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Where did your alias come from?
« on: August 17, 2003, 03:35:09 am »
I was just wondering where people have come up the the alias they are using.

Mine?  It is not from Mork and Mindy.  It is in fact from the movie The World's Greatest Athlete with Tim Conway.  I thought that movie was cool as hell when I was a kid.  "Not as fast as Nannuu."  And since my wife won't let me name any of the kids, I'll settle using it as my alias.  Yeah I know imdb spells it differently but oh well.
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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2003, 05:24:11 am »
My first name is Eric.  generic_eric was as clever as I could be when picking a username.  

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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2003, 09:43:57 am »
Mine is from the episode of the Simpsons where Jasper is frozen in the Kwik-E-mart.  Apu, always the businessman, puts a sign over him which says, "Behold, Frostillicus".  Heh.  Part of a display of weird and exotic items, like the haunted cash machine ("Dispenses pictures of dead presidents") and the "mystery can of food" whose label disappeared.


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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2003, 10:48:29 am »
My name's Arthur Peale.  When I was in high school, my then girlfriend started calling me just Peale.  It stuck, for a while.  When I moved to NY I got a job as a bellhop.  Since the captain called us by name, and there was already another 'Arthur' working there, I opted to have them call me 'Peale.'  And it's stuck ever since.

Of course, this has worked against me in the past.  At my last job as an appointment taker, I used to answer the phone, "Receiving, this is Peale."

That quickly became quite old with these kinda of questions: "What did you say your name was?"  "Excuse me?"  "Hello, Peter, I need to make an appointment."

So, at least at that job, I went back to being Arthur.  Friends still call me 'Peale,' but family calls me 'Arthur Richard.'

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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2003, 11:43:12 am »
When I was trying to figure out a name for my domain and website my wife and I went through a thousand different names. The site was to be about our Parrots. Birdtales was a play on stories (tales) about birds. Hence BIRDTALES... Now we only have two African Greys and the website has become just a place to collect arcade pics. :(


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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2003, 11:46:26 am »
My name is Alan Skinner. I had multiple nicks on IRC in the past, but when I signed up for AOL in 1996 I was 17 years old. AOL gave me that name (AlanS17) as a suggestion because it was late at night, I was tired, and I didn't care what I used. I just needed to get online. I didn't intend to keep the name. Somehow it stuck and became my primary email address. Since then it's just been easier to use AlanS17 for everything else. All my email address contain AlanS17 and so do my screen names anywhere else.


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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2003, 12:19:24 pm »
mmm... Long story, but the gist of if...
My Nick name among friends is "Mas"
Thomas[/u]... Get it?
Since "Mas" is just mexican for "more", I had a hard time using just Mas or masman in my screen names.

So I tried tmasman... I've had this nick for 6 years and take is everywhere.
(Even my web site, as boring as it is right now.  Until I start restiring my Arcade Machines, then I'll revamp the site & purty it up a bit.)
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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2003, 12:45:29 pm »
My screenname was, as these things generally are with me, a product of being awake in the wee hours of the morning. I believe it might have had something to do with the whole antitrust thing, but maybe not (I can't remember when I first used this name). It is somewhat of a cross between Bill Gates and The Gates of Hell.

Sidenote: Sleep deprivation also generated the name of my website, 1337 Ghetto.

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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2003, 12:54:24 pm »
Mine came from an episode of the Canadian show "This Hour Has 22 Minutes".  They had a segment called "Talking To Americans" where they asked americans pretty simple questions about Canada, and see the responses.

This particular episode, this question was posed: "Canada is building a bridge from Alberta to Prince Edward Island.  Which name for the bridge is better:  Transcanada Bridge, or the Odonadon?"  Now, the distance from Alberta to Prince Edward Island Is about the same distance from California to Long Island.  But, people chose "Odonadon" as the better name :)

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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2003, 01:42:26 pm »
I recycled my handle from my main site http://www.randomdrivel.com ... like others it was an arbitrary choice that stuck. The longer/detailed answer is on the randomdrivel faq

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Q:  WTF is a "rampy"?

A: Uh... yeah. Well it's my handle for the site. The origins of rampy go back to my college days... To make a long boring story short: Rampy is an adjective that is what it sounds like. Usage: "ooooooh our sink is rampy someone should do dishes this month"
So, it's basically a nonsense word based on context that I've adopted as a unique handle. *shrug* Well, you asked, didn't you?

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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2003, 06:34:03 pm »
My name dates back to when I was picking an email address and I had recently got in a hit and run (with a parked car) when doing mischeivious (sp?) things to a kid I didn't like yard. So I picked crash and my initials....Crashdmj
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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2003, 07:21:30 pm »
Mine came from mother nature.  By viewing many chatrooms and message boards on the internet, I have concluded that animals have learned to use computers and are now active participants on the internet.

