# How did you pick your screen name

### Sunday, December 7, 2008 by Brysgirl | Discussion: WinCustomize Talk

I was looking at some submissions for the GUI's when I thought to myself, "What made them think of that screen name?"From that thought and many like it, I decided to start this thread to enlighten others who might be asking themselves the same question.

So, if you could please share with the community how you chose your screen name, it would be greatly appreciated!

I'll start, My husband's name is Brian so, inevitably I am Brysgirl!(I'm sure the science behind that was mind-boggling)

Reply #2 Sunday, December 7, 2008 5:48 PM

One of my cats is named Tails, and we all him Tailsboy, so there you have it, though the one in my avatar is one of my other cats, Pebbles ..

Reply #3 Sunday, December 7, 2008 5:52 PM

My wife's name is Miriam; hence, I'm Mir's guy. But then, you should know that!

Reply #4 Sunday, December 7, 2008 5:58 PM

I got mine from my fav movie: Smokey and the Bandit.

Obvious for those that know the movie and/or me well, but for those that doesn't:

I'm rarther fund of trucks (big-rigs, 18 wheelers etc etc) and in that movie there is a trucker by the name of Cleetus Snow, aka Snowman. I've loved that movie since I saw it first time (out of a kazillion), and the truckers call-name sorta got stuck on me since then.

Reply #5 Sunday, December 7, 2008 6:00 PM

My real name is Karen Lowe, so I spelled out my first initial and last name in Leet - k10w3 (k lowe).

Reply #6 Sunday, December 7, 2008 6:07 PM

I'm an FIA and FIM Race Official....my role is Comms/Observer ....and 'JAFO' is Airforce-speak for an ExO/Navigator/Observer...[the movie Blue Thunder mentioned the term, BTW].

I drew the avatar as a cartoon logo for fellow F1 Observers and later had it tattooed on my shoulder...

Reply #7 Sunday, December 7, 2008 6:19 PM

Well... that's the "nice" version...

The 'real' version is: "Just Another F***ing Observer"

Reply #9 Sunday, December 7, 2008 6:30 PM

Well mines short version of X > X, a impossibility in math.

Yes, mind-boggling complex...

Reply #10 Sunday, December 7, 2008 6:33 PM

DrJ...well, that's self explanatory....BHL stands for "Bleeding Heart Liberal" Lantec have me that one .... Used to be DrJ0622....which had no significance apart from the DrJ.

How come there's no "shoulder shrug" smiley?

Reply #11 Sunday, December 7, 2008 6:40 PM

I'm in the Refractory business (firebricks) ===

Reply #12 Sunday, December 7, 2008 7:03 PM

I wanted Monty (part of my last name they called my dad that now they call me that) but in 2002 someone already chose that one (still don't know who they are ). So I picked MontyXP and about a year ago I changed it to ALMonty.

Reply #14 Sunday, December 7, 2008 7:07 PM

Obvious for those that know the movie and/or me well, but for those that doesn't:

I'm rarther fund of trucks (big-rigs, 18 wheelers etc etc) and in that movie there is a trucker by the name of Cleetus Snow, aka Snowman. I've loved that movie since I saw it first time (out of a kazillion), and the truckers call-name sorta got stuck on me since then.

Reply #15 Sunday, December 7, 2008 7:11 PM

Well back in 1994 i joined an ISP called "Netcom" jpmurph wasnt available, so i threw a 1 on the end of it, for jpmurph1 and i continue to use it to this day, for a lot of internet related things, email etc, Netcom is long gone, but i keep the name

Reply #17 Sunday, December 7, 2008 7:34 PM

What is Fuzzy Logic?

Fuzzy logic is a superset of conventional (Boolean) logic that has been

extended to handle the concept of partial truth -- truth values between

"completely true" and "completely false". It was introduced by Dr. Lotfi

Zadeh of UC/Berkeley in the 1960's as a means to model the uncertainty

of natural language. (Note: Lotfi, not Lofti, is the correct spelling

of his name.)

Zadeh says that rather than regarding fuzzy theory as a single theory, we

should regard the process of ``fuzzification'' as a methodology to

generalize ANY specific theory from a crisp (discrete) to a continuous

(fuzzy) form (see "extension principle" in [2]). Thus recently researchers

have also introduced "fuzzy calculus", "fuzzy differential equations",

and so on (see [7]).

Fuzzy Subsets:

Just as there is a strong relationship between Boolean logic and the

concept of a subset, there is a similar strong relationship between fuzzy

logic and fuzzy subset theory.

In classical set theory, a subset U of a set S can be defined as a

mapping from the elements of S to the elements of the set {0, 1},

U: S --> {0, 1}

This mapping may be represented as a set of ordered pairs, with exactly

one ordered pair present for each element of S. The first element of the

ordered pair is an element of the set S, and the second element is an

element of the set {0, 1}. The value zero is used to represent

non-membership, and the value one is used to represent membership. The

truth or falsity of the statement

x is in U

is determined by finding the ordered pair whose first element is x. The

statement is true if the second element of the ordered pair is 1, and the

statement is false if it is 0.

