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My Contributions to the DS106 Assignment Bank

Final Project: Special Agent Terrance “Fitz” Fitzhugh

Daily Create

12/6/14

The Wire

This week I finished up Season 4. I was both happy and sad with the end of season 4. While Namond’s story got better, Randy, Michael, and Duquense’s stories both got worse. Mayor Carcetti also turned into a “real” politician by choosing himself over the children in his city. I liked how Omar stayed true to himself throughout all of the seasons, but then, surprisingly, I was sad to see Bodie get murdered. I think it’s because as an audience we had seen Bodie grow up and kind of mature and towards the end, there was even some hope instilled in us that he might leave the game. I was also surprisingly proud of McNulty. He also changed and grew throughout the various seasons, and I like the the dynamic he creates with Bodie since they are both characters from the first season that really saw how everything played out. Overall, The Wire has been a very depressing, intriguing, and somewhat addicting show. What started as a somewhat forced watching of the show turned into a genuine curiosity for what was going to happen to the various characters. Out of the four seasons, I think season 1 was my least favorite since it took a few episodes to really get the plot moving. Season 4 was probably my favorite, even though i think it was the most sad because the although the kids’ lives are awful, it’s fascinating to see how and when this drug culture develops. The Wire was much better than I expected and it’s not only because it had great visuals and audio and writing but also because it reflected issues we see today. Although it’s not entirely current since now everyone has smartphones, but the overarching issues are still prevalent in today’s societies.

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Somehow There’s Never Enough Time.

Assignments

Mashup Total: 12 stars

1. Movie Trailer Mashup (4.5 stars) The Divergent Games

2. Movie Mashup (4.5 stars) The Divergent Games-Poster

3. *The Wire* Inappropriate Laughter (3 stars) Omar’s Testimony

Remix: 7 stars

Remix 

Kinematic Typography Remixed Subtle Switcheroo (7 stars) 11th Doctor’s Quote

As done by Fitz

Total: 6 stars

Honest Video Game (3 stars) Mario Kart

Animal Dance Off (3 stars) Animals Can Also Sing

Proof he shared them with his friends:

Daily Creates

Week 13

Ds106 Words of Wisdom

My Day in Facebook Stickers

Week 14

Brownies

What’s the thinker’s plan?

2014-08-31 18.13.33

Brownies

Only a few more hours until i can make brownies and drown myself in their chocolately goodness.
Do Not Touch The Pie


The Wire

Season 4, episodes 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 (week 14)

Learning about the children’s lives has been a really fascinating change of pace for the show. Before it was more about the police officer’s lives and the drug dealers’ lives but now it’s more about the other people that are affected by the drug dealing game. The kids so far have shown that in good environments they can behave like normal children, but once they are thrown into the intense situations that comes with drug dealing, they loose their innocence. We also see much more politics in these episodes as Carcetti is running in the mayoral primary and ultimately wins. The politicians have an enormous amount of influence on the drug rings as well, it just depends on how they want to use their power to change the city.

 

*Although it isn’t an excuse, due to my final version of my senior thesis being due on Dec. 1st as well, I did not have time to go comment on other people’s works. I also left out how I did my assignments on most of their individual posts. However, I can say I exclusively used iMovie for the videos and Pixlr for the images I created. This is also why my analysis for The Wire episodes is not very in depth. I can assure you that I did watch all of them though.

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2 for 1

Assignments

Total Stars: 18

1. Swede (4.5 stars) worked with Maggie: Much Swede.

2. Video Essay (5 stars): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl1BqPCZJNI 

3. Movie Scenes That Changed Your Life (5 stars): TV Scenes That Changed My Life

Tv scenes that have changed my life-VideoAssignments442 from Jessica Reingold on Vimeo.

4. Activity Time Lapse (3.5 stars): Basic Braid Time Lapse

Live Tweeting

Wednesday (11/5) at 9 PM

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Daily Creates- 2 per week

1. 11/3/14

TDC1030- Caption it!

Beaver Family Portrait

2. 11/4/14

Thesis Writing

Written by Jess Reingold, @jessreingold on November 4, 2014 5:52 pm

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I very much wish
My thesis were a haiku
Then it would be done

3. 11/14/14

Geek Magnetic Poetry: The Era of the Dragon

4. 11/15/14

Jess’s Flag

If I were to have a flag, this is what it’d look like. A little complicated, but very representative of myself.

Final Project

Character: Special Agent Terrance “Fitz” Fitzhugh

Avatar

Bio

Facebook

Linkedin

Flickr

Twitter

(Google Spreadsheet)

Wire Watching

Intensity, Awkwardness, Politics, New Leaf, Just Business, New Realm, Boxing.

Intensity- Omar and Brother Mouzone teaming up and killing Stringer, and Johnny dying, the girls in Prez’s class fighting and slashing one girl’s face

Awkwardness- Herc walking in on the mayor getting a blow job

Politics- Carcetti is freaking out about how he very well may loose the mayor race, but when a key witness dies, he takes the opportunity to call out Mayor Royce on not listening to him about protecting witnesses.

