This morning I was inspired to bring my pinhole camera to work to re-shoot my “library ghost” photo. The original didn’t come out exactly as I wanted. Plus, now I’m walking around with a cane. I have props! So I dressed myself in black, found a lace poncho thing in my office that I thought might add to the drama, and set up my pinhole camera.
I exposed the shutter, and stood in front of the camera for 1 minute 30 seconds.
As I stood there, posing in the aisle, I heard some whispering in the next aisle. I assumed that it was our volunteer, searching for books and whispering to herself. I thought to myself, “please, please, please, don’t wander over here while I’m doing this.” I didn’t want to have to explain what I was doing.
Thankfully, the very long minute and a half ended and I wandered around the stacks with my camera to see if I could find the volunteer, to see where she was.
THERE WAS NOBODY THERE.
I either heard the whispering in my head or it was the library ghost.
A lot of people have been talking about Flickr’s big change. They are limiting the free accounts to only 1,000 photos instead of the terabyte offered several years ago (2013). I had been a pro user since 2006 and then switched to a free account when they offered the free terabyte because I didn’t see the point in paying for a pro account. It seems this change has pissed a lot of people off. I am throwing my unpopular opinion into the ring. I applaud Flickr for making this decision. I switched back to a Pro account almost as soon as they announced this change.
I applaud the change because of what I wrote about in this post. Social media has become an enterprise where we are providing content for these multi-million dollar companies but not getting paid for our content. To add insult to injury, our brains are getting hacked and manipulated so that we will buy the products of the REAL customers of these websites, the advertisers. This is evil. I welcome a model that gets back to genuine connection with other people all over the world, no strings attached. I am more than happy to pay for this service. I realize now that if a social media service is offered “for free” there are possibly evil motives.
I am happy to pay the mere $50 a year to Flickr. Flickr has served me well for over a decade. I applaud their decision to follow a different path, and appreciate that they are making sure their users continue to be the customers of their product.
I found this awesome thread on Twitter and started making Queen Elizabeth in a simple text editor but as I went along the instructions want you to type over the line before it, so it requires an actual typewriter (which I have!) I may have to try this. In the meantime, this exists!
Instructions on how to type your own picture of Kojak (1975).
Yesterday, during a bout of procrastination, I found myself changing my blog theme. Here is how that went:
Gets email from WordPress: “your domain ‘Transatlanticpinswap.com’ will automatically renew in 1 month.”
Me: “Oh! That doesn’t even exist anymore. I need to cancel that.
Goes to cancel transaction. Notices other WordPress things I’ve purchased in the past, including a theme that I bought for $75 in 2011 that I don’t use anymore.
Me: “Why am I not using this theme? This is is a nice looking theme!”
Activates theme. Realizes why I stopped using theme.
Looks at other themes.
Finds one that uses the portfolio custom template-y thing. Activates it.
Spends day figuring out how to use the portfolio thingy.
So yeah. I made a little section that features some highlights of my creative life. I’ll add to it little by little. You can find it here. This month, since it is National Poetry Month, I will add new poems to my portfolio thingy everyday. My feed will not update but if you follow me on Twitter or we are FB friends, you might be notified of the update.