Join us in a Digital Climate Strike

With fires raging in the Amazon, hurricanes ripping across the Atlantic, and typhoons flooding Japan, our planet and our climate are sending us a message: We can no longer continue with business as usual.

The week starting September 20th, 350.org is organizing a Global Climate Strike, in association with Fridays For Future, to show global leaders that the time to act is now. Alongside the people walking out of workplaces, schools, and homes around the world, 350.org is organizing a digital climate strike. Websites participating in the digital strike will promote the physical strikes in the lead-up to the date, and partially block themselves to users on September 20th itself. That is where you come in!

Starting today, you can opt into the digital climate strike with your WordPress.com site, showing your commitment to this critical topic and spreading the word about the event. Between now and September 20th, your site will display a small climate strike banner. On the 20th, it will transform into a dismissible full-screen overlay.

WordPress.com site owners can head to My Site > Settings. At the top of the Settings menu, you will see a toggle switch — flip it on to join the digital climate strike.

Other WordPress sites can also join the movement by installing the Digital Climate Strike plugin from the WordPress.org plugin repository.

After the day of action, the banner will automatically disappear (or if you’ve installed the plugin, it will automatically disable) and your site will return to normal.

Together we can make a difference, and we hope you’ll join us in supporting this movement.

WordPress.com and Fiverr Partner to Launch “WordPress.com Fundamentals” Course

Getting your new business website ready for launch? Want a little hand-holding — a step-by-step tutorial on setting up a WordPress.com site from start to finish, that you can work on at your own pace and on your own time? “WordPress.com Fundamentals,” a comprehensive video course created with our friends over at Fiverr, walks you through all the fundamentals in 90 minutes.

The course covers the basics of setting up a business website, but anyone new to WordPress.com can benefit from lessons on how to create an account, set up a site, customize a theme, publish content, and share it on social media. It was developed by WordPress.com Happiness Engineers with years of experience guiding thousands of new WordPress.com customers in chat, email, forums, and concierge sessions, so you know you’re getting expert guidance from people who know every WordPress.com tip and trick.

The entire course is just $31, which includes unlimited access to all the course materials, quizzes, and downloadable resources. Take it all at once, or learn at the pace that works for you — the course is divided into bite-sized chapters that you can refer to as many times as you need.

Students are also eligible for a discount of 25% on WordPress.com plan upgrades! So if you’ve been hesitating to explore the advanced features in the Premium, Business, or eCommerce plans, the course gives you both a great introduction to the ease and power of WordPress.com and a lower-cost way to try them out.

To get started, head over to the course page on the Learn from Fiverr website. Click on the green “Buy Course” button, and follow the prompts to create an account and purchase the course. And until the end of September, get 30% off the course fee by entering coupon code learnwordpress at checkout.

And if you do take the class, let us know what you think. Fiverr will send out a survey to all students after completing the class, so be sure to fill it out. We want to know what works for you, what you’d like to see more of, and where we can improve.

The Second Edition of Our “Learn User Support” Workshop Is Open for Signups

Back in January, we partnered with Support Driven and launched the first version of the Learn User Support Workshop, which helps women in the Asia-Pacific region develop the skills they need to succeed in a technical support role. We had 24 students enrolled in our first cohort.

Today, we’re happy to share that the next edition of the Learn User Support Workshop will launch on August 19, 2019. The course is entirely web-based — there’s no need to travel anywhere to attend — and completely free. So if you identify as a woman, are based in the Asia-Pacific region, and are serious about a career in user support, this might be a perfect match for you.

Building a better, bigger workshop

The strong positive feedback we received from our students earlier this year, as well as the increasingly long waitlist, inspired us to improve the course content and to design it to accommodate more learners. 

What topics will we cover? As a participant, expect to learn how to…

  • Develop your own support philosophy.
  • Build successful troubleshooting strategies.
  • Manage challenging interactions.
  • Implement productivity tools.
  • Optimize your approach to applying and interviewing for jobs in support.

This six-module course will start on August 19 and will run through September 29. We will publish a new module every Monday, and each learner will have one week to complete it. We’ll include lots of hands-on work, and by the end of the course, each participant will also develop a résumé and portfolio site on WordPress that they can then share with potential employers.

Meet your friendly organizers

As for your teachers, the people who lead this workshop are Automattic Happiness Engineers — master communicators with deep, wide-ranging experience in distributed technical support. 

Automattic, which offers the workshop, is a fully-distributed company — there are more than 930 full-time Automatticians spread across 70 countries and speaking 88 languages. We serve users from every corner of the world via products like WordPress.com, Jetpack, and WooCommerce, among others

As people who believe in the benefits of distributed work, we love helping remote professionals level up their skills. Our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion leads us to look for ways to make the tech sector more representative of the wide and varied world it serves. As a result, this virtual workshop will equip Asia-Pacific-based women who are — or want to become — support professionals with skills that are specifically tailored to the demands of remote work.  


