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08-12-2011, 08:05 PM (This post was last modified: 08-12-2011 08:13 PM by kineo.)
RE: Explain Yourself
Username: Kineo English translation of the Greek word κινέω that means "to cause to move, to set in motion." I played bass in a garage-style band for a little while and that was the name of the band. Everyone sort of walked away from it in different directions, but I was always fond of the name, so I've used it as a username ever since.

Avatar: That's a self-portrait, done in Photoshop using a Bamboo drawing pad. I'm not real fond of pictures of myself, but I figured if I drew it I might be happier with it.

Title: a brief description of some aspects of me.
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08-12-2011, 08:41 PM
RE: Explain Yourself
(08-12-2011 08:05 PM)kineo Wrote:  Username: Kineo English translation of the Greek word κινέω that means "to cause to move, to set in motion." I played bass in a garage-style band for a little while and that was the name of the band. Everyone sort of walked away from it in different directions, but I was always fond of the name, so I've used it as a username ever since.

Avatar: That's a self-portrait, done in Photoshop using a Bamboo drawing pad. I'm not real fond of pictures of myself, but I figured if I drew it I might be happier with it.

Title: a brief description of some aspects of me.

A fellow Greek Word Geek, in motion!

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12-12-2011, 02:26 PM
RE: Explain Yourself
My explanation is boring:

Username: I love futurama and a few years ago I started playing an MMORPG using that name (rarely online there by now), and it kind of got stuck.
Avatar: Linux (Ubuntu) was the first OS I really used when I starting using computers. That was about 7 years ago. I still like it a lot Smile Only recently I started using Windows just so I also know it in case I have to work with it.
Signature: Didn't have a better idea, yet.
Title: I keep the default for now, no better idea, yet.

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15-12-2011, 05:47 PM
RE: Explain Yourself
Username: I chose it when I was a teenager, and it's kinda stuck to me ever since. My name is Fiona, and I like to daydream. Add that together and you get dreamingfifi.

Avatar: a Nimruzimra or Ñoldomírë. I'm a Tolkien-language nerd.

Signature: just a link to my blog. I try to write, but I can't seem to really get going on any projects, so just writing something every week should help exercise my writing muscles.

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17-12-2011, 01:30 PM
RE: Explain Yourself - Spiritual But Not Religious
Well it does say 'explain yourself', so I thought this would be a good post to begin with & hence this opening gambit.

Firstly, I'll nail my colours to your Atheist mast. Moment by moment, day by day, I return closer to the 'real me.' Deep stuff you might think but hang on in there a moment & I'll fill you in on about thirty years worth of background. (Put your feet up, turn the telly off, grab a coffee & chill.)

I once confidently called myself a Christian. I professed the faith, I did my best to live the faith, I attended the worship services, I did my rounds of the religious groups & I thought I had 'life, the universe & everything sewn up.' My existence was proven & purposeful, my future was secure, I had no worries & all was right with the Christian God & his world.

Notice, I use the key word 'once' because that was a totally different person to the man I am today.

I find it hard to identify with much of what I read about or hear about Christian faith these days. This would not indicate that I can not see aspects of wisdom & goodness in the teachings of Jesus but I could just as easily see this in the teachings of others & those of no Christian or religious faith at all.

I think I have always accepted that you can be 'good without God.' My parents were of Christian expression & my Mother had a sound Christian faith (not what I would describe as a religious fruit loop by any means) but my Father was more of a calm rationalist & again, his own faith, like that of my Mother, hardly ever led him into Churches or joining Religious groups. It would have been quite possible to see him simply as an Agnostic & I am rapidly understanding the sense of that position myself.

I am recently divorced & have two wonderful Sons, both teenagers now & living with their Mother.

I am happily engaged to a wonderful person & she is of no particular religious conviction. Okay, we are only just engaged but we are both quite certain that, when the time comes, we will not marry in Church. It certainly no longer expresses who I am & it would be hypocritical for me to make such promises in a religious setting. I know that I will be totally happy, starting our lives together with a simple CIVIL ceremony. (Went to a civil Wedding a while back, it was really good!)

One of my Sons is a very devout Christian but I worry about what this is doing to him by a sort so slow, drip feed, affect. His Brother was telling me that a major Christian figure in my oldest Son's life has now convinced him that incidences of STI's and other diseases were less when people held to a Christian & moral belief system. I'm thinking, why does my oldest son accept this, without questioning the figures, the stats, the people quoting the figures, their own agendas...What have they DONE to him? He was NEVER, like this before...I brought him up to be open minded & questioning & now the 'religious' have got their claws into him, he's coming out with stuff like that on cue, almost...He's eighteen years old, let's hope he wakes up, uses the internet & starts questioning again...Like his Dad does!

(By the way, I am really sorry to hear about the Death of Christopher Hitchens...A remarkable man & one I am sorry I never met. I am also a great fan of Richard Dawkins & have been for many years. I know a guy on the net who studied under him & he says he is a really nice guy. His 'Christian hate mail' makes me hoot & I think he has a good smile too! Top man!)
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22-12-2011, 01:36 AM
RE: Explain Yourself
Okay, let's try this.
Username: I honestly can't remember. I know I thought up this name about 10 years ago, but can't remember why. I now use it for all online activity.
Avatar: I'm studying biology, and will be majoring in marine biology (more specific than that I do not yet know), and cuttlefish are my absolute favourite animal in the world.
User Title: Basically same as my avatar reasoning. I'm a marine biology nut.
Signature: This is my favourite Hitchens quote, I find it quite inspirational. Since he sadly passed away, I've decided to honour his memory in my sig.

"Take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way."
- Christopher Hitchens
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28-12-2011, 08:37 PM
RE: Explain Yourself
USERNAME: It was a nickname I insisted upon in high school when friends began to call me 'Fairy' in light of my unfortunate second name.

AVATAR: The Apollo Program was the last great feat of mankind and it completely and utterly fascinates me in every way. I just wish we could all be such pioneers and I wish that the world had paid more attention in subsequent decades to the possibility of expanding humanity to the rest of the solar system.

TITLE: It is precisely who I am. I'm quite certain that I hit 14 and never matured from that age. Whilst I may be in my twenties now, I can't help but continue to be the wide-eyed idiot who once stole his father's car and crashed it into a lamp post.

SIGNATURE: Yoda's most significant quote from the Star Wars saga. Essentially the closest thing to a religious 'ideology' that I am willing to fully subscribe to.

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29-12-2011, 01:43 PM
RE: Explain Yourself
USERNAME: Means I have no religious beliefs

AVATAR: Wanted to reveal myself more clearly

TITLE: You cannot be really free until you are a free thinker

SIGNATURE: My signature is a quote by Stephen Roberts, and is to me one of the most powerful quotes I have heard

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01-01-2012, 08:10 AM (This post was last modified: 01-01-2012 08:27 AM by Kotten.)
RE: Explain Yourself
USERNAME: My nickname IRL.

AVATAR: Because I love Big Brother. (the real one)

TITLE: Because I hate Big Brother. (the real one)

SIG.: Because you do not and never have.

You do not exist. You have never existed.
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02-01-2012, 08:04 PM
RE: Explain Yourself
(01-01-2012 08:10 AM)Kotten Wrote:  "You do not exist. You have never existed."

SIG.: Because you do not and never have.

Wait. ... I think therefore I exist. ... no, that's not right ... I exist therefore I think. ... no, that's not right either. ... I think therefore I think ... well, yeah but that's just a truism ... I exist therefore I ... ah fuck it, don't mean nothing noways. Wink

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
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