Somewhere back in ancient history, that being 2009, I had myself a crisp stack of “Office Depot Rewards Dollars”… Okay, so it wasn’t really a stack. It was more like a gift card looking thing. However, the point is I had this handful of their somewhat free money that I had received in exchange for spending a whole lot more of my not so free money in their stores.
But there was a problem… The “free money” had an expiration date and it was rapidly approaching. Compounding that problem was the fact that I didn’t need any office supplies at the moment. I know, totally effed up, eh? I mean, I suppose I could have bought another case or two of paper, but my cabinets were pretty much stocked and I didn’t have anyplace to store it.
So instead, I went out and bought myself a webcam. Why? Because it was free money… Well, free in a Miracle Max sorta way. You know, mostly free, but I already explained that. And since I didn’t need any office supplies, and I didn’t have any room for storing extra supplies, I needed to get something small. And a webcam is pretty small. I should also note that I picked up a couple of flash drives and some stuff for the o-spring too. In order to offset the frivolousness of the webcam, of course…
After setting up the little plastic ball housing a CCD and a cheap lens, then farting about a bit, I used my new webcam to create my profile pic on Facebook. Soon afterward I ran off at the mouth about how I had done this really cool thing with my new bit of technology… “Born Again Luddite” that I am, although I know about, understand, and in most cases can repair all of this “new technology”, I’m way behind the curve in the ownership department where tech toys are concerned, and I know it…
At any rate, it wasn’t long before someone suggested I use this toy to do a daily picture, just for the sake of posterity. You know, one of those progressive “Murv Gets Older” sort of things. Well, since E K uses me as her “picture in the attic” so to speak, I already know I’m graying prematurely and don’t need any reminders. Still, the idea had some merit if one applied a bit of warpedness to it. And me being me… Well… I couldn’t leave it at something as mundane as posterity. I had to step across the line, stick my tongue out at everyone, then go all willy nilly with knees bent running about advancing maneuvers on the other side of said line.
By that I mean The Daily Swervin’ Project was born. An new profile pic each day on my Facebook Page – with a few exceptions when I was out of town and didn’t have access to a computer. When conceived, the plan, much like the mostly free money, was given an expiration date – that being 1 year from inception. And so, it began on November 14, 2009 and in keeping with the date stamped on side of my head, November 13, 2010 was the final Daily Swervin’.
What may come next in the realm of Facebook Profile Pics remains to be seen. However, for now, as promised, a flash presentation has been created. A retrospective of sorts. 365 profile pictures all in sequential order, complete with a bit of classical music from Handel.
“Why with classical music?” you ask.
“Simple,” I reply. This way the 6 minutes of your life that you’ll never be able to get back won’t be completely wasted…
The Daily Swervin’ Project
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To see the pictures individually and read the thought balloons, along with captions in some cases, go to: www.facebook.com/mrsellars and check out the Profile Pics album from the photo tab.
Also, make note that there is an official “fan page” as well: www.facebook.com/SellarsMR
And finally, for the anal retentive among you – yes, you know who you are – if you actually took the time to count the pictures as they played back and discovered that there were NOT a full 365 images, that is because some of the pictures did, in fact, span multiple days (see previous note about being out of town with no access to a computer…)
More to come…