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by George_Sherston (Vicar)
on Sep 05, 2001 at 01:33 UTC ( [id://110166]=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

I don't know about you, but I'd really love to know what lies behind the choice of names people use here.

One can make a guess about some. I feel fairly sure there is a corporeal Sue behind virtualsue; Vynce might be Vynce in real life. John M. Dlugosz clearly spurns artifice. petral obligingly explains himself on his home node

On the other hand there are quite a few names where one knows what it means but would be intrigued to know why. I feel morally certain Petruchio is not a Veronese mysogynist. OeufMayo presumably isn't a bottle of French salad dressing made in the US and then re-imported. Whereas it seems plain from his home node that crazyinsomniac is a Crazy. Insomniac.

Most of these monikers, though, are delightful mysteries altogether. rchiav? demerphq? erudil? davorg? Masem? azatoth? --- gnomic or what?

In a way it would be nicer to preserve the mystery... but I wouldn't be here in the first place if my curiosity didn't usually get the better of my sense of awe. So if you feel like sharing your etymology, please don't hold back.

For myself, in case anybody else should have a reciprocal interest, I should mention that George Sherston is the protagonist in Siegfried Sassoon's three volumes of fictional autobiography, Memoirs of a Fox Hunting Man, Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, and Sherston's Progress. I think one of the things that makes these books so great is that novelising his life freed Sassoon to write whatever the hell he wanted, without compromising his strict regard for the facts. By giving himself a see-through alias he was saying, I think, "this is basically true, but where I can tell you something more about what was really going on by tweaking some of the observable events, I shall not scruple to do so, and you need not be offended by it".

That's my idea anyway, and that's why I've borrowed his alias. Also I think Sassoon is a tip-top poet and have put an example on my home node.

§ George Sherston

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Re: Name Space
by japhy (Canon) on Sep 05, 2001 at 01:42 UTC
    Since Erudil's visits here are brief and few, I'll answer for the meaning behind his name. It comes from JRR Tolkien's languages in "Lord of the Rings", and is Quenya for "servant (-(n)dil) of God (Eru)".

    My own nick stems from "JAPH", in lowercase. I chose it when I was 17, and since there are people greater than myself who deserve the name "japh", I chose "japhy", to convey the sense of a young'un (which is what the "y" stands for). I won't be young forever, but I think I'll stick with this nick.

    Jeff[japhy]Pinyan: Perl, regex, and perl hacker.
    s++=END;++y(;-P)}y js++=;shajsj<++y(p-q)}?print:??;

      In addition, I always thought that Jeff and japhy sounded quite similar. Prove:

      use Text::Soundex; $\="\n"; print soundex 'Jeff'; print soundex 'japhy';

      -- Hofmator

      Are you sure of Erudil's etymology?
      I have The Languages of Tolkien's Middle Earth by Ruth Noel, Houghton Mifflin Company. This book contains an English-to-Elvish glossary. This glossary contains no entry for "servant". On the other hand, page 81, there is the entry:

      friend (n)dil, (n)dur, nil, nur, S mellon.

      So I think Erudil is rather God's friend, not His servant. The meaning is rather different.

        The meaning is more familial than "servant", but the suffix (n)dil implies strong devotion. I have the Silmarillion backing me on this one. It's somewhere between "friend" and "servant"... a word that escapes me at the moment.

        Jeff[japhy]Pinyan: Perl, regex, and perl hacker.
        s++=END;++y(;-P)}y js++=;shajsj<++y(p-q)}?print:??;

      I am a fairly dark-minded person, that is, not given to light and cheeriness. Back when I first needed a signon I decided to do a little research to find something I liked.

      xenchu comes from the Japanese word zenchu. Zenchu is the swordcut used by the second to dispatch a samurai commiting seppuku. I changed the first letter because I wanted the nickname to be unique and I like x better than z.


      On the Internet no one knows you're a dog. -woof woof
Re (tilly) 1: Name Space
by tilly (Archbishop) on Sep 05, 2001 at 02:35 UTC
    Going through the top dozen people in Saints in our Book, merlyn is a famous wizard, chromatic has never explained his name to me, japhy just explained his name above, footpad's name comes from a game, davorg's name is a contraction of, a domain he owns and turnstep is a piece of exercise equipment. The rest are apparently based on people's real names. vroom and tilly are last names, tye is a first name, and btrott and jcwren have prepended initials to their last names.

    And so on. Generally it is pretty easy to guess where names come from.

    BTW the one person whose name is real that I thought would have been made up is perrin. I would have guessed that he was named after the character in Jordan's series, but I would have been wrong.

    I should mention that I know what chromatic means. I just have no idea why that word would have any special significance to chromatic. As opposed to, say, turnstep who I know is into aerobics.

      davorg's name is a contraction of, a domain he owns

      True. And that's the reason I started using it. But later on I heard someone explaining it as a contraction of Davros (the creator of the Daleks from Dr Who) and Borg (the Star Trek nasties) and as a fan of both of those shows, I now often use that as the "official" derivation of the name :)


      Perl Training in the UK <>

      Not that it matters terribly, but turnstep is not a piece of equipment, but the name an aerobics move (thus the animated gif on his homenode).


Re: Name Space
by demerphq (Chancellor) on Sep 05, 2001 at 03:46 UTC
    The legend of 'merphq'

    I'm also not entirely sure but I think the Q came from an old joke. I used to have a pair of 'Q' jeans and sometimes when my friends would introduce me they would say 'Yves, Yves with a Q' to confuse people. I come from Toronto so people sometimes dont get my name as they think they have misheard. So the Q thing became a sort of running joke amongst a group of my friends.
    As for the 'merphq' part, it comes from a weekend party at a friends cottage. All of the people that used to go to the cottage got merphqnames and as we are now scattered use them to keep in touch. Which is where I get mine as I am the DE or German Merphqentitive. :-)
    There is a site where some of my friends do web casts of their music, but right now it isnt too active.

    update:Its well accepted in the merphq community that the q is silent. :-)
    You are not ready to use symrefs unless you already know why they are bad. -- tadmc (CLPM)

      To further preface the explanation demerphq has given, merphq was meant to be a word which means nothing but can be used to mean anything. There was much debate over how the word should be spelled and it was eventually agreed that m e r p h was appropriate, until seconds later, when someone in the party shouted out "with a silent q" and the word merphq was set in stone.

      When the various parties involved had returned to their respective cities around the world, I decided that I would set up a website so that we could all keep in touch. seemed like the most appropriate domain name and also the least likely to be in use already. These days, most of us use 'merphq' in some form in our usernames as it is a sure bet that nobody else has taken it. Thus 'merphq', 'demerphq', 'smerphq' and 'merphqette' (until an recent breakup) are currently in use today in various ways. So in actual fact, it's not as uncommon as you might think.

      Having French as my third language, I can't stop ROTFL when I read the "Yves, Yves with a Q" above.

      In French, this would be pronounced as "Yves, Yves avec un 'Q'."

      Which very naturally could be interpreted as "Yves, Yves avec un cul", and which in it's turn would mean "Yves, Yves with an a*s" when translated to English.

      I'm not sure if demerpq will appreciate this interpretation, but I'm sure that many french speaking people have at least silently laughed when Yves was presented that way.

      (Biker runs off, trying to save his own 'Q'.)

      Everything will go worng!

        Hah. Im sure a french speaker finds the whole issue humurous even with out the unintended pun. The ease with which I can confuse a fellow english speaker by saying my name is "Yves with a Q" alone Im sure does it.

        But I assure you I do have an ass, and have even been called one at various points.. ;-)

        Also I wonder if this is a Parisian French versus Quebecois French thing. None of my quebecois speaking friends noticed the pun.... Or at least none of them told me about it...


        Yves / DeMerphq
        When to use Prototypes?
        Advanced Sorting - GRT - Guttman Rosler Transform

(ichimunki) Re: Name Space
by ichimunki (Priest) on Sep 05, 2001 at 02:49 UTC
    I got my nick the way a lot of other cyberthings got their names. Everything else was taken. :)

    I needed < 9 chars for IRC, wanted some reference to itching or twitching. Liked the twist that it looks a bit like it's Asian but is phonetically plain old English.

    The fact that people seem to confuse it with chipmunk (in the CB) is a source of bemusement.
Re: Name Space
by runrig (Abbot) on Sep 05, 2001 at 02:59 UTC
    Besides what's on my home node, here's what I could dig up on my nick:

    A rig is a strip of land associated with a croft and Run-rigs are sequences of those strips of land, many of which are still visible on Skye.

    Update: ...and besides just liking the sound of the nick, I often think about going to Skye :)

      I came here because your name is runrig!

      When will we see, your likes again ...? Apologies, I've been drinking.

      I tried to ride a bike to Skye once, but the rear cluster fell off and I ended up in a pub in Crianlarich. Never got out.

      I'm not Scottish, but spent a year at U. Edinburgh. My best to you for the creative and inspiring name.

      --Scott, Perl novice

Re: Name Space
by Corion (Patriarch) on Sep 05, 2001 at 10:53 UTC

    Corion is meant to mean nothing. I played around with letters to find something name-sounding, and finally Corion fell into place - Corion has been my (online) nickname for 7 years or so.

    My mother recently told me, that the corion is some part of chickens innards. D'oh - but on the other side, almost all internet searches for Corion point to me, so it's not that bad that I didn't do more research on this nick :-)

      EES, or Enron Energy Services, the American energy company, used to be called something boring like National Gas Pipeline Authority (I don't recall, but it was something along those lines). Then they got all fancy. They paid some huge sum of dollars to an image consultancy to come up with a memorable name and after months of work, the answer was Enteron. Modern. Technological. A Word of Power. So they had all the letterhead printed and everyone got new business cards and then right at the last minute some bright spark looked up the dictionary and found "NOUN: The alimentary canal; the intestines". Which you might actually think was pretty good for the name of a pipeline company - but the suits wouldn't wear it, so they dropped a syllable and became Enron. Just thought you might like to know that.

      § George Sherston
        I would have thought this was funny even if I read it last year, but now it seems even funnier given that their infamous name has become a household word.

      I thought it had to with blade runner. Theres that line about seeing Starships buring off of Orion and I thought that was where it originates.

      To be honest every time I see your name for some reason my favorite line from blade runner comes to mind. 'If only you could have seen what I have seen with your eyes.'

      You are not ready to use symrefs unless you already know why they are bad. -- tadmc (CLPM)

        I also enjoyed Blade Runner. While the 'shoulder' quote is memorable, how about these:

        Are these questions testing whether I'm a replicant or a lesbian, Mr. Deckard?

        Ahh, and my personal favorite. I think about this one when remembering my last job...
        Deckard: Have you felt yourself to be exploited in any way?
        Zhora: Like what?
        Deckard: Well... well, like to get this job. I mean, did... did you do, or... or were you asked to do anything lewd... or unsavory, or... or, otherwise repulsive to your... your person, huh?
        Zhora: (Laughs) Are you for real?

        All of the quotes from the movie can be found here.

Re: Name Space
by Zaxo (Archbishop) on Sep 05, 2001 at 14:46 UTC

    I picked 'Zaxo' as an IRC handle about six years ago, made up out of thin air. I've used it there, here, and several other places since. I've even used it in copyright declarations a few times.

    It has no intrinsic meaning. I chose it for its brevity, the unlikeliness of nick collisions, and for its clownish tone. I wanted to avoid boastful, self-important, pompous kinds of words.

    It does seem to evoke different things to different people, which I enjoy a lot. The other day, one French monk surprised me with a new one, that it's a phonetic anagram of h4X0rZ. It's often taken to be a household product (Europeans tend to think toothpaste; Americans, drain cleaner). A zax is a combination hatchet and pick used by slaters, but I've never used one. I have played both Zaxxon and saxophone.

    I'm glad you asked this. I've enjoyed reading the answers.

    After Compline,

      I've never really wondered why your name is Zaxo as much as I've wondered why you write "After Compline" as your closing.


        Compline is the monastic hour of midnight, and I'm a night owl. A themed version of a jazz standard,

        I remain,
        After Compline,

Re: Name Space
by shotgunefx (Parson) on Sep 05, 2001 at 03:46 UTC
    Myself, shotgunefx (SHOTGUN EFX) was a company I started when I was doing special effects as a young teen. (Facial Prosthetics, Monster Suits, etc) It then somehow turned into a video game development venture, and it just kind of stuck.


    "To be civilized is to deny one's nature."
Re: Name Space
by MrNobo1024 (Hermit) on Sep 05, 2001 at 07:05 UTC
    When I first got Internet access, I wanted the screen name "MrNobody" but 1023 people had already taken it. My ISP limited screen names to 10 characters, so I got "MrNobo1024". I ended up using that same name everywhere else for consistancy.

    -- MrNobo1024


      but 1023 people had already taken it

      2^10 is a pretty cool number in its own right, though...

      § George Sherston
Re: Name Space
by lo_tech (Scribe) on Sep 05, 2001 at 06:32 UTC

    Well, there are really two reasons that I selected lo_tech.

    In no particular order:

  • I picked up the name from the book Johnny Mnemonic by author William Gibson. While I've enjoyed Gibson's books, I do not recommend the movie. It's one of those things that was better left in print, or at least out of Hollywood.
  • I wanted a nick that preserved my anonymity. Not paranoid, since they are out to get me.


    Well, that's my $.02. No, for refunds you'll have to contact customer service department.

Re: Name Space
by agent00013 (Pilgrim) on Sep 05, 2001 at 06:52 UTC
    The "Agent" part of my name I got from James Bond's code name: Agent 007. In various places I've used different endings for my screen names. Originally, I got the 00013 because 007 was already taken (on AOL IM) and so was 0013. So I added an extra zero.

    On IRC (DALNet) I go by Agent_Ender. Ender is taken from Orson Scott Card's book Ender's Game. The book is probably my favorite (or at least one of them) of all time. OSC's about the best author I've read.

    Love is random; fear is inevitable. -- Orson Scott Card
    PerlMonks is good for Perl, but JavaJunkies is good for Java
    *note, JJ is currently down...
Re: Name Space
by Masem (Monsignor) on Sep 05, 2001 at 03:56 UTC
    All I'll say about mine is that I came up with it for online use about 10 years ago, pronouncing it as "MAS-em", instead of "MAZE-em" as most others I've talked too assume it is pronounced.

    I'll let you work out the gruesome details from the rest of that. :-)

    Dr. Michael K. Neylon - || "You've left the lens cap of your mind on again, Pinky" - The Brain
    It's not what you know, but knowing how to find it if you don't know that's important

      I guess if you were MIN-em, you'd be able to abbreviate to 'en'.

      cLive ;-)

Re: Name Space
by synapse0 (Pilgrim) on Sep 05, 2001 at 05:10 UTC
    Synapse0 is basically braindead, which is how i felt when i needed to create a new nick for something or another after one of those 24+ hr wake stints, and after that, it's just kinda stuck...
Re: Name Space (Squeak an entry in before the deadline?)
by ybiC (Prior) on Oct 06, 2001 at 20:28 UTC
    Wow, dunno how I missed this thread!   Neat post, George_Sherston++

    My homenode lists a few meanings for "ybiC", but of course none of them are why I chose that nick.   You see, it all started when I was born a poor black child.   Anyways, on discovering the Monastery, almost the very first node I read was PSALM 23   So I chose for a nick a sig I've used in Christian correspondance for a number of years.   It stands for "your brother in Christ".

    hencE thE unusuaL capitalizatioN oF mY monKnicK.   It also explains why calling me "brother ybiC" is just a wee bit redundant.

    P.S.   props to He-With-A-Silent-Q for pointing me to this thread.

    P.P.S   I don't know that he's necessarily Christian, but KM++ for that cool perl poetry.

    P.P.P.S.   if you want to discuss (not debate or argue) matters o'faith, I'm always interested in hearing why others (dis)believe as they do.   Don't worry, I won't try to force my own faith on you, regardless of my own strong convictions.   8^)

TheOrbTwo's Name Space
by theorbtwo (Prior) on Oct 07, 2001 at 11:57 UTC

    Well, I've been The Orb for ages. I wanted to reinvent myself, since the myself I had been using started becomming a looser wasting all of his time downloading things over a 2400 baud modem from local BBSes.

    I wanted a name that signified some sort of mysterious power. Hell, I couldn't have been more then 12. So thus, The Orb it was. Since I'm lazy, it was theorb. But then, I lost the password of The Orb on somethingoranother. I think it might have been Yahoo!, and I needed an email account, and refused to use hotmail. Anyway, thus, I became theorbtwo. Since, I've found a number of places where theorb is a haX0R d00d. (BTW, I have a theorb2 account on the NYT web site, and I think I got that during HS, so that puts the two in theorbtwo sometime after '96.)

      Funny how names carry associations. Having read this I shall now not see theorbtwo without thinking of Palantirs (yes, I can't really claim to be a geek but I do like the Lord of the Rings). But in the past whenever I've seen Theorbtwo in the CB or wherever, I've always thought of a theorbo, which is an early stringed instrument like a large lute. Now, this tells you more about me than about The Orb... but it might add a new layer of significance to an already multi-layered name. So here's some information about theorboes.

      § George Sherston

        My guess seeing the name, and especially seeing it spelled out as The Orb, was a possible reference to the Orb that circles the head of the Emperor of Dragaera.

      I thought it was from Theo Rob Two.

        No, no. It is clearly short for THEOlogical RoBoT World Order (which is headed by Theodore Robert Wo).

                        - tye
Re: Name Space
by cadfael (Friar) on Sep 05, 2001 at 20:34 UTC
    An interesting meditation. Is the persona I have adopted reflective of the way I really am?

    Cadfael is a fictional character in the Brother Cadfael Mysteries written by Edith Pargeter under the pseudomyn Ellis Peters. The mysteries are set in the first half of twelfth century England in the generation following the Norman conquest. They are historically accurate in so far as historical detail is related, but Cadfael, a Welsh Benedictine monk, is totally fictional as are most of the other monks of the Abbey at Shrewsbury.

    He is a quiet monk without aspirations to power, but his talents in medicinal herbs as well as his sharp intellect honed by years of Crusading and living in the World have often been brought to bear on murder investigations.

    Is this me? Well, not exactly, as I do aspire to becoming an Abbot someday. I am also not celibate. I promise not to poison anyone in my quest, though.

    My real name is Denis Hancock

    "Computeri non cogitant, ergo non sunt"

Re: Name Space
by dragonchild (Archbishop) on Sep 05, 2001 at 16:57 UTC
    When I first logged onto KitMUD in '93, "dragon" was taken. I like kids and think that baby dragons are the cutest things in the whole world, so I became Dragonchild. :)

    Since then, I've been a number of other nicks (including satchboost), but I've always come home to my real name.

    We are the carpenters and bricklayers of the Information Age.

    Vote paco for President!

Re: Name Space
by idnopheq (Chaplain) on Sep 05, 2001 at 16:52 UTC
    I've had idnopheq for, I hate to say it, almost eleven years now. My home node has a brief explanation as to it's origins in college. But soft! As I have been asked in the past ...

    As I went to college with a bunch of strict southern Baptists ( no smoking, drinking, swearing, etc. - I resumed such fine traits after I s/dropped/was kicked/ out of school ), we came up with other ways to amuse ourselves.

    One such amusement was coming up with unlikely nouns. The definition I came up with at the time is in the dark mists of memory. But the unlikely noun as a name stuck, and as with so many other monks, this one is usually available in the on-line world.

    Apply yourself to new problems without preparation, develop confidence in your ability to to meet situations as they arrise.

Re: Name Space
by Hofmator (Curate) on Sep 05, 2001 at 14:06 UTC

    My nick is just a mangling of my real name, it ends up nicely at 8 chars and is pronouncable so I sticked to it ;-) print map {($.--)?lc:$_} unpack 'x8A5X13A3', "Torsten Hofmann";

    -- Hofmator

Re: Name Space
by mexnix (Pilgrim) on Sep 05, 2001 at 19:46 UTC
    At first I didn't think I was cool enough for this node, but I'll post anyway. I was tired of some of the nicknames that I had come up with in the past (too ashamed to tell), so I had to think of something for my entrance to Perlmonks. Well, I'm mexican, chicano really, and a [ironically] Puerto Rican friend in High School called me mex. Contract that with my operating system of choice, Unix or most *nix OS's, and you have mexnix. Suprisingly on AIM, mexnix was taken so there I'm mexnux.

    <shameless_plug type="homepage"> also has the explanation</shameless_plug>


    s mmgfbs nf, nfyojy m,tr yb-zya-zy,s zfzphz,print;
    - thanks japhy :)

Re: Name Space
by Jouke (Curate) on Oct 07, 2001 at 14:56 UTC
    Allright...You asked for it: here's my explanation: Jouke is my first name. It's a rather unique first name. Even in the Netherlands it's not very common. Everywhere I go and have to register myself, I seem to be the first 'Jouke', so whenever I can, I claim my first name. I'm almost certain that I'm the only Perl programmer called Jouke. Search Google for Jouke Perl and I think only things related to me come up...Maybe some guy named 'Jouke Kleerebezem', who is a graphical artist or something may come up too...

    So there it is :)

    Jouke Visser, Perl 'Adept'
    Using Perl to help the disabled: pVoice and pStory
      Huh, no fair, it's easy to have an unusual name if you're Dutch! (/me used to work with the Dutch when in the City and had clients called Ruud Lipps and Freek Monster)

      § George Sherston

        I'm not Dutch (but I do know two words of Dutch, no I can't repeat either of them in polite company -- there is a rather humorous story behind that but I digress), but the story of my name pretty much matches Jouke's.

        I really like having a unique name that isn't too weird or too hard to spell for people over the phone. While my wife was pregnant, we worked hard on coming up with good names with this and other goals in mind.

        We came up with several names that we really liked and even one set of such names that sounded good together. Unfortunately, the second set of names (yes, we needed two sets) was harder and so we eventually found the final name to complete the last set so that it sounded nice but didn't sweat as much as before on it having the right properties. Turns out it was the number one most common first name for boys born that year! Arghhh! I've named my son the modern equivalent of "John"! I'm so ashamed! ;)

                - tye (but most pronounce it "Ty")
      Unusal names rocks. =)

      There's only a few hundred people in Denmark called "Ask", and most of them are younger than I. I yet have to meet someone with my name in California. =)

       - ask

      ask bjoern hansen,   !try; do();

            > Unusal names rocks. =)

        Yes they do.
        And I'm happy to always find that my username is not taken.
        But you've been taking it all over the Perl community,
        which is why I had to use my initials insted.

        You bastard! :o)

        -- ash aka Ask Solem <>
        Hehe, ask, the first time I saw your name, I figured you were advertising a perl advice column. :)
Re: Name Space
by wine (Scribe) on Sep 05, 2001 at 17:57 UTC
    Wine is just an english translation of the dutch word "wijn". My lastname is a pural so I guess it really should be "wines", but then again, that doesn't sounds so cool.

    I have had other nicks in the past, but this stuck, and is usually not in use by other people, which is a great advantadge.

    oh..., btw, I like wine too ;)

    -- nice question, though. Have wondered about these nicks myself so now and then.

jdporter's place in the name space
by jdporter (Paladin) on Oct 25, 2002 at 19:44 UTC

    I've been an Internaut for -- lessee... 1, 2, 3... 21 years.

    Back then, it was rather unusual for someone to use anything other than their real name for their online account, I think mostly because most people had no actual say in the matter; their accounts were assigned to them by The Powers.
    So I got used to people knowing me by my real name.

    Now that I'm "older", I find the whole idea of being known online as something other than your Real-Life identity to be pretty stupid. No offense to the rest of you, of course.... :-)

      Rejecting anything so banal as "scott" as a login name, I was assigned "scrottie". External chronometer reading 27 years, I just missed the period where where computers were an extremely serious thing, and my first "real" job found me in the hands of people holing up and holding out against The Powers That Be. For the first time, the dream of running a timeshare system not under draconian control was within reach of the common University department.

      Earlier on, I was secretative about my name, for I fanced myself some kind of cracker, and whiled away the time doing my utmost to annoy BBS sysops. It was a long dry spell before satire or even humour was accepted "on line". Next came a period where my Internet access was via an annonymous "port" on a DEC terminal server, and my only login name of any sort was what I used on a Multi User Dungeon - Phaedrus. No one uses their real name on MUD - MUD is fantasy. Of course, I had no idea that that book was popular or I would have made an attempt at creativity. Since MUD stuck with me, so did that name, for one compartment of my life, atleast. Next came a phase where I had login accounts, and they were derived from real names - just not *my* real name.

