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May 01, 2005


robyn, you look good with your horns. i hope you wear them well and often. i am so jealous.

here is the note from an earlier posting before the photo:

Apparently the sight of someone wearing goat-like horns bothers some people.

A friend (call her R) had a co-worker who was constantly harassing her about religion. Day after day it was a non-stop flow of words about being saved, the rapture and all that one might expect from an inspired evangelical.

Being something of a practical joker, it occurred to R that sprouting horns might be appropriate. Little goat nubbin horns that were barely visible through her hair. She wore these for weeks and started noticing the woman who had been trying to sell her Jesus seemed a bit nervous. Running her fingers through her hair "unconsciously" would expose the horns a bit more and proved an effective tactic. After a month or so the evangelical woman was having real problems talking to R (I'm sure R's conversation was appropriate for a devilish being) and shortly afterwards would avoid R at all costs.

I mentioned this to a progressive friend in California who is extremely disturbed about the breakdown of the separate of church and state and the rise of a Republican theocracy. She loved the idea and told several friends. It seems that the wearing of horns as a protest against christian theocracy may be spreading in the Bay Area.

It is remarkable that anyone would be bothered by the image of someone wearing horns. Then again some of us wonder about the mental powers of someone with a chrome fish on their car...

Robyn has such a beautiful idea. I would do it to make the point that some of us are uncomfortable with mainstream religion, but I am too shy.

My company permits signs of the main religions. Crosses and head coverings. I am not of any religion and believe horns would tell people I am not of theirs.

thank you so much Robyn, you are cool



Robyn has the right idea! I wish girls here in Scotland were this bold.


If you can tell Robyn she looks good with the horns. Tell her she should wear them everywhere. I don't think anyone will mistake her for a normal boring person.

The Goat Goddess

Great eyes and great horns. Robyn is cute.

We need horns. Where do you get them?


I love it Robyn! Try this movie out.

Symobls are such powerful things. I love this one as one of protest against the conformity that is expected of us. They remind people that we can have different views and they can be very beautiful. I'm going to have some made for my own use and I'm 43.

Thanks Robyn, you made my whole month.

Robyn, you should definitely read My Pet Goat to the President, I think he'd get really nervous around you.

Here's to you and your horns.

Hi Robyn, I love this. All I can think of is this

High on a hill was a lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
Loud was the voice of the lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo
Folks in a town that was quite remote heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
Lusty and clear from the goatherd's throat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo
O ho lay dee odl lee o, o ho lay dee odl ay
O ho lay dee odl lee o, lay dee odl lee o lay
A prince on the bridge of a castle moat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
Men on a road with a load to tote heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo
Men in the midst of a table d'hote heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
Men drinking beer with the foam afloat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo
One little girl in a pale pink coat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
She yodeled back to the lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo
Soon her Mama with a gleaming gloat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
What a duet for a girl and goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo
Ummm (ummm) . . .
Odl lay ee (odl lay ee)
Odl lay hee hee (odl lay hee hee)
Odl lay ee . . .
One little girl in a pale pink coat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hoo hoo
She yodeled back to the lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo
Soon her Mama with a gleaming gloat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hmm hmm
What a duet for a girl and goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo
Happy are they lay dee olay dee lee o
Soon the duet will become a trio
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo
Odl lay ee, odl lay ee
Odl lay hee hee, odl lay ee
Odl lay odl lay, odl lay odl lee, odl lay odl lee
Odl lay odl lay odl lay

Aaye! anda nyeene

OK Robyn, its your fault and the fault of the person who put up the lonely goatherd.

take this

and of course, from the incomparable wing - this

Damn I want some horns!

My officemate showed me this. My hat is off to Robyn. This would be a great way to make a point. Visual things like this can be so powerful. It is important to let people know that this is not just a country of fundamentalist christians.

This is very patriotic.

thanks Robyn!

Very sweet!

We need them in the UK

Sarah sent this to me and I had to make some of my own. Mine aren't as nice as Robyns, but maybe this will get some of you inspired.

Get some Sculpey clay at a craft shop. Or check here on line http://www.polymerclayexpress.com .

Search around the web for different kinds of horns. Goat horns are best, but you might like other animals. The size is important. I have thin blonde hair and went with little goat nubbins.

Roll out a couple of cylinders of clay. I use aluminim foil for the surface. Make the bases large enough that you can poke a hole through for a cord to hold them. I use a leather shoe lace and punch a hole about a quarter inch in diameter. You have to get the orientation right.

Bake per the manufacturer's instructions.

paint as you want them. Mine are flesh colored to really bother people.

When the paint is dry push the leather lace through and tie a knot at each side of the hole on each horn. You will have to play around with adjusting them.

I learned a lot after my first set and my next set is going to be much better.

So thank you for the inspriation!

I think Robyn's idea is great, but the photo could be better.

She should have a real portrait done and have whoever is photographing her read some hints. There are many resources on the web. One of my favorites is http://www.nikon.co.jp/main/eng/feelnikon/kumon_dsc2/kd204_e.htm , but it may be too technical.

The advise I would give is to shoot outdoors if you don't have access to a studio with multiple lights. Get out there and experiment. The link I gave shows many ideas. I think Robyn's face would look best with a slight telephoto. Try many sun angles and get many expressions. Don't be afraid to use a tripod.

But I really like the idea and hope that Robyn wears them often and that other people start.

I looked around for some more introductions on portrait photography. This one looks good http://myweb.absamail.co.za/gertb1/guides/guide_portrait.htm and the places like kodak have many online guides http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=38/39/6370/339&pq-locale=en_US . This magazine has an article with some art ideas and the poses may be useful http://www.dcmag.co.uk/news/article/mps/UAN/553/v/2/sp/332454698754328380332 .

I like the idea and want to make my horns this weekend. I looked around and found this page with instructions http://home.hawaii.rr.com/cactusrabbit

They are hollow and I don't know if that is better or worse. I will paint mine to match my skin.

This is such a great idea. I'm going clay shopping tonight.

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