Icon Meme

2019-01-24 02:16 pm
mdlbear: (lemming)
[personal profile] mdlbear

How it works: reply with "Oh! Shiny" and I'll choose three of your icons. Tell me about them: where they came from, what they mean to you, and/or when you deploy them. Drop a link here to your post in your own journal. Spread it around.

(Not sure how long it will take me, if there's a deluge of responses.)

[personal profile] jesse_the_k asked me about:

"My fandom predates TV"

A stylized, multicolor line drawing of a propeller beanie. The outlined gores are colored (left to right) red, purple, and blue; there are white spaces between them. The propeller is a green infinity sign.

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I got this from [livejournal.com profile] lysana; it looks like it was made by her artist husband [livejournal.com profile] blackfyr. It has fallen out of use recently; I used it 26 times, between 2004 and 2011, for posts about science fiction fandom or conventions.

The icon isn't completely accurate; Science fiction fandom as we know it today dates back only to 1929. Philo Farnsworth demonstrated the first electronic television, using his image dissector tube, in 1928, and mechanical versions existed before then. Television broadcasting, however, only started in the late 1930s.

"hacker traveling"

The background is a 3x3 grid of black lines on a white background; five black circles make a "glider", instantly familiar to anyone who knows about Conway's Game of Life. Against this background a picture of an old guy in a tweed cap moves counter-clockwise in a circle centered somewhere in the lower right-hand corner.

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This icon was made by [livejournal.com profile] snobahr, in 2007; the moving image came from the cover of my CD, Coffee, Computers and Song, which was in production at the time. It was first used in this post, the second of two posts from OSCon 2007. It was used a total of 30 times in 2007 and 2008, once in 2009, and once in 2012, mostly for posts about software-related conventions.

On a purple background, the word "CONSONANCE", in black. The letters are compressed toward the top, and the two "N"'s are the support towers of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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This is the logo of Consonance - The SF Bay Area Filk Convention. Colleen and I attended all of them until 2012, when we moved to Seattle, and a few after that; our last one was in 2015. This icon appears to have been used only once, in this post, live-blogged from the Interfilk concert.

Date: 2019-01-24 10:30 pm (UTC)
gingicat: woman in a green dress and cloak holding a rose, looking up at snow falling down on her (Default)
From: [personal profile] gingicat
Oh! Shiny

Date: 2019-01-24 11:04 pm (UTC)
acelightning: Never Give Up (English/Chinese) (Never Give Up)
From: [personal profile] acelightning
Oh, shiny!

Date: 2019-01-25 03:51 am (UTC)
acelightning: cartoon me in front of desktop computer (at computer)
From: [personal profile] acelightning
Routercat - that was my beautiful, magickal, psychotic orange tabby tom, whose name was Loki (he died in 2005). When my son and I adopted the half-grown kitten, as we were bringing him home, the cat kept sticking his paws out through the air holes in the carrier box, while meowing at the top of his voice. When he put his paw on the gearshift knob, I said, "Why, you little mischief! Are you trying to drive my car?" My son, who played a lot of D&D, said, "Quick, name some gods of mischief!" And when I said the name Loki, the cat stopped meowing, indicating that's the name he wanted to be called. He lived up to the name for 16 years.

The picture was from when my husband and I had a small software business in our home, and a really complicated system of two sort-of-interconnected LANs of personal and business-related computers. Loki liked to perch like that on top of the router. I took a picture, which later wound up becoming an icon. I use it for cat-related conversations, or when it's appropriate to a computer discussion.

Mic - When I started working in radio in 1967 or thereabouts, many stations still used microphones like that one, and I spoke into quite a few of them. This one I use when I'm discussing radio, and my experiences in it.

Above Clouds: Above the clouds is the place I most like being. And I wanted something that conveyed that idea in a somewhat cheerful way. Bright moonlight gleaming off the tops of fluffy cumulus clouds fit the mood I was trying to create. I use it to raise people's spirits, including my own.

Edited Date: 2019-01-25 03:53 am (UTC)

Icon Meme

Date: 2019-01-25 04:57 am (UTC)
eldriwolf: (Default)
From: [personal profile] eldriwolf
Oh! Shiny
...not that I have a lot of icons to choose from..


Date: 2019-01-26 12:44 am (UTC)
jesse_the_k: kitty pawing the surface of Atlantic vinyl record on turntable (scratch this!)
From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
...thank you so much for explaining the beanie shape. I'm not quite old enough to have encountered beanies in the wild (or maybe I hung in square circles).

I wish we could make CDs with GIFs, although they might generate a lot of heat all stacked together.

How big an event is Consonance? I was a musician in an earlier life and I regret not filking when I was capable. Making music together is The Best.

(Theoretically it's never too late but I don't know how to accept that I used to be a passable guitar player and singer and now I can't play nor sing for more than 10 minutes. Weirdest of all is that when I got sick I lost my sense of pitch. Also acquired dyscalculia. That's probably related.)

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