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How Did You Come Up with Your Avatar and User Name?

Post by Boglenaut » Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:17 pm

How did you come up with your Bogleheads avatar/icon picture (if you have one) and User Name?

If you have an avatar image, did you create it yourself? Did you make it for this forum specifically?

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Post by LH » Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:46 pm

initials + main symbol where I went to college

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Post by Tall Grass » Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:51 pm

My avatar is of John Brown the famous abolitionist, taken from a lithograph by Kansas artist John Steuart Curry.

Kansas is part home to the Nationally Landmarked Tallgrass Prairie Region; hence the nickname.

Here is the complete work of art...

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Post by livesoft » Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:52 pm

I am the opposite of a diehard.

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Post by Boglenaut » Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:53 pm

livesoft wrote:I am the opposite of a diehard.
Ah!!!

Now it makes sense.

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Post by Tall Grass » Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:53 pm

livesoft wrote:I am the opposite of a diehard.
LOL...never made the connection.
"A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart." - Jonathan Swift

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Post by MekongTrader » Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:56 pm

I live in the greater Mekong region.

Actually it should be 'MekongBuynHolder' not Trader.

MT

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Post by Petrocelli » Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:58 pm

Carl Yastremski was taken.
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Post by SP-diceman » Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:59 pm

livesoft wrote:I am the opposite of a diehard.
Now that's funny!

I never even realized it was the inverse.


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Re: How Did You Come Up with Your Avatar and User Name?

Post by Monk » Sun Dec 13, 2009 9:01 pm

<------- Rochefort is usually what is in my glass, and I homebrew like a Belgian Monk.

To me, the homebrewer's creedo ("Relax, don't worry, have a homebrew") always seemed analagous to Boglehead investing. Perhaps "Relax, do nothing, buy VTSMX"?

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Post by SP-diceman » Sun Dec 13, 2009 9:07 pm

I always liked the concept of dice representing "chance" the "gamble".

However, "diceman" is a very common user name and many times its been taken.

So I threw SP on the front for Standard&Poors.

Sort of represents stock "risk", "gamble", "chance".


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Post by SP-diceman » Sun Dec 13, 2009 9:11 pm

Petrocelli wrote:Carl Yastremski was taken.
Henny Youngman may be available.


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Post by arthurdawg » Sun Dec 13, 2009 9:55 pm

I used to have a dog named Arthur... unfortunately due to a misunderstanding and 22 stitches to my eyelid he now lives in the country as a guard dog on a farm. (he was a shepherd mix) I've never run into another instance of this username, so i've used it in a number of places.


My avatar is his adopted sister Isabella the Kinda Sorta Hound-Dawg with some heeler/something influence pound hound who is currently sleeping on my pillow, since she doesn't believe in biting!
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Post by Ducks » Sun Dec 13, 2009 10:04 pm

I am getting my Ducks in a row by reading this forum. I googled an image of "ducks in a row" and came up with my avatar.

Add me to the numbers who never got livesoft's joke. ;)
Getting our Ducks in a row since 2008.

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Post by black jack » Sun Dec 13, 2009 10:41 pm

No avatar yet.

People seem to read my user name as "blackjack," as in the card game. It's actually "black jack," a nickname bestowed by an old girlfriend who was a fan of folk music. Black Jack Davey is a charming rogue, in some versions a gypsy, with whom a young noble woman falls in love and runs off, leaving behind her husband, baby, and life of ease.

But the folk song more appropriate for me now is a verse found in several sea shanties:

"When I was young and in me prime,
I slept with the pretty gals two at a time.
But now that I'm old and turning gray
Those pretty young gals all look the other way." :wink:
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Post by Mel Lindauer » Sun Dec 13, 2009 10:43 pm

Petrocelli wrote:Carl Yastremski was taken.
Plus it's too hard to spell. :D
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Post by Sheepdog » Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:01 pm

I own Old English Sheepdogs, plus I am the Treasurer of a multi state Old English Sheepdog Rescue group.
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Re: How Did You Come Up with Your Avatar and User Name?

Post by Boglenaut » Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:27 pm

Monk wrote:<------- Rochefort is usually what is in my glass, and I homebrew like a Belgian Monk.

To me, the homebrewer's creedo ("Relax, don't worry, have a homebrew") always seemed analagous to Boglehead investing. Perhaps "Relax, do nothing, buy VTSMX"?

