About David Weintraub

David Weintraub is a full-time instructor at the University of South Carolina's School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He teaches courses on visual communications and entrepreneurship. David has a background in professional photography, nonfiction writing, and editing.

Inserting video from YouTube

Inserting video from YouTube or Vimeo is simply a matter of copying and pasting the URL from the video page….This happens to be the famous opening sequence of Orson Welles’s 1958 film Touch of Evil, done in one continuous take.


Adding visuals to your post

Uploading images to WordPress’s Media collection (under Manage in the Dashboard) is an easy way to have them available to insert in your blog post….Use the Add > Media menu and select the images you want. Be sure to follow all copyright restrictions and credit the source.

Gustav Klimt: The Kiss, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, University of Vienna Ceiling Paintings (Medicine), detail showing Hygieia




https://www.wikiart.org/en/gustav-klimt, 11/9/17

Copying text from the web

Here’s an example of how to copy and paste text from a website into WordPress. Make sure you follow all copyright restrictions and credit the website you use, including the date of access:

To His Coy Mistress

Had we but world enough and time,
This coyness, lady, were no crime.
We would sit down, and think which way
To walk, and pass our long love’s day.
Thou by the Indian Ganges’ side
Shouldst rubies find; I by the tide
Of Humber would complain. I would
Love you ten years before the flood,
And you should, if you please, refuse
Till the conversion of the Jews.
My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires and more slow;
An hundred years should go to praise
Thine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze;
Two hundred to adore each breast,
But thirty thousand to the rest;
An age at least to every part,
And the last age should show your heart.
For, lady, you deserve this state,
Nor would I love at lower rate.
       But at my back I always hear
Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.
Thy beauty shall no more be found;
Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound
My echoing song; then worms shall try
That long-preserved virginity,
And your quaint honour turn to dust,
And into ashes all my lust;
The grave’s a fine and private place,
But none, I think, do there embrace.
       Now therefore, while the youthful hue
Sits on thy skin like morning dew,
And while thy willing soul transpires
At every pore with instant fires,
Now let us sport us while we may,
And now, like amorous birds of prey,
Rather at once our time devour
Than languish in his slow-chapped power.
Let us roll all our strength and all
Our sweetness up into one ball,
And tear our pleasures with rough strife
Through the iron gates of life:
Thus, though we cannot make our sun
Stand still, yet we will make him run.

Spotify playlists

Teaching at course at the University of South Carolina Honors College on Modernism in literature, music, and visual arts. I’ve created playlists of the music we are listening to, starting with Beethoven, Brahms, and Wagner, and ending with Coltrane and Ellen Taafe Zwilich. Here are some examples (click on the green Spotify button to get started):

In my next post, I’ll share the assignments, so you can play along…;-)

Test of Graphics File Formats

I’ve decided to test various file formats for graphics to see how they upload to my site. This will help my students create their own sites and populate them with content.

We know the JPEG file format works great–here’s an example, taken in Martinsburg, VA:


How about other formats? Here’s an example of a resume for Sherlock Holmes, created in Adobe InDesign and saved as a PNG.

In the PNG dialog box, make sure Quality is set to “Maximum” and Resolution is set to “300 ppi.” Also make sure the “Anti-alias” box is checked:


Here’s a simple monogram logo I made in Adobe Illustrator and exported as a PNG (File > Export > Export As). Make sure the “Use Artboards” box is checked in the Export dialog window, otherwise you may get extra white space. Use High (300ppi) Resolution in the PNG Options dialog window:


Do PDF’s work? You can upload a PDF file, but WordPress simply creates a link to the file for users to download, so the file contents do not display on your page:


What about video? To upload a video file, you need a premium version of WordPress. But you can embed a URL from Vimeo or YouTube and your video will show up on your WordPress page. Here’s a link to a video I made that’s on Vimeo:

And here’s a link to a video I made that’s on YouTube:

Of Whales and Birds

Provincetown, at the tip of Cape Cod, is a mecca for anyone interested in whale watching. The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is about an hour north by boat, and this is where large numbers of humpback, fin, and minke whales routinely congregate for the summer.

humpback whale

Humpback whale near Provincetown, Mass.



whale02A whale-watching trip is also a great opportunity for birders seeking pelagic species—sea birds not commonly seen from shore. Large numbers of these birds will often congregate with feeding whales, hoping to snare small fish and squid churned up in the roiling water.

humpback whale and birds feeding

Herring gull and great shearwaters feeding with humpback whale

Shearwaters are the species most commonly seen from the boats, but storm petrels, jaegers, kittiwakes, and Northern fulmars have been spotted too.

In August 2006, I had the good fortune to be on a whale watch that also produced large numbers of shearwaters—mostly great shearwaters with the occasional sooty shearwater. Great shearwaters breed in the southern Atlantic and migrate north for the summer.

humpback whale feeding

Humpback whale feeding

This summer (2014) the waters around Cape Cod have been teeming with Cory’s shearwater, a summer visitor from island nesting grounds in the eastern Atlantic (and perhaps the Mediterranean as well).

On a whale watch in July, we had good numbers of Cory’s, great, and sooty shearwaters, so I learned how to identify each species. We may also have had several Manx shearwaters, the final member of the quartet of possible species, but I’m not sure I saw them.

great shearwater

Great shearwater, Puffinus gravis. Note the dark cap and black bill.

Cory's shearwater

Cory’s shearwater, Calonectris diomedea. Note the heavy yellow bill.

All in all, it was a wonderful day on the water, and I highly recommend the trip to anyone interested in whales, birds, or both!

whale watching near Provincetown, Mass.

There go flukes!

The Gardens of Provincetown

Walking through Provincetown is one of my favorite things to do in late spring and early sumnmer. At the tip of Cape Cod’s “bared and bended arm” (Thoreau), this historic fishing village and art community is home to some of New England’s loveliest homes and gardens.Provincetown garden

Commerical Street runs the length of the village, and fronting this narrow thoroughfare in the residential East End is where you find many of the most picturesque scenes.Provincetown garden

Combined with peek-a-boo views of Provincetown Harbor, this walk gives you a chance to peer into people’s front yards, which at this time of year are often ablaze with color.Provincetown garden

Some of the homes are elaborate, with manicured lawns, whereas others are emblematic of the term “beach shack” in its finest sense.Provincetown garden

As you near town center, the private homes morph into shops, restaurants, and art galleries—giving you other reasons to explore this ever-changing part of Cape Cod.Provincetown garden