      Point being, it was instilled in me over and over again that login names aren't permement, and using your real name is a luxoury unaffordable. With high contention for the and namespaces, and preasure to change addresses due to spam and the adolescent search for identity (netters are younger and younger), for many people, my plight exists amplified.

      I've always had respect for people that used their real names online. It implies that that you can finger them, take a bus downtown, walk into an office building, down a hall, and shake their hand over a messy desk and a large monitor attached to an expensive Unix workstation. It implies position and power, and the intelligence and dedication associated with it. I've always wanted an office and a nice workstation...
        Nice - a point, contrary to mine, powerfully and eloquently argued!
        It implies that that you can ... shake their hand over a messy desk and a large monitor attached to an expensive Unix workstation. It implies position and power...
        Heheh! Well, not really. In my case (which is probably all too typical), we drones get stuck with 200-MHz Wintel boxes running Windows 98 or something, on corporate Windows network domains with login ID's derived directly from the payroll database. And internet access through some creaky old Frame Relay cloud, bouncing through a X.25 gateway on the opposite coast. :-)

        The 6th Rule of Perl Club is -- There is no Rule #6.

      And I'm pleased to discover that esr seems to agree with me:
      The problem with screen names or handles deserves some amplification. Concealing your identity behind a handle is a juvenile and silly behavior characteristic of crackers, warez d00dz, and other lower life forms. Hackers don't do this; they're proud of what they do and want it associated with their real names. So if you have a handle, drop it. In the hacker culture it will only mark you as a loser.

      ...porque es dificil estar guapo y blanco.

      What if you don't like your real name, and moreover, people keep mispronouncing it and asking what it means in your mother tongue?

      zz zZ Z Z #!perl
      I'm with you. I still use some online psuedonyms that I established in the early 90s, and I refuse to have anything as lame as logan_2342 as a screen name. Wherever possible, I use my real name online. Besides, Logan is a pretty distinctive name. I've never met another (Fictional Characters notwithstanding).

      "What do I want? I'm an American. I want more."

      and it has now been 21 years since I posted the above. 42 years slinging bits. >-#

      Insert pithy aphorism about the impermanence of transience or sommat
Re: Name Space
by Zecho (Hermit) on Oct 26, 2001 at 19:51 UTC
    DISCLAIMER: I no longer encourage or practice any of the following activities.
    I have never related this story to anyone.

    For those of you with a positive opinion of me, you may want to skip this entry

    Zecho (prop noun):
    a derivative of zydeco. and here's how it happened.

    When I was first introduced to the new internet it was with America Online. The cost of which was well over $4 US per hour.
    When signing up for this new world, I happened to be listening to an early song by Buckwheat Zydeco, and decided to find a new handle (nick) for this new experience. I was somewhat known as 'radical' on a few BBSs back in the days. Zydeco was the first thing that came to my mind, but it had already been taken. So I added the "h" and became Zydecho. This was fine for a while, untill my first telephone bill came in. $700.00 Jeez!. I had already fallen into a crowd known as the "Gods of AOL" and they taught me a way around this phonebill problem (which I will not relate due to self-implication), the problem with this was it was a temporary fix. Any time we did something that stood out, the "Community Action Team" known as "CAT" would spot us, our accounts (which were borrowed) were deleted. So this meant having to change handles frequently. There were a lot of derivatives and morphisms of the original handle Zydecho to follow, and I soon ran out of alternatives. Thus Zecho was born.... and soon deleted. The group I was in had decided to mimick the "CAT" members whose names all ended in Cat ie: 'SpiderCat' so I was now ZechoGod.

    ZechoGod's most infamous achievement was to set up an autoresponder for his AOL inbox, and noticing how quickly it would reply to messages he sent to himself, got together with about 20 of the group members and started emailing each other with the autoresponders enabled. Soon, there were thousands and thousands of emails bouncing back and forth at amazing speed on the AOL servers. An infinate loop, and the original documented DOS attack.(AOL was offline for over 24 hours)

    Needless to say, the "Gods of AOL" made the front page of AOL news rather frequently. The AOL Offer (aka Aol4free) was another infamous attribution.

    The name Zecho is still to this day banned from AOL.

    UPDATE: no I have not used aol in years.

Re: Name Space
by herveus (Prior) on Sep 05, 2001 at 17:20 UTC

    I've been going by Herveus in my medieval recreation foo for years (SCA and Markland). It has been my online ID for as long as I've been buying access to the internet.

    Herveus is how the clerks would write down Harvey in Latin. It happens to be the name of one of my ancestors, if the geneaology can be believed.


Re: Name Space
by {NULE} (Hermit) on Oct 06, 2001 at 21:05 UTC

    Well, not that you asked, but here's my story. {NULE} (or nule which is just as fine by me) is a recent big change for me in online monikers for me. I used to exist as "gpf_me" (and still do) in the AIM world and a few other places.

    I decided to procure for myself a domain name of my own and since was already taken, I started looking for the very shortest domain name I could get (that laziness thing). I couldn't find any cool three letter ones, so I started entering random combinations of four letters at directNIC. was available so I took it. I figure that it sounds reasonably interesting (pronounced like "fool" or "mule", not like NULL) and not too silly.

    If you want to know what it means, I have a random acronym generator on my homepage that has a grand total of 1050 of the so far. A handfull of which even make sense or are amusing.

    Take care,


Re: Name Space
by TheoPetersen (Priest) on Sep 05, 2001 at 18:38 UTC
    You can probably guess where my nick comes from :)

    Interesting to hear other people comment about hanging onto a nick for years and years. I carried a nick from CompuServe through Usenet and various online communities, and finally dropped it as part of a Life Purging Experience four or five years ago. I've been using my real name when signing up for new sites since.

Re: Name Space
by toadi (Chaplain) on Sep 05, 2001 at 18:46 UTC
    Most people think my nick comes from a neighbours character named toad-fish. But it's not, see my homenode for the bio of toadi :)

    I was addicted to that game when I was younger :)

    My opinions may have changed,
    but not the fact that I am right

Re: Name Space
by buckaduck (Chaplain) on Sep 07, 2001 at 02:30 UTC
    I've been using buckaduck as my online name for seven years. When my niece first began talking and learned to say "Mama" and "Dada", I wanted my name to be the next one that she learned.

    She didn't even come close. No matter what name I tried to teach her, everything came out as "buckaduck". In the end, I decided to let my nickname be buckaduck and be done with it.

    Oddly, the name buckaduck seems very catchy with kids in general. The only downside is that people will try to turn it into something rude in the darker corners of the internet...


Re: Name Space
by rozallin (Curate) on Apr 05, 2003 at 14:29 UTC
    It's just occured to me how unusual it is for someone to be unsure of their own name, or to be considered two different people, for that matter.

    My parents forenames are Rosina and Lindsay so I was christened with the name Roselyn, which somehow morphed to Roselynne over the years. But no one ever seemed to be able to pronounce or spell my name correctly, so I changed it to rozallin, because people call me Roz anyway and there are only two ways of saying it as opposed to many.

    I'm planning on changing my name to my name by deedpoll when I turn 18 because some of my official documents are under R. Thompson, and some are under my father's surname (because my parents weren't married at the time I was born, so I took my mother's ex-husband's surname, and then unofficially changed my name to my father's surname when I went to school to stop me from being teased).

    Rozallin J. Thompson (I think)
    The Webmistress who doesn't hesitate to use strict;

      I read this a while ago, but only recently paid enough attention to notice the J. in your sig. Does that have a comparably interesting story? :)

      Makeshifts last the longest.

(Guildenstern)Re: Name Space
by Guildenstern (Deacon) on Oct 19, 2001 at 18:36 UTC
    Contrary to what most people think, my name is not taken (directly) from Hamlet. I had the joy of reading Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" in high school, and chose the name Guildenstern because he seemed to be the less stupid of the two. (Although that's really quite a SWAG, as people who've read the play or seen the movie know.) I used to engage in word tennis, and I really used to drive people nuts in chat rooms by simply saying "Heads..." over and over. I seem to have stopped doing those things, as it was always a pain in the butt to explain what I was doing.

    Negaterd character class uber alles!
Re: Name Space
by dga (Hermit) on Sep 05, 2001 at 19:10 UTC

    I have seen a some names that look like initials on here, which is the derivation of my name for here and a common *NIX thing to have as an id.

    The most famous of these I know of is of course rms, founder of the Free Software Foundation

Re: Name Space
by Limbic~Region (Chancellor) on Mar 08, 2004 at 19:21 UTC
    No - I didn't get the idea from the bad movie.

    I got the idea after reading the essays at the back of The Man Who Tasted Shapes by Richard E. Cytowic, MD. (read circa 1994) A lot of new ground-breaking research has been done into the brain. Some scientist now think it is our limbic region, and not the cortex, that makes humans different than other animals. The ability to have concepts such as love, money, and language where symbols stand for other things - some concrete and some abstratct. So without further ado...

    The limbic region is the area of the brain where creative thought is spawned.

    Cheers - L~R
Re: Name Space
by chip (Curate) on Nov 14, 2001 at 01:21 UTC
    Sometimes a chip is just a Chip.

    In a surreal moment sometime in the 80s, Time magazine named the computer as their Man Of the Year. The cover showed a generic CRT display reading something like this:


    I sometimes wonder at how significant my name was in my finding this excellently relevant career.

        -- Chip Salzenberg, Free-Floating Agent of Chaos

Re: Name Space
by suaveant (Parson) on Oct 19, 2001 at 22:56 UTC
    Alright... I actually have a story, so I might as well tell it... Back in my high school days (about '93) I was introduced to the BBS world by a school friend, and at his house connected to the ever popular local BBS... which had one phone line, about 20 current users and was run by a Land Surveyor/Bassist in Pemaquid Maine (real populous area :). That first time logging on JP (the sysadmin) happened to be on, and we were chatting with him... Well, whenever he would type my name (Anthony) the o kept turning into u or i... and so, to save some typos, I told him he could just call me 'Ant'. So, through buying my 2400 baud modem for my 8088 at a screaming 10Mhz to finding the internet at college, I have been Ant. Which, if you've ever been to a techie college you tend to get called by your online name more than your real name... so subsequently my friends, wife, and even my parents at times call me Ant... but I am Suaveant here.. and on CPAN... so where does all this come in?

    It's all ant's fault! That poop logged into the PM before I did and stole my name!!! (Oh well, at least he actually logs in from time to time...) So, I needed a name, so I used Suaveant, a play on my nick and the domain I own for email and whatnot. Also, since CPAN requires at least 4 letters for a PAUSE username, I figured I would stick to my PM name and use SUAVEANT....and there it is... the whole exciting story... :)

                    - Ant
                    - Some of my best work - (1 2 3)

Re: Name Space
by Daruma (Curate) on Aug 29, 2002 at 03:43 UTC
    Greetings, Monks!

    I have been using Daruma as a net nick and handle for many years. I typically attempt to register with Daruma before any alternates.

    Daruma is a Japanese name for "Dharma" or more specifically, "Bodhidharma". There are many legends regarding the monk named Bodhidharma. He is sometimes said to be the bringer of Mahayana (Zen) Buddhism from India to China in the 5th Century C.E. According to some stories, he was a meditator in the most extreme sense of the word. He once sat facing a wall for nine years in a meditative state. He was very strict with his students, and would force them to spend long, long hours, (days? weeks?) out in the cold snowstorms in the mountains of China. He is the reputed author of "The Bloodstream Sutra/Sermon" (my favorite) among others.

    Stories of his devotion to meditation include cutting off his own eyelids to stay awake during meditation! In addition to his credits regarding Buddhism, he is thought of by many as the founder of Kung Fu. Many modern martial arts systems trace their origins back to Bodhidharma. It is also legend that he brought tea to China.

    My study and interest in Daruma/Bodhidharma stems from my penchant for religious studies and my ongoing practice of martial arts. More modern references to Daruma in Japan and throughout the world are usually focused around "Daruma Dolls" and using them for goal achievement.

Re: Name Space
by Aristotle (Chancellor) on Oct 31, 2002 at 01:37 UTC

    For a long time I didn't post here, because, well, there's not much to say: Aristotle is my real first name. Not much of a story, is it? That was my reply to ybiC's idle request in the chatterbox whether everyone present had posted, too. But then it occured to me that it's not exactly a common first name, so the fact might be worth pointing out.

    And here I am. So now you know.

    [ Update: you may wonder how that happened to become my first name. First of all, it is not that improbable, being that I am Greek. (I was born and live in Germany, myself; my parents immigrated here from Greece. I speak both languages fluently.) Still, the name is still uncommon, even among Greeks. I happen to be called that because in Greek tradition, there is a strict system for naming children. The firstborn male gets the father's father's name; the second gets the mother's father's name. Same goes for the females named after the respective grandmothers. (If there are more children, as was often the case in older times, the chain went on to the include the grand uncles and grand aunts.) All that said, I'm the younger of two brothers and the name of my grandfather on my mother's side is, for whatever reason, Aristotle. And therefore, that is my name also. ]

    To spice things up a little, I'll mention the name that I used to go by, here and at many other places: Screamer. I uniformly dropped that nick for personal reasons a while ago. In order to avoid another similar situation should it ever arise again for whichever reason, I requested to have my account name changed to my real first name here although I assumed another pseudonym elsewhere. My real name is obviously not subject to change.

    Makeshifts last the longest.

      In Greek tradition there is a strict system for naming children. The firstborn male gets the father's father's name; the second gets the mother's father's name.

      Urm... so what happens if the father's father's name and the mother's father's name are the same? Does the second son get the same first name as the first — or is the naming scheme not so strict after all?

        Remember it is a tradition, one based on obligation within the family, but not the law. And naming the first son after his grandfathers’ shared name fulfills the obligation to both.

        Makeshifts last the longest.

Re: Name Space
by Arguile (Hermit) on Oct 27, 2001 at 12:26 UTC
    My name is actually a play upon a few terms.

    Let's just say I was involved in some schemes of dubious origin in my younger years (Zecho easily beats me though ;). A change of names was.. erm.. appropriate. I tried out various aliases but couldn't come up with anything that I liked. Then something just *clicked*.

    1. I had recently been reading some Chaucer and stumbled upon a term I hadn't heard before "argoile". Which is Potter's clay.
    2. Deas and Tuath of Argyle are two brothers in 8th century Scotland in a very humourous allegory. It's much more subtle than Swift, filled with half references and hinting at double meanings. In short I like it quite a bit.
    3. The pattern Argyle comes from the clan tartan of the that area.
    4. Guile, as I'm sure you all know, is cunning manipulation, skillful deception.

    Well this time I was choosing a nick for 'offical' fora so I wanted something that related (at least in my own mind) to what I was doing. At the time I was doing a lot of data modelling and database work.

    So Arguile is to 'cunningly4 mold1 data into a pattern3'. A little pretentious when put like that, but I was pleased with it.

    In addition to what's stated above, it also carried a few other connotation for me. I was concealing myself and reworking my persona, which seemed to fit. As well 3kBC-1.4kAD British Isles interests me greatly, and it sort of sounds like it came from within that period and area. It also fits into SCA/RPGs pretty well ;).

    Probably way more than you wanted to know; as most of the meaning is lost to anyone but myself.

Re: Name Space
by maverick (Curate) on Dec 27, 2001 at 07:32 UTC
    Once upon a long time ago, I went to school with 7 other people who share my first name (including one with the same last name). So we were all eventually picking up nick names.

    Mine came about from..shall we say a combination of youthfulness and profanity. In the sixth grade, I was in a bunch of advanced classes at a local community college. The chemisty professor, was this goofy sort of guy and at some point came to the discussion of the alkaline metals and their reactivity with water. I thought the guy was yanking our chains. So during break me and two classmates decided to test this out. So we placed a chunk of sodium metal on the professor's desk and started taking turns throwing a beaker of water at it. A couple of beakers, one loud boom, and a smoking crater later, the professor rushes in to see me standing there slack jawed with an empty beaker. "What the *bleep* do you think you're doing! What the *bleep* do you think you are some kind of *bleep* *bleep* maverick! I ought to have you arrest you *bleep* *bleep* *bleep*"

    It wasn't until college that it turned into a full blown replacement for my real name...I introduce myself as Maverick now. Most people don't know my real name, and I rather prefer that....I don't like it anyways.

    perl -l -e "eval pack('h*','072796e6470272f2c5f2c5166756279636b672');"

      After that kind of lead-in I am rather curious about what your real name is...

      BTW FWIW I once knew a guy who so hated his real name that he refused to tell it to anyone. Since he wouldn't give us a name, we took to calling him "Alice". I later found out that he was named "Trent", and I never understood why he hated it so much.

Re: Name Space
by FoxtrotUniform (Prior) on Nov 17, 2001 at 03:38 UTC

    Like most adolescent Internet geeks, I started out using "cool" Fantasy nicknames, usually my favourite character from whatever series I'd read most recently. Of course, changing one's handle every month or so isn't precisely consistent. For a while, when I was just posting to course newsgroups at university, I was just using my real name. I'm not sure why I decided to change back to a handle for PerlMonks.

    That said, "Foxtrot" and "Uniform" are military, aviation, or civilian radio words to represent the letters "F" and "U" over noisy radio connections (try distinguishing "dee" and "tee", or "em" and "en", over a staticy radio link sometime...). Predictably, they stand for "f*cked up" (hey, I have to grow old; I don't have to grow up!). While that describes me distressingly often, it's really taken from the title of a computer game I've been developing in my spare time, and I thought it would make a good moniker.

      Near Annan, in SW Scotland, there's place called the Golf Hotel, and I've always wanted to go there with a girl called Juliet ask them to play a Tango. But the best news is that when I was in aid work I knew a lot of Finns, one of whom was called Karsten Lemni; so his call sign was Kilo Lima; but in Finnish, Lima, so I'm told, means "Phlegm". So I'm just saying, handle with care :)

      § George Sherston
        When I was 16 and on one of my first solo flights,a falcon jet was sitting there - forever. I vividly remember it's tail numers 601SB. I was in this tin can for a plane being blown all over the place because I had nowhere to go. When I got on the radio asking if he was ready to go, I almost let out "601 Stupid B***h", it just rolled off the tounge easier.
Re: Name Space
by s173451000 (Initiate) on Oct 24, 2001 at 02:57 UTC
    s173451000? Can anyone guess? Probably not. It is the serial number to the very first trumpet i ever had way back in 6th grade band.
      Hey!!! That's the serial number of *my* trumpet that I lost a long time ago. Give me back my trumpet!



        Hell, my father had a *trombone* with that serial number which he lost in Singapore in 1962! It's obviously been stolen by a brass instrument Triad, chopped up and refashioned into a trumpet. I claim it on his behalf!

        § George Sherston
Re: Name Space
by mr_mischief (Monsignor) on Oct 26, 2001 at 19:41 UTC
    I'm quite certain everyone understands the _meaning_ of the moniker 'mr_mischief'.

    I was once a DOS user (locally, of course), and a VMS and *nix user remotely. This started in earnest when I was sixteen. My friends and I ran old-school dial-up BBSes on DOS and one guy did it on SCO with his own custom BBS code.

    We were also lucky enough to have stumbled across the Net in 1992 via tax-supported toll-free number for rural net access for Missouri residents. We dialed dumbterm into a Vax with lynx as a shell, and from there everything was a URL away, whether it was web, gopher, WAIS, archie, or telnet. We decided we needed a *nix shell, so we bought remote shell access for $10 a month, and it had FTP and zmodem. So, we'd dial into the free number, telnet to the shell, FTP stuff to there, and use zmodem through the telnet session and the dumbterm session to our own systems. Quite a thrill at 2400 and later 9600 bps.

    We did lots of crazy things, like trying many types of drugs, many types of computer and non-computer games, and lots of grey area computer usage. I was a bit of a hothead and a brawler in my teen years, and my friends noticed I liked to do things like put Scorched Earth on the highschool network, put Stunts on the programming class computers, show the teachers why they shouldn't store their test questions on the school's inadequately secured network, and create save-game cheats for computer games. I even broke the password protection scheme of a popular set of PC maintenance tools, Norton Utilities 6.0, but that was more due to the poor design thereof than any great skill on my part.

    Around the time my friends and I were dsicovering the possibilities of the BSDs, Minix, and this new thing called Linux (yes, we were some of the ones who looked forward to version 1.0.0), I was teaching people in the computer user's group my friends and I founded how to do some things which alarmed their teachers, parents, spouses, and others but which weren't really that big a deal. Around that time, my friends were all taking on lofty nicknames like Lord Stryfe, Lord Viper, etc. They'd all been calling me Lord Pyro, because my most notable MUD character was Pyro X and my BBS was called Pyro's Funhouse, with all the requisite red, orange, and yellow ANSI graphics schemes. They decided, though, that I was best known for having a mischievous streak to my personality, and dubbed my Lord Mischief. Not feeling particularly noble nor pretentious one day, I logged into a BBS as Mr Mischief, where I became fairly well known in the world of Citadel variant telnet-able BBSes (I was also 'God of the Night' on a few BBSes, which is not an evil name but one of duality, balance and such, but that name got me a rather strange group of friends and ...ummm, followers). I'm still Mr Mischief on a couple of those, I'm mrm on some systems, mischief is my work login and email username as well as my login and username many other places, and I'm mr_mischief1 or mrmischief more places than I care to count. Most of my friends from the original group have now followed my example by either dropping the title altogether, or softening it to 'Mr.' instead of 'Lord'.

    I originally tried to come here as mischief (and Slashdot, too), and when I found the name alreayd in use wonderd if I'd already logge din and forgotten, so good monk mischief and I got to know one another quickly when i apologized to him for emailing him his passwords. I created a new user, and here we are today.

    Sorry for being so long-winded, but it's the best way I have to explain clearly how I got the name.

Re: Name Space
by gregor42 (Parson) on Oct 16, 2001 at 17:40 UTC

    I humbly submit that my name is indeed my name but concatenated with the output for the ultimate obfuscation of Life the Universe & Everything, written by one of the great software authors of the 20th Century, and one hoopy frood who always knew where his towel was, the Late Sir Douglas Adams.

    And always remember, if you're lost, get behind someone who looks like they know where they're going.

    Wait! This isn't a Parachute, this is a Backpack!

Re: Name Space
by CubicSpline (Friar) on Oct 19, 2001 at 18:47 UTC
    I'm definitely late in hopping onto this node, but thanks demerphq for reminding us in the CB that it existed. GeorgeSherston++ for the cool node! =)

    I used to use names of my favorite characters from fantasy books. I've used Drizzt (R.A. Salvatore), Pol (Melanie Rawn), Perrin, (Robert Jordan), and Seldon (The Great Asimov). But, these names are often taken, so I wanted to get a nick that likely wasn't used.

    My junior year of college I took a math class called Numerical Analysis, which was an utter snore-fest (there were only 4 people in the class for gods sake!!). But I started hearing all these crazy mathematicians names and theorems and numerical methods. So I used nicks like Poincare, Legrange, but my favorite was CubicSpline. Cubic splines are a numerical method for approximating a curve (that's all I can remember three years later =).


      So I guess it is safe to assume that you cannot be extrapolated beyond the scope of your data points?1

      Oddly, I actually enjoy numerical methods.


      1 Cubic splines a nice for drawing curves that run through the points provided, but tend to do crazy things outside of those points.

Re: Name Space
by g0n (Priest) on Mar 12, 2005 at 18:44 UTC

    Why "g0n"

    It never occured to me that it could look like leetspeak (I wonder if it gets through spam filters). Quite simply, was the nicest of the 3 letter domain names I found, and I wanted a really short domain name to refer to my home server. After that I figured it was an easily remembered username. Boring really. Sorry.

    g0n, backpropagated monk

      Everytime I see your username, I think of a guy I knew in college from Oregon. This man accumulated nicknames like some people accumulate spare change. He picked up a new one when we met this girl at a party who introduced herself as "Tina from Argentina".

      In the spirit of the moment, somebody said "You should call yourself 'Gon from Oregon'!", and it stuck. College is funny like that.

      Now whenever I read [id://g0n] my mind goes "[id://g0n]... (fromoregon)".

Re: Name Space
by zakzebrowski (Curate) on Oct 19, 2001 at 18:53 UTC
    Well, my name is zak zebrowski... :) I have nothing to hide...
    Update Also: Found my old zebroz account which I logged on to when the site was young (node 6715 was my first question). I forgot my password, and then I lost access to that email account, so I created my 'new' zakzebrowski account. zebroz was my uid for when I attended college @ wpi.

