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April 18, 2007

Four Self-Portraits, April 2007

Posted by john at April 18, 2007 12:00 AM

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Jeff Hentosz | April 17, 2007 11:34 PM

Working on tour t-shirts, huh? Nostril shot, XL, please.

JJS | April 17, 2007 11:44 PM

One picture of each personality? If so, are all of them self-portraits, or only the one showing the personality who took the pictures?

Mary | April 18, 2007 12:02 AM

They're all cool, but the first one with the green background is great!

Mary | April 18, 2007 12:03 AM

They're all cool, but the first one with the green background is great!

Mary | April 18, 2007 12:04 AM

See? Great enough for two -- TWO! -- comments.

Cassie | April 18, 2007 12:07 AM

You have a lime-green wall in your house?

Anonymous | April 18, 2007 12:26 AM

You have a lime-green wall in your house?

Doesn't everyone? Either that or salmon.

My favorite room has two consecutive walls covered with mirrors, and the other two plus floor and ceiling painted flat black.

chang, who is not chang | April 18, 2007 12:29 AM

Now these are possibly the ugliest pictures of the Beauteous Ghlaghghee I've ever seen.

You photoshopped them, didn't you? 'Fess up.

The Official Ghlaghghee Fan Club

JJS | April 18, 2007 12:37 AM

RE: You have a lime-green wall in your house?

For a REAL strange room, look here.

JJS | April 18, 2007 12:45 AM

RE: You have a lime-green wall in your house?

For a REAL strange room, look here.

(this link differs from the last one in that it works)

Dan Bailey | April 18, 2007 01:12 AM

I've been doing the same over at my Livejournal -- one a day for 365 days. http://fontosaurus.livejournal.com

Kate | April 18, 2007 03:42 AM

Can you post one where you're actually smiling? You are cute when you grin. Not like puppies licking babies cute, but like, totally hawt in a semi-intentional balding intelligent Anthony Edwards on ER geek sort of way.

Ok -- I have no idea where I'm going with this.

Don't be afraid to say cheese once and awhile.

All your pictures as is seem to scream:

I r serius riter, this r serius bookz!

J.D. Finch | April 18, 2007 04:09 AM

As some of us comment on you/your writing on our own blogs, what is your policy on reposting pics of you from here?

sylvia | April 18, 2007 05:51 AM

Got a deadline looming by any chance?


KevinQ | April 18, 2007 07:43 AM

I like them all, but I really think that up-nostril shot really captures what we, your fans, come to the Whatever for.


Chang, for rizzle. | April 18, 2007 07:50 AM

Bottom one is the best. Or the first.

WizarDru | April 18, 2007 07:51 AM

Scalzi....buddy....bubbula. You know I love you, right babe? Listen. Me and the gang...we don't know how to tell you this, but....well, listen, this is an intervention.

Oh, I know...you don't have a problem. They all say that. First it's just a little saturation here, then a little color balance there...next thing you know, you're rendering drop shadows in a separate layer with an alpha blend off of some kid's stomach in the valley. Don't look at me like that...you know it's true.

I'm just saying....you've got a filter problem. It happens to the best of us. But together, we can beat this thing.

John Scalzi | April 18, 2007 08:58 AM


Actually, that wall is baby blue. However I took the picture without a flash, and the lighting in the room is a bit yellow. This is what you get with those conditions.


Oddly, I rarely smile in pictures I take of myself. I don't know why. It's not like I actually try to cultivate an "I are surios riter" aura, after all.

J.D. Finch:

Feel free to repost any of these pictures.


No, thank God.


Nonsense. I can stop anytime.

JonathanMoeller | April 18, 2007 09:28 AM

Title for the third one: A Study in Nostril Hair, or the Artist as Verdant Waves of Cilia.

John Scalzi | April 18, 2007 09:30 AM

You know, you can't see a single nose hair in that picture.

Steve Buchheit | April 18, 2007 09:36 AM

The second one make you look like you're in som ehip club dancing to some music that requires stobe lights.

Jeremiah | April 18, 2007 10:40 AM

These just remind me of Warhol and pop art

Jenny | April 18, 2007 11:20 AM

shortly after receiving an email criticizing you for being self-promoting and you-focused....you decide to post pictures of yourself. perfect snub. you crack me up. I will never delete the Whatever from my bookmarks.

Chang, the real O.C. | April 18, 2007 11:59 AM

Oh, the bottom picture looks like one of Greg Bear for some reaosn.

You need to smile more. You'd look pretty.

John H | April 18, 2007 12:05 PM

So your first post on your wife's birthday is a montage of photos of yourself? Nice...

I know -- you can just tell her you really meant to hit the post button at 11:59 Tuesday night...


John Scalzi | April 18, 2007 12:14 PM

I actually posted the montage last night at 11pm, but I moved the publishing date forward an hour so I wouldn't have so many entries on the same day.

John H | April 18, 2007 12:27 PM

Egads, man! Here I give you cover and you go and blow it like that...

Karen Funk Blocher | April 18, 2007 12:41 PM

I knew if I came over here I'd see you taking the new PS out for a spin. How about cloning in a smile, now?

loser | April 18, 2007 12:46 PM

you shouldn't do that you put up stupid posters

John Scalzi | April 18, 2007 12:51 PM


At least you label yourself accurately.

Scott Janssens | April 18, 2007 01:55 PM

You kind of look like the Bard in glasses in that last one.

Madeline F | April 18, 2007 02:40 PM

I love the second; it begs for more Sclazi/Che crossovers.

claire | April 18, 2007 03:01 PM

Third is my favorite, followed by the 1st with your fuzzy light halo and nice range of greens.

Bookninja | April 18, 2007 10:01 PM

Have you lost a little weight?

John Scalzi | April 18, 2007 10:30 PM

Since when?

Bookninja | April 19, 2007 05:51 PM

You said you were going to DDR your way to fitness and I've been curious if you've been successful. (Jan 31 "Chunky McChunkerson" post) These pictures look a little more slender than most of the ones I've seen previously (author shots on books, older posts). Being a former member of Clan McChunkerson, I wish you the best.

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