I was looking around to see how many pictures I’ve been posting to Flickr since taking the new job at VCU. I had a feeling there was a dramatic increase but I was curious about actual numbers. After stumbling around the Internet for a bit attempting to do things the hard way, I stumbled on a URL from 2004 — https://www.flickr.com/photos/heather/archives/date-posted/2004/06/calendar/ It didn’t seem to be working but since the URL itself made sense, I just replaced heather with my flickr username and put in the current year/month to get https://www.flickr.com/photos/bionicteaching/archives/date-posted/2013/04/calendar/. Dingo!It feels right. Surely you aren’t going to argue that bingo really makes better sense somehow? So not only do I get the numbers I want, but I also get a calendar view of all the days I took pictures. I’m still far away from the D’Arcy/Alan shot a day stuff but that’s not really my style. I can now look and see that in three months at VCU, I’ve taken more shots than I have in entire years in the past. That doesn’t necessarily mean anything but I’m having fun and I have the mental energy and desire to do things like this in ways I hadn’t previously. Quantity isn’t the goal but lots of practice and lots of reflection ought to create some improvement.
I needed a bit of redemption after last week’s pitiful showing. As a result, I spent a good bit more time in the morning and wandered back to some areas on Broad Street that I’d been neglecting. A random high school tour group was coming through our building. I got the chance to divert them into the maker space area. It probably ruined their entire schedule but they had a blast. This is one young lady using Jamie Mahoney’s letter press (which was a huge hit). This was a bit of a joke based on an image David found but when you run across a welcome mat in an alley . . . The video game learning area with Enoch Hale was a popular space. I just liked the color and geometry of this one. I thought they were taking a selfie. She saw me taking the picture and it led to an interesting conversation with both of them. Turns out they were showing pictures of their pets. I would have two more stranger portraits but it’s a company policy that they aren’t allowed to be photographed while wearing those shirts.