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What’s your image?

I came across this interesting meme: google for the image that comes up first for your name. I was a little surprised by what “pz” returns, but I think it is entirely appropriate.

Really…you don’t want to cross me.

Doing an image search for “PZ Myers” returns a photo of me and Richard Dawkins first (which is OK!), and a picture of Cheri Yecke second, which I find terribly, horribly insulting.

Comments

  1. #1 Ryan
    October 31, 2007

    I know this is way off topic, but did you guys read about Scientology marketing to lower income Christian churches?

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/10/31/christian.scientology/index.html

  2. #2 Jason
    October 31, 2007

    Mine leads to –

    http://www.manitobaharvest.com/images/upload/Jason4.jpg

    – very disturbing.

  3. #3 Sunbeam
    October 31, 2007

    Did you check out the site that’s from? “PZ Myers, whose poop is probably smarter than me, explains.” Made me chuckle.

    /I’m lucky enough to share my name with a B-list actor, so no surprises there.
    //Except for the porn that comes up under just my first name. *sigh*

  4. #4 Nevyn
    October 31, 2007

    Weird. The first picture is a frightening photo of a wacko radio host preaching a mix of Christianity infused woo. Then there’s a few D&D type avatars, then the sixth one is . . . me! Full name gets me me from an article I published earlier this year, then citizen Kane and, inexplicably, a bunch of different fish heads (WTF?).

  5. #5 Randall
    November 1, 2007

    The first one for my full name is a picture I drew a few years back; it’s my full name, written such that it reads the same after a 180 degree turn. Fitting, I guess.

  6. #6 knutson
    November 1, 2007

    PZ, your images stand to reason — “Pz.” is the German abbreviation for “Panzer” or “armored.” “Pz. Kw. 3” stands for Panzer Kampfwagen 3, or Armored Fighting Vehicle 3.

  7. #7 Jennifurret
    November 1, 2007

    Success! Typing in my name actually returns a photo of me taken the day I started working in my biology lab. Even greater success is that the 7th image is my favorite artwork that I’ve done. *gets weepy* I feel special to have an accurate google search so young! Of course, I guess it helps to have an uncommon surname.

  8. #8 Ichthyic
    November 1, 2007

    strange, mine turns up a rather artistic ceramic vase

    http://www.garymolitor.com/cups/ichthyic-01-th.jpg

    from:

    http://www.garymolitor.com/cups.htm

    “Ichthyic 1,” 1974, 7″ x 4″.
    Cone 6 cast porcelain with underglaze colors and clear over glaze.
    This series was completed while I was living in Mill Valley. I had the boat and I was under a doctors care. I felt better about my self so I started doing some clay work.

    um… ok.

    many of the other images that turned up on search were actually ones i linked to from other places on this very blog, or on PT.

    this one was the first one that actually intrigued me though:

    http://www.tuscany-charming.it/IMAG/isole/pianosa/pianosamare.jpg

    which had the subtext of “nursery of the ichthyic fauna” and came from the Isle of Pianosa in Tuscany.

    ah, places I’d rather be…

  9. #9 autumn
    November 1, 2007

    I get a bunch of pictures saying “photograph of [my name]”, none of whom are me.
    I believe that I’m better looking than the rest of me. Guess I should get a picture out on the webs.

  10. #10 Ichthyic
    November 1, 2007

    strange, mine turns up a rather artistic ceramic vase

    http://www.garymolitor.com/cups/ichthyic-01-th.jpg

    “Ichthyic 1,” 1974, 7″ x 4″.
    Cone 6 cast porcelain with underglaze colors and clear over glaze.
    This series was completed while I was living in Mill Valley. I had the boat and I was under a doctors care. I felt better about my self so I started doing some clay work.

    um… ok.

    many of the other images that turned up on search were actually ones i linked to from other places on this very blog, or on PT.

    this one was the first one that actually intrigued me though:

    http://www.tuscany-charming.it/IMAG/isole/pianosa/pianosamare.jpg

    which had the subtext of “nursery of the ichthyic fauna” and came from the Isle of Pianosa in Tuscany.

    ah, places I’d rather be…

  11. #11 Heather
    November 1, 2007

    Mine gets a picture of me back in my wild and crazy jugband days (about 2 years ago). Of course, now I’m a suburban housewife and should probably be finding a way to have a more staid and matronly vision of myself out there…

  12. #12 idlemind
    November 1, 2007

    I get a band.

