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A Life of Noisy Desperation
Meme time! 
29th-Aug-2011 12:13 pm
Steeplechase
From derryderrydown:

1. Reply to this post with "UNICORNS", and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.


This is my default icon. It's cropped from a picture I took at Coney Island in the late 90s. This particular sign has long since been painted over, but you can still find the Steeplechase mascot all over the area, especially since they made him the logo of the Scream Zone.


And here's a woman with a giant crab on her head. I wish I remembered where I found this particular image, or that I knew the story behind it. If I ever end up serving as the moderator of a Livejournal comm, I'll make this my "mod hat" icon. Currently I tend to use it when I'm feeling, well, crabby.


This is Conrad Veidt as Gwynplaine in The Man Who Laughs, a silent adaptation of a Victor Hugo novel. I own this movie on DVD but have not yet watched it, though I have seen clips in documentaries about early horror films. Modern audiences are most likely to know of the film through Brian de Palma's adaptation of The Black Dahlia, which refers to it. I think of this as my "I'm smiling because the alternative is murder" icon.


This is cropped from a map that accompanied a New York Times article about Governors Island, the former US Coast Guard housing base where I lived when my father was stationed in NYC. Since it became a national park open to the public during summers I've gone back a couple of times a year, most often for the Jazz Age Picnics.


That's me, costumed as the White Rabbit for the Dances of Vice "Wonderland in Spring" party in March 2010. I always enjoy dressing up for DoV, and I am particularly proud of that ensemble because I got the idea just a couple of days before the event. Once I thought of the White Rabbit, I realized I already owned a waistcoat, a (fake) pocketwatch, and a suitable coat and slacks; all I needed to buy were white gloves and the ears. The picture was taken by Steven Rosen.
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