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Our icons, let us show them to one another [Apr. 2nd, 2008|09:22 pm]
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[Current Location |The South]
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[music |The Gordons - "Spik and span"]

This meme is pinched from silver_677:
1. Reply to this post, and I will pick four of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) 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. Whoo~!

I await with interest a translation of item 4 (particularly the last few words) into intelligible English. But here are my comments on the icons Silver picked.

One of the ninth Doctor's most quotable comments was when, back early in his run, he answered Rose's question about his accent - "If you're an alien, how come you sound like you're from the North?" (i.e. the North of England) - with "Lots of planets have a north". (Which makes perfect geological sense, and is at the same time no answer to Rose's actual question whatsoever).

This icon is a picture of the fingerpost sign at the southern terminus of State Highway 1, at Bluff, and is partly my turning the quote on its head and partly just an illustration of Southern-ness. (To find roughly the location of the sign, fire up Google Maps and search for "39 Ward Parade, Bluff".)

I often use the icon for: when I'm feeling particularly oddball, parochial, or just plain Damn-Foreigner.

There is a meme currently flooding the Internet generally called the "cat macro". It's a picture, normally of a cat, although other animals are acceptable, with a humourous (and usually badly misspelled and hopelessly ungrammatical) caption. The spiritual home of these "cat macros" appears to be a place called I Can Has Cheezburger, although my feeble attempts at same are normally posted to ihasatardis instead, being mostly related to Doctor Who in one way or another. ihasatardis is also where I found and looted this icon from, as it sums up my attitude towards the inability of fairly much everyone on the Internet to spell anything reliably correctly.

Says he who just spent six hours proof-reading a 24-page glossy brochure. Cat-macronauts - and even Internetters as a whole - are not the only people incapable of spelling!

I often use the icon for: When I'm being a Picky Bastard, or the subject of cat macros - or just cats, is under discussion.

There is a process, for which I don't know the actual word, but which I call "cultural osmosis", whereby one can pick up many details about an aspect of popular culture without actually having witnessed said item of popular culture. In recent months one major cause of "cultural osmosis" has been a film called "300", which is loosely based on a comic book, also called "300", which is very loosely indeed based on the Battle of Thermopylae. One quotable quote from the film is "This is madness".

The background of the icon are Madness, themselves, a British pop group of the early 1980s and thereabouts. They're great fun to listen to, although I don't think they had any big hits in the United States. Although one of their songs ("Our House") ended up getting used as the theme tune to an American (I think) sitcom, of the same name, so the name might ring a bell. New Zealanders reading this have had no option but to be familiar with their mostly instrumental piece "One Step Beyond", as the tune (complete with its introductory "Don't watch that! Watch this!") had for several years been used to advertise some permutation of Lotto tickets.

I often use the icon for: When I'm talking about music - especially foreign music - or if something particularly silly or stupid catches my eye.

This is a Dalek. It may look like a five-foot tall salt-shaker with random bits of kitchenware rammed into it at odd angles, but it's actually a deranged mutant killer cyborg from outer space. If you're in the Doctor Who universe, anyway. In any other universe it's a BBC television show prop. Daleks are best known for marauding around the Universe, EX-TER-MI-NA-TING their enemies, and making sure that their enemies know they are being EX-TER-MI-NA-TED and not just being vaporised, by squawking EX-TER-MI-NATE in a harsh, grating, metallic voice any chance they can get.

Here, if it still works, is The Dalek Song. Featuring lots of singing Daleks. It's not as bad as it sounds. It's worse.

I often use the icon for: When I'm talking about Doctor Who, when I'm feeling like EX-TER-MI-NA-TING something or someone, or when the matter under discussion relates to a certain moment of creative-writing message-board insanity which I have been politely asked never again to describe in polite company.

[User Picture]From: aeb
2008-04-02 09:25 am (UTC)

{play around with maps}

Oh! That sign is just a little south of you! {REALLY BIG GRIN}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2008-04-04 11:15 am (UTC)
About 20, 25 minutes' drive. That includes exiting suburbia from Georgetown via Kingswell, and travelling the entire length of Bluff township.

As for the icons: Keywords: Dorothy; Keywords: Sparky. If you want to talk about another two of your icons, go for it...
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2008-04-04 11:12 am (UTC)
My sense of humour actually making sense to other people probably isn't really a good sign.

