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12:16 am
so I'm seriously considering getting a tattoo.
(mom, if you're reading this, it's oooooo kay... deep breaths.)

I'm considering the Glider.


It's got the geekly, it's got the simple aesthetic, and I like it.

Other possiblities are:
A diagram of the Golden Ratio (too many thin straight lines, would change shape and look like crap if I gain/lose much weight)
A fractal, probably a Mandlebrot set (marginally personally meaningful, really fucking pretty, downside: it would have to be larger to be neato)
Something from a sci-fi novel that I like, lots of material there (Niven or Brin probably)
Caffiene molecule/diagram (overdone)
Barcode (waaaay overdone, but I had the idea first when I was like 10. so there.)
Something from Astronomy (Pulsar diagram, galactic spiral, etc.)
Something comic-y (Dr. Manhattan's tattoo (aka Hydrogen molecule *edit*atom*/edit*))

But I'm open for opinions.
Seriously.
Give me a geekly idea. (no video games, prosicated would leave me and that would suck.)
As you can see from above, I'm thinking relatively small, somewhat abstract, and geeky/nerdy.


If I actually use your idea, I will send you something really cool.
A framed print, that rare book you've been lusting for, etc.

Comment away! Links to pics would be good too, or sketch it quick *cough*oceanic*cough* and e-mail it to me.
tattoo at cybertrash dot net

And feel free to pass it on to friends to send me ideas, the more the merrier.
mood: calmcalm

(54 bits of drivel | babble incoherently)

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From:cepcion
Date:March 3rd, 2005 06:00 am (UTC)

oblig. geek joke

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Skip the Mandelbrot tattoo, it's a real bitch to get the edges _just_ right.
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From:inahandbasket
Date:March 3rd, 2005 06:04 am (UTC)

Re: oblig. geek joke

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bwahahahahaha!

;o)
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From:renaissancegame
Date:March 3rd, 2005 06:44 am (UTC)
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The 3 laws?
Or is it bad to have rules permanently etched on oneself?
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From:inahandbasket
Date:March 3rd, 2005 12:34 pm (UTC)
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Enh, not too big on text.
Good thought though, thanks.
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From:miyyu
Date:March 3rd, 2005 11:21 am (UTC)
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I really like the Mandelbrot set. It would be gorgeous as a tatoo, but you're right, it would have to be bigger to work. And where you put it would really matter.
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From:inahandbasket
Date:March 3rd, 2005 12:35 pm (UTC)
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yup. There's some gorgeous ones out there though, but I'm definitley not going to get one that large.
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From:jjjiii
Date:March 3rd, 2005 12:01 pm (UTC)
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The glider is cool.
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From:inahandbasket
Date:March 3rd, 2005 12:35 pm (UTC)
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I think so too, thanks. drew one on in pen last night, I'm diggin it.
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From:komos
Date:March 3rd, 2005 12:06 pm (UTC)
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Why not ditch the barcode and get an RFID chip? It's the wave of the future...
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From:inahandbasket
Date:March 3rd, 2005 12:37 pm (UTC)
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because it's intended as a commentary on the commodification of humanity, and the intransience of the human existance.

Plus, a tattoo is visible. =P
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From:beldurnik
Date:March 3rd, 2005 12:30 pm (UTC)
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I have always liked binary myself. Which is what I have on my arm.
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From:inahandbasket
Date:March 3rd, 2005 12:38 pm (UTC)
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yeah, I've considered that too.
I wouldn't get text, and binary is really just coding for something (usually text).
Looks pretty, just not my cup of tea.
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From:inahandbasket
Date:March 3rd, 2005 01:54 pm (UTC)
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Hmm, good thought.
The edge being a perfect triangle is a bit vexing to me though, but it's a good fractal, you're right.
in the running.
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From:road_to_hell
Date:March 3rd, 2005 01:45 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that's some pretty nerdy options ;-)
Way to express yourself though. You can always do Pi. It's a letter, it's a number and it's a dessert! What more can you ask for?

How about a mobious strip? It's like a never ending tattoo.

