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Icon Squee Meme [Jun. 5th, 2008|09:19 pm]
1. Reply to this post, and I will pick five of your userpics.
2. Make a post 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.

(I actually like this meme 'cause I always wonder about people's icons.)

I picked it up from kinkyturtle. He asked me about:

This is Boo the Hamster from the comic MegaTokyo. Boo was sent down as a conscience for Largo (they ran out of seraphim, evidently); his angel wings are strapped on. I have a plush Boo in my cube at work.

I use this icon specifically when I'm being sincere. Boo is a really sweet character and this was his appeal to someone. (He didn't talk, just squeaked. So he needed a sign.)
This is taken from a picture on Worth1000, a Photoshop contest site (with good standards). Sadly, I didn't grab info or attribution when I made the icon. Bad me.

I tend to use this icon when I need something surreal. Or when there's ominous signs (this sign being pretty ominous).
A rat picture I found in a file archive way back. I use it when medical topics come up, which they do more often than I'd like sometimes.

I also have a thing about needles. (That's "trypanophobia" for you logophiles.) So this icon captures the icky side of medical procedures in my world.
This is an icon I put together myself. It's from back when the comic Sinfest did a weekly arc about Slick possibly being furry. It actually came about because Slick had been putting off going to the laundromat until he had only a single wearable thing left in his closet... a bunny suit. No real explanation was ever given but the icon gives you an idea of the cover story he gave.

Edit: Found it. start here.
This is Tardy Turtle from the TV series Greg the Bunny. It's a bizarre show about the lives of the people and puppets behind a kids' TV show... in a world where the puppets are all real. It manages to be both witty and crass. I recommend you check it out.

This icon is lovable (but slow) Tardy Turtle. I added the caption (which has nothing to do with what's in the actual scene). I use this icon when I'm talking about writing but I'm feeling slow or bemoaning my unpolished prose.

So there ya go! Leave me a comment if you want me to pick five icons of yours.

Alternately, leave a comment if there's some other icon of mine you want to hear about. That works too. It's an easy-going meme. :)

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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-06-06 06:13 am (UTC)
Exactly! :D

You didn't specify if you wanted me to pick icons but you left a comment... So, if you feel like it, how 'bout explaining these:
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[User Picture]From: crankycoyote
2008-06-06 06:14 am (UTC)
I'd swear that the picture of a rat being injected is very very similar to a short scene in "The Secret of NIMH".
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-06-06 10:59 pm (UTC)
It is indeed very similar. I think that's one reason I grabbed it. Eventually, I'd like to replace it with a grab from the movie.

Since you didn't specify but you did comment, here's five of your icons I'd like to know more about, if you're up for it:

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[User Picture]From: wordweaverlynn
2008-06-06 07:52 am (UTC)
Me, please!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-06-06 10:53 pm (UTC)
Sure! How about:

P.S. I always use the serial comma, too.
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From: avon_deer
2008-06-06 08:32 am (UTC)
I am a totally with you on the needle thing. I hate them, and I see them all the time in my job. Choose five of mine if you like.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-06-06 10:56 pm (UTC)
Sure thing:

I'm curious to know about the Futhark runes one particularly. And the furry, angry thing.
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From: avon_deer
2008-06-06 11:15 pm (UTC)
The spinning newspaper was done by a friend of mine. I use it when I post news related articles. It rather encompasses my cynicism.

The runes spell out "Avon." I tend to use that one for my less serious, non-lifestyle related posts. Why runes? That is to reflect the area of the UK in which I live. Although I was born in "The South", I moved to "The North" when I was very young, and I consider myself a proud Northerner. You're probably wondering why a nation as small as the UK should have such a visible divide. The reason for this divide is best summed up here. Although the Viking occupation ended ages ago, the impact is visible to this day. Place names are the most obvious, particularly Street names around the City in which *I* live:

Wakefield, which when pronounced in old norse is Waychefeld (waych meaning watch, and feld meaning tower). The Streets in Wakefield and many Northern towns ALSO have a Norse flavour to them.

WestGate is an Anglicanisation of WastGaat (pronounced: "warsht gardt"), which means West Street.
KirkGate is an Anglicanisation of KirchGaat (pronounced: "Keerch gardt"), which means Church Street.

The runic spelling of my name in this icon is to reflect the pride which I hold for the North of England, and my support for greater civic links with modern Scandinavia, who I feel have a better social and political system than the one imposed on me from London; a city which looks after itself and only itself.

Which leads me onto the rose in the clenched fist. A common symbol of the left. The rose is used by many of the European Social Democracy parties. I use it when posting something on a political issue to firmly nail my colours to the mast.

The little fuzzy creature throwing a wobbler is "FizzGig", from the Film, "The Dark Crystal". I only use this one when I am in a foul mood. I think a fantasy furball creature throwing a tantrum describes my rants quite well.

The final icon is used when I make (always friends locked) posts about my place of work, which is a hospital. Hence the biobin compound sign. That particular one was the designated storage area for waste needles and syringes from the Nuclear Medicine dept. Hence the alarming looking sign. Working in a hospital's IT department is both rewarding and frustrating, and my posts often show this.
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From: avon_deer
2008-06-06 11:19 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: brerandalopex
2008-06-06 11:47 am (UTC)
[Brer] Fire away. ;)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-06-06 11:06 pm (UTC)
Sure. For a number of these I know what they are, I'm more curious about what they represent to you guys:

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[User Picture]From: brerandalopex
2008-06-07 02:45 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: witchofnovember
2008-06-06 08:08 pm (UTC)
I'm up for it. Even though I'm pretty sure you know about all of mine...
Maybe I'll have to make some more.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-06-06 11:09 pm (UTC)
Sure thing. Even if I know what they are, I don't always know why you have them as an icon.

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[User Picture]From: rapidtrabbit
2008-06-06 09:08 pm (UTC)
I interviewed Greg the Bunny on my TV show last year.

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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-06-06 11:10 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: cass_rising
2008-06-07 06:35 pm (UTC)
I'll bite :)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-06-07 08:24 pm (UTC)
Sure! How about the story behind:

(Especially that middle one... :))
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[User Picture]From: cass_rising
2008-06-07 09:15 pm (UTC)

X-posted to my journal

This is a T-shirt design from The Nth Degree. I use it when I'm posting about disability rights.

Whose life couldn't be improved by a man-eating cupcake? Seriously. This comes from Neopets (yes, I'm a neogeek) and mostly gets used for silly rants.

Nicodemus really wanted a good explanation for this one, but I don't have one. I found it on obsessive icons and it was filled with so much WTFery goodness I had to grab it.

Teal deer. Its a mnemonic for tl;dr. Found randomly on google image search, and used mostly when I'm in a snarky mood.

This is one of the dorkiest things I've ever created. Its absurd little pixels called gixes made in the style of Garr and myself. Gets used mostly when I'm being sappy and sweet.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-06-08 03:20 pm (UTC)

Re: X-posted to my journal

Cool. Shame you can't shed any light on the rat underwear icon, though.

And, oddly enough, I'd never heard TL;DR pronounced out loud. So I learned something. :)
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[User Picture]From: cass_rising
2008-07-02 05:40 pm (UTC)


I've just been informed that my strange rat icons are references to The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett.

Mystery solved :)
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