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Memory Quiz Via Favorite Google Module

Of the things I hang on my personal Google home page (well you cannot see it beyond a snapshot, but, it is how you can create a mashup of content from many sources, feeds, photos, gmail, search tools. totally customizable), my favorite is the flickr photo wallet module.

Very simply, everytime you go “home” you see a random photo from yours (or any other) flickr account. I’ve tried a few, but most of them do not reach back to all of your photos. So my memory game is to glance at the page when it loads and try to remember where or what the picture is from (I recently crossed the 2000 photo count, no big compared to others, but goes back to 2004).

This one stumped me- I could not tell what it was, where it was from.


Was it insects? Sushi? Some bad conference buffet? Dog doo?

Nope- had to check the original it was amber like “gum”, hard mineral like products from New Zealand Kauri trees, from my visit to the Kauri Museum in 2004.

So this is maybe a stretch, but a collection of mystery photos posted to a particular flickr account, tag, set, could be a fun educational activity, where a random one is syndicated to a page, be it this way, or via a flickr badge.

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An early 90s builder of web stuff and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person. And he is 100% into the Fediverse (or tells himself so) Tooting as


  1. I’ve been doing something similar, using MacOSX’ Dashboard. There’s a widget that displays a random image from my iPhoto library every time I fire up Dashboard. It’s so awesome to be reminded of things long forgotten, or barely remembered. It’s surprising how much detail I can recall from a simple photo reminder. I can usually remember where I took it, what was happening before/after/during, who was there, who was I with, key related events, etc…

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