1. Comment on this post.
  2. I'll choose six of your icons and kind of o.O at them.
  3. You'll explain what they mean, or why they exist, or why you use them.
  4. If you want to, post your answers and this explanation in your journal so others might play along.

Today's selection of icon!explanations was made by [livejournal.com profile] kittydesade.




This one comes from Sugarshock! issue 3, which I'll elaborate more on when I get to...



this one, which is also - oddly enough - from Sugarshock!, an online comic written by the Whedon and freely available from Dark Horse Presents, or: the only part of MySpace I'll ever, ever use. It's fun, it's ridiculous, and it's very... Joss? Jossy? Josslike? However you turn the Whedon into an adjective, it's that.

There are, according to some sources, Plans afoot for more Sugarshock! when the Joss has time.

Note that Sugarshock! is properly spelt with the exclamation mark, kind of like SplatterCon!!!



This one was an attempt at making a fun, seasonal icon, which would've originally involved just some kind of Cylon with a hat. The eye-sweepy thing comes free with every Cylon raider (limited numbers! order now!), so the hat-sweepy thing seemed like an amusing follow-on from that.

I may or may not remake it with a centurion at some point.



This one was really just for fun, and was one of the three Serenity gag reel icons that I made (the others being the 'TRAP!' and 'fucking fly' ones). I've been told it looks like Mal goes over to get a new Inara every few seconds; it was entirely accidental, but quite fun.



This one was an idea that I had one day while doing something completely unrelated. And, once that had happened, I just wanted to see if I actually could make it like I wanted within the 40k limit. It took five different attempts - each time I gave up for anywhere from five minutes to an hour, but by the end of the fifth one the icon was made.

And then surprisingly popular - not in an 'I expected people to hate it' sense, but instead a little bit of surprise at the flood of 'OMGICONCANIHAVEITANDUSEITPLEASEPLEASEPRETTYPLEASE'.



And this one was the product of... um, random chance? I think I may have seen something that somehow related to Whitman somewhere, remembered the yawp thing, and then wondered how it'd work for a pirate. And a fo'c'sle can be as good as a roof, so. Icon.

Date: 2008-01-21 01:38 am (UTC)

Date: 2008-01-21 01:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
Hmm. *peers at icons*

Puppet Angel. Can't outweird me. Yays. Forgotten the question. Textbook with arms. And that Adam icon you just used.

Date: 2008-01-21 01:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shaysdays.livejournal.com
MEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEME.

Date: 2008-01-21 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
Butter/Toast. Wheat thins. Half-full. Phone sex.

And for pure WHYYY?, Amanda and the Hoff.

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Date: 2008-01-21 01:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ifeverangelsbe.livejournal.com
Erm, hi.

You don't know me, but I added you because somehow I landed on your journal in the middle of the Australian elections. Given that I am so obsessed with Canadian politics and love to learn about other political systems around the world, I figured we have a passion of politics in common...

Other than that, from the other posts I've read, I think you're hilarious.

Anyways, what better post than a meme-type post for us to get to know each other, insert stereotypical Canadianehhere?

Date: 2008-01-21 02:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
Allo allo allo.

Hmm. This encourages me to spend the year posting at length about how the US electoral system MAKES NO SENSE. But! There is a meme, and icons must be chosen. So.

Cuter money. Dr McTightpants. Parliament (the one with the tulips). Katherine and TR. Tough PMs. Dr Feel.

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Date: 2008-01-21 02:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] palmer-kun.livejournal.com
Welcome to one of the best journals on LJ. Glad you made it, stay for the ride. It's well worth it.

I'm also Canadian, but am pretty oblivious to politics. Seems pretty much no matter what happens, we all end up fucked in the end.

Unless the Bloc somehow comes into power, then we'll all be "le fucked"

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Part 1. :(

Date: 2008-01-21 04:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ifeverangelsbe.livejournal.com
As posted here. (http://ifeverangelsbe.livejournal.com/224768.html)

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I got this one during a Canada Day icon yoinking spree. I laughed when I first saw it, because it reminded me of my exasperated, non-sensical responses when I get flustered debating with people. And dammit, our money is cuter: people comment on how much they like the colours, and I love that they updated most of the bank note series (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banknotes_of_the_Canadian_dollar#Canadian_Journey_Series) in the last decade, to include not only political and historical figures, but national symbols and literature on them. I usually use it when I have to capitulate in a debate that is going 'round in circles, or to be snarky.

