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December 4, 2004

Saturday Mélange

Just a few fun little things I came across while island hopping on the internet.

50 Greatest Covers

Brian from Coverville mentioned this article in the Telegraph about the 50 greatest song covers of all time. Of course it doesn’t have my all-time favorites, like Weird Al’s Bohemian Polka. But still a comprehensive list.

RC Aerial Photography

This must be another area where I’m out of touch and late to the game. The first I heard about hobbyists strapping digital cameras to their RC airplanes and taking photos from 500 feet was this Thanksgiving, when Bed Bath & Beyond had a plane on sale with a built-in camera. But apparently this has been going on for a while. This page has some of the most excellent shots, but go up a level to find tons more. Hat tip to Doc Searls for this one.

And along the same vein: Kite Aerial Photography.

New York Changing

This is eerily similar to a project I have going on that I’m going to unveil soon. Photographer Douglas Levere came across an (apparently) famous series of photographs by Berenice Abbott, called Changing New York. In the 1930s Bernice took over 300 pictures of New York City as part of a WPA project. In the 1990s Douglas saw these pictures and decided to retake the same picture from the same location, usually at the same time of day, and pair each one up with the original. The result shows how little, and how much, New York has changed over the past seventy years. His pictures have been collected into a book, but there are a few dozen up for viewing on the website too. Excellent idea, and almost identical to a project I started this summer, which I should be taking the wraps off of soon.

Stay tuned!

Size Problems

Here’s one drawback about the amount of photoblogging I’ve been doing lately: my speed report shows that the total page load for my weblog is over 1 megabyte! A dial-up user would take at least 4 minutes to load this page, and that’s if they’re running at 56K! Of couse this number goes up and down as I post more text entries and the photo posts get bumped off, but even the text alone weighs in at 16K.

I guess I have a couple of options. I could photoblog less, but I don’t see myself following that route. If anything, I’m going to be photoblogging more in the future. I could use extended entries, so readers have to click to a second page to see all the pictures. But I know I don’t like that on other people’s sites, so I don’t want to do it myself. I could compress the images more, or make the thumbnails smaller, but that cuts into the quality.

Or I could just do nothing. This is what I’m leaning towards. The page doesn’t revolve around the images, and there’s enough text to keep people busy while they load. Maybe everyone skips over the picture posts anyway.

So I’m not going to worry about it unless I start getting complaints, but it’s still funny to see seven digits for my total size.

P.S. Just posting this entry bumped one of the photo posts off, and dropped the page size below 1 megabyte. So I really think it fluctuates too much to worry about.