Introduce Yourself

BryBry
edited January 2008 in Everything Else
I don't know why we've never had one of these before, but I may as well bend to inevitability.

Hi, I'm Bry, and I'm a JoCoholic. No one who knows me in real life calls me Bry except through indolence or mischance, nor am I interested in altering that happy condition. I am not averse to doling out personal details about myself when circumstances render them relevant, but given the choice between denuding myself and covering my shame, I cheerfully prefer the latter. My pastimes include the music of Jonathan Coulton and the forums of Jonathan Coulton; longtime forum denizens may have some knowledge of my other interests, which I shan't bother to enumerate.
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  • Okay, based on your example, all the posts here will be virtually identical.
    I think the *point* is to enumerate on other interests, yes?

    Anyway, I'm Shruti, and as far as I know, that is what everyone calls me, as it is my name. I am particularly opposed to using words in the form _____oholic in order to mean "person who is addicted to ______," as the "ohol" bit is really just part of the word alcohol. However, it is equally absurd to state that I am a JoCoic, so it's really just a lose-lose situation.

    That is all for now, I suppose.
  • Hi. I'm Doug. I seem to have inadvertently spawned an Introduction thread. Yay me. Anyway, I like JoCo. His music is pretty much amazing. Discovered him through "Still Alive", as I'm sure many of his newer fans did. However, GLaDOS' voice just doesn't seem to do it for me when I want a JoCo fix (which is just about constantly), but it is a nice way to end my Portal sessions!

    Anyway, I hate my job. I recently went through the worst break up ever, but JoCo's music has actually helped me to recover from that a little faster. I want to become an English teacher, but I need to go to college first. I like progressive rock stuff like Pink Floyd and Tool, though lately I've been listening almost EXCLUSIVELY to JC.
    Uhm. Yeah.

    Thanks!

    P.S. I think it's the caffeine.
  • BryBry
    edited January 2008
    Shruti: You're right, of course, on all counts. I sure hope that no other posts are based too precisely on my example. The only example I was hoping to set is that anyone can say as much as they want to about himself or herself.

    If anyone really wants to ape me, ape me in this: When I catch myself starting to suggest a thread be started, I start the thread instead. (Well, first I check to make sure it hasn't been started before. Then I start the thread.) But perhaps I should've left it to someone more enthusiastic to lead things off. Hopefully someone more enthusiastic will continue.

    I have no defense to your "-cohol-" point, Shruti -- I sent it in with eyes open and malice aforethought. Like you, I have no love for the "-coholic" suffix, appended arbitrarily in the manner I did. But I am worse than unprincipled, I am blithely willing to set my principles ablaze on the altar of humor. :) I typed it thoughtlessly, of course, then realized with a start that no one in my recollection had used the term before -- it seems so obvious a pun that it couldn't possibly be original, which it isn't. (But that's the only other JoCo-related use, according to Google.)

    Anyway, you're one to complain about my not enumerating other interests. ;)

    Doug: Hi, welcome! I'd mention that one of my favorite musicians abandoned the security of his unfulfilling day job and has found unprecedented success pursuing his dreams, but he wouldn't exactly approve of my holding him up as a role model if he ever saw this thread. ;)

    (Although he would be touched, I'm sure, to learn how his music has helped you during tough times.)
  • edited January 2008
    So...what to say about me... I'm Zutot, which is what I'm referred to in the online world only. I've been listening to JoCo for 14 months or so, after watching Spiff's Code Monkey video. As my other half is a code monkey, I could kind of relate, and well after listening to the rest of Joco's music, I realised there were a whole bunch more I could relate to.

    I'm 20, live in Southeast England, I'm a law student and work part-time in a pub/bar. I spend far too much time playing World of Warcraft and have spent a lot of time, recently viewing houses, since my flat flooded with sewage over Christmas, in the hope I'll have a proper home again soon! I do the odd bit of songwriting - did some recording in Thailand last summer. I play the bass guitar, I love to sing, travel, sleep, watch any movie with Johnny Depp.....and I adore chocolate!
  • Hi. I am Mr. Nobody. I discovered JoCo from one of Spiff's videos (Creepy Doll, I think).
    I don't remember how long I've been listening but, I'd probably have to say it was about 5 months... Hmm... never thought World of Warcraft would bring me such excellent music! ;)

    I am new to these forums (started a day ago) and I already kind of have the hang of it.