    Funny thing is, my real name is also the name of a band (but now brings up some minor British TV host).

  13. #13 Kseniya
    November 1, 2007
  14. #14 Zeno
    November 1, 2007

    The results can be more interesting if you remember to turn off SafeSearch (unless you’re at the office, of course).

  15. #15 brtkrbzhnv
    November 1, 2007

    Mine is pretty nice. One would perhaps not there to be 638 Google image hits for brtkrbzhnv, but there are, and they’re all somehow connected to me.

  16. #16 Jimi
    November 1, 2007

    not surprisingly mine brings up the master for whom I was named: http://hometown.aol.com/jettscreamer/jimi.gif

  17. #17 Pete
    November 1, 2007

    My first+last name gets me a picture of my lab’s microscope. Just try to exceed my geekitude.

    Unfortunately, subsequent hits are confounded by a movie called “The blue butterfly” where the main character has my first and last name. I should get that movie sometime, it would be freaky.

  18. #18 Greta Christina
    November 1, 2007

    Surprise, surprise: a whole bunch of images of sex toys and porn that I’ve reviewed. You do get to my actual bad self fairly soon, but not until the seventh from the top.

  19. #19 woozy
    November 1, 2007

    Get different results whether safe sear is on.

    This is my real name and this is my screen name which is good but I like the second one better.

  20. #20 woozy
    November 1, 2007

    Get different results whether safe sear is on.

    This is my real name and this is my screen name which is good but I like the second one better.

  21. #21 Coturnix
    November 1, 2007

    Mine is straight from National Geographic:

    http://www.amazon-indians.org/Bora-Indians-Girl-04.jpg

  22. #22 Dustin
    November 1, 2007

    I get a picture of an malnourished dog with a bloody face.

    And a picture of Dustin Hoffman with boobs.

  23. #23 Mobius
    November 1, 2007

    I Googled my initials…RGD, and the number one position was the Rat Genome Database. What a hoot.

  24. #24 Ichthyic
    November 1, 2007


    And a picture of Dustin Hoffman with boobs.

    interesting. I actually dated a girl in high school named Dustin Hoffman.

    I kid you not.

  25. #25 Mr. Upright
    November 1, 2007

    Mine leads to a picture of me at my former institution (FAU). Second and third are pictures of the cake my wife made for my Ph.D. graduation.

    The most interesting is #7, which takes you to one of the many “anti-islamofascist” pages that took us to task for actually hiring a Fulbright Islamic scholar to teach at FAU. Several of us had written a letter to the local newspaper. David Horowitz and his buddies are watching me 😉

    Another takes you to a libertarian critique page that included an early (1997) blog entry I wrote.

    Few of the rest of the images have anything to do with me.

  26. #26 Scott Hatfield, OM
    November 1, 2007

    Small world department: when I try this little experiment, the very first image under ‘google’ refers to a link from Sonja in a prior Pharyngula post.

    Maybe I should get out more?

  27. #27 Chris Nedin
    November 1, 2007

    Bah! Some uppity panda keeps gatecrashing my photos

  28. #28 Ichthyic
    November 1, 2007

    @Chris

    LOL

    yeah, ‘ol SteveSteve tends to grab the limelight wherever he goes.

    Chris used to be a palaeontologist[sic], but I won’t hold it against him

    curse that panda.

    😛

  29. #29 Tyler
    November 1, 2007

    I get a picture of a gay porn actor, which links to a page with his biography. He is, apparently, a very versatile actor in the realm of gay pornography.

  30. #30 Petter Häggholm
    November 1, 2007

    I get a picture of me as the first image hit, then an icon from my homepage, then a picture that I drew. Then some silly mug from a blog where I left a comment. The web search is all about me. All.

    I suppose it helps that there are only about fifteen Häggholms in the world and that I am both the only one named Petter and, among us Häggholms, the most computer savvy and the most active on the internet…

  31. #31 Petter Häggholm
    November 1, 2007

    I get a picture of me as the first image hit, then an icon from my homepage, then a picture that I drew. Then some silly mug from a blog where I left a comment. The web search is all about me. All.

