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Photography Hosting Strife

I realized with disgust that, having written a post about photography, I was more obligated than ever to find a picture to attach to this post. This is a totally random shot I got from the PayPal X Innovate conference, currently available on my Flickr account.

I take pictures. Normally, I process them, and stash them away on hard drives, only to post a few select shots some weeks later. But lately people have been wanting me to take pictures and put them up for public viewing post haste. Facebook is utterly unmentionable, that goes without saying; butchering photos with a sickening amount of compression and resizing to 614px on the long side. I have a Flickr account (it feels way cleaner and more respectable than DeviantArt), but I really dislike Flickr’s interface when it comes to sets (and the “All Sizes”/sizing thing is horrid). SmugMug is better but still not that good for my purposes. Flickr has a nice community and clean, if not very usable, interface. I just feel bad using it for an all-purpose photodump.

So I’ve been thinking about starting to use Picasa Web as my photodump for large sets of images. To me, Picasa feels pretty amateur, but at least others can easily navigate forward/backward, zoom-in, do other NORMAL things. I have frequently had to show others how to do this stuff with Flickr. What solutions have you all found? Anyone else run into the angst of diluting their portfolio with obligatory images? Does my Flickr portfolio/Picasa photodump solution sound sound?


New House

A snazzy floorplan I whipped up

A snazzy floorplan I whipped up

Finally. It took a month to find it and move in, but here I am. Posting pictures of my new house.


  • 2 bed/1 bath
  • 2 blocks from Japantown
  • 2 blocks from the light rail
  • Work and downtown both bikable
  • Front yard/deck/white picket fence/American dream
  • $1450/month
  • ~920 sq. ft.
  • 1 year lease

Review so far

The place is nice. You couldn’t tell that the house is a hundred plus years old from looking at it (except for the eye-level front door knob). New paint, water heater, carpet, fixtures, everything. I’m not huge into hardwood floors, but these are definitely high quality. The default lighting is pleasant and even without A/C the place keeps almost the perfect temperature. It also seems larger than some 1000 sq ft apartments I visited. There may be too many windows, from a noise perspective, but the blinds are not the cheap kind by a long shot.

I’ve got to say, there are at least 2 noticeable shortcomings. For one, there is no peephole in my door. This is strange. And, secondly, most unfortunately, I regret to report that: the thick, sturdy, turn-of-the-century doorframes do not support Iron Gyms. Not a one of the twelve. I guess I will never get strong or ripped as advertised.


Click the house for a flickr set.

My house(a lot more work went into the floor plan than the photography, mostly so I could calculate what furniture to craigslist.)

I drew some pictures

Here they are.

Digikam is great

I recently spent 3 days going through back photos, culling and organizing, in an attempt to tidy up my file structure and generally feel more caught up. After all that, I felt like the job was somewhat incomplete, since folders arranged by date, location, and sometimes subject don’t really amount to much in the way of findability.

What I need is tagging and search functionality in a fast package. I’m not big into posting photos online, even on more professional services like smugmug. It takes too long to upload and the proportion of photos I want to share is very low. Because all of this stuff is on my server’s RAID5, and my server runs kde 3.5 on gentoo, there’s basically only one legitimate choice, digikam. It tags, it searches, and it’s fast. It handles RAW files (definitely don’t want to upload those). It can even embed the tags in the comments in the JPEG files (though not by default). All metadata is stored in a sqlite database that it keeps in sync with the files.

It does make a copy of whatever pictures you point it at though. But, the filestructure is preserved and everything looks just like it used to, so I can’t think of a reason to keep the untracked files around.

It’s served me and my 20GB or so of pictures well. There’s a screenshot attached.

a screenshot of my install of digikam on kde 3.5

a screenshot of my install of digikam on kde 3.5

Addendum: I’ll be upgrading from digikam 0.9 to 0.10 when I upgrade from kde 3.5 to 4.1 when it’s released (later this month I think). KDE 4.1 uses qt4, which is gonna be dandy for amarok 2.0. I’ll probably post about that, toowoowoowoo.