SL Name Meme

web_515b8fd6d440194506000001What’s your SL name? Ima Rang

What made you choose this name? Ima is an acronym for a professional certification I hold. I had just completed my re-certification application prior to signing up for SL and it, like Rang, is just easy to remember.

What’s your SL nickname, or what do most people call you? Troll.

What’s your SL display name? Why do you choose to have one? (if applicable) I don’t have one.

Do you like your SL name? Yes.

If you could change your SL name, what would it be? I don’t think I would change my SL name.

What’s the craziest/funniest SL name you’ve ever seen? Ah…so many, but alas, one does not come to mind at the moment.

What’s the coolest (your favorite) SL name you’ve ever seen? Same answer as above.

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4 responses to “SL Name Meme

  1. In a day long ago when instant opinions and comments were but just a twinkle in the future for internet trolls and bloggers people would express their outrage and admiration through a now near defunct media, made of carbon, called a “newspaper” and more particularly through their “readers’ letters” section.

    As a small part of my job for a now previous employer my colleagues and I would regularly write faux letters to either represent our cause or defame another to the letters pages. As an amusing sideline to this dreary weekly task we would also attempt/bet to see what was the most ludicrous name and subject matter we could send in and get published, which would exemplify the readership of whichever newspaper we were writing to.

    So for example left leaning papers would receive letters from a Mr Ivor Balfelov complaining that too much money was being spent on nuclear missiles aimed at the Soviet Union and not enough on the “East Hackney – Lesbian Pathways into Art, Organic Farming and Motherhood Project.”

    My particular favoured target was the right wing leaning, if not falling over, The Telegraph. A readership so mad and frothing that any novel idea wrapped up in a Union Flag, declared British and guaranteed to annoy Johnny Foreigner would be acclaimed by its readership and therefore most probably printed by the editorial staff.

    I had many noms de plume, among then Rufus Heron, who appeared variously as Rear Admiral Rufus Heron, Brigadier Rufus Heron and Rufus Heron Emiritus Professor of Icelandic Studies at the University of Buenos Aires. My favourite though was the Reverend Simony Beckhander of Littlehope Parish, Adelaide, Australia. Who lamented the story of some talented clergymen who end up in the back end of nowhere while others less talented, but with better connections end up in the plum jobs. I think there had recently been a dubious appointment to some bishopric within the Church of England. Amazingly they didn’t pick up on the double entendre of his name and location and printed it. The following day they issued an apology to readers who had telephoned in to tell them that it was a shameful hoax and that it had been an unfortunate editorial oversight on their part.

    Anyway, cutting to the chase, as I developed an online persona I always liked to choose this name as a lucky talisman and a reminder that all is not always as it seems online. As regards Second Life I wasn’t able to choose Beckford, but Beck was available. Surprisingly, Simony wasn’t available then and I didn’t want to be a Simon so I contracted Simony down to Sy and thus Sy Beck was born.

    Boring, but now you know.

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