What is the meaning behind your GWJ name?

ScurvyDog wrote:

on a crusade to let walls down and find meaning in everything I do (go all-in on what you truly love, let the other stuff go, be deliberate, that sort of thing).

Rock on.

Ever since I learned how to pronounce the word 'behemoth' right, I've been in love with how it sounds.

Then, one day, I came across a website called www.gamerswithjobs.com. I never planned to be more than a passing visitor. So, with the intention of registering with whatever username simply to comment on a couple of threads, I disguised myself as the Moth that I Was.

Now, 36 weeks and 31 minutes later, I still regret not signing up on GWJ with a meaningful username, because this place has become as close to a home as I've ever had on the internet.

Oh well, maybe one day even MothBeHe will start to feel like something meaningful.

The meaning behind my name.

I honestly can't remember now. Hmm.

I'm sure it will come to me.

Michael Zenke wrote:

The meaning behind my name.

I honestly can't remember now. Hmm.

I'm sure it will come to me.

Something to do with soup, I think

Michael Zenke wrote:

The meaning behind my name.

I honestly can't remember now. Hmm.

I'm sure it will come to me.

Clearly, it's an anagram for "Mechanize Elk."

kazooka = kazoo + bazooka.
Allusion to the idea that whenever I say anything, it's mostly just a big loud raspberry sound.

Ian's my middlename. My parents chose it so my initials spelled a variation on the standard truncation of my first name. If you look up the traditional meanings of all three, you get "people's victory, god is gracious, emperor". That's just too damned much weight to bear, so I hurriedly stole a surname from some popular literature and hoped for the best.

Mine comes from my main character from City of Heroes. He was actually the third character I made, but quickly became my favorite. I had just come back to the internet from having little to no access for most of the previous five years, so all the identities I had held previously were pretty much gone at that point. Since CoH was my main interaction with the "internet people" it pretty much followed me around and has become my standard on-line moniker.

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The Traveling Wilburys

And since Bob Dylan > George Harrison > Tom Petty > Roy Orbison > Jeff Lynne, though "Bob Dylan" would be too boring of a name, so i took his Wilbury pseudonym.

My full name is Christos Yiannis Reid, and my dad's called me "CY" my whole life. When I needed a name to write under that wasn't my first and last, it seemed like a good fit.

Playing Super Smash Brothers Melee with some friends. Only two combatants left, including myself. I've knocked my opponent off the stage and need something to keep him from returning in order to insure my dominance once more. I grab Mr. Saturn, and as I throw it I meant to yell "N000000B". What resulted turned out to be far more epic. Guess it just stuck over the years.

My pothead flatmates at uni sat giggling on the sofa. I came out of my room, with beige trousers, white t-shirt, round glasses, a book in one hand and my pipe in the other. They thought I looked very proper, like a doctor taking a well deserved break from saving lives. So, being in Italy and all, they started calling me "il dottore" and asked if I could get them some medicinal grass. Haha. The name stuck through the rest of my studies. It actually felt like it fit me very well, so I still use it online even though nobody else does!

I have a couple conditions that are, as far as I know, incurable (more of an annoyance than a pain and all that, Edit) and I plan on getting a doctorate (I want to become a psychologist after school and according to what I've heard about what I want to go into, Abnormal Psych, you pretty much need a doctorate to stay competitive).

Lots of new people on the site in the last ten years, post your username story!

I've been a member here for more than a decade, I wasn't aware that this fantastic thread even existed! Thanks, Mixolyde, for resurrecting it. I'm going to enjoy reading the thirteen current pages.

Detroit20?

Because of Barry Sanders who entered the NFL the same year that I started playing running back for my university team. As a runner he just had everything; I spent the next decade mesmerized by him.

For those who aren't familiar with his work, I suggest taking a few minutes to watch one of the many highlight videos on YouTube.

It was a joke among friends when I was in grad school getting a PhD in Math. Most proofs of uniqueness ended 'up to isomorphism' meaning that if there was something else that did all the stuff the theorem needed, it was identical to the thing that we found.

It seemed like a good idea for an online acronym.

Before that, I was PseudoPrime1979, as I was researching pseudoprime numbers. And while 1979 is not pseudoprime, it is provably prime and is the year of my birth.

