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What's the history behind your screen names and avatars?

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posted on Jun, 23 2011 @ 09:16 PM
reply to post by speculativeoptimist

Love it! A speculative optimist rather than a cynic is something the world needs more of. Kudos to those who see through sickness.

posted on Jun, 23 2011 @ 09:18 PM
My favorite element and metal is silver -- argentum. I used to do a bit of lost-wax casting of rings and other adornments of clan names for the Scottish games, and silver was the metal of choice.

Avatar -- All of my avatars have been iguana photos that I've taken, and they've all (but one) been supersatured by me via the dreaded photoshop. This particular iguana turned up his nose at lettuce, but turned out to be really crazy for tomatoes. When I flipped him a chunk of cheese and he wolfed it down, I knew he was a kindred spirit.

posted on Jun, 23 2011 @ 09:24 PM

My screen name (Caladonea) means (from Scotland) where many of my ancestors are from...that is the reason I chose it. My avatar is not a photo of me .....(I chose it from an avatar website) but the photo could be of my twin...if I had one!....they say in the universe we all look like someone
edit on 23-6-2011 by caladonea because: correction

posted on Jun, 23 2011 @ 09:26 PM
I signed up between Thanksgiving and Christmas and I was thinking of Turkey due to the Season and watching one of my favorite movies "A Christmas Story" with the funny Turkey issue. It also suits me because I retired from the Air Force after working around Air Craft that we refer to as Birds in the service. My squadron retired our wonderful Birds the A10 - so "our birds were done" so it fits with hindsight that didn't occur when registering to that issue. Finally and lastly, I have found without being aware that Birds, songs about birds, and elements concerning the behavior of birds suits me on a spiritual level in a totem sort of way. This stuff NEVER occured to me when just typing in a registration name after lurking a few years. So I've learned from the experience interesting things about myself from what seemed a rather thougtless action at the time.

posted on Jun, 23 2011 @ 09:32 PM
reply to post by RightInTwo

My name is Beth and my stepson calls me Mamabeth,
now everyone calls me Mamabeth.
I am also "Mama" to some here on ATS.

posted on Jun, 23 2011 @ 09:40 PM
I picked my screen name when i moved to Las Vegas..

It was so hot there i kept telling my self..

"what a bad move"

ended up staying there for 12 years..

chess was the only thing my friend could think of to represent a ..


Uberl33t made my avatar for me...

posted on Jun, 23 2011 @ 10:52 PM
Coyote is one of my medicine animals and my disposition (coyote is part of the trickster god archetype) and I live in the southwest where I see a lot of coyotes in any given week. Also I am a poet. I haven't written any poetry in a while but I still look at things through poets eyes.

As for my avatar, I went to a Shrine circus (and yes, the Shriners are Masons, I am not) in an outdoor tent style venue. That was the sign in front of one of the reserved parking spaces close to the tent. It cracked me up and struck me as a strange thing to see at a circus so I snapped a photo of it.
edit on 23-6-2011 by coyotepoet because: spelling

posted on Jun, 23 2011 @ 11:06 PM
I came up with the name 'HarmonicNights' when thinking of being outside on warm summer nights and hearing all the night critters. It always relaxes me.

My avatar is a GIF from the music video 'Legal Tender' by the B-52's, one of my all-time favorite bands.

posted on Jun, 23 2011 @ 11:12 PM

Originally posted by jude11

Originally posted by Lysergic
My passion for gravy.

That's funny. I have had a lot of 'Gravy' in my life but don't remember that term.


posted on Jun, 23 2011 @ 11:29 PM
What a fun thread!

My screen name is my name Jerry (my nickname anyway) 'z' because for some reason in the early 1990's there was a move to use 'z' instead of 's' for some reason...a fad I guess...and 'nv' for Nevada because I grew up there and spent most of my adult life there until my wife and I moved a few years ago.

So 'jerryznv' has been my screen name since the old days of chat rooms on yahoo...I have had it and used it for years...I am actually surprised that when I sign up an account it is never this one on ATS...I figured it would of been used already...but I lucked out.

As for the bomb that is set for my avatar...well that just happened to be one that I ran across while looking for an avatar for this site...I don't know why I like it...but I do. Also mentionable...I saw the other day that someone else has found it and is using it too...or also I I don't know, I might have to change it. I would rather not, but I don't know for sure what the protocol on something like that is.

Interesting too sort the little fact that it is a clown face...something that I had not noticed until it was pointed out a couple weeks ago by another member...I had no idea.

Anyway...thanks for letting me play...and there is the story on the name and avatar.

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posted on Jun, 24 2011 @ 01:36 AM
Dembow is my favorite music, and the avatar is a rebel,Cause I see myself as a rebel, and 'Macheteros' (machete weilders) is the name of a puerto rican terrorist group from the 70's that supported puerto rican independence. So do I. So it fits. Cool thread.

posted on Jun, 24 2011 @ 06:37 AM
The only time that exists is NOW

The past is perception and the future is yet to be written.

We must understand however, that NOW was affected by the past's "now", and both of those will affect the future "now".

The idea of "Forever" has always intrigued me. I believe that "Forever" is a concept, an idea, that we can take what exists in this NOW into the next "now" indefinitely.

I adopted the name in 1997 - it originally was "taken" when I joined up AOL so I went through several variations in the first year - I got a whole list of them somewhere....

