1. Michael Branson Smith

    Modern VHS


    Here at camp I’ve finally worked through my Bootstrap tutorials and created a spec site for a much larger project that I’m hoping to work on this summer. As part of my learning to code binge , I’m planning to learn the basics of Python and OpenCV to try and make …

  2. Michael Branson Smith

    Letter from Camp


    Code summer camp has been off to a nice start. There have been about six students who have taken advantage of the offer to come into York College and use the lab and each other to get some work done. In particular, shout out to Neyser who’s come three out …

  3. Michael Branson Smith

    Code Summer Camp


    This summer I’m going to be hosting a code summer camp for my students at York College. I’ve been honest with them in that it’s as much for me as it is for them. It’s been an unusual year in which I’ve started teaching web design and development for the first …

  4. Michael Branson Smith

    Not sure what to do with that…


    So professor is posting comments on my blog, making suggestions, and what not. I feel like he’s looking at me strangely. Do I have to publish those comments? Reply on my blog and publish? The short answer is no. It’s your space and you can moderate comments however you choose. …

  5. Michael Branson Smith



    #ds106 reply to me w/ tag #tdc1775 Create a Retro 80s Message! https://t.co/2lS2FCoJVo pic.twitter.com/r6ZpyMm1Fy — ds106 Daily Create (@ds106dc) November 17, 2016 I saw this morning’s DS106 Daily Create and thought of the Vaporwave Aesthetic and thought I’d share my interest in it. It’s an amalgam of retro culture remix …

  6. Michael Branson Smith

    Time for necessary distraction


    We’re a couple days out from the election and I’m still trying to process what a Trump presidency will mean. But my eight year old daughter who went to bed believing absolutely (oh the bliss of such youngness) Hillary Clinton would win. But so it went and the next morning …

  7. Michael Branson Smith

    Little Housekeeping


    So I’ve made a change to the weekly check-in form today. From now on you will not need to pick a week while checking in, I’ve heard it’s often caused confusion as you’re unable to look back at which one’s you’ve submitted. Instead we’re just re-emphasizing the goal of checking …

  8. Michael Branson Smith

    #ReclaimQueens Take Down the Wall


    In last night’s third and final 2016 Presidential Debate, in the context of a discussion of policy about Syria Sec. Hillary Clinton inadvertently dissed Queens. She was discussing the issue of terrorism and how the most recent act against our country was not a foreign national, but “was born in …

  9. Michael Branson Smith

    I’ve got my site up, I’m so excited!


    There’s going to be more description in this post about how you should report your progress back on the ct101.us site, but for now here are the two tutorial videos: Installing WordPress from the Reclaim Hosting c-Panel Basic Customizations in a WordPress Site Tweet Share on Tumblr…

  10. Michael Branson Smith

    I need a domain name!


    It’s time to choose a domain name that can represent your digital self. You can’t (and shouldn’t) pick just anything. It has to be unique and available. It should be relevant – it could be based on your real name, a nickname, just something meaningful to you. You will need …

  11. Michael Branson Smith

    Meet Doc Director June Cross


    Next Tuesday 12-2PM here at York College in 2M05 watch Wilhemina’s War and participate in hosted conversation with director June Cross. The film assesses the struggle for individuals that are HIV positive and living in the rural South to get treatment for the virus that causes AIDS. A recent interview …

  12. Michael Branson Smith

    By Request…


    This is a tutorial which serves as an introduction to Photoshop which will allow you to complete a couple different assignments from the ds106 repository – Pop Star Out of Place and I’m Ready for My Closeup. With the help of the class we chose the pop star assignment and …

  13. Michael Branson Smith

    Add GIFs to comments?!


    Use the HTML <img> tag to add an image (including animated GIFs) to a comment. Copy and paste the code below into the comment field. Then replace the – URL of an image – text with a URL. Be sure to keep the quotes around the URL. Try it in …

  14. Michael Branson Smith

    Push your smart phone to the limit


    I’ve been using my iPhone as part of my image-making process for a couple years now. At first it surprised me given that I’m fairly proficient with a lot of image manipulation tools for professionals – lots of the Adobe Creative Suite. I’ve used applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, …

  15. Michael Branson Smith

    Why a Domain of One’s Own?


    In the first class,I spoke a bit about how you will be creating a website and picking your own domain name and even using your own web hosting account. We looked at how students from past classes used their sites to build a variety of things – photo blogs, portfolios, …

  16. Michael Branson Smith

    Blog Like Flaca Would


    Flaca may be in prison for fraud and endangerment, but she’s got an opinion and she’s going to let you know it: how grades don’t matter, but words do, even your font choices. She’s critical of stereotypes: And how they cause angst.   And Flaca is fearless about taking risks with …

  17. Michael Branson Smith

    And we’re off!


    We are back from the summer. The Olympics are over, so that race/competition ended and now we start the semester. In CT 101 Digital Storytelling, we’re going to spend a lot of time in WordPress to write about what’s on our minds, post things we like, and share pieces we’ve …

  18. Michael Branson Smith

    Reverse Animal Rescue: Abandoning 13 Kittens


    It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything, never mind following through with a post about GIF culture under the I Grok GIFs series. So why not toss some kittens in the yard and restart this thing. Reverse Animal Rescue is a subreddit that evolved out of r/reversegif and a sick sense …

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