New Leaf- Bubbles has been trying to get his new business partner to go to school, McNulty doesn’t get full out drunk and is actually there for Beadie and her kids

Just Business- I cannot believe both Avon and Stringer betryed each other. I just that’s just the nature of the game. Now the Avon is in jail and Stringer is dead though, it looks like it’s time for Marlo to shine. I was also surprised that Marlo joined the Co-op with Prop Joe, but good for him! I wonder if the violence will tone down now…

New Realm-School! I love the childrens’ story lines. It shows just how much the drug trade trickles down. I think it’s also very cool that Colvin has decided to help study them. I also think it’s interesting how Prez decided to be a teacher. He doesn’t quite seem tough enough to teach these inner city kids, but I think once he earns their respect then he can really guide them, or at least teach them math.

Boxing- I love that Cutty has got his gym up and running and that it’s transformed into a proper gym. I think he’s a great influence on these otherwise troubled kids. I hope between him and Prez, they can make a difference in these kids’ lives.

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Whirlwind of a Week

Reflection on Fritz Lang‘s masterpiece M

Look, Listen, Analyze: Dennis and His Boxing Gym 

Assignments

Total: 14 stars

1. Silent Moonrise Kingdom=4.5 stars

2. Emperor’s New Groove in 5 Seconds= 4.5 stars

3. Omar Little-Pumped Up Kicks = 5 stars *Contains plot spoilers for the Wire*

Scene Analysis:

Daily Creates: 2

1. 10/27/14: What’s in a Name?

Written by Jess Reingold, @jessreingold on October 27, 2014 11:18 pm
I think I got lucky with my name...or maybe my mom is just really good with words....see my name, my first and middle name at least, flow nicely. Apparently I'm named after my aunt since her name started with a J and one of my grandma's aunts who was named Claire. Did i ever meet these people? No. They both died both I was born. I suppose it's nice that my parents named me after relatives, but I kind of want to know if it's because there was pressure for them to do so, or if they actually picked the names Jessica and Cliare and then just "said" I was named after these people. I don't think i'll ever ask them since my dad tends to get touchy about issues dealing with my relatives. Nevertheless, I think I got lucky, and honestly, if you're going to have kids, make sure you give them nice or cool names, don't let be THAT kid that gets made fun of for a name they didn't pick.

2. 10/31/14: Halloween Oranges

Inspires: 2 

1. Inspired by Setting Fire to the Rain

2. Inspired by Video Games

The Wire: Season 3, episodes 8, 9 & 10: Moral MidgetrySlapstickReformation

WHAT A GREAT THREE EPISODES!! So much happened but I really wanted to focus the crazy events from the 3 episodes.

1. AVON KNOWS. I cannot believe Stringer told Avon that he set up D’Angelo’s murder. I think this just further shows how much they growing apart since I don’t think Stringer would have told Avon unless Avon had egged him on like he did. They have different ideas of what success is and where they want their lives to go. Avon is all about the corners and the gangster life. He knows how to do and he’s pretty good at doing it too. Stringer wants to become a businessman and actually get into legitimate business deals. He wants to run Baltimore, but through property instead of product.

2. WHY PREZ. Prez was doing such a great job and he really is talented at finding patterns and doing the behind the scenes work as a police officer, but for some reason he has anger issues or severe anxiety when working in the field. I’m not surprised he messed up again since he really shouldn’t be allowed to carry a gun, but then once we found out he shot another cop, that just made everything much worse. I wonder if his character will eventually leave the show now…maybe the actor wanted to leave so they wrote it in… They really should send Prez to therapy instead of prison, or maybe both.

3. Scummy Councilman. I really don’t like that the councilman Carcetti is going to go behind his friend and not tell him he’s planning on running for mayor too. However, that’s politics I suppose. I understand the strategy behind it, but it’d be nice to see him take the high road even though I know he’s only running for mayor for the good of Baltimore anyways.

4. D’Angelo’s mother: I am so glad D’angelo’s mother is sticking up for herself. While I do think she made the wrong decision to convince D’angelo to take the years, you can tell that she really did love her son, and she will not stop until she gets the truth about her son’s death. I cannot wait for her to find out it was Stringer. I hope that divides B & B.

5. Omar and his Grandma: The Barksdale crew is just so low. I agree with all of the gang’s opinions and that they shouldn’t have shot at him while he was with his grandmother and going to church.

6. THE TRUTH ABOUT HAMSTERDAM. Bunny Colvin is probably my favorite character right now. I thought his plan was genius, and I love how he timed it out with his unused vacation time and his retirement coming up. He’s very clever. I also thought it was great how Rawles gives Colvin credit for doing what he said-to get the number’s down- and how Rawles admits it was a genius, although illegal plan. Furthermore, I like how Colvin doesn’t bring down his team with him, he takes all of the hit on his idea, as he should. I kind of wish Burrell was more understanding, and interestingly enough, I think the civilian letters actually did help with Burrell and the Mayor’s reactions to the idea. Although we didn’t see it, I bet they both looked at the letters and were glad that they citizens were happy and felt safe for once.

