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How did you come up with your user-name?

By Ta bu shi da yu in Meta
Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 09:43:17 AM EST
Tags: Kuro5hin.org (all tags)
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There are many and varied user-names on K5. Lately I've been reflecting on how I got mine, and I would be interested in how others got theirs.


I got my user-name "ta bu shi da yu" when I was reading through my Mandarin textbook. Chapter two had a section that gave a list of words:

ta1 - he/she
bù - not
dà - big
yú - fish

I was talking to my Chinese friends about this, and we all had a good laugh at the dodginess of the list's word sequence. Later on I added the shì (this means "are/is") to try to get it to make more sense, hence my user name ta bu shi da yu.

Similar to Roll Call! (AKA Who are you? Part 5) I'm calling on users to tell us how they came up with their user-names!

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How did you come up with your user-name? | 520 comments (478 topical, 42 editorial, 0 hidden)
I was fucking a crack ass cracker (2.70 / 20) (#1)
by thug on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 08:51:04 AM EST

And she called me her special thug nigger, so I decided to honour the moment, to freeze it in time, to pay homage to myself, a nigga of words.

The official K5 user photograph page. These pictures are hacked and uncensored! They come from exploited computers! All natural social engineering! Stupidity! Mistakes! We will get you soon
Comes from (4.75 / 8) (#4)
by exile1974 on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:05:15 AM EST

Exile (in the U.S.) 1974.

exile1974

"A sucking chest wound is Nature's way of telling you to stay out of a firefight." --Mary Gentle

Exile from where? (5.00 / 3) (#12)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:33:47 AM EST

Hope you don't mind me asking :)

Thanks,
Ta bù shì dà yú


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AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]

Germany n/t (5.00 / 5) (#16)
by exile1974 on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:43:54 AM EST


"A sucking chest wound is Nature's way of telling you to stay out of a firefight." --Mary Gentle
[ Parent ]
for what? (nt) (4.00 / 4) (#99)
by guyjin on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 02:33:59 PM EST


-- 散弾銃でおうがいして ください
[ Parent ]
For (5.00 / 4) (#188)
by exile1974 on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:28:21 PM EST

being an American citizen. The United States guberment sent me this little letter saying that I had to reside in the continental U.S. between the ages of 16-21 or lose my citizenship. Since I didn't have another one spare, I was exiled from Germany to America. Germany was home, I didn't pick the papers.

exile1974

"A sucking chest wound is Nature's way of telling you to stay out of a firefight." --Mary Gentle
[ Parent ]

The "Who's Online?" Box (4.84 / 13) (#5)
by Cloaked User on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:12:42 AM EST

Hands up who remembers that?

Well, it appeared for a while on the front page a couple of years ago, back when I had a different username here. It just listed all the users who were logged into the site at the time. However, you could elect to not appear in that list, in which case you were counted as a "Cloaked User", then number of which was displayed at the bottom.

It amused me to think that people would see a "Cloaked User" in the list, as well as enumerated at the bottom. I'm such a wit.

Actually, if you take a look at the display preferences page, the checkbox to let you hide yourself is still there.
--
"What the fuck do you mean 'Are you inspired to come to work'? Of course I'm not 'inspired'. It's a job for God's sake! The money's enough and the work's not so crap that I leave."

Blame Hotmail (4.40 / 10) (#6)
by localroger on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:14:22 AM EST

Back in BBS-land I was Valraven, which is the King of Wands in the Barbara Walker Tarot deck. This was "my" card, which is a thing you understand if you've ever played with the Tarot.

When I went to set up a Hotmail account I was told I could have Valraven44 if I wanted it. Nope.

So, I tried variants on my real name. Roger is a fairly common name and all the obvious variants and add-ons had three and four digit numbers of people already using them.

"Local" comes from a way GF and some of my co-workers refer to problems they'd rather hand off to me -- "looks like a job for the local Roger." And whaddaya know, not one of Hotmail's 88 million existing accounts was named localroger. So localroger I became

What will people of the future think of us? Will they say, as Roger Williams said of some of the Massachusetts Indians, that we were wolves with the min

Computer games.. (4.71 / 7) (#8)
by Repton on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:23:38 AM EST

My nick comes from the old BBC Micro game, Repton (and Repton 2, Repton 3, et cetera...). I'm not sure quite why I chose it (although I certainly spent enough time playing the game as a young'un), but it's now my username-of-choice anywhere I go on the 'net...

--
Repton.
They say that only an experienced wizard can do the tengu shuffle..

where i live (4.36 / 11) (#9)
by circletimessquare on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:28:50 AM EST

20 steps from times square, nyc

around times square

circle times square

it's gotta ring to it ;-)


The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

Ah! (5.00 / 3) (#10)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:30:33 AM EST

I was wondering how you came up with that username! Now I know.

Cheers,
Ta bù shì dà yú


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AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]

wow, (5.00 / 4) (#34)
by rmg on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:15:52 AM EST

what, do you live in the hostel? how can you afford to live so close to times square?

_____ intellectual tiddlywinks
[ Parent ]

my rent (2.50 / 2) (#221)
by circletimessquare on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 01:08:19 AM EST

would get me 2 houses in the burbs, 4 houses in a rural area ;-(

but i would never live anywhere except the heart of a city like nyc/ london/ tokyo

all other places on earth do not have meaning for me

i grew up on a rural farm, nearest neighbor a mile away through a swamp

i have relatives who think i'm plumb crazy

fuck that rural shit... and nuke that culturally dead suburban shit lol ;-P

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

[ Parent ]

Mom?!? [n/t] (5.00 / 3) (#37)
by ktakki on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:20:46 AM EST

This space for rent - call (202) 456-1212


k.
--
"In spite of everything, I still believe that people
are really good at heart." - Anne Frank

[ Parent ]

moon over manhattan? (nt) (none / 0) (#238)
by circletimessquare on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 03:11:17 AM EST



The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

[ Parent ]
i thought (none / 0) (#208)
by Xcyther on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 12:29:01 AM EST

it was something from that 'Hollywood Squares' tv game show.

_________________________________________
"Insydious" -- It's not as bad as you think

[ Parent ]
no that's (none / 0) (#220)
by circletimessquare on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 01:06:23 AM EST

circle gets the square ;-P

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

[ Parent ]
I thought it was one step away from (5.00 / 1) (#299)
by it certainly is on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 09:54:21 AM EST

circletimessquaretriangle.

People who get this reference are encouraged to post the meaning of circletimessquaretriangle below.

kur0shin.org -- it certainly is

Godwin's law [...] is impossible to violate except with an infinitely long thread that doesn't mention nazis.
[ Parent ]

yeah, me too (5.00 / 2) (#353)
by Hakamadare on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 02:46:04 PM EST

and for a while i wasn't sure whether circletimessquare was doing more to augment or diminish the reputation of gamers.

(i associate "circletimessquaretriangle" with the four symbols on the right-hand buttons of the Sony PlayStation controller)

-steve
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Schopenhauer is not featuring heavily on the "Review Hidden Comments" page at the moment. - Herring
[ Parent ]

Hrm... (4.42 / 7) (#11)
by skyknight on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:33:09 AM EST

I don't remember how I chose it, or if there was even any particularly great logic to it at all, but I do remember when I chose it. Back about eight years ago when I started playing online computer games, I needed to come up with a screen name to play on the now defunct MPlayer gaming service, on which I proceeded to play an obscene amount of CTF Quake. Skyknight was the first name that I dreamed up that I liked and was actually available. Since then I've used Skyknight as a handle for just about everything.

It's not much fun at the top. I envy the common people, their hearty meals and Bruce Springsteen and voting. --SIGNOR SPAGHETTI
make sure you vote +1 fp if you comment (3.30 / 10) (#13)
by circletimessquare on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:34:14 AM EST

so the lurking asshats don't kill this social gem ;-)

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

I agree! :P (nt) (3.66 / 6) (#14)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:35:20 AM EST



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AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
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[ Parent ]
Well of course you would! (4.00 / 1) (#251)
by monkeymind on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 04:48:38 AM EST

I would also agree with anyone who said to +1FP my article!

I believe in Karma. That means I can do bad things to people and assume the deserve it.
[ Parent ]

:P :P :P (5.00 / 2) (#279)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 07:39:17 AM EST

Can I emphasise any this more? :P

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Yours humbly,
Ta bù shì dà yú

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AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
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[ Parent ]

Any this more? (5.00 / 2) (#281)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 08:15:23 AM EST

I think this not is a sentence good!

Humbly yours,
Ta bù shì dà yú

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AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]

How is this a social gem? (3.85 / 7) (#117)
by nyet on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 03:04:57 PM EST

All I see is page after page of "oh my god I'm so unbelievably clever" navel-gazing. This is the sort of poll one sees one week into a new special interest forum, like for supra-luminal underwater space basketweaving collectors.

[ Parent ]
navel gazing (none / 0) (#219)
by circletimessquare on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 01:05:34 AM EST

is just fine dear, with such a lightweight subject matter

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

[ Parent ]
I think I devised mine (4.44 / 9) (#15)
by spooky wookie on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:40:17 AM EST

Rather randomly a few years back, when I was playing red alert with some friends of mine. It sounded stupid and whacky enough for me, so I just kept it.

Just my state of mind (4.60 / 10) (#17)
by Confusion on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:53:46 AM EST

At some point in the past I needed my first alias/nick/avatar and I thought it should reflect my state of mind. The most concise description I could come up with was 'Confusion'. In time, I've evolved towards a constant state of 'astonishment', but 'Confusion' is still an apt description of my state of mind on many occasions.
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Any resemblance between the above and reality is purely coincidental.
lol! (nt) (3.00 / 3) (#18)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:55:15 AM EST



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AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]
Fork (4.44 / 9) (#19)
by ComradeFork on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:59:10 AM EST

I've been Fork for quite a long time, although I really don't remember how it began. The Comrade was added to the beginning because it sounds communist. Hilarious, you see.

Did you get the idea from... (none / 0) (#356)
by lowca on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 03:05:35 PM EST

... the Party name (Comrade Bork) of the narrator in The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress? (Outstanding novel, BTW.)

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"Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy the whores are us." - P.J. O'Rourke, Parliament of Whores

[ Parent ]
Harsh Comment (none / 0) (#371)
by yooden on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 05:33:55 PM EST

It's outstanding, but not in the right direction. He describes earthlings as completely moronic, but not only to get a laugh; he builds the whole story on it.


[ Parent ]
Nope (none / 0) (#377)
by ComradeFork on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 06:29:00 PM EST

I haven't actually read that book yet. I'll do so now.

[ Parent ]
I already explained the origins of my nickname (4.00 / 12) (#20)
by Tex Bigballs on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 10:13:03 AM EST

In a reply to this comment by j1mmy.

Ew! (nt) (3.66 / 3) (#22)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 10:17:31 AM EST



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AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
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[ Parent ]
He still owes me for the dog shampooing. [nt] (5.00 / 7) (#33)
by j1mmy on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:12:42 AM EST



[ Parent ]
whats a bukkake party (4.20 / 5) (#192)
by hethrbritnyfan on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:42:32 PM EST

is that like people making cakes that look like books and why did you forget your cloths or maybe it was one of thos drems you have where your in pubic naked
baby, take the time to realize I'm not the kind to sacrifice The way I am - britney spears
[ Parent ]
The US Governm,ent chose mine (4.55 / 9) (#23)
by ka9dgx on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 10:25:23 AM EST

KA9DGX is my amateur radio callsign. It's always been unique, never had a name collision with it yet (except on badly designed web registration engines that crash then don't recover nicely).

I figured some other ham (amatuer radio operator) might recognize the call sign, so I use it a lot.

--Mike--

Hamraio operators (none / 0) (#466)
by seeS on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 08:25:04 PM EST

Given the connection between hamradio and computers, there's probably a few operators on K5, but we're all secret ones. Still, seeS or even se3s would be a cool callsign, or at least far cooler than my boring one.
--
Where's a policeman when you need one to blame the World Wide Web?
[ Parent ]
user-name? what user-name?[nt] (4.77 / 9) (#24)
by fn0rd on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 10:28:20 AM EST



--------------------------------------------------------------
This fatwa brought to you by the Agnostic Jihad
Death to the fidels!

Indeed... (5.00 / 1) (#25)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 10:34:14 AM EST

It's not paranoia if they're really out to get you!

Yours humbly,
Ta bù shì dà yú

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AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]

Back in school (4.63 / 11) (#26)
by Bill Melater on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 10:35:09 AM EST

We used to sit around and order magazines with no intention of ever paying for them. "Bill Melater" is one of the names we used.

The other name we used a lot was "Pulya Pudoff".



Was that (5.00 / 1) (#70)
by Vesperto on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 01:01:57 PM EST

before or after the Simpsons? That name thing was Bart's preferred trick to play on Moe. Like Al Coholic. :)

La blua plago!
[ Parent ]
Well before the Simpsons n/t (5.00 / 1) (#115)
by Bill Melater on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 03:03:21 PM EST



[ Parent ]
NS (4.33 / 12) (#27)
by Hide The Hamster on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 10:39:24 AM EST

Mine comes from the gay subculture practice of shoving live hamsters up the rectum until they die and ejaculate involentarily.


Free spirits are a liability.

August 8, 2004: "it certainly is" and I had engaged in a homosexual tryst.

Ew! (nt) (5.00 / 1) (#28)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 10:40:32 AM EST



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AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]
Recently... (5.00 / 2) (#156)
by MTremodian on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 05:57:42 PM EST

I was having a semi-drunken conversation with and MD who is studying traumatology, and she said that most items removed from rectums (recti?) were hamsters, but that this was primarily a heterosexual practice.


...speed overcomes the fear of death.
[ Parent ]

But what if (5.00 / 1) (#162)
by Kasreyn on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 06:39:27 PM EST

the hamster bit into one's rectal lining and then died and its jaws clamped shut? How would they ever get it out?

Yes, I know it's not healthy to think these thoughts. You try telling my brain that.


-Kasreyn


"Extenuating circumstance to be mentioned on Judgement Day:
We never asked to be born in the first place."

R.I.P. Kurt. You will be missed.
[ Parent ]
You pull the claws and yank the teeth (4.50 / 2) (#166)
by Hide The Hamster on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 06:54:10 PM EST

then dip the little rodents in vaseline.


Free spirits are a liability.

August 8, 2004: "it certainly is" and I had engaged in a homosexual tryst.

[ Parent ]
The name of my childhood imaginary friend (nt) (4.66 / 6) (#29)
by digger on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 10:45:36 AM EST


| optimisation precludes evolution |
It's a patronymic surname (4.66 / 6) (#30)
by dipierro on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:06:50 AM EST

di is Italian for "of," as in, "son of." Apparently my great great great great great great great grandfather or something was named "Pierro."

Fluke (4.42 / 7) (#32)
by j1mmy on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:11:58 AM EST

My nickname in high school was Jimmy. My real name is neither James nor anything even starting with a J. j1mmy became my l33t derivative.


Dream (4.71 / 7) (#39)
by igny ignoble on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:25:07 AM EST

My username came to me in a dream.  In the dream I was reading through a book about royalty and pointing out royalty I knew by name.  I came to a page that had a person I didn't recognize.  It later turned out to be no less than Igny Ignoble.

Your nickname rocks (4.20 / 5) (#44)
by Tex Bigballs on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:38:34 AM EST

Definitely one of the better ones around here, at least in my opinion.

[ Parent ]
thanks (nt) (5.00 / 1) (#65)
by igny ignoble on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 12:28:19 PM EST



[ Parent ]
It's my name. Yep. (4.66 / 6) (#40)
by jacob on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:27:55 AM EST

By the way, there have been two prior stories on this very same subject long, long ago in the mists of history (like, last year). Here they are.

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"it's not rocket science" right right insofar as rocket science is boring

--Iced_Up

Cool! Thanks for the links :-) (5.00 / 2) (#42)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:31:17 AM EST

It's certainly interesting to see why people called themselves what they do. At birth you don't get a choice, on the Internet you can name yourself what you will!

This new story should give those who are new to the site (like me) a chance to tell their naming tale.

Yours humbly,
Ta bù shì dà yú

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AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]

And both by (5.00 / 1) (#75)
by Vesperto on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 01:05:45 PM EST

el_guapo. Maybe this question could be introduced in the yearly poll K5 makes.

La blua plago!
[ Parent ]
Trivial conjunction (4.57 / 7) (#41)
by chemista on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:31:03 AM EST

I am a professional chemist and my political ideology is very far left (relative to everyone I know). Hence, 'chemist' + '-ista'.

Stop reminding people about the overvalued stock market! I'm depending on that overvalued stock market to retire some day! - porkchop_d_clown
Dungeons and Dragons.... (4.66 / 6) (#43)
by Elkor on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:35:05 AM EST

When I was 10, I started playing D&D (first edition). I needed a name for my Character, who was an Elf. Trying to come up with something that I thought was appropriately elven I kept the same first syllable (el) and tried different endings on it until I found something that appealed. Only slightly creative, but it seemed to work.

Later, after High School, I attended Sci-Fi Cons and used it as my Badge Name. Then, in college, when I needed a screen name for IRC, well, you've figured it out by now.
"I won't tell you how to love God if you don't tell me how to love myself."
-Margo Eve
No it's not (4.00 / 4) (#155)
by tofubar on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 05:56:36 PM EST

I thinky ou stole it from your vintage first-edition guide to playing a wench.

[ Parent ]
kubrick (4.71 / 7) (#45)
by Dr Seltsam on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:45:43 AM EST

I always went as Dr. Strangelove, but this one was already taken. So I chose Dr. Seltsam, which is Dr. Strangelove's name in the german version of Stanley Kubrick's film. Seemed quite fitting to me, as I am german and a scientist.
The fact that I'm paranoid does not mean that they are not after me.
Heh (5.00 / 2) (#116)
by Doktor Merkwuerdigliebe on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 03:04:06 PM EST

That is most odd. In the original (English) version his German name is actually mentioned and it's Doktor Merkwürdigliebe, the direct translation of "strange-love". What does the German-dubbed version make of this?

Is the English version of the name also taken? I never tried that form, but went straight for this one, though I'm neither German nor a scientist ;)

Also Sprach Doktor Merkwürdigliebe...
[ Parent ]

Strange (3.66 / 3) (#159)
by cep on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 06:23:04 PM EST

Dr. Strangelove's original name in the German version was just "Merkwürdig", if I remember correctly.

And I thought you were a German and had invented that name on your own...

Strange. I love such things :-)

[ Parent ]

Merkwürdig. (none / 0) (#291)
by Dr Seltsam on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 09:33:49 AM EST

You are right. His original name was "Merkwürdig", which he changed into "Seltsam".
The fact that I'm paranoid does not mean that they are not after me.
[ Parent ]
merkwüerdig vs. seltsam (none / 0) (#477)
by idea poet on Thu Jul 03, 2003 at 08:35:01 AM EST

In Afrikaans, a language with similar roots to German, merkwaardig means "extra-ordinary" or "strange". And seldsaam means "infrequent".

So I would say the first version is closer in line with Strangelove than the second.



[ Parent ]

Re merkwürdig vs. seltsam (none / 0) (#478)
by Dr Seltsam on Thu Jul 03, 2003 at 10:05:23 AM EST

It's slightly different in German. The main meaning of both words is "strange". "merkwürdig" carries an additional connotation of "notable" or "extraordinary".
The afrikaans "seldsaam" you mention might be stemming from the same root as german "selten", which means "infrequent".
The fact that I'm paranoid does not mean that they are not after me.
[ Parent ]
Here's how (4.42 / 7) (#46)
by bobpence on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:45:59 AM EST

I was navel gazing... oh, no, that's what everyone on this thread is doing. It's a contraction: First name bobp, last name ence. My relative mikep ence did the same. Or something like that.

I have an excellent alternate user name to make use of someday (and that I already use extensively on some blogs), but I need to get an email for it.
"Interesting. No wait, the other thing: tedious." - Bender

Modernist Gibberish (4.66 / 9) (#49)
by ffrinch on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:48:49 AM EST

From a book:
This is a Prooshious gunn. This is a ffrinch. Tip. This is the flag of the Prooshious, the Cap and Soracer. This is the bullet that byng the flag of the Prooshious. This is the ffrinch that fire on the Bull that bang the flag of the Prooshious. Saloos the Crossgunn!

-- James Joyce, Finnegans Wake (Emphasis mine)

I gather the passage has something to do with the Wellington Monument, but I just liked the word when I ran across it. At the time I was quite sure the book was just gibberish.

I've got no idea what it means, and now have the lingering fear that it'll turn out I've adopted the name of something obscene...

-◊-
"I learned the hard way that rock music ... is a powerful demonic force controlled by Satan." — Jack Chick

oh wow (4.66 / 3) (#194)
by hethrbritnyfan on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:44:43 PM EST

a riter who spels as bad as i do did he sell many books
baby, take the time to realize I'm not the kind to sacrifice The way I am - britney spears
[ Parent ]
Seemed like an appropriate description (4.50 / 8) (#50)
by UltraNurd on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:49:56 AM EST

I did the e -> u switch because (a) the former was already taken on Yahoo! when I signed up for my first e-mail account, and (b) it gave me an excuse to separate myself from all of the nerds ;o).

--
"Your Mint Mountain Dew idea is hideous and wrong."
-Hide The Hamster

Shit dude i dono.. (3.69 / 13) (#51)
by Nigga on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:50:47 AM EST

I mean I just thought "you know what? I'm black and I'm proud" And asked myself what's the best way I could make that statement. It then occured to me that the word "nigga" for centuries had been used to dehumanize black people, strip them of all pride and sense of self worth... and all by not meaning anything other than "black person." I realized well if that's all "nigga" means, you can't make me feel bad about myself by using that word. So I decided in a brilliant stroke of genius.. you know what? I'm gonna take that word back! I'm going say it loud and proud to all my homiez, I'm going to let the beauty of being a black person ring honestly in america's ears in the two syllables "ni" and "ga".. I'm going to teach my parrot to say "braack.. nigga!".. I was going to start a revolution where "Nigga" was a term that still meant black person... but it was a good thing! Yes I'm a nigga! I wanted white-boys to be so jealous of the word that they'd even start calling eachother niggaz... and you know what? A decade or so later my ambitions have been fulfilled for the most part. At last check 98% of the uses of "nigga" were positive. I've changed history and boost black pride in my quest. People will no longer be reminded that they are inferior by a single word.

And being the originator of this new positive meaning of "nigga" movement, I thought it was appropriate that I called up Rusty on his phone right when he was first making K5 to reserve it for me.. He gladly did, else is surely would have been taken by the time I got around to registering a few months ago... you know the got the 'net in souf central LA and brooklyn too.

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The fuck happened to Nigga?

Just call me Skip! (5.00 / 2) (#53)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:58:58 AM EST

I guess it's like Chinese calling themselves Chinks, the Irish telling Irish jokes, the Japanese calling themselves Nips, the Italian calling themselves Wogs and people from PNG calling themselves Fuzzy Wuzzies.

Yours humbly,
Ta bù shì dà yú

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AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]

more like (5.00 / 6) (#58)
by angry white guy on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 12:07:05 PM EST

the Irish calling themselves Chinks, the Chinese telling Irish jokes, the people from PNG calling themselves Nips, the Japanese calling themselves Wogs and the Italians calling themselves Fuzzy Wuzzies.

