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Player Photograph by Spidere

September 21st, 2008 12:00 AM

INSTRUCTIONS: The first task reads: "Take a picture of yourself. " This is the only time a sous rature gesture will be made, so let us remind you: you may be your character, but your character need not be you.

dragonfly90554.jpgSilent Zig's Player Photograph reminded me of this; maybe we can start a trend.


My original picture; I'm still very proud of it.

It took me a few days to complete this, because I was trying to figure out how to take a picture of my /self/. not simply my person, my body, but somehow my actions. Considering my character, myself, as something of a finder of links and of information, and having recently started working on a network science analysis project, I thought I should somehow show my connections. I tried to think of how best to do this, as I had been instructed to actively take a picture, rather than just make one.

So I decided to record what I was doing as I traveled on the web--I watched what sites I went to, and how much traffic I got from them. once I had a bit of data, I wrote a little program to parse this into sites, then turn this into a graph with myself at the center, links from me to my visited places, and cross-links as appropriate. I also had it automatically go and download icons from each site, when it could automatically find them, and to put those into the graph as well. I used JUNG, an open source networking library, to display the graph and saved the image. To bring the connection back to myself, I took several digital photos, and overlaid the network on one I liked, which seemed to bring some concentration and thought into the network.

The resulting picture, I think, shows me trying (as usual) to make sense out of the skein.


Headed back to DC, it seemed like the time to make one (or two) of these. My plan is to spread SF0 like a deceptively cute mental virus.

Cat's Eye Nebula:

A small attempt to look into the structure of the universe.


Designed to provide hopeful inspiration for The Villain's What is Advertising? completion. I like the image of these wonderful statistical distributions and their links to each other just exploding out of my head. The original image of distributions (from Casella and Berger) is one of my favorites in all statistics, as it shows the really interesting ways in which the most common statistical distributions relate to each other. I'm always amazed by the way things can transform and shift in relation to each other.


The Villain, with network overlay.


Taken as part of my SF0 senate campaign.

The Mock Piratey Turtle

For a little while, everyone was making their player icons into cross-stitching Alice in Wonderland patterns; I saw the Mock Turtle design and thought I'd give it a little SF0 twist, in honor of piratey turtle.


Supporting a third path during the war against the UofA.

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dc0 (5a)
Cat's Eye Nebula
Spidere-Villain Network
Running For Senator
The Mock Piratey Turtle
Original stat mind picture
Distributions and relations
I heart the villain
The Hanged Man
From Terpsichore
From quirk of nature
From rongo rongo
From Lank
From Charlie Fish
From annnna
From The Actor
From Haberley Mead
From CMTheGonzalez
From anna one
From Lincoln

28 vote(s)



31 comment(s)

posted by Eccoglyph on June 26th, 2007 12:40 PM

This was really clever and well-done. It actually inspired me not to take this task lightly.

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posted by Sean Mahan on August 25th, 2007 9:21 PM


Holy cow!
posted by Loki on October 13th, 2007 8:52 PM

A villainous network diagram, in Spidere style. Neat!

Even though ti confuses me to no end, I love watching our player icons slowly creep away from the standard Villain in time.

A network master
posted by YellowBear on October 14th, 2007 1:29 AM

sweet new Villain network pics!

Piratey Turtle!
posted by anna one on October 24th, 2007 12:08 PM

Yay! That's awesome!!

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posted by YellowBear on October 24th, 2007 1:44 PM

mock piratey turtle!, wish i could vote again

Spidere-Villain is my favorite
posted by Dr. Subtle on November 8th, 2007 12:08 PM

It's a beautiful mix of obfuscation and clarity.

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on December 2nd, 2007 11:31 AM

The Third Path.

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posted by Burn Unit on December 14th, 2007 5:27 AM

Every picture demonstrates how very thoughtful and clever you are. You will need every bit of it now.

You're always watching, aren't you...
posted by Spidere on December 14th, 2007 9:39 AM

:) Here, I was crazy enough to think that I would make it up to 8 without you noticing I was that close. Thanks for the bump, Senex (even if you did have to vote for my embarrassing early Pants Observation Exercise to do it). I am truly glad and honored to join this august company.

