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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-02-17 04:06
Subject: [personal] The perils of photoblogging early in the morning
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Tags:funny, personal, photos, tech
So yesterday I unintentionally posted a nude picture of myself on my blog. My apologies to anyone who suffered optical damage or a severely lessened libido.

More to the point, I posted said photo, didn't realize it, and left it up for several hours, until a couple of blog commenters politely asked me what I was doing. More seriously, my profound apologies for such offense or distress as I may have caused.

It was quite early in the morning, and I was messing around in the hotel room's bathroom, as one does, when I realized how strange the mirror really was. I didn't bother to go get dressed before taking the picture, merely stepped to one side and leaned over to keep myself out of the frame. Unfortunately, I didn't tilt the camera on my iPhone far enough, and caught my entire reflection.

The reason I didn't notice this is that the picture was taken in low light, and the image of me in the mirror frame was very dim. Then, when I was composing the blog post, I had the brightness on the MacBook Air set at minimum, and again the picture was dim. Beyond that, I can only plead idiocy and early morning brain fog.

At one level, this doesn't matter to me. In point of fact, I've long since lost all my body modesty, thanks to the innumerable indignities inflicted on me by medical science. However, I have never had any intention of posting obscene or lewd material on this blog. My private behavior, such as it is, is just that. The blog is not a private space. So while my personal dignity is not at issue, general decency and respect for my readers is.

Such are the perils of photoblogging early in the morning. No more photos unless I'm fully dressed, I promise.

(Honestly, I can't decide if this is funny or stupid or both.)

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Lisa Costello
User: radiantlisa
Date: 2012-02-17 12:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Have to confess, I rather enjoyed the Naked Jay. :)
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Jay Lake: signs-human_powered
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-02-17 14:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
See me after class, young lady.
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Lisa Costello
User: radiantlisa
Date: 2012-02-17 14:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Name the place. Or is that too creepy-stalker? :)
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Larry Sanderson
User: lsanderson
Date: 2012-02-17 12:46 (UTC)
Subject: NP
It's quite rare for me to complain about pictures of nekkid men. In fact, it's my most common movie rating scale. The thought occurred to me that it might be unintentional (like the Xmas card in Seinfeld), but then I double-thought. Sorry I did not comment as I think I was an early viewer. In the browns and low light, I did not think it qualified as a Guys With iPhones photo. ;-)
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scarlettina: DrWho: Too sexy
User: scarlettina
Date: 2012-02-17 14:19 (UTC)
Subject: Re: NP
Keyword:DrWho: Too sexy
That was pretty much my experience, too.
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Twilight: Evil Again (Arvin)
User: twilight2000
Date: 2012-02-17 14:25 (UTC)
Subject: Re: NP
Keyword:Evil Again (Arvin)
likewise - didn't think to mention it... sorry, dude...
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User: rekre8
Date: 2012-02-17 15:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
^ with them. I was viewing on an iphone, though, and you were but a ghost.
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User: kellymccullough
Date: 2012-02-17 17:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Another in this general run. Thought, huh, J doesn't appear to be dressed, oh well. It didn't really occur to me that it might be unintentional or that there was anything wrong with the picture.
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Jim C. Hines
User: jimhines
Date: 2012-02-17 12:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My personal vote would be for funny :-)

And it will take more than random unintentional naked man to damage my eyes any worse than they already are.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2012-02-17 13:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
We averted our eyes in a polite British way, and were completely unfazed.
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User: jtdiii
Date: 2012-02-17 13:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It was a dim, unintended reflection. I don't think anyone was screaming and running for the hills overmuch. :) Now if I had posed... they would have pushed me back into the bathtub and insured I stayed wet.
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User: reddiana
Date: 2012-02-17 13:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Instead of blacking out the mirror portion in the revised photo, you should have replaced your bod with that of a velociraptor's.

And now I want to do just that. Damn, I wish I was better at photoshop! ;-)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-02-17 14:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I would have done something funnier with the altered photo, but I was very short on time.
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User: jimvanpelt
Date: 2012-02-17 13:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I noticed the picture too, but my school monitor is just crummy enough that I didn't know if you were naked or had posted a picture of yourself in underwear. I didn't look that closely.

On the other hand, I think you can now proudly identify the boo boo as an Epic Photoblogging Fail: Master Class.
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User: cypherindigo
Date: 2012-02-17 13:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

I noticed, and in passing wondered why you weren't wearing a towel.

It is a really cool mirror.
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User: a_cubed
Date: 2012-02-17 14:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Definitely funny.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2012-02-17 14:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Either I saw it too late or I was hazy and blurred myself, and didn't see.
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User: jackwilliambell
Date: 2012-02-17 14:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I vote 'both'.

Speaking as someone with little body modesty of his own, I didn't even notice and wouldn't have cared if I did.
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User: aiela
Date: 2012-02-17 14:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I read LJ fairly early (Your posts are almost always at the top of my feed when I get to work and check in) and I totally didn't notice. Maybe my monitor is set too dim.

