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.

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That’s the idea, to create an internet that is ephemeral, the PirateBox technology creates a local wireless network, where all efforts to connect to the web are redirected to the web server on the box. To me, it plays a bit with the problem of information on the web that is everywhere, in this case it is hyperlocal.

Among my workshops and presentations on the Shar-E-Fest tour (September 29-Oct 10, 2014), I asked to do a Storybox session at every stop. So there were seven of these. For the most part, I had an hour or less (maybe 30 minutes), so most of what I could do was to present the idea, and send people on a little “hunt” to acquire media, and add back to the box.


As was pointed out by WG in the session at Waikato, just having these prompts pretty much made a limited frame on the media collected, so it’s not truly representative as I suggested that the idea is to capture a sense of “now” in this place. Because all the places where institutions of higher education.

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But the purpose really was to try and get a pool of media and then ponder what might be done with it.

I did let people know that because there is no information stored in the image besides its file name (usually cryptic if it came off of a mobile device) (and thus some metadata might be in the images if the mobile device adds it)– that they were more or less granting me permission to use their image w/o any kind of attribution.

When you look at the media, they are pretty much quick throwaways- like snapshots. I’d estimate upwards of 90% were acquired at the sessions.

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For some summary, the Box now includes 390 pieces of media – this was the breakdown per session:

Sept 30, 2014 at Shar-e-fest (84)
6 audio/video files
78 photos

Oct 1, 2014 at Open Polytechnic (38)
3 audio files
32 photos

Oct 2, University of Victoria Wellington (101)
97 photos
2 videos
2 sounds files

Oct 3 University of Waikato (32)
25 photos
4 audio files
3 videos

Oct 6 The University of Auckland (26)
22 photos
4 videos

Oct 7 Northtec (59)
51 photos
7 videos
1 audio

Oct 8 AUT (44)
41 photos
2 videos
1 audio

Or by types of media:

  • Images (316)
  • Audio (30)
  • Video (28)
  • Documents (12)
  • Remixes (4)

I was responsible for most of the audio (you can only upload photos and videos with an iOS device) and a baseline of what’s listed was what I seeded the directories with.

The thing I was most pleased with was the infinite wall media browser I was able to build as a StoryBox Explorer – this is running in just Javascript. I created a series of scripts that generated the thumbnails and created the HTML to supply the media viewer (more on this in the techie post).

To show how it works, I created a screen cast of the way the Explorer works:

There was never time to do the next level activities I hope for, to create new content from the Storybox media. I had just started getting a wiki running on it that is a viable platform for creating new content from the media; it needs a bit more work on the content side. More on that sometime in the future.

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People was naturally taken by the Brownie Box camera enclosure, and learning about the parts that are inside. Like me, I sense many see some sort of potential here, but just are not quite sure what to do with it (?)

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.

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