Dawson City Road trip w/ timelapse and maps

Compiling a few media artifacts from (one of) my summer vacation(s) this year, the Whitehorse -> Dawson City sojourn, I had to share this sweet timelapse video I created from the RV drive up. I was travelling with my sis and her family, to check out the Dawson City Music Festival, and if you don’t blink, you may be able to catch one of my nephews pit stops along the way.

Whitehorse —> Dawson City: Timelapse #DCMF – On My Way from jason toal on Vimeo.

The entire journey was 532 km, but we started the video on the second day from a little place called Carmacks. Total distance 355 km. In geeking out to write this post I created a G map to both check out the distance and give this video some context. To take it a step further, here is a test of the embedded map. (which was not as straightforward to create as it should have been).


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You can’t post a timelapse video without a sweet piece of music to bring it to life, and I got lucky with the audio here having recorded many of the performances I saw at the festival. Listening back to my archives I came upon this amazing track from Sam Martin recorded SANS the haggard, but in a gospel set at the St. Pauls Anglican Church. The lyrics to “On My Way” (Mavis Staples version) not only fit the theme perfectly, referencing travelling to freedom land with my sister and brother, but also was a match at 3 minutes and 33 seconds exactly!

To complete this post I felt some photos were necessary, since I got some amazing ones of the churches in Dawson and as well I’ve been trying to figure out a workflow to use google services for photo sharing.  Nothing good to report here!  I created an album in G+ which I think is public but I cant embed here as a slideshow like I might with flickr. There does seem to be ways to accomplish this using Picasa, but synching these photos to cloud services is still confusing me greatly. Finally I gave up and stumbled into making a collage in in Picasa.

Dawson City Music Festival 2013, A roadtrip with nephews
Some churches in Dawson City while on roadtrip with my nephews to check out the #DCMF

 

The one about sunflower seeds, and the slugs & squirrels that ate them.

This is a story in many parts, but it begins with a post my friend Harry did for a school project. I’m going to let you watch the video I uploaded to hear that story, but suffice it to say, THIS is the blog post where you need to leave a comment to receive some seeds. (see below)  The next part is a project from another buddy Alan, who is collecting stories about open sharing on the internet. It is open to ANYONE, so if you have a cool tale to tell you should check it out! My contribution to the project is as follows.

Sunflowers seeds and sharing. from jason toal on Vimeo.

 

I will leave you with a few pics from the sunflowers in question as they grew last season. Slug defenses will be going up early this year!  Hope you are lucky enough to get some seeds, and if you are I encourage you to share the fruits, or err… SEEDS of your labour with anyone and in anyway that pleases you.

How should digital ‘objects’ behave, realistically?

Hyper-realistically more like. This via Lifehacker. Anand Agarawala and Ravin Balakrishnan BumpTop prototype demonstrates the desktop metaphor taken to a new level, in what may be considered ‘gamespace’.

We explore making virtual desktops behave in a more physically realistic manner by adding physics simulation and using piling instead of filing as the fundamental organizational structure. Objects can be casually dragged and tossed around, influenced by physical characteristics such as friction and mass, much like we would manipulate lightweight objects in the real world.

Josh Spear does one of the best posts on it, although I am not as certain as most if this is a good idea or not. Clearly it needs to be massively user tested, (which I would love to sign up for) but more, does it makes sense for digital arifacts, files, to be limited by the confounds of our ‘real’ world?

Not to mention the fact that people would have to learn an entirely new ‘gesture’ based language, (can you say graffiti ? ), but as one commenter on the lifehacker post put it…

Ummm… filenames? Metadata? Thumbnails anyone?

What the hell am I going to do with a bunch of identical icons?

Sure, this looks cool, but I don’t see how it works for actual document management without, you know, WORDS!

Of course, considering applying these principles to tagclouds really gets the imagination going.

My own research is similar perhaps but working in reverse. By looking at peoples storing solutions, strategies and patterns, I hope to make a case for a behaviour based design of interfaces used specifically to sort and store. (File Systems, Email, Media players,)