Similarly, a fuzzy subset F of a set S can be defined as a set of ordered

pairs, each with the first element from S, and the second element from

the interval [0,1], with exactly one ordered pair present for each

element of S. This defines a mapping between elements of the set S and

values in the interval [0,1]. The value zero is used to represent

complete non-membership, the value one is used to represent complete

membership, and values in between are used to represent intermediate

DEGREES OF MEMBERSHIP. The set S is referred to as the UNIVERSE OF

DISCOURSE for the fuzzy subset F. Frequently, the mapping is described

as a function, the MEMBERSHIP FUNCTION of F. The degree to which the

statement

x is in F

is true is determined by finding the ordered pair whose first element is

x. The DEGREE OF TRUTH of the statement is the second element of the

ordered pair.

In practice, the terms "membership function" and fuzzy subset get used

interchangeably.

That's a lot of mathematical baggage, so here's an example. Let's

talk about people and "tallness". In this case the set S (the

universe of discourse) is the set of people. Let's define a fuzzy

subset TALL, which will answer the question "to what degree is person

x tall?" Zadeh describes TALL as a LINGUISTIC VARIABLE, which

represents our cognitive category of "tallness". To each person in the

universe of discourse, we have to assign a degree of membership in the

fuzzy subset TALL. The easiest way to do this is with a membership

function based on the person's height.

tall(x) = { 0, if height(x) < 5 ft.,

(height(x)-5ft.)/2ft., if 5 ft. <= height (x) <= 7 ft.,

1, if height(x) > 7 ft. }

A graph of this looks like:

1.0 + +-------------------

| /

| /

0.5 + /

| /

| /

0.0 +-------------+-----+-------------------

| |

5.0 7.0

height, ft. ->

Given this definition, here are some example values:

Person Height degree of tallness

--------------------------------------

Billy 3' 2" 0.00 [I think]

Yoke 5' 5" 0.21

Drew 5' 9" 0.38

Erik 5' 10" 0.42

Mark 6' 1" 0.54

Kareem 7' 2" 1.00 [depends on who you ask]

Expressions like "A is X" can be interpreted as degrees of truth,

e.g., "Drew is TALL" = 0.38.

Note: Membership functions used in most applications almost never have as

simple a shape as tall(x). At minimum, they tend to be triangles pointing

up, and they can be much more complex than that. Also, the discussion

characterizes membership functions as if they always are based on a

single criterion, but this isn't always the case, although it is quite

common. One could, for example, want to have the membership function for

TALL depend on both a person's height and their age (he's tall for his

age). This is perfectly legitimate, and occasionally used in practice.

It's referred to as a two-dimensional membership function, or a "fuzzy

relation". It's also possible to have even more criteria, or to have the

membership function depend on elements from two completely different

universes of discourse.

Logic Operations:

Now that we know what a statement like "X is LOW" means in fuzzy logic,

how do we interpret a statement like

X is LOW and Y is HIGH or (not Z is MEDIUM)

The standard definitions in fuzzy logic are:

truth (not x) = 1.0 - truth (x)

truth (x and y) = minimum (truth(x), truth(y))

truth (x or y) = maximum (truth(x), truth(y))

Some researchers in fuzzy logic have explored the use of other

interpretations of the AND and OR operations, but the definition for the

NOT operation seems to be safe.

Note that if you plug just the values zero and one into these

definitions, you get the same truth tables as you would expect from

conventional Boolean logic. This is known as the EXTENSION PRINCIPLE,

which states that the classical results of Boolean logic are recovered

from fuzzy logic operations when all fuzzy membership grades are

restricted to the traditional set {0, 1}. This effectively establishes

fuzzy subsets and logic as a true generalization of classical set theory

and logic. In fact, by this reasoning all crisp (traditional) subsets ARE

fuzzy subsets of this very special type; and there is no conflict between

fuzzy and crisp methods.

Some examples -- assume the same definition of TALL as above, and in addition,

assume that we have a fuzzy subset OLD defined by the membership function:

old (x) = { 0, if age(x) < 18 yr.

(age(x)-18 yr.)/42 yr., if 18 yr. <= age(x) <= 60 yr.

1, if age(x) > 60 yr. }

And for compactness, let

a = X is TALL and X is OLD

b = X is TALL or X is OLD

c = not (X is TALL)

Then we can compute the following values.

height age X is TALL X is OLD a b c

------------------------------------------------------------------------

3' 2" 65 0.00 1.00 0.00 1.00 1.00

5' 5" 30 0.21 0.29 0.21 0.29 0.79

5' 9" 27 0.38 0.21 0.21 0.38 0.62

5' 10" 32 0.42 0.33 0.33 0.42 0.58

6' 1" 31 0.54 0.31 0.31 0.54 0.46

7' 2" 45 1.00 0.64 0.64 1.00 0.00

3' 4" 4 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.00

For those of you who only grok the metric system, here's a dandy

little conversion table:

Feet+Inches = Meters

--------------------

3' 2" 0.9652

3' 4" 1.0160

5' 5" 1.6510

5' 9" 1.7526

5' 10" 1.7780

6' 1" 1.8542

7' 2" 2.1844

Reply #19 Sunday, December 7, 2008 7:45 PM

Mine is a little more in depth and profound than Fuzzy's...I just wanted to hit Skin's.

Reply #20 Sunday, December 7, 2008 8:02 PM

Angus was my boyhood nickname by both my sets of grandparents. Scots Irish on my grandmothers sides. My real surname is German. I never liked Ed so Angus stuck. 1949 was the century and year I first became a zygote.

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Reply #1 Sunday, December 7, 2008 5:44 PM

made mine up based on an old nickname and the y2k bug .....