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Where'd you get your nick?

By el_guapo in Culture
Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 10:20:53 AM EST
Tags: Culture (all tags)

How/where/why did you come up your K5/online nick? Do you try and use the same one on K5 as you do most other places?

I've been curious about this for some time, actually. I was a bit surprised that it hasn't come up already (maybe it has and got shot down, dunno). So, chime in and describe your nick inventing process!! It seems that this could also be the latest iteration of the "who are you" stories, as your nick is bound to somehow be tied to some basic personality traits. I'll post mine as a comment below the story. Have fun!


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My nick is
o a serious reflection on who I am 15%
o HUGE! uhhh wait, did you say 'N'ick? 8%
o a reflection of what I want to be seen as 6%
o thought up on a whim 38%
o derived from my name 26%
o whipped cream!!! 2%
o elguapo has a tiny 'N'ick 4%

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Where'd you get your nick? | 295 comments (295 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
Elmin (4.25 / 4) (#1)
by Elmin on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 12:09:27 AM EST

A long time ago, back when I was still using Windows, I made a series of Starcraft maps starring two characters named Elmin and Osephare (pronounced Oseh-far). I liked Elmin, so it became my web alias. I use it for just about everything online, but a few times I have used Osephare or my real name instead. Of course, I don't play Starcraft anymore, and Elmin has nothing at all to do with the original character now.

OK, so here goes mine (4.33 / 3) (#2)
by el_guapo on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 12:11:42 AM EST

elguapo is from the movie "the three amigos" and sort of translates to "the handsome". (if you've seen my pic you'll get that joke). also, most people don't realize this, thus missing even the 3 amigos joke in addition to mine. it also makes fun of my inability to learn spanish much to the delite of a good friend of mine who is actually from Mexico (ESL). we have a grand ole time at work with me butchering the spanish language and acting all bi-lingual and shit (hey,we're easily amused). anyways, it just sort of seemed to tickle 5 birds with one stone....
mas cerveza, por favor mirrors, manifestos, etc.
Movie characters (none / 0) (#134)
by mrBlond on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 10:10:54 AM EST

I immediately identified with "Toothpick" Vic Vega/Mr. Blonde in Reservoir dogs, not that I'm a psycho killer, or would like to be one - I just really liked the character. Strange thing is that my favourite part is where he gets shot by Mr. Pink.

For some reason I also identified with Patrick Bateman from American Psycho...

"mrBlonde" was already taken on EFnet, and I kept mrBlond after moving to smaller IRC systems. Later on someone else registered mrblonde and became a reg on the same channel I was on leading to much confusion.

I sometimes use my real name, but most internet systems can't handle the acute character in it.

Inoshiro for cabal leader.
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Video Games (5.00 / 1) (#3)
by tnt on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 12:18:27 AM EST

On most of the old video games (at the arcade), you could only put three letters to tag your high scores. At first, I used to use my initials (like most people did). But later I started using the tag tnt.

As far as relating to personality. I guess it does describe certain parts of my personality. But it's not something you'd probably get from reading what I write online.

And yes, I do use it (or something like it if someone else has it) on alot of places.

     Charles Iliya Krempeaux, B.Sc.
  Kuro5hin user #279

Vid game tag is where mine started too. (5.00 / 1) (#18)
by ZanThrax on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 01:35:10 AM EST

I never liked my initials, so I started using ZAN. Playing D&D one day, I created a character named Zan and needed a last name. Came up with Thrax. (Yes, one of the other players was a metalhead) Started using it elsewhere, and is now my defacto name. Many of the people that I know in the city on a casual basis know my tag better than my actual name... In many situations, I'm more comfortable as Zan now that I've been using that for so many years...

Before flying off the handle over the suggestion that your a cocksucker, be sure that you do not, in fact, have a cock in your mouth.
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The History of 'br284' (5.00 / 1) (#4)
by br284 on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 12:24:06 AM EST

I first started using the br284 alias after I had gotten an account on the Denver Freenet telnet service in 1994. I was using it to have a constant e-mail address, and br284 was the automagically generated string that I was given.

Since then, I have stuck to using it for signing up for various online services because I tired of having different names on different services. How many people do you know that will request br284 on any given service -- I know none. It seems like an insurance policy for getting consistent names as many people continue to go online.

I got in the habit of doing this that I do it as a reflex anymore. All my self-created accounts are under the br284 name, and will be for the forseeable future.

I have also used a couple of other nicks, though sparingly. I use cjkarr (my Princeton userid) for a couple of things, and I sometime revert to the Rook alias (mostly in online games). The Rook alias is from the good ole' days of the X-Fans and Clubnate mailing lists where I was appointed the Black Rook of the Inner Circle that was the X-Fans administration group. I am also a big fan of the rook piece in chess, so I generally use the Rook alias whenever I am in any sort of competition-based environment.


i am infinite (5.00 / 1) (#5)
by Justinfinity on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 12:26:00 AM EST

i like the idea of infinity. infinite everything. nothing is impossible, because there are infitite way to do it.

justin + infinity == justinfinity, which can be read Just In Finity, Justin Finity, Just Infinity. personally, i like the last one.

oh yeah, it also allows me to do nick changes like justeating, justdreaming, or justaway :-P

Different kinds of Infinity (none / 0) (#6)
by tnt on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 12:29:13 AM EST

Did you know that there are different kinds of infinity? Infinity different kinds of infinitiy.

     Charles Iliya Krempeaux, B.Sc.
  Kuro5hin user #279

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levels of infinity (none / 0) (#19)
by BehTong on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 01:35:20 AM EST

Moreover, there can be no largest infinity. Such a thing would introduce nasty contradictions into the math system and cause everything to collapse.

Beh Tong Kah Beh Si!
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Who many (none / 0) (#71)
by tnt on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 11:21:31 AM EST

But how many infinities are there??? (Which inifinity measures it.)

There are abviously the `countable' kind of infinity. (Since you can get this from recurrsively applying the `power set'.) But does this get all of them? :-)

     Charles Iliya Krempeaux, B.Sc.
  Kuro5hin user #279

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How many infinities are there?? (none / 0) (#82)
by BehTong on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 01:36:17 PM EST

Paradoxically, the only plausible measure of how many infinities there are is precisely the "ultimate infinity" which cannot exist without introducing a contradiction (or paradox). For sure there are uncountably many infinities; however, measuring how many infinities there are is self-referential -- you're just using smaller infinities to measure larger ones. Since there is no upper limit, you can never finish measuring them.

Beh Tong Kah Beh Si!
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Infinity/Infinity (none / 0) (#212)
by eofpi on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 10:03:13 PM EST

infinity/infinity is indeterminate, because although it is real and rational (by definition), the lack of equality between distinct infinities means there are also infinite solutions because of the infinite number of distinct infinities.

0/0 is indeterminate for similar reasons, although dealing with all possible factors of 0, rather than its own value.

[ Parent ]
exactly! (none / 0) (#68)
by Justinfinity on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 10:55:09 AM EST

yes, infinite infinity rocks

[ Parent ]
Flight Test (5.00 / 1) (#7)
by FlightTest on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 12:39:38 AM EST

My nick = FlightTest = my job. I work in Flight Test for a small company. I am not a Test Pilot, I am a Flight Test Engineer. I do have a pilot's licence though. Commercial single engine land with Instrument rating. The licence isn't necessary to do my job, but it sure helps. Oh, and yeah, I use the FlightTest nick on other discussion sites, both technical and non-technical.

Why did I flip? I got tired of coming up with last minute desparate solutions to impossible problems created by other fucking people.
My nick (5.00 / 1) (#8)
by phinance on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 12:41:33 AM EST

I got a Ph.D. in Physics ("Chaos" theory) and now use what I know to beat the stock market. ;)

physics + finance = phinance

Read, annotate, and discuss open source documentation.
Andamooka: Open support for open content.

friendly reminder (5.00 / 1) (#9)
by el_guapo on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 12:48:51 AM EST

from your CV: Ph.D Candidate, Physics University of Maryland, College Park Expected Graduation: May, 2000 anything i can do to help :)
mas cerveza, por favor mirrors, manifestos, etc.
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Re: friendly reminder (none / 0) (#57)
by phinance on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 08:55:25 AM EST

Time to update the CV, I guess...

Read, annotate, and discuss open source documentation.
Andamooka: Open support for open content.
[ Parent ]

M*A*S*H (5.00 / 1) (#10)
by radar bunny on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 12:53:11 AM EST

Remember M*A*S*H? Remember Radar always answering people's questions before they could even ask them? Well, I've driven at least 3 bosses insane from the doing that to them. As to where the bunny comes from--- well where to bunnies live-- where do geeks live?

a hole hidden from the world.

Its not "Sara" damnit. (5.00 / 3) (#11)
by CheSera on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 12:53:31 AM EST

Ok. This has been a thorn in my side for a while. I am a guy. But on IRC & elswhere my nic, CheSera, seems to portray me as female. I guess its the "sera" bit at the end.

Anyway, my real first name is Will, and my last inital is B. Will B. What "Will B, Will B". Que Sera Sera. CheSera. See? The Che part comes from Che Guvera (sp?), the revolutionary. Thought it sounded cool.


Birth certificate, baby. (4.50 / 2) (#12)
by AdamJ on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 01:01:48 AM EST

I think that when you're doing serious stuff online, real names are king. Having a nickname is fine, but keeping your real name from others seems fairly nonsensical to me, unless you have a good reason for hiding it (Victim of abuse, stalking, etc).

meaning (none / 0) (#13)
by xriso on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 01:04:48 AM EST

A real name carries no hidden meaning. A nick is an expressive identifier, chosen by you and not by parents.

I suppose for serious stuff in kinda makes sense, but the Internet isn't the real world, so there's not much reason to use a real name.
*** Quits: xriso:#kuro5hin (Forever)
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Real name == accountability + intimacy (none / 0) (#25)
by vectro on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 02:11:01 AM EST

I don't discourage the use of nicknames; You'll see I'm posting with one right now. But I think that the use of real names, especially as it relates to open source software, makes things that much more intimate. And I think that knowing the names of the people you deal with makes things more accountable, as well.

“The problem with that definition is just that it's bullshit.” -- localroger
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Real Name vs Nick (none / 0) (#221)
by yogger on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 11:18:24 AM EST

For most people, I might agree with you, but I have a fairly common name. Kevin Smith. I know of at least three Kevin Smith's in the popular lime light that I get asked if I am them (why is that so amusing to people?). There is even another one working at the same company as I do, I'm just glad he's in a different branch, its bad enough getting his email w/o people dropping by my desk wanting something from him.

The is only a test .sig
If it were a real .sig it would contain useful and/or funny information
[ Parent ]
given to me (5.00 / 1) (#14)
by CanSpice on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 01:09:41 AM EST

I was at a friend's wedding with a bunch of fellow geeks (it was one of those things where we knew each other online but had never met) and somehow I got named Canada Spice (mainly because I was the only Canadian there). I didn't care for the long version, so I shortened it. I use it almost everywhere, and I'm the only one who's ever used it, so I keep using it.
--- I don't have a sig.
From a book, of course... (5.00 / 1) (#15)
by TrentC on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 01:14:15 AM EST

I started using the nick TrentC on IRC during college, and I've just hung onto it since then.

Trent Castnaveras is the main character of one of the Tales of the Continuing Time by Daniel Keys Moran. It's also where I get my domain name from; it's a term from the Player's Litany from the same series:

"The Crystal Wind is the Storm, and the Storm is Data, and the Data is Life."
I grabbed the book by chance, while getting ready to get on a plane to go off to college. I figured it'd be some light reading for the trip.Over ten years later and I have several copies of many of Moran's books -- The Armageddon Blues, Emerald Eyes, The Long Run (which is the first one in the series I read) and The Last Dancer -- because they're all out of print.

Fortunately, Moran's books will be going back into print this year, starting near the end of the summer. If the reprints do well enough (he's going with a smaller publisher) then he'll look into getting the rights to his currently-unpublished book Players: The AI War and printing it for the first time; only about 6 or 7 years late...

If you're curious about the books, or have read tham and are looking for more into, it can be found on Daniel Moran's unofficial website. He should be getting his own site, which he plams to sell some of his shorter stories and novels from; he once said he was thinking of making The Armageddon Blues available as a PDF or similar document...

Jay (=

And now .... it'sssss.... (5.00 / 1) (#16)
by xriso on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 01:32:36 AM EST

xriso. It sounds really cool because it has an 'x' in it. ;-)

Seriously though, I have a side interest in constructed languages, and when I came across lojban I was really intrigued. I don't really know much about it except for very basic grammar structure, and I know about the cool quirks of the language (registers, emotes (ui==wheee!!!==happy), verb place rearrangement, lambda-like). So, coinciding with my Christianity, I chose xriso, which means Christian (when used as a verb, it means "x1 pertains to the Christian religion/culture/nationality in aspect x2"). Well, maybe it only means Christianity as a noun, but the general idea is still there. I think this is actually invalid to actually use in the language, as names are supposed to end in consonants (it's a rule). However, it's perfectly valid to tack a consonant on the end to Lojban-ize it. It is pronounced as khreesoh (x is like "ch" in bach). It has a penultimate stress, so the first syllable is emphasized.

Anyway, I have a little story: I was hanging out on slashnet/#trolls, and shoeboy guessed my nick's meaning as "christ has risen". That was pretty neat.

Previously I have used pyth, xenz, and thfy, but I have basically switched over to xriso when getting new accounts.
*** Quits: xriso:#kuro5hin (Forever)

Its not RectalBurn (5.00 / 1) (#17)
by retinaburn on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 01:33:11 AM EST

I thought I needed one, one day on my long walk home from high school (sniffle) I said to myself: "Self, you need a handle....you spend too much time on the computer ..your eyes could get burned ...how about Retina Burn...yeah ..now lets go drink some beer"

Actually it was a long more drawn out process involving years of marketing and millions spent in consultants to tell me "Yup what you got is fine.....sucker"

I think that we are a young species that often fucks with things we don't know how to unfuck. -- Tycho

I still think... (3.50 / 2) (#151)
by itsbruce on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 06:16:16 PM EST

that 'Retinabum' is a good nick, which is how I initially misread your name.


It is impolite to tell a man who is carrying you on his shoulders that his head smells.
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Oops (5.00 / 1) (#20)
by duxup on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 01:36:32 AM EST

When I was young I saw a wine spelt something like duxup. Properly pronounced I believe it was "duck soup." I thought that was pretty witty.

When I needed to think up my first nick I spelt it wrong, and only discovered it a few weeks ago. :-) The nick has stuck regardless since it is unique and has made signing up for accounts very easy. Other nicks include Yossarian (from the book Catch 22) and Godot (from the play Waiting for Godot).

I embrace my monkey nature... (5.00 / 2) (#21)
by Simian on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 01:39:56 AM EST

People who know me roll their eyes a bit when they find out I often go by the nick, "simian". I am quite obsessed with monkeys and great apes, and I too frequently bring them up in casual conversation.

The longer, more rational sounding reason for this is: one day I realized that, far from finding it degrading to my humanity to be related to apes, I find it absolutely thrilling to be a member of such a marvelous greater family of species. I find it a constant comfort to remind myself that we are just monkeys with delusions of grandeur. And yet it's inspiring that our embarassingly hairless tribe has travelled so far so fast.

The shorter, more accurate reason is that I find everything that has to do with monkeys hysterically funny.

Jonathan Broad

"As I would not be a slave, so would I not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy." Abraham Lincoln
Monkeys are funny (none / 0) (#263)
by fsh on Fri Mar 02, 2001 at 11:22:11 AM EST

My 3yo nephew, when asked why he liked 'Disney's Tarzan' so much, told me with a perfectly straight face, "Um, monkeys are *funny*. Duh." :) About a week or two later, when I was watching Tarzan with him, I said "Hee hee. Monkeys sure are funny, aren't they Spencer?" "No! Gorillas! That's not a monkey."

Seriously, though, ever read <u>Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors</u> by Ann Druyan and Carl Sagan? Excellent read, delves into the social structure of chimpanzees as related to social structures of humans.
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Kids love monkeys... (none / 0) (#274)
by Simian on Mon Mar 05, 2001 at 03:27:13 PM EST

Thanks for the book recommendation. Sounds like my cup of tea!

It's true that gorillas aren't as funny as monkeys. They've got their own thing going, though. Being incredibly strong but vegetarians, for example.

The "Simpsons" has done a few really funny monkey bits that I can recall. "Hail to the Chimp", the drive-in movie Homer sees while he's supposed to be driving Moe's car off a cliff. Mojo, the helper monkey Homer turns into a fat, alcoholic diabetic: "PRAY...FOR...M0-JO".

The single most hysterical monkey bit I've ever seen though is contained in the comic "Squee" by Jhonen Vasquez. The punchline is my subject line above...


"As I would not be a slave, so would I not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy." Abraham Lincoln
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Orwell, baby (5.00 / 1) (#22)
by Miniluv on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 01:43:23 AM EST

Heh, as just about everyone guesses when they see it mine's from George Orwell's 1984. One of the first books I ever obsessed about, I borrowed an ancient, tattered copy from my dad that he first read when he was in college. Heh, I was once locked in a mental hospital for about a month and a half and read just three books during the entire time, over and over again. 1984, the Celestine Prophecy and Old Man and the Sea, so the pertinent info of all three were stuck in my head for quite a while.

I first got internet access back in late '93, and was signing onto IRC when I realized I needed something to go by, and didn't want to use any part of my real name, so I sat staring at the monitor for about 20 minutes before Miniluv came to mind. That's what I picked, and with a few brief exceptions I've used it ever since. I use it virtually everywhere at this point, and own the .com for my personal domain. The only annoyance I've ever had is one of the larger volume tickle spammers of usenet happens to think she ought to own the miniluv.com domain, and thus I get a fair quantity of irate email bitching that someone from my domain is spamming.

The nice thing about Usenet is that few people have a clue on how to anonymously post, so I've gotten her Indiana State University account shut down several times by emailing headers to their network admins. Nice bunch of guys down there, in case anybody from there is reading.

"Its like someone opened my mouth and stuck a fistful of herbs in it." - Tamio Kageyama, Iron Chef 'Battle Eggplant'

Ahh...IRC (none / 0) (#224)
by DebtAngel on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 12:22:39 PM EST

In a similar-in-a-completely-different way, my nick was also decided in front of the mIRC window. Death_Angel doesn't fit in Undernet. I wanted Death Angel after the bad guy in the first Police Quest game. But there's a nine character limit. DeathAngel doesn't fit either. Then it dawned on me. Debt is four characters, and it sounds close. It stuck. And nobody else on the face of the Earth uses it.
Is this post not nifty? Sluggy Freelance. Worship the comic.
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I am the Lizard King! (none / 0) (#23)
by Lord Kano on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 01:49:55 AM EST

No, my nick has nothing to do with that actually :) I'll give 50 bucks to anyone that can tell me where my nick comes from!

My guess. (none / 0) (#47)
by Holloway on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 07:13:19 AM EST

Mortal Kombat?

What about "Joe vs the Volcano"?

== Human's wear pants, if they don't wear pants they stand out in a crowd. But if a monkey didn't wear pants it would be anonymous

[ Parent ]

Your Nick (none / 0) (#298)
by The Real Lord Kano on Sun Mar 17, 2002 at 01:36:02 AM EST

You got this nick from me. I pissed you off by administering a mental ass beating to you on /. and your revenge was to register my name on K5 before I did. Now cough up my money, bitch.

[ Parent ]
Seemed like a good idea at the time... (5.00 / 5) (#24)
by traphicone on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 02:01:33 AM EST

When I was in High School, a friend of mine casually said something about wishing she had a road construction warning cone in her room. A few days later, on her birthday, her boyfriend and I were on our way to her house when we spotted on at the side of the road. So we looked at each other, grinned like a couple of idiots, and screeched the car to a halt. I jumped out, grabbed the cone, and we gave it to her. We thought that made us pretty cool.

You know what they say about gateway drugs? Well, this was our gateway crime. We stole about fifty cones over the next few months, and kept them in a ravine behind my friend's house. We told our pals, and they told their pals, and so on, and before we knew it there were more than a dozen people out stealing road cones and dumping them in the ravine even when there was nobody home.

