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A Week’s Reflection : noitcelfeR s’keeW A

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen!

Once more, we have all made it to the end of yet another week. If you can’t tell by the title, I have had to spend the entire week reflecting on the past and doing some other interesting things. Well, enough of my babbling about the overall week; let me break it down for you!

The Wire

So much stuff happened in these past three episodes that was important. I’ll start by covering what I found the most interesting.

1. Avon is out!

So this happened. and it is not good at all! First of all, I knew there was going to be some conflict between him and Stringer with the way things were being run in the organization. As Avon stated, he’s just a gangster, while Stringer is a business man. With him now out, they seem to have two different ideas about how to run the organization. One of the more interesting things that I’ve noted is that Avon is appears to be entirely against the idea of partnering up with anyone. Truth be told, now that he’s back on the streets, it seems like he’s more like some of the other gang members (like Bodie, but with more experience). I’m not certain how things are going to go, but if he tries to stick with the old ways, I have a feeling Baltimore is going to become worse by the end of Season 3.

2. Questions about D’Angelo.

It seems that D is being brought up again, which is bad news for Stringer. At some point, I think Avon and the rest of D’s family are going to find out. As a matter of fact, I predict that it will be the end of Stringer if any of them find out the truth. It amazes me that it has already been one year in the show’s timeline since D’Angelo died. Furthermore, I believe someone is going to notice how Stringer gets pissed every time D’s name is mentioned. I feel retribution is coming to town, and it is going to be nasty.

3. Marlow, the New King

Marlow has already interested me since he showed up. This young blood seems to be about his business! Currently, it seems as though he has no plans of teaming up as he seeks to have the crown for the streets. However, a good point was brought up. In one of the episodes, he was speaking to the older gentleman who ran the rim shop. The point he made to Marlow was that there were plenty of young men that wore the “crown,” but died shortly after it. His response to that was that they had the crown, and that was all that mattered. This to me literally spells out that he will not be a long lived character if he keeps down the same path. However, I could entirely be wrong about that.

4. Lady problems…

McNulty and Kima seem to be in similar boats now. The only issue is that Kima is currently with her partner, and does not know how to balance work and home living. More importantly, she made it clear that she really did not want to have a kid. There seems to be a lot of differences between her and her partner, and I’m curious to see where this will go. Sometimes, it seems as though she is becoming another McNulty. Speaking of McNulty, he won’t quit on his chase will he? I wonder if he actually is done with his ex-wife or whether he was just fooling. As far as other bits of his relationship, I’m finding myself generally more and more uninterested. He just seems to be that guy looking to get some “cheap thrills.”

5. Vengeance cometh!

Omar is going to come back and get some vengeance. I am just curious to know when. He’s down one, and it is severely hurting his crew. To make matters worse, now he’s got the cops investigating, which means it will probably stall him a bit. I’m just waiting for his time to come.

6. Lastly (I could mention a bunch of things, but I’m just touching on the main things), Hamsterdam.

When the rest of the police force finds out about this place, they are going to freak out! This is not going to end well for the street or for the police. Sure it brings the murder rate down, but look at all the damage it is doing with drugs. It amazed me that Bubbs was looking at the place like, this was really bad. Junkies were everywhere and the kids were mixed in with it which made it worse. When the westside cops showed up, they were surprised when they had to not make arrests and return illegal goods. Again, if they were surprised about the dimension of chaos here, what are the higher ups going to say. They don’t even know about it!

Double Dailies

So here are 30 Doodles from today’s TDC. I rather enjoyed doing this one.

Each one is meant to be a series (going down).

1. Add one line and increment for each circle.

2. Draw a circle then increment for each circle.

3. Draw a square then increment for each circle.

4. Draw a triangle then increment for each circle.

5. Shade in part of the circle then shade a little more for each circle.

6. Make the circle go from white to black.

This was done on a small note card, so it made this slightly more challenging.

