[REPOST] The Weird and Wonderful Gas Stations of Iraq (Yes, Gas Stations)

The 70-mile stretch of dusty highway connecting Kirkuk to Sulaymaniyah in Northern Iraq looks like any other road in the world—except for the 70-plus gas stations lining the shoulder. Some look more like a temple. Or have gold-plated pillars. Or brandish a snappy set of Kurdish flags.

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WD My Passport Wireless Linux Hacks

While WD My Passport Wireless is a rather useful device in its own right, the fact that it powered by a lightweight yet complete Linux distribution means that its capabilities can be extended even further. Deploy, for example, rclone on the device, and you can back up the photos and raw files stored on the disk to any supported cloud storage service.

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Sonnenhut: a Script to Run before a Photo Walk

Before you head for a photo walk, it makes sense to check the weather and ensure that you won’t miss the golden hour. And Sonnenhut can help you with that. This simple Python script fetches and displays current weather conditions and golden hour info for a specified city. The script is available on GitHub under the GPLv3 license.

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[REPOST] Eiji Ohashi, Roadside Lights (Japan)

There is something rather charming about a quiet elderly gentleman wading through terrain, season and weather to photograph vending machines across Japan.

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[REPOST] Remarkable Photos Capture the Light That Plants Emit

The plants in Craig Burrows’ photos look like something plucked from an alien planet, sprouting wild shades of violet, pink and green. But the plants, and the colors are real.

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Show Geotagged Photos on OpenStreetMap

Want to show on the map the place where you took a specific photo? Provided that the photo is geotagged, the simple function below will do the job:

if [ -x "$(command -v exiftool)" ] ; then
function show-on-osm(){
lat=`exiftool -n -p '$GPSlatitude' $1`
lon=`exiftool -n -p '$GPSlongitude' $1`
osm="http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=$lat&mlon=$lon&zoom=18"
xdg-open $osm
}
fi

The function extracts latitude and longitude values from the photo’s EXIF metadata, creates an OpenStreetMap URL, and opens it in the default browser.

For the function to work, you need to install the ExifTool on your system. Add the function to the ~/.bashrc file, and use the show-on-osm foo.JPG command to show the photo you want on OpenStreetMap (replace foo.JPG with the actual name of the desired photo).

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[REPOST] The Sleeping Taxi Drivers of Tokyo

Sleeping cab drivers resting in their parked cars on the side of a street are actually quite a common scene in Japan. In fact, you’ll find it in almost any profession in Japan. Napping in public is a sign of diligence, and shows how hard you are working, explained the NYT in an article about Japan’s culture of inemuri (“sleeping while present”).

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