Generation … Y?

This tortoise is lagging behind in the race to finish 23 Things. The hare has well and truly taken the flag, and Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny have gone home too for a well earned rest. But just when it looks like the tortoise has accidentally rolled over onto her shell and won’t get up again, she has a little help from a bending robot and manages to launch back into the seventh leg.

For those who didn’t get a word of that, I’m sorry for mixing my metaphors; it’s that time of the afternoon when my first few daily rounds of caffeine abandon me and my head goes to mush. I’m of course referring firstly to the Aesop’s fables (I hope they still teach those to the kids in school?); secondly to the wonderful canonic literature of children’s writer Beatrix Potter; and finally to a classic Futurama episode where Bender reveals that, like a tortoise, if he rolls onto his back, he can’t physically get up again. The friendly tortoise teaches him to roll from side to side vigorously until finally the force flips him upright. By the end of the episode, the show’s lovable metallic antihero is able to overcome his weakness AND save the robot population from a dastardly death at the hands of the Nixon administration.

Futurama … for when you can’t find a Simpsons quote for everything …

OK, I promise I’ll stop being sidetracked by edible greens, low-brow culture and an honest day’s work, and I’ll try to stay up-to-date with the program.

So, image generators … I’m not sure that I can find a place in my daily tasks for pavement graffiti and Simpsons avatars, but I had fun nonetheless when I had a play with several of the generators suggested on the post for Task 7. Most of them were pretty easy to use, as long as the nasty flashing banner ads don’t induce a seizure …

Here’s my Image Chef product (with apologies to Bob Dylan for the timely but unclear iteration of his worthy text):

I found this website very easy to use; it offered me the option of copying and pasting the code into my blog (as I’ve done here), or clicking a shortcut button that would automatically post the image to WordPress on my behalf. As I like to be in control of what’s published here in my name, I chose to do it myself.

I’m not sure I’m instantly recognisable as a Simpsons character but here goes anyway:

Me as a Simpsons character

You might also like to try a generator I found myself, which creates a shadowy mirror image from a photo you upload or link to. Here’s what I was able to do with it:

Reflected image
(Created with a photo from my Flickr photostream, taken in the beautiful Yarra Valley region)

Another tool turns a photo into a text file (what a clever concept!), although I recommend that you use an image with strong shapes and contrast levels, like a picture of you or your animal companion. You can download the text to a plain text (.txt) file, or link to it like this. The original photo is another from the Yarra Valley, and resides in my Flickr photostream. I can’t for the life of me remember the faithful dog’s name, but he followed us everywhere and even guarded the door at night. His mate Toby the sheepdog, in the absence of sheep, regularly tried to round up the resident alpacas and copped a spit in the eye and a swift kick for his troubles. This is the lovely farm/vineyard/holiday unit where we stayed and I highly recommend it.

Last of all, I couldn’t resist this website, which I found through The Generator Blog (to which I now subscribe):

create your own


torture your emo

As you can see, it helps you make your own emo, and they’re interactive (which is more than you can say of most emos, who are frankly too hungry and too busy writing bad poetry to do very much …) Unfortunately the save and copy features don’t seem to be working, but you can still have a play nonetheless.

Oh, and on a final note, in case you saw the title of this post and thought I’d explain it, Generation Y concept doesn’t exist. Neither does ‘Generation X’, ‘Baby Boomer’ or ‘Depression Era miser’. People are just people. Yes, nurture does have a tangible effect on our development, but ultimately we’re governed by our own natures, our own values and desires, regardless of the decade in which we were born.


2 Responses to Generation … Y?

  1. Sara Jervis says:


    Your last paragraph reminded me of a conversation (by email) I had with my son and daughter 3 years ago. This is part of what I wrote:

    Today I am reading one of my
    favourite commentators who I have followed for 20- 30 years. He is
    writing about the generations, the Baby Boomers and what he calls the
    Options Generation, those young people born in the 70’s to the Boomers.
    This paragraph struck me as significant and gave an insight into the
    way you may both think along with your friends and our friends’ children.

    (Direct quote from sociologist) “Many members of the rising generation are acknowledging that they
    > had better not allow their ego to become too involved in their plans;
    > otherwise, when the plans inevitably change, the ego will be too easily
    > bruised. Their way of dealing with unpredictability is to expect the
    > unexpected and to try to build their confidence and self esteem out of
    > something other than this course of study, that job, or even that
    > friendship which may or not endure.Growing up in an age of uncertainity,
    > young people inevitably make the painful discovery that security is an
    > internal state which can only be constructed out of an internal set of
    > values.
    > Perhaps young people have already learned something their parents are
    > struggling to articulate: that life must be lived fully in the present,
    > and that plans for the future should be lightly drawn.”
    This is what my son wrote back:

    “I scoff at most pigeon holing Mum. I’ll tell you what doesn’t change, the
    fact that we are all different. Opinions differed 1000 years ago and they do
    today. There are plenty of young people who were born in the 70’s and are
    driven and motivated solely by their intense focus on long term rigid plans.
    What does your weirdo have to say about them?”

    I took a step back and realised that young people are smart, just as smart as we think we were. I was a bit humbled really. It is a good lesson for older people – that young people think like they DID when they were young. We older people must constantly recognise that we do not own wisdom.

    Your post reinforces this.

  2. […] the beginning is the end Well, I never said it wasn’t going to take a while. In fact, I’m pretty sure I said I’d be at the back of the fleet, ambling along at my own pace. Many of my fellow travellers […]

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