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15000 photos say more than 15000 words

By Thom Wong 26 Jan 2006 | TheTyee.ca

Thom Wong writes regularly about music for The Tyee. He has also been a teacher and contract specialist. With eight years of education and three bachelor degree, Thom focuses mostly on marketing writing.

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I went to high school with a guy who wanted to photograph everyone in school. As this was in the days before digital photography, and I went to school with over 2000 students, the project would probably have bankrupted the AV department. In the end, he settled for photographing the front entrance of the school every hour for 24 hours (he set up a tent and slept there).

In all likelihood, you went to school with someone like this, and if you've wondered what happened to her or him check out Drive Project. Demonstrating that more is more than likely always more, Bill Klingensmith took a photograph every ten seconds on his six day drive from Seattle to Rochester, New York.

A breezy flash interface makes it simple to peruse the photos and the site isn't the impossible pop up mess that it could have been. You can browse through a map that charts both the days and the pit stops. Even if you don't look at all 15,481 pictures -- a task that will take you roughly 23 minutes -- looking at a few of the pages will give you an idea of how vast America really is, as the scenery and architecture change as he travels from west to east.

Bill is currently looking for sponsorship so he can take another trip. Anyone want to go halfsies on gas?

Thom Wong is a law student who spends an unreasonable amount of time online. His 40 bLinks column runs every Monday and Thursday on The Tyee. What's he all about? Click here.

Thom recently won the Guile debate at UBC, arguing successfully that the law is pretty good but violence is the answer.

For previous 40 bLinks, click here.  [Tyee]

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