Tasty Pudding (or some variation of it) is my gamertag on all platforms. I wanted something different from the usual "Dark_Lord_420" sort of thing, and I thought it would be amusing to kill people in multiplayer games and have them see "You were killed by Tasty Pudding".

Joke's on me: I never get any kills in multiplayer games.

UpToIsomorphism wrote:

It was a joke among friends when I was in grad school getting a PhD in Math. Most proofs of uniqueness ended 'up to isomorphism' meaning that if there was something else that did all the stuff the theorem needed, it was identical to the thing that we found.

It seemed like a good idea for an online acronym.

Before that, I was PseudoPrime1979, as I was researching pseudoprime numbers. And while 1979 is not pseudoprime, it is provably prime and is the year of my birth.

Great year! I just turned 43 yesterday!

Far from my favourite Lucero song, but it's usually an accurate name.

All these years, and I never did mine. Felix Threepaper was a goofy name I made up for my first Fallout 3 character. A friend of mine used to come around to smoke Js and would like watching me play when he was high. Later he started a blog and wanted me to write about games on it, so I just carried that name over.

Back in the mid 90s I spend a lot of time on IRC*, a global chat channel. And because it was global I needed a unique username that no-one else was using anywhere in the world. So I grabbed one of my old greek classics books, a play called "Reudens" by Plautus, and picked one of the characters to use as my username. I figured there weren't going to be many Trachalio's online, and boy was I right. In my 30+ years of using this username, I've never come across anyone else with it.

*Internet Relay Chat for you young 'uns.

I wanted to feel old, so I checked when I posted in this thread.

Spoiler:

16 years ago

dejanzie wrote:

I wanted to feel old, so I checked when I posted in this thread.

Spoiler:

16 years ago

Got you beat. Mine was

Spoiler:

nearly 18 years ago.

And, yet I'm a plain old Executive, still not at the "Choose Your Tag" point.

I could have sworn I posted in here at one point, but maybe I didn't want to be the one to necro the thread. Anyway, in the 90s I needed a handle for playing Doom 2 on the DWANGO network, but I didn't feel cool or confident about my skills so I went with something I thought would keep expectations low. Unfortunately it just resulted in everyone calling me Bennigan.

croaker wrote:

And, yet I'm a plain old Executive, still not at the "Choose Your Tag" point.

I feel you, you're not the only one who's been lurking around here untagged for ages.

croaker wrote:
dejanzie wrote:

I wanted to feel old, so I checked when I posted in this thread.

Spoiler:

16 years ago

Got you beat. Mine was

Spoiler:

nearly 18 years ago.

And, yet I'm a plain old Executive, still not at the "Choose Your Tag" point.

Mine was back in 2006, so about the same time as you dejanzie!

My name is a reminder of who I was. Typical extremely shy nerd with few social skills dealing with my peers. I got picked on a ton and responded by puffing myself up and reminding them how “smart” I was. Parallel to this, I grew up in the late 70s/early 80s and whenever I got the high score on an arcade machine, I put in EGO because I was that darn clever.

Hopefully I remember how far I have come since then

When I first played Anarchy Online. I was absolutely clueless. A guildie named Balthezor really helped me out, showing me how the game works.

So I guess I stole it. It has stuck since 2003.

Trachalio wrote:
croaker wrote:
dejanzie wrote:

I wanted to feel old, so I checked when I posted in this thread.

Spoiler:

16 years ago

Got you beat. Mine was

Spoiler:

nearly 18 years ago.

And, yet I'm a plain old Executive, still not at the "Choose Your Tag" point.

Mine was back in 2006, so about the same time as you dejanzie!

*grey_haired_shaky_fist_bump.jpeg*

Huh. I posted my reply to this thread May 10 2005, like a week or two before before my two epic posts about "getting a divorce", quickly followed by "going to find my h.s. girlfriend from Greece, buh bye".

Roo wrote:

Huh. I posted my reply to this thread May 10 2005, like a week or two before before my two epic posts about "getting a divorce", quickly followed by "going to find my h.s. girlfriend from Greece, buh bye". :)

Let us know how that turned out!