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After watching Desperate Housewives, Waitress, and Firefly (all in succession), I marvelled at the fact that I did not yet have any icons of Nathan Fillion, fellow Canuck and object of me and the Unholy Trinity's desires. (The Unholy Trinity is a coalition formed by three awesome and amazing women on my flist who prey edumicate unruly individuals on our flists. I'm a latecomer to the Trinity (although I have been appointed Mother Superior), so I guess it's not a Trinity anymore... whatever, we don'T abide by the rules of logic. WOW THIS IS A LONG PARENTHESIS.) Thus, my Dr McTightpants icon. The caption on it should say it all. So say we all.

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Our seat of government, symbol of our capital, my place of employment... I hope to work there for a long time to come. I can't even begin to tell you how at home I feel on the Hill. In my hometown, I felt like an outsider. Arriving in Ottawa, and on the Hill, something immediately clicked, and I fit right in (with bilingual people with identity complexes and issues with language politics and an unnatural interest in the political scene). The tall structure is the Peace Tower (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_Tower), "so named to honour the thousands of Canadian men and women who sacrificed their lives for their country in World War I. (http://www.parliamenthill.gc.ca/text/explorepeacetower_e.html)" The tulips are there because it is one of the major touristy attractions of Ottawa. "In the fall of 1945, Princess Juliana of the Netherlands presented Ottawa with 100,000 tulip bulbs. The gift was given in appreciation of the safe haven that members of Holland's exiled royal family received during the Second World War in Ottawa and in recognition of the role which Canadian troops played in the liberation of the Netherlands." Since then, whoops! We has a Tulip Festival (http://www.tulipfestival.ca/en/FestivalHistory/).

Part 2! :(

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Re: Part 1. :(

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Date: 2008-01-21 02:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deepfishy.livejournal.com
Meme, meme, meme, egg, and meme...

Date: 2008-01-21 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
And for you...

Last Mistake. PotC Handshake. Cat and Also Cat. Terrible, er, Bee-Men. Ninjas Attack. Robot Phil.

Date: 2008-01-21 02:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] goblinpaladin.livejournal.com
Me! Although there is at least one I'm not happy with, so don't pick that one. No, I won't tell you which one that is. BWAHA.

Date: 2008-01-21 03:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
For you:

Helping Hand. Naked-onna-Dinosaur. Pile-o'-Books. Wrath. The typewritery one. The Slytherin one.

Date: 2008-01-21 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ryttu3k.livejournal.com
Meme me up!

Date: 2008-01-21 03:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
Meeeeme! Geeeet your meeeeeeme!

Paul as the Master. Adam as Adam Ant. Frank and Colin. Predestination Paradoxes. Simm-inna-Cape. DW Special.

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Date: 2008-01-21 03:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
This won't cure boredom, but...

Suck at life. Tetris. Crazy sometimes. Love with mouth. Pirate juice. Bohemian Jayne.

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Gankability

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Date: 2008-01-21 09:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laurenmitchell.livejournal.com
I went into your userpics to see what the Tetris one was and I love your crediting style.

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Date: 2008-01-21 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daphyn.livejournal.com
Daphyn!

Date: 2008-01-21 03:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
For you, it's...

Hahahahaha no. Anti-squee. I are pant. *#@?!*# delete. One with the books. Spiderweb.

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Date: 2008-01-21 03:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trueflight.livejournal.com
"Yarr" is FAR more barbaric than "yawp," in any situation. Clearly it is what Whitman meant to write.

(Meme?)

Date: 2008-01-21 03:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
Obviously!

And, hmm.

Beautiful animal. Ducky towel. Connect. Animal (Muppet). Clever Kermit.

Date: 2008-01-21 04:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarekofvulcan.livejournal.com
If you can find any I didn't swipe from you in the first place, go for it :-)

Date: 2008-01-21 12:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
For you:

Star. Madness. Chemistry (though I do get the joke therein). Technopeasant. Vegetable envy. Funky.

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Date: 2008-01-21 04:24 am (UTC)
ext_3472: Sauron drinking tea. (Default)
From: [identity profile] maggiebloome.livejournal.com
*waves leetle flag*

Date: 2008-01-21 12:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
*spies leetle flag*

For you: Sauron loves tea. Big hat. Splode. Cowsicle. Fight the system. Approved.

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Date: 2008-01-21 09:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laurenmitchell.livejournal.com
Can has meme?

Date: 2008-01-21 12:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
You can has meme! For you:

Sucks like a horseshoe. Sodomy Redskins. Viconia/Shar-Teel. Meles Cupcakea. Hibiscus. Ginny.

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Date: 2008-01-22 03:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
For the zombie-sheep:

Davidgasm. Qwantz and Pete Wentz. Random turtle. Going to die. Ten on speeeeed (but without the Wilson jazz hands). The shopping trolley one.

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