Matchstick Media Production

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

Tides and Current Taxi

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.