New York Times Story

image This is going to be an egocentric post, because it's about me. I got my picture in the New York Times today. So does that mean I'm famous? Can I walk into an expensive restaurant now and get a table right away? I'm not betting on it. I'm featured in an article by Daniel Terdiman about hoax weblogs. Not that I've ever created a hoax weblog, but I do write about them. My friend Odin Soli, who created the Plain Layne hoax, also got his picture in there (Odin and I studied American History together in Grad School at UC San Diego). That animal on the left side of the picture is a jackalope. And if you look closely you can see my vacuum cleaner behind me, partially hidden by my shoulder. The photographer swore to me that there was no need to move it, because he said it wouldn't show up in the picture. Guess he was wrong. Not that anyone would really notice it... except my wife. The first thing she said when she saw the picture: "And there's our vacuum cleaner."

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Posted on Thu Jul 29, 2004


If anyone wants to read the article without registering with NYT, go to and search for "hoax alex boese". The first result should be the article, and it'll let you read without registering.
Posted by James  on  Thu Jul 29, 2004  at  03:22 AM
Pretty attractive guy. Glad to see my imagine of some dorky computer geek was wrong 😊
Posted by Jelly Belly  on  Thu Jul 29, 2004  at  09:01 AM
oooh! I read yer article in the New York times a couple of minutes ago, it was cool! :cheese:
Posted by Jenny  on  Thu Jul 29, 2004  at  01:31 PM
Is that your "Hoax Gallery Wall" you've mentioned sometimes? Tell me that isn't an iMac back there!
Posted by PlantPerson  on  Thu Jul 29, 2004  at  03:18 PM
That is my hoax gallery wall. And that is an iMac behind me... though not the one I use. I've got one of the newer flat-screen iMacs now.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Thu Jul 29, 2004  at  05:36 PM
Cool vacuum claener!
Posted by Peter  on  Thu Jul 29, 2004  at  06:12 PM
You're a cutie 😛 cool jackalope head! Alex . . . since you've responded to my comments, can I say I know a celebrity now??? :lol: Just kidding - great job!
Posted by Ariel  on  Thu Jul 29, 2004  at  08:39 PM
The face behind the website, made it to press time on the New York Times... Not too shabby... :D

Anyway... You might want to add the Texas Chupacabra as a new item to your front page.
Posted by The Mexx  on  Fri Jul 30, 2004  at  12:40 AM
Ariel... yeah, you now know a celebrity (whom no one has ever heard of). The thrills are never-ending here. 😜
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Fri Jul 30, 2004  at  06:57 PM
Aaaah! Alex uses an iMac!!! (I have no problem with apple in general, I just don't like iMacs)
Posted by PlantPerson  on  Fri Jul 30, 2004  at  07:31 PM
Hilarious - the google ad on this page is for vacuums.
Posted by Jellybelly  on  Mon Aug 02, 2004  at  07:48 AM
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