I’ve been busier than heck at work this week. We’ve been hosting a conference for educators and I had to give some sessions, help with labs, be the photographer, and, when I could, attend sessions.
It was a lot of fun but also a lot of work. I’ve been coming home totally exhausted at the end of each night – with barely enough energy to post a photograph, let alone type something up.
A few things happened during the conference that really made me laugh or feel like the center of attention.
Yesterday, I gave a session on blogs. It’s a beginner’s look at what blogs are, what people use them for, a history, and some links. I quickly show the participants how to set up a blog in under 5 minutes using wordpress. We use wordpress because it is the easiest one to set up with privacy and is clean and nice…and I’m a huge supporter of opensource softwares and especially organizations that are really great at supporting social networking. WordPress is both of those things.
As I said previously, I’m a blogging cheerleader. While I don’t think blogs are the answer to everything, there are many things that they are useful for and they can really give classroom settings a different method of expression. That is exciting to me. Anything to get students involved and excited is a good thing.
After the session, I had quite a few people come up and tell me that they wanted to start blogs. Could they contact me later? Would I be willing to give them some pointers? Well, heck…OF COURSE! I’d love that!
The first session, they started talking about del.icio.us. I love del.icio.us. I use it mostly for photoblogs but I really enjoy it. It’s a nice way to connect to others and to see what other people who enjoy the same things I do are looking at.
Then they start talking about flickr and how flickr uses fun APIs. I love flickr’s APIs. They introduced me to a new one, though, that I hadn’t looked at, flickrlilli. It’s cool. They type in Flagstaff and look for Interestingness…and what do they come up with? The image they decide to blog about? It just happens to be my image – and they didn’t even know! I was like…whoa! That’s mine! Big surprise!
At their next session, they are going through their pages and I saw an image that looked somewhat familiar. After the session, I went to the page with Erin and looked at it again. The photograph looked a lot like one of mine. We went to one of my blogs, where I use the image as a header, because I had lowered the brightness on it for a header and was surprised at how much it looked like my photo. I then went to my flickr stream to look at the original to see if it did match theirs. They do look very similar.
I can’t be certain it was mine. There was no attribution. However, I think they are very close. If it is, it’s cool to know it was used for this purpose. If it’s not mine, then it’s cool that someone took a photograph of a scene that is very much like the one I did.
I wrote to both Lamb and Levine to let them know how much I enjoyed the sessions and to ask about the photograph. Levine just replied:
Thank you so much for your message and being an engaged participant today…. AND you caught me red handed, I did snag your image and use it and glossed over the exact license in detail (made a modification of it. I am red-faced in embarassment, but it was late last night and I found it right away in flickrlilli.
If you are okay with my use of the image (which I should have asked for), thank you. And my next blog entry will acknowledge this (I believe in showing my warts, well most of them).
You did have gorgeous photos and now I can track them via flickr.
And he did exactly as he said he would. That is awesome. To me, that is what building communities is all about. You talk it out, you create dialogue, and you share things across time and space. Alan Levine is welcome to use my photography anytime – I’d just love to see what he does with it!