Travis Smith: my resume, bio and photos back to the main blog page

My Flickr Pro account comes up for renewal in a couple of weeks.  I’ve been a member for 8 years, since March 2004. Here’s a picture from August 2004.

I’m debating whether or not to renew it—and as I type this, the answer is becoming clear.

I mean, there are a lot of photos there, a lot of comments, a lot of history and memories and some really good work.

On the other hand, I don’t need it for backups, I don’t use the site any more for anything much at all, and I will still be able to upload a fair number of photos for free.  Few of my friends use the site actively.  And I don’t see any major change coming that will re-relevent-ize Flickr for me; there’s no iPhone app that I love, there’s no social feed that I depend on.

I don’t think I need to pay Yahoo $25 for something that other sites now do for free. I might feel differently if I was supporting Flickr as an independent site.  But it’s not.

Sorry, Flickr. The sun is setting on you.


“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?




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