The Wire - Characters Saying the Opening Quotes https:/
The Wire - Characters Saying the Opening Quotes https:/
#Wire106: Week 15-Time to Get Real with the Final Projects http:/
Wire 106: S04E04 – “Refugees” http:/
Wire 106: S04E03 - "Home Rooms" http:/
Wire 106: S04E02 – “Soft Eyes” http:/
#wire106: S04E01 – Boys of Summer http:/
#Wire106: S03E12 - 'Mission Accomplished' http:/
New blog post: "Inspired: Mendel and Oppenheimer Logos" http:/
New blog post: "Inspired: The Wire Scrolls" http:/
Wire 106: S03E09 - "Slapstick" http:/
Wire 106: S03E08 – “Moral Midgetry” http:/
#wire106: Week 10 - "Let's Go to the Videotape" http:/
New blog post: "Inspired by Un-Cropped Road Signs" http:/
New blog post: "Inspired: The Game Supercut" http:/
New blog post: Inspired: “It’s a Kodak Moment in the House” http:/
#Wire106: S03E07 - “Back Burners” http:/
New post: "Inspired: Wire 2600" http:/
New blog post: "Inspired: Never Been a Paper Bag for #ds106" http:/
New blog post: "Inspired by Wire 106" http:/
#Wire106: S03E05 “Straight and True” http:/
#Wire106: S03E02 “All Due Respect” http:/
Wire 106: Week 8 - Radio Days http:/
#Wire106: S03E01 "Time After Time" https:/
Wire 106: S02E010 “Storm Warnings” http:/
Wire 106: S02E09 “Stray Rounds” http:/
Above is my first Daily Create of the week: The Empathy Map. To have fun, I did it all in Noun Project icons, the credits are below.
Empire State Building designed by Stefan Spieler from the Noun Project
Immersive Experience designed by Luis Prado from the Noun Project
Art designed by Will Deskins from the Noun Project
Sound Wave designed by Aleksandr Novolokov from the Noun Project
Conversation designed by Ahmed Elzahra from the Noun Project
"Wire 106: S02E06/E07/E08 “All Prologue,” “Backwash,” and “Duck and Cover” http:/
"Wire 106 Radio: S02E03/E04/E05 “Hot Shots,” “Hard Cases,” and “Undertow" http:/
This ds106radio discussion took place on September 18th, 2014 with Imran, Paul, and myself.
This ds106radio discussion took place on September 18th, 2014 with Melinda Albrycht, Allison Thoet, Syd Bauman, LaKisha Mahone, Paul Bond, and myself.
This ds106radio discussion took place on September 17th, 2014 with Paul, Imran, Maggie, Brittany, and Stefanie and myself.
Joe Murphy on Twitter: "Is there enough creativity in making a pop culture D&D alignment chart for a #ds106 create? #wire106 version: http:/
Imran discovered this on Yik Yak and sent it my way and I was like "What is #wire106 chopped liver?" http:/
"Wire 106: Week 6 - The Design of Things" http:/
Love this scene. Say it like peanut butter:
New blog post: "From Radio to Television to Wire 106 or, Why I teach" http:/
Love this graphic representation of <em>The Wire</em> Paul Bond pointed me to here: http:/
This article on Steven Soderbergh's film explorations in retirement speak to some of the experiments in listening and watching we've been doing in #wire106 recently:
Now comes his latest side project: On his web site, extension765.com, Soderbergh presents a short lesson in “staging,” a term that refers in cinema “to how all the various elements of a given scene or piece are aligned, arranged, and coordinated.” He tells us: “I operate under the theory a movie should work with the sound off, and under that theory, staging becomes paramount.”
New blog post: "The 411 Photoblitz " http:/
New blog post: "Wire 106 Twitter Watch Along" http:/
Wire 106: Week 5 - Taking a Closer Look http:/
New blog post: #Wire106 Listen Along on ds106radio (#4life) http:/
Wire 106 Week 4: Listening to Audio http:/
This is the interview Paul Bond and I had with sound editor Jen Ralston about her work on The Wire and more. She has a series of brilliant insights, and does a few close readings of scenes from season 1. It's an excellent resource for thinking more deeply about sound, which is appropriate given we will be introducing sound in #ds106 this week.
I was at Westmoreland State Park with my family today and I saw a pay phone by the visitors center and immediately thought of The Wire Everywhere assignment for ds106. It's interesting how the pay phone is becoming a vestigial technology in a society where a majority of folks carry one in their pocket (in addition to an extremely powerful computer).
I love the aesthetic of the pay phone, and it's a staple of The Wire season 1, so I figured I would capture just that. It's interesting how something as ubiquitous as this technology 25 years ago has vanished in the wake of the mobile revolution. The idea of vanishing technology like the pay phone is fascinating, and the idea that Grant Potter set it up so that you could broadcast to #ds106radio from a pay phone back in the day was one of the most interesting marriages of old and new technologies I've ever seen.
