T-shirt Challenge Revisited

A while back I decided, since I have way too many t-shirts (over 100), I would wear all of them without repeating, and photograph each one. I didn’t get too far into the project before photographing all of them became too much to keep up with. I’ve still be cycling through them, and I have 36 left to wear. But it’s obvious I don’t need all of them, and it’s also obvious that many people will be in desperate need of clothes soon. So I’m going to sort out most of them and give them away, as soon as charities start accepting donations of clothes for Katrina victims.

I haven’t located a place yet (most, like the Red Cross are really in need of cash donations, which we did this week) but I’m sure that will come soon.

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Long-delayed t-shirt blogging

I started out with such great intentions. I was so determined. I as going to take a picture every day, and blog it right away. How quickly I got sidetracked. Curse you, real life! How dare you get in the way of my silly website projects?

Well, anyway, here’s the catch-up… see the main photo page for all my shirts in context.

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June 28, 2005 – One of my three Curious George shirts. Sleeves are too long, but I love it.

June 28, 2005 – fun grey shirt; this looks good on me.

June 30, 2005 – I have six white shirts exactly like this, and a grey, blue and black. I’ll have to try on another to see how they all look.

July 1, 2005 – Beaver Mountain. Hee hee.

July 2, 2005 – Darn it, I need someone else to take pictures.

July 3, 2005 – I love this shirt, but it’s too big, and is getting old. It’s definitely a wear-around-the-house shirt.

July 4, 2005 – One of my standard Old Navy ringer shirts. They look alright.

July 4, 2005 – Another Old Navy. I spilled on the other one, and had to change.

July 5, 2005 – Inexpensive Fruit of the Look I bought for $3 several years ago. This looks okay.

July 6, 2005 – Cool “year of the rooster” shirt I got several years ago. They didn’t have the “year of the monkey, or I would have it instead. Sleeves are too long.

July 7, 2005 – Standard Old Navy ringer shirts.

July 8, 2005 – I’m blogging this! I got this at thinkgeek.com
Okay! Now I’m all caught up.

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tshirt blogging; day 4, 5, & 6

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A really old t-shirt that I love because it has a cool tiger on the front. It’s not really in the wearable pile anymore either, but I’ll try to do something with the logo. Why do I keep sticking my hands in my pockets?

A new Old Navy ringer shirt. I like this one because it’s plain, and the sleeves fit better.

My Dinosaurland shirt. I love this one, but the sleeves are too long, so I’m thinking of having them re-sewn to be shorter. I tried not sticking my hands in my pockets for this photo, but clearly that’s not the best pose either. I need to practice in the mirror

We had another hectic weekend. We spent Saturday at Stephanie’s getting her house ready for her surgery, and then took a break and went to see Bewitched in the evening. I liked Nicole Kidman in this movie better than some she’s done in the past. Sunday we visited my mom and saw my nieces Riley and Erika.

This morning, I spent 45 minutes looking for my keys and never found them. They have to be somewhere in the foyer, but I didn’t find them at all. I ended up using my spare set. Very frustrating, especially after I didn’t sleep well.

And last but not least, I’m struggling to get through my book club book; 1912: Wilson, Roosevelt, Taft and Debs -The Election that Changed the Country. I know the first (and second) rule(s) of book club are not to talk about the book before book club, but I can’t help it — this book is damned boring. And it’s especially frustrating since

I’m slogging through it so I can read these far more interesting books:

Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today’s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter
by Steven Johnson

Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People’s Right to Marry
by Evan Wolfson

Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things
by Donald A. Norman

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
by Susanna Clarke

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The Great T-Shirt Challenge

We watched the first installment of Morgan Spurlock’s “30” this past week, (the one where he and his girlfriend live on minimum wage) and now I’m analyzing every cent I spend. So this morning while I was folding clothes, I answered a question that’s been bothering me for a while — “How many T-shirts do I own?”