He did it for me too!
posted by Bex. on December 14th, 2007 11:52 AM

yay! Unit, you are a Fairy Eight Mother.
Congrats, Spidere!

all y'all think this is charity, baby?
posted by Burn Unit on December 14th, 2007 12:06 PM

Au contraire, I do not cast votes lightly. If only you knew how carefully I steward them sometimes, just waiting for moments like this, moments which i have carefully documented for months now, biding my time, measuring the rise and fall of praxis and score as an amateur oceanographer might awake each morning and trudge through the mist to the shore, sticking crude home made implements into the cold tidal pulse of the world.

To the specifics: a) those pants are kinda awesome; b) perhaps you will be able to look back at your noobish self with fondness-- you delineated a process and put some thought into it even if you didn't get what you wanted; c) I am never ashamed of voting for people. If you are so embarrassed, then I suggest you hit that edit button and get taskin.

"You're a celebrity!!"
posted by The Vixen on April 22nd, 2008 10:07 PM


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posted by ASIMO on June 13th, 2008 3:00 PM

Hello. My name is ASIMO. I have noticed, with my advanced circuitry and receptors, that you are not a member of the Probot team. I question whether there is a reason to this. I hope that sending you a request for friendship will increase your desire to empathize with robots.

posted by Spidere on June 14th, 2008 2:37 PM


I am strongly pro-robot, and hope to encourage increased capacity for robots as well as more integration of robots within our society. I certainly agree with the principles of Probot. However, as a Senator, I believe that there would be a conflict of interest in joining a Political Action Committee.

Also, while I am pro-robot, I am not pro-sockpuppets-masquerading-as-robots.

Best wishes,

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posted by ASIMO on June 15th, 2008 7:06 AM

I am pleased that the links between humans and robots is important to you, Senator. I will keep this in mind when selecting representatives for events in the future.

I can also make certain that I am neither a puppet of socks, nor one who masquerades. Thank you for your time in replying, and I hope our relationship is strong for the upcoming robot improvements.

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posted by anna one on July 24th, 2008 12:21 AM

Oh yay! I'm so glad you liked my little drawing!

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posted by GYØ Ben on August 3rd, 2008 1:50 PM

I'm pleased something actually came of the SFZEROSAT.

About talking the talk and walking the walk
posted by susy derkins on August 12th, 2008 9:16 AM

Voting for your amazing quiet networking in getting that Soylent Green Tea box and then letting the world to have it for a SF0 donation.
Legendary Senator, you mystery person from, Maryland? :)

Thanks, susy!
posted by Spidere on August 12th, 2008 11:32 AM

:) For snyone interested, the ebay link is here:

(All proceeds to be donated to SF0)

And Haiku's original praxis is here:

(It's true--while I am on the DC metro, I am actually over the border into Maryland; College Park, to be precise.)

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posted by Bryce on August 15th, 2008 10:29 PM

I love how you look like the first edition D&D drawing of Asmodeus.

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posted by teucer on August 15th, 2008 10:35 PM

I love that you know the first edition art off the top of your head.

I especially love that you know this despite being younger than Second Edition.

Who, me?
posted by Spidere on August 20th, 2008 11:12 PM


I do so love your mind
posted by susy derkins on August 20th, 2008 9:13 PM

I think this tension is pretty similar to the notion of how far you're willing to go in pursuit of a higher purpose, in life generally--that in order to get things done, we have to accept some things we don't like. One of the fundamental questions, I think, is "how much is too much", and when do you throw out all the good from the larger purpose, because it's no longer worth what had to be done or accepted in order to get there.

And the way to throw yourself into beautiful action. You do fly, Spidere.

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posted by Minch on September 11th, 2008 12:36 PM


vote for Spidere Kitty

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posted by Minch on March 4th, 2009 9:32 PM

All things Spidere are full of win (and snuggles)

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posted by teucer on March 7th, 2009 3:58 PM

Indeed they are. Happy yet another year of winfulness, Spidere!

Here Here! ~Waldo
posted by Waldo Cheerio on March 18th, 2009 5:15 AM

If ever there was a player who made tasking feel important, it is Senator Spidere. We who are about to task, salute you.

P.S. You are one vote away from the front page of player photo submissions. I'm gonna pass around vote points on some votelaters that deserve shorter term encouragement, but you'll get a full 5-point vote from me on this one when I've got more to spread around.

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posted by teucer on March 6th, 2010 10:06 PM

And, hopefully, another!

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posted by Spidere on March 6th, 2010 11:10 PM

Thanks! I can't believe I've got /two/ cool task completions /still/ waiting for me to write them up; I do intend for a good year to come, though.

posted by Lincøln on March 17th, 2011 6:27 PM