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19 November 2002 @ 10:28 pm
Kind of like a poll, only stupid.  
So - what are the what's, why's, how's, who-for's, where-to's, and what-have-you's of how you got your most common on-line (and/or preferred) username? (LJ or otherwise - I'm just curious)
 
 
 
Selahmegspencer on November 19th, 2002 08:46 pm (UTC)
Hallo! Most of my online names use Meg in one way or another, such as my LJ and fanfic writing name MegsPencer, and my AIM handle Megs the nerd. Becuase when I started writing emails a lot I got lazy and began signing them Meg, to save typing the extra "A-N." And sometimes Sam calls me Megs, and my middle name is Spencer, so I thought hey, I could go as MegsPencer. Why? Why not? HEY! WHY NOT? ::shakes fist at anyone who questions why not::

::grins::
XCorvisxcorvis on November 19th, 2002 09:39 pm (UTC)
XCorvis is an alternate of corvis (corvis was taken on the first board where I wanted to use it). Corvis is a misspelling of corvus, latin for raven.
ninja in the shadows: angrydragonseiryu_16 on November 19th, 2002 09:49 pm (UTC)
I've been "Blue"-something for a very long time because it's just WHO I AM... I was a bit tired of just 'Blue' and wanted something a bit different. Blue Dragon has long been a nickname of mine - I wished to use it because it's a bit more pensive than just 'Blue,' but that name has quite a bit of background I didn't feel like bringing in. So I have to give props to Cowboy Bebop (I think it's Episode 21) for providing me with the Chinese translation (and coincidentally, one of the four entities of Feng Shui): Seiryu. It was already taken, so the "16" (my birth day) as an afterthought worked out well. My dear Josiah did the same with his add-on of "31."
Yay coordinating screen names ::grin::
(Anonymous) on November 19th, 2002 09:49 pm (UTC)
yo, trickygrin is my ficcing name, it be my mood most days. genjislave stems from a joke freshman year involving the massively over-checked-out volume of 'The Tale of Genji' and the amount of time it spent in my bed. god, commenting-wise, i'm on a roll!
Abra SWcloudscudding on November 19th, 2002 09:57 pm (UTC)
My heart is broken now.
It was a bimulous night,
When the sky is like lace

- by Elinor Lander Horwitz. Lippincott 1975


It's a children's story about playing with otters, eating spaghetti, looking at the moon. I absolutely loved it when I was very little. I didn't remember what it was called (though I knew what it was about!) until I did a search for "bimulous" on google.

My heart is now broken. I looked online and the only copies for sale I could find cost $300. I guess a lot of people like this book...*sniff*

My most common usernames are all based off of it:
cloudscudding (that's "cloud scudding" or "clouds scudding," not "clouds cudding")
bimulous
bimulouspaghetti
Hillarysusanofstohelit on November 19th, 2002 10:31 pm (UTC)
favorite character in the series I was reading when I got the journal.

my yahoo id is a horribly angsty remnant of a bad middle school experience.
King of the Voidabaddonx99 on November 19th, 2002 10:35 pm (UTC)
I got the one that I use most, "Abaddon" from the bible. I always enjoyed reading parts of the bible, just to see how fucked up some of them are, and no part is more fucked up/interesting then the book of revelations. Well, Rev 9:01 to Rev 9:11 tells the tale.

Revelation 9:1
Then the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit was given to him.

Revelation 9:2
He opened the bottomless pit, and smoke went up out of the pit, like the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit.

Revelation 9:3
Then out of the smoke came locusts upon the earth, and power was given them, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

Revelation 9:4
They were told not to hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.

Revelation 9:5
And they were not permitted to kill anyone, but to torment for five months; and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings a man.

Revelation 9:6
And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them.

Revelation 9:7
The appearance of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle; and on their heads appeared to be crowns like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men.

Revelation 9:8
They had hair like the hair of women, and their teeth were like the teeth of lions.

Revelation 9:9
They had breastplates like breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots, of many horses rushing to battle.

Revelation 9:10
They have tails like scorpions, and stings; and in their tails is their power to hurt men for five months.

Revelation 9:11
They have as king over them, the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon.


And I thought, "That's fucking cool." And I think it is a cool title. Angel of the Abyss. Powertrip and delusions of grandeur for a 10th grader.

Reverend Loki is used now and then, because I'm a "preacher" of the Universal Life Church, and I really like the trickster element that Loki has. And I like how the name looks.

