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Hi John ... First off, thanks for all the great stuff you do for our common hobby. It seems we share a passion. Although I've pretty well covered the SF Bay Area on my photo excursions the past 5+ years, I look forward to playing with your Android app. However, when I go to the Android store on my AT&T phone and search for 'unvisited', all I get is an app that maps restaurants (I think). Any suggestions for finding the app?

As you may have noticed, I've been adding Massachusetts NRHP photos to architecture- and date-specific categories. I've found one of yours that I think is mis-identified. The MACRIS entry for the Eleazer Hyde House in Waban, MA describes the 18th-century Georgian house to the west of the large late-19th-century Queen Anne house in your photo. Your photo is of 389 Woodward St., the Frederick H. Henshaw House. With your consent, I'd like to change the description and categorize the photo accordingly.

Regards, --Sanfranman59 (talk) 21:08, 21 September 2013 (UTC)

Whoops! Thanks for catching my house mistake! Feel free to correct, recategorize and/or rename my photos. It's on my todo list to reconcile my photos against MACRIS. I guess I better speed that up... I've started naming a lot of my photos with the street address, and getting photos of the street address too.
And I don't know if it's a different site, but try the Google Play Store for the app... Unvisited On my devices I click on the 'Play Store' app, a shopping bag icon with a multi-colored triangle. Faolin42 (talk) 22:41, 21 September 2013 (UTC)
Great minds ... I also include addresses in the names of my photo files. Unfortunately, this doesn't help if addresses have changed since properties were listed on the NRHP. I'm finding that happens occasionally, especially in New England. In fact, I think I've found an instance of this with another of your photos, the George Carpenter House in Uxbridge. MACRIS has the address as 53 S. Main St., instead of the 67 S. Main St. address that's in the NRHP database. I can barely make out the house pictured in MACRIS behind trees and bushes in Google Maps street view, about 250 feet north of the building in your photo.
Re your Android app, it's Google Play on my phone as well. The only app hit I get when I search for "Unvisited" is "Placemarks" by "DNLB" (last updated 8/9/2012). I assume that's not your baby? --Sanfranman59 (talk) 23:34, 21 September 2013 (UTC)
Maybe it's not showing up because I didn't support your version of Android. You can find the version by going into Settings, then selecting About Device. I think I only support 3.0 and above right now. If that's the problem, let me know what your version number is, and I can figure out if I can change Unvisited to support it. Faolin42 (talk) 23:46, 21 September 2013 (UTC)
Uxbridge, MA is one of the reasons I started using more addresses as the name. Faolin42 (talk) 23:51, 21 September 2013 (UTC)
Ah ... that's the reason. My phone is more than two years old now. It's version 2.3.6. I've never thought about updating the OS. Is that even possible on these things? --Sanfranman59 (talk) 00:16, 22 September 2013 (UTC)
I guess the Google Play store only shows apps supported by your phone. Not sure I would recommend trying to upgrade android on your phone. I'm pretty sure I can change my app to run on 2.3.6. Probably not a big change, I just need to research it. Faolin42 (talk) 00:43, 22 September 2013 (UTC)
Yeah, I did some research about upgrading my phone and it doesn't seem like something I want to attempt. If you make your app compatible with 2.3.6, drop me a line so I know to look for it. --Sanfranman59 (talk) 18:04, 22 September 2013 (UTC)

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Picture of the Year 2013 Results Announcement[edit]

Picture of the Year 2013 Results[edit]

The 2013 Picture of the Year. View all results »

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The 2013 Picture of the Year competition has ended and we are pleased to announce the results: We shattered participation records this year — more people voted in Picture of the Year 2013 than ever before. In both rounds, 4070 different people voted for their favorite images. Additionally, there were more image candidates (featured pictures) in the contest than ever before (962 images total).

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Photo Mosaics[edit]

Out of curiosity, could you go into a little detail of how you constructed the photo mosaics on display at the WikiConference? —Dispenser (talk) 05:03, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

The mosaics are "labors of love". The whole process takes about a day. Automated steps mixed with judgment of the results. When I mention writing programs below, I wrote them a while ago, not specifically for the Wikipedia mosaics. Here are the excruciating details...

