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The universe is commonly defined as the totality of everything that exists.

Oh Brethren! Another winter break has come to pass and woe is a shadow over my shoulder as another semester looms in my future! It is with wonder and hope that this iconic bounty can be the light that shines through the murk of studies! Let this random combobulation of Lisbeth Salander, astronaut suicides, Sherlock & Watson, string art, sixties fashion, The Greatest American Hero, eighties weirdness, and much more, be a beacon in these dark time! Enjoy!

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( The shape or geometry of the universe includes both local geometry in the observable universe and global geometry, which we may or may not be able to measure. Shape can refer to curvature and topology. More formally, the subject in practice investigates which 3-manifold corresponds to the spatial section in comoving coordinates of the four-dimensional space-time of the universe. )
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Zeta Reticuli is a binary star system located about 39 light-years away.

Oh, Brethren of the Almighty ICONOMICON! We are in the midst of the hot and sweltery summer and the ICONOMICON! brings forth a cooling batch of iconic goodies! Sit in your air-conditioning and enjoy!

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( Zeta Reticuli Greys come from Zeta Reticulan, the 4th planet out from Zeta2 Reticulum, near Barnard's Star, which is a neighboring star system to Orion. The constellation Reticulum is a fairly small collection of faint stars, of which zeta is barely visible to the naked eye. )

P.S. Thank you all who have donated so far. Most of you have received your donation graphics, but there's still a few of you I haven't gotten to yet. If you haven't donated, there is still time - the wedding is one month away! So please, click to DONATE or visit jackart to buy some prints!




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Nubile women are a source of jealousy and strife in the tribe.

Salutations, dearest Brethren of the All-Seeing, All-Knowing, Almighty ICONOMICON! With this batch of iconomic goodies, I come bearing news of good tidings! Yours truly, the humble Keeper of the ICONOMICON! is getting married! To the lovely woman who named the ICONOMICON! It is a match made in Heaven!

Why does this concern you, dear Brethren of the ICONOMICON? Previously you all came together to help me in a great time of need, and again, I humble myself before you. I am trying to raise money to help pay for the wedding. Between medical bills and divorce (the irony, I know), our families are unable to give us a hand, so we're paying for most of the wedding on our own.

The membership of the ICONOMICON! is so much bigger now, so if every member donated $3, that would pay for the whole wedding, which I am of course not asking for :D However, if every member donated fifty cents, or half the members donated $1, or a quarter of the members donated $2 (you get the picture) that would more than cover the amount we're coming up short. Like last time, I am not asking for blind handouts!

I will make custom icons or banners for anyone who donates $5 or more. I am a fairly accomplished graphic designer and will also do other custom graphics you may need. Email me and we can work out details. Unlike with my surgery, you don't have to wait until I get back and recuperate – I'll get started on your graphics straight away! Also, if icons aren't your thing, I am also still selling prints of my photography at jackart!

If you can help, that would be amazing. Think of this as the pledge drive for the ICONOMICON! If you love the ICONOMICON! and have benefited from the six years and 17,000 icons available here, if your internet experience has been enhanced by these little 100x100 squares, please donate!







When donating through PayPal, please put your LJ name in the comments. Thank you in advance to anyone who is able to help. I appreciate this more than words or icons can express.

Thank you,
Jack Shoegazer

And last but not least, the latest icon post!

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( Although the institution of marriage pre-dates reliable recorded history, many cultures have legends concerning the origins of marriage. The way in which a marriage is conducted and its rules and ramifications has changed over time, as has the institution itself. )
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Shiva is depicted three-eyed, with ornaments of serpents and a skulls, and covered in ashes.

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I just haven't figured out how to do it yet.

Lo and behold, dear Brethren! The warming tides of spring have brought in a jumble of jam-happy icons to fill the empty cornucopia of your userpics slots! These iconomic upshoots defy the cold lingering winter! It is time to bloom!

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( Education is everything. We don't need little changes. We need gigantic, monumental changes. Schools should be palaces. The competition for the best teachers should be fierce. They should be making six figure salaries. Schools should be incredibly expensive for government and absolutely free of charge to its citizens, just like national defense. )
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Ophiuchus is a large constellation located around the celestial equator.

Oh Brethren, ye Brethren, tis the first offering of the new Gregorian year and what a mighty bounty it is! If it ever did, this time randomness truly knows no bounds! Indeed, this chaotic catastrophe of creativeness collides with your consciousness to create a constellation of commotion, a collusion of cheer, a conflagration of captivation! Enjoy!

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( The constellation is better known as Serpentarius, the Serpent Holder, and is the only sign of the Zodiac which is linked to a real man. This man lived in ancient Egypt around the 27th century BCE, and his name was Imhotep, who is said to have brought healing to mankind. Imhotep was known as Aesclepius by the Ancient Greeks and his serpent or snake symbol is still used today to symbolize the medical profession. )
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Zwarte Piet leaves gifts in the children’s shoes.

Brethren of the All-Seeing, All-Knowing, Almighty ICONOMICON! Be aware that the solstice is coming and along with it the derived holidays of many names! In such traditions, there is a, uh, tradition, of gift-giving, and for that reason, I have graced your pages this day! Behold, a mighty bounty of iconic giftmas!

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( According to myths dating to the beginning of the 19th century, Saint Nicholas (Sinterklaas; Santa Claus) operated by himself or in the companionship of a devil, Zwarte Piet. Having triumphed over evil, it was said that on Saint Nicholas Eve, the devil was shackled and made his slave. A devil as a helper of the Saint can also still be found in Austrian Saint Nicholas tradition in the character of Krampus. )