[ Parent ]
Are you from melbourne? (none / 0) (#255)
by monkeymind on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 04:57:11 AM EST

That is the only place I have herd 'Skip' used.

I believe in Karma. That means I can do bad things to people and assume the deserve it.
[ Parent ]

Nope. (none / 0) (#274)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 06:00:54 AM EST

I'm from Sydney, you only hear Lebanese, Chinese and Italians call us this :)

Yours humbly,
Ta bù shì dà yú

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AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]

Randomly, in a nearby vein . . . (none / 0) (#498)
by discoflamingo13 on Sun Jul 06, 2003 at 01:33:12 AM EST

I have a Norwegian friend who didn't know an English epithet for Scandinavians, and so he invented the word "skok".

And then I found five dollars!



The more I watch, the more I learn ---
If you set yourself on fire, the world will pay to watch you burn.
--- Course of Empire

[ Parent ]
i have a question (5.00 / 3) (#195)
by hethrbritnyfan on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:49:00 PM EST

how do you run from the cops with your pants so low
baby, take the time to realize I'm not the kind to sacrifice The way I am - britney spears
[ Parent ]
Pretty Obvious (4.66 / 6) (#52)
by OldCoder on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:54:42 AM EST

I am what I say I am. Well, I was. These days the proper name to use would be OldUnemployed. But it doesn't scan as well, and is more ambiguous. I define old for these purposes as on the far side of 45. If you think that ain't old enough to use the word, in this environment, let me know.

Another cute names I've seen on a programming boards is "Codependant", but we all depend on code these days. On a news site somebody goes by "Yagotta B. Kidding".

--
By reading this signature, you have agreed.
Copyright © 2003 OldCoder

Er... (4.00 / 7) (#54)
by Michael Moore on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:59:17 AM EST

Do I have to play this one?

--
"My life was more improved by a single use of [ecstasy] than someone's life is made worse by becoming a heroin addict." -- aphrael
I thought you'd be lying low... (5.00 / 1) (#56)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 12:02:10 PM EST

... after those babes the Dixy Chicks decided to dump you.

Yours humbly,
Ta bù shì dà yú

---
AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]

You were named after... (none / 0) (#223)
by Repton on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 01:20:12 AM EST

...a former Prime Minister of New Zealand???

--
Repton.
They say that only an experienced wizard can do the tengu shuffle..
[ Parent ]

Isn't is because (none / 0) (#253)
by monkeymind on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 04:51:58 AM EST

you were the first one to grab the account when it was given away a few weeks ago?

Or has it changed hands again?

Will the real Michael Moore please stand up?

I believe in Karma. That means I can do bad things to people and assume the deserve it.
[ Parent ]

Well... (none / 0) (#256)
by Michael Moore on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 04:59:56 AM EST

The first one is correct, yes. To my knowledge I'm only the second owner of this account, unless it had yet another one previous to the time it was given away in the diary section.

--
"My life was more improved by a single use of [ecstasy] than someone's life is made worse by becoming a heroin addict." -- aphrael
[ Parent ]
haHA (4.66 / 6) (#55)
by Matt Oneiros on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:59:20 AM EST

I've done this for Matt Oneiros, but these days I'm going by Fancy Tommy.

Why Fancy Tommy? Because I am neither fancy, nor Tommy.

Lobstery is not real
signed the cow
when stating that life is merely an illusion
and that what you love is all that's real

I've been IHCOYC since around 1985 (4.62 / 8) (#57)
by IHCOYC on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 12:06:03 PM EST

Aeons ago, there was a local Commodore BBS that ran on homebrewed software on a PET. Because Commodore ASCII differed from IBM and Apple ASCII, the BBS made everything appear in ALL CAPS.

Everybody used handles on BBSs then. Inspiration struck when I was toying with what looked good and figured that whatever I entered would be displayed in ALL CAPS. I chose IHCOYC, which, with a Byzantine/Cyrillic C for Σ, resembles the spelling of "Jesus" in Greek. Since then I've been IHCOYC or IHCOYC XPICTOC just about everywhere.
 --
Quod sequitur, sicut serica lucis albissima tingere rogant;
Quod sequitur, totum devorabit.

Tux is my name (4.00 / 9) (#59)
by Tux on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 12:18:11 PM EST

Tux is my real name. I'm the former Linux mascot.

I think trolls and goatse are a fresh outlet for news and lively debate, too.
-An AC in response to the idea that slashdot is a fresh outlet for pertinent news and lively debate

What's the later? <nt> (5.00 / 1) (#76)
by Vesperto on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 01:10:45 PM EST

<nt> stands for no text.

La blua plago!
[ Parent ]
While we are at it (3.50 / 6) (#60)
by thug on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 12:21:04 PM EST

Everyone submit your photos to the official Kdot photo page

http://kuro5hin.fotopages.com

featuring rare photos like psychologist and Martinez, and a lots of other trolls. Those photos are NOT LEGAL! We didn't ask permision, we hacked those photos!

Everyone, hack them and get their photos.

The official K5 user photograph page. These pictures are hacked and uncensored! They come from exploited computers! All natural social engineering! Stupidity! Mistakes! We will get you soon

Official complain (5.00 / 1) (#84)
by bob6 on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 01:33:22 PM EST

I submitted mine and you didn't put it there yet. Until you refuse to show my face, I'll consider your calls like spam.

Cheers.
[ Parent ]
Sorry (5.00 / 1) (#94)
by thug on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 02:15:53 PM EST

Simple organisms like that are not capable of creating K5 accounts.

The official K5 user photograph page. These pictures are hacked and uncensored! They come from exploited computers! All natural social engineering! Stupidity! Mistakes! We will get you soon[ Parent ]
What ! ? (none / 0) (#235)
by bob6 on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 03:01:51 AM EST

Are you some kind of racist? We've populated earth long before your puny species did and we learned your languages, technologies and customs like it was larva's game.
Put my portrait in the fucking page now, you bastard!

Puuuuuuleeeeeeaaaase.

Cheers.
[ Parent ]
Belligerent Dove (4.71 / 7) (#61)
by Belligerent Dove on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 12:21:05 PM EST

Is a play on my real name, which is Jonas De Vuyst.

Jonas meant, in biblical times, dove. In particular, it referred to the type of dove that is opposed to war.

De Vuyst, which translates into The Fist, etymologically means one who likes to fight. I chose belligerent to replace my last name as it has a nice ring to it, and because it emphasises the contradiction in my name.

I'm especially fond of this alias because while I'm generally speaking a very calm person, I'll lash my anger, when I deem it appropriate, on those who provoke me.

Taken from D&D (3.40 / 5) (#62)
by Donblas on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 12:21:50 PM EST

Deities and Demigods

When I rate, I look for abusive ratings and give 5's to those unjustifiably 1'd or 0'd. Oftentimes, I will find bad raters and rate opposite their ratings (e.g. a 5 rating becomes 1, a 1 rating becomes 5, a 2 rating becomes 4), but only if the ratings disagree with the consensus.

mod. (5.00 / 2) (#320)
by joshsisk on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 11:28:22 AM EST

When I rate, I look for abusive ratings and give 5's to those unjustifiably 1'd or 0'd. Oftentimes, I will find bad raters and rate opposite their ratings (e.g. a 5 rating becomes 1, a 1 rating becomes 5, a 2 rating becomes 4), but only if the ratings disagree with the consensus.

I like the idea of trying to correct abusive ratings.

I dislike the idea that the consensus is always right.
--
logjamming.com : web hosting for weblogs, NOT gay lumberjack porn
[ Parent ]

Which was taken from (5.00 / 1) (#386)
by Maurkov on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 07:48:19 PM EST

Michael Moorcock's Elric Saga.

[ Parent ]
Evolution (4.14 / 7) (#63)
by ph317 on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 12:23:47 PM EST

Somewhere in the neighboorhood of 12-15 years ago, I picked the handle "Photon" fairly arbitrarily, for use mostly on FidoNet BBSes, although there was some mail gatewaying to the nascent public internet.  I kept it when around 1994 I first started getting on the actual net - I used it for my login names on various hosts, for my irc nick, etc.

Time passed, and more and more users showed up.  My formerly exclusive hold on the name (in my circles anyways) began slipping, I'd log out of IRC for a while and come back to find my nick taken, as well as 10 varities of it.  Apparently it was a popular handle.  I used to fight for it on IRC and try to stay logged in just to hold my identity, but then the confusion problems started.  I was getting messages for other people and vice-versa, and it just wasn't cool anymore.

So I tacked a number on the end and just started being Photon317.  The number has a non-obvious meaning relating to area codes and an old group I'm still a member of, but that's for another post.  Eventually I just got tired of typing that out and started abbreviating it to ph317, which makes virtually no sense, as I'd imagine someone seeing it for the first time at this stage probably interprets it as leet-speak for pheit, which is a pretty absurd looking word.  Oh well.

Fairly boring (4.50 / 8) (#64)
by mightymaus on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 12:26:11 PM EST

'maus' is my last name. I usually just go by that. But as uncommon a last name it is, it's a fairly common online handle. So.

MightyMaus.

I'm a 'kid' (20 yrs old) by the standards of most communities I mingle with, so it's more of a reference to the newer Mighty Mouse cartoon in the 1980s that I used to watch on Saturday mornings.



Dune... (4.25 / 8) (#66)
by fremen on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 12:31:23 PM EST

I read Dune, I liked it. Then I had to come up with a Slashdot username, so I picked fremen. It wasn't taken and I got there first. Then I came here. I tried fremen again, and it worked.

The funny thing is that while my eyes are in fact blue, I'm also water fat and a lousy fighter (at least by Herbert's standards). If my name were to be "modified," I think "museum fremen" would be appropriate. :>

Nickname in high school (4.75 / 8) (#67)
by Rasman on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 12:53:36 PM EST

Last name: Rasmussen
Gender: Male

Just that simple.

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Brave. Daring. Fearless. Clippy - The Clothes Pin Stuntman
you should have... (2.33 / 3) (#105)
by guyjin on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 02:47:20 PM EST

subtracted the R, and added an S. :-p
-- 散弾銃でおうがいして ください
[ Parent ]
Sasman? (none / 0) (#247)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 04:36:34 AM EST

That makes no sense! Try to make coherent posts in future.

Yours humbly,
Ta bù shì dà yú

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AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]

ah, but (none / 0) (#338)
by Hakamadare on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 01:27:44 PM EST

he did not specify where the "s" should be added.
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Schopenhauer is not featuring heavily on the "Review Hidden Comments" page at the moment. - Herring
[ Parent ]
Short for my last name (McClure) (4.75 / 8) (#68)
by mcc on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 01:00:34 PM EST

So when i first initially got on The Internet, after finally fleeing AOL, back in the depths of time, i wound up with, for whatever reason, the e-mail address "mcclure111@earthlink.net". I figured mcclure111 was as good a username as any, so i signed up on a few services with that name. Except undernet had a 9-char nick limit, and "mcclure11" looked stupid (people kept asking if i was 11), so that became just mcclure.

This is when I discovered the fatal flaw with that nick.

Which, it turns out, EVERY time you enter a chat room with the nick 'mcclure', ever, at least one person will immediately launch into 'Hi... I'm Troy McClure. You may remember me from such channels as #macintosh, #bjork, and #anime...'. Or some other reference to the Simpsons.

Not being a particularly big Simpsons fan, and so not initially understanding the joke, I did not find this particularly funny the first time. By the 9000th time, it had gotten annoying enough i decided i needed a nick change.

So: because i already used the nick 'mcc-baka' when my nick was ghosted, and people i knew would likely recognize the new nick as me, i switched to the nick 'mcc'. This was a good nick, i decided, because (i thought) it was short, unique, and meaningless. No one would ever want this nick, and no one would ever mistake it for anything.

The first time i signed on with that nick, someone immediately and cheerfully commented on how cool they thought it was to run into another fan of the Marleybone Cricket Club.

ARG!

Foolishly, i hoped that was an isolated incident. In the time since, 'mcc' has been mistaken as an acronym referring to a conference in the NCAA, several community colleges and churches, the Motorola C Compiler, and-- in the final blow to the stupid idea that any randomly chosen three-letter string could ever be unique-- "MCC", which it turns out was among the first distributions of Linux and possibly the first to gain widespread notice. At this point i no longer care, and unfortunately seem to have reached that point where i'm registered as 'mcc' in so many places i find myself unable to switch to another nick even when i feel like it. Plus, i can't think of anything. Oh well.

"A personality is an aggregate, or an organization, like a cricket club. I can accept the dissolution of the MCC." -Bertrand Russell

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Aside from that, the absurd meta-wankery of k5er-quoting sigs probably takes the cake. Especially when the quote itself is about k5. -- tsubame

Yet another mcc... (4.80 / 5) (#82)
by bbuda on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 01:29:28 PM EST

My favorite McC has to be Ernie McCracken, Bill Murray's character in "Kingpin".  At the end of the film, he has the letters McC embroidered on the back of his bowling shirt, in one of the most hilarious scenes in comedy... check it out if you've never seen it.

[ Parent ]
How unfortunate. Not as unfortunate as this man... (5.00 / 2) (#254)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 04:53:50 AM EST

From The Return of Heroic Failures by Stephen Pile (also knows as Cannibals in the Cafeteria when it was released in the U.S.):

Most Mis-spelt Name

Edward A. Nedelcov of Regina, Canada smashed all records with an amazing 1,023 mis-spellings of his family name since January 1960. He finds that Nevelcove, Neddlecough, Middlecou and Needochou ar quite common versions. However, a letter from Club Med improved upon these by writing to Edward Nedle and Co. His bank addressed him once as Needleco and later as Nedleson. Even a telegram from a close friend in Sydney accepting a wedding invitatiion was addressed to B. Heddlegove.

On a receipt for none extra-large spare ribs from Western Pizzas he was down as Meerinwoz. On a later receipt for nine extra-large chickens he was Petlecode. A third receipt said Nidcole and a forth, Nuddlecale. At this point he switched to Romano Pizzas who went for Nettlecove.

As a primary school teacher, he has now taken to including his own name in spelling tests. Amidst 'cat', 'bread' and 'please' he inserts 'Mr Nedelcov' with universally wayward results. Kevin Seivewright got it down as Mr Nettlecoke while in her class diary Lisa Mae Clarke worte: 'Today I started at Mabel Brown School. I am in room number one and my teacher's name is Nevelcod.'

He once wrote to the Queen telling her about his grade seven children. His proudeest possession is a reply from Her Majesty addressed to E. A. Dedelcov.

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Hope this cheers you up!

Yours humbly,
Ta bù shì dà yú


---
AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]

I didn't choose this one (4.08 / 12) (#69)
by Slobodan Milosevic on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 01:01:08 PM EST

It was given to me by my parents.

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"Where else do you have deposed Eastern European dictators commenting on the politics of open source? Nowhere, that's where."
--grouse on why he loves kuro5hin.org

Heh, I got comment #69 (3.33 / 9) (#72)
by Slobodan Milosevic on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 01:02:11 PM EST

Dude!

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"Where else do you have deposed Eastern European dictators commenting on the politics of open source? Nowhere, that's where."
--grouse on why he loves kuro5hin.org
[ Parent ]

What number am I thinking of? (none / 0) (#257)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 05:00:14 AM EST

Sixty-Nine dudes!

Your most righteously excellent dude,
Ta bù shì dà yú

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AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]

do peple call you slob for short (4.00 / 4) (#196)
by hethrbritnyfan on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:50:00 PM EST


baby, take the time to realize I'm not the kind to sacrifice The way I am - britney spears
[ Parent ]
Wormwood as a handle (4.71 / 7) (#71)
by DLWormwood on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 01:02:05 PM EST

I've been using Wormwood for a few years now. I chose it because it supposed to mean "bitterness," complete with some biblical connotations. I originally planned to make a website mocking America's weird sexual culture, since I grew up a Christian fundamentalist and developed a somewhat unique take on public discourse about sex after I had a falling out with the Church. However, a combination of laziness and fear of risking my professional career put a damper on that...
--
Those who complain about affect & effect on k5 should be disemvoweled
Good ole Radio 4... (4.66 / 6) (#74)
by Xanthipe on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 01:04:26 PM EST

Xanthipe is a character from a comedy called "Acropolis Now" (the only straight woman in Athens), plus it's funny listening to all the variations in pronunciation. And for clarification, that's BBC Radio 4.

--

The best answer I can give to the question of whether I am alive or dead is "Yes"...


Wife of Socrates (5.00 / 3) (#141)
by sinexoverx on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 04:53:42 PM EST

Though it is spelled a little differntly, Xanthippe was the wife of Socrates. Normally the name has some bad connotations. From www.in2greece.com:

Socrates' wife and matron of ancient Athens. The couple had three sons, Lamprokles, Sophroniskos and Menexenos, and she is said to have had a bad temper and to have been the very personification of the constantly nagging wife.

Her contemporaries did not picture her as such a terrible person as the later Romans did. According to later stories, Socrates knew he was marrying a hag, but did so to practice his patience.

A well known anecdote about the angry Xanthippe is the one where she was so angry with her husband that she threw a bucket of washing water on him. The philosopher then replied: after thunder comes rain. Socrates' saying "Marry or marry not, in any case you'll regret it" was supposedly in contemplation of his wife.

I would not worry too much about these stories about her in relationship to your name. I am sure that having Socrates for a husband would be enough to make any woman be like the legend of Xanthippe. I have heard the name means yellow horse in greek.

[ Parent ]
Would you believe... (none / 0) (#283)
by Xanthipe on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 08:45:15 AM EST

...she's still the wife of Socrates in the comedy (and is still considered a bad tempered old nag by Socrates, but mostly because she's severely misunderstood)? Yes, I do know who she really is, but that was what originally triggered the use of her name by me...

--

The best answer I can give to the question of whether I am alive or dead is "Yes"...


[ Parent ]
You know, I think she might have been maligned (none / 0) (#392)
by libertine on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 09:30:09 PM EST

I mean, with how the Socratic method revolves around constantly questioning, Xanthippe could be considered its mother...

Xanthippe-'Socrates, why don't you have a job?  So, you sit on some steps pondering what? That you don't have a job? No? You want to spend time with young boys and ponder the stones, then, eh?  That sounds just fine- why don't you ponder while working, enh?'

Just a thought ;)


"Live for lust. Lust for life."
[ Parent ]

Vesperto (4.37 / 8) (#77)
by Vesperto on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 01:14:50 PM EST

Means bat (the animal) in esperanto

La blua plago!
I like it! But - (4.00 / 1) (#259)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 05:06:16 AM EST

"Riddle me this, riddle me that; who's afraid of the big, black Vesperto" just doesn't have the same ring to it somehow...

Yours humbly,
Ta bù shì dà yú

---
AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]

Obviously... (none / 0) (#278)
by Vesperto on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 07:13:38 AM EST

...it's in a different language! :) Nice quote btw, i prefer the first two, more Batman-ish imho.

Ĝis revido!

La blua plago!
[ Parent ]

Ana (4.66 / 6) (#78)
by ana on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 01:15:53 PM EST

Ana kind of walked out of a story I was writing; I needed a pseudonym, and having chosen one, I needed a k5nick, so I used the same one. Also, it's pretty hard to google, which can be a good thing.

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

It's also a palindrome. Cool! (nt) (5.00 / 1) (#260)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 05:07:33 AM EST



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AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]
email (4.75 / 8) (#80)
by godix on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 01:28:37 PM EST

God was taken. So was God I. And God II. And God III. I got sick of trying at this point and skipped a few roman numerals. God IX was avalable. It seems to have worked since I have yet to run into another God IX, although Google does reveil at least one other person using it and also a business named it. The space got removed because not every site that demands a username accepts spaces.


"I think you're right"
- Rusty speaking about godix
Hey, it's my damned
9 has some kinda numerological significance... (5.00 / 3) (#86)
by Hatamoto on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 01:43:32 PM EST

Isn't "9" supposed to be some sort of special number ? Like the 'fruit of god' or something...

Although I suppose you get enough bored people reading the same book over and over and *EVERY* number will have some kind of special meaning, eventually...

--
"Innocence is no defense." - Federal District Judge William H. Yohn (People v. Mumia Abu-Jamal)
[ Parent ]

Completion (4.20 / 5) (#95)
by localroger on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 02:20:03 PM EST

In traditional numerology, 9 indicates the completion of a cycle or the fulfillment of a dream or destiny. (It's the last and final digit, since zero is considered the first.)

There are also a handful of other interpretations which make 9 more significant than most other numbers, but they are not as widespread.

What will people of the future think of us? Will they say, as Roger Williams said of some of the Massachusetts Indians, that we were wolves with the min
[ Parent ]

Not to mention (5.00 / 2) (#157)
by thadk on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 06:07:22 PM EST

that 9 is the distinguished, loneliest number.

[ Parent ]
Nine nine nine (5.00 / 2) (#179)
by Happy Monkey on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 08:04:44 PM EST

fantastic number nine!
It works out every time!
Times any number you can find,
it all comes back to nine!
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Length 17, Width 3
[ Parent ]
Origins... (4.66 / 6) (#81)
by Hatamoto on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 01:29:07 PM EST

I used to play on a MUD waaaaaaaaaaay back in the day called Ancient Anguish (which still exists, but has become such a bureaucratic nightmare that I can't help but recommend AGAINST visiting if you want to spend enjoyable time online). My Character's name was Miyamoto, ala Miyamoto Musashi of Go Rin no Sho fame.

Somewhere along the line, I screwed my game up massively, so I decided to suicide my character and restart as my equally fictional hatamoto, or personal retainer. The name stuck.

+1 SP. Finally a topic on kuro5hin that means something :D

--
"Innocence is no defense." - Federal District Judge William H. Yohn (People v. Mumia Abu-Jamal)

motasem (4.62 / 8) (#83)
by motasem on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 01:30:31 PM EST

My Own Technically-Accurate Self-Encapsulating Moniker.

Now seriously, "motasem" is my real name.

Quite simple... (4.62 / 8) (#85)
by bhearsum on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 01:38:59 PM EST

bhearsum comes from my given names, Ben Hearsum. Creative eh?

Gawd you're boring! (3.00 / 5) (#87)
by mjfgates on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 01:56:24 PM EST

-Michael Falcon-Gates

[ Parent ]
irc.. (4.57 / 7) (#89)
by Suppafly on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 02:04:05 PM EST

I was on irc one time and my old nick was taken and I had to think of a new one.. so it was Superfly for a while and that's taken almost all the time too, so then it evolved into Suppafly.. After you use a nick for a while, it kinda sticks so now I am Suppafly almost everywhere.
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Playstation Sucks.
guyjin (3.90 / 10) (#91)
by guyjin on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 02:11:18 PM EST

my name is a multilingual pun; my real first name is Guy (pronounced like the english word, not the french) and I happen to be a "gaijin" (japanese for forigner). Guy-jin would mean guy-person, or me.
-- 散弾銃でおうがいして ください
Lack of imagination, Dune & my real name (4.36 / 11) (#92)
by Alia on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 02:12:50 PM EST

That's where my name cames from. When I came to K5 my usual nick was already taken (my real name is also taken, by the way). I liked Dune, the Alia character seemed interesting to me, and "Alia" resembles my real name. So I took it as my new handle. And it's starting to stick as I use it in other places. So, thanx to K5, I'm becoming abomination now.

