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My variant of the ds106 Parent-Child Headswap assignment, in this case I take some liberty to swap a photo of me and my icon dog, Mickey. The original photo is from August 2001:

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This was done in Photoshop, I am planning try and start doing some work in GIMP so I better understand tools my students are using. I used the magnetic lasso selection to choose each head, cut it and past it to new layers. I flipped each one horizontally to get the orientation right, and then the Transform->Scale and Transform-Distort tools to shape the heads. It took a bit of eraser/brush to clean up the selection fringe, and some magic brush on the background layer to fill things out.

You know what they say about pets and their owners resembling each other…

UPDATE (Feb 11, 2011): I remembered the book Lives of the Monster Dogs someone suggested I read a few years back based on the resemblance of the cover to my (now dormant) Second Life avatar (blogged)

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It was a good read, indeed!

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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. Haha, I love this! You look good with a dog body, but you definitely look a lot different now. I’m also glad I don’t see people walking around with dog heads, kinda creepy…


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