Class website

So for my photo gallery I made an interactive website for our class. I used a site called weebly.com to do this. It is very easy to make a site there because most of the elements are drag and drop, no coding required.

To make the gallery interactive I first needed the profile pictures of everyone from the class, I just clicked on everyone’s blog and saved their profile picture, four people didn’t have on though. Once all of the pictures were in the gallery it was just a matter of making sure that the pictures were hyperlinked to the correct person’s blog. The site is running on weebly for free to look at.stuff

 

Bitcoin back at it again

If you’ve had the pleasure to talk to me you know I like watching the cryptocurrency market. Mostly because I’m waiting for the day that it all comes crashing down. Now I don’t think that cryptocurrencies are all that bad, they’ve actually caused some interesting advancements in the tech world. I just don’t like these coins because they make one of my favorite hobbies very expensive, PC gaming.

Now for a while it seemed as if the altcoin market was going to crash. Not completely mind you, just to a point where it would negligibly impact the GPU market. The price of Bitcoin, the market leader in most expensive single coin, had dropped from almost twenty thousand dollars to about six thousand dollars earlier this year.CMC.PNG

But, it seems as if Bitcoin is bouncing back. The price has risen to just over eight thousand dollars. In fact in one day the price rose one thousand dollars, the last time the price rose that quickly Bitcoin reached its highest price per coin of all time. Luckily it seems the price per coin has been hovering at eight thousand. Lets hope it doesn’t rise any higher to entice new miners to snatch up more GPUs and lead to an even worse shortage.CMC2

Data story links

My data story was about the rise of cryptocurrency and its impact on the graphics card market. In short its because you can make money off of cryptocurrencies using graphics cards leading to a shortage.

The first of my sources that I used to explain this was a John Oliver video where he explains cryptocurrencies using comedy and simple comparisons so people can understand what they are.

I also used an article by Polygon, a journalism site specializing in video games and tech, that explained where the GPU shortage comes from and what retailers are doing about it.

One of my final resources was an article by Forbes that advises GPU owners on how to turn a profit using their graphics cards. It does a good job of explaining how people can make money off of cryptocurrencies to those who are unfamiliar with the process.

Where’s Travis? an internet address

As much as I love the internet and everything it offers I actually don’t use it that much to hang out on social media. Personally I find it to be a waste of my time because if I’m going to hang out with someone online its going to be in a video game, or at least in a VOIP where many people are playing different video games but still talking to each other.

Now I do have social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter, but don’t expect to find me on there more than five times a year. If you want to find out what my interests are you can read a paper I put together on tweeted times about most things I like. Now if you are trying to find me in a more professional environment you can find my profile on LinkedIn for my past and present job experience.

Now where can you find me if you want to get a hold of me to talk and hang out? You can find me over at Discord.

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Discord is a VOIP by gamers for gamers, DM me at KyotoGrayWolf#8545.

 

Ashley Jenkins and The Know

As many of you know, I like to watch The Know for much of my game and tech news. One of my favorite reporters they have is Ashley Jenkins.

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Ashley joined the Roosterteeth family in 2014 when she created The Know alongside Meg Turney. Since then Meg has moved on to other projects but Ashley remains at The Know with Gus, Mica, Jon and others. Ashley can be found on twitter @AshleyJ posting about her favorite videogames or projects she is working on at Roosterteeth. She can also be found on instagram @Jinxcellent posting pictures of herself and her boyfriend Burnie and most recently her new hobby, armor smithing.

Another great way to find Ashley is through The Know’s page on Roosterteeth.com or through their own twitter @RT_TheKnow where news in the gaming world and tech world are posted every day.TK.PNG

Ron French on Betsy DeVos interview

Recently Ron French curated a story for bridemi.com about the 60 minutes interview with Betsy DeVos over the state of Michigan schools, as well as gun control, and her bad reputation. The interview was… well… it wasn’t good, it was in fact pretty bad. DeVos stumbled through almost every question that was asked and really showed how much she didn’t know about Michigan schools.

What was good was the way Ron curated the story using links to previous Bridge articles to let readers get extra information on the story that they might not know. A good article he links to is Michigan’s K-12 performance, but many other links in the article are used.

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Other than links directly in the article to relevant stories on Bridge there are also links in between the breaks to sources that were used to create the article. A good link for those who are looking to find out more about their school districts is Stanford University’s district comparison chart.

Aggregation for the computer nerd

As many people know by now, I enjoy the tech and video game world. Keeping up with all the new games is a tough task considering you not only have to keep up with the consoles but also the developers and publishers. The tech world is even harder because new advancements are made every day. One way I keep up is through the website Reddit.

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Reddit is a site where any topic you can think of has a dedicated page. If you’ve heard of it, so has Reddit. All you have to do to start getting posts about your favorite topics is subscribe to their subreddit. Local news? r/Michigan. Politics? r/politics. Videogames? r/gaming. That is the naming convention Reddit uses, r/ what ever you want. And the subreddit I visit most often, r/pcmasterrace.

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r/pcmasterrace, or pcmr for short, is the subreddit for all things computer. Originally started as a subreddit to provide information on how to build gaming computers and why they are inherently superior to gaming consoles, pcmr has grown into something quite a bit bigger. A place to show off new computers, new industry advancements, talk about the latest games, and still find advice on how to ‘ascend to the glorious master race’.

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pcmr is not purely news, but it is set up like a news paper. Sunday comics, breaking news, ads for businesses and products, and even fluff pieces, you just have to look at the tags. Even better than a news paper though is the ability to discuss the posts with like minded individuals which is done in the comments section of each and every post.