Location, second strike. (4.75 / 8) (#96)
by pocide on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 02:21:08 PM EST

The first part of my username reflects where I'm currently living, and the second part reflects the biggest mistake of my life.

*** ANONYMIZED ***

Hurmm then I guess my nick would be (3.75 / 8) (#98)
by Tex Bigballs on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 02:25:14 PM EST

Tex DonatingtotheCMF

[ Parent ]
no no, stick with the mistake. (5.00 / 5) (#100)
by cicero on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 02:36:56 PM EST

we all know that you surgically enlarged your testes. and it was a mistake because now you have a hard time sitting down, or riding a bicycle, or explaining to the drunk breezy you met in the club why your nuts are the size of baseballs.


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I am sorry Cisco, for Microsoft has found a new RPC flaw - tonight your e0 shall be stretched wide like goatse.
[ Parent ]
Yeah and i guess my shit would be.... (5.00 / 8) (#103)
by Nigga on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 02:42:00 PM EST

SoufCentralLA.HavingSomeLoveForABitchBeforeSheFuckedMyManWalkedOutStoleAllMyCDsA ndVinylAndToldThePopoAboutMyStash

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The fuck happened to Nigga?
[ Parent ]

cide? (5.00 / 2) (#107)
by Matt Oneiros on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 02:53:19 PM EST

you killed something?

Lobstery is not real
signed the cow
when stating that life is merely an illusion
and that what you love is all that's real
[ Parent ]
no hey i think what the nigga meant was... (3.33 / 3) (#111)
by Nigga on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 02:59:55 PM EST

"ide" he's pissed off that he didn't just put the cabbage down and go scsi.

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The fuck happened to Nigga?
[ Parent ]

more like (3.50 / 4) (#112)
by guyjin on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 03:00:27 PM EST

attempted suicide?
-- 散弾銃でおうがいして ください
[ Parent ]
2nd degree homocide. (5.00 / 4) (#124)
by pocide on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 03:25:42 PM EST

16 months later it was reduced to manslaughter on an appeal and I was released due to time served.

*** ANONYMIZED ***
[ Parent ]

Interesting typo, (5.00 / 5) (#125)
by pocide on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 03:26:53 PM EST

considering the circumstances in which the crime occured.

*** ANONYMIZED ***
[ Parent ]

OK, that's just not fair! (none / 0) (#263)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 05:14:27 AM EST

Don't leave us all in suspense like that... we want details!!!!! :P

Completely intrigued,
Ta bù shì dà yú

---
AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]

Bad times (5.00 / 2) (#138)
by Matt Oneiros on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 04:37:54 PM EST

Curious about what happened, not going to pry though.

Lobstery is not real
signed the cow
when stating that life is merely an illusion
and that what you love is all that's real
[ Parent ]
A Teletubby. [nt] (3.33 / 3) (#176)
by Happy Monkey on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 08:01:48 PM EST


___
Length 17, Width 3
[ Parent ]
My name. (nt) (4.57 / 7) (#97)
by j harper on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 02:21:23 PM EST


"I have to say, the virgin Mary is pretty fucking hot." - Myriad

old quake 1 server I used to play on. (4.66 / 6) (#101)
by cicero on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 02:38:37 PM EST

it was the name that the op on an old quake server I used to play on used to use. The guy was pretty cool and the server was damn fun (back in the day when 95% of the people playing were hpb's, I was one of the only lpb's).


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I am sorry Cisco, for Microsoft has found a new RPC flaw - tonight your e0 shall be stretched wide like goatse.
...so you stole his name. I see. (nt) (2.33 / 3) (#108)
by coderlemming on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 02:56:39 PM EST




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Go be impersonally used as an organic semen collector!  (porkchop_d_clown)
[ Parent ]
roger. (5.00 / 1) (#237)
by cicero on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 03:08:35 AM EST

I'm a thieving bastard.


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I am sorry Cisco, for Microsoft has found a new RPC flaw - tonight your e0 shall be stretched wide like goatse.
[ Parent ]
I don't remember (4.80 / 5) (#102)
by nusuth on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 02:41:31 PM EST

I stole it right from LeGuin's Left Hand of Darkness, a SF book which I really admire. It roughly means 'it doesn't help/mean anything to know' or "no matter" to use LeGuin's own words.

Why I picked 'nusuth' instead of something else, I have forgotten.

my last name... (4.16 / 6) (#104)
by reklaw on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 02:43:05 PM EST

... is Walker -- figure it out. Yep, I suck at making up usernames.
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ESIW (4.00 / 3) (#153)
by tofubar on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 05:51:58 PM EST

last name tells a lot about a person, after all.

[ Parent ]
Attached date solves problems (5.00 / 10) (#106)
by 20030616 FlorisRonk on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 02:51:20 PM EST

I like to attach a creation date to my names. It's a useful naming scheme to make references with. Since I like to do things the same everywhere, I use this naming scheme here at kuro5hin too.
Pros are:
  • It's almost impossible to deprive me of registering my name with an almost current date.
  • People can see when my account was created.
  • If other people do this, userlists can be sorted chronologically.
  • You can start your name over with a new date. References to the old name will hold! If this was done everywhere on the internet dead links and "under reconstruction sites" would not show up so frequently.
Cons are:
  • If someone else registers a name like "20031027 FlorisRonk" confusion will arise. After all: there is already an "20030616 FlorisRonk"
Credits go to W3C being the first which I saw using this scheme.

Shouldnt u be alphabetizing your pokemon cards? (4.35 / 17) (#109)
by Tex Bigballs on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 02:58:22 PM EST

(merciless quip fit perfectly in the subject line so consider this one an NT)

[ Parent ]
And you're Y2K compliant too! (nt) (5.00 / 1) (#264)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 05:16:45 AM EST



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AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]
-1 A/S/L. Astonishingly self-congratulatory posit. (2.70 / 24) (#110)
by nyet on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 02:59:32 PM EST

Self-involved and idiotic circle jerk ensuses.

Thanks for the zeros guys (1.50 / 8) (#136)
by nyet on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 04:22:25 PM EST

Now, is anybody going to tell me how I'm wrong?

[ Parent ]
any time... [nt] (4.00 / 4) (#144)
by rmg on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 05:12:43 PM EST



_____ intellectual tiddlywinks
[ Parent ]

Have some more -nt (3.40 / 5) (#158)
by Kasreyn on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 06:22:00 PM EST


"Extenuating circumstance to be mentioned on Judgement Day:
We never asked to be born in the first place."

R.I.P. Kurt. You will be missed.
[ Parent ]
nope. (4.75 / 8) (#161)
by guyjin on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 06:38:44 PM EST

"is anybody going to tell me how I'm wrong?"

Nope. You have to tell us how you're right: it's your accusation, now back it up.

-- 散弾銃でおうがいして ください
[ Parent ]

I'm looking at 150+ self-congratulatory comments.. (2.20 / 5) (#202)
by nyet on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:11:48 PM EST

Almost none of which are worth reading, and almost ALL of which predominantly contain the words "I", "me", and "my". There are another 40 or so posts complimenting the other 150 posts on how clever somebody's idiotic psuedonym is. I would call that a self-involved circle jerk, wouldn't you?

[ Parent ]
Shut the hell up. (4.28 / 7) (#214)
by tkatchev on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 12:48:10 AM EST

I am a special and uniqie snowflake flower.

   -- Signed, Lev Andropoff, cosmonaut.
[ Parent ]

150+ self-congratulatory comments... (4.25 / 4) (#267)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 05:23:27 AM EST

1 meaningless bit of drivel posted by nyet.

I guess you now realise I disagree with you - all of these posts are fascinating! they reveal something of the person behind them, and this helps build the K5 community.

I'm just sorry you're too mature to condescened to post why you're username is "nyet".

Yours humbly,
Ta bù shì dà yú

---
AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]

Well, you're being rather... (4.25 / 8) (#201)
by bsimon on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 10:44:34 PM EST

...negative, AND you should have posted this as an editorial comment, I think.

you have read my sig
[ Parent ]

The zero's are NOT due to miscatigorization (2.25 / 4) (#205)
by nyet on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:14:48 PM EST

You know this as well as I do.

And since when is being negative cause for handing out zeros?

The topic is infantile; every board on the planet goes through a prepubescent "A/S/L, what do you do, what does your stupid psuedonym mean" phase. I'd assumed k5 was a bit more mature than that.


[ Parent ]

Are you very mature? (5.00 / 2) (#265)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 05:18:34 AM EST

Nyet.

Yours humbly,
Ta bù shì dà yú

---
AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]

Here, ladies and gentlemen... (5.00 / 2) (#340)
by awgsilyari on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 01:39:50 PM EST

... is a person halfway along the transition from infantile naivete, and ripened wisdom.

Not that I'm any wiser, but at least I don't claim to be "mature." What the hell is that, anyway? I just remember it as a word my elementary school teachers always used: "Billy is so mature!"

Heh, I remember back when I thought reading about Buddhism somehow made me enlightened. In a way you remind me of that. Hey, here's possibly my most "mature" insight for you: thinking you are mature is a sign that you are not. Thinking you are wise is a sign that you are not.

Now kwitcherbitchin, I still haven't found out what "Rusty" means yet.


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Please direct SPAM to john@neuralnw.com
[ Parent ]

Let me get this straight... (2.50 / 2) (#346)
by nyet on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 02:09:03 PM EST

I'm supposed to be insulted by your insination that I'm immature if I'm under 40? And yet, once I approach my dotage, I should be proud to be immature, since as I age, I become more likely to revile people who are pretending to be mature because I'm mature enough to know that pretending to be mature is immature?

Idiocy.

This submission is gathering page after page of unreadable, self-centered blathering, and I'm supposed to worry whether I am allowed to use the word "immature" to describe anything.


[ Parent ]

No (5.00 / 5) (#348)
by awgsilyari on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 02:22:36 PM EST

What I'm saying is that coming into a discussion that you could easily simply choose not to read, and berating everyone for supposedly acting immature, is pretty... immature.

If you would like to see actual "immature" content, I'll be happy to vote some hidden comments back up to visibility for you.


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Please direct SPAM to john@neuralnw.com
[ Parent ]

Take a guess... (4.30 / 10) (#114)
by butfuk on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 03:02:25 PM EST




     
Unix and C are the ultimate computer viruses.
Giving or receiving? n/t (4.71 / 7) (#128)
by Bill Melater on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 03:34:36 PM EST



[ Parent ]
Bend over and find out. (4.57 / 7) (#182)
by butfuk on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 08:51:17 PM EST




     
Unix and C are the ultimate computer viruses.
[ Parent ]
Just a joke ... keep your pants on n/t (none / 0) (#292)
by Bill Melater on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 09:40:34 AM EST



[ Parent ]
I....I (4.57 / 7) (#120)
by sinblox on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 03:10:13 PM EST

I pulled it out of my ass.

Well remember to flush, for goodness sake! (nt) (none / 0) (#268)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 05:26:14 AM EST



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AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]
Username (4.85 / 7) (#121)
by crowbraid on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 03:11:34 PM EST

Crowbraid. Happens to be my name. I'm Jimmy Crowbraid. Nothing fancy, nothing weird. It's not demeaning, and not a ripoff of someone's name. Hell, it doesn't even have any numbers in it.

-crowbraid-

You need to jazz it up a bit (5.00 / 1) (#129)
by Bill Melater on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 03:36:15 PM EST

How about "CR0UUbr41|)"?

[ Parent ]
Me? (2.45 / 20) (#122)
by Pink Shirt and Leather Pants Radar on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 03:18:07 PM EST

Well, back in the early 80s (I call those my clubbing days), we would always go to a well-known club called "The Musty Shark." We would usually arrive around 8pm and stay until the wee hours of the morning.

My friends would always call me the "Leather Pants Radar" for my innate ability to spot other gay men. It's amazing, and I can't really explain it myself. Most of the time, we would be sitting in our usual booth, and I would spot a guy walking across the dance floor or sitting at the bar. It only took one look, and I just knew.

"Blip, Blip, Blip," I would always say. "We got one guys!"

The cool thing about The Musty Shark was that the owner was an avid sports fan. We would always bring in various sports items to show him every week. Signed balls, bats, golf clubs, cleats, you name it. Of course they were fake, but he didn't know any better, and we really didn't care if he knew.

Once we showed all the stuff to the owner, we would quickly retreat to our booth and hide the stuff under the table. This is where I would come in.

"Damn, Radar, it's only 9 o'clock and you've already spotted two!"

"Yeah, I don't know how he does it. Well, let's go talk to him."

At that point, my buddy Jimbo (His real name was Gary, but this guy was so strong and muscular, he was like God's gift to men) would go over and chat the guy up for a few minutes. Jimbo had a way with words, and was always able to lure the guy in the back storage room for a little "fun."

"Yeah, I actually just moved here. You know how hard it is to meet new people. I usually don't go out to clubs, but I've just been really....frustrated....lately, you know?" says Jimbo.

"Oh, I know just what you mean. But at least you've met me!"

"Well, here we are. I can't believe I'm doing this."

*Thwop* *Thwop* *Thwop* *Thwop* Jimbo flicks on the lights and grabs one of the baseball bats. A big smile cracked on his face as we were already busy going to work on this guy. He was screaming in pain as we beat him profusely with 9-irons and Aluminum bats.

"You little faggot!"

"You want gay rights!? I give you the right to shut the fuck up and take your medicine, pansy!"

This went on for a few minutes, only stopping because we got tired and bored. A funny thing usually happens when beating faggots with bats and 9-irons. You see, if you sign the bats and clubs with a marker right before you go into the club, you'll be able to see the prints of the signature on their skin. Hey, look, Cal Ripken signed this dead faggot!

Freudian slip (4.87 / 8) (#133)
by marx on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 04:00:46 PM EST

other gay men
After this, your story makes no sense.

Join me in the War on Torture: help eradicate torture from the world by holding torturers accountable.
[ Parent ]

i'm surprised your still alive (3.50 / 4) (#152)
by tofubar on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 05:49:47 PM EST

haven't gotten aids yet after hanging out with so many fags in that promiscuous lifestyle? you must be smart.

[ Parent ]
Lem (4.80 / 5) (#123)
by tichy on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 03:21:47 PM EST

Tichy is the main character in Stanislaw Lem's Star Diaries. I always liked Lem and taking usernames from his works is a sort of tradition of mine. For years I was known as Trurl and Tarantoga in BBS's.

hooray for lem (5.00 / 2) (#151)
by tofubar on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 05:48:31 PM EST

one of the few good sci fi writers.

[ Parent ]
Name (4.55 / 9) (#126)
by ucblockhead on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 03:27:07 PM EST

As I've said before, it's just my name, Ucblo C. Khead.
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This is k5. We're all tools - duxup
Which UC, UC block head ? :) (5.00 / 2) (#134)
by RebelWithoutAClue on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 04:05:58 PM EST

I can think of 2 right off the top of my head ... Univ. of Colorado, Univ. of California ...

[ Parent ]
Nothing to do with that (4.00 / 3) (#177)
by ucblockhead on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 08:03:01 PM EST

My nick has absolutely nothing to do with the University of California. The "UC" thing us just a coincidence.
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This is k5. We're all tools - duxup
[ Parent ]
And I have nothing to do with ... (none / 0) (#239)
by RebelWithoutAClue on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 03:42:42 AM EST

... The University of Colorado either.

[ Parent ]
Im confused now .. (none / 0) (#240)
by RebelWithoutAClue on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 03:50:25 AM EST

I cant tell if you're serious or not ... :P

[ Parent ]
I'm completely serious (nt) (5.00 / 1) (#309)
by ucblockhead on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 10:59:42 AM EST


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This is k5. We're all tools - duxup
[ Parent ]
aren't you from the bay area? n/t (none / 0) (#248)
by cicero on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 04:41:15 AM EST




--
I am sorry Cisco, for Microsoft has found a new RPC flaw - tonight your e0 shall be stretched wide like goatse.
[ Parent ]
yes (nt) (5.00 / 1) (#308)
by ucblockhead on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 10:59:17 AM EST


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This is k5. We're all tools - duxup
[ Parent ]
Khead (5.00 / 3) (#164)
by 3ebnut on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 06:45:45 PM EST

Khead? Nice surname. Is that Cambodian?

[ Parent ]
whatever, -1 (4.00 / 8) (#127)
by Osama Bin Fabulous on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 03:30:37 PM EST

but:

From Another Roadside Attraction, by Tom Robbins.

"When I decided to take an alias, I wanted more than to apply a crust to the worn surface of my real identity. I wanted to make a statement, to express something through the unexploited medium of nom de plume. Being in a defiant frame of mind, I asked myself what it is that my fellows at the Institute -- that indeed, the average American males of my age and economic stratum -- hate most. What do they most loath? The answer I arrived at was Communism and homosexuality. Communists and homosexuals are the targets of the majority of the normal male's fear-honed barbs. Thus you can see how I in my rebellion selected the given name of 'Marx.' The surname was more difficult. Obviously I couldn't call myself Marx Homosexual or Marx Queer or even Marx Fag. But I remembered having read in a syndicated newspaper column that the one word no red-blooded he-man would ever utter was 'marvelous.' 'Marvelous' is an expression reserved for interior decorators and choreographers and is as taboo in the bleachers, the sales meeting or the pool hall as a rose behind the ear or a velvet snood. So, I embraced that maligned term as if it were a victimized ancestor. And here I am: Marx Marvelous." He paused while the red monkey hands of shame tugged at his lids. "Isn't that a disgustingly romantic way for a scientist to behave?"


From a song (5.00 / 5) (#131)
by RebelWithoutAClue on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 03:41:01 PM EST

When I was making a user-name, I remembered a line from a tom petty song i had heard a while ago. It seemed appropriate and fit me, so I used it.

What I'm getting from this... (3.70 / 10) (#132)
by zipper on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 03:54:39 PM EST

Is that everybody here is uncreative (I'm no exception.. zipper?) and boring.

No wonder the fiction section is so awful.

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This account has been neutered by rusty and can no longer rate or post comments. Way to go fearless leader!
if you shit where you sleep (1.00 / 1) (#236)
by circletimessquare on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 03:03:30 AM EST

don't be surprised if you stink yourself, hypocrite

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

[ Parent ]
Japanese (4.75 / 4) (#137)
by komadori on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 04:35:18 PM EST

'komadori' (駒鳥) is Japanese for Robin, which is my given name.

"When we are victorious on a world scale I think we shall use gold for the purpose of building public lavatories in the streets of some of the largest cities of the world." Vladimir Illich Lenin


My surname is "The" (4.57 / 7) (#139)
by the on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 04:38:27 PM EST

"The" (pronounced TEH) is Uzbeki for "gullible" because I guess one of my ancestors was.

--
The Definite Article
you're a uzbek? (4.50 / 2) (#150)
by tofubar on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 05:46:01 PM EST

cool, i have a friend who just immigrated from there in about 97.

[ Parent ]
Your friend... (none / 0) (#213)
by tkatchev on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 12:45:59 AM EST

One hundred to one that your friend is actually jewish.

   -- Signed, Lev Andropoff, cosmonaut.
[ Parent ]

No, he isn't (5.00 / 1) (#231)
by tofubar on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 02:22:53 AM EST

I think Stalin exiled his family there because they were of German heritage (not jews)

[ Parent ]
The (5.00 / 2) (#163)
by 3ebnut on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 06:44:06 PM EST

The (pronounced "thay", with the th as in "thing" not "this") is used as a name in Vietnam.

There was also a Nobel-prize-winning scientist named Theodor Something (I forget his last name). He went by "The" for short.

[ Parent ]

Whoopde doo (5.00 / 7) (#140)
by strlen on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 04:39:10 PM EST

pi% whatis strlen                                                        
strcat, strlcat, strncat, strchr, strrchr, strcmp, strncmp, strcasecmp, strncasecmp, strcpy, strlcpy, strncpy, strerror, strlen, strpbrk, strsep, strspn, strcspn, strstr, strtok, index, rindex (3) - string specific functions
strlen (3) - find length of a string


--
[T]he strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone. - Henrik Ibsen.
Sponge (5.00 / 5) (#142)
by Work on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 04:55:37 PM EST

Sponge's Rotting Pinata soundtrack sits in a CD rack a few feet away. On the edge it says 'WORK', probably the publisher.

That and I work far too much. I was rather surprised the name wasn't taken yet.

My favorite pursuit, (5.00 / 3) (#143)
by AtADeadRun on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 05:02:30 PM EST

as it were, is running marathons. As such, I do everything I can at a dead run.

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Pain heals. Glory is forever. Keep running.

We would not die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
I just came up with it (5.00 / 3) (#145)
by cyclopatra on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 05:15:50 PM EST

I dunno...when pressed, I say it's a combination of cyclops and cleopatra, but I just liked it because it sounded neat. I've been using it since about 1994, and as of the last time I did a google search, all the referecnes to cyclopatra I could find were me - which was neat, because it makes me one in however many million people are online now.

Cyclopatra
All your .sigs are belong to us.
remove mypants to email

LilDebbie (5.00 / 4) (#147)
by LilDebbie on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 05:26:14 PM EST

The story behind my nick is pretty simple. You see, when I was working, the guys liked to call me Debbie. Those guys! The 'Lil' was an endearing term they added once Tiny Bill (who, like all men called Tiny, is huge) bought a barrel for the guys to stick me in. Those guys!

My name is LilDebbie and I have a garden.
- hugin -

Heh (5.00 / 1) (#169)
by strlen on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 07:03:44 PM EST

I thought it had to do with the marijuana paraphenalia. I learn new things every day.

--
[T]he strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone. - Henrik Ibsen.
[ Parent ]
so what are yor favorit snak cakes (5.00 / 1) (#197)
by hethrbritnyfan on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:52:08 PM EST


baby, take the time to realize I'm not the kind to sacrifice The way I am - britney spears
[ Parent ]
wow (4.20 / 5) (#148)
by tps12 on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 05:39:10 PM EST

I'm surprised at how many people are sharing this information with The Public. Usernames have always seemed fairly personal to me. I usually explain mine (though it's pretty boring) when asked in private conversation.

Not really a problem. (5.00 / 2) (#189)
by exile1974 on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:33:04 PM EST

First off many people hear prolly have other nicks,handles, whatever elsewhere. I do, and then the rest could possibly be making stuff up to fit the nick.

exile1974

"A sucking chest wound is Nature's way of telling you to stay out of a firefight." --Mary Gentle
[ Parent ]

but this one is relatively easy... (none / 0) (#389)
by rmg on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 08:10:42 PM EST

columbia assigns usernames by appending a random number to your initials, unlike chicago where some people get their first names as email addresses... tps12 here must have gone to columbia within the past ten years or so...

_____ intellectual tiddlywinks
[ Parent ]

I just kind of thought it up one day in the shower (4.83 / 6) (#149)
by tofubar on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 05:43:55 PM EST

Tofu and the acronym FUBAR (Fucked Up Beyond All Relief) combined form my name. Just randomly came to me.

southpark episode (5.00 / 4) (#154)
by romperstomper on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 05:56:19 PM EST

In a southpark episode entitled "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime", Cartman goes to juvenile hall, and his cellmate goes by the name Romper Stomper.  

