Trackback2Flickr (version doh!)

Note: I took the download link down because there was one crucial step I forgot to list.  I’ll revise this and repost it in a few days after I figure out the workflow for that step.

If, like me, you have tons of pictures on your Flickr.com account which you use on your blog, you probably want more integration between the two pages. More specifically, I wanted a trackback to my flickr page every time I linked to a picture from my blog.

Enter Trackback2Flickr.

Example of Trackback2Flickr

What is it?
Trackback2Flickr will post a description to each flickr photo page which gets mentioned in your WordPress blog entries. The post will include a link back to the blog entry.

What do I need?
A wordpress blog, a flickr account with a flickr username, and photos.

(installation instructions after the jump)
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Monterey Bay Aquarium

I knew when we were planning our trip to Monterey that I had to go to the aquarium.  It would be a waste of a trip if we didn’t go to visit one of the largest aquarium in the US, right?  Besides, if I didn’t go, I would have missed seeing the sea otters! How can you say no to this cute little wet nose??

Monterey Bay Aquarium

The sea otter exhibit was one of my favorite ones in the aquarium because they looked like they were having so much fun swimming around.  What’s especially cool is that at designated times, the trainers come out to feed and train the otters in front of all the aquarium-goers.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

I also saw a bunch of jellyfish.  They really did a good job with the lighting in the jellyfish exhibit because they looked so alien! Jellyfish weird me out because they’re animals and they move, but when you look at them and look through their translucent bodies, it’s like there’s nothing in them that looks animal-like at all. I can’t believe there’s such weird stuff in the sea!

Monterey Bay Aquarium

There was also a “Secret Lives of Seahorses” exhibit and I joked that it must not be much of a secret if there’s hundreds of people looking at them every day.  The seahorses looked so strange and cool, but they were kind of boring because they just perched on stuff in the ocean.  Some of them were pretty damn good at concealing themselves in their surroundings though.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

I also spotted a fresh water otter all tuckered out and taking a nap on dry land. Awww it looked so fuzzy I wanted to touch it! The Monterey Bay Aquarium is definitely worth the $30-$40 ticket price just to see the otters frolic.  I’d recommend going on a weekday if possible though because the crowds are insane on the weekends — especially people with children running around all over the place.

[Flickr Set of the Aquarium]

Back from Monterey

Monterey Bay Aquarium

I’m back from a whirlwind three-day weekend in Monterey. I flew up to the bay area and then drove down to Monterey, which I suppose is the central coast?  I’ve never been there, but I’m glad I went.  I’m especially glad I checked out the aquarium even though there were hoards of people and snotty-nosed kids all over the place.

I took tons of photos, but too tired to upload them all, so stay tuned in the following week for more posts about it.