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Nuclear Unicorn

(19,497 posts)
Sat Aug 1, 2015, 10:24 AM Aug 2015

Why did you choose your user name?

A poster recently inquired about my user name, which I was happy to post but after that moment I started became increasingly curious about the names of other posters.

So why did you choose your name?

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Why did you choose your user name? (Original Post) Nuclear Unicorn Aug 2015 OP
My dear Nuclear Unicorn! CaliforniaPeggy Aug 2015 #1
How coincidental that you used the expression, "and viola!" Nuclear Unicorn Aug 2015 #3
Wow, what a great post and a great story! CaliforniaPeggy Aug 2015 #4
So you must cringe when you see people use various... 3catwoman3 Aug 2015 #35
You know, it's strange--I've never seen those forms. I'd probably shake my head too. n/t CaliforniaPeggy Aug 2015 #40
I had never seen Wallah spelled correctly until today irisblue Aug 2015 #169
Explains a lot pinboy3niner Aug 2015 #12
What a great story! Was this Vietnam era as I suspect? Enthusiast Aug 2015 #71
Um, no -- we're not even in our 30s yet. Nuclear Unicorn Aug 2015 #78
Better than being an enraged rabbit... malthaussen Aug 2015 #125
Excellent! nt jonno99 Aug 2015 #151
In honor of the early feminists. femmocrat Aug 2015 #2
Mine isn't so mysterious pinboy3niner Aug 2015 #5
Holy shit! Enthusiast Aug 2015 #72
DU stalker sites love to jump on DU vets pinboy3niner Aug 2015 #134
That was one terrible traumatic deal you went through. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #136
Don't worry about me pinboy3niner Aug 2015 #137
I'm a crazy cat lady with a bad temper on the computer. It's a little corny. catbyte Sep 2015 #174
That's a great username pinboy3niner Sep 2015 #175
I was listening to the Doors' Riders On The Storm when I joined DU riderinthestorm Aug 2015 #6
It's a great tune and name. nt Enthusiast Aug 2015 #73
Well, it's kind of my totem animal... Wounded Bear Aug 2015 #7
My rank and birth year sarge43 Aug 2015 #8
Nice. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #74
What I am. By Act of Congress and the MIC. Downwinder Aug 2015 #9
I had to look that up... Enthusiast Aug 2015 #75
Because I am.... Kingofalldems Aug 2015 #10
i changed mine during the last amnesty fizzgig Aug 2015 #11
I've always wondered about your name. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #76
It all started at a party in 1974. hobbit709 Aug 2015 #13
Were you smoking a pipe? Enthusiast Aug 2015 #77
Yep hobbit709 Aug 2015 #82
Because trolls in my personal life found me on DU Generic Brad Aug 2015 #14
Good reasoning. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #79
It's my name. hunter Aug 2015 #15
Just an airport DFW Aug 2015 #16
I'm born and raised Jamaal510 Aug 2015 #17
Yeah I am going to have to ask you to go ahead and come in on Saturday. Initech Aug 2015 #18
... Enthusiast Aug 2015 #83
My favorite personal cult movie! smirkymonkey Aug 2015 #158
I was told I would get a piece of cake! Initech Aug 2015 #159
LOL! smirkymonkey Aug 2015 #160
I was born in 1956 Boomerproud Aug 2015 #19
More clever than I.... my user name was just my first name DebJ Aug 2015 #66
Clever enough! Enthusiast Aug 2015 #84
I sow the seeds... discntnt_irny_srcsm Aug 2015 #20
I get it! Enthusiast Aug 2015 #85
My home town+last 2 digits of the year of my HS graduation benld74 Aug 2015 #21
I wonder how many on DU graduated in 74? There are several in this thread. calikid Aug 2015 #24
73 here. n/t DebJ Aug 2015 #67
75 here, there seem to be many 70's people here. irisblue Aug 2015 #170
Apparently I bear a resemblance to Willie Nelson. BarbaRosa Aug 2015 #22
Another great story! Enthusiast Aug 2015 #86
Came to me in a dream Paulie Aug 2015 #23
My dear Daddy's nickname for me annabanana Aug 2015 #25
I visualize cuteness. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #87
me & Daddy annabanana Aug 2015 #121
Awwwww. Just as I suspected. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #122
Because I'm a liberal Estonian-American LiberalEsto Aug 2015 #26
I don't remember meeting anyone from Estonia. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #93
It seemed unique at the time, at least arcane1 Aug 2015 #27
My name really is Ron... Ron Obvious Aug 2015 #28
Me too—huge Monty Python fan. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #88
So, Ron, Art_from_Ark Aug 2015 #135
Haha Ron Obvious Aug 2015 #153
Political inclination and former profession liberaltrucker Aug 2015 #29
Are there many of your kind out there on the road? Enthusiast Aug 2015 #89
Because WinkyDink was THE ORIGINAL INTER-ACTIVE character: WinkyDink Aug 2015 #30
I remember watching that show! I really liked it Glorfindel Aug 2015 #48
It was always a bridge we were to draw, IIRC! WinkyDink Aug 2015 #59
I had a winky dink screen and crayons. murielm99 Sep 2015 #190
Sheila is my real first name, T is my middle initial. SheilaT Aug 2015 #31
It's a Latinized version of the Greek name Aristocles. Aristus Aug 2015 #32
i always thought your moniker was very classy. n/t DebJ Aug 2015 #70
Aw, thanks!... Aristus Aug 2015 #119
I like ocelots (that was my original name). The Velveteen Ocelot Aug 2015 #33
Did you ever see the Christmas display in New York of the Velveteen Rabbit? a la izquierda Aug 2015 #45
No, never was in NY as a kid. The Velveteen Ocelot Aug 2015 #52
It's a nice name. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #90
Hmmm... stevenleser Aug 2015 #34
Norman, is that you? gratuitous Aug 2015 #38
It chose me mackerel Aug 2015 #36
Are you a fisherman? Enthusiast Aug 2015 #91
LOL - Nah, I'm forever looking for an oppurtunity to insert a Harry Potter mackerel Aug 2015 #167
At the time I first needed a screen name for a message board... 3catwoman3 Aug 2015 #37
I like it! Enthusiast Aug 2015 #92
Because I have an excellent voice... alittlelark Aug 2015 #39
Cool! Enthusiast Aug 2015 #94
Because it was how my dad referred to me when we disagreed. Contrary1 Aug 2015 #41
Perfect name for GD use! n/t DebJ Aug 2015 #69
Nice! Enthusiast Aug 2015 #95
Nile Sobek is an Egyptian crocodile God. nilesobek Aug 2015 #42
Those Nile crocodiles are bad ass. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #96
If I am being honest, it fits. chknltl Aug 2015 #43
Now that is some story! Enthusiast Aug 2015 #97
I was very angered by the Bush election theft; I am from Massachusetts, MADem Aug 2015 #44
That is perfectly logical. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #98
I am on the very left end of the political... a la izquierda Aug 2015 #46
I saw this phrase in a cormac McCarthy novel GusBob Aug 2015 #63
Thanks for that. I had no idea. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #99
It's an aspiration - what I'd like other people to think of me Glorfindel Aug 2015 #47
That is quite an aspiration! Enthusiast Aug 2015 #100