I suppose it was sealed for me when he said "You better wise up to the way things work in the big house, douche!"

also a movie name (5.00 / 2) (#172)
by the sixth replicant on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 07:24:03 PM EST

australian movie starting russell crowe

[ Parent ]
Your reply was... (none / 0) (#216)
by romperstomper on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 12:54:50 AM EST

the first I'd ever heard of the movie.  I looked it up on IMDB.com and it seems to have good reviews.  Now I'll have to check it out.

Thanks for the heads-up.

[ Parent ]

it has great sex n/t (none / 0) (#227)
by livus on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 02:05:24 AM EST



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HIREZ substitute.
be concrete asshole, or shut up. - CTS
I guess I skipped school or something to drink on the internet? - lonelyhobo
I'd like to hope that any impression you got about us from internet forums was incorrect. - debillitatus
I consider myself trolled more or less just by visiting the site. HollyHopDrive

[ Parent ]
Sig (none / 0) (#325)
by IriseLenoir on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 12:03:20 PM EST

Hehe, nice sig : this is really my top three people to extradite too ;-)
"liberty is the mother of order, not its daughter" - Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
[ Parent ]
thanks! n/t (none / 0) (#403)
by livus on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 05:56:10 AM EST



---
HIREZ substitute.
be concrete asshole, or shut up. - CTS
I guess I skipped school or something to drink on the internet? - lonelyhobo
I'd like to hope that any impression you got about us from internet forums was incorrect. - debillitatus
I consider myself trolled more or less just by visiting the site. HollyHopDrive

[ Parent ]
I assumed it was the movie. (none / 0) (#261)
by monkeymind on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 05:07:53 AM EST

Check it out...

I believe in Karma. That means I can do bad things to people and assume the deserve it.
[ Parent ]

I'd imagine that's where they got it from (nt) (none / 0) (#269)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 05:34:00 AM EST



---
AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]
my name (5.00 / 3) (#160)
by randinah on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 06:27:06 PM EST

My real first name is Randi, and throughout my life people have asked me if it is short for anything. On one of those instances a few years back I got sarcastic, and said it was short for "Randinah". Ta da.


"Why waste time learning when ignorance is instantaneous?"
Af-Dom (5.00 / 3) (#165)
by Af Dom on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 06:50:12 PM EST

Well, the guy who lived in my dorm room the year before me was known as the dirty old man, often shortened to D.O.M., or simply Dom, around the dorm. Well, he moved out, and I moved in, and people started to notice that I apparently bore many similarities to him. Then, sooner or later, around campus I started to acquire a reputation for...uhhhh...asian women. This resulted in me being known as A.F., short for asian fetish. Yeah, shameful. Then, someone got the idea to comebine the two names, and within a couple weeks, my entire dorm knew me as "Af-Dom". True story.
So you're telling me you got dumped over the internet? Harsh. But, ah, I was just wondering...did she use slang? ie, "We nyd 2 brake ^"? -Cubs2121
Ok, I think I've done this before, but I'll play. (4.00 / 4) (#168)
by Kasreyn on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 06:58:37 PM EST

I could bullshit you and say that since Kasreyn is the name of an evil person (read on), I was trying to remind myself of my own evil tendencies and to avoid them. But this is the real story.

Originally I used the not-very-original internet nick of Ender, then for a while I was Chandra (the creator of HAL from 2001), since I call my computer HAL.

Then in late 1997 I got my hands on Diablo for the first time. Instantly hooked. My first character, the warrior Sturm (from Dragonlance, obviously) was hijacked by a friend who took him on a PKing spree, so I deleted the account to avoid vengeance. For the second - a sorceror - I took the name Kasreyn, which is from the 2nd book in two trilogies by Stephen R. Donaldson called collectively "The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever". The specific book in question is "The One Tree". Kasreyn is a thaumaturge (Donaldson's fancy word for a sorceror) who is heavily into circles as mystical symbols. He's also heavily into spying, manipulation, and evil. Also happens to be near-immortal. Let's say I had high hopes for my Diablo character. :-P

So anyway, I started taking that name in other places online, which were often sites I met through Diablo playing friends. So it made sense to be known as the same thing everywhere. On reflection, if I were to be known around the internet as any character from that series it would be Covenant or Foamfollower or Mhoram, but by the time I realized this was becoming my permanent nick, I decided it wasn't worth the trouble to avoid it. Besides, it has the advantage of not being taken anywhere. I've only failed to get it twice - hotmail and AIM, the latter of which really bugs me, as I put Kasreyn on my buddy list but the bastard who has it never even uses it.

Anyway, that's why if you see anything relating to someone called Kasreyn on the internet, I'd say there's about a 70-80% chance it's me (there's one other guy out there using it, but he doesn't seem to be active any more). And I still even play that Diablo character from time to time. Must be one of the oldest left on Battle.net by now...


-Kasreyn


"Extenuating circumstance to be mentioned on Judgement Day:
We never asked to be born in the first place."

R.I.P. Kurt. You will be missed.
From an Ian Banks novel (5.00 / 3) (#170)
by gadfium on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 07:15:33 PM EST

Gadfium is the chief scientist in "Feersum Enjin". Although she's female, I'm male, and I'm a scientist wannabee.

I've used this name for quite a few years. Before that I used to use Greybeard, because it was pretty descriptive of me, but lots of other people also use that name in different contexts, and besides, with the passing of time my beard is no longer grey.


"Verbophobe" (5.00 / 4) (#171)
by Verbophobe on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 07:17:22 PM EST

People used to say I talked too much.  So, to be astoundingly ironic, I settled on this name.

Of course:
Verbo - Latin for "word"
Phobe - Greek for "fear"

Proud member of the Canadian Broadcorping Castration

Yeah, I was just going to tell you to shut up. (none / 0) (#344)
by Boing on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 02:07:39 PM EST

</usualsuspects>

[ Parent ]
How I got my name.. (5.00 / 3) (#173)
by stormie on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 07:36:19 PM EST

When I was a teenager (many years ago), like most teenagers, I picked a handle from a sword'n'sorcery book: "Stormbringer".

Then I joined a BBS where the username length limit was too short for that to fit, so I abbreviated it to simply "Storm".

Then this girl on the BBS started calling me "Stormie", and it spread, and I decided I liked it, especially since with the growing popularity of the X-Men people thought "Storm" was a girl's name. :-)

So there you go. I still DJ as "DJ Storm", though, not "DJ Stormie".


V is for: (4.83 / 6) (#174)
by V on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 07:47:41 PM EST

Victory.
Violence.
Valentine.
Vagina.
Initial of my name.
Vacuous*
Some 80's show*

V

* Added at the request of some K5ers

---
What my fans are saying:
"That, and the fact that V is a total, utter scumbag." VZAMaZ.
"well look up little troll" cts.
"I think you're a worthless little cuntmonkey but you made me lol, so I sigged you." re
"goodness gracious you're an idiot" mariahkillschickens

it's for Vendetta according to Alan Moore n/t (none / 0) (#228)
by livus on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 02:06:32 AM EST



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HIREZ substitute.
be concrete asshole, or shut up. - CTS
I guess I skipped school or something to drink on the internet? - lonelyhobo
I'd like to hope that any impression you got about us from internet forums was incorrect. - debillitatus
I consider myself trolled more or less just by visiting the site. HollyHopDrive

[ Parent ]
Yes, (none / 0) (#341)
by V on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 01:53:48 PM EST

I kind of liked that comic.
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What my fans are saying:
"That, and the fact that V is a total, utter scumbag." VZAMaZ.
"well look up little troll" cts.
"I think you're a worthless little cuntmonkey but you made me lol, so I sigged you." re
"goodness gracious you're an idiot" mariahkillschickens
[ Parent ]
you should know (none / 0) (#234)
by circletimessquare on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 03:00:15 AM EST

they are remaking V

yes,  hollywood is out of ideas ;-P

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

[ Parent ]

And you've only just noticed? (5.00 / 1) (#360)
by Tex Biqballs on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 03:30:56 PM EST



[ Parent ]
Happy Monkey (5.00 / 4) (#175)
by Happy Monkey on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 07:48:51 PM EST

Freshman year in college, the question came up "exactly how much fun is a barrel of monkeys?" I doodled a picture of such a barrel, and found it quite fun. Over the years, that picture, much simplified, has become my unofficial trademark.

For a snazzy 3D version, click my sig.
___
Length 17, Width 3
Radio (5.00 / 4) (#178)
by holdfast on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 08:04:14 PM EST

When I was at college, I was in the OTC. I was supposed to be a military engineer. The radio callsign in the British Army for the engineers is "Holdfast".


"Holy war is an oxymoron."
Lazarus Long
Marlowe (5.00 / 5) (#180)
by The Devil on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 08:46:00 PM EST

For me it was Christopher Marlowe's Faust (not Goethe, les imposteurs!).

ugh... Goethe's Faust is vastly superior. [nt] (none / 0) (#388)
by rmg on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 08:06:36 PM EST



_____ intellectual tiddlywinks
[ Parent ]

Really? (none / 0) (#513)
by The Devil on Mon Jul 14, 2003 at 10:46:40 AM EST

I read Goethe's version so many times, it hurts. I have always preferred Marlowe's. Mephistopheles and Faust make quite a pair in Marlowe's tale. There are likely a number of literary reasons (copouts) why some might consider Goethe's version superior. Can you think of any? I can't.

[ Parent ]
My handle comes from my own stupidity (4.33 / 6) (#181)
by Anonymous 242 on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 08:50:08 PM EST

You figure it out.

Are you aware (5.00 / 2) (#250)
by strlen on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 04:47:36 AM EST

That mala testa, means "little dough" in Russian (and probably several other slavic languages)?

--
[T]he strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone. - Henrik Ibsen.
[ Parent ]
I was not aware (5.00 / 1) (#378)
by Anonymous 242 on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 06:32:48 PM EST

I do know that it means headache in Italian. Literally: bad (mal) in (a) head (testa).

[ Parent ]
Heh (none / 0) (#396)
by strlen on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 11:00:19 PM EST

I thought you were of slavic origin, since I believe you belong to the Orthodox church, so I assumed that your last name meant little dough. Learning new things every day!

--
[T]he strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone. - Henrik Ibsen.
[ Parent ]
Me? A slav? (5.00 / 1) (#438)
by Anonymous 242 on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 10:04:27 PM EST

I'm a mongrel of Irish, Italian and German blood. I'm a convert to the Orthodox Church.

[ Parent ]
Um, it's my name. (5.00 / 4) (#185)
by miah on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:11:51 PM EST

Miah: It's more than just a handle, it's a name and a website.

I've been called this for the last 24 years. It's not very clever is it?

Religion is not the opiate of the masses. It is the biker grade crystal meth of the masses.
SLAVEWAGE
Anime Reference (5.00 / 3) (#186)
by RyoCokey on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:13:19 PM EST

Ryo-Ohki is the cute little cabbit (rabbit-cat) from the Tenchi Muyo series. Ryo-Cokey claims to be her deranged drug-addled cousin. Used to have a edited pictured for the nick to, but don't have it posted anywhere these days.



"During election times, we tend to lose our grandmothers, grandfathers and young children. They just disappear. But I want to warn you all that you should
what do cabbits eat (3.00 / 2) (#198)
by hethrbritnyfan on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:54:06 PM EST

mouse salads
baby, take the time to realize I'm not the kind to sacrifice The way I am - britney spears
[ Parent ]
Personally (none / 0) (#289)
by RyoCokey on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 09:29:50 AM EST

Coke-laced carrots is my food of choice.



"During election times, we tend to lose our grandmothers, grandfathers and young children. They just disappear. But I want to warn you all that you should
[ Parent ]
Aha! I knew it! (none / 0) (#270)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 05:40:40 AM EST

I figured that's what your username was in reference too.

I have to say I like the first Tenchi Muyo series end-credits where Ryo-Ohki pulls an absolutely GIANT carrot out of the ground after carefully tending to it through all the seasons. It put a smile to my face :)

Yours humbly,
Ta bù shì dà yú

---
AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]

-1, Meta [n/t/] (2.83 / 6) (#187)
by Estanislao Martínez on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:26:47 PM EST


--em

Question: (5.00 / 2) (#296)
by it certainly is on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 09:50:16 AM EST

why would a guy called Luis Casillas choose "Estanislao Martínez" as a nickname?

kur0shin.org -- it certainly is

Godwin's law [...] is impossible to violate except with an infinitely long thread that doesn't mention nazis.
[ Parent ]

well my name is heather but i misspeled it (5.00 / 7) (#190)
by hethrbritnyfan on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 09:36:03 PM EST

and i think brinty spears is soooooo cool but i mispeled that too and now i guess im stuck with hehtrbrinynfan and i think i speled it wrong again but speling dosnt mater its the thout that counts and i have plenty of those
baby, take the time to realize I'm not the kind to sacrifice The way I am - britney spears
I win. (5.00 / 2) (#203)
by bjlhct on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:13:43 PM EST

I went to http://www.cryptome.org/stego-pal.htm and did a rot13 on a section from it that had my initials in it.

*
[kur0(or)5hin http://www.kuro5hin.org/intelligence] - drowning your sorrows in intellectualism
the wah of fuzz (5.00 / 3) (#204)
by Fuzzwah on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:14:45 PM EST

I've been referred to as Fuzzy for most of my life. I had long, crazy, unkempt hair during my teens, but the nick summed up more about my personality than just the way my hair was.

When beginning to play computer games in what would be called a "hardcore" fashion I required a handle. At that stage I was playing with/against guys calling themselves Punisher, Hitman, DeathOnLegs and so on. I didn't want a name that sounded tough, so I simply used my real life nick name. I also thought that this would remove any worry of nick conflicts.

I've met 5 other Fuzzy's in the gaming scene.

Out in the wilds of the net Fuzzy is an extremely common nick name. Fuzzwah is a spin on the nick name one of my friends came up with. When ever creating an account somewhere I attempt Fuzzy and then fail over to Fuzzwah.

--
The best a human can do is to pick a delusion that helps him get through the day. - God's Debris

Mine... (5.00 / 5) (#206)
by Pseudonym on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:19:01 PM EST

...is self-referential. I was reading Gödel, Escher, Bach at the time.



sub f{($f)=@_;print"$f(q{$f});";}f(q{sub f{($f)=@_;print"$f(q{$f});";}f});
Strangely enough, (5.00 / 1) (#217)
by Akshay on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 12:55:18 AM EST

mine too, although to my real name. :-|

[ Parent ]
So (5.00 / 8) (#207)
by TheOnlyCoolTim on Sun Jun 29, 2003 at 11:44:33 PM EST

Once I was playing Half-Life, and I didn't feel like using the other nick I had, so I just put "Tim" as my name. Strangely enough that is my name in real life.

Then one time I was playing Team Fortress Classic and there were two other guys named Tim, so we had "Tim", "(1)Tim", and "(2)Tim." This got quite confusing.

So I hit ~ and did a "name TheCoolTim".

Then one of the other Tims thought to outdo me and changed his name to "TheCoolerTim".

Not to be outdone, I got the final word in with "TheOnlyCoolTim".

Tim
"We are trapped in the belly of this horrible machine, and the machine is bleeding to death."

Before I thought you username was stupid... (5.00 / 2) (#271)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 05:45:18 AM EST

... now I think it's actually quite witty!

It's amazing how some background information can actually change one's opinion.

Yours humbly,
Ta bù shì dà yú

---
AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]

Funny... (5.00 / 1) (#398)
by CheeseburgerBrown on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 12:24:48 AM EST

...I liked it better when I thought he was trying to tell us he was truly the best of all Timmery. The history adds nothing!


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I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski. Personally, I pref
[ Parent ]
Woirst nick ever. (3.75 / 4) (#210)
by Soviet Russian on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 12:36:37 AM EST

However, I still find this meme incredibly funny.

Kill me now.

couldn't resist... (none / 0) (#376)
by IsaacW on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 06:25:04 PM EST

In Soviet Russia... NICKNAME PICKS YOU!

[ Parent ]
I have no idea (5.00 / 2) (#211)
by Xcyther on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 12:40:02 AM EST

I think i saw someone else using it and ripped it off or i just made it up on the spot because my mostly used nick (Fluid) was used. Which pisses me off because i never see Fluid post anything. So he/she wasted a nick that someone else wanted and doesnt even use it.

_________________________________________
"Insydious" -- It's not as bad as you think

Now that i look (5.00 / 2) (#212)
by Xcyther on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 12:41:48 AM EST

my uid is much lower than Fluids, so i dont know why i just didnt use that instead of this piece. I really dont care much for this nick.

_________________________________________
"Insydious" -- It's not as bad as you think

[ Parent ]
Not a very interesting story (5.00 / 2) (#215)
by TypographicalError on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 12:52:08 AM EST

I was always TypoDaemon for a long, long time, because I felt that the idea of a process whose mission was to create errors to be amusing. That got shortened to Typo, mostly because it's shorter and the alternate shortening of Daemon is overused. However, Typo was taken here, so I became TypographicalError.

--
I had dreams of covering my entire body in light blue cottony sugar and chasing down young children. -

Mine... (5.00 / 3) (#218)
by e8johan on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 01:04:06 AM EST

...is what's left from my university time.

  • e - Electrical engineering
  • 8 - I started in 1998
  • johan - my first namn

Sadly, Johan is a common name in Sweden in my age group, so there was e8johanj, e8johanr, e8johanp, etc. This meant that I got quite alot of mail intended for other people...

The reason to why I did not have to add an additional character was that my 'phadders' (older students who introduce Chalmers to the freshmen) where the IT group, i.e. my group was the first to get logins.

i was 14 (5.00 / 2) (#222)
by QDerf on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 01:17:54 AM EST

(which means about 13 years ago) on a chairlift at Stoneham with a friend and his two brothers, and for some reason we decided to invent each other new names. one of my friend's brothers suggested "manure pan" or something of the sort for me, and his other brother suggested "Derf" which was my name's first four letters backwards (well duh).

I thought Derf was marginally better.

The Q was added a few years later when I discovered the joy of nick collisions on the early EFNet.

(I recall I found a nickname for mr. imagintion who'd suggested the manure thing, which was totally meaningless but seemed to properly insult him for years afterwards, so it was an appropriately good one.)

Sort of self explanatory (5.00 / 5) (#224)
by Meatbomb on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 01:33:12 AM EST

We're all meatbombs, I'm just willing to come out and say it.

_______________

Good News for Liberal Democracy!

Schismatrix and SpankO (5.00 / 2) (#226)
by Lin Dze on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 01:49:18 AM EST

SpankO was my first real nick. Long long ago I was trying to think of a nym for the local BBS, I had narrowed it down to either Bobo (as in Bobo the Clown) or Spanky. Well Bobo was already taken and I didnt really like Spanky all that much so SpankO it was! A few years later in high school I learned that one of my new friends was the Bobo that I had met on the BBSs, odd eh?

As for Lin Dze I stole it from Bruce Sterling. I was reading Schismatrix and enjoyed a quick dialogue between the protaganist, Lindsay, and a side character through an intercom. The side character misinterprets the name and comments "Lin Dze? Thats odd, you dont look asian." I felt this was a decent name as its plausably real, interesting, and rather unique. Ive never had a name conflict until a few years ago when Lindze.com showed up.

-Lin Dze
"Facts don't cease to exist because they are ignored." Aldous Huxley

macpeep (5.00 / 2) (#230)
by macpeep on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 02:17:44 AM EST

My name is Petrus but everyone calls me Peppe. That is, except for some finns who can't pronounce it and say Peeppe. So that was my nick for a while back in the late 80's to early 90's or so, in the days of BBS's. Later on, I dropped the trailing -pe in favor of the shorter Peep (as in the sound).

I was Peep for a few years until the Internet started getting popular and I started having nick collisions with people. Especially on IRC, it became pretty impossible. One night, I just added Mac in front of it and it stuck. The idea came from how McDonalds names products.. McChicken, McFish.. McPeep, except I used Mac instead of Mc.

These days, it's just all-lowercase "macpeep". Incidently, that's "peepcam" spelled backwards, which is just a coincidence, but adds to the mystery of the nick. ;)

simpsons (5.00 / 4) (#232)
by the77x42 on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 02:52:18 AM EST

professor frink's super-sour gunball: The 77X42


"We're not here to educate. We're here to point and laugh." - creature
"You have some pretty stupid ideas." - indubitable ‮

that should be gumball [nt] (5.00 / 1) (#233)
by the77x42 on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 02:52:51 AM EST




"We're not here to educate. We're here to point and laugh." - creature
"You have some pretty stupid ideas." - indubitable ‮

[ Parent ]
Monkeymind (5.00 / 3) (#242)
by monkeymind on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 04:06:51 AM EST

The words "monkey mind" come from a Buddhist description of the mind of a person who is not in the present moment. The mind of such a person is said to be likened to a monkey that goes from tree to tree tasting a piece of fruit from each and then dropping it and moving on to the next tree.

As with many of us, our thought process runs in much the same way. We jump from thought to thought and project to project without really ever being in the present and fully experiencing everything we are doing at a given time.

This was an excellent description of myself until a few years ago, still is on some days.

I use it as a reminder.

I believe in Karma. That means I can do bad things to people and assume the deserve it.

It just came to me. (5.00 / 4) (#243)
by Tex Biqballs on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 04:08:34 AM EST



So... (5.00 / 2) (#277)
by Tau on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 06:58:32 AM EST

...what's with the 'q' in Biqballs then?

or is that just FreeType arsing up again

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WHEN THE REVOLUTION COMES WE WILL MAKE SAUSAGES OUT OF YOUR FUCKING ENTRAILS - TRASG0
[ Parent ]

Nobody would notice (5.00 / 2) (#319)
by Tex Biqballs on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 11:27:27 AM EST

If the real Tex didn't keep rating me.

[ Parent ]
Hey that's just one of the many privileges (5.00 / 3) (#324)
by Tex Bigballs on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 11:45:45 AM EST

that come along with being a Tex Bigballs franchisee.

Anyway you should be happy I'm giving you 5's, it helps cancel out the 1's and 0's my infamous reputation usually brings me.

[ Parent ]

god damnit (3.00 / 2) (#244)
by omegadan on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 04:21:13 AM EST

these are the most boring stories I've ever seen.

Let's get this out of the way, this will be the generic template post, "I picked my nick because it was from move/book/comic/thing X which is the coolest/greatest/best/stupidest thing ever.

If you can *ADD* to that story, post, otherwise save k5 some diskspace.

Religion is a gateway psychosis. - Dave Foley

Lighten up dude! (5.00 / 1) (#273)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 06:00:39 AM EST

I've seen mrgoat and misterqueue use up far more diskspace with their "hi /nt" threads than what this story takes up! So don't get your knickers in a knot over 100 KB of disk-space.

Yours humbly,
Ta bù shì dà yú

---
AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]

:-) yea (4.00 / 1) (#328)
by omegadan on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 12:22:08 PM EST

I was actually half joking, and half just expressing my disapointment :) Normally there are some interesting stories :) My name has some interesting stories attached to it, but I've told them many times :)

Religion is a gateway psychosis. - Dave Foley
[ Parent ]

hi /nt (5.00 / 1) (#343)
by theantix on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 02:01:56 PM EST



--
"SalesGirl was my designated driver" -- terpy
[ Parent ]
The problem (5.00 / 2) (#246)
by a life in hell on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 04:32:09 AM EST

The problem with this article, is that it assumes that one only has one user name that one uses :).

