Anne Macmillan – Little Lakes

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Example of GPS trace from swimming perimeter.

Anne Macmillan has currently completed 7 out of 20 perimeter swims of HRM’s little lakes. The above image is an example of the trace data acquired from these excursions.

Access to lakes often entails pushing through scrubby growth and woods when there is no evident path. Tracing the perimeter becomes a challenge of endurance, and of continuously identifying and locating ‘swim-able’ zone.

Anne has gathered some useful links for anyone interested in the phenomenon of generic place-names and their occurrence in this region:

Nova Scotia Lake Inventory Maps

Explore HRM

Derek Watkins – Inundated with place names

Nova Scotia Place Names

The Mapping Network

Feature ID Assigning Procedure

Public Swim and Talk Dates will be announced shortly!

 

Electronics Workshop

This past Sunday the Artifact institute held an electronics repair workshop at Centre for Art Tapes. All too often our electronic devices are kicked to the curb because of a simple faulty wire or one exhausted component. With this workshop, the Artifact Institutes’ goal was to equip the participants with a basic set of knowledge and approaches to troubleshoot their broken electronic devices.

Electronic devices that participants brought in to service and repair included a guitar amp, sewing machine, space heater, and bread maker. The guitar amp needed a new speaker, and the knobs and dials needed to be cleaned. The sewing machine’s pedal was malfunctioning because of broken cable. The space heater needed a new fuse and a good cleaning, and the bread maker needed a new belt.

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Adam demonstrates multimeter functions. Notice the general safety protocols on the whiteboard behind him - it's always a good idea to avoid electrocution!
Adam demonstrates multimeter functions. Notice the general safety protocols on the whiteboard behind him – always a good idea to avoid electrocution!
Weeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Weeeeeeeeeeee!
Freshly stripped, clean wire leads make for more reliable and robust connections.
Freshly stripped, clean wire leads make for more reliable and robust connections.

 

Artifact Institute: Investigation 2

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The Artifact Institute, picking up a discarded CRT television, North End Halifax

Excited to announce that the Artifact Institute are working on their project Investigation 2! Tim and Adam have begun their rounds according to HRM’s waste pick-up schedule and will have plenty of documentation to show at their first public hours session at the Seaport Farmers’ Market on Saturday 27 April.