    I suppose it helps that there are only about fifteen Häggholms in the world and that I am both the only one named Petter and, among us Häggholms, the most computer savvy and the most active on the internet…

  32. #32 Gregory Kusnick
    November 1, 2007

    First up for me is a Hubble photo of Ariel transiting Uranus.

  33. #33 DLC
    November 1, 2007

    Hm.. no surprise here… DLC returns “DLC” a photo of the logo of the Democratic Leadership Council. My full name, oddly enough, returns a picture of a man with the same name as mine, standing in a hole… On the whole, I’d rather have PZ’s initials.

  34. #34 The Science Pundit
    November 1, 2007

    Haha!! I think Javier turns up the best one yet!

  35. #35 blf
    November 1, 2007

    My initials are also an acronym for the Billboard Liberation Front, so the first thing that shows up is an, uh, “liberated” billboard, BLF Ron English Piece 1. Vaguely appropriate in the sense I’m not keen on billboards in some circumstances/locations, and generally dislike the company/product who is the victim of that particular piece. However, I do find that particular BLF artwork a bit crude.

  36. #36 Buffybot
    November 1, 2007

    Miss Alabama for 1960.

  37. #37 Ronald Brak
    November 1, 2007

    I got a picture of a fat molecule. I AM NOT THAT FAT!

  38. #38 Who Cares
    November 1, 2007

    I feel unique. There are no, I kid you not, there are no pictures for me when I fill in my first + last name (in brackets)

  39. #39 csrster
    November 1, 2007

    Weird trip. It returns a photo of me taken at a job I started 10 years ago.

  40. #40 RickD
    November 1, 2007

    I get a picture of a foot that has been in a lawnmower accident.
    http://www.rescuerick.com/RescueRickLeftFoot-medium.jpg

  41. #41 Peterte
    November 1, 2007

    Well, as this has already been off topic, anyone else seen the Westboro baptist’s have gotten themselves a biblical fine?

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7072404.stm

    Cheered me up.

    My name (dragging this back on topic) brings up an article about football (soccer) – which is *not alright!

  42. #42 Gordon Stephens
    November 1, 2007

    When I search for only my first name, I get this, which I like. Cutting edge scientist that battles to save the world from alien lifeforms and their government conspirators? Works for me.

    http://developer.valvesoftware.com/w/images/2/25/Gordon_Freeman.jpg

  43. #43 MarkUK
    November 1, 2007

    Using my initials we arrive at a motorcycle:

    http://www.brmc.co.uk/mzPR11%20-%20pic4%20-%20shark.jpg

    Using my full name a diagram from one of my patents…

    http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20040127749-0-large.jpg

    Boring…

  44. #44 Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    November 1, 2007

    Googling my forename isn’t terribly exciting – all mugs, all bland. The full name is more appropriate…

    – 5th photo is The Swedish Chef muppet, subtitled “Torbjörn Larsson said”.
    – 7th photo is a fox with his catch. (Well, probably a tame fox waiting for its feed considering it is actually posing, but the name of this game is image-ination. :-P)
    – 9th photo is a post card heckling creationists, linked to Pharyngula.
    – 11th photo is Trophy Wife? #1. (The swedish queen.)
    – 20th photo is subtitled “The Torbjörn Larsson effect begins …”. (In swedish.)

    … but of course I’m not in there.

  45. #45 Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    November 1, 2007

    Googling my forename isn’t terribly exciting – all mugs, all bland. The full name is more appropriate…

    – 5th photo is The Swedish Chef muppet, subtitled “Torbjörn Larsson said”.
    – 7th photo is a fox with his catch. (Well, probably a tame fox waiting for its feed considering it is actually posing, but the name of this game is image-ination. :-P)
    – 9th photo is a post card heckling creationists, linked to Pharyngula.
    – 11th photo is Trophy Wife? #1. (The swedish queen.)
    – 20th photo is subtitled “The Torbjörn Larsson effect begins …”. (In swedish.)

    … but of course I’m not in there.

  46. #46 Hank Fox
    November 1, 2007

    Compared to PZ’s cool TANK, mine, unfortunately, was a picture I once had posted on my former blog, one of those “Face of Jesus” thingies you see every once in a while.

