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August 4th, 2010 (01:44 pm)

And as it's a slow day around these parts: here, have an icon meme that I ganked from deliriums_fish.

- Reply to this post with the word ICONS! and I will pick six of your icons
- Make a post (including this info) and talk about the icons I chose
- Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts
- This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.

This is about the most inscrutable icon I have, so I guess it's good that deliriums_fish picked it. The picture is Kristin Chenoweth as G(a)linda in Wicked, but the accompanying text comes from one of those lyrics memes where you put a line of a song through a bunch of languages in Google Translator or whatever and then have people guess the original. I put in "don't make me laugh!" from Wicked's "Popular", and it gave me back "do not form to me puddle pools!" For some reason this struck me as the funniest thing ever, so I iconed it. Unfortunately the icon itself doesn't betray its backstory, and since it's the only Cheno icon I have I wind up using it whenever I'm squeeing about Cheno, which I do not-infrequently. And no one gets it. And I don't think anyone thinks it's funny either. But! Do you see those little blue stars all over the icon? That is a custom brush I made! My Photoshop skills are l33t!

This is my lesbigaytr. I made him after I read about an LGBT group that called themselves a "lesbigaytr" alliance, and, again, I thought it was like the funniest thing ever. (Incidentally, the joke was old hat to λ, which I guess means that there are probably lots of queer groups that use that name. But I never came across any.) This took me about four seconds to make, but it has turned out to be a very popular icon.

And here we have a Sim-ified Maureen Johnson, of RENT fame, wearing an ecstasy hat. The game calls it a "Noodlesoother", but the game lies, because it is neither more nor less nor other than a literal ecstasy hat. It's an aspiration reward you can get in the game and when you put it on it boosts your serotonin levels and makes you happy. Maureen in the ecstasy hat has become iconic in ways that have nothing to do with LiveJournal icons.

This is an icon that I made when I determined that anything that ever goes wrong should be blamed on the patriarchy. I've probably used it for serious posts about patriarchy-related matters once or twice, but mostly I use it when I am irritated at things like the weather, or the fact that my bootleg West Side Story birthday-present DVD hasn't arrived in the mail yet, or a bad hair day, or the fact that my fern-green Crayola crayon is worn down to half its original length and I can't get a new one because they retired it without ever making an official announcement. Also I blame the patriarchy for the fact that I don't have a book deal yet. I am certain that if I were magically transported back to one of those ancient societies where they worshipped the Mother Goddess and celebrated her by making statues of fat women out of clay, I could get a book deal there.

This is my manic-depressive icon. Touched by Fire is a book by Kay Redfield Jamison about the correlation between creativity and bipolar disorder, and I don't know that I was ever really quite sold on all her arguments, but I'm actually kind of obsessed with fire anyway. People are always a little startled when they hear this, as though they're afraid that I'm going to go torch their house now, but really I just have a tendency to stare at campfires for ages and get all spacey and mesmerized. I always want to pick up/study/caress the embers from the heart of the fire, too, and I get really genuinely sad that that's impossible.

I got this icon when I made my first permanent move out of my parents' house, which I did easily a year too late. My mom is great but she is a super-Type A personality, and I am a super-Type B personality, and in the months before I moved out of that house we had some truly epic battles, many of which were about issues that ran pretty deep. But for sheer pyrotechnics there were very few fights that we had that could match the ones we had over toast and eggs. I really liked fried eggs and I was very specific about the way I liked them, and my mom was very specific about how much she hated the way I liked them. She thought they smelled terrible, she thought I turned the heat up too high and was going to ruin her pans, she thought I was careless and was going to burn the house down, she -- oh, man, I can't even go into it all. And she was always freaking out about my weight, so the fact that I had buttered white toast with my eggs just added to the problem, and... aie. Anyway, the first day I moved out I made toast and eggs for dinner at the new apartment, and as I was doing so, it hit me: no one was going to flip out on me for it. I had automatically gotten all tensed up for battle when I started making them, and I have got to say that the moment that I realized that there was no need for that -- that I could make toast and eggs for dinner without its being a federal case -- was one of the sweetest moments of my life. When I squeed to LJ about it, hobbledehoy made me this icon in commemoration. To this day, toast and eggs are my personal symbol of independence.

