Setting Up a Feed with Feedly

Working at Reclaim means I get to interact with people who do incredible work within the Ed Tech community. I was first exposed to this at #domains17 and I remember thinking that I wanted to keep up with all of these wonderful folks and the work their doing.

At first, I had no idea how I could keep up with all the blog posts except through twitter. I didn’t really like that idea though because I could lose tweets within my feed. I wanted a place where I could keep them all together. I don’t know too much about RSS feeds but I knew that’s where I needed to start. I a little bit of experience using FeedWordPress to syndicate blog posts to the main class hub but I knew that would chew right through my storage limit.

Then I came across Feedly. Feedly is a freemium service (you can use it for free up to a certain threshold, I believe it’s up to 100 feeds) where you can ‘follow’ RSS feeds to different blogs. I’m enjoying it so far! The interface is simple and I had my feeds set up in a matter of minutes.

You’ll do most of your navigation through the left-hand sidebar. There’s an option to see what’s been posted today, what you want to read later, and filters you can set up to view the content more easily. From here you can do most of your feed’s organization. You can set up multiple feeds. Right now I have two feeds going, Ed Tech and Fashion/Lifestyle. These are both topics I wanted to curate within Feedly

Setting up these feeds were super easy. I searched for each person using their URL like https://meredithfierro.com/feed or https://meredithfierro.com/rss. These will bring up a feed of the website’s content. Then within Feedly, I searched that URL.

From here you have the option to follow this feed. Feedly also shows you how many followers this feed has, and how many posts they have per week/per month. In the case of my feed, it shows that I post one article per week (definitely not true, I don’t post that often).

Once you have the specific feeds you’d like to follow set up, you’ll see the posts you haven’t read yet. Currently, these are the ones I didn’t get the chance to read this weekend:

 

So setting up a feed through Feedly is as simple as that! I’m really liking Feedly so far. It makes reading people’s blog posts so much easier and is a great tool to keep everything in place.

 

 

 

Reclaiming my Internship

Hello everyone! I haven’t posted in a while. But I’m really glad to get back to the blog! You’ll see a lot more posts from my this semester because I am blogging for two major things happening as I begin to finish up my time at Mary Washington. I can’t believe I’m set to graduate in May! I have bunch of exciting projects coming up as well so stick around to hear more about those.

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So this post is going to be about my internship! I’m currently working for Reclaim Hosting, a web hosting company based here in Fredericksburg. They currently host the all of the University of Mary Washington’s websites through the Domain of One’s Own program, which is where I was able to get this website. Reclaim also hosts numerous other schools websites as well, some of those schools use the same program that UMW has.

My first day was on Monday and I have to say it was so much fun! I’m tackling the support side of the company, so I will be helping clients with anything they need help with. That could be something as simple as giving them more information about the products Reclaim offers, to domain migration, and broken websites. And that doesn’t stop there. There’s a ton of things that could potentially go wrong. Way more than I thought.

It’s a little overwhelming at the moment because I really have no clue where to begin when a new support ticket comes in. But I’m taking it one ticket at a time and Tim is so helpful when I have a question. Jim and Lauren both work remotely and they also help out so much when Tim is unavailable. The group is very supportive and I’m very grateful for each of them.

I’m currently working my way through some online documentation on the Reclaim website to learn more about how to solve the potential problems clients could have. I’ve been going through previous support tickets as well. It’s a lot of research! I have a little bit of experience through my tutoring job at the Digital Knowledge Center but its more support for what the client sees. I work directly with WordPress, and cPanel. Reclaim is different in the sense that we work one level up through the servers to provide support. I had a few flashbacks to my sophomore year starting at the DKC and having absolutely no clue what I was doing. But I’m genuinely enjoying the work at Reclaim, I like helping people through problems and teaching them how to use specific parts to their account.

