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October 10, 2004

Labeling who is in a photo

The gallery functionality still has a fair bit of work to do on it, and once some of the more basic features are finished/tweaked, there could be some really cool stuff we could do.

Because a lot of the photos that people are uploading are going to be of other people at Warwick and places/events around Warwick. Wouldn't it be nice if we could mark up photos with a bit more metadata?

It is usually quite difficult to get people to put even a title or description against a photo, but if we make it fun and easy, it might be worth a go.

An example application might be if you could put in a list of names of people in a photo, in theory you could then really easily search the database, across multiple blogs and galleries and find all photos that featured yourself or a friend. This has been done before a fair bit and can be seen in action here, here and here

That last one is a neat one, showing how you can do a photo six-degrees type thing. That links shows links from Libby Miller (a researcher in Bristol) to Frank Sinatra.

If lots of people were uploading photos and putting names and places against them, you could search for photos of you and your best friend at Top Banana for instance. Even though you never knew the photo was taken (you were too drunk to notice), you may well come across a great photo.

I guess a question I have to ask is…will people abuse it? Unfortunately in the last couple of weeks, we have seen a handful of people try to do some rather silly things with Warwick Blogs. Would people upload photos of their pet snake and label it as being their personal tutor? How could that be prevented?

Of course, if you really want a neat gallery system, check out Flickr, they have some really cool stuff.

Who knows if we'll get a chance to try this out (there are a hell of a lot of features way higher on the priority list than this), but if we did, I think it could be a lot of fun.

Lenny Henry at the Warwick Arts Centre

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So, after 4 months of waiting (having bought the tickets in June) to see Lenny Henry at the Warwick Arts Centre, Friday was the day.

I've never been a huge fan of Lenny, but whenever I saw him on the TV, I liked what I saw and thought he was pretty good. So, I grabbed a couple of tickets a few months ago and thought I'd give it a go.

To get to the point, I was disappointed. The show was part of a new'ish tour with relatively new material and a slightly strange format of trying to tell a story, make us laugh and have a few political digs whilst he was at it.

I'm not saying he just wasn't at all funny, he was…at times I was laughing my arse off. Unfortunately it just wasn't often enough. Whereas Bill Bailey Dave Gorman and Ricky Gervais really kept you laughing almost non-stop, I think Lenny was trying to make you think a bit too much.

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