Almost two years later my girlfriend (who happened to be the girl who started it all) and I were out celebrating a year of being together. I hadn't stolen a cone since I'd been with her. I had gotten past that part of my life. I called home around ten o'clock for some reason, and was told that the neighbors had given me until midnight to get rid of the cones or they were going to call the police. Anniversary ruined (ironically by the damned cones), I drove home as fast as I could in my station wagon (I was hot stuff), meeting two friends who, between them, also owned a station wagon. I got to the ravine at eleven. We shoved the over 500 cones, signs, collision-barrels, warning flags, and strobe lights into the two cars and drove out into the middle of nowhere. We dumped everything over a cliff in under two minutes all in perfect silence.

It was the stupidest escapade I've ever been involved with. What better than to celebrate it with a nick?

Traphicone. Back then I thought the "ph" would make me 1337. I actually really like the name. I use it everywhere. I've never met a duplicate, and it doesn't have any numbers in it, which is a big plus to me. I don't actually associate meaning with it anymore unless I'm asked the question, "What does 'traphicone' mean?" I often wonder what kind of image it casts upon me at first sight. Handle identity is an odd phenomenon, if you ask me. And you did. Aren't you glad?

"Generally it's a bad idea to try to correct someone's worldview if you want to remain on good terms with them, no matter how skewed it may be." --Delirium

Philosophy prof said it was so & I believe 'em. (4.66 / 3) (#26)
by elenchos on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 02:15:29 AM EST

`Elenchos' is what Socrates was always asking people for. It is usually translated as "to give an account," I am told. Socrates would say, "Sure, you can walk, but if you cannot give an account of what walking is, then how can you say you really know anything about walking at all?" They put him to death, of course.

An English dictionary will define an `elench' as a Sophistic trick or devious rhetorical play, as a distorted descendent of Socrates' original usage.

I just thought of it offhand while making my Slashdot account that I thought would never last, but it seems I am still using the name, though my Slasdot account hasn't been active for a while and my real name is not a secret by any means.


Banks (none / 0) (#261)
by TransientReflection on Fri Mar 02, 2001 at 09:13:30 AM EST

Next question: what does Zetetic mean?

[ Parent ]
Corwin (5.00 / 2) (#27)
by Corwin on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 02:20:06 AM EST

Actually, I don't tell people where mine comes from, because I figure if they're really interested they'll be able to figure it out on their own. Though a quick google search only finds one relevant hit on the first page. Oh well. Somebody here got it right as a comment on my first diary entry anyway. :)

However, I've become pretty neurotic about it. I always use it, and have been using it for eight or nine years, ever since I signed on to my first BBS. If I come to a site where somebody else has already taken the name (which happens a lot. It's pretty common, unfortunately) I won't sign up. I'll just continue lurking. I was happily suprised that the name was available on Kuro5hin, else I wouldn't be participating at all. Somebody had already used the name on /. before I happened along, so I don't have an account there.

Anybody else as posessive of their handle as I am?

I'm in search of myself. Have you seen me anywhere?
Nick Possessiveness (none / 0) (#36)
by traphicone on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 02:59:56 AM EST

Anybody else as posessive of their handle as I am?

Oh, Hell yeah. I won't get an account somewhere without my nick either. Of course... that's never happened, so I guess my convictions have yet to be tested.

When the big AOL/Netscape service convergence occurred, and thousands of Netcenter accounts were invalidated, mine included, I was infuriated that I couldn't access my account with my nick and had to choose an alternative username (they said so casually). They presented me with options as appealing as Trphcn99, JTrphcn, JNTraph, Traph99JN, and Gawd Almighty! I said screw it. Bad browser, bad portal, bad user account management, bad, bad, bad!

"Generally it's a bad idea to try to correct someone's worldview if you want to remain on good terms with them, no matter how skewed it may be." --Delirium
[ Parent ]

This is My Nick(tm) (none / 0) (#45)
by Duathrandir on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 06:40:09 AM EST

Damn right I'm possessive about it. I only picked my original one after I made sure no one on ICQ or anywhere else I could search up in several hours of looking had it. That was several years back, and about a year and a half ago, I found some other loser using it someplace. Now a Google search (which by itself is not an exhaustive web search) turns up a dozen or so hits. Coincidence? Possibly. I don't really know. So I took the same meaning and looked for a way to represent it in a somewhat more obscure way.

Yep, I'm so paranoid, if I explain it fully, I'm afraid some idiot will think it's 'kewl' and steal it (again :-) Actually, this being a sort of geek-heavy forum, it's not really THAT obscure and I'm sure someone will get it. Email me if you think you know what it is and have a burning need to know if you're correct, and I'll let you know if you know you know or if you don't know you don't know.

[ Parent ]

Corwin (none / 0) (#50)
by B'Trey on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 07:53:09 AM EST

The computer I'm on right now is named Merlin. Another box, which my wife and son use, is named Random. My Debian server is named Corwin. And my network is Amber. Not sure if that's where you're coming from or not.

[ Parent ]
Re: Corwin (none / 0) (#90)
by Corwin on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 02:25:41 PM EST

Well, I named my firewall Kolvir if that helps. <;

I'm in search of myself. Have you seen me anywhere?
[ Parent ]
DoorFrame is possessive (none / 0) (#243)
by DoorFrame on Wed Feb 28, 2001 at 12:37:03 PM EST

God yes, I'm quite bitter when I (extremely infrequently) find someone has already reserved the name <STRONG>DoorFrame</STRONG>. I mean, comon, it's really not a very comon name.


[ Parent ]
kwsNI (4.00 / 4) (#28)
by kwsNI on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 02:20:33 AM EST

At my last job, we had a small game room set up for people on break to play Quake3. Someone once drug me in to play against them (I think they wanted cannon fodder) and I liked it. Eventually, I started getting good at it too. Finally, one of my friends told me that I needed to come up with a name a little more interesting than using my real name.

So after work, we were sitting around watching Monty Python and drinking Guiness (a damn fine combination) and he suggested I go by the Knight Who Says NI. I thought it was way too long, but (I think it was the Guiness talking) I said we could abbreviate it. So it became kwsNI. It was short, easy to remember, and original. I haven't had too many problems getting an account with a name of kwsNI on any site. So it stuck.

Oh, and BTW, it's pronounced: "quiz-knee".

I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it. -Jack Handy

but don't forget... (5.00 / 1) (#32)
by xriso on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 02:36:14 AM EST

the knights who say "ekki-ekki-ptang-zoom!-boing-zumzumzum....": kwseepzbz I suppose :)
*** Quits: xriso:#kuro5hin (Forever)
[ Parent ]
heh (5.00 / 1) (#87)
by el_guapo on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 02:11:53 PM EST

but i could have SWORE there were 3 "eeki"'s in there ;-)
mas cerveza, por favor mirrors, manifestos, etc.
[ Parent ]
hmm (none / 0) (#113)
by xriso on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 06:51:52 PM EST

According to this, it's actually 4: "Ecky-ecky-ecky-ecky-pikang-zoom-boing-mumble-mumble." It even has a sound bite, but I didn't bother listening to it.
*** Quits: xriso:#kuro5hin (Forever)
[ Parent ]
From the song by Manfred Mann (4.33 / 3) (#29)
by _Quinn on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 02:25:03 AM EST

   And yes, I know it was originally done by Dylan, but the version I heard first and still like the most (over the Phish and Grateful Dead covers) is Manfred Mann's. (Incidentally, if someone can come up with a copy of the radio-play version of it, I'd appreciate it.)

   It came from IRC (It Came from Beyond the Void -- The Tentacle Thing! Showing next week on B-Movie-Vision!), originally, which is the source of the underscore; for some reason, nobody /ever/ took _Quinn, though there were quite a few Quinn-somethings lying around.

   It's also kind of neat because some people can't tell if it's a first or last name, and others think I'm female, on occasion. (And it has the added bonus of being completely unprouncable! At least, nobody has ever convinced of what an underscore ought to sound like. :)) Anyway, I haven't used IRC much in the last few years, but when I became more active in other 'net arenas, I migrated the nick to cash in on whatever notoriety it already had, and by now it's mostly a habit; it should be fairly straightforward to deduce my 'real' name from my email address.

   <The sig you should be able to figure out on your own. :)>

Reality Maintenance Group, Silver City Construction Co., Ltd.
Trracer (4.50 / 2) (#30)
by Trracer on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 02:26:48 AM EST

Back in '92 when I started off on the internet in the local univs computerclub they said that I needed a login-name. Since my "hitchickers guide to the galaxy"-loving friend called himself 'Dent' and my car-mechanic friend called himself Turbo out of their interests I had the idea of calling me 'Trracer' after my .68 caliber paintball gun.
And that has stuck ever since.

-- Inoshiro är en räksmugglare!
Chmrr (4.50 / 2) (#31)
by Chmrr on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 02:35:38 AM EST

My nick is the same as the name of my computer -- which causes some confusion sometimes. Anyways, the Chmmr are aliens from the neato game Star Control II from ages of yore. When I was making up names for computers on the local network, and needed a schemata, the names of the races just popped into my head. O'course, I couldn't remember how to spell "Chmmr" at the time(1), and have spelt it "Chmrr" ever since.

(1) -- Well, it's easier to spell than "Mmrnmhrm," and shorter, too, but it's still not easy, y'see?

Networking -- only one letter away from not working.
OK, so it's a GTKY story (4.33 / 3) (#33)
by Erbo on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 02:40:33 AM EST

But it's still interesting...

My nick is an easy derivative of my name: ERic BOwersox. It was first used as a file code for me by a doctor, and I liked it enough to keep it as my handle. It's short, easily pronouncable (like "turbo" without the initial "T"), and straightforward.

If that name is taken, I will fall back on "obreerbo" (the palindromized version of "erbo"); this is due to the inspiration of one of my friends who uses the handle "maddog" (no, not Jon "maddog" Hall), who has had to palindrome his name to "goddammaddog" occasionally.

Now, my wife's usual handle is "silverwrist"; this stems from her habit of wearing a dozen or more silver bracelets at once. But the Turkish guys she chats with online have bestowed upon her a new nickname: "Rabi Saharah" (loosely translated: "flower of the desert").

Electric Minds - virtual community since 1996. http://www.electricminds.org

Obrero (none / 0) (#88)
by vectro on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 02:12:10 PM EST

In Spanish, Obrero is a mildly derogatory word for "worker".

“The problem with that definition is just that it's bullshit.” -- localroger
[ Parent ]
Bad Religion (4.50 / 2) (#34)
by Delirium on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 02:44:07 AM EST

It's from the Bad Religion song "Delirium of Disorder," from their 1987 album Suffer. Contrary to popular belief, it is not spelled "Delerium," and thus has no affiliation with the trance-ish group of that name.

A lack of originality on my part (3.66 / 3) (#35)
by dave114 on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 02:44:13 AM EST

I've never bothered to invent a nick for myself but decided to just tack a few numbers onto the end of my end in order to still be able to use it to sign up for any accounts I want. Basically I don't really care what people call me as long as I know whom they're refering to.

I know it sounds drab.... I guess I've just always been too indecisive to settle on one name.

my nick comes from missunderstanding ... (4.33 / 3) (#37)
by gullevek on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 03:03:42 AM EST

A very very very long time ago I watched TNG on TV and there was an epsiode with those Cardassians.

And there was this Gul Evek. Actually I thought his name was something like Gullevek ...
and since then I am carrying ths name!

mfg, gul
"Die Arbeit, die tüchtige, intensive Arbeit, die einen ganz in Anspruch nimmt mit Hirn und Nerven, ist doch der größte Genuß im Leben."
  - Rosa Luxemburg, 1871 - 1919
Nothing to do with gardening (4.00 / 2) (#38)
by digger on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 03:27:46 AM EST

digger was the name of my imaginary friend when I was a child.

I use a different nickname on E2 and /..

I prefer not to disclose my real name because I want to be able to say what I want without having to worry about what my employer thinks about it.

| optimisation precludes evolution |
Hey, wasn't that... (none / 0) (#188)
by 0xdeadbeef on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 02:47:01 PM EST

the name of one of the Shirt Tails?

[ Parent ]
My heritage. (none / 0) (#39)
by haakon on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 04:17:26 AM EST

I'm adopted, this was something that I have always known. However when I was about 12-13 my mother (adoptive) and started chating about how I was adopted and what she knew of my biological parents. It was then I found out that my name before adoption was Haakon (Danish I think).

Since then I have used it as a nick online. The only time I have found other people with that nick is on european sites.

Programming (none / 0) (#40)
by YesNoCancel on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 04:24:21 AM EST

My nickname was formed in 1996 or so, when I was coding my first serious Windows programs in C++/WinAPI. I tried to display a message box with Yes/No/Cancel buttons, which took me about thirty minutes because I had little C/C++ experience AND no WinAPI experience. Later that day I installed ICQ and the first thing that came to my mind when choosing a nickname was "YesNoCancel".

I use "YesNoCancel" almost everywhere on the net, not just on kuro5hin. It's rarely taken when I register for something, since it's quite unique (only exception I can remember is eBay, where I had to use a different nick).

My nick... (5.00 / 1) (#41)
by Anonymous 6522 on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 04:56:26 AM EST

I spent many long hours thinking about what nick I should use K5. I finally said, "To hell with it!" and used my intials.

I usually just use some derivation of my name. That way I won't eventually get stuck with some lame nick that I thought was cool at the time but won't want later.

Say it ain't so! (none / 0) (#58)
by Pseudonym on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 08:56:17 AM EST

I always thought it was a reference to Jekub. Curse you! You robbed me of a perfectly good theory. :-P

sub f{($f)=@_;print"$f(q{$f});";}f(q{sub f{($f)=@_;print"$f(q{$f});";}f});
[ Parent ]
Maybe.... (5.00 / 1) (#94)
by Anonymous 6522 on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 02:50:16 PM EST

Maybe my parents named me after a back hoe loader, so your theory might be right after all. :-)

[ Parent ]
Nice quine! (none / 0) (#165)
by rusty on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 12:25:13 AM EST

That's a bitchin' sig you got there. Very cool.

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]
"Thought up on a whim" (4.00 / 2) (#42)
by Mr. Excitement on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 05:00:02 AM EST

My K5 Nick comes from an old Garfield comic strip.

Jon Arbuckle mentions something completely inane and incredibly dull, something about planning to spend the day examining his belly button or something similarly lame, to which Garfield replies, "Well, aren't you just Mister Excitement?"

1 141900 Mr. Excitement-Bar-Hum-Mal-Cha died in The Gnomish Mines on level 10 [max 12]. Killed by a bolt of lightning - [129]

My 'nick' (5.00 / 1) (#43)
by arnald on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 05:22:02 AM EST

A song title from the best album ever made, "On Land And In The Sea" by <A HREF=http://www.cardiacs.com>Cardiacs.

Ooh, me-centric opportunity! (5.00 / 1) (#44)
by Beorn on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 06:14:16 AM EST

Beorn is the were-bear in the Hobbit, and my real name is Bjørn, the norwegian word for bear. If you try to pronounce Bjørn in english, it comes out all wrong, because of the j and the letter ø which doesn't exist outside of Scandinavia, and is replaced with o or oe, which isn't right at all. Beorn emulates the j-sound, and almost gets the ø right, (should actually be more like burn). I don't know if Tolkien invented the word, but if he did he sure knew what he was doing.

Incidentally, my last name literally translates to strong - hence my web domain. Hey - at least it was available.

- Beorn

[ Threepwood '01 ]

Beorn, Tolkien, Beowulf (none / 0) (#123)
by Speare on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 08:35:23 PM EST

J.R.R. Tolkien was a linguist, and many of the themes from which he drew were from existing literary sources and fables.

Tom Bombadil and his love, Goldberry, have a lot of Irish leprechaun in them.

The Beornings, or bear-folk, in the Hobbit were drawn from the same Scandanavian folk stories that became Beowulf.

The elven shipwright, Cirdan, was somewhat of a parallel to the boatman of the river Styx in Dante's mythos.

The list goes on.

[ e d @ h a l l e y . c c ]
[ Parent ]
Error 404 (none / 0) (#181)
by error 404 on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 01:10:04 PM EST

My pages are found at almost every domain...

I don't remember why I chose that nick, exactly. I first used it at /. I noticed that nicks there were rather annonymous, so I decided to use a new one. At that point, I was using the short form of my SCA name, or a nick derived from my real name.

Since then, I've used it in a number of places, wherever a vaguely smart-ass nick seems appropriate.

I also have an account here with my actual name as it appears on documents, for situations where I want credebility with the real world. I don't use that account much. (I'm ethical about it - that account doesn't vote or moderate or interract in any way with Error 404.)
Electrical banana is bound to be the very next phase
- Donovan

[ Parent ]

StorminNorman (5.00 / 1) (#46)
by StorminNorman on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 07:04:11 AM EST

I got my nick in High School. My surname is Norman, and one day in class (not long after the Gulf War as a matter of fact) I got into an argument with another student. Things got somewhat heated and the teacher stepped in. He said something to the other student, and i responded to it as well, then he turned to me and said `Okay, Stormin Norman, settle down'. It stuck almost immediately and i've had it for about 10 years now. It often gets shortened to stormo, which is what i use on IRC... but on k5 and /. and most other internet places it is StorminNorman.
if we get the/transient facts/then we feel the/info high.
eLuddite (5.00 / 1) (#48)
by eLuddite on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 07:26:26 AM EST

A couple of years back before cells became commonplace I was carrying a pager in an elevator. You know the way people keep to themselves and stare at their shoes in elevators? Anyway, the pager goes off - ping, ping, ping - and this bike courrier next to me says, without skipping a beat,

"Everyone stand back, he's about to explode."

Man, I thought that was so profound in so many levels.

Today I carry neither a pager nor a cell and I resist using the internet for research. I find its usually faster to find relevant, useful information if I simply walk to the damn library. Granted, Pamela Anderson isnt going to jump out of the bushes and flash me on the way...

God hates human rights.

Tell me... (none / 0) (#219)
by leviathan on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 09:02:10 AM EST

Tell me, how long were you laughing for afterwards?

leviathan just nearly wet herself

I wish everyone was peaceful. Then I could take over the planet with a butter knife.
- Dogbert
[ Parent ]

Where'd you get your nick? (4.00 / 2) (#49)
by Holloway on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 07:33:56 AM EST

Holloway is a british female prison, although it really was just a title track on an album my sister had left beside the computer (as I was glancing around trying to satisfy a query box).

The embaressing bit is that it's an album by Bush - those nirvana toshers - and regularly I'll get people striking up IRC conversations about them, or emailing me wanting to use/buy the .co.nz domain. It's like naming yourself after Milli Vanilli, or Vanilla Ice, or Ice T - utterly embaressing but I'll keep it (and, I guess, the longer I keep it, the less people know of it's history, the more it's mine).

I had several prior nicks to Holloway (and people are always spelling it hollaway) but some didn't realise I was joking by replacing "l" with "1", "e" with "3", and "a" with "4" so that would attract unwanted attention too from real hackers mocking me.

Holloway will do; it has a nice rolling sound to it. I'm quite happy with it.

== Human's wear pants, if they don't wear pants they stand out in a crowd. But if a monkey didn't wear pants it would be anonymous

_cbj (none / 0) (#51)
by _cbj on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 08:04:56 AM EST

Congressman Bob Judd. In the Primus album Frizzle Fry there's a join between tracks where Claypool seems to be saying, "Hey hey! Bob Judd here!" Congressman because I wield real power over the lives of many and fuck small boys, and _ just because.

B'Trey (none / 0) (#52)
by B'Trey on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 08:09:51 AM EST

As a kid, I was rather skinny and picked up the nickname Bones. When I was a teenager (a number of years ago; the drinking age was still 18) I was shooting pool in a bar and getting quite a buzz on. I'm not a particularly good pool player but I somehow managed to run two games in a row. When I sunk the second 8-ball, I stood up turned around and drunkenly yelled "You don't fuck with bad boy Bones!" I have no idea where that came from or what possessed me to say it - it just popped out. But, of course, I was Bad Boy Bones from then on, much to my chagrin once I'd sobered up. When I first started signing on to networks, I used the name Bones but that was quite common and all-to-often already taken. I switched to BBB, then B3 but I didn't really care for either of them. Then one day I was reading a fantasy novel where the characters were playing cards. One of the characters referred to the "...trey of Hearts". Shortly thereafter, I went online and B'Trey popped into my head. I've used it ever since. Some sites don't allow the apostrophe and some are case insensitive, so I'm sometimes BTrey and sometimes btrey.

