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    Question November Shout Out! How did you come up with that funky user name?

    I know how I came up with my user name. How did you come up with yours? There are so many great and mysterious user names at Site Point. It made me wonder, how did you come up with yours?

    Mine is a user name given to me by a friend when the old "chat rooms" were popular. Shy, because I am until I get to like you and flower, because I like flower gardening.

    For a long-time I used to get Bleys confuse with Beley until I figured out that Beley is Brandon Eley and Bleys is Josh Cantone. How did he come up with that! Maybe he'll tell us.

    So back to the subject. Let me know how you came up with your user name. I get to be the judge and I'll choose some of the most interesting stories to publish in the November Community Crier.
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    Mine is a construct from a title of a band I used to be really into a number of years ago. The real title is "escape artists never die", which I then decided to strip down to "artistsneverdie" as it worked with my line of work, and also my belief that artwork and design is something you can give back to the world which can reside eternally.

    Album artwork can stay with someone as long as they own a CD/ Vinyl, canvas work can hang on walls for centuries, tapestries tell ancient stories, tattoos last a lifetime. I liked the idea that I might create a piece of artwork/ design that even if it was only one person who kept it with them, or remembered it for their lifetime, then I would have achieved my goal.

    Hence my username...
    www.hikaridesign.com | Contemporary Design
    Won some awards here once upon a time...

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    Mine was the main character in a story I wrote back in Highschool, and since it was unique I ended up using it for every message board I signed up for because I always knew it wouldn't be taken.

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    My ex girlfriend used to call me Spike but that name had gone as had a few others so in desperation I hit Z - it worked

    I really want to know how Tommy came up with AutisticCuckoo which I for years read as ArtisticCuckoo...
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    for my lack of creativity, i just put my most prominent personal attribute in leetspeak.

    also, i love funeral for a friend

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    Mine is derived from a limit break move from final fantasy 7 lol (nerdy) "omnislash" since slash is to split apart/break something it became omnibreak for a bit of originality.

    Im more commonly known as helium on most other places, but was taken here ¬_¬. That came WAAAAAYY back from when i was 12-13 and i went on a chat room for a joke with a friend of mine, and she said we should be called helium_balloon... then from then on i was that then later droped the balloon to be helium :P lol

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    I've never been creative with usernames
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    I had this wacky idea to use my first name - and then..yes, I appended the first initial of my last name to it (which is "L", by the way - in case you didn't pick that up)

    me so cleva.


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    Mine's just my last name

    Luckily its a rare surname so it's never taken. When it is I use JArkinstall or JakeArkinstall.

    I don't put much imagination into it, but that's how I prefer it. It's more... personal.
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    My full name is James Bahe, but I'm commonly refered to as Jim Bahe. Apparently that name is really fun to say loud and all at once as one name (my nickname in real life is my full name...) anyways I just thought zimbabwe one day when someone said jimbahe thus jimbabwe. In the past it hasn't been taken, but I'm finding more and more that it's being taken when I try to sign up. Someone took it here so I had to add the 00.

    When I was young I was trying desperately to come up with a screen name. One day while watching tv and thinking up names a commercial came on about the gout and thus my screen name was born. I used it until I was about 20 or so, and it's still floating around out there on some quake3 message boards and level design sites.

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    My middle name is Cholmondeley, but I often ran into length limitations years ago, mainly in IRC...so I just cut it short. I rarely ran into name collisions, so I stuck with it.
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    Talking

    Mine, well, let me see, where do I begin.

    Erm, sorry to inform you guys, but I'm not called Spence. My real name is Neil.

    When I first came across SitePoint I wanted to join in the organized chaos and learn all about html, php, mysql, jav... You get the idea.

    At the time of registering it asks you to use a username, well at this exact point I was stuck. I mean, the only thing that rhymes with Neil is 'Orange peel' which I did not really want. So, after some very careful thought I came up with Spence_noodle. You are at this point shouting 'Why?' at the monitor, well it was just pot luck really.

    I wanted a name to confuse, not just the wife if she ever found out I was chatting away and she decided to do a quick search for me, but also to confuse everyone else. I didn't at the time want anyone who did a search to find me on SPF asking questions just after they have visted one of my websites. I thought they might get to know the insides on how the script works, etc...

    Anyway, Spence was the first name that came into my head and then I thought Noodle rhymed with it, hence Spence_noodle. It was just a spare of the moment thing and has since stuck.

    My avatar has changed over the past years, only to end up as another bug along side all the other avatar bugs in SPF.

    Well, thats it, my secret is finally out. I can now sleep at night.

