Category Archives: Final Project

Final Project – Final Week Summary

Last week, things were going pretty well for Prez, until the fire nation attacked the unfortunate shooting happened. This week, Prez has changed jobs! As happens in season 4, Prez gets a job as an 8th grade math teacher. He updated his facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, and blog to announce his new job. He also tweeted a few times to reflect his feelings as a new teacher.

He also made an announcement earlier today that he will spend his first year teaching working on a new book! This book will be titled Learning to Teach: You can Teach too, and is currently scheduled to come out in June so I hope you all put it on your amazon wish lists! (I made the new book cover using this image). He also tweeted and updated facebook with his new announcement.

Prez- Book 2

Final Project – Week 3 update

For my third week of my final project, I have decided to focus on the events of Season 3 of The Wire. In season 3, things are going pretty well for Pryzblewski, until he shoots and kills plain-clothed cop.

In my narrative of these events, Prez comes under fire in the newspaper for the shooting. On Nov 28th, the newspaper reported on the shooting and questions the motives. On Nov 30th, the press point out that he has a past of violence and wrote a self help book. Prez defended himself against both of these articles on his blog, and linked to his responses on his Twitter and Facebook. I figured his Twitter and Facebook would be pretty quiet for a few days after this, so there won’t be anything the next few days.

For this week, I created a new assignment to create a newspaper (worth 3 stars). For my newspapers, I used a template found here, and news articles from the Baltimore Sun found here, here, and here. I then wrote the two articles about Prez on my own, and included a screen shot from the show in one.  Here are the two newspaper articles that I created for this week :Prez - NewspaperPrez - Newspaper2

Final Project – Week 2 update

For this week, Prez is continuing to promote his book, this week with a radio advert, and promoting his Goodreads page.

Here is the link to the post that Prez made on his blog about the radio advert (he also linked to the blog post through Twitter and Facebook).  I made this advert by recording my voice and lowering the pitch to make myself sound more manish through iMovie. I then added this lovely music to make it more cheesy and happy sounding. For a radio advert for a cheesy book, I really liked the way this advert turned out. I’m going to contribute this assignment to this radio advertisement assignment and say it’s worth 3 stars.

Also this week, Prez posted about his new page on Goodreads. I really wanted to make him a fake Goodreads page because Goodreads is one of my favorite websites, and he wrote a book so it made sense. I wasn’t sure what assignment this would count as , so I made my own (worth 3 stars).

I made this by staking a screen shot of a book page on Goodreads (specifically this one because everyone should read it). I then used photoshop to coverup all of the wrong text and added in my own. I also covered up the book picture with my own.

Prez- Goodreads

This upcoming week will be when Prez shoots the cop, so I will be putting out some newspaper articles and having Prez respond to them, after which he will change careers. Stay tuned!

Final Project Week 1 Update

So for my ds106 final project (sniff, sniff) I am using Roland “Prez” Pryzbylewski, everyone’s favorite cop killer from The Wire. But seriously, I do have a weird soft spot for this character. He does awful stuff in seasons 1 and 3, but still seems to be a good guy that you pity.

I decided to have him write a self-help book on anger management (pictured below). In my version of the story, after he pistol-whips that poor kid in season 1, Prez does a lot of work with a therapist to get over his issues. He has to work through his anger issues about being in a stressful job that he doesn’t necessarily like. He also as to get through what his anger made him do. He was so successful in this that he decides to share his success with the world. In his book he is open about the incident, why it happened, and how much better he has gotten since then. He currently promotes his book on a Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and personal blog.

In the first week, I have put out information about his book, on his blog, twitter, and Facebook.  He also is doing a book signing at local book stores in Baltimore, which he also advertised on his blog. He also put out various random tweets about his life.

For this week, I sort of did this book cover assignment (worth 3 stars), and a poster assignment (worth 3 stars). For the book cover assignment I used this image and photoshop. For the poster, I used the book cover I had already made, photoshop and this article about bookstores in Maryland.

In the weeks to come, more advertising will be done on his social media sites about the book. But tragedy will strike when in week 3 he murders a cop (as seen in The Wire season 3). Stay tuned!

Prez- Book 1 Prez- Book Cover 2

Prez - Book Signing