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Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 21st, 2011, 11:08 am
by Lincoln
So, this is to give people a chance to explain why they picked their user name. Some are sort of clear. Some aren't.

Mine is boring. Lincoln = name.

Your turn.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 21st, 2011, 11:45 am
by rickymouse
My younger cousin started to call me Rickymouse because I would come to the rescue. I was about twenty at the time. It pretty much disappeared from my reality but surfaced again a few years ago. Seems like all things have a purpose weather we see it or not. It's not easy going through life as a mouse.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 21st, 2011, 11:53 am
by owleye
Lincoln wrote:So, this is to give people a chance to explain why they picked their user name. Some are sort of clear. Some aren't.

Mine is boring. Lincoln = name.

Your turn.


I'd attempted eagleeye on the basis that I had a philosophical bent for criticism -- thinking I'd derived it from my days of finding errors in computer codes -- a troubleshooter of sorts. However, eagleeye had a well worn path which made it unavailable, so I chose another raptor, the owl. I'd been using it for some time when one of our native american friends had me change it because otherwise she wouldn't be able to visit us, as the owl was such a powerful symbol of an evil force that it caused her a great deal of anguish that we would have one in our midst. Though I'd changed it to something randomly different, I eventually came back to it and, though our friend may yet be concerned about it, things seemed to have drifted into a comfortable relationship.

Notwithstanding, it is not something I hide behind, making a habit of indicating my name and authorship at the end of every post.

James

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 21st, 2011, 12:33 pm
by CanadysPeak
It's the mountain I lived under in my early years.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 21st, 2011, 12:47 pm
by rickymouse
Did you live in a cave Canadyspeak? (I just had to respond)(pretty sick joke heh}

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 21st, 2011, 7:44 pm
by CanadysPeak
rickymouse wrote:Did you live in a cave Canadyspeak? (I just had to respond)(pretty sick joke heh}


You're giving yourself away as a native flatlander. I hereby sentence you to listen to Johnny Horton's North to Alaska over and over until you get my meaning.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 22nd, 2011, 6:30 am
by sillysmile
it represents my often comical temperament.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 22nd, 2011, 8:46 am
by mtbturtle
mtb = mountain bike
turtle = my mojo - in mtb culture mojo has a variety of meaning relating to good luck, power, skill, personal style

It's come to be much more but that's where it originated.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 22nd, 2011, 5:17 pm
by Sisyphus

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 22nd, 2011, 5:32 pm
by Lincoln
Sisyphus...

We all know about the myth of Sisyphus. Some of has have read Camus. But this doesn't answer the question of "Why?" Perhaps you have a lisp and it's fun to say?

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 22nd, 2011, 6:03 pm
by Forest_Dump
Well, Forest Dump is partly a play on Forest Gump, of course, but the play relates to archaeology. A "midden" is a garbage dump on an archaeological site and middens are fun places to dig because they are loaded with cool artifacts but being secondary refuse dumps, often you can dig through them faster and get more stuff in an hour because there is less contextual data that needs to be meticulously drawn in place, etc. Anyway, a midden or garbage dump in the forest also tend to be less disturbed by ploughing, looters, etc., and so are the best of all to dig in. So a prehistoric forest (garbage) dump is my favorite place in the world to be.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 22nd, 2011, 6:26 pm
by Sisyphus
Lincoln wrote:Sisyphus...

We all know about the myth of Sisyphus. Some of has have read Camus. But this doesn't answer the question of "Why?" Perhaps you have a lisp and it's fun to say?

Well, I guess because I found I could really relate to it, and it helped me to keep on truckin'.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 22nd, 2011, 6:39 pm
by rickymouse
I guess I'll have to look up Sisyphus. Never read Camus. I have read the National Electrical code manual and know all the plumbing, heating, and building codes and know most of the realestate laws and also used to possess a certified mechanix license and have kept up with the evolution of these. Now I have to read a book named Camus? Is it any good?

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 22nd, 2011, 7:03 pm
by Paralith
My previous habitual internet user name was a fantasy character I had invented. She was quite an amazing creature with a grand history, but at one point I decided I needed something more mature that would better represent me as a scientist. I looked at a bunch of species names and eventually cobbled together something that I found aesthetically pleasing. The fact that it translates to something along the lines of "beside the stone" or "becoming stone" (you'd have to ask someone who really knows latin what it would be exactly...) was an interesting post hoc discovery that felt appropriate.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 22nd, 2011, 7:12 pm
by Forest_Dump
Paralith wrote:The fact that it translates to something along the lines of "beside the stone" or "becoming stone" (you'd have to ask someone who really knows latin what it would be exactly...) was an interesting post hoc discovery that felt appropriate.


