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[User Picture]From: bogosort Date: January 25th, 2005 - 10:28 am (Link)
Since I'm a slacker and have just now finally got around to answering.
Where did you get your LJ name?
Oddly enough, this came from a class that I took freshman year of college.

Do you use it other places? Email? Other websites? RPGs? IM?
I use it for anything in which an alias is called for. That's my IM name. That's one of the domains that I own. It's what I use on various forums online.

Do people call you that in real life?
Only in groups where I've met those individuals online before I met them in person. And usually it's just the shortened Bogo.

How did you come up with it?
At some point freshman year of college, I had finally submitted to using AIM(I had been an ICQ user and didn't really want to switch). I was having difficulty picking a clever name as my requirements were somewhat strict in that I didn't want some variation of my name, nor did I want a number in it. After trying dozens of things(all of which were taken), I finally randomly decided to just throw in random terms from class that day, and the first one that happened to work is BogoSort.

In retrospect, it's rather appropiate for me, so it's kinda stuck. BogoSort, for those not familiar with Computer Science, refers to a sorting process. For example, if you were trying to sort a deck of cards to the factory fresh ordering(all suits together in order), the process that you would follow is as such:
1) Shuffle the deck
2) Check to see if you're done. If not, then go back to step 1.
It has a very small chance to work, but could potentially be way faster than doing it in any other way. Just the stereotpically random twisted way of doing things, which fits me rather well.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: January 25th, 2005 - 11:44 am (Link)
ah... from 15-211, i assume. So there was no real link between you and the bogosort algorithm prior to selecting the name? I had just figured you thought it was clever or something.
[User Picture]From: bogosort Date: January 26th, 2005 - 09:27 am (Link)
Yeah, I think 15-211 that was about the right time. I had known about it, and deemed it silly. In my mind, it's almost like a real name, I didn't have that much conscious decision about what to name myself, but that I've also grown into it.

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