I use the "direct link" code from Imaageshack. It appears that Tinypic offers the same thing.
The other thing I did was I told the Mint forum to resize the pic I use to 100x100. Until I did these 2 things, I was getting the same type of error. Not sure which one, if either, really was the trick to get the pic to work as an avatar. But that is what I did and it worked.
All progress requires change, but not all change is progress.
--Henry Steele Commager
...there are some...who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those...who use their careers to promote change.