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Mid Semester Recap

How am I doing in CT101? What grade do I believe I am maintaining? 

Ct101 has been everything that I imagined it to be but even better because of the instructor and course curriculum. The first few weeks were relatively simple:

  • learning how to make gifs
  • learning the history of gifs and memes
  • implementing them into our Blogs
DameTime Poster// Tashi Dorjee

Then I noticed the class progress, especially during the DS106 assignment where we looked at different Communications technology mediums. For that assignment, I made a sports poster and researched making a day vlog video. I spent week six searching domain names, and now I am learning how to make a website. 

Although I cannot attend every class live- I have a genuine passion for communications technology and love the fact that Professor Seslow is so organized. His course curriculum has allowed busy people to allocate time properly while still keeping up to date with the assignments and education. I have been making a constant effort to try much more complex strategies with my blog posts because I cannot attend the class and have dialogue, so I try to show my understanding through the work I produce and the lectures I watch. 

As far as grading goes, I have been able to catch up on all assignments to date, try new things within blog posts using Adobe Creative Cloud, which I learned myself. I also think about text placement, images, and spacing in my blogs. From my first post to my more recent post, I feel that I have way more confidence in some of the practical skills we learned initially, like using blog tools before upload, media upload, and gifs move. In conclusion, I would give myself an 87 for a maintained grade right now. 

What have I learned the most? What is my greatest learned asset in this class so far?

Adobe Logos// Google Images

My greatest learned asset was the Ds106 project, where I got to go on adobe creative cloud and mess with applications like Illustrator and photoshop to create a Sports Project. Although I feel more confident in producing gifs and memes because of repetition- I like the challenge of working with new mediums, and Ds106 pushed me out of my comfort zone to learn applications that have always been intimidating. I look forward to working with Adobe Creative Cloud in my free time and using it more in my blogs and website. 

What skills have I developed, cultivated, and regularly displayed in my posts?

Through Ct101 and professor Seslow’s lectures, I have understood the dynamic ways to get across a message outside of just using texts. I make it a point of emphasis to get across a message visually if possible because it allows me to hone in and practice these skills I learn. I have also grown comfortable using blog tools like hyperlinks, spacing, text size, and text boldness. I have developed and regularly displayed these skills in my post to show my understanding, thought process, and growth since the first week.

How do I assess my performance through self-reflection in this class?

When I consider my performance in this class, I like to refer back to my first posts, my mind going into that post, and how I feel after six weeks of blogging. I’ve noticed that I can find commands quicker six weeks into the class. In my last couple of posts, I have also seen that I am more mindful of layout and stylistic elements to bolster the story in my blogs, whereas in the beginning, my only concern was getting through the blog because I was so lost. These skills I have developed over time will be beneficial when I make my website because I want to be very particular in laying it out. 

What do I know now that I did not know before taking this class?

Before taking CT101, I was always interested in communications technology but had no starting point. With this class, I have been able to dive in slowly at my own pace and learn the fundamentals Professor Seslow teaches to create a website ultimately. The biggest lessons I have taken away from this class so far are how to structure blogs, create memes, create posters, and create gifs.

Do I see my weekly blogging work expanding creatively? If so, please explain – or am I stuck in a loop where my posts seem to look the same most of the time? How will I change that?

For every post I write, I use a couple of elements I have learned from Professor Seslow to create a whole blog. I have noticed that I am getting better at the layout for my blogs every week and getting more creative with my blogs’ flow to see where pictures, gifs, hyperlinks are appropriate. On the other hand, I would like to challenge myself to create more digital work for my blogs and start implementing one every week to flex my creative muscles. 

Picking a Domain Name!

 

Hope you guys are well! Today we are going to be looking potential domain names for my website and why I chose them. They are listed below and are in no particular order:

Tashido.us  

I chose this domain because I want something that people will recognize easily, and what other way to show ownership than with my name. Secondly, my last name is Dorjee; my life motto is to “either be a doer or a don’ters.” Therefore I thought it would be fun to take the common letters out from my last name and make it almost sound like Tashi do….

Tashidostu.com

This domain name piggybacks off the first one. However, I wanted this website to be more of a catalog for my creative work. In a way, it is like my online studio but writing that word out entirely seemed too long, so I tried to keep it short and straightforward, especially since my name isn’t too common.

