Monkey/Trout Update!

May 26, 2006

Well, it’s happened! Monkey’s had a Trout! If that’s confusing, go see Brico’s site for details. And the first pic!


Shroud of HNT

May 25, 2006

A common gripe/complaint that I hear from regular HNTers is how difficult it is to come up with an idea for HNT on a regular basis. Believe me, I share the sentiments! I somewhat envy those who plan out their pictures, complete with extras, and get them done a day or more in advance. Of course, I was also envious of those who always had their homework done on time in high school. But I digress.

Once in awhile, as the ticking of the clock gets louder and faster, I find that some of my best HNTs are the ones that come at the last minute, or totally by accident. Case in point–remember this HNT pic from a couple of months ago?

My creation
This is one of the few that I took time with. To use the Flickr toy that was used to make this, I needed all 16 pictures in the same folder on my hard drive. Fair enough. I went back to this folder over the weekend to try something else–to experiment. I am clueless about using Photoshop, though I hope to learn. I do have a thing called Graphic Converter that was preloaded with my Mac. So I thought I’d play around with it. While I was waiting for the program to do whatever voodoo it would do, I saw an option that said “Merge pictures in folder”. I figured, what the hell!

I am in no way comparing myself to Jesus, or the face of the individual that appears on the Shroud of Turin (depending on your own faith/beliefs). I just found it sort of eerie that they look sort of similar. Kinda. I don’t know why the program used the inverse images to merge, but it’s a pretty neat effect. I may have to spend some more time experimenting!

This week’s Mystery Guest is a long-time HNTer. She’s not afraid to tell things like they are–no punches pulled! She loves her TV–especially Grey’s Anatomy, Lost and House (now THAT’S original!). She loves Water. She loves Chicken. She loves HNT. Gmail has been a bugger, so I don’t know if she wants to reveal herself, so email her if you think you know who it is.
Oops! A little late to tell, but alot of people figured out who it was during the day. Of course, it was Sam over at Sam’s Stories. Stop by and say hi to her!

Don’t forget to check out these early posters: Foxglove, Kitkat, Fame, Aughra and Moose.

Don’t forget to check out “…the Other HNT”, and please feel free to leave a comment! The participants would certainly appreciate (and deserve) it!

Please turn off your word verification for the day!

A New Button!

May 23, 2006

For anyone who’s interested, I’ve made a button specifically to send you to the anonymous HNT site. The code for it is on the “Guidelines” page (click on the big blue HNT button in the sidebar). If you’re a participant over there, or just a visitor, feel free to use the button!

Now if we can just get you people to comment over there….!


May 23, 2006

A couple of commenters on a post below here were excited to hear that there were OsShirts. Sorry–those don’t currently exist. There is only ONE OsShirt, seen below in a variety of situations, with many of those who have refused to return it to it’s rightful owner:

There doesn’t seem to be any effort to return it, and in fact, it seems to be living a life of its own, enjoying the time away with its various captors.

Hopefully it will make its way back to me. Maybe I can sneak up on it if it shows up in Chicago…

Summer’s almost here…

May 22, 2006

We are having lightning and thunder, little cloudbursts, and little pellets of hail. We don’t often get much more, but when we do, it’s quite cleansing. Like the lilacs, it’s another sign that summer’s just around the corner! YAY!!

Interesting View

May 21, 2006

Not sure how I ran across it, but here’s an interesting take on HNT from a non-participant.

Enough of that…

May 20, 2006

While I liked the whole lilac theme, I couldn’t take it for a full week. Mind you, I still love lilac-smelling, and things are pretty good right now, but I couldn’t look at that much longer! It’ll come back briefly next spring, I think…

THANK YOU to all of you that sent congrats, thanks, etc., etc. for the HNT Anniversary! Some of you went all out! Thanks to some of the old-timers for coming out and doing a special one. And thanks to some of you who did your own “special” one!

