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24 April 2007 @ 07:03 pm
Memes!  
First - the VisualDNA thing that I nabbed from all my flist:



Been on a bunch of journals so far: Comment and I'll give you three of your icons and three of your interests to explain.

bastardsnow gave me these:



Made by angel_gidget. This is Mara Jade looking oddly like a red-haired Faith in my opinion (using the Faith icon it most reminds me of in this post so you can compare the two). It's from the New Jedi Order artwork, from before NJO got... annoyingly predictable. :) Yes, I'm a Star Wars geek, and in case you were in any doubt about that...



It says Mara Sho. In Aurebesh. The written version of Basic in the Star Wars universe. monkey_matt made it for me because he's even more of a geek than I am. *g*



Ah... one of my experimental colouring phases in iconing. The picture itself is from Graduation Day II, just after Angel has fed from Buffy. I loved the crop and the colouring so much I ended up uploading the icon in my userpics and now tend to use it for those days when I haven't been able to sleep. Yeah... that wasn't all that interesting was it? *g*

Interests:

bad wolf - this is the recurring tag line from season one of the relaunched Doctor Who. It appeared in the background of every episode throughout the season and was all tied up at the end of the season when Rose (having absorbed the Time Vortex to defeat the Daleks) scattered the words through time so that she would find herself at that point when she was needed. This was back when Doctor Who was actually really good and not so predictable. (I still love DW, really, but it annoys me a little these days.)

egyptology - if I could afford the time and money to go back into studying, I would focus on this. I love all things about Ancient Egypt, this society which had successful brain surgery when its neighbouring countries were still battering each other the head with rocks? I have been known to sit in front of Discovery Civilisation and argue with the documentaries (especially the ones which mispronounce the name Akhenaten. *g*)

jason manns - a relatively recent discovery of mine. I'm a sucker for singer/songwriters who play acoustic guitar. Jason Manns is one such performer - and I'll be getting the chance to hear him live in just over two weeks! Yay!


gumboy asked about these ones:



Made for me by the wonderful engelsteorra (miss you honey - have fun in LA!). I went on a campaign at work to get people hooked on the webcomic Questionable Content and as part of that campaign I introduced engelsteorra to the joys of the blackboard jokes. One of which was Spam, spam, coffee, spam. And she iconed it for me. :)



made by wildecate, I saw this elsewhere on my flist and just had to use it. The wonderful Mr Terry Pratchett created the concept of the first computer in the Discworld. Maintained by the long-suffering techie geek wizard Ponder Stibbons, Hex (like all computers) has a mind of his/her/its own and this is the standard response when faced with unsolvable problems. The mouse that has taken up residence within the contraption obviously has some input and this strange person called "Redo From Start" keeps on sending these messages... Can you tell I'm a big Discworld geek now?

Another Aurebesh icon, this one was the reason I got the other one. monkey_matt posted it to his journal and promised a prize to the first person to understand it. It says "Star Wars Geek" in Aurebesh (written form of Basic in the SW 'verse).

egyptology I mentioned this above, in addition, I have read pretty much every book that Glasgow University Library holds on this subject (including the French ones). I am just so fascinated by the subject, everything about it intrigues me.

The Zeppo - ah, do I mean the episode or the character or both? It is one of my top 5 Buffy episodes, and the turning point (or what should have been the turning point) for Xander in BtVS.

guitars - When I was 13 my dad bought me a second hand acoustic guitar. I'd been in the school choir up until then but had no real interest in carrying on with singing, but I wanted to continue in the music department. So I got my beat up guitar and I joined the club at school. I playd several concerts with them, I loved it absolutely. When my studies got intense I left the club but carried on playing, and when I was at Uni I used to jam with one of my friends roommates. She had a Gibson. I have very little regret about saying that she probably sold it the next year to fund her growing drug habit (I don't wish any bad on her, but she was a junkie when I knew her and it was getting worse). Since then I have loved guitars. And even though that was about the time I stopped playing (and gave away my own beat-up second guitar that my dad had bought for me) that interest has never gone away. I have a new guitar now, I'm learning again, and I still want a Gibson.


acme54 asked about...



Indy. One of my first loves, and if t'internet had been around and as available as it is now, ir would have been one of my first fandoms... I love Indiana Jones movies. Yes, they're cheesy, yes, they're kinda crappy, but there is nothing better than the whole trilogy to lift my mood. (And as a fan, I'm kinda dreading Indy IV. He's what.... 112 now? *g*)



I nabbed this from a site which then kinda vanished into the ether. It's actually mostly aimed at my sister to be honest, she keeps telling me she's worried that I don't have interests, that I don't have a life. But I do. I just spend it online... side note from an iconers POV, I hate the dashed-line border on this. If it wasn't a huuuuuuuuge breach of netiquette I'd remake it without the border!