{ice}blueplazma (none / 0) (#53)
by {ice}blueplazma on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 08:12:35 AM EST

My nick was invented when I realized I like the color blue and 'plazma' was something I saw in another person's nick. {ice} is my Starcraft clan.

"Denise, I've been begging you for the kind of love that Donny and Smitty have, but you won't let me do it, not even once!"
--Jimmy Fallon
Wiredog (4.00 / 2) (#54)
by wiredog on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 08:17:30 AM EST

Back in 1985 I joined the US Army. Was assigned MOS 31K, radio and wire communications. Because we pulled lots of commo wire, we were called wiredogs. When I went out on milnet, and some BBS's, I used that as a handle. I think my email address was something like wiredog@2bde!2div!something_or_other. Used it on CB radio as well. I don't know if 'wiredog' is still live jargon. I haven't heard of anyone being called a wiredog for years.

The idea of a global village is wrong, it's more like a gazillion pub bars.

It still is... (none / 0) (#292)
by Armaphine on Fri Mar 09, 2001 at 11:09:04 AM EST

At least it is in the Marines... Field Wiremen are still, ever so affectionately, referred to as Wiredogs.

Question authority. Don't ask why, just do it.
[ Parent ]

Nom de Guerre (4.33 / 3) (#55)
by Pseudonym on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 08:50:10 AM EST

I'll let you in on a secret: "Pseudonym" isn't my real name.

I chose mine because it's self-referential. I was reading Gödel, Escher, Bach at the time. Enuff said.

sub f{($f)=@_;print"$f(q{$f});";}f(q{sub f{($f)=@_;print"$f(q{$f});";}f});
This probably shows a lack of imagination, but ... (none / 0) (#56)
by zakalwe on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 08:50:32 AM EST

Whenever I need a name for something (web accounts, computer names etc), I usually just pick a character from whatever book I'm reading. No prizes for guessing where this one comes from.

No prizes here either (none / 0) (#232)
by pin0cchio on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 05:34:28 PM EST

My nick here came pretty much the same way. (Read the book; it's better than the movie.)You can also find me on Napdot and UF's forums.


[ Parent ]
Influenced by books (4.00 / 2) (#59)
by FeersumAsura on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 09:11:11 AM EST

When I was young I chose the childish moniker of Dr Death (I was 12) eventually I outgrew that name. After reding Feersum Endjin I chos FeersumAsura due to it's dual meaning. Asura is a Hindi word meaning giant or demon opposed to the gods. Feersum is just Fearsome. So literally translated my name is Fearsome giant oppsoed to the gods. Or as I like to think of it, Fearsome God Eater.
I think Iain M Banks has influenced a few people. Diziet Sma, and Skaffen amitskaw have been seen on other chatrooms. There's also a Zawalwe on Kuro5hin, hello Chair Maker.
Although I'm not sure how much you can really tell about someone just based on their nick.

I'm so pre-emptive I'd nuke America to save time.
SwampGas (4.00 / 2) (#60)
by SwampGas on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 09:16:54 AM EST

Back in the early 90s when I signed onto a BBS for the first time, I needed a handle...Swamp Gas Visits the USA (a kids game that teaches geography) was sitting next to me. There it was. Always have used it since.

My old license plate (in PA) even was "SWMPGAS".

AzTex (none / 0) (#61)
by AzTex on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 09:27:01 AM EST

No, I'm not from Texas and I have no relation to the Aztecs.  I did used to be pretty good at LaTeX though. AzTex is similar to a password for a system I used to administer.

But really, I was signing up for K5 and I needed a name and I typed this one without thinking.

I don't use this nick anywhere else but if I wanted to get involved in some other discussion forum, I'd probably use it.

The AzTex nick is for expressing my opinion.  But to be successful in business you don't want to be known as someone with an opinion.   So I have a different nick for E-Bay.

solipsism: I'm always here. But you sometimes go away.
** AzTex **

Family Ties (none / 0) (#62)
by Skippy on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 09:33:02 AM EST

Anybody remember the TV show? Anyway, there was a doofy next door neigbor, Skippy Handleman (oh, the irony) on the show. At the time I was about 16 or 17 and looked REMARKABLY like the actor who played Skippy. It was bad enough that people would stop me on the street to tell me how much I looked like him. Now 12 years later I'm still Skip or Skippy. It's almost always taken so I tack on a couple of random numbers to be skip277. Fortunately I started on K5 pretty early on and it was available.

# I am now finished talking out my ass about things that I am not qualified to discuss. #
it was all my parents fault... (5.00 / 5) (#63)
by alvin on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 09:37:05 AM EST

first name = simon

middle name = theodore

hence nickname = alvin

explanation (5.00 / 1) (#65)
by Speare on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 09:53:44 AM EST

Before someone asks, it's a trio of fictional characters, singing chipmunks.


The main human singer orchestrates his chipmunk friends, which are all just pitch-modulated effects. Very low-budget, but a piece of oldie Americana. Funny when all it took for a laugh was pitch-modulation... sorta like sucking helium from a balloon.

[ e d @ h a l l e y . c c ]
[ Parent ]
Chipmunks, hamsters, and dance remixes (none / 0) (#233)
by pin0cchio on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 05:40:30 PM EST

The process used to turn Roger Miller's voice into Hampton Hampster's in Hampsterdance2 is exactly that used to create Simon Seville's in The Chipmunks: Simply speed the recording up by 70%. For example, play a 22 kHz recording at 37.5 kHz. Works well on slow tunes and makes them danceable (try it on "piggy" by NIИ some time and see what I mean).
[ Parent ]
Do you dress that way too? (none / 0) (#234)
by pin0cchio on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 05:42:10 PM EST

(parent poster got nick from The Chipmunks)

Do you also dress like them, in ankle-length shirts like the Arabs wear?

[ Parent ]
nickname (none / 0) (#64)
by daevt on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 09:52:05 AM EST

well i gots two nick names, one is the_dave, which i adopted just to differenciate myself from other daves, and the other is daev, which i a spelling error i made one time when i signed on to irc which stuck, actually i had made it on a math test, then again on irc.
The Boz (3.66 / 3) (#66)
by theboz on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 10:07:02 AM EST

This is an easy one to answer. A long time ago there was this young boy who was a moderate fan of football, and had two younger sisters who were just learning to read. This boy had a t-shirt of one of his favorite football players at the time, Brian Bosworth. Well, to make a long story short, his sisters thought he somewhat resembled this Brian Bosworth picture on the t-shirt, so his sisters read the name on the shirt "The Boz." It stuck and eventually when this guy started to dial up to local BBS's he used that as his nick (among others.) Well, here we are many years later and I'm still using it. I think I still have that t-shirt somewhere stashed away, although I'm sure it's way too little for me now. I read about some of the stunts Brian Bosworth has done, and realized that his personality must not have been that different from mine. I remember hearing about one time when he sold t-shirts making fun of him to people that hated him, then turned around and donated that money to charity. That sounds like something I would do if I were famous. Anyways, that's the shorter version of where my nick came from.


huh! (none / 0) (#106)
by spacejack on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 05:21:38 PM EST

I thought it referred to the computer genius on the old TV show Riptide. Guess which one of those guys in the picture was the Boz? :)

[ Parent ]
DOH! (none / 0) (#158)
by theboz on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 09:05:09 PM EST

Yikes...that is a scary picture. Also, the guy on the right side looks almost like my dad...he just needs black hair and a tan...but, I am still a dork, I just don't look as much like it as the guy from Riptide.

[ Parent ]

hehe (none / 0) (#177)
by spacejack on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 09:53:52 AM EST

Actually The Boz was the first computer geek ever to be one of the stars on a TV show that I ever saw, and it was on just around the same time I was heavily into my Apple II. So I kind of have a soft spot for it. Although it wasn't as good as the A-Team.

Oooh, look here is a classic shot. Wow that site makes me laugh. Oh the memories.

[ Parent ]
Don't ask.. (none / 0) (#67)
by bsdave on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 10:30:49 AM EST

Well it started off as bsd-ave, which naturally formed a lame word-play on my name, dave. I was interested in BSD at the time it one thing led to another :P

On top of that, lately it's doubled as bs-dave. As in, bull shit dave. Which really isn't an accurate description. I swear! ;)


2600 (5.00 / 1) (#69)
by lucid on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 10:56:27 AM EST

I got my nick from an issue of 2600, in a story about 'Project Lucid.' It was an interesting, albeit paranoia-fed story, but I don't remember much more than that. So, when I finally made the jump from the local BBS's to the Internet, I found all of my locally unique names suddenly rendered common. Apathy, Godzilla, Ghidora, Rhodan, HolyDiver, Strider, Gumby, and Ozymandias all seemed, surprisingly, claimed, while 'lucid' did not.

Often, though, I'll go by several different nicks, just because, well, I can.

Boring (none / 0) (#70)
by ajschu on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 10:59:20 AM EST

I have probably the most boring story of all around here...

My name? AJ Schuster. Nick? ajschu. Pretty damn straightforward. The scary thing is that my girlfriend actually calls me ajschu now from time to time...


Origins of the Cat (none / 0) (#72)
by FelixTheCat on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 11:36:01 AM EST

Actually, my nick has very little to do with the old comic character. It was actually the name of a Garfield knock-off comic strip that I drew for my Jr. High school newspaper. It featured a black-and-white cat that did a lot of Garfield-ish things. My school mates weren't impressed by the strip and the newspapaer advisor got nervous about any possible copyright infringement. So, the strip died after about three episodes.

I still occasionally whip out a quick sketch of the cat, and I've been putting "FTC" on video-game "trophy screens" for years. So, when the time came to pick a nick on another site, "Felix The Cat" seemed natural. The no-spaces version used on Kuro5hin came about due to my ignorance about whether spaces were allowed in nicks or not. I use either variation, depending on what rules the site has for nicks.

Oh, yeah, this nick also allows me to sum up my feelings about a subject with the appropriate feline sound effect at the end.


PresJPolk (3.50 / 2) (#73)
by PresJPolk on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 11:36:41 AM EST

Well, I'll normally grab "neil", since it's my name. I don't know why I didn't try to get "neil" here.. probably because I didn't know it was a new site with relatively few users when I signed up.

I can't always get neil, though. On slashdot, I grabbed JamesPolk (being someone who enjoys US history, I picked a president). I on AIM, I couldn't get JamesPolk, so I tried a few permutations, and finally succeeded with Pres(ident)J(ames)Polk.

Mandarin Class (4.00 / 2) (#74)
by Puchitao on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 12:34:19 PM EST

When I briefly took Mandarin, everyone else got names that meant things like "Spring-Autumn Flower" and "Big-Bright". I got Bu Zhidao, since the only phrase I could reliably say was "wo bu zhi dao", or "I dunno." In the old Wade-Giles spelling, it came out something like Pu-chih-tao; I generally drop the second 'h' for convenience.

Everywhere I go, same name. It's never taken, so I never have to add numbers to it or anything. Even in RL, my nickname is Puchitao. Despite the fact that I sound like a rejected pokemon character, it's nice to always be the same name.

Perhaps we can do *snappy fun* with you everytime! -- Orz
Lockle (4.50 / 2) (#75)
by Lockle on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 12:40:21 PM EST

When I first started getting into computers at the age of 8 (in 1988) I needed a handle. All my 1337 friends had one... Stuff from sci-fi books and all that, but at the time, I was more into political stuff... And I was reading the works of Locke (An early american philosopher)... Well, a simple mis-spelt name later, I was Lockle. I didn't see it online for a long time, with the exception of the "Lockle Deli" in Baltimore putting up a web page in 1993 or so... Then Babylon 5 introduced a captain by the name of Lochley or some similar spelling, and other people started using my spelling. Grrr!

Locke? (none / 0) (#122)
by pig bodine on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 08:13:18 PM EST

If you mean John Locke, he was english.

[ Parent ]
Locke... (none / 0) (#180)
by minusp on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 01:01:54 PM EST

was English... but at the time, so were the "Americans"
Remember, regime change begins at home.
[ Parent ]
xrayspx (none / 0) (#76)
by xrayspx on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 12:42:06 PM EST

Combination of stuff really. There used to be an image format on the Atari ST called SPX, it would let you take an image larger than the natavie 320x200 and with more colors than the 'normal' 16 (it used Spectrum 512 images to use a whopping 512 colors). Anyway, you could make these big images and scroll them around in your 320x200 windows, how CYBER, how High Tech, how 1989.

At any rate, made a bunch of those, and needed to sign them somehow, so I made a cool laser-lighty-lookin' signature in Spectrum, X(many were non-pg-rated, I was 15, what do you expect), raySpx. Like X-Ray spex in old magazines.

And at least equally inspired by Poly Styrene and the XRaySpex.

So from there, I changed my handle on the BBSs I was on, and it stuck HARD. It's since been my handle on every machine I've had an account on. I am the only xrayspx on ICQ, but someone on AOL had already grabbed it, losers, I bet they haven't been xrayspx for 12 years.
"I see one maggot, it all gets thrown away" -- My Wife
ew: AOHell, er AOL (5.00 / 1) (#83)
by el_guapo on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 01:49:41 PM EST

i think they require ALL nicks to have a number after them, my stepdaughter has tried to register some WAY out there nicks (igrrrrllllllWHOluveSPUppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees type shit) and she is ALWAYS told it's taken, please try igrrrrllllllWHOluveSPUppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees2001 or some such. i think it's there way of preventing AOL "first post" type stuff.
mas cerveza, por favor mirrors, manifestos, etc.
[ Parent ]
Yeah, AOL bites (none / 0) (#101)
by xrayspx on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 04:26:37 PM EST

I just added their user xrayspx to my AIM buddy list, just to see if they ever logged on. Not surprisingly, they didn't. I think AOL locks usernames for a pretty long period of time if someone cancels their service.
"I see one maggot, it all gets thrown away" -- My Wife
[ Parent ]
hangdog (4.00 / 2) (#77)
by hangdog on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 12:42:24 PM EST

A rock climbing term used to describe a person who spends a lot of time hanging from the rope rather than climbing. Usually the climber is attempting a route that is too difficult for their skills or is "working" the hard sections of the route. But more likely the climber just sucks.

toddmilburn (3.50 / 2) (#78)
by toddmilburn on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 12:57:51 PM EST

todd milburn is a friend back home whose name I find humorous strictly in it's pronounciation.... he's getting married in august by the way, which really freaks me out... I should be getting some before he does.. (just a little jealous)

Epopt (4.00 / 1) (#79)
by the Epopt on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 01:10:49 PM EST

is from the Greek epoptes (plural epoptai), epi-, "above or beyond," and -opt-, "sight." It was used to describe initiates to the Eleusinian Mysteries who had seen ta hiera, "the holy."
Most people who need to be shot need to be shot soon and a lot.
Very few people need to be shot later or just a little.

And there was me thinking... (4.00 / 1) (#149)
by itsbruce on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 06:07:23 PM EST

it was a Robbie Coltrane reference. Robbie Coltrane, scots comedian, used to do a character called "Mason Boyne", Presbyterian bigot and Orange Lodge member. Turns to his wife once and says:

"Did you know, Morag, that if you spell 'Pope' backwards you get 'Epop', which is a four letter word beginning with 'E' like 'Evil'? You see, it's all there in the Bible if you just shoogle the letters around a bit."
So not that, then.


It is impolite to tell a man who is carrying you on his shoulders that his head smells.
[ Parent ]
I did not know that (4.00 / 1) (#185)
by Rand Race on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 02:27:58 PM EST

I thought it was a reference to Epop the anti-pope in early Cerebus comic books. I bet Dave Sim (Cerebus creator) got it from Coltrane.

"Question with boldness even the existence of God; because if there be one, He must approve the homage of Reason rather than that of blindfolded Fear." - Thomas Jefferson
[ Parent ]

Cerebus and Love and Rockets (3.00 / 1) (#226)
by itsbruce on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 01:30:02 PM EST

Both on my shelves, also.


It is impolite to tell a man who is carrying you on his shoulders that his head smells.
[ Parent ]
Captain Derivative (5.00 / 1) (#80)
by Captain Derivative on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 01:21:51 PM EST

Captain Derivative is the sort of thing that I think of when I'm bored and don't have enough things to occupy my mind with. Captain Derivative is a superhero, defending the city of Calculopolis from his arch-nemesis (drumroll.....) Dr. Integral. I don't remember exactly when I first came up with the name, but I'd wager it was either sitting in Calculus class or doing something with it.

For lack of a better handle, I chose that. It used to be my Slashdot nick, and I use it for a few other systems. Unfortunately it's too long, so I sometimes shorten it to something like capt_deriv.

Of course I also use it when nosy web sites want me to give them all my personal information to download something. It's especially great when they don't do any address verification, since I can use:

Captain Derivative
1 Newtonian Way
Calculopolis, PI 11235

If they realize that PI isn't a state, I use PA instead.

If I didn't have Captain Derivative, I'd probably go with Rutherford B. Hayes, the president with the greatest name ever.

Hey! Why aren't you all dead yet?! Oh, that's right, it's only Tuesday. -- Zorak

Hmmm. (none / 0) (#111)
by ZanThrax on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 06:18:01 PM EST

I'd always figured the name came from the other meaning of derivative. Making you a comic book character with, say the dark personality of Batman combined with a cool Spidermanish costume. (of course, that character already exists, but it makes a good example)

Before flying off the handle over the suggestion that your a cocksucker, be sure that you do not, in fact, have a cock in your mouth.
[ Parent ]

Wow.... (none / 0) (#121)
by Captain Derivative on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 08:11:21 PM EST

... I never though I posted enough that people would start wondering about my nickname! ;-)

Now that I've had the chance to reflect back on my long-lost high school days (ie, last year), I think the first time I called myself Captain Derivative was playing a game called Tron in the (ugh) Mac lab against a bunch of other students. (Basically, in Tron you're a growing line competing against other lines, and you die when you run into something. Last one alive wins. Simple but &$!^ addictive.) I rotated handles quite a bit, but oscilated between Rutherford B Hayes (with lots of non-ASCII characters) and Captain Derivative later on. My friend would sometimes log in as Dr. Integral. If we were in the same game, we'd have the high scores and everyone else would be an order of magnitude behind us. Man, those were the days. I'll have to use my 1337 Java skillz to make a Java version of that game one of these dayts.

However, I'm not surprised you assumed the non-mathematical meaning of "derivative". It's all there in the bio, though, including the name of Captain Derivative's side kick. :-)

Hey! Why aren't you all dead yet?! Oh, that's right, it's only Tuesday. -- Zorak

[ Parent ]
Java Tron (none / 0) (#230)
by Mitheral on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 04:09:12 PM EST

find it here http://www.worcestermass.com/80s/games/tron/index.shtml

[ Parent ]
Captain Derivative vs. Dr. Integral (5.00 / 3) (#118)
by cronio on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 07:59:48 PM EST

So if Dr. Integral and Captain Derivative touched each other, would there be a huge explosion, with only f(x) remaining?

[ Parent ]
Nerdiest Thread Ever! (none / 0) (#164)
by rusty on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 12:21:27 AM EST


Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]
lol (none / 0) (#196)
by cronio on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 03:37:16 PM EST

But...but...it's TRUE! :P I felt I had to mention it because we just learned it like a month ago (in AP Calculus). Oh, and I'm wearing my "i read your e-mail." t-shirt right now too. Even worse, huh?

[ Parent ]
shorter (none / 0) (#160)
by zorn on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 10:54:11 PM EST

If you want a shorter name why not "captddx"? Then they'll wonder.

[ Parent ]
antizeus (3.50 / 2) (#81)
by antizeus on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 01:32:22 PM EST

I wanted something that was 8 characters or less (a common limitation), something that others would not be inclined to choose (I've had that problem before), and I like tweaking religious concepts (people get hung up over the antichrist, but who would care about the antizeus?).
The end of civilization as we know it . . . (3.50 / 2) (#84)
by spcmanspiff on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 01:59:45 PM EST

The single greatest sign that we're heading for oblivion is that fewer and fewer people catch the Calvin & Hobbes reference that is my nickname. What is the world coming to?

The total lack of C&H products (none / 0) (#110)
by ZanThrax on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 06:15:09 PM EST

has allowed the characters to slip out of the collective conciousness. Other than those fans who care enough to buy the collections and reread them from time to time (like me) the great majority of those of the right age to have read Calvin at the time don't ever think about him any more, and the rest of the population is barely aware of him at all.

