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So what do you want to know? A meme...
This meme is floating around:
This is the problem with LJ: we all think we are so close, but in actuality we know nothing about each other. I'm going to rectify it. I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away.

Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you.
In unrelated news, I did more tweaking on my web prototype and I think it is sweet. I had some other folks look at it and they concurred. It is also giving me ideas for my site, I may finally get around to redoing it.

And I stopped shaving my head, probably for the winter, since it has turned cold. Time for my winter coat to grow in.

I am: hungry hungry
Current Media: PWEI: Home

qedrakmar From: qedrakmar Date: November 11th, 2004 06:39 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
What drew you back to Massachusetts?
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: November 11th, 2004 08:01 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
My friends, mainly. I *love* the Bay Area, and I still feel homesick for it even though I only lived there for 2.5 years. When I visit I don't want to leave. But when Lucent bought Livingston and things started going downhill, Gryph had moved back east, all my other friends in the area seemed to move away at the same time - LA, Phoenix, Seattle, France... And Derek had died, and I regretted the time away from my friends. Plus my grandmother wasn't well, and my great-grandmother was closing in on 100, and I hardly ever saw them. I wanted to see them more while I still could. So it was a confluence of things, but mainly it was missing my friends.
slarti From: slarti Date: November 11th, 2004 09:39 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Asking a question...

So, is this webmaster gig in place of the stuff you were doing before, or in addition to them and thus accelerating your existing speedy decline into overwork-induced burnout? :-)
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: November 12th, 2004 09:51 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Do you really need to ask? In addition to, of course.
kadnkadnk From: kadnkadnk Date: November 12th, 2004 05:07 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Why did you change your name to MegaZone? Do you find any single-name-specific challenges in everyday life?

zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: November 12th, 2004 10:12 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Well, this is probably fairly complex. I did it for a number of reasons. When I started college I wanted to change who I was because I wasn't happy with the person I was at the time, and in a way the new name was another way to be a new person. It was a mental crutch to help me keep focused on the 'new me' while my old name was the 'old me'. But over time that was no longer really important, once I'd settled into new bahaviors.

It was also about just messing with people, being different just for the sake of making other people accept something outside the status quo. A kind of ongoing sociological experiment, watching people react to something as simple, and really meaningless, as a name. How people use names to draw conclusions about the person it is attached to. It is interesting.

I also had, and have, many friends from other countries and cultures who have names outside the US mainstream. And some of them had commented on their experiences with people being unable to handle their names. Having to repeat it and spell it out a lot, no one pronoucing it, questions like "What kind of name is that?" And I was curious about what it would be like.

Some of it was being different just to be different - ego I suppose.

And it is an interesting conversation starter or ice breaker. Especially with cute women. "Hi, I'm MegaZone." "MegaZone?" "Yes, that's really my name." "No way." "Sure - want to see my license?" "Wow! How'd you get a name like MegaZone?" Etc. ;-)

But that was more a post-change discovery.

I do run into issues. A lot of computers *cannot* accept one name, so my name gets munged a lot. My standard way of dealing with that is to use "Mr" as my first name, so I end up being "Mr. MegaZone". That's actually what it says on my Social Security card, for that reason. There are also some people who just can't cope with the name and are uncomfortable with it. Which is unfortunate, but that's their hangup.

It has cost me job opportunities - some companies just aren't willing to hire someone named MegaZone. It makes me wonder where their line is - how about a Suresh? Or a Kwong? When does a name get too 'weird' for them?

In some cases I just suspect from the vibe I picked up, in others I knew people on the inside and I was told that some manager vetoed my hiring because of my name. That's probably actionable, but that's not my style.
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zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: November 12th, 2004 12:27 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
No, that really happened in the summer of 1994. IIRC the letter was from the Worcester County Board of Health, or something like that, advising Margaret Anne Zone to consider her cervical health.

I get a lot of junk addressed to Megan Zone, Meg A. Zone, etc. But that was the one and only time I got one expanded that far.
From: spaced00d Date: November 12th, 2004 03:16 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Hi, I got here via metaquotes.

It has cost me job opportunities - some companies just aren't willing to hire someone named MegaZone.

If my games company was more than a pipe dream, I'd hire you based on your name alone.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: November 12th, 2004 03:52 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Heh, Thanks.
sryshti From: sryshti Date: November 12th, 2004 07:31 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Figured it would be best to not spam up Mr.
Milholland's journal, and your email didn't work, so I thought I'd leave a comment here.

Yeah, I've been trying to get my own business up and running for a while. I can understand massive to-do lists. Once your website is up and running better and _my_ website is up and running properly, I'll check you guys out again and quite probably open a merchant account. :)

--- zonereyrie - LJ Comment
<lj_notify@livejournal.com> wrote:

> MegaZone (zonereyrie) replied to your LiveJournal
> comment in which you
> said:
> > You may want to mention that 2% fee in the F.A.Q.
> It's one of the first
> > places a lot of people look to get details like
> that, in my experience.
> Their reply was:
> We need to redo the site. The PayCash info used to
> be scattered around
> the corporate site - http://www.cyphermint.com/ -
> which was a pain. Then
> two weeks before a tradeshow my boss and I got the
> OK to create the new
> site and we pulled everything together and the
> PayCash site today is
> still pretty much that first mad dash. (Except
> I've cleaned the markup up
> a lot.) Last Friday the CEO officially made me the
> corporate webmaster,
> and now I'm working on cleaning up the corporate
> site. Next I'll redo the
> PayCash site. A lot of the content on the site was
> written by marketing
> for the old pages, and it needs to be improved.
> If I had my way I'd hide for the next couple of
> weeks and redo both sites
> completely. I want to make them 100% standards
> compliant, and move
> everything to XHTML/CSS. And we need to improve
> navigation... I have a
> big To Do list.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: November 12th, 2004 09:52 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
My email didn't work?! What error did you get? I don't like to hear that people can't email me, it should work...

Cool that you're considering PayCash.
sryshti From: sryshti Date: November 13th, 2004 11:14 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Your lj name @ hotmail did not work. I'm sorry my brain is fried and I can't remember the exact error. I already deleted the error message, or I'd look it up for you.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: November 13th, 2004 01:21 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I don't have a hotmail account. :-)
sryshti From: sryshti Date: November 14th, 2004 06:02 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Ah, well, in your LJ profile it... lists that as your MSN username >_<

Right, I need to learn this thing about reading carefully instead of grabbing the first @ symbol I see.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: November 14th, 2004 01:38 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Oh, for MSN Messenger- that's from when they forced you to have Passport to have MSN and forced you to have hotmail to have that. I created the account just to have Passport to get messenger and never used it.
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zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: November 12th, 2004 09:54 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
The same for me. I felt like I babbled too much - one of my ways of coping with being nervous is to babble, and I tend to be nervous meeting someone for the first time.

But I hope we can hang out again soon too.