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As a sequel to The many usernames of SFF.SE, this is the definitive collection of SFF.SE users' profile pictures (avatars) and their meaning or significance.

There are some of our most active users whose avatars I've always been curious about. So I thought I'd create this thread for everyone to post answers about their pics.

  • There are some of our most active users whose avatars I've always been curious about. I'm curious to know who? – Möoz Dec 15 '15 at 20:26
  • @Mooz I was thinking of Slytherincess when I wrote that, although there are quite a few others (such as Jason Baker and yourself) whose avatars aren't obvious! – Rand al'Thor Dec 15 '15 at 20:33
  • Funny, I thought you were wondering about Slytherincess' avatar! Also, Mine is Tiesto's Nyana bird – Möoz Dec 15 '15 at 20:35
  • @Mooz Ah yes, I knew you'd said somewhere what your pic was - hadn't realised it was mentioned right there on your profile! Fancy posting an answer? – Rand al'Thor Dec 15 '15 at 20:37
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    As I mentioned in chat, the artist who designed the piece ("Kerli") is named Natalie Shau (Links to Pintrest gallery). I liked the green color (Slytherin) and the designs on the girl's arms -- maybe they're tattoos, which would be cool. I also liked the steampunk/gothy feeling of the piece. So I made an icon out of it! I'm surprised there was even some interest in my icon. :) – Slytherincess Dec 19 '15 at 20:07

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Pretty basic, just my logo. The logo is CE (backwards E), based on the standard image for power buttons.

Current:

Web Head

Base:

Base CE logo


I've also did monthly avatar changes for awhile:

2017

January-ish:
I cheated and reused January's from last year.

This February is a square, because my son turns 4, and it's red letters because that's currently his favorite color:
February 2017

April-Whenever. I graduate from university in a couple weeks, so got my cap and school colors going on. (Last semester stuff is why I've not had time to update, but this weekend I really want to procrastinate, so ta-da!):
Graduation 2017

2016

A snowflake for January (Re-used in 2017):
January 2016

A missing image circle with the line through it, since I haven't had time to make February-themed one:
February 2016

A green one for Spring, which officially starts on March 20th this year:
March 2016

April showers:
April 2016

May flower (It's my attempt at a wild daisy, very common in my area!):
May 2016

June sunshine:
June 2016

July patriotism:

July 2016

Fall colors (technical issues and busy semester have made it hard to get anything out lately):

August 2016

2015

Xmas colors for December:
December 2015

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    I always thought it was a G. :-$ – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 16 '16 at 2:01
  • @JanusBahsJacquet That works just as well, for me, as my name starts with a "G" ;) – user31178 Apr 16 '16 at 2:04
  • Ah, I've been waiting a month to see if you were going to have a May flowers theme. – Molag Bal May 5 '16 at 22:02
  • @anaranjada I wasn't sure I would. Vector art is not my strength, and neither are flowers. This was my most challenging one yet. – user31178 May 5 '16 at 22:05
  • ooh, the july one is awesome! – RedCaio Jul 14 '16 at 3:08
  • I like may, maybe because I from that month only ;) – Steve Harrington Sep 27 '16 at 21:29
  • I opened this question unsure of its value on the meta site, but I do like the explanatory part of this answer. I have to complain, though... February was not ISO 3864-1-compliant. VERY DISAPPOINTING (not really) – Pops Nov 15 '16 at 21:38
  • @Pops Artistic license! – user31178 Nov 15 '16 at 21:44
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Once I was Simon Waterson, a college football star who was transformed into a frog by a slighted witch. Then I picked up a sliver of Mjolnir, and was granted the power of Thor.

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Now I am Throg, the Frog of Thunder. Evildoers beware.


I learned about Throg a few years ago, and it was (and remains) one of the funniest concepts I've ever heard; it's completely bananas, I cannot get enough of it.

And yes, I call my dupehammer Frogjolnir (the real in-universe name of Throg's mini-Mjolnir, because there is a god and he works at Marvel Comics).

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At the time of posting this answer, my current profile picture is a photoshopped version of my Twitter pic, courtesy of @MikeEdenfield.

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It is something of a running joke at this stage that I hate everything thanks to my vocal dislike for Man of Steel, with other negative opinions of sometimes popular things only cementing my status as the SciFi.SE and Movies.SE "resident hater" - unearned, in my opinion, but it has stuck nevertheless.

In response to this, @MikeEdenfield took a copy of my Twitter picture and photoshopped it to mute the colours and include a Man of Steel poster, as well as changing the colours of the shield on my T-shirt to match those of the Steelers - an American Football team supported by @steelerfan.

After I referred to the picture as the anti-Dr R Dizzle, @randal'thor named this abomination Elzzid R Rd. Elzzid R Rd loves everything regardless of if it is any good or not, and is a huge fan of Man of Steel, which he considers to be "really deep, y'know?".

