Me, myself and I

A tiny FAQ

Q: Why don't you use your own name?

A: Because...

  1. I don't particularly like it. (As a matter of fact I actually detest it! I'd like to change it one day but don't know to what, yet.)
  2. A given name really says very little about a person. It might hint about ethnicity, age and sex, but this isn't the important information, and leads to wrong impressions that might even get in the way of the truth. First impressions are not to be trusted. Of course, it might say a lot about the name giver but how relevant is that?
  3. Turns out my preferred pseudonym is in fact unique. That's a next to impossible to get with a so-and-so frequent first name + so-and-so frequent family name(s) and perhaps an intial or seventeen. I'm still not sure whether it's a good thing though, no anonymous mass to hide in. But then again, for anonymity J. Smith is probably the nick to use. (Or maybe something in mandarin. Hmmmm...)

Q: So which one is it? taliesin or kaleissin?

A: the latter, actually.

Q: Why "taliesin"/"kaleissin"?

A: Long story involving my faulty memory and what used to be the maximum length of usernames on some systems.

Q: What do I win if I figure out your real name?

A: Nada. Zilch, zip, nothing.

Q: How old are you?

A: Thirty-something. Now, being 29, that was tough :) Sometimes I feel like two hundred, other times like I was born yesterday... quite normal I guess.

Q: Are you single?

A: No.

Q: Why are there no/so few photos of you online?

A: Simply because I've never liked to have my picture taken, something I'll probably regret if I survive long enough to grow old and gray.

Q: What do you like to spend time on?

A: Art, computing, languages, science, politics, religion... the usual stuff.

Q: Are you (a) <insert religion here>

A: Nope.

Q: So what do you believe in?

A: Umm... Occam's razor?

Q: What would you be willing to die for?

A: That presupposes that I'm willing to die for anything, dontcha know. I think when push comes to show, the majority of people would rather slink away.

Freedom of speech is a likely candidate, Voltaire was right about that one.