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Icon Meme 
14th-Oct-2007 03:09 pm
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weaverandom wanted to know about the following icons.

The picture is Paul Kidby's interpretation of Terry Pratchett's Death (from the Discworld). There is glitter on his face. The text is a misquote from the first X-Men movie.

The general reference is Milliways. Death was the first PFC* I really took up in Milliways. I'd had Angua for a while, and Susan, but until then my main characters had been Eskarina Smith from Equal Rites and Melaka Fray. Characters that are going to attract less attention for who they are and more for how I play them. I could handle that. not so much Death. Everyone knows Death. Even people who have never picked up a Discworld book are going to know what a skeleton in a black cowl and a scythe is up to. I really didn't want to fuck him up.

I was worried, you see, not because I didn't have a headvoice for him when I started him - I did, and still do. But because this headvoice, which is loud and boomy, also leans towards the silly and cracky, rather than the more serious bent Death sometimes takes in the books.

So I was worried I was going to play him too silly and cracky, and therefore OOC. But I assured myself that at least I'd never put him in purple spandex. The
purple spandex, BTW, is all the fault of bookelfe, shati, psychicsaphie and mercuriazs,. because they put their characters in it first. I was just awake and enabling at the time.

Anyway, so I was all worried I'd play him too cracky. I put him in the bar all nervous, and what happens?

Raven puts body glitter on him.

But it could be worse. I still haven't put him in purple spandex, after all!

Here, have a clip from Pirates at the Caribbean: At World's End. It's from near the end, so there are sort of spoilers in it (not major ones)

If you didn't watch that and think of the following speech by a real Queen Elizabeth, then you're probably not British, or were too busy screaming like Mel Gibson.
My loving people,

We have been persuaded by some that are careful of our safety, to take heed how we commit our selves to armed multitudes, for fear of treachery; but I assure you I do not desire to live to distrust my faithful and loving people. Let tyrants fear, I have always so behaved myself that, under God, I have placed my chiefest strength and safeguard in the loyal hearts and good-will of my subjects; and therefore I am come amongst you, as you see, at this time, not for my recreation and disport, but being resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live and die amongst you all; to lay down for my God, and for my kingdom, and my people, my honour and my blood, even in the dust. I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm; to which rather than any dishonour shall grow by me, I myself will take up arms, I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field. I know already, for your forwardness you have deserved rewards and crowns; and We do assure you in the word of a prince, they shall be duly paid you. In the mean time, my lieutenant general shall be in my stead, than whom never prince commanded a more noble or worthy subject; not doubting but by your obedience to my general, by your concord in the camp, and your valour in the field, we shall shortly have a famous victory over those enemies of my God, of my kingdom, and of my people.

The counterpoint to that icon is of course the one on the right. This is, once again our good King Bess, but the text references this speech, perhaps just as famous as the other:

I grew up on Winnie the Pooh. Not the Disney cartoons, which I didn't have any truck with when I was 4, but the proper A.A. Milne stories, illustrated by E.H. Shepard. Die Schwester had a talking book of Alan Bennet reading The House at Pooh Corner in his friendly, comfortable Yorkshire way, which worked its way well and truly into our consciousness and will always be the voice I hear when reading.
For a long time they looked at the river beneath them, saying nothing, and the river said nothing too, for it felt very quiet and peaceful on this summer afternoon.

"Tigger is all right, really," said Piglet lazily.

"Of course he is," said Christopher Robin.

"Everybody is really," said Pooh. "That's what I think," said Pooh. "But I don't suppose I'm right," he said.

"Of course you are," said Christopher Robin.
Winnie the Pooh is very often my idol.

 For this one, I'm or thisjust going to give you a VG Cats strip originally posted in September 2005:

It was Bing who pointed me to the strip and mentioned she wanted an icon of Shredder. So, naturally, I complied. And took the icon for myself because sometimes there are situations which can be only described with a doubletaking Shredder.

Gosh, I hate this icon. Innit fugly? I made it because I spent far too long in my first year trying to wrap my head around pubic anatomy. When I finally figured it out, I declared myself the winner, and Dave declared me Mistress of the pubis. Bing told me to make an icon of it, and this was the only passable picture of an ornithischian (hadrosaur, if you're interested) pubis I could find. Meh. Fugly as Hell. *marks it to be revamped or deleted*. I use it when I'm talking about bones, specifically dinosaurian bones, and my general Palaeontology icon feels overused.

Talking of my general palaeontology icon:

This lovely lady here is Paleontologist Barbie. I first found out she existed on a LERN*** fieldtrip to the Isle of Wight back in... well, a long time ago. Part of the 1996 'career Barbie' line, showing that for Barbie, having an actual career is a novelty. (I miss Sindy. She had a successful career as a fashion designer). Barbie is blonde, pretty, and wears shorts and a dinosaur T shirt. Exactly how I dress out on digs. I think this icon is perhaps the one I've had on this journal the very longest. It's had one revamp since first being cropped and uploaded, I know, but I still use it. And one of these days, someone will buy me one. You'll see.

Even though I'm probably selling out the sisterhood by choosing a leggy blonde as my avatar in the online world. Shush.

This is Bugs Bunny. Capped by cheezdanish. Transformed into the simplest icon in the world by me.

So the idea is, you comment, and I nominate 7 icons of yours to talk about.

*Popular Fandom Character. Don't hate me for my love of TLAs.**
**Three Letter Acronyms
***London Evolutionary Research Network. Not a TLA, unfortunately.
14th-Oct-2007 02:39 pm (UTC)
Heee VG Cats.

As me about seven icons!!
14th-Oct-2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
14th-Oct-2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
I like this meme. :) Me?
14th-Oct-2007 03:02 pm (UTC)
14th-Oct-2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
*puts up hand* Haven't done an icon meme in a while. ^_^

(And the thought of Alan Bennett reading Winnie the Pooh gives me this lovely warm feeling inside.)
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14th-Oct-2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
Enough to buy me one?

I think I understand most of yours, actually.
14th-Oct-2007 04:05 pm (UTC)
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14th-Oct-2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
Don't think I have seven to choose from o_o
14th-Oct-2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
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14th-Oct-2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
Hi - here fron friends-of-friends, I hope you don't mind me butting into your meme! I just had to say two things....
Firstly, I love your 'Mistress Of The Pubis' story! I too am studying anatomy (at medical school, in my case) and the pelvic osteology is indeed the bane of my life.
And secondly, and weirdly, it seems the six degrees of separation thing is an overestimate. I recognise your lj name from copperbadge's journal, and it also seems you are a friend of silentgreeneyes who I knew I recognised in a different context. Investigation reveals that she is a friend of some of my friends from the uni where I did my undergraduate degree. The internet is a scarily small place.

Um. For porn?
14th-Oct-2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
Hi! Comments from anyone are always more than welcome.

Human osteology is a whole different kettle of fish that I cannot understand without a dinosaurian analogue, the crazy that I am.

And UK Livejournals are weird like that, we all know everyone in a thousand different ways. It gets to the point where I meet someone IRL and ask them their livejournal name.
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14th-Oct-2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
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14th-Oct-2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
It's been a while since I did one of these, oh yes.

Mine will doubtless not be as funny (or informative!) as yours, though.
14th-Oct-2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
14th-Oct-2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
Do me!
14th-Oct-2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
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14th-Oct-2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
:-D pleased to entertain.
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14th-Oct-2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
Ooh, this sounds like my kinduva meme!

And I like knowing the full story behind your Death icon.
14th-Oct-2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
It's just one of those injokes that's just for me and my head. >_>

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