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#inspired #art

This week we had to look at the works that our classmates did that inspired us. A lot of the works that I was going to post, were posted by other people, (they beat me to it!!) but that was alright since I have definitely been inspired by more! It was also really nice to see that my work had inspired other people. It definitely made my week a little better. :)

Reflections on Works That Inspired Me (includes the work I submitted to the ds106 Inspire site)

1.  #inspiredbysound

Work: The Great Barksdale by Maggie Stough

2. #inspiredbyminimalism 

Work: Minimal TV Poster by Meredith Fierro

3. #inspiredbycolors

Work: Wire 106 Radio by Nicky Memita

Radio Show Live Tweeting

I live tweeting The News Hour radio show on DS106 radio on Wednesday night from 9:00pm-10:00pm

Radio Show Reflection

The News Hour aka The Dark Comedy on DS106 Radio

Daily Creates

1. UMW Lights (10/22/14)

2. Ice Skating Mountain Side (10/23/14)

The Wire

Season 3 Episode 5: Straight and True

“I had such fuckin’ hopes for us.” – McNulty

I’m glad Colvin didn’t give up when the runners and hopper didn’t agree to go to “Hamsterdam.” I thought it was brilliant of him to go to the mid-level dealers since they are the ones the cops can actually get in touch with and the ones that have enough power to move their businesses down to Hamsterdam. With business starting up there, it seems like Colvin’s plan will actually work!

The epigraph was great for this episode because it’s really telling of a twist that the writers are adding into the plot. McNulty has been neglecting his actual assignment to work on tailing Stringer Bell, however, what he finds is that Stringer has been making a lot of legitimate money and that he can’t actually build a case around him. This is a great twist by the writers because since season 1 McNulty has been obsessed with taking down Stringer Bell, and has in the past been able to connect bodies or drugs to Stringer in some fashion, but now the only thing he can definitively tie to Stringer is legitimate retail. He tells Stringer when he tries to confront him in one of Stringer’s many businesses that he “had such fuckin’ hopes for us,” meaning he was looking forward to eventually bringing Stringer in and making sure he got sentenced.

Season 3 Episode 6: Homecoming

“Just a gangster, I suppose.” – Avon Barksdale

I cannot believe Avon got out so early. It’s ridiculous. Avon is having a hard time adjusting to this new Baltimore that has developed since he went to prison. He doesn’t understand why Stringer has made an alliance with the other high up drug dealers and he doesn’t understand why Stringer has been focusing on legitimate business instead of focusing on the corners. Even though Stringer and Avon call themselves brothers, they are definitely splitting apart and I kind of want to see them split apart because I want to see what that would do to the Barksdale Organization.

Bunk is still trying to locate the missing police gun as well as figure out how Tosha got shot. He knows Omar has something to do it but cannot find any details. I feel like Bunk’s approach to talking to people who could help him is actually the least severe of the officers and yet the people he talks to don’t ever cooperate. There is definitely an emphasis on this when we see the close up shot of Tosha’s mother (presumably) flick away Bunk’s card on the table.

When Bunk finally gets a chance to talk to Omar, Omar refuses to help, but then Bunk’s little monologue about the neighborhood they grew up in was great!! You could tell how great it was by the changes in Omar’s facial expressions. He was feeling more and more guilty the more Bunk talked.

Season 3 Episode 7: Back Burners

“Conscience do cost.” – Butchie

I’m glad Omar did eventually help Bunk out by giving him the missing gun. Now we can finally move past that plot point!! I love how Omar has such a deep conscience. There aren’t many characters on this show that seem to have one. Meanwhile, Avon is going behind Stringer’s back which is interesting….I wonder that whole thing will play out later since Stringer is not concerned with the corners but Avon really does want them.

Carver looking for the kids in Hamsterdam is probably the best thing he has ever done in show. I love how he was explaining the kids who aren’t needed in the game anymore as unemployed and how they deserve some compensation. I also thought it was great when he bought the basketball hoop for Hamsterdam. You can tell that even though he likes to go around “busting heads,” he really feels for the kids who haven’t necessarily chosen that life style but are surrounded by it. Unfortunately, we see later that Hamsterdam consumed the basketball hoop. It was down and tagged by whoever.

The ending scene where Bubbles is trying to sell his t-shirts in Hamsterdam was moving. Hamsterdam is chaotic and unorganized and dangerous and probably the worst place in the city right now since it is just filled with druggies and drug dealers. The drug users are high out of their mind since the product is so easily obtainable down there and we see that it bothers Bubbles especially since he sees Johnny is one of those guys that has way too much drugs. Bubbles even tells Johnny to take a break, but he won’t listen, so I suspect Johnny will end up dead soon. The scene in general is really telling of what would happen if you stuck all of the drug dealers in one place. Obviously it is better than having them terrorize innocent residents, but at the same time Hamsterdam is almost like a hell on earth type of situation, and honestly, if the police allowed violence then i’m pretty sure they would all kill each other off.