Before flying off the handle over the suggestion that your a cocksucker, be sure that you do not, in fact, have a cock in your mouth.
[ Parent ]

Bill Waterson (none / 0) (#136)
by jeanlucpikachu on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 12:18:15 PM EST

has warned against the dangers of selling out your comic book characters and stuff. He was against commercialization, he felt it cheapened his art. erf

Capt. Jean-Luc Pikachu AIM: jeanlucpikachu
[ Parent ]
re: lack of products ... (none / 0) (#166)
by spcmanspiff on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 01:19:52 AM EST

Or maybe it's the complete market saturation by *other* strips / products?

C&H isn't any less brilliant just because it was (stupidly / idealistically, pick your word according to personal politics) marketed... Failure of such magnificent art simply cuz Watterson didn't work the market seems to be a great indication of social downfall, methinx. Tongue in cheek, of course, 'cuz it really is just a comic. Not that this doesn't apply to other things as well, though, but now I'll back off before I get all flame-baity anti-capitalist on ya :)

All I know is that when my nephew gets old enough to read, he's getting Calvin and Hobbes. ... and when he's still older, it's gonna be 1984, A Clockwork Orange, Lord of the Flies, Catcher in the Rye, One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest, Cat's Cradle, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Catch-22, Jitterbug Pefume, Steal This Book, etc etc etc... Boy, will he be a happy little high schooler, I gar-un-tee you!

[ Parent ]
Ack! (none / 0) (#163)
by rusty on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 12:20:25 AM EST

I used to use "Spaceman Spiff" on compuserve CB chat ("Back Inna Day (TM)"). How about that. People always misread it "spaceman spliff" and thought I was one of those damn potheads like DJBongHit. ;-)

I was "Stryker" for a while too, after the guy in Airplane, but apparently there's a porn star named Stryker, so that turned out not to be a winner. A half dozen or so nicks later, I've given up on the whole thing and just use my damn name. "Kuro5hin" was, if I have my way, my last made up online nick. (I still go by that on /., sourceforge, and a couple other places).

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]

damn (5.00 / 1) (#175)
by el_guapo on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 09:25:29 AM EST

i was sort of hoping for a post in the main thread about your nick :) - you know, some long drawn out deep history followed by "and then i said screw it, and just used my name"
mas cerveza, por favor mirrors, manifestos, etc.
[ Parent ]
scross (3.50 / 2) (#85)
by scross on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 02:00:24 PM EST

Real Complicated: scross = Sarah D Cross

Cheers, Sarah

The (overused) poll option, the legend -- Inoshiro (5.00 / 4) (#86)
by Inoshiro on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 02:02:55 PM EST

When I was really young, I came up with an embarrasing silly nickname. At the time I thought it was cool, but so did a few thousand other grubbies.. I decided to change it in 1998.

The problem was what to change to. I decided to turn to books for inspiration. One book I was reading at the time was Diaspora, by Greg Egan. After reading it, I decided that Inoshiro suited me well.

Another nice effect is that Inoshiro has several meanings in Japanese. The one I prefer is Castle of the Mind :-)

[ イノシロ ]
Silly nicknames (none / 0) (#107)
by Miniluv on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 05:44:52 PM EST

Alright canadian man, you have to spill the beans on what embarassingly silly nickname it was that you chose.

As I wrote in my little blurb I used to use a few other nicks on IRC, the worst of which being when I hung out in #vampcafe on undernet. When I first started hanging out Interview with the Vampire had just come out, so I figured I would just pick something from there so I had a good "vampire" nick for the channel. Lestat was already taken, surprise surprise, so I picked Louis.

Irony stepped in later on, as Lestat and I both became long term regulars, and ended up in a feud of sorts almost as venomous as that from the novel/movie.

"Its like someone opened my mouth and stuck a fistful of herbs in it." - Tamio Kageyama, Iron Chef 'Battle Eggplant'
[ Parent ]

LoneDragoon (3.50 / 2) (#89)
by Jordan Block on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 02:13:21 PM EST

I use the nick LoneDragoon for pretty well everything, except k5, and that other website, where I just use my name.

Dragoon n : a member of a European military unit formerly composed of heavily armed cavalrymen.

My ancestry is German / Russian, and I'm a bit of a history buff...

Lone, because there's only one of me, and it just sounds better.

I came up with it back when starcraft had just come out and had this huge cult following, and I could never figure out why everybody asked me if I played a lot of StarCraft.
I finally clued in when I realiozed that a dragoon was a unit in SC.

I just use my name. (5.00 / 2) (#91)
by Keslin on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 02:29:30 PM EST

If your name is "Jennifer" or something, then I guess this doesn't work, but I have always just used my name. My parents just made up my name out of thin air, so there have been few namespace conflicts thus far in my life. The only two places where my name has ever been taken are the ones where you would expect: HotMail and AOL. Every possible combination of letters that make pronouncable sounds are already registered at both of those. My name as a second-level '.com' domain was even available, lucky me.

-Keslin, the naked nerd girl.

ditto (none / 0) (#152)
by jann on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 06:19:42 PM EST

same here ... Jann was made up in a parental fit of creativity ... and is unique enough that I am Jann @ slashdot, kuro5hin and pretty much everything else.

It is cool ... I do not have to spend my life trying to remember what I use as my sign on for site X.


[ Parent ]

Zephiros=Zephyrus=Zephyros=Zefiros=Zephirus (4.00 / 2) (#92)
by zephiros on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 02:44:41 PM EST

Depending on which source you consider canonical, any of the spellings are valid, and they all refer to that greek west wind guy. I've always been a fan of comparative mythology, and, in the online world, the winds have been pretty poorly represented. Probably because there's not too many greek legends of any of the winds beheading people or turning into trees and so forth. Indeed, despite a brief run of popularity in the late middle ages, the winds have always played second fiddle to the whole monsters/heros thing.

Anyway, I've been using it since around '94, and it's just sort of stuck. As a bonus, the spelling variants insure I'll get the nick almost anywhere.
Kuro5hin is full of mostly freaks and hostile lunatics - KTB

Oege (4.00 / 1) (#93)
by ooch on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 02:50:03 PM EST

My real name is Oege. That is a Frisian name, and when an Englishman would pronounce it, it would probably sound a bit like ooch. Not that I ever asked any englishman for that matter.

First one who pronounces my real name right, gets a cookie:)

Parity (4.00 / 1) (#95)
by Parity on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 03:11:40 PM EST

It should be relatively obvious, I think... I'm a computer person, I wanted a computer related nick, and Parity reminds me of the good ol' days when 2400 bps was considered high speed... :)

(Not to mention programs - and hence the whole computer - suddenly stopping for Parity Error ... at least you knew divide by zero was your own fault, by parity errors were just unfair bolts from the blue stopping everything!)

I've been pretty lucky with the nick, too; the only place it was already taken was on lycos, where I had to be ParityOdd or ParityEven, I can't remember which. (The discussions there became swiftly uninteresting; I was trying to participate in the Japanese Learning community, but the posts trickled in very slowly, and more importantly, nobody used the chatroom; for post-type discussion, there's always sci.lang.japan. Anyone who knows a good forum for japanese-as-a-second-language speakers can speak up now. :))

Anyway, I'm Parity pretty much everywhere that I'm not my real name, mostly here and on MUSHes where I do MUSH-coding.

Oh, and I get to have a constantly rotating signature... Parity Odd, Parity Even, Parity None, Parity Mark, Parity Space, Parity Error...

--Parity Bit

Anime fan (5.00 / 1) (#96)
by Tatarigami on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 03:19:54 PM EST

One of the greatest moments of the year 2000 for me was watching Hayao Miyazaki's Mononoke Hime on the big screen at an international film festival. I'm in an anime club, and we'd been looking forward to it for months.

When I saw the the tatarigami (curse god) burst out of the forest and ooze down the hill towards Ashitaka's village I thought "Wow, that's the ugliest thing I've ever seen!" I immediately adopted it as my club email address, and I've been using it online ever since...

Signal 11 (5.00 / 4) (#97)
by Signal 11 on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 03:24:33 PM EST

My nickname comes from one of my first fatal error messages I got under linux, which was due to bad hardware.

I overclocked my system and fscked up the memory so everytime I tried to compile the kernel it would say "gcc: Exitting on Signal 11". I did some research, and it turns out Signal 11 is the UNIX signal SIGSEGV, or segmentation fault, which is usually caused by bad hardware or bad programming. Either way, it sounded like a Bad Thing(tm), hence the nick. Before that, I was known as Dark Mage, and before that I was known as J. Random Hacker, courtesy of a copy of the hacker dictionary I found in a bookstore and thought it was tres cool. Before that, just random made-up-on-the-spot nicknames, because I wasn't 31337 like everyone else. :)

I like Signal 11, I think I'm gonna stick it out even though there are so many imposters these days. At the time I started using it linux was not popular and my nickname was unique. As slashdot (and linux usage) grew in popularity, so did my nickname, and now it's not uncommon to find Signal 11's all over the net - there are atleast fifty of them at hotmail.com and another couple dozen on AOL's AIM service. This excludes ripoffs like SIGSEGV and siggy. I found myself on a Quake2 CTF server once, and creamed him, er, me. :)

Society needs therapy. It's having
trouble accepting itself.

Captain_Tenille (5.00 / 1) (#98)
by Captain_Tenille on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 03:38:19 PM EST

Ah, the joys of being one of the many Captains...

Anyway, I chose Captain_Tenille because that's what I used on /., but I had chosen it there because I had been using it at karaoke for awhile as my name there. Thus, it moved over very nicely.

The "_" is there because I wasn't sure if k5 would allow spaces. I'm glad that I didn't wait to find out, though, because then I might not have gotten UID=10000. :-D
/* You are not expected to understand this. */

Man Vs. Nature: The Road to Victory!

ObSimpsonsRef (none / 0) (#114)
by Inoshiro on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 06:54:06 PM EST

It's also the name of the captain that Homer shoots out the torpedo tube during his stint in the Naval Reserves :)

[ イノシロ ]
[ Parent ]
Oh Yeah (none / 0) (#182)
by Captain_Tenille on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 01:11:58 PM EST

I was going to mention that, but I was in a hurry while I was typing it in. :-/

That was my initial inspiration, but I was also very aware of "The Captain and Tenille". I don't actually know any of their songs, and I think that I am probably better for it.
/* You are not expected to understand this. */

Man Vs. Nature: The Road to Victory!
[ Parent ]

It's also the name of a bad 70s pop group (none / 0) (#157)
by yankeehack on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 08:45:15 PM EST

Whenever I see your nick, I am reminded of the bad 70s pop combo named "The Captain and Tenille".

They are still around, touring small, small towns like I used to live in. And yes, they are married to each other.....

No one who was bad in bed has ever been good in life (i.e. liberals, I've never had sex with a liberal woman who knew how to use her body.) Keeteel :-P I'm *right*!
[ Parent ]

But she earned my respect (none / 0) (#183)
by error 404 on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 01:23:52 PM EST

through her work on Pink Floyd's "The Wall".
Electrical banana is bound to be the very next phase
- Donovan

[ Parent ]
The Yellow Book (4.33 / 3) (#99)
by YellowBook on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 03:53:53 PM EST

The Yellow Book was a decadent literary magazine published from 1894 to 1897.

The yellow book referred to in my handle, however, is actually The King In Yellow, by Robert W. Chambers.

Why yellow? A quote from a fine essay on the subject:

Yellow, sulphur's color, is linked to the Devil. It is the color of adultery which is a form a betrayal, it also is the color of the jaunes, workers who betray their social class by refusing to go on strike. Chinese theater uses the yellow make-up to point cruelty, dissimulation and cynism (honesty being indicated by red). We think of the bitterness and the lack of frankness which characterizes the rire jaune (litteraly "laughing yellow": to laugh on the other side of one's face).

Color of the riped ears, of dead leaves, yellow also calls to mind the deliquescence which precedes death. Like white, it is a bright color by nature, but it makes us think of a dirty white, worn by time (yellowed teeth or papers...). Unwholesome color, yellow (sallow complexion) opposes itself to the rosy color of health. Like black, it is a color of death, but while black is serious, tragic, yellow is only derisory.

... No wonder, then, that the end of the 19th century, this strange period of mixed emotions and creations, is often referred to as "the yellow Nineties". Between the wealth and the decay, life and death, good and evil, the yellow then seemed particularly well suited to cloth the strange monarch put in play by Chambers.

Which means those black-wearing Goths can pack it in and leave decadence to the professionals ;)

4 + 9 equals (4.00 / 1) (#117)
by slakhead on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 07:36:12 PM EST

A suffusion of yellow!

According to the I-Ching calculator anyway...

[ Parent ]

It Changes every few years but... (4.00 / 2) (#100)
by Paradocis on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 04:26:31 PM EST

...my nicks are usually based on certain long term philosophical dilemas I'm working on at any given time. They're more like koans than actual questions to be answered. The answers don't really mean much, it's the self transformation that occurs through their contemplation. This is my second nick in 8 years, I've had it now for about 4 of those, and I seem to be wrapping this one up, so it will likely change soon (whenever I realize the nature of the next dilema). Previously I was known as Dissonant.

"El sueño de la razon produce monstruos." -Goya

Too much D&D (5.00 / 1) (#102)
by Blackfell on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 04:37:16 PM EST

My nick was the name of a very long-lived character of mine back in my D&D days. He went through three states, six DMs, and many campaigns. A few years ago, I was going through some old boxes when I came upon the character sheet. So, in a fit of nostalgia, Blackfell became my nick. Been using it ever since. Also, it's one of those unique names (except on IM and Hotmail, anyway).
Written by a single drunk monkey with a copy of MS Word 2000.
Where do people get all the great nicks? (4.00 / 1) (#103)
by chivo on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 04:53:45 PM EST

At univeristy of course. When I first showed up in the dorms we were all assigned a nickname by some guy that thought he was cool. I think mine was the only one that stuck, goat. Of course, then some spanish speaking friends decided 'goat' would be much cooler in spanish so it was transformed into 'chivo' which roughly translates into 'goat boy' or 'boy goat' Shortly afterwards I found IRC and ICQ and figured what the heck, no one was using it, at least on IRC. Chivo has stuck for quite some time and has followed me around to various ISPs, jobs, /. and now K5. It's a lot more popular of nick now, I'm lucky to get it for a logon for a big site anymore. Oh well. Cheers.

okay (4.00 / 2) (#105)
by spacejack on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 05:10:32 PM EST


1 n To hijack in space. i.e., to commandeer a vessel by force as in an airplane hijacking, or car-jacking.
Eg. 'Did you hear about the spacejack last wendnesday near the Andromeda station?'

2 v To hijack some space.
Eg. 'I have "jacked" this space on k5 to describe my nick.' 'I have "jacked" this URL to use as a personal playground.' 'I have "jacked" some space in your mind as you read this' (woo, pretty heavy, eh? whoa)

3 v To pleasure oneself in space.
Eg. 'Did you hear the one about Neal Armstrong..?'

4 n An online variation of Blackjack, typically played on gambling websites. Distained by serious gamblers because the name releases it from the restrictions it would otherwise have if it called itself 'Blackjack'.
Eg. 'Want to play some SpaceJack?' 'Nahh, I only play the real thing.'

5 n A PC game that takes place in space, where you have to protect your cargo from aliens intent on 'jacking' it. (Ripped off of the truly ancient game 'Rip Off').
Eg. 'Want to play some SpaceJack?' 'Yes!'

I also took it because, hey the domain wasn't taken and it was reasonably easy to remember. When I joined K5, I decided to switch to using spacejack.

I was using smartbomb for a while before, but I thought it might come off a bit pompus if you didn't get the Defender reference, so I switched when I got my domain. So now it's a nick, a videogame and a website that I use as a playground in virtual space (see #3).

ThwartedEfforts (4.00 / 1) (#108)
by ThwartedEfforts on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 05:59:51 PM EST

I've actually gone through a number of iterations until I settled on this one. Back in my BBS days in the mid 80s, I initially went with Drone. Then for a while I was High Voltage, in memory of one of the more popular BBSs in my area. I actually stole "ThwartedEfforts" from a guy I knew who ran a BBS named "The Resturarnt at the End of the Universe", but he dropped off the face of the earth. A friend of mine wrote a song about "ThwartedEfforts" the man, and it pretty well reflected my life at the time he wrote it. He also calls me "TEf", which is usually an alias for ThwartedEfforts because ThwartedEfforts is so long to type, in real life periodicly, which I'd like more people to do, but I usually forget to introduce myself as "TEf". If I wasn't so lazy, I'd see about having my name changed (or just my middle name) to TEf.

Character in one of my stories (4.00 / 1) (#109)
by ana on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 06:06:13 PM EST

She just kind of stepped out of a story I was writing. So when I needed yet another pseudonym, hey, there she was, waiting. It's odd, how a persona takes on a life of her own, though...


Years go by; will I still be waiting
for somebody else to understand?
--Tori Amos

vax box in a basement (3.66 / 3) (#112)
by blixco on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 06:25:45 PM EST

has the name of blixco. It was the first machine I ever broke into.

I used "blix" for a really long time, but changed it to the original machine name. The only other name I've used has been my own.
The root of the problem has been isolated.

What's in a name. (none / 0) (#115)
by Greener on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 07:11:43 PM EST

Reading through what's posted so far I think mine is the only one that goes back a generation.

ack when my dad was in high school he used to label all his stuff (and still does) with his last name and first initial: GreeneR. And that's what his friends have called him ever since.

Because I grew up in the same small town he did many of the kids I went to school with had parents who went to school with my father so in about grade three one of these kids started calling me Greener and it stuck. It's been my nick in meatspace fot 14 years and in cyberspace since I've been online.

slakhead (none / 0) (#116)
by slakhead on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 07:26:38 PM EST

In high school my friends and I were obsessed with slacking because we knew the school system sucked and there was no other way to spite it all but by slacking off.

So I decided to replace the addictive tendencies of my peers with my addictive tendencies and ended up with slackhead (as opposed to crackhead). At the time I was using DOS/Win 3.1 and it wouldn't let me name files greater than 8 characters so I dropped the "c" and decided that it just looked cooler that way.

Now, I hope you can sleep better at night with that terrible question of where "slakhead" got his stupid handle gone once and for all.

It's my CRSID (3.50 / 2) (#119)
by pw201 on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 08:04:20 PM EST

The University of Cambridge's Common Registration System, apparently. So, I was once pw201@cam.ac.uk. I've spotted at least two other k5 people using their CRSIDs in this way.

Really quite boring... (4.00 / 1) (#120)
by pak21 on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 08:10:40 PM EST

`pak21' was just my userid when I first started at University... now I use it everywhere I can [1], basically because it means I have to remember only one userid.

[1] `Everywhere I can' being everywhere apart from my work account, as the sysadmins wouldn't give me `pak21' and gave me `pak' instead... so ~/.ssh/config on that account starts off with `User pak21'.

How I got my nick. (3.00 / 3) (#124)
by malikcoates on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 09:14:59 PM EST

I decided to combine two randomly picked words. One suggested by my uncle and another which I borrowed from my father.

It's true (3.50 / 2) (#125)
by scruffyMark on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 09:29:14 PM EST

... although it doesn't make for a strange explanation.

My name is Mark. I have a scruffy beard, haven't been to a barber in four or five years now, and favour clothes that are comfortable at the expense of snappiness.

Ancient prophet (4.00 / 2) (#126)
by mahonri on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 10:37:45 PM EST

According to Joseph Smith, the first prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mahonri Moriancumer was a prophet from the time of the tower of Babel. I took the name as my nick for two reasons. The first is because I would like to be the kind of man that Mahonri Moriancumer was, and the second is that it is a great way to find other members of The Church of Jesus Christ, and it gives me a chance to talk about my beliefs when someone asks me about it. ;-)
Family and Religion based news and discussion
Ah... (none / 0) (#187)
by Captain_Tenille on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 02:46:27 PM EST

... the Brother of Jared. heh heh.
/* You are not expected to understand this. */

Man Vs. Nature: The Road to Victory!
[ Parent ]

Mod this down, it deserves it. (none / 0) (#199)
by spaceghoti on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 04:03:35 PM EST

Do you also get to explain why Brigham Young had to go back a generation later and fix the misspellings and grammatical errors of the divinely inspired (and recorded; Smith claimed the word wouldn't disappear from his vision until it was copied correctly) Book of Mormon?

