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Gallery2 and Facebook

March 1, 2009
Filed under: Uncategorized — Carl Sutherland @ 8:34 pm

A friend (literally, 15 minutes before I am writing this) suggested I also upload my photos to the Facebook for convenient community perusing and commenting.  Typically, I upload a big tar ball of pics all at once and let my Gallery2 do all the work and have never been a big fan of photo management on Facebook.  But since my photos are already online, through my gallery, shouldn’t I be mechanize importing them into Facebook?

Anyway, I imediately found this:  http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=2390304162, a Facebook app for Gallery2.  Here are the results:

Original Gallery2 gallery: http://cesutherland.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=12010

Facebook Imported gallery: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2777189&id=9332525

The import takes photos, titles, summaries, and descriptions (all optional) as well as gives you the option for including a link-back.  That was the kicker for me.

Again, it literally took me longer to put these sentences together than it did to research, implement, and exploit this solution.  One downside, the Gallery2 component leaves a web accessible API into your gallery allowing read access to galleries and images – worth considering.

Filed under: Argentina,World of Books — Carl Sutherland @ 5:37 pm

Kiss of the Spider Woman tells the story of two very different cell mates, Molina and Valentín.  Molina is a city dwelling effeminate homosexual who dresses windows for a living while Valentín is a student and member of an anti-goverment revloutionary group.  Molina is imprisoned on the charge of “corruption of a minor” and Valentín is a political prisoner.  Throughout the course of the novel the two characters become close, forming a relationship that will in one sense destroy them, and in another save them.

Manuel Puig tells this story without a narrator, instead relying entirely on the dialog of the characters.  Several devices enrich this storytelling, including the characters’ own stories.  Molina has a great love of film and frequently relates one or another of his favorite movies to Valentín.  Another device is the generous use of footnotes offereing psychoanalytic theory of homosexuality.  Manuel successfully creates a very unique storytelling environment which lends itself well to the plot.  The novel as a whole has a very deep parallel sturcture immediately evident in the contrast between the two main characters.  Other contrasts presented include those between social norms vs. social fringes, complacency vs. non-complacency.

Although primarily an author, Manuel Puig had worked in television and radio and his writing style, particulary in Kiss of the Spider Woman, incorporates elements of these media.  The novel, written while Puig was in exile, has since been made into a play, a musical and a film.  In novel form, I found it entertaining and insightful, and found the social commentary useful.

Moved the Blog

January 15, 2009
Filed under: Website — Carl Sutherland @ 9:41 pm

Did a couple upgrates today and moved my journal.  It is now the main page of http://www.cesutherland.com/.

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