Conflicts in Jos city affect Nomadic Milk

December 19th, 2008

The conflicts that took place in Jos at the end of November affect our upcoming trip. We decided, after carefully consulting our local contacts, not to work in Plateau State for now. Besides the obvious safety issues, the objective of the NomadicMILK project has always been to find stories of common daily life. We do not feel it to be the most logical thing to continue working in Jos and the nearby village of Shonung after the conflicts, as daily life there has been severely disturbed. We also did not want to postpone our work, so we decided explore shifting the focus of our project to Abuja and its vicinity. As of now this seems to be possible. Therefore we will still go to Nigeria, but probably with totally different people and different results.

Tijmen tests the cow collar

December 19th, 2008

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Software discussion over lunch

December 17th, 2008

Lunch

Floris and Esther discuss software development, GPS editing possibilities and needs, while Tijmen searches internet for ready-made available solutions.

We made this picture using the FlycamOne camera now attached to a 90 cm helium balloon.

Esther and her flycam

December 11th, 2008

There is a second project, one could joke, going on around here. Esther has bought a “flycam“, a very light video recorder. She has also bought a simple kite. The idea is that in Nigeria we will be able to take aerial pictures and video of the workshops using this system.
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Yesterday I spent some time looking into buying a helium balloon. Nowadays they sell disposable helium cylinders which can fill about 50 small balloons. We promptly ordered one from a supplier in Amsterdam, only to find out the company is around the corner. We cancelled to order once we realised it would be even simpler, and a lot cheaper, for us to just go there and buy a big balloon filled with helium from them.

Sometimes the power of the internet is surpassed by the power of the local.

Testing the robot

November 28th, 2008

The robot, it’s quite a handful. Today we tested getting it to run the tracks we want it to, and it gives me a feel for its quirks. It’s got plenty, I guess; handmade hardware always has. On the other hand this offers the opportunity to have a deeper insight into this ‘black box’ than regular system-on-a-chip technology. I know how things are connected inside it, and I have a feel for the decisions that have been taken in the evolution of the hardware and the software. Very interesting stuff.

Robot en poes

I also created a Twitter account for our trip. When we’re in Nigeria it should be possible to easily update everyone on our adventures by just pointing your browser to www.twitter.com/nomadicmilk.