In yet another sign of a struggling economy, it appears that the talking stick has been given the walking stick. The keeper of a blog called thephoneyfigure.blogspot.com (TPF) has apparently been laid off. The blogger, who called himself Ian Iachamoe, first became noticed as a follower of the blogs of former McCartney publicist Geoff Baker, where he left the occasional cryptic comment. Iachamoe also followed the Tafultong blog, which at this point is only a placeholder for after the revelation. Now Iachamoe follows no one. The word "poof" comes to mind.
His avatar looked something like this:
The blog originally listed iamaphoney.com as its web page, but later changed it to the Iamaphoney YouTube page. Ian Iachamoe's blog also claimed a Facebook page attributed to Iamaphoney, but I believe that is now gone as well.
The only blog entry on the now defunct thephoneyfigure blog was as follows:
Soon Your Minds Will Be Blown
TPF has been given the talking-stick.
The Fireman Himself won´t be able to open His mind at this level.
His decision is that TPF might be able to answer some of your questions.
I was intrigued by that message and decided to write The Rotten Apple Army via YouTube to ask if thephoneyfigure was to be taken seriously. The response I received was upbeat and optimistic about the Iamaphoney plan for 2009, but it failed to address my question. There was certainly no denial of the legitimacy of Ian Iachamoe.
In a related note, Geoff Baker seems to have clammed up as well. He had recently deleted his Diary of a Madman blog only to resurrect it a few days later with entirely new content. He had been publishing his novel in parts on the blog, but then killed it in favor of clever social commentary. His spin on the recent controversy regarding Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was hilarious. But now the blog is empty again. Let's hope we hear from Geoff again soon. He had also recently taken an interest in the Iamaphoney phenomenon. It would be helpful to have Geoff around to debunk some of the rumors that have arisen as a result of the Rotten Apple series. He was particularly opposed to the idea of Paul McCartney's alleged interest in Aleister Crowley.
It's a shame that there was no Iamaphoney activity to coincide with Paul's appearance on the Grammy Awards. He has not logged in to YouTube in a few days, so that means that there were no distasteful background changes related to recent fires in the news. Quoting the John Lennon film, "How I Won the War" I should add, "That's a relief."
There is a new video that borrows heavily from Iamaphoney, but suggests that "There is only one Paul McCartney." Check out "Get Back" by S3ANL3NN0N.