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I’ve been a bit of a Matt Jones fanboy since about 2001 when he was at the BBC and running networking events for people interested in IA. His was one of the first blogs I saw, and didn’t even know it was a blog, just thought it was really cool. At the top it said “measure twice. cut once.” and I swooned.
I’m not such a stalker that I’ve been following his every move since then, but his presentation at Interesting2007 kicked ass too.
Last night I saw him wearing this t-shirt that says “wearing my twitter shirt”. He very kindly posed for a photograph, even though he must have known it that this stance would reveal his third ‘lady’ arm that protrudes from his right arm-pit.
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?]
Thank you to Helen, who has tagged me with the latest X Y’s about Z meme. This time it’s 8 random things about me, a subject dear to my heart.
I’m not sure about tagging 8 people, so I may leave that to the end, or not do it at all. I propose to write one post per random thing as I’m struggling with the random bit at the moment. I know what it means when my kids say “err.. Dad… random” but I can’t believe that me talking to myself is of any interest to anyone here. Though of course, I’m completely missing the fact that this blog always involves me talking to myself – it would be very difficult to write otherwise.
So, if I can get beyond the definitional fudge, I’d like to present to you Random Fact #1
I received my Drama School Diploma from Arthur English.
Yes, that Arthur English.
We really shouldn’t have been so snotty. At least he worked…