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Q&A  Days 1-8

9. Tell me about your default icon.
My default icon, showing a crow on a laptop squawking into a microphone.
I have a thing for crows, and since this icon portrays a crow perched on a laptop squawking into a microphone, to me it more or less typifies who I am: opinionated, sometimes loud, and on the internet.

10. Pick 10 random icons from your userpics and tell me about them.
I did this by clicking the 'choose random icon' button on the post page 10 times. More icon blather is here.

Icon showing a winter night, with a streetlamp shining through the snow.
My keywords for this one are "a sad tale's best" because this is an icon about winter, and the full quotation from Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale goes that "a sad tale's best for winter." I tend to use it for sad/grim/depressing/winter posts.

A close-up on the alethiometer from The Golden Compass movie.
Though the keyword for this one is "compass," it's actually the alethiometer from the movie adaptation of The Golden Compass (the compass in the title does not actually refer (solely) to the alethiometer, but to the compasses with which God marked out the universe in Blake's illustrations after Milton).

Sheeta and Pazu look out over Laputa in the movie Castle in the Sky.
Called "think in layers" after Tom Lamarre's descriptions of animetic movement in The Anime Machine; it shows Sheeta and Pazu from Castle in the Sky staring out at Laputa. I love that movie, and it's a beautiful scene.

Princess Tomoyo from Tsubasa prays.
This is a coloring of Princess Tomoyo of Nihon-koku. I used it a lot when I was translating Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, less so now, but it's still one of my most beautiful icons, I think.

Steampunk snow goggles saying "yuletide wrangling (snow goggles required)"
I had [personal profile] outou make this for me two Yuletides ago, when I'd just started tag wrangling and we were frantically doing a lot of behind the scenes work to get the AO3 ready for the Yuletide archive import (which, I'm told, will happen someday). Her comment was, "These goggles wouldn't even work!" but that's what makes them steampunk, as far as I'm concerned. I use this one for all tag wrangling. And you know, it's only today that I realized that there's a typo on the icon. Hah.

A horse, a robot, an alien and a dude under text that says "I'll go to the convenience store and come back" in Japanese.
My "obligatory Japan icon" comes by way of [ profile] iconomicon, one of many, and is apparently the cover of a choose your own adventure novel or some such? In any event, it features a horse, a robot, a dude, and some kind of alien/android on an adventure to a convenience store. That seems fitting.

Icon that says Han Shot First in Star Wars-type font.
I grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over and over (seriously: my sister and I wore out two separate VHS sets of the trilogy), and as far as I'm concerned, Han shot first. This one is captioned "revisionist historian," because I have a penchant for irony, and so I tend to use it when people are ignoring historical facts a lot too.

Icon of Utena with her sword saying "Justice for all"
Utena doing her signature saber-lunge finishing move under the legend "Justice for all." That was my first anime, and is still one of my absolute favorites.

Icon saying "all I want for Heaven's Day is worlds enough and time"
Made for me. My sister and I really liked the anime The Big O, which despite the title is about giant robots in an amnesiac near-future New York, where instead of Christmas they celebrate Heaven's Day. "Worlds enough and time" is of course from Andrew Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress": "Had we but world enough, and time,/This coyness, Lady, were no crime…"

Holmes, Watson, and Mary from the 2009 Sherlock Holmes movie, looking unimpressed at the viewer.
The keywords are "not impressed OT3," which is pretty literal: it's Holmes, Watson, and Mary from the 2009 Sherlock Holmes movie, looking unimpressed. I think this is the only shot in the entire movie where all of them are in-frame and facing the same way, i.e. not fighting. I use this when talking about OT3s of all kinds.

11. What features do you think Dreamwidth should have that it doesn't currently?
Um. I'm really looking forward to scheduled posting, since I try not to post more than once a day and to time my posts to hit the sweet spot of people being around, which is more challenging since I've moved out to the west coast and I frequently have other things to be doing during the day. Which is to say: at this point I pre-write a good 85% of my posts in text files.

12. What do you consider the 10 most "telling" interests from the list on your profile? Why?
Hmm. New Jersey, Quakerism, history, copyleft, fair use, fandom, books, manga, anime, languages. I think those 10 are a reasonable triangulation of my core interests/formative influences. Certainly my interests as a whole--which I haven't really updated for years--still are fairly accurate.

13. Do you have any unique interests on your user profile? What are they? How'd they get there?
Apparently yes! 'Abolishing the electoral college' is, I think, pretty self-explanatory; 'post-westphalia' and 'r2p' are not. 'Post-Westphalia' is a recent and much debated idea within political science that basically sees the current international system transitioning to a model in which the sovereignty of recognized nation-states is no longer the constitutive principle. 'R2P' is the 'responsibility to protect,' which the U.N. said it had in Security Council Resolution 1674 in 2006 and which is more or less in action in Libya right now. As for both of these: I find them quite interesting, but I remain highly skeptical (see above re: Libya). 'Hearing chimes at midnight' is also unique, and is a leftover from my days as a pretentious undergraduate (it's from a Shakespeare quotation). I may still be pretentious, but I'm no longer an undergrad.

14. What is your favourite subject to discuss on Dreamwidth?
Hmm. Books, anime, manga, mostly! And large popular fandom things like Doctor Who, etc, etc. I love reading everyone's reactions and speculations.

15. What 5 things are you obsessed with currently?
16. What are you glad you did but haven't really had a chance to post about?
17. How many people on your reading list have you met IRL?
18. What don't you talk about here, either because it's too personal or because you don't have the energy?
19. What are you most interested in reading?
20. Any questions from the audience?
21. What's your favourite thing about Dreamwidth?

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