Baaaa. Got this from , whom I solicited to ask me about a handful of my userpics. The meme text says:
If you comment here, I’ll choose five of your icons to ask you about. (Or, if you have fewer than five icons, I’ll just choose one.) Then you do might a post explaining the significance of those icons.
But you can also comment here if you just want to ask about another of my icons but don’t want to do the meme. I’ll add it to the list below.
This image is taken from Joe Versus The Volcano
, where it appears in several different forms, most purely as the corporate logo of the soul-crushing company that Joe works for. It’s a symbol of struggle and (on the flipside) adaptation. I use it whenever I describe or refer to an onerous task, or to one of those unforseen problems that life drops in your path. But it’s not always epic in scale, it works just as well for trivial or tedious stuff too.
The chat acronym ROFLMAO always brought to mind Emperor Mao, and that famous solemn portrait of him. I don’t use this one very often, but when I do, it’s as a sarcastic kind of anti-laughter about something I don’t find funny, inspired by the juxtaposition of the colloquialism with his facial expression. I’ve never used it with a political message (e.g. “omg communism lol”) nor do I plan to in the future, but I’m forced to admit that it would also work in such a context. In fact, the ease with which this could be misunderstood makes me a bit hesitant even to use it as I do.
That’s me, in one of the very few photos of myself that I can stand. Unfortunately, I’m a bit tired of it at this point, but I don’t really have a better one to replace it. It was taken at my grandpa’s in, let’s see, it must’ve been the summer of ’02. I use this one for stuff about my person or my family, or other times when a real smile is called for.
Colin was always my favorite on Whose Line. Even more than the rest of them, he jumped into anything, completely fearless of looking silly no matter what it was. Everybody else had their rare moments when their dignity made them flinch, but I never once saw Colin have one of those. Anyway, I looked at his official website one day, and the puzzled look of this photo struck me. The quote, which is from The King and I, expresses the level of “WTF?” I’m shooting for, while also sneaking a bald joke in there. (I imagine Ryan would be proud of the effort, but tell me it’s far too subtle.)