Saturday, February 16, 2008

Here's the brand-new ad for my SETI.com blog. Nothing says "extraterrestrial" like a pale bald guy surrounded by stars.





To read the blog, click here. (And just in case you're wondering, I fully intend to expand on the introductory post in forthcoming essays.)

10 comments:

wintermuse x9's uncle prot said...

"Nothing says 'extraterrestrial' like a pale bald guy surrounded by stars."

Well, I don't know about that, but if you want to enhance the "ET" effect, I would suggest shaving off your eyebrows, ditch the glasses, get some wrap-around sunglasses from which you remove the telling large dark oval lenses from (and place over your eyes like a pair of monocles; alternatively buy some full eye blackout contacts), squinch your mouth down to a tight line, and THEN check out the effect. Man who fell to Earth time. UberBowie! Proto-CT?

Oh, and tape your ears flat. Add a little Goth pancake makeup. Take a photo and...submit for our consideration. I'll bet you could pass (among us fellow humanoids?).

I'm just saying...you want to make an ET-transhumanist visual performance art statement, that would be _the_ way to go!

Then, obtaining a silver lame skintight bodysuit, you could wander on down to where the evangelists hold forth and just...stare...at...them...in a stolid, knowing way. Scare the bejesus outta 'em. Guaranteed.

Either that, or they'll hand you a Jack Chick booklet, and while making the sign of the cross, tell you how they can bring even you, too, to the Heavenly Father. Heh!

I for one welcome our alien transhuman overlords! After all, all our base belong to them...8^}

Anonymous said...

Wardrobe and make-up might be good, but photoshop offers some interesting possibilities and would provide some alternative looks as well. Any photoshop folks out there that would like to take a stab at that project? I would love to see the results.

Michael

dad2059 said...

Worked for Patrick Stewart.

weird old uncle prot said...

That sounds like a job for Elan!

I'd like to see the results of a photoshop mod like that of a picture of Mac, too.

Then, in the farflung future, Mac, when your grandchildren come across the modded photo in some digital photo album, you could explain to them there was time in the early 21st century when increasing numbers of people indulged their cryptoterrestrial muses visually in order to express their transhumanist inclinations and philosophical orientations as a means of showing that for some humans, prior to the great contact in 2027 AD from "the others" that finally resulted in our being invited to join the galactic club, the idea of "think different" was an actual intellectual and personal imperative that, in a way, brought about the great change and paradigm shift that allowed humanity to overcome their self-destructive tendencies and inter-cultural conflicts and unite in advancing the biogenetic potential of the species and thus transform humanity and allow us to begin the great adventure to the stars.

Of course, the grandkids may at that point stare agog at you in wonder and, as they slowly edge away from your benign smiling mein, talk amongst themselves in low whispers to say, "boy, Grandpa Mac sure is weird!" Your rejoinder would then be, "Damn right! Isn't it great?!"

This exchange should then be followed up with by dancing an esoteric Irish jig to complete the scenario, for educational purposes only, of course. Heh! 8^}

Brent said...

I don't understand the need to create another blog when you could just add a label called seti to this one.

Justin said...

Brent: Probably because it reaches a broader audience who otherwise probably wouldn't see Mac's writing.

But that begs the question: what the heck is SETI.com anyway?

W.M. Bear said...

I don't understand the need to create another blog when you could just add a label called seti to this one.

I completely, utterly, and totally disagree. Mac's SETI blog will allow him to focus primarily ON SETI, where here, PB -- fascinating as it inarguably is -- is a kind of catch-all for all sorts of weird stuff. Even if Mac added a SETI section, I suspect it still wouldn't be the same. I mean, look at "The Cydonian Imperative." Mac hardly ever UPdates that (hint, hint)....

Mac said...

Mac's SETI blog will allow him to focus primarily ON SETI, where here, PB -- fascinating as it inarguably is -- is a kind of catch-all for all sorts of weird stuff.

I was actually "hired" to write for SETI.com. It's not my site; I just write for it.

Uncle proteus said...

Is this going to be some kind of weekly blog thing, for seti-esque updates, or monthly, or what?

If it's not to personal, what does a gig like this pay?

ET/CT's want to know! 8^}

W.M. Bear said...

It's not my site; I just write for it.

Oh, I was aware of that. You're still blogging on it though, and I like the idea of your just focusing on SETI.