I love snappy audio-visuals. Why would anyone linger for 10 seconds on a given picture when you can easily show 5 in the same period? A new web-based service takes this to the extreme, however. Pummelvision will generate a slideshow of your entire Flickr stream at somewhere around 7 frames per second. You have absolutely no way of taking in any individual picture but as a way to get a quick idea of how someone’s photography has evolved during their time on the site, it’s a lot of fun.
Here’s my entire Flickr photostream since 2006, all 977 images, presented in a mind-pummeling 2 minutes and 22 seconds.
I just received a rather odd message via Flickr mail. It was from an Italian photographer advertising one of his images. It was also in Italian, a language which is not my best (I barely know how to order beer in Italy let alone carry on a conversation about photography). As I usually do, I headed over to Yahoo Babelfish (or http://babelfish.altavista.com as it used to be – oddly, the “legacy URL” still works nicely) and pasted in the text. The final paragraph of the original message was:
“Flickr è la migliore applicazione per la gestione e la condivisione di foto online. Se sei curioso di sapere per che cosa lo utilizzo, guarda il mio profilo oppure naviga tra il mio album.”
…and the web site translated this as:
“Flickr is the best application for the management and the sharing of photo online. If you are curious of knowing for I use it what, watches my profile or is annoying between my egg whites.”
I do find unsolicited messages like this rather annoying (though I think this was the first example of Flickr spam I have seen) but, in this case, it ended up having great entertainment value and didn’t disturb my egg whites at all.
The Flickr Getty Collection has just gone live. I was rather expecting to receive an email telling me whether or not the images I submitted were accepted but this wasn’t the case. It seems that all 10 images I uploaded made it into the collection so we’ll see what happens. You can see my contributions here.