How did you get your name?

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Theaetetus
 
Reply Thu 6 Nov, 2008 11:41 pm
@PhilosophyForum,
Well, mine came from the trilogy of The Theaetetus, The Sophist, and The Statesman (A trilogy as accepted by most. I would argue it is a tetralogy with The Parmenides being an introduction of sorts to the subject matter of the last three). The Theaetetus may be my favorite of Plato's dialogues and it is a pain in the ass to type and spell.
 
Axis Austin
 
Reply Sat 8 Nov, 2008 07:59 pm
@PhilosophyForum,
I always liked my middle name of Austin more than my first. The Axis part was in reference to the "enemies" in WWII. I was kind of in a bad boy phase (which in itself is ridiculous because I'm a nice person) so I liked that. Mostly, though, I liked the alliteration. So that's me.
 
mattpresticom
 
Reply Sun 9 Nov, 2008 07:33 am
@PhilosophyForum,
i chose for the same reason my parents did...it is who i am but am not and isn't me but is. Nice to be here! matt presti
 
OctoberMist
 
Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2008 12:31 am
@PhilosophyForum,
jgweed said:

Quote:

Here is a chance to tell us why you chose the Name you did and perhaps get to know you better.


Good thread concept. Smile

In addition to other things, I am a poet, songwriter, and filmmaker.

I chose "October Mist" for this forum because of the image it invokes to me:

A gentle mist rising up out of the ground through the darkening skies of October; a feeling of wonderment even as the air grows cool and the days grow shorter.

Essentially, it is a metaphor for my life.
 
Henrik phil
 
Reply Tue 11 Nov, 2008 03:47 pm
@PhilosophyForum,
I got my name from my mom and dad, they gave it to me 16 years ago. Laughing
 
Solace
 
Reply Tue 11 Nov, 2008 04:27 pm
@PhilosophyForum,
The evolution of my choice of "Solace" as an online name stems back to my Diablo 2 days. My account name there was "KnightsofSolace". Later I went to an online game called 3kingdomsdaily, based loosely on the novel "The Romance of the Three Kingdoms". There I shortened it to "Solace", and under the new name led my team to victory in the first game I played. (Took about 3 months to finish the game). Anyway, since then I've used the name on any new sites that I've joined, when it was available at least.
 
Pangloss
 
Reply Tue 11 Nov, 2008 05:58 pm
@PhilosophyForum,
From the name of the ridiculous philosopher, "Dr. Pangloss", in Voltaire's brilliant satire, "Candide", who relentlessly insists in his blind optimism that, "all is for the best in this best of possible worlds". An amusing character from one of my favorite books. The book and character were such classics that a dictionary will contain the adjective, "panglossian", which describes the character of having great optimism no matter the circumstances.
 
the666thmessiah
 
Reply Tue 11 Nov, 2008 06:13 pm
@PhilosophyForum,
Because there is no 666th messiah in religion. Theres a 666 charcter in christianity, and theres many messiah's, but theres no character that combines the general assumed evil-ness of 666 (why?!) with the assumed good-ness of a messiah, at least to my knowledge there isnt.. But mainly because its a very cool name Very Happy
 
Doep100
 
Reply Thu 13 Nov, 2008 09:48 am
@Aedes,
Aedes;31150 wrote:
I'm a specialist in infectious diseases, with my main academic interest being mosquito and tick borne tropical infections.

Aedes is the name of a genus of mosquitos that includes Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that transmits yellow fever and dengue fever, and Aedes albopictus which is responsible for the current outbreak of chikungunya fever around the Indian Ocean.