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    just FYI: the shirt is black because black & gold are the steelers main colors – KutuluMike Dec 15 '15 at 12:27
  • Its my favorite answer on this meta, i did made my own entry to which make zero to no sense :D – Steve Harrington Mar 1 '16 at 11:25
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Update: My new avatar is a simple red & white "RC" for RedCaio. I made the RC as a watermark for my videos that is post on my RedCaio youtube cannel.

Icon:

RC icon

Full logo:

RedCaio logo


Past Avatar(s):

My avatar was a minimalist drawing I drew myself depicting Kylo Ren:

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I am a passionate Star Wars fan, so I draw Star Wars stuff for fun.

  • I didn't know you were an artist! Have you heard of the Arts & Craft proposal? – user31178 Dec 20 '15 at 14:11
  • Yes, that's what we've been calling it since 1981. – Slacklord the Terrible Dec 29 '16 at 17:53
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    ...except it's not anymore. – Mithrandir Aug 17 '17 at 9:07
  • @Mithrandir updated :D – RedCaio Aug 19 '17 at 3:15
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Until recently, my avatar was an "On Strike" sign.

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This reflected my decision not to participate in the site's ongoing moderation (editing, flagging, voting to close/open/reopen, etc.) until the end of my unnecessarily harsh chat-ban.

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    Downvotes simply make me more certain that my decision was the right one to make. – Valorum Dec 16 '15 at 18:22
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    Ahhh, that's what your strike means. I thought you were on strike completely. Cool. Good to know. Any thing I can help with? – Möoz Feb 12 '16 at 2:30
  • @mooz - not that I can think of. – Valorum Feb 12 '16 at 7:07
  • @ibid - I shall leave this as an archive post. – Valorum Feb 25 '16 at 1:43
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    @Richard - Will you at least then leave a new post explaining the meaning behind your current avatar? – ibid Feb 25 '16 at 1:44
  • @ibid - I might do so in future. – Valorum Feb 25 '16 at 1:45
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    Welcome back, Buffy! :-D – Rand al'Thor Feb 25 '16 at 1:46
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    Your avatar keeps on changing, but this post does not. :( – ibid Apr 20 '16 at 7:52
  • @Richard - Can't you just copy that here? (Or provide a linkn?) – ibid Apr 20 '16 at 11:31
  • New post! New profile description! – Slacklord the Terrible Jun 22 '16 at 21:06
  • The girl in your current avatar is cuter than the "strike" sign. But the strike sign is OK too. Who is the girl? – Revetahw Aug 5 '16 at 10:21
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    @fiskdal - It's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I change it periodically. She tends to reflect my mood at the time. – Valorum Aug 5 '16 at 10:24
  • @Valorum Alright, thanks! BTW, I didn't get pinged, fiskdal means "fish valley" :) – Revetahw Aug 5 '16 at 13:50
  • @Valorum - The explanation is in my profile I'm not seeing it there. – ibid Mar 11 at 4:32
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My username, Rand al'Thor, comes from the main character of the series of fantasy novels. Originally my avatar was one of SE's auto-generated ones, but during the 2014 Winter Bash I wanted to have a real picture on which to wear my hats. The first one I went with was the image found in my username post, which epitomises the WoT series in a way (Rand, Mat, and Perrin standing with their armies against the Dark One), but then I settled for this picture, which I've always found amusing:

me

(I'm considering changing my avatar some time soon, by the way.) I changed it! That crown, and the reference to a British patriotic slogan, were making me too uncomfortable.

new me

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    "changing my avatar some time soon" - I like your definition of "soon" :) – Gallifreyan Apr 13 '17 at 18:14
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    @Gallifreyan I only said "considering"! I changed my mind :-) – Rand al'Thor Apr 13 '17 at 20:57
  • I like the new picture! Very dramatic. I just don't understand the "British patriotic slogan;" "Keep calm" is a global t-shirt phenomenon. (Unless there's something that I'm missing, as an American.) – Shokhet Jul 9 '17 at 1:58
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    @Shokhet Before it became a tee shirt print, it was a poster produced by British government during WW2 (Wikipedia to the rescue!) – Gallifreyan Jul 9 '17 at 11:22
  • @Gallifreyan Wow. I didn't realize it was that old! – Shokhet Jul 9 '17 at 14:09
  • I haven't noticed this before, but your new avatar has a crown as well... on your head. – Gallifreyan Nov 8 '17 at 22:47
  • @TimE.Lord That's the Crown of Swords, I assume. I ain't got no quarrel with the King of Illian; no King of Illian ever called me n***. – Rand al'Thor Nov 8 '17 at 23:22
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My avatar

My avatar was Joseph Ducreux, a French painter known for breaking the fourth wall and having portraits far more expressive than the standard of his time.

