Instagram roundup – Fruit & Oil

Since having moved to Rotterdam I have a whole new area to recon, so about once a week I’ll pick an area to go wander around in. This week just some random spots in town & a first foray out to the more industrial areas.

Boats, buildings, and the looming eye of the participatory panopticon.
Boats, buildings, and the looming eye of the participatory panopticon. – Jan 11, 2016 @ 13:03
Jan 17, 2016 @ 15:31
Top floor of the Rotterdam Fruit Exchange building has 10 phone booths built into its facade looking out over the harbour.

Top floor of the Rotterdam Fruit Exchange building has 10 phone booths built into its facade looking out over the harbour. #legacyarchitectures – Jan 17, 2016 @ 15:38

The Rotterdam Fruit Exchange building is a local favorite. The building has monument status now, and with 10 phone booths built into it, it should. Interior photos of the place here. You can rent it out for events, seats 400.

A week later I looped out into the harbour & through the Benelux tunnel. Not pictured below due to insuffiecient levels of instagrammability (pretty heavy fog out that day); 2 cable-laying ships, the MAMMOET hq, container repair/storage yards, crude oil storage tanks. There’s stuff.

LUX TUNNEL

LUX TUNNEL – Jan 24, 2016 @ 15:23
Jonge

Jonge – Jan 24, 2016 @ 15:32

The ground is soft underfoot along the side of the road out here. Hasn’t settled back down yet from having the pipes buried underneath it that pump the oil across the network of refinery facilities. There’s no footpath here, but it’s not an area designed for humans to be strolling around.

Hier melden.

Hier melden. – Jan 24, 2016 @ 15:42

‘REPORT HERE’ the sign says.

Pristine landscape.

Pristine landscape. – Jan 24, 2016 @ 15:45
SAME.

SAME. – Jan 24, 2016 @ 15:49

Importing the Instagram Archive

A few words on how & why I’ve imported my content from Instagram. We’ll get the technicals out of the way real quick and then move on to stories & content strategy.

I’ve pulled in roughly 4 years of content from Instagram (just over 1000 images & videos) using Instagrate Pro, which offers a solid range of features for integration of Instagram accounts into WordPress. Had this been a client job, I’d most likely have used a Custom Post Type and automatically imported each image or video individually, maintaining as much of the original meta-data as possible (location data, tags in their own custom taxonomy, etc) and integrating into the site from there.

This being a personal blog I’ve taken a slightly different approach, importing the images & videos manually in batches to be regular blog posts back-dated to their time. The images run per post in chronological order, old to new, instead of the reverse-chronology native to Instagram’s own browsing experience. In this manner the posts take on an episodic nature, scrolling through and consuming the images & captions in the order they were posted provides a much smoother narrative experience. The stories feel like they’re unfolding much more as they were lived.

You may have caught Kyle Chayka’s recent piece; ‘Why Instagram Captions Are the New Blogging‘, and I’ve been enjoying a number of people’s recent Instagram writing. Jay Owens in particular, who sold a 3000-word travel feature off the back of her Instagram writing while travelling in the USA. Personally I don’t have the mind to write several hundred words of caption while I’m on the go or comitting a day’s highlights to Instagram. The proper long form is a whole other game entirely, but I think there’s a viable intermediate form to be found which I’d like to explore. So for the future I’ll be setting up Instagrate to partially automate creating periodic roundup posts of my Instagram content, and writing extra commentary around that.

Capturing & captioning in the moment through Instagram, but adding an extra layer of background narrative later, with better tools for the job, to be re-published into an archive with an interface I control, that is more suited to episodic storytelling. Besides fitting in with the present cultural undercurrents of early 00’s (blogging) nostalgia & withdrawal from the noisy ad-ridden feeds of major platforms, I also get to keep a nice archive of all my Instagram content in case of outages. Or for the day their owner commits an act so egregious that I feel I need to delete my account altogether.

You can peruse my Insta-bla here.

