Socialist (Networking) Realism

Hi there. Remember me?


You know, your Great Leader of Snark.

Although I haven’t been writing much lately, I’ve been expressing myself creatively via other means. To wit, I’m learning Photoshop (well, OK, GIMP 2.8). I’m also a bit of a smartass. Turns out my daughter shares my bizarre sense of humor.

This, of course, should come to the surprise of exactly no one.

Specifically, recently Σ discovered MS Paint and has taken up a hobby she calls “de-heading.” To wit, I provide her with a portrait of some dead Communist figure and she, um, takes liberty with it. This all started a few weekends ago when I was messing with portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. She wanted in on that action too. Here’s the result:


As a result she’s probably the only third-grader on North Korea’s watch list.
Image credit: E. Startin

Since we both find this sort of thing funny as hell (although I suspect not entirely for the same reasons), Σ wanted to do more. For her next project a few days later, she selected former Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu.


She wanted to make the self-described “Genius of the Carpathians” look pretty.
Image credit: E. Startin

It kind of mushroomed from there.


Enver Hoxha makes a good “goblin.”
Image credit: E. Startin

Even Leonid Brezhnev, SB’s longtime poster child of stagnation, isn’t immune to Σ’s charms.


He missed his calling as a snake, apparently.
Image credit: E. Startin

It’s not just commies we’re targeting. Next Σ wants to “de-head” Niccolò Machiavelli and … Dr. Weird. I can’t wait to see what she does with that.

If you’re my Facebook friend, you’ve already seen these images. Since Σ doesn’t have her own Facebook page (yet), I graciously volunteered mine. Let us know what you think. I’m pretty sure Σ is open to suggestions for future projects.

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