Bye, Flickr

tl;dr: "Buy a Pro account or we'll delete over 2,500 of your photos"

I’ve been a Flickr mem­ber since almost its incep­tion. I signed up some­time in 2004. I’ve been there through it all, and most­ly enjoyed my time.

But when the new own­ers (ie, Smug­Mug) tell me they’re going to start delet­ing my pho­tos if I don’t pony up for a Pro account, well, that’s it. I’m out.

Bad move, Smug­Mug.

(Aside to Mr. Pen­sato: I’ve been doing a bit more work on Blinky.)

PS: I’m in the process of mov­ing my pho­tos off Flickr and onto my own per­son­al site (ie, this one). So I’m not going to lose sleep over the whole “your pho­tos are get­ting delet­ed” thing. Let me know if you’re inter­est­ed in the sim­ple Word­Press plu­g­in I’ve built in order to pull my photos.

Some very bright aurora

I could see them already while I was still in the city. By the time I got to my nice, dark spot, this is what I could photograph:


They stretched from the north­east to the south­west. They were bright enough for a while that I could watch them danc­ing with the naked eye. The last time I remem­ber see­ing them this bright, I was a teenag­er in Ste. Rose, lying on the grass, look­ing up.

Also: a video version:

An hour of my evening well-spent, I’d say.

The Hallowe’en Tally

Hallowe'en tally

For those that can’t read my scrawl:

  • But­ter­fly [A lit­tle girl in pur­ple. It was her first Hal­lowe’en, I’m guess­ing, since her mom was video­tap­ing the whole thing, and, as she walked away from my door, I heard her say, I got can­dy!]
  • Princess w/ par­ka [because this is Canada]
  • Bun­ny
  • Clown
  • Pup­py
  • Lion
  • Spi­der­man
  • Baby [ie, no costume]
  • Par­ka-clad werewolf
  • Spi­der-witch
  • Nerd [with a big wad of tape hold­ing her glass­es togeth­er at the nose — oh, the memories]
  • Zom­bie
  • Bat­man
  • 2 witch­es
  • Black Queen [Spades? Clubs?]
  • Zom­bie
  • Blue Man
  • Bur­lesque Hat Gal [Could­n’t see much cos­tume — par­ka — but she had one one of those minia­ture top hats bur­lesque per­form­ers wear (fas­ci­na­tors?)]
  • Princess in parka
  • Creepy Clown
  • Zom­bie [These last two were quite a bit old­er — late teens — and showed up just before 9 o’clock]

At 9:45 PM I shut off the out­side lights and called it a night.

And now, if you’ll par­don me, there’s a Wun­der­bar with my name on it. Mmm­m­m­m­mm, left­over candy.