Re: Name Space
by shmem (Chancellor) on Jul 03, 2006 at 11:18 UTC

    My nick? Share your memory whilst you have it!

    Ever since I was a toddler my life was linked to memory and death; my mother I can't remember, was too young when she passed; the memory of gone loved ones is lost forever for the living; there's suppressed memory in many families which leads to outbursts of calamities generations later. Life is memory.

    In one of my favourite books - "Cién años de soledad" - the last moments of Aureliano Buendía are described:

    "Entonces fue al castaño, pensando en el circo, y mientras orinaba trató de seguir pensando en el circo, pero ya no encontró el recuerdo."

    "Then he went to the chestnut, and whilst urinating he tried to think about the circus, but he couldn't find the remembrance any more."

    and then he dies.

    "Beneath each grave-stone lies a whole world's history." (H.Heine)


    _($_=" "x(1<<5)."?\n".q·/)Oo.  G°\        /
                                  /\_¯/(q    /
    ----------------------------  \__(m.====·.(_("always off the crowd"))."·
    ");sub _{s./.($e="'Itrs `mnsgdq Gdbj O`qkdq")=~y/"-y/#-z/;$e.e && print}
Re: Name Space
by BooK (Curate) on Nov 04, 2001 at 16:30 UTC

    Back in 1994, I didn't have a nickname, like the others in my engineering school. I felt I had to have one, to sign my articles in the school paper. Plus it was cool to have one.

    Since I loved books, and had grown a rather long goatee beard, I chose "BooK" (capital "B", capital "K"), whith the following explanation: "En anglais ça se prononce 'bouc', et en français ça veut dire livre.". Which you could translate as: "In English it pronounces 'bouc' (goatee in English), and in French, it means 'book'".

    Naturally, the goatee didn't last, since several girlfriends had me cut it and not grow it back. But most of my friends know me by this name, and I am quite used to it.

    I just have to be quick when a new online service opens, to be the first one to registrer my nick. This is the reason why I wish I had chosen a less common word for a handle!

      Pour fin, je sais! After wearing your Amsterdam obfu on a t-shirt for a year, I started thinking it was a syllabic transliteration of bouquet, implying that you were a florist friar (a great joke, poorly told)

      as for my own nick, I was full of myself at the time and I get the feeling it's too obscure to look like anything other than some initials or a dodgy games house.

      perl -e 'print qq(Just another Perl Hacker\n)' # where's the irony switch?
Re: Name Space
by sifukurt (Hermit) on Oct 19, 2001 at 18:43 UTC
    I've gone by SifuKurt online for many years. I used to go by Beowulf (when I wrote my Master's thesis, I spent more time with that particular Old English poem than I spent with my family). At any rate, in addition to being a programmer, I'm a martial artist and have been since I was six years old. (Just had a birthday, doing math in head....26 years.) "Sifu," pronounced "See Foo," is the title in Chinese martial systems, collectively known as Kung Fu, that is given to the teacher. Sifu literally means "teacher father." I teach three Chinese systems, Taiji Quan (aka Tai Chi Chuan), Chung-I Quan, and Wu Dan Snake System. I was awarded the title "Sifu" by my instructor shortly before he passed away. When I teach, I like to keep my classes somewhat informal, hence I prefer to go by first name, Sifu Kurt, rather than last name, Sifu Kincaid. Also Sifu Kurt is easier to say.
Re: Name Space
by talexb (Chancellor) on Dec 14, 2001 at 22:39 UTC
    With 86 monks already on the list, and me probably stuck at level 1 forever .. don't know if anyone's ever gonna read this .. oh well ..

    I'm "one of those people" who parts their name on the left. Alex really is my middle name, and that's the one I started out life with. It turned out that my Dad's younger brother Tim was killed in a car accident on the same day (in 1946) that I was born (in 1958); my Grandmother's older sister Meg suggested I be called Tim to commemorate him.

    After trying out the various names (I have a third name that no one's going to hear) my parents finally decided that 'Timothy' sounded best at the front, hence T. Alex Beamish. The reorganized "Alex T. Beamish" is, of course, wrong.

    About the accident: Tim was 12, my Dad was 14. Dad's parents were out shopping or something, and Tim was coasting down a hill on his bicycle in Hampstead (part of London, England) near the house where the family lived. Going out of control, he hit an off-duty ambulance, flew over the vehicle and landed on his head. The crew bundled him into the ambulance and roared off to the nearest hospital. My Dad, paralyzed with grief, didn't know what to do, and had to wait till his parents returned to tell them about the accident. They went off to the hospital as soon as they could, and returned a few hours later with the news that Tim had died of his head injuries.

    Dad lost a close, dear friend on that day. So I continue to wear the "T." with pride.

    And please, don't get me started on motorcycle riders who insist on their right to ride without a helmet.

    "Excellent. Release the hounds." -- Monty Burns.

Re: Name Space
by Nevtlathiel (Friar) on Mar 18, 2005 at 13:32 UTC
    Nevtlathiel is actually a mis-spelling of a nick I've used elsewhere (Nevtalathiel) and I normally use that as my sign-in name for things. I guess the day I signed up to perlmonks my fingers were just being rebelious! ;) It is apparently my elven name according to one of the many Lord of the Rings name generators out there and I believe it means something like "One who is near shade" but might be completely mistaken, I just like the way it sounds!

    Shorten it to Nev to make it easier to say/type :)

Re: Name Space
by Jazz (Curate) on Nov 16, 2001 at 22:35 UTC
    It's sometimes such a shame that you can only vote once on a node. This was one of the most entertaining nodes that I've seen here :) Excellent idea, George_Sherston++!
    jazz (jàz) noun
    1. Music. a. A style of music, native to America, characterized by a strong but flexible rhythmic understructure with solo and ensemble improvisations on basic tunes and chord patterns and, more recently, a highly sophisticated harmonic idiom. b. Big band dance music.
    2. Slang. a. Animation; enthusiasm. b. Nonsense. c. Miscellaneous, unspecified things

    Actually, my middle name is Jasmine, and of course, that was already registered. Everyone calls me Jazz anyway, so it suited.

    The slang definition suits me better, but it's probably novel to have just bought a bass to see if Jazz can learn to play jazz :)

Re: Name Space
by moxliukas (Curate) on Aug 27, 2002 at 10:59 UTC

    "My username is..." poll has reminded me that I have to explain my nickname.

    As you might already know, I am Lithuanian (which you could have found out through my home node). Moxliukas is not Lithuanian word strictly speaking, because there is no letter 'x' in Lithuanian language, however it is just a weird way of spelling the word moksliukas. You might ask why am I spelling it like that. The answer is not related to the usual scenario where moksliukas would be taken on every single website. The problem that I had with the nick "moksliukas" (which I have used for quite a while... probably for 4 years) is that it was too long for IRC (back in those days Lithuanian IRC servers only accepted nicknames up to 9 letters long), so I shortened 'ks' into 'x'.

    What does the word moxliukas mean, anyway? The closest translation to a single english word would be a geek, however the roots of the word are quite different in Lithuanian and the meaning is also subtly different. My nickname has it's roots in the word 'mokslas', which means science. 'Moksliukas' is a person who studies a lot (usually at school) compared to his peers. It has a slightly negative meaning (slightly nerdy). The nickname stuck because, well... I probably was a bit geeky/nerdy at school. A lot of people get surprised to find out that my nick is 'moxliukas' because I am 20 now, ant usually this word is reffered to schoolchildren, but I've had it for 6 years now, so I got used to it

      Liukas is a Finnish word and means slippery.
Re: Name Space
by sauoq (Abbot) on Oct 31, 2002 at 01:48 UTC

    Yes, sauoq is bones upside down. If it isn't, you aren't using a proper font.

    Once upon a time I used "bones" but found myself fighting for it on IRC. Then I noticed I could turn it upside down and... voila! A nick no one else wanted.

    Oh, "bones," in this case, is a shortening of "J-Bones" which is a nickname I've had since I was about 2 years old. I never used "J-Bones" as a username because I wanted something short and all lowercase with no punctuation. Somehow, "jbones" didn't look right to me.

    So, where did "J-Bones" come from in the first place? Well, a friend of the family was an excellent amateur guitarist and folk singer. I used to love it when he sang Mr. Bojangles but I somehow thought it was Mr. Bonejangles instead. That and the fact that my real name begins with a "J" led to the nickname "J-Bones." My parents still call me by that affectionate sobriquet on occasion even now, 30 or so years later.

    "My two cents aren't worth a dime.";
Re: Name Space
by Hero Zzyzzx (Curate) on Nov 11, 2001 at 06:00 UTC

    Here's my little bit on my name:

    When I was a kid, I loved the "books of lists" that you could pick up cheap, I'd read them and re-read them, among many, many other books when I was younger. I also have a strange memory, I don't remember poo in the short term, but I'll remember nearly verbatim something I read years and years ago.

    Anyway, Hero Zzyzzx was supposedly the least common name in the United States, according to one book of lists, so I figured I'd be pretty safe adopting it for my online handles. I rather like it, though it's kind of a pain to spell.

    The irony here is that my real name is probably as rare as Hero Zzyzzx, given that my wife has a rare last name, and my (ahem) maiden name is rare too.

    -Any sufficiently advanced technology is
    indistinguishable from doubletalk.

Re: Name Space
by jackdied (Monk) on Oct 19, 2001 at 19:51 UTC
    so many aliases ...

    jackdied is a mnemonic for finding my name in a directory. 'died' is the first four letters of my last name. When sysadmins balk I use 'jackd' on unix systems. If it is killing you trying to figure out the whole last name, try whois

    John Smallberries is one I used from time to time, until I found out there was another guy using it as well. It is from the "Buckaroo Banzai" movie.

    Then there are a bunch of others only used for particular projects (Nezarb, KRad (no kidding))and a flurry for muds and bbs (redman, brazen, stilgar, etc).

Re: Name Space
by shenme (Priest) on Sep 20, 2004 at 22:24 UTC
    'shenme' just means "what?" in Chinese. I thought it appropriately humble for a monk that knows he doesn't know, and will be saying that a lot. (Oh, and my hearing is getting bad, too.)

    And why am I learning (well, trying to) Mandarin Chinese? I needed to stretch myself in other directions, and I figure if I'm daily/weekly reminded of my weaknesses in this area, I won't possibly ever think myself superior in any. It's working...

    谢 谢 朋 友 门 (xie4 xie peng1 you men = thank you friends)

Re: Name Space
by poqui (Deacon) on Oct 19, 2001 at 23:19 UTC
    My story is similar to Suaveant's, to a point...
    I started online in about '92; I was already out of school a few years and had a job in D.C. where I had a loaner laptop with a modem and decided to try it out.
    I got into the fido net and a couple of local BBS's (TIDMADT, CrunchLand, Bubbles) and I was poking at things Pagan and such and didnt want to be identified IRL (I worked for the Guv'mint).
    So, when asked for a username, I casted about for a bit, and finally settled on the long version of my name:
    h.poquitou hydjnw
    the short form of which is spanish for 'a little bit' and is also the name of my miniature dachshund, Murphy's Poquito.

    IRL my name is Dean Murphy, and you can see one of the other connections to my online name by rotating the long version above 180 deg.

    BBS'ing and now Internetting is a kind of 'telepresence' experience for me, and I only expect it to get more and more that way (Esp when Geek Code C++++). And thats the rest of the name.

    "That that is, is... for what is that but that? and is but is?" Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act IV, Scene 2

    "Yet THAT which is not neither is nor is not That which is!" Frater Perdurabo (pseud. Aleister Crowley), Liber CCCXXXIII, The Book of Lies
Re: Name Space
by nefertari (Chaplain) on Feb 15, 2002 at 09:16 UTC
    nefertari is my third name. My real name is Judith Maria Nefertari Dohmann.
    I took it as a nickname because it is easy to remember for me. On some pages it was taken, so at "TheSims" I had to take nefertari-merit-en-mut which was the name of the spouse of Ramses II. I was named after her, because my mother liked her looks and the sound of the name. It's meaning is something like: "The beautiest (of them)". And merit en mut, means something like "loved by Mut" (a goddess of ancient Egypt).
Re: Name Space
by earthboundmisfit (Chaplain) on Oct 26, 2001 at 20:05 UTC
    I've gone through my entire life with a monosyllabic name -> Al
    I figured it was about time I had one that wouldn't fit on those annoying name tag pins.

    How did I settle on earthboundmisfit? My home node goes into it a little bit. Basically, I was listening to the radio on the Web one day when I stumbled across PM. Just as I was considering my login name I heard a certain lyric and just went with that.

    I've been considering changing to just ebm. That way I could make up all sorts of meanings for the acronym based on how I feel that day.

    Today it would be: entirely banal monk.

Re: Name Space
by phydeauxarff (Priest) on Apr 02, 2003 at 21:37 UTC
    Phydeaux came originally as a alternative username for me to use when I worked for an ISP years ago and management insisted that we use aliases when we wanted to do 'personal things' on the Internet so that customers would not attribute what we said or did as an act of the company.

    The name is actually a tribute to Larry Norman, one of my favorite artists

    the arf part came years later when I found that so many were using Phydeaux as their moniker.

Re: Name Space
by kwoff (Friar) on Oct 27, 2001 at 07:01 UTC

    'qu@f.f' was a somewhat minimal thing to put in a From line to an NNTP server, and it's derived from 'quaff', though I don't drink much so it's not really descriptive. Sometimes I would tell people that quaff, as a noun, stands for "a deep drink", so I'm "deep" :) plus it has a "still waters run deep" overtone. Maybe not.

    Anyway, I came across the word quaff in a poem by Longfellow called "The Skeleton in Armor", part of which I used as a .sig for a while:

    While the brown ale he quaffed,
    Loud then the champion laughed,
    And as the wind-gusts waft
    The sea-foam brightly,
    So the loud laugh of scorn,
    Out of those lips unshorn,
    From the deep drinking-horn
    Blew the foam lightly.

    I like that poem a lot for some reason, especially that stanza where the sea foam is wafted by the wind while the beer foam is wafted by the viking's breath. Also, in "The Raven" by Poe, there is a famous line that goes "Quaff, O quaff this fine nepenthe". Maybe you can tell that I was somewhat into poetry at that time. :)

    Finally, both quaff and kwoff are similar (five letters, 3rd character a vowel, last two characters the same) to my real name, Scott.

Re: Name Space
by &nbsp;&nbsp; (Sexton) on Mar 15, 2002 at 20:49 UTC

    Ahem... I'm just a little shy. That's why.

    The white hole.

Re: Name Space
by davis (Vicar) on Oct 22, 2001 at 18:25 UTC
    I've not got a sound reason for choosing davis, other than I just like it. Unlike most people, it's got nothing to do with my real name or any literary characters. Some of the time (notably Yahoo!), i'll be davis65536, 'cos I needed a memorable number. Sorry to disappoint :)

      Strangely, when I first got here a couple of years ago, I seem to recall that davis (which is my last name) was taken, so I picked d4vis in a panic. Oh, how I rue the day!
      Maybe the first davis got wiped or purged.
      These days I pretty much go by st_davis, which are first initials_last name, but given the closeness to St. Davis, I think it'd be presumptuous to use it here unless I actully reach sainthood.

      ~monk d4vis

        My Apologies!
        I've only just spotted you in other users - until then I had no idea of anybody so similarly named.
        Is this going out live?
        No, Homer, very few cartoons are broadcast live - it's a terrible strain on the animator's wrist
Re: Name Space
by PotPieMan (Hermit) on Oct 24, 2001 at 02:59 UTC
    PotPieMan is a name I came up with back in middle school (about 6 years ago, I think). I really like chicken pot pie (no turkey, thanks!), so PotPieMan naturally came to mind.


Re: Name Space (My 100th post!)
by djantzen (Priest) on Nov 14, 2002 at 03:43 UTC

    Update: thanks to a benevolent god, I've changed from "fever" to my for real username. But for old times' sake...

    The Monastery was the first place I ever used this moniker strictly speaking, although there is a history to it. It began in a discussion when I was an editor at the IU Knowledge Base regarding the examples we used on our search tips page to describe improper searches. Being a technical database, searches for course listings and basketball scores were common examples of what not to look for. We needed a change though, and our chief requested submissions for new examples. Mine were: "How much are tickets to see Def Leppard playing at Deer Creek on July 19?", and "What if I've been diagnosed with hemorrhagic fever?"

    About a year later I discovered Quake 3 Arena and after becoming agitated with the atrocious spelling during chat (yes I'm a bastard like that) I changed my nick to 'Hemorrhagic Fever'. Subsequently I was referred to most often as 'Hemm' (which reminded me of a Samuel Beckett character, but not in a good way (as if there even is a good way to feel like a Beckett character!)), 'Hemurageck' (and variations), and just plain old 'fever'.

    Now previous to joining the Monastery I'd tried various nicknames that meaned something important about me, but upon reflection they all seemed, well, retarded. Therefore, I chose to utilize fever here for its simplicity and nonsignificance. I wonder why I never considered 'Hemurageck' tho? :^p

    Updated to correct spelling -- d'oh!

      Huh. I figured it was a reference to Dr. Johhny Fever

      "What do I want? I'm an American. I want more."

Re: Name Space
by mojotoad (Monsignor) on Mar 11, 2002 at 10:03 UTC
    Great node, George, and thanks for the reference, demerphq.

    My name is the result of a confluence of events. I was quitting a long term job and in the process of setting up a corporation-independent identity on the Net. Up until that point I mostly used my initials, 'mps', usually associated with my job (other than some BBS-era adventures as Wang Dang Doodle, etc). As a part of this process I decided to grab my own domain name.

    I'd always been an avid mountain biker, but for nigh ten years I had been slogging along on the frankenstein remnants of a Schwinn High Sierra -- a bike that was okay in its day, back when the sport was still defining itself. I didn't know much about the "sport" at the time, as off-road biking was simply a natural extension of my days as a kid tooling around the Alabama trails and streets with the other neighborhood hooligans on my Mongoose BMX. Well, part mud & creek, part D&D excursions, transport was transport. Within those creeks and crannies, though, I was always on the lookout for any sort of creature I could find...snakes, salamanders, crawfish, frogs, lizards, toads, you name it. In particular I was fairly enthralled with the whole toad thing.

    So, later in life, I rode the living hell out of that Schwinn High Sierra; over time, the only original part left was the frame and one sprocket. During this same time I belatedly gathered a heavy appreciation for blues and roots music with stints in Nashville and Houston, not to mention an appreciation most other sorts of music. Hence I had songs about mojo's running in my head (yes, Doors too).

    About the time I was going through this migration to independence on the net, I rewarded myself with a treat. A wonderful steel-framed Ibis Mojo painted in an alarming, but gorgeous toad-green color. (picture circa 1997)

    When casting around for domain names, five years ago or so (pre Austin Powers II and it's shameful abuse of the word mojo), all of it -- the toads, the blues, the need for a name -- swirled around the catalyst of my new green bike. Up from the subconscious it hopped: Mojotoad.

    So after establishing the domain name, it was only a matter of time before it was adopted as my online moniker as well.

    Glad to be here, fellow monks. After more than a year of travel hiatus, it's good to be back.


    P.S. For the morbidly curious, if you are into mountain bikes and want to learn more about how much of a dog the Schwinn High Sierra was, there is a compulsive mountain bike catalogue collector out there. 1987 model. That should tell you why it was so heavily modified over the years, in the quest for hacked improvement of design.

      Given some of what you say perhaps you should look into an excellent mountain bicycle called the "Off Road Toad" (which I cant seem to find a decent link to, but whatever..)

      Btw, when I was a courier I rode a Klein or did until I cracked the frame :-( , but also rode KHS (nice bike) and Marin as well as a GT for a while.

      Ever checked out any of Brody's bikes?

      Yves / DeMerphq
      When to use Prototypes?
      Advanced Sorting - GRT - Guttman Rosler Transform

        i used to rock the toad. horny serial number 006. i wish that i could find one today and restore it. off road toad rocked disc brakes in 89. and forwards seat collars, and hite rites, and top tube cable mounting. god, what happened to mountain biking?
Re: Name Space
by chaoticset (Chaplain) on Oct 29, 2001 at 21:48 UTC
    I've always tried in my life to understand a little bit of everything; be as fluent as I can in many subjects; and understand as much of the things around me as possible.

    At the same time, however, my memory has hindered me. My episodic memory (that of events in my life) is particularly poor, to the point that I frequently forget what month something happened. Easy things become hard this way ("I paid the phone bill...didn't I?") and as a result I sometimes learn things and forget when I learned them.

    Things are moving in and out; I am a chaotic set.

    The reason I came up with it is because I needed a fairly clean, fairly short, and fairly understandable name for my workplace at the time (wretched tech support farm!) and this was what came to mind.

    I've used lancelot, larkspur, and seirakkha as nicks before, in chronological order, and abandoned each when the persona it projected no longer reflected who I was.

    It probably won't happen with chaoticset.

    You are what you think.

Re: Name Space
by McDarren (Abbot) on Feb 14, 2006 at 08:48 UTC
    Being extremely paranoid, I needed a nick that would adequately disguise my true identity. So I came up with the rather cunning plan of prefixing my real name with the letters "Mc" :)

    And the real story is that Darren is a pretty boring and common name, so I'm forever running into nick collisons whenever I try to choose it as a nick|handle. So I usually fall back on McDarren or MrDarren or something similar.

    The odd thing is that Darren is not (yet) taken on PM. I have no idea why I didn't use it - perhaps I just assumed that it would have already been taken. *shrug*

Re: Name Space
by Happy-the-monk (Canon) on Oct 23, 2003 at 12:01 UTC
    I've tied to use unique nicknames for over a decade, and failed. Two years ago a switched to using different nick names for almost every site. Happy The Man is a song (title and line from that song) which I like, so that was a natural one which I use elsewhere. I felt happy joining the monastery, so
    Happy the monk
    With the face that smiles
    felt just right.
Re: Name Space
by Xiong (Hermit) on Oct 28, 2011 at 18:50 UTC

    I'm not Chinese.

    When I planned to go live in China, I studied up ahead of time... for years, yes. I realized that if I did not have a Chinese name I would be given one... and I might not like it: a transliteration of my English name or a rude joke. English speakers all call me 'Bear' in meatspace. 熊 means "bear"; also, it is a common Chinese family name.

    However, we are not all in the Unicode world yet, so you may not even be able to render that character properly, let alone type it. Pinyin is a system of romanization(1) in which 熊 is represented as xiong. This tells nothing about what the character means but only indicates how a putonghua speaker might pronounce it. x indicates a sound midway between s and sh and the whole is pronounced in the rising tone, as a Westerner asks a question.

    In China, 熊 really is my real name. Chinese consider it so. For three years I signed contracts with my name and opened bank accounts with it. xiong means nothing but is short and unique.

    (1) 北京 is the capital of China and means, logically enough, "northern capital". In the Wade-Giles system of romanization this is rendered as Peking, in the pinyin system, Beijing. It may surprise you to know that these are pronounced exactly alike.

    Feste: Misprison in the highest degree. Lady, cucullus non facit monachum. That's as much to say as, I wear not motley in my brain....

      In a somewhat related note, I'm going to China for a week in September, and I'd be interested to find out how you prepared for living in China. Lanuage, customs, whatever.

      Alex / talexb / Toronto

      "Groklaw is the open-source mentality applied to legal research" ~ Linus Torvalds

Re: Name Space
by amelinda (Friar) on Nov 16, 2001 at 23:05 UTC
    I've (finally) discovered this nod, so I suppose I should answer (since I'm not one of the 'uses my real name' folks). So that this does not become a novel, I'll try to stick to the origins of amelinda.

    When I was very very young, my parents were AD&D gamers. My dad is an amazing DM. So, by the time I was 6 or so, I was playing along with them (and their group of mostly Ph.D. candidate players). I continued to play with this group throughout my childhood and adolescence. Fairly late on (just before we moved away and my dad stopped having time to play), we did a "let's play 1st level characters again for a change" campaign. Thus was born the character with the unlikely moniker 'Amelinda the Apostrophical.'1

    I use my real name2, just about anywhere I can, but my next choice is amelinda. I suspect I ended up using it here because I crossed over from Everything3.

    These days, I might have a hard time listing all the aliases and nicknames and handles I've used.

