Look at your LJ userpics list. If you have fewer than 50 icons, pick every fifth one. If you have between fifty and seventy-five icons, pick every seventh one. If you have over seventy-five icons, pick every tenth one. If you have fewer than ten, pick all of 'em. List them on your LJ, and tell everyone exactly why you have it, why it's interesting to you, what significance does it have.
Back when I was a wee lad, I saw a plush armadillo for sale at the Golden Bear, a long-defunct family restaurant chain. I thought it was pretty cool, and later that year received it as a Christmas present. That same year, the sporting goods shop for which my mom worked got in a line of animal-themed tee shirts, one of which had armadillos on it. I got one of those too, and all of a sudden I had a small armadillo collection, and over the years I've accumulated a great many more. So of course I had to make myself an armadillo icon once I got a LiveJournal. You can tell it's an old one because it doesn't have a border.
For a long time before I started working at the book store, I had a series of computer-related jobs, and much of my spare time was and is spent in front of my computer. I've had a number of different computer icons over the years. This one dates from a time when I was using vintage photographs in a lot of my icons. Old black-and-white photos are interesting. This particular photo came from Getty Images, I believe.
Before I posted my first list of ten things lo these many years ago, I knew I would need a special icon for those posts. I found a great picture of the Count from Sesame Street posing behind the number 10 and immediately stole it. Then I created several more and started rotating through them. Every once in a while I'll create a bunch of new ones. This one was created as part of a series of Roman numeral icons , and I got it at the site from which I stole the original Count icon.
I use this for posts about Washington D.C. It has its roots in the old Pixel Challenge thread at Television Without Pity. Glark had posted a promotional image for the first series of The Apprentice, in which head shots of all the contestants were displayed in a grid, and challenged use to manipulate it in a funny way or be killed where we stood. The grid format made me think of a Mondrian painting, so I superimposed this painting over the ad, and ended up with this. Not one of my more successful attempts. (I did two others for the same challenge that were much better, though you probably won't understand the second one if you weren't a TWoPer around that time.) Anyway, I later used the Mondrian template I'd created to make a handful of icons. I've always liked the way this one turned out, so I've kept it in the active rotation longer than any of the others I made using the same template.
I'm a long time Doctor Who fan, so I figured I needed a Doctor Who icon. The quote I used for the icon is from the Third Doctor adventure "Terror of the Autons," so it seemed appropriate to use a picture of the Third Doctor for the icon. Sorry, boring story.
But not as boring as this one! This is made from one of the very first pictures taken of my youngest neice, Molly, who will celebrate her first birthday one week from tomorrow.
I've had a movies icon for almost as long as I've had a LiveJournal. This one is made from a promotional still for Music and Lyrics, which is a movie I enjoyed very much. I was disappointed it wasn't more successful, and I am planing to be outraged if it doesn't receive one or more nominations for Best Original Song when the Oscar nominations are announced next year. It's important to plan such things in advance, don't you think?
I've had a lot of Peanuts icons. At one time, in fact, all of my icons were taken from Peanuts strips. (Except the computer one, which was from a Fox Trot strip. I don't know that Charles Schulz ever did a strip that mentioned computers.) This one is part of a recently reprinted series of classic strips from 1960, in which Charlie Brown is on third base and is trying to decide whether he should attempt to steal home. (If you're not familiar with this sequence, start here and work your way forward.) Bleak, to be sure, but Peanuts was always best at its bleakest.
This is based on a panel from Whiz Comics #25, featuring the origin of Captain Marvel Jr. Captain Marvel had been fighting Captain Nazi and punched him into a nearby lake. A fisherman and his grandson pulled Captain Nazi into their boat to keep him from drowning, and were respectively thrown overboard and knocked out of the boat with an oar for their trouble. This icon is taken from the panel depicting the latter event. When I first saw it in the sadly defunct Dial B For Blog, I was impressed by its dynamism and its dramatic use of shadows to set the mood, and immediately saw its potential as an icon. I'm sometimes a little hesitant to use this icon when commenting in other journals, lest the recipient think I am figuratively attacking them with an oar.
On Veterans Day in 2005, I posted four poems about World War I. Since they were all thematically linked, I decided they needed their own icon instead of my generic poetry icon. A field of poppies, as referenced in the first of the poems, seemed the obvious choice. I don't have much call for this particular icon, though I did bust it out yesterday for that Carl Sandburg poem I posted.
Curious about any of my other icons? Ask me about them in the comments.