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Jun. 4th, 2008

08:12 pm - Icon Squee Meme

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1. Reply to this post, and I will pick five of your userpics.
2. Make a post 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.

The icons typographer asked me about:

David Hilbert This is an icon of mathematician David Hilbert, based on a space-filling curve he invented. The picture of Hilbert is drawn in, and then erased, along the path of a Hilbert curve (although it would have taken way longer than I would have liked to draw it in pixel by pixel, so I used fading techniques to make it look like it's being drawn in much faster, and being erased faster still). I use this icon when I post about math or other cool things.

nautical yig-ped This is "yig-ped" spelled out in international maritime signal flags. I use it when talking about large bodies of water or codes. (And in case you're wondering, yig-ped doesn't mean anything. It's like "potrzebie".)

Dr. Worm These are fictional medications that appear in the video for They Might Be Giants' song Dr. Worm. I particularly find the idea of "song remover" intriguing; I guess you take it when you've got a song stuck in your head and it's driving you crazy. I use this icon when posting about medical stuff.

L-fractal This is a fractal I drew myself, which I call the L-fractal. It's based on an image of an L-shape made of four smaller different-colored L-shapes; this base image is repeatedly shrunk and used to make more L-shapes, and the resulting images are composited to create fascinating patterns of color.

Potrzebie Potrzebie is a Polish word, the dative or locative case of "potrzeba", meaning "need"; for example, "w potrzebie" means "in need". It was used as a nonsense word appearing in random places in the early days of MAD Magazine, and this icon is a detail of a cartoon from page 25 of "Completely MAD: A History of the Comic Book and Magazine" by Maria Reidelbach. It's a page from a suspense thriller with the dialog replaced by mostly nonsense, some of it from other languages, including good ol' Potrzebie. I use this icon when... well, when I'm in a silly mood, really. :}

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From:yakko
Date:June 5th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
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*hand*
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 5th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
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From:wbwolf
Date:June 5th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
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Since you've drawn a large percentage of my icons, see what you can do with my set.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 5th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:June 5th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
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I hope that merely commenting won't automatically mean that I'll have my icons commented on because, while I normally love your memes, you drew many of them and can probably say more about them than I can!

I wanted to comment because I had questions/comments on your post:

1) How did you get your icons to be in your post itself?

2) Nit: You first say that "yig-ped doesn't mean anything. It's like 'potrzebie'" then you say that "Potrzebie is a Polish word, the dative or locative case of 'potrzeba', meaning 'need'". So "potrzebie" *does* actually mean something, but it's used as a nonsense word. "Yig-ped" on the other hand, doesn't mean anything anywhere.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 5th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
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1) By using HTML. The code is <img src="XXXX">, where XXXX is the location of the image, for example "http://p-userpic.livejournal.com/58759305/9577889", which can be gotten from an image by right-clicking or command-clicking on it and selecting "Copy image location" or whatever your browser calls it.

2) Nitpicker.

3) I see you have four icons I didn't make, so I'll ask you about those.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:June 6th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
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D'oh! Should've known about the html thing, I use it all the time. Probably just wasn't thinking, or maybe thinking that you can't do that with LJ icons, I dunno.

Regardless, I replied.
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From:timmowarner
Date:June 5th, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
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Me me me me me.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 5th, 2008 06:06 am (UTC)
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From:nicodemusrat
Date:June 5th, 2008 06:29 am (UTC)
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Ya know, this sounds like a fun meme, actually. Tag me!

BTW, love the Hilbert icon. Very clever. I hadn't seen it before but I suppose it's use is rather specialized. :)
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 5th, 2008 06:43 am (UTC)
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From:nicodemusrat
Date:June 6th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
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Thankee. Posted!
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 5th, 2008 08:15 am (UTC)
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 5th, 2008 09:28 am (UTC)
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Eh, I just wanna hear about the other two. :}
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From:tracerj
Date:June 5th, 2008 07:33 am (UTC)
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I'd ask, but I don't have all that many userpics and I think they're often fairly explanatory... or maybe I'm just too close to them.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 5th, 2008 08:16 am (UTC)
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From:tracerj
Date:June 5th, 2008 09:09 am (UTC)
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Aaaaaaand responded</i>. Man, I'm wordy.
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From:rikchik
Date:June 5th, 2008 11:26 am (UTC)
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I already did this one but it's fun to see yours!
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