Myspace-ad, violation of Creative Commons 2.5 Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs

19 12 2006

I recently logged onto myspace, and I noticed something very familiar about the “Featured Profile”. It wasn’t that it was my friend in the picture; it was that it was a photo that I had taken of my friend.

Featured myspace profile, featuring one of MY photos It might’ve bugged me a bit less if it was a photo I’d uploaded to my myspace account, but it isn’t–it’s straight from my Flickr account. And while above the image, the text reads “Featured Myspace profile”, the link led to a website for that beer daredevil character–I think it’s for Bud Lite.

I’m fairly new to Flickr (less than a year) and I’m learning more everyday. This is the first time I’ve seen one of my own photos used w/out permission, though I’ve read about it happening to many others. I’m wondering if this is something worth pursuing, or if it’s one of those facts of flickr life.

edit: Sent an email off to Myspace Customer Service yesterday. I received an auto-response stating that I would receive an email shortly.

I’m still waiting…

Going Home

25 11 2006

Originally uploaded by ebilflindas.

By this time tomorrow, Ren and I will be, if not home already, on our way. It’s kinda weird; I feel like we’ve had a pretty full handful of days here; and while the time to leave seems to have suddenly come upon us, I don’t have that feeling of, “Hey, where did the time go?” Maybe I’m ready to be home, too; or maybe it’s just that I can’t wait to share some 15 year old scotch with some friends!

Road Trip!!!

20 11 2006

August 2005, originally uploaded by ebilflindas.

Tonight–or rather, early, in the wee, small hours of tomorrow morning, Ren and I will embark on our first big road trip together! We will be spending the Thxgiving Holiday with my brother, Chris, up in San Francisco.

I can’t wait. It’s been almost six years (since before Ren was born) since I’ve been up there.

He’s already been twice.

If I’m unable to blog on the trip, I’m sure I’ll at least have pictures posted on flickr as we go along, or at least from my cellphone.

SDCCS Jog-a-thon

11 11 2006

SDCCS Jog-a-thon photo set on flickr

Pictures are up (104!) from the SDCCS (Ren’s school) Jog-a-thon. It was a blast–the kids really got into it. Of course, they were part of the first group to go, so they had all their energy to burn off still. Regardless, it was awesome to see all these kids running and having fun–not like when I drive by some public schools and see kids just kinda draggin’ their feet around the track.

Come check out the photo set at flickr.

You can also click here to view the slideshow.

Halloween ’06

5 11 2006

Mixed couple

11 07 2006

Mixed couple, originally uploaded by ebilflindas.


You might not know this, but I’m an ordained minister. Sure, it was a mail-order kind of deal. Well, actually, I don’t know if the word “order” is appropriate. I simply sent a postcard to the Univeral Life Church stating that I would like to be ordained, and they made it so.


Although I did it on a lark, my intent wasn’t to demean the honor and prestige of the position. In fact, I’ve had the honor of officiating wedding ceremonies for two good friends. And they were beautiful ceremonies, if I may say so. I did my best to arrange each one to be uniquely suited to each couple.


And while I know that the marriages themselves are no reflection of my service as the matrimonial officiant, there is a part of me that is disappointed that only one of those unions is still intact. Questionable, yes, but intact nevertheless.


So I decided that I would no longer offer my services as an officer of matrimony. I did not want anymore to put two people together who would only either split up or live unhappily ever after. I once even stood by this decision when another friend asked this service of me. While I did not enjoy telling him no–that since I had only met his fiancee once and otherwise don’t know a thing about her, I did not feel comfortable doing that for him–I was proud of myself for holding to my principles on the matter.


He said he understood, but I haven’t heard from him since. I wonder how they’re doing…


Anyway, so when I happened upon this seemingly mismatched couple, you would think that I wouldn’t have even had to think about not putting them together. And you’d be right. The thought of not joining these two never crossed my mind.


In my silly, mildly-twisted mind, I thought, how better to enjoy an ice-cold Pepsi than in a sensuously curvaceous Coca-Cola glass?


Of course the partnership didn’t last very long. Shortly after they’d been made one, the Pepsi ran off–with me, in fact–leaving the poor glass empty, cold, and alone.


I must confess, though. I’d do all over again.


Catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world…

8 07 2006

My creation

(click image to see the whole sequence)

Testing the F470’s digital zoom and continuous shooting function. This guy was about 50 yards from the shore. Not too bad, considering I wasn’t using a tripod and I had Ren running around me, splashing through the water.