This particular name is inertia - I aquired it in 1991 so, when I needed a replacement for my original, incredibly lame name that I was putting on things ("the fuzz", which I also had no idea as being a reference to police when I chose it, one of the reasons I felt the need to change it), and I happened to walk past a simpsons arcade machine showing the copyright messages "Binky is a life in hell (c) 19xx, Matt Groening.". Having no idea that "A Life in Hell" was the name of a comic strip, my lame 13 year old mind took on the name.

In another life, tho, I'm known as fish, because "How many surrealists does it take to change a light bulb?" "Fish!". In yet another, I'm "Pigfucker 40,000", which is a combination of southpark references ("Terrence, why would you call me a pig fucker?" "Well, first of all, you fuck pigs!" "oh yeah!"). In yet another, I'm known as "Vector Baby", because on the day I needed a new account, I had been playing battle zone all day, because I do love vector games, and I'm a bit of a baby sometimes :-p.

In yet another, I'm known as "Jaymz Hates You", because I don't, but it just seems easier than dealing with people sometimes :). This goes along with "OpenJaymz", because any product that contains "Open" in the name usually isn't (openbsd excepted, think Caldera OpenLinux/Sco OpenServer/Sun OpenWindows/etc).

Of course, there is a far-too-long-to-be-a-k5-username-but-great-on-msn username of "I went out searching for god, but all I found was a ham. The Ham was tasty, but that's hardly the point, is it". I have no ieda where that came from. My other one, "Eat Junk Food Watch Junk TeeVee Drink Me - I'm caffine free" was something I read in a c64 scroll text once, tho - who says computer games don't encourage thinking? :)

Random fruit (5.00 / 3) (#252)
by fraise on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 04:49:16 AM EST

It started with IRC, back in 1994. I used my real first name (being the naive, innocent babe I was), which is obviously female, and after a few months (like I said, I was naive) realized that perhaps a more asexual nick would make things easier. I let my mind wander, and finally experienced an epiphany ... while eating strawberry pie: I would be strawberry! I was studying French at university, so used the French word: fraise.

This worked better than I'd counted on: non French speakers often assume it's "Frasier" misspelled, and think I'm a man, whereas French speakers just think it's weird, and for some odd reason, never assume I'm female either, even though the word is feminine. My close French friends came up with the nicknamed-nickname "fraise des bois", which means "wild strawberry", but literally translates as "forest strawberry", since I'm originally from an area covered by forests.

Are you sure? (3.00 / 1) (#285)
by bob6 on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 09:01:38 AM EST

I assumed and never doubted you were a woman because the word is feminine. Also you may be interested to know that some girls are actually named Fraise, Cerise and Myrtille. No shit.

Cheers.
[ Parent ]
My username is... (5.00 / 2) (#266)
by chrismear on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 05:20:18 AM EST

...just my name. Imaginative, huh?

Seriously, though, I like to think it stands out amongst all the made-up usernames. I also like the fact that it shows that I'm willing to stand behind my comments, with the full force of my real life persona, and not hide behind some secret online identity.

Oh, who am I kidding? I'm just really unimaginative.

Time for another Tale of Disinterest! (5.00 / 1) (#272)
by kesuari on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 05:56:50 AM EST

See, my mother wanted to call me Felix. But my father wouldn't stand for that, so they called me something different instead. But Felix is a better name than Tristan, so on the Internet I sometimes go buy the name Felix. Then a friend of mine observed that I was odd, so I was Felix the Cat on Whirlpool for a while. But then someone criticised me for being unoriginal, and seeing as I liked cassowaries, I changed my name to Felix the Cassowary. Then I went to sign up for another Yahoo! ID, so I tried cassowary, but someone had already take it. Not to be outdone, I gave casuarius a shot. But apparently people know Latin, too. So I went back even further and got 'kesuari'. Recently, I've also been 'casoar', being the French word for 'cassowary', or so I've been told by a Frenchman.

My other nick here, which I never use, is zsau. I needed a Yahoo! ID some time ago, so I tried to make one. But it was hard... So I took the name of a dialect of my conlang Finnstek (being Finnzsa) and stripped it of its first bit, but zsa was already taken. Being Australian, I tried adding au to the end. Except that my fingers refused to type aa for some reason, so it was zsau. For those that know the IPA, it's pronounced [Zæu]. And not [Zau]. This nick is currently my user ID at Whirlpool and on my website: http://zsau.firespeaker.org/. Not that there's anything there, though.

Another nick not used here (in fact, the only place its still used is on my computer) is 'anstouh', arrived at by needing a Yahoo! ID (see, rather than wade through spam, I just get a new email addy), so I hit the home row of my keyboard. And I use the dvorak keyboard layout.

What creativity! What interest!

Old school Japanese cartoon (5.00 / 1) (#276)
by tetsuwan on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 06:51:57 AM EST

Tetsuwan atomu is the Japanese name of Astro Boy. Tetsuwan means iron arm. It's mostly a matter of practicality, since the internet abuse of romanized Japanese names is quite small. Which says something about the (lack of) impact of Japanese internet users in English-speaking forums.

Njal's Saga: Just like Romeo & Juliet without the romance

The great Fredrick P. Doulton (5.00 / 4) (#280)
by Fredrick Doulton on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 08:11:14 AM EST

My name is feared by my enemies, respected by my peers and loved by the hunnies. But alas, it is only my name.

Bush/Cheney 2004! - "Because we've still got more people to kill"

"angus" (5.00 / 2) (#282)
by angus on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 08:42:53 AM EST

AC/DC on the radio.

Bascillus subtillis (5.00 / 3) (#284)
by Subtillus on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 09:01:03 AM EST

is a bacteria and I'm in microbiology.

I thought it was funny to add such a subtle change as (lis--> llus) to subtilis.

Pride and vanity. (5.00 / 1) (#287)
by DrJohnEvans on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 09:15:51 AM EST

There's very little else to it, I'm afraid. (The bio's a little out-of-date; I'm working on updating it with my most recent dozen or so accomplishments.)

--
Proud member of the K5 Axis of Evil since 2002.
My strange sense of irony. (5.00 / 1) (#290)
by bigchris on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 09:32:18 AM EST

I'm not the biggest guy in the world, so I found it suitably self-deprecating to chose bigchris as my username. Oh, and Chris is my first name.

Apparently, if silent chris and myself got into a fight I would win.

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I Hate Jesus: -1: Bible thumper
kpaul: YAAT. YHL. HAND. btw, YAHWEH wins ;) [mt]

ok, here's mine (5.00 / 1) (#293)
by jayhawk88 on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 09:42:24 AM EST

Back around 1997 or so I was trying to sign up for a Yahoo mail account. Jayhawk was already taken, and of course they were nice enough to suggest sticking a number on the end, like "2" or "1997". So I hit upon "88", the last year KU won the national championship in basketball. jayhawk88 has pretty much been my standard username for all things ever since.

The funny postscipt to this, however, is that I eventually forgot about that Yahoo account for a couple years, and couldn't remember the password when I tried to log into it again when I really needed a Yahoo email address. So I had to create a new one, which is now my current Yahoo mail, rockchalk88.

Why, then, should we grant government the Orwellian capability to listen at will and in real time to our communications across the Web? -- John Ashcroft
Odd. (5.00 / 2) (#295)
by yicky yacky on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 09:48:58 AM EST

I always assumed your username was some trollish derivation of The bullshitter you.
'Never once considered it might be genuine.




yicky yacky
**************
'The actual reasonable Britons are correct, you're being a cock.' - Hide The Hamster.
And you still assume this? (nt) (5.00 / 1) (#297)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 09:50:38 AM EST



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[ Parent ]
Since when you have that user name? (5.00 / 1) (#298)
by gmuslera on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 09:53:36 AM EST

I have mine from '89-'90 more or less. In that time, in BBSs, well, when I can use my full name I used it (even with a space in the middle), but else, I used this, the initial of my name and my surname.

But it not need be so easy and direct... is that in my own BBS, where I use my full name, some know also the other nick, and in some moment someone in a joke called me General, and that started to be used for a lot of friends, so in fact my username have 2 implicit meanings, one "formal" without problem to use in business cards and such, and other one with good associations and memories for friends,

This nick is quite new. (5.00 / 1) (#302)
by Judas Light on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 10:07:37 AM EST

In fact, I just made it up for K5.

What does it mean? It's what my real name would mean if it were translated from its original language(es) to English. I just contracted it for show.

Thus, Judas Light, ne'er-do-well nothingoutoftheordinare was born.

Woopie.

--
The mind isn't a vessel to be filled but a torch to be ignited.
Some Dude

Me (5.00 / 1) (#303)
by Cro Magnon on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 10:13:32 AM EST

I had been griping about how certain things were better in the "good old days" and someone else asked if I was around in caveman times. I had that on my mind when I registered at Slashdot, and I decided to keep the same name at K5.
Information wants to be beer.
Boring (5.00 / 1) (#304)
by gidds on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 10:22:03 AM EST

My username is just a shortened form of my surname (Giddings).

You might think that's boring.  You might be right :)  But after using a couple of quite extravagant names at college, I wanted a general name that was fairly rare, but fairly short, and transparent; one that folks who know me will find easy to associate with me.  So this is it.  I first coined it many years ago when joining CIX, but I use the same ID practically everywhere.

Sorry this isn't an interesting story.  I guess I just feel that there's a place for being really clever or obscure, making people feel stupid, or making puns that will wear thin after a few thousand repetitions – and a user ID isn't it.

Andy/

Its rather simple (5.00 / 1) (#305)
by resquad on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 10:35:39 AM EST

ResQ          (aka Rescue)
+  sQuad

Rescue + Squad. Hence, ResQuad.  Just in case you were wonderin where I got the first part from, I stole it from the ol' Lego's set that they named R.E.S.Q. or something to that affect (its been a while).


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"I WIN THE END!" -Me

Talnkyo (5.00 / 3) (#306)
by talnkyo on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 10:47:10 AM EST

Talnkyo means "the smith" or "the creator" in my invented language, Qanareqi (kah-nah-lreh-kee).

Talns (infinitive) - s (verb marker) + kyo (masculine ending)

Tahln-kai-oh (the "y" is a vowel, a "long 'I'"

Great story, by the way. I'm hoping we'll be able to hear where Foreskin and Hymen Reconstructive Surgeries got their name ;-P
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you need to get laid (4.20 / 5) (#307)
by crazycanuck on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 10:57:08 AM EST

seriously, when you start inventing your own language, it's time to get out of the house and meet some real people...

[ Parent ]
Getting laid is not the cure (5.00 / 2) (#323)
by somewhat hmm on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 11:44:40 AM EST

Exhibit A: Christopher Tolkien.

[ Parent ]
FWIW (5.00 / 2) (#336)
by awgsilyari on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 01:05:13 PM EST

I invented my own programming language, surely that's even geekier, and yet I somehow manage to get laid...

I think it's cool to have your own language, especially if your co-conspirators can speak it. As long as it's not too close to Klingon.

I have a fascination with Semitic languages, I love the way they sound. When I was in Israel I got really drunk one time and stood out on a balcony screaming Hebrew-sounding shit at whoever was passing below me. They looked amused. Man that was cool.


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[ Parent ]

Nope. (none / 0) (#428)
by Rocky on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 03:47:16 PM EST

Inventing your own programming language is cool!

It gets the chicks - in truckloads!

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?
- Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
[ Parent ]

Either that or create Middle Earth. (5.00 / 1) (#364)
by RyoCokey on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 04:57:00 PM EST

Tolkein had these kind of problems, too.



"During election times, we tend to lose our grandmothers, grandfathers and young children. They just disappear. But I want to warn you all that you should
[ Parent ]
Its my Hashname (5.00 / 1) (#310)
by dirtydingus on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 11:00:28 AM EST

Do a google on hash house harriers to find out more
People can be put into 10 groups: Those that understand binary and those that don't.
Hashing kicks ass... (none / 0) (#431)
by AtADeadRun on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 06:10:46 PM EST

Alcoholics with a running problem. Not that I do much running myself.

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Pain heals. Glory is forever. Keep running.

We would not die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
[ Parent ]
I will only tell my God... (5.00 / 1) (#311)
by mold on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 11:09:38 AM EST

And I'm an atheist, so you'll never know I guess.

I could swear I've answered this before. Damn.

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Beware of peanuts! There's a 0.00001% peanut fatality rate in the USA alone! You could be next!

Something technical (5.00 / 1) (#312)
by 87C751 on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 11:12:37 AM EST

Everyone runs into the "all the good ones are taken" situation when signing up on Yet Another Discussion Forum Website. The 87C751 is an 8051 variant by Phillips-Signetics (and the 8051 is a family of 8-bit microprocessors originated by Intel). The '751 was one of my favorites when I was doing embedded design and programming. It packs 2,048 bytes of EPROM and a whopping 64 bytes (yes, bytes) of RAM into a 24-pin skinny-DIP. No UART, but you can bit-bang an output port to produce serial data out.

And the best part: I haven't seen a collision yet.

My ranting place.

LinuxCowboy (5.00 / 1) (#313)
by lnxcwby on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 11:12:38 AM EST

I'm not very imaginative either... LNXCWBY is my license plate, short for LinuxCowboy. So it's either lnxcwby or slacker, depending on where I am, but slacker for a username is anything but common.

oh well

.l.
--
"Bother," said Pooh, as he chambered another round...

From open(2) (5.00 / 1) (#314)
by ENOENT on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 11:13:06 AM EST

ENOENT
O_CREAT is not set and the named file does not exist. Or, a directory component in pathname does not exist or is a dangling symbolic link.

So nyah.


Have you met ComradeFork? (nt) (1.00 / 1) (#315)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 11:14:00 AM EST



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AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
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[ Parent ]
Crimson Pig (5.00 / 1) (#316)
by PorcoRosso on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 11:15:57 AM EST

Italian for crimson pig. Porco Rosso is the title of my favorite movie of all time.

Also has connotations to being a "Communist Pig" which my coworkers often accuse me of being (I never understand this - I want the government off my back and I want everyone to behave without having to be coerced - I guess anything that isn't Republocrat must be communist <sigh>).

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Buy scented bookmarks from my wife's store.
Perhaps you could use a freelance LAMP programmer?


mine was fairly easy to come up with. (5.00 / 1) (#317)
by joshsisk on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 11:18:08 AM EST

(nt)
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logjamming.com : web hosting for weblogs, NOT gay lumberjack porn
errr... (5.00 / 1) (#318)
by datapunk on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 11:25:51 AM EST

being interested in media and open source, and free speech, i took data - something i'm very interested in, and added punk, referring to my anarchic politics regarding information flows and free speech.

i don't look like a punk, unless you mean in the original tense - as in, looking like someone who is gay/ambigous/androgenous/non standard/scapegoatworthy. and only then when i feel like it...

...and i figured i may as well make it something that'll sound stupid and dated in six months time. i've never gotten a tattoo, so this is the next best thing. plus, i can do it over and over without getting expensive tattoo removal surgery.


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worfle glurble ping.
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macross 2. (5.00 / 1) (#321)
by hbiki on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 11:35:53 AM EST

my friends at high school decided to name me h'biki after the annoying character from macross 2. apparently i had an uncanny similarity with that character.

not being japanese my friends spelt it h'biki rather than hibiki. i've been using it ever since. i'm the only h'biki on the web, which is pretty fucken cool. cause i'm pretty fucken cool. and unique. and annoying.


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I take all knowledge to be my province.
- Francis Bacon
biki.net/blog/

my name (5.00 / 2) (#322)
by llimllib on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 11:39:01 AM EST

is Bill Mill. Figure it out.


Peace.
Freaky (5.00 / 1) (#326)
by Freaky on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 12:06:06 PM EST

C&P from similar thread on newzBin's forum:
Long, long ago, in a galaxy^Wcollege just down the road, I was introduced to the Internet, courtesy of a bunch of 68k Macs and a 128kbps microwave link.

Consequently, I needed a nick for various websites etc; so, being a lonely self-depreciating misfit, I chose "Freaky". I haven't changed much in that respect, so neither has my nick.



nothing interesting (5.00 / 1) (#327)
by adiffer on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 12:14:21 PM EST

It's just my first initial and last name.
Alfred Differ -> adiffer
--BE The Alien!
not the lizard resembling amphibians (5.00 / 1) (#329)
by King Salamander on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 12:35:29 PM EST

The name is from a song called burn up by one of those rare good 80s bands: Siouxsie and the Banshees. I've always been a pyro.

My depiction of the female variety from behind is this hottie.

When I was planning to make my own ISP, I found this.



In a very real sense, *anyone* who makes a public issue out of the fact that they are involved with Linux in any way is seen as an advocate. (Derek Glidden)
two names (5.00 / 1) (#330)
by jearbear on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 12:39:22 PM EST

I use this and redbeard in various locations. JearBear was a nickname a friend randomly gave to me sometime in the middle school. He thought it was so hilarious he called me jearbear over and over again until it stuck. Often I use redbeard - not that I'm a redhead or anysuch, my hair is quite brown, but my beard has a freakish amount of red hair in it, which really comes out in the summer or the tropics.

mundane, I know, but there you have it

The Story Of My Name (5.00 / 1) (#331)
by freestylefiend on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 12:40:03 PM EST

I chose my name because of my obsession with improvised rapping. 'Freestyle' means improvised lyric (usually rapped, though there are sung freestyles, and it is sometimes used for non-improvised raps) and 'fiend' means addict.

In hiphop forums people expect me to rap, which is annoying, partly because I don't rap, but mostly because posting text 'raps' is silly.

I record unreleased hiphop from the radio and download it from peer-to-peer networks. One day I plan to make a website with hashes of my best stuff to help people find it (and know that it is genuine) on peer-to-peer networks.

Nothing Amazing (5.00 / 1) (#332)
by spi on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 12:40:47 PM EST

Its my initials: Steven Paul Isaacson -steve

Mike Roberto = MicroBerto (5.00 / 2) (#333)
by MicroBerto on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 12:41:51 PM EST

My name's Mike Roberto, my nickname with buddies is Berto, but when I went to make my AIM screenname back in 97, it was already take. So I somehow thought up MicroBerto, which is funny because I'm not at all that creative!

Berto
- GAIM: MicroBerto
Bertoline - My comic strip
I always thought that was cool /nt (none / 0) (#342)
by theantix on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 01:59:57 PM EST



--
"SalesGirl was my designated driver" -- terpy
[ Parent ]
From the old Fidonet days... (5.00 / 1) (#334)
by X-Nc on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 12:44:50 PM EST

Back in the BBS days I would normally just use my full name and esque any aliases or nicks. In the "real world" of work, I have had the username of last-name-first-initial since '82. I tended to use one or the other depending on the system and situation the login was for.

Then, one day back in '95 or so, I got on a friends site to help her test some stuff and she required an alias to get access. Thinking fast. . . . . . . . . it occured to me that I had just retired as the Fidonet Net Cooridnator (normally shortened to NC) for Net-109 just recently so, since that made me an ex-net coordinator, I chose X-Nc. Lately, I have encountered other people using this alias on some sites. However, I only use this alias on sites where I don't really have a vested interest in or that don't benifit me WRT work or life in general. K5 is fun and informative but I really only use the diary here.

--
Aaahhhh!!!! My K5 subscription expired. Now I can't spell anymore.

Mine (5.00 / 4) (#335)
by awgsilyari on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 12:58:59 PM EST

I was staring blankly trying to come up with a handle I hadn't already used somewhere else (I try to stay mysterious that way). Then I realized that the object I was staring blankly at was my stereo. The stereo LCD panel said "AUX," for auxiliary input 1. Auxiliary. Awgsilyari.


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Number Ten Ox (5.00 / 1) (#337)
by Number Ten Ox on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 01:23:48 PM EST

"I shall clasp my hands together and bow to the corners of the world.
My surname is Lu and my personal name is Yu, but I am not to be confused with the eminent author of The Classic of Tea. My family is quite undistinguished, and since I am the tenth of my father's sons and rather strong I am usually referred to as Number Ten Ox."
Bridge of Birds, Barry Hughart

My first name (5.00 / 1) (#339)
by doru on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 01:30:55 PM EST

Can't get more boring than that.


I see Rusty's creation of Scoop as being as world changing an event as the fall of the Berlin wall. - Alan Crowe

Very simple way to understand my nick (5.00 / 2) (#345)
by theantix on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 02:08:13 PM EST

In many cultures, the letter "x" is used as shorthand for "christ".

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"SalesGirl was my designated driver" -- terpy
Ah... I get it now (5.00 / 1) (#363)
by RyoCokey on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 04:51:36 PM EST

Wondered about that one for quite some time.

I pronounced it "thee-an-ticks"



"During election times, we tend to lose our grandmothers, grandfathers and young children. They just disappear. But I want to warn you all that you should
[ Parent ]
jazz + acido (5.00 / 1) (#347)
by jazzido on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 02:15:55 PM EST

I'm (still) a big fan of acid jazz.
My nick comes from the edge of the CDs released by the british label "Acid Jazz". They read: "JAZID".

so, i spanishfied it. jazzido = jazz + ácido.

The US Army named me (5.00 / 2) (#349)
by wiredog on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 02:30:23 PM EST

Details here.

Wilford Brimley scares my chickens.
Phil the Canuck

just made it up (5.00 / 1) (#350)
by mE123 on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 02:31:00 PM EST

I used to use nicknames that had relevance but the one day I decided, I was here (on the internet) to get away from it all. So I started using just completely made up nicknames, with as little to do with me as possibly. One day I started using mE123, and it just stuck.

Xenogears (5.00 / 1) (#351)
by krelian on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 02:34:14 PM EST

My name is after a character in a square rpg called Xenogears (which has BTW the best plot ever made in any game,book,movie i have ever seen) i just think it sounds cool...

R&J (5.00 / 1) (#352)
by mercutio on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 02:39:53 PM EST

I used to go through nicks on a monthly basis until I picked Mercutio after reading Romeo & Juliet mostly because it looks aesthetically cool :) I've had it for about 4 years now but am starting to use "Mercooshio" to kind of unique-ify it.

Agent Humble - Indymedia (5.00 / 1) (#354)
by humble on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 02:46:55 PM EST

I was travelling with some friends back from the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene, Oregon and we were talking about an inspirational presentation we had attended put on by "Agent Apple" of the Biotic Baking Brigade, about using humour and surpise in political activism.

We decided to follow the BBB model and give ourselves all 'agent' names, named after pies. I choose "humble" and it's served me well ever since.

Indymedia - Civil society's no-so-secret service.
Indymedia - Civil society's not-so-secret servicetm

Zaxus (5.00 / 1) (#355)
by zaxus on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 03:05:32 PM EST

Stems from playing Dragon Warrior on my original NES. My original character name was Zanius (as in, zany-us). When I got online in the mid-90's I thought Zanius might be a little too silly, so thinking up another name with a 'z', I came up with Zaxus. I liked it, so it stuck around.

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"If you loved me, you'd all kill yourselves today." - Spider Jerusalem, Transmetropolitan


/me/self... (5.00 / 1) (#357)
by lowca on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 03:08:16 PM EST

My last name is Low, and my initials are C.A. Plus, everybody thinks I'm nuts anyway. ;-)

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"Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy the whores are us." - P.J. O'Rourke, Parliament of Whores

Picture vs. Words ... (5.00 / 1) (#358)
by Cheetah on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 03:16:06 PM EST

I think this explains it fairly succinctly:

http://fastcat.org/pictures/cheetahs/

(look at the second to last two pictures)


Just remember... (n/t) (5.00 / 1) (#359)
by zaxus on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 03:21:30 PM EST

Cheetahs never prosper.

