Friday, January 18, 2013

You can't trust everything you see...

A few years ago, I wrote a book - Effective Oracle by Design.  Oracle Press really wanted my photo on the book and I really didn't want it.  So they went around me and asked Oracle Magazine for the head shot they had and were using for the print column back then.  Unbeknownst to Oracle Press - that head shot was a photoshop job.  It was my head, someone else's body.  I never did find out whose body it was - but it was definitely not me.  If you have the book and look really close - you can see the line on my neck where they slid my head on.

I just got the latest issue of Oracle Magazine and lo and behold - they've done it again.  My column has a new picture of me on the intro page, one that I've never seen before - but only because it never happened in real lift.  Again - it is my head from a shot I recognize, but on someone else's body - not just neck and shoulders this time - but the full body!



This time - I know where the body came from.  In an effort to make people as unproductive as possible - I'm going to offer up a challenge.  If you can point me to the source of the body shot on the internet, I'll send you a copy of Expert Oracle Database Architecture - 3rd edition when it comes out (which will be a while, sometime in 2013 - I'm not starting the edits on it until the next release of the database is official).

In order to play - supply a link to the source body here in the comments.  Make sure to use an identifiable username (do not use anonymous) or identify yourself in some way in the comment.  If you are the first to get it right - I'll post a comment myself stating so and ask you to email me so I can get your contact information (so you'll have to check back every now and then).  When the book is printed, I'll send you a signed copy. table 42 :))))))
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54 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said....

It's obviously Larry, at the OOW. But I do not have the link :-)
Andrea from Italy

Fri Jan 18, 10:38:00 AM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

It is definitely *not* Larry Ellison ;)

Fri Jan 18, 10:39:00 AM EST  

Blogger Unknown said....

its not Larry? Man it looks like him at OOW

Fri Jan 18, 10:46:00 AM EST  

Blogger John Simpson said....

Steve Jobs? not sure about the link though

Fri Jan 18, 10:49:00 AM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Not Steve Jobs either ;)

Fri Jan 18, 10:50:00 AM EST  

Blogger eMPi said....

Looks like Conan O'Brien to me.

Fri Jan 18, 10:55:00 AM EST  

Blogger John Simpson said....

President Obama?

Fri Jan 18, 11:02:00 AM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Hint: it isn't anyone famous

Fri Jan 18, 11:03:00 AM EST  

Blogger RAJESH said....

Tom,

Is that Jesus christ...may be i am silly...but it looks to me like that...


http://www.google.com/imgres?q=jesus+christ+preaching&um=1&hl=en&tbo=d&biw=1280&bih=865&tbm=isch&tbnid=KgXSfzv5_bQ_NM:&imgrefurl=http://www.jesuschristonly.tv/category/preaching-christ-to-the-world&docid=AneD6rzlgsO-uM&imgurl=http://www.jesuschristonly.tv/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Jesus-and-Earth-2.jpg&w=393&h=546&ei=fnP5UPQDjrmpAcWKgbAM&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=271&sig=107050876212694376075&page=2&tbnh=157&tbnw=115&start=33&ndsp=42&ved=1t:429,r:39,s:0,i:230&tx=70&ty=38

Fri Jan 18, 11:12:00 AM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

@Rajesh - no one "famous" ;)

Fri Jan 18, 11:14:00 AM EST  

Blogger RAJESH said....

Tom,

May be we need some more clue to go down.

Fri Jan 18, 11:19:00 AM EST  

OpenID timurakhmadeev said....

If you try Goggle search by the link to the image, there are some interesting results out there. Check it out

Fri Jan 18, 11:23:00 AM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

@timurakhmadeev - this was my favorite similar image:

http://blog.headstream.com/2012/12/21/thestream-year-in-review/

but no, it wasn't kermit the frog

Fri Jan 18, 11:25:00 AM EST  

Blogger madcap said....

Maybe it:
http://www.google.com.ua/imgres?imgurl=http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_8ldPW7ss5zU/S552H-zQRAI/AAAAAAAABQE/xeTHpBaOEMM/s400/MORTADELO%2BY%2BFILEMON%2BBLOG.jpg&imgrefurl=http://caoticomic.blogspot.com/2010_03_01_archive.html&h=400&w=318&sz=20&tbnid=JKGU5TBkKf6o3M&tbnh=252&tbnw=200&zoom=1&usg=__EO0ivha8LtOPYRop8JZ3x8j57pE=&hl=ru&sa=X&ei=63j5UOfyNeeC4ATp8IC4DA&ved=0CDEQ8g0

Fri Jan 18, 11:36:00 AM EST  

Blogger Charu Joshi said....

I have a suspicion that it is Jonathan Lewis or Cary Millsap or someone from Oracle community. Finding out the image is going to be difficult. Maybe a job for the weekend.