Ev-en.us

This domain comes from an initial business idea for a creative studio outsourcing college students to small businesses for creative work and tapping the companies into the digital world with revamped business models and initiatives. The word “even” is crucial to me because it means balance. Balance is good in everything you do in life. It’s also a good balance for the two people involved in this business idea. Lastly, I wanted to show that this website meant creativity, so I played with the words’ sizing and kept it simple because that’s my aesthetic.

Evenstudios.net

Like Domain Idea 2, I wanted to add the “studio” because I have seen many creatives do it. Using the word also helps indicate the line of work, usually because of the connotations that come with “studio.” Ideally, there would be period after “even” is to help split up the domain as two words which is how I want people to read it.

Whathestudio.us

My last domain idea is one that took me 5 seconds to come up with. I enjoy doing this blog, so it is easy for me to think hard and long about names. However, sometimes the best ideas come when you take a step back and simplify. This domain shows my thought process in coming up with something fast, intuitively, and it’s the one that I enjoyed doing most because it doesn’t cause me stress in thinking about whether the domain is good enough or not.

 

Website Roots 

I have always wanted to start a website but never knew where to start or what I would be posting. With great interest in digital communications and the support of Professor Seslow, I would love to create a portfolio-like website where I would highlight some of my most creative and proud projects. Mediums would include but are not limited to Photography, videography, Adobe Cloud work, marketing Case comps, and Ct101 projects.

The Purpose of this Website is to allow people to see my creative strengths through different mediums all in one place and create business opportunities through my work. I am beyond excited to dive in, find a domain that works, and finally, be the owner of a website! I am also looking forward to all the education that comes with taking on this size project.

 

Two of my favorite websites are heliotemil.com and www.artechouse.com for their layouts,  UX features, and detail.These processes will be a crucial point in developing my website as well as using them for inspiration.

 

The WordPress Customizing Series, Part 1

The WordPress Customizing Series, Part 1!

***Below is the zoom recording from class on 4/13 – you can follow along and start customizing your site!***

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/jjU48Kv-JcRyrvqxv1vbRmY3sOA2zPami_gBFI9ebTLSj8rMQJkuU9ehPKFgyB6k.2eK3cZjQUu2TXlYj

Video Passcode: ^0EJ5T8q

This week in CT101 we will be focusing on getting everyone set-up with their new websites! The coupon code that you need was sent last week to your York e-mail. By now, many of you got started, you have a new domain name, a web hosting account, and a website framework ready to be built and customized! Ill be helping here with the customizing process of WordPress. This part will have multiple aspects to it. There is a lot to share, create and test. The process is fun and will take a few weeks as you make several visual and functionality decisions about how you would like your website to look. This is play out in context to “how” you also plan to use your new website.

**So, lets publish a NEW blog post this week that shares a statement about HOW you will be using your new website as we go forward. You can publish this post here on the CT101 class site.

My ambition is to make a new series of “how-to” class videos and also share some helpful curated  content from the Internet. We will be discussing HOW we will all be using our websites individually, just to mention again 🙂

But WAIT! You cant do anything above unless you have done this: -> Domain Name Registration, Hosting Set Up & WordPress Installation! <— Please read this important post to get started! (from last week)

Im going to focus on using a popular new WordPress theme called “Twenty-Twenty-One” – this theme is extremely versatile and is great for wordpress newbies and beginners. I highly suggest that you consider using this theme. All themes are different, and many of them out there promoted on the Internet are not free (plus, its always helpful to start with a theme that has a good amount of video documentation that already exists.)

More to come!

 

PLEASE E-MAIL me and say hello, let me know how I can help you! rseslow@york.cuny.ed

DOMAIN NAME AQUIRED

Confession. I didn’t set up my domain Thursday after class like I thought but I did do it Saturday at 2am like the true Nuyorican hipster that I am. The process was simple and Professor Seslow could not have done a better job with making the class recording be a live tutorial. This is for you Professor…

 

 

Looking back to when I was thinking of my Domain name. I was surprised to see no iteration of Anj_Da_StranJ was available but for some straaaaaange reason my name was. And just like that. I went with it. Especially since when you google Angel DeJesus all you get is a host of Americas finest Hispanic convicts. As soon as I hit that confirm button, took a deep breath and realized the magnitude of what I just did. I felt…

 

 

 

It was so empowering. At this point in my life knowing everything I want to do and will ever want to do and/or create can ALL be under my complete control.

