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Posted by: Sharyn at Sep 19, 2004 5:29:50 PM

I like it. The one thing that throws me off visually is the hat. Even though you don't resemble him, I think documentary, hat, glasses... Michael Moore. Obviously you're not of the portly stature of Mr. Moore, but I can't help but thinking about him when I see the photo. I'd lose the hat and call it golden.

Posted by: ryan at Sep 19, 2004 6:20:36 PM

I'm with ryan. My suggestion... the "urban sombrero".

Either that or a tiny beret.

Posted by: Carson at Sep 19, 2004 9:36:33 PM

hmm...yeah it is a little dorky. just like me!
i sent this off already, but maybe i'll try the sans hat approach tonight.

i'm so excited. i've got the whole week off work to edit like a madman.

Posted by: Chuck at Sep 19, 2004 11:35:54 PM

I vote fez. They always look so fun when those Shriners wear them...

Can you get it done in a week?

Posted by: Odin at Sep 20, 2004 12:09:23 AM

Fez. Of course. My spirit, in hat form.

It doesn't have to be done, but it has to not be completely embarassing. I'll be working on it right up until the screening, I'm sure.

By the way, everyone walk into the new sweetly-designed pages of Layne.

Posted by: Chuck at Sep 20, 2004 1:12:13 AM

The redesign looks great...but ouch, I got kicked off Layne's blogroll. Oh well.

Posted by: Sharyn at Sep 20, 2004 7:21:52 AM

Very eye-catching, Chuck, which is great. In the spirit of constructive criticism for the next version: There's something ominous about the silhouette idea. As if this were a shady character here or at least someone with something to hide. If the network news were interviewing a hacker who'd just broken into the Federal Reserve, this is how we'd see him. You know? I doubt that's the effect you're after.

The other thing, and a little bit more nit-picky: I think both sides of the political divide (and you know I'm on yours, so I mean this with the best intentions) are going to be interested in Blogumentary. Why put off half of all potential viewers right away with an anti-Bush entry in the background?

How about an earlier one on rapid rise and fall of the Dean campaign? That's a fascinating story for everyone. Or one that refers somehow to the clashes between the two sides.

Just off the top of my head.

Posted by: David Hudson at Sep 20, 2004 7:52:18 AM

Hmmm, very very good points David. I appreciate your feedback.

The reason for the silhouette is to deemphasize that fact that it's me holding the laptop. I was going for a "this is every blogger" approach. And, I just thought it looked striking. (I also thought of using Lori for this image.) The "shady hacker" thing never ocurred to me though, and it does come off like that. Perhaps I should just make myself more visible, but high contrast.

Now to slightly contradict myself. :-) Although Blogumentary covers the impact of blogging from both sides, it (like my blog) unabashedly reflects my politics. I'm going to get into my experience with the "DIRTY POLITICS: SWIFT BOAT VETS" post in the film, so it's particularly relevant. But I hear what you're saying. Howard Dean's rise reflects my politics without alienating people off the bat.

I'm off to take a crack at v2.0 now.

Posted by: Chuck at Sep 20, 2004 8:27:32 AM

How about an Elmer Fudd hat?

Oh, wait, that would be more Lane.

Posted by: tina at Sep 20, 2004 1:40:53 PM

btw - ended up being pretty much too late for a revision, at least for GET REAL. But I did brighten me up a bit and used a color version, so I don't look so criminal. It's also less striking, but hopefully that's a good tradeoff.

and... if this even ever gets into print, I imagine it'll be too small to really make out the background blog text.

Deep Throat

Posted by: Chuck at Sep 20, 2004 5:54:38 PM