Say It Ain’t SoOoOOOoo🎤

I cannot believe how fast the semester is finishing up:

Over the semester, I learned how to make gifs using Photoshop and imgur.com. where I made a few gifs. I learned how to make memes using photoshop and learned that Helvetica is a great font.

In class, we learned how to make multi-faced portraits. This portrait of Alfonsina Storni is one of my favorite posts, it was cool/challenging to edit the layers.

One of the posts I had difficulty with was the week we focused on the Vaporwave aesthetic. I think my end result was too cluttered, but I do like the Vaporwave art style. I think my grade for this course would be a B-or an A- because I missed one week’s post and was late on two posts. Learning Photoshop helped me start a project that would not have started without taking this class. It is so exciting, I started an Instagram page called @broadcityeverywhere. It’s a page that has Abbi & Ilana in different landscapes and I’m starting with Pride and Prejudice landscapes.

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer at Lyme Park

The image above took a minute because I edited the duo from the original background. You can see the original on the latest post over on my website.

Broad City
Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth

Also this semester, I liked editing vintage travel posters of Peru and Venice.

This poster makes me want to travel in Italy thinking about how it is the home to thousands of rounds of parm >>

Portlandia

As for my website riverakatherine.com, I will keep it up and update it with some of the posts from the Broad City and Pride and Prejudice page. Thank you, Professor Ryan, and fellow CT101 classmates for making this course fun! 🙂

CT101 Final Blog Post & Presentation Information

*CT101 Final Class Presentations & Final Blog Post Information*

**Please read all of the information below carefully & mark your calendars**

E-mail me with any questions at Ryan (at) ryanseslow.com or rseslow (at)york.cuny.edu

  1. **Final Website Presentations: Each student will be presenting their personal websites to the class on the date listed below. Students will give a short-guided tour of their website and share a few words on successes, frustrations and an over-all assessment of our course. Each student will have 4-5 minutes to do this. Your website presentation is Mandatory.

*The Tuesday section of CT101 will give their final website presentations on TUESDAY 5/21 from 10AM-12PM

*The Thursday section of CT101 will give their final website presentations on THURSDAY 5/16 from 10AM -12PM

2.***Final Blog Post Submission – Each student will publish a Final Class Assessment blog post to either their own website or to the CT101 website. You will E-Mail the link of this blog post to me ( ryan (at) ryanseslow.com or rseslow (at) york.cuny.edu ) no later than Tuesday 5/21 at Midnight. Your final blog post is Mandatory, must include answering the questions below and be sent to me via e-mail.

The final blog post will be a detailed re-cap of what you have learned in CT101, and what grade have earned in our class? (Yes, you must include this!) What did you enjoy about our class and how you will apply your new skills into the world. Will you maintain and keep up your website? If so, how? If not, Why not? Your final blog post should include a culmination of images, videos, GIFs, hyperlinks and writing. Please let this post display the best of your skills sets learned and applied! (Images, GIFs, Hyperlinks and supporting Verbiage!)

*BOTH PARTS ABOVE ARE 100% MANDATORY.

E-mail me with any questions at Ryan (at) ryanseslow.com or rseslow (at)york.cuny.edu

The end is nigh…

If you know what game title I’m referencing, pat yourselves on the back (hint: this logo)

anyway, the title is more than just a reference. It’s true; the end of the semester has finally arrived. And with that comes the last leg of the digital storytelling race! (not that any of us were racing to begin with…

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now, I can say with the confident of confidence (if that makes sense) that this class was THE BOMB! Oh my gosh, there were so many things I learned about, like making gif’s and adding sound effects to videos and clips (the proper term eludes me at the moment). And Professor Smith, well…

Never had I known that most college professors could be so charismatic and amazing when it comes to teaching things. And then, Professor Smith just does what he does, and you are left in a great mood after that. Again professor Smith is the real MVP.

But I’ve been talking so much about the class and professor; I think I should speak on my plans for my site. And, well, I’m going to archive it.