#Wire106 Double Feature "Ebb Tide" & "Collateral Damage" http:/
This is the image for the Wiring Mirror Scenes assignment I created and completed for #wire106
This is a GIF from episode 5,"The Pager," when D'Angelo starts an irreversible series of events.
Week 3: Putting the Digital in Storytelling http:/
Wire106 Week 2: My Kingdom for a Comment http:/
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This is my attempt at the "Summarize A Wire Episode In GIFs." I chose to pull six (actually seven) animated GIFs from episode 5 of Season 1 of The Wire: "The Pager." It's one of my favorite episodes because the theme of being watched and a more generalized sense of paranoia creeps into the episode constantly.
This is one of the earlier, if not earliest, episode where we hear the refrain: "Omar's coming!" As we all know, "the cheese stands alone!" ---and he'll be coming for Avon soon.
Did nearly comprehensive sweep of #wire106 blogs and social media sites. Excited by what I'm seeing-but want more interaction and commenting
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Love you are using Knownfhub or posting to Twitter. You can also post to Fllckr and wire106 hub and twitter all at once with Known. Though you may have to add tags manually to Flickr.
"Scenes from the Wire" http:/
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After returning to teach ds106 as an online course at UMW for the first time in over a year, I decided to experiment with an idea Mike Wesch mentioned while in Irvine this summer preparing for Connected Courses. He noted that he goes out to lunch with a different student of his every day. I loved this idea. And given that most of the students taking the wire106 version of ds106 this Fall are residential students, I decided to organize group lunches for anyone interested. Today was the first one, and it was pretty awesome.
Maggie, John, Ien, and Meredith joined me at a local eating establishment to get to know each other over lunch. After working through the expected initial awkwardness, we sat down, ordered food and started talking about The Wire. And, interestingly enough, we all got into it. They confessed to binge watching, admitted using ds106 to procrastinate doing other class work (a badge of honor), and generally acknowledged they were hooked on the series. Needless to say, I was fired up. We talked about Wee-Bey's exotic fish fetish, the tragedy of Wallace, the existential angst of D'Angelo, Greggs as natural police and much more. It was fun.
On top of that, we came away with some idea for class activities, assignments, and projects that Meredith was kind enough to capture at lunch before they slipped away.
Live Tweeting Episodes
It even produced some ideas for both wire106-themed assignments and possibilities for coordinating activities for the class to come together. For example, watching episode 1 of Season 2 together by starting it at a predetermined time and live tweeting out our reactions. This is something we need to make happen.
Opening Scene Episode
Take all the opening scenes from the 13 episodes of season 1 and edit them into a video wherein they play one after the other chronologically to see how it would flow as it's own episode.
Beginnings and Endings
Juxtapose the opening and closing scenes of each episode in season 1, noting how much they play off each other in a number of episodes. One good example to start with is episode 10, "The Cost."
Another assignment that came up was doing an analysis of the use of color in the series. And we're still thinking about how we would frame that as a compelling visual assignment. Ideas?
Wire 106: Messing with the Macguffin
John suggested an assignment that would have a character saying something that changed the nature of the episode, if not the series, all together. Like, for instance, Deputy of Ops suggesting a Bust and Buy on a case with a wire would be out of the question. Poor Kima. Kinda like a Wire 106-themed "Messing with the MacGuffin" assignment.
If you were to change the technology in a scene, how it would be different today. Could there be a season 1 Wire without pay phones?
Where are they now?
Playing off the fact many of the actors in The Wire have gone on to successful careers, do a where are they now assignment that plays with the before and after. Perhaps even creating a fiction story around the changes. This could be very interesting for Wallace, Stringer Bell, Snoop and more.
Clothing Change Ups
A design assignment that has you photoshopping one character’s set of clothing onto another character.
Putting Words In Their Mouth
Giving a quote that one character said to another character.
Wire on the Twitter
Create a twitter account for each character in an episode then tweet the dialogue of that episode. This might be a group project later in the semester, it would take some interesting coordination, and the tweets might be an awesome subtitle to a live projected episode at the end of the semester.
Provide a polished, rehearsed audio commentary to an episode. Make it a special feature anyone can download and play as part of their watching of the series.
The idea of coming up with fun assignments over lunch is a really appealing focus for these sessions, at least for me. And it could be one approach we take to these get togethers. But the real goal is to simply get to know each other. The idea of residential online learning that Mike Caulfield has written about is still very appealing to me. An hour and a half lunch with four different students twice a week, over 13 weeks, means I could spend almost 5 hours with every student for focused, relaxed, and personalized time to get to know them, have a good meal, and get creative about what we can do with the class. That to me is what online makes available for a community like UMW. More time to get to know each other, have fun, and re-imagine how we learn together. And what better venue that #ds106!