But one thing I definitely want to work on in the coming weeks, I need to get better at writing descriptions and I need to proofread before sending out the correspondence. I find I tend to repeat phrases multiple times within a ticket. So that is one thing I want to improve in the next few weeks.

So that’s it for this post! Keep checking back here throughout the semester. I will post regularly to document what I learn. I’m excited to continue learning more and more while working with Tim, Jim, and Lauren throughout the course of the semester!

Pixel Playground

In London, I took a class called Pixel Playground. This class was an art class focused in Photoshop, taking a hand drawn approach to digital art.

Comic Book Cover Revamp:

This first project I worked with a group to create a modern take on comic book covers of marvel heroes. I chose Ironman and this what I came up with.

 

Scenes of London:

This next project my group and I decided to pick scenes of London that we enjoyed. Half of the group drew the pictures and other half “colored” in the images, and bring them to life. I was in the half that brought the images to life.

Finishing Up!

This is so bittersweet! My last post for wire106 and ds106 (hopefully not ds106)! This semester was so much fun and its all thanks to this class! Ds106 was my favorite class I’ve taken so far here at UMW and I’m really glad I decided to take it. I was on the fence over the summer and whether or not I should take it but I don’t regret that decision at all. I learned so much from this class and its helped me learn about what I potentially want to work with as a career. I can’t recommend this class enough!

This class was particularly special because it was an online class. Normally you would think an online class would just be you yourself and you. I think of an online class as sitting down in front of the computer for hours trying to understand the topic. That normally doesn’t work for me, I need hands on experience to learn a topic. I quickly found out that this class was anything but that! Between the weekly lunches, video discussions, and the group projects I quickly learned that this class was something special. I still had the face to face interaction that a traditional lecture class would have, but with no lecture! It was a great mix!

I think the assignments were the best part to the entire class, besides having to watch TV for homework. Although my stomach would drop at the beginning of the week when we all got the weekly emails with our quota for the week and I would be so overwhelmed at the beginning of the week, I really enjoyed them! I would always dread sitting down to plan them, but once I did I knocked them out all in one go. The beginning of the semester was a little rocky but once the semester was in full swing I got the hang of things and now I don’t think I’ll ever forget the skills I learned in ds106.

 

So as I’m writing this I feel like this:

The semester is almost over! That’s so exciting! But I also feel like this:

I don’t want this class to end! I just want to keep creating things and watching TV for homework! But I do realize that all great things must come to an end. Ds106 was a great chapter in my great novel of my life! So with that being said I don’t think this would be a weekly summary without showing you what I did this week! Take a look! And if you want to see what else I’ve done this semester check out my past weekly summaries at the end of this post.

Posts:

Beadie’s To-do List (4 Stars)

Move Away From the Cookie Jar (4 Stars)

Evolution of Beadie (4 1/2 Stars)

 

Assignment Cards:

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Keeping Up With the Cast of the Wire

 

Tutorials:

The Book of Life Silent Film

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Daily Creates:

My Favorite Assignment

 

Comments:

Lauren’s post Water+Rice

Carmela’s post The End Is Near; 15

Kisha’s post DS106 Wrap Up

Imran’s post 10 Seconds of Thanks

Travis’s post Annnnndddd Cut — Great Work Guys

 

Past Weekly Summaries:

Week 1: I was getting everything set up so there wasn’t a weekly summary!

Week 2: Not So Good Week 2

Week 3: Getting The Hang of Things

Week 4: A Crazy Week with Sound

Week 5: A Cool Week with Visuals

Week 6: An Interesting Week with Design 

Week 7: Audio Week

Week 8: Radio Show Week!

Week 9: Inspiration Week!

Week 10: Video Week!

Weeks 11 & 12: Videos Galore

 Weeks 13 & 14: Video Remixmas

 

Inspiration: Stringer and Avon Fight Chipmunk Style

My second inspiration is Brittany’s post Stringer and Avon Fight Chipmunk Style. And I have to say this is hilarious! I love the Chipmunk assignment! I love how she used this scene because it is a major one, and the chipmunk effect makes it a little lighter. It almost makes if ironic. The video is on her post, but here is the original!

