The Disappearance of Meowdred Pierce: Week One

This week was definitely unorthodox compared to those in the past. Rather than just creating art in different mediums, we were assigned a case to solve. My agency will be working on: “The Disappearance of Meowdred Pierce”.          Maggie Black filed a missing cat report with Black Widow Agency, as NoirCat is nowhere to be found! We began the week by using the information that Black and Groom provided. Since the only location we had to go on was Groom’s place, (as he accused his dog, Daphne, of chewing on part of a ransom note) we began there. It turns out that we did find parts of the ransom note.

"We have your cat. If you every want 2 see ur cat again, meet @ the Pie..."
“We have your cat. If you ever want 2 see ur cat again, meet @ the Pie…”

Unfortunately, Daphne ate the end of it, so we were unable to make out where the catnappers want to meet. We continued our search of Groom’s location. While there, I personally conducted an interview with Daphne, thanks to help from a canine translator. The translator fed me the dog’s answers to my questions through an ear bud. Daphne did not have much to say on the subject, which is a bit odd considering her “best friend” supposedly disappeared. She did mention that NoirCat is not fond of the ds106 community that Maggie Black is a part of. It’s not much to go on, but we will put it all together eventually.

Julia: Well, hello Daphne. I’m Julia James.

Daphne: *Growls

Julia: I want to ask you a few questions about NoirCat. So, I’ll start by saying, I know you’re a dog and she’s a cat, and things can get pretty heated there. But I’m going to try to keep an open mind. So I’m going to ask you, once for the record, what’s your relationship with NoirCat?

Daphne: We are friends! Actually, we are best friends!

Julia: Oh friends, huh? I’m not sure I buy it! But anyway, why did we find the ransom note at your house?

Daphne: Because I ate it! I was hungry, okay?!

Julia: Okay then? Well, I guess my next question is…what do you know about Maggie Black and her relationship with NoirCat?

Daphne: She doesn’t hate Maggie! But she does hate some community she’s a part of…I think it’s called DS106.

Julia: We will be sure to look into that. But with the little that you gave us to go on, how do you expect us to find your friend?

Daphne: Trust me, you shouldn’t find her. That’s all I’m saying.


The next task in the case of finding NoirCat was to organize all of the information, evidence, and people we have come across so far. I decided to take the initiative to create a suspect board that ties together our suspects with the evidence that we have found, which we will update over the course of this case. This also created the perfect opportunity to submit an original assignment to the Assignment Bank. Once again, I asked my associate, Kendall Parker, to submit it under her name.  “This Assignment is Suspect!” is its name and organization is its game! If you want to complete it, feel free to check out the up-to-date version of mine on our agency website 24/7. Currently, this is what it looks like:

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As you can see, the board contains some evidence that I did not mention previously. This is because I cannot take full credit for finding it. I have been working with the three other women in Black Widow Agency (Edie, Sylvia, and Margaret). Edie has made some “Lost” posters and discovered the magnetic strip used to disable the microchip in NoirCat. As you can see on the board, this ties back to Joan Crawford, one of the few people who knows about the chip and the doctor who inserted it. In addition, Sylvia discovered NoirCat’s tag and collar, leading us to an abandoned building in downtown Fredericksburg. As of now, these are our only leads, but we will be checking out the abandoned building next.

Creating this board is perfect, because it is representative of our primary media (design). The interview is audio in nature,  which is one of our three supplemental medias (audio, photography, and video).

In addition to contributing to posts on my agency’s website, I also wrote up individual check-in posts, in order to update followers of this case with my personal progress and views. My first check-in was on Wednesday (4/8/15) and the second was posted today, Sunday (4/12/15).

The members of BWA sat down together on Thursday evening to hash out the details of the case to that point. Everyone made great points concerning the case, as some theories are very plausible. However, it would show bias to reveal these theories. We need to evaluate the evidence as it is uncovered to be sure we arrive at the correct conclusion!

I am also the operator of our agency Twitter account and have been updating our followers with the progress of the case throughout the week.

In addition to submitting another original assignment (This Assignment is Suspect!) this week, I also satisfied the final two additional requirements by creating two tutorials. One was for my first original assignment, “Email! Email! Read All About It!”. Following this, I attempted to pay Kendall Parker back for her help by creating a tutorial for an assignment that she completed weeks ago. I wrote a tutorial for the “Splash The Color” assignment. With these tutorials, I have completed all of the additional requirements for ds106. :)

I also took the time to look at all of the other agencies’ progress this week and was able to leave them some personal remarks. I commented on Stirrup Trouble’s post, Chelsea’s post, Sylvia’s post, Rhiannon’s post,  Phoenix’s post, Johnny Corner Pocket’s post, and Sasha’s post.

This week has been a productive one, full of evidence finding and case organization. Although we have no certain leads yet, I’m confident that NoirCat’s location will be discovered soon, considering who’s on the case!  Black Widow Agency will not be stopped!

Jewel out.

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