Fri Jan 18, 11:53:00 AM EST  

Blogger Charu Joshi said....

"someone from Oracle community" - I should have said - someone from Oracle community who regularly presents at conferences.

Fri Jan 18, 11:56:00 AM EST  

Blogger Kelloggs Ville said....

someone stole Larry's suit and Jonathon's mannerisms. To be honest I don't know who should be the most offended: you, as they've implied your body is not magazine material or body owner, whose head just didn't make the grade!

How could they have not found this manly stance suitable ..


http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?um=1&hl=en&tbo=d&biw=1440&bih=743&tbm=isch&tbnid=z3c49vMw_mT71M:&imgrefurl=http://www.dbform.com/page/4&docid=aDQocK2dqydH_M&imgurl=http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6212/6236136829_6c762ce512_z.jpg&w=640&h=388&ei=QJT5UNr4D4-q0AXm0IH4DQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=152&vpy=130&dur=2889&hovh=175&hovw=288&tx=115&ty=196&sig=117009643365059202619&page=1&tbnh=130&tbnw=209&start=0&ndsp=29&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0,i:82

I give up the hunt but I'll be back to find out the answer :)

Fri Jan 18, 01:32:00 PM EST  

Blogger Byte64 said....

Peter Boyle in Young Frankenstein?

:-D

Fri Jan 18, 04:43:00 PM EST  

Blogger Sheeri K. Cabral said....

I'm going to guess Graham Wood.

Fri Jan 18, 05:38:00 PM EST  

Blogger Aman Sharma said....

Just a guess :)
http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-3202143/stock-photo-man-with-open-arms-with-the-sky-as-background.html

Sat Jan 19, 06:53:00 AM EST  

Anonymous G said....

Too bad it isn’t George Carlin.

Sun Jan 20, 04:43:00 PM EST  

Blogger Unknown said....

Well, if not anybody famous, this will be very difficult to discover.

Mon Jan 21, 09:35:00 AM EST  

Blogger Joel Garry said....

I don't think Tom would put up something impossible to discover. I would guess either there is some new partial image match software we need to find, or there is some clue in something those who follow Tom could possibly find, such as a photo of an event he was at.

But guessing doesn't win any books.

Mon Jan 21, 07:31:00 PM EST  

Blogger Артюгин Михаил said....

May be it's Seth Godin
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/231/520094774_a54d410f6b.jpg

Tue Jan 22, 05:46:00 AM EST  

Blogger Pierre Forstmann said....

Steven Feuerstein ?

Tue Jan 22, 03:45:00 PM EST  

Blogger Bill said....

Craig Shallahamer?

Tue Jan 22, 04:01:00 PM EST  

Blogger Jeet said....

Hi Tom, It is hard to find exact, the closest that I could find is
http://www.masterfile.com/stock-photography/image/6106-05484657/Man-wearing-leather-jacket-with-arms-outstretched-portrait

Tue Jan 22, 09:29:00 PM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

I guess it was much harder than I thought. The source body came from istockphoto.com

no one famous or from the community ;) Lots of photoshopping to make it all happen.

I'll come up with some other way to give away a book or two as we get closer to a release date for it...

Wed Jan 23, 01:30:00 AM EST  

Blogger Juan José Alonso Cala said....

yes... a lot of photoshop...

http://www.google.es/imgres?q=tio+con+los+brazos+abiertos&um=1&hl=es&sa=N&tbo=d&biw=1131&bih=546&tbm=isch&tbnid=clG6zRB-Na3sTM:&imgrefurl=http://cultura.travelarte.com/cine/2366-el-dictador-2012-larry-charles&docid=NCUxA_lc2hQnbM&imgurl=http://www.go-mag.com/imagenes/el-cine-que-viene_no__8920.jpg&w=618&h=336&ei=SxAAUfipFIWHhQe86oDwAw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=400&vpy=85&dur=2580&hovh=165&hovw=305&tx=180&ty=184&sig=118273184772564744715&page=3&tbnh=120&tbnw=218&start=39&ndsp=25&ved=1t:429,r:54,s:0,i:250

Wed Jan 23, 11:32:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Closest I got was Nixon O_o
http://insidejobscast.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/nixon-resigns.jpg

lol

Fri Jan 25, 09:31:00 AM EST  

Blogger Brian Byrd said....

It's Larry Elison. Here is Larry wearing the same suit as the one in the photo.