 

 

 

I look forward to the next few weeks and beyond as it looks like I’ll have something to keep me busy this summer with no classes going on for me. Given my experience with political correctness and “cancellation”. One of if not the biggest thing I eventually want to do is speak on the (cultural) issues and challenge the online punks of cancel culture.

 

Website Setup

So I finally made a website… from SCRATCH! It was honestly quite seamless, taking just minutes to do.

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I ended up using the name “justtypeit.net” as a domain name because it is the most neutral name out of the ones I had ideas for. Just in case I ended up changing the theme/purpose of the site.

On an unrelated note, upon setting up the website you get a lot of automatic emails related to verification and confirmation among other things I didn’t check for cause there were so many. I almost thought I was getting hacked!

Domain Name Registration Process

Starting The Journey On Making A Website


This weeks assignment to start making our own websites was really fun. It was not a difficult process, especially since Professor Seslow broke it down step by step during class. I watched the video again, all the way through and it was smooth sailing from there.

I had been looking forward to this assignment, even before spring break. Finally completing it, I feel very much accomplished and relieved. It turns out that making a website is easy, just as long as you follow every step correctly.

Having a website is a good source of connection between you and the rest of the world. Especially during the pandemic where everything is handled remotely. My website is still under construction at the moment, but I will be posting more content soon. Until then, if you want to check it out, you can find the link here.

Picking A Domain Name

Domain Name where are you!!!!!

Okay, so honestly so far I have a couple, while some possible names have already fell through with a couple of google searches.

1.visionaviation.net

2.aviationinsight.org

3.aviationinsight.org

4.envisionaviation.org

5.envisionaerodynamics.com

My goal is to create a website that focuses on aviation on a global factor. To reiterate my major is Aviation Management and I think its time to expand my knowledge learned from courses onto a database that can project important aeronautical topics that others can gain access to. I am a little worried that some of my learned knowledge might conflict with another persons ideology however I’m excited to take this step in my life. I have written some very good papers which I plan to use. My plan is to break them up and choose subtopics from them that won’t bore the readers. My backup plan is to create a website with my name as a domain name. It would speak about all of the acquired knowledge I’ve learned including cooking lessons, motorsports I like, painting tips, some aviation topics and overall life lessons. Im interested to see which way this goes.

Mid- Term Re-cap

How am I doing in CT101? What grade do I believe I am maintaining? 

At the beginning of the semester, I felt a Lil lost and confused about the class, but as time passing by I been learned a lot, and the fear that I felt at the beginning disappear, I fell more confident about the class. I love the way the professor teaches the class, in other classes I could say that I feel pressure but in this class, I feel very relax. In this class I learned to make a lot of stuff for example creating a Domain, I found it very fun. I think I maintaining a good grade since I attend every class meeting, I accept that I been procrastinated the work and been submitted the assignments a Lil late, but up to now I submit every assignment up to date, I looking forward to working hard for a good grade at the end of the semester.

What have I learned the most? What is my greatest learned asset in this class so far?

In this class I learned how to create a meme, I like the fact that through a meme one can express their feelings and thoughts thru a meme. The greatest asses that I think I will learn in this class it is when I made my website.

What skills have I developed , cultivated and displayed regularly in my posts?

The Skill that I recently develop and most of the time display on my post is the Gifs, they are my favorite because I never thought that I will learn how to create them. But I looking forward to learning and mastering other techniques that the class will bring in the future.

How do I assess my performance through self-reflection in this class?

I think my performance for this class will be growing little by little while I will be learning. Looking back to the assignments that I made for the class I could tell that I have been improving my skills in the class.

What do I know now that I did not know before taking this class?

Something that I didn’t know and learned in CT 101 class is to make a Gifs. I always saw Gifs on social media and the internet and always wondering on how people made them.

Do I see my weekly blogging work expanding creatively? If so, please explain –  or am I stuck in a loop where my posts seem to look the same most of the time, how will I change that?

Yes, I felt that sometimes my posts look the like same, but I guess that has to do with the owner’s like and taste. I will do my effort to change the thematic of my post for my future post by adding hyperlinks.

The Mid-Semester Assessment Post

Let’s reflect.

How am I doing in CT101? What grade do I believe I am maintaining? 

Given that I am on top of my assignments and have only missed one session, I can confidently say that I’m in good standing. Also, based on professor Seslow’s vibe, I’m sure if any one of his students was struggling or at risk, he would let us know before it is too late. At least, there is comfort in that, for anyone why might be worried.

