Geography of Robots Backgrounds: Shield Oil Refinery & Airline Highway

End Millennium

End Millennium - Darin Joseph AcostaYou and your sister break into Wal-Mart in the aftermath of a devastating hurricane with a stranger you met on Craigslist. Interactive fiction with sounds by Seamstress & Amitai Heller.

Recent wanderings through the River Parishes.

Geography of Robots Volume 1 Demo

Geography of Robots is an episodic cyberpunk video game and multimedia experiment that explores the late industrial future of Louisiana and other parts of the American South. It’s being developed in JavaScript and leverages the amazing Phaser.js library.

You can play an extended demo of Volume 1 on itch.io (not mobile friendly):

Script to Compile iWitness Pollution Reports to GeoJSON

This Node script scrapes the RSS feed for the Louisiana Bucket Brigade’s iWitness Pollution Map and compiles the incidents into a single GeoJSON string. The scraped incidents are limited to the “River Parishes” of Jefferson, St. Charles, St. John, and St. James. These are among the most heavily industrialized parishes in the state.

You can fork the repo here. To scrape incidents currently in the feed, run “node compile_incidents” from the root directory.

Scraps From the Storm

I’ve been thinking through the summer of 2005 a lot lately. Not just because of Katrina 10 hype — though that’s a huge part of it — but also because of the quality of this summer’s heat; the varying kinds of emotional energy that have been flowing through both my life and the lives of people I love; my frequent visits to Sisters in Christ, which has an ambiance that is, to me, reminiscent of pre-Katrina New Orleans (must be all the early 2000s emo); and, most significantly, because I recently dredged up some old emails from the weeks surrounding the storm, which help me to reconstruct small pieces of my Katrina experience.

I started journaling many of these thoughts, memories, mental moments, reconstructions, and after-images. Most are my own personal memories; but some are the experiences of others that have haunted me or otherwise hidden themselves in my mind. They may find a home in a zine at some point, but for now, I’m sharing a few of them below…

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