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Missing Visuals

On the one hand it’s great to not have to worry about video or images when it comes to working with audio but since it’s not quite my forte I will say I am glad we are finished with the radio show. Here’s what I did this past week for week 8:

Daily Create

It’s AUTUMN

Commercials for Radio Show

1. It’s a Kodak Moment in the House!

2. Dunkin Donuts

Radio Show 

In addition to making the commercials and making a promo poster, as I mentioned on last week’s weekly summary, I blogged about our group’s progress and I did the final editing for the radio show. In order to put everything together, I downloaded the clips from SoundCloud and followed Alison’s outline for the show to make sure everything was in order as I imported the clips into Audacity. Once in Audacity, I cut out any unnecessary silent bits between the audio tracks in order to cut down on awkward pauses and on time. I originally made a version of the radio show that had much less music and cut down on the radio bumpers in order to fall between the 20-30 minute time limit, but as a group, we decided that we wanted all of the content we had made, so I put the original audio tracks for those parts back in. I’m happy with the way it turned out and am impressed by everyone’s creativity in making these commercials that show the product placement in The Wire. 

The Wire

Season 3 Episode 2: “All Due Respect

This is the episode I joined Jim and Paul on for a video discussion. I had a lot of favorite moments during the episode. First,  liked how clever and cunning Omar is. He really brings some entertainment to an otherwise dangerous and scary situation such as holding up your enemy’s place. Another favorite moment was when Pooh and Bodie run into Carver and Herc at the movie theatre. What made this so great was the the cops were very awkward during this scene and didn’t know how to respond, whereas the drug dealers were friendly and had accepted the fact there is this odd relationship between the them and cops. What was great is that it showed both parties that the other guys do have live outside of work and criminal activity.

The best part of this episode though has to be when McNulty and Bunk don’t realize Cheese was upset over a real dog, instead of a “dog,” when he was talking on the phone. McNulty and Bunk jumped to conclusions and underestimated the drug dealers yet again. Cheese may not be the brightest but he wouldn’t talk about killing someone that blatantly. In addition, this whole plot line showed that Cheese does have compassion for living things. He was genuinely upset over his dog, much like Bay was genuinely upset over his fish in season 1. These men are in a terrible environment but they aren’t serial killers or sociopaths.

Also, Colvin’s speech a the end was on point.

Season 3 Episode 3: “Dead Soldiers

In this episode we got see a rare side of Omar. Omar has been wanting to get back at Stringer for quite some time now, but as he learned, revenge has its price. We actually saw fear in his eyes during the shoot out instead of him bringing fear into other people’s eyes. When his friend was shot, because of his plan, we also saw him be truly sorry for what happened to her. Unlike Stringer and Prop Joe, Omar has remorse and understands that he pushed his friends too far.

Colvin has been surveying his district looks for places where drugs can be in ” paper bags.” I find it interesting how he is actually serious about turning a blind eye on the drug dealers. I’m excited to see if his team will carry out this idea for him and if the drug dealers will comply since they have been known to be very territorial.

Season 3 Episode 4: “Hamsterdam

Like I suspected, Colvin’s team isn’t too happy with “legalizing” drugs within a certain area. However, it is just a a part of Colvin’s plan to round up all of the drug dealers into one area and then make a massive sweep to get them all at once away from residents and schools. As I also predicted, the drug dealers are also not happy with the idea that the police have proposed for them. They don’t want to leave their corners. They don’t want to leave the familiarity of their spots, and of course they wouldn’t since they have the advantage in a place they know like the back of their hand. In addition, they also point out the fact the police are changing the game on them, which would also make them nervous. They know this system. Hide the drugs when the police are around, resume business when they leave. Moving to a new place where drugs are “okay” would be odd for them. There would be more direct competition and less skill involved with the craft (in terms of the secrecy.) I do hope they move though in the next episode just because I want to see Carver and Herc freak out as they can’t go over and beat up people in the proper drug zone.

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More and More Audio

Group Work

This week our group set up a Google Doc where we have our idea written down for our radio show, and where we have the division of duties for this past week. Since our radio show is backwards, in that the show is the product commercials and the breaks are when music is played, I was in charge of finding some songs for the musical breaks. I found this site called TuneFind that has the songs featured in tv shows and movies. They the various songs used in different episodes of The Wire, so I think we are going to pull our song choices from there. I also signed up to be in charge of the Kodak and Dunkin’ Donuts commercials for the radio show. Maggie created an assignment where you make a product ad for a radio show, so I am definitely going to do that assignment next week for the radio show and to count towards my stars.

