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gimmickface [Oct. 8th, 2007|07:38 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

Last week Sunday at the Comics Fest, there was this guy walking around with a boom box and, um, a spinner for a face. The more attention people paid, the more he hammed it up, and the cameras and camera phones started coming out. I didn't feel the need to take a picture, since six people near me were taking one. I was standing next to a couple of scruffy comix boys, and one of them muttered to the other, "Those pictures'll be on the Internet before today is over."

Then on Saturday, indy1725 and I were driving down Alberta and suddenly Indigo pointed at a flyer on a pole and said, "Hey, it's that guy!" It was, indeed, that guy.

We may never know who this guy is, and that's sort of the awesome thing about it. Is there a word for this phenomenon yet? (Famonymity, maybe?) Someone point me to the appropriate Urban Dictionary definition or insightful danah boyd essay, please.

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[User Picture]From: lx
2007-10-09 07:57 am (UTC)
He grabbed one of my spiral buttons and said "It's all about the spiiiin." And he put it on his shirt.

Weird, man.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-10-09 09:19 am (UTC)
I know, right?

I thought he was pretty great, actually, but I hope he didn't take something that cost money without paying for it.
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[User Picture]From: lx
2007-10-09 09:26 am (UTC)
Ha, it was fine -- I was asking a nominal fee for buttons but not really enforcing it. Primarily as a means to keep the "I'll take anything that's free" crowd from clearing out my sadly low supply before the end of day one.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-10-09 08:22 pm (UTC)
I can remember the exact moment when I stopped having the "I'll take anything that's free" mentality. I was at the Iowa State Fair with my sister and a friend of ours one summer when we were twelve. There was a free drawing for concert tickets, and you could enter as many times as you wanted. We scurried over and started signing ourselves up. Suddenly, we realized that they were Michael Bolton concert tickets. We ran away screaming. Perhaps we overreacted, being twelve and all, but I never forgot the lesson: just because something is free doesn't mean you want it.

Not that I'm saying I wouldn't want your spiral buttons. I bet they're awesome.
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[User Picture]From: lx
2007-10-09 08:30 pm (UTC)
Actually my buttons are legal admission to Michael Bolton concerts.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-10-09 08:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, plus, wearing a shirt at the event one just bought it at, especially if one puts it on over whatever one was wearing before, is widely regarded as a fashion faux pas!
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2007-10-11 01:14 am (UTC)
Spinnaface kind of reminds me of what MC Chris said at the show I went to: "There's a market for everything. Take what you've got and milk it, man. If you have one testicle, go on the One-Ball World Tour and make a fortune."

At any rate, it's a clever costume. What was he rocking on the boom box? Spinnaface the Album?

The other day I was thinking about how sweet it must be to be in Blue Man Group and perform on stage every night, essentially appearing as yourself, but not have to worry about anyone recognizing you.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-10-21 01:10 am (UTC)
Yeah, or Slipknot!

I mean, the only bad part is that you have to be a member of Slipknot!
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