What have I learned the most? What is my greatest learned asset in this class so far?

I have gotten a lot better at writing creatively without exactly wanting to or lacking the creativity to do so. Writers often go through writer’s block, I often do, but for some reason, it mostly happens when I’m in school. I don’t fully understand it but it is easier for me to write a paper than it is for me to write for fun when classes are happening.  It is something I haven’t been able to work around, however, I have learned that it does have something to do with my inability to separate my education from my every day life. That is, that my school work consumes me. CT101 forces me to seek inspo and to separate.

What skills have I developed , cultivated and displayed regularly in my posts?

I am awful at giving myself credit when it is due, but I cannot genuinely state that I have actually mastered any skills yet. Thus far, I have learned much, however, I don’t find myself “displaying” what I’ve learned, consistently throughout. My blogs have been a mix of what I already knew, and am learning, but not always.  So, let’s say we’re working on consistency and practice.

How do I assess my performance through self-reflection in this class?

My biggest college tool is my planner. By using my planner every day, many times a day, I ensure that I am on track. In order to keep up with my classes, I need to note what has happened, what will happen, and what’s demanded of me. Thus, I have to think back on the work I’ve done and need to do in order to pass. Especially if I ever need to miss a class, my planner helps me  know exactly what I can afford and not.

What do I know now that I did not know before taking this class?

For some reason I had not taken notice of the community built around the internet. I don’t know if it’s just me, but for most of my life I thought of the internet as this thing that had a lot of power on its own and manages itself. It humors me how long it has taken me to see and understand that the internet is a merely a tool, used and powered by the people.

Do I see my weekly blogging work expanding creatively? If so, please explain –  or am I stuck in a loop where my posts seem to look the same most of the time, how will I change that?

Definitely expanding creatively. As I said in a previous question, CT101 forces me to separate myself from the seriousness and strictness that surrounds me. Kind of like a break from the world. Thats how I see creative writing, as this space you create for yourself for the duration of your writing. The more you do it, the easier it becomes to carry a conversation with yourself. Then there comes a point where you start to enjoy this different kind of thinking you’re doing. You learn that it is self-serving and it becomes easier. At least I hope I’m doing as great as this sounds.

Aaron Swartz

Who was Aaron Swartz?

Aaron Swartz was an American computer programmer, entertainer, writer, political organizer, and Internet hacktivist. Aaron was born on November 8, 1986, in Highland Park I.L, and died January 11, 2013, in Brooklyn N.Y.

What Intrigue me about Aaron Swartz?

What Intrigues me about Aaron Swartz if his death were suicide or he was assassinated by the government due to that he was a strong believer in internet rights and transparency. He believes that everyone should have access to social standing. Aaron Swartz was frequently a spoken voice for numerous debates regarding internet rights, limited restrictions, and fighting against government online. These made him an extremely popular figure in the community and even has the recognition of the groups anonymous but with the difference that he would show his face.

Mid – Semester Post

 

 

How am I doing in CT101? 

CT 101 has been very interesting for me. I actually believe that I am doing well in CT 101, I really enjoy this class quite a lot and I am learning so many new things in class. I assumed this class would be tough, however after attending a few lectures, I started having fun with the contents of this class. I look forward to working on the website. I am looking forward to getting an A in this class since this is one of the classes I have really enjoy attending. I also have tried to complete the assignments with enthusiasm even if a bit late at times! :p

What have I learned? What skills have I developed, cultivated and displayed regularly? 

The materials and assignments of this class are very engaging. I learnt about blog posting from this class. I also learnt how to brainstorm different ideas and make those changes in my blog posts. The most exciting part was creating new ideas and names for the domain that I am about to use. I also have learnt the use of memes/ gifs to convey the thoughts I have in my blog posts. I believe this class has helped me learn so many new and amazing things. I hope to learn more in the future as well.

How does this contribute to my weekly progress? How do I assess my performance through self-reflection in this class?

My weekly progress will be on how much content I am reading and learning from this class. I have missed 1/2 assignments but managed to post them later. I think one of the helpful things in this class is to have this flexibility to work on assignments later as well. 

What do I know now that I did not know before taking this class?

I have been using gifs and memes in social media. However, the creative nature of this class allowed me to create my own gifs and memes for my blog posts. I also did not know a lot about creating websites, therefore it will be a fun journey to learn that through this class. 