<grin>

Sorry, I couldn't resist the pun....

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"If you loved me, you'd all kill yourselves today." - Spider Jerusalem, Transmetropolitan


[ Parent ]
That is not dead... (5.00 / 1) (#361)
by Alhazred on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 03:58:44 PM EST

That is not dead which may eternal lie
and with strange aeons death itself may die
That is not dead which may eternal lie And with strange aeons death itself may die.
sooooo mysterious (5.00 / 1) (#379)
by mercutio on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 06:38:43 PM EST

I'm soooooooooooo intrigued *sarcasm* *sarcasm*

[ Parent ]
ROFLMAO! (none / 0) (#417)
by Alhazred on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 10:29:53 AM EST

Its just a very silly handle, so how do I explain it? My point was, there is no story behind it.
That is not dead which may eternal lie And with strange aeons death itself may die.
[ Parent ]
Buggered if I know.. [nt] (5.00 / 1) (#362)
by pinkcress on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 04:29:12 PM EST



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damnit all these 'facts' getting in the way of my writing - turmeric
The story of Arkaein (5.00 / 1) (#365)
by Arkaein on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 04:58:07 PM EST

A while back I decided I wanted to unify my online identity. I didn't really have any interesting online nicks, I had the nickname monster for a while in high school (perpetuated by a friend when I was on the wrestling team for a few years, I absolutely hated it at first, ensuring that it gained moderately widespread usage). Over on /. and here on K5 I had just used my very uncool hein0173 University of Minnesota undergrad ID. I decided I needed to come up with something that had a bit of style. I also wanted a permanent email addy since my student and staff ones at the U of M would not last forever. I decided that a yahoo.com addy would make a great test: if I can find an identifier that is unique there, it is probably unique almost anywhere, and I can make it my own.

What made this a bit troublesome was that I wanted it to be one word, partly because I liked the idea but also because it makes a better login name for many places, as well as email address. I settled on the word "Arcane" for the base. I knew I would not get that spelling on Yahoo, and I didn't want anything dumb like Arcane86, so I started on some alternative spellings.

It took a lot more tries than I thought it would. Arkane, Arcain, Arkain, Arkaen, and probably a few others were already used up. Others I rejected because I didn't like how they looked. I finally settled on Arkaein, with its somewhat extreme triple vowel combo. I currently use it on K5, /., my own website (which I now have another permanent email address on), SourceForge, and several other sites simply as a login ID.

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The ultimate plays for Madden NFL 2003

I found it. (5.00 / 2) (#366)
by Kaki Nix Sain on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 05:01:28 PM EST

Pieces of it were on the ground. I noticed them, all scattered about, put them together so that they sounded like a plausible name, and started using it as a pen name quite a long while before I heard of k5.

I like the breaking sounds of "Kaki", which I pronounce with long vowel sounds (not like the cloth with similar spelling). I later learned that it refers to both a small deciduous, fruit bearing Asian tree and a type of bird found in the New Zealand area. "Nix" is also a neat sounding word which means "nothing", "no", and a mischievous water spirit. "Sain" is a verb for blessing so as to protect from evil and also has semantic connections to "sign" and "say". Oh, and it sounds cool too. Together "Nix Sain" can mean something like "no sign" which is a rather self-contradictory thing to put in a name. Furthermore, as a bonus, it sounds like "nix sane", which implies a lack of sanity.

So, together the words form a neat constellation ideas. But mostly I like the way they sound together.



No smoking, no spitting (5.00 / 2) (#367)
by TheMgt on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 05:02:20 PM EST

NO EMPLOYEE MAY, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, PUNCH
     THE TIME CARD FOR ANY OTHER EMPLOYEE.
    ANY DEVIATION WILL RESULT IN TERMINATION.
                    THE MGT.


the origin of "DARqCHILD" (5.00 / 1) (#368)
by darqchild on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 05:05:43 PM EST

I was setting up an email address with my local broadband provider.. and i was a rather troubled youth at the time.. "Darkchild" was taken.. so i used "darqchild"

okay.. so it's not terribly exciting..


~~~
Death is God's way of telling you not to be such a smartass.

Simple and mnenomic. (5.00 / 1) (#369)
by andfarm on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 05:15:36 PM EST

John Smith -> johsmit

Jane Bloggs -> janblog

my name -> andfarm

You say you want an evolution (5.00 / 1) (#370)
by Pax Unix on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 05:29:21 PM EST

In my online salad days I was malachai, having nothing to do with misspelling a book in the bible and everything to do with a dorm neighbour's through-the-door-crack glimpse of me whilst watching "Children of the Corn". It began to be a common nick, so...

For a brief time I was then lothiel, "The Sloth of God"--not slothiel since that was too obvious. That, too, became common.

I am content so far with Pax Unix (or occasionally paxunix), since (if Google is your god) it does not exist in the known universe except where I have used it. Elsewhere, the person is an impostor.

Pax Unix: a combination of etymology and personal preference.

The Book (5.00 / 1) (#372)
by yooden on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 05:40:19 PM EST

It's a minor character from The Book.

Once upon a time I thought it'd be cool to copy a cool name from a cool book. This one had the advantage to even have a nice three-letter short form, which was essential for the high score lists of the time.
It stuck anyway, and the only collisions are with my own forgotten entries.


It came from Sticky (5.00 / 1) (#373)
by Lenny on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 05:48:00 PM EST

One day in my high school trig class, a classmate of mine, Sticky, looked at a poster that was hanging in our room. The poster was an artists rendition of George & Lenny from "Of Mice and Men". Sticky apparantly thought that I looked like Lenny; he pointed at me and proclaimed, "Lenny!". It stuck.


"Hate the USA? Boycott everything American. Particularly its websites..."
-Me
My story (5.00 / 2) (#374)
by epepke on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 05:50:09 PM EST

It's from my first initial, "e," and "pepke," which sounds like the name of a breakfast cereal.


The truth may be out there, but lies are inside your head.--Terry Pratchett


Pretty Formulaic (5.00 / 1) (#375)
by rodoke3 on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 06:23:33 PM EST

Betty Ann Edwards --> beaned

Marc Ross Richards Jr. --> marori2

Bill Atchison Christopher --> well you know...

my name --> rodoke3

For some reason, people (that I know) don't seem to get it until you explain it to them.  Luckily, no one else seems to be using this nick, according to Google.  I would have used "rodoke", but appearently the search engines told me otherwise.

I take umbrage with such statments and am induced to pull out archaic and over pompous words to refute such insipid vitriol. -- kerinsky


Threed (5.00 / 1) (#380)
by threed on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 06:46:36 PM EST

I remember sitting there, with my old nick on my mind, thinking how I needed a change... The first thing to my mind was 'Threed', but I didn't want to use it because it could be read as "Three-D" like 3D, three dimensional. And it's not as if that didn't fit well, because at the time I was learning 3D graphics programming (never anything huge, the most complicated thing I made was a spinning cube in 386 asm, being more proud of the opcodes than the output... ah, DOS, we hated thee for all the wrong reasons).

So I sat, and tried and tried to come up with something else, but Threed stuck. When I took it to the chat rooms and IRC, I'd always get comments like "haha you're a VBX in my windows dir!" though it's been a long time since I've heard that one.

And this is only the 3rd or 4th time I've told the Story of My Nick, so feel honored or something. You'll never see me connect myself with all my old nicks :)


--Threed - Looking out for Numero Uno since 1976!

Edward Gorey (5.00 / 1) (#381)
by fantods on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 06:47:02 PM EST

It all started twenty or more years ago when I had to come up with a user name for my account on a university Unix machine. I wasn't attending, just had a job typesetting manuals using troff on a brand-spankin'-new DEC PDP 11-780.

Edward Gorey's books often have one of these running around in the background. One particularly memorable illustration places one in an antique store, mounted under a glass bell.

Also, to some people from the southern US states, it means something similar to "the vapors" or maybe "a hissy fit". Which is pretty much how I behave online.

the vapors... (none / 0) (#412)
by nizcolas on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 08:59:19 AM EST

...that means you have gas. I sincerely hope you don't act "gassy" online ;)

[ Parent ]
inerte (5.00 / 1) (#382)
by inerte on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 06:59:18 PM EST

When a friend asked me to make a website for him, back in 1995, I dreamed high and tought about starting my own computer-related company.

So, first of all, I needed a name for this company, which never came to existence. Well, that's what I thought I had to do first in back then, when I was only 15. I was reading too much web-design theory, and I was also thinking about displaying banner ads to make some money.

So, a lot of web ads are paid using CPM, or cost per thousand, and it was recommended that you kept your site visitors the longest time possible surfing your website. To me, it would look like an inertia effect, if they would came and see a good flash animation, or good graphics, and would cause a sensorial inertia on their minds, making people stare on their monitors while looking at my ads.

Therefore I decided that "Inércia Sensorial" would be the name of my company, which means "sensorial inertia" (translated to english from portuguese (I am from Brazil)).

"inerte" is the object, or thing, which the inertia effect is happening (in Portuguese, I have no idea how it is in English)

Like I said, my company "Inércia Sensorial" never really launched, and now I am programmer.

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Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.

Not a terribly interesting tale... (5.00 / 2) (#383)
by Quantumpanda on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 07:23:43 PM EST

...but since everyone else is posting their not-so-interesting tales, I'll throw mine in too. Warning: this story is long and uninteresting. Don't complain.

Way back in my early college days, before the Internet was well known, I got myself hooked on the CompuServe CB Simulator (the granddaddy of computer chat rooms). I had recently discovered anime, and my favorite anime at the time was Ranma 1/2, so I was going by the nick of Saotome Ranma. Anime being under the radar at the time, lotsa people thought it was cool-sounding.

One afternoon I was hanging out in the Newcomers channel chatting with the Helper on duty when a person by the nick of Mombear pops in and asks some questions about old Apple ][ stuff. The Helper didn't know any answers, but I did, so we talked for a little while. And, as always happened, she asked about my nick. When I told her where it came from, she perked up. "Oh, my daughter's into that stuff! You should talk to her, she'll be on my channel later tonight." Mombear had somehow gotten herself and her circle of chatters their own channel on CB, called The Bear Cave.

So, later that evening, I popped in to The Bear Cave to see what was going on. There were some other chatters who I knew from other areas, but they had all modified their nicks to add some form of "bear" to them. When in Rome, eh? So I switched my nick to "RanmaBear". And when Mombear saw me, she said, "Ranma! You look like a panda!"

(If you're familiar with Ranma 1/2, you'll find that amusing. If not, you're probably thinking, "Huh? I don't get it." It would take too long to explain, so you'll just have to hunt down the show and watch it to find out that part.)

So from that point, I was RanmaPanda when in The Bear Cave. After several weeks, I got tired of switching it, so I used RanmaPanda all the time.

Then, about that time, I met and became friends with the girl who is now my wife. She was a physics major. When I talked her into getting on the CB Simulator to meet Mombear and the clan, she decided to use "Quantum Bear" as her nick. Simple, straightforward.

Later on, when we got married, I decided that I had to combine the nicknames somehow. If she was the Quantum Bear, I concluded that I must be the Quantum Panda. I've been using it ever since, almost ten years now. The only nick collisions I've ever had with it have been sites where I couldn't remember an old password and had to re-register. (I've registered on AIM about ten times, and keep losing the passwords. I don't think they ever purge account names at AOL.)

I also use Quantum Panda as my fandom name in SF/F fandom. There are several people I see at conventions every year who can never remember my real name, but they always remember Quantum Panda. (Of course, it helps that I usually have pinned to my shoulder a small plush panda with bat wings--that's memorable.)

Out of curiousity, I've Googled "quantum panda" (with and without quotes) and "quantumpanda" every so often. The only consistent link that comes up that's not somehow related to me is for an air purifier that's called a Quantum Panda.

Now, aren't you so not glad you read all that? :-)

People are stupid. But we usually can't kill them, so we have to settle for the next best thing: we laugh at them.

well... (5.00 / 2) (#384)
by rmg on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 07:46:08 PM EST

my name used to stand for Santa Cruz Operation, but then i was acquired by another firm, which was in turn bought by Caldera and is now known as The rmg Group. in that process somewhere, it changed from Santa Cruz Operation to just rmg. i guess they just thought rmg seemed more modern just as a meaningless comination of letters, kind of like sgi. anyway, that's where my name came from.

_____ intellectual tiddlywinks

A scientist (5.00 / 2) (#385)
by drake3411 on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 07:47:13 PM EST

There was a scientist Named Drake who came up with a equation about how many planets contains life as intelligent or more intelligent than humans. The numbers 34 and 11 are for the number of accounts that were named drake and 11 is the day of my birth. 3411 is also the last digits of my grandma's phone number.

are we related? (none / 0) (#460)
by fishling on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 05:28:04 PM EST

that is also the last four digits of my grandmother's phone number*.  maybe we have the same grandmother!

* - not really

[ Parent ]

Books (5.00 / 2) (#387)
by shaper on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 07:55:06 PM EST

"Shaper" is from the Shaper/Mechanist universe in Schismatrix Plus by Bruce Sterling. Something about the way the main character careened from situation to situation and just adapted with every change, it resonated with me.



Two Names, Two Reasons (5.00 / 2) (#390)
by parliboy on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 09:07:30 PM EST

My first name was "kumquat" which, as those who know Carnac the Magnificent remember, is defined as "what you say when calling your quat."

After about five years, I hit a period in my life where I was making my name based on my study of parliamentary procedure, and I eventually morphed into "parliboy".

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Eat at the Dissonance Diner.

my handle (5.00 / 4) (#391)
by enterfornone on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 09:29:46 PM EST

Back in the BBS days you would be asked for your real name and then an optional handle. You could just hit enter when asked for the handle and it would default to using your real name. So when I was asked "What is your handle (<enter> for none)?" I typed in enterfornone and have used it ever since.

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efn 26/m/syd
Will sponsor new accounts for porn.
Ahhhhh (none / 0) (#457)
by The Writer on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 03:09:45 PM EST

Thanks for clarifying. I've been puzzling for months over exactly what your handle meant. Especially after somebody acquired the pathologically similar "theforlornone", which really threw me off. "Enter for none" in isolation makes no sense whatsoever; but now that I know the context, it makes perfect sense.

[ Parent ]

let's be honest (5.00 / 2) (#393)
by golrien on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 09:49:37 PM EST

One time I was sitting at a signup prompt for a MUD I was intent on playing, and it said I had to have some kind of medieval name, and I thought "hmmm... gol.. rien" and that was that. It sounds kind of goofy, usually I just go by the name of Sam. But as usernames go, golrien is way more unique than sam, so on a big site I obviously go with golrien. so that was fun.

Libertine (5.00 / 2) (#394)
by libertine on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 10:05:44 PM EST

Comes from my motto on how to live my life.  I would have taken Mr Goat, but that was taken already (the reason for mrgoat involves a story about an ISP, wherein we almost got management to sign off on a pygmy goat as a network admin, largely because the management was considering outsourcing their network admin support, as a networking company; and so they wised up, and nixed the outsourcing, after they realized they needed people who could tell the difference between a goat and a network admin.  Prior to this, we almost sold them on a goat powered router to lower equipment costs by 90%- "It just needs wire, a little water, and it produces perfect evenly sized packets!"; this was due to management thinking they could sell all the equipment.'  Believe it or not, they were profitable through most of the crash and so they sold themselves to C&W- not that this mattered to me, I had already flown the clownhouse well before this point.)

So, I couldn't take mrgoat, and didn't want to be meestergoat, or something like that.  Libertine is the alternate I always pick for a nick, because the decisions I make almost always center around "how much more can I enjoy my life and new experiences if I do X?".  Oh, and because I am a pierced out pervert.  Go figure.


"Live for lust. Lust for life."

Bragging (5.00 / 2) (#395)
by salogic on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 10:56:50 PM EST

After meeting a programming challenge, on the TI-85 no less, I included a line in the program bragging that it used "Sal's Logic" (Sal being my name). This was quickly shortened to SaLogic.

unlike a tattoo... (5.00 / 2) (#397)
by j0s)( on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 12:07:29 AM EST

you can change a username. that cost a friend of mine a relationship cause he wouldnt change his old s/n.

im not terribly creative, so when i was trying to make my username, i just used my name - josh. of course thats going to be taken so i tried every sequence of number that i liked, and they were all already taken. i ended up with my girlfriends birthday because it was open. j0sh1130. that didnt work out so well, so i changed it to j0sh999. but the other one was already used for all my logins and what not, so i switched back.

then one lazy day in college, we were making up new names cause we were tired of the meaning behind our old ones. we realized we always greeted each other the same way. wed always say, it's kamal, because wed always see kamal and point to him around campus. and hey scott when we greeted scott. and mine ended up being look, josh. yeah, i got screwed on that one. but, it was better than having my ex-gf's birthday sitting at the end. so from that day on, its been my s/n. and luckily, since it seems that most j0sh usernames are dissappearing, im finding it increasingly easier to just use my name for some logins. i like that. the j0s)( permutation was when i was trying to get rid of the 1130 and found out that certain sites allowed )(. well not all sites allowed it, so rather than make a new username for /. and k5, i just keep it like that.

on a brighter note, a couple weeks ago, i was rethinking my username choices and and i couldnt for the life of me remember why id pick 1130. it took about 5 minutes of thinking before i remember the girl. i had a good chuckle to myself over it.


-- j0sh -- of course im over-dramatizing my statements, but thats how its done here, sensationalism, otherwise you wouldnt read it.


errr...i'm lazy but there's a story way back there (5.00 / 2) (#399)
by robot138 on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 12:46:56 AM EST

so mine is my domain name(s) minus the .whatever

the real story is that the domain name is robot (i like the cardboard box kind, like in one of my tattoos)  and 138 (as in the misfits song. yes the misfits.)

and the real real story is that i guess at some point, the misfits sold pins at shows. pins with a robot and 138 on them. yeah. so think about that.
e.b.a.c
a.a.r.o
s.y.t.r
t._._.e

¡?alabio! (5.00 / 2) (#400)
by Walabio on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 02:48:14 AM EST

I am Walabio because Kuro5Him.Org will not let me be ?alabio.


--

¡Sign For Bodily Integrity, With Nobel Laureate Biologists And The Rest Of Us!

¡Impeach Dubya!

Mudlock (5.00 / 2) (#401)
by Mudlock on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 02:52:22 AM EST

The handle I use today I haven't had for long: just under 3 years now (let's not talk about what I used before; it's another long and boring story, and one is enough per post). When I first got my own apartment, I had to get a phone. The phone company gives you a few options to pick from, and I asked for one that had no 0s or 1s in it, so I could spell something from it. The number was 683-5625, and the rest is history. As a bonus, until I moved, no one EVER forgot my phone number, and I've NEVER run into a problem with it being taken, unlike some previous handles I've used.
--
But everybody wants a rock to wind a piece of string around.
Cruel Elevator (5.00 / 2) (#402)
by Cruel Elevator on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 05:42:04 AM EST

Covered in depth here.

Mine? HUH? (5.00 / 2) (#404)
by tiermat on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 06:21:45 AM EST

Not a very long story, but one that started out different to how it ended... I used to play D&D (hands up those on here that didn't!) anyhow, I also used to watch D&D the cartoon and was taken by the mother of all Dragons (IIRC she didn't appear in the D&D or AD&D until after the cartoon series, but I digress) and thought "that'll be a cool name to use" certainly better than some of my character names (Worramess is the one that I always remember...). So I used it for several years and then thought "I wonder where it comes from.... It depends on which books you read but it is either: a) Macedonian earth mother (diana for those in pre-history) OR b) Some other peoples lord of creation which is depicted as a multi-headed dragon (Really must re-read Anne McCaffery's A Diversity of dragons again) However both of the above are spelt differently (slightly) ie Tiamat as opposed to tiermat, the only thing I knew about tiamat before were that were a European Death Metal Band... So there you go, long winded and boring in places....

Tiamat (none / 0) (#415)
by MImeKillEr on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 10:03:32 AM EST

If IRC, Tiamat was in the AD&D DM's guide, 2nd Edition. Just an FYI.
When I want your opinion, I'll give it to you.
[ Parent ]
Tiamat (none / 0) (#422)
by wurp on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 12:45:38 PM EST

I believe Tiamat is in the first edition Monster Manual (long before the D&D cartoon), and I also believe she's an earth mother goddess from the Babylonian mythos.

I have never heard of Tiermat.
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Buy my stuff
[ Parent ]

c4miles (5.00 / 2) (#405)
by c4miles on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 06:35:04 AM EST

Originally from the Who track "I can see for miles". It took relevance one day at the Notting Hill Carnival, where a small suburb of London suddenly explodes into a riot of soca sound systems, West Indian and African food, and more than a few suspicious looking cigarettes. At 6'5", I realised I could see way further than anyone else - in fact, while most people were looking at the backs of other people's heads, I was able to see right to the ends of the streets. I'd been listening to the Who that morning, and had just lost my previous nick, so it seemed to fit.

My nick used to be GreyArea, after the Iain M Banks ship-mind, but I lost track of it after an online hiatus. I remember once getting into a huge argument online when I confused the ship's alternative nick with mine in a discussion site - in the book, the ship's alternate name was Meatfucker (for its distasteful habit of actively "adjusting" the brains of humans).
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For the Snark was a Boojum, you see.

Iain Banks (5.00 / 2) (#406)
by peace makes plenty on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 06:41:21 AM EST

My usual handle is orac, after I just couldn't think of handle and a coleague suggested I was about as annoying as the character in Blake's 7. Sometimes I change to Oracuk if someone else go there first, given that I am from the UK.

But Orac was taken on K5 so I chose peace makes plenty from the ship names created by Iain M Banks in his sci fi novels set in the Culture universe. I also think it's a nice sentiment.

I did not really think (5.00 / 1) (#407)
by Raindoll on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 07:27:34 AM EST

Here are some of my various user names. I am not satisfied with any of them, and I want a new one:
Misagon: I tried to sqeeze in "Hey, it's me once again" in a 8-char highscore list entry. Became "Me1sagan" -> "misagn" ->(katakana)-> "Misagon". I use misAGONY in Quake.
Raindoll: Sounds the same as when you properly pronounce the name of the encryption algorithm "Rijndael" aka AES.
Darth Lars: I use this one in StarWars/props forums. I wanted to confuse people with false information about Episode II.. nah, well.. I used it, it stuck. Worse than any above, because people assume that my name would be Lars.
Petey Saks: My username on starwars.com. Petey Saks = PT Sucks, i.e. the Prequel Trilogy really blows. Don't use this one much.

Opusman (5.00 / 2) (#408)
by opusman on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 07:32:38 AM EST

I wrote a program called Directory Opus. Actually I still do. It's really all I've done for the past 13 years. I don't have much imagination apart from that so the name was the best I could do :)

FULL DISCLOSURE (5.00 / 4) (#409)
by CheeseburgerBrown on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 08:20:44 AM EST

Yes, it's true. My username is actually a kind of mnemonic secret handshake that informs other members of my cabal that I am one of the initiated. It breaks down like this:

Chee = This is the ancient Chinese concept of chi or water-softened melba toast, which is a traditional metaphor for the inner struggle between crunchiness and a runny noise.
Se = This is a powerful meditational mantric syllable, which translates literally as "yo' momma!"
Burg = This represents the City of God, where all of my children will oneday unite under a banner of conquest.
Erb = Ja mon, that's irie! Pass another smoke, mon! I'm hungry.
Rown = This represents the Crown of Gonbar-Tish, an artefact of the little known Pissadeo aboriginal people of Wampole Island in the South Pacific. He who possesses the crown can will any woman to organism with a nod, so it is often considered a symbol of expert cheese identification, exotic message and all the good parts about Soviet Russia.

I hope this has made things clearer for everyone. I thank you for your attention / je vous remercie pour votre attention.


___
I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski. Personally, I pref
am i odd? (5.00 / 2) (#410)
by werner on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 08:35:12 AM EST

"werner" is the name of a guy i used to work with years ago. i hated him. it all started one day when i was particularly annoyed with him and entered "wernerblowsgoats" as my username in morpheus.

"wernerblowsgoats" seemed a little puerile for most uses, hence the "werner", but it does come in handy for websites where you need to join to read articles (newspapers etc.) because i never have the "username taken" problem. what's more, i still take quiet satisfaction from typing it, because he does.

drum roll... (5.00 / 2) (#411)
by TACBAF on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 08:53:29 AM EST

its.. just my initials... How many of u have intials that you can sepak out normally?

My nicks... (5.00 / 2) (#413)
by MImeKillEr on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 09:59:33 AM EST

The usernames I'm known by..

"MImeKillEr". Look at the caps. It spells MIKE, my name. Plus, I detest mimes & clowns. It fits.

"Faze3". Faze was my best friend's 'tagging' name in highschool. It evolved to Faze3 since Faze, Faze1, and Faze2 were all taken on Deja.com when it existed. Used to honor him (he's my bro after all...)

"Zodiac". Circa 1979. I was watching a program about serial killers (great entertainment for an 8-yr-old) and they talked about the Zodiac Killer in California. I though the name sounded cool. So, when I got into BBSing in 1984, I started using it. This is my oldest and most-used handle. It evolved into 'Zodiac, the Cereal Killer' on chat boards. The joke was that I'd killed off two of the 3 guys from Cinnamon Toast Crunch (you only see Wendell now) and that I was after Tony the Tiger. Only a few people got it.


When I want your opinion, I'll give it to you.

Ender's Game (5.00 / 2) (#414)
by endah on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 10:00:17 AM EST

Yep, Ender from Ender's Game, but ender was taken on the old Delphi bulletin board so I went for a vague phonetic.

I wanted a name that... (5.00 / 2) (#416)
by irritant 1 on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 10:23:09 AM EST

....recognised contradictions and the edges we may have difficulty in perceiving. So it was going to be liminal but that was taken, then considered iconoclast. Eventually I opted for irritant. At the time I was spending a lot of time at www.Backspace.org and was heavily influenced by ideas from net.art, I wanted something to reflect that type of ethic. I liked the sound of it. For me irritant has loads of playful irreverence and it acknowledges Foucalts ideas on transgression. I have used the irritant moniker for eight years now and still like it. People close to me (affectionately) say the name suits me well. For some reason women really like the name. No idea why.
irritant: CEO, Global Domination Enterprises, Inc.
A Dark Period (5.00 / 2) (#418)
by tarsi210 on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 11:39:38 AM EST

My username on K5 comes from the combination of two things, a usual username and a high school oddity.

"Tarsi" is a shortened form of "Tarnished Silence", one of my original usernames. It was too long, so I shortened it. It was a dark period of my life, seemed appropriate.

The "210" part comes from Orange 210, best explained HERE. Usually I leave the 210 part off the username.

My username on most text-based talkers is "Ribbon". No, I'm male and straight, thanks. I picked the name after struggling with getting a dot-matrix printer ribbon aligned just right and then logged on to a new talker. Well, I ended up staying there and the name stuck. Strangely enough, I respond to Ribbon just as much as my real name, as the people I talk to online often call me by my username.

My grandfather died... (5.00 / 3) (#419)
by Wah on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 11:52:22 AM EST

...a few days before I was born.  This caused my first name to become 'Roy'.

Later, I learned this was pronounced different in Canadia while watching grown men beat each other with sticks while skating on ice on knives they had attached to their boots.  The announcer for this 'hockey' game kept yelling "Save by Wah!" after a particularly well-armoured combatant would stop a quickly moving cylindrical piece of rubber using said armour

Then I noticed how this "Wah" character spelled his name, 2+1 were put together, and now I compete with a good deal of mainland China for bragging rights on google.

It should also be noted that I dated a girl who was a friend of someone else who went by 'wah', and had happened to send me an email after seeing my nick on /.   Yes, strangely enough, I actually got a date from posting weird shit on /.
--
Fail to Obey?

I'm a geek (5.00 / 2) (#420)
by wurp on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 12:16:48 PM EST

Wurp is a magic-user in the classic "Against the Giants" module for Advanced Dungeons and Dragons.  After the module (in which I played Wurp), I made up a first level m-u for a campaign (I was 13 at the time).

It just so happened that that character survived through a campaign that was played regularly for five years, and played very sporadically after that until today (15 years later).  Wurp is now a 22nd level m-u (I think; it's been at least two years since I last played him).  He was a power hungry chaotic neutral (with good tendencies) nut case who wore purple robes with odd sized green spots, and who made a crossbreed between ogres and ivy (plant ogres, my bestest friends and most devout worshipers [hey, I was their creator]), was turned to stone, ground up, and cast among the deserts of the world of Greyhawk (and was saved by buddies through wishes + other heavy magic), and who spent most of his post-18th level life possessing a clone of a fighter from his party (better stats ;).

It's not like that's important to anyone but me, but, hey, you asked.
---
Buy my stuff

Five nicks (5.00 / 2) (#421)
by mpj on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 12:34:57 PM EST

The first one was just my last name. Then at some point I realised it wasn't 1337 enough. But hey, I was about ten at the time.

yabbo: I have no recollection where I got this from, but I think it might have been some stupid movie. Used it for a while on BBS's, probably around 1990 onwards.

phazer: For some reason I wanted to change my nick (although I think in BBS lingo they were called aliases instead of nicks) at some point so as to not be identified with my previous one. I don't think there was anything dodgy behind this, but I started liking the new nick better than the old one so it stuck.

Phazer obviously came from Star Trek. I had seen an episode of TNG just before registering with a new BBS. I remember thinking whether it was supposed to be spelled with an s or a z, and guessed wrong. I used this nick as the sysop of my BBS, Heavens Gate, in Finland. (The name had no apostrophe. I cannot recall if this was due to my bad English or coolness. Possibly both.)

mattitude: my ex-girlfriend tried pissing me off by calling me mattitude, from my first name Matti. This stuck, again, and slowly I started calling myself that on various sites. It seems that I am not the only one, but I didn't know about the others at the time. Curiously, my current girlfriend likes this as well. :) What I am particularly proud of is that I convinced my College computer support group to create me an alias mattitude@<college name> for my email.

mpj: my newest nick. Who wouldn't want to be in the same league with esr and rms? Obviously, all you need is a cool nick, right? This was a bit tricky because I actually have two middle initials. So I had to decide whether esr would be esr even if he had a second initial. I decided mpj is easier than mptj. Plus mpj01 was already my College userid. Basically the point is that this is short enough for my new email address, whose domain name is also three letters. It's all about efficiency.

:mpj

I had my right hand one column off (5.00 / 2) (#423)
by ebunga on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 12:57:03 PM EST

In the BBS days, I originally used my real name.  The most popular bbs in this area had a short, short, short time limit, hoping to get everybody to subscribe (like I could afford $35/mo when I was 12).  So, I created about ten different accounts.  Randomly, I chose 'enigma' and it stuck.

Fast forward to the Internet a few years down the road.  I was configuring my email client, and I managed to have my right hand one column to the left and also was typing a bit too quickly and got two letters swapped around. n->b, i->u, m->n.  So, 'enigma' became 'ebunga'.  I thought it was funny, so I started using it in quake2 and on sites such as this.

Homer in the Naval Reserves (5.00 / 3) (#424)
by Captain_Tenille on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 01:52:18 PM EST

Remember that episode? Captain Tenille was the submarine captain on the sub Homer got stationed on. I had been using it as a karaoke nickname, and it amused me.

When I joined K5, I realized I had a pretty cool uid, so I've stuck with it, and now I'm "Captain_Tenille" or "Captain Tenille" (or occasionally "ct") most everywhere I go now.
----
/* You are not expected to understand this. */

Man Vs. Nature: The Road to Victory!

Gotta love the Simpsons (5.00 / 3) (#425)
by sacrelicious on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 02:14:41 PM EST

Courtesy of The Simpsons Archive

Homer: God, if you really are God, you'll get me tickets to that game.
        [doorbell rings]
  Ned: Heidely-ho, neighbor.  Wanna go to the game with me?  I got two
       tick --
Homer: [slams the door] Why do you mock me, O Lord?
Marge: Homer, that's not God.  That's just a waffle that Bart tossed up
       there.
        [Marge scrapes it off into Homer's hands]
Homer: I know I shouldn't eat thee, but -- [bites] Mmm, sacrilicious.
-- No waffle too sacred, "Homer Loves Flanders"


It was my parents' idea (5.00 / 2) (#426)
by mmsmatt on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 03:23:33 PM EST

They gave me my first name and initials!

a little wooden boy speaks (5.00 / 3) (#427)
by pin0cchio on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 03:24:04 PM EST

"Damian" is my real given name. My parents like to tell me that it wasn't based on a film called The Omen.

"yerricde" was assigned by a school based on my full legal name.

"pin0cchio" came from a need to play sockpuppet in a newsgroup. What better name to sockpuppet with than the name of the most famous puppet in Italian children's literature? Except it went so far that people started calling me "Pinocchio" in public, and that's what I go by half the time.

"tepples" was created with the help of a Scheme script.


lj65
Watashi no namae... (4.50 / 2) (#429)
by Rocky on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 04:02:26 PM EST

...well, I a previous life, I was actually a rocket scientist.  Then the Cold War ended.

Of course, I'm not going to deny a connection with Bullwinkle, either...

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?
- Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

Hmmp (5.00 / 2) (#430)
by bored on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 04:29:19 PM EST

My state of being until I got dumb. Maybe if I start some of those brain excercises, that the baby boomers are talking about, I will get smarter again. Then I will only be bored at work... (accually someone else has boredatwork. so that won't make sense)

Kryten (5.00 / 2) (#432)
by kryten on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 06:55:57 PM EST

Kryten, from Red Dwarf, the popular British sci-fi sitcom. Not the most original name, but I've used it everywhere for over 5 years now and I identify with it almost as much as my real name. I can't think of anything I'd rather go by. Many times I have to go by KrytenX or [Kryten] on popular websites, but sometimes I get lucky and Kryten hasn't been taken.

Kryten? (none / 0) (#442)
by Horn on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 01:15:40 AM EST

You wouldn't happen to be the famed Kryten of www.inside3d.com would you?

[ Parent ]
Alas, no (none / 0) (#449)
by kryten on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 09:02:26 AM EST



[ Parent ]
Boring nicknames. (5.00 / 2) (#433)
by LGM on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 08:48:20 PM EST

LGM are my initials. First name, dad's surname, mom's surname. I mostly use Locoluis nowadays, which just means "crazy Luis" in my native language.

At least it doesn't sound like a warez-d00dz name. :D
---
Luis González Miranda, just another chilean programmer and fellow Linux nut. My comics.

Isn't it obvious? (4.50 / 2) (#434)
by Famous French Canadian Pop Star Avril Lavigne on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 08:58:20 PM EST

I'm Famous French Canadian Pop Star Avril Lavigne!

That's easy (4.50 / 2) (#435)
by sllort on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 09:28:58 PM EST

"Rusty" was taken.
--
Warning: On Lawn is a documented liar.
Old news: (5.00 / 3) (#436)
by it certainly is on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 09:55:59 PM EST

All my posts have "kur0shin.org -- it certainly is". This is the opposite of my old adequacy posts, which all had "adequacy.org -- because it isn't".

And yes, I had a big long discussion with pedantic fucks like Ed Slocomb about how it's grammatically incorrect. I'm well aware of it, but a username like "because it lacks said quality" isn't snappy enough.

kur0shin.org -- it certainly is

Godwin's law [...] is impossible to violate except with an infinitely long thread that doesn't mention nazis.

-=vyruss=- (5.00 / 2) (#437)
by vyruss on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 10:02:33 PM EST

It's simply virus, spelt like Kyuss :)

  • PRINT CHR$(147)

sex, pigs (5.00 / 2) (#439)
by Fuck the police on Tue Jul 01, 2003 at 10:07:18 PM EST

and voila!

#
# Fuck the police, muthahfucka!
#
Anime fan (5.00 / 2) (#440)
by Tatarigami on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 12:57:04 AM EST

Was watching Princess Mononoke, and when the cursed boar god charged out of the forest, spoke up to say: "That's the ugliest thing I've ever seen. What's it called?"

The other nick I frequently use is 'Crucifix', being a pun, or play on words if you will:

My first name=greek, 'of/for/belongs to Christ'
My middle name=Scots gaelic, 'red' or 'bloody'
My family name=old norse, 'tree'

In Japanese: (from EDICT) (none / 0) (#501)
by Ubiq on Sun Jul 06, 2003 at 08:10:29 AM EST

祟り (たたり, tatari): (n) curse

神 (かみ, kami): (n) god/(P)

When you combine the words the `k' of kami becomes a `g', leading to たたりがみ. But if you just write 祟り神 you avoid that problem :)



[ Parent ]
A boring answer (5.00 / 2) (#441)
by J T MacLeod on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 12:58:31 AM EST

A while after I got started on the web, people started requiring "Your Real Name (not a nickname)" on various services.  I didn't want to give out my real name.  Bah, that was easy, they had to way to verify, I'd just put in something that sounded good.  

I decided that I could use my initials, since I'd been known by them when another Joshua was around.  "J. T."  

That left the surname.  I'd just been putting together some content for a Highlander feature on a website (and I was a fan of the show), so MacLeod immediately popped up.  Hm, well...  Mac..., like MacGuyver!  MacLeod it was, and I decided I could be called "Mac" as a nickname if my regular nickname was taken.  

And so it went.  It sounded really lame when I started hanging out in #highlander on undernet.  However, my nickname being "Blanch" (which people called me, short for "Blanchard", my actual surname), I realized that people kept mistaking me for a girl.  As soon as the channel was history for me, "Mac" I became.  

That worked OK until the Internet Boom, then "Mac" was taken EVERYWHERE.  

So when I can't use Mac, I use J. T. MacLeod.  Oddly enough, those became my aliases in "the real world", too.  

Like many other posts in this story, this was a long tale for something so boring, eh?  Proves we're narcicisstic.  

Randomly generated (5.00 / 3) (#443)
by Narux on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 02:06:59 AM EST

My original online anonym was the plain boring "Phoenix", a name I'd randomly picked about 10 years ago when I first played the game Wing Commander (with no sound on a dodgy 386, those were the days...). I started using it when I got online with a 2400 baud modem in 1997 (good ol' Australian internet) but everyone else already was using it.

So I went to rinkworks.com/namegen to look for a unique and interesting name, and refreshed the alternating names page a few times until I put together the following:

Narux Tenado Shiriji Haderuzo Gatyko

which has a kind-of-but-not-really Asian flavour to it. Not that I've ever bothered to use the entire name anywhere.

this was (5.00 / 2) (#444)
by etherdeath on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 02:48:32 AM EST

the name of my ship when I played the PC game, 1889.  It's set in victorian times or something and you fly zeppelin-like ships to other planets and whatnot, and space is supposed to be filled with the 'ether'.  In other words, I'm really fucking lame.  I think I was the first to use it as a name, but I've seen one or two usenet posts from before my time that use the term 'etherdeath', jokingly.

abbreviation (5.00 / 2) (#445)
by fhotg on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 03:29:26 AM EST

of not realy meaningful phrase which slipped through my mind when I created the account: fhotg = "for here or to go".
~~~
Gitarren für die Mädchen -- Champagner für die Jungs

