Week 8 / Seachtain 8

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[IMAGE]: Screen-grab of 9 thumbnail images from OneDrive, to which I uploaded videos from my phone so I could download and re-use them when I got to my computer. 

The topic of this week’s lecture was video editing. The lecturer gave a brief introduction to some entry level video editing software, apps and websites. These included iMovie and Windows Movie Maker, Vine, and YouTube and WeVideo. These are not professional video editing suites, but do have a useful amount of features for everyday editing. The basis of shooting video is very similar to the techniques used in static photography, and a lot of the theory overlaps between the two.

Here is the video I created using YouTube editor. I looked for some music that would suit it but decided to let the ocean do the talking instead! I used the 8mm filter to give it a vintage/hipster feel, and added two annotations as well. A word of warning for anyone used to using iMovie who starts to use YouTube editor: do not hit backspace when you have a clip selected. It won’t delete the clip. Instead, you’ll go back a page and lose any unpublished progress.

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Week 6 / Seachtain 6

Analysis and visualisation of social network data: 

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[IMAGE]: Jumble of lots of Twitter usernames in white text on a black background with coloured lines between them. One username is in black, with a white box: wtfeminists. Source: Netlytic.

In today’s lecture, we learned about data visualisation and got a taste of collecting tweets and using that data to create infographics. To begin, we saw a few examples, like the visualisation of social media activity around elections in IndiaNew Year’s Eve in 2014, and homophobic (and racist and ableist) tweets in the USA.

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Week 5 / Seachtain 5

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[IMAGE]: Large group of people outside Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, holding a very long banner that says #WakingTheFeminists on it, in all capital letters. Source: The Irish Times

Back in the olden days, media content used to be created by specific content-creators (like journalists, photographers, newscasters etc.) but now we have a huge community of independent content creators, like anyone with a social media account or a smartphone. This allows for the rapid spread of information, but it also has its downfalls; such content may not be reliable, may be posted with incomplete information, or may be stolen or repurposed from someone else.

As our lecturer pointed out, it’s not that there are more wars or natural disasters happening nowadays – it’s just that we have access to more voices and stories from around the world, so we’re more likely to hear about what’s going on in other parts of the world.

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Week 4 / Seachtain 4

This week’s topics were sound recording and podcasting!

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[IMAGE]: Musician/artist/Twitterer Amanda Palmer, on a stage and standing on a green crate, with arms outstretched and holding a white flower in her right hand. Image source: NPR

I’ve never actively followed any regular podcasts, but actually thinking about it I realise that there are quite a few that have resonated with me over the years. The main one I’d associate with would be TED Talks. The above image is taken from one of my favourite TED Talks, by Amanda Palmer (which you can listen to or watch here). I also really enjoyed this particular podcast that came out this week on NPR. There’s definitely something off about the sound on the presenter’s mic in this one – like she’s talking into a steel bucket. Seemingly Neko was given a better mic during the interview.

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Week 3 / Seachtain 3

This week was based on writing content for use on the web. This doesn’t mean how to write an article; rather, it means how to put together a web page or how the “inside” of a website works. Basically, we’re all in the Matrix, and I’m slowly learning how to read it!

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[IMAGE]: Screenshot from The Matrix (Wachowski & Wachowski, 1999), a hallway made entirely from green “code” language, with three humanoid figures standing in the background.

We were given an overview of  programs and websites for beginners in HTML writing. WYSIWYG HTML Editors are “What You See is What You Get” programs and, much like WordPress, they allow you to write and put together your page while the HTML is automatically written in the background. Some examples of WYSIWYG tech are Mozilla Thimble, Adobe Dreamweaver, and Blue Griffon.

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Week 2 / Seachtain 2

The task this week was to figure out how to activate the proofreading setting on WordPress.

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[IMAGE] WordPress admin page, which I couldn’t find for approximately three years. User settings: Where have you been all my life?

I wasn’t aware that WordPress had this function, but I’m looking forward to using it, and I think it’ll speed up my blogging process too (in English, at least).

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Week 1 / Seachtain 1

This week’s class was an introduction to WordPress, and the task was to set up an account and create a post including an embedded image and an embedded video.

First off, here’s one of the only photos I have on my computer at the moment, after backing everything up and clearing my hard-drive.

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Biffy Clyro: Scottish rock-prog-whatever band, known for weird lyrics and high-energy live performances. 

You might know this band for a few reasons, but you’ve probably heard their song Many of Horror (below) because it was covered by Matt Cardle when he won the X-Factor UK way back when.

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