Since tomorrow is Friday, here’s a fun site to waste some time playing with. Aaron Smith (aka The Art Guy) shared a really fun sight with all sorts of hacks and extensions for flickr. It’s called Pim Pam Pum and even the splash page is good for wasting about 10 or 15 minutes of your time! Instead of a traditional home page, his has bubbles all over it that float, move and pop. It’s interactive so you can drag the bubbles around and make them bump into each other.
Yes, I do get distracted by bright shiny objects, how did you know?
One of my favorites on the site is called Memry, hich is your basic ol’ memory game (some might know it as Concentration) where you have a bunch of cards face down that you flip over to try to find matches. As a Kindergarten teacher, I would often use the game to teach alphabet letters, colors and phonics sounds. Well this is a digital version using photos from Flickr that match tags you choose. Of course, you could just have some fun with it, like by making a Yoda Memory game.
Another fun one is Bubblr. In a nutshell, it lets you take Flickr images and turn them into a comic strip. OSX comes with a program that does this now, but this is web based and free, so it’s accessible even to those of you still using purple iMacs. You know who you are.
There’s a few really interesting ‘real time’ tools on the site as well. What they do is monitor Flickr for current activity and represent it in some way. My favorite is FlickrTV a picture of an old fashioned TV, where the screen displays the most recent image posted to Flickr. As you might imagine, it moves REALLY fast. I wish I’d known about this on Christmas! I bet it would have been fun watching thousands of people uploading their holiday photos at the same time 🙂