My k5 username (5.00 / 3) (#446)
by i on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 05:41:25 AM EST

is small. I mean, geometrically. I believe it's the smallest possible one1, because punctuation is not allowed. It's also the imaginary unit. It has nothing to do with the English singular first person pronoun 'I'.

1If you don't use weird fonts.

and we have a contradicton according to our assumptions and the factor theorem

There is static on K5... (5.00 / 2) (#447)
by static on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 06:55:38 AM EST

I wish I saw this earlier... Hmm. I picked my alias some years ago about 5 minutes before the first time I ever played Quake in multi-player mode.

But how did I chose "static"? At the time I had a bit of an interest in FASA's Shadowrun and in one of the books, there was a sequence of comments including lines from a hacker called "Magic" - giving rise to the image of Magic In The Matrix. :-) I was recalling this when faced with picking a name and it occured to me that "Static In The Matrix" is similarly attractive and rather less pretentious that "magic". So "static" I became.

Wade.


Any half way decent... (5.00 / 2) (#448)
by walwyn on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 07:33:10 AM EST

...search engine will tell you where 'walwyn' comes from.
----
Professor Moriarty - Bugs, Sculpture, Tombs, and Stained Glass
My initials in the form of a Star Wars droid [nt] (5.00 / 2) (#450)
by p3d0 on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 10:26:30 AM EST


--
Patrick Doyle
My comments do not reflect the opinions of my employer.
It's my first name (5.00 / 2) (#451)
by Ruidh on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 11:56:09 AM EST

Or, at least, how it might be spelled if I spoke Gaelic.
 
"Laissez-faire is a French term commonly interpreted by Conservatives to mean 'lazy fairy,' which is the belief that if governments are lazy enough, the Good Fairy will come down from heaven and do all their work for them."
It means hummingbird (5.00 / 3) (#452)
by beijaflor on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 12:15:58 PM EST

in Brazilian portuguese (or "flower kisser" literally).
Incidentally a samba school from Rio was named after it.
It's exotic and festive, I like it.

I'm an old, bald, dwarven sun cleric (5.00 / 3) (#453)
by Caelum on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 12:39:56 PM EST

Back in seventh grade, a friend had let me borrow the first book in Troy Denning's Dark Sun series (the Prism Pentad). I still consider those AD&D fantasy books to be some of the highest quality ever written, characterized, set and imagined. Troy's world was truly unique, not cheesy and teen-centered like that dragonlance stuff. In quality those books are comparable to the Dark Elf trilogy by R.A. Salvatore.

Some of his other books have been unique and moving as well. He is very highly underrated as an author.

Anyway, Caelum was a sun cleric. He accompanied Rikus's army of escaped slaves and his healing power was to call on the sun to burst his palm in flames and to cauterize wounds. At one point he also filled a valley containing an enemy force with lava.

I didn't know until I looked it up that Caelum is actually a Latin word meaning sky, heaven, ceiling etc. Pronounced Kai-loom, the oo being short. This may seem to be highly pretentious for a nick, and I won't deny that. My aspirations have always been, and no matter how many times I fall, will always be...

monty python (5.00 / 2) (#454)
by The Shrubber on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 12:52:49 PM EST

roger the shrubber

my name's not roger, though

I'm not allowed to talk about it. [nt] (4.33 / 6) (#455)
by I am Jack's username on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 02:34:23 PM EST


--
Inoshiro for president!
"War does not determine who is right - only who is left." - Bertrand Russell
HGTTG (none / 0) (#456)
by Stavr0 on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 03:01:56 PM EST

Stavro Mueller's Beta / Stavromula Beta.

'Stavro' was taken.
- - -
Pax Americana : Oderint Dum Metuant

As if anyone couldn't guess... (5.00 / 2) (#458)
by cpatrick on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 04:18:20 PM EST

I'm so boring... First name + last initial.

Cpatric K.

No, hang on, that's not right. But I'm sure you can work out what I meant.

my name (5.00 / 2) (#459)
by nodsmasher on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 05:21:29 PM EST

who remebers the original c & c ?
well i always played as the GDI in multiplayer against my friend who was always the brotherhood of Nod, thus i was the nodsmasher
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Most people don't realise just how funny cannibalism can actually be.
-Tatarigami
Name (5.00 / 2) (#461)
by meta on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 05:56:12 PM EST

Cute story.

--
Attempt at wit.

Xie xie. (nt) (none / 0) (#472)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Thu Jul 03, 2003 at 01:04:12 AM EST



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AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]
Modulation... (none / 0) (#474)
by synaesthesia on Thu Jul 03, 2003 at 06:22:42 AM EST

...and I hold a high note............................................................................

Sausages or cheese?
[ Parent ]
A poem (5.00 / 4) (#462)
by TheEldestOyster on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 06:33:57 PM EST

In a certain Lewis Caroll book, is a poem called "The Walrus and The Carpenter", which some people take to be a reference to religion. The Eldest Oyster was the one who "shook his heavy head, meaning to say that he did not wish to leave his oyster bed", when W&C asked the oysters along for a "walk". As a consequence, he was the only one not consumed.
--
TheEldestOyster (rizen/bancus) * PGP Signed/Encrypted mail preferred
Tolkien message board (5.00 / 2) (#463)
by curien on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 07:26:41 PM EST

I was a regular contributor to a Tolkien message board. I wanted to use a name that sounded vaguely Elvish. The -ien ending is usually (though not always) feminine, but oh well. I also wanted something that was non-sensical enough that most places wouldn't have it registered already.

--
All doctors do is support weak genes. Might as well be communists. -- sigwinch
Kinda dorky, but... (5.00 / 3) (#464)
by dread ed on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 07:36:08 PM EST

I have this problem with electrical devices. My friends/coworkers noticed that evertime someting gets broken or stops working or does erratic things I was either the last person to touch it or it is close to my desk, or I walked by it last week. You get the point I think. Basically now, whenever anything goes haywire they blame me. It's a running joke that I am like a bad luck charm to computers, monitors, routers, calculators, just about anything electronic.
One of them related me to a character in the Otherland book series named Dread who had the uncanny ability to manipulate electronical devices at a distance through some sort of telekinetic power.
So, I am like that guy, but I can't control it and I just end up making krap break when I walk in the room. There's the ed part, I am dread_ed by the computers and such. Like I said, it's kinda dorky.


When the only tool you posess is a claw hammer, everything begins to look like the back of someone's skull.
Nothing to do with sight or oceans (5.00 / 2) (#465)
by seeS on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 08:20:50 PM EST

Craig Small-> C S -> see S -> seeS

Unless I want to be particularly 31337 and then I use 5335
--
Where's a policeman when you need one to blame the World Wide Web?

h3y m@n, u r 1 c001 dud3 - u r0x0r! :-P (nt) (none / 0) (#487)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Thu Jul 03, 2003 at 10:50:11 PM EST



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AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]
mine (5.00 / 1) (#467)
by tubgirl on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 09:15:12 PM EST

in my home country I'm a fairly well known model/contemporary artist. tubgirl is the nickname of one of my better known works.

You made one of my coworkers sick! (none / 0) (#470)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Thu Jul 03, 2003 at 12:27:42 AM EST

I did warn him, but he had to look...