Of your icons: Keywords: Heero familiar; Keywords: implicit threat (I don't know who that is, I simply can't read the text (it's far too small) and for the first couple of moments I saw it I thought it featured a motorcycle handlebar); Keywords: out of fingers (who is that, and why does he look a bit like Kurt Busiek?); Keywords: can't get a life.
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[User Picture]From: aeb
2008-04-05 12:36 am (UTC)
I think the motorcycle handlebar is really a sword hilt. {SMILE}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2008-04-05 01:46 am (UTC)
I figured that out... eventually... just made me think about that it actually was.
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[User Picture]From: aeb
2008-04-05 04:19 am (UTC)
It isn't clear in the icon, is it? {Smile}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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[User Picture]From: dkphoenix
2008-04-02 12:05 pm (UTC)
"Our House" was a fairly big hit, on MTV at least. "One Step Beyond" got some airplay, but not nearly as much.

(No need to pick from my icons, unless there's one you're curious about. I only have 6, and they're pretty self-explanatory.)
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2008-04-04 11:06 am (UTC)
On Madness: "Baggy Trousers" and "House of Fun" were decently sized hits over here, as well. I first got hooked on the band when I saw the video for "Shut Up" back when it first came out (cf. the golden age of rock and roll being high school, and all that...) and enjoy a high proportion of what I've heard of theirs.

On icons: There's a couple of curiosities, questions, etc. I have, but, interestingly, the meme seems to be phrased more "talk about your icons" than "explain your icons". This gives more scope for imagination if you want to follow on and invite other people to explain their icons.

Keywords: animated - I see icons like this around quite a lot, but I've never found the generator for them. (I assume there is one: unless there's an extraordinarily prolific and consistent artist working away like crazy behind the scenes...)
Keywords: argh, meme - Just wondering who the character actually is.

As to two of your other icons: your choice.
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[User Picture]From: dkphoenix
2008-04-04 11:28 am (UTC)
I remember "House of Fun" too, now that you mention it. Madness got a fair bit of MTV airplay, but very little on the radio, at least in my part of the US. Radio in Oklahoma in the 80s was very conservative, there was one "classic rock" type of station that played a whole lot of Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and nothing newer than Van Halen or Aerosmith, and a Top 40s station that leaned heavily towards Lionel Richie and Phil Collins. (And a bazillion country stations. Actually, radio here today isn't startlingly different.)

Animated: Yes, there was a Flash generator that made these, but I can't remember the location. Everyone and their grandmother's dog had an icon from it in 2004 or so, I still have mine because I never change my icons. ;-)

Argh: This is the snake from the "Badgers, Badgers, Badgers" Flash earworm animation. Foe has one with the actual badgers. The "argh" part is from the lyrics - "Argh, it's a snake! A snake! Oh, it's a snake!"

Others, hm. My default icon is the very first icon I uploaded when I made the journal in 2001. I did mention I never change my icons, yes? :-) And "Evil Jean" is a scan of my favorite comicbook character (an alternate version), appearing in one of my favorite comics (Excalibur), saying a line from my favorite character (Vampire Willow) in one of my favorite TV shows (Buffy). How could I resist that one?
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2008-04-05 01:25 am (UTC)
I can imagine that the concept of white men doing Jamaican music while singing in London accents might have been a bit hard for format-bound radio stations to cope with...

Ah, those badgers. I am familiar with the existence of the animation, but haven't actually seen the full thing (or heard the actual music) due to the dire state of my internet.

Edited at 2008-04-05 01:43 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: smillaraaq
2008-04-05 02:10 pm (UTC)
Animated: Yes, there was a Flash generator that made these, but I can't remember the location.


(I have a strange weakness for collecting silly graphic toys like that. Ah, the hours of my life I've wasted playing with Tektek and Elouai...)
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[User Picture]From: aeb
2008-04-10 08:24 am (UTC)

By the way, I just noticed this when I wa re-reading to prepare an answer:

4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon squee. Whoo~!

I await with interest a translation of item 4 (particularly the last few words) into intelligible English.

"Squee" is, if I understand it correctly, an enthusiastic and often loud and/or high-pitched expression of delight when fannish stuff appears. It might come from squeal, but I'm not sure. I suggest covering your ears before it starts if possible. {GRIN}

"Whoo" is a lower-pitched but usually loud example of squee. {Wryly Amused Smile}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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