why did you choose your nom de plume? what’s the meaning behind it?
the movie Apocalypse Now has a scene in it where Capt Willard is headed up river in the PT and he is reading some mail he just picked up. in the mail is a notice from his commanders mentioning a small fact (i’ll paraphrase): ‘oh by the way, we sent someone up to do your job a few months ago. we think he may have joined Col. Kurtz’s team. here is a letter we intercepted him sending out.’
cut to Willard reading a small note which says:
Sell the house
Sell the car
Sell the kids
I am never coming home
there you have it! i always found that little note funny.
Sigh. I hate this kind of stupid poll thread, but it is a slow day at work.
Miramon Lluagor is the Entelechy of Dreams, professionally responsible for mankind’s dreams. He held the enchanted sword Flamberge after Charlemagne’s death, until he was eventually killed by his son the proconsul Demetrios with that cursed blade. Miramon is one of the Leshy, a race who in Russian mythology are malicious forest spirits, but in James Branch Cabell’s books, they are rather more important.
Miramon is something of a Merlin cognate for Dom Manuel, the central character around which Cabell’s huge mythos revolves. Unlike Merlin, Miramon is elegantly civilized, something of an esthete, a henpecked husband (his wife doesn’t understand why he has to spend so much time on nightmares and erotic dreams) and has a much deeper understanding of the workings of the universe than most other Cabell characters.
See for example Figures of Earth and The Silver Stallion by James Branch Cabell, who if you don’t know, is probably the best fantasy writer of the first half of the twentieth century, and is also one of the best writers in general of that period, IMO.
Met_K is something that I’ve been going by since about 1999 online. It’s an old nickname stemming from Metallikat, something I was labeled as years ago because I was a huge Metallica fan (pre-sell out!) back in the day.
I also go by Ministry in various places. That’s pretty easy to explain, it’s pulled from one of my favorite bands as well. Ministry, naturally.
Because I really have no business being on this website, other than I think Tom Chick is funny, so instead of being a total dork who comes here under my own name, I became a total dork who comes here under a name from a series of books I loved (and secretly still love) as a kid. Sum total is still total dork.
balut: Filipino delicacy consisting of a partially developed duck-egg; it is typically eaten by cracking open a small hole in the shell, sprinkling in some salt, and slurping down the wet, crunchy, slightly feathery contents.
I use “balut” because it is distinctly Filipino and no one else anywhere really uses it. Plus it’s pretty nasty stuff that yet many people still enjoy.
Auguste Ciparis survived the eruption of Mt. Pelee, which decimated his town of St. Pierre, by being alone underground in a small stone prison cell during the eruption (sentenced to die). Amused at the irony when I read about it a few years ago, I switched from Dammit to Ciparis.
Dammit was a name I had chosen while trying to host a lan game of Red Alert (allowing the use of the 2 CDs in a case to assist in starting multiplayer games was terrific, and my company had several people who owned copies… we played every day at 5pm). After 3 or 4 failed starts, I grew frustrated and started a game as “Dammit!”. The game worked, and the name stuck.
The handle I usually use is ‘Tele.’ I thought of it as i was applying to a hack/phreak BBS called DnA back in 1993 when I lived in Orange County. As i was filling out the application it i realized that my current handle would just get me blacklisted so i looked around my room and viola!
A stupid story, yes, but I got on the board and was happy :)