Haven't figured out how to change active class of carousel...any ideas?

This is the 2nd rendition of my personal portfolio.

Active should be a selector, not a class.
You typically don’t even need any JavaScript to style an “Active” item.

For example to style an active link you can use the CSS rule:

a:active {
background-color: yellow;

If you need further assistance, please explain the exact HTML element you are trying to make active and what this is supposed to do.

Is the active class strictly for coloring? I thought I needed it to signify which slide to start on. Or, if active is absent, does it just start on the first slide?

Looked more closely. Looks like this class is being applied to the dot as you go through the carousel:
.carousel-indicators .active {
background-color: #333;

You can examine the dot in Chrome’s web inspector to see that.
All you have defined is a color, so yes it is only adding a background color… However, the Bootstrap JavaScript is doing a lot behind the scenes here. I believe it uses the Data Target component for the JavaScript, but I am not sure it’s difficult to say what the framework is doing exactly.

I am not sure which version of Bootstrap you are using, but it looks like it uses the data slide for ordering.

    <li data-target="#myCarousel" data-slide-to="1"></li>
    <li data-target="#myCarousel" data-slide-to="2"></li>

http://www.tutorialrepublic.com/twitter-bootstrap-tutorial/bootstrap-carousel.php In addition to the data target.

hmm…I think I just need to walk away from this for a bit. I’m just going to remove the active class for now and see what happens.

I think I figured out a lot of my issues. I’m using codepen and the quickload feature they have loaded bootsrap 3.3.7 for CSS and 3.2.0 for JS.

I am glad to hear you are making progress in figuring out your issues.