Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Flickr Groups

I wish I were a better photographer! As it is, I did find a Flickr group to join where the quality of the photo isn't as important as the content. I'm still finding Flickr a little confusing for some reason, and it took me a bit to figure out that you post to a group from your own pictures, not from the group page. But now I know!

Moving on to #5, I'm looking at some of the Flickr Mashups: so far, Retrievr is kind of pretty, although to me it seems to be searching more by color than by the shape of the image. An issue I have with it is that, once you've found an image, what can you do with it? It doesn't belong to you. Spell with Flickr is likewise fun to look at, but how much can we get away with using the pictures in pulls up?

Monday, July 16, 2007

Slide Show

I got some pictures loaded and created a set, which can be viewed as a slide show.

Which, according to my classy dad, "looks like pictures from one of those booths where people take 5 pictures of their butt for a dollar." Which, technically speaking, they are. But, I mean, However, we probably didn't stay late enough at the fair to see that kind of thing. Demolition Derby, on the other hand, was pretty great, mostly because my pick won (GO, station wagons!).

I think the problem I had before was not making the pictures public; I think only people with Flickr accounts can be among friends and family to view private photos.

Apparently, I need some Flickr friends!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature

Reading a book like this is what makes me miss working in a branch - I want to put this book in someone's hands because I had such a good time reading it.

Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande is really a pretty typical YA problem novel - Mena, ashamed of the actions of her church friends, writes a letter that exposes them to a lawsuit, and leaves Mena starting high school, like Melinda in Speak, ostracized and the target of harassment by her former friends, made worse by their in-class boycott of a unit on evolution. Over the first few weeks of school, a dynamic biology teacher and a cute lab partner help Mena find a way to reconcile faith and science.

Sure, it's not perfect; the charismatic minister and the two-faced members of the youth group are maybe a little too evil, and Mena's parents are two dimensional (although this does reflect the way they've let their anger freeze out their daughter). But Mena's voice is so true, so real, without resorting to chatspeak or pop culture references that are passe before the book sees print. The first person narrative keeps the pace moving while Mena struggles with her emerging feelings for Casey, her lab partner, and learns that she can maintain her deep faith without the structure of a church, a similar resolution to Margaret Peterson Haddix's Leaving Fishers.

Mena is the reason that this book succeeds for me. She jumps right off the page, and I love that her guilty rebellion entails playing with the puppies at Casey's house and watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, rather than the usual bad behavior of the Gossip Girl or A-List variety.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

More than meets the eye

So I've got one photo uploaded to Flickr.

It's a start, right? There are so many really beautiful pictures on Flickr, and some very strange pictures as well (Why does someone take a photo of every outfit she wears and post it? Better question, why did I look at two months worth of outfits?). Mine tend to be more mundane, and all of the same subject. New parent's prerogative, I guess.

I'm still exploring a lot of the options, like creating contacts. I've invited one person to be a contact, so I'll see how that goes. I'm also thinking about what I want as my Buddy Icon. I could get so bogged down in that type of thing that I never really use the site! Once I get a few more photos uploaded, I can play a little more. I used to have photos on Yahoo, which got dumped onto Photobucket. Yahoo was quick, but I think Flickr and Photobucket will take a bit more tinkering.