When I moved to Saskatoon in 1984 I remember looking at this building and thinking, “If the Soviets win, this is where they will stay”. I stand by that initial thought to this day. It brings on a mini-depressive episode every time I drive by it.
My new favorite photo. Stunning composite shot of the Perseids Meteor Shower
I was walking home last night and I stumbled across this abandoned organ in an alley downtown. Since I have no need or desire for a free organ, I just kept on walking.
For those of you who think I am difficult, meet my son as I try to take a nice photo of him. Of course he is on his netbook right now, typing this tweet to Sean Shaw.
I had fun talking politics with
@seanshaw last night.It’s going to be awkward if I ever run against him in the future.
— Mark Cooper (@coopermark) August 5, 2012
If Sean wins in Ward 3, he has a deal to take over the live blogging of city council meetings. That’s scary enough, what’s scarier is that it already clicked in that he can use that ability for evil. I need to start controlling who he is folling on Twitter and online a lot more carefully.
- Winner – Best Cinematography, Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2011
- Winner – Action Sports Category, Vimeo Awards 2012
- Winner – G-Raid Driven Creativity award – Professional Category
- Winner – Best Cinematography, 5Point Film Festival 2011
- Winner – Grand Prize – Chamonix Film Festival 2011
- Winner – Best short – New York Surf Film Festival 2011
- Winner – Digital short of the Year, Surfer Poll
- Winner – Relentless Short Stories 2011
- Winner – Amstel Surf Film Festibal, Peoples Choice award
- Winner – Best short, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival
- Winner – Best International Short, Canadian Surf Film Festival
- Winner – Best Short, Waimea Ocean Film Festival
Make sure you watch it. Simply amazing.
Taken from the front step of the cabin yesterday.
Here is the view of the backyard.
I miss working in Riversdale. I am heading down today and renewing my membership at The Two Twenty. I am not sure how often I will use the space but part of me enjoys life better when I am working down there.
I absolutely love this photo of Goat Creek Trail by Dave King and have been captivated by it since he posted it to Flickr. It’s a composite image of two shots from his Android. What a spectacular image. Check it out full screen on black for an even more dramatic effect. Here is another amazing wide screen shot of the Bow River.
Flickr’s mobile and social failures are ultimately both symptoms of the same problem: a big company trying to reinvent itself by gobbling up smaller ones, and then wasting what it has. The story of Flickr is not that dissimilar to the story of Google’s buyout of Dodgeball, or Aol’s purchase of Brizzly. Beloved Internet services with dedicated communities, dashed upon the rocks of unwieldy companies overrun with vice presidents.
As a result, Flickr today is a very different site than it was five years ago. It’s an Internet backwater. It’s not socially appealing.
Recently, Flickr rolled out a "Justified" view, a way to scan your friends’ recent photos where they are all placed together like puzzle pieces. It’s similar to the way Pinterest lays out images. It’s a dramatic, gorgeous way to look at photos—that mostly highlights how rarely many people update now.
As I scroll down I note that friend after friend has quit posting. At the bottom of the page I am already back in mid 2010. So many of my friends have vanished. It feels like MySpace, circa 2009.
This is anecdotal, sure, but I follow many of these same people on other networks (Path, Facebook, Instagram) where they tend to be very active. I see photos of the same people, with their same children and their same dogs—all looking a year or two older than on Flickr.
This justified view also serves to highlight just how many of my friends’ photos are formatted in perfect squares—the tell-tale sign of an Instagram snap that’s been exported. Many of my contacts’ entire photostreams are made up of Instagram photos. In other words they are mere duplicate streams—with fewer comments and activity—of content that exists in primary form elsewhere. The only reason they are active on Flickr at all is because they automatically export there.
There are other signals as well. On Stellar.io, a favorites aggregator that tracks what people are linking on Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo and Flickr, the latter’s links fail to show up even daily in my stream. And of course, there is that damning Quantcast traffic chart.
I still love and use Flickr a lot but like a lot of people, enjoy using Instagram a fair bit as well. My iPhone shots go to Instagram first (where they are sent to Flickr, Twitter, and occasionally Foursquare) but anything shot with a camera goes right to Flickr. Sadly that isn’t as easy as it should. The Flickr Uploadr is slow and often times out and I have had a horrible time setting up a Flickr acct for The Lighthouse. After having problems with the login, Yahoo!/Flickr have totally ignored my help requests and despite it being a Pro acct, no one will answer my emails. I keep hoping that Flickr will survive but more and more it feels like Dopplr 2.0.