Comment on this post and let me know you want to participate. I will choose seven userpics from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are using them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so others can play along.
in_the_blue picked these:
keyword: people of the book
comments: old school
I don't remember where I got the image; it's representative of the Torah and the Talmud, with an image of Jerusalem's Wailing Wall in the background. I have always heard the keyword phrase as a self-description of the Jewish people -- the wikipedia article on it rather surprised me by identifying it firstly as a term used in Islam.
This icon is a pretty recent addition, which I am using mostly to talk about Judaism in general and Judaic law/writings in particular.
keyword: we are living in the future
comments: I love this decade I'm living in!
I stole this icon from ladymondegreen. The text reads "Oh wow that's awesome. It's like the future." That and the keyword and comments pretty well say it all.
keyword: because it has to
comments: from the webcomic xkcd
This comic is the source; I had to do a bit of cut-and-paste to make the text fit into a 100x100 square and still be readable. I like the last panel better out of context.
I use this for occasions when I really want to offer somebody hugs and comfort and reassurance, and all I can do is sit at my computer, hundreds of miles away, and type to them: it's going to be okay. because it has to.
keyword: no swimming
comments: It's a shot of "dumb idea" with a "bad plan" chaser.
Once again, sadly, I don't remember where the image is from -- but it struck me as the perfect visual for advice that really really ought to be unnecessary. THERE IS ICE ON THIS SIGN. DON'T GO SWIMMING. SERIOUSLY. The comment text is a line from Seanan McGuire's song "Pretty Little Dead Girl", to which this icon is not related except in its appreciation of how really stupidly people can act sometimes.
I use this to comment on dumb ideas and bad plans -- my own or those of others. (Seldom those of people I am directly addressing, though, because that's just mean.)
keyword: mornington crescent
comments: yes, that really is me and that really is the Mornington Crescent Tube station
The picture is from the only time I have ever been to London. When I discovered that we would be traveling through the Mornington Crescent station, I insisted Alex take a picture of me there. Why, you ask? -- and while you're asking, you might also ask why "I win" is part of the caption? This is why. I was an avid online player of Mornington Crescent for years, and I couldn't resist the chance.
I mostly use this icon for circumstances in which crowing "I WIN" is appropriate. :D
comments:From the webcomic Questionable Content
It's from this comic, but as with the above, I had to jigger the text around to make it fit in a square panel.
I totally have days like this. Occasionally entire weeks. Sometimes being oblivious is protective and useful, but other times it's just really annoying.
keyword: each of us is one small light
comments:ganked from knowledgequeen, made by iconxbrothel
The keywords are from a song about Chanukah lights I learned when I was a kid, taken out of context.
I use this icon for mourning and for hope.