Do I see my weekly blogging work expanding creatively? If so, please explain –  or am I stuck in a loop where my posts seem to look the same most of the time, how will I change that?

I obviously see my weekly blogging getting more creative day by day. I feel fortunate that I am being given the chance to create contents for this class which I thoroughly enjoy. Even though my blog posts tend to look a bit alike, I try my best to change it every week. I feel the best way to do that is to think about the blog posts for a while. I am looking forward to the next assignments and finishing this semester strong!

 

Week # 6 Domains

This domain will be a good example for my website because I as Nail Technician will benefit me so much and all my clients have known me already as Lola so it will be very easy for them to visit my website and if I will be recommended people will remember the short name as well.

My new website will be about Nail Art. My thoughts are that my little businesses will grow more with the website since I will be sharing pictures and videos of my art, what I love to do. Also, the website will be a great idea because I have been thinking in come out with my line of acrylic and the website will be a great platform to promoted and sell it.

Some of the domains that I been thinking for my website are:

  1. lolasnailart.com
  2. lasunasdelola.net
  3. lolasnaildesing.com
  4. lolasart.net
  5. swagnailsbylola.net

These domains would be good examples for my website because the names specified what is the website is about and the name is very short easy to remember.

Some of my favorites websites are:

https://www.jcbeautyconcepts.com/

https://honeysnailsecret.com/

Week #5 Project Flexibility

 

Animals Doing Funny Things

I thought this assignment would be more challenging but there were so many choices to pick. I picked this assignment under the Animated Gif Assignment, I choose it  because I am an animal lover, I have a dog and every day I spent time with him teaching him treats. Animals are very intelligent and a lot of them trying to imitate humans behaviors…

It may well sound crazy but sometimes animals act more responsibly and in cases better thinkers in a crucial situation than humans being, like for example you don’t see a dog abandoned her babies. I think we like humans should learn the emphatic that animals have and adopted those behaviors. I think we should do more assignments like this, it would be a good exercise for storytelling because it gives you the freedom to express yourself about something that interests you and passionate about.

Spooky Season

My second Assignment I picked from Audio Assignment and I choose Spooky Season. I choose Spooky Season because I don’t like mystery movies and nothing spooky so this will be something that I want to succeed in life too.

Are memes Art?

I do think that memes are art. We can express many emotions with them and relate those feeling with friends.

I like all my classes, but there are many occasions when I would prefer not to be there. It becomes so boring when the professor talks. I can hear for long times of periods, but if I am not interested in what they say, my mind goes away, and I cannot understand any word from the professor. Theories of how everything star is boring, at the end I would not remember anything. CT101 is not focused on explaining without stopping. The students’ interaction is more than in other classes; I am not particulate eager to talk but to hear others talk is fun. I like to have something to hear, I also like complete silence but I realized that when I am complete silent I start making noises unconsciously.

this last meme represents me today, the last day of spring break. I did nothing but read comics and go out. I do not regret how I spend my break.

DS106 Project

Storytelling In Different Ways 

The first Project I chose comes from DS106, the subcategory “Design Assignments.” The assignment was to make a sports poster using text, images, and any editing software to produce a cohesive design. I felt inspired to choose this Project for reasons such as a passion for sports, honing in on my Adobe Creative Cloud skills, and believing I could execute this independently. Although I was eager to start, I faced challenges along the way and discovered the importance of self-learning resources while problem-solving innovatively.                               

Dame Time Poster/// By Tashi Dorjee

For this Project, I allocated most of my time to Photoshop and Illustrator, which I believe are critical tools in building strong storytelling skills. No matter the Project, Adobe Creative Cloud can be a valuable skill to create strong stories, and that is why I look forward to using every opportunity in & out of class to familiarize myself with the software.

The second Project I chose is from DS106, the subcategory “video assignments.” Every Hour Vlog is about recording small clips of my day every hour and using video editing software to create a well-connected Day Vlog. This Project stuck out to me because I have no experience in video editing or production but understand that it is paramount to my overall storytelling repertoire. As someone who loves watching cinematography, I am constantly amazed by the visual representation of stories and how WHOLE narratives can be through moving pictures.

I look forward to exploring this Project in my off time and hoping for similar exposures in CT101 to build a solid foundation within this medium.

In conclusion, video storytelling is a different media type I have yet to learn. I understand it is a whole other language that takes time to master; however, I believe it will pay great dividends with the unique way stories are shared.