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1707&bih=850&q=larry+elison+open+arms&oq=larry+elison+open+arms&gs_l=img.3...1281.5811.0.6071.22.15.0.7.1.0.130.1170.10j5.15.0...0.0...1ac.1.2.img.-yRJUM4sLIc#hl=en&tbo=d&site=imghp&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=larry+elison+&oq=larry+elison+&gs_l=img.3..0i10i24l10.22076.22076.0.22206.1.1.0.0.0.0.100.100.0j1.1.0...0.0...1c.1.2.img.9i4mo4Dxmu4&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.41867550,d.dmQ&fp=8cc3b378487a433d&biw=1707&bih=850&imgrc=kb79cJ71fS-OFM%3A%3B6nRwv-xp6xmcuM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fapi.ning.com%252Ffiles%252Fpn1gkRGKtSYAR*u76tB4pZTV83FrmoBHL7vH1Hz6K4smNfSWK3iwpyHfTQTkpcXd9rPooJpnbnqiAZ8c5R6ZRMfppJgQXqq*%252FLarryX.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.oraclecommunity.net%252Fprofiles%252Fblogs%252F1988559%253ABlogPost%253A25865%3B1545%3B1609

Fri Feb 01, 01:59:00 PM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

@Brian Byrd

read 2nd comment, definitely not...

read comment from 3 up from your comment ;)

Fri Feb 01, 02:00:00 PM EST  

Blogger Hoek said....

"...Oracle Press really wanted my photo on the book and I really didn't want it. ..."

Out of curiousity:
Why didn't you want that anyway?
I guess lots of pictures from you have already been taken on lots of events...

Sat Feb 02, 09:36:00 AM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

@Hoek,

they never really put anyones picture on the covers before - it was something "new" and I wasn't particularly fond of the idea. I had to do it for WROX with Expert one on one Oracle since that was sort of their 'trademark' - but Oracle Press hadn't done it before. It just wasn't something I was really into...

Sat Feb 02, 09:42:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Tom - We miss a "askTom" in the new world of Big data..I am just curious that is there any chance that you will soon be leading some effort at oracle on Big data itself....what we see , what we read ,seems big data is the data management system in the future...there are buzz almost everywhere in IT on this..what is your take..please post your views..
Ajeet

Sun Feb 03, 09:29:00 AM EST  

Blogger Unknown said....

SCOTT?

Tue Feb 05, 10:35:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

They forgot to give you a neck. The artist wasn't so artistic.

Tue Feb 05, 10:23:00 PM EST  

Blogger Frank Christian said....

suggestion SCOTT .. Unknown was me ..

Wed Feb 06, 07:12:00 AM EST  

Anonymous ranit B. said....

Hello Sir,
Sorry to say, but the PS work could have been lot better.
NOTE - Your head is facing straight to the front but the person in foto is bend slightly back and facing upwards. This makes his suit in shoulders and lower area of the pant little creased. :) :)


Ranit Biswas
An Oracle Enthusiast

Sat Feb 09, 09:50:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Amit Verma said....

He is famous musician, doesn't recall his name.

Tue Feb 12, 11:36:00 AM EST  

Blogger Bill said....

After 20 years at Oracle, how should the company recognize Tom for his contribution and dedication?

Thu Feb 14, 10:36:00 PM EST  

Blogger Matt T said....

Hey Tom, surely they should have used this one ;-)

<a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/1360000/images/_1362145_kite_1992_300.jpg>Tom</a>

Mon Feb 18, 05:56:00 PM EST  

Blogger turan_dot said....

I remember your story of the previous photoshoping you when you tried to present in t-shirt and they wanted you in the suit

Fri Mar 01, 06:03:00 AM EST  

Blogger Unknown said....

The picture looks like your declaring something...

TKyte: "I am the Oracle Messiah..."

Tue Mar 05, 03:31:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Wait, so, is this "contest" still open?

Thu Apr 04, 02:26:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

contest is closed, answer is above...

Thu Apr 04, 03:01:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Leo said....

Tom, about "Expert Oracle Database Architecture", are there big changes between 2nd and 3rd Edition?
I have readen the 1st Edition, and there is a lot of new stuff (11g) on the 2nd Edition.
I wanted to order 2nd Edition this days, but maybe I should wait the 3rd Edition.
Thanks in advance and sorry for my bad English.

Thu Apr 04, 03:23:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

there will be huge changes between the 2nd and 3rd. Much more than between the 1st and 2nd (and there were a lot there)....

Thu Apr 04, 05:47:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Andy said....

So it wasn't Homer Simpson then!

Wed Apr 24, 08:52:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Sokrates said....

haha, http://tinyurl.com/brk8ypj looks real brutal.
Is there another quiz round on for a signed book copy ?

Mon Apr 29, 04:34:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

@Sokrates ;)

no more quizzes, looks like it might be a "thing" with the column...

Mon Apr 29, 07:23:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Flavio Freitas said....

Just to say that I liked very much your presentation yesterday in Montreal. Thank you for having the time to come here.
Flavio Freitas / UQAM

Fri May 03, 08:52:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Scott Wesley said....

I thought a recent oracle mag photo where you're pointing to the camera looked like another photoshop job

Sun Jun 30, 11:06:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

@Scott - it was!

Sun Jun 30, 11:07:00 AM EDT  

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