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gsim1337
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G is the beggining of my first name, Sim is the begining of my last name, and I consider myself to be 1337.
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Dav
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My real name is David. Many people also call me Dave. However both "David" and "Dave" were already taken when I registered for hatrack. So I came up with "Dav", and it worked. Since then I've used it for a few other places too.
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My Chinese given name begins with a "Z", and I thought "Z" was a great first letter for a unique name. At the time that I conceived my online name, I was quite into Japanese culture, so I added "jin" to the end of the randomly-formulated "Zane", and pop: Zanejin.
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I love golf. I am a duffer, a bad one at that; so it is a poor double pun, b a duffer or bad duffer.
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It's an acronym. I tried to think of the words that would describe me best. I came up with: volatile, onanism, nocturnal and knifey. Voila!

(or it's my last name)

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I was originally A Rat Named Dog (and still am from time to time). That name came from a friend of mine who had a pet rat and referred to it as his "dog". I thought that was the most adorable thing ever, so when I wanted to make up a name for Hatrack, that's what I went with.

Papa Janitor's kid Mooselet (who was like 3 or 4 at the time) renamed me "Puppy", based on the fact that my name was originally "Dog". I now use Puppy more often, because in general, I find that "earned names" are superior to "invented names".

That's why my Xbox Live gamertag is "Rangutang". I used to call my wife "Monkey" as a pet name, and one day she answered my, "Hey, Monkey!" with "Hey, Rangutang!" It was hilarious to me because it was so off-the-cuff, and it actually did describe me pretty well — I'm bigger than her, and have red hair. So I went with that as my most common online name, because it felt way more real and legitimate a nickname than "AwesomeGuyStriker47" or whatever "cool", made-up, self-aggrandizing name folks usually go for [Smile]

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C3PO the Dragon Slayer
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C3PO the Dragon Slayer is a satirical fanfiction I wrote.
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Earendil18
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Eärendil is the main character of my favorite Silmarillion story by Tolkien.

18 means "life" in gematriya (sp) and also was my age when I came up with the name, and Earendil with no number was already taken.

I forgot to use the Alt-0028 combo to get the ä dots when I registered.

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Perplexity'sDaughter
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I use Perplexity'sDaughter on a couple of other forums, and it's just easier to keep using the same one, otherwise I'd forget.

I don't really have a cute anecdote for my name. [Frown] I just came up with something that sounded neat.

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quote:
Originally posted by Puppy:
. . . it actually did describe me pretty well . . .

[ROFL] It really does.

That's adorable.

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Damn. I should have come up with something more creative.
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I am the 17th Brother Jack on the interweb.

Actually it was my old baseball number. Brojack is short for Brother Jack.

Insanely original, I know.

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First initial, last name. That's why I capitalize the second letter and look like one of those ANNoYiNg peOpLe wHO CaPiTaLiZe sTRanGe leTTeRS. [Wink]
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"OobieBinoobie" comes from back when I was playing Jedi Academy. Lots of people were "Darth Fred" or what have you, so I figured I'd better have an appropriate name. From a satire of Star Wars.

Since I couldn't remember anything about Hardware Wars except the closing credits line "filmed on location: in space" I had to fall back on Oedekirk's "Thumb Wars", which I still think is freakin' hilarious.

Of course, the character there is "Ubidub Benubi", but I couldn't exactly remember so I spelled it wrong. This was before I bought the DVD. So it's the *second* silliest name in the galaxy!

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!

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I'm, well, a math grad student and "Mathematician To Be" or "Future Mathematician" seemed, rhetorically, like a bad move.

As it is, I can use arguments from authority to win my debates [Smile]

I have another name that I've never used - Symplectic Geometer, based on my Master's work, but I decided against ever using it for fear of being asked to explain what symplectic geometry is [Wink] .

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I took a shower and got soap in my eye. [Embarrassed]
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My name is just awesome. awesome squared, or awesome sauce. oh and its not pronounced ex-an its pronounced zan. also aleXANder, it's what my dad called me.
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A maven is someone who is an expert in their field, a guru if you will.

Well that ain't me... *hitches trousers, and spits*

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Linky
That thread contains my "real reason" as well as some others. Enjoy.

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Chris Kidd
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This is my real name. I started useing it at VBS so that they would know it was me saying something and not my diffrent character names.
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vonk
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Vacation Bible School?
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Chris Kidd
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virtual battle School [Big Grin]
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I am a lightning rod for all the strange and obscure situations that you routinely hear about but never believe...that, and I find myself being shot more often than I'd like.
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Mine is named after my little dog (a corgi terrier cross) who died of cancer not long before I came on Hatrack. I still miss him.
(We didn't name him, his mother's name was Peanut, so the people who owned her named all the pups after nuts...)

EDIT: How fitting that my 600th post should be about Cashew. Didn't notice till the post came up.

