As our eleventh hour of this course approaches, I’m experiencing a twinge of sadness. Part of that is because this has been the saddest season of watching “The Wire”. It’s hardest for me to watch the kids and how messed up their parents and their home lives are. Namond’s mother wanting him to be more like his father, the “good soldier” who worked for the Barksdales and watching kids who hold their food stamp cards and manage the family finances is tough...
Category Archives: Weekly Summaries
What a fun fortnight, re-imagining things as we re-mixed and made mash-ups! Here’s what I did these last two weeks:
I watched Season 4 episodes 5-10 and summarized them here:
I don’t know about you, but after watching all these episodes of The Wire, I feel like this:
4 TDCs ( 2 each week):
8.5 Stars of Mash-Ups:
Season 3, episodes 11, 12 Season 4, episodes 1-4:
I watched ‘em all. For the third time. I’m hooked on The Wire and it’s all Jim Groom’s fault.
My favorite highlights centered around the recurring theme of reinvention and adaptation (flex) of our favorite characters: The final culmination of B & B’s relationship, ending in mutual betrayal and Stringer’s death. Also, it’s the end of Season 3. Also, it’s the end of Idris on The Wire...
Here’s what I did this week, delving into the realm of video:
2 Daily Creates:
I made a new video assignment: That Bleeping Censor
10 stars of video assignments:
Let me just say this. I love how Jay Landsman speaks so eloquently, reads porn, and eats like a barbarian. He’s a more honest portrayal of McNulty. No personal ambitions cloaked in self-righteous lofty goals, no falling off the wagon because he never got on it. Pure honesty. What you see is what you get. You might not like it, but there it is. Fred Flintstone with a badge.
Okay, here’s what I did this week:
Season 3, Episodes 5, 6, 7: I sum...
Another good week, and we’ve hit the mid-point of the semester! The group radio show project was a success, and all the pieces have been hung together in a single final product for our group, “Wire Buyers”. Here’s my work for this week:
Episode Summaries for “The Wire” S03:E02,03,04: “Just Turn it Sideways” – my take on the best episodes of this season, where the Hamsterdam concept gets implemented.
Radio Show P...
I couldn’t listen to the commentary broadcasts on ds106 Radio because of scheduling conflicts, but I was able to download and listen to them on Saturday morning instead. I lined up the video in one window and started the commentary in another and synched them that way so it made for a really good viewing/listening experience...
a.k.a. Week Six Summary
I had a blast doing Design Week! I wasn’t sure how it would differ from other visual aspects, but now I understand that it’s the application of concepts and intent plays a role. Here’s what I did this week:
Episodes 9, 10, 11 summarized here: Done on the Docks: Ziggy’s Goose is Cooked
Thingen Werken und Stuffen: The Design of Things Photoblitz – I enjoyed looking for good, bad, and failing designs...
It was a good week! Fun assignments, good community interactions, and the focus on visual aspects was fun.
Continuing my original list of prequel questions, I’d like to add another item: What is the background on the relationship between The Greek and Spiros? They don’t seem like father and son, but there is some mileage there, and I’d love to know that story.
Oh, and what’s up with that Pi tatoo on Nick’s neck?
Highlight of the week:
While I’m puttering away on a Saturday afternoon, polishing an audio assignment for the week, I get this Tweet:
How cool is that? I quickly fumbled to get into ds106 Radio to listen to a charming conversation between two delightful people whose accents tell me they’re from “across the pond”. Talking about our audio projects this week that they’ve been following. Then they played some of them. OUR stuff...