Category Archives: motives

why make pictures?

Top: Tricycle, Memphis, 1969-71 William Eggleston, Dye transfer print Over the last twenty-five years, I went to school to be an artist, abandoned that, became a designer, married, and had a daughter. After many life changes, I think about almost everything differently. But I still have this incoherent desire to make pictures, not much different […]

charity fraud

Our house gets calls at least once a week on behalf of several different charities, each with familiar-sounding names: Breast Cancer Society Cancer Fund of America Children’s Cancer Fund Of America Children’s Charitable Foundation Detectives Benevolent Association Disabled Veterans Services Firefighters Assistance Fund Foundation For American Veterans Law Enforcement Alliance of America National Children’s Leukemia […]

saving journalism cluster-frak

Newspapers and magazines are losing money very quickly. News content remains very popular, but most of it is available for free. News aggregator sites serve newspaper content to large audiences for free, and Craigslist has killed the major source of ad revenue that newspapers need, and people are used to getting magazine content for free […]

the attention economy: huh?

I follow a blog called “The Online Photographer” by Mike Johnston, an experienced photographer and writer who was the editor of Photo Techniques magazine for about ten years. It’s a good blog, and he knows what he’s talking about. I was sort of surprised to read this in his post (he’s referring to a discussion […]

leaving flickr

Photowalking, originally uploaded by George. George Oates (who I know some and whose work I like tremendously) was laid off in the latest round at Yahoo. Also, many extremely talented people from Brickhouse (Samantha Tripodi, Chis Martin, Jeannie Yang, Ben Ward, Ken Thornhill, Premshree Pillai, and Kevin Thornback, none of whom I knew well, I […]

Time for a different solution for personal data on social networks

Many of the good ideas below came in talking about personal information with Doug Fritz, the bad parts are my own ideas. When Friendster and Flickr started getting traction (2002 and 2004 respectively), I wasn’t a huge fan of the functionality, but the social aspect was totally addictive. I got seriously into each (and even […]

Saving newspapers and books, writers of all kinds

In an article about the politics and economics of consumer choice in cable entertainment (“Bland Menu if Cable Goes à la Carte”) in the New York Times, the author talks about how it’s actually a good thing that the costs of producing niche programming are borne by all cable subscribers, as otherwise such programming would […]

go mets

The Mets have come into their own as a team, finally. They have a convincing claim on leadership of the East, built with hard work and despite missing their best pitcher, while the Yankees cannot find a win with a huge roster of monster talents and an almost hysterical desperation. It shouldn’t be this way […]

ideal use case for tagging behavior

This screengrab is the list of tags for a Flickr photo I ran across randomly. It feels more like micro (or nano?) blogging than tagging, in fact it’s anti-social! I love casual personal revelations. It feels like there is a great deal of rich meaning in fragments of thoughts and ideas set down semiprivately (in […]


Ben Fry (a genius himself) has a great quote at the bottom of his site page: We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about. — Albert Einstein Besides being utterly true, it hints at the […]