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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We celebrate Pancake Day on Shrove Tuesday which is February 12th this year.

IHOP is celebrating on February 5th though.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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We celebrate Pancake Day on Shrove Tuesday which is February 12th this year. IHOP is celebrating on February 5th though.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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We celebrate Pancake Day on Shrove Tuesday which is February 12th this year. IHOP is celebrating on February 5th though.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I apologize if this request has already been made, but how can I find high-res versions of the front-page random photos? Many are really great shots but they are scaled down to 200x150, and I don't see links to the originals...
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I apologize if this request has already been made, but how can I find high-res versions of the front-page random photos? Many are really great shots but they are scaled down to 200x150, and I don't see links to the originals...

From the previous page, read this post
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6468534#6468534
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy Pancake Day.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

March 7th is National Cereal Day.

60 pictures of bowls of cereal seemed boring to me, so I went with the boxes instead. I tried to get every major cereal, but if I've forgotten your favorite, send me an email.

And a quick heads up to the several people who've inquired, I've already got the collection for National Beer Day (April 7th) ready to go.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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March 7th is National Cereal Day.

60 pictures of bowls of cereal seemed boring to me, so I went with the boxes instead. I tried to get every major cereal, but if I've forgotten your favorite, send me an email. .

Then why does it say "happy cupcake day" when you hover on the pictures? Razz
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I messed up, thanks for pointing that out.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't see this addressed in this thread or on the Random collecttions page, but how does the samba acquire non-VW photos and how do you store them for the random collections? For VW specific, I can see that it might be as simple as doing a keyword search of the gallery, but am I correct to assume you have to essentially google the web for all "cupcake" or cereal box" photos & then how are you randomly able to link to them for random display. Not being a tech-person, I'm curious.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Non-VW-related photos are all found, typically via the Internet. Some are submitted.

For the random display of a photo from the collection, we:
1. Set the home page to use collection X.
2. The home page has PHP code that will select a random photo from collection X.
Not sure how technical you want it to be but PHP has a function that returns a random number between 2 numbers, say 1 and 60. All the images are named cereal1.jpg cereal2.jpg so we just put the random number into the filename and display it.

This is simplified but:
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$index = rand(1, 60);  //get random # between 1 and 60
$image_filename = 'cereal' . $index. '.jpg';  //create filename, e.g. cereal1.jpg

The // marks mean everything after // is a comment and is not executed as code. I added the comments for additional clarity for the non-technical reader.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I kind of figured it was something along those lines. I assume after searching for photos, you (or Jennepher) have to examine each photo to toss out "undesirables" (so there are no cupcake the dog/cat/pole dancer photos!) and that you might actually have to do more than one keyword search (for certain topics?).

Might I suggest two additional days/collections.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, we only pick the ones that directly apply to the subject of the collection.
It often depends on how they will look cropped and resized to the size used on the home page too, which can exclude some good photos .

Thanks for the suggestions.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

L378 wrote:
Thanks, I kind of figured it was something along those lines. I assume after searching for photos, you (or Jennepher) have to examine each photo to toss out "undesirables" (so there are no cupcake the dog/cat/pole dancer photos!) and that you might actually have to do more than one keyword search (for certain topics?).

Might I suggest two additional days/collections.
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Just a couple of "random" thoughts/suggestions.

How I find photos depends on the collection. All the VW-related ones are from TheSamba.com. I look at every Gallery photo, I probably watch 30+ specific forum threads, sometimes Everett sees a photo that may work and sends it to me, and site members submit photos directly. If I get an idea for a new collection (for example the VW tattoos), I start by going through the various tattoo forum threads, then I search our Gallery for every conceivable spelling, misspelling, and abbreviation. I grab all the photos, crop as needed, re-size, name, and save them. Then I fiddle with the code and hope I don't screw it up. Wink

For the non-VW collections, I get an idea and then do specific web searches for the photos. For example the cereal collection, I decided on the concept, then researched cereal brands so I could get a decent representation, and then searched through thousands of photos to find the best.

I've got 4 or 5 more VW collections waiting to debut, and a few of the non-VW collections.

Regarding your suggestions, there is no National Pizza Day (crazy I know) so I need to see if there is a date that might fit. Stand by your VW is a possibility. My concern is that the pictures won't look that great at 200x150. Some things just don't work for that reason. I'll check it out though.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting. Never thought about how a photo would actually look as a random photo and didn't really think about forum topics, etc as sources of potential interest - just figured galleries - VW web - for general. Yeah - no Nat'l pizza day? what's up with that? again thanks. I think my curiousity has been sated.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

March 23rd is National Puppy Day.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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March 23rd is National Puppy Day.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

April 7th is National Beer Day (celebrating the end of Prohibition in 1933).
Thanks to Busryder for the collection suggestion.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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April 7th is National Beer Day (celebrating the end of Prohibition in 1933).
Thanks to Busryder for the collection suggestion.


Ill drink to that... A toast to Everett, Jennepher, TheSamba, and Busryder.
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