I went ice skating in Central Park with my friends Meg and Mattie yesterday. I kicked myself for not taking my camera with me because the park was idyllic, with the newly fallen snow and all. Then, just now, I remembered that I live in the future. I opened Flickr, searched the tags for Central Park, and found this picture which was taken on a path I took just as I was arriving to the rink (you can see it on the right side of the frame). I probably passed the photographer on my way!

Can you imagine how many more situations like this are going to happen as technology develops? I am so in love.
Posted at 4:09 PM.

holtetboards said...
wow - interesting coincidence, though the link is no longer good. maybe u should ask him to repost.
8:53 PM

Anonymous said...
The photographer deleted it!
9:05 PM

Zach said...
OK -- they reposted it and I fixed the link.

Check this other photo of the rink too. Oh, city!

9:36 PM

Jakob said...
It'll be pretty neat when digital cameras have GPS receivers and the image files contain physical coordinates embedded in the EXIF data. Time would be nice, too. Then you could, for example, subscribe to a Flickr RSS feed of all photos taken within a threshold of, say, 1 mile of your home.
7:19 AM

cloois said...
it will also be neat when you are able to utilize the gps information from a source you carry - your future phone or pda or watch or whatevs - and have it log a path for you with a set time resolution (or only when you're moving at some set velocity, or only within a certain area or only when not in certain areas...) and then have a little utility that does nearest-neighbor searches between your gps+time info and the published gps+time info from different photo/video/sound-recordings/happenings. we'll never have to forget or remember anything! i do agree, the future is awesome.
10:30 AM

Mark said...
GPS coordinates attached to digital images already exist, but not in the EXIF data.
I made a flickr group a while back to control the growing flickrite population. The idea is to go to events and hunt flickrites, shoot them, and post to group with a link to their flickr sites. Unfortunately, it hasn't really caught on. People are just posting random pics of fellow flickrites. It's obviously really tough, but rewarding. Especially if you have a hunch they are on flickr, and you catch them in the act.


sorry for the verbose post...


9:45 PM

Anonymous said...
This actually happened to me when I went to a concert. I wished I'd brought a camera to take pictures of the band, but then I remembered to search on flickr and I not only found pictures of the band, but pictures of myself standing next to the stage near the band.
5:15 AM

rolandog said...
Yeah, the future has been really cool so far. I'm thinking of fast forwarding and check out some mayor spoilers in RL.
5:28 AM

benny said...
Interestingly, at roughly the same time, I was ice skating somewhere else:

2:27 PM

Abby said...
i love flickr and i love this concept. i've gone there many times to search for familiar places/events. :) yay future.
11:24 AM

Anonymous said...
cell phones already have location info (that's how they find cells)... it's just that no phone manufacturer exploits it... would be so cool to add that info to photos taken.
1:55 PM

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