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April 29th, 2004
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my head

So, apparently you're supposed to have a picture of just your head now, for planet debian, which apparently is called a "hackergotchi" head (explanations on why that name was chosen are welcome :-)

Since I didn't have one, I looked into making one myself. It isn't very hard, actually; so, for those interested in playing with the gimp, this is what I did:

  • Of course, you start from a picture of yourself. This is what I started from:
  • Cut out anything that isn't called a "head". I used the "Select contiguous regions" and the "Select hand-drawn regions" tools to cut out the blue (of the background), the black (of my T-shirt) and my neck. Be sure to select the "Feather" option in the "Tool Options" dialog of both tools; if you don't do that, you'll get ugly sharp edges.
  • Once you selected a region you want to lose, use Control+K to get rid of it. If you selected the "Feather" option, you'll get a nice anti-aliased edge.
  • When you're happy with everything, use the Script-Fu->Shadow->Drop-Shadow option in the right mouse popup menu to add a shadow.
  • Finally, use the "crop" tool to get rid of any unneeded stuff

The result:

It'd be nice if "certain people" could add this to the configuration at planet.debian.net :-)

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From:xtat
Date:April 29th, 2004 01:54 pm (UTC)
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Hackergotchi is a ref to 'tamagotchi' which is a sort of virtual pet type thing
I'm guessing the name came from the heads sorta looking like them. <:
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From:wouterverhelst
Date:April 30th, 2004 06:18 am (UTC)
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Yeah, the reference to tamagotchi was clear; I just didn't see how they got from those ugly coarse black-and-white keyring-sized LCD graphics to those nice hackergotchi-heads :-)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 4th, 2004 09:25 am (UTC)
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It's because you've got to collect them all

No, wait.. wrong kiddy fad. I think its because they're a silly cutesy thing and they have the same spirit as the tamagotchi - we listen to them, and talk to them, and it personifies the text, makes it seem more alive - yet it is not.
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From:wouterverhelst
Date:May 4th, 2004 12:32 pm (UTC)
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It's because you've got to collect them all

*g*

No, wait.. wrong kiddy fad. I think its because they're a silly cutesy thing and they have the same spirit as the tamagotchi - we listen to them, and talk to them, and it personifies the text, makes it seem more alive - yet it is not.

Yeah, that could be it. At least, it seems to make sense.

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From:lifeguardasleep
Date:July 4th, 2004 08:30 am (UTC)

Thanks alot

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I'm a complete gimp-newbie, but I think the result (using your howto) is quite ok. When I pointed the gnome-de people to your hint, http://www.munichblogs.com/gnomede/ ended up with your head instead of mine, but it got fixed after some minutes.

Have a nice day :-)
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From:jaobedoza
Date:February 18th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
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You have a nice big head :)
From:se2se2i
Date:April 21st, 2008 11:55 am (UTC)
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these picture's scare the hell out of me (: but now with cs3 its much more easier to select everything what isn't a "head" (:

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