Recently, I've also taken to using Arawn, which is Welsh for the God of Death and the Underworld.
Oυτιςerragal on November 19th, 2002 11:04 pm (UTC)
Heh... that reminds me. I was thinking of revelations as I was watching the Leonids. I was trying to decide if the sound I heard was caused by them or not. Probably wasn't.

What would a Leonid type event be like before the invention of electricity... or even before large cities. An amazing show of light in the sky and possibly even hearing them rush through the air. We've become accustomed to the sounds of jets passing overhead but what would that sound like to someone then?

So I was thinking about falling stars and angels trumpets.

Have you ever thought about the plague locusts and mechanized warfare? Like helicopters maybe..
kitkatlj on November 19th, 2002 10:38 pm (UTC)
KitKat
Play on Katie for IRC. Wanted to be easily recognizeable to my friends and have something that would seem sort of like the name they knew in real life (that's all I went into chat rooms for back then...it was before IM caught on). Kitty was a pet, Kit was too short, Kat was too much like my real name...ended up KitKat. My only qualm was that it was already a candy bar, but I liked the sound, and I do like the candy anyway.

Everything else is just add-ons that reminds me of the site name or something...for IM...say the add-on out loud. Makes a lot of sense that way. Don't want to actually post it on LJ, though.
Ninininicat on November 19th, 2002 10:41 pm (UTC)
It's all Gunn's fault
It actually is her fault this time. Various people called me by variations of my name (Janine) in the Twin Cities. Nini was Gunn's. I'd come home, or see her somewhere and she'd exclaim, "Nini!" at me. Either that or she'd sing the Soul Coughing song at me.

And I figured since it's her fault I'm on LJ anyway "nini" seemed like a good name. But it was taken already. So add the cat. For obvious reasons.
Oυτιςerragal on November 19th, 2002 10:58 pm (UTC)
So most names are already taken. This is an obvious stumbling block.
Like Abaddon I looked to mythology for a name for LJ but wanted to find something a bit more esoteric and less likely to be copied. So Sumerian. I was looking for a god of the hunt and the otherworld = Erragal or Nergal. The title Enkikura means lord of the mountains, one of his incarnations. Freyr, Arawn, and Gwynn Ap Nudd were others I considered but decided to go with the oldest I could find. I didn't mind the darker associations with the Sumerians, that sort of fit with my mood at the time.

Nobody is from Deadman. "I prefer to be called Nobody."

The Chosen Son, or simply The Chosen, is from a number of sources but was chosen for the Seven Sons.

citystates = city-states the game I'm running.

There are others but they'll remain mysterious
Josiah Carlsonchouyu_31 on November 19th, 2002 11:09 pm (UTC)
It has been years since I've been called anything other than some derivative of my first name.

Some computer-based nicknames I've gone by in the past include:
STMann (flight sims)
NilNion (Narnia Mush back in '94...I was a hedgehog...I spent time with another hedgehog...Snufflesnout...she was in college...I was a freshman in high school)
Trevor (Realm Of Magic - Mud, 1996-2000)
loserondacomputer (wbc - web based chat hosted by go.com, 97-98)
NNland (Realm Of Magic - Mud, 2000-present)

And the most recent, Chouyu_31. Check my profile, Chouyu was a specific white tiger, one that seems to be a vegetarian from the way it is worded. While I am not, I also do not step on food, nor do I eat living things (I wait until they've been dead for a while).

Online, I think I liked Trevor the most. The character I played was a bad-ass, and the people I met and conversed with were quite a bit of fun. I think I had about 30 days of play time when I finally called it quits on him. NNland is actually a higher level, and has less than 10 days of play time.


As for 'IRL' nicknames:
Si
Siah
Josie
Josie-Lynn
Joe (for people who couldn't remember Josiah...*shake head and giggle*)

My personal favorite is Josie-Lynn. I know it is a bit feminine, but it seemed to be the effeminate mirror to my first and middle names: Josiah Lee. It was also given to me by a girl who had a lower voice than mine...kinda funny.

So yeah. I'll stop filling my comments with random banter. werd.
Dierin: schemingdierin on November 19th, 2002 11:39 pm (UTC)
When I was in junior high I used to make up stories with a friend of mine. One involved a superhero named "Rin" (after the sound a Spanish telephone makes). Naturally, his nemisis was Dierin (Die, Rin!).