A meme of the interwebs has established his paintings as the perfect place to post dated rewordings of musical lyrics. Here, we see Ducreux pointing at the camera with the chronologically correct reimagining of "Can't Touch This". It should be noted that this is not the version currently used in my avatar (the wording is different).

I abandoned my previous idea of using David Axelrod (the musician) as an avatar, as he quite simply doesn't sit still in a manner appropriate for hats. Indeed, I planned for the long haul.


In a show of solidarity with a fellow chatter... who is now a squirrel, I then changed my avatar to Vince Offer holding a Terrible Towel, with this pose, taken from a ShamWow commercial, as the base:

New avatar I also changed my name to Terriblefan.


With the departure of Major Stackings and his warning against sock puppetry, I then changed my name back and changed my picture to a heavy metal sock puppet:

SockPuppet avatar

It's noted as "Metallica Sock Puppet". While I don't care for Metallica, it is a fairly awesome sock puppet and I felt it reflected my name better than the KISS sock puppet or the Slipknot sock puppet.


With an avatar from Gallifreyan and a name from I Love You (because said user thought my name was Axe Lord and not Axel Rod, and making this change messed with the user's autocorrect), I have created my latest avatar-name combo.

Last Avatar

I think it's pretty freakin' rad.


In light of incidents in chat, I have changed my avatar once again, to something more appropriate to the situation.

They tell you to leave then punish you when you do

  • He looks so smarmy, I'm sorry, I have to DV. Thank goodness you've put hats on him, cause I can't stand to look at him otherwise. – user31178 Dec 17 '15 at 17:19
  • @CreationEdge This I agree with, but any further discussion will warrant tacos. – Slacklord the Terrible Dec 17 '15 at 17:21
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    I had to Google who that was, as I was oblivious! Hopefully when hats are over you can update this with a better av and I'll change my vote :D – user31178 Dec 17 '15 at 17:23
  • @CreationEdge Hah, I'll switch over to David Axelrod – Slacklord the Terrible Dec 17 '15 at 17:26
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    Before looking at the update, i thought it was a horse... – Mithrandir Mar 1 '16 at 12:20
  • !!!! How can you not like Metallica? – Slytherincess Aug 24 '17 at 0:59
  • @Slytherincess Because they haven't done anything great since the black album. :D – Slacklord the Terrible Aug 24 '17 at 15:07
  • @Axelord - Hmm. Really? I'd argue for ...And Justice For All as being basically good. – Slytherincess Aug 25 '17 at 5:20
  • @Slytherincess Not my speed, but an improvement over most of the other albums inbetween. – Slacklord the Terrible Aug 25 '17 at 13:52
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Back when I had more free time, I got quite interested in using POV-ray - my day job is as a programmer, and this was a way for me to use some of those skills to be artistic.

My profile pic is a cropped version of what I consider to be my nicest rendering to date, something I simply called "Ring & Ball":

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While it looks simple, at the time using the processor I had available, rendering a full size image such as this took (literally) many hours - on a more modern chip it's seconds, or minutes at most!

For anyone who wants to see an example of what POV-Ray code looks like, here's a few sections from the file that defines the image.

The blue sphere at the center:

#declare sphereSize = 2;

sphere {
  <0,0,0>,sphereSize
  texture { 
    pigment { rgbf <0.25,0.5,1,0.9> } 
  }
  interior { I_Glass }
  finish { phong 0.9 }
}

The silver "bands" that encircle the red torus are defined as a single band, which are two cylinders (defined as a cone that doesn't taper) with a slightly smaller one "subtracted" (using the difference command) from the middle of a larger one:

#declare band = difference {
  cone {
    <0,-0.25,0>,ringWidth + 0.1
    <0,0.25,0>,ringWidth + 0.1
  }
  cone {
    <0,-0.5,0>,ringWidth
    <0,0.5,0>,ringWidth
  }
  texture { T_Chrome_5E }
  rotate x*90
}

This band definition is then iterated over and revolved around 360o:

#declare rot = 0;
#while (rot < 2*pi)
  object {
    band
    rotate y*(degrees(rot)+90)
    translate <ringRadius*sin(rot),0,ringRadius*cos(rot)>   
  }
  #declare rot = rot + (pi/3);
#end

I hope this was interesting, and gets you inspired to get making stuff! If you didn't already find it, make sure you checkout the POV-Ray Hall of Fame - there's some really great examples of what can be achieved.

