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What's In A Name?

First, a lille levity - lawaz a goond thing:

Now, it's improtant to metnion taht the possible ages are 1, 6, 10, 16, and 45.
My inner child is sixteen years old today

My inner child is sixteen years old!


Life's not fair! It's never been fair, but while adults might just accept that, I know something's gotta change. And it's gonna change, just as soon as I become an adult and get some power of my own.

How Old is Your Inner Child?
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Second, next weekend I'm going to drive my dad to Ames, Iowa. My uncle (a physics professor at Iowa State, and a member of Ames Lab) and his wife will be out of town for a couple of weeks, so my dad is going up to keep my grandma company. I thought this would be a good opportunity to visit her and to attend the Atanasoff Symposium (100th birthday of J. V. Atanasoff). I just sent in a poster abstract on DESCRIBER [1] and will be presenting it at the computational intelligence workshop there.

Third, wot do you all call your computers?

Wot's In A Name: I started naming my systems only around the time I worked at the UIUC Beckman Institute. We had a "Trojan War" theme acos our project was sponsored by the Office of Naval Research. So, initially, it was Odysseus, Agamemnon, and Aeneas. Later we added most of the Greek pantheon, a few Titans (Prometheus was my Linux system, and let's just say the name was very apt in that militantly all-WinNT shop), a lot of heroes (Menelaus, Hector, Achilles) and heroines (Cassandra) on both the Greek and Trojan side.

At NCSA, my system was named Chapin after Mary-Chapin Carpenter. The rest of the lab consisted of:
Zeppelin, Kramden, Clapton, Hendrix, Zappafrank, Boltz, etc. [2]

When I was an undergrad volunteer in the Mac (later the Mac/PC) lab at Hopkins, the idea of naming the systems:
Dyrnwyn, Excalibur, Anduril, Glamdring, Orcrist, etc.[3] was floated.

The grad who ran the lab actually managed to name them:
Kirin, Tsingtao, Heineken, Michelob, Budweiser, etc.
for about 2 days before the associate department head came and rained on our parade.

[1] Data Entity, Service, and Component Repository Index for Bioinformatics Experimental Research, a recommender system for computational genomics experiments that I have started developing.
[2] Zappafrank (cf. the asteroid) was a Linux system, too - only this was an Irix/Mac shop. As I mentioned to vretallin and phawkwood when they visited, I tend to be the revolutionaryfroward/different-thinking user whereever I go.
[3] I hadn't read Vows and Honor yet and By The Sword wasn't out until a few years after I graduated, or Need would have been in that list.

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Banazîr

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phawkwood
Oct. 25th, 2003 01:44 am (UTC)
Durandal would have been a good name for your old lab had you gottne your way.

I've got a new G5 on the way for Vid work, and I'm starting to try to think of a name.
banazir
Oct. 25th, 2003 02:59 am (UTC)
Had to look up that Durandal ref. Marathon and Marathon 2 came out during my hiatus from Mac-dom (1993-1999). I played Marathon all of once, on my uncle's Quadra, when he was still at Apple.

I've got a new G5 on the way for Vid work, and I'm starting to try to think of a name.
Yowza!
Exciting and cool.
Lpease psot a picutre and some specs on yer page so that it can inspire great tronkie-lust!

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Banazir
phawkwood
Oct. 25th, 2003 12:48 pm (UTC)
The Durendal from Marathon is also a reference to the Sword of Count Roland (I think don't have time to track down my references this morning) tho the guys at Bungie changed the spelling, I believe the spelling is Durendal. The sword was supposed to be unbreakable.

I will post some specs for the new nameless vid machine some time soon, when I have a little more time.
banazir
Oct. 25th, 2003 03:16 pm (UTC)
The Durendal from Marathon is also a reference to the Sword of Count Roland
Ah, yes, of curse:
Roland and Durendal

The sword was supposed to be unbreakable.
Yes, I memember Elric of Melniboné going up against him with it near the end of Stormbringer.

I will post some specs for the new nameless vid machine some time soon, when I have a little more time.
Good! Meanwhile, I will ponder possible names that are somewhat consistent with your scheme.

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Banazir
phawkwood
Oct. 25th, 2003 03:49 pm (UTC)
Might start a new naming scheme with this machine too, since it's the first of a new line in a way.