That's the short version.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on November 20th, 2002 02:52 pm (UTC)
You should consider posting a longer version when yu have time - it sounds like an interesting story!
(Anonymous) on November 20th, 2002 05:55 am (UTC)
Wonderlandkat
is short for Kathryn in Wonderland, a name that is entirely too long for any program to let me use. Several years ago I asked some people standing in my kitchen for suggestions and my mother suggested it, because she said living with me was like living in Alice in Wonderland...after you fall down the hole. between that and my parents nearly named me Alice, I thought I was good to go.
la femme stygian: autoosculationgunn on November 20th, 2002 06:45 am (UTC)
Gunn: two of my friends in SD had radio shows at a local college during the summer in spite of the fact that they were still in High School. I was hanging out with Dr. Clockstopper during his show (as I was wont to do) and he decided I was the special guest and that I needed a DJ name. So, as my theme song of the moment (and continued to be for a couple of years) was "The Peter Gunn Theme", I decided haphazardly to be Miss Gunn. Variations on this then started to occur.

Other recurrent online personalities: waveofmutilation (pixies song), needless explanations (because I often explain things that don't need explaining), and artemis (because she was my favored diety for a while).
chesh on November 20th, 2002 06:46 am (UTC)
Cheshire
My online names have been derivatives of Christine, except for this and spaceypenguin.
Spaceypenguin was because my father's nickname was the Panda, and my mom's nickname was The White Panther, and I wanted something with a P sound, too. I've always liked winter and the water, so the Penguin it was. And I'm an airhead, so there you go.

Chesh is a diminutive of Cheshire, as in, the cheshire cat. It's a name after one of the facets of my personality who I am particularly fond of -- she's quite nonsensical and insane, and occasionally malicious, though it is rarely conscious and it is usually in the quest for fun or knowledge. I started calling myself Chesh largely because Jon was calling himself Mal and Cole was being Gunn, so I wanted a neat online handle.
Sheep, that's a-me.
-Chesh
auturkis on November 20th, 2002 07:50 am (UTC)
you're gonna laugh at this
Auturkis was a mispelling of autarkis (which I prefer) late one night in highschool when I needed a name for ICQ. I liked the idea of using an "old form" word from a vampire book (without having the book in front of me). Autarkis is a vampire that refused to live within the society of his own kind usually thought of as loners.

Old melodramatic habits die hard, so I kept it.
la femme stygiangunn on November 20th, 2002 11:24 am (UTC)
Re: you're gonna laugh at this
I like it. Or it might just be the "turk" in the middle.
atelierlune on November 20th, 2002 08:26 am (UTC)
I read about Sylune in a book about Greek mythos. She was a lesser goddess of the moon, in charge of driving the chariot of the moon across the sky at night when Artemis was on her hunting trips. There was a picture of a tool that looked like a nutcracker with fangs in the book, and the caption read that this was a tool used by worshipers of Sylune to castrate themselves. The name sounded pretty to me, and I thought it was cool that people castrated themselves to her. (I was in Junior High. It was a bad time.)

The "Sigher" part comes from my days on AOL, when I used to frequent a Smashing Pumpkins chatroom. People would come in from elsewhere to argue about Gavin Rossdale of all things, or just make irrelevant comments of that nature, and I would audibly (well, you get the idea) voice my disappoval. One day someone asked me, "Sy, why do you sigh?" and I was like, "Yeeeaah."

Then there's the Amazon thing, but that's a longer story.
Lampshadeannelidsquisher on November 20th, 2002 10:33 am (UTC)
I AM ANNELIDSQUISHER. I SQUISH ANNELIDS.
After playing System Shock 2 for two days straight, I developed an unholy determination to eradicate all insects from the universe. With my bare hands. Or my shod feet. Or whatever I happen to have in hand. I'm not kidding. I once killed an ant with my sister.

Once you get into the really hairy part of the game, there are these hive-like things that the worms live in. You have to squish the hives AND the worms that come out of them. The worms, known as annelids, are actually capable of forming a symbiotic relationship with human beings, taking control of their motor functions, metabolism, and adrenal glands- creating incredibly powerful, zombie-like organisms. The kicker is that the higher brain functions, such as speech, remain intact- the original being (in most cases, an unfortunate crew member) is aware of everything around it, yet its body is a slave to the annelid. The end result: Crazy zombies rushing you with pipes and shotguns and grenades screaming things like "KILL ME!" and "RUN!" and, in the cases of those utterly despicable humans who have willingly assimilated, "Join the Glory of the Many..."