I think near or almost stone might be closer.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 22nd, 2011, 8:59 pm
by xcthulhu
Paralith wrote:My previous habitual internet user name was a fantasy character I had invented. She was quite an amazing creature with a grand history, but at one point I decided I needed something more mature that would better represent me as a scientist.


lol. My habitual internet user name, since I was 13, has been Cthulhu, which is a fantasy character I did not invent. Of course, on every internet thingy I went on, Cthulhu was always taken, so I picked xcthulhu to get around that.

Then I grew up, became a sort-of scientist, but never really matured. So I still have the silly name I picked when I was 13.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 23rd, 2011, 1:21 am
by rickymouse
I never signed a contract when I was born that stated I had to grow up. I didn't know it was a requirement in life to grow up and act your age. Maybe it was in the fine print when you file your income taxes and I missed it.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 23rd, 2011, 1:47 am
by Paralith
Or maybe it was when the hormone surge you experienced during puberty that re-organized your brain for adult life.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 23rd, 2011, 7:01 am
by Forest_Dump
As the great philosopher Red Green put it, you can't stop growing old but that does not mean you have to grow up. Or you can't stay young forever but you can stay immature.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 23rd, 2011, 9:31 am
by rickymouse
Well I must have went through puberty at age 52 because that's when I decided to take life seriously and start processing what I've learned through life. Actually Red Green is a Philosopher of sort. Another good PBS show.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 23rd, 2011, 2:20 pm
by Natural ChemE
Lincoln,

My discipline is best described as Natural Philosophy. When I signed up for this board, I was asking for advice on joining a Chemical Engineering, or ChemE, Ph.D. program. Putting the two together, I arrived at "Natural ChemE".

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 25th, 2011, 1:17 am
by Heron
Well I like Hellenic studies.
Heron (hero) of Alexandria was thought to be the first mechanical engineer.
I am the first out of several generations of engineers to be a mechanical engineer, seemed appropriate at the time.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 25th, 2011, 10:07 am
by Lomax
Boring like Lincoln's :/
Lomax is my surname.

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CanadysPeak - so you lived under a mountain called Canady? Canady mountain? like Candy Mountain?

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 26th, 2011, 4:46 am
by sillysmile
Lomax wrote:Boring like Lincoln's :/
Lomax is my surname.

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CanadysPeak - so you lived under a mountain called Canady? Canady mountain? like Candy Mountain?


He/she is probably one of those shifty unicorns.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 26th, 2011, 8:57 am
by rickymouse
Are you saying Candypeaks could be horny?

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 26th, 2011, 9:42 am
by Lincoln
Well, duh....he's a guy, after all.

However, this is more than a bit off topic.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 26th, 2011, 5:46 pm
by Whut
Im dyslexic and always make spelling mistakes like this, even after re reading it 5 times they often get through the radar (i did it on purpose in my username though, i was being facetious (i think thats the right word) =P

Chose the word What becuase I really want to understand the world around me and life in general as much as I possibly can.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: June 22nd, 2011, 3:46 pm
by Eye4Knowledge
Eye4knowledge has more then one meaning.

The obvious one: I have an curiosity for knowledge: hence Eye for Knowledge. And it is a reference to a Nietzsche quote and the Scandinavian pagan god "Odin" who gave up one of his eyes to drink from the cup of knowledge.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: June 22nd, 2011, 5:49 pm
by newyear
The thing with user names is that they can be easily forgotten if it is new. Hence, I suppose, is why some like to use their own names. And, Lincoln, I guess you are comfortable with your name as it has an interesting connection with the late 16th president. My own was chosen to remember the day I became a member of the forum.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: June 22nd, 2011, 9:36 pm
by Lincoln
newyear wrote:The thing with user names is that they can be easily forgotten if it is new. Hence, I suppose, is why some like to use their own names. And, Lincoln, I guess you are comfortable with your name as it has an interesting connection with the late 16th president. My own was chosen to remember the day I became a member of the forum.

Actually, I kept my name because my original connection to the forum came from a strong review by an SCF member of a book I wrote. A Google auto-notify pinged me and I responded to the enthusiastic SCF member. Kind of hard to claim to be someone and be anonymous at the same time, you know?