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I Knew This Pic of Cory in Goggles Would Come in Handy (Or: ‘xkcd’ Name-Drops Cory Doctorow)

If you’re a regular reader of BoingBoing or the geek-friendly comic xkcd, you’ve probably already seen the strip in which Cory Doctorow gets name-dropped:

'xkcd' comic that name-drops Cory Doctorow.

It turns out that the line in the last panel is more true than you think. Here’s a photo that I took at his birthday party in 2002, with Mr. Doctorow sporting his mail-order Mig fighter pilot goggles:

Cory Doctorow in a purple shinky 'Decepticon' shirt and MiG fighter pilot goggles.

He might not be wearing a cape, but that shiny purple ‘Decepticon’ shirt is a pretty good substitute.

As for blogging from a hot air balloon, how about from a Mickey Mouse balloon chair? Here’s a shot of him at the original Toronto OpenCola office, taken March 2000:

Cory Doctorow in an inflatable Mickey Mouse chair at the OpenCola office in Toronto, March 2000.
“What I would I do with a million dollars of VC funding? Tell you what I’d do, man. Two computers at the same time, man.”

Here’s another shot taken ion the same session, from another angle.

Cory Doctorow in an inflatable Mickey Mouse chair at the OpenCola office in Toronto, March 2000.

Oh, those Web 1.0 salad days.

Anyhow, I hope this proves something about Doctorow’s Law: Any exaggerated statement about Cory Doctorow is closer to the truth than you might think.

2 replies on “I Knew This Pic of Cory in Goggles Would Come in Handy (Or: ‘xkcd’ Name-Drops Cory Doctorow)”

We quoted Office Space all the time back then. The photo of the old office reminded me of it.

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