Blog posts tagged "flickr"

Fire at Beijing CCTV tower complex

February 9th, 2009
asc: it seems to me that we need to set up a magic email address for “things on fire”

Fire at 
Beijing CCTV tower complex

From an amazing set by Ai de ke.

Shoe Toss

December 15th, 2008

CHUCKing Flying Laces Comeverse the new Star Cool Shoes Street Corners for You. (EXPLORE!)

Photos from waterbubblz, dgrubz, murdlebanks, so_phie, elton and picturesofthings

  • December 11, 2008

    My Flickr API library for PHP.

    I’m a big believer in Norvig’s “Code is liability” maxim. Which is how I justify my ugly, but functional Flickr API implementation, in 40 lines of PHP (not the most expressive of languages), which I wrote in about 15 minutes one evening, and I now use for all of my Flickr side projects. And all apropos of digging through other folks Flickr API impls, trying to get them working on GAE. Thankfully blech is already there.

    + 1. (Aside , , , , , , )

Random Notes on Twitter Culture

December 4th, 2008

I tried to fit this all into 140 characters. I really did. I couldn’t do it, not even with disemvoweling.


Chatting with a friend who does information architecture for pharmaceutical advertising she was shocked I hadn’t heard about the “Motrin Mom” twitter-in-a-teapot. I had no idea what she was talking about.

Apparently “Twittering Critics Brought Down [the] Motrin Mom Campaign”. And the entire advertising industry, at least here in New York, is having a fear-of-a-twitter planet moment. Complete with righteous anger about the “irrationality of Twitter”. (um, hello folks, but didn’t you build one of the largest global business by cynically manipulating people’s “irrationality”?)

But the part that really caught me off is this didn’t blip my radar at all. Maybe I was just offline for it, but as far as I can tell the twittering classes I follow didn’t peep about this. I thought Twitter was all about us? (Also, Summize you are already awesome and everything, but if you add “search within people you’re following” and “search within people who follow you” I promise to love you forever)


Only tangentially related, I’m sure Tyler Hawkins aka @flickr has a very busy @replies tab.

What I can’t figure out is if all these folks responding to @flickr are really confused about whether Hawkins is a Flickr representative (he isn’t and doesn’t in anyway suggest he might be) or just believe so strongly that “@flickr” address twits will arrive in Flickr’s inbox that reality is irrelevant.

I’m torn on whether the assumption that when you speak you will be heard is the ultimate arrogance (and one particularly prevalent on Twitter), or if rather this proves that we’ve historically worried too much about URIs and that culture has no problem evolving them ad-hoc.

Now if only I had a thesis, rather then a rambling collection of half thoughts. Which is why I wanted to fit this all into 140 characters. Alas.

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!

September 23rd, 2008

Historical landmark New York Central Railroad 69th Street Transfer Bridge, with Trump Towers looming in the background.

Donut Day!

April 16th, 2008


See: Day of Donut

Flickr: Beehive Launches without Phishing

March 31st, 2008

Overview of relationships between groups, removing highly redundant groups

Congrats to waferbaby, mroth, and ph for totally owning on today’s friend importing feature (aka beehive).

We’re a little late to the game but its awfully nice to be able to launch with zero screenscraping, and zero phishing-creepy-give-us-your-password. This is what data-portability-open-data-delegated-trust future looks like.

update: and yes, we’re cheating, because Yahoo’s addressbook API is still internal+partners only. We’re working on it.

1000 Days of First Cups

March 30th, 2008

First Cup March 27, 2008

Steve Ford’s first cups is probably my favorite photo project on Flickr. I’ve been watching for photos of his first cup of coffee each morning for nearly 3 years now (Oct 18th, 2005, when I saw and faved this photo from Ritual). And today he uploaded number 1,000.

And I remember the first drink Steve ever poured for me, at the Linden alley location, in late March 2005, when I was living in Boston, and flying out to consult for Odeo. After that I started flying the 3,000 miles for the coffee, and doing the Odeo consulting on the side.

Flickr trivia: First Cup was the first set on Flickr to get a feed (an official one at least).

Congrats Steve.

Yahoo! OpenID Provider, Flickr and Delegation

January 30th, 2008

The Yahoo OP is officially live today! Congrats to Shreyas and Allen for shepherding this for many months!

If you’re a Flickr user you can your photos URL (, or if you’re signing into a RP that supports XRDS, just use

You’ll also want to visit, and click on “Get Started” and customize your OpenID identifier.

Personally I just use as my OpenID. I had to futz around a bit to figure out OpenID 2.0’s slightly different syntax, but if you view source on this blog you’ll now see in the header:

<link rel="openid2.provider" href="">
<link rel="openid2.local_id" href="">