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A number of people have made joking references to my beard, which reminds them of Osama bin Laden. Here are a couple of photos that I and others have put together:


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Osama /bin/ld is alive and well and living in South Australia.


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Wes Peters liked this photo so much that he made up his own story about it:

Have you seen this man?

Hiding in rural Afghanistan:
Osama bin Laden
Hiding in rural Australia?

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The City of Birmingham seems to like it, too: they've put one of these images in a flash animation about their city:

 
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They have later added it on their home page as well.

I'd think much more highly if they had asked for my permission, or at least responded to my messages on the subject. As it is, the City of Birmingham seems to be making the point that they're in favour of copyright violations.

The photo from my home page is pretty popular, too. Here's the original:


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Kyle Martin did the following modification:

Osama bin Lehey

Another person of dubious origin put this up on fark.com:

Osama's space office

The original is at http://www.maj.com/gallery/turtle1/fark/osamas.space.office.jpg

I'd have been more amused if he had contacted me first.

Not quite related to Osama, this photo has also been used unaltered in a now apparently defunct site http://www.bloggerbusiness.com/testimonials.htm, where I'm called Nathaniel Griffith of Wilmington, Delaware. Again of course it's without my permission. My thanks to Hayden Oberin for pointing it out to me.

Osama Designs Better Way to Brew Beer!

Finally a reference which was done by Bruce Everett with my permission. He's joined various of my threads, of course, by referring to my brewing temperature control software.

Osama pardons Groggy

In May 2009 the ABC published a secret tape from Osama bin Laden. The bad news: he uses Microsoft “Outlook Express”. The good news: he's pardoned me.


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