I’m down to only one more month’s worth of Mystery Guest pictures. If you want to jump on the bandwagon, get a picture sent to me!

While I’m not short of submissions for “…the Other HNT”, I’m finding some of the same people doing it from week to week. I know there’s many others of you who have considered it. Why put it off??

The final symphony concert of the season is tonight (Saturday). I’m going to be SO relieved! It’s been a difficult year–alot of tension from all sides. We’ve got a meeting on Sunday afternoon–sort of an open forum for all sides to find out what’s planned for next season, air out some gripes, and generally listen to each other. Though I think it’s overkill, we’ve got a retired federal mediator who will be running things. At least that will keep us on a time schedule. I haven’t decided how to approach things at the meeting. Being both a musician and being on the staff, I’m sort of in my own little cloud between “us” and “them”. I could keep my mouth shut and just absorb things (which is what I’ve done for years), or I could get into some nasty, finger-pointing bitchiness, which is what I’d really like to do… In any case, the concert should go quite smoothly and quite well! But, damn, I’ll be glad to be done with this season!

Really, REALLY big hugs out to a certain someone. You know who you are. Wish I could help you out on this one…

To those that I have normally corresponded with over the past two months–I hope to get back at that. April was a non-existant month for me (topped off with the Caribbean), and May has been spent dealing with this final concert. Expect the emails, chats, etc. to pick back up!

I’ve heard a rumor that the OsShirt is being sent to a new location! Hope to be able to update you on that, as reports come in….

“Happy Anniversary, Baby! HNT

May 18, 2006

Got you on my mii-hiiiind….”

Ah, ya gotta love the Little River Band!

The picture shown above is the very first official HNT picture ever posted. My heel. Damaged, hurting, and fairly ugly. Gosh, how far we all have come!

Earlier during that week, I had chatted with both Rachel and Moose about posting half-nekkid pics. They were skeptical, to say the least. And who could blame them? That first HNT found 5 participants. Rachel, Moose, Juliepathouli, Darrel and myself. All tame, all done in fun, and I fully expected that the next week would see the end of it. By the third week, our numbers had more than doubled! And by the end of June, the blogroll was getting to be unmanangeable.

Obviously, we’ve all experienced HNT to its current incarnation. HNT is constantly changing. It certainly isn’t anything like what I envisioned a year ago, but then again, who could have imagined this! If you look at the blogroll over there, there’s 638 links displayed. 638!! While many of them are dead links, or have otherwise left HNT, they all joined in with HNT at one time or another. Some for only one time, others for almost all 52 HNTs to date. With all the memes, games, polls and such that are out there, HNT has lasted a full year. Imagine that for a minute–a full year! There’s not many other things on the internet with that track record!

I’ve tried to keep HNT as “open” as possible. There is no “administration”. There are no hard and fast “rules”. There’s no memberships to buy or fees to pay. Anyone can do it at any time. Sometimes that means that you get more than you bargained for. Both from pictures that you see, or in comments that you get. That’s the glory of being that open. I get asked how much money I make on this. Not a dime. People think I’m nuts. For a variety of reasons, but because of that as well. I think that by tying money to it, it changes the whole feel of HNT. Above all, I don’t want to see HNT becoming a sexblog. I don’t think it will be thought of in that manner, and even the sexbloggers who join in on HNT are more HN than what they do on their own sites. They see the value in “half”.

Looking back, what has HNT meant/done for me? For all of us? I think it’s got to be the community that has developed. We’ve had deaths in the family that we’ve mourned. We’ve had the pregnancies and births that we’ve celebrated. Cancer has struck, job promotions have been offered. We’ve seen people come and go. We’ve seen people come and go and come back again. Granted, HNT isn’t for everyone. Some people see it as just a skin thing–exhibitionism. Others see it as cheap soft-core porn, and are generally disappointed. Still others see it as a thing for losers to do because they can’t find a life. These people just don’t get it. It’s not about the skin–it’s about nekkidness. Of the soul, of the emotions, and yes, even of the skin. The picture of a woman’s hand cradled in the hand of her father on his deathbed, literally just hours before his death, is one of the most nekkid, most beautiful pictures we’ve seen here.