I have a few reasons why:

  1. It’s hard to figure out what games I should review for on my site, since I haven’t played many popular titles and I don’t want to sound like a total nerd explaining games I’ve played that nobody has heard of. There are so many vgm’s that I could post about, but the site is supposed to be for both vgm’s and games, so it would be ridiculous posting things pertaining to one and not the other.
  2. It doesn’t provoke too much curiosity. I mean, the way that I named the site, it’s not like anyone would mistakenly type “vgmp3” or something and my site link would instantly pop up. Plus, I made a survey last month so that people could vote for a game, but only like 4 or 5 people voted, and I had to ask some of my friends if they could chip in just so the poll wouldn’t look embarrassing.
  3. I know that this will sound like a petty excuse, but I’m honestly the kind of person whose priorities run wild when something comes up (i.e a project from another class). And I’m a computer science major, so if it came down to finishing that or a post, I may laze for a bit, but I will try to get the CS work done first. It’s still may seem ridiculous since we can post at any time, but I’d prefer to post on a schedule.

That said, really loved the class, Professor Smith is amazing, and I’m going to post my last post on my site before I archive it.

Final CT Post

In the beginning of this class I was a little on the fence about how well I’d do here, but I soon realized that my experience was based solely on how much I was willing to learn. I have to say I learned quite a few things. I know how to use Photoshop and movie maker but I learned new things like shortcuts on the keyboard instead of doing everything manually and clicking. I learned about websites to make GIFs and memes. But, one of the most important thing I learned is how to write a blog post. I learned that writing blogs are interesting to read and make and there aren’t any crazy rules like in essay writing.

Creating my own website was my favorite part of this class. It actually helped me realize that I really do have a passion for health and fitness. I knew that I wanted to change my Journalism major but I didn’t know what to change it to. Now I know that I’m so committed to this Nutrition things that I’m going to make the effort to transfer colleges just to fulfill a major in Nutrition and Fitness.

I’ll definitely be keeping my site because it’s such a good tool to help others with their personal goals, and to even network with the fitness world through various social medias. I didn’t think that I would be able to make friends outside o the class because of my personal blog and Instagram page. It’s a commitment but I am committed.

I thought that the class was run just fine, there was a lot of freedom and I think that that is necessary or a class like this because too much structure can be limiting to what we want to learn compared to what we would have to learn. I’m happy that we had options, and all around I thought it was a good experience. Compared to my first post which was extremely skeptical to now. I’m happy that I stayed attentive to the class and I pushed myself to produce some videos and try out some of the ds106 projects. It was a fun class to have taken!

Final Days

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I hope that you are getting excited for the end of the semester –  As your final obligation for this course you will need two things by the final exam day – present your site and submit a final course reflection blog post.

For your presentation, you need only take about five minutes to introduce your site, describe its intention whether for digital storytelling posts and/or for a particular set purpose you established. You will also need to describe decisions you made to for the design and functionality of your site. If for any reason you cannot make it to the final exam day, you have the option of doing a screencast tour of your site with a narration. You will need to embed this in your final reflective post.

In your final post, you are welcome to post it to your personal site or directly to ct101.us (if you don’t want the post on your personal site). There are a variety of things you could cover about your experience in the class and please feel free to use the opportunity to tell us what was important to you, what you learned, what you’d like to do differently, and/or what you wish the course instructor did differently. Also feel free to use reaction GIFs to support your narrative. 😉

Write about work you created: There are so many different GIFs, Designs, Videos, Writing, and innumerable other digital artifacts you worked on during the semester. Link to and describe a favorite project/post(s). Describe what you learned by doing it. What was frustrating? What did you wish you could do better? What directions do you think you continue to pursue in digital media as a result of this project process?

Write about your site:  For a review of technical decisions made, refer to this Ct 101 Site PDF you help with a walk through. You don’t need to cover everything in the document, but it does give you a feel for many of the possible decisions you made while working on your site.

Write about your future plans and feelings about why keep your site or not: Are you going to keep your account with Reclaim Hosting active? Keep the domain name? Keep the WP install and continue to update it? Or just keep the domain name and map it to a service like Tumblr? Also I’d like you to reconsider the value of having a ‘Domain of One’s Own‘ and managing your ‘Personal Cyberinfrastructure.’ Do either of these philosophical perspectives on the importance of understanding the foundation of the web’s infrastructure and using it as a reflection of good digital citizenship resonate more now?

Remember you must do a final presentation of your site and a final reflective blog post to receive a grade.