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Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: May 5th, 2014, 3:43 am
by Hendrick Laursen
Well, a good choice;
As much as I remember, Heisenberg was the youngest guy ever in 20th Century to reach Physics Nobel Prize.
He did so when he was (I'm not sure) 31.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: June 1st, 2014, 2:52 am
by doogles
I found this thread quite amusing and interesting and had to add my small but less interesting contribution My first given name is Douglas. My wife only ever addresses me as Douglas!!! when I'm in trouble for something (which is fairly often). When I'm sweet, she prefers to call me 'Doogles'. Hence my preference for this as a nickname.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: June 1st, 2014, 8:28 am
by BioWizard
Ha that's cute. Do you call her by her actual name or do you also have a nickname for her?

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: September 11th, 2014, 3:13 pm
by Scott
Mine is boring.

Scott=name.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: September 11th, 2014, 4:16 pm
by Hendrick Laursen
On my later Avatar:
Picture of a melancholy guy I found in the web. Dunno who's he, but I discovered he (The cartoon character) is 18 years old, like me. 'twas good reason to choose it.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: September 11th, 2014, 5:31 pm
by Scott
Hendrick Laursen » September 11th, 2014, 1:16 pm wrote:On my later Avatar:
Picture of a melancholy guy I found in the web. Dunno who's he, but I discovered he (The cartoon character) is 18 years old, like me. 'twas good reason to choose it.
I like it. :)

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: September 12th, 2014, 5:11 am
by Hendrick Laursen
Thanks Scott.
:]

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: September 12th, 2014, 10:47 am
by M.Lorentz
Dear scott, meine is boring too! But I had no choose, with Lorentz as name, I couldn't find a better nick for a Science forum

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: September 12th, 2014, 10:56 am
by Hendrick Laursen
Dear Monsieur Lorentz,

I hear there was a Hendrik Antoon Lorentz, (A great Physicist),
So your name isn't boring after all. o_O

Hendrick

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: September 12th, 2014, 11:15 am
by M.Lorentz
That's reason I couldn't find a better nick !!!

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: December 5th, 2014, 9:06 am
by life_sucks
Well,mine is a bit pessimistic but pretty self-explanatory.

My life sucks because I have to go on studying and scoring marks,passing tests one after the other to prove I have mettle.Only then I will be allowed to work in an interesting field,and do practical things.Even then,I have to pay attention that I get a good salary,promotion,etc...Honestly,I would love to simply drown myself in science and technology devoid of such daily life worries.

Also,I have a general existing scientific and philosophical idea of the universe,life,etc. that is a bit ....
It downplays the importance of life,existence,identity,etc.I dont like it,but as of now,believe it to be true,and accept it.So,life in general sucks because it is not what it is thought to be.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: December 5th, 2014, 11:49 am
by TheVat
I think you will find many here who challenge your view of life, hopefully in a way that stimulates thought and reflection on the value and meanings we find in life. IMO, consciousness is a privilege and the crowning glory of the universe. After 13.7 gigayears of nonexistence, here is your big chance to be a part of that. I wouldn't waste it on nihilism.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: December 5th, 2014, 12:34 pm
by life_sucks
I hope so too.
Btw,googled nihilism.It is true that I share much in common to those beliefs but I'm not a pure nihilist.I do not believe that life has much importance,but recognise that conciousness is a priviledge,and life should be spent productively.At the least,it should be lived without regrets.
Not that it means its important. :D

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: December 5th, 2014, 3:26 pm
by TheVat
LOL. Sounds like you'll spice up some of the philosophy chats. Regrets are okay, so long as you move along, I guess. Can't be my age (50's) without picking up a few, but it's getting easier to refurbish them and call them "learning experiences." I used to regret not reading with better light when I was a kid, and holding the page farther away, and taking breaks - might have saved me from wearing glasses so early (age 11). But then I turned that regret into gentle constructive nagging of my children when they exhibited bad eye habits. Result is they have much better vision than I, or my wife, do.

But worse attention spans. JK

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: December 5th, 2014, 3:31 pm
by Paralith
Hi life_sucks. Our lives are important to us and to the humans around us. That might not be much in the cosmic sense, but I think you'll one day find that it's enough. When I was in high school I felt a lot like you, that life seemed like it would be nothing but a grind from school to university to job. And in a way, that's true. It's all a grind. Even if you get a job in a field you love, a job is a job. Work is work. You'll still have to grind no matter what you do. But here's the secret: you can still be happy even though you have to grind. Happiness is a choice. You can learn how to make that choice, even if right now you feel like you can't. You will.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: December 6th, 2014, 5:03 am
by life_sucks
To Brainvat,
Yes,I meant that.Think ahead to avoid making mistakes,but if you make them,learn from them.

