January 22nd, 2005

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From: nckd Date: January 22nd, 2005 - 07:14 pm (Link)
So here's the question (or questions really): Where did you get your LJ name?
It's my initials and 2 random letters. It's similar to my old CMU login (nc2d, I think), but I for some reason find it more aesthetic to use just letters. I can't remember if I first used it for LJ or something else.

I used to use deimos, which besides being a moon of Mars was the name of a radio show I did, a laptop computer my ex-boyfriend used to use, and the name of my best high school friend's now elderly cat. I don't really know why I changed, except deimos is often taken on the internet these days.

Do you use it other places? Email? Other websites? RPGs? IM?

Yes. Not for email (strangely, it was taken on comcast, which is my secondary account), but on other websites I do use it - primarily lovehkfilm.com and hfboards.com. I'm not exactly a heavy poster anywhere, though.

Do people call you that in real life?

Nope. I don't even know how you would pronounce it. I rarely get nicknamed by people. The only ones I can think of are Telescope (my freshman dorm mates were very impressed by my eyesight) and Neko-chan (which translates to something like cat-girl, but if you don't know the story behind it, it sounds too cutesy.)

I'm with you on the TrendyKidsName's_Mom usernames. I don't mind references to being a mom or whatever, but I find it a little creepy to make your relationship to someone else your name. Like you're just an appendage of that person, or something. Which is especially weird when that person is a kid.

[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: January 24th, 2005 - 04:50 pm (Link)
hmmm... that's odd... I had always just assumed it was an andrew id. I find it weird enough that so many people go out of their way to use their andrew ids today when there was such a big push to get names that made sense back then. But you're the only person I know who chose to make a different andrew style id to the one that they were given. (as opposed to blk who also uses a fake andrew id sometimes, see below, but never had one of that style to start with.)
From: nckd Date: January 24th, 2005 - 05:36 pm (Link)
Well, I guess there's two different goals -- for my andrew id, I wanted something easy to remember and figure out so that people could email or zephyr me. For a net identity, I prefer something less revealing of personal info, particularly gender. It at least used to be, if you googled me the first thing you'd get is an old MAYA page with lots of personal info and a photograph. That may not seem like a big deal to people who haven't gotten multiple declarations of love from complete strangers, but I prefer people not have that information.

There is actually a place on the web where I use my real name, but I guess that brings me to problem number two: very common names are hard to get as user ids. Unless I'm one of the first people to sign up, it's just not going to happen. So something based on my andrew id works well, and I like it better than name_2000 or name_address, or something like that.

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