Promo Ad

Wire Buyers Promo

Assignments

Total: 10.5 stars

1. Movie as RadioAnd They Lived Happily Ever Aca-After = 3 stars

2. Spooky Sounds: Halloween is This Month!! = 3 stars (I created this assignment)

3. Sound Scapes: ITCC Sounds = 4.5 stars

Daily Creates

1. TDC 1004, 10/8/14 Evil Guinea Pigs: Guinicula Pig

2. TDC 1005, 10/9/14 (Don’t) describe #wire106: Taking Artistry to a New Level

“The Wire is a reality tv show similar to Project Runway where artists are the contestants on a show that will ultimately land their work in a prestigious art gallery if they win. Each week is a new challenge using different materials and each week someone goes home. There are guest judges, guest clients, drama, fights, and tears. There are bruises and empty coffee cups as these talented artist fight to create the next biggest masterpiece. Although every week presents new problems and challenges, especially with the medium of art they must work with that week, what remains consistent throughout the show is that the final 3 contestants must make their finally gallery pieces out of wire. Hence the name of the show.”

The Wire

Season 2 Episode 12:Port of Storm

This episode wasn’t too surprising. We all knew that Sobatka was going to end up dead and that Omar was going to go after Brother Muzone. I’m really glad that Nick FINALLY got his path straight and talked to the police and gave them all of the information he knew and pointed out the proper “The Greek” to the police. I also really respected Omar in the episode. When he found out that Muzone didn’t actually mutilate Brandon, he called 911 and left him alive. Omar may be brutal but he does have the right kind of morals in a way. I kind of wanted to see Omar go after Stringer…just because then I think Stringer would have finally met his match. What’s nice about this finale is that pretty much the full case was closed. Yes they didn’t get the higher up greeks but they did solve the 14 murders, which was definitely a relief. I do hope eventually we’ll see the Greeks come back for some reason and then get rounded up.

Season 2 Episode 12 with Commentary

I definitely felt the tension and curiosity in this opening scene that the director and editors wanted to convey while the workers are finding out that Sobatka is dead. The shock also seems very in character for them, so instead of being all dramatic and sobbing, they just cannot even express what just happened. The opening sequence also shows the same attention to detail and lighting and emotion that the opening sequence for episode 12 has. The actors do an amazing job portraying the characters and how they would appropriately react to the situations and how their body language would be. I didn’t realize how important everyone’s eyes were and the way that their eyes can communicate so much. I thought it was hilarious how the police wouldn’t talk to Nick when he wanted to turn himself in, and it took a few minutes for the cops to listen to him. It’s also funny how classy the Greeks seem to be compared to Avon and Stringer. It just shows that the drug world is incredibly dynamic. I did agree with the commentators that the interrogation room scenes are definitely not visually stimulating but there’s this stigma of that in interrogation rooms mean interesting and important details because you always hope the criminals talk. It’s nice that the director didn’t cut the little details that play into the other story lines going on in the background while the main plot lines progress. It’s super cool that the docks were actually live and in use while they were filming.

Season 3 Episode 1: Time After Time

What’s interesting about the beginning of season 3 is that it seems like it really should have been season 2. McNulty is hyped on tracking down Stringer Bell again they found out he has a connection to Prop Joe who had a connection with the port people in season 2. He’s kind of reverted again to being his obsessive self…it’s also clear that everyone else on the team is ready to move on even though they haven’t completely finished the job of taking down the remnants of the Barksdale Organization.Herc and Carter have also regressed back to their overly aggressive selves. It’s sad to see them go backwards in development.  Stringer Bell however is slowly moving on from the way Avon has been playing the game. Stringer wants to focus on the product instead of the territory which is a different strategy. It’s funny how much Stringer treats this illegal organization as if it were a business, and to some extent it could be run like a business, but it will never be legit. I almost want to see Stringer leave the drugs and pursue a real career, but I think he’s too caught up in trying to make this organization thrive.

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I’ve Always Wanted To Be A Designer

Assignments

Total: 16 stars

Total Wire related: 9.5 stars

1. Minimalist TV/Movie Poster, 3.5 stars: Minimalism Takes Detail

2. One Story / Four Icons, 2.5 stars: A Bag, A Duck, A Purse, and A Barrel…

3. Learning By Design, 3.5 stars: Upcycling v. Recycling v. Downcycling

4. Truthful Movie Poster, 3 stars: 2011: The Year of Friends With Benefits Movies

5. The Ultimate Merger, 3.5 stars: PJ & SB Goods

Design Blitz, blog post

Balance

Symbolism

Unity 

Typography

Daily Creates

Total: 3

1. TDC997 (10/1/14)
Water and Glass Moving, with a touch of purple light.

 

2. TDC 998 (10/2/14)

The Empathy Map of a Jess

3. TDC 999 (10/3/14)

Glass Board Tracing

The Wire

Season 2 Episode 9: Stray Rounds

The title of this episode really rings true, not only literally but metaphorically. Literally, there were stray rounds from the shooting between the Barksdale crew and the other local crew that ultimately killed an innocent child. Metaphorically, there were two major characters that ended up straying away from their original organizations. First off, Stringer is willing to double cross Avon in order to get into business with Proposition Joe. Moreover, Stringer is also willing to double cross Proposition Joe in his own deal. I predict that the Barksdale organization will no longer be the Barksdale organization, but the Bell organization. Second, the FBI agent is in contact with The Greek, but not in an investigative way. The Greek may have helped out the FBI agent with finding the Columbian drugs, but I have a feeling this is a mutual relationship so the FBI agent will eventually help The Greek if the Baltimore Police start finding out more information and putting more pieces together.

