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Posted by Rhonwyyn (Member # 2854) on February 14, 2010, 11:11:
 
I've used Rhonwyyn since I first got an AIM account, I think. I'm not sure. I also use danteElphin on occasion, but that usually comes out looking like danteelphin, which people abbreviated as danteel, so I began using Rhonwyyn more steadily.

I was in a big Celtic-appreciation part of my life when I composed both names. Elphin ap Gwyddno Garanhir was the adoptive father of Taliesin, who legend says taught Merlin all he knew. Dante was the nickname I had in high school. Rhonwyyn was kind of a cross between Rhiannon and Bronwynn, two women in Celtic lore. I've actually come across another woman using the spelling I do, but online searches usually turn up mostly me.

So, why did you choose your screen name? What does it mean?
 
Posted by Grummash (Member # 4289) on February 14, 2010, 13:14:
 
i've posted this before, but seeing as you asked...... [Wink]

Grummash was the half-Orc chaotic-neutral thief that I played back in teenage Dungeons & Dragons days. Chaotic-Neutral is soooo easy to play! [Big Grin]

Anyway - Grummash, as drawn by a very talented friend, can be seen below, hiding between the Ranger and the Dwarf.

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Posted by GrumpySteen (Member # 170) on February 14, 2010, 16:37:
 
I picked the screen name Steen based on the main character from the old BBC television series "Avengers" (which I remember fondly because of Emma Peel's err... Talent and Acting). Unfortunately, I misremembered the name which was actually Steed. When I discovered my mistake, I briefly considered changing my screen name to Steed, but that sounded stupid, so Steen it was.

Later, I wanted an alternate AIM name for when I was in a lousy mood, but still wanted to be able to talk to my closest friends, thus GrumpySteen was born.

Later still, I wanted to have a more unique screen name so that I was more easily found online via search engine, so I started using GrumpySteen everywhere.

Kinda dull, I guess, since my name doesn't have any deep significant meaning. I do tend to be a bit grumpy, though, so the name suits me as well as any would.
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on February 14, 2010, 18:02:
 
I was born on the 21st of June at Callanais on the small stone at the far right of this picture after my parents had car trouble on the way to visit my Uncle Alex in Stornoway. †

'Druid' seemed appropriate.

† - sometimes I tell lies.
 
Posted by macmcseboy (Member # 1232) on February 14, 2010, 19:01:
 
The screen name is a mashing together of two terms. I was trying to obtain an MCSE in techie school, but was a mac guy... macmcseboy was born also because my alternate screenames that i use were becoming harder to use. The one I have now is still very original. It also still reflects what I do as a job.
 
Posted by Ashitaka (Member # 4924) on February 14, 2010, 22:34:
 
Ashitaka is the hero of the movie Princess Mononoke. Really a relaxed charachter.
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on February 15, 2010, 03:41:
 
____ AH YESS

____There are about one hundred and thirty people that know me by my given+screen name. The Nickname of "Mo" was used by most of my co-workers as they had trouble with my given name. Then our shop got into NC (Numerical Machining) as the shop became populated with more and more NC machines, I was becomeing the most proficient at trouble shooting programs and tool paths. Then one afternoon (lunch) on Payday the toolroom loudmouth drunk came in and seeing me with a programing manual open yelled out "Look TheMoMan is reading the manual", it stuck at work for the next fifteen years. If only I had remembered the correct G-code for a left helix I would not have had to look up that command. [Geek]
 
Posted by spungo (Member # 1089) on February 15, 2010, 08:04:
 
7 year old GC link.
 
Posted by Bibo (Member # 1959) on February 15, 2010, 08:44:
 
Here is "The Story of Bibo"
 
Posted by drunkennewfiemidget (Member # 2814) on February 16, 2010, 07:30:
 
Something I made up when admiring the shoddy electrical work that had been done in the 3 year old house I was living in.
 
Posted by Stereo (Member # 748) on February 16, 2010, 08:10:
 
Mine grew out of a comment my brothers said about me, having me reply that I would think in stereo, while having only one mouth, the ideas turned out garbled out when spoken in mono... [Wink] (That was many years ago, and there were not many people on the Internet then, so I was almost unique, but I found out others stole my nick later... [Mad] ... [crazy] )
 
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on February 16, 2010, 08:58:
 
Parent molecule for my favorite stimulants. The lab rat thing was a label/title assigned to me by my peers while I was an undergrad. It's still true too.

**raises a cup of joe
 
Posted by quantumfluff (Member # 450) on February 16, 2010, 18:46:
 
Mine is based on the theory that socks in the dryer are may either be intact socks or lint. It's only when you count them that they stay as one or the other.
 
Posted by Stereo (Member # 748) on February 21, 2010, 15:34:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
Parent molecule for my favorite stimulants. The lab rat thing was a label/title assigned to me by my peers while I was an undergrad. It's still true too.

