Out of an Oddity of Timing and Photo Community Building

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(self promotion warning!) Out of an oddity of timing, specifically I hit upload on the way out to dinner, one of my photos was the 1000th Houstonist group photo on flickr.

Here is the post on Houstonist and here is the Houstonist flickr group. And of course here is the photo.

Hats off the Houstonist to leverage something as simple as acknowledging photos to build community. In fact the first time I saw a link to the Houstonist blog it was through flickr. Giving first is good karma.

And of course thanks for the honor of being photo of the day on Aug 31!

Now, how can folks like the Houston Zoo (another disclaimer: the Houston Zoo is a consulting client) engage the Houston zoo community on flickr. The Houston Zoo Elephant blog is exciting but not yet as participatory as flickr communities.

TUAW – Bryce 5 Free for a Bit

Speaking of visualization, via the tuaw blog:

Bryce 5 free until September 6th

DAZ Productions is the latest software company to have been struck by the ‘let’s give it away for free!’ bug, as they have placed a $0 price tag on Bryce 5 for both Mac and PC – but only until Sept. 6th.

I wonder if you can import the Bryce models into Sketchup? Hmmm.

On the visualization theme we also *finally* finished painting what used to be our training room to be a small green room. Chroma Key paint to drop in backgrounds from Star Wars. Or more subdued maps like the weather man.

Now the catch here is none of us are exactly videographers. So, if you have this need for a chroma key green backdrop and are in the Houston area, drop me a line. Free access to a mini studio – not a bad deal.