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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2003, 08:11:47 pm »
nickname from high school...
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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2003, 08:15:11 pm »
My Bike....
a specialized rockhopper
need I say more?

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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2003, 08:52:01 pm »
Mine came from a now defunct comic strip Space Moose, which a guy at my university produced.  The strip managed to offend pretty much everyone and nothing was sacred.  I loved it.  The original site is now down but most of it is mirrored here:
http://kirkjerk.com/spacemoose/


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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2003, 09:17:49 pm »
My real name is Earving Stevenson.  I was once a mild mannered reporter for a major metorpolitian newspaper until I accidentally knocked into a vat of radioactive welding plasma.  Soon I discovered my amazing powers and was dubbed the moniquer Howard_Casto_Man!  I fight for truth, justice, and the democratic way!


But that was hard to fit on my checks so I shortened it to Howard_Casto.  :D

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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #16 on: August 17, 2003, 09:41:55 pm »
(Ok, pop the popcorn, here's the long story)

Sort of a mix or High School and College.

My name is David Hawkins.  The guys in school use to call me Hawk.  I went through the phase that I only wore black, so they started calling me Black Hawk.  While in college, I thought I'd start playing a little of the CyberPunk stuff.  A guy in the group already had BlackHawk as his charecter and another had NightRaven, so I took the 2 and made NightHawk.

Alot of the web sites and email systems already have someone using the NightHawk (or any form with the current dates) alias, so I thought by the year 2099, I wouldn't be around to really care, so I threw the 2099 on the end (also love the Marvel 2099 comic series and thought it would be cool) so now I go by NightHawk2099.

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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #17 on: August 17, 2003, 10:13:41 pm »
I was trying to come up with a name to sign up for the "Worms" forum back when I used to play Worms on line all the time. I thought of my star sign ( even though I think astrology is a pile of poo ) Sagittarius. I didn't want to use my star sign and as Apollo is the Greek god of archery I went for that and it stuck with me.

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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #18 on: August 17, 2003, 11:19:12 pm »
I was using Joe Blade back when I was at uni, as my alias on the VAX machines.

I suspect I had just got Joe Blade for the amiga, and thought it sounded like a cool name - albeit I didn't get into the game too much.

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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #19 on: August 18, 2003, 12:26:14 am »
Back when I was in High School and snowboarding made me twice as cool as I already was all of my friends and I had nicknames...kind of snowboarding names, that caught on in place of our real names.  Nobody got to choose their own name so I'm not entirely sure where shmokes came from.  

It's funny, every now and then I run into someone from high school that I haven't seen in five years or so and they're like, "Hey Shmokes, what's up?"  I guess with some people it really stuck.
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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #20 on: August 18, 2003, 01:18:48 am »
Real-life nickname that I ported over to the internet.

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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #21 on: August 18, 2003, 01:58:44 am »






pretty mundane explanation
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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #22 on: August 18, 2003, 03:39:01 am »
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Used to play metal gear all the time before and figured "SNAAAKE" would be a cool SN...hehe ;D.









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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #23 on: August 18, 2003, 03:39:48 am »
My Bike....
a specialized rockhopper
need I say more?

Mine also comes from my bike, I used it on several bike boards and it has now stuck as I find no one else has it when I need to sign up for sites/boards.


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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #24 on: August 18, 2003, 04:05:16 am »
"Zapper" is faster to type than my old name "mckechnossomy". You might think it comes from Tempest Superzapper but it's really from the Nintendo Zapper gun (Super mario/Duck Hunt) ;D
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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #25 on: August 18, 2003, 04:48:41 am »
Factors:
  • For e-mail at my university, all undergrade email alias had to start with a "u", but ATT we got to come up with the rest (as long as it wasn't vulgar or already taken).
  • My initials are REBM, but I didn't want "BM" in my email name.  
  • I used "REM" and "REB" as my arcade high score tags, but wasn't the biggest REM fan (nothing against them, just not my style ATT).  
  • A starwars fan (empire stikes back is the best, BTW), I remebered the imperial guard saying "You rebel scum." (Return of the Jedi, to Han being caught mining the power generator the first time)
  • I thought it would be cool for other people to address me as the rebel I was ... not ::).
  • A little bit of a commedore64 programmer, I wanted "ureb(++L)" to be my university email name.  Of course that wasn't valid, so I asked for "uRebL", wanting it to be pronounced "you-reb-EL", emph on the "EL". (sort of like normal "evil" vs Dr. Evil's "e-VEL")
Needless to say, nobody understood WTF the email name was getting at, and telling someone my email verbally did not go very well at all.  Some instances are very funny (now) though. :D

So when I got my current email, I shifted to the simpler "urebel".  Which, alas, is a fairly common name.  So on forums, I complete the line.
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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #26 on: August 18, 2003, 10:10:10 am »
I like macs, I like using 3d software. simple ;D

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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #27 on: August 18, 2003, 11:44:50 am »
helios is the Greek god of the sun. I don't know how or why it stuck, but it did. Now I use it in everything.