  • I'm curious about your name - any relation to the famous Jim Thorpe? – Wad Cheber Feb 12 '16 at 7:51
  • @WadCheber Nope! I'd never even heard of him a year or two ago, being in the UK - but you're not the first to ask on SE, so now I do :) Thorpe is quite a common name over here, originally meaning small village or hamlet. I actually grew up somewhere called Edenthorpe, with Armthorpe next door and Scunthorpe nearby too, amongst others! – James Thorpe Feb 12 '16 at 8:07
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    Scunthorpe. Hehe. That has a naughty word in it. – Wad Cheber Feb 12 '16 at 8:34
  • @WadCheber Haha - yeah it regularly gets mentioned as a word that should be allowed when we use our "bad words filter" :) – James Thorpe Feb 12 '16 at 8:36
  • That's no Ring & Ball — that's a space station. – can-ned_food Apr 9 '17 at 12:44
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Current

"M" in the shape of fire flares, designed by user "Creation Edge".

Fire and Ice
This is my shiny new, custom-made hotness, designed by our very own @CreationEdge.

It is an 'M' in the shape of flares with some of my favourite colours incorporated into it. I love that it still has that 'cool ice' feel to it, even though it represents fire; with Ice and Fire being my two elements.

History

I've had a few iterations of the same concept for my avatar, but they have all been derivatives of Nyanna bird logo of the Trance and EDM producer/DJ Tiësto.

  1. First it was a plain black and white one (his first iteration as well):

    Nyanna logo 1

  2. Secondly I had a slightly more 'modern' looking version:

    Nyanna logo 2

  3. Then I followed it with a 'pink' cancer awareness themed one (which sort of stuck with me for a year or so):

    Nyanna logo 3

  4. Fourthly, I had one of the most recent iterations of the logo (which was also my favourite):

    Nyanna logo 4

  5. This one is great, my new favourite so far! It is a design by Erick Alvarez which I found on Twitter.

    Nyana Logo 5

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    Your avatar designs looks pretty neat! – Ave Jun 16 '16 at 11:11
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I use artistic depictions of characters as my avatar.

Characters I have chosen as my avatar so far (Current one in bold)

  1. Daeron I Targaryen
  2. Rhaenyra Targaryen
  3. Daenerys Targaryen
  4. Visenya Targaryen
  5. Elmo Tully (I am not kidding, Elmo Tully, his grandfather Grover Tully and his son Kermit Tully are real characters)
  6. Tywin Lannister
  7. Daenerys Targaryen again
  8. Cersei Lannister
  9. Lyonel Baratheon
  10. Larra Rogare with young Prince Aegon (Later King Aegon IV)
  11. Brynden "Bloodraven" Rivers (Prior to his battle with his half-brother Bittersteel)
  12. Rhaena Targaryen
  13. Robert Baratheon
  14. Rhaegar Targaryen
  15. Rhaella Targaryen (Using one of the images for Cersei and edited by Good people of internet into a Valyrian)
  16. Visenya Targaryen (Again - Coat of Arms Split into two because her Mother was a Velaryon and father a Targaryen)
  17. Maekar I Targaryen
  18. Daenerys Targaryen - Again
  19. Aemon "The Dragonknight" Targaryen
  20. Daemon Blackfyre
  21. Ashara Dayne
  22. Aerys II Targaryen
  23. Margaery Tyrell
  24. Oberyn Martell
  25. Aegon I Targaryen
  26. Elia Martell with her children Aegon and Rhaenys.

NOTE: To embiggen the images, click on the thumbnails in the avatar grid.


Avatar Grid

King Daeron I Targaryen 11th Feb 2016 - 7th August 2016 Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen 7th August 2016 - 5th September 2016 Queen Daenerys Targaryen 5th September 2016 - 10th September 2016 Queen Visenya Targaryen 10th September 2016 - 3rd November 2016 Lord Elmo Tully 3rd November 2016 - 2nd December 2016 Lord Tywin Lannister 2nd December 2016 - 9th February 2017 Queen Daenerys Targaryen 9th February 2017 - 21 February 2017 Queen Cersei Lannister 21 February 2017 - 3 March 2017 Lord Lyonel Baratheon 3 March 2017 - 24th March 2017 Larra Rogare with young King Aegon IV 24th March 2017 - 1st April 2017 Bloodraven 1st April 2017 - 25th April 2017 Rhaena Targaryen 25th April 2017 - 9th May 2017 Robert Baratheon - 9th May 2017 - 28 July 2017 Rhaegar Targaryen - 28 July 2017 - 16 August 2017 Rhaella Targaryen - 16 August 2017 - 18 August 2017 Visenya Targaryen - 18 August 2017 - 23 August 2017 Maekar I Targaryen - 23 August 2017 - 29th August 2017 Daenerys Targaryen - 29th August 2017 - 6th Sept 2017 Aemon Targaryen - 6th Sept 2017 - 2nd Oct 2017 Daemon Targaryen 2nd Oct 2017 - 9th January 2018 Ashara Dayne 9th January 2018 - 22 Feb 2018 Aerys II Targaryen 22 Feb 2018 - 7 Apr 2018 Margaery Tyrell 7 Apr 2018 - 3 May 2018 Oberyn Martell 3rd May 2018 - 26 September 2018 Aegon I Targaryen 26 September 2018 - 21st May 2019 Elia Martell 21st May 2019 - Present