Sorry, I did a lot of research on diverse religions, and the history of this one always makes me laugh.

"Humor. It is a difficult concept. It is not logical." -Saavik, ST: Wrath of Khan

[ Parent ]
Funny as hell classical author. (4.00 / 1) (#127)
by Apuleius on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 11:23:54 PM EST

Apuleius wrote The Transformations of Lucius, Once Known as the Golden Ass, a 2nd century AD epic that will have you rolling on the floor with laughter.

And nobody else uses it as a nickname. So I took it up. I love a nick that is without namespace crowding.

There is a time and a place for everything, and it's called college. (The South Park chef)

kind of what I am (4.00 / 1) (#128)
by mami on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 11:30:01 PM EST

Wanted something which doesn't hide gender, doesn't hide age and doesn't hide lack of geekiness, the three items I don't like to play games with online.

Hazmat (4.00 / 1) (#130)
by Hazmat on Sat Feb 24, 2001 at 11:30:59 PM EST

I am Hazmat! I like Hazmat, and have been using it for many years now. I started with "Evil Komquat" when i was little (ain't that cute) When i started playing 3d shooters i saw that sign on the highway: "No Hazmats" and i asked my dad "Whats a Hazmat" and he said "it means hazardous material" and i asked "whats hazardous material?" and he says "somthing thats dangerous" and im dangerous in those 3d shooters (Go me!) and thus: I am Hazmat! Its kinda weird, people ask me if im a firefighter all the time... (they have a hazmat squad...)

I've also picked up the following nicknames over the years:
Jordy (My names Jordan)
Bubbles (Please god dont ask)
Maggot (Im a camp counselor during the summer, this other counselor said i looked like a maggot, and made everyone else call me Maggot. People still do.)
Babs (Some of my friends were too lazy to say all of Bubbles)

Thats all i can remember...
Hehe.. Evil Komquat....

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"Obscenity is the crutch of inarticulate motherfuckers." -Anonymous.
mecca777... (4.00 / 1) (#131)
by mecca777 on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 12:41:59 AM EST

...comes from an incident at college, when I used to dress like a combination between a drugged skateboarder, an alcoholic goth and a homeless circus clown. I had stayed over at a friend's house one night and had no clean t-shirt to wear, so I went into a shop on the way to college and bought a cool blue Mecca t-shirt with a big orange logo. I thought it would go well with what I was wearing (a Crombie, red jeans and mismatched trainers). Unfortunately, I misread the size on the label by a whole two "X"s, and it looked like a nightgown on me. It actually came down to my knees, and I'm a big fat git anyway. So everyone, even complete strangers, pointed at me, all day, and called me "Mecca".

That same day, I signed up for a new e-mail account, and used "mecca" off the top of my head as a user name. It was already taken - I had to add a number, and I happened to have my guitar with me that day, so I used "777", for reasons which will be obvious to people who know which model of guitar I'm talking about.

Since then, "mecca777" has been my standard e-mail signup name, although on two occasions it has already been taken, and I used "mecca7x3" instead.

Me'z Big Nick (3.00 / 2) (#132)
by a20vertigo on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 01:25:05 AM EST

a20vertigo it is.... i got this one a loooong time ago.... back in 1995. I (attempted to, at least) put Windblows95 on my old 386.... that gave millions of errors. Some involved the "a20" line, involving something with 386 memory management (1. It was 1995, a very experimental time... Everyone was doin it! and 2. It just stuck in my head." Later, when I needed a nick to play Descent at PXO, it struck me... anyone who has ever played Descent knows the main charachter's codename is Vertigo One. Well, that juuuuust happened to already be taken. Oh well. Take "Vertigo" and place it with the first computer related phrase that shoots into my brain. and a20vertigo it was!
Material defender, abort jump sequence!
I..I... I CANT!
* | DANGER | *
-Descent II Endsequence
my nick (3.50 / 2) (#133)
by reel_life on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 07:21:47 AM EST

I got my nick because my significant other was doing up a movie/dvd related website sometime ago. I suggested reel-life for a name, alias, nick, whatever. I thought it was spiffy. He didn't like it. So, I took it.

Madness takes its toll on everyone. Please have exact change.

my nick (4.50 / 2) (#135)
by klamath on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 12:00:01 PM EST

'klamath' is the codename for the original design of the Pentium II (you know, the one with the large die size that generated lots of heat). I saw it once while reading an article on a hardware site, and thought it was cool. Apparently, it's also the name of a river in upstate New York (people email me occaisonally asking if I'm from there -- I'm not).

Before 'klamath', I used to have a bunch of dumb nicknames, but I've dropped all of those. When registering for stuff online, I usually use my first initial concatonated with my last name.

also a river in oregon (4.00 / 1) (#159)
by kellan on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 10:42:05 PM EST

I was hoping it was a reference to the river in oregon. I'm stuck on the East Coast right now, but whenever I go rafting on some piddly class 3 river out here I think back to Upper Klamath, and siiiigh. Its a beautiful river, and an amazing ride.


[ Parent ]

The PII code name (none / 0) (#168)
by aphrael on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 03:43:05 AM EST

was probably a reference to the river in oregon.

[ Parent ]
Intel codenames (none / 0) (#179)
by yankeehack on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 12:35:58 PM EST

Intel code names their upcoming projects after rivers in OREGON, since their HQ is located in that state.

No one who was bad in bed has ever been good in life (i.e. liberals, I've never had sex with a liberal woman who knew how to use her body.) Keeteel :-P I'm *right*!
[ Parent ]

Yes and no ... (none / 0) (#208)
by LegionDaMany on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 08:08:15 PM EST

Yes, Intel code names their upcoming projects after rivers in Oregon.

No, Intel's HQ is not located there. It is in Santa Clara, California. The bulk of the processor design group is located in Oregon, though ... if that was your meaning.

Call me Legion for I am Many ...
[ Parent ]
K. Lamath? (none / 0) (#236)
by pin0cchio on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 06:04:51 PM EST

When registering for stuff online, I usually use my first initial concatonated with my last name.

That wouldn't make your name "Karl LaMath" or "Kris LaMath" or anything like that, would it?

[ Parent ]
The origins of "Phaser" (3.50 / 2) (#137)
by Phaser777 on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 12:20:53 PM EST

Way back in 1995 when I was using AOL (When I finally got cable, it took me 2 months to convince them that I didn't want to use their crappy service anymore, no matter how many free months I got.) and still liked and watched Star Trek, I thought it would be cool to have a Trek-themed name, so I though up Phaserbeam. Later I shortened it to Phaser, and I use Phaser777 when Phaser is taken. The "777" is a reference to an old Mac game called Marathon, where every number in the story, from dates to the model numbers of weapons, could be reduced to either a 7 or 3 by adding the digits (12 would be 1+2=3). The Marathon Story page has a bunch of other info on this old game (sorry, I forgot the address).

I also use "Sir Lagalot" in fantasy/medieval games where "Phaser" would seem a bit out of place. Yes, the lag-a-lot is a reference to my modem days...

Someday I'll change the name to something a bit less "Trekkie." I just haven't thought of anything creative enough yet.
My business plan:
Obtain the patents for something (the more obvious and general the better)
Wait until someone else adopts the idea and becomes rich off it.
Sue them.
Phyrkrakr (4.00 / 1) (#138)
by Phyrkrakr on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 12:52:17 PM EST

I saw an email address, phyr something at somewhere and thought that the "phyr" part looked cool. Phyr by itself wasn't really enough for me, so i added on the krakr part (not for any racial significance, even though i am a white midwesterner), because that made "firecracker" into something completely different. I've been using it forever, since at least 1995, and it'll probably stick around. I even got the yahoo, aol, hotmail, and excite registers for it. (and /.!) Don't steal the domain on me, tho, high speed is too expensive here for me to be able to host it.

Smith & Wesson: The Original Point and Click
How not to steal the domain (none / 0) (#237)
by pin0cchio on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 06:08:06 PM EST

Don't steal the domain on me, tho, high speed is too expensive here for me to be able to host it.

You can register the domain at GANDI for under $12/yr and it'll redirect to your Geo site.

[ Parent ]
Burnin` (3.50 / 2) (#139)
by burnin on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 01:25:05 PM EST

I needed a new nickname sometime ago, and I was looking for something that no one had thought before... After a long chat with a friend, discussing the pros and cons of a big big list of nicknames, I finally settled for BurningBrain, because it seemed cool. It turned out to be really long though, and it got cut out to burnin`. Just sounds cool.

really boring story... (3.50 / 2) (#140)
by douper on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 01:31:08 PM EST

back in grade 5... or 4 or 3 or something we got computer logins, and well, last name, first initial = doupe + r = douper been using it ever since, on and offline.

Percible (4.00 / 1) (#141)
by Percible on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 01:39:36 PM EST

OK, Percible was something that I came up with about five years ago off the top of my head, when trying to think of a nick.. "Don't worry", I said, "I'll change it to something better later..."

Five years later, and I still use it pretty much everywhere, and it's the basis for my personal web site. I find it's very rarely taken..

My nick. (3.50 / 2) (#142)
by BAKup on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 02:17:13 PM EST

It's my initials, BAK which happen to the same as the extention for backup files, so I just slapped on the 'up' and ran with it. I've been using this nick for over 10 years (Yea, shonny, I remeber back when we didn't have this here fancy internet, we had only local BBSes to connect to, and we liked it) It's what use everywhere except for the few places it's already in use, then I just slap a 2k on the end. --Ben

Hypes (4.00 / 2) (#143)
by Hypes on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 02:17:47 PM EST

I got my nick way back in grade school. I was diagnosed as having ADHD, and in the small town where I lived news travels fast. So naturally, the kids started calling my hyper all the time. One of my friends changed it to Hypes, and the name stuck all through High School. When I got to college, my fraternity (Phi Mu Alpha) also gave me the same nichname, and I've been using it ever since. BTW, the nickname gave way to my closer for emails, which is "Flying Over Your Heads." Got my own URL (hypes.org) with it, and pretty much use it all the time. When Hypes is used, I change it to HypesOfSmeg, which is a spinoff of Red Dwarf when Dave Lister calls himself ListerOfSmeg.

Flying Over Your Heads,

my nick (3.50 / 2) (#144)
by /dev/trash on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 02:37:07 PM EST

Trash is a shortened version of Trashcan Man, which comes from the Stephen King novel The Stand. The dev part I added on cuz a lot of the times trash was already taken. dev coming from of course a *nix view of devices.

Updated 02/20/2004
New Site

The history of "delmoi" (4.00 / 2) (#145)
by delmoi on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 02:39:47 PM EST

I originally went with "shado", since everyone in my 6ht class called me chado, and the teacher made that pun once in roll call. But, I wanted something more original.

When I got my first computer, the summer before High school I was trying desperately to get on the internet, and I found a 'freeISP' somewhere way out in nowhere, of course I had to pay longdistance. I registered with the username 'shado' and they gave me the username 'delmoy'. I thought it was cool, but that 'delmoi' was a little bit cooler

So I've been delmoi since about '95 (that seems to be the year that *a lot* of people got their nicks, to from reading this page)

I'm actually starting to get sick of it now, it honestly sounds a little lame. Of course, I have no idea for a replacement, and I am kind of stuck with it... oh well
"'argumentation' is not a word, idiot." -- thelizman
My Nick. Easy. (3.50 / 2) (#146)
by rawg on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 05:51:26 PM EST

rawG is Gwar backwards.

Nuff Said.

Inevitability (5.00 / 1) (#147)
by Vulch on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 05:54:28 PM EST

At school and at university (which are two entirely different things for the geographically limited among us!) I picked up the same nickname independently.

Apparently, when something was being explained to me I had the habit of standing behind the person doing the explaining with my hands tucked in the back of my belt, and my head pushed a long way forward. To others it looked like I was waiting for the explainer to drop dead, and as I was very thin at the time it was assumed I'd be using the fresh corpse as lunch.

With the usual problems people have with multiple syllables (The name is Anthony, not Tony, dammit!) the Vulture got shortened to Vulch and stuck.

I've now been using it for 20 years in various online places, as well as real life, and I'm as likely to respond to being addresed as Vulch as I am as Anthony.

There seems to be one other user of the name out there, but he seems to only use it for gaming...


Not standing still. (3.50 / 2) (#148)
by static on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 06:06:15 PM EST

I've been Static since I first played LAN-Quake! I needed an alias in a hurry and for some reason a Shadowrun reference occurred to me. In one of the Shadowrun supplements, there was a matrix handle called "Magic". It made for amusing comments about "magic in the matrix" which was an impossibility in Shadowrun. Not wanting to be too obvious, the idea of "static in the matrix" appealed to me. So I became Static.

Curiously, for an ordinary enough word, it is almost never taken! Of course, I registered very early on /. and here on K5 and also on EZBoard. Still, I only occasionally get emails from /. indicating someone has tried to register as me. I get more of those from EZBoard, actually.

I've got a few alternates. If Static is taken, I usually try for Static-san, or sometimes StaticSpice (yes, a Spice Girls reference).


SqueakyWeasel... (4.00 / 2) (#150)
by squeakyweasel on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 06:13:30 PM EST

My nickname comes from my real life nickname, Weasel, which I got back in Junior High and it's stuck ever since. I got it due to a stuffed animal I have, which now sits on the dashboard on my car and sometimes my computer monitor. It's kinda' ironic since I'm 6'5" and 240lbs, and I have the nickname of a small animal. No one calls me by my real name, not even my parents or teachers, it's either some family nickname or Weasel. Since Weasel was taken on k5 already, I just took the name of my website, squeakyweasel.net.


A humble lich (4.00 / 2) (#153)
by a humble lich on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 06:57:09 PM EST

   My nick was given to me in high school be a friend who, while bored in class, came up with anagrams for the names of all his friends. I think mine was the only one that made much sence, but that was right in the formative period of my life when we were all giving eachother nicknames anyway.
   I've kept it because it is still my name and nobody else ever takes it, it seems there are advantages to having three spaces in a name. Also, I have been using it long enough that most people who know me will recognize me if I use it.

Fred Nerk (4.00 / 1) (#154)
by Fred Nerk on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 07:48:53 PM EST

In the 1950's BBC radio series The Goon Show there were 2 frequent characters called Eccles and Bluebottle, who were always talking about someone called Fred Nerk, who was apparently Eccles' best friend, although AFAIK he never actuall appears on the show.

Anyway I've been using Fred Nerk or some derivative (fred_nerk, frednerk, or sometimes Nerker) since my BBS days, around 1993.

There are always namespace clashes, but I've never actually seen anything by / from another Fred Nerk.

Mike Roberto (3.50 / 2) (#155)
by MicroBerto on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 07:51:38 PM EST

My name is Mike Roberto

My friends call me Berto, but online I am MicroBerto. Cute, eh? :) hahaha

- GAIM: MicroBerto
Bertoline - My comic strip

harsh to rate that a 2! (none / 0) (#176)
by imperium on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 09:34:33 AM EST

I thought it was clever and simple at the same time. Boo to anyone who didn't like it!

[ Parent ]

Quix (4.00 / 2) (#156)
by Quix on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 07:52:39 PM EST

I started off with a string of fairy lame aliases in the good old days (whenever they were [hint: BBS]). However none of them seemed to really fit.

Then one night I was failing to sleep, when basing an alias around the whole quicksilver/mercury/hermes idea suddenly hit me. Of course spelling it quixilva, makes it look a bit better.

Quix is then a natural contraction of that, and allows for all sorts of fun to be had.. like in my website name.. Quix-stuff. It's a little bit unfortunate that I'mn't really particular quixotic.

Anyway, I try to use Quix or Quixilva where ever I need to register. I don't really get called by my alias in real life particular often, although some of my friends do.

Enough said.

third try (none / 0) (#161)
by kellan on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 11:05:23 PM EST

Back when I was just a BBS kid, and the namespace was less crowded, I went by Sandpiper. Growing up we were practically on the beach, you could hear the seals barking in the morning, and I spent many hours playing along the surf. For me the Sandpipers, skirting the edge of the sand and the ocean represented the delicate interplay my adsolecent and morose mind felt I was living balancing the complex social life of early teenage years.

When I moved on to the internet and the namespace got more crowded, I used DearIago for a while, came to me after going to a brilliant production of Othello at the Ashland Shakespeare festival. That Iago was a dark, reserved creepy, not the other the top, hooked nose creepy of so many Othello productions. DearIago was again about balancing light and dark; tensions. But the name creeped too many people out, and it came off a little more queer then I wanted to day in and day out.

So now I stick with kellan, its original enough to available most places, congures up images of rocky gallic coasts and storms for those in the know, and its my name. So I guess I got my nick from my parents.


Not as cool as some of the others... (none / 0) (#162)
by n473 on Sun Feb 25, 2001 at 11:28:43 PM EST

N473 - my name is Nate...

I am n473 on most sites and have n473.com and n473.org

Thank you, [city name], good night!
My Name (none / 0) (#167)
by FyreFiend on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 02:06:02 AM EST

I started using this nick about 5 years ago when a girl I worked with (and had a crush on) told me about some online community that she hung out on (www.firefly.com, I think). My normal nick was taken so I tried a name (Fire)out of the song I was listening to at the time, Down in the Park by the Foo Fighters. After trying different spellings and such to find one that wasn't taken I ended up with FyreFiend and I've used it everywhere to this day.

My old Nick was/is Dwarf because I've always played dwarves in D&D. I still have a few accounts here and there with that nick.

Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial "we".
-- Mark Twain

driftingwalrus and BrainSurg (none / 0) (#169)
by driftingwalrus on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 05:19:58 AM EST

Those are the two nicks I use. I use driftingwalrus on websites and BrainSurg in IRC. With driftingwalrus, I was having difficulty coming up with a nick to use. So, it just popped into my mind.

With BrainSurg, that's a significantly longer story. Remember, this comes from a long time ago, when I knew much less than I now know. A friend and myself where going to write this mailbombing software to completely blast the snot out of spammers and open relays. This was supposed to be some kind of important secret project, so we decided we'd meet over IRC and refer to software as a person. I forget what the name of it was supposed to be, that has since been buried in the mists of time. I aptly chose the title BrainSurgeon. Minor difficulty: the version of BitchX I was using at the time clipped off nicks at 9 characters. So, BrainSurg was all that would fit. It stuck.

Now, aren't you glad you asked?

"I drank WHAT?!" -- Socrates
steven (none / 0) (#170)
by steven on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 05:29:48 AM EST

my name is steven. since my bbs days, i have called myself 'steven', 'stevenw' (w = first letter of surname), 'stevn' (hey, steven's usually taken), or 'stvn' (why bother with the vowels?)

i tried other nicks and they don't fit - they make me sound/look like some elite 12 year old script kiddie. call me boring if you like, but i've never had any nicknames - besides 'hairy bastard' cause i didn't shave over some school holidays and came to school with a beard - pretty radical for a grade ten highschool kid ;)


The ghost (none / 0) (#171)
by GiTm on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 07:30:14 AM EST

Originally I was using the nicks Nexus or Tangent on BBS's and eventually the internet. Those came from a sort of weird sci-fi story written for high school - "Tangent Nexus - Saboteur Extroudinaire". Unfortunately when the trek film came out featuring the glowing ribbon of energy also called the nexus I was continously asked if that was where I got my nick.

By that time I was already on the move a lot and the only real continous presence I had was on the net so I picked 'Ghost in the machine' or gitm mainly because that was how most people I knew interacted with me.

Yes, there are spelling mistakes in this post. No, I don't care.
--- I have nothing funny to say here.
leviathan (none / 0) (#172)
by leviathan on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 08:40:52 AM EST

k5 is actually the first place I used this nick. I tend to have a few different nicks for different places, because they help me to bring out different aspects of my personality that are more appropriate in different fora. Having said that, I am actually training up a character in PSO using this nick, but am practically giggly on there.

If you want to know how I came up with leviathan, I wrote it down last time this came up in a diary, here. It was orignally designed as an ambiguous nom be plume because it's up to you, dear reader, to figure me out.

I wish everyone was peaceful. Then I could take over the planet with a butter knife.
- Dogbert

defective girl Mac weenie (none / 0) (#173)
by iGrrrl on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 09:11:00 AM EST

Almost every other name I have, including the nick most people call me IRL, is some sort of private joke. iGrrrl has the least joke character. I didn't want to use my /. nick, which is a very private joke on about 4 levels (loose_change). Here's how iGrrrl happened: For the first time I decided to be openly female, but I'm more of a grrrl than a girl; and I'd recently bought an iBookSE, and hence the i.

