Folkestonomy


Seagulls

A bird with a view
A bird with a view

These seagulls just love us, we have one at home called George, named after George Segal, I wonder if this is one of his friends?


Matt Rowe from B & B Project Space

The Triennial Bike - Matt Rowe
The Triennial Bike - Matt Rowe

Matt asked us to look after his bike which we did gladly, always happy to help a fellow cyclist. come 5.30 still no Matt so we loaded it on the back of the float and drove it back, turns out to be the Triennial bike. You can sleep easy Matt we have it safe.

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Carnival on the Leas

whatsitallabout... explaining the project to passers by on the Leas
whatsitallabout... explaining the project to passers by on the Leas
Kiosk and float ...
Kiosk and float ...
... on the Leas
... on the Leas

The float joint the carnival. Braced for hordes of people, wind, rain and sunshine we left before the storms kicked in.


Feedback Loops

Dorian plugging his story
Dorian plugging his story
Dorian explaining the latest collector software update
Dorian explaining the latest collector software update

Each evening the computer from the float gets hooked up to the internet and gets synchronised with the database on the server which is the one feeding the website. At the same time the collector software used to register the stories on the float gets updated whenever Dorian has a new version.
All this remote updating works a treat but it does not replace going down and checking how things work live. The response to the project has been very strong and we are collecting a huge amount of stories. The tireless invigilators on the float are doing a fantastic job communicating the project and capturing the stories. The week point at the moment are the 'add-on signs' which break very easily. They either snap (which is easy to fix) or the jack simply comes apart (which is not easy to fix at all). Ones broken we have to register a new 'add on' in the database, transfer the sticker and merge the different sets of data in order not to get too much confusion. This is actually rather high maintenance as it entails getting the broken signs to London, fixing them and getting them back. In the meantime important signs might be missing on site and temporary signs are used which is further confusing the data...... Anyway we live and learn.
Saturday Dorian and I went down early to have a good few hours before the float goes out at 10am and check the system, repair signs and spend time with the float on site to see how everything works when it is live. It was very helpful as we noticed little problems that caused confusion which we could only understand properly when seeing the mapping in action.


Summer is out there somewhere

Sun protection - Evidence of sunny spells in an old fashioned British summer
Sun protection - Evidence of sunny spells in an old fashioned British summer
Olivia with rain jacket and sun glasses
Olivia with rain jacket and sun glasses


The mapping language is catching on ...

Audi's latest advert in Folkestone - looks somewhat familiar
Audi's latest advert in Folkestone - looks somewhat familiar


They're maps, but not as you know them.

Regular visitors to the site may notice that we've added a couple of sections to the left hand navigation: Map Items and Stories. These are my first steps in visualising all of the data we have, and the connections between them, so that we can create further maps over time.

The map items are all the plug-in items we have on the float. Browsing through the lists of items you can see how each item is connected to others, through connections Kathrin mapped out prior to the start of the Triennial.

On top of all the relations between the plug-in's there are your stories. These are the connections that are inferred by the mapping we make at the float. Each story is split up into a 'portrait' and a number of stories. The portrait reflects where the visitor we've mapped have come from and how they ended up at the triennial, the stories are how they are connected to the cultural spaces in Folkestone.

It's taken a while to get these up due to a number of teething difficulties with the whole setup - it's quite a complex system and this is the first version of it. We will now be uploading new stories onto the site each day, along with photographs, and if you've already come and told us your story you can search for yourself if you know your story ID, or if you gave us a name you can search by your name (or your friend's names).

Please let us know if you see anything wrong with your mapping: there are quite a few issues with some of them from the early days, and we've not been able to attach images to mappings as reliably as we'd like to, so there may be some missing or some attached incorrectly. A quick email letting us know the Story ID ( eg m48625ab2 ) and what's wrong and we'll get on with updating it.

This might not look like a map, in the traditional sense, at the moment, but if you start browsing through the links you'll start to see how places are interconnected by people's stories, how certain places are more fundamental to stories than others. These connections are a map, albeit represented like a text based adventure game on an 80's computer. My ability to see the map in my head probably comes from too many hours spent playing them as a kid.