Needless to say, squishing annelids is an integral part of my [shattered] personality. Come to think of it, this entire comment was needless. You're welcome!
paronym on November 20th, 2002 11:04 am (UTC)
my email and common online handle
Paintedmirror: A mirror reflects reality--only the reflection is not a perfect representation of reality. Things are backwards, for one. Light messes it up. When the silver begins to fail, the picture fades. And if a vampire is standing behind you, they don't show up. Mirrors also experience from one to hundreds of people standing before them, at their most vulnerable. They see their strongest emotions, their fears, their hopes. As well, Eyes are the windows to the soul. Glass painted silver on one side is a mirror. Painted is from shakespeare, hamlet. Ladies used to paint themselves with makeup involving Arsnic (sp). It destroyed their faces as they put it on to cover problems, to paint themselves a new face. It is legal in the Bible and other places to divorce your wife if she was painted when you courted her, for that reason alone. Paint shows false impressions of who you are. It masks the reflections. A Painted Mirror, therefore, reflects truly in some parts, and in some parts, only what the watcher of the mirror wants to see. The parts that are painted, and thus reflect what the watcher of the mirror wants to see are poisonous, because they are even farther untrue from the reflection. The reflection can be an aid, but can also be dangerous. So imagine a woman with eyes like painted mirrors, looking at the world through reflecting on painted mirrors, and looking at herself through painted mirrors.

I've class now. I'll do paronym later.
Never shoot smack in Cincinnatisharpshinyclaws on November 20th, 2002 11:33 am (UTC)
I just like alliteration a whole bunch.
lord and master of the broken children: yo-sanavatarofchaos on November 20th, 2002 12:30 pm (UTC)
ok, well, when i was in high school i started to do letters to the editor of the school newspaper about how hypocritial people were, and came up with "silver phantom". that's how i signed them, and gave them to the newspaper staff.
elspeth asta is a charater from my comic book.
avatar of chaos/ ferret of chaos: this is a funny story. i was trying t think of a different name other than elspeth asta for a screen name, i came up with the avatar of chaos, because in said comic all of the gods in the world have a person o be thier avatar, except for chaos. and then the ferret of chaos (which, by the by, i cam up with before i came to school) is becasue of the conitnuity ferret that makes sure the past lines up with the present. son't piss him off, he shifts into crinos.
[not pictured]luinied on November 20th, 2002 02:39 pm (UTC)
Safiiru, from Sailor Moon. Ever so boring, isn't it? This was the old romanization used on the Sailor Moon mailing list, where I first had to choose a nick. And, well, it kinda stuck.
xorgok on November 20th, 2002 05:30 pm (UTC)
The first nickname that I ever used (and used for years) was born when I couldn't think of anything to call myself, so I closed my eyes, hit three letters on the keyboard, and capitalized the first one. Xorgok is again because I couldn't think of anything, and Zorgoc was taken. I am excruciatingly uncreative when it comes to giving myself nicknames.
uuintermutedrchase on November 23rd, 2002 01:29 pm (UTC)
Well...back in the mid-80's there was a dial-up BBS in the area on which I called myself David the Great, because that's an old AD&D name I went by when I was about 5. That's about how imaginative I was, and all-in-all, I still use the name today when I roleplay.

Later on, my name was Spawn (a few months before the comic came out), which then mutated into Spawned, or Spawnd. I only used that handle on one board.

Then came Lazarus, which was on my cousin's RPGd board, because no matter how many times I died, I kept coming back. : D

I soon ran my own board, and worked up a name to go with it. The board was called Dragonfire BBS, and my name was Dracos. Later on, I decided I should set myself apart from the users, and called myself Lord Dracos. Well, Lord Dracos needed a first name. Medius it was. Lord Medius Dracos, or LM_Dracos, as I sometimes call myself now. This, along with Mr.Winter (or just Winter, a nice cold-killer name), is what I use in online gaming these days.

*whew*

My most common AIM name, Ennui, was thought up while I was perpetually bored. Then came Tsumibishi, which is a combination of two words that both start with Mitsu -- Mitsumi and Mitsubishi. It's pronounced 'Tsoo-meh-b'shee'.

*whew times two*

I think that's about it.

Oh yeah, drchase. Heh. Well, for my UNIX login I chose 'dchase', and used that a few places, until the first place that didn't accept it forced me to think up a new name. drchase -- David R. Chase. Another reason why people call me Doc, they believe the Dr stands for Doctor, id est, Doctor Chase. Well, not entirely, but that's just one more thing that spawned the nickname Doc, which only two people call me in real life.

In fact, I can't remember the last time akale called me by else.