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Userpics meme

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.

This was one of the first ones I made myself, from the famous Apollo photograph of the Earth rising as seen from the Moon. At first I was using it as the default icon for book reviews, but I decided that I preferred to use a part of an illustration of the cover of an Earthsea novel instead. Now I generally use it for sad or contemplative entries, especially for deaths. There is something awfully profound about the whole planet seen from a quarter of a million miles away.

I wanted an icon that would be a good illustration for posts about the more military bits of my day job. There's something very uncompromising about a tank. This one is Australian.

I felt that all the icons I had designed myself were rather grim and unhappy, and so made this one, from the famous photo of Einstein, to illustrate particularly funny entries or comments. It's impossible to look at this picture and not feel slightly cheered up, I think.

The first American presidential election I can remember was 1976, and I was cheering (at the age of nine) for the candidate I had heard of, which was that nice Mr Ford. Since then, of course, I've come to realise that my personal politics are much closer to Carter's, and that indeed Carter was the better president of the two. Nonetheless, despite his manifest flaws, Ford did put in place the CSCE process which was a much greater contributory factor to the fall of communism than any of Reagan's military posturing. I also hope very much that he will defeat Reagan again, as he did in the 1976 primaries, by simply outliving the old fraud, and I have a ticker on my lj profile counting down the days until that happens.

I made this icon to illustrate a single livejournal entry on the tangled history of Eastern Rumelia, now an integral part of Bulgaria, but at one stage a potential flashpoint in the geopolitics of Europe. I basically cut down one of the maps of the region that I found on WikiPedia to the point where only the word "Philippopolis" was visible. "Philippopolis" is such a fantastic name, don't you think? Much more memorable (sorry, elmyra) than the modern name of Пловдив.

This is one where I not only made the icon myself, I also took the picture it is cut down from, a couple of months ago during the warm summer weather. This is U, my youngest, enjoying bubbles being blown for her in our back garden. I intend to use it to illustrate posts about my family.

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smhwpf
Sep. 8th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
I'd wondered what the whole deal was with you and Gerald Ford!

My mother now lives in Eastern Rumelia! Since January. I am going there on Thursday!
slovobooks
Sep. 9th, 2006 01:18 pm (UTC)
I'd wondered what the whole deal was with you and Gerald Ford!

Yes, I was wondering that too...
mylescorcoran
Sep. 8th, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC)
This is a good meme! Thanks for the pictures and nice explanations to go with them.
slimmeroftheyea
Sep. 9th, 2006 12:36 pm (UTC)
icons
I have one. It is a picture of gilbert the three legged cat taken by ianmcdonald.
ceemage
Sep. 9th, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
What if you have none?
Both wwhyte and I have no icons at all, of course. Iconless and proud!
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