questionsunravel the enigmas: explain your username

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I took the word "the" and added it to the first syllable of my last name.

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I am a Stargate SG-1 fanatic and TheOneill was the best Asgard ship ever built (until Carter blew it up). 5 happens to be the best number in the world.

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I have had a fascination for Cassandra of Troy from the first time I read about her. She was given the gift of prophecy, and a curse that meant no one would believe her. It's a dichotomy that would be hard to live with. It is also a chapter in the memoirs of Florence Nightingale, a woman who always feared that she would become like her mother and sister, who were marginalized and disinterested due to the Victorian era that insisted that women were delicate, and that their feminine character meant they should be shielded from the world, placed on a pedestal, that kind of thing.

It's really more complicated than I'm telling, and now I want to go back and read the letters and other writings again. Truly interesting and very complex person.

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Hobbit - short person from the shire. In HS, college and just before grad school a lot of my friends called me Pippen/Pippy as a result a boyfriend of a room mate called me Hobbit it stuck. No I don't have red hair or freckles.

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I do not have a deep seated Wizard of Oz obsession (despite a 2-year stint in Kansas). Colleagues who really don't play by the rules are known as "black hatters". Friends tease me that I don't ever cross the line but that I often think along similar lines. I use my powers for good and not evil ;-) I'm a good witch.

Miniwooter is finally able to tell the difference between our photos. That and she has a couple of nicknames that include words like short or mini. Those nicknames will be funny when she's be over 6' tall.

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I left the regulated world of the military and moved very near the Atlantic Ocean. At least a couple of times a week, I go down to the beach and get my toes wet and sandy.

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My first initial and last name. And to clear up any misunderstandings, I am, in fact, male. :) lol

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Male: thefenst, theoneill55, claudicina, catbertthegreat
Female: hobbit, glindagw, cassandratroy, sand4me

Forgive me if I mislabeled anyone. I decided to add this based on earlier confusion about claudicina's username.

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@glindagw: I wonder how long it will take for someone to post a thread requesting pictures of us all?

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@claudicina: Well, now, there I can oblige. Voila!

[Edit] Okay, okay, just to give it some context:

http://hci.stanford.edu/winograd/shrdlu/

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@shrdlu: annnnnnnd my eyes glazed over.

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@shrdlu: I'm glad to know the origin of your name. I glazed over at the top. I kept thinking that I used to have a lisp too (ok, so wine still brings it out...foolish boys call attention to it & tell me that it's cute). The dialogue between the person & the computer is cool.

By the way, providing a picture cracked me up. You are the last person that I would expect to actually provide a photo.

@claudicina: I wonder how many people would actually be willing to provide a photo.

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@hobbit: Oh, thank goodness. I did not want to confess to being laid back in my chair with my eyes rolled up if I was the only one.

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@hobbit: What about wide, hairy feet? My family says that anyone with wide feet has "hobbit-feet."

ADixon115: 1st initial & last name. For a long time, a few people would just call me "A Dixon" as a nickname... then I needed numbers.

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@adixon115: Is that an inappropriate question to ask a lady? My father teased me about having the opposite (water skis).

Why those numbers?

@sand4me: You made me laugh. Wine up the nose, not cool!

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Mine's boring. Mo/Moe = one of my nicknames. Heymo evokes the fine comedic work of the Howard bothers. And I have a Y chromosome (but most of you already knew that).

Funny, I thought @catbertthegreat was a girl for the longest time, given his surprisingly good eye for jewelry. And since we saw so few female hobbits (some horrid Sackville-Bagginses and Samwise's wife, and that's about it), I was surprised at first to learn that @hobbit was a girl.

But what is in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Then again, when was the last time you saw a restaurant selling Patagonian Toothfish? Fortunately, some clever marketer renamed it Sea Bass. And just try getting people to eat Dolphinfish (Eat Dolphins? Never!)

P.S. My trail name/hash name is Token. As in the kid from South Park. But that's a story for another day.

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@glindagw: She's the one who called herself Hobbit. ;) But it's seriously what I think of. But my family's weird. My sister has monkey feet, her husband has hairy hobbit feet, I just have long skinny feet with odd toes (so I wore guy shoes starting in 7th grade since where I lived didn't have shoes for women with feet my size 11-12); one of my friends describes his feet as "rat feet."

Those numbers = my birthday. I thought having it as my screen name would help people remember my birthday, but it didn't. Now I've been stuck with that SN for years because I can't think of anything more clever.

btw... sorry @hobbit... having gone through medical school and residency and have to have asked people to describe more delicate things to me, feet are benign. (just as long as people don't save me samples to look at, which they do sometimes, "by the way, doc... I didn't flush so you could have a look") PS. Love that pic.

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@adixon115: I mean part of residency... finished med school, and nearly 1 year... have 3 more years left.

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@claudicina: Go find mine too.

La Vikinga has nothing to do with Lava. Just big and blonde and nicknamed by my father-in-law. Truth be told, I think he a hard time with getting my name right for the first few months after I married into the family.

