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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!):
La Kisha Mahone
It was fun commenting on other’s work! Hope to see more awesome stuff.
So now we are here at the end of another week!
Tune in next time for more awesomeness!