A couple of posts that have made nice little chapters:
Instableau
Tokyo 06 – Toriton Tower
Tanegashima – H-IIA F28
Tanegashima – Fly to the Future
Shady Nook

Updates & stuff…

Things are gonna stay a bit vanilla & borky around these parts for some time while much needed upgrades are done. The old-ass plugins that broke due to my recently switching to PHP 7 have been thrown out, and the theme I hadn’t updated since early 2011 went as well.

In line with my official stance on advertising (‘fuck your ads’), and broader views on privacy & data-ownership I’ve also ditched Google Analytics, and switched to the Open Source Piwik instead. Do-Not-Track headers are respected here.

The next chore (currently in progress), is importing my entire history from Instagram and setting up to automate periodic roundup posts. As for the site theme, I think I might actually stick with the WordPress Twenty-Sixteen default & just load a barebones child theme over the top for minor customisations.

Yeah that’s right, blogging. The early 00’s nostalgia is real.

Hello 2016

Alright cool, after neglecting this blog on the internet super hard for the entire last half of 2015, a new year has ticked over again. Hello 2016.

Quick re-cap of some stuff if you weren’t following along on twitter or instagram for the previous 6 months;

Things that didn’t happen; personal projects you may have heard me talking about during that period have mostly been put on ice for the time being. One large-ish piece of writing that was commissioned got canned, doubtful I’ll resurrect that.

Still getting used to having a place where I don’t live with someone else’s stuff, or the knowledge that I have to leave within a couple of months. Buying furniture feels stupid & wrong but having a decent bed and a real desk is some pretty amazing shit. Bookshelves, OMG.

First day of the year I managed to severely aggravate an iliotibial band walking down a mountain track, making 2016 the year I start taking injury prevention exercises seriously. The ability to walk up & down any old hill I feel like is something I want to preserve, as I do intend for this year to have some expeditions in it.

Structure & Narrative still lives, though as ever nobody is really sure what I’m doing. This blog will probably get an overhaul soon and there might even be content again. But y’know, don’t hold your breath. Not all year.

My occasional signs of life are best monitored via:

Hi Mum.

 

Tenerife – Coke en Stock

Instagram archives imported in January 2016.

Off to see an island about some sea & mountains for a week.

Off to see an island about some sea & mountains for a week. – Dec 30, 2015 @ 08:59

Dec 30, 2015 @ 18:09
Still not tired of black sky.

Still not tired of black sky. – Dec 30, 2015 @ 22:37

Dec 31, 2015 @ 14:36

Dec 31, 2015 @ 14:55

Dec 31, 2015 @ 16:45

Dec 31, 2015 @ 19:17

Dec 31, 2015 @ 20:07

Jan 01, 2016 @ 16:43
We have a gammy knee that gets passed down through the males in my father's family. At about 3/4 down today's hike, for the first time ever, the annoyance level from that knee went from 'lol cut it out stupid gammy knee' to 'SHITLORD STIRFRY CHRIST FUCKBUCKET' on every significant downstep. This is a problem when descending a mountain path that consists of volcanic rock, chossy slate, and muddy patches. Fortunately I carry the trusty little walking first aid bag. Rested, dumped in some ibuprofen, taped up the knee, and took 2 hours instead of 1 to get down the last section. It's 2016, apparently I am old. Tomorrow has been declared a rest day. The End.

We have a gammy knee that gets passed down through the males in my father’s family. At about 3/4 down today’s hike, for the first time ever, the annoyance level from that knee went from ‘lol cut it out stupid gammy knee’ to ‘SHITLORD STIRFRY CHRIST FUCKBUCKET’ on every significant downstep. This is a problem when descending a mountain path that consists of volcanic rock, chossy slate, and muddy patches. Fortunately I carry the trusty little walking first aid bag. Rested, dumped in some ibuprofen, taped up the knee, and took 2 hours instead of 1 to get down the last section. It’s 2016, apparently I am old. Tomorrow has been declared a rest day. The End. – Jan 01, 2016 @ 18:08
Jan 01, 2016 @ 19:39
Went shopping.

Went shopping. – Jan 02, 2016 @ 17:34
Ok well that explains a lot.

