Born and raised in Seattle, Joshua Marie Wilkinson is the author of several books of poetry as well as Trouble Finds You, a novel due out next year. His writing has appeared in Tin House, Pen America, Poetry, The Believer, and in more than a dozen anthologies. He's taught in MFA programs in Chicago and Tucson, and abroad in Italy, Slovakia, and Turkey. In 2019 he was the Writer-in-Residence at Rhodes University in South Africa. He lives in Seattle with the writer Lisa Wells and their son Jude. Currently, he teaches at Hugo House and is training to become a psychotherapist.
This data was produced by a Nest geofence. A geofence can be thought of as a virtual fence around your home, connected to the GPS feature of your smart phone. It activates smart devices inside the home when you’re close to home (such as a thermostat) and turns them off when you’re gone. The Nest geofence data came in a .json file with UNIX timestamps (UNIX time stamps tracks time as a running count of seconds. The count begins at the "Unix Epoch" on January 1st, 1970). The .json file was cleaned and transformed into a CSV file, and then into a visualization.
For this story, we invited the writer to highlight the ways data move and travel, particularly to, from and within a home. Whenever data move about, settle in an archive or rest in a database, adventures await and involve human lives and world. We shared with the writer images from Data Centers to show the materiality of some of the infrastructure supporting smart devices' data.
This Geofence data shows when the occupants of this home were arriving or leaving home, triggering their thermostat to start between May 7th to June 8th 2021.
The Geofence data consists of timestamps for turning on and off. This is the data that inspired this story.