Monday, March 30, 2009


Urban Outfitters releases 21 free tracks to download off their blog every so often. I bet if you work there, listening to this mix would drive you nuts because it is probably the same music they are playing on loop in their store. The last mix LSTN#3 was pretty nice. Currently listening to the latest one LSTN#4 and it's equally as nice. Probably not going to find your new favorite band but If nothing else you can just throw it on and tune out while doing work or whatever.

Friday, March 20, 2009


Tertulien at the Beach (#2), originally uploaded by rippo.

For several years now I've been trying to figure out how flickr's Explore feature on their website works. They explain that it's a magic donkey that picks the photos to feature in Explore. The photo above is one such photo that I found while browsing today's Explore page. Obviously super interesting and worthy of the highest flickr praise.

The mystery isn't so much how do your photos end up being Explored but rather how do you know when a photo of yours has been explored??? I've always been certain that at least ONE of my photos must have made it into the Explored system but never knew how to confirm it. Flickr does not send you any notices when a photo of yours is featured on Explore... no internal flickr mail, no email, no magic asterisk on your Explore worthy photo... nothing. It's up to you to figure it out.

Many flickr users have sets where they feature their Explored photos... how did they know??? Do they sit there and look at EVERY SINGLE Explored photo each day? I bet some people actually do that. No way, not everyone does that. There's too many people with sets showing their Explored photos. There must be a better way.

Today I finally got off my butt and typed into google "how do you find out if your photo has been Explored on flickr?" The best answer I found came from the Big Huge Labs website. They are a company makes all sorts of flickr integrated web apps. One such feature on their site is Scout.

With Scout all you do is type in your flickr username and it will tell you if you have any current or dropped Explore photos. I guess if your photo is added to Explore for a certain day there is no guarantee it will stay up. All the photos uploaded that day fluctuate in "interestingness" depending on how many people view the photo and comment on it and such.

It turns out ONE of my photos was featured at some point in the Explore set for September 15th, 2007. The photo has since dropped in popularity or "interestingness" so it is no longer on Explore... but for at least a brief moment in time it was there. Here is that photo...
RDB Day 020

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Who is the creeper in your neighborhood that want's to be a monster?

Monday, March 09, 2009


You're about to leave work and what better way to kick off ending your crappy Monday than to fall in love with this killer love jam. If you've ever been totally in love with someone then this song is pretty kick ass... but this video, not so much. It's a period piece with unnecessary blue screen and a lot of fog juice flowing around. This budget could have produced something more creative than this. If "thriller" is the ultimate music video version of a zombie movie then consider this the ultimate music video version of a romantic period piece movie / romantic novel(gag).