This morning, I saw the Snakes on a Cake picture I posted last month on Defamer, well on it's way to become a full blown meme. I am elated. It's lineage is pure (sciatica->grow-a-brain->slashfood->defamer->???) and I know that I can take credit for it. Veteran readers of this site (all six of you!) know that this is a huge bug up my butt, so to see the system work is awesome.
What makes this more special is that I found this pic via the Toothpaste For Dinner Live Journal Image Feed. To give you some background on Live Journal, pretty much every picture posted by a member makes it to the feed and there are a lot of members posting pictures constantly. This means that a new picture is on the feed for no more than a minute or two, then is only found if you stumble upon the page. It is extremely ephemeral. That is it's ultimate charm. Well, that and girls taking half naked pictures of themselves in the bathroom mirror.
What was I talking about?
Oh, yeah, the cake picture. LJ users also have the option to make their posts private or public - but if you catch a pic from the feed, you can usually see the page before it goes private ("Friends Only"). That is what I was able to do with the cake picture.
What this means is that I happened on the "golden moment" seconds after the picture was posted by the original user. I believe this also means that anyone else who posts that pic on their site/blog/whatever without attribution to one of the sites above had to have either:
1- had the same luck I had and was reading the feed at the same minute I was 2- has a program that saves an archive of the feed so they can look at it later 3- knows the person who posted the pic in the first place 4- took it from one of the sites listed above and pretended they found it themselves 5- it was on snakesonablog and i somehow missed it.
A google search has already found several sites that either had good luck (1-3) or are just thieving sacks of shit (4).
To sum up - Snakes on a Cake is fucking cool and so is Hanan over at grow a brain for linking to it here. And special thanks to Drew at TFD for putting up the feed.
I have found it helpful to do the stretching exercises my physical therapist recommends. Do some core strengthening exercises, such as the ones highlighted at The Mayo Clinic. By keeping your core strong, your back won't put itself in a position to cause that sciatica pain you are having.