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Posted on 2008.04.04 at 12:15
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Infringed from swashbuckler332 who 'yoinked' it from revolos55 who snatched it from...

  1. My username is _____ because ____.

  2. My username is ehowton because I'm not creative enough nor worried enough to craft a pseudonym in which to represent myself.

  3. My name is _____ because ______.

  4. My name is Eric because my father had just returned from his tour in Germany where he was obviously very influenced by a goodly amount of that great German beer. He occasionally reads this journal, so he can chime in if he wants to. I didn't know how lucky I was to have been named Eric until I followed in his footsteps and volunteered for a tour of duty in Germany. There I found a lot of men my age were named, Uwe.

  5. My journal is titled ____ because ____.

  6. My journal is entitled The Empirical Manifesto because I was being hounded for relying solely on my own experiences to make future decisions and felt that my old title, Why Me? didn't properly represent my goals here. Though the change was initially met with some mild resistance, I wanted readers to be forewarned where I was coming from, how I got here, and, as the title also implies...where I'm going.

  7. My friends page is called ____ because ____.

  8. "Friends Page" so it will be easy to find. Why mess with defaults? I go looking for people's friends pages sometimes and have to seek out things like, "MY PEEPS" and "THE GATHERING" or somesuch nonsense.

  9. My default userpic is ____ because ____.

  10. My default userpic is a photogoot original. I've only had three, and two of them have been from pictures he has taken. Again with the not hiding. I'm not an androgynous writer.

Turning in early, I was aroused only slightly at the storm's apex which caused me to fall into an even deeper slumber, knowing it was out there. The hail came with thunder and lighting then tapered to the pitter-patter of rain and I slept like Jayne during Firefly's last episode.

Speaking of, I've been reading quicksilvermad's Firefly fanfic. She reminds me of Christie Golden (ST:V author) in being able to maintain the tone and quirks of the portrayed characters. I'm reading it slowly (approximately one chapter each morning, before work) but the best part is how I found her: RANDOM USER. I shit you not. How cool is that?

This fence I straddle, unchanged, despite the direction I may face. ~Eric Howton

Other random randomness which failed to make it in yesterday's random post (once I get caught up, the randomosity will surely lessen):

  • My cell phone does not get a signal at my desk at work. However, if I lift it above my head, over my cubicle walls, and its a clear day, sometimes I can send a single text message. However, my wife eyes me with incredulity when I'm sitting at my home computer and suddenly lift my phone over my head to send a text message.

  • I finally fixed my jumpstart issue by adding the following line in the sysidcfg file: nfs4_domain=dynamic. This however, does not fix my current problem, and that is, jumpstarting a Fujitsu SPARC Enterprise M4000 across a crossover cable from a Sun X4200 x86 box.

  • We were given these 1GB thumb drives which mounted as "protected" filesystems but would allow you to write to them, and seemingly erase them, but the erased files were written to a (hidden database?) which 'restored' the files for you at each use. Oh, and you couldn't reformat the drive either. Being slightly more intelligent than the average bear, I stuck it in my linux box and attempted to fdisk it with the same problem - linux respected the 'protection.' Fine. unount, mount -o ro /dev/sdb, BAM! This caused the console to flood with errors. At a loss, I plugged it into my SPARC linux box, which auto-mounted it as write-protect off and a successful format. SPARC FTW!

  • I'm finding Elmer Bernstein's Heavy Metal: The Score to be increasingly awesome, enjoying more and more every time I hear it. It reminds me an awfully lot of Ghostbusters sometimes. A better Ghostbusters score, if that makes sense.

  • It was 50-degrees this morning; cool and overcast - a gorgeous morning after a night of storms. I put the heat on the floor, put the windows down, and hit the highway at 80. What a fantastic drive in this morning!

*This post is void of any images to make up for my overabundant use of them yesterday. For those of you still using dial-up, your patience is appreciated. I wouldn't wait for me. And yes, I did stick my tongue in the monster again this morning - how else could it be explained?


galinda822 at 2008-04-04 17:34 (UTC) (Link)
My username is galinda822 because ehowton once referred to me as that in a post.(If my memory serves me right.)The 822 is my b-day.

My name is Carla because my mother couldn't find a middle name she liked that went with Renee. Carla was not a common name and she liked it. (Renee became my middle name instead.)

My journal is titled Well my heart knows me better than I know myself, so I'm gonna let it do all the talking because I express things emotionally rather than logically. (Most of the time anyway.)

My friends page is called Friends Page because that's good enough.

My default userpic is a photogoot original because it's the best picture anyone has ever taken of me. Prior to that it was Galinda the good witch for obvious reasons. :)

Edited at 2008-04-04 05:35 pm (UTC)
ehowton at 2008-04-04 17:41 (UTC) (Link)
(If my memory serves me right.)

(Renee became my middle name instead.)
I never think about this until its mentioned.

(Most of the time anyway.)
Majority rules are in place today.

...because that's good enough.
Damn straight!

