Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Now You See Me

Heyall, welcome to my empty blog!

I've been hanging around the blogosphere for almost a year now, reading other people's work and periodically making comments in response. And every so often I would get the urge to start a blog of my own. Unfortunately, though, I don't really think I'd have such interesting things to say that it'd be worth it to spend time writing, editing, and maintaining a full-blown blog.

So here is my little pseudo-blog. It's got a bunch of links off to the side, a bit of profile information about me, and not much else.

Here's where y'all come in:
When I made my profile, I put up a picture to go with it. I feel no need to hide behind some kind of Great Wall of China of blogly anonymity, so I decided to go for it and let you all see what I look like. This is the same picture that I've put up in profiles of mine a few other places on the internet, because it's pretty much the best that I've got.

It's got a few pros and a few cons, though.
— It's a passport-style head shot, good for a profile!
— My facial expression isn't exceedingly goofy!
— It exudes respectability instead of slackerpunkliness.
— It's too formal; I never really dress like that in real life.
— People might pigeonhole or label me inaccurately based on it!
— My brother called it "crappy".

Now, I sometimes actually do respect my brother's judgment calls, and am therefore asking you all what y'all think. Should I stick with this picture? Or should I switch it with something else, for instance one of these?

Picture #1 — The Formal Headshot

Picture #2 — Up A Hharuv Tree

Picture #3 — I Cropped Out My Friend Navit

Picture #4 — Herding Goats (Offscreen)

Picture #5 — Overlooking The Kineret

So, nu? Votes? Opinions? Comments? Flames? Rotten Tomatoes?

My brother has just informed me that "people usually dont put their own picture on their blog; they put up an icon of some sort." Which i guess makes sense... it just sort of ruins the whole idea of saying 'Hey! Look at me! This is who i am!' I guess i could put up a cute little icon of a STEGosaurus... or a Goblin King... or anything which is 'not a šteg / שטעג (="path/way" in Yiddish)'...


Anonymous Shifra said...


Got your link from Dovbear (you can pay him later.) Good to the voice of reason finally has his own bloglet? miniblog?

You do look very serious in your passport photo. Like a fourth grade rebbi or something. Maybe go with the one where you cropped your friend out of the picture until you find something that captures the real you.

BTW I'm impressed that you are not afraid to reveal yourself.

5/03/2005 4:08 PM  
Blogger dilbert said...

Baruch Haba. welcome to the blogosphere. I would go for the tree shot.

5/03/2005 5:13 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Thanks for responding, people! Berukhim Hanimtza’im!

(I'll go thank DovBear after i post this; I knew i wouldn't be able to get people here on my own ;-))

Well, Shifra, actually since you mention it, I will soon (iy"H) be a high school Jewish studies teacher. Or maybe middle school. It all depends what job(s) i can find. And it's not actually my passport photo, it's just in a passport-esque style. My passport photo was taken years ago, when i had more hair.

5/03/2005 5:31 PM  
Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

YOUR 1ST PHOTO MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE A KGB SPECIAL.Like a member of the polit bureau.

5/03/2005 6:04 PM  
Blogger Mirty said...

Howdy from Texas! I also caught your comments on DovBear. I'm a night blogger so I often don't join in the comment-sparring matches until they are half-over.

5/03/2005 6:26 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Hi, Mirty!

That happens to me too, since I've been in Israel most of the time for the past few years.

5/03/2005 6:33 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Btw, Mr. Amshinover, what is it about the first picture that makes me look like a KGB agent? The clothes? The facial expression? The hair? The background? The КГБ tattooed across my forehead?

5/03/2005 7:00 PM  
Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

yes,yes,yes,yes,no that would make you kgb.i said you were polit bureau.

5/03/2005 7:14 PM  
Blogger Chai18 said...

Picture #4 — Herding Goats (Offscreen)

5/04/2005 1:11 AM  
Anonymous Shifra said...

Good luck with your teacher carreer! I'm the child of two teachers myself. It's very meaningful and challenging work.

5/04/2005 9:17 AM  
Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

what does
ㅁㅇᆘㄴㅡㅏㄴ ㄷㅠㅡㄴㅛㅈㅡᆘㄱ ㅁᆘㅡㄷㅠ ᆘㄱㅡㅁㄹㅜㄷ
am i missing something?

5/04/2005 11:00 AM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...


It's the beginning of the Goblin King's spell for making random enounters with potentially hostile forces safe and nonthreatening:

Pwét-et Dá-tíy-Ék pé-Dá Ék-prad...
("Person/People who I see before me...")

5/04/2005 4:44 PM  
Blogger PsychoToddler said...


Dine piktur isht oifgeplotzet!

Velkomin to der bloggennerwellllllterrennnstienowitz!

Haust du eine +2 kudgel foon ubergeeken?

--PT (dos is nisht der messhuggeneh ainikle)

5/04/2005 7:56 PM  
Blogger ADDeRabbi said...

you look exactly like another guy i know...

5/04/2005 8:38 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...


ROTFL! 8-)

I once was at a meeting of the Jerusalem chapter of Ha‘amuta Leqidum Mis.hhaqei Tafqidim Beyisra’el (how would you translate that... Society for the Promotion of Role-Playing Games in Israel?), and somehow the following statement was made (originally in Hebrew, paraphrased from memory):

"Oh no, don't worry about me! Remember, I'm a Settler, and that gives me an automatic +8 against thrown rocks and molotov cocktails..."


oooooo... then that must mean... ?!
(i'm gonna check this out) :-P

5/04/2005 8:54 PM  
Blogger Jewish Exile said...

I've seen your comments all around the blogosphere for about a year now. I vote for picture #3.

5/15/2005 1:14 AM  
Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

OK, so I didn't exist in the JBlogosphere when you posted this.

I'm still going to say "hi" -- after going back in time.

2/14/2006 2:55 PM  

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