    I guess you could say I'm nocturnal because I stay up all night and sleep half the day... It's a bad habit I need to get out of.
    I am still an addict to World of Warcraft, if you are wondering... Hmm, what else? Oh yea... I LIKE PIE!!!

    That's all I got for ya right now... be seeing you guys around the forums! :D

    - Mr. Nobody
  • PS: Sorry, I should have said WoW-oholic!

    PPS: HA! Take THAT, Shruti!

    PPPS: sorry............... :(
  • Hi, I'm Mark, but I've been going by mtgordon online for about sixteen years now. I'm thirty-seven, and I have a wife and a young child at home; in this much, I resemble JoCo. I'm a software engineer with an unusually strong background in chemistry, biology, literature, and history. I've been listening to JoCo for a couple years but only fairly recently decided to embrace fandom as an identity. I'm fond of wordplay and obscure references. In addition to being a JoCo fan, I'm also on record as being a fan of fan projects and those who make them.
  • Hay, I'm xamm. Right, that's the interesting bit over with, if you bore easily (or even at all) then leave now or forever be mind numbed. Remember, you can read it but you can't unread it.

    I signed up to ask something, I haven't actually done it yet but I'm a lazy, lazy man. I don't actually know when I first heard JoCo as I found an MP3 of Baby Got Back which I must have downloaded at some point but I didn't actually know it was him so I never looked for more of his stuff. Then obviously I played Portal and heard Still Alive and yet again I didn't know it was him. Then a few weeks later I was walking down one of the main roads in Manchester at 3 in the morning with a mate after having just been to Jillys. So she randomly started singing Skullcrusher Mountain at me followed by Ikea and CodeMonkey. And yet again I didn't kno...OH GOD did I know who it was this time because she would not shut up.

    So I got the TAW boxset (which was signed!!! why aren't more CDs signed?) and added it to my already eclectic collection of music. I also got my mate the Smoking Monkey CD for Christmas and I thought she was going to explode with happiness.

    Christ, I've said all that and I've not actually said anything about me ¬_¬

    Yeah, my name's xamm (not really but you know) I'm 23 and I live in Manchester UK. I've got a mad taste in music, I play a hell of a lot of PC games and I'm a proper full blown geek (there's two laptops and five desktops in this house and I'm the only one who uses them :P).
  • edited January 2008
    I'm muckalarkuary. No one calls me that, of course, because that would be just silly. And as Spiff said when we met, how would you pronounce it? I've been on this board for a year... I've been a fan for a year and a half. I came to love JoCo through my love of John Hodgman. I'm 26 years old... a born and raised Californian (moving to Missouri in two months). I'm a music addict... ummm, I play a lot of video games. I work at a casino, but I want to be able to make my living as a comedy writer. It is a lofty goal, but one I'm dead set on going for. Hmm... I'm single, a lesbian, non-religious.... I read a lot of books.

    Seriously, I could go on and on... How much time do you all have?

    Xamm: Speaking of autographs, when I met JoCo, he autographed my copy of John Hodgman's book. It says "This is not my work." It was all I had on me at the time. :-P
  • edited January 2008
    Muckalarkuary: that's fantastic/hilarious, that he signed Hodgman's book.


    p.s. I'm not really as bitchy and/or pedantic as I came off in my first post. Well, maybe I am. But I don't intend to be...

    Also, other interests. And by interests I mean people, in no particular order: Stephen Colbert. Amy Sedaris. Paul Dinello. David Sedaris. Daniel Handler (who is better known as Lemony Snicket, but who has also written other stuff). Sarah Vowell. John Hodgman. John Oliver. Oscar Wilde. F. Scott Fitzgerald. JUNO! Douglas Adams. Edward Gorey. John Steinbeck. Steve Carell. Flannery O'Connor. Edgar Allan Poe. Lynne Truss. Michael Cunningham. Stephen Sondheim. The Veils. Jason Bateman. David Cross. Michael Cera. Joe Biden. Benjamin Franklin. Reza Aslan. etc.


    I'm 18, a freshman at Indiana University, and I decided yesterday that I would like to triple major in Religious Studies, Spanish, and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC), and get the Liberal Arts and Management Program (LAMP) Certificate. I would also really really love to study abroad in Argentina this summer (and would love it even more if I got the opportunity to learn to play the bandone
  • I went to a Hodgman book signing that JoCo was at, and when Hodgman asked which of the two of them I was really there to see, I accidentally told the truth and said Coulton and that I was disappointed that JC had a cold that evening and wasn't singing as much as I'd hoped. So Hodgman signed my book "sorry about Coulton".

