The Multiplicity of Skip

You ever have one of those days where you wish there were more of you to go around?

Well that day is here, ladies and gentlemen!

Through the miracle of human cloning, I've been able to make 6 duplicates of myself. So below is a brief description of all 6 of them, and a few group photos that I took.

Enjoy!

Jim
This is Jim.

He works at the University of Florida as a Computer Support Analyst.

He's rather easy going and is often seen smiling.

Whenever he and his clone brothers are together, he wears the same clothes as James and Michael.

James

This is James.

He's the angry one.

James is often seen frowning, scowling or grimacing menacingly at those nearby.

Whenever James is around his clone brothers, he will wear the same clothes as Jim and Michael.

Michael

This is Michael.

He's the Star Trek fanatic.

Sometimes he's seen doing a "thumbs-up" gesture like his clone brothers Skippy and Jimbo.

Whenever he's in a group photo, he's often distracted by something, however when you can see his face, he's always smiling.

Whenever he's around his clone brothers, he wears the same clothes as Jim and James.

Jimbo
This is Jimbo.

He's the fun one. Sometimes he's mistaken for Skippy or Michael because he often does the "thumbs up" gesture like they do.

The way you can tell him apart from his clone brothers is that when they're together, he will often wear a more colorful shirt than Jim, James and Michael (who all wear the same shirt whenever they're together).

Skip
This is Skip.

He's the bodybuilder of the group.

He's easily recognizable because he never wears a shirt.

The chicks dig Skip for some reason. We haven't figured out why yet.

His main likes are:

  • Working out
  • Reading the ingredients on canisters of protein powder
  • Posing
  • Being shirtless

 

 
Skippy
This is Skippy (not to be confused with Skip).

He's the other fun one. You'll always see him doing the following:

  • Wearing a Mickey Mouse Hat
  • Giving a "Thumbs-Up"
  • Smiling

Skippy & Jimbo are sometimes mistaken for each other, but as long as people remember that Skippy always wears a Mickey Mouse Hat whenever the group is together, then it's easy to tell them apart. :)

Family Portrait - Roadtrip
Roadtrip! This is our first Family Portrait.

The clones and I decided to ride to Gainesville for the day.

James wanted to drive, but Jim is standing in the doorway.

Jimbo is in the passenger seat and won't let Michael in the car.

Skippy is giving a the "thumbs-up" gesture behind the car.

...and Skip (the shirtless one) is waiting for the group to back the car out so he can get in.

Ever wonder how 6 clones could fit in 1 Pontiac Grand Prix?

Family Portrait - Group Meeting!
We shall rule the world! This is our first group meeting.

Skippy's at the dry erase board outling how we'll all conquer the world.

James has his back to us, while Jim and Jimbo watch attentively from the opposite side of the conference table.

Michael is (as always) distracted as he watches Skip who's reading the ingredients of the protein powder he just bought.

Narcissism R' Us!
"Well... are we/you/I the hottie?"

Don't let this happen to you.

It turns out that clones have a propensity toward narcissism.

In this picture, we see Michael giving a "thumbs-up" gesture to Skip (who is in his traditional "arms folded" stance).

I'll have to keep an eye on those two. We wouldn't want this to get out of control.

Group Photo - The Psychotic Trio
The Psychotic Trio

Against James' wishes, we decided to have a group photo done of the "professional" clone brothers.

Jim is closest to the camera.

James is standing behind him (with his characteristic frown).

Michael is sitting on the other side of the conference table.

The Staff Meeting - Version 1.0
So Jim, James and Michael had a staff meeting today...
James was trying to explain how bad Michael's performance has been...
James, frustrated by Michael's lack of attention, gives up in despair...

But before completely "throwing in the towel", he tells the cameraman in no uncertain terms to stop dawdling and get back to work...

Armwrestling Armageddon - Version 1.0
You're goin' down... punk!

So, before leaving work, Jim decides to challenge James to the world's first Armwrestling Grudge Match (bewteen clones).

STAY TUNED to find out who wins!

The Making of the Group Photo
Say "Eeek!"

The group photo posted above was not without it's difficulties.

You see, when the picture was first taken, Michael decided to have a panic attack. Apparently there was a giant spider on the wall.

"Why I ought to..."

Upon discovering that Michael ruined the group photo, James promptly lunges across the table to strangle him.

Fortunately, none of the clones was seriously injured in all this.

Of course, Jim is completely oblivious to all the excitement that is transpiring behind him..

