The Hairvow Explained

On July 5, 2013, I casually took a vow. I thought, perhaps if I vowed not to cut any hair on my head, except for medical reasons, it might help generate some publicity for ALGORITHM’s crowdfunding campaign. It was completely useless, for several months.

The first time I noticed it having any kind of effect was when I was in San Francisco, during September, and I wasn’t getting cold. It turns out a good portion of our body heat escapes through our heads. 

That’s why hair exists. And, why women with long hair are hot!

I’ve been taking selfies to mark significant days, using binary. Here’s a quick progression: 

Day 001: Less hair than a peach.

Day 001: Less hair than a peach.

Day 008: I can't tell if I look more like Scott Sigler, or Moby. 

Day 008: I can't tell if I look more like Scott Sigler, or Moby. 

Day 016: A friend told me to smile.

Day 016: A friend told me to smile.

Day 032: An exercise in contrast ratios.

Day 032: An exercise in contrast ratios.

Day 064: I have no idea what I'm listening to, but clearly I'm having a good time.

Day 064: I have no idea what I'm listening to, but clearly I'm having a good time.

Day 128: No more "0" at the beginning of the numbers.

Day 128: No more "0" at the beginning of the numbers.

Day 256: I told my wife it looks like a wombat is clinging to my face. She agreed.

Day 256: I told my wife it looks like a wombat is clinging to my face. She agreed.

Day 300: Redefining the parameters of a bad-hair-day.

Day 300: Redefining the parameters of a bad-hair-day.


Now that I look like an underfed yeti the hair is actually beginning to do what it was supposed to do just over 300 days ago. People comment on it. They say, “You look like the Duck Dynasty guys,” which isn’t really a compliment. Earlier this year people made reference to the Boston Red Sox. I don’t know if that’s a compliment. I don’t keep track of sports-game.

Last night my good friend Ryan compared me to Charles Manson, sans the forehead swastika, also not a compliment.

Once the “You look like X” have finished, I get to tell them it’s not by choice. It’s because I took a vow. Then I wait for them to ask me about the vow, then I hawk my wares. I tell them about ALGORITHM, my movie about computer hackers.

Another genius, and the only guy to leave a comment on the blog, so far, said I’m starting to look like a hacker. That’s a compliment, if only appearance were an indication of skill.

I’ll leave you with some totally unrelated likes to help this page climb in search engine relevance: The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury News, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Boing Boing, and maybe some Russia Today, for diversity.