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    Unfortunately I can't upvote for each time you change your avatar, I can only give you one :) – Möoz Sep 5 '16 at 23:01
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    I love that blue; it matches the Blue Winter Rose... (Not that I subscribe to J+D) – Möoz Feb 9 '17 at 4:16
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    @Mooz, no no nooo no j+d pls :D. I like that the artist showed a younger version of daenerys which doesn't look like Emilia Clarke and is closer to her real age, even though the garb and pose is inspired by show. – Aegon Feb 9 '17 at 6:31
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    I've edited it so clicking on the thumbnail links you to a full size image. – Edlothiad May 9 '17 at 10:07
  • Cheers! But how? :O – Aegon May 9 '17 at 10:25
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    @Aegon The markup you had was [![Insert text][1]][1]. The first 1 is the displayed image, the second 1 is where it links to. So by making it [1]][2] having 2 link to the full image, when you click you get the full image. I mean Black Magic! – Edlothiad May 10 '17 at 8:33
  • Needs an update? – Rand al'Thor May 15 at 18:07
  • @Randal'Thor I might be emotional about the show right now, but not that emotional to add show characters to my 100% pure books art grid :P – Aegon May 15 at 18:11
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My avatar is a half-blown moon.

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My avatar is consistent with my username. The avatar is actually a screenshot of a screenshot. It's what appears on the main viewscreen of the USS Excelsior near the beginning of The Undiscovered Country, to show Captain Sulu and his bridge crew what remained of the moon Praxis after this happened:

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    Looks like this moon tried to hold in a sneeze. – user31178 Dec 15 '15 at 4:23
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    @creationedge - I did that once and both my eyeballs popped out of head. – Valorum Dec 20 '15 at 12:44
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As my profile says, I am "SF&F's self-styled expert on The Thing" (as of December 2015, I am one answer away from getting the site's first ever tag badge). It is my favorite science fiction and/or horror film, so my avatar is the "red smoke" version of the poster for The Thing, featuring the tagline preferred by director John Carpenter and producer Stuart Cohen:

Man is the Warmest Place to Hide.

Carpenter and Cohen despised both the tagline and the poster design the studio opted to use: the "glow face" image and the phrase:

The Ultimate in Alien Terror.

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They felt that the "glow face" design was confusing and had nothing to do with the movie, and they criticized the tagline for giving too much away and simply reeking of B-Movie cliche.

The advertising campaign had changed overnight - the somber, predominately black and white imagery (which we had been consulted on) replaced overnight with the now familiar "glow face" (which we hadn't), the tag line " Man Is The Warmest Place To Hide" dumped for "The Ultimate In Alien Terror", which I abhorred ("Man" was written by a publicist named Stephen Frankfort, who also came up with what I thought was the best tag line ever for ALIEN - "In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream". He was hired early on and his company also created the earliest teaser with the ice block. The "Alien Terror" tagline was concocted by a studio suddenly desperate to display the word "Alien" above the title). Both, I thought, represented a last minute demotion to "B" film status, something we had fought for years, and evidence that Universal was effectively throwing in the towel in trying to reach a broader, more mainstream audience.
- Producer Stuart Cohen on his blog, The Original Fan

I agree with Cohen and Carpenter regarding the taglines, but I like the "red smoke" poster slightly more than the black and white one they wanted to use:

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I think the "red smoke" version conveys a sense of the movie's plot without giving anything away. It also scores points for featuring the superior "Man is the Warmest Place to Hide" tagline; I only wish it didn't also include the schlocky "Ultimate in Alien Terror" tagline.

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    Ha! Never realised you liked John Carpenter's: The Thing. That's what I'd say if I never realised you liked John Carpenter's: The Thing. – Möoz Dec 15 '15 at 20:25
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My Avatar is the lead character of my webcomic. His name is 'Guy'.

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He's usually the funny one.

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  • He always look cute, even when I lost the context of your comics most of the time ;) – Steve Harrington Sep 27 '16 at 21:26
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Meh.........

On the day I started writing it, it was Nightwing

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Don't blink, it might change into Grumpy Dwarf, Charlie Pace, Arrow, Constantine, V for vendetta, Jason Voorhees, Babadook, Alaric Saltzman, Zach, Groncholverine, Indian gods form molee's art pieces, Captain America (Hydra Agent), Punisher and god knows what else. Occasionally I do use my own pictures too ( still visible in Area 51).

On the side note, My avatars are reflection of my current favorite characters mostly with some exceptions. Nightwing is my all time favorite character, not Nightwing but the whole D*** Grayson character, I even like him more then Batman. I like his continuous character development. But its not going to stick forever, so why to waste time discussing it more.