I picked up dontdancewithdna because iGrrrl was already taken as a Yahoo edress, and because I regularly cut up DNA and put it back together. The origin of the phrase is explained on my web page.

My first computer nick was on FSU's PLATO system, where I was known as Saber Woman. I fenced saber and practiced daily, and could be seen cycling across campus with my weapons across my back. That was 1982-1983.

Other RL nicks from my roadie days include:

Pegasus -- "She works like a horse and she flies."

Chi-Chi Costanero or Chi-Chi LaVida -- I worked for a spandex metal band in '85 where nobody used their real name, and the bass player nicked me Chi-Chi. The reference was to my lack of bodacious ta-ta's. I had a bad-ass reputation in certain parts of the South East US, but never had to do anything to earn it. Whenever anyone asked about me, the guys in the band would just shake their heads warningly and say, "I wouldn't mess with Chi-Chi if I was you."

Mister -- "More man than you'll ever be, and more woman than you'll ever get!"

I have now amused myself with this walk down memory lane, and return you to everyone else's story.

You cannot have a reasonable conversation with someone who regards other people as toys to be played with. localroger
remove apostrophe for email.

My turn -- Slambo (none / 0) (#174)
by slambo on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 09:14:50 AM EST

My handle's origin is from 7th grade PE (gym) class. We had to put our first initial and last name on our gym shirts in permanent marker. My shirt read S LAMB, which quickly got concatenated to Slamb. That was also the time that the Rambo movies were big in the theaters, so the logical progression to Slambo was inevitable.

Today, with a more crowded namespace, I'm finding it a little more difficult on some sites to use my preferred name. So far, I've been able on many of these sites to append 42 onto the name (being the ultimate answer to Life, The Universe and Everything [tm], of course).
Sean Lamb
"A day without laughter is a day wasted." -- Groucho Marx

Nurglich (none / 0) (#178)
by nurglich on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 12:31:32 PM EST

Back in the day, I played Games Workshop's Warhammer. It's a fantasy wargame with all the standard fantasy races, but I played the Skaven; a race of rat-people. Nurglitch led my favorite of the clans, which I often messpelled (on purpose) as Nurglich. It started out as my email address, and then became my nick in my high school sax section. Now I use it just about everywhere, since its never taken.

"There are no bad guys or innocent guys. There's just a bunch of guys!" --Ben Stiller, Zero Effect

darsal / DaveTheMagni (none / 0) (#184)
by darsal on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 01:38:14 PM EST

Those are the ones I use most frequently.

darsal was the first account name I had that I still remember. I didn't choose it - it came to me from the system standard of three letters of your first name, three letters of your last name, except someone already had that account name, so I got two from my first and one from my middle. It's pretty uncommon, so I've been able to get it as my mail account in nearly every domain I've ever been part of.

DaveTheMagni actually has spaces, but it comes from a system where there was only upper case or it wouldn't have. As one of my first hackerish achievements, I got some tremendously high score on a learning module by figuring out that I could simply re-enter the equation I was supposed to solve as its own answer. Certainly, 15*8/2+48=15*8/2+48, and it's a lot easier to come up with than to figure out the precedence and do the math, so I got myself a 100% score in record time. I wanted to reward myself by entering a flattering name, since it would stand at the top of the list for a very long time. But just like the programmer hadn't properly checked the format of my answers, he had also underestimated the amount of space someone would want to use to enter a name... and I got stuck with the highest score, and a goofy name.

Yes, they have a plethora of piñatas (5.00 / 1) (#186)
by 0xdeadbeef on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 02:43:34 PM EST

Wow, I didn't even see this before it had 183 comments.

My nick comes from the hexidecimal representation of 3735928559, which is the value that the AIX runtime initializes the registers on an RS/6000. When you debug your program, and print the registers, you get stuff like this:

$r20:0xdeadbeef $r21:0xdeadbeef $r22:0xdeadbeef $r23:0xdeadbeef
$r24:0xdeadbeef $r25:0xdeadbeef $r26:0xdeadbeef $r27:0xdeadbeef

I wanted to quit using my real name on slashdot, and my this was what I was doing at the time, and militant vegitarians annoy me, and it sounds 1337, so I chose it. Besides, my Quake name was taken.

Other hexidecimal words are "0xcafebabe" ( to which Sun's Java implementation initializes the registers of the JVM), and the less PC "0xbedababe".

Bad coffee, odd food. (none / 0) (#271)
by Sax Maniac on Sun Mar 04, 2001 at 06:52:42 PM EST

You forgot 64-bit AIX: 0xBADC0FFEE0DDF00D.
Stop screwing around with printf and gdb and get a debugger that doesn't suck.
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My Nicks (none / 0) (#189)
by djkimmel on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 02:48:50 PM EST

Let's see...

Here on K5, I use djkimmel - first initial, middle inital, last name. Nothing too classy.

In Quake and online games, I'm The Crisco Kid, or some variation of that. This one was given to me by a friend who was starting up a Quake clan. The clan was called Greasy's Secret Minions. I distinctly remember my friend saying "We'll all have grease related names - I'll be Greaseman, you can be The Crisco Kid or something" and its stuck ever since.

At LAN parties, I'm Mr Snuggles, just because it really annoys people after they get brutalized by someone named Mr Snuggles in StarCraft.

And when I sing Karaoke, I'm known as Satan's Bastard Child. This is a long joke that eventually stuck - I don't even put Satan's Bastard Child on the sheet, the DJ just announces it himself.
-- Dave
Rand Race (none / 0) (#190)
by Rand Race on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 02:50:02 PM EST

From a supporting character in Love & Rockets comics. Rand Race was a "prosolar mechanic" (a nick I also use: promech or prosolmech) which was a term applied to famous mechanics who could supposedly fix anything in the solar system. One of the primary characters in the books was a young woman who worked as a jr. mech with Rand Race. There were other promechs like Bernie Carbo and Duke Morales, but their names are longer than the coveted 8 characters (even excluding spaces). At the time I decided to use it I was finishing a vocational course in electronics, and having already learned computer, hydraulic, and automotive maintanence I felt as if I could fix anything in the solar system.

I was wrong of course, but it's good to remember when you were young and stupid. Before that I tended to use Mat Hadder during the BBS scene. I also occasionaly use a mangled version of my own full name that friends tend to call me: Helixphaze (the P stands for purrrrrrrple).

"Question with boldness even the existence of God; because if there be one, He must approve the homage of Reason rather than that of blindfolded Fear." - Thomas Jefferson

lots of people here already knew (none / 0) (#191)
by alprazolam on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 02:53:34 PM EST

but for those who don't alprazolam is the generic name for the active ingredient in xanax. xanax is an excellent drug in the excellent family of drugs called benzodiazapines (sp?). i would highly reccomend taking some if ever possible, but no driving. it's an anti-anxiety pill, works almost immediately (unlike prozac) and well i just can't tell you how great it is. since we are nothing more than the chemicals in our brains anyway you might as well modify them a bit to make yourself happier. i first started using this name on /. since i started reading it right after i took my first xanax.

Armaphine (none / 0) (#192)
by Armaphine on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 03:05:49 PM EST

Was actually a slurring of my old handle Armor Fiend. OK, granted, I never really used Armor Fiend on the internet, but rather at a laser tag place I used to go to with some friends. If I remember correctly, I was reading a lot of Juggernaut comics at the time.

Ever since, I've actually tried coming up with something profound for why Armaphine was a good name, but like most other things I do, it was a random decision with little to no forethought involved.

Question authority. Don't ask why, just do it.

I get asked this all the time (none / 0) (#193)
by CrazyJub on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 03:08:34 PM EST

CrazyJub? What the hell is that?

One day working at the office, the MIS person came to all our desks to install some new drivers. My coworkers and I joked around all the time, and the MIS rep told me he needed me to log into my machine to complete his work. So he asked me "What is your login name?"

Unfortunatly, he had quite the accent, being recently moved from Hong Kong so it sounded like:
"What's your LUCKY name?"

It took all my concentration to keep from laughing, so I calmly asked my coworker beside me "Excuse me, what is my lucky name?" And then procceded to leave for the bathroom.

The next time the MIS person came back, my coworker placed a note on my desk to I would have to read it within ear shot of the MIS dude....
"Hello, my lucky name is Jub Jub"
Off the bathroom I went!

A few days later of playing with the name resulted in: CrazyJub.

Eastern Philosophy (none / 0) (#194)
by ucblockhead on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 03:15:11 PM EST

I chose mine after discussing eastern philosophy on conferencing system elsewhere. The Taoists say that you should keep your mind "like an uncarved block". Changed it at a whim a few years back and never changed it because I've yet to find one I liked better, and because it is never taken.

For online games, I usually use "Gort", which is, amazingly enough, also never taken. I chose that after picking the robot model in Half-Life and have never bothered to change, even when playing games where it makes no sense.

(If you don't know who "Gort" is, go see The Day The Earth Stood Still)

This is k5. We're all tools - duxup

My Nick... (none / 0) (#195)
by csmacd on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 03:24:20 PM EST

Professionally, I'm a computer network geek - if you are, then the nick should make sense...

Otherwise, you might want go go around reading some really computer-type technical documents that were started about, oh, say February, 1980.


1980 (3.66 / 3) (#206)
by kwsNI on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 07:20:05 PM EST

1980 was before I was born. Oh well, csmacd wouldn't happen to stand for Carrier Sense, Multiple Access, Collision Detection? Sounds like something to do with Ethernet to me...

I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it. -Jack Handy
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Funny, I remember being religiously against this (none / 0) (#276)
by weirdling on Mon Mar 05, 2001 at 07:50:39 PM EST

I was a token-ring man, myself, as csma/cd tended to waste bandwidth bigtime if you ever pushed it to its limits. Funny which tech eventually won: the one that was easier to wire...
I'm not doing this again; last time no one believed it.
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Arkady (none / 0) (#197)
by Arkady on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 03:48:50 PM EST

I actually use two.

I use Arkady on the online discussion systems (except /., where it was already taken, but I very rarely post there). Arkady is from the Anarchist philosopher and activist/revolutionary, Arkady Bogdanovich, in Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy. I very much approve of the ideas and sentiments Robinson uses Arkady to express and think the character is a wonderful model of active philosophy. As your poll _almost_ states, I chose it because I would want to be more like the character.

I use Raccoonteur for online gaming systems (like UT). This comes from the comic strip "Over the Hedge" where RJ, the raccon character, describes himself as a raccoonteur because "it suggests rogue, without suggesting rodent". I choose that one because it's funny. ;-)

Good topic,

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere Anarchy is loosed upon the world.

I had a friend.. (none / 0) (#289)
by thePositron on Thu Mar 08, 2001 at 07:24:33 PM EST

I had a friend in the past with the name Arkady.
It's such an unusual name that I thought for a moment that you were him. Anyway he told me that his name meant light in Russian.

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Self absorbtion and too much effort. (none / 0) (#198)
by Narcischizm on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 03:57:32 PM EST

I had three primary nicks online and on BBSes, 'Dawnrazor', 'Foetus', and 'Scratch Acid', all from bands or songs I liked back in the 80s, but then I decided I needed something more grown-up, and my RL nicknames (bad, descriptive jokes that stuck) just didn't work for me. 'Baby Boy', 'T. Bear', and 'Capitol A'

I couldn't think of anything that I was happy with, and I was spending too much time thinking about me, as represented in a meaningful nickname. I realized that I was having a Narcissistic Schism, ta-da!

Space-what? (none / 0) (#200)
by spaceghoti on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 04:19:59 PM EST

Since 1990 I've been logging in as Kurgan. For about the first few years, that name was mostly untouched so I became quite attached to it. The Kurgan, in case your cultural background is lacking, comes from the original Highlander movie. Yes, there should have only been One.

I rather liked the persona of the Kurgan, and I tend to judge my favorite movies by the quality, intensity and overall believability of the villain. Suspension of disbelief can only go so far, after all. When I can, I still use that name.

However, the name "Kurgan" has increasingly grown in popularity. So I chose another name for logging into K5. "Spaceghost" has started to become popular again, but I was never a huge Spaceghost fan. However, I thought about an old phonetic trick that you should never try with your English teacher. The word "ghoti" is the English phonetic spelling of "fish." Take "gh" as in "enough," followed by "o" as in "women" and "ti" as in "nation." Thus the name "Spacefish" that is easily misread as "Spaceghost."

Yes, I am insane. I thought that would have become abundantly clear by now.

"Humor. It is a difficult concept. It is not logical." -Saavik, ST: Wrath of Khan

I am not a wooden block (none / 0) (#201)
by Woodblock on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 04:54:31 PM EST

woodblock is actually a rather recently formed name for me. I went as various silly, and stupid names in The Good Old Days, but none of them really "felt right". Woodblock actually came about by accident, as it seems most good nicknames do. Just prior to student council elections in highschool I found a door stop that was, well a block of wood. As a joke, I said that I should run him for council just to show how lame the whole process was. My friends thought it was the stupidest idea they had ever heard, and so just to show them, I went ahead with it. I made up posters, canvased some of the school events, and even created a website. I dubbed him woodblock and on each poster put a large picture of his grinning wooden face accompanied with some retarded slogan. "A Vote for [the other guy] is a Vote for Anarchy" and "Vote Woodblock and Bring Our School a Standing Army". To my surprise, it actually caught on, and people I had never met began putting up their own posters. Then, sensing the number of ballots that would be spoiled, the school council announced that woodblock would be given "An Honourary Appointment" for the next year. I found it terribly humourous that student politics had immitated real politics with patronage appointments. Still, he managed to rake in enough votes to beat out some of the flesh and blood candidates. Soon, people started calling me woodblock and eventually my usernames and handles all followed. It's rarely taken, pronouncable and memorable, which is why it stuck. I still have my little buddy around but has been slightly worn out since I used him as a doorstop once again several times.
-- Real computer scientists don't use computers.
My nick (none / 0) (#202)
by lil on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 05:21:36 PM EST

There used to be a student run paper printed at my school (college, university, whatever) called the "Daily Bull"...as in your daily dose of bull. The articles were partly nonsense, partly editorial, partly editorial nonsense. When I was a freshman I got picked to write a cover article on why people should vote in that year's election. I didn't want to put my real name on it so I was asking people for pseudonyms because I didn't have any nicknames. At the time the Bull was developing a reputation for some overly sexual content (hence the fact I didn't want my name printed) so one of my guy friends says "We'll call you Lusty Lil!"

I shortened it to Lil for obvious reasons, and it's stuck. I've had to use variations on it for different sites/games/whatever. If I can't get lil or lillian, 42 is the only number I'll add to the end. :) If I can't get any of those, I think of something different. But I actually managed to get lil for /., which I think is rather amazing.

Have a great day!


Feed my ego, kids, ... (none / 0) (#203)
by misterluke on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 05:31:00 PM EST

... it's time to get autobiographical with K5 ( hehe ). My handle here is pretty simple - my name's Luke, and a friend of mine calls everyone Mr. or Ms. whatever their first name is. I came here, needed a new handle and badabing. It's never taken, it's my real name, and yet it doesn't really tell anyone much apart from gender.

Back in the day ( sonny ), when I was 2400'ing to local BBSs and chat rooms, I first went by 'Centurion' ( in to history and war at about age 13 ), then 'Omega Red' ( in to comics at about age 14 ), then 'Seth' ( still in to history but also in to death at about age 16 ). After that, I kind of left the net alone for a long while, came back, and here we are.

Incidentally, if any of you play Mechwarrior 4, I'm currently using 'Redeye'. It's short for 'Luke dopesmoker, redeye knight', the only actual honest to god real life nickname I have ever had in my 24 years on this planet.

It just seemed appropriate (none / 0) (#204)
by fencepost on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 06:22:13 PM EST

What else should I have used?

just a little off.
"nothing really says "don't hire me, I'm an idiot" quite as well as misspelling "pom-pom" on your resume." -- former Grinnellian

Lucretius (5.00 / 2) (#205)
by lucretius on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 06:42:01 PM EST

I got my nick after the epicurean philosopher Lucretius Carus.

I was really interested in his work "On the Nature of Things" (link) and since I found out that epicureans are rather disliked in philosophy, I decided to use it as my nick.

Here's some interesting notes by Karl Marx on epicureans. I haven't read them yet ... will get around to it sooner or later :)

De Rerum Natura (5.00 / 1) (#250)
by Asperity on Wed Feb 28, 2001 at 11:04:46 PM EST

Lucretius is great. He doesn't make all that much sense in Latin (it's hard to talk about physics without the vocabulary, so mostly he just talks about vague "stuff.") It's amazing how much of the atomic theory he got right without aid of microscopes and the like.

You might hunt down the "Epicurus the Sage" comic book. Lucretius' description of Epicurus read like he was some sort of comic book hero ('traversing the universe by the power of his mind,' etc.) and I was happy to see that there really is an Epicurus comic.

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RE: De Rerum Natura (none / 0) (#277)
by lucretius on Mon Mar 05, 2001 at 08:29:18 PM EST

    Lucretius is great. He doesn't make all that much sense in Latin (it's hard to talk about physics without the vocabulary, so mostly he just talks about vague "stuff.") It's amazing how much of the atomic theory he got right without aid of microscopes and the like.
Yeah, I was amazed at the passages on physics and how close it was to our current view of the world. As I was reading his work, I kept thinking how weird it was that I had not heard of this guy before.
    You might hunt down the "Epicurus the Sage" comic book. Lucretius' description of Epicurus read like he was some sort of comic book hero ('traversing the universe by the power of his mind,' etc.) and I was happy to see that there really is an Epicurus comic.
I haven't heard of this. Thanks, I'll look around for it ;)

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Simple... (3.00 / 1) (#207)
by LocalH on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 08:03:05 PM EST

...the band Local H. They're from Zion, IL and they ROCK!

I just ripped off Signal 11 on /. (none / 0) (#209)
by SIGFPE on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 08:16:53 PM EST

And sigfpe.com was available. Anyway, being a one time mathematician I felt that there was something appropriate about being a floating point exception.

A friend of mine ripped me off and grabbed sigbus.com. I've noticed a sigwinch on K5.

LoCUToX of Borg (none / 0) (#210)
by locutox on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 08:17:57 PM EST

Subject answers it? I don't think so :)

It all started a few years back. Being a Strek Fan i though which popular character could I rip off? Hmmm I thought and thought. Then it came to me! Locutus of Borg. Unfourtunately I thought it was spelt locutos. So I started going around with the nickname LoCUToS.

I was happy with that nickname until every now and then someone would say "Hey, aren't you blah blah blah". I got sick of that after a while so I thought how could I change my nickname without loosing my indentity?

At the same time as that crisis I was deep into wrestling (it sucks now!) and Degeneration X was popular. So I dropped the S and put an X on the end.

Now I don't have that problem with mistaken identity, just people don't know what the hell LoCUToX means :)

e of pi primary adjunct to unimatrix zero (4.00 / 1) (#211)
by eofpi on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 09:52:41 PM EST

Mine is also derived from the Borg. Specifically, an ironic reflection on the free and therefore irrational nature of Unimatrix Zero (before it was destroyed at the end of part two of the Voyager episode of the same name). Just in case someone in the audience hasn't taken algebra 2 and/or geometry yet, e and pi are both mathematical constants. The former is the limit of (1+1/x)^x as x approaches infinity, and the latter is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. Both are irrational numbers, but very important in higher math.

Ted Burton aka e of pi

[ Parent ]
I am Makaera (none / 0) (#213)
by makaera on Mon Feb 26, 2001 at 11:03:32 PM EST

I wanted a unique nick that would be hard to confuse and easy to identify. So I took a Greek word and transliterated it. It's worked so far. Every site I've gone to has allowed me to use this.

"Ninety rounds in there," Joel Andrews said. "If you can't take it down with 90 rounds, you better turn in your badge!" -- from Washington Post

Curious? (none / 0) (#214)
by curious on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 12:35:17 AM EST

I've been curious about this for some time

Most likely not as long as I have though. I went through a whole sequence of Nicks back when I was in high school, mainly tied up with my ill-fated expeditions in the PC Demo scene, but I settled on my current one when I entered college.