    1 Can you tell that, as an adolescent, I had a large vocabulary but didn't exactly know what they all meant?
    2 "real" I should say. I wasn't exactly born with this name. That is another story, however, and one that doesn't belong here.
    3 Yes, Everything. I started there back in the day, before it migrated to E2.
Re: Name Space
by Maestro_007 (Hermit) on Nov 07, 2001 at 22:43 UTC
    I was into music as a kid, and all I saw when I was a kid was Bugs Bunny cartoons where everyone was in awe over the appearance of "LEOPOLD"... he was the Maestro.

    I think I had a dream when I was about 10 that "they will call me Maestro". I think I had seen Dune about 200 too many times ("They will call me Muad'Dib").

    It started there. I had the first Maestro on AOL in the early 90s (maybe earlier?) up until my parents cancelled the account.

    After going through all the iterations of Maestro093n4k2, I finally settled on 007 as an affix because, well, you know why I chose it...

    The trouble came with Seinfeld. "He wants to be called the Maestro", "Elaine, call me Maestro!", "Oh sure, Leonard Bernstein gets to be called Maestro!".

    No, wait, back up. The problem started with international chat rooms. People assumed I was an Italian teacher. I didn't know the first thing about the origins of the word Maestro. I went with it. "Sure, grazi, I am the Maestro!!" Crazy, pretentious youth that I was...

    I was on a hockey team where people called me Zorro. I think it was because I was some sort of swashbuckling, elitist jerk. It didn't help when I said "you guys, could y'all just call me Maestro?" Painful, painful memories, resulting in my eventual demotion to goalie* (w/o padding).

    Long story short, the name Maestro has fallen out of favor in the past few years. Tack on the ultimate delusion of grandeur (007), and we're talking an uphill battle to gain respect anywhere on the Internet.

    "Why Maestro_007, why wouldn't you change your handle of ill repute, and call yourself something else? Even your middle name fer goodness sake!" My middle name is Ralph! Stigmatized by Happy Days forever! I can just hear the Breakfast Club now: "Your middle name is Ralph, as in puke!"


    * Goalie is fine for some people, but not when you're short, ungraceful, and your eyesight is less than optimal.

Re: Name Space -- Discipulus
by Discipulus (Canon) on Apr 16, 2018 at 11:34 UTC
    I remember me reading Create A New User

    > Likewise, choosing "PerlNewbie" as your username is also ill advised, unless you plan on remaining a newbie forever.

    I was wondering what name to choose for my first online community: I've already decided that online communities were not for me but I made an exception for perlmonks. The exception is valid after many years.

    I never considered to use my real name or part of it: as above stated this comes from a puerile sentiment: I had this exactly! The alter ego on the Net was more appealing than show myself. This is puerile but it's also part of the game: mimicry is a fundamental part of games: let's pretend..

    So what name to choose for myself, a middle age history student, a (sometimes international) volunteer worker, bricklayer and painter landed on the IT field for hazard? in a monastery too..

    discĭpŭlus discĭpŭli noun 2nd declension masculine:

    • follower, disciple
    • student, pupil, trainee
    The name is a forecast (nomen omen): Discipulus will never be a master. I'm here to learn, and possibly help younger than me students.

    I was called Disciplus and even Disci+ but please note that -ulus is a diminutive form, in this case of discens past participle of disco (if you read Eatalian..).


    There are no rules, there are no thumbs..
    Reinvent the wheel, then learn The Wheel; may be one day you reinvent one of THE WHEELS.

      When I was getting close to being ready to test for a martial arts black belt a long time ago I was having some serious trepidation about suddenly, magically morphing into an "expert." My instructor told me, "All a black belt belt means is that you're a serious student."

      I think Discipulus is an ideal username and my Italian is generally Pre-K. :P

Re: Name Space
by mildside (Friar) on Aug 13, 2003 at 02:00 UTC
    A friend of mine said I looked a bit like Lou Reed. (I've never seen Lou Reed and don't know if this is true, but others have said that this is definitely not the case, so who knows?) Then he added however, that instead of 'Take a walk on the wild side', for me it would be more like 'Take a walk on the mild side'. (I guess he thinks I'm not that wild.)


    Update: I've now looked at a few Lou Reed pics and chosen one that I think looks most like me for my home node. However, I don't think he looks very like me.

Re: Name Space
by Sweeper (Pilgrim) on Nov 27, 2001 at 03:01 UTC
    When I have first read the Perl Monks web site, I was under the impression that it was modelled like a Tibetan monks monastery. Just like Terry Pratchett's novel The Thief of Time that I had read a couple of months before that. So I adopted the name, or rather the nickname of a character of this book, the Sweeper. Actually, although he usually appears with a broom in his hands, this character is a wise man, but with a very unconventional wisdom.

    By the way, I am not Jarkko in disguise. I am another Pratchett fan who happens to be also a Perl fan.


    I just found that there is another monk coming from Discworld: gaspodethewonderdog

Re: Name Space
by idsfa (Vicar) on Jan 16, 2004 at 18:52 UTC

    It doesn't stand for anything.

Re: Name Space
by injunjoel (Priest) on Jun 02, 2004 at 21:41 UTC
    injunjoel is a play on Twain's villain injun joe from
    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
    and the Looney Tunes cartoon
    "Injun Trouble" (Clampett; 1938) with Porky Pig.
    I chose it since I am half "injun" so to speak (Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux for those interested) and my first name is Joel... a logical fit.
Re: Name Space ( Anonymous Monk )
by Anonymous Monk on Dec 24, 2004 at 06:48 UTC

    Before joining the monastery I turned state's witness against the evil empire. For my own protection, I entered into the witness protection and relocation program, leaving my previous identity behind. Now as a champion of all things Perl, I must never look back, remaining forever nameless, lest the forces of evil find me and silence me forever.

Re: Name Space
by basicdez (Pilgrim) on Oct 31, 2001 at 23:51 UTC
    Wanted to jump in and explain my name as well. My first name is Desiree, which thankfully due to the gods of my world has over the course of time been shortened to dez. I am known to many by dez and only people who do not know me to well still use the name Desiree. The basic comes in with a simple explanation of the fact that I am nothing more than a WYSIWIG person. I have no hidden agendas nothing fancy and wysiwigdez never really seemed proper, plus I have a deep and personal attachment to a special piece of literature titled the "Basic Text", thus basicdez has been my logon for years (6 anyhow). Thanks for listening. Now back to researching perl.
Re: Name Space (etcshadow)
by etcshadow (Priest) on Mar 14, 2004 at 06:14 UTC
    etcshadow - /et-see shadd-ow/

    Name from the encrypted password file on linux "/etc/shadow". I dropped the punctuation, though.

    It's Shadow, for short (not etc). If you want to think of it as a common-name / sur-name under the asian tradition, then go ahead, although that's not what it comes from. It's that it started out as Shadow, and then I later changed it to /etc/shadow... so I still think of myself as Shadow.

    Origin of the name: Back in spring of '96 when Quake deathmatch alpha first came out, I played under the name "Shadow" on my dorm net. Once quake became big on the actual internet, my quake addiction became enough of a problem that I had to quit (although, the route that I took to quit was via netrek, which was actually a far worse addiction... but it was so intense that after basically dropping off the planet for two months... I had to unplug myself hard). After starting my first "real" post-graduate job in '99, my co-workers eventually wore me down and got me started on half-life (it's like waving a bottle of Jack under the nose of an alcoholic... it was just cruel). Anyway, by this point in time, the net is littered with people named "Shadow", and, instead of just being belligerent about it ("I've been playing on the net as 'Shadow' since there were only about 100 people playing on the net, you jackass!"), I decided to change the name to "/etc/shadow". It seemed a good way to go, since I'm a linux lover. This led to the lamest on-line taunt of all time: "you don't even know what the /etc/shadow file is!" Wow. All I can say is... wow.

    Why Shadow, to begin with? Well, for one, it's a decent sounding moniker for gaming. Specifically, though, it's because I'm somewhat nocturnal, and used to write a lot of poetry with heavy night/shadow imagery. I know it's silly, but in highschool everyone thinks they're a poet.

    Anyway, it's a lame history... but what is really in a name? Would not a rose by any other name smell as sweet?

    ------------ :Wq Not an editor command: Wq
Louis_Wu (Re: Name Space)
by Louis_Wu (Chaplain) on Feb 08, 2003 at 20:59 UTC

    I first had to think up a screen name while I was in the dorms at university. I had just connected my new computer to the network, and I had to pick a name for the PC. I decided to pick a memorable character from the recently completed Ringworld trilogy, by Larry Niven.

    Then I found Slashdot, and Kuro5hin, and started to spend quite a lot of time online. I used my computer's name just for fun. To make my life easier, and because it seemed honest, I use the same nick at every site I join.

    Find me elsewhere:
Re: Name Space
by kutsu (Priest) on Jun 06, 2003 at 00:01 UTC

    kutsu can mean pain or anguish, and was given to me by my friends because: a) I'm in a martial art which bases it techniques on pain b) I like to cause pain c) I have a constant head ache. I'm off to find some asprin.

    Update: Since someone meantioned it, I go by kutsu and not kutsuu because many older video games only allowed 5 characters and kutsu is technically correct.

    "Pain is weakness leaving the body, I find myself in pain everyday" -me

        No, and I am not a shoe. Spelled 苦 痛

        "Pain is weakness leaving the body, I find myself in pain everyday" -me

Re: Name Space
by riffraff (Pilgrim) on Nov 07, 2001 at 01:45 UTC
    Okay, here is me: I used to run a bbs for 4 years, 90-94. I went through several handles (The White Horseman, P.Opus) before I got to Riffraff. I always used to sign my messages:

    Just some other...

    It was original with me (I hadn't yet seen Rocky Horror). Then I got The Pre-History of The Far Side, when he was talking about his riffraff in the zoo sketch. I thought it was funny.

    Anyway, usually I'm pretty lucky if I can get plain riffraff. I used to be, and (which is still active, amazingly enough). If I can't get it, I either go for /riffraff0+/, or riffraff169 (169 is the opcode for LDA in 6502 assembly), or riffraff234 (234 is the opcode for NOP), or even riffraff0xea (0xea is 234 hex).

Re: Name Space
by eyepopslikeamosquito (Archbishop) on Apr 22, 2017 at 23:44 UTC

    My head is hurting, my right eye feels like it's going to pop like a mosquito drinking from an expresso addict with high blood pressure, I want to crawl somewhere damp and dark and quiet and I consider never to touch a keyboard again.

    -- `/anick, after hacking all night in TPR02 Perl Golf tournament - cited in The golf course looks great, my swing feels good, I like my chances (Part I)

    Leaving things to the last minute as usual, like `/anick, I golfed all night to meet the damned game deadline ... then headed off to work the next morning with zero sleep. Insanity! When I got home that night, I felt exactly as described by `/anick above!

    Though we'd never met in person, `/anick and I had become friendly rivals during these crazy all night golfing duels. I remember trying to capture the essence of `/anick's quote in twenty characters, to meet the user name length limit. Sometimes typing the long name is a pest, but it's worth it because I almost never get a false positive when searching for eyepopslikeamosquito!

      Thank you. Ever since I saw your nick the first time, I read it as a compound noun (I'm german) rather than a condensed sentence. I'll sleep better now, knowing about that connection of you and `/anick, rather than feeling that some eyepopslikeamosquito are watching me from afar, after having read some of your nodes...

      perl -le'print map{pack c,($-++?1:13)+ord}split//,ESEL'
Re: Name Space
by mikeB (Friar) on Oct 20, 2001 at 00:02 UTC
    Nothing special here. First name, last initial.

    Don't bother trying to find me with one of those "internet yellow pages", though. Even with my full name there are several hits, only one of them me and none of the others related :)

Re: Name Space
by seanbo (Chaplain) on Nov 07, 2001 at 19:28 UTC
    Pretty simple. My name is Sean. My dad had a tendency to add 'bo' to mine and all my friend's names and call us by that. Mine just stuck. So, I use it pretty much everywhere...PM, ICQ, etc... It's open *MOST* places, but sometimes it's taken....annoys me when that happens, but I guess somebody else's dad is weird too.

Re: Name Space
by Beatnik (Parson) on Nov 22, 2001 at 20:51 UTC
    According to Merriam-Webster the word Beatnik means :

    a person who rejects the mores of established society (as by dressing and behaving unconventionally) and indulges in exotic philosophizing and self-expression.

    I believe code is my form of self-expression (I never said my self-expression was any good tho). Those that met me know I'm no hippy, altho I do have my fair collection of flashy shirts and hawaii boxer shorts.

    I actually heard the word Beatnik in an episode of the Simpsons, back when I was a kid (must've been about 8 years ago). It sounded cool and I never heard of the beat-generation or Jack Kerouac before. The name stuck.
    Before that I had a few silly aliasses on bulletin boards that probably died when Fido did :)

    ... Quidquid perl dictum sit, altum viditur.
(jeffa) Re: Name Space
by jeffa (Bishop) on Dec 04, 2001 at 21:29 UTC
    Wow - how did i miss this thread until now?

    jeffa simply stands for Jeff Anderson. However, some time ago someone asked me if it was Mexican - 'hehfey' - i guess that's what i get for associating myself with eduardo, who is of Spaniard descent. (and speaks better English than i do!)


    (the triplet paradiddle)
Re: Name Space
by Chmrr (Vicar) on Nov 12, 2001 at 14:06 UTC

    I recently got wind of this node, probably for the second time or more, though I forgot most of the fun anecdotes from previous readings. Anyways, I should fill in my name space.

    The "Chmmr" are a race from the Star Control series, which, excluding the third in the series, was a rather neat game. Forced to come up with a name on short notice at one point, I spelled it "Chmrr" -- and the (incorrect) spelling has persisted. Of course, pronouncing a name lacking vowels is always hard, so people seldom notice the incorrect spelling..

    perl -pe '"I lo*`+$^X$\"$]!$/"=~m%(.*)%s;$_=$1;y^+*`^ ve^#$&V"+@( NO CARRIER'

Re: Name Space
by BrentDax (Hermit) on Oct 30, 2001 at 00:09 UTC
    Mine's pretty easy. 'Brent' is my RL first name, and 'Dax' is the name of my favorite Star Trek character. I picked it up after warnings from my parents (I started using Prodigy sometime in elementary school) that there were Scary Bad Men on the 'Net, and that I should be careful and not use my real name anywhere. It also has the added bonus of sounding like a real name. (I've actually had mail and packages and stuff sent to me addressed 'Brent Dax'--I use the name almost religiously. Of course, I've also had stuff addressed 'Don Hessel' sent to me--I have no idea how that name got associated with my address.) Somewhat unfortunately I've started using it in serious programming efforts at a time where I'm getting close to job-getting age and would probably find a bit of...prestige isn't the right word, but is the right idea...useful, so I'm considering dropping the nick on p5p and p6*.

    --Brent Dax
    There is no sig.

Re: Name Space
by PodMaster (Abbot) on Aug 09, 2002 at 10:58 UTC
Re: Name Space
by Aighearach (Initiate) on Oct 31, 2001 at 14:47 UTC
    It all started when I met an amazing geek girl. After a couple weeks, she got me to go to her internet chess server of choice, and I figured I needed a good handle, and fast. I'd been doing net chat of one sort or another for a decade, but I never had a handle I felt at home with. So, I looked around the room... her waiting for me, and asking on ICQ what was taking me so long... I grabbed a Gaelic dictionary, closed my eyes, and fingered Aighearach. And, I liked it.
    Snazzy tagline here
Re: Name Space
by brianarn (Chaplain) on Nov 02, 2001 at 20:21 UTC
    To be honest, I don't like the name I use, but like MrNobo1024, I use it to be consistant.

    My oldest nickname at one point was Bucknut due to very odd circumstances (don't ask unless you really want to know) and I got tired of people changing the B to an F or assuming I was some perv.

    Then I started working for an ISP and had to pick a 'business' ID, and they just took the first eight characters of my name. No biggie.

    Then, as I went to other sites and tried to register, it kept saying that the stuff I wanted was taken, except for these eight letters.

    There's only been one site where they didn't work - really wish I remembered which. heh.

    Brian Arnold
Re: Name Space
by premchai21 (Curate) on Dec 27, 2001 at 06:40 UTC

    My user name is based on "premchai", with the 21 added to (almost) guarantee uniqueness. Premchai is my middle name, which I chose to use as a name here mostly because it was uncommon. premchai21 was (and is) even less common. :-) The only disadvantage to Premchai is that it, being a Thai name, is almost always pronounced incorrectly outside of Thailand...

      What a belated response, but I wanted to ask if you were thai with a thai middle name :)

        My mother is, but my father isn't. I was born in the USA, but I don't really consider myself to be of any specific nationality.

      How should one pronounce it? I have it reverberating in my head to rhyme with hem and cry... where am I going wrong?

      § George Sherston

        Let's see now... p unaspirated, r half-rolled-ish (between an English r and the unvoiced t in Tao), em pronounced like aim, ch actually somewhere between English j and English ch, ai pronounced like ie in tie, emphasis second syllable. "21" can be pronounced as in any language.

        I HTH (though it probably doesn't, much).

Re: Name Space
by submersible_toaster (Chaplain) on Oct 18, 2002 at 11:50 UTC
    I once wrote a basic program. Literally! <boom> </boom>
    Update: ..take my wife. Please.

    Sorry , ... in locomotive rom BASIC on an amstrad128K , it was for generating 'random band names' using lists of nouns and verbs/pronouns - spitting out random combinations like

  • running stump
  • polished cabbage
  • etc, submersible toaster I remembered for some reason, and the hour I connected my first modem it found a use. often abrv. to sbtoaster.

      I'm so glad you posted this, as yours was the username I've seen around that I most wanted to see explained. Presumably you're familiar with prior art. I expect there's a submersible toaster in there somewhere.

      § George Sherston
        LOL! This thing is great.. Or where have you heard of an antifork before? I must stop before I wear out my refresh button..

        Makeshifts last the longest.

Re: Name Space
by schumi (Hermit) on Dec 31, 2001 at 19:05 UTC
    Well, us people from Berne, Switzerland, are generally known to be slow, so no wonder I only just now stumbled over this node...

    My last name is Schumacher, and sometime back in school (way back really...) someone started calling me Schumi. To think that the nickname that stuck to me for the rest of my school career and beyond that was created by someone I didn't even like very much. Oh well...

    For all those who are either living in Europe or know otherwise about a rather famous Formula One driver called Michael Schumacher, let me make two points:

    • My nickname "Schumi" was created long before he even got to drive F1-cars...
    • No, I'm not related to him in any way.
    With a famous namesake like this, try to find a domain name still available... :-/

    So this is the rather boring history of my nick. Thanks to George Sherston for this node. As I don't have the time to read all the replies right now, this is going to be a place to come back to for some time... :-)


    There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls. - George Carlin

      tretin is a shortening of the medication Tretinoin (I hope I spelled that right). I saw the med on a pen at the hospital a few months back (I'm invovled in a clinical rotation program geared towards those interested in medicine, only I decided halfway through the year to switch career paths and go comp. science, but that's another node altogether...) and I thought it sounded cool so I started using it as my nick on several different platforms (email addresses to video games). Before that I was using the name Haldol (which is an anti-physcosis drug I think) and before that I was using the nick azch which is a combination of my first and last name.
Re: Name Space
by extremely (Priest) on Apr 25, 2005 at 22:08 UTC
    My nick "extremely" came about because my domain name is "". :) Plus, I have a history of picking adverbs for nicknames since they are much less likely to be picked than nouns, verbs, or adjectives. In the entire list to date per the index the only other nick ending in -ly is tily... so unless there is something "ti" that you can perform something else in the manner of I think I should be safe in asserting that adverbs are rare. :)

    These days I mostly use "furtively" or "furt1v3ly". I used furtively as a nick when playing first-person shooters and other online games. That one was picked because my play style is anything but furtive in manner.

    $you = new YOU;
    honk() if $you->love(perl)

Re: Name Space
by diotalevi (Canon) on Aug 08, 2006 at 21:10 UTC

    diotalevi is a mispelling of Diotallevi, a character in one of Umberto Eco's books. I don't know Italian and didn't realize my mistake until months later. I kept the mispelling because it wasn't clear from google whether one 'l' was wrong or not.

Re: Name Space
by atopolc (Pilgrim) on May 27, 2002 at 19:05 UTC
    I got mine from listening to the radio!

    I had just finished listening to one of my favorite CDs and thought I would listen to the radio for a while. The first Song I heard on the radio was from a band that had the same lead singer as the CD I just finished listening to. I thought it would be neat to intermix the two band names and it provided an interesting nickname.

    'A Perfect Circle' > APC
    Tool + APC ~ A + to + P + ol + C = Atopolc

      vroom was taken :-/ ..

      But seriously, My nick has deep roots going back about 7 years. My favorite band in the world, Deftones, Inspired my original IRC nick DeF4u which was then shortened to DeF, Well, after being asked if I was Deaf hundreds of thousands of times, I decided to give my then seasoned nick a little pizzazz. Having been dubbed as defiant by several of my friends for my actions at a previous employer(long story), I decided to add the yance to my nick(defiance just didn't look right). That's my story and I'm sticking to it..

      -- Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of defyance.
Re: Name Space (ysth)
by ysth (Canon) on Apr 05, 2004 at 08:06 UTC
    ysth are my initials (actually yst, but cpan won't let you use just three letters so I added another and then used the same four here). My full name is Yitzchak Scott-Thoennes; the Thoennes was mine from birth, and the Scott from my wife. Hyphenating was a last resort after we failed to pick a completely new name to share; she just wouldn't go for "Baggins". Amusingly, just a few generations back, my paternal ancestor was named Brown but adopted into a Thoennes family, while my wife's paternal ancestors were named Shwartz or some such but changed to sound more English after immigrating to England. I often get entered in brain-dead hyphenless software programs as SCOTTTHOENNES and the clerk finds the three T's in a row hard to believe.
Re: Name Space
by robsv (Curate) on Feb 06, 2002 at 19:53 UTC
    $nick = lc(substr($first,0,3) . substr($last,0,2));
    "Rob Svirskas" (my real name) was transformed to "robsv" to make a username on the first multi-user computer I had an account on - the mighty VAX 11/750 (which ran at a smokin' 6 MHz). I've stuck with that name ever since.

    - robsv
Re: Name Space
by Molt (Chaplain) on Jun 10, 2002 at 11:01 UTC

    I really wish I could give a good and sensible reason of why I chose this name, but unfortunately like so many of the things I do it's doomed to spiral into silliness.

    There was a system I was becoming a member of, and it naturally requested I entered a name. I tried a couple, based on previous real-life nicknames (Those I quite liked, anyway) and corruptions of my surname.. all were already taken, or clashed too much with those which already existed.

    Thinking "Well, it's not something I'll have to live with too long" I decided that it didn't really matter too much, so I closed my eyes and began typing with my nose for a while. After a few repetitions of this the name 'tlom' appeared on the screen, I just thought it looked better the other way round so reversed it.

    This was something like seven years ago now, and it's now become very much my default username and something I have that odd fondness you get for names after a while.

    I am now thankful to my nose and it's naming potential.

      I think this is particularly interesting, since "to molt" means to shed an old skin. It's a growing process, and one of renewal. It would not have surprised me a bit to find that was the reason for it as a nickname, as so many online handles are chosen for a sense of renewal from a previous one that doesn't fit so well after a few years.
Re: Name Space
by mifflin (Curate) on Jul 20, 2005 at 21:37 UTC
    Mifflin, because:
    In 7th grade (too many years ago) I had a History teacher that liked to do historical simulations. One of these was the Constitutional Convention of 1789 where each student played one of the delegates. I played the delegate "Coatsworth Mifflin". My friends seemed to think it was funny so they started calling me Mifflin, and it stuck. I've since used it as my 'handle' on many message boards over the years.
Re: Name Space
by Wassercrats (Initiate) on Jan 16, 2004 at 17:22 UTC
    I was referred to this thread twice this week, so I guess I'll add myself to it. A few years ago, had to think of a name for myself for a video game I was playing. Wasser came from my HS math teacher, Mr. Wasserman, and I might have spliced it with "democrats" for the end...or maybe I thought up "crats" on my own. It just sounds right. I'm still waiting for the name to catch on. Please consider naming your baby Wassercrats.
Re: Name Space
by beretboy (Chaplain) on Nov 11, 2001 at 20:48 UTC
    I figured I would have to explain my username eventually. You see when I was first logging on to IRC I had a habit of wearing berets. I used the nick for a while and it stuck even after I lost my beret. I have since bought a new one and have lost it to. I am currently seeking to obtain yet another beret, which I hopefully will not lose :-( UPDATE: I found my hat! w00t!