I have really grown to appreciate your deep, meditative voice, and the pull quote from Bon Stewart about Twitter really sums that space up for me recently. Rather than calling people out on Twitter, I want to use it to run with a pack of creative wolves that want to make things at a breakneck pace. This is why I welcome back #ds106 #wire106 with open arms. It's always been the best of a potentially dangerous online situation ;)
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Here is a quick screencast showing you how to add text to GIFs in GIMP. And keep in mind, GIFs don't necessarily need text for the summary assignment.
First GIF of 6 for the 6 GIF Summary of a Wire episode. I chose Episode 5 "The Pager"
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Wire 106: Week 2 "Building the Community" http:/
Wire 106: S01E09 “Game Day” http:/
Wire106: S01E07 “One Arrest” http:/
Here is a seen from S01E09 "Game Day" wherein Bubbles steals a bag of drugs from a dealer with a fishhook from the rooftop. Image credit goes to Scenes from the Wire Tumblr.
This is an animated GIF from Season 1, Episode 9 of The Wire: "Game Day" care of the awesome Scenes from the Wire Tumblr.
At 5:15 PM (EDT) this evening we'll be discussing S01E07 of The Wire: "One Arrest" http:/
New blog post: "Pushing the Known Syndication Hub Beyond RSS" http:/
This is a test of the #wire106 hub (http:/
Here we go! #wire106 officially underway! Week 1-"The Setup" http:/
All things being equal, this post will be pushed to Twitter, Facebook, and #wire106 syndication hub (http:/
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A shot Paul Bond captured from episode 4 of The Wire, "Old Cases," highlights the corporate institutional spaces much of the police work revolves around in this season. In his commentary for episode 1 of the season, David Simon refers to the office furniture as more akin to an insurance office than an old school police department. Unlike the reassuring heavy wood furniture reminiscent of Barney Miller, the furniture in police headquarters is alienating and impersonal (although the detail's basement office begins to take on the feel of another era, when they actually did police work?). The set design reinforces a broader shift in the culture. Thinking about Simon's comment about insurance agencies reminded me of Billy Wilder's classic noir Double Indemnity (1944).
The alienation at the heart of one of Double Indemnity is everywhere apparent in the design of the modern institutional spaces, not unlike The Wire. James Naremore's book More than Night isolates the offices and locations of this film to discuss the "industrialized dehumanization" at work in the culture at large:
Wilder frames the dehumanizing design of industrial capitalism in 1940s Los Angeles through bowling alleys and grocery stores---massification of the moment.
The Wire similarly explores the dehumanizing design of post-industrial capitalism in contemporary Baltimore through a sterile police department. But what's also striking in this series are the cuts from the pit and the project towers to the power elite. The show constantly reinforces how deeply divided the haves and have-nots are in the city, and the following shot is an excellent example of just that from episode 4. The following scene takes you from the pit directly into Judge Phelan's office by way of a nice angle that shows you, as the episode epigraph notes, there's a thin line between heaven and here.
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Could for an interesting class project ;)
The Lego Wire from Joe Nicolosi on Vimeo.
Shannon Hauser just gave me the heads up that the DVD set of The Wire is now in Simpson Library and on reserve for the semester. It's all in the game, yo.
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While walking around the new building I now work in at UMW---I realized I was seeing The Wire everywhere. Specifically, in the carpet.
The carpet is a constant reminder, at least for me, of the iconic image that is associated with the series on its main Wikipedia page.
So I took a picture of the rug and then add a quick title (still working in PowerPoint ;)) and took a screenshot.
You can see a comparison here.
I would give myself one of the two stars I attributed to "The Wire Everywhere" assignment I created for this semester's ds106 visual assignments. For it to be awesome, I would need to use Photoshop or GIMP to make the colors of the rug match those of the series icon. I'll revisit this, but for now consider it yet another star, and a new #wire106 assignment to boot :)
New blog post: "Clowny Ass Troll Quotes" http:/
New blog post: "Triple Troll Wire Epigraphs" http:/
New assignment for #wire106 inspired by the Troll Quotes. Take an epigraph from one of the episodes and attribute it to another, related figure. Finally, adorn the quote and author with an image of a third, different character from the series. This way, nothing about your image is correct, and you’re trolling fans of The Wire with all three characters at once.
New blog post: "Wire 106: S01E02 'The Detail'" http:/
New blog post: "Surveillance Society" http:/
New blog post: "Wire 106: S01E01 'The Target'" http:/
New blog post: "Wire 106: Welcome to Hamsterdam" http:/