Registration for this cohort is now closed.

Make sure to sign up to be notified about future course offerings from Automattic.

CLICK HERE TO GET NOTIFIED!

The Final Project

So unfortunately this is the final assignment for this class and it is a bummer because I had a lot of fun making these projects and working on the assignments from home but reviewing the work in class.

However regarding my final project, I really wanted to get out of my comfort zone when it came to editing and to shooting a montage like video because I am used to editing videos that don’t really require more than a couple minutes to a couple of hours editing.

Originally me and a couple of friends were planning on going to Willamette Pass over the weekend and shooting some snowboarding videos because it was their first time and I wanted to get some footage of that. Unfortunately because they weren’t able to get the day off that idea was shortly ruined.

So initially after finding out the news I had a tough time and I struggled with ideas of what I could do instead. So instead of doing a “first time trying snowboarding” video I tried to do a montage like video instead.

After looking back at the footage that I captured I was kind of disappointed with the amount of footage I had captured that day I went up to Willamette Pass. Regardless of the footage I did the most with what I got and overall the final video came out looking better than I had initially thought it would. And just as a quick side note, I tried capturing some go pro footage but that was tough because I had no clue how to work those things let alone even know if they were recording.

Ultimately, I am happy with the editing of the video but I think that the footage could’ve been way better if I had actually taken the time to get more cinematic and more close up shots to really have had more footage to work with. Overall though I had a lot of fun with this project.

 

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Have you ever felt like an adventurer lost in the woods?

Hello everyone who has found there way to this small part of the Web! This Term I enrolled into the MUL 101 class here at Lane, I’m sure some (if not most) of you reading this did too! Hello classmates, I hope you enjoyed the project as much as me. This was a fun challenge and I’m sure it pushed all of us in our creative minds to make something that would stand out and say that’s your piece. While I’m eager press the play button on my little piece I would like to take a short moment to talk about this video and all the successes and hurdles that mt team and I ran into along the way.

It’s hard to start a project off on an entire week of snow and little sun. My theme didn’t really revolve around snow so I had to wait out the passing storm. Also, working with more than one or two talent can be difficult to schedule around. When we finally found the time, we only had one day to shoot the video. With the shots being outside, and limited time, there were no opportunities to replicate the lighting or sound such as that sunny day in the midst of the strange winter weather we’ve had. I also learned a hard lesson that day: always pack a backup battery. This limited the amount I was able to film, however, with these challenges I, and the talent, persevered.

There was also lots of fun to be had in the making of this video. Putting together costumes and applying light makeup on the talent, as well as equipping them with their props, was a new experience for some – but they all looked great! Our original location was closed because of snow, but changing it to Hendricks Park in Eugene, OR was a perfect replacement. The light snow coverage was a nice touch which gave an extra layer of fantasy flavor. Overall, it was a great time for a hike with friends and family to produce such an entertaining video.

I plan to produce a longer version with the talent in order to share with them the skills I am learning in class to build a team and collaborate with other creatives I know. I have learned many things in this class and it will be great to share this knowledge with them so that their creative fantasies can come true too. Now I know we’re eager to press play and I’m sure this is around 500 words or so…now sit back and enjoy A Trolls Toll.

Project 6 – Krista Ortiz

For this assignment, I wanted to focus on educating and informing the audience of the video about suicide prevention. When I thought about this assignment, I initially wanted to do voice audio over the video. I planned my videos out and I had intended to get a lot more people involved in this video. However, because of strained time I did what I could. I decided, since I didn’t have as much film as I thought, to do text over the words. I feel like this was more effective in getting my message across.

I thought I would have this video be purely informational, but I decided to take it in a informational and inspirational route. I wanted to create a video that was informative to those who don’t know a lot about suicide, but also comforting to those who are struggling with their own mental battles. Overall, I feel like my video skills could be improved to create a better quality film, but I am learning. This assignment definitely challenged me to go outside my comfort zone and do a project that I normally wouldn’t have done.

When I had to find the right audio, I had a difficult time finding something that was solemn and inspirational. I decided to find two different songs and fade from one to the next. I feel like this worked to deliver the effect that I wanted. The video was a bit complicated, once I got into post-production, I realized that some of my videos were grainy and that’s because I had the ISO up too high. Trying to fix the exposure didn’t help much at al, but it allowed me to get the same look for each video clip. The other mechanical aspect that I struggled with was doing transitions for all of my pieces. One thing fades into this, which fades into this, etc. I know how to use cue points, so once I figured out that, it was smooth sailing from there.

