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mansoor, seattle

mansoor, seattle

who knew that computers were just a big showy way of harnessing the awesome brilliance generated by hamsters running around on their wheels????? well, apparently my buddy mansoor did, and here’s the proof! i love it that this little guy totally looks like his arms are crossed while he’s taking a well deserved siesta in the midst of a hard work day.  maybe this is why my own computer has been running soooooo slllllooooowwww lately. maybe my hamster passed out and forgot to set an alarm. or maybe he is just overworked and feels under-appreciated and has decided to go on strike. i should really check out what’s going on in my tower, huh?

mansoor – i don’t know where you found this picture, but thank you for sharing it with us! \O/

ok, has everyone seen this yet? http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-of-the-day/squirrel-portrait-banff-pod.html

seriously, this is too hilarious for words. animals are *way* more clever than we give them credit for, in my opinion. and now there’s this ultra nifty thing called “the squirrelizer“, which allows you to insert that photo-hogging little rodent into your own photos!

we, the gerbilize gals, are challenging our readers to go to this site (http://www.lutralutra.co.uk/squirrelizer/) and “squirrelize” your own photos. then send it in to us, along with whatever little story you want to add (fiction or fact) and we will post it here on the blog as always.

i’ll get everyone started by showing you my own squirrelized pic

gerbilize gal #1, toronto

gerbilize gal #1, toronto

here we see that same sneaky squirrel is causing a stir yet again by flooding toronto’s union station!  is he gonna start to take responsibility for his actions, or just keep going with that “who? what? me?” look of feigned confusion on his face???? seriously, that little scamp created *QUITE* a frustrating commute for me and many other riders in the early hours of a sunday morning….

ok, brace yourselves for some serious awesomeness…….

the other day i was bouncing around on the net and stumbled across a forum post that had *this* photograph on display:

chris mcveigh, halifax

chris mcveigh, halifax

so i nearly gagged on my own excitement, and after a bit of internet stalking, i discovered the following:

  • this photo was taken by chris mcveigh
  • chris is canadian
  • the chipmunk is totally real (from the official star wars blog: “At first glance, Chris McVeigh’s photo of a trooper action figure riding on top of a chipmunk looks like a well-done Photoshop mashup. But remarkably, Chris placed the action figure on a live chipmunk who hangs out in his backyard. He convinced the chipmunk he named Billy, not by use of a simple Jedi mind trick, but with almonds!“)

so then i contacted mr. mcveigh and asked if it would be ok with him for us to feature his work on our blog, and he wrote:

Yes, please feel free to spotlight my photos!

splendid! so with his approval, i present to you some of my favourite chipmunk vs. starwars photos courtesy of chris mcveigh….

chris mcveigh, halifax

chris mcveigh, halifax

check out this wonderful video that shows just how incredible it is that chris is able to capture such crisp and hilariously timed shots: http://www.flickr.com/photos/powerpigsetups/3678787308/

chris mcveigh, halifax

chris mcveigh, halifax

i like to imagine that the storm trooper is saying “steady…steady….prepare yourself for battle, chippie”

chris mcveigh, halifax

chris mcveigh, halifax

ok. i think *THIS* is officially my favourite! yes, i admit, that first image of chewie feeding the chipmunk is fantastic, but this one gets me giggling every time! i ADORE the look of horror on that puffy chipmunk face! being caught in the act SUCKS! and the thought of being captured by this menacing ewok with an obvious bone to pick must be simply terrifying…

i am soSOso delighted that i found these photographs and learned of another great canadian talent. the gerbilize gals *both* wish chris MUCH continued success with his clever and creative photography!

corey - milton, ontario

corey - milton, ontario

i got this email today from my friend, corey:

Hey,

Here’s a pic for your weird site…. which I found hilarious and disturbing at the same time….. let’s just call it hilurbing.

{{{ok, i have to interupt and proclaim that i *ADORE* this new “hilurbing” term!}}}

Technically it’s not a gerbil.  Just the German version of a squirrel that was in [named removed] parents’ backyard.  Looks like a troll doll.

fantastisch!

danke schön, corey. and yes, it does indeed look a bit like a toy made of faux fur. that tail and those ears make me think that european squirrels are extra hairy, and perhaps extra extraordinary because of it…..seriously, don’t those ears look fake? or like a squirrel version of a lion’s mane? and that tail seems like it was just tacked on as an afterthought……hmmmm…..

emily - toronto, ontario

emily - toronto, ontario

*gasp*

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

words can’t even describe how awesomely wide my gerbilizing grin is when i look at this.

a big friendly gerbil hero wrapping a protective paw around  those two frightened children while preparing to whisk them away in the gerbilmobile in search of fun and adventure????

gah!!!!!!!!!!!

kudos to you emily, kudos.

i especially love the combination of digital drawing and digital editing of what was clearly a 35mm photo at some point in time……

and the fact that it’s all taking place on the edge of a cliff????

game over. i’m in gerbilizing heaven……{{le sigh}}