    "Sanity is the playground of the unimaginative" -Unknown
Re: Name Space
by Veachian64 (Scribe) on Nov 11, 2001 at 22:56 UTC
    Well, the Veachian part comes from turning my last name (Veach) into an adjective. Whenever I'd write a program or something and I'd go to name it, a name like "The Veach Thingie" didn't sound right to me, but "The Veachian Thingie" did.

    As for the 64, I chose it because a lot of the titles of Nintendo 64 games (and the console's name itself) seemed to just be a normal title with 64 stuck on the end for the heck of it (Super Mario 64, Pilotwings 64, Wave Race 64, etc). So I decided just to stick the 64 on the end of my nick for the heck of it too. Now that the GameCube's out though, I don't think we have to worry about that anymore.

    It's important to note though that there's no space between 'Veachian' and '64'. It's a pet peeve of mine when people refer to me as Veachian 64, heh.
Re: Name Space
by sulfericacid (Deacon) on Apr 05, 2003 at 14:14 UTC
    Sulfericacid kind of has a history... About 9 years ago when I made my first screen name I was Acid. Eventually everyone started using that name making it hard to get it registered as an email address and as a chatroom login. That eventually changed into AcidRain which didn't take too long to discover that was just as bad as Acid was *sigh*. So I changed it to sulfericacid (intentionally spelling it wrong so no one else would have it), had this name for around 7 years now.

    "Age is nothing more than an inaccurate number bestowed upon us at birth as just another means for others to judge and classify us"

Re: Name Space
by cacharbe (Curate) on Dec 19, 2001 at 19:25 UTC

    Charles A Charbeneau

    It was my first login handle while in college, and it
    stuck. I still have friends that call me "Ka-Shar-Bee"
    *shrug*. I've gone by others, but they just didn't "feel"


Re: Name Space
by Putzfrau (Beadle) on May 22, 2002 at 19:03 UTC
    The story of my name is usually a long one told over a few pints of beer. So i'll keep it short and sober this time. Roughly 3 years ago, when i first started college, I moved in with some frineds of mine from high school. One was a slob, the other attended a German class, and the last one(me) tried to maintain somewhat hygenic conditions. Being the one with the highest standard of orderliness... I ended up doing most of the cleaning.

    Half way through that year my friend who attended German class started calling me "PutzFrau". Which to my suprises, is supposed to mean "Cleaning Lady" in German. Woe is me. At first it was an insult, but later i adopted it as my gaming name, as a symbol of the shit I had to clean up, for our friendly games of CS. And since then i wear the title with pride.

    I've been told that this meaning is incorrect. But I dont care. In my mind those times will ever be known as the age of....
    "Das Eisen Putzfrau"
    "The Iron Cleaning Lady"

    "The way of the Hacker, the Way of the Sword and the way of Zen are identical, for they have the same purpose - that of killing the ego." -- Adapted from Yamada Jirokichi
      I'd say the meaning is pretty close ... I do not speak german, but... translates putzfrau to charwoman
      Personally I have never heard that term so I fed it back to
      We get three meanings all of which are basically "Cleaning Lady"

      putz frau translates to finery woman
      It does, indeed, mean "cleaning lady"
      *in the know*

      Putzfrau (no camel case) indeed means cleaning lady. The iron cleaning lady would be die eiserne Putzfrau.

Re: Name Space
by jynx (Priest) on Oct 09, 2002 at 17:19 UTC

    i've debated signing on as jynx_d_mouse for the purposes of this post, but have eventually decided against it. i will still explain the mouse bit though (since that's where you'll find me in most other places)...

    First of all, jynx comes from way back when i was first starting junior high. The person i was carpooling with and i got along great for the first few weeks, and then things exploded. We started calling each other names. Eventually he realized that a bastardization of one of my names (not mentioned here to support anonymity) was the word 'jinx'.

    The following year he left, but my nickname stuck. Except that instead of being dirty it was used as a pseudonym, and my friends used it frequently in good sport. When i went to highschool i tried to keep it, but to no avail. So it got shoved in the background. Then when i got to college i started getting into computers and my online moniker became 'jynx'. The explicit typographical error was to display that the name has become my own instead of the insult that it was originally intended. When making usernames for new accounts i always try jynx first, and if that's taken i use jynx_d_mouse.

    Mouse came later during college, when i discovered that my favorite author is Dostoyevsky. The man is genius (but i'm biased). In particular in Notes From Underground he states what defines a man as a mouse. At the time i fit the description perfectly. i would like to say i still do, but things have been changing, so i don't know at the moment. i'll have to reread it and rethink it and find out soon...

    nuf evah,

    PS A fairly complete listing of those who have registered their name space can be found here on my account (thank you, jcwren!)...

Re: Name Space
by shadox (Priest) on Nov 16, 2001 at 20:09 UTC
    For me, my nick was the result of a lot of your username is already taken! in a lot of sites ( including this :), with the username shadow, so i wanted to add something to shadow or change something, so after a few coffee cups i did decide to change the w for a nice X, and the result was my actual PM and some other sites username.
    Dreams they just disapear into the shadows,
    then they become true....
Re: Name Space
by ww (Archbishop) on Mar 26, 2005 at 22:39 UTC
    ww is the monk formerly known as (pre April 05) as schodckwm which was objected to as "an invitation to typos" by several Monasterians... and which, in fact, was a result of mine own "fat fingers"....

    I built and maintain for my town (well, ya' gotta give back something besides taxes).. and concluded (wrongly, but that's another story) that schodackwm -- where "wm" was an idea of how to id "the webmaster" -- would be a fine monkly appelation.

    Sad to say, my fingers betrayed me...

    At least some monks who felt impelled to reference or msg me clearly wished I'd picked the TLD... but in light of further comments, I msg'ed the gods to change to something even easier to type... (and which happens to be the abbrev for my fname lname (in fact, you can pick the order that suits you) a petition which they graciously granted.

Re: Name Space
by choroba (Cardinal) on Apr 22, 2017 at 20:50 UTC
    Choroba means "disease" in Czech. When I was 14, I got glandular fever from a friend because she was infected and shared her bubble gum with me. I had to stay at home for a month, and when I returned to school, someone said, "Look, Mr. Disease is back!" And the monicker has stayed with me since.

    ($q=q:Sq=~/;[c](.)(.)/;chr(-||-|5+lengthSq)`"S|oS2"`map{chr |+ord }map{substrSq`S_+|`|}3E|-|`7**2-3:)=~y+S|`+$1,++print+eval$q,q,a,

      So, when you were young you had a fever? Did your hands feel just like two balloons?

Re: Name Space
by robot_tourist (Hermit) on Jan 14, 2002 at 20:13 UTC
    While revising for my A-Levels, I listened to Steve Lamacq a lot on BBC Radio 1 and discovered several amazing songs, like "Dogmanaut 2000" by Frigid Vinegar (the anthem of Radio 1 alternative in 1999, but not in 2000 for some reason) and of course "Robot Tourist" by a band called Ten Benson. However, I don't smoke and would never encourage it.

    How can you feel/when you're made of steel/I am made of steel/I am the Robot Tourist.

      Please don't encourage robots to smoke, smoking hardware is not a good idea.
Re: Name Space
by penguinfuz (Pilgrim) on Oct 22, 2002 at 13:54 UTC
    I chose the moniker "penguinfuz" shortly after getting into computers about 5 years ago. The 'penguin' part is linked to the mascot of a certain OS, while the 'fuz' part has double meaning:
    1. My perception of all new things... fuzzy.
    2. My favourite image of wet penguins, they just look fuzzy IMO!
Re: Name Space
by antirice (Priest) on Jul 06, 2003 at 23:11 UTC

    I got my name from my neighbor, actually. He's one of those creative people who likes to make his car as ugly and obnoxious as possible, a term known as "ricing" his car. He owns what used to be a '01 Honda Accord. That was until he added a wing to the rear of his vehicle, added some euro lights, put a can on the exhaust, and added some japanese characters large enough to be seen from space and which he has no idea what they mean to both sides of his vehicle (a friend of mine who was stationed in Okinawa says it means "dog outside". ???). A note on the "can". We can all tell when he's driving somewhere within 10 miles of my house...I promise, it is that loud. Last week, he added a 200 shot of NOS. This with a slightly altered engine is not a Good Thing™. He will blow up his car...if I don't do it first.

    The first rule of Perl club is - use Perl
    ith rule of Perl club is - follow rule i - 1 for i > 1

Re: Name Space
by count0 (Friar) on Jan 24, 2002 at 20:21 UTC
    I thought I'd chime in and give the (brief, probably obvious ;) background to my nick.

    As I'm sure a lot of you can guess, I basically adopted it from Count Zero by W. Gibson. I started using it on dialup BBSs after I first read it, in 1990 when I was 10. Not the most creative, or original nick.. but it just kind of stuck, and is the name by which people know me =)

    My less frequently used nicks (on various IRC networks) are 'strat' and 'mstrat', both abrieviations of my real name (Mark Stratman)... and usually my shell logins.
Re: Name Space
by allolex (Curate) on Feb 26, 2003 at 14:04 UTC

    Mine's a Linguistics in-joke. Actually, not many linguists will get it, either, but I thought "allolex" sounded cool.

    allolex < allo- 'other', lex 'word'

    Actually not much of an in-joke, really. But I still think it sounds cool. Oh, and no one else could have possibly come up with it.


Re: Name Space
by pernod (Chaplain) on Jul 07, 2003 at 10:19 UTC

    My nick was generated automatically on the universtiy unix system as I started my CS degree. It is a contraction of my first first-name and an asciification of the start of my last last-name. (I think my parents thought giving me two first- and last-names was some kind of bonus...)

    The contraction is entirely logical, but pernod is also the brand name of a rather well-known french aperitif of the pastis type. I had never made the connection myself, so I've hung on to this nick ever since.

    The fact that I don't really like Pernod (or any type of pastis) at all is of no importance, though. I much prefer dry vermouths ;)

    Mischief. Mayhem. Soap.

Re: Name Space
by stefan k (Curate) on Nov 09, 2001 at 18:20 UTC
    How could I miss this thread? Thanks to demerphq for mentioning that in this sig.
    stefan k is pretty obvious: first name SPC abbrev last name (kamphausen, as you can pretty well gues from my Location and signature).

    Still there is somewhat of a story.

    I've been nicked 'kampi' for many years (my memory goes back to my 5th year in school; it must have been invented by whoknows in those days) and I am known by that name to several communities (like e.g. freshmeat, It was just a few days before I came across PM that I met some australian person and was told that 'campy' (which is the obvious english pronounciation of kampi) or 'camp' is slang for homosexual or at least behaving that way. Disclaimer: I am not in any way against homosexuals ... it's just that I ain't one ;-)
    Then I thought about it and said: well, just pronounce it correctly: cum-pee ... uhm ... yeah ... That wasn't a hit, too ;-)

    So I was just in the process of generatin a new nick when I came here first and thus took a simple adaption of my real name. Now I use 'ska' (which takes the real name, too, but makes something better from it) as my username on my home machine but I need one or two more syllables before I got a good nick.

    Thanks for listening :)

    Regards... Stefan
    you begin bashing the string with a +42 regexp of confusion

Re: Name Space
by dthacker (Deacon) on Nov 10, 2001 at 00:45 UTC
    It's my name. I'm also known in many circles as bluestrain. I'm actually registered here as bluestrain, but the account is apparently pointed to an email address I no longer have.


Re: Name Space
by rattusillegitimus (Friar) on Jul 01, 2002 at 18:06 UTC

    In my case, my usual pseudonym was already taken when I stumbled upon the Monastery, so I settled on my favorite fallback.

    Quite a while back, in response to people making typos in my name on an online chatroom, I made the unfortunate claim that I would answer to pretty much anything. Several people immediately decided, due to my penchant for being rather blunt in my interactions, to call me the "rat bastard." The name stuck, though one person for reasons known only to herself, kept trying to change my name to "paco."

    I decided to pseudo-latinize it to make it slightly less offensive, and the rest is history. When I'm feeling truly full of myself, I append "rex" to indiciate I am truly the Lord of the Illegitimate Rodents. ;)

    -rattus illegitimus rex

        My Monastic education was sadly lacking when I made my original post. I have since taken accelerated classes in Monastery culture and am quite up to speed now ;)
Re: Name Space
by samizdat (Vicar) on Aug 23, 2005 at 18:49 UTC
    holli says that a wildesel is a wild donkey. 'Fraid my pseu is not so colorful.

    Wilde is my familial, 'will-dee', from old German pronounced 'vildeh', or 'of the wilderness'. My family roots are from the old North Woods of Germany until 1838.

    I work at Sandia National Labs in the US of A, which is why the extension.

    and unshift 'd' for my first name, Don.

    UPDATE: {tnx 4 tickle, g0n!}

    Changed to 'samizdat' with meaning as linked to on home page, inasmuch as I no longer work at the Labs. Now working quite happily on a redundant embedded Linux PowerPC that manages a big blade chassis for a major computer company in Round Rock, TX.
Re: Name Space
by ilcylic (Scribe) on Mar 28, 2003 at 20:43 UTC
    My MonkHandle, "ilcylic" was born of an attempt to come up with a unique identifier that I'd be able to use on IRC, ICB, various 'net BBS's, and other such places requiring one, that I'd never have to worry about not being able to get, because it doesn't mean anything. I just started typing out random "username length" strings, and seeing which ones looked interesting and were vaguely pronounceable. I came up with ilcylic, though sometimes I use 'il cylic' if I'm actually signing it somewhere.

    -il cylic

    Section 66: Cruel, unjust, and dedicated to death.
Re: Name Space
by thunders (Priest) on Nov 25, 2002 at 14:33 UTC
    i'm quite late in posting here. thunders is the last name of Johnny Thunders, my favorite punk rock guitarist of all time. I use my stage name FrankyPelvis on some forums, cause often thunders is taken.
Re: Name Space
by giulienk (Curate) on Nov 11, 2001 at 23:40 UTC
    My real name is Giulio and one of my sister's schoolmates used to make fun calling me after "American Gigolo" main character: Julian Kay. So giulienk is just an Italic way to spell it ;)
Re: Name Space
by blakem (Monsignor) on Nov 12, 2001 at 11:21 UTC
    Since I'm mentioned at the top of this thread as "having shared my etymology" I suppose I probably should... (My first comment involved a long lost trumpet, not etymology)

    My full name is 'Blake David Mills IV' so most of the handles I've had are some variation on: 'blakem', 'bmills', 'bdm', or 'biv' ("Blake IV" => 'biv').

    I tend to associate bmills with work, since its been the login assigned to me at my past three jobs. 'blakem' is my favorite though. It was my login in college and lots of peers called me blakem both online and off. 'biv' is a short prefix I use sometimes when naming programs and such (e.g. bivnn.cgi) but is too common to use as a defining login name. I also use a scrawled biv when legal documents ask me to initialize something.


      Well now you've been and gone and messed up the system... I'm afraid my puny non-fuzzy logic script only picks out the first node from each person in the thread. This is a fault. I know! I'm sorry! Anybody who has the time / skill to do better than this - let me have it, sibling:
      #!/usr/bin/perl -w use strict; use CGI qw(:standard :cgi-lib); use LWP::Simple; my $url = ""; my $html = get $url or die "could not get $!"; my %names; while ($html =~ s/=(\d*?)&lastnode_id=110166">[^<]*<\/A><BR> by <A HRE +F="\/index\.pl\?node_id=\d*&lastnode_id=110166">(.*?)<\/A> on \w{3} \ +d{2}, \d{4} at \d{2}:\d{2}//s) { $names{$2} = $1 unless $names{$2}; }
      update: I notice that demerphq has done this already... as has crazyinsomniac

      George Sherston
Re: Name Space
by belg4mit (Prior) on Dec 11, 2001 at 03:32 UTC
    Well I suppose I should post mine here, I'd been putting it off:

    I got online spring of '96. This was my senior year in high school. I had just returned from a year as an exchange student in Belgium, and had been accepted to MIT for the fall. So I chose

    belge (Fr. belgian), MIT (En. Massachusetts Institute of Technology). I honestly don't know why I chose 4 to join the two.

    Anyways I kept the name when I arrived at MIT to make it easier for others to email me (that was the plan) but MIT restricts you to 8 chars so I lost the 2nd e. I use it now because it's more unique than 'bob'.

    perl -p -e "s/(?:\w);([st])/'\$1/mg"

Re: Name Space
by ehdonhon (Curate) on May 11, 2002 at 00:33 UTC

    Ehdonhon actually means "Fire" in the language of the Deleware Indians.

    A while back, when I was in the boy scouts, I was a member of something called the "Order of the Arrow" which models a lot of its customs after the Deleware Indians. If there are any other fellow OA members here, they will understand what I mean when I say that Ehdonhon is one of the words in my Vigil Name.

    Ahoo Ehdonhon Edeh Hdahne

Re: Name Space
by jkva (Chaplain) on Feb 10, 2005 at 13:04 UTC
    They're my initials... plain and simple.
Re: Name Space
by dws (Chancellor) on Dec 11, 2001 at 03:52 UTC
    "dws" are my initials. Back when I did my serious teething (on PDP-10 assembly language), the practice was to use initials when signing code. The practice stuck. I have been, at various times and in various contexts,
    dws:   (anyone remember TOPS-10 ersatz devices?)
    -- dws
    I tried for, but the Dallas Wind Symphony beat me to it. Better them than me, I suppose.

Re: Name Space
by strat (Canon) on Mar 12, 2002 at 12:44 UTC
    Somewhen in 1995, I needed a nickname for IRC. As I liked to play with my E-guitar (a Fender Stratocaster) very much, my nick became Strat, first on IRC, and then in RL, too, when I got to know more and more people from IRC.

    A short explanation is also on my homenode...

    Best regards,
    perl -le "s==*F=e=>y~\*martinF~stronat~=>s~[^\w]~~g=>chop,print"

Re: Name Space
by snapdragon (Monk) on Nov 12, 2001 at 16:46 UTC
    I'd love to be able to say that my alias is significant and says something meaningful about me... something like "in my past life I was a dragon" or "I really like playing snap".

    Unfortunately the nick came about when I was eating a sesame snap whilst think of a nick to use. And as 'sesame' is a bit difficult to spell (well for me anyway) I kept the 'snap' part and tagged a 'dragon' on (cos it sounded better than just plain snap).

    Kinda boring really.

Re: Name Space
by castaway (Parson) on Jan 15, 2003 at 12:58 UTC
    Like some others, my name also started out being a character in a MUD (started 1993, still playing various ones). I chose it at the time because Stings 'Message in a bottle' was going through my head.. And thats why my .plan in MUD is usually:
    Just a Castaway An island lost at sea Another lonely day No-one here but me More loneliness Than anyone could bear Rescue me before I fall into despair.
    So there you go.. And nothing whatsoever to do with a certain Tom Hanks film, who should be paying me copyright ;)

    - Plain old 'Jess Robinson' in RL -

    C. (or 'Lady C.' or 'Castaway')

Re: Name Space
by Cowbert (Initiate) on Jan 28, 2003 at 03:29 UTC
    Ya. So in 1995 or so, I was introduced to the wide world of IRC and needed a nick. Now, at this time the reason why ended up on IRC was because I had started working on RC5-56 with the folks at At the time, I was an avid reader of Scott Adams. Because the RC5 project was also known as the Bovine RC5 project at the time, and cows were definately cool, I realized that Dilbert(tm) was missing a character. There was Dilbert, Dogbert, Catbert, Ratbert, and Bob but no ruminants, so I decided to spin off a new character called Cowbert.
Re: Name Space
by Dog and Pony (Priest) on Mar 28, 2002 at 16:32 UTC
    "Dog and Pony" obviously comes from the expression "Dog and Pony show", which usually means something that doesn't really do anything, but looks really fancy, and thus is showed to customers and management so they will be impressed. And usually demand that you release this "product" next week.

    The reason why I did pick it isn't because I like those shows though. :) It comes from this poem, which did, and still does, comfort me at times when salespersons and management promises stuff that they know nothing about.

    Furthermore, it wasn't really my intention to use such a name, I just created an account at slashdot, and later here, and now I am starting to get used to it. It works for me. Although I probably should have made it "dogandpony" to not upset traditionalists, the everything engine seems fine with usernames with spaces in them... so I see no reason to change or start over. :)

    You have moved into a dark place.
    It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.

      You may already know this, but the "Dog and Pony" poem is a parody of "Threes," a song by Mercedes Lackey and Leslie Fish. So not only can it be enjoyed, it can be SUNG!

      There is a recording of the original version on the album "Harpers Heralds & Havoc". Somewhat hard to find, as it's filk, but might be amusing.


        Not in so many words, but I did find the notes and even some midi versions and stuff a while back. :) However, getting the real, original song would most like be really amusing (there are some limits to midi as a way to convey a melody...)

        Thank you!

        You have moved into a dark place.
        It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.
      Hmmm, it just occurred to me that that I ususally use the term "sparkley crinklies" as a smaller version of "Dog and Pony Show". Keep them distracted and happy.


Re: Name Space
by webfiend (Vicar) on May 22, 2002 at 19:16 UTC

    I got mine from my resumé. Really, I did!

    In a world dominated by "web masters", "web wizards", "web warriors", and "web ninjas", it seemed like a good idea at the time. "Fiend" properly illustrates the unhealthy addiction (think "crack fiend"), and isn't quite as macho as everybody else's. Plus, it provides an easy screening. The companies I don't want to work for are just going to throw away my resumé rather than talk to a fiend ;-)

    "All you need is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure."-- Mark Twain
Re: Name Space
by QM (Parson) on Nov 03, 2003 at 23:21 UTC
    QM came about from a fake ad I saw:

    Become a Quantum Mechanic!

    which then described all of the wonderful things a quantum mechanic can do, like spin-balancing electrons. It's now a standing joke with my friends.

    Then I came across the line I use in my sig, which seemed to be the icing on the cat cake.

    Quantum Mechanics: The dreams stuff is made of

Re: Name Space
by dada (Chaplain) on May 27, 2002 at 08:59 UTC
    Perhaps you will understand me better when I tell you that Dada is a virgin microbe that penetrates with the insistence of air into all the spaces that reason has not been able to fill with words or conventions.
    -- Tristan Tzara, circa 1920.


    Dada is against the future. Dada is dead. Dada is absurd. Long live Dada. -- op.cit.

Re: Name Space
by Kage (Scribe) on Oct 20, 2002 at 21:25 UTC
    The origins of Kage:

    I orginally made this name back some 5 or 6 years ago, when I used to do text MUDing, or Role-Playing. I then moved to chat-room MUDing, where I ditched the name, used miscellaneous others, then moved back to Kage. The name was taken so I took on the name of Kage Konjou, which, in Japanese, means Shadow Spirit. I role-played randomly, then finally slowed to a stop, since I had done just about everything considerable in Role-Play, and also, around that time, left the (GOOD) hacking society, which left some notoriety to my name.

    So now, here I am, Kage.
    “A script is what you give the actors. A program is what you give the audience.” ~ Larry Wall
Re: Name Space
by Jenda (Abbot) on Feb 21, 2003 at 01:30 UTC

    I feel silly using my real first name as a nick after reading all those descriptions. Anyway ... it's not just a first name. My official first name is Jan, which is one of the most common names in Czech lands. But luckily my parents did not use the usual spoken form of the name "Honza" (comes from German "Hans"), but Jenda. And outside the family I was the only Jenda I knew. Felt good among all those Honzas.

    When I subscribed to the Perl-Win32 mailing list we were two "Jan"s there. Me and Jan Dubois. So again I signed as Jenda. And it was natural to use it as a CPAN id. (I scaned the list of registered CPAN ids at that time for people from .cz domain and found only two more. Both were named Jan. But luckily JENDA was still free.

    Being a Czech name Jenda is not often taken on US based servers so I can use it as a nick most of the times. If I can't JendaPerl is always free ;-)


(wil) Re: Name Space
by wil (Priest) on May 27, 2002 at 19:00 UTC
    Very boring and unimaginative here - Wil is my real first name.

