Flickr backup

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As a followup to my previous post on the topic of Flickr backups, I thought I’d mention that I’ve been working on such a tool (written in Python) since all of the GUI-based apps I found didn’t deal well with large numbers of photos, and because it’s fun anyway. I’m ironing out some bugs, and then hope to post it in case anyone else is interested.

–david

Information Overload

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The icons above correspond to the applications I use to get information: podcasts (iTunes), email and the web (Firefox), email and source code changes (Thunderbird), IRC conversations (Colloquy), instant messaging (Adium), and blogs (NetNewsWire). (Then there’s meatspace information channels like conversations, meetings, newspapers, books, etc., but they don’t have pretty icons like the above).

I’m a pretty sophisticated user of each of these technologies. I spend a lot of time reading. But even if I spent every single minute reading, there’s no way I could know what I want to know.
I could spend a week or so triaging, sorting, prioritizing, filtering, subscribing and unsubscribing, building custom search engines and the like, but then I’d only be more behind!
Don’t mind me, just ranting…

Bellies & Noses & Poses

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I keep going back to this picture I took over christmas, so i figured I’d share.

Bellies & Noses & Poses

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I keep going back to this picture I took over christmas, so i figured I’d share.

What happens when you cross a lawyer and a statistictian?

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You end up with licenses that read like:

CASUAL USE BY USERS NOT TRAINED IN STATISTICS, OR BY USERS NOT SUPERVISED BY PERSONS TRAINED IN STATISTICS, MUST BE AVOIDED. USERS MUST BE TRAINED AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE TO LEARN TO USE THE PROGRAMS. DATA ANALYSIS PROGRAMS MAKE MANY ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT DATA, THESE ASSUMPTIONS AFFECT THE VALIDITY OF CONCLUSIONS MADE BASED ON THE PROGRAMS. REFERENCES TO SOME APPROPRIATE STATISTICAL SOURCES ARE MADE IN THE |STAT HANDBOOK AND IN THE MANUAL ENTRIES FOR SPECIFIC PROGRAMS. |STAT PROGRAMS HAVE NOT BEEN VALIDATED FOR LARGE DATASETS, HIGHLY VARIABLE DATA, NOR VERY LARGE NUMBERS.

(from |STAT, one of my favorite antique but still useful pieces of software).

Canadian thieves

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One of the things people often say about Canadians is that they’re kind and polite. That’s true as a rule, but in some cases it’s also true in exceptional circumstances.

We came back from a two-week vacation to find that our bikes had been stolen from our garage. Not good. This was a fairly sophisticated theft, though — the garage was locked, so they must have used a remote control opener (a feature soon to be disabled!) to either target that garage or just drive around alleys and see if any door would open.

So far, not particularly interesting. A bit weirder is that they rummaged for what must have been quite a long time in the garage, dumping some of the freezer contents on the floor (they didn’t even take the polish vodka!), making a mess of things (even if it wasn’t that clean to begin with), clearly looking for something easy to fence. Luckily, most of my power tools are on Gambier, so as far as I can tell no tools are gone. But the bikes are gone.

All of that isn’t weird. What’s weird is that they used allen keys and screwdrivers to carefully take off things that they didn’t want off the bikes: rack and saddle bags, a nice bell, even the LED lights! Unfortunately they didn’t leave behind the brackets for the front basket on Emily’s bike and the hard-to-find bracket for the trail-a-bike on mine.

So, maybe kind and polite is a bit of an overstatement, but still, not your everyday smash-and-grab crowd… They even left some fleecy gloves. Maybe we can get some fingerprints from the inside…

Lazyweb: Incremental Flickr Backup Solution Anyone?

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Oh lazyweb:

Does anyone know of a working incremental flickr backup system? I have used Net::Flickr::Backup once (after much fighting with Perl), but it hasn’t been updated to work with the new Net::Flickr::API, IIRC.

The GUI apps that I’ve seen (Java-based FlickrBackup, others) don’t seem to deal well with 5000+ pictures, and don’t seem to support incremental backups anyway).

(I’ve considered paying for the service from Flickr, but it’s a bit too pricey for my taste).