Please, no not look.
Thanks to some fun sponsored by Reclaim Hosting, I ended up with a new spiffy domain to play with.
— Alan Levine (@cogdog) September 29, 2014
I almost forgot about it when poking around my directories, and saw the directory sitting there. I thought about maybe putting my worst photos on a site… but enough about my photos, what about other photos?
So here is the concept. This site now is set to every hour, rummage around flickr, and find a person who’s photos you most likely would never come across, and display their 20 most recent uploads:
To re-rig this I would need a way to find a new flickr account or “owner” to swap into the demo I did using my own account.
It works like this. Once an hour (23 minutes after the top of the hour) a cron script calls an ugly php URL that runs some magic through flickr to find the
victim subject. It then rewrites the main page from a template file.
How is the magic done? I use phpflickr to call on the photos.search api. I used the explore feature to fiddle with the settings that I use to search to find a semi-obscure flickr user. The mis-logic is:
- Search on photos tagged either dull or boring or ugly or bland.
- Results are return in order of interestingness ascending, so if I have done this right, the least interesting photos.
- I ask for 500 results just to have a big pool
- I then pick one photo and random, extract the flickr ID for the user, and use that as the person’s photos to updated.
Maybe a future project to make more elegant. Or not.
Or is this some sort of “anti-societal artistic provocation”? I hope not.
But I kind of like the idea of trying to find and display photos that maybe had little hope of being seen?
And apologies to anyone’s photos that end of there- ITS ALL RANDOM! I will not share the silly variable names I refer to you in my php script. Fair enough?
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The post "dontlookatmy.photos" was originally emerged from the primordial ooze and first walked on land at CogDogBlog (https://cogdogblog.com/2014/10/dontlookatmyphotos/) on October 29, 2014.