Matchstick Media Production

Online Portfolio for the Web Sites Built and Managed by Matt Slaybaugh

Tides and Current Taxi

http://marielorenz.com/tideshow/

The artist Marie Lorenz commissioned me to create an online tool for users to have an interactive schedule for her project, which is a tide-powered taxi service in the East River in New York City.

The project entailed writing a site-scraping tool in PHP that runs on a crontab every hour. It grabs the latest tide schedule from a public site. Then, since the tides are pretty predictable, another PHP script projects forward (and backward) as needed to generate the schedule table. A JavaScript interface displays images, provided by the artist, and allows users to navigate the schedule.