Folkestonomy


All working - keep mapping


Thanks to very smooth procedures (BIG THANK YOU to Dorian, John and MArtin) and no unforeseen difficulties, the float computer was back on the float and cabled up to the collector box this morning. Just in time for the guided tour visit.
All mappings from the previous week will be uploaded today, so if you have done a mapping between the 17th and 29th of August, your entry will be logged on the 1st or 2nd of September.
Photos to follow soon.

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The computer is dead long live the computer

Dorian and a heroic attempt to revive the computer on Bank Holiday Sunday morning (why do computers prefer to give up as soon as a long weekend begins?)
Dorian and a heroic attempt to revive the computer on Bank Holiday Sunday morning (why do computers prefer to give up as soon as a long weekend begins?)

The float computer resigned from its current duty to collect and process FOLKESTONOMY stories.
Stories are now beeing collected by photo and paper notes, and everything will hopefully be back on computer track tomorrow.
Apologies for any inconvenience or disappointments caused!


The Leas

All together
All together

Here we all are up on the Leas near the Metropole, as the vintage cars are on display out side the Grand. this was the day we drove back to the harbour in convoy, which was great fun and caused a few people to stare and some people to wave, we tooted out horn loudly. The library truck, built on a green Goddess body has a very feeble horn, but we all smiled a lot and have thought of running away with the float and the truck. We wouldn't get far the float rarely does more than 10 miles an hour and if it does it is terrifying, and the truck uses so much petrol.....................


Matt Rowe stikes again.


Here he is again doing some important maintenance, painting the float as we are using it, he doesn't want it to get rusty.
He is in the road......... cars are driving past and his suggestion was "Melita can you just stand there to shield me from the cars........." does he think I'm mad.........so I used what was available and built him a wall of signs. He was safe, I am still alive and the float is not rusty. Big smiles all round and no one got covered in paint either.

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My little helper

A Triennial helper of the future.
A Triennial helper of the future.

I was talking to this little girl's daddy, when I turned round and there she was in the float, using the mouse as a phone she looked so sweet, but try as we could Scarlet didn't do it on camera again.

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Neat and tidy

tubs drying in the sun
tubs drying in the sun
tub lids drying out in the sun
tub lids drying out in the sun

I do try so hard to be neat and tidy, but it doesn't came naturally, in fact it doesn't happen at all. After a visit by the artists I noticed that the sand bags, which we use to stop the signs blowing over, today was gale force 5 to 6 and gusting up to 8, had been neatly lined up under the back of the float, I took a picture but have lost it, and how neat Nick was when he lined up all the signs on the float too, some people are tidy and the rest of us struggle with untidiness.

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Some gossip from the regeneration front


Roger de Haan was on the front page of the Folkestone Herald earlier this week, announcing that the
regeneration plan for the seafront - developed and illustrated by Foster and Partners - might not happen after all. More details to be released soon.
In the meantime, the FOLKESTONOMY float was enjoying a very sunny and leisurely afternoon in front of Lea's Club, with the best view of France across and many many foreign language students
hanging out on the Leas. Football was being played. Teenage fights were being carried out in public. And FOLKESTONOMY seemed to relax in the knowledge that things were fine. It's August.

I spent a few hours at Paul Rennie's Regeneration Network meeting earlier in the day, with various ideas for regenerating Folkestone involving excavating a Roman Villa, turning Folkestone into a prime venue for military history holidays, to ideas around seaside theaters and PPGIS (public participation geographic information systems).


Mapping your Stories

work in progress, aligning the maps. Not all maps are equal ... and some maps are less equal than others.
work in progress, aligning the maps. Not all maps are equal ... and some maps are less equal than others.

I've just uploaded our first set of visual maps to the site... a map is now generated for each of your Stories... here is my story. Simple, isn't it?

(By the way, if you can't see the map you probably need to install the latest version of Flash Player. It's freee, and it will only take a minute or two)

At the top of the map you can see my 'portrait': which shows who I am, where I'm from, and what I do.

Across the map are spread the locations in Folkestone I have a connection with. Or in my case the Location - the Folkestonomy Float (I admit, I have more connections than this, but Andreas was hurrying me back to London, and I got flustered doing my mapping...).

On the bottom right are the 'reasons' that people connect to their stories. Some of these are connected to locations, and some are not connected to locations. You can identify which story an item is in by it's colour.

So there you go, have a look, and see what you think.

In the coming weeks we'll be adding more maps onto the site, which show different sets of connections, which will allow you to see how folkestone, and the triennial, are connected out into the rest of the world, and how the spaces we've identified within folkestone are connected to each other (other than by roads and pavement...)

At the moment we are cleaning up a lot of the data we've gathered. Due to the larger than expected number of failures of our 'add-ons'* we've had problems with data being getting corrupted upon import, and so we're going through looking at all of your story photos and making sure the stories we have are correct, and trying to tie up any missing photographs to the stories... but pleae let us know if you spot any problems with your stories.

*word of advice, don't use cheap 1/4" jack plugs!


Ramshacklicious


Lisa worked together on Sunday, we usually do maintenance together, but this week we ended up in the Lower Leas park, and thank you Alan - the park keeper - for waiting for us to open the gate, to allow us free access to the park.
It was a very busy day with people appearing out of the bushes to be tagged, when along came
Ramshacklicious, I have included a link so you have some idea of what these guys are about http://www.ramshacklicious.com/, basically Nana is at death's door but until her three grandsons are happily married she cannot rest in peace! so she is searching for brides for her grandsons, they wanted to sing me a song, a love song, and they did three wonderful crooners. So if any one is looking for a husband contact them at the website.

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Another really naughty seagull

ooooooooooh dragging it out......
ooooooooooh dragging it out......
Goooot it!
Goooot it!

These seagulls are still after the McDonalds food, or is it KFC, this is the least exciting thing going on at the Leas, locals sent to entertain us with their wonderous theories about what ART actually is..... the waste of £2.2 million........ Two ladies who believe that the Folk Stones, although very wonderful, should have a sign to explain what they mean.

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Quick Visit


On our way to Europe on a quick visit to Folkestone to fix some of the add on signs which has become a weekly maintenance operation. The jacks we use don't seem to be fit for the job and they are continuously breaking. The real dilemma is not going down to fix the sign but the inconsistency it creates in the data that is being collected. It means sitting down and consolidating a lot of entries by hand.


Scrubbing away

Matt and Lisa washing signs in the sun
Matt and Lisa washing signs in the sun
Suds and signs
Suds and signs

We have maintenance Monday every Monday to keep the float nice and clean. We top up the batteries, pressure wash the big signs and float, dust inside and let Public Works know what is not working giving them a list of broken add ons, and you think we just sit around trying to look pretty.

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a public works project. site design and build by dorian