Steph (normandie_m) wrote,

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Saturday night meme/other stuff

Default: iCicero has been my default for about three years now. I keep meaning to change my LJ theme, but I like this default so much that I keep putting it off.

Oldest: This is one I made and used as a default waaay back when I first started blogging. It's a picture of Canova's sculpture of Cupid and Psyche. I didn't know who Canova was at the time, but over the years I did my homework, saw more of his works up close and love them.

Newest: The drawing of St. Nicholas is by Herge, the creator of Tintin. I stumbled on it by chance on the official Tintin website and decided it'd be appropriate for Christmas/Sinterklaas posts.

Saddest: I....actually don't have many angsty icons. This is about as angsty as it gets- David Tennant played Jean-Jacques Rousseau in a BBC doco on the Romantic movement, and the quote is from the first lines of The Social Contract, Rousseau's work on government.


Angriest: Again, I don't have many angry icons. See, I'd consider this more bitchy than angry, but that's as close as it's going to get...

Cutest: I hardly use it, but Anji/Callum = definitely cute

Sexiest: It's a tie between teh Rickman and the harem icon severa made for me. So much sexy in both!

Funniest: Funny for a lot of reasons, and best appreciated by classicists and Latinists.

Favourite ship: Tony/Jackie, Hotel Babylon. I think I might be the only one who ships them. This is not helped by the fact that HB doesn't exactly have a fandom to speak of, woe.

Favourite fandom: Harry Potter remains my first and favourite fandom. Even if it is tremendously wanky most of the time, I sit far enough away and just enjoy the lulz.

Favourite animated: xkcd's lovingly-made tribute to the Discovery Channel's Boom de yada! ad. This never fails to cheer me up either, if I'm in a bad mood.

Best quote: Yeah, it's the angriest/bitchiest icon, but it also has the best quote. cleolinda knew just how to sum up Gladiator.

Best textless: This was the first one I made where I toyed with contrast and shading in the image. I like the bright background and the way that David Tennant's face is shaded by the light there.

Most used: Discounting the icons that have been around longer, I probably use this one the most. IDK, I just love Cicero and 'adlocutio' means to address, so it's fitting for most of the posts I make.

Favourite: I don't use this one a whole lot, but I love the way it turned out.

HOW MANY ICONS DO YOU HAVE: 117, though looking at them all, I might get rid of some in time.
OUT OF HOW MANY AVAILABLE ICONS SPACES: 195. Gah! I'm guessing I have so many because of the permanent account.
IF YOU COULD BUY SPACE FOR MORE, WOULD YOU: No. Nearly 200 slots for icons is more than sufficient, I think. -_-;
DO YOUR ICONS MAKE A STATEMENT: That I'm a geek who loves BBC productions, ancient history, older British actors and costume dramas?
AND THE SECOND MOST: It's a tie between Hotel Babylon and Casanova (8)
WHAT SHIP DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: Oddly enough, it's a historical 'ship: Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. There's two icons of them- my shipping tendencies aren't really on display in most of my icons...
ARE YOUR ICONS MADE MOSTLY BY OTHER PEOPLE: No, most are made by me. I counted 21 icons that were made by other people.
ARE THEY ANY GOOD: I like most of them, though you can tell the ones I made when I was still feeling my way around Photoshop apart from the others where I finally managed to get it right.
ANIMATED ICONS ARE:...okay? The ones I have are fairly simple ones...I find the ones that have more than, say, five or six frames a little annoying. Also, I wish I could make them, that's the one skill I haven't achieved yet. :/

Seeing Frost/Nixon with Libby tomorrow. Yay! I want to see Doubt in the next few weeks too, before it gets really busy at work. I've had to give up going to the Greek reading group, though I now have a very good (and naturally, expensive) Oxford Greek-English lexicon that I can now use to improve my vocab. A text on grammar is next on the agenda, since I'll have to return the ones I've got to the library in a few weeks.

In addition to the Greek lexicon, I also ended up buying a Kanji dictionary for when I'm in Japan, kanji being the Japanese alphabet where I don't recognise most of the characters (given that there are over 50,000 kanji, that isn't too surprising...). My revision of the language isn't going too badly- I find that my vocabulary and grasp of the basics is still good, but the verb forms and speech patterns are where I need to improve.

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