Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sefirah Beards UPDATED! (scroll down)

I received the following email on the 19th of this here month of April:


I came across while searching for resources around psychology and facial hair and was wondering if this is the correct contact in regards to the content on the site. My team just created a graphic on the topic, would you be interested in taking a look? I would love to get feedback from your readers and see what they have to say about the topic, as well as yours.

Thanks in advance for your time.

I wasn't sure if this was spam or not, but eventually decided that it most probably wasn't, so I emailed back:


I'm not sure what the blog has to do with psychology and facial hair, but yes, I would probably be interested in seeing a graphic on the topic.

Just like clockwork, I got the following email:


Thanks for getting back to me. The graphic illustrates a brief history of the beard and how they are perceived today. The piece lives here and you're welcome to use it as you'd like:

Let me know what you think, I appreciate all feedback.


And for those of you too lazy to click on through to the source link, here(I don't think an apostrophe belongs here, so I'm not inserting one)s you go:

Created by: Online PhD

Two things: I'm impressed that Safari managed to maintain the hyperlinks while I was copying and pasting from my email to Blogger; obviously things have changed progressed from the TRS heyday. Two, I'm not sure what to make of this graph, but I'm sure my astute readers will have much to say on the matter.



bonne said...

In the first image, I don't like that the lips are brown, they should be pink. Otherwise, cool illustrations.
Beards do make the jaw look manlier/stronger but if the beard is one of those wispy ones-not so much. In other words, it looks good depending on the person.
Beards with dreads are not cool. If they look neat (put-together), I dig it.

Leo de Toot said...

Dear Mr. R.S.,

Nice to see your blog in action again. Interesting, although less than inspiring, review of beards. (Actually the most interesting part was the use of a Creative Commons license but that's a personal thing.) What it does raise though is the interesting question of growing beards in yeshivas - given the prohibition against shaving etc., are those whose beards grow and flourish at an earlier age considered better, more religious perhaps? Given the basic theme of the posting (beards as image and how this image appears to others - mainly females, I see) I wonder whether those who can only manage straggly whispery growths are looked down upon as somewhat, well, less worthy than their full bearded counterparts.
Something to ponder,
Leo de (grey-beard) Toot.

e said...

Wow! Now I know whose writing style the spam bots are imitating.

e said...


The Real Shliach said...

Bonne: I suppose they wanted it all to conform.

LdT: I suppose it's possible. Of course, in Yeshiva, the really cool kids don't have beards at all.

e: Spambots=Academia?

e said...

he sounded academic to you?

The Real Shliach said...

His "team" would certainly appear to be academic in nature.

e said...

the actual infographic is nice. But his emails sound spammy.

Leo de Toot said...

Dear Mr. R.S.

You cannot make a comment like "the really cool kids don't have beards at all" and expect one to be satisfied.

The implications of that statement alone overwhelm any information provided by the beard-review that began this exchange. Elaboration is surely required.

Scratching my bearded chin in a puzzled fashion,
Leo d'T.

The Real Shliach said...

E: Perhaps spammers are all failed academics?

LdT: What kind of elaboration is required?

Anonymous said...

You lowlife chabatzker, with no life. You have no shaychus to being markish a duvur ruchni. You only know tayvas olom hazah

The Real Shliach said...


e said...

I believe the word you are looking for "margish."

e said...

Aha! I had noted that it seemed spam-like. Am I good, or am I good?