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Thanks to Friend Block I can see all of my 238 friends profile pics in one place.
Some observations (NB, I can’t count very well) I leave it to you to suggest interpretations:
8 have not provided a picture at all and so are represented by a ‘?’
3 are represented by hand-drawn caricatures of themselves and 1 has a Simpsons avatar.
There is one cartoon character (Pinky), one stuffed toy and one toy cartoon character.
There is one cat in sunglasses and one cat with the mouth of a shark. One person is a pair of Lions, possibly copulating.
4 have some other form of graphic design (I can’t think of a better description at the moment).
Four people have pictures of themselves further processed with an imaging tool.
10 people have included other people in their profile pictures mostly people with their spouses and children.
Four people have pictures of themselves as children.
One person has two heads (or perhaps two faces)
Two people have their names in the shot.
21 of those who have photographs of themselves have chosen monochrome images. Most of these are men.
Of those with simple headshots about 30 are not looking into the camera.
Around 20 have one hand up to their face in some way.
7 are wearing sunglasses.
One person has a parrot. One person has a snake.
Yes. These are my friends.
[UPDATE: Since posting, it has come to my attention that two of the monochrome folk have gone coloured *AND* both put on shades - co-incidence or conspiracy?]
It had been hot and humid that week and we were building up to a thunderstorm while I sat around in the delivery room, waiting and completely powerless.
In August 1991 I was temping (in the London offices of Chevron, I think) having just had a big piece of work cancelled (the legal case I was working on got settled suddenly before it went to court) That situation went on for about a year until I went to university which took 4 years, worked for one employer for nearly 7 years and now been self-employed for 5 years.
The world feels enormously different – I had a vague knowledge but no experience of BBS’s at the time, but if I’d heard of the internet, I certainly never thought I’d live and work there My job now, whatever it is, just didn’t exist and neither did the sorts of companies I work with. It was a couple of years later when I’d got a JANET account that I first saw the pre-mosaic WWW running in a terminal window.
I remember buying a paper in the hospital and seeing that there was some sort of coup attempt going on in the Soviet Union. After Ewan arrived I went down to a payphone and called the various branches of the family, I can’t remember taking many photos, but there are a handful in a drawer somewhere.
How weird. Newspapers, payphones, no digital photography, Soviet Union.
He was a fine boy and now he’s turning into a fine young man. Recently he’s started cooking for himself, asking me for hints and tips in the kitchen and how to use the washing machine Now he can apply for a National Insurance number, get a job (and be on the lowest level of minimum wage), get married (with consent from his parents), and, you know, all the rest.
He plays bass guitar and next month is starting at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford.
I love him to bits.
Happy Birthday Dude!
I had a “Consider the lilies of the fields” moment yesterday and was inspired to twitter : “life is easy, effortless and always exceeds my expectations :)”
On reflection, these are the ways that I habitually squeeze the ease and effortlessness out of my life.
- I try to please all of the people all of the time
- I forget to call people I care about
- I have never taken a driving test
- I allow clutter to accumulate in my living and working spaces
- I worry
- I look for what I can get out of a situation instead of what I can give
- I start a new thing before I’ve finished the last
- I always look for ways to do the least possible to get by
- I don’t ask for what I want
- I don’t even admit to myself what I want
Oh, and 11. I take the whole thing waaaaay too seriously
Let’s see if I can make some small improvements…