- happy Dean! One-up-manship at its best, which is a rare commodity in the otherwise angst-ridden season two. I made this for a claim over at 100days100icons and realised that all my existing userpics at the time were maudlin. So Happy!Dean!

egypt I've been to North Africa, I've done Morocco and Tunisia. But I would give my eye-teeth to visit Egypt. Both the historical sites which fascinate me and the current vibrant cities. Not the best political climate to visit though, I will get there. Some day.

House M.D. - what can I say? I love this show hugely even though I don't tend to blog about it much. It's a very British show in its sensibilities (unapologetic, confrontational, black humour) and it never ceases to amaze me how successful it is worldwide.

Stargate - yes, some of the TV shows weren't all they could be. Yes, it was like wading through treacle watching some episode of SG-1. Yes, it kinda promotes a right-wing sensibility a lot of the time, but it's still one of my favourite SF shows and films.


bellatemple asked about these ones:


Icon made for the two person RPG _dontcomehome_ which features Faith and Lindsey post season 2 of Ats on a roadtrip. I still love this RPG and when I have the time (or develop the clone me which I can send to work in my place so I can stay home all day...) I'll pick it up again and get them the hell out of Roswell... *g*



Kelly Jones... *sigh* Love the Stereophonics for the most part, and in the video for the song Maybe Tomorrow Kelly just looked so... vulnerable? (and shirtless for quite a while as well which wasn't exactly difficult to watch...) that I had to icon it. I used to have a layout on this LJ with a matching banner for that icon as well.



The Pratchett reference - this icon has kinda become my normal one for when one of the sites goes belly-up or when I can't find the code I need... *g*

classic bikes I want one of those... My dad was a biker, as are a lot of cousins. I grew up with a house full of engine parts for a long time and I absolutely adore bikes.

lj not vox yeah... I should probably remove that now since I have a Vox account... I am still annoyed that LJ were trying to move more towards a MySpace feel and trying to encourage people who didn't like that to move over to Vox. It's not so much of an issue now though.

roadhouse Supernatural reference. Ellen Harvelle runs the Roadhouse where Hunters gather to chill out and find out things. I'm a big fan of the extended universe (as it were) in SPN and am intrigued by all the characters we only get to glimpse now and then.
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acme54: db: I c Uacme54 on April 24th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
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the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: dw//tenth/geek chic - mewhiskyinmind on April 24th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)


changing passwords, eric northman, photoimpact
acme54acme54 on April 24th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)

The Boondock Saints rocks like a rocking thing. Plus I get to use the quote whenever something silly or unbelievable happens on a tv show.


Is a cute bat like piccy I found on the net. Got a few Robin (from batman series) quotes and this is my fav of the set.


From Steph. Plum series. Ranger is a dangerous bounty hunter. Drives black cars. Explanation? Erm... I read too much!

changing passwords:
Part of my job is to change a bazillion passwords. It's like it or go insane.

eric northman:
Is a vampire in the Southern vampire series, by Charlaine Harris.

photoimpact:
Luv this photo editing package. Can make purdy pictures with it.
bastardsnow: ironmanbastardsnow on April 24th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
Comment!
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: btvs//b/x comic cover - mewhiskyinmind on April 24th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
Hee!



the exiles, fables, baseball (as a Scot, I'm intrigued - why is this game such a big deal? (and I'm genuinly interested, not being sarcastic))
bastardsnowbastardsnow on April 24th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
1. From the webcomic Penny Arcade. That isn't the exact quote they used -- I don't recall what it is -- but I feel it appropriately gets across the message that sometimes needs to be sent.

2. From the comic Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis, one of the first real *good* comics I ever read. I love that one. The smiley face is a recurring theme throughout the comic, kind of demented, but happy (sort of like the society in the comic). And the middle finger... well, I mean, the whole thing is just kind of fun.

3. Also from the comic Transmetropolitan. The main character Spider Jerusalem, who's kind of like if you took Hunter Thompson, threw him into a massively fucked up future and shaved his head bald. And gave him guns, and the will and ability to seriously fuck people up. He is, in a word, *awesome*.


The Exiles is a comic produced by Marvel, and it's kind of like... well, it's kind of like if Quantum Leap were on crack, and instead of backwards and forwards in time, Sam hopped around to various dimensions beating bad guys and putting those worlds to right.

Fables is a comic written by Bill Willingham and drawn by Mark Buckingham, and published by Vertigo. It's an ongoing series. The creatures and characters from the lands of the fables (Snow White, Old King Cole, Three Little Pigs, a shitton of others) are living in modern day New York, because their home lands were overrun by the evil Adversary. It's really freaking good.

