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    • CommentAuthorRoss
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2008
     (1226.101)
    It's... my name.
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      CommentAuthornigredo
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2008
     (1226.102)
    nigredo is the first step in the alchemical process of transformation.
    • CommentAuthorMathias B
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2008
     (1226.103)
    Nothing dramatic, here; it's what my parents named me. Hopeless in any other language than Swedish. A few years ago, I learned that I was actually going to be named Adam, which I think is a great name, but I think my father vetoed it in the end. Dammit. If you don't have the letter "Ä" on your keyboards, just call me Mathias. Or ignore me.
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    Mathias is kind of a cool name. I think that one will go into the "possible dog and/or child names" bag.
    Swedish gives +1 points because Ingmar Bergman and Meshuggah were/are Swedish.
    • CommentAuthorMidweeker
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2008 edited
     (1226.105)
    Mine is but a sad reflection of faded glory...
    I had a residency at the Borderline in London's West End during the late nineties, DJ-ing a fairly popular Britpop night called Midweeker.
    Almost every DJ in London ends up getting the name of their club, band or company as a surname, my partner was Jon Mutiny (his design company), and other friends included Jeff Automatic (his promotions outfit), John Sleeperbloke (was in Sleeper) etc...
    So online, I tend to use either Chris Midweeker or just simply Midweeker.
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    @ necros

    i had hoped your name was after the classic band of CONQUEST FOR DEATH fame...
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    @Midweeker, a friend of mine runs the NASIN club at the borderline nowadays... his club name's not stuck to his DJ name though, suprisingly.
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    Major math nerd; there's such a beauty and elegance to some of it (I suppose it's all beautiful to someone, and in the abstract sense, yes, that semester of Complex Analysis I tacked on at the end of senior year was also beautiful, but ugh) that just strikes to the core of me.

    Back to the idea of elegance. It's pretty high praise for a mathematical proof to be called "elegant"; much like in comp. sci., getting the job done is a passing grade, but doing it with style (as simply and in as well-structured a manner as possible) is the gold star.

    I've gone off on a tangent, I think. (heh) Back in the day, we studied a lot of proofs; it's still my go-to "but why do you like math so much" response to pull out some simple proofs...say, the infinitude of the primes...as an explanation for "this is what you can do". Naturally (sorry, I'll stop with the puns), we came across Cantor, and his explorations of infinity. Math has had a lot of head-'splodey moments for me, but the fact that one could prove that infinity came in different sizes (or, to put it another way, that there was an infinity provably and quantifiably bigger than another infinity) has stayed with me as one of the more purely beautiful moments in my academic career.

    Aleph-numbers are used to denote the size of a particular infinity (or infinite set, to be technical). Aleph-zero (or Aleph-naught, as it's properly spelled =p) is the cardinality of the set of natural numbers, and thus the "smallest" infinity. There's a lot left to interpretation there beyond just the math.
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    it's my name...Dave Childress... there's another D. Childress out there though... her friends keep sending me email.
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      CommentAuthordelucian
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2008
     (1226.110)
    Roughly, "of light"
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      CommentAuthorMegaGoosey
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2008
     (1226.111)
    (posted by zenbullet)
    @Megagoosey:
    That is the best name on the planet,
    I'm going to name all my children that.
    All of them...

    Heh, thanks! You might want to come up with a good nickname for your kids though, I don't think the other kids will take kindly to a child named MegaGoosey.

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