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Strenuous hiking leads to debate over image hosting sites

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This past weekend I went on a hiking trip in the White Mountains. We did the Tripyramid Slides Loop, which according to the AMC White Mountain Guide is “one of the most challenging and scenic trips in the Whites.” The most challenging part was the “North Slide” on which we climbed 1,200 ft. in 0.5 mi. I basically felt like I was rock climbing as I used my hands quite a bit. After about halfway, the views were spectacular. It didn’t hurt that the foliage was in peak condition. (See the entire gallery here)

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I brought my camera along and grabbed some good shots. When I got home I was eager to post my photos. But, as I mentioned in an earlier post, I have become somewhat wary recently of posting media on the internet. I really like the interface of Google’s PicasaWeb. I’ve been using it for about a year now to post photos. However, it was never really clear to me how my ownership of the photos was affected by my posting them on PicasaWeb. I decided yesterday to read the terms of use. I had a difficult time interpreting the legal language. It seemed confusing to me, like they were saying that I retain my rights but Google also now has the right to use my photos as they please. That didn’t really sound good to me. So I decided to look around a bit at other image hosting websites.

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The entertaining of the masses

Many of us read and can relate to the webcomic xkcd. But, I guess I am not devoted enough to have noticed the comic from last springĀ  in which coordinates and a date were mentioned. Well, as the author of the comic wrote in his blog, “The date was in the future, the coordinates were a park in Cambridge.” That date happened to be about a week and a half ago. In a perfect example of the influence that a webcomic can have on the public, close to a thousand people faithfully arrived at the park on that date. As geeky as it sounds, I probably would have considered attending this event had I been aware of it. Hey, its not like I would have had to travel far. I find it particularly entertaining that almost 1500 photos have been posted to a special flickr group photo pool set up for the event.