This assignment had its ups and downs. There are definitely some things that I would’ve changed or refilmed if I had the chance. However, I feel like for my first ever project in Premiere and my first ever information film, it turned out better than I expected. I enjoyed filming something that I am passionate about and I think I finally understand why filmmakers enjoy their craft so much!

By: Krista Ortiz

Cartoon Flipbook / Starting a brand

I attempted in making a cartoon flipbook out of film from soccer season where a teammate of mine scores a great free kick goal. I first downloaded the file from a website that has all of our game footage. I then cropped the video to the desired length. In order to get the “flipbook effect” I opened the video clip in photoshop, which created every individual frame from the 10 second video. There was about 300 frames from the 10 second video, so I had to delete frames by 10 in order to get the flip book effect. I then opened each individual frame in photoshop and created them into cartoons. I then had to place the frames into movie maker to created the animation. I then shortened each image to 0.1 seconds to get the animation speed I desired to make the player look as if he was moving. The whole process took longer than a month to complete, but the video was too short. Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y60-hyspzQg

Lucky, I was working on a separate video during the same time with my best friend Cody Eastwood. He was in the video from the P5 project. Him and I are starting a brand called Tushei. Tushei is a word we created that means “Doing something that is extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration” For instance, you would say “That was Tushei dude” or ” That sh*t’s Tushei”.

Tushei is officially trademarked by Tushei Co. which is the company/brand we have created. Our mission is to bring back what it really means to be young, wild, and free. Doing what we love to do with no worries, because that time in our lives was Tushei.

Tushei Logo

We first started on instagram, youtube, and twitter making various videos of us having a great time and just enjoying life, really describing what Tushei was all about. Once we had a decent amount of followers, we released stickers along with a free sticker giveaway contest where to enter you had to tag 3 friends. We ordered 200 stickers of various colors and sold 1 for $1, or 3 for $2. We gave away some stickers and place them around Eugene creating a advertisement video. At the end we had 100 stickers left and sold out in a week in a half. If you do the simple math, we made close to $100 in sticker sales. Here is the video to our sticker commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUkTNkQW1aI

After the video was released, we really started to gain a following on instagram getting close to 330 followers in just 3 weeks. We then proceeded to come up with t-shirt designs for summer and just released our Origins Collection, which is the first ever clothing Tushei has dropped, hence the origins in the name.

We opened a pre-sale 3 days ago and already have close to $150 in sales. We are looking to send T-shirts out and have them available to the public buy March 31st. You can follow our journey on Instagram @tusheico

Coming Back Home – P6 Project

For this I wanted to capture a very dramatic action sequence with a rustic character. I had originally played a shoot to film it all live, but sadly that wasn’t able to go through. Even though it didn’t go as planned I settled on animating. I’m already a little familiar with animation programs, and I draw almost everyday. So not only was it easier for me, but the whole process was a lot of fun. Once I got my story idea settled everything went so smoothly and well. It’s almost perfect. I might take some free time and work on it on my own since I had so much fun with it. The story is super cliche and over done but it fits and with a lot of fleshed out drama I can bring out some comedy aspect to it. Which is was I was going for.

The Dash – Final Project

The Dash

A poem by the famous Linda Ellis

This poem was read to me on my 2nd day of impatient rehab. Waking up at 5 am and going into the breakfast hall for morning lecture and coffee. There, at the podium, stood one of the largest black guys I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. He played for the Raiders back in the day. He stood with his chest out and blurted out the poem. He said it with such grace, you could tell he had it memorized.

As the people in the video, who have also experienced the emotional and physical fireworks brought on from this poem, know the power of each word. The poem in itself is just words strewn together, but when you think about the meaning behind a simple line, it can change the way you look, see, and feel about the world.

For me, hearing or reading this poem brings tears to my eyes and a heavy weight to the heart. I have seen and experienced things that I wouldn’t even believe. But today, with the help of the people in the video and the community that I have and the family that I belong to, my dash is what I live for. I live to make people smile, to bring joy to those in despair, and bring light where there only seems to be darkness.

The poem also reminds me that life is not all about the amount of materialistic things that I have, the money in my bank account or any of the things that leads away from living a spiritual way of life. To help others, to serve others, to be a part of others lives, to learn, to love, to laugh, to be, not only the man that I would like to be but the human being that I need to be.

The Dash is a poem about how one lives between their dates. It shows the humanity in all of us and the evils that hide. It shares the message of community and the absence of selfishness. The Dash reminds not only me, hopefully, that there is so much more to life than just things, life is beautiful and one should live it with a smile and an open heart to all.