Look at your LJ userpics list. If you have fewer than 50 icons, pick every fifth one. If you have between fifty and seventy-five icons, pick every seventh one. If you have over seventy-five icons, pick every tenth one. If you have fewer than ten, pick all of 'em. List them on your LJ, and tell everyone exactly why you have it, why it's interesting to you, what significance does it have.
This is a "chibi" drawing of the Japanese court nobleman I researched for my undergraduate thesis! He is really funny-looking, so I use the icon when I am in a humorous mood^^ Also, it brings back memories of Heian court related literature and media (with a modern twist)!
This is General Pettigrew from the movie Gettysburg! He was being introduced to General Longstreet, who inquired about the book Pettigrew had written. Pettigrew is a studious type fellow (top of his class and, more or less, was a kind of foreign exchange student), and he is very excited to show the general his book!...but they are preparing to march into battle in just a short while!?!...
Poor Pettigrew is injured in the battle and died a few days/weeks later after he is thrown from his horse in battle and shot.
This is a Japanese noblewomen of the 16th century who was married to a samurai named Hosokawa. She was Christian and involved in the church even when her husband urged her not to because of the politics of the day. She was killed when her husband's castle was overrun by enemies during the war. I wrote a report about her for Japanese history class, and wrote another paper about the architecture of her husband's many teahouses (only one of which survives now, I think).
Raiders of the Lost Ark! Belloq thought he was revealing treasures of history, but when you mess with holy things, bad things happen to the prideful...
Maria from Metropolis near the beginning of the film. She has an imploring look, as she silently pleads with Freder to save his brothers below. Some parts of this film are just plain odd, but overall, I really like it!
Another Raiders related icon. This is a map which describes the dig site. Drawings and diagrams are fun!
This is a medic in the snow...it's kind of hopeless, but also somehow hopeful, as a symbol. It's a very sober icon, and I like the colors. I had a whole lj layout based on this same image at one time.
I want to learn morse code. Well, the code on this icon is not morse. It's DOT code, the one used during the Civil War. Each letter was represented by a series of clicks on the telegraph that were either the length of a single note (1) or a half-note (2) combined to make letters. Because it was simple, even people with no training in CW could use this code to communicate across the battlefield. Speaking of which, tomorrow, I will visit the amateur radio club on campus :D Yay!
Now I need to get with it and get to work!