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Peeking Inside the New Storybox

Here I thought I caught up on my back blogging from the trip to New Zealand, but I have yet to talk about the digital time capsule that appeared at every stop. In this post, I’ll give a bit of review about what happened, what was collected, in a subsequent long scrolling gibberish one I will go over the modifications I made to the interface. The new web site for the Storybox has this new interface; the only things you cannot do there are (a) upload media (b) See the media that was collected on this trip (a much smaller set I assembled prior to the trip is online) (c) Access the services like the image board and the wiki. creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog That’s the idea, to create an internet that is ephemeral, the PirateBox technology creates a local wireless network, where […]

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The Guts of the New StoryBox are Set

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog Having found the perfect container for my new PirateBox, I now have the desired wiring in place (thanks to my friend Ken in Colorado) to operate what I will put into play soon as a new iteration of the 2011 Storybox. What you see above is a new power supply, a rechargable dual port USB power pack (Ablelink from Amazon). The container is about 4 inches deep, and most power packs are about that size, but because the USB port sticks out of the end, it would make it impossible to close the back of the box (well it could be done with some wedging diagonally). This new one is 2.8 inches square, so it leaves more room for a USB cable to plug in the back. Typically it is connected via a standard to mini USB to the […]

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World in a StoryBox / StoryBox in the World

The StoryBox has been sitting for a few months in my closet. All alone. But it is about to go on a big trip with me starting Friday, and I am revving it up for a brand new round of media collection. I’ve not yet put out the details on this, and many of them are still jelling. But what I know is: March 2-11 I will be in Yokohama Japan. The whole making of this trip was an invitation from Julie Lindsay to be a part of the 2013 Flat Classroom Project Conference. I’ve followed this project from its start, and have done a few things with Julie and Vicki Davis, but this is my first immersion. The conference has little in presentations, its a lot of workshops and hands on with teachers and middle school students coming from Japan, China, Indonesia, and India. Before the conference, I am […]

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StoryBox Presents

I’ve still not come to a grand idea what to do with the media I collected last year in the StoryBox. Some I am using as I work on spinning new stories and tales in Cowbird (where I continue to lag a month behind last year’s schedule). One of the gifts that has continued since I wrapped things up at the end of 2011 is that my friend and fellow traveler GNA Garcia has continued to send bits of media, photos, audio, and video from where ever she goes. Sometimes 2 o3 3 a week. Heck, I just got a funny one just a few minutes ago. After watching the Unplug’d 2012 video she and Giulia Forsythe assembled I got inspired to use the same side by side technique in iMovie and remix a lot of the stuff GNA had sent me. Just a little thank you for being a […]

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A StoryBox Intercom (ideas wanted)

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by alexkerhead I’m toying with a new idea for a public interaction device with the StoryBox/Piratebox but the DIY part is something I could use suggestions on. The idea is to have a device out in a public space, that is within range of the wireless network created by the Piratebox, ideally like here house in a retro phone or telecom device. When someone picked it up, it would play a random audio prompt from a directory on the box. These would be in the form of questions meant to elicit a response, like: When you dream of flying where do you go? Tell me a time you cheated or lied. What is the place in the world that makes you feel the most relaxed? e.g. all things meant to elicit anonymous audio responses. After the prompt plays, a greeting would say, […]

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Jux a Storybox

In exploring some new tools for rich media publishing, I took a return visit to http://jux.com a site for publishing magazine style media sites, that fill the screen. In many ways, it could be a blog-ish like thing, or a portfolio, or a tumblr that is not just another tunblr. Maybe I don’t know what it is, that’s why I play with it. Each time you reload the front page, the items shuffle around a bit. And it also changes the display to fit a mobile browser You have 6 different kinds of content, slideshows, single photos, video, articles (like a blog post), countdown (not sure yet what that is), and blockquote. Images can be uploaded or yanked from photo sharing services; videos can come directly from youtube or video. There are some basic layout editing tools for fonts, size, colors (the fonts seem not all work across browsers)- not […]

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Create Something from the Storybox (SXSWedu)

Uh oh, the people in my session are just tuned into their devices. cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog Awesome, that is what I wanted, my session was billed as a BYOT one. This represented the new plan I hope to have for the content I collected last year during my travels. I first thought when I got back, I would turn all the content back to the open… but one person in particular clued me into the thiung that made the content special was that is was NOT on the internet. The “slides” for my talk are actually all housed on the StoryBox (it is a series of images and a jQuery slideshow gizmo) but I put a copy online as well. I also broadcasted it to ds106 radio and have an archive (hey @mgershovich, Always Be Archiving!) Create Something from the Storybox presentation Besides […]

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Remixes Emerge From the StoryBox

The future of the StoryBox is subject for a new post. Let’s say my new approach is to find ways to release the content by making it available for people to create remixed new works out of the pieces. The original media shall remain in the box, in the time capsule, but can be released by remix. Here I wanted to share three things I made out of the StoryBox content, as the first public examples.

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Last Call for StoryBox (and new preview javascript whacking)

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog The StoryBox project will end its gathering of media at the end of 2011, so there is still time to share any media before the time capsule closes- see http://cogdogblog.com/storybox for ways you can drop media files. During my 15,000 mile, 5 month 2 country, 29 state/province travels I collected a Shareskian “wack sock” of media- 1230 image, video, audio, document files: audio recordings: 127 documents: 18 music: 41 photos: 891 videos: 147 remixes: 6 And there is room for more! But to keep it true to the time capsule concept, the last media I will add will have to get to me by Dec 31, 2011 (at 12:59:59) What happens then? My plan is to return all of this content online, in a yet to be created web site that would allow, ideally, people to add tags/descriptions to help […]

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StoryBox Goes to High School

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog My visit here in Camilla Georgia was exciting enoiugh with yesterday’s tour of the alligator farm, but today topped that easily. Vicki Davis invited me to where much of her magic happens, at Westwood High School. The first hour was spent with the entire school (elementary through high school) taking in a performance of “The Little Mermaid” that the theater group is going to be doing in a state competition. It was energetic and had everyone engrossed (well I felt that way). But the highlight for me was getting a chance to do a demo of the StoryBox for 2 different classes of Vicki, in her computer classroom. I tried this one differently, by only telling them the basics of what it was, not doing a demo. The point was to get them to join the network and explore. And […]

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