The End of Bootcamp: Finally…A chance to take a breather….

I did it, fellow recruits….I survived Bootcamp! Sure I felt like I was going to lose an eye after being attacked by a flock of wild WordPress crows, but they were no match for my semi-automatic CSS rifles! The intense 4 mile runs over GIF Hill provided a challenge, but I successfully ran the course and even helped my other comrades on their feet if they happened to fall into a few mud pits. Teamwork makes the team work! Speaking of my comrades, I now have a much better understanding of who some of them are; even some that were too shy the first week to speak up finally began showing their faces! Two weeks of the DS106 army’s obstacle courses have now been completed, and now it’s smoother sailing from here

Now to tell you a bit about how I designed my website. Since I’d already created a domain last semester and learned how to create subdomains with it, the first task of linking my DS106 blog to my main Miss Amber May site was a breeze. The challenge, however, was when I couldn’t find the same theme I used for my main domain (Atmosphere 2010) and I ended up having to work with whatever theme was the closest to it. In order to make the theme seem similar to the parent site, I altered some of the theme’s CSS to change the color of the hyperlinks. I was also successfully able to create a forwarding address to my school email, which is much more formal sounding than my other addresses. This address can be found on the contact page of my main website. The title of my site is called DS106: Miss Amber May’s Blog, yet on the course blog, it is only seen as “DS106.” I figured out that it is only shown like this because the blog doesn’t show the tagline of the site. I didn’t want to include “Miss Amber May” again in the title because there is already an image in the header that conveys the same message. Last semester, when I first began customizing my website, I learned that Akismet is a lifesaver! Before I added it to my plug-ins, I’d began getting spam message after spam message, and by the end of that first week, I’d had at least 85 messages from random bots wanting me to buy their products! USE AKISMET! Although my blog may look finished, it is in no way finalized. I plan to continuously add entries to it, add more plug-ins if needed, and change the overall look in the future depending on if my personality changes (which it most likely will!)

The assignments for this week were a bit tougher than last week, but nothing to lose my head over…yet. I decided to knock out the GIF first (the same day it was issued) so that I wouldn’t have to worry about it throughout the week. The image is called “The Django Stare” and I got the idea from watching Django: Unchained with a friend of mine last weekend. I outlined how I created this image in Photoshop on a separate blog post earlier this week.


The 3 Daily Creates I made this week were Sunday’s (Create a Pun), Tuesday’s (Favorite Monologue Minus the 3rd Word), and Thursday’s (Photo of Breakfast Beverage).

For Sunday (“Punday”), I thought of a silly pun introducing a few works of Vincent Van Gogh seen below. I got this idea randomly as I was drinking my Beverage of Champions (see last Create entry below.)

For Tuesday’s assignment, I recited my favorite monologue from the movie Angels in America and removed every third word in the statement. During this scene, Belize explains to Louis how he hates the way America works and how society is forced to succumb to big businesses and those with higher social statuses.

“You know _ your problem _, Louis? Your _ is that _ are so _ of piping _ crap that _ mention of _ name draws _. Up in _ air, just _ that angel, _ far off _ earth to _ out the _. Louis and _Big Ideas. _ Ideas are _ you love.”__” is what _ loves. Well _ hate America, _. I hate _country. It’s _ big ideas, _ stories, and _ dying, and _like you._ cracker who _ the national _ knew what _ was doing. _ set the _”free” to _ note so _nobody can _ it. That _ deliberate. Nothing _ earth sounds _ like freedom _ me.You _ with me _ room 1013 _ at the _, I’ll show _ America. Terminal, _, and mean. I _ in America, _, that’s hard _, I don’t _ to love _. You do _. Everybody’s got _ love something.”

The last Create I made was a photo called “Breakfast Beverage of Champions,” which is a picture of my favorite beverage…water. Okay, so maybe it isn’t my favorite, but since it’s all I can afford at the moment, then it’s the best drink on the planet!

This week was busy, but in the end I came out on top with a successful website that accurately reflects my personality, three sensational daily creates, and a GIF that could stop a varmint in its tracks! Bootcamp was tough, but I’m tougher! Bring it on, next week!!


The Begining: DS106


Welcome to my new blog,! Incase you didn’t know, my name is Amber May (I also go by my alias “Foxy Lee”.) I came into this course thinking it was going to be totally rad, and, after a week of doing some of the projects, so far I think I was right!

I can see why the first week is called “bootcamp.” There was a good amount of content to be learned and a lot of adjusting to the new way of teaching (I’d never taken an online course before.) But now that I’ve had this period to adjust and figure out the type of assignments I’d be performing, I can now start exploring the things I can do with this material! I was already a step forward in the game since I’d already created a website for my Writing Through Media class. All I had to do was create a new subdomain to house my new course work. One of the other initial assignments was to create a youtube page to upload the Daily Creates. Once again, I was ahead in the game because I’d had a youtube channel since 2008 that I would constantly update. I decided to use this channel rather than creating a new one so that the other students in the class could not only see my daily assignments, but they could also take a small look at my voiceover work if they were interested.

Speaking of the Daily Create, after my first few experiences with them, I feel that I’m gonna LOVE them! Remember “Show and Tell” from elementary school? I like to think of these assignments as just that in the sense that it’s a chance for me to share some of my interests and goals with the class. I had fun with the first video assignment, and I think it gave a little taste of the type of person I am, but I ended up making 2 errors. The first problem was that I forgot to introduce myself, and the second problem was that the instructions were to “fabricate a story,” which I didn’t do…woops…

This week wasn’t too bad of a bootcamp for me since I’d had 55% of the content already done. I think the one problem that I’m going to have to learn how to overcome this semester is the fact that I have trouble managing my time, and I end up stubbornly trying to do all the assignments at one time instead of staggering them throughout the week. (This usually results in me burning myself out.) As long as I maintain a positive attitude and listen carefully to the instructions, I’m sure I can pull through. BRING IT ON, DS106! Amber “Foxy” May is gonna give it her best shot this semester!