Baseball I heard someone say recently, and I'm not sure I disagree, that if baseball were introduced into society today, nobody would care. However, it was introduced into society over a hundred years ago (which is a long time by American standards) and has a rich and wonderful history to go with it. And more than that, I think, watching the games, learning the history, learning how to know what to do, what to recognize, what to look for, it's a way for fathers to bond with their sons. It's something that two men can get emotional about and still feel like 'Men.' Which is kind of dumb. But sports in general, at least in America, I think, have long been away for fathers and sons to show their love for each other, and baseball in particular is something that men of my father's generation clung to because neither basketball nor football were popular yet, so it's a way for their kids to connect.
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: guitar//inspiration - mewhiskyinmind on April 24th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
Awesome - so baseball is to you what rugby is to me? A family sport, in a way?
bastardsnowbastardsnow on April 24th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
Right, I think so, pretty much.
You're hell in heels and a black dress: Em & Mags:: Total bffssmurfyfredels on April 24th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
Meh, did it already but what can I say, this meme is too fun. *comments*
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: faith//million lies - mewhiskyinmind on April 24th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)


chocolate milk/peanut butter, weetzie bat, jawbreaker
omegaromegar on April 24th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
Tag, give me three interests to explain!
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: annie hall//forgot my mantra - mewhiskyinmind on April 24th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
you're getting the icons as well. *g*



game of thrones, gurps, mespil
omegaromegar on April 24th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
I only recently expanded out my icons that i am using on LJ, of the three you picked two are new and one is old!



Skull. The Troll. He is from the webcomic http://pvponline.com/. I started using him as an icon a few years ago on a message board that i had become bored with, and had decided to have fun with some of the people on it.

When i am using Skull i am probably being sarcastic or possibly Trolling! i know how odd.



This is yet another webcomic, in this case a new completed webcomic (not on hiatus but actually complete!) This guy was a Mad Scientist, and was in fact the Villan of the story. he was out to make the solar system better by giving us robot overlords!

http://www.project-apollo.net/mos/



This is one that i got from someplace i have forgotten, let me go remember...(Damn i need to Tag my Journal!) http://www.aleph.se/andart/ (in particular http://www.aleph.se/andart/archives/2006/10/warning_signs_for_tomorrow.html).

He basically did an article on future warning signs, he produced 20 different signs (http://minds.nuim.ie/~jack_o_t/pics/Fwarning/). i am using several of them. This one is supposed to represent the things in life that drag away my willingness to be creative, nice and so on.

now onto the Intrests.

A game of thrones
This is the first book in the Fantasy series "a song of ice and fire" by George R. R. Martin. It is one of my favorite books. It is a very gritty book, were bad things happen to good people. it can be quite dark and depressing, but their is that undercurrent of hope, of good people doing whats right not whats easy. there are a couple of board games for it, a CCG and a roleplaying game. There are also rumours of a TV series due in 2008.


GURPS.
Generic Universal Roleplaying System
I love Table top roleplaying. i love the escape it gives me. One of my favorite systems for creating a character is GURPS, as it provides good balanced characters. I am not a fan of its combat system, but that is for other reasons. Of course i tend not to need a combat resolution system when i am using GURPS.


Mespil
You know you are the second person i have asked for intrests to explain. this is the second time that Mespil has come up. I am going to assume that it is because you have no idea what it is. It is actually an intrest i keep meaning to remove. A couple of years ago, just after graduating from college i worked security for a period of two years. one of the places i worked was the Mespil Hotel (http://www.mespilhotel.com/) and well spending so much time there i still have a vague intrest in the hotel and its parent company.

hope thats enough information for ya ;) if not feel free to ask additional questions.
looking happily derangedbellatemple on April 24th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
omg, I swear I will get around to the rest of the people who commented on mine, soon. . . .

But I'ma gonna comment on yours, first! Ha!
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: death - mewhiskyinmind on April 25th, 2007 09:17 am (UTC)


ducks, sanrio, weakerthans
looking happily derangedbellatemple on April 25th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
the first one: is from a Cat and Girl comic. Where Cat decides to take a vacation from context. *shrugs* I loved the very idea of it.

the second one: I don't know if the UK has this sort of thing, but Budget is a company that leases varying sizes of moving vans and trailers to make it easier for people to self-relocate. For awhile, all their vans had these little moving tip cartoons on the sides, and so when I was moving, I decided I needed an icon of my favorite one. . . .

the third one: is a screen shot from a movie called Tango, and Argentine film starring one of my current favorite actresses. I really like the colors and minimalist style of that shot, specifically, so I decided to use it on this journal.

ducks: I have a lot of duck stuff, like, novelty rubber duckies. I have an AIM name that involves the word "duck". I think the word "duck" is a fun and interesting word in and of itself. . . . It's really only very recently that I even realized ducks could count as an interest for me? As I looked around and noticed they were EVERYWHERE.

sanrio: A Japanese company that produces items with cute little characters on them. Hello Kitty is the most famous, though Chococat and Badtz Maru are my favorites. . . .

weakerthans: a rockin' indie rock band from Canada, with the best damned lyrics ever.
velvetwhip: Willow/Angelus by lilbreckvelvetwhip on April 24th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
I love your fascination with Egyptology.