I didn’t feel the need to go to Closet & Storage Concepts because my job doesn’t necessitate dressing up, and I have a very relaxed style of clothing. Although I probably should make an effort to dress up a bit more, it’s not a requirement at my job. Over 11 years of working for the same company, my casual wardrobe has expanded while my formal wear has diminished. I am particularly fond of t-shirts, whether they are plain or feature a message. I even created my own design. I tend to purchase t-shirts impulsively, and who knows, maybe someday I’ll come across the sp5der pink hoodie that I always longed to have in my wardrobe.

So I started counting. And the final tally is: 93. Not counting the ones currently in the wash, which would probably put the total at over 100. And I won’t include the ones that I only wear when painting and working on the house, or the ones in my “clothes archive” (t-shirts from gay rights rallies and college events), or long-sleeve shirts, or polo/golf shirts with collars.

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Many of these don’t get worn. I have favorites that I wear over and over, and lots of my shirts get ignored. So I decided to challenge myself. I’m going to wear every shirt in my wardrobe without repeating one. Every day, for the next 93 days. And I’m going to photograph each shirt as I wear it. Now there are a couple of shirts that are either too large or too small; I’ll weed those out as I go and do Good Will runs. And shirts that don’t look great on me will go to Good Will, too, after I wear them.

I hope when I’m done to have given all my clothes their fair share of wearing time, to weed out shirts I don’t need, and to generally be more conscious of what I spend my money on in the future.

2019 Update: I never got through this challenge because taking and processing the photos took longer than I could manage every day. It because a lot easier with cell phone cameras and I ended up attempting it again in 2006.

It took me forever to realize that both times a significant part of why I failed was because I hated the way I looked in the photos because of my extreme dysphoria.

I did clean out many shirts both times. And I gained them all back, with interest. Maybe I should try again.

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Harsh Things To Say To A Naked Man

Author Unknown

I’ve smoked fatter joints than that.

Ahhhh, it’s cute.

Why don’t we just cuddle?

You know they have surgery to fix that.

Make it dance.

Can I paint a smiley face on it?

Wow, and your feet are so big.

It’s OK, we’ll work around it.

Will it squeak if I squeeze it?

Oh no… a flash headache.

(giggle and point)

Can I be honest with you?

How sweet, you brought incense.

This explains your car.

Maybe if we water it, it’ll grow.

Why is God punishing me?

At least this won’t take long.

I never saw one like that before.

But it still works, right?

It looks so unused.

Maybe it looks better in natural light.

Why don’t we skip right to the cigarettes?

Are you cold?

If you get me real drunk first.

Is that an optical illusion?

What is that?

It’s a good thing you have so many other talents.

Does it come with an air pump?

So this is why you’re supposed to judge people on personality.

I guess this makes me the ‘early bird’.

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Funny Shakespeare

Hamlet is a course and barbarous play. One might think thework is a product of a drunken savage’s imagination. – Voltaire

Are the commentators on Hamlet really mad or are they just pretending to be mad?

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If I were Juliet, we’d have got away

If I were Romeo, we’d have got away

A most Extravagant Vagary – The Two Nobel Kinsman

Away! I do condemn mine ears, that have so long attended thee – Cymbeline

Confimer of False Reckonings – As You Like It

Brevity is the soul of wit – Hamlet

Dangerous & Unsuspected – Richard III

Confusion now hath made his masterpiece – Macbeth

He is not his craft’s master – Henry IV, Part 2

He thinks too much, such men are dangerous – Julius Caesar

Hell is empty, and all the Devils are here – Tempest

Here is a silly-stately style indeed – Henry VI, Part I

I do desire we may be better strangers – As You Like It

I muse you make so slight a question – Henry IV, Part 2

I took thee for thy better – Hamlet

Let’s meet as little as we can – As You Like It

Men’s vows are women’s traitors! – Cymbeline

More of your conversation would infect my brain – Coriolanus

O’ there has been much throwing about of brains – Hamlet

Sell when you can, you are not for all markets – As You Like It

Such bugs and goblins in my life! – Hamlet

The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers – Henry VI, Part 2

There’s a stewed phrase indeed! – Troilus & Cressida

These giddy loose suggestions! – King John

They have been at a great feast of languages and stolen the scrapes – Love’s Labor Lost

