flickr groups

Are you on Flickr? No?!?! Wha…pffff…uhhh….errrr….bllllaaaa…why not?

Oh. You don’t take photos. Okay. Never mind.

But if you DO take photos, put them in Flickr, man! Pictures are worth a thousand words so think of it as publishing a lot of yapping quickly! “Speed yapping” as it were.

Need help getting started?

Okay, now that you’re in, you should join some groups. I’m still learning about them. I’ve started a couple. If you qualify, you should join.

First is the group Adventures in Flying. I started it after flying home last week and having a pain of a time with Airtran. I moblogged it to Flickr and thought that I should start a group for other adventures when flying. Right now there are 18 members and 14 photos. So, you got some stories and photos to share? Join the group, add photos to the pool, and discuss!

The other one I started is called Central Florida Flickrs. It’s for PEOPLE who live in Central Florida to share their photos together. It’s not necessarily photos OF Central Florida. Right now there are 41 members and 585 photos. So if you live in Central Florida, join up, post photos to the pool, and discuss!

Other groups I’m in (but didn’t start) aren’t too bad either! What groups are you a part of that you really like?

[tags]flickr, flickr groups, central florida, airplane, airport, flying, flights[/tags]

tagging technorati

You may have noticed that sometimes I add some technorati tags to the end of my posts. You may be thinking, “What the heck is that all about?” or “How can I get me some technorati tagging too?”

Well, here’s what I know.

Let’s start with this: What’s a Technorati?

Technorati is a blog search engine. As of this posting they claim they are currently tracking 41.6 million sites and 2.5 billion links. When they say sites, they pretty much mean blogs. In their own words:

Technorati is a real-time search engine that keeps track of what is going on in the blogosphere — the world of weblogs…Technorati provides a live view of the global conversation of the web.

Okay, so what’s a tag?

Technorati defines it quite well:

A tag is like a subject or category. This page shows the most popular tags, starting with the ones that are hottest today. The bigger the text, the more active that tag is. We’re currently tracking 7.2 million tags.

Alrighty then, how do I tag my posts so technorati knows what topics I’m writing about?

Ah, the meat of why you’re reading this, right? Well, of course technorati does a great job explaining how to do it. The short answer is that it depends on if your blog utility (software) supports categories or not.

If you use Word Press or others that support categories, any category you check for that post will be sent to Technorati as a tag. If you use one like Blogger that doesn’t (or you want to add more tags without creating more categories), then you have to insert some simple code to do it. Instead of re-typing it here, just see what Technorati suggests.

You may need to be patient because sometimes after you’ve posted and tagged technorati, it could take a few minutes for it to show up. Because I use Word Press, I have a plugin to make it more simple to add multiple tags.

Another tip: bloggers should set up a Technorati Profile and claim your blogs. Don’t ask me why. I think it’s a good idea. But one thing it’ll do is give you a tag cloud of your tags. Kinda nifty. Maybe I can eventually figure out how to get that cloud on my blogs!

Tag often. Tag well. Tag responsibly.

[tags]technorati tips, technorati tags, technorati, tags, tagging, tag tutorial, tutorial[/tags]

a movie weekend

Da Vinci DateThis weekend I went to a couple of movies with my wife. It was a lot of fun. I’m actually not necessarily a movie-going kind of guy, so for me to go to two in one weekend is a big deal.

First up was The Da Vinci Code. You probably know I’ve read the book and have been working a lot on a blog to discuss the book/movie. I can honestly say that the movie was a let-down for me. I much preferred the book. I’ve never really read a book before seeing the movie version so that was new for me.

X-dateNow the movie that I really didn’t expect to see was X-Men 3. I’m not a huge X-kinda-Man, but it wasn’t bad. Actually liked it. I thought it was kinda funny at the end when all of a sudden the abandoned cars on the bridge had their headlights on when they weren’t on earlier, but hey, it’s just a movie!

What I thought to be particularly interesting with the movies is watching Ian McKellen all weekend! I mean, on Saturday he questioned the deity of Christ, on Sunday he was moving cars with his hand better than Obi-Wan. So you’ll have to forgive me if I get Teabing and Magneto a bit confused.

For instance, why couldn’t Teabing just break open the codex with his superpowers? Did Magneto think Jean was married to Jesus? And it was Magneto with the canes and Teabing with the helmet, right? That helmet would have helped ward off Silas, that’s for sure.

Anyway, on to a Memorial Day holiday. I doubt we’ll be heading back to the movie theater. Maybe I’ll watch Ian interacting wit Frodo…or is it Geordie?

I’m sure glad that I got to see McKellen and Jean-Luc Picard in the same movie. I always get their voices confused.

You shall not pass! Make it so!

[tags] movies, davinci code, da vinci code, xmen3, x-men, ian mckellen[/tags]

lost is about desmond hume

I think I just thought something crazy about the show LOST. I may be way off, but what if I’m right?

What if the entire show is really about Desmond Hume? What if the word “lost” really referred to him?

A couple of points about that:

  • Dez was an army guy who was dishonorably discharged.
  • Dez is in love with a woman whom he can’t have.
  • Dez feels he has to get his honor back.
  • Dez literally has been lost on an island for 3 years.
  • It was a consequence of Dez’s accidental murder of Kelvin that caused the plane to crash.
  • At the end the Season 2 finale, we find his girlfriend is still looking for him.

If that doesn’t describe a man who is lost I don’t know what does. What if it’s really all about him? What if the show is now shifting to explain that this is really a story of a hard-luck guy who has done some bad things, but is tormented that he can’t have the love of his life, meanwhile she continues to search for him unbeknownst to her un-approving father? Everything else on the island is just part of their story?

Oh, by the way, Desmond’s girlfriend is named Penelope, the same name of the woman who waited and longed for her husband, Ulysses, to return from the Trojan Wars.

Weird, huh?

UPDATE: Whoa! I just read an article from Entertainment Weekly that published today (Saturday) saying the same thing! Maybe I really am onto something!

[tags]lost, desmond, penelope, lost theories[/tags]