Wow, while writing it, my mind giving me more idea for my next 100s 1000s of avatars but for now I am sticking with it for a while.



Due to constant hearing about that people can't keep track of my profile picture changes, I am making a log here:

meDexter MorganVmeSpartacusIsaac_LaheyProfessor_XWalter_WhiteWalter_WhiteLNearSmoking wolf bewakoof.com printmeidenticonZ-For-ZombieHookGreen ArrowmeZeroJoker ( Jared Leto)Babadook)Constantine)me

Image source linking under processing

I lost track of few profile picture due to using old upload methods or maybe I missed them in copy paste ;D I remember few of them, they were Jason Voorhees, Jason X and maybe Freddy Krueger , Ghsotface (Scream) etc. I even recycled few of them many times, so listing only unique ones.

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    You probably don't need to censor Dick Grayson. – Dr R Dizzle Mar 1 '16 at 11:26
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    @DrRDizzle someone said me not to use F/D words in scifi ;) – Steve Harrington Mar 1 '16 at 11:30
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    I'm sure it would be fine as part of a name. Dick is just a shortened version of Richard. – Dr R Dizzle Mar 1 '16 at 11:33
  • I know, just making fun of his name ;) – Steve Harrington Mar 1 '16 at 12:16
  • Technically his name is Richard! I've always like him, though, but I have a strong affiliation with part of his name (and as a kid that's always cool). – user31178 Mar 1 '16 at 16:42
  • @CreationEdge But Richard is not popular part of his name. – Steve Harrington Mar 2 '16 at 6:45
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    Neither is asterisks, lol. – user31178 Mar 2 '16 at 14:05
  • @CreationEdge ROFL – Steve Harrington Jun 10 '16 at 10:31
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    Hail Hydra is the best ;P – user54646 Jun 10 '16 at 16:52
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    +1 for Charlie Pace. – Rogue Jedi Aug 6 '16 at 18:06
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    Ah, the new name.... – Adamant Sep 26 '16 at 1:29
  • @Adamant yeah though for some change – Steve Harrington Sep 26 '16 at 6:03
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I'm boring. My avatar is myself. The one I'm currently using is me after a bike race, with a balloon-animal monkey on my back (there was a balloon artist at the turnaround point and I thought it would be fun).

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    So the real question is ... did you win the bike race? :-) – Rand al'Thor Dec 15 '15 at 20:22
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    ^_^ Sort of. It was for charity. I went really slow so that I didn't leave my wife behind. – FuzzyBoots Dec 15 '15 at 20:31
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My avatar is one of the first selfies I ever took:

It's just a picture of cheese in all its glory

But I could change it to something more like this (there's also Lambfear, Pies Sedai, Berrylain, Lemon Moraine pie...)

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    But is it gouda nuff? – Valorum Nov 6 '16 at 17:21
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    Rind al'Thor, Lews Therin Fetamon, Fishamael, Moridinner. – Rand al'Thor Nov 7 '16 at 20:34
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My tenth avatar is Morpheus, drawn by Yoshitaka Amano for The Dream Hunters.

Some examples of Yoshitaka Amano's stunning art can be found in this blog.


  • My ninth avatar is once again Morpheus, King of the Dreaming, Lord of Dreams, the Oneiromancer, Oneiros, the Sandman, King of the Realm that is Not, etc...

    This particular version was drawn by J. H. Williams III and coloured by Dave Stewart, for The Sandman: Overture #1. In it, Dream appears in the dream of a flower - in an according shape.

    There is an interview with Neil Gaiman from San Diego Comic Con 2013, where he explains how J. H. Williams came to be the artist of this miniseries; it starts at 5:08, but the whole video is rather entertaining, as it explains how Overture came to be:

  • My eighth avatar was Lucifer Morningstar, Samael the Lightbringer.

    This particular image comes from Lucifer #65, "Morningstar pt. 3". The Lucifer series was written by Mike Carey, and drawn mostly by Peter Gross and Ryan Kelly.

    The character began in The Sandman series, where he was created by the writer Neil Gaiman and artist Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg. His character was inspired by Lucifer's portrayal in John Milton's Paradise Lost (though I couldn't find a reference for this), while his appearance was based at least partly on David Bowie.

    He is not the archetypal Devil that mingles in the affairs of mortals or makes deals with them in exchange for their souls. He is, in a sense, a refugee, who rebelled against the pre-destination of God's Creation, and was set over Hell as a compromise, since Hell is the farthest point from Heaven, where God resides.

    Over the course of 10 billion years, Lucifer grew tired of ruling Hell - specifically by the views of Hell's inhabitants - and decided to abandon it all, giving the key to Hell to Morpheus (which is expanded in great detail in The Sandman - Season of Mists and At Death's Door).