    It was a picture of a dog’s butt. This picture:

    http://yoism.reality-movement.org/images/Penn&Teller/DogButtJesus.gif

  47. #47 Ken Cope
    November 1, 2007

    When I turn off safe search, and enclose my name in quotes, “Ken Cope” returns, out of the first page’s 18 images, 8 that are directly associated with me. There are only a few other images over the course of 12 pages that have as much to do with me.

    The first image is of my attempt at making a lower case red “a” out of a cg klein bottle, for a symbol for atheism for this site. The next two images feature my boy and girl in some pirate gear. I appear in two of the images, two are images I created, and the last is a 3D character that I did some work on.

  48. #48 Blake Stacey
    November 1, 2007

    Wow, I’m the ancient of days.

  49. #49 blf
    November 1, 2007

    I justed stumbled across Googlism:

    Googlism.com will find out what Google.com thinks of you, your friends or anything!

    Some of the results for “pz”:
    ? pz is restricted airspace and will include an upper altitude limit
    ? pz is pretty well beat up and in need of rest
    ? pz is proportional to rz = 1 = 1/2
    ? pz is the only product that can restore and save them from drying out and becoming brittle
    ? pz is the comedian of the group
    ? pz is decreased by 0
    ? pz is nog niet goed genoeg
    ? pz is a 0

    And me? Uh… Sorry, Google doesn’t know enough about blf yet. It’s the “yet” that has me hiding under the blankets.

  50. #50 Katrina
    November 1, 2007

    When I searched with just my first name, I got an entire page of links to hurricane photos – naturally. (sigh)

    When I did my full name, I first got a photo of a pair of associate pastors from the Free In Jesus Christian Fellowship in California. urgh

    The second photo wasn’t any better. It was a photo of a house that a 24-year-old single mom just purchased with the help of some christian outreach program.

    Things didn’t improve until the 21st thumbnail, which was taken from my genealogy website and is a photo of me at age 4, sitting on my grandfather’s lap.

  51. #51 TheBrummell
    November 1, 2007

    First for my name: the South Park style characterization of myself I put together using a website back around March. Then a picture of a globe, from a website associated with my current lab. Third is a mysterious picture – it’s a wedding photo of the son of a man in Virginia who stole my name several decades before I was born. Time-travelling banditry!

    Then the usual randomness. On the second page there’s a sweet picture of a really big tooth (Megalodon) from Cephalopodcast.

  52. #52 NJ
    November 1, 2007

    Hmmmm. How about a variation on this meme? Instead of looking for what first pops up on Google images when you use part of your name, why not see how much you have to specify to have an image of you be the first image in the search?

    Yeah, yeah, for PZ Meyers and the like it won’t take much. But for the more obscure of us, it’s interesting to see how we’re tagged on the net.

  53. #53 William
    November 1, 2007

    Imagegoogling my name always gets some lovely art, but none of it’s mine — I share a name with an American landscape painter, William Keith.

  54. #54 FhnuZoag
    November 1, 2007

    Always knew that PZ was a fascist machine of oppression. [/joke]

  55. #55 reason
    November 1, 2007

    Mine is a grainy black and white image of someone lying face down on a pavement. Its not me. I swear it!

  56. #56 Nan
    November 1, 2007

    No high school or college yearbook photos. Sigh of relief.

    As for the Westboro church court case, I heard Fred Phelps on the news exulting in the decision. He’s looking forward to the appeals process and eventually the Supreme Court.

  57. #57 Darby
    November 1, 2007

    I get an obscure singer with my screenname/nickname (a LOT of obscure singers, different ones, come up in the first pages). It’s a fairly eclectic collection, overall.

    My actual, highly generic first name just gets a bunch on Michaels.

    My full name gets a footballer and a bunch of images I link to on my webpages, including a Galapagos iguana and a phospholipid molecule.

    But how could there have been a Hurricane Darby last year and I didn’t know it???

  58. #58 Alice Shortcake
    November 1, 2007

    My first four images are: two links to my reviews on the British Theatre Guide site, the main page of an investement fund that switches mysteriously from English into Russian, and a deacon of the Linary Church of Christ in Tennessee.

