#### Hypatia's Protege

Joined Mar 1, 2015
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Kind friends

To the ends of encouraging some 'light' OT discussion -and- satisfaction of genuine curiosity, I offer this thread in the spirit of @cmartinez 's 'Why your avatar'

So to start -- Re my UN: What can I say? I'm a bit of a 'math geek' and Hypatia of Alexandria is frequently cited as the first mathematician (in the contemporary sense of the term)...

Hope you'll join in!

Best regards
HP

#### bertus

Joined Apr 5, 2008
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Hello,

It is just my real name, wich is fully gijsbertus.
And my avatar (wich I use on almost all forum I visit) is my old cat.

Bertus

#### MrChips

Joined Oct 2, 2009
21,070
They call me MrChips because I devour and thrive on multi-legged bugs and butterflies (Cooley-Tukey species).

#### djsfantasi

Joined Apr 11, 2010
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My avatar is a personal project of mine, to build an animatronic. This forum helped me build a circuit for him.

I had run a haunted house for about a decade, as a fund raiser for my children's elementary school. It was very successful (averaging $5,000/hr). So I considered developing a commercial walk-through seasonal attraction in my retirement. The animatronics were to be the foundation. Thread Starter #### Hypatia's Protege Joined Mar 1, 2015 3,219 multi-legged bugs Which being of the dual inline package variety? TTFN HP #### atferrari Joined Jan 6, 2004 3,954 In the very beginning, mine used to be Agustín Tomás. My curren one which I use everywhere is just a practical (?) version. I tend to dislike those that I cannot pronounce, mine the first!, but it is too late now... Thread Starter #### Hypatia's Protege Joined Mar 1, 2015 3,219 My avatar is a personal project of mine, to build an animatronic. This forum helped me build a circuit for him. I had run a haunted house for about a decade, as a fund raiser for my children's elementary school. It was very successful (averaging$5,000/hr). So I considered developing a commercial walk-through seasonal attraction in my retirement. The animatronics were to be the foundation.
And still your avatar reminds me of Groucho Marx

So... Do you care to share the story back of your username?

Best regards
HP

#### Hypatia's Protege

Joined Mar 1, 2015
3,219
In the very beginning, mine used to be Agustín Tomás. My curren one which I use everywhere is just a practical (?) version.

I tend to dislike those that I cannot pronounce, mine the first!, but it is too late now...
So.. the first two characters are your initials and the remainder describe your motorcar?

Best regards
HP

#### djsfantasi

Joined Apr 11, 2010
6,414
Ahh! My username is the name for the seasonal walk through attraction. My first and middle initials are dj. Fantasi is a take on fantasy. Hence, my name is "DJ's Fantasi".

#### atferrari

Joined Jan 6, 2004
3,954
So.. the first two characters are your initials and the remainder describe your motorcar? Best regards
HP
Wish it was so. Just a Gol Power 1.6.

Yes, my initials.

#### Kermit2

Joined Feb 5, 2010
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Just my middle name. It's a family thing. Respect for a long past ancestor who first came to Texas and gave his son his own name as a middle name. So my father continued it and so did I. I also gave my first son the middle name Kermit. Now I have a grandson with Kermit as his middle name.
It brings a smile of pride and contentment to my face as I think about it now.

The depiction is one of a Greek mathematician from the opening pages of an engineering tome printed a few years before the civil war. Google books is an amazing resource.

#### nsaspook

Joined Aug 27, 2009
7,283
It's a pun handle I selected long ago after watching films like this.

"Spook" is a double reference.

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#### joeyd999

Joined Jun 6, 2011
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Joeyd was taken when I signed up.

#### JoeJester

Joined Apr 26, 2005
4,259
My name is my name. My avatar is a patch I helped design to commemorate the Coast Guard's involvement in Loran from the time a young CG officer was assigned to the CNO's office to become the liaison at MIT Radiation Lab until the last U.S. loran signal was turned off in August 2010 when my old unit, Loran Station Attu Island went silent as part of the U.S.-Russian Chain.

The patch was designed by CG veterans, the Coast Guard had nothing to do with it.

#### SLK001

Joined Nov 29, 2011
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Three random letters and three random numbers!

#### R!f@@

Joined Apr 2, 2009
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My nick name.
I believe avatar was chosen by some members of AAC

#### JoeJester

Joined Apr 26, 2005
4,259
"Spook" is a double reference.
I picked that up quickly, and confirmed by you.

In some forums, the avatar is a picture of me. Not quite as young as #12's, but one from this century.

#### Hypatia's Protege

Joined Mar 1, 2015
3,219
A déjà-vu feeling based on a solid reason.
Ooops! Missed that! 2007 was way before my time on this site -- But hey! At ten years on it seems we're due a 'refresher', as it were

Best regards
HP

#### Hypatia's Protege

Joined Mar 1, 2015
3,219
It's a pun handle I selected long ago after watching films like this.

"Spook" is a double reference.
So you mean you weren't with the NSA after all? --- Bang goes my Orwellian paranoia!

Best regards
HP