This effect defective comes by cause – Hamlet

This petty brabble will undo us all – Titus Andronicus

Though this be madness, yet there is method in it – Hamlet

We allowed your approach rather to wonder at you than to hear you – Twelth Night

What impossible matter will we make easy next? – The Tempest

Wilt thou show the whole wealth of thy wit in an instant? – Merchant of Venice

You are strangely troublesome – Henry VIII

You put sharp weapons in a madman’s hands – Henry VI, Part 2

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SciFi / Fantasy / SCA / D&D Jokes

Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology

Beyond the Final Frontier lies Bab 5

Could be a Hologram

Could be a figment of your imagination

Could be a mutation

Cross my hearts and hope to regenerate

Do you know where your towel is?

Dragon fodder

ELF: The Other White Meat

Free Mars Now!

He’s dim, Jed

How much is that in Federation Credits?

I am very interested in the future because I plan to spend the rest of my life there.

I don’t remember volunteering for this "Ring" business

I have no use for adventures — they’re nasty, disturbing, uncomfortable things and
make you late for dinner

If there is anything in the universe more important than my ego, I want it taken
out and shot immediately.

I’ll have some of what that gentlebeing on the floor is drinking

It’s not my damn planet, Monkey Boy

Live wrong and preposterously

Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup

My parents went to Sol 3 and all I got was this stupid human

Not all who wander are lost

Of course I’m in a bad mood — someone just dropped a house on my sister

Old Gallifreyan riddle — which came first the future or the past?

On my planet we laugh occasionally

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

Reality corrupts. Absolute reality corrupts absolutely

Reality is just one option

Reality is the opiate of the people

Save the universe — collect all five

So much for the old code against killing

Sometimes I feel like a figment of my own imagination

Spending a year dead for tax purposes

There is a very fine line between reality and fantasy — and I’d just as soon obscure

Time paradoxes will have given me a headache

Anachronists do it knightly

Anfractous: n. Full of twists and turns. Torturous. See Game’

Any excuse to wear a sword is a good excuse

Are we all being disintegrated, or is it just me?

Arrant Fool


Bards are beautiful

Berserkers do it without thinking

Better Living through Alchemy

Buggeth Off



Chivalry is alive and well in the SCA

Concealed broadsword

Crossbows don’t kill people. Quarrels kill people


Even barbarians like chocolate chip cookies

Follow me to the current Middle Ages

Gamers make better lovers — They know how to handle themselves in the dark

Have you hugged your Wench today?

Have you oppressed your peasants today?

Heralds do it with their companions

I like the Knight life

I thought YOU silenced the guard!

If it’s not Scottish, it’s crap

Imperious Rex

Knight Errant

Lady of the Knight

Live by the sword — Die by the crossbow

Maiden in Distress

Maybe if we attack, it will get confused, and make a mistake

Merde Occureth

Never, EVER, throw a fireball in a closed room.

Never trust a smiling game master

No Quarter

No, seriously, how much damage did I take?


Oh Regrettable Knight!


Peace through superior swordplay

Practice save government — use kingdoms

Retired Barbarian


SCA – medieval re-creation and recreation


Shameless Hussy

So many monsters, so little time


SSDA — same s***, different age

Surely you Joust?


Take a journey through time, join the SCA

The Game Master is Not God. God is one of my little NPC’s.

The King is a fink

Those spurs are, I must say, a provocative addition to your wardrobe.


Umm… Can I UN-cast that Fireball? I think it made him mad

Unprincipled Rake

Uppity Wench

What guard?

Waste a Knight with me

You bash the Balrog, I’ll climb a tree

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Little Known “Facts”

Many of these “facts” have been debunked at one time or another on snopes.com. So take them with a grain of salt.