  59. #59 VWXYNot?
    November 1, 2007

    My full name is very common, in fact I’ve met 3 people with the exact same name. One of them lived in the same block of flats, which was very confusing for the postman.

    Luckily, the shortened version of my name that I use most of the time is less common, and brings up the photo of me with a Mountie that I put on my old lab’s home page. The caption is “the real reason [VWXYNot] came to Canada”.

    Result.

  60. #60 Diego
    November 1, 2007

    Well, if I google both my first name and surname then one of the top hits is a scantily clad picture of Madonna. Apparently I have the same name as one of her ex-boyfriends who she sued because he was selling photos of her in the all-together. I have to say that this was by far the most interesting result I garnered.

  61. #61 ctenotrish, FCD
    November 1, 2007

    Huh – for “trish” and “tricia”, I get scantily clad women, whom I in no way resemble. But with my full name, I get a photo of my Mom! Well, we have the same name . . . and apparently no pics of me are floating about the ‘net. Fine by me. 🙂

    Funnily, when I search for “ctenotrish”, I get almost all scienceblog links, from various comments I have made. And then, this: http://skippyslist.com/2007/07/09/cephalopod-surprise/ which is funny every time I re-read it!

  62. #62 Dave
    November 1, 2007

    Turn off “safesearch” and if your first name is a woman’s name, the fist image is likely to be porn. . .

  63. #63 arensb
    November 1, 2007

    Amusingly enough, the first result for “arensb” is a Jim Pinkoski picture hosted at Pharyngula.

  64. #64 Charley
    November 1, 2007

    I had no idea there were photographers present that night. http://img.metro.co.uk/i/pix/2007/06/charleysRuckas_450x350.jpg

  65. #65 bug_girl
    November 1, 2007

    Um. Wow. Here’s what came up for me:

    http://www.madmanmovies.com/images/gross/1vw_beetle_bug_girl_cranking_pedal_pumping_016.jpg

    I’m not really sure what type of movie this is–apparently there is an entire car fetish market I’ve never heard of.
    http://www.madmanmovies.com/product_info.php?products_id=596

  66. #66 carolyn
    November 1, 2007

    My full name gets me a screenshot of Eclipse as the first image.

    Followed, of course, by pictures of people who share my name, and who are not me. Some beauty queen in Australia.

    Damn having such a common name!

  67. #67 H. Houck
    November 1, 2007

    Third image is a grave marker of the guy in the first two images!

  68. #68 Lisa
    November 1, 2007

    The first picture the name “Lisa” brings up on Google is a photo of a dead body on the autopsy table. Eeew.

    My full name brings up the picture of some lady who was the first woman to sail around the world non-stop by herself. That is pretty cool.

  69. #69 John Pieret
    November 1, 2007

    Drat you PZ!

    John Edward!

    I’d have preferred the plumbing fixture!

  70. #70 Carlie
    November 1, 2007

    Fucking hell, that’s creepy. There are lots of decent photos of me on the internet, and the only two that show up are the bad ones. The results then spin off into weirdness, but I’m happy to see that one result high up is a billboard that says “Botany. Got any?” No, I don’t know why. My first and last names are uncommon enough that when I do a normal google for my name in quotes every single damn result is something about me, which provokes a strangely isolated feeling.

  71. #71 AJ Milne
    November 1, 2007

    Hilariously enough, the cartoon in this post of Blake S’s.

    Which is only right. I expect it is, after all, the pinnacle of my career, really. All downhill from there.

  72. #72 Kseniya
    November 1, 2007

    Dave:

    Turn off “safesearch” and if your first name is a woman’s name, the fist [sic] image is likely to be porn. . .

    Yeah, I suppose that may be true, but although I got a lot of cheesecake, some of it R-rated, I didn’t see anything I’d call pron.

    When I searched for “Kseniya” the first image (and several subsequent images) was a cheesecake photo of a talented young chess player named Kseniya Rybenko sitting on a rock wearing a bikini. (She, not the rock, was wearing the bikini.) Chess! I love it.

    When I searched for “??????” the results were similar. (It’s a common name, and therefore shared by several Russian models, actresses and singers, professions that are predictably over-represented in Image searches.) Kseniya Sobchak is popular these days, though not known for her prowess at chess.