Ok well that explains a lot. – Jan 02, 2016 @ 20:07

Jan 02, 2016 @ 20:10
Went to the South of the island, which as expected is a tourist ghetto full of old crustacean-level English people watching the football over chips & lager. So here's a crane and some oil platforms instead.

Went to the South of the island, which as expected is a tourist ghetto full of old crustacean-level English people watching the football over chips & lager. So here’s a crane and some oil platforms instead. – Jan 03, 2016 @ 19:11
Check it out, a picture that contains both my arms. Also, barely visible, the curvature of the earth.

Check it out, a picture that contains both my arms. Also, barely visible, the curvature of the earth. – Jan 04, 2016 @ 19:34

Jan 04, 2016 @ 19:37

Jan 04, 2016 @ 19:41
The summit of El Teide requires a permit I was too late to apply for when I booked my flights. Knee's shot anyway. If/when I come back here walking up to this is the plan.

The summit of El Teide requires a permit I was too late to apply for when I booked my flights. Knee’s shot anyway. If/when I come back here walking up to this is the plan. – Jan 04, 2016 @ 19:50

#calmtech #flightmode – Jan 05, 2016 @ 16:36

Instagram roundup – End of 2015

Instagram archives imported in January 2016.

Things were clashed.

Things were clashed. #thingclash #thingsconams – Dec 04, 2015 @ 11:43

#thingsconams – Dec 04, 2015 @ 11:44

Dec 04, 2015 @ 15:54

Dec 06, 2015 @ 14:26

#LidlTech – Dec 07, 2015 @ 14:07
Back on the wall after a few weeks off. I have grown fat and weak. Ongoing back issues means no jumping down, so easy climbs & downclimbing everything (aka no fun). Uuuugh.

Back on the wall after a few weeks off. I have grown fat and weak. Ongoing back issues means no jumping down, so easy climbs & downclimbing everything (aka no fun). Uuuugh. – Dec 07, 2015 @ 20:03
BEACH DAY!

BEACH DAY! #brilliant #nailedit – Dec 11, 2015 @ 16:02

Dec 11, 2015 @ 16:04

Dec 14, 2015 @ 15:39
Back at an old office for a couple hours.

Back at an old office for a couple hours. – Dec 14, 2015 @ 15:39

Dec 16, 2015 @ 11:54

Dec 19, 2015 @ 16:01

Dec 19, 2015 @ 16:08

Dec 19, 2015 @ 16:14

Dec 19, 2015 @ 16:17
New Normal Boxing Day walk. Mum is wearing a fitness tracker & there are fresh new leaves budding out on oak trees.

New Normal Boxing Day walk. Mum is wearing a fitness tracker & there are fresh new leaves budding out on oak trees. – Dec 26, 2015 @ 14:02
Packed house for the war in the stars. By packed I mean empty obvs.

Packed house for the war in the stars. By packed I mean empty obvs. – Dec 26, 2015 @ 20:35
Not recovered strength yet but at least climbing some 6a/b. Still being careful about the back, so no weird jumps/drops/twists, and downclimbing whenever possible.

Not recovered strength yet but at least climbing some 6a/b. Still being careful about the back, so no weird jumps/drops/twists, and downclimbing whenever possible. – Dec 28, 2015 @ 20:50
Got myself a real desk again hell yeah.

Got myself a real desk again hell yeah. – Dec 29, 2015 @ 19:18

Instafools

Instagram archives imported in January 2016.

The Fruit Wharf, out back of the local tram stop

The Fruit Wharf, out back of the local tram stop – Nov 28, 2015 @ 10:05
Het Nieuwe Instituut

Het Nieuwe Instituut – Nov 28, 2015 @ 10:09

#FOOL01 – Nov 28, 2015 @ 10:16

Nov 28, 2015 @ 10:28

Nov 28, 2015 @ 10:39
Posse up nerds! Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra is scoring The Matrix live. It's been 16 years, time to watch this thing again.

Posse up nerds! Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra is scoring The Matrix live. It’s been 16 years, time to watch this thing again. – Nov 28, 2015 @ 11:45
Time for the biannual Linux check-in. Trusty old T41p still doing work.