Changing the Past

This is an interesting question. I don’t think I would change a thing about my past. While my past is not flawless, I rather like that it has made me who I am today.

Most people would kill to have something like this, but I think I’d have to pass. I like how I am now, and changing anything in the past would affect the person that I am now.

Additional Thoughts on TDC’s

– These were both interesting this week. I really wanted to do the light one that was earlier, but I did not end up having the necessary materials. The Changing the Past TDC made me think a lot which was pretty good actually, but I rather enjoyed the 30 Doodles. I tried to make them similar in each column, and I think it turned out right.

Radio Show: Listen Up

This week I listened to Science and the Wire! Here were my thoughts on that:

1. The Discussion

Okay, so this is suppose to be about science; to most people that are not sciency, this would probably turn them off. However, the first major thing to note about this radio show is that these are not professors speaking; these are students, more importantly, they speak in common tongue. In other words, they made it easy to understand and explained everything very well. More importantly, the technical terms that they did use, they explained them in enough detail that it did not confuse, but rather brought the listeners up to speed. I’m rather impressed with how that went. Second, they made science behind the wire taps and surveillance pretty clear and it was actually very interesting. It brought up a lot of the realism in The Wire. I had one of those “The More You Know!” moments while I listened in. Kudos to this group! Not many professors can get that from me.

2. The Sounds

I did notice a couple of sound effects, specifically when different pieces of technology were mentioned. This was a nice addition to the radio show, and it added some more importance to each topic. It was also a cool feature to add into the show, and I liked the electronic sounds. I’m certain some people may not have liked this one as much because of a lack of music or other various sounds, but I thought the lack of sound helped focus more on the discussion at hand. For this show at least, less seemed to be more.

3. Commercials, Transitions, and Bumpers

All three of these were just good! The transition from the show to commercials via music was spot on. It made the flow of the show very smooth. The bumper was also spectacular as well. What I really enjoyed was the sound used for the transition. It was perfectly inline with the type of show. As for the commercials, those were awesome as well. I’m actually surprised they used a UMW-esque commercial (talk about free advertising). Overall, all of these really helped the transition and flow of the show. It was very well made and the group should be proud of themselves.

4. The Topic

Lastly, I think I should address the chosen topic. Now, I found this topic to be really interesting. I really enjoyed hearing about how all this stuff works in real life. I’m one of those people that looks into these kind of shows to see if they are using some realism in it or merely BS’ing their way through. This felt like one of those, “Behind the Scenes,” specials that you would see on HBO or something like that. To an extent, the group was sounding like professionals (which is good). I listened to the pre-show discussion, and it was nice to hear how the topic was picked. I am really glad to hear that the group managed to put this together with ease, and the quality came out really well.

Conclusion

If you are the kind of person who likes to hear about how stuff works, then give this radio show a listen! I think you will enjoy it, I know I certainly did. As far as first being the worst, this group said “%$&# THAT!!!” and made it awesome!

Additional Thoughts-  This was the only radio show I listened to, but if this was the pattern that others followed, I’m certain all of them were pretty darn awesome!

Inspired By…

http://www.kmahone247.com/assignments/visual/just-over-half-done/

This picture inspired me to go for creating excellent work. After I saw this picture, I decided I should probably step my game up and try to make some really awesome stuff. This picture was just designed very well.

Maybe this does not do for you what it does for me, but I rather enjoyed seeing this and it really did inspire me to up my game.

Congrats La Kisha Mahone; you’ve inspired me!

http://www.nixmemita.com/ds106/drawing-jim-groom/

Jim Groom just keeps showing up on this site, and I’m not sure how. Anyways, this is a pretty darn good drawing, even if it is not using huge details. It really shines in the fact that the picture looks just like him!

This picture inspired me to keep doing simple work because huge details are not always needed to make art. This drawing was just really awesome, and I am glad i saw it.

