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29 March 2007 @ 01:04 pm
GIP (but I try to add content!)  
Too funny! *giggles*

I have icon angst. When I first got extra userpics, I went completely crazy collecting icons, and for the first nine months or so, I changed my userpics all the time. But over time, I kind of 'honed' my collection so that I had all the basics covered:
- major fandoms, favourite characters and pairings
- mood-appropriate icons: a good 'squee' icon, a good 'pissy' icon, a good 'thoughtful' icon, a good 'sad' icon
- a personalised icon or two because they're special
- a few 'unique' icons made by friends or very specific to something I like
- funny or pointed icons to whip out in appropriate moments.
You'd think that'd mean I was all sorted, right? Well, sort of... it's true that I don't change my icons as much as I used to, but it just means I have more angst when I do change one: Which icon must I sacrifice? Eeeep! I have an awesome icons filter on my friends list, and in the last few weeks the iconists have really been excelling themselves. So I've just finished a nail-biting session of adding in some new icons. I can't bring myself to get rid of any of the first ten or so in my collection because they have huge sentimental value to me, and then there's all the 'useful' ones listed above, but there are a few things that really mess with my icon system:
- ridiculously pretty people (Jamie and Katee, Tom and Michael, Erica Durance, Justin Hartley, Adrianne Palicki, Aishwarya Rai...)
- shows with great ensemble casts (Heroes and Friday Night Lights: I have to have multiple icons for this because I love the whole cast, not just one or two characters)
- OTPs (damn them! I can't ever have enough Clex, Clois or Kara/Lee icons)
- my offbeat sense of humour (makes me a sucker for the random humorous icon)
- new dramatic events on shows (necessity for obtaining new icons urgently and/or modifying collection)
- watching too many damn shows (I don't ever post about House, for example, but I watch it and occasionally wish to comment on it in some else's journal--and I feel naked doing so without a House icon)
- my strange need to embrace the unpopular (aka the 'Lana' phenomenon--I insist on having at least one Lana icon at all times, because dammit she needs some love too).
It's more difficult than it looks!!

In fandom news, there's been lots of great readings post-'Crossroads' (season 3 finale) in BSG fandom.
- info about the BSG version of 'All Along the Watchtower'
- dianora2 posted a fantastic account of Jamie Bamber at i-con (which proved to me once again how much I love him and find his thoughts on the show and his character spot-on)
- Further to that, I found this interview with Jamie about the season finale a great read as well
- some interesting speculation about the final four (five)
- wisteria_ has posted her long and brilliant meta on 'Crossroads'. Hooray!
My own thoughts on 'Crossroads' and What It All Means are still all whirly and Maelstrom-like. I think I have another meta post in me once they all settle down, but as a brief coda to my reaction to the finale:
- One reason I didn't mind the music that much? I heart absurdism. (This is surprisingly important to remember about me and accounts for many of the times I diverge from fandom(s) in emotional reaction. Smallville Season 4, a case in point.)
- The Final Four are really growing on me--more and more I think they're fantastic choices, though I'm still most 'meh' about Tory out of any of them--people either seem to respond to the actress or not and I fall into the 'not' category. (But yes, I do think they are Cylons.)
- norwich36 made some fantastic points about Laura and Gaeta in the comments to my review. Bless!

Finally, you know what I would really like to see next season? Lee return to Galactica (and yeah, obviously they have to survive the battle, but assuming they do) and him tell everyone that Kara's going to lead them to Earth only to have everyone think he's gone completely mad, because Kara's not there. (I don't actually want Kara to be a vision, so I guess she'd have had to say 'meet me at Planet X' or some daftness.) My evil sense of humour would like to see Lee try and persuade everyone that he hasn't completely lost it (Dee would look at him pityingly, Helo could make worried!face and try to get him to shut up because it was embarrasing everyone), and I think it would be particularly fun to see Adama roast him for abandonning them in the middle of a battle to go flying with his imaginary girlfriend. :-D Of course, eventually I want Kara to bounce up ('hi, guys!') and Lee to be all 'see! see! SEEE!' and smug and all because he's funny when he's pissy and right. In the meantime, Sam can make puppy eyes at him in a 'how dare you hurt me by lying like this about my girl' way, creating lots of angst material for the slashers. Which brings me back to my icon! *wins*

ETA: Meant to pimp btlstr_hiatusca as well--community for rewatching (or watching for the first time) BSG during the nine-month (*groan*) hiatus.

Yes. It is a quiet day at work. Why do you ask? :-p
Current Location: work (sadly)
Current Music: Over and over--Morcheeba
DC: Smallville - Kristin Kreukbananainpyjamas on March 29th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
GIP! Er, or is it GIC?
*joins the odd Lana love*

I know what you mean about covering your bases in icons. I am currently quite sad that I can't seem to find as many awesome comic book icons as I'd like. I would make some myself if I wasn't so damn lazy.

Definitely might've overdone the Lee-love after the past two episodes though. That damn suit. XD
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lana :Dbop_radar on March 29th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)
Re: GIP! Er, or is it GIC?

Oh, it's dreadful when you feel a void in your collection. I am hopeless at graphics so I rely on others, and every so often I have had to go to ridiculous searching lengths to find what I desire... though my friends are usually terribly kind and make me things.