This sounds pretty good! I need to start hanging out at your house,,,


From Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rochefort_Brewery
Rochefort Brewery (Brasserie de Rochefort) is a Belgian trappist brewery. It produces three trappist beers :

Rochefort 6 (red cap, brown beer, 7.5% ABV). Reddish colour, almost like autumn leaves, very consistent texture with a slightly spicy aroma and an intense taste of caramel, fruit, and hints of raisins. It is only brewed about once per year, representing approximately 1% of total beer production, thus is quite difficult to obtain.
Rochefort 8 (green cap, brown beer, 9.2% ABV). Yellowish-brown colour, with a more pronounced aroma, more fruits and a slight amount of Demi-Sec. This variety constitutes the largest proportion of production.
Rochefort 10 (blue cap, dark beer, 11.3% ABV). Reddish-brown colour, with a very compact head and an aroma of figs, feels like honey in the mouth. The alcohol profile is a major component in the flavour of this rich ale....

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Post by chuck-lyn » Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:27 pm

My real name is Charlie and my wife's is Lynda so "Chuck-Lyn" seemed both appropriate and a general comment on my outlook. Also, "Charlie Brown" is my favorite comic strip character.

Cheers

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Post by Boglenaut » Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:37 pm

As far as my name, I think it is obvious. I wanted it to be unique for this board and have no overlap with any other user name I have. "Naut" gave it an adventurer's feel.

As far as the image, I took the photo myself. It made me think of how we all defend the philosophy here. Please note, however, that I do not know how to ride a horse, stuffed or otherwise.

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Post by camper » Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:47 pm

I love camping, hence user name camper.
My avatar just kinda reminded me of my situation, on the long road to retirement.

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Post by SecretAsianMan » Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:02 am

My name combines my love of oldies, my penchant for making up my own lyrics to suit my fancy, and the fact that I was living in Asia when this board came into existence. I added the Chicago Fire avatar recently after seeing somebody with a Philadelphia Union avatar. I felt the best organization in MLS needed a little representation as well. I thought it best not to post an image of an actual SecretAsianMan lest I blow his cover...

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Post by pjstack » Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:03 am

User name is my name, avatar because I retired from the Air Force.

I didn't get Livesoft's joke either. Duh! :oops:
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Post by jjkthunder » Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:13 am

Initials plus lake the cottage is on.

Avatar I cropped to right size because it was a big .jpg but the reason for the eagle is because the lake has a set of eagles that live there all year long. Also I like our flag.
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Post by Bharat » Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:27 am

ok, ok, I did get livesoft's name the first time I saw it. I thought it was a very funny take on diehards. I generally don't get jokes so easily!

My name is name of the country where I was born and grew up.
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Post by bettykayWAAZ » Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:37 am

I'm a snow bird, living part time in Washington and part time in Arizona. The picture is one I took in Saguaro East of the tiniest saguaro I have seen in Arizona. I put the quarter by it to establish its size. Later I realized the that saguaro represents AZ and the quarter has a picture of George Washington on it for WA. I have a really nice 156 KB jpg if someone thinks they can make a better avatar for me I would really be happy. This one is a 8 KB bmp that doesn't show up very well, sorry.

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Post by teacher » Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:45 am

My son took the picture for my avatar in San Diego, and I am a teacher.

Ducks, I love your avatar. Very clever.

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Post by Driver » Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:59 am

I like driving

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Post by SecretAsianMan » Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:15 am

Driver wrote:I like driving
Succinct!

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Post by VictoriaF » Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:51 am

pjstack wrote:User name is my name, avatar because I retired from the Air Force.

I didn't get Livesoft's joke either. Duh! :oops:
I thought "PJ" was for a Pararescue Jumper. Are you sure it is just your name? :)

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Post by Tortoise » Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:54 am

I like Aesop's fables.

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Post by Adrian Nenu » Mon Dec 14, 2009 4:25 am

Several people (Petrocelli among them) stated that I have joined "The Dark Side" due to some of the unconventional and controversial concepts and opinions I post, especially my switch to 100% equity starting in late 2008. Being a Star Wars fan, I thought that Darth Vader would make a suitable avatar.

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Great thread

Post by Hexdump » Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:14 am

I don't have an avatar as of yet cause I can't find a pic of a 1960s era computer with smoke coming out if it.

hexdump is short for hexadecimal dump.
When I was cutting my teeth in learning computer programming in the 60s, the beast I was learning on, whenever there was a mistake in the code (rarely, lol), used to spit out reams and reams of paper on the line printer, all in hexadecimal.
No rhyme or reason as to why it did it, maybe someone thought it would help in the debugging.

Hex, aka 68:65:78

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Post by Steelersfan » Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:45 am

Pretty obvious based on where I live, don't you think?

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Post by praxis » Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:55 am

Praxis is used by educators to describe a recurring passage through a cyclical process of experimental learning ...(wikipedia)

Basically, it means, "practice", which applies to my investing process.

