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Random project idea: I want to create a tool that downloads all of my entries, and all of my friends' entries from an entire year.  And that also downloads all of the photos taken by myself or any of my flickr friends during that same time.  And then shuffle them together so that the pictures are interspersed with the entries.  Maybe some way of removing people that you don't really want, or maybe only downloading pictures that are above a certain interestingness and posts that have at least one comment.  And then zipping it all up and being able to save it to your computer for easy perusal.  Because, these days, our lives are documented as much by our friends as they are by ourselves.  And in turn we're documenters of each others lives with the pictures we take and the stories we write.  It's a new kind of biography, the online social biography.  And we should make sure we have ways of keeping them around for years down the road.  Because 5 years from now it'll be difficult to find that picture that so-and-so took and match it to the entry written by that other person... but right now, it's easy to capture this stuff and shuffle it all together and save it. 

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Incidentally, souvenir means "to remember"...

I've often thought about how odd it is that I post things to multiple journals and how hard it will be for anyone who wants to really piece it all together to go through and sort out. Most of it will go missing, I guess.

My mom only has a few things from her mom and grandmother. One is some sort of geneology list written out in a old day calendar by her grandmother. The other is a booklet of poems written when my grandmother was only four or five. It's typewritten on dog-shaped paper [hey -- she was 5, give her credit] and they're better than anything I wrote when I was that age. I don't know that I would want some of the things I've written to survive me forever and ever. My grandmother's poems are cute, but would I want my amazon reviews of every product I've ever hated to be the only thing that remains?

I like your solution better. I think my life is better represented by a jumble and range of things rather than a specific best thing I ever made. I make things all day long. The three movies and five varations-on-a-theme posters I made at work today certainly aren't the things I want people to remember me for...

I know how to remove people you don't want. Call me on my land line.

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