    Hi, I'm Spiff. The name is a gamer handle (real name is Mike), but enough people call me that that it's stuck, which is cool. I'm a Web developer/Program Manager at Adobe, living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I make WoW videos for JC's songs, some of which have had multiple millions of views (I know, I can't believe it either). I also dabble in making Web games -- I built a web-based version of Risk and another web-based version of Heroclix that my friends and I use to avoid working throughout the day. I enjoy playing WoW quite a bit, although I wouldn't consider myself a fanatic.

    Both my wife and nine-year-old daughter are big JoCo fans as well. My wife disapproves of my "First of May" video. :)
  • >"My wife disapproves of my "First of May" video."

    Haha. I just watched that. It was the most graphic WoW video that I've ever seen. I was absolutely astounded and quite disturbed. It was good, though. Such a sweet song, "First of May".
  • Shruti - Your list of other interests/people reads like a list of my other interests/people. I have missed meeting Reza Aslan by mere minutes TWICE now. So depressing.
  • You work at Adobe? Anything to do with the utter piece of tat that is Acrobat Reader?
  • edited January 2008
    Hi, I'm Colleenky. ["Hi, Colleenky!"] Friends actually call me that, when necessary, to differentiate me from another Colleen in our circle. I am my own favorite subject, and I have already posted much about myself elsewhere in these fora, so I will attempt to keep this short. ;-) I'm a happily married 38-year-old (no kids) living in LA. My husband is a Code Monkey. I went to UCLA, where I got a BA in music and and an MEd (Education). I spent several years as a public school choral director until I noticed that my soul was being sucked away. I'm currently a musician wearing accountant's clothing. When I'm not traveling the state auditing wineries, I get paid to sing at a church, I conduct a children's chorus, I sit on the Boards of two music organizations, and I also play table-top RPGs and LARPs (and Guitar Hero when I have time). My social life revolves around friends that I met at UCLA in Enigma (also where I met my husband). Hobbies include listening to JoCo endlessly on my car stereo, and compulsively reading and posting to the JoCo fora.
  • Hi, I'm Jon/Jonathon/Jon Who, what I'm called really depends on who's talking to me. I live in the southwest of england and am still in school. Aspirations of teaching, my first JoCo music anniversary is next Wednesday and forum anni in about a month. Play a fair few video games, but it doesn't control my life, working on a few projects here and there, recently diagnosed then undiagnosed and rediagnosed with Wilson's Disease(god doctors are annoying). That's about it.
  • edited January 2008
    Hey there!

    I'm C4bl3Fl4m3, and if you can't read 1337/leet, that's CableFlame. Yes, you may type that here on the forum. I understand, it's easier. I prefer it to being called C4 or whatever.

    I go by that name all over the Internet, and offline in the hacker scene, so some people do, indeed, call me CableFlame.

    I've loved JoCo for 3 years now, but haven't stopped seeing other music.

    I'm a geek. Always have been, always will be. My primary geekdom right now, as well as the subject I want to pursue my career path in, is human sexuality. I was a computer geek for many many years, and I still like tech. I'm a big ol' obsessed fangirl, right now of Doctor Who, but I've been into Doctor Octopus, Syndrome from the Incredibles, Gendo Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion, and others. I'm also a big public transit geek and typography geek (I prefer the term "font fetishist").

    I love the performance arts and have years of singing, acting and dance experience, but I haven't been active in doing those seriously for years. I should remedy that.

    I'm 25 as of this writing and I live with my 3 ratties (Emma, Margaret and Annie) and my 3 goldfish (Moby, Squirt, and Particle Man) (and usually a housemate or 2) in Takoma Park, Maryland, USA, which is a small town literally on the border of Washington DC. I work at a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender bookstore in Dupont Circle in DC, affectionately known by some as the Fruit Loop, because it's the gayborhood.

    I'm just about every sexual minority you can think of, and probably a few you haven't heard of before.

    I love cheese. And SecondLife (C4bl3Fl4m3 Dinzeo), which has pulled me away from playing WoW, much to the dismay of my guildmates.
  • c4bl3fl4m3, what happens when Particle Man is underwater?
  • Bry: Lol!

    The answer?: Nobody knows. ;-)

    (Actually, he was originally named Triangle Man because when picking out a new fish, I saw one that was gold with a black triangle on its forehead and I said "I want that one". I knew I needed to name it Triangle Man.