I wouldn't have been offended, though. Nothing wrong with naked in my book. :)
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User: farklebarkle
Date: 2012-02-17 14:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, it was funny. I was at work, so I minimized the window reeeeally fast. ;)
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User: cathshaffer
Date: 2012-02-17 14:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
This is possibly the funniest thing I've seen on LJ ever. Funnier still, was that at first I simply accepted it. "Oh, Jay's posting naked pics of himself on his blog today. Huh." I was waiting for someone else to comment on it, and when no one else said much of anything, I figured it wasn't a big deal. This may also be early morning bleariness on my part, because a couple hours later, I had the the thought, "Wait, what?" and went back to confirm. That was when I thought maybe I should say something...
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evannichols: Evan white
User: evannichols
Date: 2012-02-17 14:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Evan white
I've been considering leaking nude photos of myself to the Internet to further my career. Let me know how well this works for you.
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We're flat broke, but hey - we do it in style....: Nude
User: kshandra
Date: 2012-02-17 17:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
...maybe that's the problem. I was actually selling mine....
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User: chris_gerrib
Date: 2012-02-17 14:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Apparently I'm not very observant, because I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary in the picture.
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User: goulo
Date: 2012-02-17 15:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Curses, I was too late and missed out on the fun!
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User: threeoutside
Date: 2012-02-17 15:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I vote for funny. Since I've done the same thing, only fortunately noticed it before I posted anything online, or sent the picture INTENDED TO BE OF SOMETHING ELSE ENTIRELY (honest, mom!). I noticed this on your blog yesterday morning but like others, raised an eyebrow (and not that high) and went on with my LJ reading.
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Lucy Kemnitzer
User: ritaxis
Date: 2012-02-17 16:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I thought you very ereasonably just didn't care about it. I didn't care.

But now that it has become a Thing, it is funny.

Edited at 2012-02-17 04:00 pm (UTC)
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Jim Keller
User: jimkeller
Date: 2012-02-17 16:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I just assumed you were following Nick Mamatas' advice!

Seriously, though, not offended at all. IMHO, non-sexual nudity is not something we need to be embarrassed about. (IMNSHO, sexual nudity is not something we need to be embarrassed about, but I do understand the need to obtain consent from the viewer there first.) I thought it was nice you were comfortable enough to post such a picture.
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T Enigma
User: enigmaa_t
Date: 2012-02-17 16:52 (UTC)
Subject: snicker
I had noticed, but I thought you knew what you were doing...
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User: jaborwhalky
Date: 2012-02-17 17:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It is funny , I thought it was some sort of art thing when I saw it.

This also means the truth of my life holds true..for some odd reason I am doomed to see every one I know at some point naked... lol

You are fine.
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User: quaero_verum
Date: 2012-02-17 17:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My reaction was, "Oh - ok!" and then I moved on. ;-)

Not offended in any way, shape or form.
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Shalanna: Flower unfair
User: shalanna
Date: 2012-02-17 21:06 (UTC)
Keyword:Flower unfair
*snicker* *snrrrk* *HOWL*

. . . it's hilarious.

Perhaps I only say that because I am mean (ask anybody). It is really mean to laugh. But it IS funny.

Long, long ago, I learned Nikon Rule 1, which is NEVER SNAP THE SHUTTER WHEN YOU ARE NEKKIE. When I was a callow youngling, I used to snap lots of cat photos in the bedroom where there are many mirrors, and thus many reflections, and if a person is not properly clad . . . the cat photo, no matter how cute (*cat with feet covering its face!*), will be ruined.

This is a variation on that theme.

Mostly I'm peeved that I completely missed it. Oh, well. Someone else will do this soon, most likely on Fatshionista's Outfit Of The Day (although that's mostly chicks, and what have I not seen in endless locker rooms and Girls' P. E. classes, so there's no thrill at all to it for a straight broad like me). Some people do outfits of the day that are not safe for work. Fair warning.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-02-17 22:26 (UTC)
I swear, you guys make me think I should start another blog. Hah!

No, I think I'll confine my nekkie to private viewings, which can be arranged separately...

And good advice on Rule 1.
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Nicosian: birdy blue hair queen
User: nicosian
Date: 2012-02-17 21:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:birdy blue hair queen
I saw it, went "WHOA nelly", grinned like a fool and then was "well, damn that's awesome", and went off on my day with a grin.

It wasn't the end of my world, the retinas are not scarred. :D

And it was a pretty cool mirror. No harm done here.
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Chris Rennie
User: Chris Rennie
Date: 2012-02-17 23:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
How sad is it that I was so caught up admiring the mirror that I missed the naked man therein?

In my defence, I work for a company that imports mirrors, so I have a professional interest in new products :-)
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User: wordswoman
Date: 2012-02-17 23:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Is it VERY wrong that my reaction to this post is, "Aw, damn, I missed it!" ??

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his wholiness the rev drjon: concentrate
User: drjon
Date: 2012-02-18 01:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I went through the same oncological roundabout as yourself, when I was 14, so nekkidness concerns me not at all.
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