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icons & interests meme

i'm not much of a meme person.
you'll have difficulty finding one in my journal (the 80s & 90s music entries don't count) but for some reason i liked this one..

here's how it works:
comment on this entry and i will pick three interests from your list and three icons for you to explain. you can do that in your own journal, but i wouldn't mind seeing it here as well.

here is what amanda chose for me to explain:

i made this one from a photo in some style/fashion community. i have no idea who the model is, it didn't say. i just liked the picture. the added colour in the sky was done by me.

paul mccartney. i'm not claiming to be the biggest beatles fan in the world, but i've always liked their songs. lately i've been listening quite a lot to mccartney solo and with wings. this icon isn't very good. i just cropped the photo and lightened it a bit. i suppose i could have done more with it.

the text is from a bbc comedy about some miserable old git. i believe it was called 'lead balloon'.

françois truffaut
one of my favourite directors. i'm a great admirer of his work. jules et jim, le dernier métro, the whole antoine doinel series.. that i have two box sets with 13 DVDs in total should tell you something.. :)

le fabuleux destin d'amélie poulain
lovely and very interesting film, of course. many people have 'amélie poulain' listed as an interest, but i'm a little weird so i wanted to use the official title of the film. because interests cannot be longer than four words, i used a little 'trick' hehe..

june 16th 1904
no, it's not my birthday. :D
if you have read james joyce's ulysses, you might remember that the events in his novel all take place on this day..

pne's choice of my icons and interests:

some people seem to think this is from a painting. it's not. it's a photograph, though a lot has been done to it in photoshop. and yes, it is me.

this has always been my support icon. i think it's the most 'neutral' one of the few icons that I currently have. maybe it's a little vain to have icons with yourself on it, but at least it doesn't indicate that i'm a fan of a particular band or that i'm against a certain politician. not that there would be anything wrong with that, of course. besides, i may create a new support icon soon. i'm a little bored with this one.

the text on this one is from a bbc comedy. i believe it was called 'lead balloon'.

no logo
falls into the category of activism. just like human rights and (recently added) noreena hertz.

fairport convention
fairport convention, as you might know, is an english folk(rock) band. i love sandy denny's voice and richard thompson's guitar playing. i still play their music sometimes. this interest has been on the list for years. the hippie in me must have put it there.. :)

holding hands
i'm usually a rather touchy-feely kind of girl, but not in an annoying sort of way. :D a few interests on my list may reflect this, most prominently hugging and holding hands.


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May. 15th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
I never spotted No Logo amongst your interests... I personally always liked Noreena better than Naomi. Less propaganda, more of an academic approach.

Ah well, consider yourself commented ;)
May. 15th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
yeah you may be right. however, a while ago somebody mentioned something similar about naomi klein, but it turned out he had confused her with anita roddick.. :)

okay, your icons and interests:

the silent takeover

May. 16th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC)
replied to it on my own journal ;)
May. 15th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
Here be my comment!
May. 16th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
cool! here are the ones i picked for you:

gothic females

May. 16th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
I made this icon in response to all the iPod icons that were popping up. I felt left out but didn't know what to make so that's what I did!

The base image for this icon just screamed Dr. Tran to me!

I was watching Resident Evil 2: Apocolypse when I paused the movie at this scene in order to go get a drink. When I came back I saw it and thought to myself "That man needs an asprin! Oh wait... he's bleeding from the eyes and nose... Asprin just isn't going to be enough..." And viola!

gaming        I'm a nerd at heart and usually play all sorts of games: Board games, card games, video games, role playing, etc.

magic        I love magic of all kinds including illusions, stage magic, and the types of magic not commonly believed.

gothic females        There's something about a woman who's able to embrace the darkside of life and thrive on it that just turns me on. I don't mean the victimized side of life, but those that understand the decay and darkness of life and find the beauty of it. Words really fail me on this one, but I'll get back to you with a better explination.
May. 16th, 2007 11:07 pm (UTC)
gaming: recently i´ve been thinking of starting with guild wars, because i heard so many people talking about it. unfortunately, there´s no way this is likely going to happen very soon. i don´t even have the time for all the other stuff in my life right now.. :)
May. 15th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
I am very glad that you use photos of yourself in your icons. ;-) Beautiful.

And Richard Thompson is one of the greatest songwriters and musicians ever. Excellent choice.
May. 16th, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)
i believe that richard thompson is one of the most underrated guitarists and he's also an excellent songwriter..

i'm not sure if you wanted to play the meme game or not. if not, then just ignore the icons and interests i picked:

denver nuggets
burning man

May. 16th, 2007 04:25 am (UTC)
I'd be glad to play along.