    However, when comet goldfish get older, they lose their colorations and they turn all gold. So when he/she lost its triangle, I renamed it to Particle Man.

    The sucky part is... I got 3 goldfish that looked nothing alike, so I could tell them apart. And then their colorations changed and I can't tell who is who now. Except Squirt, because he's much smaller than the other 2. I saw this incredibly tiny fish in the tank and got it and named it Squirt. It still is smaller than all the rest, 6-8 months later. A midget/little goldfish?)
  • Hi all, I've been sporksmith for a couple years. I was using some kind of random word selector program and trying to find two words to jam together for a simple but relatively unique online name. At some point I put together 'spoonsmith', but I changed it to sporksmith based on my ability to come up with ideas that initially seem clever, but turn out not to be so practical :).

    I'm a computer engineering grad student. These days when I'm avoiding working on my thesis (which is usually), I practice northern shaolin kung fu and taijiquan, sing bass-baritone in the choir for an epic metal opera recording project, and spend way too much time online.

    I found JoCo when his baby got back cover got linked from boingboing or some other aggregator, and have been following his exploits since. Also, I used a JoCo mix cd to help win the heart of blackcatbonifide.
  • edited January 2008
    "Anything to do with the utter piece of tat that is Acrobat Reader?"

    The Acrobat Reader that has allowed millions of people all over the world to effortlessly share information and ideas -- for free? That Acrobat Reader? No, I don't work on that project.
  • My real name's Josh and I've been listening to Jon's stuff for 20 years. That, right there, is bananas.
    I am a writer and a happily-married father of one. (More babies on the way...if she finishes that glass of wine.)
    I live on the Connecticut shoreline, but have lived in NYC and LA.
    I can say comfortably, having known most of you in this forum (and some of you outside) for quite a while now, that Jonathan would be at home in the company of any of you. You're all his kind of people. Makes sense that you get and love his music.
    Now...if I can only convince him to release the high school stuff.
  • Hi, I'm Tind
  • I'm curious how his high school stuff compares to Molly's.
  • I have no issues with the PDF format Spiff, just the program. Look at FoxIt's Reader. Its smaller, its faster and its easier to use. Yet it isn't made by the people who made the PDF format. In my eyes you really need to look at yourself as a company when you can't write a program half as good as your competitor's despite it being for a file format you've created.
  • edited January 2008
    Well, okay...

    Hey, all! I'm rather obviously NOT an Indigo Monkey in real life; I just liked the appellation because the 'Indigo Monkey' in the song reminds me of my daughter, who, in turn, reminds me of myself at her age insofar as I remember my three-year-old self.

    In the real world my name is Jennifer, and I'm 34 years old, married and a mother of four. I possess a degree in Biology and Secondary Education, which enabled me to teach High School Biology and other assorted sciences for three years before my first son was born. Since then I've been on indefinite sabbatical to stay home with the kids. In my spare time I do freelance web design, tutor kids in Algebra and the Sciences, and do church stuff.

    I'm a geek; that goes without saying. I'm a fan of webcomics, the Wii, and Macintosh computers. I'm also apparently raising my children in the geek tradition; my eldest son, Zack, is seven years old and is attending Missouri's first 'Virtual School'. No special reason, really, other than the fact that teaching in public schools makes one a little leery of public schools. :/ It's a lot of work, but he's enjoying it so far.
  • BryBry
    edited January 2008
    Xamm, is this really the place?

    (I'm not even sure there is a place.)

    Spiff doesn't need me to fight his battles for him, but I wouldn't terribly mind if you tried to be a little bit classier.

    Edited to add: And that has nothing to do with my opinion of Adobe Acrobat or Adobe the company.
  • Probably not but there's no private messaging service on here is there?

    Anyway, I'm surprised at the amount of women on here. I've spent 8 years on the same gaming forum and in that time out of the thousand or so regular posters that have come and gone there's been about 10 women on there. Although one of them turned out to actually be a guy who'd been posting as a woman for about three years. And we're pretty sure that one of the only two women who are posting at the minute is actually a guy who's been repeatedly thrown off for various things including constantly posting pictures of his cock and posting a disturbingly detailed plan of how he was going to kidnap and rape a radio DJ.
  • Are you saying that if there were private messages, you'd use them to harass a fellow forum member over who signs his paychecks?
  • Is James Brown?
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