Every now and then I get a flickr message from someone asking to use one of my pictures in some site or another, as I imagine do many people since I know of several people who have had similar queries. I don’t know about everyone else’s pictures, but the majority of mine have already got an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives Creative Commons license on them, which means that I have already said you can use it and you don’t have to send me a message asking if you can use it. Especially not when your message directs me to an URL where I have to register on a site in order to click the box that says “yes, you can use it”. (I would have thought that having followed the personalised link from either my flickr account or email account would let you know that I am, in fact, me.)
So I’m afraid that people who do that instead of just using the damn picture are not going to get me replying with a yes. When it takes more effort than me either just clicking something or hitting ‘reply’ and typing “sure” or something like that, then no, you cannot use my picture. (I will add that this annoyance doesn’t include the messages you sometimes get where someone says “hey, I used your picture in an article, here is the link if you are interested”. I like that.)
Remember a few weeks ago I asked if anyone else’s kids fiddle with their dummies and tuning it in? I have a little video of Kristian doing it and thanks to flickr’s new video feature, can share it with all of you too :)
He is mostly only turning it one way in this video but mostly when they do it, it’s a few twists one way then a few back the other. Maybe it wasn’t loud enough or something on this day ;)
I came across this site called Photojojo’s PhotoTimeCapsule and thought it sounded interesting so I registered to see how it was. What happens is you link up your flickr account and then every two weeks or so they send you a “time capsule” email with a few photos from your photostream dated around a year ago.
Every couple weeks, the Time Capsule looks at your Flickr account for photos you took a year ago. It picks the ones that are most interesting — the ones that got viewed the most, favorited the most, and commented on the most — and sends them to you in email.
You’ll be amazed by how wonderful it is to get a photo blast from the past.
Today I got my first email. It had a picture of Abigail and my mum having a swimming lesson, Stephanie holding a tiny Kristian and a couple of Kristian sleeping by himself looking very cute and very small!
eta: yes, well, that went well, eventually. Only took minor rewriting of the plugin to make it work. (It apparently was written for PHP5 and this server has 4.4.7.) Still, it is pretty cool, this plugin. The only problem I have is that I would like to be able to select which size of image I use on a case by case basis, whereas the plugin assumes to show the square thumbs for sets and tags and the medium size for single photos. (Which I changed to the square ones. I am thinking I could perhaps reasonably easily modify the script to allow choosing when you are writing your entry but I don’t know if that’s allowed, can’t seem to see anywhere what the license on it is.)