1) Scanned Wikimedia for photographs of the united states. I looked for photos taken by and submitted by registered Wikipedia users, and actually used on a Wikipedia page. I was looking for Wikipedia photographers who also illustrate articles.

2) At this point I had about 425 photos.

3) Turned each photo into a 65x65 thumbnail with JThumbnailDirectoryJob.java. This lets me manually select which portion of each photo should be the thumbnail image. Often I extract multiple thumbnails from a single photos.

4) At this point I had a directory of about 420 thumbnails.

5) Then I ran JMosaicFrame.java on each thumbnail. It uses the thumbnail as the big picture, expanding each pixel to 65x65. Then it fills in each 65x65 cell of the big picture with one of the other little thumbnails from the directory. To make a perfect match for the required pixel color, it makes the little thumbnail lighter or darker, and draws a colored border around the little thumbnail.

6) I ran this program for every thumbnail creating 420 mosaics, one for each little thumbnail.

7) Then I figure out which thumbnails made good big picture mosaics. I run JCompareOKJob.java on the mosaic directory, which lets me skim the mosaics, deleting the ones that don't work. Usually, this is because the thumbnail is too complicated.

8) At this point I had 358 different photo mosaics.

9) Checked how many photos I had for each state to make sure I had at least 2 for each state. Then chose some more photos for states that didn't have enough.

10) Made thumbnails out of the new photos and repeated steps 5-9 until I had at least 2 thumbnails for each state.

11) The I ran JPosterizeImage.java to crop all the mosaics into a 13x19 inch format and put a caption on each one. This included the list of Wikipedia photographers with images in the mosaics.

12) Skimmed the resulting mosaics, winnowing them down until I had the 10 I liked best.

13) Took the 10 jpg files to my local print shop. They print 13x19 images for 3 bucks each. Custom sizes are much more expensive.

I make a lot of mosaics for dog shelters. I love dogs and they make really good large and small images!

Faolin42 (talk) 20:15, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

Thanks. While I was hoping that you invented a new automated technique, the posters did inspire me to start saving the download thumbnails from a bot checking all thumbnails. All roughly 20 million images should be done and available on Tool Labs in October/November. Wish I could do more, but I'm over committed. Dispenser (talk) 16:35, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
Let me know what happens with that and/or how to access the thumbnails. I'd be interested. That woild shortcut part of my process. Also, you could probably do a web search for photo-mosaics. I'm pretty sure there's free software out there to make them automatically. "free photomosaic maker" gets 90,000 results in google. I just had special requirements, and needed/liked a lot of control. Faolin42 (talk) 16:53, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
/home/dispenser/cache_thumbs.py and /home/dispenser/commons/thumb are the script and thumbnail directory on Tool Labs. The database u2815_p.thumbsrequested_64 recorded 3,664,315 downloads (9.4 GiB), but due to crashes more exist on disk. Delete/move detection has not been implemented and at some point (like with WMF) it'll hit the file system node limit.

I was planning on using Metapixel due to the CLI interface. However, I was discouraged by the JPEG-artifact-like results in examples (although this may be due to compression) at which point I decided to just ask what you used. Dispenser (talk) 21:41, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

Worcester Country Club[edit]

-Hi John - please remove your photo of Worcester Country Club for the reasons cited on the commons talk page of the same photo. thank you. User:VictorIII

I removed the photo from the Wikipedia pages, so you can put a better image on. See Commons:Deletion requests for how to request the deletion of an image altogether, if you think the image File:Worcester_Country_Club,_Worcester_MA.jpg itself should be deleted. I won't object. Faolin42 (talk) 18:01, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

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January 2015[edit]

Thank you for posting a picture of Foxborough Universalist Church on the town's Wikipedia page. I think that's very helpful of you. :)

If you want, feel free to post a picture of the other churches in Foxborough, too.

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