Best Outfield Ever

Fred Lynn just liked one of my tweets. Eight year old me just pissed his pants with glee.

Lynn posted a picture of himself along with Jim Rice and Dwight Evans back in their Red Sox days. The caption was something about them being one of the greatest outfields in baseball history.

My reply was something along the lines of, had Rice and Evans stayed in the clubhouse it still would have been the best outfield ever. Mr Fred Lynn threw me a like for that. Color me honored.

To this day, Fred Lynn is the best centerfielder I have ever had the pleasure of watching. Jackie Bradley is close defensively, but Lynn also hit a ton. Bradley can’t match him at the plate. Lynn was the best. He still is.

I’ll give you Ken Griffey, JR. I’ll take Fred Lynn.

Fireworks

I was wondering when Methuen would be holding its Fourth of July fireworks display.  I went to twitter and BANG, there was this:

Hmmm… ineteresting, WordPress.com… I thought that would come out with the image of the tweet and the poster attached to it.  Ahh, WordPress.com and it’s fear of HTML.  Shame.

 

ADDENDUM: Well the images are there.  So I guess what I am really lamenting is a Visual editor that actually shows what will be on the actual post.  I could have previewed it, but I didn’t.  Oh well.  Sorry WordPress.com.

I Don’t Get Some People

I went to Twitter to see if anyone was posting anything about the new Flickr.  My fear was that they had been bleeding users so fast for so long that my searches would result in nothing but crickets chirping.

I should have known better.

People are furious.  I’ve seen tweets bitching about everything under the sun.  People are complaining because of the banner.  Some say it’s too big.  Some say it’s too narrow to be effective.  Some say it’s wasted space even though all it is is a background photo for the menus.  I’ve seen people complaining that there are menus.  I’ve seen people complain that the menus are black.  I’ve seen people complain that their ad free account has empty space where the ads are supposed to go.  My favorite complaints deal with people who say that they have to scroll to see comments, or groups, or descriptions.  Folks, Flickr is a PHOTO site.  The changes have put the emphasis on the PHOTO.  As if that were sacrilegious!  Yes, the photo now takes up the whole top of the page and you have to scroll or (heaven forbid) hit the Page Down button once in order to see the list of sets and groups and all of the comments.  Do people honestly believe that the comments made about the image are more important than the image itself?  What is wrong with this world that people think this way?

I saw one tweet that Flickr looks too much like other sites now and is no longer original.  Original?  Flickr hasn’t changed in something like eight years!  The used to look exactly like every other site on the web, but every other site developed and changed and left Flickr behind.  Flickr wasn’t original two days ago, it was an ancient relic of the days when bandwidth was so low that you couldn’t load a high res image.  Flickr was a collection of small images, thumbnails, and empty white space.  That’s what people prefer?  Are you serious?  It wasn’t clean or minimal, it looked like hacked together crap.  And this is someone who has always loved Flickr talking!

They got rid of the thumbnails and empty space and put all of the focus on the photographs.  Two days ago, Flickr was Friendster.  Today, Flickr is a photography site that cannot be ignored.  I said yesterday that what Flickr really needed was a 100 million users or so.  The terabyte of storage for free should pull in a lot of new people.  The new layout will entice them to hang around after they’ve uploaded their own stuff.

Now there is one complaint that is valid.  It has nothing to do with the site itself, but with something Marissa Mayer said during the presentation.  I haven’t listened to it, but apparently she made a statement along the lines of there is no such thing as a professional photographer anymore.

If that’s true then it’s a pretty stupid thing to say.  Yes the technology has closed the gap between amateur and professional, but the gap is still very much there.  It doesn’t take an art scholar to be able to tell the difference.  Professionals are set apart not by their equipment but by their skills and experience and knowledge and training.  Hell, go to an iPhone group on Flickr and scroll through the photos.  Even with a camera phone the difference between a hobbyist photographer and a serious photographer is obvious.  If Marissa Mayer said what everyone is saying she said, then she needs to apologize.

Other than that…

The Flickr changes are outstanding, regardless of what people bitching on Twitter have to say about it.

Posterous (ie Twitter) can Kiss My Fat Ass

The whole reason I started using wordpress.com was because I could host images on posterous and have them auto post to wordpress.  Of course it took just a few weeks before those pics I sent to posterous started showing up in my wordpress storage counts.  Then after a couple more weeks the posterous auto posting stopped working.  Yeah, that was nice, huh?  Now this week we find out that posterous’ parent company, twitter, is closing up the shop and posterous is going away.

I am afraid to see how much of my free wordpress storage space I have used.  I have to be more diligent about using Flickr to host images.

I Am Such a Nerd

I’m such a nerd.  Like there was any doubt that a guy who blogs like 3-5 times a day would be anything other than an uber nerd.

A couple of months ago I turned to Twitter with a question.  I always turn to Twitter with nerd questions, and I never get any answers or advice or anything outside of occasionally being followed by spam porn accounts, but I digress.

I asked Twitter if anyone had any experience with using external camera lenses with their phones, specifically their iPhones.  I was curious about The Photojojo Phone Lens Series, and the Olloclip iPhone camera lens.  I was leaning toward Photojojo because it includes a zoom lens, where Olloclip does not.

As mentioned, the Twitterverse was totally silent in response to my questions so I had to decide for myself.

I just ordered the Photojojo set.

I told you I was an uber nerd!

 

 

Oh yeah, I also ordered the super deluxe blu-ray version of 2112.

I told you I was an uber nerd!