Congrats Nicky Memita; you’ve inspired me!

http://rambling.wafflestomping.com/ds106/giant-wafflestomping/

This one inspired me to make a picture of my fan for one of the visual assignments. Something about this large boot was just cool to me. Perhaps, the post that the author made, inspired me, I’m not really sure. One thing is certain, this was done very well and I really like how this was done.

Congrats to the Wafflestomper; you’ve inspired me!

Additional Thoughts – This really took me by surprise, but there was so much out there that the DS106 community has done that has inspired me. I can’t name them all, but these were the ones that stood out to me a lot. I rather enjoyed taking a look back at everything. Keep up the good work everyone!

Comment Justice

So, I finally started commenting on you all’s work: Here are some things I had to say, follow the URL’s to see what I said (formatting issues here, plus checkout the person’s awesome work!):

Nicky Memita

1. http://www.nixmemita.com/ds106/the-terrifying-guineasaurus/

2. http://www.nixmemita.com/ds106/drawing-jim-groom/

Quinntero

1. http://rambling.wafflestomping.com/ds106/life-mulligan/

2. http://rambling.wafflestomping.com/ds106/circle-the-wagons/#comment-4442

David Mercer

1. http://www.blindsidearchive.com/daily-create/mama-said-i-better-duck/

Lauren Brumfield

1. http://internet.labrumfield.com/glow-art/

Carmela

1. http://www.c-mitchell21.com/thoughts-and-ideas/rac-inspiration-3/

La Kisha Mahone

1. http://www.kmahone247.com/assignments/visual/just-over-half-done/#comment-5898

Alison

1. http://www.athoet.com/daily-create/lights-camera-phone-action/

Travis

1. http://www.tpeedhispants.com/assignments/little-objects-with-big-messages/

Imran

1. http://www.iahmed16celtics.net/daily-create/squirrels-in-my-dc/

Ien

1. http://www.verilyso.net/ds106/dc/emoji/

It was fun commenting on other’s work! Hope to see more awesome stuff.

Conclusion

So now we are here at the end of another week!

Tune in next time for more awesomeness!

:)

Inspire: Going for Excellence

http://www.kmahone247.com/assignments/visual/just-over-half-done/

This picture inspired me to go for creating excellent work. After I saw this picture, I decided I should probably step my game up and try to make some really awesome stuff. This picture was just designed very well.

Maybe this does not do for you what it does for me, but I rather enjoyed seeing this and it really did inspire me to up my game.

Congrats La Kisha Mahone; you’ve inspired me!

:)

Inspire: A Wild Jim Groom has Appeared!

My drawing of Jim Groom. #dailycreate #tdc992

http://www.nixmemita.com/ds106/drawing-jim-groom/

Jim Groom just keeps showing up on this site, and I’m not sure how. Anyways, this is a pretty darn good drawing, even if it is not using huge details. It really shines in the fact that the picture looks just like him!

This picture inspired me to keep doing simple work because huge details are not always needed to make art. This drawing was just really awesome, and I am glad i saw it.

Congrats Nicky Memita; you’ve inspired me!

:)

Inspire: Boots Made for Stomping

http://rambling.wafflestomping.com/ds106/giant-wafflestomping/

This one inspired me to make a picture of my fan for one of the visual assignments. Something about this large boot was just cool to me. Perhaps, the post that the author made, inspired me, I’m not really sure. One thing is certain, this was done very well and I really like how this was done.

Congrats to the Wafflestomper; you’ve inspired me!

:)

1st is the Worst… Right?

Hello ladies and gentlemen!

Earlier this week, I got the opportunity to listen to Science and The Wire (the first radio show up this past week). I have to say, for the first one up, this was an awesome show, and here are some of my thoughts about it.

1. The Discussion

Okay, so this is suppose to be about science; to most people that are not sciency, this would probably turn them off. However, the first major thing to note about this radio show is that these are not professors speaking; these are students, more importantly, they speak in common tongue. In other words, they made it easy to understand and explained everything very well. More importantly, the technical terms that they did use, they explained them in enough detail that it did not confuse, but rather brought the listeners up to speed. I’m rather impressed with how that went. Second, they made science behind the wire taps and surveillance pretty clear and it was actually very interesting. It brought up a lot of the realism in The Wire. I had one of those “The More You Know!” moments while I listened in. Kudos to this group! Not many professors can get that from me.