    He later resurfaced in Los Angeles (spot the irony), and established the best piano bar there - "Lux".

    Lucifer's solo comic series started after a 3-issue series titled The Sandman Presents: Lucifer - The Morningstar Option, where Lucifer does a favour to the Heaven's host in exchange for the Letter of Passage, which grants one the exit from God's creation.

  • My seventh-and-a-halfth avatar was once again Morpheus, wearing his battle helm.

  • My seventh avatar is once again a puppet of the 12th Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi. I feel that I need to commemorate his character, since Peter has announced that he's leaving the show at the end of this season, along with Steven Moffat and Michelle Gomez.

  • My sixth avatar is Desire of the Endless, drawn by Milo Manara. I didn't pick it because I like the character (and I do, as with all characters in The Sandman), but because I find this particular rendition breathtakingly beautiful. Not only is it gorgeous, it also maintains the perfect balance between male and female features, which is what Desire is all about.

  • My fifth avatar is once again Morpheus, Dream of the Endless.

  • My fourth avatar is Morpheus, King of the Dreaming, one of the Endless. This picture is from A Game of You, the 4th volume of The Sandman.

  • My third and half avatar that lasted only an hour or so was, again, Morpheus

  • My third avatar was the Twelfth Doctor, playing a guitar. Taken from Doctor Puppet

  • My second avatar is a puppet of the Eleventh Doctor, from the Doctor Who series.
    I googled for doctor who puppet and stumbled upon Doctor Puppet; they make stop-motion Doctor Who episodes.

  • My first avatar is a silhouette of the Eleventh Doctor, with a clearly visible bow tie. Bow ties are cool.

Oldest is on the bottom right - click for full resolution

  • ...I thought that that one was @Adamant's profile pic for some reason o_o – Mithrandir Dec 25 '16 at 20:06
  • I never realised what your previous profile pic was! Always thought it was just a silhouette, rather than a specific one. +1, even though bow ties are NOT cool. – Rand al'Thor Dec 26 '16 at 22:55
  • @Randal'Thor - it's a dangerous path you're taking. Thread carefully... – Gallifreyan Dec 27 '16 at 8:14
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    Who was the old lady? – Edlothiad Mar 12 '17 at 15:21
  • @Edlothiad who? – Gallifreyan Mar 12 '17 at 15:23
  • Your avatar just before this one? The old lady, or what looked like the old lady. – Edlothiad Mar 12 '17 at 15:23
  • @Edlothiad updated - is that what you mean? – Gallifreyan Mar 12 '17 at 15:32
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    No, the one you had last week wasn't the 11th doctor who in puppet form, it was a grandma, I swear. This one – Edlothiad Mar 12 '17 at 15:34
  • Oh wait, was that a different doctor in puppet form? – Edlothiad Mar 12 '17 at 15:41
  • @Edlothiad ooooh, my poor memory! Updated again. – Gallifreyan Mar 12 '17 at 15:43
  • Yeah, that's it! Hope you don't mind me fixing the order. – Edlothiad Mar 12 '17 at 15:44
  • @Edlothiad indeed, thank you! – Gallifreyan Mar 12 '17 at 15:46
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    @Edlothiad You've just mortally insulted Peter Capaldi :-P – Rand al'Thor Mar 12 '17 at 23:45
  • What was the seven-and-a-halfth avatar? I glimpsed it briefly. Looked like a snake or something? – Rand al'Thor Jun 4 '17 at 15:00
  • @Randal'Thor Updated ;) – Gallifreyan Jun 4 '17 at 16:13
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Current

2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, #3elieve

penguin18


Original (and most often)

red viper

Which many may recognize as < SPOILER ALERT >. I just really liked the meta humor and since most fans fell in love with this character, it was just another example of GRRM butchering our dreams.


Next up I decided to show my love of things non-SFF and being one of the few that enjoys various types of sportsball I will be changing to one of Pittsburgh based teams logo (Steelers, Penguins, Pirates) based on their playoff performance:

2017 AFC North Champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers (January 2018) In keeping with "tradition" of changing my avatar when my favorite teams make the playoffs, this Steelers logo is to support them, and not confuse people in chat... (previously used in January 2017)

Steelers


2016 Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins! (April-June 2016)

2017 Stanley Cup Champions, BACK TO BACK!! (April-June 2017) First time since 1998 and the first time in the salary cap era!

  • So you might change to the Steelers logo at some point and desperately confuse everyone in chat? – Rand al'Thor Jun 6 '16 at 18:49
  • Pfft. The Steelers? They suck. Go Bengals. – Valorum Jun 6 '16 at 18:50
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    @Randal'Thor mad laughter "Some men just want to watch the world burn" – Attack Helicopter Jun 6 '16 at 18:51
  • meta.scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/7681/… "desperately confuse everyone in chat" – bleh Jan 7 '17 at 21:45
  • I think you need to update this. – Edlothiad Jan 16 '18 at 22:00
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Until very recently I didn't have an avatar at all, but...