Oh, speaking of never ending, how about infinity. It's like an 8 but sideways.
thats a twofer if you ask me.
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From:inahandbasket
Date:March 3rd, 2005 01:55 pm (UTC)
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Infinity is way overdone. Pi has no special meaning to me, and is a tad math-geeky for me. Mobious strips are neat, but it'd have to be large to distinguish it from an infinity loop.

Looking for something a little more obscure basically.
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From:spiral2000
Date:March 3rd, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC)
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I once heard someone say they were thinking of getting their name in ascii-coded binary spinning around their arm like one of those tribal tattoos. I thought THAT was a cool idea.
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From:inahandbasket
Date:March 3rd, 2005 02:27 pm (UTC)
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like this perhaps?
It's a little overdone, and I'm not really into the binary thing.
thanks for the thought though!
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From:residentgeek
Date:March 3rd, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC)
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Maybe something from the face of the Voyager Golden Record? Speaking of which, I still need to send you a copy of the sound recording I've got. It's on two CDs. If you send your snailmail to theresidentgeek at gmail dot com, I can ship it off to you. No cost.
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From:inahandbasket
Date:March 3rd, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC)
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you da geek!
Good images on there, and good history behind it too...
seriously tempting.

snail-mail addy on the way! I'm psyched to hear this thing...
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From:taumeson
Date:March 3rd, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
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I also was/am thinking about the glider. Cause I'd get it small, back of my neck or something, it'd cost 30 bucks. Heh.

I have a tattoo of Bob's guardian symbol from Reboot...definitely not overdone :)

What about wires or circuitry? Done enough so that the artist probably knows what you're talking about, but still not seen that much.
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From:inahandbasket
Date:March 3rd, 2005 03:08 pm (UTC)
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wires/circuitry could be nifty, but it would totally depend on the design. and again you have the problem of those lines needing to be crisp and straight, weight gain/loss would make it all distorty.

$30 is cool. ^_^

I have a tattoo of Bob's guardian symbol from Reboot...definitely not overdone :)
lol, definitley not overdone, that's for sure. very nice.
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From:cobaltnine
Date:March 3rd, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC)
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I think circuitry tattoos (especially with the ripped away skin) are tacky and overdone.

Did you know BME has a geek tattoo gallery? A lot of these ideas are already there, but you can see implementations of the golden ratio, for example.
http://www.bmezine.com/tattoo/geek9.html

When I was working as a lotto jockey, I met someone with Euler's rule on their forearm.

Now, as I have an alchemical symbol (and I'm considering getting another) I would go with the glider or the Hydrogen atom because it is simple, scientific, and the epitome of a symbol (can you tell I've been doing semiotics?)

Go browse symbols.com if you want some overload.
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From:inahandbasket
Date:March 3rd, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC)
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yeah, I love the bme geek gallery, I browse it often. ^_^

Thanks for Symbols.com, looks like a good way to spend my day. *grin*
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From:petdance
Date:March 3rd, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
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Ordinarily I wouldn't bother discussing, since I think tattoos are about as dumb an idea as exists, but...

I would hate for you to get a glider and find yourself unintentionally tagged as a follower of ESR: http://www.catb.org/hacker-emblem/
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From:inahandbasket
Date:March 3rd, 2005 03:56 pm (UTC)
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I'm fully aware of that connotation of it too, but thanks.
;o)
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From:oceanic
Date:March 3rd, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC)
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I see so many Mandelbrot sets these days that it pushes the "trendy" line for me, but they are damned pretty, no doubt.
I used to play Life when I was a kid. Yay! I would sketch the glider for you, but it seems pretty basic. Any alterations you wanted to make to it (color, outline, glider in the middle of a mini-fractal, whatnot?) I'd do it negative on a black square, but that will really only work on pale skin, and your skin is pretty naturally tan. Where were you thinking of putting it?
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From:cobaltnine
Date:March 3rd, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC)
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I thought the Mandelbrots I saw on BME looked like a mole gone very, very bad. But that was just my perception. They seem so fiddly to me.
From:chrs
Date:March 3rd, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
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I always wanted a barcode on the back of my neck. Yes, I completely ripped the idea off of Dark Angel. So sue me :P
so I'm seriously considering getting a tattoo. (mom, if you're… - another LJ. or: how i learned to stop worrying and love this life-thingy

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