Inspiration: Backwards Shootout

I am really enjoying the inspires! For my first inspire this week, I decided to choose Amy’s Backwards Shootout. I really like this! I like how she decided to use this particular scene because it was such a pivotal scene. Its an interesting spin as well because it is played in reverse, so its like a spoiler in itself. Here is the video!

 

First Live Tweeting Session

Well I feel like I can now officially be welcomed to the twitter sphere. Although I’ve had my account since 2009, I haven’t actually participated in a live tweet session. As one of our things to participate in this week, we were required to sit down and live tweet an episode of the Wire, either episode 4,5, or 6 from season 2. I live tweeted episode 5 called “Undertow,” which my professor Jim Groom, was able to stream over our class radio called ds106radio yesterday (9/18/2014). I really enjoyed live tweeting the episode, it gave me a chance to connect with other members of my class. Since this is an online class I thought I was going to go through the class not really meeting anyone from the class. But I definitely was wrong. Here are screen shots of my tweets, I am trying to figure out a way I can insert a feed straight to the post itself.

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Getting GIFfy With It

So this week, we were assigned to make 6 gifs to summarize an episode from The Wire. I decided to make gifs from Episode 9 “Gameday.”

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The episode starts off where Stringer and Barksdale are talking about Omar. They know he’s been starting his own little drug ring in their territory. But they also know that if they send someone for him, he’ll know before they even get to him. So they are stuck between a rock and a hard place in regards to Omar.

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After the title scene the shot goes to De’Angelo and Wallace talking. This is the first time we see Wallace’s need to get out of the drug circle. He wants to finish high school.I really like Wallace. He’s definitely a good kid who just got caught up in the wrong crowd.

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Now this part of the episode is hysterical but it also has a sad connotation to it as well. Here Bubbles is swiping a stash. He almost gets away with it too. I find this part really funny because of his Macgyverlike skills to grab the bag. But once he gets caught, he runs away but unfortunately/ fortunately, another guy is “caught” leaving him to escape. Bubbles also just went to rehab to attempt to get clean. Clearly it doesn’t last very long.

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After Bubble’s adventure getting his new stash, Kima and Lester attempt to get to one of Orlando’s girls, Shardene. They want her to become an informant within the case to help further the case along. As a way to sway her to their side they have her go identify a friend of hers from the club at the morgue. They aren’t getting much input from her quite yet but eventually she sides with the detectives.

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Then the big game happens. It is the east side vs. the west side. Ellis and Herc are out patrolling. It seems too quiet, as they pull up to the basketball court they realize why its so quiet. The scene continues and Barksdale is bantering back and forth with Proposition Joe. The west side coach offers Barksdale a deal. Barksdale accepts but little does he know that he will be hustled by Joe. As Ellis and Herc are watching the game they come across two of D’Angelo’s dealers. “We’re on break. Yeah well so are we.” I really love this quote because its like a game of basketball brought them together even though they are from completely different worlds.

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Towards the end of the episode, Lt. Daniels pages Herc and Ellis because there was a serious mix up. Some how during a raid, two stacks of money were lost. Here this gif shows both of them tearing apart their car to find the money because the lieutenant gave them an ultimatum for them to come up with the money. “You have until roll call tomorrow morning to crawl back to whatever rock you hid it under.” I found this part very interesting because of the way the director set the scene up. First shows trash begin flung out of the trunk. Then you see an empty box of Dunkin Donuts hit the ground. You can also feel the panic set in on both Herc and Ellis. Then there is the release of tensions when Ellis finds the money in the wheel well of their patrol car.

I really liked this episode because it had a great sense of drama between the basketball game, the picking up of Shardene, the money bust done by Ellis and Herc and even the heartbreak to see what Wallace is going through.