Category Archives: flickr

some free wallpapers for desktop and phone

My web stats tell me that you lot like to find some new and shiny wallpapers for your desktops and phones now and then. Since I’ve been tagging my flickr photos for a while now with wallpaper tags, I thought it would be nice if I’d just link them up here so you can take a peek and use them if you like.
All wallpapers are cc-licensed as usual so you’re free to use them, chop and manipulate them. To download an image, click the Actions menu on top, then pick “View All Sizes”.

Here’s some of the desktop wallpapers:

cmd.exe

belgian summer

dubai nights

And here are some more wallpapers specifically made for your smartphone (which means they are in portrait mode basically):

dark church ra dubai nights

Enjoy!

flickr censorship?

Violet Blue. The real one.Flickr is dealing with a lot of censorship fuzz lately, some legit and some not imo.
For instance in this case where the sex blogger Violet Blue got her pictures censored because her account didn’t make it through the adult filter is kinda shitty. Her account wasn’t packed with porn or anything, but as someone who blogs on the subject of fornication (funny word isn’t it) and all that has to do with it, there are some pics in there showing some skin, and (OMGWTF!) perhaps even a nipple or two.

So her account got suspended and censored, so she got rather pissed about it, which she has the right to of course. In the end everything turned out alright. The Flickr guys apologized to her, which is nice, and the naughty pics are now marked as such so they don’t show up in peoples safe searches.

The idea behind the filtering Flickr does is simple, and a good one. They want people to be in control of what pictures they want to see turning up in their search results. As is the case with Google and Yahoo, safe search filters the NSFW pictures for you. But as has been proven countless times before on the internet, filtering isn’t an easy task, so mistakes happen.
People get pissed of rather quickly with these kind of mistakes though, and in some cases, web 2.0 has enabled the mobs to start spamming their ass off with “flickr sucks” statements all over the intahweb.

For instance in the case where Flickr censors pictures for users from Germany (here). The problem here is that Flickr is forced to do this to apply to German law, and didn’t just apply this policy because they don’t like bratwurst und sauerkraut.
However, tons of Flickr users are now posting and reposting pictures telling Flickr to stop their censoring activities, which they can’t really do anything about without risking a big fat lawsuit. Flickr users who may or may not know at all what the deal is about anyway, judging from some of the comments posted on the support forums…

Mob 2.0?

flickr now more secure… bugger

Yep, Flickr.com got a bit more “secure” recently, if you can call it that, and I have to say that I’m sorry to find out about it.

You see, flickr users posting their nifty pics could disallow surfers like myself from viewing the original photo and only allow the preview on the main photo page.
This makes sense of course, as some people in there are professional photographers who want to store their hi-res pictures on flickr but don’t want just any bozo (like me) to be able to rip and download their pictures for free. These guys have their property and income to protect right? The fun part however was that the protection was only half arsed. Yep, it’s was pretty easy to bypass, and you could nicely download the original if you knew the naming scheme flickr used for the original.

Now this has changed sadly enough. There’s no way you can get to the original, since the name now seems to be in no way related to the other resized versions, and well… that means I won’t be able to get those bitching backgrounds on my desktop anymore from the pros. It’s sad, yet understandable. *sigh*.

Luckily however, there are also more generous folks in there, shooting professional pictures and allowing them to be downloaded, or even better… share them under a CC license.
Bravo!” I’d say to those, and just because we like them so much, here are a hand picked examples of such great snips of those oh-so generous flickrites.



Pretty darn good stuff isn’ it? And if you click the pictures, you’ll get more eye pleasing goodness from the camera of the same photographers, and if you just can’t get enough… there’s always the Flickr CC search!

funny subtitle mashup

Sometimes technology can fuck things up, and be funny at the same time. Most of the time it’s just plain irritating when it happens, but this series of pictures I stumbled upon on flickr is of the funny, first, and rarest kind.

Apparently the tv subtitles got all screwy, and combined those from a news broadcast, with.. well, something else, but quite obscure, judging from the text…
So check this out for some funny subtitle mashup bizzniz and have a laugh.

flickr is out there

I’ve been going on about Flickr before, but latetly it amazed me how quickly images related to global events show up in their directory.

The tagging system is really proving it works with those, and before you know it you can easily find pictures online from events like live 8, the glastonbury festival, Kirsten Dunst in bikini, or less entertaining, the recent London bombings.

The Flickr community is on or better in the media, and it’s cool to be watching.

woman taking a picture by Zen

flickr pwnz

Flickr is just amazingly fun to just check out when you have a few spare minutes and just look at some pretty pictures.
The rate at which pictures are submitted to the site is mindbogling. Whenever you switch between the latest submitted images, you’re bound to see that some of the images of the previous screen have already shifted to the new page. Just staying put on the first page of the newly submitted public pictures and refreshing every few minutes is good enough to see bunches of new submissions slide by.

The search engine and tag system makes it super easy to find whatever you are looking for. Like lately I was looking for some pictures that would look good as a desktop wallpaper for instance. In case plain searching doesn’t work, there usually a bunch of groups to help you out, like the obvious wallpaper group, or others like textures, zen or minimalist and there’s plenty more to be found if you just click around a bit.

Like this wicked image of a Tokyo underground tunnel, which is currently decorating my desktop:
tokyo underground tunnel, bright neon on the raw metal walls

yahoo! for creative commons searches

Yahoo! has just launched a Creative Commons search engine
enabling you to search for freely (re)ussable photo’s, music, art, in whatever production you’re up to.

Excellent!

I can even find my own blog in there, which makes sense since it’s CC licensed, but it doesn’t show my archive.org content just yet, so some finetuning is still in order I guess.

Still, pretty sweet search idea though. This will be a nice way of finding some freely usable images to use in blog posts besides Flickr, although that one really rules because each image is automatically resampled into a range of commonly used sizes.

Talking Flickr, check out these amazing transparent screen pics.