How could you do this to him? Shame on you!!!

Yours humbly,
Ta bù shì dà yú

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AdTIה"the think tank that didn't".
ה
[ Parent ]

I told myself I wouldn't reply (5.00 / 3) (#468)
by iso on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 09:15:55 PM EST

Is anybody actually reading all these? (Admittedly I read about 50% :). I'll make mine nice and long just to piss of the detractors.

Anyhow, my nickname comes from "isosceles." You know, the triangle. It was back in the BBS days and I needed an original nickname that could also fit in the 9-character restriction of IRC (#ice and #ansi of course).

I'm not sure if I was actually in algebra class at the time, but I was in highschool. Yeah, it's geeky, but before that I was "Crystalline Entitiy" and "Lithium" so this was less geeky than both.

After going as "isosceles" for a while there was a Seinfeld episode where Kramer said he would name his first born "isosceles." I thought this was pretty funny and went as "Isosceles Kramer" for a while after that, using ik- as my initials in the iCE packs as "is" was already taken. That got pretty stupid after a while though, so I went as iso- after iCE let people use three letters in their filename tags. I really did nothing important in iCE except write Ode to Swapspace.

Then I joined slashdot as iso. It sucked so I went to k5, also as iso to maintain consistency (because I was that famous on /.). I really never use this nickname anymore (preferring number nine (my dj name) or just jslaughter (my real name, Jason Slaughter), but it is funny when people think it's a reference to "ISOs" that all the warez kids trade.

Thanks for this thread. It was a grand distraction at work.



OK, you asked for it... (5.00 / 2) (#469)
by mcgrew on Wed Jul 02, 2003 at 10:07:50 PM EST

Baby Harry was born in 1871. Some time before he was ten, Harry's parents went on a train journey from their home in Knox County, Indiana to St. Louis, Missouri. The neighbor babysat untiil they were to return.

They never did- the train they were travelling on crashed, and they died.

Their neighbor, Mr. McGrew, raised Harry as his own son. And that is where the name "mcgrew" came from.

I'm not this guy. I'm not this guy. I'm not this guy either.

I've got stuff here, I've got stuff here. I look likethis.

"The entire neocon movement is dedicated to revoking mcgrew's posting priviliges. This is why we went to war with Iraq." -LilDebbie

Gilgamesh was too long (5.00 / 4) (#471)
by enkidu on Thu Jul 03, 2003 at 12:28:40 AM EST

I was thinking about using Gilgamesh, but it was too long to type everytime so I chose the shorter nicer three syllable hero name Enkidu. Most of my computers/routers are named after mythical objects. I avoid the greek and roman gods and goddesses as being too common and too, idealized. I stick to Nordic and Sumerian myths. Norse mythology is closer to my own view of the world, and Sumerian myth has a wonderful, primitive, sub-conscious feel to it.

Robotech (5.00 / 2) (#473)
by SkullOne on Thu Jul 03, 2003 at 01:18:02 AM EST

I got "SkullOne" from the Robotech series I read when I was a kid.
SkullOne being wing leader of the Skull Squadron. Its stuck for 7 years or so, but I use just "skull" more often now, easier to type.

Why? (4.50 / 2) (#475)
by synaesthesia on Thu Jul 03, 2003 at 06:23:46 AM EST

I like magic mushrooms.

Also, the ending of my name often makes people assume (mistakenly) that I am female, which is mildly interesting in an anthropological sort of way.


Sausages or cheese?

actually (none / 0) (#481)
by circletimessquare on Thu Jul 03, 2003 at 05:32:01 PM EST

synaesthesia is a term used for people who mix up there sense: see sounds, hear smells, taste sights, etc.

http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleID=0003014B-9D06-1E8F-8EA5809EC5880000&a mp;pageNumber=1&catID=2

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

[ Parent ]

Actually (none / 0) (#492)
by synaesthesia on Fri Jul 04, 2003 at 06:21:17 AM EST

The word synaesthesia is used to describe the experience, not the individual.

Try a larger dosage.

Sausages or cheese?
[ Parent ]

Texas Tornados (5.00 / 1) (#476)
by 4th Ace on Thu Jul 03, 2003 at 06:52:33 AM EST

Reference to their album "Four Aces." I used it on eBay first though.

assembly instruction 00010010110->00100101100 (none / 0) (#479)
by shftleft on Thu Jul 03, 2003 at 11:03:07 AM EST



ProzacGod (5.00 / 1) (#480)
by ProzacGod on Thu Jul 03, 2003 at 11:21:56 AM EST

ProzacGod, The story.

At first I just used any name I could come up with, I hung out on IRC as Storm for a while, but the association of Storm with the X-Men character quickly got guys trying to pick me up.

I had to get rid of that, so I decided on an acronym "ING" which reflected my success with the ladies in its meaning, "I Need a Girl"

That was all fine and dandy, until one day I met a girl by the name of Ingred on IRC who went by ING, okay .. next!!

I was sitting in the school library trying to come up with a name (this was like 7th grade) One guy there said you should be Prozac. Prozac had just come out (I think, or at least was starting to become popular) so for a week I did that, then .. well, .. everybody was using prozac. (the name, more or less probably the drug too)

So here I am stuck with a name that was so popular that everyone and their grandma was using it (The name or the drug) and I had to think up something else.

I was sitting at hotmail, setting up my account. And I remember from "Hackers" the movie that "God", "Sex", "Love", "secret" were the most common passwords, that and all hackers ran unix on macintosh laptops :P

So I thought of all the obvious ProzacGod ProzacSex, ProzacLove, ProzacSecret. I must admitt that some of these have their own implied meaning, but being the mail that I am ProzacGod mad me feel like I had a bit of ... power, yes I am an Omnipotent God of Anti-Depresants, Okay thats last statement is full of sh** but it sounded good anyway..

So there it is, ProzacGod. It was like so much by many of my friend that a lot of them called me ProzacGod in Real life.

But even though I am a Demi-god I don't have a big head about it. I just smile a lot.

-ProzacGod

- "Prozac can heal the mind but friends may mend the soul."
Dinosaurs (5.00 / 1) (#482)
by mesozoic on Thu Jul 03, 2003 at 05:33:39 PM EST

I was at a computer camp, probably in the summer of 1996, when I needed to sign up for a Rocketmail account.  (Rocketmail, an excellent service, since got acquired by somebody else; I believe it was Yahoo!)

I thought back to my childhood, to the things that excited me, to the things I loved.  I remembered science class, and dinosaurs -- I was a dinosaur freak as a kid.  (Who wasn't?)

The Mesozoic Era was the period of time when dinosaurs ruled the world; as soon as it popped into my head, I thought, "That has a good ring to it.  Four syllables, strange spelling, unique.  I'll take it!"

"Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right." -- Salvor Hardin, Isaac Asimov's Foundation

Throu evolution... (5.00 / 1) (#483)
by dJCL on Thu Jul 03, 2003 at 05:44:45 PM EST

My initials are JCY, that was boring so I worked with the JC which I liked. Well I thought of JC Penny for some reason, but that was a US store, so I converted that using standard conversion rates in 1995 or so and got about $1CDN. We like to call our one dollar coin a "Loony" so I was "JC Loony" for a long time, that was a great nic for a while, then I decided to write some electronica music(it royally sucked, but still I get fan letters from mp3.com users, scares the hell out of me) so I modified it a little to "dJCL". That has stuck for a while now... The next evolution of my name is already planned, it is more a total change thou. Start with a friend telling me on my birthday that if I had been born in her home country(forget which, I think eastern europe) I would have been given the name "Dita" due to my birthday. Merge that with one of my favourite charachter names from a movie "Tim the Enchanter" from Monty Python and the Holy Grail and you get "Dita the Enchanter" or shortened to "DTE" or "dTE" or "DtE"... it will be used in the future... but dJCL works for me for now... www.mp3.com/djcl/ - tell me how anyone can like that stuff, it is not the best, that is for sure... I barely could stand it myself, I posted as a joke people!!! anyway Enjoy!

my sig was too long, and getting annoying, so this is all you get. deal with it.

Ah, the memories. (5.00 / 1) (#484)
by evilpenguin on Thu Jul 03, 2003 at 06:15:21 PM EST

A was a big Linux zealot back in "the day" (meaning early '97 or thereabouts). The name just sort of came out of nowhere one day as I was jotting down potential nicks (don't remember what my old one was). The origins of the penguin bit is obvious, but the "evil" came from this mental picture I had of Tux holding a railgun (a few years later, Penguin Computing would come out with a "gaming machine", using a picture of Tux with a grenade launcher in the ads).

For the next few years I kept using the name in full, "evilpenguin", give or take whatever Q2 clan I was in at the time (HTO, MUYA, etc...) When I got into the whole nyc2600 thing (both IRC and the actual meetings), I shortened it to "evlpeng", and used that form for a rather long time. The only other variation I use occasionally is "Evil J. Penguin" and it's initials, "ejp".

I've seen others using this name, but I'm the most well-known. this is me, as (was) this and these.
--
# nohup cat /dev/dsp > /dev/hda & killall -9 getty
as with most good things, through anger :) (5.00 / 2) (#485)
by spankmandog on Thu Jul 03, 2003 at 06:19:59 PM EST

I was trying to create an account through some online service (I don't remember, hotmail, ebay, something like that) and everything, I mean everything, that I normally use was taken.

I refused to have one of those stupid [UserName]042-style names, so in a flash of angry stream-of-consciousness my fingers typed 'spankmandog'. Three words. The relief of finally having an entry accepted was immense.

I've since found that regardless of where I try to create an account this is never taken, which is nice enough on my aching brain cells



My first name[nt] (5.00 / 3) (#486)
by gyan on Thu Jul 03, 2003 at 08:32:54 PM EST



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isn't it obvious? (5.00 / 2) (#488)
by xtermz on Thu Jul 03, 2003 at 11:33:27 PM EST

I originally started on irc as xterm, but then some idiot in canada always had it, so i changed it to `xterm , but it got annoying typing the ` , so i changed it to xtermz

Apparently... (5.00 / 1) (#489)
by mikelist on Fri Jul 04, 2003 at 12:11:24 AM EST

...my parents knew about the Internet in 1953, mikelist is easier than their version, though.

godmasteroverlord (5.00 / 2) (#490)
by gmol on Fri Jul 04, 2003 at 12:54:28 AM EST

I remember in the BBS days when I was first trying out aliases...I think I started out with stuff like "alpha1"...I remember lamenting on how cool it must be to have a really cool and original nick.

Then I remembered the name of a japanese transformer that a friend told me about...gmol (can you say it any other way than "gee-maul"?) kind sounded nice, and it is rather uncommon...

All good things come from alcohol (5.00 / 2) (#491)
by Quila on Fri Jul 04, 2003 at 03:53:12 AM EST

My wife and I were drinking tequila shots one day, during which we were trying to think of a name for our new mynah bird. Her pet name for tequila when drunk involved dropping the "te" part, and so the bird was named. That bird was psycho.

The next time I had to create some kind of a screen name I used that, and it kept going.

I AM THE GREAT CORNHOLIO! (5.00 / 2) (#493)
by GRiNGO on Fri Jul 04, 2003 at 10:26:19 AM EST

"I AM THE GREAT CORNHOLIO! IM A GRINGO! I have no bunghole! Bung-holio! I need TP for my bunghole."

http://www.dcs.elf.stuba.sk/~lalis/images/cornholi.gif

Once, a few years ago I used that sample from Beavis and Butthead in a trance tune I made with a piece of software called Rave eJay. I walked around the rest of the day muttering the sample and henceforth my mate started calling me gringo and it kinda stuck.

--
"I send you to Baghdad a long time. Nobody find you. Do they care, buddy?" - Three Kings


Could it get easier... (5.00 / 2) (#494)
by MattyBoy on Fri Jul 04, 2003 at 04:32:09 PM EST

its my name and i'm a boy.. it was like an awesome slap in the face! but i have other names is use.. im sort of an internet chameleon... whoa.. that would be a good username. Hmmmm .. maybe its time for a change.


RocketBike does rad wheelies for the freedom of the homeland turf!
username: SaintPort (5.00 / 2) (#495)
by SaintPort on Fri Jul 04, 2003 at 05:58:49 PM EST

I spent quite awhile deciding on a name for a certain website...
http://www.SaintPort.com
...which was meant to be a web portal designed for saints.  Since I spent so much time analysing the name, I sorta bonded with it.

Oddly enough, the username at K5 now means more to me than the site.  My K5 entity reflects my 'self' more clearly.  Enough navel gazing.

<><

--
Search the Scriptures
Start with some cheap grace...Got Life?

How much Chuq would a wood Chuq Chuq.... (5.00 / 2) (#496)
by Chuq on Sat Jul 05, 2003 at 12:43:25 AM EST

Well, mine isn't very exciting really.. my name is Charles.. i started being called Chuck or Chuckie around grade 5-6. When I started using BBS's I went by many names including Sigma (no idea why.. nothing to do with the car, though that ended up being my first car several years later!), then when I started on IRC I went by Chuckie (unoriginal, again).

Started getting into playing Quake in mid-1996 and somehow I happened upon the handle 'Chuq' - just like Chuck, except the Quake font had the Quake logo as the 'Q' so it looked cool in the score list... well at the time it did.. and the name stuck!

And I've stuck with it ever since! Its a username that is rarely taken, but when it is, I tend to use chuqau (Chuq from Au). Its also normal sounding enough that people can call me that in real life and it doesn't sound odd .. "Hey there, Ta bu shi da yu, how you going?"

A google for chuq results in my page (chuq.net) coming up as #3. I even beat chuq.com who is a few further down :) There is also a match on that first page, for www.chuq.qc.ca (Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec) :)

RPGs (5.00 / 2) (#497)
by Pholostan on Sat Jul 05, 2003 at 04:15:07 PM EST

I've been playing role playing games almost all my life. Pholostan was orginally a character in a CRPG, SSIs Death Knights of Krynn played on that trusty old Amiga 500. The name kind of stuck. It's fifteen years ago or something now.

- And blood tears I cry Endless grief remained inside
my name (5.00 / 2) (#499)
by metachris on Sun Jul 06, 2003 at 03:43:09 AM EST

I came up with metachris around 1997 or 1998.  I realised that i would have to stick with some handle or other, and at the time, i was still reading alot and had gone back to school.  So, the 'meta' part, thanks to philosophy/metaphysics, and modern fiction, attached to part of my first name, seemed as good an idea as any other.  I also own the metachris.com domain.  hooray for me.

Since then, some imposters have popped up on the net with the same name.  Trust me folks - they ain't the real deal.  Unfortunately, i've been out late drinking, so that's all i've got - sleep calls.

incest (5.00 / 2) (#500)
by incest on Sun Jul 06, 2003 at 05:09:05 AM EST

Well, I was trying to come up with a login name somewhere else, and every stupid Sean Connery-oriented name I tried was already in use. Finally, in frustration, I decided to use the first really disturbing user name I could think of. Since then, I usually try it first, just to get a feel for the site's clientelle. Outside of hotmail, AIM and other web pornography sources, nobody else bothers with the user-name, from what I've seen (e.g. I'm also incest on slashdot, where my user id is well over half a million).

I mostly lurk, so I haven't gotten an flak for it.

Let's see what happens.


I didn't (3.33 / 3) (#502)
by duxup on Sun Jul 06, 2003 at 11:42:46 AM EST



No idea. Or some idea, but no clear. (5.00 / 2) (#503)
by WWWWolf on Sun Jul 06, 2003 at 12:40:13 PM EST

Well, I'm still not entirely sure on how I came up with the name. Some wolves and the web, I'm guessing. =) It was shortly before World Wide Web became such a huge deal and I must have heard the acronym somewhere. And I picked the "wolf" part because I liked wolves, but at the time didn't recognize it as such a huge affection.

Of course, it seems that I've tried to live up to the name anyway.

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


didn't quite work right (5.00 / 2) (#504)
by anonymous cowerd on Sun Jul 06, 2003 at 11:26:23 PM EST

See one day I wanted to come up with a user name on slashdot. Unlike here you can post at slashdot, or at least you could back then, without setting up any account at all. If you do so your post is accredited to "Anonymous Coward." I suppose this gentle insult is intended to induce users to register or else it's another example of that hacker verbal wit.

Anyway my plan was to pull a fasty and get inobservant readers to maybe misread my registered user name as that default one so I chose "anonymous cowerd," only one little bitty vowel different. But it didn't fool anyone at all since I forgot to capitalize it correctly, making the difference apparent even at a glance; the displayed name was a different shape. mm duh.

Yours WDK - Wkiernan@concentric.net

A drowning man asks for pears from the willow tree.

my user name.... (5.00 / 2) (#505)
by arachne on Sun Jul 06, 2003 at 11:43:17 PM EST

My name is Penny Lee (my parents argued over Penelope or Penny Lee and tossed a coin). I'm a red-haired independent woman, but a loving wife. I've been married for 23 years. My husband is very important to me, and I'd go through a lot for/with him. I've always been interested in the story of Penelope and Ulysses. That got me interested in weaving and spinning. I'm now a full fledged fiber artist. When I was getting my first email account, my husband said I should use a name that was important to me. I thought, "if I can be named after a Queen, why can't I aspire to be a Goddess?" Arachne is the Greek Goddess of spinning (I know, Diana is also.... blame the Greeks).

Divine? Really? (none / 0) (#506)
by The Alien on Mon Jul 07, 2003 at 12:48:38 PM EST

I thought Arachne was merely the first spider after foolishly challenging/disrespecting Athena?

[ Parent ]
Back in the mid-late 80s (5.00 / 1) (#507)
by The Alien on Mon Jul 07, 2003 at 01:04:18 PM EST

I was just lad and somewhat impressionable. I saw a lot of examples of handles in the credit screens of cracked Apple ][ games my cousin had. So even before the computer was officially mine and before I had my first modem, I decided I should have a handle since getting connected was my ultimate goal. I don't know why The Alien in particular. It's not quite Two Knives Tan, for example. I had an interest in science fiction and some feelings of isolation, perhaps. I've kept it ever since. I have two other handles I use, one just to be different and another which was originally for places that didn't allow spaces in usernames. I was thealien when I got my first official UNIX account. (University...)

Oops (none / 0) (#508)
by The Alien on Mon Jul 07, 2003 at 01:06:56 PM EST

Well, heck.

Don't click post when you are reaching to chance the formatting. That is bad.

[ Parent ]

My username (5.00 / 2) (#509)
by discoflamingo13 on Mon Jul 07, 2003 at 07:01:38 PM EST

I had put off explaining it for so long, until a friend of mine interviewed me, I didn't have it on paper (so to speak). Hope you enjoy!



The more I watch, the more I learn ---
If you set yourself on fire, the world will pay to watch you burn.
--- Course of Empire

Well... (5.00 / 2) (#510)
by yammering communist on Wed Jul 09, 2003 at 02:54:14 AM EST

Read my old posts, the logic behind my nom de plume - nom de guerre? - should be obvious. :-D

A friend of mine, reading a post I had made on another forum, offered up the following as criticism: "You make some good points, but you still sound like a yammering communist." The next day another associate sent me a link to kuro5hin, and the rest is history.

---

I fear nothing. I believe nothing. I am free.

--Nikos Kazantzakis, epitaph.


me = (5.00 / 2) (#511)
by optik on Wed Jul 09, 2003 at 09:24:42 AM EST

Mine can be directly attibuted to Mark Abene (aka Phiber Optik) who was a big inspiration around the time I first got my 'net connection.
-- optik
My username is stupid (5.00 / 2) (#512)
by CaptainSuperBoy on Wed Jul 09, 2003 at 06:49:04 PM EST

My username is stupid. I came up with it when I was registering for Slashdot. I don't use it anywhere other than there and here. I registered for K5 in 2001 and I wouldn't have used this nickname if I thought at the time that I'd still be posting nowadays.

--
jimmysquid.com - I take pictures.
My username (5.00 / 1) (#514)
by arcterex on Mon Jul 14, 2003 at 06:17:29 PM EST

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away I got my first net connection.  This was pre-winsock and the net connection was more of a BBS interface to the web (anyone remember mindlink?).  Anyway, I logged in a few times to their irc chat client as AJB (my initials) but after a few times of this taken up, and feeling lame going in as 'AJB2' or 'AJB3' I decided to come up with something more unique.

Well, "decided" as in "decided to, and came up with it on the spur of the moment without much forethought or planning".

I was doing a lot of rock climbing at the time, and my harness was made by a local manufacturer called Arctery'x.  I could never remember how to spell it, so I just did it like it sounded (at least how I pronounced it), "arcterex".  It was unique, and embodied what I liked at the time, without being a direct rip of their name, so I kept it, and even got the arcterex.net domain for my personal stuff.  I've never had a problem with duplicate people, or offending anyone, or anything like that, so it's just stuck with me.  Kinda sucks for spelling or pronouncing though, most people end up saying "arc... tech" for some reason.  Oh well.

Why "Relinquished"? (5.00 / 1) (#515)
by Relinquished on Tue Jul 15, 2003 at 11:53:54 PM EST

Because the Anonymous Coward/Hero is dead, cruelly struck down by uninspired trolls. So now, in order to post something on this forum, one has to grudgingly give up (i.e., relinquish) their anonymity and register an account.

Incidentally, "Relinquished" also happens to be the name of an insidious monster in the trading card game "Yu-Gi-Oh!" (No, I am not a fan of that particular anime, though I do have an avid interest in card games.)


--------------
If you rearrange the letters in "anagram for signature" you get "famous at rearranging".


My Username (5.00 / 1) (#516)
by BlackHawk on Thu Aug 14, 2003 at 08:31:18 PM EST

My last name is Hawkes and I wear black clothing a lot, so BlackHawk was a pretty natural handle to take. I also sometimes use WhiteNoise for security related tasks and have toyed with Farenheit451 for the obvious reasons, but have generally stuck with BlackHawk for the last decade or so. I used to be ACE back on the old arcade machines that only allowed 3 letters :-)

Batman (5.00 / 1) (#517)
by Cackmobile on Thu Aug 21, 2003 at 11:18:56 AM EST

Back when I was in high school (around 15 years old) people went through this fad of using the cheesy old line from the old Batman (adam west) show. SO if we were going to MAths it would be 'Quick to the maths mobile'. Don't know if you all know but cacking yourself is defacating. FOr some reason it means funny as well. One day I made a terrible joke and someone said 'Quick to the cackmobile' and it sort of stuck!! I like it cause its totally unique.

It was the 2000 USA Prez Elections... (5.00 / 1) (#518)
by BoredByPolitics on Wed Aug 27, 2003 at 05:55:35 AM EST

... and I got totally fed up with all the chatter over the net about it - it got EVERYWHERE, including all the technical forums I read.

I'm not really turned off by Politics, although, the older I get, the less important it all seems.

--
"Every contract has a sanity clause", "Sanity clause! Sanity clause! You can't fool me, there's no such thing as Sanity Claus"

They're just Initials (5.00 / 1) (#519)
by rgwk on Tue Sep 02, 2003 at 12:22:27 AM EST

rgwk, its just my initials. I won't bother you with the details.
Its one damned thing before another! Dick Bird 1999
Rant on. (nt) (5.00 / 2) (#520)
by The Moderator on Thu Sep 04, 2003 at 11:06:28 AM EST



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