*Important – CT101 Remote Class Continuity Plan – Forward Motion ->

Dear CT 101 Students – Please read this entire post as it holds information that will be used from here until the end of our semester.

(There is a lot to read here, so please take your time. I will be reading through it with you during our first few remote video classes together, posting it to blackboard and also sharing the link on our class calendar.)

First and foremost, How are you all doing? Please leave a comment below if you wish. I miss you all!

From here on in, please know that I am here for you in any way that you need me. Nothing is mandatory going forward with our class. Everything is flexible and we will all need to express what we need to continue on. Every student will do the best that they can with the means that they have to keep up with our class, however, this is all in context to keeping themselves and their loved ones safe first and foremost. Our health comes first. Physical, mental and emotional health always comes first. I am 100% available to help from e-mail, text and video chat meetings should you need extra help with anything. We will get through this time together.

*Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me – rseslow@york.cuny.edu – I am here to help you get what you need to complete our course to the best of your abilities.

Moving forward the transition will not be too difficult for our course as it is already a website based learning hybrid course. As students in CT101, we are already well versed in the function of the course and the web technologies that we use. We have completed a series of site-on scene software demonstrations – so the second half of our class is focused on us practicing those skills along with the building of individual websites using front-end design techniques and blogging through the process with creative tools. I will be performing and recording the new demonstrations so that we can all follow along with and revisit the videos as many times as we need to. We have the rest of the semester to work on this at our own pace.
My plan to replace the usual 2-hour face to face labs that met once per week will now be happening via Zoom video chat sessions during the normal class times of 10am -12pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays. This gives students two options to attend the video class sessions if you can. (No one is loosing points if they can not make it, or if they do not have the technology to do this – we will find alternative methods for those who need them) – However, if you wish, you can attend both of the video sessions on Tuesdays & Thursdays. If you can not attend the video sessions at all I will post them to our class website https://ct101.us so that you can review them when and how you can. This will help cover the new demonstrations that would normally be done in face to face class at our class times. I will post all info to our class website under the calendar section that you already know.
I have selected to use a Video Chat service called ZOOM.
Zoom is FREE.
You can download the App for your phone and or your laptop / desktop computers – (or join in from the web) You can join in from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device: (having a good wifi connection is advisable if possible, but it also works without wifi on the cellular network.)

This may be of use:

U.S Providers Offering FREE Wi-Fi or Special Accommodations for 60 Days


Here is the Zoom class schedule with dates below

CT101 – Remote Class Starts – Thursday 3/19 @10:00am
Time: March 19, 2020 @10:00 AM

You can Join the Zoom Meeting by URL –

You can also Join the Zoom Meeting by the Meeting ID: 519 024 275

Every week forward on Tuesdays & Thursdays, until May 21, 2020 I will be there.

Thurs – Mar 19, 2020 @10:00 AM
Tues – Mar 24, 2020 @10:00 AM  &  Thurs – Mar 26, 2020 @10:00 AM

CUNY Recalibration Period – NO CLASSES 3/27 – 4/1

Thurs – Apr 2, 2020 @10:00 AM

(Tues – April 7th – no class – CUNY follows a Wednesday class schedule)

(new spring break dates –  4/8 – 4/10 – no classes)

Tues – April 14th, 2020 @ 10:00 AM & Thurs – April 16th @10:00 AM

Tues – Apr 21, 2020 @10:00 AM  &  Thurs – Apr 23, 2020 @10:00 AM
Tues – Apr 28, 2020 @10:00 AM  &  Thurs – Apr 30, 2020 @10:00 AM
Tues – May 5, 2020 @10:00 AM  &  Thurs – May 7, 2020 @10:00 AM
Tues- May 12, 2020 @10:00 AM  &  Thurs – May 14, 2020 @10:00 AM

Again –

You can Join the Zoom Meeting by URL –

You can also Join the Zoom Meeting by the Meeting ID: 519 024 275

*Do not hesitate to get in touch with me – rseslow@york.cuny.edu – I am here to help you get what you need to compete our course to the best of your abilities.



**Important Class Info** Please Read –

**UPDATE – As of today, Thursday, 3/12/20 all on-site CUNY classes are in recess until 3/18/20. We will not meet in person in our classroom. There are not any assignments due at this time. Over the next week I will be re-adjusting a few things on our class website and making several announcements about how our class will proceed. I will post the information to this website and on Blackboard (where I can send the class e-mail as well) Please make sure that you have access to your York e-mail and can also access Blackboard. You can also come to this website and look at the most recent blog post on the home page as it will be pinned to the top of the page.

Please stay safe everyone – All and any questions should be sent to rseslow@york.cuny.edu 

The “Shedding Previous Avatar Identities” Project!

The “Shedding Previous Avatar Identities” Project!