    When I added my last name, the skin factor decreased significantly. (Whew!)

    Searches for Russian and Eastern European female names (and mine is no exception) are also bound to turn up more than a few mail-order bride (and scammer-bride) pages. So if I start asking for “just a little more money for air fare, darling,” just ignore me.

  73. #73 Dustin
    November 1, 2007

    Milne’s was better than Bronze Dog’s. That comic was just asking for the hentai treatment.

  74. #74 Dahan
    November 1, 2007

    The first half a dozen are just photos of people with my same name (it’s very common). Then a chair a designed and built. Nothing to out of the ordinary.

  75. #75 Dahan
    November 1, 2007

    A chair I designed and built, that is. Sigh, not doing well with words this morning, and I’ve got a critique to run in an hour. Not good.

  76. #76 Luke
    November 1, 2007

    I get an angry baby. What gives?

    http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=Luke&btnG=Search+Images&gbv=2

    Though, my last name is a rock band, a font, and a character from some anime movie. So that’s cool.

    http://images.google.com/images?gbv=2&svnum=10&hl=en&q=Rezin&btnG=Search+Images

  77. #77 David Smith
    November 1, 2007

    http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/ATA/5074W~David-Posters.jpg

    Well sure. That isn’t obvious is it? I only have about the most common name in the word other than my dad. Mike Smith.

  78. #78 AJS
    November 1, 2007

    Well, I guessed correctly what my initials would produce!

    And no, I can’t ride one …..

  79. #79 MikeM
    November 1, 2007

    Mine leads to “Process for the preparation of ethyl acetate.”

    Okay, I know I have a habit of posting WAY off-topic remarks, so could this be the internet’s idea of revenge?

    http://www.freepatentsonline.com/6809217.html

  80. #80 BadAunt
    November 1, 2007

    The first hit for my screen name is a grammar cartoon. How appropriate!

    It was linked to by a blog friend a while ago, and I’d forgotten about it.

  81. #81 David vun Kannon
    November 1, 2007

    Got it in one! Helps to have an odd name, and be a member of a group photo. It is interesting that the blog responses here and on PT are starting to drown out references to my professional work in Google searches.

  82. #82 Sven DiMilo
    November 1, 2007

    Using my real name (not uncommon), with middle initial, in quotes, I get:
    1. A guy from Washington State whose name (my name!) is on the Vietnam Memorial wall
    2. A guy who’s on Death Row in Florida.

    My nom de Web brings up a bunch of totally random pix from blogs where I’ve commented (#3 is a headshot of Chad Orzel). By far the most disturbing: this one!

  83. #83 nescientist
    November 1, 2007

    I got a guy on the texas sex offender register. With a terrifying neckbeard. I just hope my future dates don’t think to google me.

  84. #84 Robert S.
    November 1, 2007

    When I tried PZ Meyers on Google, the 2nd image (with a face in it) that came up was Dr. Evil!

  85. #85 Lurchgs
    November 1, 2007

    I’m not sure how to take this. Not at all..

    The first image I get with just my first name returns an imag of Lon Chaney Sr as the protagonist in The Phantom of the Opera.

    The first image I get with my full name is – appropriately enough – a picture of my father’s co-workers when he worked at CEBAF. Or is that just strange?

    Using my shortened name (no middles) actually turns up an image of… me! (well, me with my partner and our employees)

    And, finally, using my online nickname, my avatar from Dr Plait’s Bad Astronomy forum

    Only one is really surprising… and it’s almost disturbing.

  86. #86 speedwell
    November 1, 2007

    My online name brings up a lovely picture of spiky speedwell: http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/define-veronica-speedwell-1.jpg

    Using my real name (my first name, ex-husband’s last name) makes me understand precisely why soccer fans always used to smile when they were introduced to me and ask me if I knew their favorite Italian football star 🙂

  87. #87 sinned34
    November 1, 2007

    Sigh. My real name brings up a gentleman who shares my name and apparently writes books about training your memory. He used to be a magician? Oh well, it could be worse. At least he wasn’t a backup dancer for Madonna or employed at the Discovery Institute…
    Of course, “sinned34” brings up a bad drawing of a wooden cross. Ick!

