I <3 A Picture A Day

It's a heart. I didn't understand it at first, either.

This site is regularly the innocent victim of my endless need to tinker with something. More often than not, the result is something utterly stupid that you never see. Every now and then, though, my tampering results in a more or less useful feature, like A Picture A Day. Since January 1, 2013, I’ve posted a new picture every day. As of right now, that means 953 pictures, most of them actually taken the day they were posted, but every now and then I’ve been known to cheat a little.

In many ways, A Picture A Day is my own, personal Instagram. I could, of course, use Instagram instead - that might even have given me an audience - but heaven knows what Facebook could end up doing with my pictures. Yes, Facebook owns Instagram, in case you didn’t know. The company was acquired in 2012 for a sweet $1 billion. Some people are still laughing every time they look at their savings accounts.

One of the popular features of Instagram is likes: Other Instagram users can like a picture you post. So I thought to myself; “if the beloved Kim Kardashian can rack up 468k 479k 613k 813k 861k, and counting, likes with a picture of her boobs (pun intended), why can’t I do the same with a picture of a coffee mug?”

A few hours of PHP, JavaScript, cookies (the digital kinds), SQL queries, CSS, encryption and decryption later, you can now like (or not like if that’s more your cup of tea), the pictures I post every day.

So go ahead, make me your new Kim Kardashian!


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