Another former naming scheme that some remnants of still exist are Robots, from the game Robo-Rally. Our old slow PC is still known as Trundle Bot. (I wish Wizards still had their Robo-Rally page up, the descriptions of the different robot characters personalities were hysteric)
erebrandir
Oct. 25th, 2003 01:56 am (UTC)

I don't really have a system for naming them, though the next time I get one, I think I'm going to begin naming them after anime characters. Here's what's on my home LAN now:

  • Athlon – Because it's got an Athlon processor. This is the fastest computer we have, though it's now about two years old.
  • Dell – Because it's a Dell. Terribly creative, huh? It serves our DSL connection.
  • Mean-Green – My trusty laptop. I'm not sure why I named it that, since it's neither mean nor green, but that's what I've always called it. Green is my favorite color, and I think "Mean Green" may have been an homage to "Deep Blue".
  • Clunker – An ancient 75Mhz Pentium box assembled from garage sale parts, it is aptly named. It runs my mail server and the test server for my website.
  • Frodo – When my brother got a new motherboard, I inherited his 500MHz Pentium III board, and put it together with some spare parts to build Frodo. I called it Frodo on a whim, thinking I might change it later, but the name has stuck, and everyone is now used to calling it that.
  • Bilbo – My dad's laptop, so named after I called my new box Frodo.

The next one I get — probably a new laptop — will be called Lafiel, if I can teach anybody how to pronounce that correctly.

banazir
Oct. 25th, 2003 03:09 am (UTC)
Here's what's on my home LAN now
Ah! Brother Tronkie! :-D


  • Athlon – Because it's got an Athlon processor. This is the fastest computer we have, though it's now about two years old.
    Let's see... Athlon, about 2 years old... 1GHz? 1.2?

  • Dell – Because it's a Dell. Terribly creative, huh? It serves our DSL connection.
    My firewall server is Anduril, and I considered Feanor (vert briefly). I think you should call the Dell Imladris... that's wot I'd rename mine to (in honor of what I'd like to do to it) if I was inclined to break the person-name scheme.

  • Mean-Green – My trusty laptop. I'm not sure why I named it that, since it's neither mean nor green, but that's what I've always called it. Green is my favorite color, and I think "Mean Green" may have been an homage to "Deep Blue".
    Better than "Shallow Hal", nazwaz. :-)

  • Clunker – An ancient 75Mhz Pentium box assembled from garage sale parts, it is aptly named. It runs my mail server and the test server for my website.
    I have one of those! (Anduril, which I'd say isn't living up to its name, but all it does is NAT.)

  • Frodo – When my brother got a new motherboard, I inherited his 500MHz Pentium III board, and put it together with some spare parts to build Frodo. I called it Frodo on a whim, thinking I might change it later, but the name has stuck, and everyone is now used to calling it that.
    Nice. I had a quartet of P6-180s that I named Frodo, Samwise, Merry, and Pippin and recently retired.

  • Bilbo – My dad's laptop, so named after I called my new box Frodo.
    All my notebooks are named after ships: Vingilot, Numerramar, Alcarondas - if I succumb to the tronkie temptation and buy a Dell M300, I'll probably call it Earrame.


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    Banazir
sui_degeneris
Oct. 25th, 2003 12:16 pm (UTC)
Why am I looking at LJs when there are houseorcs to be tamed?
Oh well...

My inner child is one year old today

My inner child is one year old!


Everything is new to me. I like watching the world
go by around me, and I don't sweat the small
stuff--or the large stuff, either. Just so long
as I stay warm and safe and dry, life's pretty
good.


How Old is Your Inner Child?
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Explains a lot, really.

And I have just one 'puter... A four year old P2 named Blaise II.

I don't get to name the computers at work, but I'm not complaining. Not when our head of networking answered my question about getting an OS upgrade (on a four year old server) with, "Gee, we've got an extra server around. Want me to see if we can migrate you to that one instead of upgrading the old one?"

And he likes CHOKLIT chip cookies with academia nuts too...

Denise

banazir
Oct. 25th, 2003 03:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Why am I looking at LJs when there are houseorcs to be tamed?
(In amser to the title of this psot: cue "join us!")

Explains a lot, really.
Aww. Widdle Nediselet.
(I suspect I got mine acos I gave the typical hobbit answer to the food question.)

And I have just one 'puter... A four year old P2 named Blaise II.
Named fater Pascal, I'll wager?
"Le coeur a ses raisins que le raisin ne connait p6int."

I don't get to name the computers at work, but I'm not complaining. Not when our head of networking answered my question about getting an OS upgrade (on a four year old server) with, "Gee, we've got an extra server around. Want me to see if we can migrate you to that one instead of upgrading the old one?"
Err...
I shudder to think wot OS taht must be.
WinMe? WinNT4? Win98?

