Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Wire tour of Baltimore

A few people on Twitter asked me for the itinerary of The Wire tour I did last week with a friend who's a fan of the show who had come in from out of town. Here's a quick and dirty version. Mild spoiler alert!
  1. Start at Penn Station.  This is where Marlo Stanfield intentionally gets himself arrested (I think in season 4), thus confirming the wiretap that Prop Joe warned him about.
  2. Drive south to City Hall.  Several scenes throughout the series take place outside of City Hall, including a brief sequence in the opening.  Across from City Hall, you'll see the veteran's memorial steps where Stringer Bell and Prop Joe convene so Joe can warn Stringer about police surveillance (after Cheese gets detained after the dogfight). 
  3. Drive south to the Inner Harbor. This is where Omar meets Stringer Bell at the end of season 1, trying to get Stringer Bell to talk about the Barksdale organization on tape.
  4. Head east to the Broadway Market, where McNulty's kids follow Stringer Bell.
  5. Head north on Broadway to see The Ritz, which in season one is Orlando's strip bar.
  6. Head east to Canton Waterfront Park, home of the Baltimore Police Marine unit, where McNulty "rides the boat" in season 2.
  7. Head east on Boston Street to see the Port of Baltimore, the focus of season 2.
  8. Head northwest to Patterson Park, where Prop Joe meets with members of The Greek's organizaton.
  9. Head east to Collington Square Park, and commence following the City Paper's Wire Tour, which covers several awesome sites from seasons 1-4, including Hamsterdam.  My favorite stop is #5, Marlo's outdoor meeting spot, but seeing the rim store where Marlo hangs out is pretty awesome also.
  10. After leaving stop #7 on the City Paper tour, also visit Greenmount Cemetery, site of numerous meetups and interesting scenes.
This tour is very light on west-side locations.  If anyone wants to expand this itinerary, I would look at these sites:

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

SproutCore and the Future of Web Apps at DCRUG

A few weeks ago I presented an updated version of my SproutCore demo at DCRUG. Below is a video of it. Since you can't see the slides too well, so I also posted an updated copy of the slides on slideshare.

I borrow a lot from Charles Jolley's writings on the SproutCore blog for the introductory material about the uncanny valley etc.