    Of course this is short for Wiliam. I only have one L in my name, however, as this is the Welsh spelling. It's actually a pretty unique name as most people have already nabbed the William' and the Will' but I often find that I'm the only Wil (with one L) on many sites, and systems. Although this is not my CPAN name as CPAN quibbles if you try and register a PAUSE userid that is less than 4 characters :-\

    - wil
      You are not alone, Wil ;-)

      perl -pew "s/\b;([mnst])/'$1/g"

Re: Name Space
by schweini (Friar) on Feb 21, 2003 at 09:20 UTC
    mine is relatively simple:
    when i got hooked up to the internet the first time (back in greece...awww..i owe a lot of knowledge to the guys at, the admins decided to use the first 8 chars of my last name as a login. my last name is "von Schweinitz", and since the "von" is considered a title (sometimes - it's rather complicated!), they took the "schweini", and it kind stuck.
    if you ever see a german speaking monk or cybernaut snickering at my handle, then you maybe interested in the fact that "schwein" is german for "pig".
    just imagine how bored i am of stupid jokes about my last name.
    every freakin' day.
    but, actually, "schweini" could be read as "piggy", which makes the whole thing at least a bit cute (especially since i'm 2.05m tall).
    what bugs me a lot is that there's this other "schweini" lurking around in the 'net somewhere...but some research turned out that his real last name is "schweinichen", which sounds even more ridiculous in german, so he's excused. :-)
Re: Name Space
by Chainsaw (Friar) on Nov 19, 2001 at 20:11 UTC
    In my case, my nick name become after a trip that I make with some buddies to the beach. Where for a certain reason it says that I evolve of a hand saw to one Chain saw. So I just join the words and BINGO my nick name has been born.

    God help me always to see the other face of the coin. And prevent me from accusing of betrayal those who don't think just as I do.
Re: Name Space
by feloniousMonk (Pilgrim) on Aug 27, 2002 at 13:29 UTC
    feloniousMonk is my homage to Thelonious Monk. He was one of the creators of BeBop
    a new breed of jazz.

    And why not just use his name? Well, when I was a child and heard his name I thought people
    were calling him Felonious. So it stuck with me,

    My second choice was GregorMendel but tho I like genetics I'm not that fond
    of peas :-)

      Ah, looks like there's two of us now !! I chose felonius for much the same reason - altho' Polonius from Hamlet gave the spelling I used. If it causes a problem - having the same name - let me know and I'll change.
Re: Name Space
by xmath (Hermit) on Feb 27, 2003 at 13:00 UTC
    hmm, in my case 'math' (both an interest and more-or-less the first syllable of my first name, "Matthijs") was in use when I first went on IRC, so I prefixed an 'x'.. and it stuck :-)
Re: Name Space [ciderpunx]
by ciderpunx (Vicar) on Jun 13, 2005 at 09:01 UTC
Re: Name Space
by Necos (Friar) on Apr 26, 2002 at 22:27 UTC
    Well, after careful discussion (read: butt-kicking from demerphq), I've decided to explain what madness the name Necos came from.

    When I was in high school (Los Angeles High), I was on the school's Academic Decathlon team (1998). While studying for the events, our coach would read some of the literature with us. Since he has a wierd accent, sometimes words come out wrong. One day, he was reading the word "second" (sek-und) and said secon-d (se-kun-d). The whole team laughed, and we went on with the group study session. Sometime later, I found myself making a similar pronunciation blunder: saying secon (see-kon) instead of second. As a result, when I first signed up for a Hotmail account, I used secon (in the end, secon_kun) as my account name. However, when I went on IRC for the first time, Secon was already in use. Thinking quickly, I switched the S and the n, making the name Necos. Since then, the name has stuck with me (including names for characters in Diablo/Diablo2).

    Other names that I go by are:

    Tessai, Secon, [RnK]Tessai, [CSUN]Tessai.

    The last two names being the name Tessai with [RnK] (the name of a group of long-time friends (read: extended family)) and [CSUN] (the university I attend, stuck in front.

    Just in case anyone was wondering where the name "Tessai" came from, it's a character in an anime (YES!!! I love anime!) called Ninja Scroll. Some friends and I, during high school, were watching it one day, when someone commented: "Hey, Tessai reminds me of Theo!" This, was, of course, stemming from the fact that I was the only 5'11" person they knew at the time. I always thought that the name suited me (ogre-ish looking black guy), so, like Necos, it has stuck with me.

    Theodore Charles III
    Network Administrator
    Los Angeles Senior High
    4650 W. Olympic Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90019
    323-937-3210 ext. 224
    perl -e "map{print++$_}split//,Mdbnr;"
Re: Name Space
by zeno (Friar) on Mar 05, 2003 at 14:00 UTC

    I learned about the philosopher Zeno of Elea from Douglas Hofstadter's Gödel, Escher, Bach. He was famous for coming up with several paradoxes. Here's a neat one:

    "In a race in which the tortoise has a head start, the swifter-running Achilles can never overtake the tortoise. Before he comes up to the point at which the tortoise started, the tortoise will have got a little way, and so on ad infinitum. -- Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy"

    He had a related paradox which stated that motion was inherently impossible. I like using this one when my wife wants me to empty the trash or something else which requires movement.

    Zeno - Barcelona Perl Mongers
      Anyone with a little bit of math expertise can easily debunk that "paradoxon", though. :) Both the distance and duration of each iteration approach zero, so for an infinite amount of time the duration of each iteration becomes infinitely short. In fact, the duration of the iterations decreases so quickly that even an infinite amount of these infinitely short timespans only adds up to a finite amount of time.

      Makeshifts last the longest.

Re: Name Space
by roho (Bishop) on Mar 02, 2023 at 05:43 UTC
    Mine is a nickname from from my teen years, when I drove my older brother around (after he lost his license for racing) and hung out with his friends. They apparently thought my real name was too bland, so they called me "roho". I spell it phonetically, knowing that the proper spelling is "rojo", but I've always had trouble transliterating the "j" sound to the "h" sound.

    On a personal note, much later when my brother's wife was in an assisted care facility with advanced dementia, I went to visit her. My brother and his children said she no longer recognized anyone, not even them. I sat down beside her and said, "Hi Linda, it's roho." She immediately perked up and said, "Oh, hi roho!" *** The power of nicknames ***

    "It's not how hard you work, it's how much you get done."

Re: Name Space
by abaxaba (Hermit) on May 02, 2002 at 13:51 UTC
    Cool Thread!
    I'm what some might term a deadhead, and one of the early studio albums of the Grateful Dead was titled "AOXOMOXOA". It's kinda a two-way palindrome (VOXOWOXOV being its vertical mirror image), so I thought it was pretty cool.

    Abaxaba is just a derivative of that.
    "It is a very mixed blessing to be brought back from the dead." -- Kurt Vonnegut
Re: Name Space
by CountZero (Bishop) on Mar 14, 2003 at 21:57 UTC

    Well, CountZero comes from the second novel in the William Gibson "cyberpunk" trilogy (Neuromancer; Count Zero; Mona Lisa Overdrive). So many years ago I started using it, but on most message boards it is already taken. I was most surpised that it was still available on Perlmonks.


    "If you have four groups working on a compiler, you'll get a 4-pass compiler." - Conway's Law

Re: Name Space
by Rex(Wrecks) (Curate) on May 10, 2002 at 17:23 UTC
    Hmm, in my early net days I could get on anywhere as Rex, at the time it was cuz I liked to Wrecks things :)

    Rex also happened to be the name of my favorite sci-fi assassin character as well as my favorite fantasy assassin character, so it worked out well.

    As the net became populated it got very hard to use Rex, and I got really sick of using #'s behind it, so I type my name like a dictionary now :)

    "Nothing is sure but death and taxes" I say combine the two and its death to all taxes!
Re: Name Space
by t'mo (Pilgrim) on May 10, 2002 at 20:51 UTC
    tha' mighty one
Re: Name Space
by Basilides (Friar) on Jul 17, 2002 at 10:47 UTC
    Oh, well, when I first came across the monastery, I didn't know how seriously people would take this whole monk thing. And I'd been reading a lot about Basilides, a gnostic heresiarch from Alexandria in the first century--Borges mentions him a little, as does Jung. Anyway, imagining that I ought to call myself something religious-sounding (how wrong that assumption turned out to be), but being personally a bit squeamish about giving myself an actual biblical name, I settled on Basilides.
Re: Name Space (Notromda)
by Notromda (Pilgrim) on Aug 29, 2002 at 04:12 UTC
    As I just found this node, I will chime in as well. My name is David Morton; in college they automatically assigned me a username of mortonda. surprisingly, this is occasionally already taken, so I decided to mangle it a bit; reverse the "morton" part, and add "da": Notromda

    Actually, I think it looks pretty cool; though I may be the only one who thinks so. I'm weird that way. That's ok. :)

    Move along, there's nothing to see here.

Re: Name Space
by Theo (Priest) on Aug 18, 2003 at 02:00 UTC
    Adding my drop to the ocean:

    Theo is short for:
    Theodore: what my Mom yelled when I was in trouble.
    Theophilus: the recipient of St Luke's Gospel (meaning 'one who loves God')


      I think this is pretty cool. My dad (Theo for those of you without a scorecard) made his Name Space node on my birthday.

      Thanks Dad.

      We now return you to your regularly scheduled perlity.

      Perl programming and scheduling in the corporate world, as explained by dragonchild:
      "Uhh ... that'll take me three weeks, broken down as follows: 1 day for coding, the rest for meetings to explain why I only need 1 day for coding."
Re: Name Space
by kwaping (Priest) on Oct 19, 2005 at 23:59 UTC
    Great thread! Anyway, "kwaping" is just a made-up word. I wanted a domain right at the height of the internet silliness (1999), and all the good stuff was taken. I define it on my website as the sound a cartoon bullet makes when bouncing off a super-hero. If not taken directly from Calvin & Hobbes, the word was at least heavily inspired by it.
Re: Name Space
by muba (Priest) on Jun 20, 2004 at 16:53 UTC

    Well, it's a long story. First of all, the name doen't mean a single thing. Once upon a day, I was about to go play Quake II online and I was in need of a new nickname. Suddenly, out of the blue, "[MUBA]Muppet" popped up. Again, it didn't mean anything, but it sounded ok to me so I adopted the name. Then I joined a clan (for the uninitiated: a group of players that operate together in clanwars, i.e. online team battles) and they forced me to get rid of the [MUBA] part. I became [QiT]Muppet but that was a rather annoying name, so I changed the Muppet part to MUBA: [QiT]MUBA and ever since, my nickname is MUBA.

    Update: Replaced all occurences of [ and ] with &#91; and &#93;
Re: Name Space
by Anomynous Monk (Scribe) on Feb 29, 2004 at 09:54 UTC
Re: Name Space
by Elderian (Sexton) on Jul 01, 2004 at 12:17 UTC
    So many names, so many stories...

    So you might want to read another: mine!

    Once i needed a name for an Pen&Paper-RPG character*. It ought to be elven and a knight, and i hated names taken from books/films/games, i tried to figure out a new one. At those days i played Fallout, a great computer RPG, where there were some characters called "The Elders". I tried to make a male name out of it, and, viola: Elderian (which sounded quite elven to me and my friends).

    Later on i discovered, that elderian was an english word... but it seems to bee very uncommon, as well as my nick.

    Due to bad jokes and a little spelling mistake of mine, a female version is also available: Elderina :/


    * for those who want to know: The RPG-System is Earthdawn, and Elderian is right now a cavalier in the 7th circle, lightbearer and member of the "children of the passions" ("kinder der passionen" for german speaking folks, try googling! ;)
Re: Name Space
by dmmiller2k (Chaplain) on Mar 13, 2002 at 18:12 UTC

    Whenever I've needed a login somewhere, I've always preferred [what I've thought of as] the UNIX terse philosophy, in which one's initials (in my case, 'dmm') were one's login name. As a consultant, I've found, however, that nearly every potential client has their own scheme for internal email and logins, nearly none of which would accept 'dmm'. I've been 'dmiller', 'dmmiller', 'millerd', etc.

    Of these, I started to prefer 'dmmiller' since 'dmm' is sort of a prefix and I can never seem to keep my fingers from typing the second 'm', and there's slightly less chance of a name clash than with 'dmiller'. In 1999 (when many of my colleagues -- other software developers -- were consumed in varying amounts with Y2K issues), I happened to try signing up for some web-based service, which wouldn't accept 'dmmiller' (already taken!). In frustration, I appended '2k' and it was accepted.

    Since then, I've used 'dmmiller2k' it more or less everywhere; using anything else would be just one more new thing to remember...


Re: Name Space
by Juerd (Abbot) on Dec 17, 2001 at 02:57 UTC
    "Juerd" is a Frisian first name. It is not my official name, though. A more detailed explanation can be found on my site:
Re: Name Space
by lachoy (Parson) on Mar 13, 2002 at 20:53 UTC

    While I do like Chinese food (although packaged stuff isn't first on my list), my nick comes from one of our cats. (We have three of them, two from the shelter.) The name doesn't seem to be used very often, unlike 'cwinters', so I'm ensured uniqueness at least among my normal hangouts...

    M-x auto-bs-mode

Re: Name Space
by benn (Vicar) on May 12, 2003 at 16:44 UTC
    Just a quick blast-from-the-past for anyone who owned a C64 and was on Compunet (long before this new-fangled academic Berners-Lee nonsense - harumph), when Xyzz nicks were all the rage. Tony Crowther was Ratt, Rob Hubbard was Robb, there was Bogg, Jonn etc...I just added an extra 'n' to my real name and it's been stuck there for over 20 years. A promise of a ++ goes to anyone who's still got the *original* Ratt+Benn demo :)
    cheers, Ben(n).
    PS. Hey - what a great node! ++George
      I'll give you half.

      Though I have fond memories of playing the original Ultima on a C64 at a friend's house, I never personally owned one. However, I was a Compunet subscriber around '85 or so, to an extent, but mostly stuck to local BBS's at the time.

      Given that...pop quiz...were you active on FidoNet?



Re: Name Space
by moodster (Hermit) on Nov 14, 2001 at 14:17 UTC
    Well, as long as I've remembered I've been kinda moody and melancholic (although I had a professional confirm that at least I'm not clinically depressed). I also listen to trip hop (Portishead, Lamb) a lot and I remember thinking "When I release my first album I'll call myself 'moodster'!", because it seemed a good name for an artist.

    Then I realized that I would never actually release a record. However, I could do the next best thing and use the name as an online handle... :)

    -- moodster

Re: Name Space
by exussum0 (Vicar) on Mar 23, 2004 at 11:48 UTC
    My login changed, it is now exussum0. Original post is now irrelivant. The reply is still true :)

      (Since he didn't: Spencer Portée.)

Re: Name Space
by redsquirrel (Hermit) on Apr 15, 2002 at 19:35 UTC
    redsquirrel is a shortened version of my web design/development company, Red Squirrel Design. So where did we get that name, you ask?

    In college, I acquired the nickname 'squirrel' after telling my roommates about my recurring dreams of being a squirrel. I miss those dreams...I also have a habit of climbing trees, jumping off of rocks and I generally find it impossible to walk down the street without catching some air, although nowadays I ride to work on my Xootr.

    We got 'red' from the fact that my brother and I both have red hair.

    But my real name is...

Re: Name Space
by feanor_269 (Beadle) on Feb 12, 2003 at 19:53 UTC
    feanor is of course from Tolkien, the Silmarillion in particular. I put _269 so odds are no one else would have the same random 3 numbers and I could use it net-wide.

Re: Name Space
by naChoZ (Curate) on Jun 06, 2003 at 02:53 UTC
    Wow. A few more months and this thread will have officially been active for YEARS. :)

    Like many others here, mine originally comes from an IRC handle. I used to use Ender, myself also being an Andrew like the character. A few million more people on the internet and irc later, I got sick of butting nicks with people. Based on nothing so glorious as an Orson Scott Card novel, naChoZ is simply a reference to beavis & butthead. I was going for "nachoz rule" but that was too long. naChoZ it was. I think that was 93'ish, sounds about right. I remember first using it as a regular in #mod (who loved future crew and necros' from FM??). Those were fun times. At one point, I had eggdrop bots running on three networks linking all the #mod channels together from each.

    I've been using it ever since. I continue to use it simply because that's how a lot of people know me. I still run into people gaming online who remember me from the q1/q2 days, and so forth. I ran the most popular Q2 ExpertCTF server on the eastern seaboard for a couple years (at least that's what people always told me), so I did get along with a whole bunch of folks just from that alone.

    But wow, this is the first time I realized I've been using it for TEN years. OMG! Maybe it *is* time for a new nick. But it would have to be something where the domain wasn't taken. YUH right!


Re: Name Space
by stonecolddevin (Parson) on Apr 01, 2004 at 03:53 UTC
    dhoss, dhoss came from one of my....sorta friends in middle school, he was the "Thugg" type, and one day he and a friend of mine named Katelynn were coming up nicknames, and mine turned out to be dhoss. "D", because that's the first letter of my name, and a hoss is a tough guy, for lack of a better word.

    All posts are spawns of an archaeic and instinctual remnant of pre-neanderthalian neural synapse that, while irrevocably human, remains an anomoly to the common laws of nature.
Re: Name Space
by SciDude (Friar) on Apr 06, 2005 at 20:13 UTC

    MS Chemistry, Tulane.

    The approach to modern day wizardry winds through mathematics, art, science, turns left at physics, runs straight through chemistry and comes to rest at a computer terminal near a high purity chemical packaging facility. Well, at least that was my approach to modern wizardry. ;-)

    I only use SciDude here. Although not quite as unique as it once was, like others here, the name has "stuck".

    I've met many good people around the halls of this place - if ever I can be of assistance do not hesitate to message me.

    The first dog barks... all other dogs bark at the first dog.
Re: Name Space
by LazerRed (Pilgrim) on Jun 24, 2003 at 18:28 UTC
    It's really interesting to see how people got their "handles/nicks".

    Lets see... Back around 88 or 89, I got my first modem, and began the BBS scene. Back then, like most usual users, I used a character name from a book I had read, "Unbeliever" from the Steven R Donaldson books. I kept that name for quite some time, but like most, found it "too mass market". It's interesting to note though, I did keep that alias for almost 10 years. I dropped it in 1999 when I adopted "LazerRed" (yeah, mis-spelling and all). I'd been pretty heavy into motorcycles for a few years, and I finally bought a new Harley. My FXDWG was two tone lazerred perl & black. So, I dropped the old name in favor of a less widespread LazerRed.

    Driver carries > $20 in ammo at all times.
Re: Name Space
by elbie (Curate) on Apr 17, 2002 at 13:28 UTC
    I've had my rationalization on my homenode since almost my first day here:

    It's the end result of an evolving nick. I got tired of everyone fighting over l33t handles on irc and started using LittleBoy, back when humility was still good for something. Unfortunately, after a while, it also seemed to be taken frequently by others (although IIRC, irc truncated nicks, so maybe the other guy was LittleBodacious or something bizarre). I tried just LB for a while, which was easier to type, but even less available. So I started spelling it out phonetically. Hence El-bie.


Re: Name Space
by apotheon (Deacon) on Oct 18, 2004 at 07:31 UTC
    apotheon (n.): 1. one who is exalted or elevated to a state of godhood. 2. an individual element of a greater, transcendent whole. 3. a scholar of the apotheonic. 4. an enlightened being.

    In my case, it's a pursuit — not hubris. I think I'm the first person ever to individually use apotheon as his online alias, though, believe it or not. I rule, y'see.


    - apotheon
    CopyWrite Chad Perrin
Re: Name Space
by wazoox (Prior) on May 09, 2005 at 20:36 UTC
    OK, my turn now, because we want this thread to last forever, right? :)
    I choose wazoox because... because... someday I needed a nickname when my old email (1996) became too heavily spammed, and I thought of The Great Wazoo by Frank Zappa. Wazoo being somewhat common, I enhanced it with a terminal X :)
Re: Name Space
by nimdokk (Vicar) on Aug 11, 2006 at 13:56 UTC
    I've used the screen name 'nimdokk' for since about 1996 or so (things have gotten a bit hazy after all this time). It originated with the character "Nimdok" from Harlan Ellison's short story "I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream." For some reason when I went to sign up with that name, it wasn't accepted so I added an extra 'k' to the end of it and that was that.
Re: Name Space
by arturo (Vicar) on Nov 17, 2001 at 03:49 UTC

    How boring is this?

    Being a member manqué of the Mystic Order of Arachnid Vigiliance, (ferventer vestite!), but also wishing to be non-obvious, I picked the name of the City's most noted defender's sidekick, and Italianized/Spanishized it.

    I mistrust all systematizers and avoid them. The will to a system shows a lack of integrity -- F. Nietzsche

Re: Name Space
by thraxil (Prior) on Dec 13, 2003 at 06:56 UTC

    'Thraxil' is a very minor character in an obscure sci-fi book that i once randomly picked out of my dad's bookshelf and read.

    the book is 'Stress Pattern' by Neal Barrett Jr. written in 1974. the basic plot is that a space traveller crash lands on a desert planet inhabited by dull, stupid little creatures whose society is based entirely on uniformity and conformity (the book is a pretty thinly veiled commentary on communism/totalitarianism). Thraxil is a sad, misshapen creature living as a hermit outside the village after being cast out for being different. while ostracized and reviled, Thraxil is clearly an enlightened being, showing greater curiousity and intelligence than his peers.

    Tall. In Places. One arm short and powerful. One gaunt and bony. The left hand stubby and multi-fingered, the right long, slim, tapering to a single digit. Legs equally varied. His face was an egg crushed in the middle and hurriedly patched. A nose that began as a stub, angled off into the beginnings of a beak, then gave the whole thing up, and fell off into a snout. One eye grossly larger than the other. A mouth full-lipped on one side, a gap on the other. His head and body were covered with random patches of hair. He was dun, beige, khaki, brown, or umber--depending upon where you looked. He'd made a sorry mess of the sex problem. The less said about that the better.

    Poor bastard, i thought. He was stuck together as if he'd never quite decided what he wanted to be. Nevertheless, I followed him into the hut, thinking, ironically, that he had the friendliest smile on the planet.


    I was filled with sudden pain for this creature. He was the ugliest, most grotesque being i had ever seen. But that was on the surface. There was no ugliness inside. Phretci and the others might be too detached from the world to care. But Thraxil knew there were places to go, and questions to be answered. And that's why the eyes filled with anguish. He sensed whatever was there was beyond his reach.

Re: Name Space
by 5mi11er (Deacon) on May 10, 2005 at 16:37 UTC
    Twas the search for a universally available username that resembled my very common real name.
       Scott Miller -> smiller -> 5mi11er.


Re: Name Space
by DrHyde (Prior) on Aug 15, 2006 at 09:37 UTC
    DrHyde comes from illiteracy. <mumble> years ago I needed a nick for the high score table of a video game. I chose DrHyde. I meant DrJekyll. Oops.
      Heh! I like it, though, plenty of potential to make people wonder whether you're presenting a deeper insight into the human condition or not. :)


Re: Name Space
by enoch (Chaplain) on Apr 26, 2002 at 19:53 UTC
    I am mostly a lurker here, but I figured I would respond.

    Enoch is the name of the 7th son of Adam. He was mostly famous for writing two books that are not included in the King James translation of the Bible (the text of the books can be found here. He is, also, one of the few people who "walked with God" and did not die; rather, was assumed into Heaven (according to the Bible).

    So, a long time ago on BBS's, I needed some kind of moniker. At that time, I was studying religion and had encountered this small facet of the Christian belief. So, as unspectacular as this story is, I chose 'Enoch.' And, I've kept it around and use it as my nick pretty much everwhere.

    There you have it.


Re: Name Space
by pjf (Curate) on Jun 25, 2002 at 03:37 UTC
    Why pjf? Well, it's quite simple really. When I started studying at The University of Melbourne some seven years ago, pjf was the UNIX login name that was assigned to me, quite simply because they were my initials. Since I was so used to entering pjf when presented with a login prompt at University, it became my preferred name for just about everything -- home network, CPAN, work, games, and so on. I know that I'm not the only monk here who has the same name as their initial University of Melbourne login. :)

    For those interested in history, my previous "psuedonym" up until that point was "Loony", or more often "The Loony". This was really only used on Melbourne BBSs in the late 80s and early 90s, and was due to a comment made in relation to a conversation I was having with the house-sitter of my first BBS, The Real Connection. I'm still often called "Loony" by many of my friends who I've known from that time, even though the dial-up BBS scene is pretty much dead.