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Banazir
sui_degeneris
Oct. 25th, 2003 06:22 pm (UTC)
Even houseorcs get coffee breaks
Yeah, I think my emotional age is a result of answering "No idea--and I'm fine with that" to the question about what I want to be when I grow up.

Blaise Pascal! Give the hobbit a gold foil star and Hershey's Kiss!

The server's OS is WinNT4. Got into a minor argument with the head of networking, because I had an OS-related question, and he informed me that we had no NT4 machines. They'd all been upgraded. Took a trip to the server to convince him otherwise. (He and I usually get along quite nicely, but he hasn't yet learned that when I say that something is such-and-such, it usually means that I've double-checked it right before talking with him. I tend to clearly identify things that I'm not sure of. Saves everyone's time.) Anyway, this is why I may well be getting a shiny new server for this database!

banazir
Oct. 27th, 2003 06:04 am (UTC)
Re: Even houseorcs get coffee breaks
Yeah, I think my emotional age is a result of answering "No idea--and I'm fine with that" to the question about what I want to be when I grow up.
Hm... I think I answered something in addition to that, but was there nazthing else? Food? Angst? Favorite quote?

Blaise Pascal! Give the hobbit a gold foil star and Hershey's Kiss!
CHOKLIT fro Pascal? Taht's... novel. :-D

[upgrade]
I bereave it. How shiny is shiny? WinXP Pro? 2003 Advanced Server? Windows DMZ 2012 for G3/GMS PDA phones? :-)

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Banazir
celandineb
Oct. 26th, 2003 04:59 pm (UTC)
I only have one computer named: it's called Telperion.
banazir
Oct. 26th, 2003 06:05 pm (UTC)
The One Tree
I only have one computer named: it's called Telperion.
Doesn't every Telperion need a Laurelin?

Nice to meet you, BTW.

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Banazir
celandineb
Oct. 26th, 2003 06:08 pm (UTC)
Pleased to meet you, too - found you through mrowe.

The old computer I don't think is capable of having a name, properly speaking. When someday I get a new desktop, it probably will be Laurelin...
banazir
Oct. 27th, 2003 05:59 am (UTC)
Pleased to meet you, too - found you through mrowe
Yes, I saw. You have an interesting website - I'll have to read some of your fanfics later. Which do you recommend to start with?

The old computer I don't think is capable of having a name, properly speaking. When someday I get a new desktop, it probably will be Laurelin...
Ah, OK. I know that feeling (waiting for a computer worthy to be X).

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Banazir
celandineb
Oct. 27th, 2003 11:50 am (UTC)
Which do you recommend to start with?

Which fics, hm. Rather depends on what you like, as I've written in pretty much every Age and genre one can think of for Tolkien. A good deal of my stuff is slash, much of that graphic, but it's all labeled as such if you don't care for that.

The first story I ever wrote was "In His Brother's Shadow" (Third Age, Faramir, gen) which I still am quite fond of although it has its flaws. Although it's not chronologically first in the Stewards stories, it might be a good one to start with. Of my Pirates of the Caribbean fic, the one to start with is probably "Finding William Turner" which is gen and chronologically first of those stories.

I'm complimented that you want to read them - hope you enjoy!

cheers,
Celandine
banazir
Oct. 27th, 2003 10:44 pm (UTC)
Which fics, hm. Rather depends on what you like, as I've written in pretty much every Age and genre one can think of for Tolkien.
Cllo, good deal.

A good deal of my stuff is slash, much of that graphic, but it's all labeled as such if you don't care for that.
OK, nice to know.

The first story I ever wrote was "In His Brother's Shadow" (Third Age, Faramir, gen) which I still am quite fond of although it has its flaws. Although it's not chronologically first in the Stewards stories, it might be a good one to start with.
I love that genre, acksherly. It's why I like Shire Post fanfics (set before/in parallel with ALEP).

Of my Pirates of the Caribbean fic, the one to start with is probably "Finding William Turner" which is gen and chronologically first of those stories.
Got it. First I gotta see PoTC.

I'm complimented that you want to read them - hope you enjoy!
At a glance, I think I will.
Cheers!

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Banazir
celandineb
Oct. 27th, 2003 11:54 am (UTC)
Friending you, btw.
banazir
Oct. 27th, 2003 10:48 pm (UTC)
Welcome!
Friending you, btw.
Likewise!

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Banazir
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