And Now, The Most Terrifying Self Portrait I’ve Done This Week

It’s the “kaleidoscope” setting on a camera app I was playing with. Yeah, that’ll stick with you when you’re trying to get to sleep tonight. Oh, and just for good measure, here it is in black and white:

Sweet dreams!

42 Comments on “And Now, The Most Terrifying Self Portrait I’ve Done This Week”

  1. Your camera app developers were too preoccupied with whether or not they could, they never stopped to ask themselves if they should

  2. JohnFromGR – Grand Rapids, Michigan – Chief Operations Officer of Caffeinated Press. Editor-in-Chief of The 3288 Review. Martial arts instructor. Web/mobile developer. I write sometimes, too.
    John Winkelman

    Looks like a still from one of Cyriak’s vids on Youtube. You should animate it!

  3. Heading over to antipope now to watch for Charles’ post about how he now must abandon the Laundry Files universe because this is more horrible than what he had planned for the next novel.

  4. Much better (or worse, call it what you will) in black and white.

    And I think we’ve just had a suggestion you give us a burrito next. Preferably one with eyes, or at least m&m’s.

  5. I dunno, I’m getting an “ancient warrior helmet” vibe from the black and white one.

    I’m imagining it as the cover of a very history-nerd metal album. Like, if Myke Cole had a metal band? Ooh, if Scalzi and Myke were in a metal band together?

  6. catsparx – Canberra, ACT – Cat Sparks is a multi-award-winning Australian author, editor and artist. Career highlights include a PhD in science fiction and climate fiction, five years as Fiction Editor of Cosmos Magazine, running Agog! Press, working as an archaeological dig photographer in Jordan, studying with Margaret Atwood, 78 published short stories, two collections – The Bride Price (2013) and Dark Harvest (2020) and a far future novel, Lotus Blue. She directed two speculative fiction festivals for WritingNSW and is a regular panellist & speaker at speculative fiction and other literary events.


  7. Dunx – Portland, OR – A writer of code and fiction, a player of games and a cyclist who runs. I think that covers everything except the collection of sharp knives.


    Are you OK, John?

  8. The outer circle is obviously your face all kaleidoscoped up. The very most inner part is very geometric looking. But the middle section looks like the head and mouth parts of some deep sea arthropod larva.

  9. aztraph – Indiana – I fix, hack, build, bake, write, play, math. If i can't fix it, it pretty much can't be fixed. There are two mathematical impossibilities in the physical universe, zero and infinity. debates welcome.

    you are so terribly bored, best get to writing

  10. When I saw the color photo on your blog, Laurie Spiegel’s “Old Wave” ( was playing on Spotify, and for a moment there was some kind of synesthetic/psychedelic effect at work where it seemed like the photo was PULSING….

  11. Although I suspect someone above was “kittened”, I may just borrow those kitteny words to self-medicate from the horror of your terrifying portrait.

  12. “Pointerstop” is on the right track I think.
    What could be more horrifying then a Coronavirus with big black glaring eyes?
    Send the picture to The Big Orange Man; he’d probably declare way on it!

  13. Richard Winks – Long time Sci/Tech lover and practitioner, socially tolerant, fiscally conservative, apolitical, unremarkably ordinary, admitted pedant, long suffering cynic. @dwinx49r on Twitter
    Richard Winks

    Cthulhu jumped to mind.

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