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I promised Mel I would take a picture of this to replace the old one I shot.. it took me until the day we were driving out of town. I have some other shots.. *somewhere* on my computer. I will upload them as soon as I find them!


This building has been around as long as I can remember... surviving attempts to destroy it on multiple occasions (why anyone would want to is beyond me!)


Several groups fought to keep it based on its historical significance.


It was designed by Buckminster Fuller, the inventor of the geodesic dome. It's gold on the inside AND the outside.


There are a couple of online articles that have more information









Freelance tech writer Cindy Bailen, National Law Journal Boston Bureau Chief Sheri Qualters, and The Warren Group advertising account manager Lisa Wright.


I'm sure that The Gap has a totally awesome explanation for why this photo of mine, published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) license, is apparently being used on the Grey Pumice versions of the "Thermal body double" onesie (SKU #785589) and the 2-in-1 moto one-piece (SKU #785593) at


The two images are clearly related to each other.


I eagerly await the Gap's response.


I have various thoughts about what's going on here — for example, the mind-boggling idea that some unknown factory in southeast Asia somewhere is cranking out thousands of $16.95 tshirts with my photo on them on behalf of the Gap, and yet they never attempted to contact me about their use of my work — but I'm trying to keep most of my thoughts to myself until Gap has a chance to respond.


This has come up, after all, on a Sunday afternoon, and I doubt the people there I tried to contact about this will find out until Monday morning. So I'll give them a day or so to formulate a response and get things moving to get this rectified.


That said, I appreciate all the Tweets & Re-Tweets, the articles in Jezebel & others, the mentions in local media, the Facebook comments, etc. Keep 'em coming, by all means.


But I'm going to try to mostly hold my tongue & give them a fair chance to respond before I write much more.


Your turn, Gap.


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Addendum: By "your turn, Gap", I wasn't expecting anything like this.


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News sources & blogs that have picked this up so far, in no particular order:


Jezebel | Did The Gap Steal This Image From Flickr? (absolute tsunami of traffic from this one, thank you)

• A whole bunch of people are getting here from Reddit, apparently via Gap Pulls A Shepard Fairey and Gap Steals a Guy's Flickr Photo for Baby Gap Outfit, but mostly from their home page (!!).

This Week in Photo | TWiP #187 — Crowd-Funded Photography

You Thought We Wouldn't Notice | My photo of a Jaguar E-Type from Flickr being used on Gap clothing designs

Photography on the Net, Canon Digital Photography Forums | GAP Clothing company allegedly rips off Flickr member's photo

SFist | The Gap Rips Off Hobbyist's Flickr Photo for Baby-Sized T-Shirt (they don't really seem to do titles)

Reddit | Gap Steals a Guy's Flickr Photo for Baby Gap Outfit

PetaPixel | Gap Uses Flickr Photo for Clothing Graphic without Permission (very handy rollover illustration on this one, thank you!)

MediaBisto Unbeige | The Gap Accused of Stealing Flickr Photo, Reprinting Design on Shirt

Styleite | Did The Gap Steal This Car Photo From Flickr?

Styleite | Marka Hansen And The Trouble With Gap

A Photo Editor | Gap Pulls A Shepard Fairey

Lovelyish | Gap Steals Car Photo from Flickr

Geek | Gap accused of stealing Flickr photo for shirt designs

Small Aperture | Oh Gap, get it together!

Allston City Limits | Gone in 60 seconds (points for the original title on this one)

MakeupAlley | Horrible. Gap uses a Flickr users photo on tees without permission (chat board, need registration to see past comment titles)

Laughing Squid, and a whole bunch of other Tumblr users.

Secret Photo Nerds | -- (yet another registration-only discussion site, no idea what this is)

NU | Gap steelt afbeelding (Dutch; English translation: "Gap Steals Image")

Design Taxi | Did Gap Use Flickr Photo for Its Designs? (Is this a spam site? Bafflingly, the comments seem to be about something else entirely.)

Futomaki | Kolejny dzień, kolejna afera (Polish; English translation: "Another day, another scandal")

Panophoto | Gap utilise des images Flickr sans s'acquitter des droits (French forum; English translation: "Gap uses Flickr images without paying duties")


Thank you all.

