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Flickr Favorites

I have been steadily accumulating favorites in flickr for some time now, thanks to the lovely feeds that they offer. But I want them as backdrops for my desktop. I didn’t spot anything else with my 30s of googling, so I wrote a small script to dump my favorites into a directory.

I was pleasantly surprised by how easy the flickr.rb library is to get along with. It’s really trivial to use. I suspect that this is a by product of the flickr api design.

My main disappointment was realising how few people make the full size photos available. In the end, I limited the downloader to photos that are at least 600 pixels in width, otherwise I just ended up with very squished blobs on my backdrop.

The results are worth it. Each time I look at my desktop I now have a fresh picture in it. It makes me smile a lot anyway, and that can’t be a bad thing.

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Flickr Feeds

Everybody else has probably known about this for ages, but I’ve just seen it in a link from boingboing. Flickr, one of the online photo album people supports feeds for search queries. What this means is that any newly tagged photos uploaded to flickr that might interest you instantly pop up in your feed reader.

For example, I’ve just subscribed to all photos of brighton. So any new shots of Brighton should get delivered straight to me. Lovely!