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Hey, can anyone explain why I have 131 userpic slots? My thingy went up to 131 when we got that thingy where they went up, but I've had this LJ since June 2001 and I've seen numerous people with newer LJs than mine having way more slots, up in the 180s and 190s. Are they/you paying more?

I'm paying for the 100 slots or the premium membership or whatever, plus 31 for loyalty I think?

Meanwhile please admire my awesome userpics and compliment me profusely on their scope and elegance, yes?

ETA:[ profile] furies made me aware that 26 of these icons are from space shows. I am not ashamed! Nor am I ashamed that 14 of them are from Doctor Who.

While I'm tallying, I have two icons featuring lions, and two icons slashing Brian/Stewie. And since we're on the race question, I have 15 icons featuring PoC, 14 1/2 really because I've only got half of Tuvok's head. I combined Angela Montenegro and Cote de Pablo into one (because I am unclear on either of their races and didn't want to make assumptions; fill me in?) and included Maggie and Hopey, because though in the b&w animation they are white, in the... real world, Maggie is Mexican and Hopey's Colombian. The PoC most frequently represented on my flist are Turk and Martha, followed closely by Cam Saroyan and President Obama (I counted the ones with his face in them, not the one that just said OBAMA on a building. Because while it's nice and blue, I decided that was not the color I meant.) Boomer/Athena/Grace Park also represent in all their sexyositude, and so does Toshiko and Nina Sosanya, doubly awesome as dressed as the eunuch Bellino.

Still, 15 icons of PoC out of 131 total. That's a lot of white people, even if you ignore the landscapes or things or text or lions or dog/baby (incidentally, both white). I say it's either a sorry state of my tendency to seek out people who look like me and a sorry state of television and the way it features characters of color. Probably both.

I also noticed that all of my 14 1/2 icons of PoC are of really smokin' hot people. Is that coincidence, or TV, or offensive and shallow of me? And since lately I've been hyper-aware of my ability to talk about racial issues, I'm afraid it feels like I'm exercising privilege in some way and that concerns me.

Date: 2009-03-15 01:35 am (UTC)
sotto_voce: Joshua Chamberlain staring into the distance, with caption "brains are sexy" (Default)
From: [personal profile] sotto_voce
I think that people with 150+ have permanent accounts, possibly?

Date: 2009-03-15 01:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, makes sense. Unrelatedly, my mom hooked up w/T. They got along famously and I think it's the beginning of a beautiful relationship! THANK YOU.

Date: 2009-03-15 03:01 am (UTC)
sotto_voce: Joshua Chamberlain staring into the distance, with caption "brains are sexy" (Default)
From: [personal profile] sotto_voce
I heard! You are totally welcome! It was no trouble at all, especially on my part, and T was genuinely super happy about being able to help.

Date: 2009-03-15 01:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
People who have permanent accounts are up to 197 icons right now. If you'd gotten an LJ in 1999 you'd have more now, too.

Date: 2009-03-15 04:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Only if you'd kept it paid for all of that time :)

(the code for LUs is headache-inducing, but it basically has to do with the amount of paid time purchased for the account; when they introduced the feature, they credited paid accounts with the amount of time they had been paid previously. An account created in 1999 but free until LUs came around wouldn't have more pictures than a paid account created at that time, since the loyalty is payment not site-usage)

(and permanent accounts get -- or at least used to get; it may have gone up -- the maximum "possible" value of LUs, getting an additional one every, uh, three months? or something. paid accounts are granted LUs when the payment comes through, which means theoretically, a paid-but-not-permanent account could buy five years of paid time right now and get 25 more userpic slots.)

Date: 2009-03-15 02:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am in AWE of your userpics, their ELEGANCE and their lightness of TOUCH! I am so in AWE that I am SLIGHTLY off with my USE of CAPS!

Ahem. You've inspired me, m'aam! I now want M*A*S*H userpics, and (as I am lately on a comics spree) Mina from the league and Jenny Sparks of the authority...
I don't know how to make icons, but oh, I'm sure it can be done...


Date: 2009-03-15 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Feel free to nab any of my icons (except the ones that say MINE DON'T STEAL, of course), just make sure to credit the artist! And if it's me, make sure to credit me!

There is at least one excellent comm for comics art, but I can't remember what it is. Check with [ profile] liviapenn or [ profile] thete?

Date: 2009-03-15 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You're very kind. M*A*S*H! Black Books! So many things to make me smile!
I don't tend to change icons very much - I have a couple that signify "About work" or "About other things" or "Heee! Silly!" But I like them as a genre, and I love some of yours.

Date: 2009-03-15 06:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
you have more mash icons!!! yaaaay!!!

though looking at them made me laugh, because they are so different from mine.


Date: 2009-03-15 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hah! Okay, I have to count the space ones. Hang on.


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