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I've been playing Puzzle Pirates a good bit lately. I'm not… - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
I've been playing Puzzle Pirates a good bit lately.

I'm not particularly social, but I see lots of people wander around, and I've discovered I have a new pet peeve.

What is it with people who choose names based on their relationship with other people? I was on a ship today with someone named "brettslover". I've seen so many variations on this - one of the women in my crew is named "boogswife", I saw "andysmom"...

Can't you pick a name based on something about yourself?!?!


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alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: May 28th, 2005 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know whether it's any better than picking a name based on a relationship, but I picked a name based on a book for my online characters. I almost always use the handle "Winston Smith" from George Orwell's 1984, which is probably my favorite book of all time (indeed, I think it was the most important piece of fictional literature I've read. I think Orwell's writings are far more relevant in the school curriculum than Shakespeare's, yet everyone has to do Shakespeare in British schools, but not everyone has to do Orwell).

Actually, when I first read the book, I must have been around 13 and didn't really take it in or understand it (I doubt I actually finished it). I read it again in my late teens - just around the time when you're starting to get some decent political awareness - and found it stunningly insightful. After not reading it for years, I'm re-reading it now. I think everyone should read it early on in their adult life, then we wouldn't get nonsense like "If you've got nothing to hide you have nothing to fear from {insert suveillance/ID card system/broad sweeping law with no due process}" being said by grown adults.
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