I Still Feel FinePosted: January 1, 2010
Do you ever have days where you just want to make someones eyes bleed by clashing together as many colours as possible? Well that was my wardrobe philosophy two years ago on the day this photo was taken-
I look at the outfit now and I just shake my head. I still wear all these clothes- just not together- and that was a one time only appearance for the flower on my hat. I uploaded this photo to Flickr with the caption, “With all these bright colours I feel like an elf- or at least like I should be presenting kids TV. “
Some months later I got an email from someone who was carrying out research for a book about human emotion called We Feel Fine and they asked if they could use the photo. A book about human emotion? I thought, sounds a bit like some hippie “we are the world” project to me, I thought. As long as no one then invites me to go dance around Stonehenge naked, praying to fairies I don’t mind, I thought. Then I agreed.
I got a copy of the book two days ago.
My photo now looks like this-
Headless fatty! Legless fatty too so at least theres some symmetry.
The book has surprised me. It’s not the new age tome I thought it might be, it’s a modern compilation of hundreds of “feelings” that have been curated from the internet using specially designed software that detects the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling”. The book is the work of Sep Kamvar and Jonathon Harris, is completely engrossing and downright brilliant. Hundreds of photos, quotes, statistics, charts, illustrations and diagrams make it unputdownable and it’s as though you’re delving into the inner corners of the minds of hundreds of people and discovering their private thoughts. For a nosey parker like me its the perfect pastime.
The book is based on the website wefeelfine.org which is well worth checking out, and its candidness also reminds me of Postsecret which is one of my fave websites. With these two sites on my weekly hitlist its only a matter of time before I know some intimate detail about just about everyone on the planet. Or close enough.