“We don’t create anything in a vacuum. When you create art, like you’re basically just feeding into this big, sacred legacy of work. And you’re just feeding into the neural net of every other human. You know, it’s like, ultimately, we all kind of function like A.I.; we’re all a product of all the content that we feed ourselves. And so, you know, it’s just like, it’s just funny to be like, ‘Oh, this is my work.’ In reality, it’s the result of thousands of years of human art making.
– Grimes, New York Times, October 28, 2020.
“Do not ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”– Harold Thurman Whitman . from “Awakening Joy Practice Letter 8” by James Baraz
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).
You never know when you might need to… pic.twitter.com/rdP2cWACsC
— Pulp Librarian (@PulpLibrarian) November 8, 2018