    All the best,

    Paul Fenwick
    Perl Training Australia

by pne (Novice) on Jul 30, 2003 at 10:36 UTC

    My etymology isn't that exciting, either; my company gave out IDs that were usually three letters long, consisting of substr(lc $firstname, 0, 1) . substr(lc $lastname, 0, 2); hence, "Philip Newton" turned into "pne".

    This was my login on all the Unix boxes as well as the Novell (later NT) network. So far, I'm generally in luck and can use that username on Internet sites as well, except when it's taken (fairly rarely) or they have a minimum length requirement, in which case I usually go by boring things such as 'pnewton' or 'philipnewton'.

    My AIM screen name 'mizinamo' is more interesting, though :)

Re: Name Space
by petemar1 (Pilgrim) on Dec 29, 2003 at 03:40 UTC

    petemar1 = Marc Peters

    The designation "petemar1" comes from the user naming system defined by the Illinois Institute of Technology. The rule was: produce a seven-letter username from the first 4 letters of the last name, and the first 3 letters of the first name. If the username already exists, then add a numeral to the end of the username, beginning with "1" for the second user with the same name, "2" for the third user with the name, "3" for the fourth, and so on. Thus, "Marc Peters" becomes "petemar1," the second user to hold the "petemar" designation.

    I am not the first, nor am I the last.

Re: Name Space
by Errto (Vicar) on Dec 08, 2004 at 04:41 UTC

    Meant to post here and never got around to it.

    Errto isn't a real word in any language that I'm aware of. It's something that my brother and I made up when we were little and decided to invent our own little dialect of English to speak in. Errto (also spelled err-to) is kind of a generic particle. You can use it by itself or append it to some other word as a suffix. It doesn't mean anything in particular but adds emphasis to whatever comes before it.

Re: Name Space
by data64 (Chaplain) on Nov 26, 2001 at 00:46 UTC
    I have been using data64 for few years now and I tend to register at most places using this nickname.
    My name is derived from the android Data in Star Trek TNG. The 64 comes from an inside joke and has to do with 64 bit processors.
Re: Name Space
by dash2 (Hermit) on Feb 18, 2002 at 13:45 UTC
    I read all of MoaFHM and never realised it was fictionalized at all... how stupid of me! Not sure about the poetry though, I think Wilfred Owen and Isaac Rosenberg have more class.

    Anyway, I'm dash2 for a very mundane reason: it was my login at university, and using the same login everywhere saves memory in my head. Otherwise I would probably be something much funkier.

    dave hj~

Re: Re: Name Space
by Kit (Monk) on Dec 04, 2001 at 02:05 UTC
    Okay, I'll chime in. Kit is just a shortened version of kitten, which an ex-boyfriend used to call me(no I won't tell you why;)) and the name just stuck. Sorry for the first post as Anonymous Monk, I thought I was logged in. Kit
Re: Name Space
by Fengor (Pilgrim) on Feb 25, 2002 at 09:19 UTC
    Well i just wanted to add my name to this list :-p

    Fengor dates from my early role-playing days. Since most of my experience in that region was from Tolkien books at these days i used them to create a character name for me. But i didn't want to just simply take a name out of the book (a bad habit of many new role players ;-) so i made a name up by combining two other names. Namely: Feanor and Fingon.
    These are two very different charcters and over the years fengor inherited some of both into his character.

    This was how i came up with the name fengor, who is btw one of my oldest and most liked characters :-)

    -- Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"

Re: Name Space: Tomte
by Tomte (Priest) on Jan 13, 2005 at 15:14 UTC

    Quoting from

    A tomte (tomten) usually lives at farms in Sweden. If he is treated with respect he can be very helpful. Tomten is very proud and sensitive. If you make fun of him or in any other way treat him disrespectfully, he will most certainly punish you. An "accident" can happen to you, the cows will give sour milk or the harvest will fail.
    In fairly modern times people are suposed to give him a white porridge made of rice on a plate outdoors. Closely related to tomten is vätter and huldra, but they usually do not live that close to humans.
    It is also the Swedish word for Santa-Claus.

    A friend of mine, learning swedish and visiting sweden quite often, started calling me tomte way back ... hmmm I can't remeber, maybe 1989/90...the name somehow got stuck in my brain and I use it as monicker whereever the 'net wants a name from me...Where the name is taken, I change the spelling one way or another (tomten, tomteX, [tomte],...).

    As a matter of fact, I can be very helpful if treated respectfuly, but I'm not that particular interested in eating rice outdoors :-)


    An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
    -- Albert Camus

Re: Name Space
by tjh (Curate) on May 11, 2002 at 00:23 UTC
    Oddly enough, since I first discovered the net via The Well, then, the 'very advanced' CompuServe, (very early 90's) this is the only nick I've ever used, on any public system, that was based on my name. (A couple of work-related systems required otherwise)

    I wonder if I had a mid-life identity crisis and missed it...

Who is "blue_cowdawg" ( was Re: Name Space)
by blue_cowdawg (Monsignor) on Aug 18, 2003 at 02:19 UTC

    I took the name blue_cowdawg as a reflection of the breed of dog that I am very much into. the Australian Cattle Dog. In particular my favorite variety of ACD is the blue merle variety that gets tagged with the moniker "Queensland Blue Heeler"

    The ACD is a breed of dog that takes a very special kind of personality of human just to live with them. They are very active dogs, highly intelligent and if they are not kept busy they will get themselves in all sorts of trouble just sorting out what they should be doing.

    If you train an ACD wrong they will do what you've trained them to do exactly wrong as you trained them without making a "mistake" in how you trained them. They are fiercly loyal to their handlers (owners) and have a lot of drive. They are aloof to (and often downright suspicious of ) strangers but once they warm up to you they will remember you as "friend" until you do something to change that.

    My own personality is somewhat akin to the ACD. I'm very loyal to the few folks I call friends. Tend to hold people at arm's lengthy until I feel they are trustworthy and while I may forgive a wrong I won't forget it happened for a long long time. Like my favorite breed I tell folks all the time that my hands being idle are a very dangerous thing indeed.

    Why Blue Cowdawg? And why Dawg and not Dog?

    I like the sounds of Dawg so Dawg it is. Blue because I do that in memory of a dog that I lost three years ago who was a blue heeler.

    Peter @ Berghold . Net

    Sieze the cow! Bite the day!

    Nobody expects the Perl inquisition!

    Test the code? We don't need to test no stinkin' code!
    All code posted here is as is where is unless otherwise stated.

    Brewer of Belgian style Ales

Re: Name Space
by secret (Beadle) on Dec 20, 2005 at 13:11 UTC
    i can't tell : it's a secret :)

    I chose it because I like 'word based' logins and because I think it's nice to keep some things secret : secret treasure, secret love, secret hideout ... I like it also because it sounds pacific, unlike many things and atitudes online.

Re: Name Space
by Popcorn Dave (Abbot) on Sep 01, 2002 at 05:18 UTC
    My nickname is fairly simple to explain. I work for my inlaw's company who make popcorn snacks, and a lot of people that I delivered to in my earlier years called me "Popcorn Dave" so that just kind of stuck.

    Not the most engrossing story, but there it is. :)

    Some people fall from grace. I prefer a running start...

Re: Name Space
by benizi (Hermit) on Aug 20, 2003 at 13:20 UTC
    My real name's Ben(jamin).

    My best friend in junior high was into hip-hop, and one day during the ride to school, he busted out with "Benizi fo sheezy cuz he's off da heezy". This was back in '93, long before Snoop's shizzle dialect, a lot closer to Bop.

    It stuck and is currently my nom préféré for online stuff, including my website

Re: Name Space
by jeorgen (Pilgrim) on Sep 03, 2002 at 09:11 UTC
    My first name is Jörgen. That nick is usually already taken by a Swede or German and if not, it doesn't work because of the dots over the "o". But you're clear of the German Jürgens and Jörgs anyway,not to mention the Hungarian Györgys.

    So then you can go for "jorgen" which is usually taken too, because then you get to compete with those annoying "Jørgen" from Norway and Denmark as well. So then go for transcription of "Jörgen" to English which gives "joergen", which is usually taken too. for the same reasons. But "jergen" in English would probably be a better pronounciation, but alas, that is a name taken by the Russian Jergens. Last ditch attempt, reverse the o and the e in joergen and you get jeorgen, which is almost never taken, yeeeh!

    However a search on Google shows there are Brazilians by that name...


Re: Name Space
by jerrygarciuh (Curate) on Dec 21, 2002 at 04:44 UTC
    I choose to let the origins of my moniker remain shrouded in their vast and cabalistic shadows. jerrygarciuh
        Dead right.

Re: Name Space
by zby (Vicar) on Apr 10, 2003 at 16:18 UTC
    zby is just first three letters from my first name. I have been using it as a user name in computer systems since my university years.
Re: Name Space
by liverpole (Monsignor) on Feb 10, 2006 at 21:09 UTC
    Mine is simply an anagram, as I state on my home node.

    If you need a hint, it's this: its meaning applies to virtually everyone who comes to Perl Monks.

    And congratulations to George_Sherston for having started this fascinating node.  It has been around since long before I joined, but is still going strong...

    @ARGV=split//,"/:L"; map{print substr crypt($_,ord pop),2,3}qw"PerlyouC READPIPE provides"
      Carry on, ripleather.


      update: Oops. Updated my anagram to get rid of the inadvertent 'v'. :)

Re: Name Space
by MrCromeDome (Deacon) on May 17, 2002 at 15:45 UTC
    Well. . . the name CromeDome originates somewhere around the second grade for me, right during that time when that awful G.I. Joe cartoon was airing (remember? trying to depict modern warfare in a cartoon setting, yet there were never any injuries or casultlies? Yeah, I thought so).

    Anyway, during one of those episodes, one of the Joe grunts referred to the Cobra Commander as "Chrome Dome". My friend Nate just thought that was the funniest thing. And, considering I have a remarkably similar last name (Crome), he decided to start calling me "Crome Dome".

    This went on for several years before the name kind of faded into memory.

    In recent years, however, I've resurrected the name for use in LAN parties, for use on instant messenging programs, web sites, and the like. Unfortunately, CromeDome was already taken on PerlMonks when I got here :( More suckingly is that the guy who has it posted once, and has been gone since November 14, 2000. And so I'm MrCromeDome here.

    And that is the sad, boring story of my name :P


Re: Name Space
by /dev/null (Chaplain) on Sep 04, 2002 at 17:52 UTC
    The name I chose (/dev/null) is known as the "BlackHole of UNIX" As a UNIX administrator I find this device very useful. What more can one say besides... How cool is that?
      You wouldn't happen to be the /dev/null responsible for the The Internet Worm of 1988, would you?
      The worm mimics a remote SMTP connection, feeding in /dev/null as the name of the sender
      It's the only other time I can recall seeing /dev/null used as a moniker. ;-)


        No, but I read about that guy in "The Cuckoo's Egg". You should check that book out if you haven't yet. One of the best "computer geek" books I've ever read.
Re: Name Space
by delirium (Chaplain) on Sep 28, 2003 at 16:48 UTC
    Delirium is a handle I used back in the mid-90s when uploading Doom deathmatch demos to It was as in "I left my opponents in a state of delirium." There was also somewhat of a reference to Neil Gaiman's Sandman series, which I was reading at the time.

    The name stuck, and when Quake came out, my gang formed "Clan Schizophrenia", who's members were Delirium (myself), Confusion, and Paranoia. As a clan, we failed miserably, our one good experience being a meeting at OSU's computer lab where we fought students from another campus in their lab. We had a snazzy logo of a yin-yang symbol, slightly skewed, with three circles on one side, and none on the other. To be a kid again...

    I kept Delirium as a handle to use on newer forums to replace my old 80s dial-up BBS handle, Reflector. I find that both are taken quite frequently by kids, so if you see Delirium on another forum/IRC/what-have-you, it's probably not me. (If you see Delirium on the road, kill him.)

Re: Name Space
by RazorbladeBidet (Friar) on Feb 11, 2005 at 16:03 UTC
    If you have to ask you really don't want to know

    Ok, since most people think it's "Razorblade" and [Bih-DET] it's not, it's French - [Bih-DAY]

    Go look it up in a dictionary. Then you'll cringe.

    I thought of the name because it is unique, painful, and a swipe at the upper crusty folks ;)

    My usual moniker is Gryphon, chosen when I first got into BBS' back in the early 90's and picked something straight out of the D&D Monster Manual.

    It seemed to be a noble, brooding, sort of dark creature - which lent itself quite well to me :)
    I have a tattoo of a gryphon/griffin on my right bicep.
Re: Name Space
by blazar (Canon) on Feb 14, 2006 at 08:29 UTC

    I chose my nick quite a few years ago in an instant of auto-exaltation (as you can clearly see following the link) after having read the term in a popular science mag. It has stuck since then, so I've not had much opportunity to really regret the choice, period. But then also see the remark in my home node.

    As a minor side note I prefer it to be pronounced like if it were in Italian, than as in the original English version. Also, since "blazar" is still too long, friends often abbreviate calling me "blaze", but as I said I don't like that and then I prefer to interpret it too like if it were written in Italian, i.e. "bleiz".

    That's all folks!

Bomb da Bass
by mugwumpjism (Hermit) on May 22, 2002 at 14:58 UTC
    Check it, yo! I always hit the tape with the rough road styles You heard the psychdelic and ya came from miles Keep my rhymes thick like a Guinness brew So you could call me black and tan when I'm a wreckin' a crew I'm like Bill Lee writing when he's in Tangiers And now I'm on a soul safari with my Beatnik peers Analog reel and a little distortion Smokin' on somethin' s'you could say I'm scorchin' I never been the type to brag but beware I'll make a man burn his draft card like it was Hair Send ya up the river like you lookin' for Kurtz I got the mugwump jism up in every verse Bug Powder dust an' mugwump jism And the wild boys runnin' 'round Interzone trippin' Learning to control about the Big Brother Try like hard to not blow my cover
Re: Name Space
by tbone1 (Monsignor) on Oct 04, 2002 at 13:59 UTC
    Years ago, I got the nickname "T-Bone" from a bandmate because I always wanted to play T-Bone Walker songs. It stuck, and if you knew my real name, you'd know why I prefer it. The '1' is because, when I first chose an ISP, there was already a 'tbone' on there; I've carried it along ever since.

    As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

Re: Name Space
by hydo (Monk) on Oct 18, 2003 at 10:33 UTC
    Mine is pretty lame. I own and I thought it up once when I needed a login for Diablo.

    It stuck. Oh, how it stuck.

Re: Name Space
by mrpilot (Curate) on Jun 02, 2003 at 04:58 UTC
    I've used this nick for the past several years. It is really quite self-explainatory. Mr as I'm a male, and Pilot as I aspired to become one someday. And, as of March '03, I am one. So now I can officially be called "MrPilot". *shrug* You wanted to know. :-)
Re: Name Space
by sintadil (Pilgrim) on Sep 10, 2004 at 23:08 UTC

    Mine's nothing special. It uses the -dil particle of devotion / friendship of Quenya and combines it with the stem sinta-, to express my heartfelt appreciation of knowledge.

    Yes, I'm a hopeless geek.

Re: Name Space
by Boots111 (Hermit) on Aug 26, 2002 at 23:43 UTC

    My nickname dates from my sophomore year of highschool when I was actually on the football team. (I say actually because it is somewhat uncharacteristic) Since I did not own cleats (or sneakers), I wore hiking boots to practice for roughly three weeks. The coach fairly quickly noticed this and dubbed me "Boots". Then I had to get an email address (I did not actually have one till my sophomore year of highschool), so I tried to get You can guess how well that one didn't work. I ended up settling for Boots111, and now I use it as a pretty frequent handle (that or Booticus which was a joke in my Latin class...)

    Computer science is merely the post-Turing decline of formal systems theory.
Re: Name Space
by markgo (Initiate) on Oct 16, 2004 at 05:37 UTC

    Having spent 6 years of my life inside Buildings 10,17,18,19 and 23 in Redmond, I have spent many hours discussing the morphology of login names (or aliases).

    Mine comes from the early MS standard of "your first name + first letter of your last name + second letter if still not unique". That's why billg is

    You can often guess whether someone is an MS old-timer by the structure of their name. Obviously, the first name dominant style became unwieldy as the number of logins moved into the high thousands. First they started doing weird things to peoples first names (dropping letters), then they gave up and started giving people last name bases aliases.

    Strangely enough, I had never in my life had a nickname until I started working for Microsoft. And suddenly, due to the blessing/curse of a pronounceable email name, I became...markgo. To every one. All the time. In person, on the phone or (of course) in email.

    Still, at least markgo was inoffensive to me. I knew some folks who HATED their email names, yet because they were pronounceable, every one called them that any way. My favorite was a guy named John NyXXXXX, who didn't like being called anything but John. See if you can guess what his alias was :-)

    On some sites where markgo is taken, I am markgo2k, which is actually a snitty reference to the fad of putting 2k after everything (Y2K, Win2K, etc).

    To bring this thread full circle: at the top was some speculation as to why chromatic is chromatic. I've got a pretty good guess from my wastrel youth playing 36 hour sessions of D&D (Dungeons and Dragons for those who have never played RPGs without the help of a computer). In AD&D, Chromatic usually was the top-of-the-line. Thus, Tiamat, the baddest-ass dragon was a chromatic dragon, there's a whole series of spells working up from chromatic spray to chromatic orb.

    Roll d20 to save, chromatic...

Re: Name Space
by HeatSeekerCannibal (Beadle) on Aug 07, 2006 at 16:54 UTC
    A group of girls i used to hang out with gave me that name.
    Heatseeker Cannibal
Re: Name Space
by pepik_knize (Scribe) on May 27, 2002 at 18:46 UTC
    Here's mine:

    Pepík is a Czech nickname for Josef. Kníže is my surname, and translates to Duke, or Earl. I have so many logins, I decided to make it easy to remember, hence pepik_knize. If I'd known that I would stick around, I probably would have just made it Pepík. (I can't change it, can I?) Look at my face, I'm a member! (Perl Golf Club)

Name space: !1
by !1 (Hermit) on Nov 17, 2003 at 22:16 UTC

    antirice and I are roommates as well as co-workers. I usually post under his account to make him look like an idiot :)

    I've never registered because I've never been able to find a good name and well, let's face it, making antirice look like an idiot is too much fun. This was until I saw this post. The author was attempting to describe the duality of the return from the ! operator in cases where it returns false. Thus I was born into your community.

    ...and yes, tye came up with my name here.

Re: Name Space
by beernuts (Pilgrim) on Apr 18, 2002 at 22:36 UTC
    Hmmm. *tries to think of a great story*

    *and comes up short*

    I'd been lurking here for months and decided to finally get a nick. I like beer, but that was too
    short (I felt) for a nick. However, someone that day pointed me at the beernuts website.

    The rest, as they say, is history.
Re: Name Space
by Diakoneo (Beadle) on Nov 11, 2004 at 14:11 UTC

    Sorry to toss a three year old thread back up on top, but this was a really great read at 4:30 AM CST.

    I am starting to give up on the banal practice of nicknames and am going back to the historically banal naming scheme and using my real name in my e-mail usernames. However, Diakoneo has some meaning to me.

    I play an on-line WWII massive-multiplayer game. When I first started, I was slogging through the usual nicks trying to find a decent one, when I saw that 'Pippin' hadn't been taken. Tired of searching for more, I grabbed it. I worked my way up through the ranks (RAF Commander then BEF Theater Chief of Staff) but eventually an opportunity at my church ate up all my time. So I dropped out of the High Command entirely and decided I needed a clean break.

    Thinking on my real life position, I came across the Greek word "Diakoneo", which (at least in Biblical New Testament terms) means 'One who serves'. It's never taken on any of the boards I frequent, so I'm going to hold onto it until I completely give in the the 'first initial/first name - full last name' method of signing in.

    Programming n00b
    Even n00b-ier to Perl
Re: Name Space
by eoin (Monk) on Dec 28, 2003 at 00:46 UTC
    My name is Eoin
    Cause my eoin is my name.
    Eoin is ainm dom.

    Nollaig Shona, Eoin...

    Nollaig shona duit.

Re: Name Space
by zetetes (Pilgrim) on Apr 14, 2004 at 23:04 UTC
    Zetetes is taken from a philosophical book which deals with trivial questions such as
    - is there faith in life?
    - what is time?
    - what is space?

    as far as i remember 'zetetes' is greek and means something like 'the seeker'. even if i'm not that much seeking than i once was, i'm fine with it...
Re: Name Space
by DrFish (Initiate) on Sep 30, 2006 at 10:51 UTC
    DrFish is a 'ghost in the machine' AI in Pat Cadigan's excellent cyberpunk novel 'Synners'.

    Coincidentally, (it was a coincidence - I asked) in some old unix user manuals (Sys V manuals IIRC), the supplied games are listed in alphabetical order, listing 'Doctor' and 'Fish' together.

Re: Name Space
by Asmo (Monk) on Aug 27, 2002 at 22:51 UTC
    Asmo is taken from 'Asmodeus' who was known as one of the 7 demons of Hell in the satanic mythology of the 16th century. He is represented by a limpy man with a goat head ;)
Re: Name Space
by Agyeya (Hermit) on May 08, 2004 at 07:18 UTC
    Agyeya comes from Sanskrit, the only scientific language.
    The name means "Beyond Comprehension".
    That is, all the knowledge of the world, put together is not enough to understand this person, or falls short to comprehend him.
Re: Name Space
by tubaandy (Deacon) on Nov 28, 2006 at 15:06 UTC
    I also play clarinet. :)

Re: Name Space
by RolandGunslinger (Curate) on May 18, 2004 at 16:21 UTC
    Nothing fancy about my nick. If you've read Stephen King you know who Roland Deschain is; the last gunslinger in SK's Dark Tower series. The only thing you can take from this nick is that a) I read alot b) I was reading SK at the time I created the nick FYI - other fav authors are Tolkien, Dan Simmons, and Terry on... In retrospect I think I should've named myself wraith_q, which was the nick I used back in my Quake days. I've gotten some negative feedback regarding my nick, mainly from people who either don't like Stephen King, or think I'm a gun toting maniac. I do enjoy a good SK book, but as for gun toting, nothing could be further from the truth.
Re: Name Space
by defjukie (Sexton) on Dec 24, 2004 at 06:30 UTC
    I think my personal node pretty much explains it--- I am a "defjukie" because of my love of hip-hop, in particular the NYC label: Definitive Jux. This label is a vaccine for those infected with intense mental torture at the uninspired state of much modern hip-hop.

    peace out
Re: Name Space
by f00li5h (Chaplain) on Jan 07, 2007 at 05:15 UTC

    Expectation Management.

    @_=qw; ask f00li5h to appear and remain for a moment of pretend better than a lifetime;;s;;@_[map hex,split'',B204316D8C2A4516DE];;y/05/os/&print;
      Living in the moment is the only way, free of the judgements of your own mind and that of others. True wisdom can only be obtained by silencing once's own preconceptions. youtube
Re: Name Space
by kevin_i_orourke (Friar) on Feb 22, 2002 at 11:15 UTC

    It's fairly simple to work out where mine came from but the reason it's so obvious is slightly more complicated.

    Not long before I finished working in Antarctica I thought it'd be useful to have a Hotmail account (I didn't know they'd been assimilated by Microsoft) so I asked Dad to sort it out for me (no web access if you work for the British Antarctic Survey).

    He picked the most obvious username he could think of and it's since become my standard username for web stuff because it tends not to be already in use.

    Dull? Oh yes!

    Kevin O'Rourke

Re: Name Space
by aufrank (Pilgrim) on Jul 09, 2002 at 15:36 UTC
    in case anyone's interested in the origin story of a newcomer:
    nicks have always been a big deal to me, not exactly sure why. real name is austin frank, and I take quite a bit of pride in it because of the family history behind it.

    first nick was abo in some dungeon game that I would play sitting on my dad's lap in front of our old apple 2g when I was 6 or so (my dad had the same penchant for appending -bo to things as seanbo's, and so I went from austin to abo).

    next nick was for when I first got on aol, which would have been in 95 or so. I tried to register nitsua knarf, my name backwards, and then botched it somehow, and had to come up with another, and so I became nitsuabo (probly my favorite handle to date).

    then in 98 I got involved with theonering and wanted a tolkien-ish nick for their chatroom (which has since become barliman's). Enamored of willow trees, I kludged together Tintathar, which I actually meant to be Tirtathar as indicated by my usual tagline "Watcher of the Willows".

