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paul wheaton
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Although we have a goofy theme going on here, there is one small thing I would like to request of people using this service. This isn't something you have to do, it is nothing more than a request.
Please use your real first and last name.
I can't even explain why I have this preference. But I do. As I see a majority of users using pseudonyms, I just felt like letting my wishes be known. Maybe it's the wild idea that by participating in forums like this, we're all advancing our engineering careers, and by showing up at an interview with a name like SlappyBoy might not be helpful.
Unfortunately, this software doesn't allow you to just change your name. If you want to do this, you'll have to create a whole new account. There's plenty of account slots, so don't worry about that. In fact, I'm more than happy to waste the account slots if I can gain a little ground in this area.
Thank you, thank you, thank you ...
 
Ray Marsh
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What if my real name is an un-pronounceable symbol?
 
paul wheaton
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Then use the name "Pretentious Dweeb"
 
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Ray Marsh posted: "What if my real name is an un-pronounceable symbol?"
That's easy: PRINCE!! :-) Or maybe "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince"... or just "The Artist"... Or...
 
paul wheaton
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No, I think I got it right. Cuz remember, we're not supposed to call him Prince anymore. So we can call him "Pretentious Dweeb." I think that's how you pronouce the symbol.
 
paul wheaton
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Ray suggested that I bring this up again cuz creative names are making a comeback.
 
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Amusingly, the pretentious dweeb is now back to calling himself "Prince".
 
Ray Marsh
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Probably cuz everyone got tired of saying "The Artist Formerly Known as..." or they couldn't spell pretentious!
[This message has been edited by Ray Marsh (edited June 01, 2000).]
 
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Actually, he's calling himself Prince again to better position himself in his ongoing legal battles for the rights to his original tapes.
There's a great scene in the book "Motherless Brooklyn" where the narrator, who has Tourette's Syndrome, sees the Prince glyph in a store and compulsively starts trying to pronounce it out loud...
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It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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