To Paralith,
I have no doubt what you say is true.Happiness is indeed a choice,and I may end up making it just to preserve my sanity.But,that kind of happiness is not important,since I'm intentionally making it so as to live a normal life,and just,...be happy,I guess.It will not come naturally and not for a worthy reason.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: December 6th, 2014, 6:21 am
by Paralith
That's not choosing to be happy, that's pretending to be happy. I'm not sure you will ever find some greater cosmic meaning that will justify happiness. I think choosing happiness in order to enrich your life and that of those you love is, again, enough. This doesn't mean you turn a blind eye to reality. It means you choose happiness anyway. But, I'm starting to sound preachy. This is not something you'll truly learn from a random person on the internet. Just try to stay open to the idea and think on it when times feel dark. And know you're not alone in your feelings.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: December 11th, 2014, 2:22 pm
by ThemDolphins
Mine is because of a song.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: December 11th, 2014, 2:41 pm
by Watson
The link doesn't work for me but looking for your song I found this interesting bit on dolphins.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMqlF-SjNIY

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: March 10th, 2015, 5:18 pm
by Darby
I've had a lot of usernames on a lot of sites over the years.

Here, and on Amazon, Darby is simply my first name backwards (Brad) ... the 'y' is purely for reasons of disambiguation and phonetic fluidity.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: March 10th, 2015, 8:11 pm
by TheVat
Hey, Brad, swap God for a jar of dog paws, Darby, eh?

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: March 10th, 2015, 9:18 pm
by Darby
By sheer serendipitous linguistic coincidence, yes. A little over ten years or so ago (I forget exactly) I served a stint as captain of The Dogs of War (TDOW) distributed computing team over at ArsTechnica. WOOF.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: March 10th, 2015, 10:00 pm
by Marshall
Amazing palindrome!
I looked for a similar palindrome on google and found "swap god for a j(anitor, rot in a j)ar of dog paws"

Hey Boon, swap god for a jar of dog paws, nooby, eh?

That was swift, BiV. :^)

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: March 11th, 2015, 10:06 am
by TheVat
Sometimes compose them, when writing poetry....loosens up the muse.

Diagnoses: use song aid.

Deep spot-task: cut DNA spines, use nips and tucks at top speed.

Liam stops traffic, if fart spots mail.

Elf furnace can ruffle.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: March 11th, 2015, 10:49 am
by TheVat
Darby » March 10th, 2015, 7:18 pm wrote:By sheer serendipitous linguistic coincidence, yes. A little over ten years or so ago (I forget exactly) I served a stint as captain of The Dogs of War (TDOW) distributed computing team over at ArsTechnica. WOOF.


I looked in over there, at a thread called Operation Pet Stain. The odor of geek sweat was too intense, even for me, and I had to withdraw rapidly. The topic was baffling, as expected when computer folk get together. Woof was about the only comment I could make sense of.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: March 11th, 2015, 11:13 am
by Darby
Ah, sounds like my former packmates are still at it years later ... pet stain ... LOL. I wonder if they remember me.

Everyone should strive to be the best in the world at something at least once in their lives, even if it's nerdy, silly, or both. Life is short.

Once upon a time we (ArsTechnica, of which TDOW was the largest subteam during my stint) were the reigning world champs in distributed computing projects like SETI@Home, GIMPS, Human Genome, and several others.

See, slave ? I demonstrate yet arts no medieval sees !

(teasing) (;^P

Ok, back on topic ?

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: March 11th, 2015, 11:29 am
by TheVat
What topic? Ah, yes, harumph, cough, cough...back on topic!

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: March 11th, 2015, 11:34 am
by Darby
BTW, aside from deft use, I can't take credit for the palindrome ... someone else penned that.

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: March 11th, 2015, 12:45 pm
by TheVat
Someone else?

Wonk - I wondered, now I know!

Re: Reason for usernames

PostPosted: April 29th, 2015, 10:11 pm
by Marshall
Hi BiV, Darby, (palindromes were neat!) I don't want to make excessive fuss about usernames, one gets used to them and they are just names. But it is nice when people think up interesting ones.

And if you are not familiar with minerals you might like looking up the mineral eclogite and checking out some of the images.

I think in greek ec-legein means to make a selection. to select out. to make a mixture
I'm not sure why the german scholar who named the mineral that chose the name.
But it is a speckled mix of RED garnet and some shades of green from other content
and it is formed rather deep down where there is a lot of pressure that causes the mix of ingredients to combine and re-separate chemically and form this speckled mix of different color crystals.

It is formed below ocean subduction zones where various (calcium aluminum magnesium etc ) silicate rock gets dragged down and then it is only by some random accidents that it ever gets thrust up to the surface again.

BiV and Darby you both seem very knowledgeable and may well know about this mineral,but I thought it was interesting. Had no knowledge of it before.

I recall meeting a geologist on line who named himself OPHIOLITE. Maybe geologists like to name themselves after minerals. And perhaps our fellow SPCF member Eclogite is also a geologist or has worked in a related industry.
Just random info in case you might be interested.