    Later on, my friends were talking about how I was about to go through a transformation and become far better than before (consoling me after a breakup), and said "It'll be like you've gone from Austin to AustimusPrime", and so that stuck and is my current AIM name.

    Finally I signed on in the network systems group at university, and while I was offered a vanity account, it had to be professional sounding (austimus was not acceptable). Some of my favorite people have called me just "au", and a bunch of friends had adopted the conventional of calling eachother by the first letter of their first names prefixed to their last names. I decided that afrank didn't have the ring I wanted, and so I chose aufrank. I've always pronounced it so as to preserve the first syllable of my name (and that's how it's been done by people who call me au), but a couple of french-speaking folk have pronounced the au as "o", which I prefer less.

    The coolest extension of my adoption of au as my meta-nick was when I started on linux from scratch and decided to call my project audistro, which I think sounds mightily badas*.

    Probly tons more than anyone cared to know, but like I said, the topics always mattered to me for some reason.


Re: Name Space
by atcroft (Abbot) on Aug 18, 2003 at 01:50 UTC

    I figured mine was nothing special, until I decided to meet up with Mr.Muskrat and family this past Friday night (15 Aug 2003) near Dallas. He mentioned that on the way over he and Mrs.Muskrat had tried to figure out what an "atcroft" was-was it a nick/first/last name, combination, or what. In point of fact, mine is merely the concatenation of my first and middle initials with my last name, or rather (just in case anyone wondered):
    $atcroft = substr($name{'first'}, 0, 1) . substr($name{'middle'}, 0, 1) . $name{'last'};

hardburn's name space
by hardburn (Abbot) on Jan 23, 2004 at 21:19 UTC

    I'd like to know just what the frell I was thinking when I started using this nick. Not just here, but the first time I used it on any site. It's primarily used for gaming, but I started using it as my nym on any site (with my CPAN ID being one of the few exceptions). I have no idea why I started using it, except that "hardburn" sounded like a really cool gamer's nick back in high school. Most high school kids think sniffing a mushroom is cool, so I guess I'm not too bad for merely having silly nym.

    I've thought about changing it from time to time, but it has kinda taken on a life of its own after seven years or so of using it.

    I wanted to explore how Perl's closures can be manipulated, and ended up creating an object system by accident.
    -- Schemer

    : () { :|:& };:

    Note: All code is untested, unless otherwise stated

Re: Name Space
by bibo (Pilgrim) on Jun 04, 2004 at 00:33 UTC
    BIBO is the name of my favorite alarm clock (if there could ever be such a thing).

    Archie McPhee sells them, and the prose describing bibo's origins are almost better than the hideous noise it makes. My real name is bill, and I have used bilbo in various incarnations as a name for years. Then I decided I needed to make a change, and it's only one letter different! Easy to remember when it's 4:30AM and sleep seems so far away...

    and it's only 4 letters, and since I'm also a C programmer it seems appropriate. Like the quote about how a C programmer would spell "terse" trs



Re: Name Space
by kelan (Deacon) on Aug 30, 2002 at 17:02 UTC
    Once upon a time, years and years ago, I met someone on a BBS. We began chatting, and as time passed we became good friends. She didn't live far, and eventually we met. Our friendship grew. She was assigned to write a story for a class once, and she wrote me as the main character. She called him Kelan, and that's what she's called me ever since. And I've used it for just about every username I've had since then.

    PS. It's pronounced kay-lin.
Re: Name Space
by vek (Prior) on Dec 06, 2002 at 18:43 UTC
    I stumbled across this node while browsing demerphq's home node. In the true spirit of better late than never, here's my incredibly complicated explanation.

    My first name Kevin, or Kev. Reverse that, change the all letters to lowercase. You have vek.


    Update: vek was also the 3 letters I always entered into the ol' video game high score table while wasting my youth in arcades :-)

    -- vek --
Re: Name Space
by Shinwa (Beadle) on Jun 17, 2004 at 23:14 UTC
    Shinwa Komoto Okami

    Shinwa is translated into "Legendary" from Japanese.
    Komoto is the family name of Shinwa Okami from "Shadow of A Dream"
    Okami is translated into "Wolf" from Japanese.

    This name is going on about...four to five years now. It was created as a way of dealing with a major mental breakdown after the suicide of a loved one. From this name came a book, and soon,a Perl-based RPG.

    The name Shinwa has always been attached to me in some way or form. Those around school, work, and home even call me Shinwa or Shinny from time to time. Everything in my life has usually had the name associated to it. Be it in school work, gaming, programming, writing, or the arts. I doubt I could ever really give up the name for another, as it is in a sense, a way of rememberance for my own reasons.

    Rest in peace Michelle...

    Shinwa : Did that penguin just meow at me?
    Snuggy : What hunny?
    Shinwa : nuffin' luff...
Re: Name Space
by renz (Scribe) on Jan 24, 2005 at 22:02 UTC
    Mine is just a spelling modification: s/rends/renz/

Re: Name Space
by stefp (Vicar) on Mar 11, 2002 at 12:37 UTC
    My first name is Stéphane. The diminutive is stef. I called my host zweig in the honor of one of my favorite author. My mail address was So it was almost prononcable as "stefan Zeig". this was in 89, so it predates the lame stef of userfriendly

    And I can prove it. if your follow the link, note that merlyn voted no.

    I use stefp here because I lost the info about my first account thas was indeed stef.

    -- stefp -- check out TeXmacs wiki

Re: Name Space
by ibanix (Hermit) on Dec 08, 2002 at 20:28 UTC
    My name was born out of the need for an IRC handle. Since I was out of inspiration at the time, I looked at my bass guitar, took the manufacturer's name, ibanez, took my favorite operating system at the time, Xenix (yes, this severely dates me) and presto:


    $ echo '$0 & $0 &' > foo; chmod a+x foo; foo;
Re: Name Space
by frag (Hermit) on May 15, 2002 at 19:37 UTC
    I'm coming at this kind of late, but my nom de cloister is just a plain old last-name abbreviation. I used to mention on my homenode that I'm not that much of a Quake fan; I'm more of a Robotron type of guy.

    -- Frag.
    "It's beat time, it's hop time, it's monk time!"

Re: Name Space
by frankus (Priest) on Aug 09, 2002 at 10:10 UTC
    At University, the name was coined by a friend: it's the only nickname I've half-liked ;).
    I use it online as Frank is so frequently taken.


    Brother Frankus.


Re: Name Space
by hok_si_la (Curate) on Feb 11, 2005 at 15:45 UTC

    Originally I thought hoksila was the word 'boy' in the Aztec language Nahuatle. I found out later that many southern Indians used this word, and that it was not specific to the Aztecs. I came into a fascination of the culture after readings Gary Jenning's two Aztec books. Yes, you read that right, two. The third was not written by him, rather written on his behalf. Gary's brother is suing over the third books use of his name.
Re: Name Space
by krujos (Curate) on Jan 15, 2003 at 06:20 UTC
    My username is the username I got in college, what can I say, it stuck. First 3 letters of my last name first 3 letters of my first name leads to krujos.
Re: Name Space
by TStanley (Canon) on Aug 12, 2002 at 16:07 UTC
    My username falls into the same category as jcwren and btrott, i.e. the first initial of my first name, prepended to my last name. My name is also on my home node

    Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups -- Anonymous
Re: Name Space
by coreolyn (Parson) on Mar 12, 2004 at 22:32 UTC

    Well I derived the name many years ago -- guessing about 1988-89 for the main character in a Sci-Fi Fantasy novel I started. It's a coupling of both Sindarin and Queyan ( Tolkien elvish languages - so it's syntactically incorrect by JRR's standards.) I'll let those who know how to decipher such things figure out it's meaning. I'll just say its meaning obfuscates my pride in diversity. Anyway it became my handle on the web when it came along. It use to have much more than just Perlmonks hits when it was googled, but I haven't gotten very far on my conversion of my novel to a virtual world, so those links don't show up anymore..

    but they will, eventually

Re: Name Space
by wfsp (Abbot) on Sep 02, 2004 at 10:21 UTC
    The wf are the initials of a borough. p is for party. Many find the 's' word upsetting so I won't mention it.
      I wasn't logged in! Sorry.
      Update: Above post has been fixed. Thanks and apologies to all concerned.
Re: Name Space
by Ryszard (Priest) on Aug 16, 2002 at 19:19 UTC
    Ryszard, (ri-sz-ard) actually its polish for richard.

    I came across this name while working as a phone operator for a major bank in australia. I was in the market for a new handle, and wuh-lah, someone by the name of Ryszard came across my terminal.

    I started using the name Ryszard on the local BBS's, then later on the 'net. Its just stuck ever since. Its now a part of the furniture.

Re: Name Space
by vkon (Curate) on Apr 12, 2006 at 15:51 UTC
    vkon is my CPAN ID, and it is first letter of my name and first three letters of my family name...
    that simple!
Re: Name Space
by Mr. Muskrat (Canon) on Aug 21, 2002 at 20:28 UTC
    How did I end up with a nick like Mr. Muskrat?

    My first name is Matthew but ever since I was little, I have simply called myself Matt. My tale begins when I was in the fourth grade. The other boys kept trying out new nicknames for me. Matt Dillon, for example. One day, someone called me Matt the Muskrat. After a while, they shortened it to simply Muskrat. (My last name is Musgrove, BTW. Several of my relatives tell me that they too have been called Muskrat.)

    Several years later, I started telling people my name was Muskrat, or I'd say my name is Matt but you can call me Muskrat.

    So when I started hanging out online, I just kept on using Muskrat. On IRC, I am ^Muskrat or ^Muskrat^. I joined The Knights Who Say Ni! Seti@home team and chose the nickname Sir Muskrat for the message board. When I signed up here, I also choose Sir_Muskrat (I didn't know that you could use spaces).

    Then one day at work, I tried to sign in and I couldn't remember my password! What to do!? I simply signed up for a new account with the nick Mr. Muskrat. I have been using this account ever since.
Re: Name Space
by nothingmuch (Priest) on Oct 20, 2002 at 21:48 UTC
    ~self feels peer pressure...

    nothingmuch was a blitz replacement for my old nick, of early 1999, dubbed 'kj', for the first and third letters of my last name. It was too short for many services, and so i had to change it. At times the 'h' is truncated off of nothingmuch. Hence came

    zz zZ Z Z #!perl
      Nothingmuc -> NothingMuck => NothingGross => NothingDelicious => NothingNutritious => NothingGood..

      So much fun :-D
      “A script is what you give the actors. A program is what you give the audience.” ~ Larry Wall
Re: Name Space
by TomDLux (Vicar) on Apr 02, 2004 at 05:40 UTC

    I used to be lighting designer / operator for VideoCabaret Internation / The Hummer Sisters ( who later ran for mayor of Toronto ). D.Anne Taylor suggested I use Tom Lux in the program ... lux is Latin for Light, after all.

    I gave that name one time when I didn't want to give my real name, and the person asked if my middle initial was 'D'. Five minutes later, when I figured out the joke, it was.

    I've used the nick on IRC and other places since leaving theatre ... very convenient, no collisions, ever


Re: Name Space
by ggg (Scribe) on Oct 18, 2004 at 05:33 UTC
    ggg = Grumpy Gray Gnome

    I started using this handle on a teletype network in Alaska in the late 60's.

Re: Name Space
by blacksmith (Hermit) on Aug 27, 2002 at 02:01 UTC
Re: Name Space
by hannibal (Scribe) on Apr 04, 2004 at 23:23 UTC
    'hannibal' in my case comes not from the Carthaginian general (although I did have my main workstation named 'carthage' for quite some time), but from Hannibal Smith from the TV show The A-Team. My friends who watched the show also said I had a similar personality. Thus I started using it as a nickname online as well.
Re: Name Space
by RMGir (Prior) on Aug 28, 2002 at 11:39 UTC
    Cool thread! I also wound up here via the poll, like many others.

    My nick is of the boring "first initials, first few of last name" variety; I started using it ages ago on the DALNet #pern IRC channel...

Re: Name Space
by kodo (Hermit) on Jul 17, 2002 at 10:53 UTC
    I started using "GianT" when I started DJing 1995. Then I used it on IRC and for playing games (quake) where giant was a well known nick after a while.
    Well nowadays I sometimes wish I would have chosen another nick, because when people see someone with the nick "giant", they probably think "oh that guy thinks that he is the greatest/best". So I thought pretty often about changing my nick, but I would need new email etc. etc. etc. so I've still kept it.
    Also giant fits nice to me because I'm pretty large (2m), so when people meet me in real-life they always are like "oh now I understand why you call yourself giant!".

    That's my story...
Re: Name Space
by ChuckularOne (Prior) on Feb 16, 2004 at 20:38 UTC
    I have been using my nick since THE BEGINNING. Back in the (very) late 80's I first used Count Zero as my nick on Prodigy. When I could never again find anywhere that that nick wasn't taken, I used my current nick. Chuckularone. This name was bestowed upon me very stoned little brother of a friend of mine back in 1986.

    I have been proud to call it my own ever since. I can't believe it's been 15 years. Ugh, I'm old.

    It is very likely that if you find my nick somewhere, it is me.
Re: Name Space
by sedhed (Scribe) on Jul 18, 2002 at 02:25 UTC
    The 'sed' in sedhed actually has nothing to do with the *NIX tool of the same name. It refers instead to a now defunct band in which I took part long ago, whose name is derived from the acronym for "Severely Emotionally Disturbed". (belg4mit pointed out that it would be better written as SEDhed.) Alas, it's too late for that.

    However, you too can do your part: When you see a node by me, think violent outbursts, not fancy text transmogrification. ;)

Re: Name Space
by Grygonos (Chaplain) on Feb 25, 2004 at 21:57 UTC
    This name is a name I gave my rogue in Diablo, and then my druid in Everquest. I kinda keep a random fantasy name generator in my head, and this is one of the ones that popped out on a whim. I've used it ever since.

Re: Name Space
by ZlR (Chaplain) on Jan 24, 2006 at 10:36 UTC

    She came to me,
    and said I was foxy.
    She said I was too nervous,
    and way over anxious.
    She told me to calm down,
    and stay zen,
    le renard

Re: Name Space
by pilgrim (Monk) on Sep 09, 2003 at 19:43 UTC
    I'm just here to learn. "pilgrim" seemed monastically-themed, and to connote the journey (to knowledge).
Re: Name Space
by dsb (Chaplain) on Jul 01, 2004 at 18:58 UTC
    First off, I just requested (and received even) a name change from Amel to dsb. The origins from of Amel come from the series of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. I was going thru a bit of a vampire phase I suppose you could say, and Amel was the name of the spirit/demon which first took possession of a human host when she was almost killed.

    The change comes from a desire to keep a standard naming convention across all programming forums and sites and such. dsb are my initials - my name is Daniel Scott Balaban - or Dan if you please :). dsb is more indicative of me than Amel, as I am not the 5,000 year old father of all vampires. Are you surprised?

    This is my cool %SIG
Re: Name Space
by csuhockey3 (Curate) on Nov 06, 2003 at 06:34 UTC
    Mine is easy, I play hockey for Colorado State University and my number is 3
(shockme) Re: Name Space
by shockme (Chaplain) on Aug 27, 2002 at 01:58 UTC
    Boy, you should see some of things people have said in IRC, IM, etc., in their attempts to shock me ... some times, I think I should have picked a different nick ... but, it's the nick I chose way back in '96, and it's stuck. Most people don't refer to me in the formal (ShockMe), but rather the more familiar (shock). And yes, many people call me 'shock'. I've never capitalized it (because I'm lazy that way), and I don't recall anyone else ever doing it either.

    shock - v. shocked, shock·ing, shocks
    v. tr.

    1. To strike with great surprise and emotional disturbance.
    2. To strike with disgust; offend.
    3. To induce a state of physical shock in (a person).
    4. To subject (an animal or person) to an electric shock.

    me - pron. The objective case of I.

    1. Used as the direct object of a verb: He assisted me.
    2. Used as the indirect object of a verb: They offered me a ride.
    3. Used as the object of a preposition: This letter is addressed to me.
    4. Informal. Used as a predicate nominative: It's me.
    5. Nonstandard. Used reflexively as the indirect object of a verb: I bought me a new car.

    It's all about me, baby. Me, ME, ME! See, you don't realize it, but everything revolves around me. Even you. I am the center of the universe, and you are all just little lights in the sky. Sometimes, late at night, I go outside and listen to my dogs bark at you ...

    Seriously, though, it's from the album Love Gun (1977) by Kiss. It was Ace Frehley's first time behind the microphone, and it rocked ... Ace wrote the song in response to an incident which happened when he was on tour in Florida. A high voltage wire had fallen behind the stage and had made connection with a hand rail on one of the stairs. As Ace stepped onto the stage, he held the neck of his guitar with one hand, and with the other, he grabbed the hand rail. Of course, he went down like a ton of bricks ...

    The song doesn't have anything to do with the incident. The song's all about sex.

    But what isn't?

    I chose the nick because (1) it's one of my favorite songs, (2) the definition suits me, and (3) ... well ... it's all about sex, baby!

    If things get any worse, I'll have to ask you to stop helping me.

Re: Name Space
by Steve_p (Priest) on Dec 09, 2003 at 01:53 UTC
    Steve_p, well, what can I say? Steve's my first name. "P" is the first letter of my last name.
Re: Name Space
by blue_cowdawg (Monsignor) on Jul 21, 2003 at 14:30 UTC

    I take my name from the breed of dog that I am a fan of. The Australian Cattle Dog is known to its enthusiasts as a "cowdog" and just for grins I corrupted that to cowdawg.

    The "blue" in the name refers to one of the two variaties of ACD. The blue merle or the red merle. My favorite coloring being the blue I refer to myself as the "blue_cowdawg"

    What is ironic is that I own to reds not a blue...

    Peter L. BergholdBrewer of Belgian Ales
    Unix Professional
Re: Name Space
by TrekNoid (Pilgrim) on Nov 18, 2004 at 22:09 UTC
    Wow... what a great read! I just ran across this node, so I guess I'll be the latest to extend it's life

    More years ago than I want to admit, a group of friends and I got *really* into a Wil Vinton animated character that used to advertize for Domino's Pizza called 'The Noid'.

    So, we created monikers for ourselves that we put on the backs of T-shirts, each reflecting our hobbies... with an airbrush of The Noid on the front. All of the names ended with 'Noid'.

    Me, being the Star Trek geek of the group, became TrekNoid.

    Years later, we've all grown out-of-it, and that should have been the end of it... but about 13 years ago, I'm sitting at the AOL User Registration page, and it's asking me for a login that hasn't been taken yet... and after trying 50 or so things, I remember my old nickname, and give it a shot... And since then, it's just been my name in any online forum I go to.


Re: Name Space
by mt2k (Hermit) on Nov 06, 2002 at 00:36 UTC
    I might be lagging on this, but mine is simple:

    m - male
    t - teen
    2 - two
    k - thousand

    ie: I used to go by "maleteen2000". I now use mt2k2 in some places (ie: "maleteen2002") lol :)

Re: Name Space
by Anonymous Monk on Oct 12, 2005 at 20:24 UTC
    Qiang is my first name in chinese pinyin. you write it as 强. most of the western people pronunce it as Queen. I know, I know, there is no english word started with Qi. the closer pronunciation is like chiang.

    oh, Qiang means strong/tough in chinese.

      ooops, that was me forgot to log in.
Re: Name Space
by atemon (Chaplain) on Sep 10, 2007 at 16:39 UTC

    In Sanskrit, we use different terms to call teachers. "Guru" is the term to refer to the Great Great Teacher. Guru means one who removes darkness from mind.

    VC is my nickname :)

    As per my Gurus, "Gurudom" is a n attitude towards others and willingness to help others, without expecting anything from them. These attitude will eventually make a "Guru".

    I wish to be a guru and trying to culte that attitude in me:). So I wish to call myself as Guru and I named myself as "VC-The Guru".

    Cheers !


    There are three sides to any argument.....
    your side, my side and the right side.

Re: Name Space
by sierpinski (Chaplain) on Jul 08, 2010 at 16:47 UTC
    Even though the most recent post on this thread seems to be a couple years old, I feel obliged to add to it's history.

    Sierpinski is a last name, but it's not mine. Wacław Sierpiński was a Polish Mathematician, famous for his Sierpinski Triangle (or called a gasket in 3D). I first found out about this in a book on Fractals and Chaos that I found utterly fascinating. It's a relatively uncommon name in modern society, so seemed to fit well as an internet moniker.

    In other realms, my original handle was Kane, which was the name of a character that was portrayed in the Eye of the Beholder video game manual. I currently use that handle (and picture) on other realms, but unfortunately it's quite common, so I tend not to use it as much where unique names are required.

      A gasket? I've seen it as a "carpet" and a "cube".

        From wikipedia:

        The Sierpinski triangle (also with the original orthography Sierpiński), also called the Sierpinski gasket or the Sierpinski Sieve, is a fractal named after the Polish mathematician Wacław Sierpiński who described it in 1915.
pemungkah (Re: Name Space)
by Anonymous Monk on Apr 24, 2003 at 17:09 UTC
    pemungkah stems from my interest in Balinese gamelan - sort of like low-tech techno, for those who've never heard it - specifically gender wayang, one of the most ancient forms. I needed a nick for IRC, and wanted to pick something that was not likely to spring to anyone else's mind.

    The pemungkah itself is an overture played before the traditional Balinese shadow puppet play of the Mahabarata, as the puppeteer is laying out the puppets that are to be used.

Re: Name Space
by StommePoes (Scribe) on Jul 22, 2010 at 10:27 UTC

    A stomme poes is a dumb cat. What we sing-say to our particularly stupid one, and how I felt when starting learning web development.

    Previous nick here was gaviidae, which I'd been using for almost everything after a zoology course. Stomme poes is more fun, though, and makes the Dutch snicker.

Re: Name Space
by morgon (Priest) on Jul 22, 2010 at 21:41 UTC
    I recognize azatoth from H.P. Lovecraft's horror stories.
Re: Name Space.
by stefp (Vicar) on Apr 16, 2002 at 19:03 UTC
      I also love Jazz and had that same nick... but altered it slightly during a pun-filled encounter in IRC in 1993.


Re: Name Space
by marinersk (Priest) on Jun 01, 2017 at 15:45 UTC

    I'm boring. Last name, first and middle initial.

    Great thread; hope the tradition continues for folks to add to it.

    I found it thanks to Disease Soup.

      D'oh! Was expecting a tale about ancient mariners :)

        I regret to say my creative and humorous streak was apparently out for a stroll when I posted this. This would have made a great place to just write a fantastic storyline.

        :: sigh ::

Re: Name Space
by Argel (Prior) on Jul 27, 2007 at 23:58 UTC
    My initials are R-J-L. Say them fast and you get my alias.
Re: Name Space
by Aim9b (Monk) on Aug 07, 2007 at 19:49 UTC
    I used Aim9b because I found out the hard way, that there is some other less-than-ethical hacker out in cyberspace (NOT in the monestary) using 'Sidewinder'. Sidewinder is a snake that moves sideways thru the desert & leaves a rather distinct trail in the sand. It's also an Air-to-Air Intercept Missle used in Vietnam & the Falkland Is.
Re: Name Space
by stevieb (Canon) on Jun 01, 2017 at 17:21 UTC

    Mine's pretty obvious, but in some forums, I use the name I used to write as a street artist in my former life many years ago.

Re: Name Space
by Bod (Parson) on Dec 07, 2023 at 00:15 UTC

    I was astonished to find that Bod hadn't already been taken when I finally created an account just a few years ago... On most sites it is taken pretty quickly or it is too short to be used. One of the many things about PM that makes me happy :)

Re: Name Space
by marcussen (Pilgrim) on Nov 11, 2008 at 23:18 UTC

    Last name

    Confucius says kill mosquito unless cannon
Re: Name Space
by Argel (Prior) on Jul 27, 2010 at 18:44 UTC
    Say my initials ("R", "J", and "L") fast and you get "arjel". Then replace the "j" with a soft "g" because it looks better and the tie-in to my initials and obfuscated just a tad. If "argel" is already taken as a username then I often use "argel1200", where the 1200 is in reference to the Amiga 1200, which I used back in college.

    Elda Taluta; Sarks Sark; Ark Arks

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