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June 14th '98
Expedition

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Tidepools and Towns

The fact that we don't have an equipment breakdown already posted here points out one of many things we've learned on these outings: Someone needs to take responsibility for the chore of listing make and model on all the gear taken on a digital expedition. In this case, thanks to Richard Atkinson, it would have been a long list. Two of the three digital cameras were Kodak, and we had a chemical film Nikon camera along, but that's slim pickings when one of the virtues of doing this is to keep track of specific equipment configurations and how they enable us to have digitally-enabled experiences in nature. One vital piece of equipment after the fact was the CD-R compact disc recorder which let us review our over 100 megabytes of images the day after the expedition.

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The folding picnic table (which we've given its own page) was unforgettable to use, as was the sight of all this gear stacked up and rolling down the beach on a little, red Radio Flyer wagon. As on previous expeditions, the marvellous sense of what all these gadgets could do was dwarfed by the sublime natural environment. The excitement of using these high-tech devices was human: We could talk to Sklenar on our cellphone; we could audio capture what our guides' had to say; we could absorb the richness around us and not be distracted by the act of recording it; and we could share the event easily with others both during and after the fact. The only frustration was that the tide chased us off the beach, and we all looked forward to the first Digital Expedition when we would camp overnight and have more time to speak multimedia within the encompassing natural experience.