  88. #88 Dan
    November 1, 2007

    Turn off “safesearch” and if your first name is a woman’s name, the fist image is likely to be porn. . .

    Posted by: Dave

    Thanks Dave. But, my initials are DP, and I think we can pretty much imagine what that search would turn up.

    On the other hand, if I search for my first name Dan, I get a picture of a happy, yet gnomish, little fellow in MA who happens to be a square-dancing instructor.

    I bet I could drink that little man under the table. Anyone want to get in on that action?

  89. #89 Jeff
    November 1, 2007

    Mine is especially well suited to this blog…

    Search for Jeff Dannenberg

    Just the picture…

  90. #90 JJ
    November 1, 2007

    Mine is not bad. (NSFW: BE WARNED).Not bad at all. 🙂

  91. #91 DnorrisM
    November 1, 2007

    No suprises for me.

    I get hundreds of pics of a namesake who teaches the science 😉 of astral projection, although he refers to it as technical remote viewing.

    That’s why I stress my middle name (No hits on my full name)

  92. #92 Ferrous Patella
    November 1, 2007
  93. #93 Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
    November 1, 2007

    If I go by “Thomas”, I get a certain tank engine; if I go by “Tom” I get a picture from The Simpsons, so that’s cool.

  94. #94 Blitzgal
    November 1, 2007

    Well, the first image was some chick in a bikini, but the second was some awesome graffiti artwork of my first name that is currently my new desktop image. Fun exercise.

  95. #95 Rey Fox
    November 1, 2007

    Kseniya, is that rock climbing gal you? And uh, are you free Friday night?

  96. #96 David Johnson
    November 1, 2007

    With a name like “David Johnson,” I hit mostly pictures of other David Johnsons. However, if I use my full name “David William Johnson” (including the “s), I get this image from my very own website as the first one to pop up…

    http://home.earthlink.net/~trolleyfan4/images/nogodslogo.jpg

    Approriate…

  97. #97 David Harmon
    November 1, 2007

    This has reminded me why I don’t google myself.

    First I misunderstood the instructions, and was looking for images from the regular Google search: David Harmon’s murder in a quiet Kansas town went unsolved for two decades. That’s worse than the first time I ever tried that, when I just got a jealousy-inducing alternate — working at the Smithsonian, with a family, and two books out on ecological diversity!

    Nevertheless, I tried Google Images. The first two are apparently for a Tour De France contender, the third is a snarky poster I saw in the NYC subway and sent to GrrlScientist. (Not even any of my plant/fungi photos that she also posted, <sniff> 😉 )

    Adding my middle initial gets more jealousy — Somebody doing green architecture.

    All three names gets only a CAPTCHA image for some random forum; without the quotes, the search dissolves into Mark Harmon (with David McCallum) and several Michael Harmons, the first of them represented by a pair of tombstone shots. (No relation, it’s a Baptist cemetery.)

  98. #98 Kent Kauffman
    November 1, 2007

    First name: obscure Simpsons newsman.

    Last name: vodka.

    First and last name: empty red couch. WTF?

  99. #99 windy
    November 1, 2007

    Let’s see… I am either corny clip art, or a bikini model/boxer. My given name is a model with even less clothes on and an all-girl band. According to Googlism I’m a boat, a chestnut pinto or “the foundation bitch for savanna belgians”. Hey!!

  100. #100 Kseniya
    November 1, 2007

    Rey,

    Kseniya, is that rock climbing gal you? And uh, are you free Friday night?

    LoL, and No, she’s not me and I am not her, though I do resemble her from that angle (in that I, too, exhibit bilateral symmetry and often tie my hair back). And unlike her, I do not have a Russian surname.

    The photo suggests she has more upper-body strength (inevitable, given her chosen sport) but less height, so I doubt she could block my baseline jumper without, you know, climbing all over me or looping a rope around my neck and driving a rawl bolt into my eye socket. In either case, I get two from the charity stripe, baby! 😀

    My brother is the real rock-climber in the family.

  101. #101 Brownian, OM
    November 1, 2007

    My last name turns up Lithuanians and Crucian carp, which does not suprise me, since ‘Karosas’ is the Lithuanian name of those anoxic water tolerating little fish.