Visually, with this episode I tired to pay attention to the sets more. The detail office, although still a little shabby, is much better than the one from Season 1. The most intriguing set was definitely the hotel suite where the prostitutes work. The hotel suite was very elegant and had a vibe that they only has very wealthy clients coming to them. I think there was even a Mona Lisa painting in the suite.

Another setting is the funeral home that Stringer uses as the headquarters. We have seen this set before, and I always thought it was amusing that their new headquarters  is a funeral home, but this time I paid more attention to the details. They have the wooden cross with the jesus on it, and it’s very red. The way that the scene where Stringer is reprimanding Bodie and his crew was shot has it so that Stringer looks like he a pastor or someone that would lead a funeral service. The whole atmosphere is just the completely wrong place to talk about drug packages in.

Season 2, Episode 10: Storm Warnings

I love how the police are getting more high tech!! I like how we get to the incorporation of more computers and now GPS tracking! It was also hilarious to see them discover text messaging. However, the best part of the episode was also the most intense, which was when Ziggy became enraged and murdered Double G and his employee. It was very obvious Ziggy was upset when he did not receive the amount of money he thought he was going to receive, and we saw him taking out his anger inside of the stolen car, however, then we saw him snap. Watching this otherwise goofball character become a murder was pretty dark, especially when Double G began begging and Ziggy showed no mercy. However, after all of that, was the cool special effects of Ziggy walking back to the car and everything was swirling and blurring around him. The design of this scene was very much literal of how he was probably feeling, with all of that adrenaline running through his body. Throughout this episode there were also a lot of close up shots on Ziggy’s face while he was upset, and I’m not sure if that was for emphasis on how he was feeling, or especially on how he awful he feels after realizing what he has done, or if it’s a ploy to make us feel bad for him. Yes, he’s crazy and messes up and just killed two people, but nothing seems to go right for him, ever. Even though he really annoys me, I do hope we see more of him and that this wasn’t a just a way of writing him off the show.

Season 2, Episode 11: Bad Dreams

In this episode we see how important timing is. First, Daniels doesn’t know about Ziggy being arrested until a whole day after the fact. This messes up his case since now the emotional ties of Frank and Nick to Ziggy are weighing in on decisions. We further see how important timing is at the end of the episode when Frank is going to meet with the Greeks. Frank has told the police he’ll talk but they need to a lawyer there with him while talks. Frank is sure he is going to talk but then Nick comes in with a deal from the Greeks to make Ziggy walk and to make Nick and Frank disappear but with the cost of being in debt to the Greeks. However, as the paperwork is being processed and filed for Frank to talk, Frank takes too long to decide what he going to do. Consequently, the paperwork finished before him and the FBI agent who has some sort of deal with the Greek sees it and tells the Greek right before Frank is going to make a deal with him.

The way they shot this end scene made the whole situation very tense. There were back and worth shots from the paperwork going through the office, to Frank driving his truck over to under bridge. We saw Frank contemplating in his truck, we saw the office worker typing up the notice, we saw Frank walking over to the Greeks, then we saw the notice coming in on the FBI agent’s computer. The uncertainty of how the scene would play out was designed to keep the audience in suspense, and it did just that.

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Ah photo editing, it’s been too long…aka a week.

Photoblitz

Blog post: The Speedy Photography

Assignments Total= 12 stars

1. Multiply Yourself: 5 stars

2. Photo It Like Peanut Butter: 3 stars

Brewing Passion Ice Tea

3. 4 Lines, 5 Dots, 1 Curve: 4 stars

Minimalistic ice cream

 

Daily Creates

9/23/14: Make an un-cropped road sign

9/25/14 What is playing on 106 fm on your radio?


Live tweeting

I live tweeted Season 2 Episode 8 on Thursday night!

The Wire

Season 2 Episode 6: All Prologue

Before I mention some of the visuals that stood out to me, I just want to reflect briefly on the plot of the episode. 1. Omar is the best. I love how he never curses, and I think that says a lot about him. I also loved that he knew that Aries is the Greek God of War. Nicky seems like he’s going down the dark path, but i’m hoping he has a good reason for it since as the Greeks mentioned, he is very smart. It was also symbolic having Aries the Greek God of War mentioned since it appears that the Greeks are going to up their game. Lastly, I am very proud that D’Angelo officially separated himself from Avon, however, I am sad to see him go (since he got murdered and all), but it honestly was not a surprise at this point.

Now for the visuals. Despite my dislike for Ziggy, it was very cool to see his hundred dollar bill up in flames and slowly burn away. I thought that really symbolized not only Ziggy’s carelessness with money but also Stringer’s decline in the drug business.

