About that photo

I comment at several places where Gravatars are in use, and recently you may have seen a photograph of someone vaguely resembling me, only with actual hair, affixed to my name.

Me, back in the dayThis is, or more precisely was, yours truly, circa 1978, and it’s there for a couple of reasons:

  • WordPress parent Automattic has acquired Gravatar, and they keep pushing for people to use the darn thing.
  • One common complaint in various social media is that profile pictures are outdated. I defy anyone to come up with one more outdated than that without having to resort to kid shots.

This is, incidentally, likely one of the few times you’ll ever see me in a tie.



  1. McGehee »

    10 September 2009 · 8:48 am

    I don’t know what the fuss is about. My Gravatar doesn’t look anything like me these days either.

  2. McGehee »

    10 September 2009 · 8:49 am

    …which would be funnier if the durned things were displayed with the comments (not hinting) (seriously).

  3. SnoopyTheGoon »

    10 September 2009 · 9:16 am

    Not bad. I would say that the wig looks almost natural.

  4. CGHill »

    10 September 2009 · 9:22 am

    At the time I installed this particular theme, Gravatar service was sufficiently wonky that I decided to blow off the code entirely.

    McG: If it looks anything like your Twitter pic, it would look even funnier next to my name.

    STG: That’s the kindest thing anyone has ever said about my hair.

  5. fillyjonk »

    10 September 2009 · 10:42 am

    Even though I post photos of myself on my blog occasionally, if someone whose blog upon which I comment starts insisting I supply a photo, it will be of some random thing, rather than of me.

    I have none of my “kid photos,” my mother took them into protective custody after I threatened to burn them. Well, the seventh grade one at least. I don’t like to remember that I ever looked like that.

  6. Mel »

    11 September 2009 · 12:27 am

    Yeah, Tie + Burster* = FAIL + Fark headline and probable Darwin nomination.

    And … it’s a tie.

    * For those not in the know, a burster is a particular piece of equipment with certain mechanical/rotational characteristics that would just love to grab an article of lose clothing.

  7. Mel »

    11 September 2009 · 12:28 am

    … loose even.

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