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punked: brad as grazia / dolce gabbana supermodel [Dec. 6th, 2006|06:52 am]
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I just got punked.

I'm waiting for the actual punking, but I know it's coming. (In March, actually.... more on that later.)

So I'm sitting and merging requirements documents and hacking like a good little monkey when nl hands me a cordless phone. "Reporter", he says.

"Can we come over tomorrow and ask you a few questions and take a couple pictures?" (emphasis mine :)) Oh yeah, something also about that she works for Grazia, but I figure it's some Russian thing I don't know, rather than some UK girl thing I don't know, so I ignore it. I would've googled it but I wouldn't have known how to spell it from the phoentics on the phone.

So I say, "Sure, why not?" I figure this trip hasn't been as bad as the last one in terms of reporters, so I'll spare a few minutes. (Few minutes... hah.)

I later learn it'll be an hour or so. Wtf, why? I go out for the evening and forget about it.

I get a call from SUP employee (and ever-gracious host while in Russia) shaltai_boltai asking me for my clothing sizes... shoes, shirt, jacket, pants. Wtf? I don't know my metric sizes. I do the math later and tell her. Wtf?

So today I'm a little suspicious as noon approaches. And sure enough, they come with a full photography studio and like 5 people doing different things... lighting, clothing, makeup, hair, (oh yes, the 5 minute interview), creative director maybe... and somebody else? No clue. Ton of people to take some pictures and try their hardest to make me pretty.

And then I see the Dolce Gabanna receipt... they went and bought like $1,000 of clothes. One item alone was like 10,000 RUB (~$400). Wtf? (at least they're returning it all, photoshopping out the tags... heh)

I changed outfits like 3 times, had makeup done, had hair done multiple times... WTF.

So I guess it's some Italian/UK chick magazine that's starting in Russia next year and I was totally tricked into it. You should've seen these ridiculous clothes. Well, hell, I'm sure you'll see it when it hits the Internet. Because I know some punk is gonna scan it and post it online. Damn Internet. :P

Pretty embarassing, standing on a table in front of all the programmers, losing any technical credibility by the second. I told the CTO, Sergei, to send out an email to his team in Russian saying that I'd rather be hacking and this was totally jacked up. Between laughing and going bright red (with the others from the balcony), I think he agreed to, but I don't think he did. The programmers were taking pictures from their camera phones and giggling.... maybe that'll go online soon for a pre-March punking.

Seriously, this clothes .... wow.

So, uh, my punking is in March or something in Russia when somebody buys this magazine and scans it.
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From: ex_ex_mcm69
2006-12-06 02:59 pm (UTC)

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trying yourself in model business? ))
[User Picture]From: dimrub
2006-12-06 03:06 pm (UTC)

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And then I see the Dolce Gabanna receipt... they went and bought like $1,000 of clothes. One item alone was like 10,000 RUB (~$400). Wtf? (at least they're returning it all, photoshopping out the tags... heh)

The classical joke goes like this: two friends, who happen to be Russian nouveau riches, meet up accidently on the street.
#1: Hey bro, where did you get this splendid tie?
#2: In that boutique over there, they charged me $500 for it!
#1: You fool, I know a place where a tie just like this one goes for $1000!
[User Picture]From: brad
2006-12-06 03:08 pm (UTC)

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Heheh. :-)
[User Picture]From: edanya
2006-12-06 03:16 pm (UTC)

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yay! fun and brads expense!!! :oP
[User Picture]From: edanya
2006-12-06 04:21 pm (UTC)

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at not and!
[User Picture]From: coffeechica
2006-12-06 03:20 pm (UTC)

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You were totally wearing those featured jeans on the front page of Grazia's site, weren't you?
[User Picture]From: burr86
2006-12-06 03:21 pm (UTC)

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......

Oh my god.

Brad, please. Tell us you weren't.
[User Picture]From: brad
2006-12-06 03:27 pm (UTC)

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It wasn't that bad. Close.
[User Picture]From: edanya
2006-12-06 04:21 pm (UTC)

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and you went for it! :oP
[User Picture]From: flashfire
2006-12-06 04:11 pm (UTC)

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LOL, wow.
[User Picture]From: thewalkingman
2006-12-06 03:49 pm (UTC)

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Your life is weird
[User Picture]From: valiskeogh
2006-12-06 04:03 pm (UTC)

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One leaked picture.

Valis
;)
[User Picture]From: brad
2006-12-06 04:26 pm (UTC)

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Hah, nice.
[User Picture]From: valiskeogh
2006-12-06 05:00 pm (UTC)

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hehehe, you gotta know what the ORIGINAL pic is all about to really "get it", but i hoped you would ;)

i wonder if that's what they told billy G before taking THOSE pics

(and i think i did pretty well for first thing in the morning and pre-caffeine...)
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[User Picture]From: valiskeogh
2006-12-07 07:11 am (UTC)

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"These images are actually publicity photos taken of the then 30-year-old Bill Gates coincident with the initial release of Microsoft Windows in 1985. The Corbis photo archive identifies their depiction thusly: "Bill Gates, CEO of Microsoft, reclines on his desk in his office soon after the release of Windows 1.0. 1985 Bellevue, Washington, USA.""

O_o
[User Picture]From: wcu
2006-12-07 07:21 am (UTC)

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http://camar.case.edu/blog/media/1/20051218-bill-gates-small.jpg

no way thats really him?? i retract my statement then. wow, what a weird picture
[User Picture]From: valiskeogh
2006-12-07 07:27 am (UTC)

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that's him! many many years ago, and i wonder if his people asked if they could "take a few pictures" before that one as well ;)

the pics went around the internet a while back with some suspecting they were taken for "teen beat" magazine, but no, they were just publicity stills for the first windows, but i'm not sure what publicity they were suppoed to drum up... lol
[User Picture]From: revjim
2006-12-06 07:51 pm (UTC)

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You're my hero!
[User Picture]From: valiskeogh
2006-12-07 02:47 am (UTC)

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thank you thank you!

he is dead sexy now isn't he...
[User Picture]From: whitaker
2006-12-06 04:20 pm (UTC)

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Oh dude, why did I have to leave yesterday? I would have killed to see that! :-P
[User Picture]From: dan_lane
2006-12-06 05:57 pm (UTC)

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"The programmers were taking pictures from their camera phones and giggling"

When they stop giggling, get them to upload the photos ;)
From: ex_simanyay
2006-12-06 07:20 pm (UTC)

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Maybe, it was Esquire Russia? They love such things.
[User Picture]From: xb95
2006-12-06 07:22 pm (UTC)

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Well, what's a business trip if you can't have people play dress up with you in front of the whole office!
From: jamesd
2006-12-06 07:32 pm (UTC)

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Congratulations in becoming an officially endorsed alpha geek sex symbol! :)
[User Picture]From: scosol
2006-12-06 09:37 pm (UTC)

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you just pulled a jwz!

(that very gay-looking photo seems to have entirely vanished from the internet, so there's still hope)