Still crafting my avatar...

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Post by Boglenaut » Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:23 am

Adrian Nenu wrote:Several people (Petrocelli among them) stated that I have joined "The Dark Side" due to some of the unconventional and controversial concepts and opinions I post, especially my switch to 100% equity starting in late 2008. Being a Star Wars fan, I thought that Darth Vader would make a suitable avatar.

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But Vader redeemed himself at the end.

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Re: Great thread

Post by dm200 » Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:45 am

Hexdump wrote:I don't have an avatar as of yet cause I can't find a pic of a 1960s era computer with smoke coming out if it.

hexdump is short for hexadecimal dump.
When I was cutting my teeth in learning computer programming in the 60s, the beast I was learning on, whenever there was a mistake in the code (rarely, lol), used to spit out reams and reams of paper on the line printer, all in hexadecimal.
No rhyme or reason as to why it did it, maybe someone thought it would help in the debugging.

Hex, aka 68:65:78
It has been many, many decades - but I'll bet I could still read an OS/360 hex dump :)

Find the CVT, trace the PRBs, find the FQEs, --

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Post by sage1166 » Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:53 am

Last name + Phi Delta Theta Fraternity initiation number. Avatar is a reminder to not catch a falling knife!

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Post by zzcooper123 » Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:56 am

Like Captain America and ZZ Top

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Post by richard » Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:57 am

Boglenaut wrote:But Vader redeemed himself at the end.
After causing a whole lot of damage.

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Post by mclovin » Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:59 am

Forrest Gump believed in keeping things simple, treating people fairly, and being happy with what he had. I bet he would have invested in index funds.

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Post by ddb » Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:17 am

Steelersfan wrote:Pretty obvious based on where I live, don't you think?
Surprised you're willing to admit being a Steelers fan nowadays. 5 in a row, is it?

Don't worry, I am well-versed in the art of football suffering, having been a Jets fan for the past 25 years. This short video pretty well encapsulates the experience of being a Jets fan.

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Post by brick-house » Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:38 am

Avatar is the Steal Your Face logo popular with Deadheads.

Username is the successful structure in the Three Little Pigs fable because there are many wolves (internal and external) in the financial world. Plus, it is a fun Commodores song.
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Post by Steelersfan » Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:54 am

ddb wrote:
Steelersfan wrote:Pretty obvious based on where I live, don't you think?
Surprised you're willing to admit being a Steelers fan nowadays. 5 in a row, is it?

Don't worry, I am well-versed in the art of football suffering, having been a Jets fan for the past 25 years. This short video pretty well encapsulates the experience of being a Jets fan.

- DDB
Like a true Boglehead should, I'm staying the course in spite of current market ups and downs. :P

I think maybe we could rebalance our portfolio a bit though.:oops:


I'm glad to hear you have the proper perspective on the Jets. I don't remember the Jets drafts so that video gave me a new perspective.

I think they may have over invested in risky emerging markets. :roll:

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Post by bnw2001 » Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:11 pm

livesoft wrote:I am the opposite of a diehard.
The most shocking part about this for me is that for livesoft to be the true inverse of diehard, you have to pronounce "live as in rhymes-with-give". I had always read it as "live as in rhymes-with-five".

My world has been shattered.

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Post by ddb » Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:12 pm

bnw2001 wrote:
livesoft wrote:I am the opposite of a diehard.
The most shocking part about this for me is that for livesoft to be the true inverse of diehard, you have to pronounce "live as in rhymes-with-give". I had always read it as "live as in rhymes-with-five".

My world has been shattered.
Ha, me too - I don't know if my mind can adjust to this new paradigm!

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Post by VictoriaF » Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:34 pm

ddb wrote:
bnw2001 wrote:
livesoft wrote:I am the opposite of a diehard.
The most shocking part about this for me is that for livesoft to be the true inverse of diehard, you have to pronounce "live as in rhymes-with-give". I had always read it as "live as in rhymes-with-five".

My world has been shattered.
Ha, me too - I don't know if my mind can adjust to this new paradigm!

- DDB
I always thought it had something to do with Microsoft. Something like livesoft (rhymes-with-five), deadsoft, and microsoft.

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Post by RobG » Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:18 pm

also epiphany with livesoft. LOL some things are so obvious in hindsight.

I like Suzie Orman's hair so my avatar is a picture of her brain.

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Post by Ron » Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:29 pm

For me, it was the name of my favorite president (that's as political as I get; I won't even mention his last name :roll: ).

As for the avatar? I change them occasionally, to reflect of where my wife/me have traveled in the world.

We have thousands of photo's, but few that look good in a reduced size. The little guy I currently show did, so he's still around...

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