(helios was also the evil/good AI in Deus Ex, an awesome game btw)

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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #28 on: August 18, 2003, 12:48:36 pm »
Ok, I be the dorkiest one :)  Poonga comes from a sesame street episode.  poonga@aol existed so I put the Sir in front.

Though now I can say my name is from sunglasses :)

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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #29 on: August 18, 2003, 12:56:45 pm »
Years ago we had an accountant at the shop I work for who was from South Africa. His favorite expression was "Iziku Mali" which means "No Money" (as in "ain't got any") in one of the languages down there (Zulu I think). I thought it was kinda cool and when I got on IRC in the early/mid 90's I used _Iziku_Mali- as my nick. It got shortened to _Iz- when my regular irc server restricted nicks to a max of 8 chars.

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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #30 on: August 18, 2003, 01:06:00 pm »
My other hobby is classic cars.

I drive a 67 Dodge Dart, the Artful Dodger is a quick pickpocket in the Oliver Twist story.

In a dyslexic sort of way, Dartful Dodger makes sense to me.


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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #31 on: August 18, 2003, 03:08:07 pm »
Raleigh - Raleigh Theodore Sakers

On Sublime's album "Robbin' The Hood" there are three tracks of this guy Raleigh just rambling on about crazy things.  It is hilarious, well at least when you are drunk it is funny as heck.  There is actually a bootleg CD of a full 30 minutes of his ramblings which my picture on the left is the cover of.  The quote I use "You guys don't know what love is." is about the only line I can quote without censoring every other word.  They used to have the full 30 minute mp3 on Skunk Records(Sublimes record label) website but I think that they have since taken it down.

I only use that name here, I usually use some combination of my name and some numbers.

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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #32 on: August 18, 2003, 05:20:46 pm »
I actually have 2, but this one was given to me when I started playing Diablo 2 and would rush head long into combat without any regard for my life or xp......(you have to be a battle.net player to understand)  ;D

I was told its Latin for "Causer of fields of blood" or something similar

My other nickname is Philth....obviously, by seeing this one, my name is Phil. My friends gave me this nick in high school when I once spent 10 minutes ranting on some random topic that annoyed me at the time.....ending with someone stating that I "spew Filth from my mouth when I rant" and the rest is history....
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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #33 on: August 18, 2003, 05:37:56 pm »
My last name is "Szymczak", but my friend used to joke and call me "shitsmack", somewhere along the line is got cut to "smack".


Here we are 17 years later and it's still here... ;D


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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #34 on: August 18, 2003, 07:05:00 pm »
Back in the early days of MUDs, I was trying to come up with a unique name.  I picked Luxury, which is short for Raymond "Luxury" Yacht.  That is how it is spelled but is actually pronounced "ThroatWobbler Mangrove".  
(Monty Python humor)

I've been using it for 9 years now, and have never had a problem with anybody else using it until this last year where more and more people are using it on boards (damn them!)
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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #35 on: August 18, 2003, 10:37:26 pm »
One of my favorite games "Lunar"

And... 2 other words that start with L XD

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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #36 on: August 19, 2003, 01:09:18 am »
No brainer here.   Added the A to differ from the Bob already here.

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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #37 on: August 19, 2003, 01:18:03 am »
My name was shortened from Craig Brown to C Brown.  Then someone thought it would be funny to chuck in a "d" somewhere and turn it into CD Brown which sounds like seedy brown.  Probably came from being drunk one night during uni and doing something "seedy".  Stuck ever since (well for the past 8 years at least).

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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #38 on: August 19, 2003, 01:55:34 am »
All through elementary and middle school I wore hooded sweatshirts, basically all the time.  (Pissed lots of my teachers off, too)  It would be the same hooded sweatshirt on me all day every day for a year, till I would get a new one.  The sweatshirts I buy no longer have hoods, but they're still quite special to me.

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Hooded Paladin is the character I came up with for as a mascot and computer game character.  Here's an icon I made for him:
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Re:Where did your alias come from?
« Reply #39 on: August 19, 2003, 08:18:17 am »
No brainer here.   Added the A to differ from the Bob already here.

BobA

oh... I mentally pronounce your name as boba like boba fett instead of as Bob ... A

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