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What's in a name? - MegaZone's Safety Valve — LiveJournal
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What's in a name?
Ok, actually there is something to rant about. You'd think that a name like MegaZone would be pretty damn unique - so why is it every time I try to sign up for a service like this it is taken? AIM, Yahoo, MSN - even Monster.com... Who the heck are these other people using MegaZone? Is it possible they're also fans of obscure anime? Nothing major, just a little frustrating.

So I've been adding a bunch of friends today, and word is getting around that I finally setup an LJ, so other people are adding me too. Which is interesting because there are a few people who have added me as friends and I don't know who they are. I tried to figure it out from reading their LJs, but haven't sorted it out yet. Weird.

Anyway, time to get off of my arse and get ready to head over to usagijer and slarti's for dinner. I've been mostly just sitting around watching stuff off of my TiVo all day.

I am: calm calm

solipsistnation From: solipsistnation Date: November 3rd, 2002 08:28 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Once I ended up registering "AllTheGoodOnesWereTaken43" at some chat site or other. And it's true-- all the good ones are definitely taken. You think "megazone" is bad? Every variation on "mute" was taken here, along with all sorts of "solipsism" variants. It's hardly worth bothering...
blarglefiend From: blarglefiend Date: November 4th, 2002 02:46 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I got so sick of it that I made up my own word, and use it for this sort of thing. Have yet to try to use it and found it taken...

Anything that's a "real" word or a reference to anything is likely to be taken.
sinapus From: sinapus Date: November 4th, 2002 06:23 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Pretty much why I picked "sinapus" as a net.name years ago. Figured few people would try to use it and it's worked so far. :)
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zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: November 4th, 2002 10:55 am (UTC) (Direct Link)


The only one I haven't sorted out yet is 'arcticelf'. I know, from reading their LJ, they're a WPI person. But I haven't been able to determine the link.
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: November 9th, 2002 09:16 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: Arcticelf

Oh, that's Turin, Ford's boyfriend.
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: November 9th, 2002 09:17 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
heheh. I started using Z-Gryphon on EFNet IRC because I discovered to my alarm one day that there was another Gryphon who lived in a diametrically opposed time zone (Singapore, I think), so we were never trying to be on at the same time, and [i]he[/i] was a regular in #beastsex.

Now that I just use my own IRC server for creative conferences I suppose I could drop the Z, but by now I've gotten used to it.
lagaz From: lagaz Date: November 4th, 2002 02:24 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I can sympathize on this - I had a tough time with my LJ name too
and finally had to go with an alternate spelling of the rune I wanted
to use. Who knew there were so many people who wanted to use runes as
LJ names?