My task now is to start to gather all of the data we have hear into some form of visualisation. The first step of this is for me to start visualising each of the stories we've been given. Once I can see the spread of those I'll be able to see how we can clearly map the relationships between the stories.

So, please keep checking back to see new bit's appear, and if you want to be kept updated of changes subscribe to out mailing list or our blog's RSS feed.


On the Leas today.

Locating the Float on the Triennial map in the Visitors Centre
Locating the Float on the Triennial map in the Visitors Centre
stereo Tagging
stereo Tagging


C@FE IT

Parked up at Cafe It
Parked up at Cafe It

Friday night workshop with the youth from Cafe It.
the end to a long, windy and sunny Friday.


The umbilical cord

cables
cables
into the box
into the box

The analogue plugging of the narratives works very well and most people respond strongly to the pictogram language. The umbilical cord that between the analogue and digital world is brightly visible.


I can't believe I am soldering

Friday afternoon soldering in the old Bank
Friday afternoon soldering in the old Bank

Some of the TAG signs needed some repair work. The soldering came loose and it needed some urgent repair. If one connection is lost part of the story might not register properly on the computer.
Williams - the local electric shop was very helpful and gave me a 1 minute tutorial in soldering which I duly applied on the floor of the Old Bank. Its all working fine again.

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Monday is maintenance day

Maintanance Monday
Maintanance Monday
Emma's first day
Emma's first day

Monday afternoon is maintenance day - prepare for the stormy mapping week ahead. Melita kindly took charge to make sure the float is in top condition every Monday night. Batteries checked, Signs cleaned... In the process Melita has become a battery specialist after some discussions with her father and his army experience. Specific Gravity, hydrometer readings and sulphuric acid content all standard words of her new vocabulary....

It also happened to be Emma's first day on the float - Welcome!

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Footfall

Folkestone Triennial recording of visitor numbers
Folkestone Triennial recording of visitor numbers

In the end some things will always be done by pen and paper ....


Added - 'Add Ons'

Mixed Feelings - new add ons
Mixed Feelings - new add ons

First set of additional add ons. Initially just written onto the signs before we design an icon and register them in the data base. Some 'add ons' are just one of and we use a whiteboard marker, others stay permanently.


its actually quite easy

Charge ....
Charge ....
.... Drive
.... Drive

At night plug in 'charge' - when leaving plug in 'Drive'
trying to charge while on 'Drive' will get you no where....

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Anna & Jacob

Smiling teenagers!
Smiling teenagers!

These two guys assured me that they weren't skiving and they had time off after having done exams, They go to Brockhill School in Hythe and were strolling around with their mates.


Juice ... finally

The Box
The Box
The Plugs
The Plugs

Finally some dedicated plugs to charge the Milk Float properly and allow all electronics to function like they should. The battery charge had steadily been decreasing and caused the float to get stranded in the harbour. Apologies to all those who were looking for it and could not find it.
Now all is well thanks also to Craig and Lee who came and sorted it all out.


Electricians

Craig
Craig
Lee
Lee

Two brave men in the ghastly harbour shed but then into the bowel's of the ghastly shed's electicity room, with lots of moths and huge spiders, these men have now put the proper extension cable on the float and it works, it charged properly....WHAT JOY!
Craig was also the guy who put the lights behind the large Folkestone sign in the harbour, so when you see them lit up you know who did that too.

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Nick

Nick with his chosen sign.
Nick with his chosen sign.

We were setting up when Nick and his family came along, so we sent them off to see the mobile science fiction library, or did we suggest that they went there? However when they came back we were still not set up, we took a picture of Nick from Staffordshire, as he couldn't do a story and to mollify his huge disappointment I have put his picture on the blog.

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Gavin

Gavin in the pink
Gavin in the pink

At last I have someone who knows about Macs and was around when I needed him. Gavin has now made the pointer on the Mac huge so that we can see it when it is dancing around the screen, in the past it was like looking for a needle in a haystack, now it is like looking for a 10ft pole in a haystack, Easy peasy.

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