a few months ago i was really sick. i wanted to draw...and normally i just use google images to find stuff. but somehow i stumbled upon this site that has hacked into flickr, called flickr leech.
it's a really amazing tool, and i'm not quite sure as to why flickr didn't come up w/it first. basically, it's a search engine for flickr. what it does is pull up 200 thumbnails of images from a specific date under flickr's criteria of interestingness, or users, favorites, pool, group, sets, etc...like the image below.
or you can search images like... puppies. love. graffiti. street signs. whatevs. and hundreds of thumbnails will come up w/ images for that search criteria.
apparently the guy that designed it did it because he was tired of going through pages and pages (the actual term is "paging", and flickr leech's tagline is "because paging sucks.") of photos of flickr's "interestingness" category. he wanted to make a quicker, easier way to access the photographs. that is exactly what he did.
one of the neatest things about flickr leech is that it opens up the whole world of flickr in a heart beat. just by clicking on one photo, it brings you to the original photo and let's you explore that person's photographs, their comments, their contacts, etc. it's really cool and inspiring.