Photo Sunday: The Beard Experiment

Regular readers may remember that last month, I let myself get talked into growing a beard as the result of a fundraising contest for Camp Quest. Well, I’m not about to suffer through an entire scorching summer with this extra insulation – but I’ve let it grow freely for a month now, and I think that’s more than enough time to judge the finished product. If you think you can handle the sheer masculine power, follow me below the fold…

Well, first things first: I’m just not cut out for mustaches. I decided to shave mine a few days ago because it was becoming intensely irritating to my upper lip. Just to prove I was making some effort to groom myself, I also decided to shave under my chin, which gives the finished product an appearance that I think is equal parts Abraham Lincoln and Amish. To see larger versions, click on any of the thumbnails:



Little-known fact: Growing a beard makes you evil.



This is definitely my good side.



Close-up in profile. Yes, I know it’s scraggly. I don’t own an electric trimmer, and I wasn’t about to buy one just for this experiment, so I decided to just let it grow and see what would happen. I know I have a ways to go before I achieve “wizard” status.



A contemplative moment.



I had to at least try for the badass look. I think the floral curtains slightly spoil it, though.

So, am I going to keep it? The honest answer is, probably not. Like I said, it’s hot this summer, and every little thing I can do to keep cool helps. In any case, I don’t think I’m the bearded type. In a few decades, I may be able to rock some Dennett-style facial hair, but so far I think I’m still too young to pull it off. But at least now I know what it would look like – so if I ever become a cranky professor or a lonely mountain-dwelling hermit, I’ll be all set!

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  • http://www.politicalflavors.com MissCherryPi

    Just to prove I was making some effort to groom myself, I also decided to shave under my chin

    It’s also because “neckbeard” is a grave insult on the series of tubes these days.

    Also relevant: The Sierra Club trying to make “John Muir’s Beard!” a meme.

  • http://www.ooblick.com/weblog/ arensb

    I like it. I think you should keep it.

  • http://thechapel.wordpress.com the chaplain

    I think it looks great, and I’m not much of a beard person. But your beard looks, as you said, Lincolnesque. :)

  • KP

    …but so far I think I’m still too young to pull it off.

    That’s still better than I can do and I’m 40.

  • Anna N.

    Keep it! I think scruffy is awesome!

  • Andrew T.

    Gee, you’re looking cuter with every update. Keep it up.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Well, I’m not about to suffer through an entire scorching summer with this extra insulation

    Don’t make me use the lecture on convection vs. conductance. A beard keeps the sun off your skin and provides extra surface area for evaporation. In the summertime, I would recommend an 8mm trim.

  • Discoverer

    Oh man, that’s just like the one I’m growing! Only yours looks better! (I can provide photo evidence if ya doubt ma claim).

    We can have a Summer Beard-Off, and see which one of us can take it the longest — before we just have to … get that beard off. (my money says you’ll be the first to crack…)

    “I think I’m still too young to pull it off”
    Would it be too rude to ask what your age actually is? I’m afraid I had some kinda wisdom bias, and always assumed you were much older, due to the quality of your writing :)

  • http://www.daylightatheism.org Ebonmuse

    We can have a Summer Beard-Off, and see which one of us can take it the longest — before we just have to … get that beard off.

    Hah! Well, I’m going to a July 4 barbecue tomorrow, so I’ll probably keep it at least that long. After that, we’ll have to see.

    Would it be too rude to ask what your age actually is?

    Well, this is an unavoidably personal thread, so why not? :) I’m 29 as of this year.

  • Discoverer

    Hope you enjoy the bbq!

    After that, we’ll have to see.

    Don’t forget ;)

    I’m 29 as of this year.

    Fair’s fair — I’ll be 36 next month. But does that mean you missed out on Smurfs and Thundercats?
    :D

  • http://teaspoonactivist.tumblr.com hourlily

    You should take a picture of yourself in an Abe Lincoln hat.

  • TommyP

    I’m only 2 years older than Ebon, and I didn’t miss out on Thundercats or Smurfs at all. Neither did my lil sis, who is also 29 this year. You know, now that I think about it, you kind of remind me of Snarf, Adam…

  • http://eternalbookshelf.wordpress.com Sharmin

    I had to at least try for the badass look. I think the floral curtains slightly spoil it, though.

    You’re just so badass that it comes through even with the floral curtains.

    -Ani Sharmin

  • Nes

    Discoverer:

    Another here Ebon’s age, and I definitely didn’t miss those. But you didn’t mention my favorite as a child, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe! I saw an episode from it online a year or two ago… after I finally stopped laughing, I apologized to my mom for making her sit through it all the time!

  • Reginald Selkirk

    If you don’t like the Lincoln/leprechaun look, try trimming to the line where the underside of the jaw meets the neck, rather than the chin line.
    Example

  • Discoverer

    TommyP & Nes:

    :)

  • karen

    I think it looks very handsome, and I’m an older woman so I can say that! ;-)

    Here’s the important question: What does Miss Cherry Pi think?

  • TommyP

    Speaking of He-Man, Ebon kind of looks like Fisto, with that beard… kind of appropriate since may of his essays really give a pounding to bad ideas?

  • http://www.politicalflavors.com MissCherryPi

    Here’s the important question: What does Miss Cherry Pi think?

    I always wanted to see what he would look like with a beard. I think it looks nice, but I know he’s more comfortable clean shaven.

  • http://www.ceetar.com/optimisticmetsfan Ceetar

    (insert hilarious laughter here)

  • Sarah Jane Braasch-Joy

    I love it. Lookin’ good.

  • Eurekus

    Let it grow Ebon, the ZZ Top look is good.


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