For the first time in a couple of years I am on a week long vacation.  Actually, a week and a half!  It’s glorious!  Think of all the traveling and songwriting and recording and photography I can do with a week and a half off of work!

What am I going to do first?

I know, clean the garage!

Wait… what?

Is Flickr Dead or Not?

I am always very vocal in my support for Flickr.  I love that little bastard of a photography/social media site and I’m not afraid to admit it.

The rest of the world, however, might beg to differ.  Yahoo has gone to shit and it’s doing it’s best to take the few good services it owns (Flickr, Tumblr, and a few other decent sites) down with it.  Most of the world hears the name Flickr and thinks something along the lines of, “She’s dead, Jim.”

But is it?  Is it dying out or is it coming back to life?  Over the last couple of days I have seen something that makes me think it might not be as dead as most of us fear.

What have I seen?

Porn spam.

Yes, in the last few days my account has been followed by a couple of real live (robot) porn spam accounts.  I block them, but they keep coming.  Now if Flickr really was a dying service, would the porn bots be wasting time infesting it?  I don’t think so.  Well, if I’m being honest with myself I’d say yes they would waste their time because they are porn spam bots, what difference does it make?  But the optimist in me likes to think that if some porn spam generating service is taking the time to porn spam Flickr, then it must mean there is enough traffic to warrant targeting the service.

Flickr Lives!

TV is Pretty Good These Days

Game of Thrones is not my favorite television show.  Unlike the majority of viewers, I don’t think it’s the greatest show ever.  I don’t even think it’s the best show on HBO, although now that The Leftovers is done maybe it is.

Every once in a while though, they air an episode that justifies all of the hype.  Without spoiling anything, the episode that aired last night was one of those episodes.  One of the few criticisms you hear about the show is that they seem to set up huge things and then never pay them off.  Last night payed off two gigantic possibilities that were originally setup in the first season, over six years ago.  They paid it off big time.  I just watched it for the second time because I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss anything.

Wow.  If this is good TV, then TV is pretty good these days.  Game of Thrones: 64 episodes down, nine to go.

Stealthy Bastards

Take a look at this photo. Notice the circled area…

Want to know what’s in that tiny little hole in my back lawn?

A bees nest.

I just mowed the lawn and I pushed the mower right over the nest. I wasn’t stung, but I did have to brush one off my jeans, and I found another sneaky little bastard crawling up my leg, underneath my pants. What an intrusive little asshole! Bad touch! Bad touch!

Here’s a wider shot so that I can hopefully avoid the little buggers in the future.