2. The Sounds

I did notice a couple of sound effects, specifically when different pieces of technology were mentioned. This was a nice addition to the radio show, and it added some more importance to each topic. It was also a cool feature to add into the show, and I liked the electronic sounds. I’m certain some people may not have liked this one as much because of a lack of music or other various sounds, but I thought the lack of sound helped focus more on the discussion at hand. For this show at least, less seemed to be more.

3. Commercials, Transitions, and Bumpers

All three of these were just good! The transition from the show to commercials via music was spot on. It made the flow of the show very smooth. The bumper was also spectacular as well. What I really enjoyed was the sound used for the transition. It was perfectly inline with the type of show. As for the commercials, those were awesome as well. I’m actually surprised they used a UMW-esque commercial (talk about free advertising). Overall, all of these really helped the transition and flow of the show. It was very well made and the group should be proud of themselves.

4. The Topic

Lastly, I think I should address the chosen topic. Now, I found this topic to be really interesting. I really enjoyed hearing about how all this stuff works in real life. I’m one of those people that looks into these kind of shows to see if they are using some realism in it or merely BS’ing their way through. This felt like one of those, “Behind the Scenes,” specials that you would see on HBO or something like that. To an extent, the group was sounding like professionals (which is good). I listened to the pre-show discussion, and it was nice to hear how the topic was picked. I am really glad to hear that the group managed to put this together with ease, and the quality came out really well.

Conclusion

If you are the kind of person who likes to hear about how stuff works, then give this radio show a listen! I think you will enjoy it, I know I certainly did. As far as first being the worst, this group said “%$&# THAT!!!” and made it awesome!

Changing the Past

This is an interesting question. I don’t think I would change a thing about my past. While my past is not flawless, I rather like that it has made me who I am today.

Most people would kill to have something like this, but I think I’d have to pass. I like how I am now, and changing anything in the past would affect the person that I am now.

 

My response for today’s TDC!  I’m rather fond of interesting questions.

30 Doodle!

30 Doodle

So here are 30 Doodles from today’s TDC. I rather enjoyed doing this one.

Each one is meant to be a series (going down).

1. Add one line and increment for each circle.

2. Draw a circle then increment for each circle.

3. Draw a square then increment for each circle.

4. Draw a triangle then increment for each circle.

5. Shade in part of the circle then shade a little more for each circle.

6. Make the circle go from white to black.

This was done on a small note card, so it made this slightly more challenging.

Hope you enjoyed!

Let me know what you think!
:)

It is Live!

Radio Show

Now this was truly interesting. Throughout the past couple of weeks, I worked in a group to develop a radio show. The development was pretty good! We used Audacity to fully record our conversations, and create the commercials that were in the show.

I was responsible for editing the final question, and I was responsible for creating the rehab commercial. The music in the commercial was the song from FFX: Besaid Island (I have no idea why I chose this one in particular; it sounded rather peaceful). The sound effects in the last question came from freesound.org, the specific mentions for those effects can actually be found in the last question segment. Here are the credits to those sounds:

ngphil22- www.freesound.org/people/ngphil22/sounds/233318/

MentalSanityOff – www.freesound.org/people/MentalSan…f/sounds/218318/

I personally think everything came out well, and we put a lot of work into this. It was very fun meeting some of the people in this class as well. On a random note, Jim Groom showed up on the first day that we met as a group; what a coincidence!

My final thoughts – MY TEAM IS AWESOME!

 

Most Interesting Week!

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen!

This has been the most interesting week of ds106. Let’s not break tradition, and let me get this show rolling.