But HNT is also about fun. We can’t deny that. Rachel was the first to post a picture of her butt. Thank you Rachel! Soon after that, butts were poppin’ up all over. Femi-mommy took it another step with her remarkable tattoos and poses. Crimson and Firefly both have shown us what can be done when you are your own photographer! Paul made a couple of series of HNTs. Kalani came up with the Mystery Guest concept when my camera was stolen. Lecram made movies and plays, and even took us to an arts festival! And HNT made the international press! How cool is that?? For me, the HNT highlight of the year was the trip to Nashville. Eleven people, none of whom knew more than 2 or 3 of the others, together for a great party! Well worth the trip! And the highlight of meeting other HNTers across the country–I highly recommend it if you get the chance!

I don’t know where HNT is headed. I’d like to think that it could go on indefinitely. That’s up to you guys, because ultimately, HNT is all about you. So celebrate it! Continue to have fun with it! Make “half-nekkid” mean whatever it needs to mean for you! It’s been a great year–let’s keep it up! Party on!

I had no idea that champagne would sting! One last note–there are a number of people I’d like to thank for the past year, but I don’t want to single anyone out. You know who you are, we’ve talked, chatted, emailed. We’ve bitched, moaned, cried, laughed, gossiped. Some of you are still around to read this. Some of you are not. Regardless, I thank all of you for the friendships we’ve developed!

This week’s Mystery Guest is taking things up a notch for herself. When she sent it to me, she wasn’t too sure she wanted to use it. Since then, she’s gotten a little more comfortable about her body, so she gave me the OK. She’ll probably reveal herself on Thursday afternoon, but if you think you know who it is, go ahead and email her and she’ll confirm it for you before then!
This week’s Mystery Guest is totally geekalicious. Of course, that means it must be Vic! Stop by, and you get to see her butt, too!

Femi-mommy, as mentioned above, was a driving force in the creative shots that we now see. Her unique tattoos, and uninhibited posing, along with a willingness to share her thoughts and fears, made her a truly unique person. She’s had to change blogs a few times, as well as her name, and has finally ended up somewhere that she feels safe. She’s out there still, checking a few people out. She had hoped to do a celebratory post, but it didn’t work out. But she still wanted to get in on the festivities, so here is her very first HNT. Hopefully she’ll toss the new one over here if she can get it done! Femi, we miss you!

Lastly, be sure to check out “…the Other HNT”. Once again, just a little more than what you might get on their own sites!

More pics/stories…

May 15, 2006

Day 3, Day 4, Day 5 Day 6 of the Caribbean is up over here!

Ah, Spring!

May 15, 2006

Forgive me for the change around here, but Spring has hit me smack dab in the face! It’s currently 85 degrees out, the trees are greening (and blooming), there’s blue skies, not a lick of wind, and within the past day or two, the lilacs have started flowering! And that’s what’s done me in–the lilacs. There is nothing like the smell of fresh lilacs. It’s a shame that I’ll only get to smell them for a couple of days…

Excuse me if I’m not quite myself for awhile. The official signs of Spring have finally shown up in a huge way, and for the first time in months, I feel damned good! Bring it on, world–I’m ready for you!!

(UPDATE!) Funny how the good things seem to happen at once too! At rehearsal last night, I ran into an old friend that I went to college with, but had lost contact with. She happened to be in town to visit her sister, who’s a member of the Chorale, and tagged along to the rehearsal. Her husband and I played in rock bands together in college, and I introduced them. The last I knew, they were on the east coast (now in NY), he’s a Lt.Col. (commander of bands @ West Point), and the oldest of their daughters is a freshman in college! For a rehearsal that I was not overly excited to go to, it turned out wonderfully! It’s the lilacs, I tell ya!