So do you think he's the same Glorfindel... malthaussen Aug 2015 #127
I have always thought so Glorfindel Aug 2015 #129
It's the usual speculation, I don't know if JRR made a definite note about it. malthaussen Aug 2015 #130
Many thanks...you have inspired me to begin reading the works of Guy Gavriel Kay Glorfindel Aug 2015 #131
My favorite is A Song For Arbonne malthaussen Aug 2015 #147
Because everybody else does... Callmecrazy Aug 2015 #49
I was born in Manhattan (NY) mnhtnbb Aug 2015 #50
Sellitman sellitman Aug 2015 #51
Sarcasm -at least about the "elite" part nt LiberalElite Aug 2015 #53
I always figured that part was sarcasm. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #101
My Hispanic co-workers (bricklayers) called me panadero panader0 Aug 2015 #54
Makes perfect sense. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #102
It was my past profession. When the pre-teen music became very popular, a lot of people.. BlueJazz Aug 2015 #55
I have musician friends. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #103
Sure, Piano and Sax and Bass (if the song isn't too fast) Main instrument is Piano. Used to... BlueJazz Aug 2015 #115
Wow! That is awesome! Enthusiast Aug 2015 #117
Oh, thank you much. I've always thought of it as "just another job". BlueJazz Aug 2015 #118
The Yankees came and left. The damn Yankees came and stayed. DamnYankeeInHouston Aug 2015 #56
That was quite a contrast I imagine. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #104
My 14th Great-Grandmother HeiressofBickworth Aug 2015 #57
that's awesome. n/t DebJ Aug 2015 #68
Nice story... Enthusiast Aug 2015 #105
It's the name of one of my favorite songs written by a fellow Cubs fan. GoCubsGo Aug 2015 #58
I had no idea. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #106
I still think the Cubs bullsnarfle Aug 2015 #120
I was very upset about what the repukes and swift boat liars were doing to John Kerry in May 2004 madinmaryland Aug 2015 #60
I shared your anger at the time. I could have chewed nails. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #107
Bullwinkle was taken. Gidney N Cloyd Aug 2015 #61
I loved those little guys. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #108
Because it's what I sincerely believe. nt FoxNewsSucks Aug 2015 #62
Highly accurate name. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #109
'Cause MiddleFingerMom was already taken Joe Shlabotnik Aug 2015 #64
Good reason. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #110
I move that "MiddleFingerMom" HeiressofBickworth Aug 2015 #65
Retire his jersey Enthusiast Aug 2015 #111
A glass of his favorite libation kept at the bar all the time. n/t sarge43 Sep 2015 #178
I'm half moose and half lucifer mucifer Aug 2015 #80
Makes perfect sense. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #112
A republican troll used it to describe our NYC DEM nominee for mayor of NYC. Smarmie Doofus Aug 2015 #81
I've always thought is was a cool name. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #113
No special significance aside from the fact that I used this handle in several other places. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #114
A lady I used to work with always called me "Lil Missy" when she got exhasperated with me. n/t Lil Missy Aug 2015 #116
I have heard that before. When I was growing up there was a neighborhood family Enthusiast Aug 2015 #139
It's a handle I've used on and off for years... OriginalGeek Aug 2015 #123
We could use more geeks around here. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #140
The geeks shall inherit the earth! OriginalGeek Aug 2015 #150
My first D&D character malthaussen Aug 2015 #124
That's the nerdiest thing I've ever read in my life Nevernose Aug 2015 #132
It gets nerdier... malthaussen Aug 2015 #149
And all this time I wrongly assumed Enthusiast Aug 2015 #141
That's the literal translation, of course. malthaussen Aug 2015 #148
Well, I put 15K miles on my Harley in about 17 months. iscooterliberally Aug 2015 #126
That hurts my butt just thinking about it. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #142
Not That Interesting Reason ProfessorGAC Aug 2015 #128
But, still. Impressive education credentials. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #143
Thanks, E ProfessorGAC Aug 2015 #155
I'm Irish. I have lovely green eyes. IrishEyes Aug 2015 #133
Green eyes are unusual for the Irish pinboy3niner Aug 2015 #138
Heh, Irish here as well with blue eyes. No freckles though and I do tan not burn nt riderinthestorm Aug 2015 #156
I used to have blue eyes. IrishEyes Aug 2015 #162
Irish here too. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #144
Infidel! pinboy3niner Aug 2015 #145
I know it.... Enthusiast Aug 2015 #146
Because I always want to get high TexasTowelie Aug 2015 #152
And you're obviouisly a big fan of... pinboy3niner Aug 2015 #154
Yes, but my favorite color is TexasTowelie Aug 2015 #157
What I was eating when I signed up. Cheese Sandwich Aug 2015 #161
I wondered about that. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #164
I admire Frederick Douglass: struggle4progress Aug 2015 #163
Me too. Enthusiast Aug 2015 #165
Because it's the name of one of my favorite literary characters Burma Jones Aug 2015 #166
Because I used to elbow my sister in church when they said, "Grant us peace." And Grant is my name. Grantuspeace Aug 2015 #168
old address plus, tada, my real first name steve2470 Sep 2015 #171
Part of a line of poetry I wrote in college. Half-Century Man Sep 2015 #172
Cool coincidence Babel_17 Sep 2015 #173
Serious To The Core - Bank On It cantbeserious Sep 2015 #176
I just used my first and last name, just like stevenleser virtualobserver Sep 2015 #177
Because "Ailsa" is a Scottish girl's name... ailsagirl Sep 2015 #179
I was a Facility Inspector Facility Inspector Sep 2015 #180
Banged on the keyboard like a monkey on meth and this is what came out! YabaDabaNoDinoNo Sep 2015 #181
An impulsive change when my original name (notmypresident) became obsolete. CBGLuthier Sep 2015 #182
Luv's me some Steve Martin OxQQme Sep 2015 #183
Ha! that's neat. OriginalGeek Sep 2015 #194
It was the name of a beloved roody Sep 2015 #184
Wishful thinking frogmarch Sep 2015 #185
I thought we could prove Boosh stole the election. we can do it Sep 2015 #186
I've been published (and been paid money for) three pieces of short fiction writer not writing Sep 2015 #187
Because I am a Lone Wolf. nt LWolf Sep 2015 #188
It's for wolves and family. nt alphafemale Sep 2015 #189
After 2004 election Blue_In_AK Sep 2015 #191
I love centaurs :) kentauros Sep 2015 #192
I've made up this name since 1999, so I can't really get rid of it. Xyzse Sep 2015 #193
Because - DANGEROUS DICK LONGFELLOW was rejected for some reason. GOLGO 13 Sep 2015 #195
I chortled Nuclear Unicorn Sep 2015 #196
Gloria Swanson's closing quip from iconographic film "Sunset Boulevard" closeupready Sep 2015 #197

