What's the origin of your AT username?

Zeze

Lifer
Mar 4, 2011
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Zeze is the main character little boy in the book - My Sweet Orange Tree.

The book is actually read WORLD-WIDE. Hugely popular in Korea, Europe and as well as Latin/Central America and more.

It's a semi-autobiographical story about growing up in poverty in Rio de Janiero. It's utterly heartbreaking.

I don't know why this book is out of print in US or never really gained a traction.

It's million times better than Catcher in the Rye, etc.

I don't think I could read it again as a dad.
 
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nakedfrog

No Lifer
Apr 3, 2001
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Ages ago, a girl I was chatting with online told me about a radio contest where the first one to call in and say "naked monkey with a hammer" would win a prize. I updated my screen name at the time to naked frog with a mallet, and it stuck for a while. That's why my avatar is wielding a mallet.
It's million times better than Catcher in the Rye, etc.
FWIW, I checked that out from the library after high school (we never read it in class) to see what the fuss was about, and it didn't really strike me as being a "great" book.
 
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biostud

Lifer
Feb 27, 2003
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I studied biology and it was part of my university email so bio(logy) stud(ent).
 
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deadlyapp

Diamond Member
Apr 25, 2004
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I used to play a lot of counterstrike and at the time I thought I was a clever high schooler and came up with the name "Deadly apparition" as my gamer tag. Obviously that ended up being way too long so I shortened it to deadlyapp. It's stuck around for a few different things but mostly only exists as a forum handle now.
 
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Greenman

Lifer
Oct 15, 1999
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I'm green and male. Or an environmentalist and male. Maybe a tranny that's not feeling well.
 
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Feb 4, 2009
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Bill Gates gave me the name.
I worked with some younger than me guys who were liking Halo and shadowrun(?) on the Xbox. There was a brief period with shadowrun where pc & xbox could play together so I said what the hell I will join you guys.
Game required me to make an xbox game tag thing. During the process it asked a few questions and then gave a name suggestion. I thing the first was Fanatical Violet or some color. Didn’t like that so I clicked next on the color box and Fanatical Meat was born.
 
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Pohemi

Diamond Member
Oct 2, 2004
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po(t)he(ad)mi(dget)

source: Total Devastation (rap group from early 90s), they were similar to Cypress Hill but never made it nearly as big, obviously
 

Chapbass

Diamond Member
May 31, 2004
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I attempt to play Chapman Stick. I do play Bass guitar. I also totally get that it sounds awful, but I couldn't come up with something better.
 
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LikeLinus

Lifer
Jul 25, 2001
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Mine's from a demo song of my favorite band Deftones. I have no clue why I picked this user name, but I've had it since the late mid-late 90's and never bothered change it. I really only use it here and two other forums. Have a completely different Steam/Xbox/PS name.
 

BoomerD

No Lifer
Feb 26, 2006
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I was a crane operator for most of my working career. "Boomer" hot hung on me pretty early in life.
 

nakedfrog

No Lifer
Apr 3, 2001
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Mine's from a demo song of my favorite band Deftones. I have no clue why I picked this user name, but I've had it since the late mid-late 90's and never bothered change it. I really only use it here and two other forums. Have a completely different Steam/Xbox/PS name.
I'd always figured it was some kind of oblique reference to Linus Torvalds.
 
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TheVrolok

Lifer
Dec 11, 2000
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"There was "Ordog"- the Devil, "Pokol"- hell, "stregoica"- witch, and "vrolok" and "vlkoslak". Both of these last two words mean the same thing. One is Slovak and the other is Serbian, and they mean either werewolf or vampire."

I guess I was an angsty teen reading Dracula? I honestly don't remember. May have just been recall bias.
 

nisryus

Senior member
Sep 11, 2007
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I used to played and painted wh40k army... before wife stopped me for wasting time and money. The name is from that universe.
 

Paratus

Lifer
Jun 4, 2004
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The ops groups at work all had Latin sayings. Ours was Semper Paratus (always ready). So I borrowed the Paratus. (No relation to the Coast Guard who uses the same slogan)
 

Ajay

Lifer
Jan 8, 2001
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Literally my nickname since I was a few years old. Mom added the 'ay' to AJ when I asked how to spell it. Kind of cool now, means 'always victorious' in Hindu.
 

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