Spice up your presentations faster

September 25, 2009

Our Media Director @michaelb send around this useful tool that he got from our German office in Frankfurt.

This little tool will find you Creative Commons licensed Flickr photos according to a colour code you enter. It’s really nice, simple and might save you a couple of minutes before your next presentation.

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They also show a real sense of humour when you want way too colourful pictures

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The tools is here – so enjoy!


Nature blows away Art. Again.

September 15, 2009

Recently had the pleasure of driving through Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA. On the way to the well known Old Faithful checked out the much lesser known Fountain Paint Pots. Amazing.

Picture several hissing, steaming, bubbling, sploshing pockets of earth spread over an area the size of a football field. Each one unique. Some with spouting geysers, some with goopy grey mud.

Personal favourite: the Celestine Pool which is every bit as colourful as this pic nabbed off Flickr if not more so…

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That’s a deep pool filled with very hot crystal clear water. The colours are intense and alien.

Why is there so much geo thermal activity in Yellowstone? Because nearly the entire park sits in a caldera. The earth’s magma rises near the surface which creates steam which powers the geysers. Or something like that.

If you’re into doomsday scenarios you can read about how one day the entire park might turn into a super volcano which could potentially have an extinction level effect.

And it could happen tomorrow. 😐

For now, enjoy the pictures…

@iclazie


Flickr flogging Getty Images. Urrr… Did anyone spot that one?

July 22, 2009

I hadn’t noticed until today that Flickr had jumped deep into bed with Getty Images. Apparently the deal happened in March (here). The odd thing is you can’t seem to opt out of searching for Getty Image content without doing an advanced search.

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Although the drop down above gives you the appearance that you can search two libraries, Getty results will show up under either option.Here’s an example: This is a search of everyone’s uploads – but I still get Getty content.
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=++faded++350D++Hungary++Szeged++2007 

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Personally I’d like an option in the dropdown which allowed Creative Commons only. For now the only way not to find Getty content whilst searching is to do an Advanced search and tick THIS box:
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Somehow the news seems to have largely slipped under the social media news radar but I suspect that there may some fairly polarised opinions on this.

Some links:
www.flickr.com/help/gettyimages
http://rising.blackstar.com/getty-flickr-and-the-land-of-really-really-bad-ideas.html

Posted by @eunmac


Logo 2.0 – See all the Web 2.0 logos in one place:

May 28, 2008

Ever wanted to see all those lovely web 2.0 and social networking site logos in one spot? Well here they are thanks to Stabilo Boss on his Flickr page.

http://flickr.com/photos/stabilo-boss/101793494/in/set-72057594060779001

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Of course still the best Web2.0 directory is Go2Web2 as shown below. Packed full of logo juiciness …and enough research to keep us all busy for months: http://www.go2web20.net/

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