**raises a cup of joe

And I have seen the perfect jewelry for you! https://makersmarket.com/sellers/45-raven
 
Posted by Rhonwyyn (Member # 2854) on February 21, 2010, 15:47:
 
Stereo, that's a real find!! I really want the endorphin choker, customized to fit my fat neck, of course, but at $640 starting price? Ouch! Can't afford it. [Frown] But wow. Gorgeous!

Hmm... maybe they need to get with that Science Barbie and give the doll some great jewelry? [Wink]
 
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on February 21, 2010, 19:55:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Stereo:
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
Parent molecule for my favorite stimulants. The lab rat thing was a label/title assigned to me by my peers while I was an undergrad. It's still true too.

**raises a cup of joe

And I have seen the perfect jewelry for you! https://makersmarket.com/sellers/45-raven
[Applause] [Big Grin]
 
Posted by CW Smith (Member # 12150) on February 22, 2010, 21:02:
 
It's my name.
 
Posted by Sludgedragon (Member # 8746) on February 24, 2010, 10:32:
 
Guess it was about 10 years ago, getting ready to dump AOL for good, so I wanted a webmail address that would still work after the changeover. I decided Netscape.net was the way to go but every screen name I tried was taken. I didn't want one of those "whoever3695" kind of names. My then 11-year-old suggested "Sludgedragon" and I liked it. It had the right combination of SF/fantasy and weirdness. I have continued using it because I like it and I still have never had to add any numbrs to it! Netscape was engulfed by AOL later, like a huge nasty amoeba, and I became unable to access my Netscape mail with Netscape! Pi$$ed me off. Now I mostly use Firefox or Camino, still use Navigator 9 from time to time. But that's a whole rant on its own!
 
Posted by Anovadea (Member # 15588) on February 24, 2010, 16:19:
 
Well, when I was 18, I was a... pretentious goth. I was also a bit of a geek, and studying psychology in the UK. In psych, you have to learn your way around stats, which I enjoyed. There's a statistical test called ANOVA. I don't claim to fully know what the details, but it's apparently useful for analysing more than 2 datasets; I just thought it sounded cool.

I was also reading Philip K Dick and Roger Zelazny's Deus Iræ. Didn't find it fantastic, but again, I liked the name; especially because of the æ symbol (I still sometimes sign off just using the 'Æ' symbol).

Now, back to the pretentious goth bit. There was a Marilyn Manson song called Posthuman, with the line "God is just a statistic".

Let's put that together. In my mind, at the time, if God is just a statistic, then you can test God's statistical significance. I liked ANOVA, rather than a plain old t-test or Chi-squared. So, I initially thought ANOVA(Deus). But I thought it looked ugly, and a lot of fora at the time didn't really like parentheses - so Anovadeus. But being a budding UNIX geek, and a former child of DOS, I liked 8 characters for a username; I also wanted to feminise the name, and also given that the Irish for God is 'Día', I figured to turn Deus to Dea. And being a further UNIX geek, it all had to be lowercase; I've since relented on that.

I used it in a pretentious music forum that no longer exists.

Then I switched colleges and joined a computer society offering unix accounts - I couldn't think of a good name so, on a whim, I resurrected a one-shot name. I've used it ever since.

And if that doesn't help you pronounce it, it's Ann-Oh-Va-Day-Ah. [Big Grin]

Aoife
 
Posted by GameMaster (Member # 1173) on February 24, 2010, 20:06:
 
GameMaster is from table top roll playing games, picked it an eon ago. Since I was last seen around these parts I've started using jastreich which is my name: J. A. Streich.
 
Posted by ladyofevilness (Member # 30873) on March 09, 2010, 11:56:
 
I have been Ladyofevilness since 98. I just wanted something that didn't have any number or symbols in it and something ironic. It just kind of stuck.
 
Posted by Stereo (Member # 748) on March 09, 2010, 13:06:
 
quote:
Originally posted by ladyofevilness:
I have been Ladyofevilness since 98. I just wanted something that didn't have any number or symbols in it and something ironic. It just kind of stuck.

Lucrezia Mongfish? Is that really you? [Big Grin]

(Sorry, kind of an inside joke, but I just couldn't help it. For mor explanation, see here: http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php and read from the start, or see http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20041206 http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20051230 http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060920 and many other fun-filled pages.)
 
Posted by Bellpepper15 (Member # 31267) on March 30, 2010, 09:42:
 
my name is from one of my toons on world of warcraft and my favorite number is 15 i really like ornithology preferably owls
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on March 30, 2010, 10:05:
 
_______ owls are neat.
 
Posted by macmcseboy (Member # 1232) on March 30, 2010, 23:14:
 
smells most fOwl....
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on March 31, 2010, 02:22:
 
____ On my Grand Parents farm the owls would come out of the woods and perch along the edge of the roof. Then we would put the farm dogs in the barn. The barns rats would flee, (no offense Xan) and the OWLS would drop and swoop on them, My Uncle called it feeding the Owls.
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on March 31, 2010, 03:16:
 
quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
_______ owls are neat.