When do digital identities and electronic foot-prints eventually need to be let go of? Does the Internet machine actually release them? Sooner than later perhaps, we need to take action, and induce a ritual to let them go. Is your online avatar still from 2009? Do we mourn parts of a “virtual” self-identity that has passed its time, outdated and lapsed? These animations below are investigations into the sentiment. Its time for you to make one too!

This project is seeking collaborative contributions from the Internet at large! Create a manipulated static or animated work of digital art from your outdated digital self (past/outdated avatar) and send it here as a spiritual offering to the metaphoric graveyard for outdated-virtual-avatars and Internet Identities! Im kicking off the project with my examples below.

(This project will make a great digital storytelling assignment, so please create a blog post about your experience!)

Your submission will be added to the growing body of deceased avatars on the NET-ART Website. Yes, this is an ongoing group exhibition!

Cool Mobile Apps for image manipulation:

Imaengine – Tons of filters, vector conversions, stills & video

Hyperspektiv – Tons of filters, stills and video

Glitche’ – glitche.com – the ultimate, trust me.

Glitch Studio – tons of filters and animation options

ImgPlay – GIF & Video converting app (its a beast!)

–> E-mail submissions to – rseslow@york.cuny.edu <–

Or send via Twitter to @ryanseslow


Ryan Seslow, 2019, Animated GIF


Ryan Seslow, 2019, Animated GIF


Anthony Wheeler, 2019, Animated GIF


Tim Owens, 2019, Digital Still Frame


Sarah Honeychurch, 2019, Animated GIF


Ronald_2008, 2019, Animated GIF


Kevin Hodgson, 2019, Digital Still Frame


Inés Vañó García, 2019, Animated GIF


Alan Levine, 2019, Animated GIF


Mariana Funes, 2019, Animated GIF


Dank Videos That Make Me Happy

Hello fellow 2019 Fall students. I want to start by giving a brief introduction to myself. My name is Ricardo Deodutt and I am a computer science major with a CT minor.

There are a lot of things that make me happy on the internet. I love games, music, and surfing the internet for funny content. This video below me by far is making me happy. I found this video while surfing through Twitter.

(Video is loud)

This  GIF  below  sums  up  my  reaction  to  that  video.

I honestly thought this video was going to be a next viral trend like the water bottle flip challenge.

CT101 Students Rock Vapor Wave for the Commons!

Piece by: (Selena Matos) Giorno

With great pleasure I present to you the Vapor Wave Gallery of CT101 student work. Answering the open call for submissions on the NET-ART website powered by the CUNY Academic Commons, we hope you will enjoy the show!

Click here to View the Gallery

(if you don’t see your work in the gallery, it means you may have forgotten to e-mail me a .jpeg file/image of your piece – please send!)

How did this start?

Inspired by this great blog post previously published by professor Michael Branson Smith we set off to explore and experiment the genre as a class. The intention was to run through a series of class tutorials and then go off independently to generate images. Now that the gallery is place, what do you think? Lets share the links far and wide with our friends, family and network! Also, lets be sure to leave a comment on the gallery page – click here – then scroll to the bottom of the page and leave your sentiments! What did think of the process? Did you fall in love with Vapor Wave Aesthetic? Did you dig into the audio aspects of the genre? Share what you feel, perhaps it reminds you of “something” – comment here!

Vapor Wave is a vast and unique community! The musical aspect is huge, and the accompanying visuals are so attractive and contagious. The possibilities of how and where the aesthetic can be applied is even more expansive than we thought! You might ask yourself, why haven’t I heard of this before? Good question! It all seems to start with getting your feet wet with these two videos below, a little history really helps.

The gallery is an energetic series of our first static outcomes! These pieces set a tone for what is possible, and how we can push ourselves further. CT101 students are new to many of the software applications used in the course. We learned and applied a ton of new skills with adobe photoshop to create the digital collage works. Importing files, creating graphic assets, working with layers and gradients are all a part of the process. Saving files and exporting various file formats for the web were also explored and tested. We rocked it!

I want to make some MORE Vapor Wave Art! (right?)

A great way to get started and continue is by doing your own research and finding a tutorial or two that you can follow along with. I suggest these two below: (many more on youtube)

  1. Creating Vapor Wave – 1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKokry41Ixg
  2. Creating Vapor Wave – 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ_ZT0Phfo4

The tutorials are great to work along with. But alas! What if you don’t have access to adobe photoshop? Is there an alternative? Indeed, you can use web browser applications like:

  1. Pixlr – https://pixlr.com/
  2. GIMP – https://www.gimp.org/
  3. Get Paint ( For PC users) https://www.getpaint.net/index.html

If you are looking for pre-made vapor wave elements, content and graphic assets you can easily grab a series of transparent images from doing a quick search that simply reads: “transparent vapor wave graphics“. The vapor wave community is proactive in sharing and uploading transparent graphics making it accessible and immediate for anyone to get involved.

Did you forget to e-mail me your contribution? Send it now!

rseslow at york.cuny.edu