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Scene: the ICA box office. I'm standing there with codepope waiting to pick up our Momus tickets. PK and brisingamen walk in to pick up their tickets for the SF event that was running at the same time. I decide it's time for some introductions.


Blank looks all round.

"brisingamen, this is codepope"

Finally, recognition!


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May. 15th, 2003 02:09 am (UTC)
"Hello sbisson, I'm alexmc"

I much prefer real names, or nicknames based upon real names.

I feel that the creation of alternative online personalities is somehow dishonest or at any rate misleading.

May. 15th, 2003 03:17 am (UTC)
Ok, so you want to type in djjwalkermorgan?

Having an online name that isn't based on your real name isn't "creating an alternative online personality"; and if you know me, you'd know why codepope.

May. 15th, 2003 05:35 am (UTC)
Conversely, I think it's impossible to avoid, though it's certainly possible to try to minimise the effect and not to deliberately play things up. I'm convinced that maintaining a public journal is to some small extent performance art, though I don't think this is deliberately a good thing.
May. 15th, 2003 07:00 am (UTC)
this is a huge subject and not worth going into here, but you're missing a lot of the point of the freedom and power of online interaction
May. 17th, 2003 01:55 pm (UTC)
Having been stalked, I am not eager to open myself to that opportunity again by revealing lots of personal info in a public forum.

And having names that are not uncommon, I would have to resort to something like myname12257, even did I so desire.

I can't speak for others, but I'm not interested in alternate personnae. I am interested in personal safety and a memorable username.
May. 17th, 2003 01:58 pm (UTC)
A sensible position, and one I have to agree with considering the experiences of many of my friends.

There's also the situation of some folk who have sensitive jobs, and wish to keep their online identities seperate from their work world...
May. 15th, 2003 05:24 am (UTC)
At Corflu, apparently one person twigged onto juliebata's identity only after seeing the tattoo that appears in Julie's icon.
May. 15th, 2003 06:18 am (UTC)
Curses! The only celebrity I spotted was Kim Newman's moustache.

Credit to the ICA bar for the perfect simulation of giving your neighbour a Momus record to play at full volume and returning home to listen through the wall.
May. 15th, 2003 06:19 am (UTC)
Ah, but it was still fun...

You also missed China Mievelle and John Courtney Grimwood who came in to the bar after the Fresh Blood event finished...
May. 15th, 2003 11:20 am (UTC)
Heh. I was slightly boggled by how many times I managed to do that at Eastercon, despite using a real, recent, photo for my userpic.
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