Archive for February 20th, 2012

The road narrows

In two weeks I’ll be embarking on a journey that will take me across the country. But after taking a breather and exmaining my capabilities, I’ve shortened the journey and changed it.

The cross country train ride would have been amazing since it’s not a road, it is not part of Google Earth Street View. That alone was difficult. Not to mention I mapped the ride to Chicago and it was very long.

I’ve decided to drive up the California coast instead. Specifically the area of California Highway 1 between San Luis Obispo and San Francisco.

I drove there the first time in the spring of 2010 in a Nissan Hybrid with my sister. This time around I’ll be travelling knowing what I’ll need. The difference today is that I’ll be equipping the car I’ll be using with a number of cameras that would almost make it look like a Google Street View car but in simpler terms. I’ve marked the series of stops and places I intend to visit and the entire journey will take me three days.

There’s something to be said about a road trip. This documentary narrates some of the history of the road and will attempt to capture the unique views only visible on this road. One of the driving factors for me on this documentary is the possiblity that this road may no longer exist in it’s current state in the next ten years. Though no fault of man. The Pacific ocean is slowly eating away at the cliffs and eroding the land beneath the it.

The drive is also very special. The trip will take me to a twisting part of the highway where I never bothered to look at the speed limit. The speed limit is a distraction at that point and it’s not posted anyway. I think it would be even better if I can get my hands on a manual transmission car for this, but I doubt I’ll be able to find one.

I have part of the script for the narrative bits and rest would be in the car. This is very exciting.

Cameras of the world 5 years from now

There are views that more cameras out there could mean two things. One is that We can finally get a grasp on what’s going on in the world. No longer can dictators and criminals hide from us. For once we can finally generate our own opinions on subjects that before, took an army of journalists to capture and analyze. We can finally have our own opinion. Then of course there’s the downside. It’s who is behind the cameras is the scary part. We already live part in that world. Our every movement is captured and stored into servers for who knows how long.

Cameras enabled it’s creators to preserve their time and space and it continues to do so today. The 2011 Japan Earthquake was so devastating that we were getting live images as the tsunami swept through the northern region. Users shared their videos of the quake as it was happening and for the first time, the word could see terrible disaster live.

I for one would like to be optimistic about where technology is leading us in terms of cameras. I long for the images of the old cities in my home. I wish I could re-create the city the way it was before World War II or even better, re-create Old Manila during the Spanish era. We would be able to take a walk into history so to speak, understand and experience the place and time where my grandparents and great-grandparents lived. Like a living holodeck based on information from the past.

Cameras are something we fear about today. But it’s something that our descendants would look for in the future.