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Lovely Light Mom 2018 May 08

I snuck this photo of my Mom, Phyllis Crawford, when visiting Northern Virginia in May 2007. My sister was getting her Master’s Degree and many of us were visiting. I love the light in this photo. And I miss Mom. She would have been 72 today had she not died of cancer in 2010. May 8th is sometimes, but not always, Mother’s Day. Always a special day regardless of how bittersweet it is.

SmugMug and Flickr: Best wishes, we’re in this together! 2018 Apr 23

Got this email the other day:

We’re excited to announce that Flickr has agreed to be acquired by SmugMug, the photography platform dedicated to visual storytellers.

SmugMug has a long history of empowering people who love photography and who want to improve their craft, making them a perfect fit for Flickr and our creative community. With SmugMug, we’ll continue to focus on you, the Flickr members who inspire us all with your work.

Nothing will change immediately with regard to your Flickr account. You will still access Flickr with your current login credentials and you will have the same Flickr experience as you do now. We will continue to work to make your Flickr experience even better.

We think you are going to love Flickr under SmugMug ownership, but you can choose to not have your Flickr account and data transferred to SmugMug until May 25, 2018. If you want to keep your Flickr account and data from being transferred, you must go to your Flickr account to download the photos and videos you want to keep, then delete your account from your Account Settings by May 25, 2018.

If you do not delete your account by May 25, 2018, your Flickr account and data will transfer to SmugMug and will be governed by SmugMug’s Terms and Privacy Policy.

Read more detailed FAQs about this transition on the Flickr Blog.

We’re happy that Flickr is your home for photography and we look forward to the next chapter in our adventure together as we join the SmugMug family.

Thanks,
The Flickr Team

I’ve been a fan of Flickr for a very long time. “My Flickr Pro plan will automatically renew on January 14, 2019,” says my account screen.

I have 27,273 photos on Flickr as of this moment.

I joined in March 2004 — that’s 14 years and not insignificant to me.

Yahoo! acquired it in 2006, requiring Yahoo! based login. I wrote about that: thoughts on flickr’s 2006 account changes. I threatened to bolt, back then. And then didn’t. Ultimately I stayed with the service and I’ve been happy with the service, still.

I’m fascinated to see what happens with Flickr next. I trust in the stewardship of SmugMug and they’ve committed to keeping the service going.

Ben Cerveny, whose linkedin says he worked at Flickr in ’03/’04 has some beautiful thoughts about the whole thing in a terrific twitter thread:

Don MacAskill is the CEO at SmugMug and is apparently on it:

By the way the last time I mentioned his name on the blog was 11 years ago: Don MacAskill of SmugMug points out that Amazon S3 now has a Service Level Agreement. This is good news.

I’ve stuck with Flickr despite Yahoo for a long time. But I’m feeling positive and I hope the service stays strong. Best wishes to SmugMug!

Rest in Peace Carrie Fisher 2018 Apr 01

Incredible author and screenwriter of Postcards from the Edge; you were terrific on an episode of 30 Rock; you were perfectly cast, and played it perfectly as Jake’s homicidal girlfriend in The Blues Brothers; and you were perfectly droll in When Harry Met Sally.

And of course 7 year old me fell in love with you in Star Wars; I was taken to see it by my Dad at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in 1977. This drawing is by me, from that year.

Rest in Peace Carrie Fisher.

Originally posted to Facebook December 27, 2016

Groggy morning doodle, 2017 2018 Mar 31

Groggy morning doodle of David when he came in early. Also drew a cow, a pig, a dog, a duck, a monkey, and we also spent a bunch of time just making marks on the tablet.

Originally posted to Facebook September 10, 2017. Drawing made with Zen Brush 2 @psoftmobile_dev. And thank you Leah for a photo of this special moment.

“your new Apple iPad doesn’t have the latest Google apps” 2018 Mar 30

Boo, Google. This is pretty obnoxious. If I wanted those apps I’d install them.

Google ~ Welcome to Google on your new Apple iPad ~  Based on your Google Account activity, we recommend using these apps to stay organized, collaborate, and keep your account secure.

Today’s (well, July 2017) drawing practice. 2018 Mar 28


Today’s drawing practice: taking an old drawing from 1988 or so and remaking it digitally. It was rare back then for me to draw from life and be happy with the result. I was impatient and hyper-self-critical. The source for this one was an exception. This drawing is of a pal of mine from way back, hanging out in P.B. She and I met working in the Note Department of Citizen’s Western Bank–just teenagers! Really great memories from long ago. I’m mulling a project: bringing San Diego’s more obscure bits of history to life in a comic form.

Originally posted to Facebook July 19, 2017 ~ with pencil and paper and Procreate