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March 21, 2007

Portrait of the Daddy as a Big Ol' Geek


Athena had me stand for a portrait; here it is. Note the geek accouterments including two computers, the Campbell on the wall, and the "electric sheep" T-shirt.

I regret to say this rendering of me is all too accurate.

Posted by john at March 21, 2007 04:09 PM

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Jim Hall | March 21, 2007 04:51 PM

Great portrait it's just missing one thing. A Coke Zero in your hand.

Steve Buchheit | March 21, 2007 04:55 PM

Complete with ceiling fan and window or picture?

Michele | March 21, 2007 05:03 PM

I notice that one of the computers is on Whatever. :-)

hugh57 | March 21, 2007 05:19 PM

I regret to say this rendering of me is all too accurate.

Agreed. I especially like her rendering of your ears. ;-)

Chang, for rizzle. | March 21, 2007 05:55 PM

No bacon? No cats?

Our children see us for who we really are. No matter how we try to hide it.

Mine would draw me at my laptop crying. Naked. With the cat on my lap.

Queenie | March 21, 2007 06:15 PM

Hey, my dad worked at a forensic lab. I used to go hang out with him on Saturday nights in high school. (I am so pathetic.) Anyway, he used to let me order pizza sometimes, and I'd always make sure I had some body part in a bag when I answered the door. Lots and lots of fun.

Athena is accurate, yes. A flawless depiction of Scalzitastic Daddy-O. I enjoyed the ears, the left computer's monitor display, and the ceiling.

Nathan | March 21, 2007 06:42 PM

I believe you'd look much the same if Salvador Dali had painted you. What an achievement.

Also, based on one of the recent clips you posted, you might get a kick out of this:


MWT | March 21, 2007 07:02 PM

Chang said: Mine would draw me at my laptop crying. Naked. With the cat on my lap.

Would you be crying because there's a double-deep-fried, beer-battered, bacon-wrapped, spray-cheese-filled hot dog just out of reach?

Chang, for rizzle. | March 21, 2007 07:22 PM

MWT, I'd be crying if I was in the same state as one of those. Ugh.

TCO | March 21, 2007 07:40 PM

cute kid, but the drawing needs work. Advise that she gets one of those "how to draw" books from the school library. Chop, chop.

John Scalzi | March 21, 2007 07:57 PM

Thanks, TCO; I'll get right on it.

Incidentally, I've demoderated you; you may now post again freely. Use this power for good, please.

TCO | March 21, 2007 08:04 PM

I'm two Tanqueray's in. This is the danger zone. A little takes the edge off. Too much puts it back on.

Oh...with the kid. Put her to work. Adapt and overcome. Let her go get it herself (good bus work, better than singing those dirty songs).

Tim Weaver | March 21, 2007 09:32 PM

My son used to like to draw me in front of the computer. I took it as a sign that I was spending too much time on the computer in front of him... lol

Jim Wright | March 21, 2007 10:22 PM


The picture is accurate: Scalzi actually looks exactly as rendered - Athena is an awesomely gifted artist.

TCO | March 21, 2007 10:37 PM

Smart one, Jim. I'm glad I voted for you.

Jenny Rae Rappaport | March 22, 2007 03:29 AM

I particularly like how your ears are so similar in style to Knut the baby polar bear. =)

Wil | March 22, 2007 07:53 AM

Gee, I always thought your nose was narrower...

Ray | March 22, 2007 09:54 AM

Nice art.
I have a fridge door full of simular art from my daughter back in CA.
But I have one question.
IS it IN FACT true Mr Scalzi that you ARE related to Elmo?
Fess up!

SGT Arnie | March 22, 2007 05:37 PM

OK, folks, let's look on the bright side. In this (universally acclaimed) highly accuarate and authentic portrait, the esteemed Mr. Scalzi is smiling. On top of that, he is standing there with his arms outstretched, as if about to embrace the artist.

Yep, I'd say that Athena had him pegged. (I also bet that she's got him wrapped around her little finger, but then, who could resist?) Way to go, Athena! (And you too, John.)

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