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A long time ago I got an adorable tri-color (black, white, & tan) cocker spaniel puppy. She was the biggest, fattest puppy in the litter. I jokingly started calling her Faughtey (say fatty with an English accent) and it was so cute, it stuck. She was faught, and therefore became Faughtey. When people asked how she got her name, I considered if they had a sense of humor. If they didn't, I said it was like naughty - but with an F.

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Mine's rather prosaic, really. When I got on IRC the first time in college in '89, I kept choosing nicknames that other people used, so I decided I needed something unique. Somewhere in the Jargon file (yes, I read the whole thing back in the day), I read about someone who'd used his initials to create a handle.

So... I did that. My initials are NRF, so I became eneref. Later, because I'm so cool, they named refrigerator simulation software after me (okay... that's not actually true, but there DID crop up dynamic refrigeration simulation software called ENEREF at some point in the last couple of decades).

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@adixon115: Sorry, I was just kidding, it wasn't offensive. I feel your pain with the shoe thing. Luckily my grandmother lived in California. I would send pictures of shoes that I wanted to her salesman at Nordstrom.

@heymo: I could live with that trail name. Mine refers to my sense of direction. I can't shake it!

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My other user name is that I trade off with hobbit is Calliope but I am not as attached to it.

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I usually participate in these but think it makes sense to sit this one out (evidently not very quietly). :-)

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@eneref: You read jargon-l? Wahoo! Then my avatar will be especially amusing. I used to be the very definition of a house wizard. Dang, but life is just funny sometimes.

[Edit] NRF :-D :-D :-D

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@erikadyscern: Anything that you would choose if you weren't being one of our favorite retailer reps?

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sgoman5674 is my last name missing a letter (atually a typo, but I don't really care enough to get it changed) and my name numerically represented.

Male for those parties who are curious.

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I would really like to know where @172722 came from.

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@hobbit: Calliope??? One of my other screen names is Jularkey - I spend hours on genealogy stuff and my elderly sister-in-law was telling tales of olden days in the backwoods of Kentucky, and she mentioned someone's jularkey. I had never heard the term before and was fascinated. So, I have it for use somewhere else.

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@shrdlu: Ahhh... a house wizard. Very nice. That's the direction I went out of college. Until I moved toward management, started my own company, and promptly forgot anything even remotely technical.

These days, my developer business partner has to teach me simple things. It's a little sad.

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@sgoman5674: I knew that what you'd said wasn't quite right, and then I couldn't remember what the all digit user id actually was. I just spent 20 minutes tracking it down.

http://deals.woot.com/deals/users/172722

So... Hello, @172722, where ever you are... Come tell us all your secrets. Please?

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My name is Josh. Josh is Me. Done.

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I must apologize, but the code to deciphering my username is so very secret that I must forever remain a mystery.

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@glindagw: I don't have a problem providing a photo. If someone posts a thread, I'll go first. :)

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First name middle name. More importantly, practically brainless to type.

I know, I am putting myself at the mercy of every identity thief on the internet.

Maybe I should start an alter-ego. I'll call him dingalingdotbiz. Or Bizarro guylee.

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In high school I had knee surgery. If you were not the first one in line for lunch in the cafeteria, it took all lunch hour just to get your food and haft to scarf it down in 5 mins or less. Because of my knee surgery I had a knee brace so I couldn't bend my leg. I couldn't run so I had to do this weird one leg hop/run. Someone started saying I looked like a grasshopper. Later, someone said Grass Hopper Jones, because of the overalls I wore. the nickname stuck. The rest is history.

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Nickname is my WoW gnome warlock toon's name (perky pink pigtails of powa ftw) and my personal philosophy when gaming. I'm old skool gal gamer since Quake 1 days. Only then I was PMS-Medusa. By the way I'm unhappy with those the Xbox girls that had the gaul to steal PMS's tag, since we acknowledged as the the first all girl quake clan. But I digress.

IRL I am more merciful.

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Shinespark is what you do in Metroid when you chain together speed booster super-jumps. If you superjump into a slope and hit down, Samus will stop and "recharge" so you can shoot her off again with another jump. Getting a certain energy tank in Zero Mission forces you to do like 10 in succession.

(I've also heard shinespark used to describe the super-dash/super-jump itself)

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By the way, most of us in this thread already are in the Top 15 contributors on the Leaderboard, which I have never checked before today. werd.

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I am a full time working published fine artist from
Texas.

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My original initials were JZ. In High School we would get TShirts with our initials on them but, since JZ was boring, I added the A to make jaz. If anyone asked I always said I didn't have a middle name (true), my parents just gave me a middle initial (false).

The cat is because, of course, I like cats.

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@claudicina: like I said, go find my avatar. I'm stupidly brave.

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@glindagw: I know you were kidding, but then I explained why I said it... medicine has ruined me. btw... I love Nordstroms and Nordstroms Rack. Those 2 places are usually where I buy my shoes.

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Mine is a fitting description of me, coupled with the early days of on-line "bulletin boards" where you were limited to 8 characters for your name.