Nothing is more fun on the internet then playing smack down with Jim Groom. He is relentless, but like a good tussle with that rubber stretch toy, I wont give in easily. Over the last few days, though, poor bava boy Jim was been shrinking in stature.

It started out when his endless twitter stream of “iHate iPad Lovers” compelled me to conjure up from the archives this damning piece of evidence:

cc licensed flickr photo shared by cogdogblog

It’s his insane tirade of false superiority for being on the same lame WordPress template he stumped across (let’s not even dissect his mangled use of language claim of being “themogamous” — when really he is “monothematic”) and constant taunting me for the current theme I put in place recently that hatched an evil plan.

What got me inspired about the HoPE theme I use here is the dynamic top right image pane, which pulls recent images from my flickr account, the default being the first of the last batch of images added.

And I got this idea (cue maniacal laughter).. if I took a screen shot of the entire header including the image above, then in an hour it would appear like one of those infinite barbershop mirror illusions. So I repeated the cycle several times, upload a screenshot of the header to flickr, wait til it appeared in the blog header, lather, rise, repeat, laugh.

Honey, I shrunk the Bava!

cc licensed flickr photo shared by cogdogblog

cc licensed flickr photo shared by cogdogblog

cc licensed flickr photo shared by cogdogblog

cc licensed flickr photo shared by cogdogblog

You can also enjoy this in sequence via

Bava? Bava? Where are you? So….. tiny. Without needed any fantastic technology, we can put you into that tiny space ship with Raquel Welch.

It’s gonna be tough to tweet out all those all cap tirades when you have to lift your little body up on top of the caps lock key.

So here is your paradox, Lil Reverend — how can you preach the power and right for one to create their own digital identity:

What we talked about was the idea of drawing attention to the importance of framing one’s online identity in the 21st century. What could be more important fro our moment than devoting a year to think about how we integrate the importance of a digital identity into the raison d’être of a university? Not only to engage what it means for individuals within an academic community to both create and cultivate their online identity, but also how we might be able to actually help 4,000+ community members actually do it with relative ease?

at the same time throwing down false-god like assertions that the way other people do it is wrong? Riddle me that…

But hey, I kid the Bava ’cause I love him. Heck, I’d even offer to help him fix the padding in his weak CSS that leaves that annoying 1 pixel white side border on the margins of his precious, themogamous header.

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An early 90s builder of web stuff and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person. And he is 100% into the Fediverse (or tells himself so) Tooting as


  1. @cogdog – love the progression on Flickr – it is cute the way the Rev, with his beloved iPad, shrinks and shrinks into a chewy niblet-sized tug toy for the dog.

    @Scott – the png is also some fantastic work. Nicely done.

  2. Scott,

    Looks like you took liberties with a few quotes—-I never said I was cooler than CogDog, just a better blogger 🙂

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