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,631 posts)
1. My dear Nuclear Unicorn!
Sat Aug 1, 2015, 10:29 AM
Aug 2015

Well, I live in California.........and my name IS Peggy. I wanted to have my name in my username.

So I combined them and voila!

Nuclear Unicorn

(19,497 posts)
3. How coincidental that you used the expression, "and viola!"
Sat Aug 1, 2015, 10:35 AM
Aug 2015

The post that started it all --

The first time I met the man who would become my husband

I was in one of my usual haunts, a coffee house. We sort of spied each other and the opposites attracted. He had a military haircut and way of carrying himself because he was in the Army. I was wearing sandals and a sun dress and had braids in my hair. I chided him about being a soldier, he chided me about being a hippie chick.

He got up and went to the restroom. No sooner did he leave then some guy who had been sitting behind me leaned over and told me I should just stop hanging out with that guy, it would be better if I just hung out with him and his friends (by which he really meant just him). I told him thanks but no thanks. He insisted that "that guy" was bad news. I asked if he knew him and he didn't. Basically it was a "You know how those people are. You should stick with your own kind" sales pitch. Then he put his hand on my hip to try and coax me away --

-- and I proceeded to flip my shit right there in the middle of the coffee house.

Lover Boy came out of the bathroom to see me climbing into other guy's face and cussing him for all he was worth. I think I jabbed the other guy in the face with my finger a couple of times but to be honest I don't remember because I was so furious. Lover Boy stepped up behind me and obviously everyone else was watching so dude left.

Things quieted down, and by "things" I mean "me." When I was regaining my composure Lover Boy said, "For a hippie chick you sure got a lot of fight in you. You're like some sort of nuclear unicorn."

And voila!

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,631 posts)
4. Wow, what a great post and a great story!
Sat Aug 1, 2015, 10:38 AM
Aug 2015

I was going to ask you where your name came from!

This is great....you should see me grinning!

Thanks!

I majored in French in college...........and it still sneaks in now and then.