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Since I was in elementary school I started drawing daisies by my name every time I had to write it down (I think maybe because my actual name is so short I wanted to spice it up or something). I did this throughout high school and even after in letters to friends or family. I don't draw daisies by my name anymore, but it was the first thing I thought of when trying to come up with an online name. I added the "Mae" just because I like the way it sounds.
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Well most LDS on here recognize the first word in my online name - its from a Book of Mormon story knows as Helaman and the Stripling Warriors. The rz is what I added to indicate my love for all things Arkansas Razorbacks. *shrug* It has served me well.
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my name is Greek for Virtue. It doesn't translate well. Most people think it's Artie and then they assume I'm a man. Oh well. It's one of my favorite greek names...and my favorite, Sophia, was already taken.
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When I was in 9th grade, I was writing a paper that I really didn't want to write and just hit a bunch of keys randomly. kojabu was thing that came out and I've used it ever since for stuff like websites and forums.
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I fell asleep on the keyboard and there it was! (Not really.)
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I had just read the short Story Dog Walker, and had also just finished walking both my dogs a hour or so before i found this website. Thus i became Dog Walker. Though i dont like the name much anymore, I am far to lazy to change it.
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quote:
Originally posted by Mathematician:

I have another name that I've never used - Symplectic Geometer, based on my Master's work, but I decided against ever using it for fear of being asked to explain what symplectic geometry is [Wink] .

I suppose you could just point people to this page

wikipedia link

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Iain
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Iain is the translation of my name (John) into Gaelic. I have used it online for maybe five or six years now.

Is mise Iain as Clann Mcduffie.

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Most of the time I am either ender2188 or ender rises but I knew there were going to be 20 million ender's on this site so I took my World of Wracraft name and used it instead.
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this is the videogame name i gave myself when i first started playing online games. Quake 1
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My grandfather gave me the nickname when I was an infant, because all my initial's are Z's. He gave each one of his 13 grandchildren nick names. It was sorta sweet. My son (his great-grandson) was the last to be born before he died. His name is Azriel, so he always called him A to Z.
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TCW is my initials (and the actual account name I use for just about everything.)

I like that these forums have a different display name vs account name. Name's Timothy, but I prefer to drop the H.

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Why do you prefer to drop the h?
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When I played DizzyMUD and AnimeMUD, I went by Zhilia Zoana.

The people I RPed with thought I was roleplaying a girl because of the "ia" ending. Haha oops. Stupid gendered sounding fantasy names.

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Intro to an Aquabats song. No matter how many times I listen to it, I'll never know if it was misheard or not, because it's part of a dialog that's not included in the published lyrics [Razz]
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I had a bad break up with this totally lame guy when I was eighteen and wrote a poem about a girl who was cookie jar, and this name evolved from that.

After a couple of years I just thought of myself as "porce;" and for the past several years I decided it was a really stupid name.

I was tempted several times to re-register as Sara Ellis. I always was a little jealous that Tom Davidson is simply Tom Davidson. How cool is that?

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You know, porce, "porcelain girl" is one of my favorite Hatrack nicks.
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mine is a philosopher and a hi-larious cartoon character.
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quote:
Originally posted by Stephan:
What Rivka and Nick.

And also ditto.
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I initially signed up under my own name (well, first name, anyway), but eventually realized that I was feeling so paranoid about the lack of anonymity (I know, I know--it's not like the internet's so small that I'm on a first name basis with it. I'm aware that it's kind of silly) that I decided to go with something else. I considered Baldur, since I've always liked that god quite a bit, but decided not to go with it, since the Baldur's Gate games were current at the time and I thought that people would think that I was making reference to them. I considered Ander, the name of a D&D character I'd played for about a decade, but thought that it sounded too close to Ender to be used on a forum of Card's. Eventually I decided to go with a name that actually meant something. "Noemon" is an Attic Greek name that means "thoughtful". Since a thoughtful approach was what I took to Hatrack at that point, I thought that it seemed appropriate. Later on I wished that I'd picked a name that translated as "smart ass".
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Well, being completely new to the whole forum thing, I decided to name myself after one of my favorite OSC characters. Luet is one of the main characters in The Homecoming series, for those who don't know. 13 is my favorite number and the date of my birth.
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When I was way into Magic: The Gathering my favorite picture/character concept was a guy named Dakkon BlackBlade,
http://homepage.mac.com/cheethorne/Palladium/images/dakkon.jpg

I started using the moniker for online games as far back as Quake 1, but Diablo 1 and since then BlackBlade has always been my user name for anything online including games, forums, newsletters, etc.

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In the Silmarillion there is a character named Ecthelion, who is one of 2 elves to ever slay a Balrog (consequently it is also the name of Denethor's father and so sometimes i get asked why id name myself after the father ofthe crazy guy.) I didnt really like the way Ecthelion (Ech-thel-yun) and played with it, i liked the "a" sound the most Ec-thal-yon. It has become a forum name/videogame name since.

I have another screename but i dont know why i picked it, i just eneded letters and numbers.

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I'm poudering my hand in preperation to smack you in the face.

:: poufff ::

Be gone, scoundrel!

- MaSTERdb

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im a big office fan and i thought large tuna was cooler than jim halpert [Big Grin]
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Well, I was originally reading the Hellfire storyline in Classic X-Men, and thought Black King sounded cool, so I chose that.

"But that's not your name."

Well, no, but when I needed another one I thought of a similarly dark and macabre theme - necromancy! So I chose "Nekromans".

"Still not your name."

Well, no, but people called me Nekro, and I didn't like that for some reason. So I changed it to Nek, my other nickname at that time.

"Who are you?"

Even I don't know... [Frown]

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