The Wire

The Wire keeps getting more and more interesting with each passing episode. For starters, the story behind the homicide rate in Baltimore keeps getting more interesting. First, the fact that they had to relieve one of the officers in charge of reducing the murder rate was an interesting move. The person they got to replace him seems to have a lot of work in his hands. I don’t really like his solution for trying to solve the problem by getting the gang members to move further down so they are out of their jurisdiction; it just seems, underhanded. Speaking of underhanded, I really don’t like that one guy who is trying to run for mayor (can’t remember his name, but he is new this season). He is the definition of a weasly character, and that puts him on my $#!% list already! Lastly, this entire predicament just rings of bad news going forward.

Speaking of bad news, what’s up between the Lieutenant and the lawyer? I completely did not see that coming. More importantly, if I’m not mistaken, Daniels is married, which to me, makes this more despicable. It just gives more dirt on his name (which he has a lot of dirt on his name already). Furthermore, with McNulty knowing about it, I smell trouble ahead. Then again, that is just me.

Continuing with family business, I’m beginning to notice that Kima is not adjusting greatly to the family thing. I was surprised to see her by the train tracks, hanging out with McNulty. Furthermore, she seems to be gathering some of his bad habits. It is interesting to see her and her partner’s interactions at home; based off of those actions, I have the feeling they won’t exactly be together for a long period of time. Speaking of which, I caught her giving that one lady a rather “McNulty” look while she was at the bar. I foresee even more trouble.

Even more trouble has arisen between the Barksdale Organization and Omar and his crew. First, I felt bad that Omar’s crew is now short a character; you could see that the entire group felt the pain of losing her. I know they are going to get some revenge for this. The Barksdale Organization also is getting more involved with the plot I see, especially Stringer. McNulty seems to be going after him again. I’m curious to know how long Stringer will last without Avon being there. Between gang members that can’t hold their own, “40 degree days,” and issues with finding territory. I am very curious to see whether or not everything will still be together when Avon finally gets out. I am surprised that he is getting probabtion; the guards really did not want to give it to him.

I am finding this season to get more and more interesting.

Still Doin’ My Dailies

Carl Cattler now sees nothing, but the eyes of the tiger. The tiger lunged forward and ripped his head clean off. What happened next was a bizarre feat that no tiger has ever accomplished. The tiger then mounted his head on a wall and stairs into his eyes; the tiger looks deeply into them, almost as though it is attempting to see into the life of its recent victim. The eye of the tiger is all Carl can see (if he could see at all really), and it is the thing that peers back into his very soul.

What was once Carl Cattler is now Carl the Deceased.

This was for today’s TDC!

I know it is really grim, but that was the first thing that came to mind. I decided to get slightly creative with the head mounting, but that still is quite creepy. Maybe I’m feeling inspired by the upcoming Halloween… I don’t know.

Further Thoughts – This one was really just done in the Halloween spirit. Or perhaps I have a truly twisted mind (cue evil laughing). Nah, but really it was done in the Halloween spirit.

Radio Show

Now this was truly interesting. Throughout the past couple of weeks, I worked in a group to develop a radio show. The development was pretty good! We used Audacity to fully record our conversations, and create the commercials that were in the show.

I was responsible for editing the final question, and I was responsible for creating the rehab commercial. The music in the commercial was the song from FFX: Besaid Island (I have no idea why I chose this one in particular; it sounded rather peaceful). The sound effects in the last question came from freesound.org, the specific mentions for those effects can actually be found in the last question segment. Here are the credits to those sounds:

ngphil22- www.freesound.org/people/ngphil22/sounds/233318/

MentalSanityOff – www.freesound.org/people/MentalSan…f/sounds/218318/

I personally think everything came out well, and we put a lot of work into this. It was very fun meeting some of the people in this class as well. On a random note, Jim Groom showed up on the first day that we met as a group; what a coincidence!

My final thoughts – MY TEAM IS AWESOME!

Conclusion

Most of this week has been devoted to making the Radio Show, so I hope you all give it a listen and some feedback.

Thank you all for taking the time to read!

:)