What is the meaning behind your GWJ name?

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Mixolyde wrote:
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!

1979 here as well.

So, Steinkrug was the name of my orc shaman when I played WoW. I was looking for something that sounded Orcish but also had another meaning. German for stone mug, beer stein type. And I just ended up using the name for other stuff too.

I don't think I ever posted on here before. My handle's a bit more recognizable than some, but it's one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite games:

The metal version kills, too:

Mixolyde wrote:
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! :wink:

As stories go about getting a divorce ("starter marriage", no kids), and then immediately leaving the country to find your high school sweetheart, who happened to be an exchange student from Greece goes...

Really f*cking well.

The organization that sent her, AFS, recently had their world meeting (with the head/s of the program from each of like 75+ countries). I would say our story went over very well, and we now have invitations to visit people...all over the world. The AFS ladies from Malaysia who we had dinner with were particularly taken by our story...think we could stay there a month, easy. (My wife is one of the big volunteers for Greece, not the head of the program.)

I've had this handle for 15+ years now. When I was in high school, I was really into an anime called Yu Yu Hakusho. One of the main characters, Kurama, steals an important artifact called "the Forlorn Hope". He does that because it grants any wish and he wants to save his mother who is dying. The only catch is the user has to forfeit their own life.

Nothing particularly deep about my name. Its one letter away from Cal Bear and 95 is the year I graduated from Berkeley..

As I'm a big gamer though, where the average age is generally lower and my visible icon is almost always some imagery related to Cal... its now to the point where people think its the year I was born, not graduated.

Forlorn Hope wrote:

I've had this handle for 15+ years now. When I was in high school, I was really into an anime called Yu Yu Hakusho. One of the main characters, Kurama, steals an important artifact called "the Forlorn Hope". He does that because it grants any wish and he wants to save his mother who is dying. The only catch is the user has to forfeit their own life.

Hmm. It's also the name of a group that tried to make it to Calfornia to get help and food to the place the rest of the Donner Party was forced to camp.

Forlorn Hope wrote:

I've had this handle for 15+ years now. When I was in high school, I was really into an anime called Yu Yu Hakusho. One of the main characters, Kurama, steals an important artifact called "the Forlorn Hope". He does that because it grants any wish and he wants to save his mother who is dying. The only catch is the user has to forfeit their own life.

You may or may not know this, but a forlorn hope was also the group of soldiers selected to lead the way into a breach during a siege. Their job was to occupy the defenders so that everyone else could get inside. Needless to say, casualties were typically extreme. It was usually a volunteer force with promotions as the prize.

Yeah, I heard about the former but not the latter. Grim tales but interesting nonetheless.

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