14 kilometres of string

Helpers wrapping fishing line around canoe.

"No, we're not done yet."

I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped wrap the canoe with 20 and 30 lb test fishing line. This is one of the most tedious tasks I have ever endured, and it paid less than my stint punching holes into V8 oil pans at a Windsor assembly plant.

An interesting development came out of this collective effort. I first envisioned the fishing line as a an imperfect assemblage of string, criss-crossing the hull of the canoe. But the almost mechanical precision of some of my helpers (yes, I mean you, Adam and Cameron) created a very tidy, linear field of line over one of the screens. This tidiness also mans that the touch-screen works very well. The other two screens have some loose strings hanging down that affect the functionality of the infra-red sensors controlling the interface. What this means is that each screen works differently.

The most interesting part of this effect is that through the web interface, which I will describe in a later post, all three screens are perfectly functional. You can make the screens work perfectly and predictably, as long you use the web interface and don’t touch them directly. As always, physical presence, the touching of material bodies is messy, unpredictable. But the network and database never fail. They are clean, reliable, antiseptic.

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