Sadly, the only thing I can remember about coming up with it was mentioning to someone, "It's not just a nick - it's an excuse!" How wrong I was. Sadly, people don't tend to treat obsessive curiousity any better just because it's holding a sign.

*throws away the 'Inept Social Behaviour' sign*

And yes, I use the same Nick everywhere, everywhere being in the main The Discworld Mud, where I was ( and probably still am, hmmm.... ) a creator, and here on 'Shin. Some of my friends also refer to me by this name instead of my more prosaic moniker, "Bryn". This usually means they want something from me. ;-)

In a perfect world, a Nick should represent something fairly profound about who you are - it's the one or two word impression that you're going to be burning into people's heads the first time or so you interact with them. Which might explain why I delete all mail from handles like "sexybeck1129934" on sight. But that's another story.

"Got History?" -- The Prelinger Archive of Ephemeral Movies.

3 Letter Form, ala "tnt". (none / 0) (#238)
by curious on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 06:25:55 PM EST

As TNT pointed out, many of these nicks have three letter forms for Arcade Gaming. Mine is "QES", which sounds right if you say it fast enough. If you've ever played Guitar Freaks / II in the Central Business District of Sydney, you've probably seen it - I held the highscore on several songs ( Including "Chicago Blue" and "Holiday" ) for three months straight at George Street "Playtime", but got sick of blowing $2 to put them back up everytime they turned off the machine. :-P And I was never quick enough to write down the URL for the online scoreboard. Arrggghhh! ;-)


I wish some kind hearted soul would do an official release of the Guitar Freaks home console ports, or the soundtrack CD ( which I think only lives in Japan ) in Australia. That would make my year.

Curious, the S Ranked G.F. Zen Master, Playing to the Crowd.

"Got History?" -- The Prelinger Archive of Ephemeral Movies.
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once upon a time... (none / 0) (#215)
by dilinger on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 04:34:58 AM EST

Back in the days of yore (BBS), I used the nick Morpheous (I was a Sandman fan), as well as a few others I can't remember. Unfortunately, that was a fairly popular nick, and thus I often ran into problems with people already having it. This was around '92 or '93, I believe.

I dropped offline for a while, and got back into computers in '96. In '97, I received a P120 for xmas,
and needed to sign up with a local ISP. While on the phone with them, they asked what username I wanted; I thought for a minute, then remembered a nickname my uncle had jokingly called me a few days earlier (not the usual "weasel"), "dillinger", in reference to John Dillinger. I decided to use that,
but the tech on the line informed me that usernames had to be restricted to 8 characters. So, I
dropped an 'l', and I've been using that ever since.

WWWWolf ttttells... (none / 0) (#216)
by WWWWolf on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 06:15:56 AM EST

I'm known as Weyfour WWWWolf pretty much everywhere in the 'net, and sometimes with just the latter part of the name.

The name has nothing to do with the WWW. (I have needed to say this, um, many times.) My identity online is that of an anthropomorphic wolf, so "wwwwolf" is just a lazy way of saying the name. I have no idea how I ended up using that as my name online, all I remember is that I picked it because I liked wolves.

Later, I developed this wolf character for online roleplaying; I later noticed it's more than just a character for me. It's sort of like an "ideal" form, something I would like to be if given a chance...

-- Weyfour WWWWolf, a lupine technomancer from the cold north...

Toojays 'cos there's two 'Js' (none / 0) (#217)
by Toojays on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 06:26:50 AM EST

I put a fair bit of thought into mine when I started playing TeamFortress Quake online, but it's actually pretty simple. My first two initials are both J. Two J's. Toojays.

Subsequent corruptions and nicknames have included Tooj, Tojo (a typo which caught on and I quite liked), Tooheys (a brand of beer), 'Jays, and 2JS. That's kind of in order a preference, I really hate the one with the number in it, even though that's pretty much where Toojays was originally derived from.

I use Toojays everywhere, the only time I ever saw it taken was on Napster. The contingency plan is to just add a second 'j', and then a second 's' if necessary. Toojjayss contains all four of my initials.

Toojays.com is owned by a restraunt, although if you ask me they're just squatting, because the site has been under construction for a couple of years now. Nobody's picked up the .org yet, I guess that's just waiting for when I need it.

From (none / 0) (#218)
by titus-g on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 08:27:30 AM EST

The Gormenghast books by Mervyn Peake, shortened for Undernet, lowercased when I used it on /.

Chosen, well, because I like the books, and because I once needed a nick for a 3d chat place and had chosen a butterfly avatar and linked that mentally with the books.

--"Essentially madness is like charity, it begins at home" --

exciting stuff. (none / 0) (#220)
by Defect on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 10:46:06 AM EST

My nicknames have never been thoroughly flattering. It's funny when people try to point out that my nicks don't make a good first impression, as if i wasn't aware of the connotations. The nicks i've had are:

Going Nowhere
Pitiful Coward
Scuzzy Geek

My current nick was originally 'Another Societal Defect' but it was far too long for most places so it was shortened to what it is now. The new (rl) people i meet usually think it has to due with how i have a knack for making technology explode.

When i register on sites other than discussion (or along those lines), i generally use 'joverson' which is first initial+last name, and on big sites that i don't care much about i use BrokenStereo because it's never taken.
defect - jso - joseth || a link
Cookieman (none / 0) (#222)
by cookieman on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 11:19:09 AM EST

I just like cookies, you know.
I like my handle cause it's not very common (and not taken in most places).
Cheers (and have a cookie too) ;)

Just another coder.
My parents made up mine... (none / 0) (#223)
by mahlen on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 11:24:57 AM EST

My parents made up my nick when they named me; Mahlen is in fact my first name. It's an obscure Biblical name from the Book of Ruth (spelled Mahlon), and then they changed the 'o' to an 'e', cause they thought it sounded better. I also had a great-great-grandfather named Mahlon born 100 years before me. Look, it was Berkeley in the early sixties, people did things like that. I'm the one who lower-cased it for the nick, however :). It does seem to solve the "unique" and "memorable" (to me) critereon that most posts seem to favor, and if I hadn't been so lazy, I could have gotten mahlen.com instead of mahlen.org


My only other online nick is SpeldRong, which i use when playing Team Fortress Classic. This is merely a play on the fact that most gaming nicks are some sort of hyper-aggressive sounding name, but spelled incorrectly. Later, I realized that it was even more appropriate, since my real name _is_ spelled wrong, hahaha.


I'm opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position. --Mark Twain

M*A*S*H 4077 not. (none / 0) (#225)
by Mashx on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 01:26:19 PM EST

In my first art class at high school, we were asked to make a design using our name or initials. The kid sitting next to me and I came up with the idea of using not just the initials, but the first two letters of our First and Surname, so my design was based around 'Ma' & 'Sh', thus 'MaSh'.

I got an 'A' for it, and from then on my nickname became Mash. As I got older the name became more and more appropriate*, and it has stuck with me ever since, with some of my friends now still calling me Mash, sixteen years later.

The 'x' came because Mash was virtually always taken on-line. It seems to be extremely common. Even though I have been using the web since '92, I hardly ever registered for many things, and so Mashx is what I use for most places, including /. and K5. I have noticed a number of others using the 'x' as well, Spiralx ('Boyakasha!') of course, but also Mattx, Charliex and partx and an ever growing invasion of those 'x's..

*By appropriate, I am using the colloquial Ukian meaning of 'mashed'. As in, I danced all night and took some blinding pills, but now this morning I am feeling 'mashed'... ;o)

Started way back in high school (none / 0) (#227)
by RangerBob on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 02:21:03 PM EST

I got mine because I used to do a lot of writing back when I was in high school. I was good friends with an English teacher there, and he encouraged me to publish some of it in the school paper/journals. The problem was, a lot of it was satire and some of it was really critical of the school. We decided that I needed a name to hide behind so that certain people wouldn't retaliate. I wanted a cheesy name since a lot of my writing was humorous satire. I remembered some kind of reader that featured a guy named Ranged Rick or something along those lines that I read in my childhood. The name sounded goofy enough, and thus, Ranger Bob was born :)

I generally try to use it online, but other than websites like this place, an online bbs, and irc once in a great while, I'm really not out there that much.

A different nick for a different mood... (none / 0) (#228)
by Karmakaze on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 02:35:55 PM EST

Back in the days of BBSs, I had a different handle for every system I was on, sometimes random, sometimes thematically apropriate. I got into the habit of signing things "-S". Karmakaze dates back to that time. I thought it was neat. It has a little icon, too - a sort of yin-yang symbol with a baloon tail trailing from it.

Over the years, the amusement value of nicks dimmed and I usually just used "sarudy", which is just my first initial, my middle inital, and my last name. It's not very exiting, but it works. It also lets me still use "-S", since I still avoid using my first name online. Things have calmed down a bit from the days when males vastly outnumbered females online, but I was hassled enough by net.romeos over the years to enjoy being neutral.

Then, horror of horrors, sometimes I found "sarudy" would be already reserved. Often, I susupected, I had probably reserved it myself once, then forgotten. So, I did a quick little phonemic shift from "Sylvia" [my real first name - I'm not that paranoid, and I figure I can trust you guys not to stalk me :) ] to "Zulfiya", and lo! I had a name that is rarely reserved. I did find, though, that "Zulfiya" is an actual name, in Azerbaijan (one of the former Soviet Republics). Every now and then I get messages from lonely Azerbaijanians, thinking I might be a countrywoman. But I'm not.

More recently, I decided I wanted to have a gender neutral nick again, and one that was not immedialely able to be linked to me. I remembered "Karmakaze" from my BBS days, and ressurected it. I quite deliberately did not use it on Slashdot, because I thought it might come off the wrong way.

So, now I have three id's, that I use depending on mood, whim, and how easily I want to be identified...

It's obvious (none / 0) (#229)
by KindBud on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 03:18:24 PM EST

If you don't know where the nick KindBud comes from...

just roll a fatty

Dragonball Z (none / 0) (#231)
by Mr. Piccolo on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 05:04:20 PM EST

because his personality matches mine. However, I need to change it because it sucks and because Dragonball Z is too mainstream. I go by Bahamut, which sucks too, on the Orbital message board.

The BBC would like to apologise for the following comment.

My real name (none / 0) (#235)
by Xenophon Fenderson, the Carbon(d)ated on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 06:01:59 PM EST

Pleasantly enough, K5 hasn't decided to arbitrarily chop it in half, like the Other Site did (darn them). And my personal credibility blew its wad years ago, I'm afraid.

Rev. Dr. Xenophon Fenderson, the Carbon(d)ated, KSC, mhm21x16, and the Patron Saint of All Things Plastic fnord
I'm proud of my Northern Tibetian heritage!
SNAP! (none / 0) (#239)
by snap on Tue Feb 27, 2001 at 08:07:52 PM EST

To echo a lot of the other posters, my nick is just the first letter of my first name and part of my last name. The fact that is come out to a real word was just happy coincidence. I used to use SaTaN -- a play on my initials, but I stopped using that once I left my teenage "dark" phase.

minusp (none / 0) (#240)
by minusp on Wed Feb 28, 2001 at 08:56:56 AM EST

Last summer, when I was studying the works of +fravia and +ORC in an attempt to increase the utility of some dongle-protected app, I started working on a new nick, one that took the form -<whatever> to reflect the REAL level of my 1337 sKi11z.... then...
After the Great DOS, when Things were Good Again, I still needed a new nick... and was coding a little routine that stepped through a 3D surface and set the Z value of all points <= a certain value to that value, a lot of (setq test_val (- zval min))(cond (minusp test_val) setq zval min) or some such, but it kept failing because I kept typing "minups" and it was just stuck in my head at the time.
Remember, regime change begins at home.
JonesBoy (none / 0) (#241)
by JonesBoy on Wed Feb 28, 2001 at 09:18:13 AM EST

Well, the idea is that everyone is keeping up with the jonses' So therefore, whoever is jones is at the top, leader of the pack. 1 h4v3 31337 5k1LLs. It was a "look upon my works, ye mighty! and despair" type of thing from my old bitnet board bouncing, black hat days. I was also kinda young, hence the "boy" part. Ahhh, how the years go by....
I also used ratboy as rats can chew a hole and enter practically anything you try to keep them out of. Needless to say, I am not good at choosing nics :)

Speeding never killed anyone. Stopping did.
Not nearly as pretentious as it sounds... (none / 0) (#242)
by ceo on Wed Feb 28, 2001 at 11:24:37 AM EST

It's my initials. My parents insist that they hadn't thought of that when they named me. I'd probably use it as my standard nick anyway, but the amusement value makes it just that much more special. :-) I'm always surprised at how few name collisions I get; I created my K5 account literally two minutes ago and it wasn't taken.

My first nick, on the mail/chat system at college, was "Castellan" (I was a rabid Doctor Who fan at the time, but I got better), and I resurrected that name when I was a regular on alt.callahans some years ago.

-Chip Olson. | ceo at shore dot net
Broody. (none / 0) (#244)
by broody on Wed Feb 28, 2001 at 12:38:56 PM EST

Back in 1992, I was on a pledge sneak to visit a chapter at in Bradley, IL. The party was OK but not what I was looking for and ended up going clubbing with some people that I had met there. Missy, who I talked to for several years afterwards, coined the name but made me swear not to ask about it's meaning. She was insistant it was not the dictionary meaning and I never did ask her again.

I lived far enough away that we talked a lot online and the name become what I have used ever since the ISCA BBS days.

I have numurous other nicknames but none of which I use online.

~~ Whatever it takes
Deathmatch name (none / 0) (#245)
by Colonol_Panic on Wed Feb 28, 2001 at 01:39:24 PM EST

How many people have thought up their nicks for a LAN party? A couple of years ago some friends of mine and I starting going to this place called Proving Grounds, where you basically paid some money and played each other at various games over a LAN. A month or so later, the place closed down so we decided to start our own LAN parties, and it quickly mushroomed into a decent gathering of people every weekend. But getting back to my nick, I originally used 'LuNaTiK', but that's a bit too cliche, not to mention 1337 sounding. I liked going by Tsujigiri, but my friends couldn't help but call me tsujigirl, so I decided to think up a better one. I decided on Colonol Panic, to remember all those late nights I spent cursing my computer the first time I tried compiling the Linux kernel myself. Add in a slight misspelling for uniqueness, and there you have it.
Here's my DeCSS mirror. Where's Yours?
farlukar (none / 0) (#246)
by farlukar on Wed Feb 28, 2001 at 03:07:00 PM EST

Once upon a time I bought a soundcard and started hard disk recording (for as far you can call it that, using a DLC-40/4MB RAM/200MB disk back then)
I put a drum track together with some samples and then recorded guitar, bass & keyboard.
The name for my one-man band was Roestige Pijlsnelle Verrekijker ("trusty rusty telescope" in the Dutch version of the Bert & Ernie tigerhunt sketch), because it was a nice mouthfull and otherwise meant nothing.
Later I discovered FastTracker and started making bleep-based music with it and I thought I needed a different handle for it. The word "verrekijker" literally translated to English is something like "far-looker"...
So I became Rusty Farlukar, and some time later just dropped the "Rusty".
$ make install not war

The Odyssey.... (none / 0) (#247)
by Elpenor on Wed Feb 28, 2001 at 03:52:44 PM EST

Elpenor is a character in the Odyssey. He is in it for a total of like 2 paragraphs, and because I am bored I will tell you them... Paraphrase really cause I have not read the book since high school...

He is first mentioned when they are on some island partying because they escaped from some creature (could be anytime in the book...) and he gets wasted and passes out on the roof of some building... and then he hears a loud crash from some of the other party people and wakes up startled then he proceeds to fall off the roof and die.

Then later when Odysseus and his crew go to the underworld he is the first dead guy they see and he warns them that they should go back and bury him or he will be pissed and they will be doomed or something like that. And I thought that he was pretty cool... :)


"Duff Beer - You know you want it..."
This takes me back... (none / 0) (#248)
by Tatarigami on Wed Feb 28, 2001 at 04:34:10 PM EST

This whole thread has gotten me thinking about nicks I've used in the past, the places I've used them and why...

My first ever nick was 'Kurse', a word play on my last name, and also an evil comic book character. Discarded after a friend used up my download allowance on a local BBS on pr0n. The lesson learned was 'never lend out your login'.

My second nick (which I still use in one forum) was 'Bongo the Sinister Clown'. I felt like expressing my inner clown, but all the good names like 'Bozo' and 'Bingo' were taken, and sinister partly because I felt like being an evil clown and partly because 'sinister' is latin for left-handed, which I am, besides being pedantic and self-educated.


My third nick, after watching a documentary about the famous escapologist Harry Houdini, was 'Harry Whodunnit', which I used in my job as editor on the polytech bulletin board. Discarded because I felt like the persona I adopted while using it was just becoming too much of a jerk.

My next three nicks, used simultaneously on the same forum were 'Crimson Bunny', 'Brutal Pie' and 'Dogtalker'. There's a story in this. It was a semi-roleplaying forum, where we sometimes posted in-character, but never felt constrained by any rules. One other user went by the nick 'Alice', as in Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass, etc. Alice used to post kinky sex stories involving her online character -- a kind of twisted Lewis Carroll fanfiction. (One phrase from a story, which became her sig is "I can't remember if an Earl is higher than a Knight. If that's the case, does being fondled by an Earl count for the same as being fondled by two Knights?") Some users suggested that it wasn't appropriate to write stories like these in the persona of a twelve year old girl, which led led other users to insist that Alice had the right to say what she liked, which led into one of those long-running battles neither side has a chance of winning.

Getting bored with the whole thing, I created a semi-fictional organisation of three bumbling Alice Liberationists called Free Alice Now, and sent the FANboys on a convoluted half-assed mission to rescue Alice from captivity in a tower while the red army (freedom of speech) and the white army (protect the children) clashed over her fate on the plain below.

Stupid, but fun.

Anyone got similar stories?

A long time ago in a bedroom 3 miles away....... (5.00 / 1) (#249)
by TuRRIcaNEd on Wed Feb 28, 2001 at 08:31:21 PM EST

I was (and still am) an Amigan, including cute little 2400 baud modem, trying to be the 11-year old BBS terrorist. Unfortunately a lack of originality caused me to use Dr.Death for a while, later notagoth.DrDeath. I abandoned computers for a while after 1994 (watching the death throes of Amiga as I'd known it was too painful), but was suckered back into doing GCSE and A-Level Computing for an easy 'A'. Of course by this time the 'net was starting to proliferate and there were quite a few DrDeaths. So, to cut a long story short, I took one of my favorite 'Miggy games and my usual state of mind, kludged them together and made a nick out of them.

I tend to use Tc as a nick for techie stuff, but for music related posting (my other passion) I tend to use Joe out of Saccharine, Joe Saccharine, or just JS. (Joe *might* be my name, and Saccharine is the name of my band).

PS. The Upper/Lower case thing was caused by accidentally leaning on the Shift key while typing (Rumours of my 1337ness are greatly exaggerated :)

"We're all f**ked. You're f**ked. I'm f**ked. The whole department's f**ked. It's been the biggest cock-up ever and we're all completely f**ked. - Sir Richard Mottram expounds the limits of spin

Asperity (none / 0) (#251)
by Asperity on Wed Feb 28, 2001 at 11:48:02 PM EST

Asperity's been my handle for some years now. I used it on a few BBSes back home, and it's my typical MUD name. One MUD I was on recently asked me to change it, saying that a name that meant "harshness" or "roughness" was inappropriate. I thought this was pretty weird; I'd never thought of it as being one of those silly belligerent sorts of names. Yeah, it's an "ill-temper" word, but more of a cute ill-temper, I guess. I think of it as being sort of a feminine word because most times I see it in print it refers to women. It also lends itself to pleasant short forms: Asp, Aspy, or Sperry. Anyway, I'm Asperity almost everywhere.

A Post Nuclear Nick (none / 0) (#252)
by CubeDweller on Thu Mar 01, 2001 at 01:22:09 AM EST

My nick is derived from two things that hold me captive. The first is the damned twisty-turny quarter-mile walk through cubicle farms to my desk. The second is that most glorious post-nuclear role playing game: Fallout.

I shudder at the cubicle wastelands as I journey to my desk. The intranet server room is a dead-on mirror of Junktown, roulette wheel and all. Last Halloween I wore a blue jumpsuit with the number 13 painted on the back. If my office ever gets anything that looks like FEV vats, I'll probably write up a parody site.

I used to be able to get this nick on lots of sites, but recently it's started to be taken. I guess I'll have to come up with another.