The SCUBA icon was taken with a watertight plastic-cased disposable camera in St.Paul's Bay in Malta. I had a morning's SCUBA dive courtesy of their visitors bureau, and we were taking photos for publication with travel articles.

Yes, it was named for THAT St. Paul.

Yes, the water is pretty murky. We did see an octopus. I made the icon in 2003, not too long after the trip. I like to SCUBA dive.

The VERONIKA icon is Veronika Zemanova, the Czech model and photographer from Cesky Budejovice. It pretty much speaks for itself -- she is stunningly beautiful. She is also smart enough, after getting paid very little for much of her career and keeping less, to recover the rights to her photos from some unscrupulous people and establish a new group of websites that sponsor many European models. I made that one in January of this year from some photo I found.

SNOOPY/WOODSTOCK -- I stole this one from some LJ person. Who could not like Snoopy and Woodstock. Especially since he's typing his own little beagle journal.

"Highlander" refers both to the original film starring Christopher Lambert & Sean Connery and the subsequent television series starring Adrian Paul, Elizabeth Gracen and others. I'm a fan. It's an intriguing fantasy idea -- immortals, swordfights, beheadings, etc. I'm a fan.

The "Denver Nuggets" are my favorite NBA basketball team. They have an excellent core group around Carmelo Anthony, with Marcus Camby, Nene Hilario, Kenyon Martin and others, and they traded for Allen Iverson in December. They should have been dominant, and they were -- until the playoffs got going. Disappointing loss to the San Antonio Spurs. And Denver was my adopted hometown in the USA for a decade.

"Burning Man" is an annual art festival culminating each year over the first weekend in September. It is held in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, over the holiday known in the USA as "Labor Day." I attended in 2000, and some 25,000 people were there. This year they expect more than 40,000. It is a temporary city built of tents and camping vehicles. Everyone brings bicycles, water and food, and above all else it is an art show -- for any kind of art you can imagine, including music and performance. The weather conditions are often extreme -- heat, cold and sandstorms, all usually on the same day. Lots of crazy naked people hanging out in the desert.
May. 16th, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC)

highlander: i think i have only seen two of the films, i'm not sure how many were made. i really liked the tv series. like you said, the concept of immortality is rather fascinating.
burning man: i know about burning man. i heard about it years ago, even before i got a livejournal, i think. it's actually on my virtual list of things to do or visit, when i'd ever visit the united states. it seems pretty cool.
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May. 16th, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)

well, you seem to have only three icons, all three of yourself. very nice, but probably not much to explain there, right? from your interests i pick:

echo and the bunnymen
scarlett johansson

May. 16th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
May. 16th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)

michael nyman
john cale
peter greenaway

May. 18th, 2007 11:56 am (UTC)
You've picked two of my travel pictures. I'm not a photographer, I am a traveller. Sometimes on the road one is lucky to get a good picture. The first one certainly is an example of that. It looks great irl, but on a picture even more unbelievable. Nothing beats actually seeing the sunset at Uluru, on a cloudy day, as if a divine intervention came, just before sunset the clouds disappear and I got to see this magnificent rock turn red. Though I have to say, in reality it doesn't look as red as in the picture.

The Vietnam memorial is the best war memorial I have visited over the years. Over 58000 names of American soldiers who died in a war that could not be won. As a pacifist, this to me, is the best way to show the uselessness of violence. Walk past it and stop to read some names. It'll take you ages. See family members find the name of their loved ones. I had to take some picture there. And yes, it's my own shadow and no, the place of the little flag is coincidental. Really.

Spinvis is a Dutch artist I enjoy listening to. Saw him live twice as well. But I turned his first album cover into an icon because I am still a tape-addict. I have been taping my way through the eighties and even some of the nineties. This leaves me with an archive of great music, more than a thousand hour of tunes I can't find on the web.

Two of the three interests you posted are related again. I can't listen to Michael Nyman without seeing (at least in my mind) a Peter Greenaway movie. The other way around works as well. Great movies, good stories, absurd yet tragic and the music isn't just some old record, but always accurate and adding to the story. Murder by numbers and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover are my favorites.

