How Did You Come Up With Your User Name?

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Mine is one part obscure, one part silly - shaken, not stirred :D

"The bird of Hermes is my name, eating my wings to make me tame" is a line from The Ripley Scroll, a Mediaeval manuscript, which purportedly describes the process of creating the philosopher's stone. Sir George Ripley, a prominent 15th century alchemist, was convinced that in the course of his experiments he succeeded in creating that Holy Grail of all alchemists, the philosopher's stone. Naturally, he wanted to commit his findings to paper (or, rather, parchment). However, he didn't fancy the idea of giving his discovery away to all and sundry, so he put the process down in cryptic verse. So cryptic, in fact, that no one has been able to decipher it in it's entirety to this day :mrgreen: . The Ripley Scroll may be useless as a practical guide, but it possesses a literary merit. It boasts some beautiful lines and powerful imagery. The symbolism of a bird that subdues itself by ripping off its own wings has just stuck with me.

And now to the silly part. My lifelong nickname is Hen (derivative from Helena). One day it crossed my mind that poor hens, much like Ripley's bird of Hermes, have lost their wings to domesticity, so to speak. And thus, thanks to a very tenuous and whimsical association, my username was born :lol: . Of course, it doesn't really make much sense, it's just a bit of a private joke.

Great topic, sniksnak! I really loved reading everybody's answers.

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birdofhermes wrote: ↑
Thu May 23, 2019 9:53 pm
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"The bird of Hermes is my name, eating my wings to make me tame" is a line from The Ripley Scroll, a Mediaeval manuscript, which purportedly describes the process of creating the philosopher's stone. Sir George Ripley, a prominent 15th century alchemist, was convinced that in the course of his experiments he succeeded in creating that Holy Grail of all alchemists, the philosopher's stone. Naturally, he wanted to commit his findings to paper (or, rather, parchment). However, he didn't fancy the idea of giving his discovery away to all and sundry, so he put the process down in cryptic verse. So cryptic, in fact, that no one has been able to decipher it in it's entirety to this day :mrgreen: . The Ripley Scroll may be useless as a practical guide, but it possesses a literary merit. It boasts some beautiful lines and powerful imagery. The symbolism of a bird that subdues itself by ripping off its own wings has just stuck with me.
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I'm so glad you chimed in on this thread! I'm very familiar with that line. I immediately thought of it the day you registered.

My Daddy had a photographic memory. He could quote verbatim the entire book. I loved to hear him quote that one and the The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Oh but to hear him recite Evangeline again! He's been gone over 27 years but I can still hear his deep, rumbling voice, his laughter and his whistling as he worked around the house.

The old Waldenbooks store that was a few blocks from my little house I owned for 15+ years before Craig and I married carried those little miniature books. They displayed them on a revolving rack at the register. I had a neighbor back in the early 80s build me a little hanging wall bookcase just for those adorable little books. I bought both The Ripley Scroll and The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. I located a digital copy of The Rubaiyat and though The Ripley Scroll is available in digital format, I haven't found a copy of it yet. I've been looking for it a good 5 or 6 years.

Thanks a mil for sharing! You've brought back many wonderful memories. :)
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Wow, how wonderful is that?! And here I thought I was the only oddball revelling in hoary, obscure and slightly bizarre stuff like that :D
Thanks for sharing the story about your dad - it made my day. It is no mean feat to be able to recite all of The Ripley Scroll by heart :shock:

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my username comes from my free teaching classes for street children here my fb page link, but now i am inactive on social media :)
https://web.facebook.com/shiningstarsontheroad/

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Let's see... I feel old but I read books written for kids...

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shining starts wrote: ↑
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my username comes from my free teaching classes for street children here my fb page link, but now i am inactive on social media :)
https://web.facebook.com/shiningstarsontheroad/


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@ Booklover Thank You :)

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My user name is inspired by an awesome music album "temper temper" by Bullet for my Valentine. I love music as much as i love reading books(before I go to sleep), So, to register on this site, i decided to take tempertemper as my username. Now it is connect to me, books, and music all at the same time. I am happy to become a part of this beautiful community.

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tempertemper wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:14 pm
My user name is inspired by an awesome music album "temper temper" by Bullet for my Valentine. I love music as much as i love reading books(before I go to sleep), So, to register on this site, i decided to take tempertemper as my username. Now it is connect to me, books, and music all at the same time. I am happy to become a part of this beautiful community.
I knew someone with that name on LiveJournal once. :) I'm not entirely sure, but I think hers was derived from the TV show "Bones" where Seeley Booth exclaimed "Whoa, temper, temper" to Brennan when she flung off the rails in one of her earlier seasons.

My username has been with me for over a decade, in some variances or other. I am very much a snow child and way back when I first registered for a social network, my favorite song was "Siberia" by the Backstreet Boys. Somehow it stuck...
"Wind howled through the night, carrying the scent that would change the world."
"There was death at its beginning, as there would be death again at its end."
"Shoot for the Moon. Even if you fail, you'll land among the stars."

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siberian202angel wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:52 am
tempertemper wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:14 pm
My user name is inspired by an awesome music album "temper temper" by Bullet for my Valentine. I love music as much as i love reading books(before I go to sleep), So, to register on this site, i decided to take tempertemper as my username. Now it is connect to me, books, and music all at the same time. I am happy to become a part of this beautiful community.
I knew someone with that name on LiveJournal once. :) I'm not entirely sure, but I think hers was derived from the TV show "Bones" where Seeley Booth exclaimed "Whoa, temper, temper" to Brennan when she flung off the rails in one of her earlier seasons.

My username has been with me for over a decade, in some variances or other. I am very much a snow child and way back when I first registered for a social network, my favorite song was "Siberia" by the Backstreet Boys. Somehow it stuck...
Nice to meet you @siberian202ange. It is really good to meet someone who love book and music. ;)

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I'm autistic (diagnosed a year ago) and I love reading. Not very original, I know :D

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autiereader wrote: ↑
Fri Sep 04, 2020 11:57 pm
I'm autistic (diagnosed a year ago) and I love reading. Not very original, I know :D
I think it is perfect :D

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Aw thank you! @AddictedToReading

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