Some cool paid ads images:
Image by postbear
the redesign, it’s not very good.
yahoo screws everything up, of course, and the new price points and what we get for them are annoying. i won’t look at ads, so i’ll either have to keep paying (for worse service), look at ads (no), or go over to pbase. the banner up top is ugly, as is most of the rest of the presentation.
this looks like the spawn of one of the more unfortunate tumblr themes mated against its will with the worst elements of recent flickr. instead of fixing the problems that needed attention (uploader crashing, the map function utterly stupid when zoomed out), this half-assed, bandwidth-eating bastard was tossed our way. i’d hesitate to call it a beta release, as it’s just not that good.
this is supposed to be a place for photographers. people who own and use cameras know what thumbnails are, many just from digital work, but plenty of us from contact sheets. i vastly prefer scanning what my contacts have to offer in this way, and then deciding whether or not i want to see a larger version. quite often i do not, a choice that was denied me today when the entire top 2/3 of my screen (and i have a large monitor) was filled with some drooling human infant, a creature i’d never willingly see again if it could be avoided.
so, if there is no option to go back to thumbnails, i’ll be dropping a lot more contacts who i’d rather be able to check in on occasionally. giant, swollen, ugly babies are bad enough, but i also don’t always want to look at your junk, your partner’s junk, your iphone weather results, your fortune cookie jokes, your sad movie posters, your grotesque feet, ears and other body parts, your terrible diner meals, the thing that crawled out of your mom’s ear or anything else i choose not to maximise. i also know that not many people want to see the nonsense i post, and unless they choose to enlarge it, they didn’t have to until today. so, when we all start dropping contact with people save for our close friends and the few people who actually post very consistently only the images we like to see, the site gets more fractured and less diverse.
oh yeah: now every greasy dirtbag who swipes pictures from here (and elsewhere) and reposts them, often with leering, obnoxious commentary, with no regard at all for licensing or common courtesy, those guys now have a full terabyte of storage to upload all of our pictures. let’s hope the ad choices are relevant to their interests, as I’d love to see yahoo promoting fuck lube and viagra nonstop.
good job, yahoo. we knew you could do it. now put this on explore, you talentless hacks.
edit: as of the big, annoying change, any old tags that you repeatedly use now don’t come up when you start typing the first letter or two. the wizards at yahoo somehow forgot that people often use the same tagsets repeatedly and like it when they appear on a minimal prompt. that kind of web utility that has been in place for over twenty years is apparently not something they thought to perpetuate. fucking jackasses.
correction – the tags do come up, but the process is very glitchy. i stand by the jackasses comment.
further edit: i can see no way to add a photograph to a selection of groups after having been uploaded. this used to be a simple process with a dropdown menu. another tool ruined, or is it merely hidden somewhere that you’d have to be a braindead yahoo executive to find?
Monumental Arch at Ancient City of Tyre, Lebanon.
Image by -Reji
City of Tyre, on the Meidterranean coast of Lebanon is one of the earliest cities founded.
A striking contrast between the ancient brick formations against the concrete apartments surrounding it looked to me very interesting.(as you can see in the picture)
A closer view of the arch (from the rear) and its brick columns:
The above arch, at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tyre,Lebanon dates back to 2nd century AD.
Tyre was founded around 2750 BC according to Herodotus and it appears on monuments as early as 1300 BC.
The commerce of the ancient world was gathered into the warehouses of Tyre. "Tyrian merchants were the first who ventured to navigate the Mediterranean waters; and they founded their colonies on the coasts and neighbouring islands of the Aegean Sea, in Greece, on the northern coast of Africa, at Carthage and other places, in Sicily and Corsica, in Spain at Tartessus.
In the time of King David (c. 1000 BC), a friendly alliance was entered into between the Kingdoms of Israel and Tyre, which was ruled by Hiram I.
The city of Tyre was particularly known for the production of a rare and extraordinarily expensive sort of purple dye, produced from the murex shellfish, known as Tyrian purple. This color was, in many cultures of ancient times, reserved for the use of royalty, or at least nobility.
It was often attacked by Egypt, besieged by Shalmaneser V, who was assisted by the Phoenicians of the mainland, for five years, and by Nebuchadnezzar (586–573 BC) for thirteen years, without success, although a compromise peace was made in which Tyre paid tribute to the Babylonians. It later fell under the power of the Persians.
In 332 BC, the city was conquered by Alexander the Great, after a siege of seven months in which he built the causeway from the mainland to the island, but it continued to maintain much of its commercial importance until the Christian era.
In 126 BC, Tyre regained its independence (from the Seleucids) and was allowed to keep much of its independence when the area became a Roman province in 64
Jesus Christ visited the "coasts" of Tyre and Sidon (Matthew 15:21; Mark 7:24) and from this region many came forth to hear him preaching (Mark 3:8; Gospel of Luke 6:17, Matthew 11:21-23). A congregation was founded here soon after the death of Saint Stephen, and Paul of Tarsus, on his return from his third missionary journey, spent a week in conversation with the disciples there. According to Irenaeus of Lyons in Adversus Haereses, the female companion of Simon Magus came from here.
After a first failed siege in 1111, it was captured by the Crusaders in 1124, becoming one of the most important cities of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. It was part of the royal domain, although there were also autonomous trading colonies there for the Italian merchant cities. The city was the site of the archbishop of Tyre, a suffragan of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem; its archbishops often acceded to the Patriarchate. The most notable of the Latin archbishops was the historian William of Tyre.
After the reconquest of Acre by King Richard on July 12, 1191, the seat of the kingdom moved there, but coronations were held in Tyre. In the 13th century, Tyre was separated from the royal domain as a separate crusader lordship. In 1291, it was retaken by the Mameluks which then was followed by Ottoman rule before the modern state of Lebanon was declared in 1920.
Image from page 173 of “Rosarum monographia, or, A botanical history of roses : to which is added an appendix, for the use of cultivators, in which the most remarkable garden varieties are systematically arranged, with nineteen plates” (1820)
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Title: Rosarum monographia, or, A botanical history of roses : to which is added an appendix, for the use of cultivators, in which the most remarkable garden varieties are systematically arranged, with nineteen plates
Year: 1820 (1820s)
Authors: Lindley, John, 1799-1865
Publisher: London : Printed for James Ridgeway …
Contributing Library: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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