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    periodic table of elements in 9th grade
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    Hi All!

    My name is derived from the great german philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

    He is the godfather of the dialectic, the idea that thought
    moves forward by reflection, analysed as a movement from these > antithese > synthese.

    Which relates to an important thruth on the internet:
    it's the content that matters.

    Rob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by artistsneverdie
    Mine is a construct from a title of a band I used to be really into a number of years ago.
    I always read your name as aaronnevil ... I don't know why.




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    My real name is Connie Rose and grew up in California and was a bikini model. But then I had that "operation" and changed my name to Conrad and then added "cal" for california.. with an "i" before that because I LOVE iCarly... so it is Conradical now. I'm still a bikini model though.



    None of that is true. Just Conrad + radical

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    I came up with my name during my Linux phase and wanted a feminine description (since I'm a girl) of a penguin. Hence, my name, Penguinette.
    My top 3: TheSkinnyWebsite, ChickLitbooks,TheSkinnyForum

    Six-figure bloggin' since 2006.

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    My name comes from the oooooold days when chatting was starting out and internet was faaaar away from what it is now. My sister and I were playing around and visiting sites, and we ended up in Yahoo's chat (at the time, there were not many to choose from). We had to signed up and we didn't know what to put there and we were making jokes and thinking the stupidest name we could find to sign up... and she said something like

    "this is so cool, all this interent stuff and such... I bet we must be the coolest around here"

    and I said,

    "That's it. We are cool. Therefore I am the cool girl"

    Which is what molona means in english "cool girl"

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    Mine was simply my favourite song at the time, about 8 years ago now.

    Iced Earth - Stormrider.

    It isn't any more, but the name stuck (I just thought it was a cool nickname), and I guess it kind of applies now I've taken up gliding - I've 'ridden' near some storm fronts in real life now, pretty amazing experience!

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    armchaircritic was simply the first thing that poped into my head at the time I was signing up..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shyflower View Post
    For a long-time I used to get Bleys confuse with Beley until I figured out that Beley is Brandon Eley and Bleys is Josh Cantone. How did he come up with that! Maybe he'll tell us. .
    Sure will!

    Bleys, which I pronounce the same as "blaze," is actually a distorted spelling of the name "Blaise." Not Blaise Pascal, the mathematician, not Saint Blaise, the physician. Rather, it is the Blaise introduced in the Arthurian text by Robert de Boron, who took down Merlin's story and was his master.

    I think I read the spelling I use in one of the Gordon R. Dickson "Dragon Knight" books when I was in high school and chose the name for a chat room on IRC, which I have used continuously as my online moniker since 1997 or so.

    I went through two other names before landing on Bleys. Early in my forays on the web I spent a lot of time in skateboarding chatrooms under the name "Pizzy," which is a skate park in Australia. Everyone kept calling me "Pissy," though, so I dropped it. After that I was "Rand_althor" (after the character from the "Wheel of Time" books) in the Books & Lit chat room on Yahoo! Chat and for my first account on ICQ. But too many people went by that name, so I dropped it as well.

    Though, Linda, you did spell my real name wrong (it's Catone, not Cantone -- but for some reason A LOT of people make that mistake... I get tons of mail to this fictional character known as Josh Cantone).
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    Mine is just my name. And since it was already taken, I added the year I joined SP.

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    I got my username about 10 years ago when I was dipping a toe into The Internet. I needed a Hotmail account and so chose this username.

    It was back in the days when it was cool to have a username like mine - something you really like, and then something after it like your name, or perhaps 'king' or 'fan' or something like that.

    So, I'm a big Ferrari fan, and my first name is Chris. Put the two together and you get... ferrari_chris! Since then, I've created an online identity from it, so I use it everywhere I sign up. Apart from work related stuff - I have another username for that.

    I did have up to eight email accounts at one stage with different variations on this username theme, but I've scaled that back to about two now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bleys View Post

    Though, Linda, you did spell my real name wrong (it's Catone, not Cantone -- but for some reason A LOT of people make that mistake... I get tons of mail to this fictional character known as Josh Cantone).
    Oh gee! so embarrassing for a writer and especially a cat lover. There's a big difference between Cat-one. and Cant-one. So embarrassed

    Any who. Thanks. One mystery solved. (How did you come up with Catone? )

    By the way... thanks for clearing up the pronunciation thing, too. Everyone here must have thought I was incredibly dopey for pronouncing it Blighs --- like that captain on Mutiny on the Bounty. I promise. It won't happen again!
    Linda Jenkinson
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