I also visually liked the scene where the Greeks went to talk to Cheese about Ziggy’s debt. The part of the scene that was interesting and was nicely filmed in my opinion was the part when we see Nicky sitting in the car waiting for the Greeks. We see how curious he is to know what is happening outside, and so he moves into the light where we and therefore potentially Cheese’s crew can see him. However, once the Greeks pull out their guns, he back away into the shadows withing the car and we can no longer see him, and therefore Cheese’s crew can potentially no longer see him. I liked how the lighting with the light and shadow shows how Nicky is curious in doing shady business but then he has no interest in the violence that tends to accompany such business.

The last scene that visually stood out to me was the stare down between D’Angelo and Avon in the hallway of the prison. I love how the camera zoomed out from Avon, showing a physical distancing from Avon and how it zoomed in to D’Angelo’s face to show that he isn’t afraid of Avon and that he is not going to change his mind. Neither of them waved, and so I think it’s great to see someone actually challenge Avon for once, even though it meant D’Angelo’s death.

Season 2 Episode 7: Backwash

The fact that the funeral home has the option for having roses in the shape of a gun is just astounding. This scene made me sad since Bodie decided he wanted D’Angelo to have flowers in the shape of the towers, when D really wanted to get out of the game. Now even after death, he continues to be in it.

Speaking of D’Angelo’s death, I noticed that Stringer and D’angelo’s baby mama were wearing the same color at the wake. I’m not sure if that was intentional but I think it’s important because it shows that they are loyal to each other, which juxtaposes how D’angelo wasn’t loyal to the Barksdale organization since he wanted out. At the funeral as well, Stringer is clearly the top person in the Barksdale organization, and that he very well probably had something to do with D’s murder. He isn’t as  grief struck as the rest of the funeral attendees, which to be honest is not very surprising.

One scene that was intriguing visually was where Frank is talking with with Bruce in his office about the port’s budget. In this scene both of their faces have shadow of the blinds striping across their faces. I’m not entirely sure why this was a necessary element, but the only reasoning I can come up with is that they are both wearing veils, in that they are both hiding things. Bruce ma be hiding funding somewhere and Frank is hiding the fact he if he wanted he could get the money for some of the projects he wants on the port himself through the Greek’s organization.

I like the symbolism behind Nicky living in his parent’s basement. Whenever he goes down there, he is clearly too big for the space and it’s obvious he really needs to move out. It could be a metaphor for his job at the docks. He’s outgrowing it, and so he’s turning to work that isn’t quite as “straight,” such as stealing and drug dealing. I’m still hoping that once he gets away from the port area if and when he moves out, he’ll be able to be free from the whole shady environment. In this way he  kind of resembles a less frighten Wallace. If he could just get out and be able to be stable on his own, he wouldn’t be interested in doing illegal deals.

Season 2 Episode 8: Duck and Cover

This is the episode I live tweeted so just as it was weird to see an episode without visual, it was just as weird to see an episode without audio. How I tried to follow the plot was through body language. I really tried to focus on the characters’ emotions and facial expressions. I noticed that clothing also helped to reinforce certain characters’ personalities in this episode. Ziggy always has funky clothing to match his odd and wacky personality. Beadie is well tailored just like her suits, and she means business, but in a friendly kind of way. Bunk in his sweatpants is a chill guy basically all the time, unless he’s wearing his big coat, then he’s doing some intense detective work. Bodie has been wearing nicer clothing that has been of lighter tones, to symbolize he’s moved up in the ranks. Finally, in the last scene the Sobatkas are both in blue shirts and the Greeks are both in brown shirts, and that symbolizes that they are both very loyal to their respective groups.

The cinematographers make it easy for the audience to know what the writers want you to know. They zoom in on the specific people on the bulletin boards, they pan over the specific crate number, and they show you the telephone numbers that are tapped on the wire. They also film some of the scenes in such a way to make it feel like you could be there. For example, they put the camera right next to Bodie’s crew and focus out on the opposing gang as if we are are supposed to be on Bodie’s side. The camera also tends to be zoomed out to give us the bigger picture and what the scene looks like to the public, but then cuts into the personal conversations between Nicky and Ziggy, McNulty and Kima, and then McNulty and Bunk. It’s nice to get both of those perspectives because it allows the audience to remember that there’s a whole world out there that isn’t being shown in the plot.

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Audio is difficult.

Freesound

I made a Freesound account!

Live Tweeting

On Wednesday night I listened to Season 2 Episode 3 of The Wire on DS106 Radio and live tweeted it.

 Reflection to lecture

Here is my reflection post to the Jennifer Ralston interview: Sound is Under Appreciated

Assignments

Here are the three assignments I completed this week and links to their blog posts. Total: 7.5 stars

1.  Reverse Audio Quiz: 2.5 stars

Guess the song!