A shot from a recent social event I attended at Holiday Uptown in my neighborhood, sponsored by a cool industry organization for freelance writers called I ended up interviewing one of the organizers that night, in fact, Chris Benevich, for an episode of the CCLaP Podcast, sponsored by my arts organization the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (



For Bill Hicks

(December 16, 1961 – February 26, 1994)


"Even though we live in a world where good men are murdered and little demons run amok ..."


"I had a vision of a way we could have no enemies ever again, if you’re interested in this. Anybody interested in hearing this? It’s kind of an interesting theory, and all we have to do is make one decisive act and we can rid the world of all our enemies at once. Here’s what we do. You know all that money we spend on nuclear weapons and defense ever year? Trillions of dollars. Instead, if we spent this money feeding and clothing the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded … not one … we could as one race explore outer space together in peace, for ever, Thank you very much."


"Not to worry, dick jokes are on the way."


You can find some live performances online.


[The Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W 23rd Street in NYC hosted a benefit tribute to mark the 14th anniversary of Bill's passing this evening. Hosted by Jesse Joyce, the night included films of Bill (with funny material pre-inserted ;), plus live performaces by Ted Alexandro and Greg Giraldo. Also on hand was Bill's brother Steve, his sister Lynn, and his nephew Ryan, as well as the producers of the upcoming BBC programme about Bill - Paul Thomas and Matt Harlock -who presented a sneak preview of the first 20 minutes. Proceeds from the night benefited the Bill Hicks Foundation for Wildlife Rehabilitation in Austin, Texas. This event was organized by Luchia, and I'm sure that there are a lot of us who couldn't make it but wish like 7734 that we could! =]


Here's a bit from The Huffington Post:


The 14th Anniversary of Bill Hicks Untimely Death


Comedian and dark poet Bill Hicks died of pancreatic cancer on Feb. 26, 1994.


An example of Hicks' more well known material:


Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves.


Killing Frogs chimes in:

Nobody who has heard Hicks can doubt his brilliance. Many comics have been compared to Lenny Bruce, but with Hicks, the comparison stands. Like Bruce, Hicks is respected, long after death, by respected comics. Like Bruce, his material holds up, as true today as it was when he wrote it. Like Bruce, Hicks has inspired legions of imitators. Like Bruce's imitators, none of them come close.




Bill Hicks, the black-humored articulator of doubt


Bill Hicks: Gone But Still Riffing On Rude Truths

The Washington Post


The Gospel According to Hicks

GQ -- 9.1994




Here's a link (courtesy Google Books) to...

American Scream: The Bill Hicks Story

By Cynthia True

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Durrock Knox -

I was somewhat surprised to see this guy leaning against a bicycle stand, propping up his laptop in the bright afternoon sunlight. What could he be doing here, on the east side of Broadway between 80th and 81st Street?


I suppose I could have asked him, but he looked pretty focused on what he was doing ... so I looked around for an explanation. Aha, yes, there it was, right behind me: one of the many Starbucks coffeeshops in the neighborhood. Starbucks has a publicly-accessible Wifi network, which most people use indoors (that's the whole point, obviously: you go inside, buy yourself a ridiculously expensive latte, and then sit there and sip it while you surf the Web). But this guy had figured out that he could access the signal from outside, and was probably too cheap to go indoors and pay for a cup of coffee.


I'm sad to report that his laptop was a Dell computer, rather than a classy Mac Powerbook that I would have preferred to see ...




Note: this photo was published in a Jan 22, 2009 blog article entitled "All About Assets." It was also published in an undated blog titled "How Does Spilling Liquid on a Laptop Damage It?", and a May 25, 2009 blog titled "Smartere med Laptop på reisen." More recently, it was published in a Jun 19, 2009 blog titled "Yescalate Brings You Business Information and Customer Reviews." And it was published in a May 19, 2009 blog titled "Competition: Send us your mobile working snaps!." It was also published in an undated (Oct 2009) blog titled "‘Spin-tronics’ Technology May Cool The Laptop." And it was published in an Aug 6, 2009 blog titled "New York Coffee Shops Hate on Laptops." It was also published in a Dec 14, 2009 blog titled "Why Schedule Appointments Online?"


