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December 30, 2013

The family album — making good on a resolution

I’ve been spending TV time taking digital photographs of every page of our family photo albums. Sure, it’d be better to digitize each one individually, but it turns out that what I’m doing is way better than never getting around to doing it right.

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June 30, 2012

Amerzing pherters

Two sets of amazing photos:

Wikimedia Commons has announced its best photos of the year.

Here’s one I like. It’s by Simon Pierre Barrette.

Also, the New York Hall of Science is exhibiting the winners of the international The Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition. These are amerrrzing photos of microscopic subjects. Totally amahhzning. See them here.

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February 24, 2012

Two tours

The Atlantic has crystal clear photos juxtaposing Japan after the earthquake and a year later.

Business Insider has a set of satellite photos of slums around the world.

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February 1, 2012

High-res St. Petersburg

Here’s a beautiful high-res view of St. Petersburg.

A couple of hints: Click on the “stop” button at the bottom to stop it from auto-rotating. And you may find that your keyboard’s arrow keys make the image easier to control.

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December 11, 2010

Boston Public Library has 15,827 photos on Flickr

The Boston Public Library has put 15,827 photos into Flickr, using the least restrictive Creative Commons licenses possible. Tom Blake, the Digital Projects Manager at the BPL reports “he images on our Flickr account have been viewed collectively over 1.6 million times since we launched the account in March of 2008.”

The photos I dipped into were well marked up with metadata, and tagged. (Their new collection is called “Misc.” :) Some great stuff there. E.g., if you’re interested in the early Red Sox, try these. Or stereopticon images.


[the next day:] Jon Udell, in a tweet [twitter: judell], points to Keene Public Library’s recent Flickr uploadingg. ” KPL nicely models photo curation,” Jon tweets.

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November 29, 2009

Awesome, Not awesome, Awesome if it works

Awesome: Photo of the sun’s path over the course of a year.

Not awesome: Video Professor. Nice job calling it like it is, Mike Arrington. (“When you’re 80 and look back at what you’ve done with your life, is this really what you want to have spent your time doing?”) And it’s been slashdotted.

Awesome if it works: Is this the fix for Left4Dead2′s crash-to-desktop problem?

[LATER THAT DAY: Nope. It definitely isn't. Sigh.]

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May 18, 2009

Ridiculous zoom

At first sight, the images at the Nano GigaPan blog look like fairly ordinary electron microscope photos. But notice the zoom button.

Here’s an ant. Here’s some blood and hair.

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April 23, 2009

From our Archives

After giving a talk to folks from the National Archives, they gave me a book — Your Land, Our Land, edited by Monroe Dodd and Brian Burnes, on the staff of the National Archives — of photos from the regional archives. Beautiful stuff in it. Here are some samples. (I photographed them since the book doesn’t fit into my scanner very well.) Click on the samples to download large versions:

artillery shells
From the Watertown arsenal (Boston), WWI artillery shells

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Woody Guthrie’s signed loyalty oath

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vMinerva Markowitz working an engraving machine: Brooklyn Navy Yard, WWII

This book, published by Kansas City Star Books and the Foundation for the National Archives comes with the usual stern copyright warning:

“All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior consent of the publisher.”

But I checked with counsel: The copyright only extends to the selection and arrangement of the photos, plus any text they added. The photos themselves are public domain (I presume), and “in the US (unlike Europe), there is no copyright protection for the digitization or accurate reproduction of public domain works.”

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December 21, 2008

Those darn squirrels

Here’s a cute photo of the squirrels in our neighbor’s house, which is quite adorable for him except for the squirrels.

three squirrels

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October 21, 2008

Why, I remember Obama when he was a young lad of 43

I was thumbing through some photos a couple of days ago and came across IMG0127.jpg, which turned out to be a photo I took at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. I was there as one of the 30 or so bloggers who had been given credentials. The DNC did it up right for us, including a breakfast meeting, in front of which they trotted dignitaries, including Howard Dean and the skinny, promising Senator-to-be. All I remember was that he was shy, charming, and seemed as unsure as we were of what to make of a room full of bloggers with press credentials, all being recorded by mainstream journalists who had been confined behind a railing at the back of the room.

Obama addressing bloggers at 2004 DNC
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Meanwhile, my friend Tim Hiltabiddle has posted at Facebook a gallery of beautiful photos he took of Obama in New Hampshire last week. Gorgeous.

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