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POTD discussion

Posted by Jeff Weissman  
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March 02, 2012 11:03AM
ok, just to understand for the future....

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avatar Re: POTD discussion
March 02, 2012 05:20PM
Hi everybody! About the POTDs, in my opinion, the Stephen's message hits the centre of the subject. I believe it's not absolutely important to see every day as POTD perfect and/or astonishing images or rare and incredible specimens...Is enough that POTDs are, somehow or other, agreeable. In this way, I think, those who are not professional photographers too can "live" their "glory day".
Every image can convey something to somebody, and as regards how the POTDs are chosen, I'm convinced that everyone would operate in many different ways.
A strong and friendly handshake to all the friends.

Better to be just than good (Kempis)

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 03/02/2012 05:24PM by Roberto Bosi.
avatar Re: POTD discussion
March 02, 2012 09:09PM
Brazilian Happy Agate congratulates his Persian compatriot on being chosen and hopes that rocks everywhere will continue to bring smiles to people's faces.

(but wishes his own image had been captured by a real camera rather than a photocopier.)

Personally, I rather like some randomness in the POTD. It's kind of fun to see what's on tap every day and never be quite sure what to expect. I do agree that it would be nice if there was a spot where the selector (or nominator?) could choose to stick a comment or two on why it was selected, if mostly for cases like the Japanese benitoite where lots of viewers might not get why it's a cool specimen. I always scroll down to see the POTD, but don't always open up to read the full caption.

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avatar Re: POTD discussion
March 02, 2012 09:36PM
Now if your Happy Agate had been uploaded it may have been a POTD!
avatar Re: POTD discussion
March 02, 2012 09:59PM
I hope there will be a happy agate day next year too! So get yuor happy agat uploaded Don!

Tomorow I hope it's lucky leucophanites day. If it is, I'll share some photos.

I like the idea of more random picked POTD's, massive microclines deserve their "15 minutes of fame" too, but with random picking, I guess statistics would playe a role, and some post more pics than others...
Well, I think the way managers select candidates for POTD probably are the best way to do it, so keep up the good work!

PS: Alfredo you could obviously do better and select more! winking smiley

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/02/2012 10:09PM by Peter Andresen.
avatar Re: POTD discussion
March 02, 2012 10:41PM
I'll certainly upload Happy, but keep hoping I can dig out an old Fraziers' newsletter from when I bought it that might have a better locality than "Brazil". I ran it through the photocopier this morning because I haven't a camera to shoot with lately -- turned out better than I expected!

I should qualify my comment on "randomness". While they probably should have the lion's share, I think the POTD should cover more than just gorgeous minerals photographed by experts at the top of their game. I like the off-the-wall locality pictures, historical archives, thin section, giant rocks, and the occasional bit of goofiness mixed in. (I'm a big fan of the Google Doodles for the same reason.) I'm not all that pumped about randomly selected images from the galleries, though, as they lack that crucial link of someone out there in the MinDat review world saying, "Wow, this is really cool -- pass it on!" That gets back to the original point of figuring out what hooked someone in when you don't necessarily get it...

As for happy rocks, I have a Geological Society of America volume of review papers from a decade or two ago with figure that still makes me giggle: a thin section photo of an oolite that had "enjoyed" deformation. Probably can't post it because of copyright issues, but I'll pull out the volume tonight and see -- at least I can provide the reference.
avatar Re: POTD discussion
March 02, 2012 10:59PM
Remember the fellow on PBS a number of years ago who used to paint his "happy little clouds"?? Mindat needs someone that can photograph (or paint) happy little rocks..... grinning smiley
avatar Re: POTD discussion
March 10, 2012 05:29AM
Finishing up the "happy rock" reference, rather than things relevant to the POTD thread...

The pic below is scanned from Groshong, RH (1990). "Low-temperature deformation mechanisms and their interpretation." Geological Society of America Special Paper 253, Centennial Articles. 337-368.

In checking the legalese up front for the volume, it says, "All materials subject to this copyright and included in this volume may be copied for the noncommercial purpose of scientific or educational advancement." -- happy to delete if anyone has concerns, but as long as everyone just sticks to smiling and enjoying the silliness of what someone found looking back at them while staring through a microscope, I think we’re OK.

Always loved the opening quote in the abstract, attributed to Rob Knipe, 1982: "Rocks do not suffer deformation; they enjoy it."

And (not to let the original point of the thread die) I’d love to hear the occasional comment connected to a POTD as to why it was chosen, even if it’s anonymous and filtered through a designated independent third party manager!

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avatar Re: POTD discussion
March 10, 2012 05:53AM
its write: "..copied for the noncommercial purpose of scientific or educational advancement.." so you not have to cancel

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