A couple days later, it was published in a Dec 17, 2009 blog titled "Top 10 Ways to Answer the Question 'What Do You Do?'" It also showed up, on the same day, in the an article with the same title, in the "Technology" section of the December 17th issue of The New York Times. Not quite as good as getting published on the front page of the newspaper, but I'll take what I can get... And if that wasn't enough, it also showed up, on the same day, and with the same title, in a Dec 17th blog posting on Salon's website. It was also published in an undated (Dec 2009) Squidoo blog titled "How to Do Just About Everything."


Moving into 2010, the photo was published in a Jan 12, 2010 blog titled "Hiding behind the anonymity of the net." And it was published in a Mar 3, 2010 blog titled "Gables Park 17’s Green Tip of the Week!" It was also published in an Apr 4, 2010 "Amazon Store" blog and an Apr 15, 2010 Tech and Gadget blog, with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. A horizontally "flipped" version of the photo was also published in an Apr 22, 2010 blog titled "Strona internetowa na temat konsultacji społecznych." It was also published in a May 14, 2010 blog titled "30 Tips for Successful Communication as a Remote Worker." It was also published in a Jul 2, 2010 blog titled "Article Spinning And Article Distribution Services: How To Create 100 Articles From Only One Using Jetspinner ? The Best Article Spinning Tool? Article Spinning, Part 1: What is Article Spinning?." And it was published in an undated (Aug 2010) blog titled "Laptop." It was also published in an Oct 8, 2010 blog titled "Mercado de PCs aumenta en un 56% por fuerte demanda de equipos portátiles." And it was published in an Oct 10, 2010 blog titled "Journalist: Do you list your suitcase?" It was also published in an Oct 30, 2010 blog titled "BUY CHEAP OLYMPUS CAMERAS ONLINE," as well as an Oct 30, 2010 blog titled "Nice Best Tech Gadgets 2009." Seems to me the last blog is about a year behind the times, but I just report what I see... Meanwhile, it was published again in a Nov 2, 2010 blog titled "Thing 11: My Flickr Experience." And it was published in an undated (late Nov 2010) blog titled "Internet porn vacation," as well as a Nov 22, 2010 blog titled "Business travelers want mobile, Expedia picks up Mobiata." It was also published in a Dec 3, 2010 blog with the odd title "Precarious, yes, but he's protecting his sperm count." And it was published in a Dec 16, 2010 Gawker blog titled Welcome to the Boom Time, Rocket-to-the-Moon Time."


In 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 1, 2011 blog titled "Cheap Computers-Online Stores are a good option." It was also published in a Jan 9, 2011 blog titled "Desktop vs. Laptop." And it was published in a Jan 27, 2011 blog titled "Can I connect my old lap top to my new one to transfer files?" It was also published in a Feb 3, 2011 blog titled "Varför är mobilt bloggande bättre?" And it was published in a Mar 14, 2011 blog titled "Extra, extra! Read all about it!" It was also published in a Mar 21, 2011 blog titled "IBM To Offer Nanotechnology Assuring Long Battery Life." And it was published in an Apr 2, 2011 blog titled "Benefits of online car insurance » Benefits of online car insurance." It was also published in an Apr 13, 2011 blog titled "Soluciones de movilidad: En proceso de adopción en América Latina." And it was published in a Jun 3, 2011 blog titled "So bezahlst du keinen Cent für das teure Internet im Hotel." It was also published in a Jun 17, 2011 Technology Review blog titled "The Risks of Telecommuting." It was also published in a Jul 13, 2011 Knewton blog titled "MBA Admissions Tip: School-Hosted Blogs." It was also published in an Oct 3, 2011 blog titled "Very Cheap Car Insurance." And it was published in a Nov 9, 2011 blog titled "Developing your Own Side Hustle." It was also published in a Dec 26, 2011 blog titled "Cómo actuar si nos roban el portátil."


