Of course, our’s and basically every other country IGNORED his advises…

Why is COVID-19 more scary than Pennywise from IT?

As Ms. Corona continues to spread her affection💋 throughout the world by killing/keeping people and businesses locked-up across planet earth🌍, this virus is undeniably the Thanos of Diseases. There’s just no telling when it’ll end, especially considering the man who predicted this outbreak some 4 years ago says its going to take another 18 or so months before we finally receive the:

Vaccine — which will…

This video gives some great details regarding Ms. Bill’s Vaccine predictions:

Such disease was never been seen in humans before (only animals), hence, no one is immune to it. To add more fuel to the already hot🔥fire, it’s spreading easily from person to person faster than the FLASH⚡, infecting our upper respiratory system — making it dangerously hard to breathe.

Regardless, I’m tired of researching & writing about it, GIFs are about the ONLY fun thing about my post. Please kindly stay home & save others, lets not allow our elderly humans to die in vain. We as young adults can defeat this crap UNLIKE the Grandpas & Grandmas, so lets #StayHome4Them.

Thank you for reading & have a wonderful, safe, happy, and healthy Summer AFTER this is over! 🥰💝🙌

Best Regards,


🙋‍♂️Hello, this is my reaction…



My name is Sifat Syed, I hope you are feeling well. Thank you for taking the time to read my Blog for our 2nd week. In this post we are expected to use 8-10 GIFs to describe how we feel about our CT-101 Course.

Aaand without any further ado, here’s my Reaction thus far:

From Day 1 to the very END: I hate this every morning… I come late because I refuse to wake up. 😭💔

Me on the Subway everyday… 😪

Me rushing to get to class on time! 🐱‍🏍

But then I’m lost since I don’t know where the room is. 😅

Prof.Ryan looks like the Amazon Boss! 🤯

Seriously!!! 😲

I really enjoy Prof.Ryan’s Lectures a great deal, but had to add this… 😅😂🙏

My reaction when Prof.Ryan revealed he’s somewhat Deaf… 😱

On Day 1, I learned the difference between me & Prof.Ryan, I envy this feature when trying to sleep in Manhattan.

Prof.Ryan waiting for the Giphy website to load. 🤣

What Learning in CT-101 with Prof.Ryan feels like. 🤩🥳

The ONLY Scarf cooler than Prof.Ryan’s

😇 I hope this was good enough & I’m looking forward to the GIFs all of my wonderful Classmates share! 🍾🥂🤙

βest Regards,
Sifat Syed

Assignment 1- Illy Marion


My name is Illy (Lilly without the L) and a variety of things have been making me happy this week.   


The first thing that kept me cheerful this week is this series of GTFO gameplay by a YouTuber I watch often. 

Sleepers rushing to attack the player after being alerted.

GTFO is a multiplayer FPS (first person shooter) horror game and the goal is for your team to escape a facility littered with mutants. This series consists of long videos where It’s just Jack (Jacksepticeye, the YouTuber) goofing off with his friends and the chemistry between them all paired with my love for horror, makes the videos enjoyable to watch every week. 

Game 1 – Sky: Children of Light

Flying up towards Prairie from the Hidden Forest.

One game that I have been playing myself is currently only available on IOS devices (to be released for android in the future) and it is called Sky: Children of the Light The goal is for players to explore different worlds while freeing the spirits of your ancestors from darkness. 

While bored and in search of a game to play, Sky caught my eye in the app store and I was immediately obsessed! The graphics are gorgeous and the cute, cartoony style of the characters really appeal to me.  

Moving on from an area in Prairie.







Landing back home.


The music in the game matches the beauty of the graphics and the multiplayer aspect makes the journey more fun as other players can help you traverse the different worlds (or just talk, if you like social games). Even after completion, there are a plethora of items to collect for your character and an event every month with time-limited items. 

 Game 2 – LINE PLAY

The last game I’d like to mention is Line Play. It’s a gacha game with social networking features such as public squares where players can talk with each other, a diary where people can post and interact with posts made by other players, and talk with people who have common interests in groups called “circles”.  However, I care more about the gacha aspect of the game. 

The New York Times square, not as crowded as it usually is.
Circle members discussing prices of in-game items.









Gacha is short for gachapon, which are the machines that dispense capsule toys/tattoos. Gacha games like Line Play apply a similar concept but instead of collecting capsule toys, I collect cute accessories for my avatar and my home. 

My character and the items I’ve received from recent gachas/the atelier.
My room and recent items I got from gachas.









Aside from spending my in-game currency on gacha tickets, I collect materials in my garden that are used to craft different items in the atelier. Additionally, every player receives free tickets for a time-limited gacha when players in circles complete their daily tasks.  

The amount of points we have left until we get 5 free gacha tickets.









Music – Iyla

Screen capture from “Juice.”

An artist I really like just recently released her second album a few days ago. Her name is Iyla and I found her after her song “Juice” was recommend to me while listening to whatever songs came on from YouTube’s autoplay feature. Her music is within the R&B/soul genre and her vocals, rap , and videos are all great. Both of her albums describe being in a toxic relationship and learning to love yourself instead of relying on someone else’s love to feel whole.  

Music – NCT 127

The signature move from a song off of their latest album, We Are Superhuman.







One of my favorite Korean pop groups announced that they would be releasing another album at the beginning of March. The group’s name is NCT 127 and it’s a subunit of a larger group called NCT (Neo Culture Technology) with a total of 21 members.

17 of the 21 members in NCT.

This subunit is my favorite since, although they are a Korean pop group, I genuinely never know what sound to expect from them. Every comeback has a different sound with interesting music videos to match. Recently the group released the song titled “Dreams Come True” and it has an older R&B sound, hinting at yet another great comeback!

Instagram – Explore Page Find

I was scrolling through the Instagram explore page one day and I saw an interesting post with a woman sporting shoes that resembled the top row of human teeth. The shoes were named Overbyte and at that moment I was ready to throw my money at the creator of the shoe. To my dismay, the shoes didn’t even exist yet! 

@princessgollum modeling the Overbyte shoes.

In fact, all of the shoes displayed on have yet to be created. The page is run by artists Nathalie Nguyen and her boyfriend Dominic Lopez. They both come up with cool shoe designs, render them in 3D, and edit them onto models. Hopefully the two will bring their unique designs to fruition in the future.