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1:42AM

If Apple Made An iBeard...

... it would look like Jim Dalrymple's. The editor-in-chief of The Loop has been writing about Apple for more than 17 years, but growing his 15" beard since 2007. You must be somebody pretty special if Steve Jobs once recognized you (with or without facial hair). BaB had the esteemed privilege to speak with Jim about how his beard "kind of snuck up on him and took over his life," the craziest moment he's had playing with another serious bearded professional, what his beard likes to drink, and the best conference to attend for true facial hair scouting.

BaB: So Jim, how long is your beard currently?  What’s the longest length it’s been?
Just sitting on my face, the beard is about 9-inches. However, it's curly, so if you straighten it out, it measures about 15 inches. I think that's about the longest it's ever been -- to be honest, this is the first time I've ever measured it.
 
BaB: You have a stellar professional career, most notably your position at Macworld – was the outlet supportive in your efforts to grow your beard?  Did anyone try to make you shave?
The folks at Macworld were great about the beard. Nobody there ever put up any kind of a fight about me shaving. Of course, they made fun of the beard, but that's fine, I can handle that. If you are going to have a beard like this, you have to expect some of that.
 
BaB: We paid tribute to the bearded life of the belated Steve Jobs – was his growing journey inspirational to you?  Did you ever meet him?  Did he ever comment on your facial hair?
Steve was inspirational to me in a lot of ways, but not with the beard. Zakk Wylde was my inspiration for growing the beard. I did meet Steve once, but I didn't have the beard then. It was a very short conversation -- he said he knew my writing and I said thanks and left. What more could you ask for than to have Steve recognize you.
 
BaB: You’re an avid guitarist with over 20 years of experience playing – what’s the craziest moment you’ve had with your beard as a musician?
Wow, that's tough. Maybe hugging Zakk Wylde before he went on stage with Ozzy in Chicago. I played "Summertime Blues" with Roger Daltrey in LA and he looked at me and said "Do they make all Canadians like you?"  Those were both great moments for me.
 
BaB: What's the best conference to attend if you're hoping to scout tech beardos?
The conference I like the most for beards is NAMM. So many great beards there, but not necessarily tech beards. If you go to CES you'll see lots of baby beards, but nothing substantial.
 
BaB: Who is your bearded hero? Why?
Definitely Zakk Wylde. I love Zakk's music and his approach to his fans and the way he plays guitar.
 
BaB: Anything else we should know?
I was surprised two years ago to see that my beard had its own Twitter account (@dalrymplesbeard). I tell people that I don't do it, but I'm not sure they believe me -- it's true, I don't do it. Every once in a while, it'll speak up on something and then goes quiet again.

Another interesting note -- the beard loves Heineken. Only Heineken.
(Photos courtesy of Jim's Facebook page -- taken with permission) 

You can follow him on Twitter @jdalrymple and on his Website at The Loop.
3:05PM

Best of CES 2011

This year I was unable to attend the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but that didn't prevent me from scouting beards & staches on platforms such as Twitter and Instagram.  Thanks to the watchful eye of Mr. Jon Synder, I stumbled upon the following picture of this magnificent specimen rockin' not only a killer 'stache, but one hell of a kick ass shirt (note the strategic badge placement to show it off), over-sized glasses (I'll refrain from further commenting about that), and clutch water-bottle (an obvious trade show pro).   

Now I can barely make out his name, but believe his tag reads "Ronald Taraze" and thanks to Jon's detective eye (and a few DMs exchanged), believe the company is Lockheed Martin .  

So whoever this mysterious gent is at CES.... if you see "Ronald" walking around as the show comes to an end -- run up & shake this man's hand.  He's BaB's winner for The Best of CES 2011.

3:23PM

The Best of #CES

With the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show now days behind me, numerous publications and bloggers have been giving their two cents about the successes and failures from the floor... whether rolling their eyes over the saturated TV market news or jumping for joy over killer apps.  That's fine to report, but Build-A-Beard's recap is ignoring all electronic device announcements - and simply showcasing the absolute best of #CES.   

And where did we find the best of the best?  Amongst a sea of cynical (and sometimes drooling) tech dorks (sorry, guys/gals - but let's be real - we're geeks), manufacturers, horrible convention center 'food', insanely overpriced Starbucks... we stumbled upon someone who caught our eye immediately at the Boxee party. 

It wasn't so much that he was sporting 'the best' beard of the night... but God Damn... it certainly was the best overall look.  Allow me the pleasure to introduce - Rob Spectre.

His hair is held up by 3 cans of Aqua Net, 2 glue sticks, and one pack of Bubblicious.  His goatee is soft & friendly.*Unconfirmed

When a person has the power to capture your attention amongst the most major tech developments - to make you remove your 3D glasses to take another glance at him just to make sure he's real - well, that type of man deserves the recognition of B-A-B. 

Congrats, Rob.  You're B-A-B's Best of CES!