Comment and I will give you 3 interests on your list, and 3 icons, for you to explain.
Brobdingnagian Bards (Chosen by both bethynyc and svartalfur!)
All save Sir Ian are bands I like and that I first encountered via the late, lamented MP3.com, where I created a pagan-oriented internet radio station. All these groups were part of the station's playlist, along with a lot of other great music from lesser known artists. I discovered a lot of great music from that site and I really miss it. :'(
The Brobdingnagian Bards play mainly Celtic music, but they also do funny songs like "If I Had a Million Ducats" and produced an album of Tolkien-inspired music as well. You can listen to several of their tunes on their SoundClick page or MySpace page. marcgunn also does some solo stuff and creates podcasts of Celtic music -- visit his LJ for links to his most recent projects.
Emerald Rose plays Celtic music too, but they also have a lot of pagan-oriented songs like "Freya Shakti" and "Castle of Arianrhod". They've played at a number of Tolkien-inspired events as well, like the One Ring party when "Return of the King" swept the Oscars. You can listen to a few of their songs on their SoundClick page or MySpace page.
I've heard both these bands play live at I-Con and Emerald Rose has also played at NYC's Pagan Pride Day. They're both great live!!!
Unto Ashes plays medieval-flavored gothic music. You can listen to a couple of their pieces on their MySpace page. I've seen Unto Ashes perform live, as well as being invited to Mariko's recital.
Inkubus Sukkubus also plays gothic music, but their sound is more rock and roll with a pagan twist. You can listen to a few of their songs on their SoundClick page or MySpace page.
Unto Ashes and Inkubus Sukkubus were the two bands that got me into the gothic music scene -- before that I was more of a rivethead, with occasional forays into hardcore. (I miss the CBGB hardcore matinee a lot -- the mosh pit with Murphy's Law playing was the best!!!!)
Ian McKellan is one of my favorite actors and is directly responsible for my becoming a fan of Shakespeare. How? Well, a number of years ago, in the early 80s, he did a one-man show that was broadcast on public television called "Ian McKellan Acting Shakespeare" and I watched it. He did various bits from the Bard and tore apart Macbeth's "Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow" speech word by word to explain it, then reassembled it in a compelling performance. I was smitten from that day forth, both with him and old Will S. I watched that show over and over and over again, whenever it was re-broadcast. I've seen quite a few films he was in. His performance in the film of "Richard III" was absolutely amazing -- deliciously evil yet sympathetic. I will watch movies I otherwise would not, just because he is in them. The one thing I cannot forgive him for, however, is turning down the role of Dumbledore for "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (according to IMDB) and thus allowing Gambon to get his foot in the door. I think Sir Ian would have made a delightful Dumbledore, unlike what I've seen to date of Gambon's performance in the role.
On to the userpics . . .
I thought this was a fun userpic for a chemist like myself to have, especially since I used to synthesize drugs and explosives as part of my lab-work.
I've gone by the name Persephone for about two decades now, so pomegranate seeds seemed appropriate.
I have a PotterPuff theme for many of my userpics and this is the one I use for any posts or comments that have to do with theater, musicals or Voldemort. Personally, I'd love to have someone do a production of "Springtime for Voldemort", complete with tulips for the Death Eaters to tiptoe through. :D
I used to fence and I thought this picture of a female fencer looked nice, so I turned it into an icon. I'd like to go back to fencing, but for the moment, that's not likely. (Although one never knows what the future may hold . . . )
A mole is not just a pesky varmint that infests lawns, but also a unit of measure used in chemistry. It is defined as 6.02 times 10 to the 23rd power of either atoms or molecules of a substance, an amount referred to as Avogadro's number. I like the geek humor of this double-entendre icon.
This is a picture of Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu god who removes obstacles and grants prosperity. It has been made in such a way that the OM symbol is made by Ganesha's form -- look closely and you'll see it. I thought this was rather clever and turned the picture into an icon.