Funny that... Just as I was reading this, I felt this stinging sensation on my elbow as this bloody mozzie was getting his share of my blood. lol
So I whacked the little bugger and nearly knocked my beer over onto my laptop. Just had to share that :-)
 
Salo phil
 
Reply Thu 13 Nov, 2008 11:47 am
@PhilosophyForum,
Quite simply, it's the first two letters of my real first name, and the first two letters of my second name. Boring, huh? Smile
 
Catchabula
 
Reply Tue 18 Nov, 2008 08:23 am
@PhilosophyForum,
Ave. I'm Catchabula the Mauritanian, ex-gladiator. I was born on the North-African coast shortly after the destruction of Carthago. In the aftermath of the Second Punic War the soldiers of Scipio ravaged our shores, burnt down our villages and murdered my family. As a child I was taken to Rome and I became the slave of a pensioned centurion called Maximus, an unsuitable name for a shameless and voluptuous rogue. I was noticed by the owner of a local gladiator school, was bought from my unworthy master and was given a gladiator training. I killed many in the arena, I let the crowds roar and obtained my freedom in 157 B.C. For a few years I lived on the streets, carrying bags for the merchants and playing dice with the boys, and I was satisfied with some dusty bread and cheap Falernum. One day I heard that a Greek philosopher called Carneades had come to Rome and I listened with astonishment to his lectures on Injustice. I shaved my head and began my own search for the Truth; those who laughed at me did not live long enough to boast on that. I went to the Ancient Lands in the East, and after long wanderings I knocked on the gate of a crumbling temple, where a fountain promised refreshment and relief of dust. I gave my last obole to a hierodule in a white gown and we both prayed with body and soul. Then we talked until the sun was set and we kept on talking under the light of the stars, and she taught me that only acceptance can make us wise. I have my home in the gate of the temple now, sometimes talking, sometimes silent like the statues inside. I get old and grumpy, and soon I will meet my family again in the realm of the plutonian gods. So many words and so many days, and time passing like the wind or the clouds... Talk stranger, but do not always expect an answer. An old man needs his sleep and snoars.
 
BlueChicken
 
Reply Sat 22 Nov, 2008 12:01 am
@Catchabula,
Unfortunatly, there is not great poetry to how I got my name. For all of the clever nomenclature you humans offer to pets and animals, you see one blue chicken and suddenly all of your the creativity is sacrificed for clarity.

But then again, how novel is it to come across a blue chicken? When you do, even if it is only a photograph, your attempts to come up with anything beyond "BlueChicken" or "Steve" will be hindered to the point of paralysis. And if I am not anything, I am not a "Steve".
 
NeitherExtreme
 
Reply Sat 22 Nov, 2008 06:19 pm
@BlueChicken,
Well, I picked mine because I always seem to tend towards some extreme or another, but I'd rather not. Not so much a statement of what I am, but rather what I'd like to be.
 
averroes
 
Reply Mon 24 Nov, 2008 05:40 pm
@PhilosophyForum,
Averroes... Arabic Spaniard who believed that faith and reason not only can coexist but can go hand in hand. Aside from the arabic spaniard part, that"s me
 
CarolA
 
Reply Mon 24 Nov, 2008 08:56 pm
@averroes,
Mine is so boring - it's ummm, my name Surprised. Mainly because I can never remember strange nicknames, although sometimes I get called Caz as a abbreviation of Carol.
I always feel that calling myself "Godzilla" or "Ms Socrates" just doesn't feel like me, I just don't look scary enough!
 
Professer Frost
 
Reply Wed 26 Nov, 2008 08:52 pm
@PhilosophyForum,
 
RDanneskjld
 
Reply Sun 7 Dec, 2008 02:36 pm
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Luciferase
 
Reply Mon 8 Dec, 2008 03:35 am
@PhilosophyForum,
Prefix Lucifer is a name I most like, the pre-devil form of evil Satan - the fallen angel. Like Lucifer, we humans think we can compete with God.
Ase is suffix meaning an enzyme (a molecule that catalyses reaction), my epistemological interest.
Together, Luciferase means a catalyser that gives light in the dark.
 
teacup
 
Reply Mon 8 Dec, 2008 08:50 am
@PhilosophyForum,
can i change my user name????
 
lakeshoredrive
 
Reply Thu 11 Dec, 2008 11:59 am
@PhilosophyForum,
LakeShoreDrive
It's a backronym.
 
 

 
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