I'm trying to start a trend of putting the Fourth Doctor's hat and scarf on other Doctors. - BESW

Since I recently finished all of New Who and am currently watching quite a bit of Old Who, it seemed appropriate. So far I've put the Timey Wimey hat on the Tenth Doctor, the Twelfth Doctor, and (my current avatar) the First Doctor hiding in a Dalek shell. I'll probably change it at least a few more times before Winter Bash is over.


I eventually settled on the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, because he happens to be my favorite of the Doctors from Old Who.

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I had to think long and hard about this one, but thought what better way to group my favourite tales with an awesome -scape. So I went with the "Tales from the Perilous Realm" cover by Alan Lee.

Tales from the perilous realm cover


I took my avatar from Emmanuel Humbert's Deviantart page:

My Winter-Scape

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My avatar was an obvious and mandatory choice, given the existing choice of my username, as explained in this related answer. However, in pracitice it wasn't too easy to find a nice picture of TARS that I'd be satisfied with. This is also the reason why the actual execution of my idea to use this username was even delayed from its initial inception towards the day I got myself the BluRay of Interstellar and was able to capture a nice picture myself.

But even the manual capture of TARS in a fitting surroundings and a pose that emphasisizes his unique and simplistic structural form wasn't as easy as I might have expected. So I settled on a compromise, fueled by a little enlightenment: Why am I so eager to highlight his full body when avatars on these sites are usually rather face-based, especially due to the limited size of the final picture in its everyday use?

So with this insight and my incapability of finding a fitting full-body image, I just settled for a picture of TARS' "face", which is, like his whole body, deliberately non-human and pragmatically functional. And to lighten the mood as well as highlight his nevertheless unique persona, I of course chose a portrait with the joking cue light on.

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    Looking more like a side door refrigerator to me ;p – Steve Harrington Mar 1 '16 at 11:31
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My avatar is a cropped and edited version of this very Space Age-y picture because I like Space Age-y science fiction and frankly I am Space Age-y. This could well have been me in 1965 but it is not.

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My Avatar is an artwork of Wolf Link & Midna on a Twilight Realm backdrop from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, because I'm a massive Zelda geek and the artwork is awesome.

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My handle is Pleurocoelus. A pleurocoelus (also called astrodon) is a dinosaur related to the brachiosaurus. My avatar is a picture of one with slightly modified lyrics from Walk the Dinosaur by Was (Not Was):

Open the Door. Get on the floor. Everybody walk the dinosaur.

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There's no real meaning to my handle. It was an obscure dinosaur and I wanted a handle that wasn't popularthing1234. What can I say, dinosaurs are cool.

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One faithful Draw a Bird Day, I drew a bird. I took a picture of it to upload, so I could share it on chat.

Since I had no avatar back then, I used it as my avatar.

A bird

I found it works pretty well with hats.

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    Nice! I didn't even know Draw a Bird Day was a thing. – Rand al'Thor Jun 20 '17 at 10:41
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My older avatar was of Darth Revan, my favorite character from the old Star Wars EU.

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I used it because I consider him the coolest of Star Wars' many 'rogue Jedi."

Recently i changed avatar to a poorly photoshopped collage of various things that I like.

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I frequently add to it, and it currently features references to:

  • Firefly/Serenity
  • Star Wars (specifically Knights of the Old Republic)
  • LOST
  • Captain America
  • Marvel
  • Destiny
  • LEGO
  • Doctor Who
  • The band Journey
  • Arrested Development
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Gravity Falls
  • Back to the Future: Part II
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I'm Girl With a Pearl Earring, using hats to defile Vermeer.

For anyone after WinterBash 2016;

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My avatar is Bellatrix from the Harry Potter series.

The name matches the avatar, which matches the girl behind it.

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The story behind my avatar is pretty straightforward. It's a picture of Bellatrix, from the Harry Potter series. She's my favorite character, I relate to her in many ways, and I'm very much like her, both in personality and appearance. Currently I have one with a green background, because it's the color of a lot of Dark magic, as well as the color of her and my Hogwarts House. I might change the actual picture at some point but it's always going to be a picture of her.

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    Please don't curse me! :-) – Rand al'Thor Aug 23 '17 at 19:41
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    Bella, Bella, bo-ella! – Möoz Aug 27 '17 at 23:56
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My avatar is a picture of myself; Dr Noonien Soong. It was drawn by Julianna I understand.

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My avatar is GIR with his dog costume and a mustache and a sombrero because I'm mexican and Invader Zim is one of my favorite cartoons...and I don't mind stereotypes.enter image description here

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