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    Cyburbian Doohickie's avatar
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    Is that really you?

    What's the story behind your avatar/profile pic? Is it really you? If not, what do you really look like? I know a lot of people who post here would prefer some level of anonymity so if you don't want to post a pic of yourself, hey, cool. But for the reckless brave ones among us, post a pic of yourself! Or not. Whatever's good for you.

    My avatar *is* me. Unless someone's made a fake account here or there using that picture, it's a pretty clear indication that the Doohickie you run into elsewhere on the internet is me. It's kind of my internet trademark.

    The story behind my avatar: It was my birthday in 2011. I was out on my usual pub crawl ride and as was the custom back then, the rest of the group made me wear The Chicken Hat. In the lighting of the patio at the Bull & Bush, a photographer friend of mine snapped this picture without me knowing it. I think it's a great photograph of a mediocre subject. I've never found a better picture to use for my profile.


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    Boss Godfrey (aka "The Man With No Eyes") from Cool Hand Luke ...so, not me, and I don't really look like that character (unless I'm irritated with the interns prior to finishing my second cup of coffee...but that's another story for another time). I've used that still as my avatar on the few boards I post to for a very long time.
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    moderator in moderation Suburb Repairman's avatar
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    This has been my avatar from day 1 on this message board. My family has always had boston terriers, and I believe my love for craft beer is pretty well-recognized on here. Put those two together, and you get an avatar of a boston terrier drinking a beer. The best part is that the file name for the image is "good dog."

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    Quote Originally posted by Doohickie View post
    What's the story behind your avatar/profile pic? Is it really you? If not, what do you really look like?
    No, it is not really me. I am not actually a young Madonna.

    Here is a pic of me that is not hugely old, but also not current. I was still homeless when I took that photo. It was taken in Woodward Park in Fresno, California.

    It's the one currently in use on various profiles on the internet because it is the least worst recent-ish photo of me. I have had people tell me it looks awful and needs to be updated, but I am failing to make better photos of me in the time since I was told that. So I have stuck with this pic. I don't think I look too bad when I see myself in the mirror most of the time, but the camera no longer loves me, like it did when I was young.

    Historically, most of my Cyburbia avatars were some variation of Madonna or, occasionally, old photos of me or current photos that were photo-shopped -- if anyone happens to have any old photos of me for some reason, even the carefully edited nudes, I have no old photos of me. Please send me a copy. I won't out you or ask why you have old nude photos of me. Or send them to Maister and he can send them to me and then I won't even know who you are.

    For people cyberstalking me who don't know that story -- or, like, newer Cyburbanites who missed those events: When I first joined Cyburbia, most of the women had "sexy" avatars and were not being taken all that seriously. One or two of the guys -- Cardinal and some guy from Canada were involved in that conversation -- dared me to post a nude of myself for some reason. I felt it was a lose-lose proposition. If I didn't post it, I was chicken and could STFU. If I did, I was just a boy toy, not to be taken seriously. (To be clear, I don't think either of them was being intentionally malicious. I was going through a divorce. They were both single. One thing led to another and I found myself facing a dare.)

    I don't like losing. So I posted a nude of myself as my avatar, carefully edited into a black and white silhouette. (The internet was younger. So was I. I was also on boatloads of medication. ) After about 6 weeks, most of the sexy female avatars disappeared and the ladies here began voicing more of their own opinions and being taken more seriously. At that point, I decided to remove my boobs from the internet.

    I was basically hated my first few months here. For a lot of reasons, not just my Lady Godiva Freedom Fighter avatar phase.

    All the respect for Dan Tasman and whomever else was a mod at that time for putting up with my stunt in protest of local unintended sexism. I've been banned for less on other sites. I love you people -- in a completely platonic way, mind you.

    Anyway, getting back to my history of Madonna avatars: I like Madonna and I kind of identify with her. As noted elsewhere, I have naturally curly brunet hair that spends a lot of time blond even though I don't dye it. It just bleaches out from sun, etc. With living without a car and walking everywhere, it quickly turns blond. I only look brunet for a short period after a fresh haircut.

