Monday, March 10, 2014
Thing 17: Coding
Given this impressive background (ha ha), when I read "Coding" for this assignment, I figured, why not? Besides, my husband happens to be a coding guru, so I figured if I was too overwhelmed by this assignment, I could always count on him to talk me through it. That said, after some preliminary exploration, I realized that I was underestimating how easy some websites make this! No need for graph paper :-)
Unfortunately, though, I must sadly admit that I failed in my original goal for this assignment.
I scanned through several of the resources listed in this assignment, and when I saw the movie poster option, I thought: Eureeka! Of course I assumed I would be clever enough to transform it into what I actually wanted - a poster for an upcoming author visit I have scheduled for the end of the month.
After reading through Mozilla Thimble's easy instructions, I realized all I had to do was cut portions of "code" out of the set template and enter my new text and graphic. Honestly, I had expected more flexibility with the program. But I had already started, so I went ahead and finished it. I pulled in a gorgeous photo a friend had emailed me a few weeks ago and had fun dreaming up my cast and crew. However, the hardest part was finding a way to insert the image in this blog! I played with the web link Mozilla gave me, but it would only insert a text link. Then I Googled how to create a thumbnail, and spent probably twice as much time finding a program to successfully do that than I spent "coding" the actual project! I ended up using ScreenGrab, which I think is also a Mozilla appplication.
Anyway, here's my poster. It may not be animated like my nifty pirate gun of yore, but it sure looks a lot better!! In all seriousness, though, I'm hoping to wade through more of this assignment at a later date to see if there is something I could use to generate cool graphics in the future. But for now, this will have to suffice for my second foray into the mysterious world of coding...