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Soul of the new machines - Journal of Omnifarious

May. 10th, 2004

05:28 pm - Soul of the new machines

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Well, I set up my two new servers this weekend. I had some difficulty, but I think I've got a handle on it all now. My network setup is going to be rather complex, and I think I will have to somehow code up a custom startup script to make it all run right.

I've been naming my machines boring or redundant things, and I decided to stop that. The names for my current workstation and servers are monster, wall (the firewall), and omnifarious. omnifarious.omnifarious.org is just silly though, so omnifarious is an ill-considered name. And wall is just plain boring. monster is kind of stupid. I just named it monster because it was a monster of a machine at the time I bought it. Lastly, there's no theme tying them all together. Any naming scheme should have a theme.

So, I've decided on a new naming scheme. Since my current workstation isn't changing, it's still going to be called monster. So, I had to pick a naming scheme that fit with that, and I've decided on childhood fears.

So, my new firewall is called dark, and the webserver is called clown. I have another IP address that doesn't point at anything yet, but it'd be neat if I had a pool of names to draw on.

See here, a chance to respond even if you're not a computer geek!

So, if you know of any good childhood fears that have short, simple names, I'd like to hear them. :-)

To give you an idea of what I mean by short and simple... boogeyman may be OK, bumpinthenight probably isn't. Names can contain numbers or dashes. bump-in-the-night is a valid name. So is car-55-where-are-you, though it doesn't fit with the scheme. (Maybe you were afraid of car 55 when you were a kid, but I'm looking for fears everybody will recognize.)

Heck, if you can come up with any names I really like, I may drop dark and clown in favor of new names.

Current Mood: [mood icon] excited

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From:mle292
Date:May 10th, 2004 05:49 pm (UTC)
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"Professor-Binkleys-Closet-O-Fear" is probably too long, but "Hair-Clog" probably isn't. Those things scare me now.
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From:omnifarious
Date:May 11th, 2004 08:02 am (UTC)
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*chuckle*

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From:rosencrantz319
Date:May 10th, 2004 06:06 pm (UTC)
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From:omnifarious
Date:May 10th, 2004 08:29 pm (UTC)

Re: Down here everybody floats.

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Caliban? That's a race of beings who's manifestation in our space-time continuum.


Jabberwock might work. Even though Jabberwock is literature, it's a poem specifically told to a child about things a child is to be afraid of. Most children would not fear a Jabberwock though unless you told them the story. Nun is a definite possibility. The others are literature induced, not something a random normal child might fear without having read the book. Mr. Scratch is an artifact of literature, but there are enough tribal type stories that feature him, that kids might feel an irrational fear of him.


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From:zaiah
Date:May 10th, 2004 07:18 pm (UTC)
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Charlie Chapman
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From:netmouse
Date:May 10th, 2004 08:20 pm (UTC)
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hmmm...

Death
Lost
(as in being lost, and as in losing something important)
thebelt (ref. Bill Cosby, To Russell My Brother Whom I Slept With)
Wrath
(Spankings)
Attic
slivers (esp as regards spindles, and sleeping for hundreds of years)
mad fairy
ghost
giant
witch
killing pets (I don't know that petkiller makes a good machine name, but it was one of my childhood fears)
lightning / thunder
creepycrawlies
stranger
stranger.with.candy




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From:omnifarious
Date:May 10th, 2004 08:37 pm (UTC)
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I was thinking witch, but didn't want to be politically incorrect. *grin*

Your list contains the most possibilities so far though.

Maybe petdeath?

Giant and ghost are good. So is thebelt, though I'm looking for fears that are more irrational. Lost is really good. So is attic.

Thanks a lot. I'll have to mull things over a bit to decide if I like any of those better.

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From:omnifarious
Date:December 25th, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
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And 'nun' gets pressed into service as the name for my work machine, since I don't really trust them to not be moralistic about what I use it for.

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From:vikingrob
Date:May 10th, 2004 08:25 pm (UTC)
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Catbert (pink slip)
Dubya (obvious)
[Darth] Vader
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From:oniaka
Date:May 10th, 2004 09:35 pm (UTC)
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Zombie, or walking dead, or simply The dead...
Stranger
Big Bad Wolf
Exorcist (Hey, I was like 10 when I first watched that, home alone in the dark...)
Spanking (Not that kind of spanking... perve... :p )
Amityville (OMG I am showing my age...)
suffocate
falling
Chased
Headless Horseman
Poltergiest
Hands-from-under-bed
unexplainable noises
Daddy
Evil

I also thought of Darth Vader, but he was never really scary, just always seemed to me (when I was a child) to be the ultimate in evil, next to the devil...
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From:rosencrantz319
Date:May 11th, 2004 04:04 am (UTC)
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From:omnifarious
Date:May 11th, 2004 07:27 am (UTC)
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Yeah, there were some with green lights underneath near the top and bottom, just when the steps were being eaten. It looked rather spooky and evil somehow.

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From:mabelmundane
Date:May 12th, 2004 08:48 pm (UTC)
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*bugs
*satan
*jesus

and i wouldnt be me if i didnt suggest you name something bowie. i would probably name all of my computer parts and computer things bowie. now that i think about it, my hard drives arent named bowie...*runs to go change their names*
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From:omnifarious
Date:May 12th, 2004 10:56 pm (UTC)
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*laugh* You're cute. :-)

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From:netmouse
Date:May 13th, 2004 04:03 am (UTC)
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I thought of another one - disease or chicken pox (or "a pox on you!"), which can be summed up as

pox

which I think would make a neat name for a machine.
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From:omnifarious
Date:December 25th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
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I believe that if I ever have a computer on my network that runs Windows and I have a good reason to give a name to I shall call it 'pox'. That seems a fitting name for a computer that contains a disease and who I expect to become infested with other diseases. :-)

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From:d_e_l_i_r_i_u_m
Date:May 23rd, 2004 04:08 pm (UTC)
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bats
falling
mom
alone
cold
teenagers/big kids

tried my best to remember my life at age 3. this was the first few seconds.
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From:omnifarious
Date:May 24th, 2004 02:05 am (UTC)
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That's a good list too. :-) I like bats, falling, and cold best. :-) big-kids might also be interesting.

Thanks.

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From:catenoid
Date:March 9th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
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nuclear-war
injection
bully
stranger
plughole
dog
cooties
sewer-gator

Some of these may be dupes. I can't check from here.
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