    I used to go for Serious Looking avatars because I typically feel like I never get taken seriously, I get no respect,yadda. But while homeless, I learned to be approachable for the first time in my life while wearing t-shirts covered with cartoon images and the like.

    I liked being more approachable. So at some point, I changed my Cyburbia avatar to a sillier Madonna instead of a Serious, Please Fear Respect Me avatar. And that's why my current Madonna avatar has Mickey Mouse ears.
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    My avatar just spoke to me when I saw it. It's a character from the comic strip This Modern World. A liberal professor type...I look just like him, except I don't have a beard, glasses, and don't wear turtlenecks or elbow patch jackets, and seldom have that expression on my face, but yeah otherwise it's a dead ringer for me. There was one other avatar I've alternated with - the Farmville duck. I like ducks.
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    Mine was stolen from StGeorge, a user with four posts. I came in 2005 and was looking through the already uploaded images and I took his. He hasn't complained since, so I guess I am okay. It doesn't look like me though. Although I am rocking a keg in the stomach region....
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    That's me.
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    My avatar is my kinda hopeful way I look at the world and the way I wish it was in a harmless eccentric, colorful way.
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    This is one of the butterflies we raised in our offices last year. I got really attached to mine - much more so than I expected to! I'd post a photo of me, but I still don't really know how and no one's bothered to explain it. The only way I know to do it is to link to a website and I don't want to link my facebook profile here for all you weirdos to stalk me.

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    Of course it's me! What? You've never seen a orange tabby cat that could type? What sort of sheltered life have you lived then?

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    I'm of the school of user that avatars are not meant to be personal nor permanent, so I change mine from time to time as the spirit moves me. I've had kitty for a while now. I'll have to refresh him after this.
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    I like Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer from SNL and use it as Unfrozen Caveman Planner here. I've had it so long that I will keep it for as long as this account/website exists.

    Other places across the internets I use this as my avatar.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    My avatar is a combination of the cover art of both sides of a record called the Faith/Void split.

    The Faith/Void split is a landmark Washington, DC Hardcore Punk record from 1982, released on Dischord Records, a now legendary indie label, but than still run out of the basement of an Arlington punk house aptly named "Dischord House". Side A contains a full length album worth of songs of raw fury that upped the ante for Punk Rock heaviness and was one of the first East Coast Hardcore bands to incorporate elements of Heavy Metal - directly influencing the California, Southeastern and New York hardcore and crossover thrash scenes that would blossom in the mid-80s (Suicidal Tendancies, Corrosion of Conformity and Agnostic Front being examples of such bands). Side B is a full length by THE FAITH, which was Alec Mackaye's band (Alec being the little brother of Ian Mackaye of Minor Threat/Fugazi fame) and is almost as good as the Void side, but has a much more melodic, less heavy, but still so so good sound. Both bands were able to fit their albums on a single side of the LP because these are like 2 minute loud, fast punk songs :P

    DC started Hardcore on the East Coast, New York took it to the next level, but its roots are in DC 1979-83: bands like Minor Threat, SOA, Teen Idles, Void, Faith, Government Issue, Scream, Rites of Spring, Skewbald/Grand Union, United Mutation etc. DC has always been a fertile ground for punk because there is so much for Punks to be angry at there

    Ive posted pics of myself here before, but not for my avatar.

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    When I was younger I had changed my avatar a couple of time but now I like it blank - simpler and eloquently vague.

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    I'm in the Gedunker school of thought. I change it from time to time. It's been a lot of Futurama lately just because I like those characters. It's been Zapp the "Velour Fog" for a while now mostly because I like his line about not understanding Zapp's Law just enforcing it. Plus his overconfident failure with women. Bender is always good for a bite my shiny metal... mood or a casino full of hookers and blackjack. And of course why not Zoidberg?
    I don't pretend to understand Brannigan's Law. I merely enforce it.

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    I think my avatar is what I will look like.
    And that concludes staff’s presentation...

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    When I was younger I had changed my avatar a couple of time but now I like it blank - simpler and eloquently vague.
    I can't say it better.

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    My avatar has no significant meaning other than I thought it was adorable. A hamster slurping up people food! I feel like life is serious enough, I don't want a serious avatar too.

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    For Doohickie -

    local newspaper photo


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    A girl after my own heart!

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