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07 April 2008 @ 06:25 pm
Five Icons Meme  
kitsunegeek did the five icons meme, and being bored, I answered it, volunteering to let her pick five of my user icons which I would then explain the significance of in my own journal entry.

The LJ Icon meme rules:
1. Reply to this post, and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon squee. Woo.

My answers are below the cut. Should anyone have a particular icon of mine that is piquing to the curiosity more than can be borne, one may request the meaning of one additional icon per customer in comments to this post. If you want for me to pick five of your icons, say so specifically. Otherwise, I'm going to assume that comments to the post are merely comments about the post.


YA RLY, for those who don't know the history, is an image macro akin to lolcats. The specific history of this one can be found in the Wikipedia link. For me, it means essentially the same thing it usually does: "That's what I said," or possibly, "No shit, Sherlock."


The Flying Spaghetti Monster, aka the FSM, was a response by an Internet wag to some nonsensical decisions made in Kansas back in 2005 to present "alternative viewpoints" such as the ironically-named Intelligent Design in science classes covering the theory of evolution. If every alternate view of that level of merit was to be given equal time, then here was a perfect example of what would could come crawling out of the woodwork demanding some time in the Sun. I use this icon to flag posts where I am specifically mocking religion or ID. I sometimes alternate this with ob_mocking, depending on my mood. That particular icon was created, I believe, by R. Stevens of diesel sweeties fame. If I am mistaken, mea culpa.


The other three icons are almost like my ego, superego and id.

ob_axe is one of many Orneryboy icons I use as my standard mood icons. I enjoy Orneryboy, though I wish it would update more often, because Ornery is almost how I see myself. He's not as spot-on of me as he once was, but it's still a comfortable self-image reference. This particular icon is when I am beyond pissed off and ready to commit a violence upon the object of my wrath in order to make it go the hell away, hopefully permanently. The source of this and all other "ob" icons is the artist of Orneryboy, who created these and several other icons, specifically granting people the ability to use the icons with proper credit.


Okay, if you don't know who Superman is, I'm sorry, we must not have met and talked for around an hour, because that is about as long as I can go without referencing Big Blue at least once. Superman is the epitome of everything I wish I could be: strong, good, invincible, and able to help those in need. I can't really decide between Supes and Captain America as a "favorite" superhero, but that has nothing to do with the origin of this icon. Mainly, I was posting about the then-upcoming Superman Returns and realized I had no icon that fit the post. If you're going to mark a post so it's readily recognizable as involving Superman, what better image to use than the famous S-sigil from his chest? I hardly use the icon for anything else, but I'll occasionally throw it onto a post about comic books. The icon was a simple clip-and-resize from one of the movie posters for Superman Returns. For the record, I was okay with the movie, but it will never be a favorite.


Lastly, there's Golgoth. Golgoth is the golden-armored villainous mastermind and protagonist of the comic opus, Empire. In this series, Golgoth has conquered the world, defeated every foe that has raised a head, and has come to realize that though he loathes the many costs of what he has done in order to fulfill his goals, that he will go on and pay those costs and more to make and keep his vision of a world held in his iron grip a reality. Golgoth is calculating, utterly ruthless, a visionary who is willing to recognize what needs to be done in order to reach a necessary goal and then actually carry through with his plans. If Superman is who I wish I could be, Golgoth is what I am afraid I could become, if I let my vision of the world guide me to the logical conclusions and the inexorable consequences. I do not want to be left without mercy, with only pain, personal loss and a twisted feeling of pyrrhic satisfaction in the final tally... but I could be, and like Golgoth, if that is what it would take to see my vision for the world come true, then so be it. I use the Golgoth icon when I am feeling Golgoth-like: ruthless, merciless, calculating, utilitarian, or downright malevolent.
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Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on April 8th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
Most of your icons seem fairly self-explanatory. However, what about these five? What do you use them for?
"I want a pony," "Timeshadow," "O.o," "Nightfall," and "Looking Forward"
Ace Lightning: at computeracelightning on April 8th, 2008 07:05 am (UTC)
i'd be honored to explain any of my icons to you...

Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on April 8th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
Most of your icons, I think I know the backstory behind or what you use them for, but a couple leave me unsure.

"razzrabbit," "feets," "2 of clubs," "fusor," and "wtf-01."
Ace Lightning: compu-brainacelightning on April 8th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
razzrabbit - i found the picture on Cute Overload, of an incredibly adorable little tiny bunny with his tongue out as if he were blowing a razzberry. all i had to do was crop and re-size, and add the caption. i use it for giving someone (not necessarily the person i'm responding to) a razzberry, but the fact that it's a cute little bunny takes some of the sting and rudeness out of it.

feets - a very long time ago, sheramil sent me a picture, undoubtedly cropped out of one of the obscure comix he favors, of a pair of feet about to dip into some stylized waves. much more recently, i found myself having an extended conversation about socks with kateri_kachina, and i felt that i needed a userpic for that. so i dug out the old picture, simplified and cropped and re-sized it, and hue-shifted it to purple. obviously, it's for conversations about shoes, socks, or feet ;-)

2 of clubs - a very long time ago, sheramil and a few of his friends invented a game in the spirit of fizzbin, which was called "two of clubs". you could do anything at all, but every move had to conclude with the words "two of clubs". this one's for randomness, for when i have no specific userpic for a situation.

fusor - this is a close-up of the internal workings of a Farnsworth Fusor. invented by Philo Farnsworth, who also invented television, this is a device that produces nuclear fusion, and can be built as a high-school science project. it's usually constructed with a heavy-duty window in it, so people can see into it when it's operating. that purple glow is natural for the gizmo - i didn't have to mess with this image at all (except for size).

wtf-01 - this one's meant to make you wonder "wtf is that?"... and the answer is "female genitalia". it's a very clean-shaven vulva, beaded with water, shot in extreme close-up at a weird angle. the original was a b/w photo that had been tinted blue, so i just shifted that to purple. i also cropped it so that it was even harder to identify. i use this for discussions of sexual topics.

alas, i've only got room for seven more userpics...


Edited at 2008-04-08 11:21 pm (UTC)