Manda Maggs

Manda Maggs, Penticton BC

Shouting into the Void

It has recently come to my attention that there are people out there that actually read my blog. Not sure how to feel about that - embarrassed, flattered, confused, excited, and shocked all come to mind. I've been writing this blog with a voice that speaks to an imaginary audience, but I had always kind of assumed that I was just shouting into the void that is the internet.

The whole idea of the blog is to share the thoughts and the process of exploring art and life, so I will probably try a lot harder to properly explain my train of thought and spell things correctly. I had been operating under the assumption that this would be more of a platform to sort out my thoughts and document my progress. It still is, but now I know you are here too. Welcome! 

I did say a while back that I would post an update on the progress of the augmented reality sandbox I'm putting together at the Penticton Museum. So here's where we're at now: We have a sandbox (sans sand) and all the required components. 

Here's the sandbox itself! Built by Darryl, it's super sturdy and heavy, primed and ready for paint. The raised surfaces on the outside look abstract right now, but you'll see later that they actually have a point. The screw holes and joints were all filled in with silicone to prevent sand leakage. 

Here's the sandbox itself! Built by Darryl, it's super sturdy and heavy, primed and ready for paint. The raised surfaces on the outside look abstract right now, but you'll see later that they actually have a point.

The screw holes and joints were all filled in with silicone to prevent sand leakage. 

Looking good, right? Well now I'll get to spend the next week or so painting it and getting the cosmetic parts completed, then we have to go buy ourselves some sand. Remember the blog post where we talked about the Penticton Museum and Archives' cutting-edge sand recipe technology? Does anyone know where we can buy about 12 litres of mineral oil?  

The rest of the components are ready to go - our laptop is loaded with the software required, the LED projector works great, and the Kinect seems to be functional. The whole thing needs to be assembled together and then calibrated. The calibration part is giving me some anxiety since it requires programming skills. I have fairly rudimentary programming skills at this time (basic webpage HTML-type stuff, CSS, etc), but I'm taking an online course in C# that should help me more in the future. 

I hope I'll have time to explain how it all gets put together... maybe I'll make a video...? I'll keep you posted. For now, it's just a matter of making it look pretty.