3catwoman3

(24,492 posts)
35. So you must cringe when you see people use various...
Sun Aug 2, 2015, 12:35 AM
Aug 2015

...bastardized and ignorant forms of voila such as "Walla!" of "Wah-lah!" The first few times I saw these, it took me a while to figure what the person posting was trying to say. I have to fight the urge to correct them.

malthaussen

(17,396 posts)
125. Better than being an enraged rabbit...
Mon Aug 3, 2015, 02:35 PM
Aug 2015

"Directly after tea I shall pop out upon the Hun like an enraged rabbit." (Field Marshal B.L. Montgomery at the Battle of the Bulge)

-- Mal

pinboy3niner

(53,339 posts)
5. Mine isn't so mysterious
Sat Aug 1, 2015, 10:55 AM
Aug 2015

It was my last radio callsign in Vietnam.

The one I had when I was hit by AK-47 fire and medevac'd.

pinboy3niner

(53,339 posts)
134. DU stalker sites love to jump on DU vets
Mon Aug 3, 2015, 11:27 PM
Aug 2015

Mocking us as Purple Heart "bandaid" vets. I spent nearly 19 months in the hospital and was retired from the Army as a Captain for 50% physical combat disability. My jaw, shattered by AK fire, was rebuilt 3 times by both the Army and the Navy. First they used bone marrow from my hip, then one of my ribs, then bone pieces from my other hip.

And believe it or not, some of those wingers trashing me are vets. Supposedly my brothers, but so ideologically blind that they'll even trash a brother.

Enthusiast

(50,983 posts)
136. That was one terrible traumatic deal you went through.
Tue Aug 4, 2015, 06:26 AM
Aug 2015

I can't imagine how it is affecting you all these years later. It has to be bad, real bad.

The reason I say this is I am suffering from old injuries as the result of a 25 years ago head-on collision. I "got by" for years until the old injuries caught up with me.

I worked with a guy that had his humerus bone shot clear in two in Vietnam. Of course that was a simple clean injury compared to yours. I was fortunate enough to escape the draft by being number 97 in a year they stopped at 95. I had passed my physical and all.

I think extreme opposition to the war confused many people. They directed and continue to direct their anger toward the wrong people.

pinboy3niner

(53,339 posts)
137. Don't worry about me
Tue Aug 4, 2015, 07:30 AM
Aug 2015

I came through my experience the better for it, I think. Our injuries tend to be both phyical and emotional, psychological. But my PTSD had less to do with my own injury than with everything else in my war experience. Eventually I learned to deal with PTSD and to manage it. Usually pretty good, sometimes less good. But I'm still here. And as many on DU know, my humorous bone is still intact.

I'm sorry your old injuries are coming back to trouble you now. I hope you're getting care for that.

catbyte

(34,829 posts)
174. I'm a crazy cat lady with a bad temper on the computer. It's a little corny.
Sat Sep 19, 2015, 05:54 PM
Sep 2015

but it suits me.

I've used it since around 1990.

pinboy3niner

(53,339 posts)
175. That's a great username
Sat Sep 19, 2015, 08:23 PM
Sep 2015

It's meaningful, appropriate, and even uses wordplay. And everyone knows how I hate wordplay!

 

riderinthestorm

(23,272 posts)
6. I was listening to the Doors' Riders On The Storm when I joined DU
Sat Aug 1, 2015, 11:36 AM
Aug 2015

so I riffed on that and created riderinthestorm because we were in the midst of the "storm" of the Bush presidency.

Plus I'm a pro in the horse business so the rider part fit as well...

Wounded Bear

(59,280 posts)
7. Well, it's kind of my totem animal...
Sat Aug 1, 2015, 11:47 AM
Aug 2015

I was in one of those new age men's groups where we sat in circles and told stories and pounded on drums and shit. Just to clarify, we always thought that the MRA stuff was crapola personified. In several years with the group, we seemed to not talk about women a lot. Funny how that works out.

For a time, I fancied myself as having learned something (silly me) and took the name Wise Coyote-since I was so 'wise' and shit and coyote is famously the joker of the animal kingdom.

But in the end, I found my self the Wounded Bear once again. It's a leg wound, BTW. Not physical, more metaphorical.

fizzgig

(24,146 posts)
11. i changed mine during the last amnesty
Sat Aug 1, 2015, 12:25 PM
Aug 2015

i've always had my little guy in my sig line and decided it should be my new name. my hair looks like him now, too.

Generic Brad

(14,308 posts)
14. Because trolls in my personal life found me on DU
Sat Aug 1, 2015, 12:51 PM
Aug 2015

Between co-workers and family members I found I could no longer post on DU without being mercilessly harassed in real life. They found me because I originally selected a nickname that allowed them to figure out who I was. The DU bumper sticker on my old car also tipped them off on where to find me on line. So, I abandoned my DU account and rejoined under my current name.

So - no profound reason. I chose it so I could be free to participate here without being ridiculed for my thoughts by conservatives in my life who I could not avoid.

DFW

(55,196 posts)
16. Just an airport
Sat Aug 1, 2015, 01:07 PM
Aug 2015

Namely, the one I fly into and out of (usually!) when I go back home.

Virgin America flies in and out of Love Field, which is much closer to the house and the office, but it is horribly inadequate compared to the capacity it has added on, and the lines for security (when departing) and taxis (when arriving) are horrendous.

Initech

(100,554 posts)
18. Yeah I am going to have to ask you to go ahead and come in on Saturday.
Sat Aug 1, 2015, 01:22 PM
Aug 2015

Sunday too. We lost some people over the week and we need to play sort of catch up. So if you could get here around 9:00, that'd be greaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat! K thanks!

 

smirkymonkey

(63,221 posts)
160. LOL!
Tue Aug 4, 2015, 09:46 PM
Aug 2015

"It’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I just don’t care".