Moving into 2012, the photo was published in an undated (early Jan 2012) blog titled "Going to be going on vacation and thought about using expedia for discounted hotel rates - are they reliable?" And it was published in a Jan 8, 2012 blog titled "Best auto insurance rates? Mean for men?" It was also published in a Mar 14, 2012 blog titled "How To Promote a Blog." And it was published in an Apr 12, 2012 blog titled "How To Build Your Own VPN." It was also published in a Jul 30, 2012 blog titled "How To Choose The Best Netbook." And it was published in an Aug 27, 2012 blog titled "Hiding Behind Email? The Four Times You Should NEVER Use Email," as well as an undated (late Sep 2012) blog titled "Episode 13 - Free Agency." It was also published in an Oct 16, 2012 blog titled "Mobile First, Web Firster," as well as an Oct 29, 2012 blog titled "4 Ways to Enable Your Employees to Work Remotely." And it was published in a Dec 3, 2012 blog titled "Do I Really Need to Worry About Security When I’m Using Public Wi-Fi?"


Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Jan 23, 2013 blog titled "다시 돌아온 비즈니스 영어 메일, 실전예시로 배워보자!." It was also published in a Feb 19, 2013 blog titled "THE MOOC PHENOMENON: FREE UNIVERSITY EDUCATION FOR EVERYONE?" And a heavily cropped version of the photo was also published in a Feb 20, 2013 blog titled "Don’t Over-Crowd The Plate! 4 Ways To Simplify Your Designs" at It was also published in a Feb 28, 2013 blog titled "Build Your Own VPN to Pimp Out Your Gaming, Streaming, Remote Access, and Oh Yeah, Security." And it was published in a Mar 6, 2013 blog titled "MOOCs and Mobile." It was also published in a Mar 25, 2013 blog titled "Q&A: How do you become a faster and/or more efficient reader?", and a Mar 26, 2013 blog titled "Ontario Liberals must Tackle Skills Gap: Oakville Chamber," as well as another Mar 26, 2013 blog titled "How to boost your job search through personal projects." And it was published in an Apr 12, 2013 blog titled "It’s Not Business – It’s Personal: Blurring the BYOD Divide."


Moving into 2014, the photo was published in a Mar 21, 2014 blog titled "Dell-icious — Are Dell Laptops the Computer For You?" And it was published in a Dec 31, 2014 West Side Rag blog titled "The Biggest Upper West Side Stories of 2014."


Moving into 2015, the photo was published in an undated (mid-January 2015) blog titled "Is your site ready for a blog?"




This is part of an evolving photo-project, which will probably continue throughout the summer of 2008, and perhaps beyond: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan -- between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.


I don't like to intrude on people's privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they're still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what's right in front of me.


I've also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting -- literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I've learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture ... after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it's pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.


For the most part, I've deliberately avoided photographing bums, drunks, drunks, and crazy people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don't want to be photographed, and I don't want to feel like I'm taking advantage of them. I'm still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We'll see how it goes ...


The only other thing I've noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, *far* more people who are *not* so interesting. They're probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I've photographed ... but there was just nothing memorable about them.

Mediabistro's Cocktail Party in Seattle on April 8, 2014, hosted by Flowing Stream Writing writer Crai Bower at Via Tribunali.


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I created this illustration after reading an article on Unbeige. It was a simple visual to say goodbye to an old friend.


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Very inspirational keynote by Geno Church, "word of mouth movements: integrating social media with offline engagement". @genochurch

Mediabistro's dynamic and exciting event that hosted 20 companies and hundreds of top-notch media professionals for a day of networking and career-building


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From keynote presentation by Clara Shih, author of "The Facebook Era".

Inside Network Justin Smith

Naive parents may beleive that their children's only risk of contact with a pedophile is being grabbed off the street or taken from the grocery store. Unfortunately, in the age of technology it is much simpler for a registered pedophile to contact your child with just a few clicks of the mouse.

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10.06.2010-Making the Leap with AOL: Print to Digital in the penthouse of the Cooper Square Hotel

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