Aaaaaaaaand... happy birthday, lietya!


Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: August 4th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)

DUDE, that last thing that you said is MADE OF SUPER FUN.

Also, I asked about the eye one specifically because I wanted to know if it was your eye, because homg beautiful.

I love all six of those icons though. Actually I love a whole lot of your icons. You have good icons.

Posted by: Pythian Habenero (lienne)
Posted at: August 4th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
emotions: all smiles

Wow it's taken me a long time to do this! But I assume that's a yes to me picking six of yours, so here you go:

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: August 6th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)

Oh, you picked fun ones! Okay, here goes:

1. is a cap from Songcatcher, one of my favorite terrible movies ever. It's about a musicologist in 1907 who goes to the Appalachian mountains to collect Scots-Irish ballads, which makes more sense than it sounds like. Anyway, the musicologist is played by Janet McTeer, whom I heart, but then her sister (a schoolteacher in the mountains) is played by Jane Adams, who I had a fairly pathological obsession with for a long time. And then Jane Adams' character turned out to be a lesbian. So that's her, Victorian lesbian!Jane, making out with her partner and co-teacher. homg the obsession I had with that movie. Even now, I think the Victorian lesbian thing is pretty much the best ever.

2. is an icon I made when I was going through a rough patch and I found it soothing to create icons to go with my moods. If I could draw I would have taken a stab at real art, but I can't, so I just made shit like that. :P It's a layering of three photos -- one of a sort of swampy pond, one of ice breaking on a river, and then the one with the snow -- and I worked for a long time changing the hue and saturation and contrast and curves and transparencies and who knows what all. I was trying to evoke the spirit of Dar Williams' song "February", if you know it. I wasn't displeased with the result.

3. I just picked this up from some random person in a community the other day. (That sounds like an STD...) It's a Mario Bros thing, obviously; if you've not played the game, Mario is supposed to grab the mushrooms and get bigger so he can then trounce his enemies. The enemies do not get to get the mushrooms and get bigger. It is a violation of the laws of Mario nature. It also is how I feel a lot lately, particularly with the writing of the Beth book: like I'm supposed to be making progress and plowing through this thing and knocking down chapters and beating the game book, and instead the book keeps mutating and getting stronger and becoming undefeatable. It would be nice if I didn't feel like the book and I were adversaries right now. Oh well.

Posted by: Pythian Habenero (lienne)
Posted at: August 6th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
emotions: summer glee


2. I don't know the song, but that icon is gorgeous.

3. *giggles* That's an excellent icon. Sorry about the Beth book, though. I would take away its mushrooms if I could! (Now that sounds like a drug reference...)

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: August 6th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
bah humbug, too long for one comment

4. Haha, now this one has a story appended to it. Way back in the day, like around 2004 I think it was, there was this LJ comm that was causing a stir in my group of friends. It's called thebookyoucrew, and basically what happens is, you go in and tell them what your favorite 20 books are, and then they debate whether your literary taste is sophisticated enough for you to join their august fraternity, and then they make fun of you a lot and then they reject you. That's how they were then, anyway. I think they might have loosened up and become less obnoxious over the years. Anyway, several of my friends had been rejected, and I took one look at the comm and got incredibly pissed off, because I hate that kind of pretentious shit. And because I was immature, and because I had way too much time at my job, I decided to make a list of 20 books guaranteed to get me in -- not bad or pretentious books per se, but books that pretentious people love to rhapsodize over. Oh, and I couldn't have read any of them myself. So I did all that, and defended all my choices when asked based on shit I'd heard other people say about them -- I was at Harvard at the time and I heard plenty of people talking pretentious crap about books. Then they let me in. Then I posted to the comm explaining what I'd done and laughing at them. Then they got FURIOUS and did a bunch of stuff, including trying to get me fired by calling my job and saying I'd been online at work. (Luckily they called the wrong place.) Back and forth it went, and at one point, seeing me telling the story to someone, they called me the Kato Kaelin of LiveJournal. So I went with that (man, this went on for ages) and made it my LJ title. Then they reported me to LJ Abuse for copyright infringement, which I thought was the funniest thing ever. So then I changed my journal title to "The Kate O'Cailin of LiveJournal: Proud of My Irish Roots!" And then chavvah made me that icon, and it became my default icon for awhile. And then the comm made an animated gif of Emily Dickinson making fun of my weight and telling me to attack a sandwich. It was all very silly, but because I am a dork, I still think it's kind of funny.