John Cale is Welsh. I like minorities. He is a brilliant musician. He made albums that could be called classic, but also played in the most influential band of all times, The Velvet Underground. The first time I saw him in Paradiso was unforgettable. I was less impressed when I saw him in Deventer a couple of years ago.
May. 20th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)

i agree that the velvet underground was an influential band for many people, but the most influential band of all times? :)
i'm somewhat familiar with cale's solo work. my parents used to have (and probably still do) one of his albums (on vinyl) which was played quite a lot at times. i believe it was called fear.

May. 23rd, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
Cale's solo work is impossible to describe. 'Fear' is not a bad album. I was much impressed by his classical albums 'Words for the dying' and 'Academy in Peril'. The live album 'Fragments of a rainy season' is like a best of album, looking at his solo albums. 'Songs for Drella' together with Lou Reed is unmissable in any serious music collection.
May. 17th, 2007 07:19 am (UTC)
Me please
May. 17th, 2007 09:08 am (UTC)
there's only one icon! :p

from your interests i pick:


May. 17th, 2007 10:05 am (UTC)
You can pick some of mine, too, if you'd like.
May. 17th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
great! here's my choice:

sluggy freelance
mark rosenfelder

May. 18th, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)

The story behind this is this entry of brad's, and more specifically this thread in the comments and the sentence "that is soon to be a popular icon".

I think I even used that userpic as my default for a (short) while. Even though it's unlikely any reader of my journal would recognise the drawing, since I imagine few of my readers are in SFO. (Or wherever it was that the note was left.)

This was an attempt to create the smallest (in filesize) 100x100 pixel userpic possible. At 77 bytes, it's hard to beat, though it's possible that it'd be even smaller as GIF, since that format has (typically) lower compression but also a smaller overhead, which makes a difference especially with very small images.

There are also two attempts to create the smallest userpic possible, period -- two 1x1 px pics. One of them is smaller but doesn't look black for me in all browsers, so that's a bit of a failed experiment.

This is the mouse from "Die Sendung mit der Maus", which you might know.

There was a "support plushie exchange" a while back, and lied_ohne_worte sent that to me.

i18n is short for "internationalisation". Since that word is rather long, people involved with it tended to abbreviate it, as "i, followed by 18 letters, followed by n", or "i18n". As I understand it, it's the practice of preparing software so that it can be used with different languages -- for example, by making strings translatable or allowing for different date, time, and number formats.

Sluggy Freelance is a web comic which I used to read regularly.

However, I couldn't keep up at one point and lost the hang of the story line, and then the syndicated account stopped working and so it didn't appear on my friends page daily any more. (There's a "reminder" feed, which lists the URL so you can click through to the main page and see the comic there, but I nearly never do.)

Mark Rosenfelder is the person behind Zompist.com. He's the maintainer of the FAQ for the sci.lang Usenet newsgroup, which is how I found his site in the first place.

While there, I became interested in his conworld Almea and his conlangs (constructed languages), especially Verdurian, which I even learned a little bit of at one point.

However, I haven't made time for that in quite a few years now. A bit of a pity.
May. 20th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)

yes i remember die sendung mit der maus. not that i have watched it that many times. i believe it was on the third german channel, so that must have been WDR or NDR.

weren't the plushie exchange and the secret bunny thing both rather at the end of last year? must have been around the time i just started doing support. i would love to take part in both this year. i haven't been really active in support for a while, but i want to change that too. :)

May. 21st, 2007 07:10 am (UTC)
When I was a child, Die Sendung mit der Maus was on NDR 3 every Thursday evening. (Monday to Wednesday was Die Sesamstraße and Friday was Hallo, Spencer.)

And yes, the Secret Bunny thing was supposed to run roughly from October to December, but the Plushie Exchange pushed it back a couple of months, so that must have been around September-October.
May. 21st, 2007 11:16 am (UTC)
if you're still doing this, i'd like to play :)
May. 22nd, 2007 05:57 am (UTC)

sure. i picked for you:

margaret mead
german guys

May. 22nd, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
picture 1 - shes one of my favorite actresses

picture 2 - was when I was messed up in drugs and I felt horrible about it but couldnt stop. It was to remind myself I was a loser. I was into diffrent drugs then the one in the picture but I found it still got the point across.

picture 3 - For me it stands for this: When you're in a relationship in the begining everything is magical and wonderful but things become dull after a while, in a sense the eyes stop sparkling.

deviance - I enjoy people who deviate from the norm of society. I like people who are diffrent, who are themselves. They defy what normal society says they should do.

German guys - Well my bf comes from german ancestry so thats one reason. and another is that I love the language.

margaret mead - She did some fascinating research in anthropology (which is what I was studying when I was in college).
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