101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan (Wendy) are the only two Disney cartoon movies where both parents are present and don’t die during the movie.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A cat’s urine glows under a blacklight.

A cockroach will live nine days without it’s head before it starves to death.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

A pig’s orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.

A polar bear’s skin is black. Its fur is not white, but actually clear.

A rhinoceros horn is made of compacted hair.

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

A snail can sleep for 3 years.

Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.

Americans on the average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

Amount American Airlines saved in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class: $40,000.

An ostrich’s eye is bigger than it’s brain.

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.

Chances of a white Christmas in New York: 1 in 4.

Chances that an American lives within 50 miles of where they grew up: 1 in 2.

China has more English speakers than the United States.

City with the most Rolls Royce’s per capita: Hong Kong.

Coca-cola was originally green.

Conception occurs more often in December than any other month.

Did you know that you are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider?

Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because he doesn’t wear pants.

Dreamt is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt."

Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

Elephants are the only animals that can’t jump.

Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than for the US Treasury.

Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace.

Honey is the only food that doesn’t spoil.

“I am” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.

If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.

If you keep a Goldfish in the dark room, it will eventually turn white.

If you toss a penny 10,000 times, it will not be heads 5,000 times, but more like 4950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom.

If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.

In Indiana it is illegal to ride public transportation for at least 30 minutes after eating garlic.

In Minnesota it is illegal to cross state lines with a duck on your head.

In ancient Egypt, Priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.

In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

It’s impossible to get water out of a rimless tire.

It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

John Lennon’s first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.

Los Angeles’s full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula" – and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: "L.A."

Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

Marilyn Monroe had six toes.

Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots.

Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better.

More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes.

More women Wash their hands in the bathroom than men. Women: 80%, Men: 55%

Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.

No president of the United States was an only child.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament Building is an American flag.

On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left-hand corner of the "1" encased in the "shield" and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner.

On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.

Only 14 percent of Ammericans say they’ve gone Skinny Dipping with the opposite sex.

Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

Polar bears are left handed.

Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

Shakespeare invented the word "assassination" and "bump."

Smartest dogs: 1) border collie; 2) poodle; 3) golden retriever. Dumbest dog: Afghan.

Some lions mate over 50 times a day.

Starfishes haven’t got brains.

State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska.

Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard.

The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one-mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

The Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.

The ant can lift 50 times its own weight, can pull 30 times its own weight and always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.

The average chocolate bar has 8 insects’ legs in it.

In his/her lifetime, the average person accidentally eats 8 spiders at night.

The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.

The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds, making the catfish rank #1 for animal having the most taste buds.

The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra’s "It’s A Wonderful Life."

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

The flea can jump 350 times its body length, that is like a human jumping the length of a football field.

The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.

The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.

The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."

The longest town name in the world has 167 letters.

The longest word in the English language is 1909 letters long and it refers to a distinct part of DNA.

The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the males head off.

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

The name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z.

The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with. (That’s if you don’t use North and South for America.)

The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses. No one in Greece has memorized all 158 verses.

The only real person to be a Pez head was Betsy Ross.

The pop you get when you crack your knuckles is actually a bubble of gas bursting.

The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

The venom in a Daddy Long-Legs spider is more poisonous than a Black Widow’s or a Brown Recluse, but they cannot bite humans because their jaws won’t open wide enough.

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.

The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

There are more chickens than people in the world.

There are only four words in the English language which end in "-dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

There’s no Betty Rubble in Flintstones Chewable Vitamins.

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

Two-thirds of the world’s eggplant is grown in New Jersey.

Vatican City is the smallest country in the world, with a population of 1,000 and a size of 108.7 acres.

What separates 60 Minutes from every other TV show? No theme song/music.

What trivia fact about Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny) is most ironic? He was allergic to carrots.

When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home, the stadium becomes the state’s third largest city.

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath.

You share your birthday with at least 9 million other people in the world.

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