Peter Gibbons is my favorite folk hero!

Boomerproud

(8,099 posts)
19. I was born in 1956
Sat Aug 1, 2015, 01:44 PM
Aug 2015

So that's the "Boomer" part-Proud because I got sick of all the abuse my generation took-especially after Reagan took over. I'm not very clever so that's what I came up with-Yawn.

DebJ

(7,699 posts)
66. More clever than I.... my user name was just my first name
Mon Aug 3, 2015, 12:02 AM
Aug 2015

and my last initial at the time I signed up many eons ago.

discntnt_irny_srcsm

(18,506 posts)
20. I sow the seeds...
Sat Aug 1, 2015, 01:51 PM
Aug 2015

...of discontent hopefully employing as much sarcasm as possible with a fair and balance degree of irony.
At your service.

calikid

(597 posts)
24. I wonder how many on DU graduated in 74? There are several in this thread.
Sat Aug 1, 2015, 04:34 PM
Aug 2015

On yea, I'm a child of California, pretty simple.

BarbaRosa

(2,685 posts)
22. Apparently I bear a resemblance to Willie Nelson.
Sat Aug 1, 2015, 02:11 PM
Aug 2015

Many times in my life I have been "Willied" where someone would comment about it. Sometimes directly to me, other times I overhear it.

There was one time when we went to Albuquerque to a Melissa Etheridge concert at Popejoy Hall. While waiting for the show to begin we wandered around mezzanine, stopping at a kiosk to get a cocktail. The bartendress mentioned to me that someone had mentioned that Willie was in the crowd. Sure enough I then noticed he was somewhat dogging me.

It's kinda fun, sometimes when I overhear a "Willie" I'll quietly sing 'On the Road Again'.

And I like the movie Barbarosa. So the night I stopped lurking and joined up, with the help from some beer and smoke I though Why Not.

 

Ron Obvious

(6,261 posts)
28. My name really is Ron...
Sat Aug 1, 2015, 06:48 PM
Aug 2015

... I used to start sentences with "Obviously," a lot (to the point where others used to imitate me because of it) and I'm a huge Monty Python fan.

Enthusiast

(50,983 posts)
89. Are there many of your kind out there on the road?
Mon Aug 3, 2015, 07:43 AM
Aug 2015

I bet most truckers are pretty right wing in their outlook.

 

WinkyDink

(51,311 posts)
30. Because WinkyDink was THE ORIGINAL INTER-ACTIVE character:
Sat Aug 1, 2015, 08:24 PM
Aug 2015

And I did exactly as this girl is doing!

http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/31/opinion/greene-winky-dink-bill-gates/http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/31/opinion/greene-winky-dink-bill-gates/

"A strong case can be made -- and several authors, deep thinkers and historians over the years have made it -- that Winky Dink, more than any other single person (or single cartoon character, in Winky Dink's case), ushered in the era of interactivity.

In the early day of television, Americans sat transfixed as the first sets were delivered to homes. The brand-new experience was like having a constantly programmed movie screen in the family living room. The pleasure, the convenience-- all a person had to do was lean back and be entertained.

Or so it seemed.

But two men -- a pair of fledgling television producers whose names were Harry Prichett and Edwin Wyckoff -- had the foresight to realize that the screen did not necessarily have to be one-way."

Glorfindel

(9,809 posts)
48. I remember watching that show! I really liked it
Sun Aug 2, 2015, 09:39 AM
Aug 2015

Winky Dink was a little star, if I recall correctly. My parents wouldn't order the screen cover for me (they thought it was silly), so I just pretended to draw on the screen.

 

SheilaT

(23,156 posts)
31. Sheila is my real first name, T is my middle initial.
Sat Aug 1, 2015, 08:33 PM
Aug 2015

I had a different user name in the beginning, and since I occasionally use it to post where I'm otherwise not wanted, I won't reveal it here.

Aristus

(67,038 posts)
32. It's a Latinized version of the Greek name Aristocles.
Sat Aug 1, 2015, 09:16 PM
Aug 2015

Which was Plato's real name.

I thought I more or less made up the name, but a Google search a number of years ago reveals the existence of several Catholic saints named Aristus.

The Velveteen Ocelot

(117,324 posts)
33. I like ocelots (that was my original name).
Sat Aug 1, 2015, 09:35 PM
Aug 2015

I also like the children's book, "The Velveteen Rabbit." So it seemed like a good combination.

a la izquierda

(11,823 posts)
45. Did you ever see the Christmas display in New York of the Velveteen Rabbit?
Sun Aug 2, 2015, 07:25 AM
Aug 2015

I don't think they do it anymore, but I loved it when I was a kid. Now I think it's "Frozen" or something. Meh.

The Velveteen Ocelot

(117,324 posts)
52. No, never was in NY as a kid.
Sun Aug 2, 2015, 11:45 AM
Aug 2015

I have a velveteen rabbit, though. He's pretty rough looking, since he's >60 years old.

3catwoman3

(24,492 posts)
37. At the time I first needed a screen name for a message board...
Sun Aug 2, 2015, 12:44 AM
Aug 2015

...we only had 3 cats. We later had 4, and now we have 5, but I decided to stick with the original number to honor those we had at the time, none of whom are still with us.

Some of my friends whom I met at a real life gathering from that original message board call me Cat in person, which I rather like. My own name is Martha, which I have never particularly liked. I would have loved to be a Kathleen, so being Cat is as close as I will get and I'll take it.

What an entertaining thread.