2. Sound Effects Story: 3.5 stars

The Last Chance

3. Create a DS106 Radio Bumper: 1.5 stars

D…S…106 Radio

Daily Creates

9/17/14-  Create your sorted books self-portrait

“Can You Tell I’m Writing a Thesis?”

9/18/14- We missed National Dog Day. Never Mind. 

Puppies on Campus!

Brainstorming the Radio Show About the Wire

This is what I came up with for a cool radio show about The Wire: Guest Stars From the Reality TV Show, The Wire

The Wire

Season 2 Episode 3

This is the episode I chose to listen to over over DS106 Radio. It was very interesting to just listen to the episode as opposed to watching it. I noticed a lot more of all the detailed sounds bits that go into each episode, such as paper crinkling, footsteps, rolling chairs, chewing, animals etc. This episode definitely had some foreshadowing to  it. The scene where the dog eats the rat, shows that someone is going to be eaten alive by someone else and the scene where Stringer makes a move on D’s baby mama shows that he is definitely not afraid to betray members of Avon’s family, despite Avon saying that it’s all about love. The dog and rat scene’s foreshadowing was played out in the ending of the episode when five inmates in the prison die from a bad package and the episode ending with Avon barely paying attention to all of the commotion in the prison and simply laying back and read a book. He is the dog in the episode and he eats those inmates alive and shows D that he even when he is in prison he still has control over everything.
As for Nicky and Ziggy, they make a deal to steal some cameras from the shipment and sell them to Greeks who will give them a portion of the profit they make off of them. Nicky will not partake in drug dealing like Ziggy but he doesn’t seem to have a problem stealing from his own port and risking the port’s integrity. I like to see where all of the new characters’ moral compasses lie and how askew some are compared to others.

Season 2 Episode 4 

The gang got back together. ^_^ I’m a little disappointed that Daniels chose to stay on the force since I thought it would be a cool idea to have him as a lawyer and working with the police but in a different way. However, i’m glad our crime fighting buddies are back together. This episode really told solidified the kinds of morals that Nicky, Ziggy, and Frank have. Nicky knows right from wrong, but he also wants to do better by his girlfriend and daughter, and he knows how to lay low. Ziggy is dumb and careless and obnoxious.  I hope he falls off one of the ships or something. Frank, however, really wants his port to get more business and abide by the law. I still think he’s hiding something, but he does have a pretty decent moral compass, especially since he almost got sick knowing that the girls that died were not an accident. Although, he could have started to panic because he might be tied to it…so we’ll see! The cinematographers do a really good job at enhancing all of the smoke coming from the various smokers, particularly Bunk who is always smoking a cigar. At this point i’m surprised he hasn’t completely keeled over from damaging his lungs. I also really enjoyed when McNulty was searching for Omar, and instead found Bubbles. It was good to see him again even though he didn’t stay clean. Omar has clearly become someone that nobody wants to talk about, so I cannot wait until McNulty is reunited with him and catches up with him. Lastly, even though I dislike McNulty as a person, I enjoy watching him as a cop and doing his detective work. He has a keen eye and makes sure he doesn’t miss any details. For example, the decoration on the coat that the Nadia was wearing in the picture matched the decoration on the coat in the evidence bag, so it must be hers, and McNulty caught that. He also goes the extra mile to find out what was in Nadia’s letter since it’s in another language.

Season 2 Episode 5

Finally Ziggy’s stupidity catches up with him. I happy to see that someone finally laid down the law on Ziggy. He chose to handle drugs and since he can’t manage them properly he ended up with a target on his back. I thought it was somewhat noble of Nicky to try to go talk the drug dealers for Ziggy and that he took his own money from the camera deal to put towards a place for his girlfriend and daughter. It makes me hope that in the future if he could finally get settled and have a stable, legal income maybe he would stop making shady deals, but alas he and his family continue to do so.

Meanwhile, D tells Avon he wants no part in Avon’s game or world anymore. I wish he had said that before he went to jail since I still think he has a good heart but it just always in unfortunate circumstances. Stringer is also not letting Avon be the ultimate boss of the operation now, so I am afraid he’s going to “off” D.

As we see in this episode, Stringer is definitely much more complex and intelligent than the drug dealing business shows. He is taking legitimate business classes and is getting good grades on his projects. I love how he could actually be a successful legitimate businessman but for now he is just applying what he learns to the drug dealing. We also have a scene where he is trying to pass on this business knowledge to the guys underneath him, the ones who actually handle the drug dealing. It showed that Stringer could definitely be a positive influence on these young men since they respect him if they weren’t caught up in this whole shady business.

Lastly, the audience knows that the Details on Frank and the Homicide case with the all of the young women are definitely connected somehow (possibly through the Greeks) but the police are still trying to figure out more information on their respective sides of each investigation. I find it a little sad how nobody wants to “get stuck” the 14 homicides since in my opinion it seems like it’d be a huge case and one that would be important to solve. However, as we have been reminded again and again by Rawls, the police work as a business too and they don’t want to have more unsolved cases than solved cases because it makes the force look bad.

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