Time for the biannual Linux check-in. Trusty old T41p still doing work. – Nov 28, 2015 @ 13:41

Nov 29, 2015 @ 00:05

Nov 29, 2015 @ 00:10
Rotterdam Science Tower

Rotterdam Science Tower – Dec 01, 2015 @ 16:21

Dec 03, 2015 @ 10:03

Bookshelves & extractions

Instagram archives imported in January 2016.

I finally have bookshelves again.
I finally have bookshelves again. – Oct 14, 2015 @ 12:28
Top shelf.
Top shelf. #deadtrees #mediumrarefutures – Oct 14, 2015 @ 12:38
Almost like there's some kind of theme...
Almost like there’s some kind of theme… – Oct 14, 2015 @ 12:48
Oct 14, 2015 @ 15:48
Oct 14, 2015 @ 17:19
Bottom shelf, big books.
Bottom shelf, big books. – Oct 15, 2015 @ 13:54
The not quite big books. The two on the left I've lugged around for over 25 years now.
The not quite big books. The two on the left I’ve lugged around for over 25 years now. – Oct 15, 2015 @ 14:02
Going down the bookcase, as the books get bigger the content shifts from futures & fiction to art & design.
Going down the bookcase, as the books get bigger the content shifts from futures & fiction to art & design. – Oct 15, 2015 @ 14:06
Today's bookshelf sections continuing from yesterday's...
Today’s bookshelf sections continuing from yesterday’s… – Oct 15, 2015 @ 14:09
At going on 30 years, this, and a Chronicles of Narnia boxset are the books I've had the longest.
At going on 30 years, this, and a Chronicles of Narnia boxset are the books I’ve had the longest. – Oct 15, 2015 @ 14:22
The first not-entirely-a-comic-book I ever loaned from Eastbourne Public Library. At 5 years old this was the book that actually motivated me to learn how to read long form & not just make half the story up getting by on the pictures. Now here we are today. Picked up this copy in a second hand store years ago, was super happy to find it. It hasn't aged well. Still, Space Pirates though!
The first not-entirely-a-comic-book I ever loaned from Eastbourne Public Library. At 5 years old this was the book that actually motivated me to learn how to read long form & not just make half the story up getting by on the pictures. Now here we are today. Picked up this copy in a second hand store years ago, was super happy to find it. It hasn’t aged well. Still, Space Pirates though! – Oct 15, 2015 @ 14:32
Oct 22, 2015 @ 15:34
New fave bookstore in A'dam
New fave bookstore in A’dam – Oct 23, 2015 @ 19:14
Oct 23, 2015 @ 19:44
This week...
This week… – Oct 30, 2015 @ 13:59
Quiet day @bureaubolster. New phone camera = ridiculously massive improvement over the last one.
Quiet day @bureaubolster. New phone camera = ridiculously massive improvement over the last one. – Nov 18, 2015 @ 12:43
Current status.
Current status. #theytakethingsoutofme – Nov 20, 2015 @ 09:11
Status update: taking pictures of things on your back is hard.
Status update: taking pictures of things on your back is hard. – Nov 22, 2015 @ 12:48
Nov 26, 2015 @ 17:05

September, October…

Instagram archives imported in January 2016.

Tonight
Tonight – Sep 10, 2015 @ 12:53
Glamour af
Glamour af – Sep 10, 2015 @ 18:46
Sep 18, 2015 @ 12:51
Sep 26, 2015 @ 17:31
Sep 27, 2015 @ 20:12
Sep 27, 2015 @ 20:18
Sep 27, 2015 @ 20:23
#SEALTEAM1 – Sep 27, 2015 @ 20:29
Sep 28, 2015 @ 19:22
Sep 28, 2015 @ 20:08
Sep 30, 2015 @ 16:04
Sep 30, 2015 @ 16:07
Sep 30, 2015 @ 16:08
Oct 07, 2015 @ 22:25
Oct 07, 2015 @ 22:26
Oct 07, 2015 @ 22:27
Friendly license plate scanner on the Erasmus bridge lets you know if your car will be allowed to enter city centre next year. – Oct 10, 2015 @ 14:45
Oct 10, 2015 @ 19:35