...the best picture anyone has ever taken of me.
It is an amazing picture. He's good with his hands.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-04-04 18:12 (UTC) (Link)
quicksilvermad's Firefly fanfic

Hmm. Interesting fic, judging from the first few chapters; thanks for the rec. I usually ship Jayne/Mal, but I have been known to read stuff other than slash. :)

This fence I straddle, unchanged, despite the direction I may face.

I read "fence" as "face", and had a great big WTF moment before my reading comprehension ability kicked in. *facepalm*
ehowton at 2008-04-04 18:21 (UTC) (Link)
I have been known to read stuff other than slash.
I have to be very discerning, as I read so little fanfic. That being said, since I like to embody that which I am reading, and I know where I like my man-parts to end up (no, its not a deck of cards in my pocket)...I'll skip the slash ;)

I read "fence" as "face", and had a great big WTF moment...
I can make you very few guarantee's ma'am, but this is one of them: In your scenario, I am always the fence.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-04-05 19:26 (UTC) (Link)
Where did you find that avatar?
Cat Who Likes OpenBSD
bsdcat at 2008-04-04 18:14 (UTC) (Link)
1. My username is bsdcat because when I first tried OpenBSD on a machine instead of Linux (after having used Solaris and Linux for 3 or so years), I decided I really much preferred BSD. And I like to think of myself as a cat (in the anthropomorphic sense, not the '70s sense). I first used the nick around '99, when I created my first AIM account. I quickly forgot the password and abandoned AIM, only to create another account in 2000 (hence my current AIM handle, bsdcat2k). I've held onto it as a nick for IRC, IM, LJ, and pretty much everything else since...

My other nick - which I'm not going to mention here - started as a character's name in a pen and paper RPG I was in. I started using it for gaming-specific online forums and avatars, and then I picked it for a character name in City of Villains. Since I did that, that nick has been inescapably linked with my work 'face,' and I've taken steps in the last few months to more clearly delineate them.

2. My name is Matthew, after the Apostle. My middle name is Calvin, after my grandfather with whom I share my birthday.

3. My journal is named "Rebelling Against the Pop Crap Overlords: There should be a moratorium on the use of the apostrophe." Shortly after I joined LiveJournal, I got auto-joined to an annoying fan community for a pop crap artist. At some point in the conversation with the community maintainer, the phrase "Pop Crap Overlords" came up, and it tickled me enough to make a point in my title of rebelling against them.

A friend of mine in college had "There should be a moratorium on the use of the apostrophe." in his .signature. He killed himself in 2003, and it left a mark on me, but not an apostrophe - there should be a moratorium on the use of the apostrophe.

4. My friends page is called "Sometime Rebels Against the Pop Crap Overlords" because I like to think that at least sometimes, my friends are with me in my rebellion. Also, I don't think anyone but me looks at it.

5. My default userpic is me, the day after attending my 10 year reunion, because it's pretty close to what I look like (but not exact, I can't keep up with exactly how I look), and I enjoy the responses I get to it. When someone responds to something I've written on LJ with "lol, what a freak" I know I'm doing something right.
ehowton at 2008-04-04 18:23 (UTC) (Link)
lol, what a freak
wardlejew at 2008-04-04 19:21 (UTC) (Link)
I'll join the fun.

My username is wardlejew because My initials are JEW and wardlejew is safer than JEWboy especially when born on a certain famous Nazi's B-day in the middle of this month.

My name is Josh because my parents knew nobody would call me Joshua except when being formal, or speaking angrily. I may have once ignored my English teacher because she called me Joshua, I think she was upset with me. My name is not Joshua! Or that may be a slight falsehood. Maybe I just thought about ignoring her. Either way, she was upset with me.

My journal is entitled wardlejew because it is my journal.

My friends page is called "Friends" because I didn't know I could change it, and I have no reason to change it anyway.

My default userpic is Link from Zelda, because I like it and I think it sticks out.
ehowton at 2008-04-04 19:35 (UTC) (Link)
I think it sticks out.
Instantly recognizable.

My journal is entitled wardlejew
Those who don't know you ask me about that every so often. They whisper it to me...
someone named jew is on your blog...

Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-04-05 19:23 (UTC) (Link)
Can you elaborate on the subtitle of your blog?
ehowton at 2008-04-05 20:04 (UTC) (Link)
I'm not a very creative person. I don't get to bed the muse. Hell, I don't even get to eat the bitch out. But if someone else has an idea, I'm fantastic at running with it.

I only get to finger the muse.

But sometimes, that can be fun too ;)
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-04-05 20:19 (UTC) (Link)
I need to spend more time with my muse, quit working for the man and answer my true calling.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-04-05 20:22 (UTC) (Link)
I only get to finger the muse.

Which is more than some people around here!
irulan_amy at 2008-04-08 00:56 (UTC) (Link)
"I did stick my tongue in the monster."


This a sentence I must keep tucked away for future use somehow...
ehowton at 2008-04-08 02:25 (UTC) (Link)
You're the only person to have mentioned that.

Thank you.
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