Contrary1

(12,629 posts)
41. Because it was how my dad referred to me when we disagreed.
Sun Aug 2, 2015, 02:09 AM
Aug 2015

And a half century later, it still fits. It's my small way of keeping him near.

nilesobek

(1,423 posts)
42. Nile Sobek is an Egyptian crocodile God.
Sun Aug 2, 2015, 05:34 AM
Aug 2015

Google has a whole image page and explanation. The weird thing is I had the name before I knew what it meant.

chknltl

(10,558 posts)
43. If I am being honest, it fits.
Sun Aug 2, 2015, 05:40 AM
Aug 2015

Prior to coming to DU I learned about the nightmare that comes from using depleted uranium-aka D.U.-munitions. For a month or so after, I was telling everybody I could about this, warning them not to let their sons or daughters join the military. I got to where I was feeling like a real 'Chicken Little' for doing that. Then one day while researching D.U. munitions online I stumbled on a different DU, the Democratic Underground. So I removed the vowels from Chicken Little and condensed it to chknltl and yes, my first OP and a few after were about the horrors stemming from our government's use of Depleted Uranium.

I find it highly ironic that I am posting this as a response to someone called Nuclear Unicorn.

MADem

(135,425 posts)
44. I was very angered by the Bush election theft; I am from Massachusetts,
Sun Aug 2, 2015, 05:56 AM
Aug 2015

and I am a Democrat. So I was a bit MAD, from MA, and a Dem. Cram it all together, and here I am!

a la izquierda

(11,823 posts)
46. I am on the very left end of the political...
Sun Aug 2, 2015, 07:27 AM
Aug 2015

and I am an expert on Latin America and fluent in Spanish, hence the name, to the left.

GusBob

(7,305 posts)
63. I saw this phrase in a cormac McCarthy novel
Sun Aug 2, 2015, 10:54 PM
Aug 2015

Either all the pretty horses or the crossing. Not sure which one

It was a line of dialogue, he would have some passages of spanish dialogue, of which I know not very much

But I saw this line in the book and said hey! That's a DU handle! So I looked it up

Glorfindel

(9,809 posts)
47. It's an aspiration - what I'd like other people to think of me
Sun Aug 2, 2015, 09:35 AM
Aug 2015

"Glorfindel was tall and straight; his hair was of shining gold, his face fair and young and fearless and full of joy; his eyes were bright and keen, and his voice like music; on his brow sat wisdom, and in his hand was strength." ― The Fellowship of the Ring, Many Meetings

malthaussen

(17,396 posts)
127. So do you think he's the same Glorfindel...
Mon Aug 3, 2015, 02:47 PM
Aug 2015

... as the guy who survived the Fall of Gondolin, or someone else? Given that Glorfindel would have probably been a fairly common name for blond elves in the Third Age.

-- Mal

Glorfindel

(9,809 posts)
129. I have always thought so
Mon Aug 3, 2015, 04:04 PM
Aug 2015

In fact, I seem to remember reading that he was the same in some commentary long ago.

malthaussen

(17,396 posts)
130. It's the usual speculation, I don't know if JRR made a definite note about it.
Mon Aug 3, 2015, 05:02 PM
Aug 2015

I did stop reading his notes after about the third book of them. I may like Tolkien, but I see no reason to buy mink blankets for Chris.

I like GG Kay, though. He helped out on the Silmarilion compilation and is a good fantasy author in his own right. But he writes for grownups -- nary an elf or dragon to be found in his books.

-- Mal

Glorfindel

(9,809 posts)
131. Many thanks...you have inspired me to begin reading the works of Guy Gavriel Kay
Mon Aug 3, 2015, 10:35 PM
Aug 2015

I'm always on the lookout for excellent works of fantasy.

malthaussen

(17,396 posts)
147. My favorite is A Song For Arbonne
Tue Aug 4, 2015, 09:04 AM
Aug 2015

Personally, I don't care as much for the Fionavar Trilogy, which was his first foray into the genre, largely because I don't like the interpretation of the Arthurian legends he introduces in the second volume. The first volume is pretty good, though.

-- Mal

mnhtnbb

(31,579 posts)
50. I was born in Manhattan (NY)
Sun Aug 2, 2015, 10:17 AM
Aug 2015

and my dad called me his Manhattan baby when I was a kid.

I condensed the letters for my vanity license plate--years ago--because I didn't
want to remember numbers any more--and combined it with my initials
(BB) to become mnhtnbb.

So, no it's not Manhattan (KS) basketball (so thought someone in Missouri when we lived there)
It's not Man hatin' babe, either.

sellitman

(11,627 posts)
51. Sellitman
Sun Aug 2, 2015, 10:58 AM
Aug 2015

I've been in sales for 30 years plus. When the Internet was young I chose my moniker for the AOL Chat Rooms. I've kept it ever since.

- Kevin

 

BlueJazz

(25,348 posts)
55. It was my past profession. When the pre-teen music became very popular, a lot of people..
Sun Aug 2, 2015, 12:57 PM
Aug 2015

..who were professional musicians found other fields. I could still probably find another studio job but that would require moving...and I'm happy where I'm at.

Enthusiast

(50,983 posts)
103. I have musician friends.
Mon Aug 3, 2015, 08:37 AM
Aug 2015

I think that would be the most wonderful thing in the world. I'm too old and crippled up for that now. What instrument? If you don't mind me asking.

 

BlueJazz

(25,348 posts)
115. Sure, Piano and Sax and Bass (if the song isn't too fast) Main instrument is Piano. Used to...
Mon Aug 3, 2015, 09:06 AM
Aug 2015

...work for CBS. (Studio musician)...then some bands after that.

