Flickr Upload Limit Removed – Use it to Backup Your Pics

Flickr removed their 2GB/month upload limit today so now anybody use the service to backup their photos. (I guess now that Yahoo runs the Flickr tubes this is feasible)

I’ve always had this fear of losing all ~50 000 of my digital photos. I’m not very good at backing stuff up so I needed a better way to deal with this. A while back I decided I was going to upload them all to Flickr for safe keeping. I started bulk uploading photos I set the default privacy on the photos to private. Of course I hit the 2GB upload limit pretty quickly so that system wasn’t going to work.

One day I noticed Flickr stopped counting my uploads. I’m not sure what happened but I could upload as much as I wanted. So I took a few giant batches of photos and uploaded them all. My G5 chugged for 3 or 4 days and uploaded all ~50 000 of my images to Flickr.

All my images are now safely stored on Flickr’s storage facility as well as on my own machine. It’s nice not to have to worry about losing my pics.

In my opinion jUploadr seems to be the best Flickr uploader. Use that if you’re going to try this. I find the official Flickr uploader to be really flaky.

I won’t be seeing this again:

Flickr Upload Limit

Right Click Upload to Flickr

If you’re using OSX Tiger and Flickr you might be interested in the ability to send images to Flickr by right clicking and hitting send. This is useful if you use Flickr for image hosting for your blog or you just want a really quick way to upload images to Flickr.

  • Download this automator action
  • Unzip and copy the Flickr.action file into ~/Library/Automator.
  • Open Automator (in your applications folder)
  • Add the Flickr Action to your workflow (you can search flickr and it should show up if you did #2 correctly)

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  • Authenticate it
      • Click File, Save As Plug-in (name it Save to Flickr or whatever) and choose finder in the drop down menu.

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        • Now right click on an image(s) anywhere in the finder and choose Automator -> Save to Flickr (whatever you named it) and your images are sent off to Flickr with the tags/privacy settings you chose.

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      This automator action can be used in a number of interesting ways. For example I made a timelapse with it. You can combine it with other automator actions to do whatever you need. You could use Automator to crop 100 images and then upload to them all to Flickr at the end. If you want to loop your automator actions you can use this.

      If you want to take some screenshots and upload them to Flickr use these shortcuts:

      • ⌘-shift-3 (whole screen)
        ⌘-shift-4-drag box (whatever you select)

      Images are then saved to your desktop as Picture 1, Picture 2… Now its as easy as right clicking them to upload to Flickr…

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Creating a buddhist sand mandala

A truly fascinating look at a buddhist sand mandala. Monks visited Jayvant‘s school where they demonstrated the creation of a buddhist sand mandala. They create this incredible artwork by simply pouring a few grains of colored sand at a time. I’m sure the monks must spend an extremely long amount of time to create such art! Then they simply deconstruct it and pour the contents into a body of water. The ritual itself is a demonstration of nonattachment to the material world. Why are we so attached to the material world?????