Oh, that SUIT! (I'd comment with my suit icon, only I'm in new-love for this one.)
DC: Battlestar Galactica - Lee 2bananainpyjamas on March 29th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
Re: GIP! Er, or is it GIC?
Hee, that icon is made of awesome. Don't worry, I'll take care of your suit-icon-needs. =D

What's worse than the voids in your collection (IMO anyways) is when you feel like you're overstating your love for something. Like how I have three Michael Turner Supergirl icons and only one for comic!Superman. Same goes for the Smallville and Superman Returns icons. I'm not huge fans of either (although Smallville has wormed its way into my heart, rawr, stupid show), but needed *something* to show Superman some love. Good comic book icons are sorely lacking and good icons of an 'unfashionable' character like Supes are even rarer. But of course that would start me on a rant about the lack of respect for good ol' Clark Kent among comic fans in general, and that's just asking for trouble. :P
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Leebop_radar on March 29th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)
Re: GIP! Er, or is it GIC?
Oh, yes, it's true--overstating one's love can be a real problem too. And Smallville does have a way of worming it's way into one's heart. ;-)

a rant about the lack of respect for good ol' Clark Kent among comic fans in general, and that's just asking for trouble
Ha! Yes. It's true that I have not seen many good Superman icons--I can see why you'd be falling back on Supes Returns and SV.
Nora Norwich: Scully kidding menorwich36 on March 29th, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
You know, it seems like we should start an online petition or something for LJ to make it possible to purchase 150 icons instead of 100. I still have a few slots open, but I'm reaching my limit at the same time I'm collecting new fandoms, and I'm having a hard time deciding what I'll have to sacrifice when the time comes. (I get anxious if I don't have a few slots open, too, because you never know when you're going to *absolutely need* a new icon.

One thing I do before I take an icon out of rotation is transfer it to my GJ account, in case of eventual future harddrive failure, so I know it is somewhere online if I decide I want it again.

I'm going to follow a bunch of those links when I have the time, but now I need to catch up on sleep!

Using this Scully icon just 'cause we're talking icons and I've had it for two weeks with no real chance to use it.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Dexterbop_radar on March 29th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC)
I get anxious if I don't have a few slots open, too, because you never know when you're going to *absolutely need* a new icon.
Ah! Yes! I nearly added that one to my list of icon anxieties. More icons should definitely be allowed.

I also understand the phenom of having an icon and no excuse to use it. *whips one of those out* (my favourite character from Dexter)

You sleep! *pets*
Nora Norwich: smoochesnorwich36 on March 29th, 2007 05:12 am (UTC)
Yes, I'm going to resist commenting any more and shut this computer off RIGHT NOW. I was just posting because I thought I had one other new icon I hadn't used yet, but if so I can't find it at the moment.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois kicks assbop_radar on March 29th, 2007 05:15 am (UTC)
Well, I haven't seen that one before! (Do you not smooch me, Nora? *huffs*)
Nora Norwich: smoochesnorwich36 on March 29th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
Well, this one is only about two weeks old, so you shouldn't feel that neglected.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Helobop_radar on March 29th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
I only tease. :-p
i was always like this: Helobionic on March 29th, 2007 05:32 am (UTC)
LOL! I love your icon :D

Dude, wasn't Crossroads all 'WTF' and 'OMG' and '!' I feel the same way about Tory, but I love the final four regardless. Especially the last one through the door - YAY!

have you read this? Really interesting, and totally believable, and it is AWESOME. Especially, again, the bit about Saul. But also, y'know, EVERYTHING.

I need to find some more good thinky BSG meta to read!

Also, is it true we have to wait till 2008 for the next season? OH SHOW! /dies
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Helobop_radar on March 29th, 2007 05:44 am (UTC)
It was! In the best of all possible ways. Tigh was a kickass reveal. Loved it! And funnily enough I linked to that post above! ;-) It was very good--and I think her idea about Apollo is plausible. I'll keep an eye out for thinky BSG meta for you. And yes, it is true about 2008. *flails* It's going to be TOUGH.
Cris: Clark - glassesduskwillow on March 29th, 2007 07:41 am (UTC)
Ha ha!
I though I was the only one who gets all angsty evey time I want to upload a new icon. There is never any room! Any I can't delete anything! Even crappier ones that are way old because I love them for some reason.
It's awful since I discover new fandoms all the time, so I don't know where to squeeze in icons for them. *le sigh*

*closes eyes to all BSG talk*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Pretty please clarkbop_radar on March 29th, 2007 08:10 am (UTC)
You are most definitely not alone! And I nearly added YOU as a category of icon angst all of your own: 'Every time duskwillow makes a post I want to use every icon in it'! ;-)

I just can't get rid of my older icons... most of which are made by you, actually! Like this one? *happy sigh* Ahh, such a classic!
Cris: Torchwood - Jack/Ianto2duskwillow on March 29th, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
Aw. *blushes*

But seriously, why the icon limit? Why can't LJ be like greatestjournal so you could use as much icons as you want. :(
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois mix tapebop_radar on March 29th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
I don't know. :-(((
Fleegull: Bonkersfleegull on March 29th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
I'm dying for these idiots (I say that with the utmost affection) to get to Earth. A bunch of polytheistic outer space people screaming "Robots is chasing us!" showing up? That could be comedy gold. I'm sure we'll get plenty of angst but still....
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on March 29th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
*giggle* I love that! Can you imagine how completely batshit they'd all seem? Pointing at Sharon and saying 'She's a robot! No, really. But she's ok. It's the other ones you've got to look out for!' O.O Definitely comedy gold!
(no subject) - bloodygoodgirl on March 29th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC) (Expand)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee is emo!bop_radar on March 29th, 2007 11:24 pm (UTC)
'I saw Kara damnit' and no one would listen and Helo would so make his concerned face
Exaaaactly! I love it when Helo makes concerned face. :-)

Nine. Months. It's too long to contemplate! I love my show waaaaaaay too much to last that long without it. :-(