Yeah, they're a hoot.
 
Posted by Ashitaka (Member # 4924) on March 31, 2010, 05:15:
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
_______ owls are neat.

Yeah, they're a hoot.
Wow, you have a real talont for owl puns.
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on March 31, 2010, 06:01:
 
____ The Rat said to the OWL, you aren't going to poop me are you?
 
Posted by Ashitaka (Member # 4924) on March 31, 2010, 06:42:
 
I lave a real bad feeling that this conversation will quickly turn into a conversation about hooters,( you know, the hooters with wings) not that ther is any thing wrong with hooters, hooters being such soft, shapely, curvy, pouting things. Just remeber they are wild things and you aren't allowed to just touch them.
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on March 31, 2010, 06:58:
 
____ A friend had his Cat attacked by a Hooter.
 
Posted by MTB Babe (Member # 2297) on April 30, 2010, 14:50:
 
Yeah, you have to beak careful, hooters are vicious.
 
Posted by Venture (Member # 32021) on May 12, 2010, 09:51:
 
quote:
Originally posted by quantumfluff:
Mine is based on the theory that socks in the dryer are may either be intact socks or lint. It's only when you count them that they stay as one or the other.


Ha, This made me laugh! I want the shirt on thinkgeek.com, says on one side "schrodinger's cat is dead" and then on the back side says that its alive. But then you get too many people bugging to explain what it means. My Nick is not so clever. Its only a reference to the animated series "The Venture Bros."
 
Posted by Erbo (Member # 199) on May 29, 2010, 23:27:
 
(Reprinted from a note I have on Facebook describing the origin of my name)

When I was in college, I had an association with a certain doctor who used file codes for people consisting of the first two letters of their first name and the first two letters of their last name. Hence, "ERic BOwersox" -> "ERBO." I liked it so much, as it was short, easily pronounceable ("UR-boh" is how it's usually pronounced, though some have pronounced it "AIR-boh"), and memorable, that I co-opted the code as a login name on various school computers. Gradually, it became a nickname; even one of my own brothers calls me that all the time.

I tend to use "Erbo" for a name on various Internet sites (including this one); where I can't use that, I will often use "obreerbo", which is just the palindromized version of "erbo" (it reads the same backwards and forwards). Credit Harry Pike of Electric Minds for coining that variant; his own user name, "maddog," is easily palindromized to form "goddammaddog," which actually makes more sense. I also use "ErboColo" on a couple of services, including Xbox Live; that just expands into "Erbo from Colorado."

When I joined Second Life in May 2006, I could choose my avatar's own first name, but its last name had to be picked off a list of available names. I used "Erbo" as the first name and picked "Evans" from the list of last names, for its Colorado connections. (John Evans was governor of Colorado Territory from 1862 to 1865, and Mount Evans, one of Colorado's "fourteeners," is named after him. Also, Evans Avenue in Denver runs near where I live; my Second Life blog name, "Evans Avenue Exit," reflects this.) I reused the name "Erbo Evans" for my EVE Online character as well.
 
Posted by garlicguy (Member # 3166) on May 02, 2011, 04:59:
 
In my case, it's all about the sauce.

But most of you knew that already.
 
Posted by Ugh, MightyClub (Member # 3112) on May 03, 2011, 05:22:
 
Holy Necropost, GarlicGuy! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by steampunkgrrrl (Member # 38567) on May 03, 2011, 08:07:
 
Foist off, my real name is Athena. But it said that name was taken, so I used my superhero identity. [Razz]

Steampunkgrrrl. I like Steampunk, and the "grrrl" part is an homage to the "Riotgrrrl" movement.

RiotGrrrl - Wikipedia
 
Posted by garlicguy (Member # 3166) on May 04, 2011, 01:57:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ugh, MightyClub:
Holy Necropost, GarlicGuy! [Big Grin]

What?

It was less than a year, by at least a couple of days. [Razz]

Don't make me dredge up the "Men of GC Calendar" thread... [Eek!]

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gg
 
Posted by Ugh, MightyClub (Member # 3112) on May 04, 2011, 04:39:
 
quote:
Originally posted by garlicguy:
quote:
Originally posted by Ugh, MightyClub:
Holy Necropost, GarlicGuy! [Big Grin]

What?

It was less than a year, by at least a couple of days. [Razz]

Don't make me dredge up the "Men of GC Calendar" thread... [Eek!]

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gg

Nooooooo, anything but that! [Eek!]
 


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