5. This is Carol Burnett as Queen Aggravain in a TV version of Once Upon a Mattress. The headdress, as well as everything else she's wearing that you can't see, are Bob Mackie and are glorious, as is she. Sometimes I worry a little bit about that icon though because intellectually I don't like the word "bitch". I also worry about my "Is Miss Hannigan gonna hafta choke a bitch?" icon. It's sad.

6. This is Boggle! Have you ever played Boggle? I play it all the goddamn time, because it's on my cell phone. It's the best game evar. The icon is an Extremely Clever pun on "mind-boggling", OMGWTF, etc. Ha ha ha ha ha! I am SO FUNNY.

Posted by: Pythian Habenero (lienne)
Posted at: August 6th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
emotions: whimsy

4. Awesome story! I don't know who Kato Kaelin is, but still! XD

5. That is a pretty glorious headdress, to be sure.

6. I have never played Boggle, but I think I can guess at the principle involved.

Right, time to get explainy.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: August 6th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)

Oh God, Kato Kaelin. He was a dude who was involved in the OJ Simpson trial, I don't even remember what his testimony was or what he had to do with anything. But the reference is to how he seized on the fifteen minutes of fame the trial got him, really living it up. I remember stories about him signing girls' boobs and things, and being like "who on earth would WANT his autograph on her boobs?"

Posted by: Pythian Habenero (lienne)
Posted at: August 7th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
Re: bah humbug, too long for one comment
emotions: mischievous

1. That icon is a terrible pun. It's a hairband resting on a table and being reflected in the surface thereof, you see, and it is keyworded "emotions: reflective". Because it's reflective, and it's for when I'm feeling reflective.

2. This and 1 were made as part of a set of icons themed around red things. Most of them didn't have much red in them, but damn, that smiley beads icon was way too adorable. I use it when I am being friendly and disarmingly cute.

3. Um! *cough* That would be from Volition, a fanfic series I wrote several years ago. It's one character's narrative line as he describes the rough sex he has with his maybe-boyfriend, and how all the nearly choking under the cliffs (read: in the world) is worth it for the rest. It's very touching in context, but the context is kind of depraved.

4. Early on in my LJ career I decided I needed an icon of a kitten doing something ridiculous with the text "I take myself very seriously", as a subtle sign that perhaps I don't take myself as seriously as all that. This is the latest incarnation. The previous ones were kind of ugly. I might change it if I find a more ridiculous kitten picture.

5. cazrolime made this in reference to bisexuals and how apparently we either don't exist or just shouldn't. I adore her and I adore it, so I took it even though I don't use it much.

5. That is Gundam Nadleeh from Gundam 00, and that is her mega fuck-off cannon. I'm sure there's a more technical term for those, but the big guns in a mecha show will always be "mega fuck-off cannon" to me after that one time I used the term while trying to explain why Gundam 00 and certain of its characters are so awesome (that thread is full of spoilers and incomprehensible RP references, so's you know—also my interlocutor prompted me to make an icon of the MFOC, but this icon is not of the same MFOC that I was talking about at the time). There is also a related macro.

Edited at 2010-08-07 12:01 am (UTC)

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