  102. #102 Russell Blackford
    November 1, 2007

    I assumed that what would come up first would simply be a picture of me, but it’s actually a covershot of my literary masterpiece, Kong Reborn, so I might as well take advantage of that fact:

    http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n29/n146974.jpg

  103. #103 Janice Rael
    November 1, 2007

    Hey, you linked to Rants and Raves!

    My google image search just has pics of me.

  104. #104 Unorganized
    November 1, 2007

    Careful, PZ.

    The Nazis lost the war!

  105. #105 Ryan Egesdahl
    November 1, 2007

    Mine comes up as Ryan Sheckler, some skater boy I have never heard of. Bizarre…

    Next up was Ryan Merriman, who was that annoying kid in Halloween: Resurrection (odd), which makes me none the happier.

    At least Ryan Phillippe is in the top ten.

  106. #106 Heather Kuhn
    November 2, 2007

    Lessee, with safe search on, the first hit on my first name is some cheerleader’s photo album. The inevitable pictures of flowers follow. The first celebrity with my first name: Heather Locklear. With safe search off, yeah, porn.

    Full name brings up a needlepoint design that I’ve used as an avatar at various sites. Then it finds other people with my name. No pictures of me that I saw.

    Last name gets several pictures of my cousin, Tom Kuhn. Yes, that Tom Kuhn, of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions fame.

  107. #107 teatime
    November 2, 2007

    I did a double take when I saw the first hit for my name:

    http://www.commit-digest.org/issues/2006-11-12/files/konquestSVG.png

    Galactic Conquest!!

    Forget your german tanks, I’m bringing lasers! 😉

  108. #108 bullfighter
    November 2, 2007

    My first name resulted in a very amusing image. Interestingly, clicking on the original image (whose link I’ve broken to preserve my anonymity) leads to some Christian romance prose site.

  109. #109 PMH
    November 2, 2007

    Well, that was surprising. My initials are a stock ticker abbreviation and turn up pictures relating to that. 90% of the images for my full name yield my publications, but one links to Good Math, Bad Math, where someone quoted a news story about some of my research. I’ve been mentioned on a scienceblog! I’m famous!

  110. #110 Sonja
    November 2, 2007

    That’s interesting Scott (#26).

    But don’t do a Google images search on my name if at work.

  111. #111 Charles Soto
    November 2, 2007

    I think it would be more interesting to search the Urban Dictionary. But that’s just me…

    Charles

  112. #112 ANF
    November 3, 2007

    First name yields tons of nerdy high-school and official company type photos. Yawn.

    Did my whole name in quotes and all 26 hits were actually me. Most were not actually pictures of me, but most were related to a web site I made back in November, 1995 that’s still up and living at the Univ. of Michigan. The site actually got pretty famous in a narrow circle of art historians, but its fame lives on. 🙂

    Googlism doesn’t know me, but when I typed in a common blog and forum name I use, it said that I was 166 Mhz. ??

    ANF

  113. #113 Russell Blackford
    November 3, 2007

    By the way, I assume that PZ is aware that “PZ” usually stands for “pickup zone”. An image of a military helicopter would have been more appropriate.

  114. #114 Lisa
    November 4, 2007

    Gack! My first images were autopsy photos.

  115. #115 Russell Blackford
    November 4, 2007

    If it’s just first names, I get a pic of the great Bertie – of course.

  116. #116 Keith Douglas
    November 4, 2007

    My name turns up a photo of what I take to be the famous British poet who shares my name.

    #47: “keith douglas is the greatest thing since spice racks” — woohoo!

  117. #117 Hank Alme
    November 5, 2007

    First one for “Hank Alme” is a graph plotting cites vs. publication year for papers that cite a paper from Supercomputing 2001 that I contributed to. Boring.

    The second is more interesting, maybe, as it loops pack into Pharyngula. It’s the photo PZ posted (January 2006) of the DVD of “Root of All Evil?” he got from Dawkins. I joined in the chorus of envious USonians in the comments.

  118. #118 spugbrap
    November 7, 2007

    Hehehe when I do a Google Image Search for “spugbrap”, the first result is a photo of a smiling chicken pot pie, with a broken chin (from my blog entry about microwave-safe plates).

    It’s not really the image I’d most like associated with my name, but it’s (arguably) better than the 8th result.

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