HeiressofBickworth

(2,682 posts)
57. My 14th Great-Grandmother
Sun Aug 2, 2015, 07:18 PM
Aug 2015

I have not found a record of what her name was; she was only referred to as the Heiress of Bickworth. Specifically, "John Bird married the Heiress of Bickworth." The sad fact is that in the 1450's, when she was married, a woman was identified only insofar as her worth to her husband. She had a daughter in 1458 and there is no further record of other children or of the Heiress. Given the times, she probably died in childbirth and would have been about 18 - 20 years old.

I chose it out of convenience. My genealogy research notebook was open to her page when I decided that, after years and years of lurking, I would sign up to DU. I continue to use it out of respect for all the unnamed women I've discovered in my research who's only identity is that of spouse.

GoCubsGo

(32,375 posts)
58. It's the name of one of my favorite songs written by a fellow Cubs fan.
Sun Aug 2, 2015, 08:03 PM
Aug 2015

And, because "City of New Orleans" and "A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request" were too long to be user names.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-j-elisberg/steve-goodman-and-the-sur_b_123206.html

bullsnarfle

(254 posts)
120. I still think the Cubs
Mon Aug 3, 2015, 11:25 AM
Aug 2015

should have a 'Bring your pet goat to the game' day. The more goats, the better. That would be sure-fire way to break the curse.

Only half-joking here....

 

Smarmie Doofus

(14,498 posts)
81. A republican troll used it to describe our NYC DEM nominee for mayor of NYC.
Mon Aug 3, 2015, 07:10 AM
Aug 2015

Bloomberg ( registered Republican and candidate of the Republican Party) had a sizable contingent of supporters here back in 2005.

(Paid? Unpaid? Who knows.)

They regularly trashed the DEM nominee, Fernando Ferrer.... an honest and reasonably progressive veteran pol who had the misfortune of being 1. Puerto Rican and 2. from the Bronx ( the city's least fashionable and most untouchable borough from the POV of the Manhattan and Bklyn elite.)

One of them called Ferrer a "smarmy doofus". I asked the troll to define the term. Infuriated, he/she gave an example instead.

I was reborn.

Enthusiast

(50,983 posts)
114. No special significance aside from the fact that I used this handle in several other places.
Mon Aug 3, 2015, 08:56 AM
Aug 2015

I am enthusiastic......sometimes.

Enthusiast

(50,983 posts)
139. I have heard that before. When I was growing up there was a neighborhood family
Tue Aug 4, 2015, 08:19 AM
Aug 2015

that often corrected their girls with, "Lil Missy!"

OriginalGeek

(12,132 posts)
123. It's a handle I've used on and off for years...
Mon Aug 3, 2015, 12:23 PM
Aug 2015

...a play on "OG" Original Gangster but there is absolutely nothing gangster about me. But I've been a geek all my life and into sci-fi, and video games since the 70s and computers since the early 80s. And right before I needed an online name a friend had introduced me to Ice T's song Original Gangster and I thought it was funny to be the Original Geek (Although I know I was certainly not the original geek. But I was the first I saw use the name!)

malthaussen

(17,396 posts)
124. My first D&D character
Mon Aug 3, 2015, 02:27 PM
Aug 2015

...back in 1976. "Malthaussen" was intended to be derived from the name of political economist Thomas Malthus, but I misspelled it. Being a stubborn sort of so-and-so, I never changed it, even after discovering it was perilously close to the name of a KZ in Austria.

-- Mal

Nevernose

(13,081 posts)
132. That's the nerdiest thing I've ever read in my life
Mon Aug 3, 2015, 10:56 PM
Aug 2015

My complete, lifelong respect. Naming oneself for an esoteric champion of the pessimistic because of a D&D game in the 1970s? The finest thing of which I have ever heard.

malthaussen

(17,396 posts)
149. It gets nerdier...
Tue Aug 4, 2015, 09:23 AM
Aug 2015

... I first learned about Malthus from a reference to him in Bob Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, which I read in 1968 at the age of 12. I read several books that year that laid some of the foundations of my character: my sig line is a paraphrase of a quote in Treblinka.

-- Mal

Enthusiast

(50,983 posts)
141. And all this time I wrongly assumed
Tue Aug 4, 2015, 08:25 AM
Aug 2015

it was German for the malt house where they dried the barley for beer making.

iscooterliberally

(2,903 posts)
126. Well, I put 15K miles on my Harley in about 17 months.
Mon Aug 3, 2015, 02:46 PM
Aug 2015

I was commuting about 75 to 80 miles a day to work and back. That whole Valerie Plame scandal really pissed me off, so I stuck the the two together, and there you have it.

ProfessorGAC

(66,680 posts)
128. Not That Interesting Reason
Mon Aug 3, 2015, 03:33 PM
Aug 2015

I was teaching organic chemistry at a state school in Chicago. That was in the very early days of the web.

So, AOL was the most common ISP. The school gave everyone an email address (part of the deal) and everyone had the account name "Professor(initials here) @ AOL.com"

When i left there and adjuncted to a different school, and AOL was not all that i switched to a couple other email accounts, but i just carried the moniker over. (I didn't want to pay for AOL.)

When i came here, i was so used to using it, that i just kept it.

See; not that interesting.

Enthusiast

(50,983 posts)
143. But, still. Impressive education credentials.
Tue Aug 4, 2015, 08:31 AM
Aug 2015

Hear envy. I had one high school equivalent chemistry course. I found it to be really fascinating.

