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Rhonwyyn

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Icon 1 posted February 14, 2010 11:11      Profile for Rhonwyyn   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
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?

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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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Icon 1 posted February 14, 2010 16:37      Profile for GrumpySteen     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
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.

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Icon 1 posted February 14, 2010 18:02      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
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.

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Icon 1 posted February 14, 2010 19:01      Profile for macmcseboy     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
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.

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Ashitaka is the hero of the movie Princess Mononoke. Really a relaxed charachter.

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____ 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]

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7 year old GC link.

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Here is "The Story of Bibo"
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Something I made up when admiring the shoddy electrical work that had been done in the 3 year old house I was living in.
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Icon 1 posted February 16, 2010 08:10      Profile for Stereo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
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] )

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Icon 1 posted February 16, 2010 08:58      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
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

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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.
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Icon 11 posted February 21, 2010 15:34      Profile for Stereo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
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

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Icon 1 posted February 21, 2010 15:47      Profile for Rhonwyyn   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
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]

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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]

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Icon 1 posted February 22, 2010 21:02      Profile for CW Smith   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
It's my name.

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guitar, bass, percussion, Macintosh.
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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!
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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 Ir. Didn't find it fantastic, but again, I liked the name; especially because of the symbol (I still sometimes sign off just using the '' 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 'Da', 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]

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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.

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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.
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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.)

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my name is from one of my toons on world of warcraft and my favorite number is 15 i really like ornithology preferably owls
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_______ owls are neat.

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smells most fOwl....

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