My Nick (none / 0) (#253)
by MacBrave on Thu Mar 01, 2001 at 09:09:52 AM EST

I've been using this nick for about 18 years not. When I got my first 300-baud modem and hooked it up to my C-64 to try some BBS's then only thing I could think of was 'MacBrave', which is short for the High School I attended. 'Mac' is for the name of the school, Maconaquah, and 'Brave' is for the school mascot. For some reasons a lot of people have thought I'm some kind of Macintosh zealot. Go figure.......

Shut it down !! (none / 0) (#254)
by runlevel0 on Thu Mar 01, 2001 at 04:12:24 PM EST

I use to say that I got that nick from the most frequently apearing message on my sys: switching to runlevel 0 XD
I use it almost everywhere after having used exter and trilobyte (or 3-lo-byte). I also used kassad for some time, until I found another Hyperion fan on IRC which was already using it, so I took this one, which was intended to be the name of my (aborted) web site. The site was thought to talk about issues related to what linux people does when not tampering around with computers. It sounds good and the folks on IRC can make lots of jokes with it ;)

Leggo my ego (none / 0) (#255)
by GodComplex on Thu Mar 01, 2001 at 04:59:55 PM EST

People say I have a God Complex.. ..but I forgive them for they know not what they do.

I recognize that sig! (none / 0) (#278)
by perdida on Mon Mar 05, 2001 at 09:30:08 PM EST

Gnat, is that you?
The most adequate archive on the Internet.
I can't shit a hydrogen fuel cell car. -eeee
[ Parent ]
Quantum Physics (none / 0) (#256)
by wu li grasshopper on Thu Mar 01, 2001 at 06:48:24 PM EST

This is a new nick for me. I am currently reading 'The Dancing Wu Li Masters' by Gary Zukov. The book was written in '79 and it is an interesting study into Quantum Physics written in terms understandable to non-mathemeticians/physicists. It also approaches the many interesting spiritual aspects and philosophies that one can draw from understanding quantum physics. Anyway, I am reading alot about this subject in general lately, and one of the translations of 'Wu Li' in chinese means "patterns of organic energy". I feel like I am still a novice in this field, hence the grasshopper (Kung Fu) status. I feel like I am an novice in the understandings of the universe thirsting for more wisdom.

It's my initials (5.00 / 1) (#258)
by td on Thu Mar 01, 2001 at 07:02:52 PM EST

I've been td for over 25 years. Bizarrely, I saved the output of the who command the first time I logged in as td:
td       tty8 Feb 17 20:05
spkl     tty9 Feb 17 20:46
steve    ttya Feb 17 20:34
thos     ttyc Feb 17 18:26
jim      ttyd Feb 17 21:15
That's Feb 17, 1976. thos was my previous userid. steve & jim were friends, I don't remember spkl.
-- Tom Duff
yetisalmon (none / 0) (#259)
by yetisalmon on Thu Mar 01, 2001 at 11:57:10 PM EST

We were sitting around the recroom, my friend and I. I said yeti, he said salmon. I said salmonyeti, he said yetisalmon. It fit perfect, and flows well. "Yeti" stands for Yeti Cycles and "Salmon" comes from the cajun slamgrass band, Leftover Salomon. People have translated my name to mean a variety of things. Rationalize, seek, and you shall find.

Dri/f/ph/ter (none / 0) (#260)
by driph on Fri Mar 02, 2001 at 08:59:43 AM EST

Lesse... mid 80s, started BBSing when I was 11 or so(yay Atari), and for some reason I randomly chose the name Drifter. Visions of some post nuclear war nomad wandering through the desert, or something. What's odd is that I can bring to memory the exact mental image I had, but I have no clue why or how that particular image came about.

Eventually started using variations of it to increase the chance of it being available(early 90s or so) and to make it more of a name and less of a descriptive noun, bouncing from Driphter/Drif and then to Driph... it's been Driph pretty much the entire time I've been on the web...

Vegas isn't a liberal stronghold. It's the place where the rich and powerful gamble away their company's pension fund and strangle call girls in their hotel rooms. - Psycho Dave
hmm (none / 0) (#262)
by TransientReflection on Fri Mar 02, 2001 at 09:23:56 AM EST

I'm simply a transient reflection of a real Kuro5hin user, posting from work :-)

righty-o (5.00 / 1) (#264)
by tokage on Fri Mar 02, 2001 at 02:01:13 PM EST

*stabs everyone who thinks this nick is about pot, or smoking pot* :P

Not that anyone is probably reading this story still, but: Tokage` was a character in one of my favorite fantasy series, The Sunset Warrior Cycle by Eric Lustbader. Initially I used the hero's name, Ronin, but that became problematic for obvious reasons:) Tokage was the hero's teacher, sold his soul for immortality and power in the end, basically, and had to fight Ronin. An excellent series, sadly out of print and hard to locate.

Tokage also means reptile, or lizard in Japanese.

I always play / Russian roulette in my head / It's 17 black, or 29 red

Ronin (none / 0) (#269)
by anonymous cowerd on Sun Mar 04, 2001 at 12:58:39 PM EST

Good thing you didn't use Ronin, there'd be confusion. Ronin is the nick of a Canadian photographer, really named Miles, who posts scans of a good deal of his work in the newsgroup alt.binaries.photos.nude-art. I like his colors a lot.

Yours WDK - WKiernan@concentric.net

"This calm way of flying will suit Japan well," said Zeppelin's granddaughter, Elisabeth Veil.
[ Parent ]

How I became to be named cable (4.00 / 1) (#265)
by cable on Fri Mar 02, 2001 at 02:40:29 PM EST

I have a few origins of the handle cable.

One was that I was looking for a computer nickname, and one thing that all computers had was a cable connected to something else. Like a link or method of communication. Another was that there was a comic book character that was just created and I liked the way they designed him, like part Clint Eastwood and part Terminator. So I decided to use cable.

I found I had a friend who also used cable as a handle, and about 12 others on the networked BBSes I was on that used it.

Yet I stuck with it. I was lucky to be the first to get "cable" on K5 before someone else did. I usually use cable4096 but am thinking of creating another nickname, one that is not so common or that has to use a number next to it. Using my real name is something I do not want to do unless I have to.

Only you, can help prevent Neb Rage!
8-letter UNIX login (4.00 / 1) (#266)
by atomic on Sat Mar 03, 2001 at 01:03:40 AM EST

ever since my first presence on the internet i have been *zombie -- spacezombie, cryptzombie, atomzombie. but when i first started using a UNIX system i had to think of an 8-letter or less name. so i shortened the current atomzombie to atomic. and i couldn't imagine being anything else now!


"why did they have to call it UNIX? that's kind of... ewww." -- mom.
Initials (none / 0) (#267)
by see on Sat Mar 03, 2001 at 06:40:02 PM EST

Standard use-my-initials, conveniently also spelling a word.

Old english lit. (5.00 / 1) (#268)
by Wiglaf on Sun Mar 04, 2001 at 12:10:49 AM EST

Came from 11th grade english lit class story "Beowulf." Wiglaf comes in at the very end a day late and a dollar short but he meant well.

Paul: I DOMINATE you to throw rock on our next physical challenge.
Trevor: You can't do that! Do you really think Vampires go around playing rock paper sissors to decide who gets to overpower one another?
How I got to MyrdemInggala (none / 0) (#270)
by MyrdemInggala on Sun Mar 04, 2001 at 05:05:06 PM EST

My first ever internet nick was Ishtar. It was initially the name of a child in a sci-fi story that I never wrote (and before that it was the name of an Assyrian goddess). Unfortunately, it was a fairly common name on the Net. I ended up being ishtar2 and ishtar42 a lot.

At the same time I occasionally used the pseudonym Aasvogel (it starts with two "a"s and is therefore cool), for various silly pieces of writing.

I was never actually freya42, the username I chose for my first backup email address (continuation of cat/moon goddess theme - no, I don't belong to a new-age religion; I just like cats).

My next nick has an elaborate backstory. My hard drive used to be called "Beaver" - after Beaver the Snail, a character I made up. I eventually got bored with the name (and also discovered that "beaver" is a fairly common slang term for female genitalia... :P). I re-named my hard drive "Confluence" after a Brian Aldiss short story. Some time later I was looking for a new nick and took Confluence. Amazingly, there were places where I had to spell it with a 0.

I recently decided to settle the nick issue once and for all, and pick a nick that nobody else would ever ever ever have. So I decided to pay homage to the Helliconia trilogy (also by Brian Aldiss), which I consider to be severely underappreciated, by calling myself MyrdemInggala.

[To those that have actually read Helliconia, I don't identify with the character - I just think that it's a cool name. ;)]

It's working - there's nobody else on the net with this nick, and you have trouble even finding the word on most search engines. :)

-- 22. No matter how tempted I am with the prospect of unlimited power, I will not consume any energy field bigger than my head. -- Evil Overlord List
I am not a sex maniac (none / 0) (#272)
by Sax Maniac on Sun Mar 04, 2001 at 07:34:54 PM EST

...comes from the fact that I play saxophone in the meatspace portion of my life, to prevent myself from going insane. Programmer by day, musician by night; a lot easier to make a living this way.

The oh-so-subtle sexual reference happened because I adopted early on in college. It was a rather pathetic attempt to stimulate sex talk. Since everyone knows that the electronic community circa 1989 was only 99.97237123% male, it didn't quite have the intended effect.

This had the unfortunate side-effect of getting all sorts of, shall we say, unwelcome advances. That had a kind of funny (well, it wasn't funny then) parallel with my real life, too. I was constantly hit on by guys (or ignored by women) who thought I was gay because of stereotyping music majors and/or I was just a loser with no dates on Friday night.

Now that I'm married, I still find it amusing to keep it, in a detached sort of way. It's interesting how many people will ignore reading it altogether and call me "Sex Maniac".

Way back in the dark ages, when all there were three characters in video game score boards, I used "DOC". Early forays into BBSs kept that handle for a while, but it became clear in college is was too short, dumb, and common.
Stop screwing around with printf and gdb and get a debugger that doesn't suck.

Mine was simple (none / 0) (#273)
by jordanb on Sun Mar 04, 2001 at 08:50:04 PM EST

My name is Jordan Bettis, so my nick became: jordanb

Exciting, isn't it?

It works for me though, and it's a nice nick, it is unique, so it is almost always avaluable. It is my username everywhere except slashdot.

Back then, I was using jbettis, but it was taken on slashdot so I chose jorbettis. Later, after I was exposed to the amazing concept of "first name, last initial", so I started using that everwhere, and just recently secured the 'jordanb' user name from slashdot just on the off chance that somebody might squat on it to spite me.

But other than that, it is ubiquitous on, 'weblogs', my username on my boxen, irc, or anything else that requires a username, I use jordanb.

Jordan Bettis
I confess; it was Duke Nukem (none / 0) (#275)
by weirdling on Mon Mar 05, 2001 at 07:41:38 PM EST

In the early days, before Duke Nukem, I wasn't weirdling. I used to be yodl, which is sort of a play on the term yokel. I came up with that as my mushing name, but soon enough, the thing started showing up on the internet, ruining what I thought was a pretty original name. So, for Duke, I decided to come up with a new name for the gamefests we had in college, and weirdling sounded good because it lent an air of competence to what was really bad Duke playing.
The idea of weirdling is that I have always been fascinated by the weird. Unfortunately, many people insist it is from fantasy, when in reality, I haven't had any real interest in fantasy at all.
Since then, I have used Broccoli, normally used in games I'm new at, to signify my green status; noodlepuck, used initially on sites I wanted low recognizability (yes, pr0n), and lately becoming more and more my identity, as weirdling shows up as being used a lot these days, which I find odd, again.
These days, I find noodlepuck periodically (normally my forgetting an account), so I change to goomball, which I have yet to find in use.
As I've had to invent newer and newer names, they have made less and less sense and become much more random.

I'm not doing this again; last time no one believed it.
From my site (none / 0) (#279)
by srswebby on Tue Mar 06, 2001 at 10:38:13 AM EST

I'm not sure where I saw it originally, but the webmaster of a site went by the nickname "Webby". When we launched our site, StreetrodStuff.com, I went with "SRS Webby" as my handle. Now, I usually sign up as srswebby on all the sites that require a membership.
Jason Long
Webmaster www.streetrodstuff.com
I go by .sigs (none / 0) (#280)
by Mawbid on Wed Mar 07, 2001 at 10:05:59 AM EST

I just realized the other day that I don't know the nicks of a lot of people on Slashdot but I do recognize them by their .sigs. "Oh, that guy!" comes whan I see the .sig, not the nick.

Anyway, my nick is horribly mangled from the original. I used to be Morbid Angel on Compuserve (I got hooked on their "CB simulator" (their version of IRC), which carried per-minute charges, and pissed away about 1500 dollars when I was 14).

The nick was suggested by my friends, who were all gathered around the 386 when I signed on. They were into heavy metal, but I never listened to Morbid Angel, I just liked the sound of the name.

Then came IRC, and Morbid Angel was too long to be an irc nick. So I went with Morbid. The trouble was, there were about 6 other guys laying claim to the nick and I eventually got tired of waging war on them with floods and bots. I swapped the d and the b to make "MordIb", which has a pleasing shape. I was quite happy with that nick, but you wouldn't believe how many people thought it was a misspelling of Muad'dib (from Dune, in case you don't know). Time for another change.

Mawbid is supposed be Morbid with a southern accent but it's not important that people get that. What's important is that it's short, pronouncable, and unique. Not only has no-one else picked it for a nick, it's not used for any other purpose either.

Lojban (none / 0) (#281)
by solri on Wed Mar 07, 2001 at 02:48:21 PM EST

Mine is a word in Lojban which means "sun", which I used because I couldn't remember the Lojban word for "bright", which is an approximation of what my real name means. I find constructed languages useful for coming up with names/passwords that aren't going to be already in use or in a dictionary (avoids that UNIX "bad password" message!).

"Nice philosophy may tolerate unlikely arguments" - John Ford

a hollow voice says... (4.00 / 1) (#282)
by a hollow voice on Wed Mar 07, 2001 at 04:13:53 PM EST

How strange that I find this topic the day I finally get a K5 account. (10 bonus points for everyone who already knows where my nick comes from.) "A hollow voice" comes fom the many solid months of playing IF games as a child. In the old ADVENT game, xyzzy was a magic word.

Learn about "xyzzy" here.

Anyway, in the Zork games, xyzzy very pointedly did nothing, e.g.:


You're in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike.

> xyzzy
A hollow voice says "fool."

I'm generally not that rude, I just thought it was an interesting metaphor for online discussions, where you say something, hit enter, and wait for a disembodied entity to mock you. ;)

The K_187 (none / 0) (#283)
by k 187 on Wed Mar 07, 2001 at 11:28:30 PM EST

I just made the account today, but the K goes back farther than i can remember, I'm pretty sure its from the MUD I used to play on, the 187 I added when I started playing Quake 2 online. that's about it

Requiem... (none / 0) (#284)
by Requiem on Thu Mar 08, 2001 at 12:03:40 AM EST

I've used this nick since 1996, when BBSs were beginning to die the death where I live. I've had a variety of nicks - Wolf, Aspen, passecaille - but I stick with Requiem. It's just an old BBS nick. During my extremely rare forays into online games, I sometimes go by Gypsy Baron (it's a Strauss opera). I'm also fond of jcd (my initials).

One nick in all the world (none / 0) (#285)
by cadfael on Thu Mar 08, 2001 at 01:42:22 AM EST

I use the same nick in most places. I picked it because the first dramatization I saw of Cadfael was so incredibly bad, I thought it made a great bit of self mockery. A well written piece of fiction turned horrible through someone else's vision...

I like to use it since many folks troll the same areas I do, and can recognize me by the handle. Most people know something about Ellis Peters writing (actually Edith Pargeter) and her somewhat famous Benedictine. It gives people a reference for who I am.

People who get between me and my morning coffee should feel insecure.

Talespin (none / 0) (#286)
by don carnage on Thu Mar 08, 2001 at 09:42:53 AM EST

My nick came from a character in the Disney cartoon Talespin -- Don Carnage, the infamous air pirate; however, I think the Disney version was spelled with a 'K'.

Nevertheless...it's pronounced "KAR-GNAW-JUH" not "KAR-NIDGE".

Picky picky picky.

lord (3.00 / 3) (#287)
by el_guapo on Thu Mar 08, 2001 at 10:03:47 AM EST

283 comments - wonder what the record is? i'm sure a meatier story hold it, but still...
mas cerveza, por favor mirrors, manifestos, etc.
Creative fun... (none / 0) (#288)
by thePositron on Thu Mar 08, 2001 at 07:20:42 PM EST

I make up nicks all the time. My nick for K5 was the result of a whim and a feeling.

blowout (none / 0) (#290)
by blowout on Thu Mar 08, 2001 at 07:52:46 PM EST

I started calling myself "blowout" after the Radiohead song, "Blow Out". In case you couldn't guess, they are IMHO the greatest band to come around in the last ten years, and probably a lot longer.
bye bye pride
Kibology (none / 0) (#291)
by kibomaster on Fri Mar 09, 2001 at 12:50:09 AM EST

I got my handle from spending way to much time on newsgroups in the early 90's. Something of particular interest was alt.religion.kibology They've got some pretty cracked out theories. My name came as a result of me poking fun at people who took kibology way to seriously. Over the years it's just turned into a really unique name that I use for just about everything.

Always remember Xibo is the evil one



Stephen King and greek mythology (none / 0) (#293)
by Atropos7 on Sat Mar 10, 2001 at 01:11:46 PM EST

I read the book Insomnia by Stephen King. A character in the book is described as being similar to Atropos, which is one of three sisters known as the Fates - Clothos Lachesis, and Atropos. One sister spun the thread of life, the other measured it, and Atropos cut the thread of life. They may have been considered more powerful than the gods because of their dominion over the lives of the gods and not just mortals. And of course Atropos is the one you don't want to piss off.
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Not a chance. (none / 0) (#294)
by Jin Wicked on Sun Mar 11, 2001 at 12:41:57 AM EST

No, I never use my k5 nick anywhere else on the internet.

Where would you get a silly idea like that?

This post was probably not written by the real Jin Wicked. Please see user "butter pie" for Jin's actual posts.

My Nick (none / 0) (#295)
by Remmis on Sun Mar 11, 2001 at 02:36:20 AM EST

I think it's kind of interesting that someone asks that question online, because I've answered this so many times IRL, it's becoming habit. (the reason being that most people call me Remmis out there in non-computer-land) Unfortunately, it's rather boring, since my real name is Dennis, the correlation should be rather obvious. Although I guess it's not too often when friends of yours have to ask you where you got your nickname from. Some guy in 7th grade just started calling me Remmis out of the blue, and I have zero clue how it stuck. I think I first used "Remmis" online when first using AOL *shiver*, and then IRC, email addresses, etc. etc., I now use it for everything computer related. Another one of my friends eventually came up with a last name to go with it, "Theeman", which loosely came from "the-man". Everybody started calling me that, and there were even some terms coined like "Remmis Factor", which came from my tendency to get 7-10 splits whilest bowling. (basically, Murphy's Law) Incidentally, I think one of the coolest things is doing searches on search engines for different peoples online nick and seeing all the weird shit that comes up/things that you dont even remember happening.

xandoz (none / 0) (#296)
by xandoz on Sun Mar 11, 2001 at 12:47:01 PM EST

is a play on Sandoz. The lovely Swiss lab which brought you L.S.D.

If you see xandoz somewhere else, it's probably me.......
- - -
"Well the first thing ya know, ole Jed's an engineer"

I invented mine intentionally. (none / 0) (#297)
by mcherm on Sun Mar 11, 2001 at 03:59:02 PM EST

All right, I'll admit... I was hooked on muds.

And I wanted a character name I could use across different muds... one which wouldn't already be taken.

So I wrote up a list of criteria: Must be short, and easy to type (important so others can type "assist xxx" when I need rescuing). Must be unusual enough that no one else is using it. Must be easy to remember.

What I finally did is quite similar to what Exxon did when inventing a name for themselves which would withstand trademark in all countries of the world... I incorporated a piece of syntax which is not a part of the normal language.

So my nick is "Jekk". The double K *is* pronounced... so it's something like "j eh k k" (click quickly to get two k sounds). And it's mostly unique.

-- Michael Chermside (Jekk)

-- Michael Chermside

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