Group Photo - Version 2.0
The Psychotic Trio: Version 2.0 After the near disastrous fiasco with our first group photo, we decided to try it again, but with Michael much further away.
Mmmm... angry monkeys! Of course, that didn't stop Jim from acting like an overbaked ham for the camera.
The Psychotic Trio - The Movie

The final straw came though when Michael decided to demonstrate a technique he learned while watching "The Matrix."

Kinda scary, isn't it?

Fletch Lives - Version 1.0
The Self-Replicating Virus

My friend Ted Fletcher came to visit today (due to the hurricane evacuation of Pasadena, FL), so we at PodarCo Labs decided to clone him. Won't his wife Mandi be surprised?

Warning!  Read the Label!

The clones decided to have some cereal. Unfortunately, they were astonished by the glycemic index on the box of Cheerios they had just purchased.

Family Portrait - Happy 37th Birthday
Happy 37th Birthday!

The clones decided to surprise me with a family portrait for my birthday. Wasn't that neat of them?

Intermission

"I bet you're wondering how I did all this."

Ok, here's how I did it, and it's fairly simple (given the correct tools):

  1. I placed my digital camera on a tripod that remains in one spot during the entire photoshoot.

  2. I set the self-timer on the camera for a 10 second delay.

  3. I positioned myself in different locations in the room, and took numerous photographs. In setting up the shot, I had to make sure chairs, and other items in the background were positioned so that the final editing was easier. I later chose the best ones for the final production.

  4. I brought all the photographs into Adobe Photoshop, and I layered them one on top of the other, and removed specific areas of each photograph so that they all blend together. I had to pay close attention to shadows and reflections so that the image looks real.

  5. I saved the final version as a .JPG.

Group Photo - Version 3.0
Psychotic Trio version 3.0

Later that morning, the Psychotic Trio decided to pose for a birthday group photo. We're still trying to figure out why James always looks so angry all the time.

Happy St. Psoriasis Day! (March 25th, 2005)
Happy St. Psoriasis

Happy St. Psoriasis Day!

Ok, it's a fictional holiday that I made up when I was in college. Basically it celebrates the life of Harcourt J. Psoriasis (Bishop & Martyr), who at the tender age of 15, discovers the cure for dandruff, and unfortunately loses said cure a week later.

You can learn more about this "uncelebrated" saint by clicking here, and scrolling down to the numerous Top Ten Lists I made about him.

Beware of... THE CUBICLE!
Beware of... The Cubicle! I think I'm going to need a larger office.
See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil
See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil

Well, the psychotic trio was at it again. This time they decided to do the famous "See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil" pose. Amazing what you can do with a digital camera and a little free time at almost 7 in the morning, eh? :)

Bernie, Barnie and Frank
Our pal Bernie came to visit today and he brought his two clones with him, Barnie & Frank. Frank is trying to eat a battery in Jim's cubicle, while Bernie is trying to show Barney how to create spreadsheets in MS Excel.
Family Portrait - The Posedown
Well, you knew it had to happen sooner or later. Skip got all the clones into bodybuilding, so they decided to go to a local park here in Gainesville and try an impromptu posedown.
Most muscular, Rear Lat Spread, and Rear Double Bicep Here's a demonstration of some of the different poses competitive bodybuilders perform on stage. Michael is doing a Most Muscular, while James does a Rear Lat Spread and Jim does a Rear Double Bicep.
Front Double Bicep, Side Chest Michael is doing now doing an artistic version of the Front Double Bicep, while James is doing a simple folded arm stancd, while Jim does a Side Chest. If you look closely, you can see Jimbo giving a thumbs up from behind the tree.
Front vs Rear Here's a comparison between Michael & Jim of what a front and Rear Double Bicep look like. James is in the background doing a Rear Lat Spread.
Front lat spread, anyone?

Front Double Bicep, Front Lat Spread, and Side Chest.

"My Lat spread brings all the girls to the yard, and they're like, 'It's better than yours!' Dang right it's better than yours. I could teach you, but I'd have to charge."

My lat spread brings all the girls to the yard... Not to be out done, Michael does a Front Lat Spread along with Jim, while Skip continues the Side Chest pose.
Most muscular, Rear Lat Spread Lastly, to show that he too can do a Rear Lat Spread, Jim decides to do a "Light's Out" pose, a trademark of Mr. Olympia, Ronnie Coleman.

More images coming soon!

Last updated: April 7, 2005