ProfessorGAC

(66,680 posts)
155. Thanks, E
Tue Aug 4, 2015, 03:32 PM
Aug 2015

I was big into mechanism and electrochemodynamics, but i also really dug surface and micellar chemistry too.

When i was at that school, i didn't teach advanced organic. It was mostly nursing and pharmacy majors. A lot of the nurses were already RN's pursuing BSN's at night. The pharma folks were mostly those who were commuters and it was more convenient to take a night course than to fight the traffic on the Kennedy for the early morning classes.

IrishEyes

(3,275 posts)
133. I'm Irish. I have lovely green eyes.
Mon Aug 3, 2015, 11:02 PM
Aug 2015

I always liked the song "When Irish eyes are smiling". One of my Irish grandmothers used to play it on the piano.

pinboy3niner

(53,339 posts)
138. Green eyes are unusual for the Irish
Tue Aug 4, 2015, 07:54 AM
Aug 2015

We're usually known for blue eyes and freckles. When I was a kid, my grandmother from County Cork would tell me, "You've got the map of Ireland written all over your face."

IrishEyes

(3,275 posts)
162. I used to have blue eyes.
Wed Aug 5, 2015, 01:18 AM
Aug 2015

My eye color changed when I got older. Apparently it happens to 10% to 15% of Caucasian people. I also have blond hair. I can't tan. I just turn really red. I don't have freckles though. My dad's side of the family was from Cork.

struggle4progress

(118,701 posts)
163. I admire Frederick Douglass:
Wed Aug 5, 2015, 02:21 AM
Aug 2015
... Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reform. The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims, have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all-absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress ...
Canandaigua, New York
August 4, 1856

Burma Jones

(11,760 posts)
166. Because it's the name of one of my favorite literary characters
Wed Aug 5, 2015, 12:18 PM
Aug 2015

From John Kennedy Toole's "Confederacy of Dunces"

Half-Century Man

(5,279 posts)
172. Part of a line of poetry I wrote in college.
Sat Sep 19, 2015, 04:32 PM
Sep 2015

The year I was 51 and feeling very old for being a freshman college student.

Babel_17

(5,400 posts)
173. Cool coincidence
Sat Sep 19, 2015, 04:58 PM
Sep 2015

I just now noticed this thread, after posting one of my own that relates to this.*

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018799409

Babel-17 relates to communication, language, understanding, and the future. So I figured it would be a good user name for the internet.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babel-17

My current avatar is from a later edition of the book.

Babel-17 is a 1966 science fiction novel by American writer Samuel R. Delany in which the Sapir–Whorf Hypothesis (that language influences thought and perception) plays an important part. It was joint winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1966 (with Flowers for Algernon)[1] and was also nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1967.


*Prophetic: Videodrome, "Soon all of us will have special names"


O'Blivion was not the name I was born with. That's my television name. Soon all of us will have special names, names designed to cause the cathode ray tube to resonate.


And here we all are, visible to others on the LCD successor to the CRT, and mostly posting behind "special names", Babel-17 for example.

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Videodrome



 

virtualobserver

(8,760 posts)
177. I just used my first and last name, just like stevenleser
Sat Sep 19, 2015, 08:38 PM
Sep 2015

my parents named me that because I seemed more at home observing the virtual world.

CBGLuthier

(12,723 posts)
182. An impulsive change when my original name (notmypresident) became obsolete.
Sun Sep 20, 2015, 09:14 AM
Sep 2015

It referred to my at the time occupation of making cigar box guitars.

roody

(10,849 posts)
184. It was the name of a beloved
Sun Sep 20, 2015, 12:58 PM
Sep 2015

miniature poodle. He has been in my little cemetery for some years now. He was given to me by a family that did not want him, at age 3. I had adopted a small female corgi-sheltie mix the day before at the pound. The next day at work, a colleague said, "I found a small dog for you." That was Roody. I was his third and forever home. We three moved from Arkansas to California 18 years ago and lived happily ever after.

 
187. I've been published (and been paid money for) three pieces of short fiction
Sun Sep 20, 2015, 03:19 PM
Sep 2015

But what have I written this year? ZILCH! Hey, maybe I've a fear of success.

Blue_In_AK

(46,436 posts)
191. After 2004 election
Mon Sep 21, 2015, 02:46 AM
Sep 2015

I was "blue," as in sad and a Democrat, in AK, which is Alaska where I live. Not very imaginative, but it works.

kentauros

(29,414 posts)
192. I love centaurs :)
Mon Sep 21, 2015, 10:44 AM
Sep 2015

"Kentauros" is the Greek root of the word "centaur."

I started using it early enough in the life of the Internet that none of the other lovers of centaurs could claim it. Elsewhere online, I've moved on to a different name, one that borrows still from classical centaurs, with one of their actual names (as found on this list.) And still, I don't have to put numbers after or before my name to use it

GOLGO 13

(1,681 posts)
195. Because - DANGEROUS DICK LONGFELLOW was rejected for some reason.
Tue Sep 22, 2015, 11:03 AM
Sep 2015

So it was either RAGNAR FARTSSON or GOLGO 13. It could have gone either way.

 

closeupready

(29,503 posts)
197. Gloria Swanson's closing quip from iconographic film "Sunset Boulevard"
Tue Sep 22, 2015, 11:46 AM
Sep 2015

"I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. DeMille."

That film is one of my very favorites, particularly as a gay man.

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