Anyway, towards the end of 1998, went into a chat room one day, and a friend said hello and typo'd Forevever - I liked it so much I took it immediately

At the end of 1999 I met one of the best man I had ever met in my life, and his name online was Primordial Chaos - we were together almost 5 years and I only thought it fitting to take the last name of Chaos - he's gone now, a whole other story with an amicable and respectful ending - but the name stays.

I have been Forevever, and Forever Chaos ever since - I use it on every service (I even have a FB page set up with it just in case any old friends who don't know my name IRL can find me)

You can call me For, Fore, Forev, Ev, Eve, Ever, Evever, Vev, Vever, Forever, Chaos - I even answer to the number 4
Most of my BEST friends call me one of these variations

But most of the people in my immediate, offline vicinity call me Mommy

If you want another 5 paragraphs on the avatar..... no I didn't think so

lets suffice it to say I like to play around with paint shop sometimes - it'll probably change a bit, but the rose will stay
edit on 24-6-2011 by Forevever because: the rose

posted on Jun, 24 2011 @ 10:12 AM
The avatar changes a lot. Sometimes, we mods will have a "theme" for the month (like cartoon characters)...mine is (currently) Gloval from Robotech.

As for the username though...

A long time ago, there was an MMORPG in development called "Horizons". I think it eventually came out, but many years after I was on the dev boards for it. I was going to play an Orc Shaman (this was way before WoW)...and the name I had for him was Gazrok. Since then, I've found it an easy online name to use, because it's never taken, and so I don't have to add numbers, etc. like other usernames. So, I kind of stuck with it.

posted on Jun, 26 2011 @ 12:20 PM
I picked my screen name based on adams missing rib the 13th bone:

posted on Jun, 27 2011 @ 09:04 AM
My screen name is supposed to be the ATS motto, "Deny ignorance", in Latin. I used an online translator, so I don't know whether it's grammatically correct or not. Well, I hope it is. I chose it because of the "rule of cool"; everything sounds better in Latin. It's also a bit neutral somehow, which I like.

My avatar is a stylized picture of the Cigarette Smoking Man from The X-Files. I think that's easily recognizable to a lot of people on ATS, and I always liked that show even though it's obviously fiction. Watching it from a pretty young age is one of the reasons I got into things like these in the first place, so it has a sort of personal aspect too.

posted on Jun, 27 2011 @ 01:00 PM
I use the name DARKCYDE as a stage name in my many ventures in the entertainment industry.

I have used it since high school and many people in my hometown know me as DARKCYDE.

I tacked Crowley on the end because I enjoy the writings of Aleister Crowley.

My avatar is me from a few years ago getting ready for a haunted house that I help run every year.

It was a full pic of my face, but when ATS reduced avatar size, it cut it off the way it is now.

At the moment I look nothing like that pic because I am growing out my beard in memory of Ryan Dunn.

posted on Jun, 27 2011 @ 09:18 PM
Mine is simply a respectful testament to part of my ancient Scandinavian heritage. Roughly translated, it merely means 'Sword of New Thunder'!
From the viewpoint of my philosophy,...A new view in which for others to see, at the same time I get to see others (new for me) points of view. For that is the 2 sides of the 'Sword', and only through examining both can the 'Thunder' of truth ring from within.

posted on Jun, 29 2011 @ 12:35 AM
I got the idea for my username from a black project crest. It's an acronym for "Don't ask, it's none of your $&^]> business."

I was in a hurry to create an account after ArMap found me on the web and asked me to join in on a thread to provide some technical input so it's not very creative. It is however, exactly my attitude when the government asks me to many questions so it suites the ATS theme.

The original image for my avatar is from the cover of the first edition of “The Stand” a novel by Stephen King and arguably the best horror story ever written. The novel tells about an escaped virus that replaces society with an apocalyptic wasteland. The virus is portrayed as a minor concern compared to the rise of a satanic force gathering minions from those still alive to destroy humanity and create a world populated by evil. Truly a theme worthy of the ATS genre. 

In the avatar image we see stark icons of good versus evil which also fits with the overall ATS theme. 

I also chose this image finding that I had an appreciation for its heroic character. There is a certain respect to be had for the do-good warrior as he fights a figurative sickle wielding rat like creature bent on evil. He is obviously a motivated expert. A clean cut minimalist, he carries only his weapon and perhaps the odd trinket within his garb. It keeps him swift and unencumbered, and he uses the skills of his craft to provide everything else he needs. He is fearless, choosing to be on his own in a vast wilderness, confidently dealing with each obstacle along the way as he pushes on to complete his small part of a plan that may or may not save the world. As Richard Marcinko would say: he is “leading from the front”. I figured if I ever got a tattoo it would be a modernized version of this image.

I keep changing the image up a bit to add some spice.

Well, you asked.
edit on 29-6-2011 by dainoyfb because: It needed some cleaning up.

posted on Jun, 29 2011 @ 12:47 AM
Ah! "pikypiky" has always been nit picky and an expert booger picker. The avatar was once a beautiful anime character created by an ATS member. Sadly, "pikypiky" went "grey".

posted on Jun, 29 2011 @ 12:51 AM
My friend sarcastically calls me "the life of the party" for my fundamentalist Christian views, which she disagrees with. Hence, "Partygirl."

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