Gabrielle
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: death - mewhiskyinmind on April 25th, 2007 09:21 am (UTC)
:)

And you're getting asked...



angry samoans, wall of voodoo, zorro the gay blade
velvetwhip: Zorro by serialbatheravelvetwhip on April 25th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
AUGH! I didn't think you were going to ask me. Mind if I answer here? I'm too undone to do this meme and ask questions of other folks in my own LJ right now.

The first icon is Rudolph Valentino, and actor I truly adore.

The second is a sentiment from the Wizard of Oz I hope is true.

The third was made just for me by jans_intentions. She said that was an image that made her think of me. I was quite touched by that.

Angry Samoans: Fabulous 80's punk band from Southern California.

Wall of Voodoo: Another great band. Most well known for a lightweight tune called Mexican Radio. Their other work is SO much better. Try finding songs like Lost Weekend or Call of the West for a better idea of how great they truly were.

Zorro the gay blade: Marvelous and affectionate send up of adventure classics starring George Hamilton as both Zorro and his gay brother, who has to take over for him after he's injured. The gold lame costume alone is worth the price of admission.


Gabrielle
monkey_matt: Eclipse - monkey_mattmonkey_matt on April 25th, 2007 09:17 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm in!
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: annie hall//forgot my mantra - mewhiskyinmind on April 25th, 2007 09:24 am (UTC)
Dude... you just waited till I was answering another one to post and give me a fright didn't you?

Okay, so explain yourself!



gridshells, perfect chaos, oulipo
monkey_matt: Jodo - monkey_mattmonkey_matt on April 25th, 2007 10:25 am (UTC)


Prawn. Y'know. Instead of prOn.



Ping. For when I have good ideas, obviously.



Llama. 'Cos I threatened my Dad I'd get him a llama for his birthday. And the guy looks so happy. Creepy, but happy. So, obviously, for him, happiness is a llama. Kind of a "whatever makes you happy" icon.

OK. Interests.

Gridshells are just cool things. If I build my own house, I want to make it with a gridshell roof.

Perfect Chaos. Zen, basically. Zen is often about trying to find truth and beauty in disorder and random chance. Perfection through Disorder. Perfect Chaos. (it's my way of trying to describe the place that writing comes from)

Oulipo is a mode of writing that's also formed through chaos. It's obsessed with the notion of 'play' as a way of forming new structures and meanings. Interesting, but ultimately pointless.


draconindraconin on April 26th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
I haven't done one of these before so....
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: dw//this icon likes bananas - martoufmarwhiskyinmind on April 27th, 2007 07:36 am (UTC)


cosmology, the dales..., enigma
draconindraconin on April 27th, 2007 08:13 am (UTC)
Ok.. icons first. Odd choices in that two of the three are filched from others. Here's hoping my HTML coding works:

This one was gakked from classifiedpeon and just tickled my funnybone immensely. I loved that it seems to be an error but then becomes an amusing animation.


 


 


The second one I actually gakked just yesterday from revertts. I admit it: I'm a total coffee addict. I grind my own, store it in the freezer and I've spent fair bit of time experimenting with different blends. When I saw this icon I thought "YES!".


 


 


The third one was one of a series of not very successful attempt to create my own icons back when I first joined LJ. The best was my default icon but there were a few others that worked ok. That one I wasn't terribly happy with but I made it for times when I had forgotten something.


 


 


The interests are more mine!
Cosmology: When I graduated I had three possible careers I was interested in. Computer programming (this was back when computers were mainframe university machines only), mathematics teaching (this won out) and astro-physics - the study of the stellar evolutions. The sort of thing covered in Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time". Now I doubt that I'd ever have been another Hawking but I have kept up my interest in this and read widely.
The Dales: One of my favourite series of books is the Vet series by James Herriot. If I ever manage to get to England I'll certainly try to visit the setting he used.
Enigma: This is both the Enigma machine (my computer interest) and also, mainly, the group Enigma. I loved "MCMXC A.D." and have most of their releases on CD and DVD.
draconindraconin on April 27th, 2007 08:15 am (UTC)
Oops! In case you didn't figure it out, I reversed the order of the first two pics. ::smacks self upside the head::