Humour me: Revenant, Rousseau and Saint Augustine - in that order

  • Posted Feb. 11, 2010 by Stefan Fletcher Viewed 1093 times

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The whole username and profile picture thing here has been bugging me, surrounded as I am by cats, sunflowers, wasps, poodles, swans and dolphins and other totemic thingies.

Admit that there’s something odd in our wish to conceal ourselves, isn’t there?

OK, is anyone here not endowed with superhuman powers and doesn’t need to protect a mild-mannered alter-ego?


And then there’s the profile picture. Mine hasn’t changed this year whilst my real self, in full Dorian Grey mode, ages and withers…

I hasten to add that I am not a 50 year-old Polish trucker posing as a teenage brunette, although it would probably be more interesting if I were.

My ID name just means ‘coming back’ in French, because that’s exactly what I did in Photoblog after a previous reincarnation as “SJASF” (click here [photoblog.com] to see why), although it wasn’t exactly original because those are some of my initials.

Now, in a spirit fully in keeping with Saint Augustine’s and Rousseau’s confessions (but with bit more honesty), I scoured my hard disks to find any portraits of me I could post. It was a painful experience. The whole point of being behind the camera is that you don't have to be in front.

You tell me which one best conveys the modest, unassuming and humane Revenant you’ve all come to know and… well, know.

While you’re at it, why did you choose a ID name that differs from your given one?

I'm going to regret this…

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    • # Sandra Vermeulen

      When I started I do not have paid attention to my username, I wrote what came into my mind at that moment.
      Later I discovered it really means so much as "king" ... hahaha, so not realy a name that describes me. ;o)

      I like your set of self portraits.
      And, you held your promise, we got to see your bum.

      2010.02.17 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Monika

      no4 works as most unassuming and human to me (and modest, most of all). longimanus = long arm = subconsciously: my greediness for life. plus my love for the sea (longimanus is also an open sea pelagic shark I`ve had couple of encounters with, lovely creature, one just killed a snorkeler last summer in the redsea)

      2010.02.15 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Lynda

      Stefan
      You look so different in all these but I like you best in no 7 as the tash and beard suit you (and I have a liking for both- probably freudian as my dad had a moustache and my brother has one and a beard) and it does look like what I think is the real you (whatever that is)- intense, serious, melancholic and slightly dangerous.

      2010.02.15 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Redro

      I'll say: your present profile pic.
      And I like #7 for many other reasons. Any reasons.

      I hate having to come up with user names for myself, my ID name proves how uninspired I could be.

      2010.02.14 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Kecskemétiné Nelli

      I like the portrait in the middle (№6). You seem to be discussing issues of great importance. =)))
      My username is the name my friends call me. No one calls me Kornélia, it's always Nelli(e) or Nellinka. "Nellinka" is a Russian invention because in Russian all feminine names and nouns should end in "a" (or "ь", never mind that) so that they might be declined, not to mention the Slavic's fondness for diminutives. Anyway, a lot of my non-Slavic friends adapted it so I just like to be called Nellinka.

      2010.02.13 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Helen

      I agree with Jarvo - I like your profile shot - I keep wondering what you were thinking when it was taken! As for my PB name, it relates to a family fondness for giraffes and motor racing. I cna't say I've ever tried racing a giraffe but if someone has a tame one I'm willing to try... ;-)

      2010.02.13 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jon Laysell

      I haven't been ignoring this post - I've revisited a couple of times to try and come up with a suggestion, unfortunately I can't. As for the photo I like the one you've been using. there is something endearing about that whistful look.

      2010.02.13 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Carole Gledhill

      You look different in all of them so I suppose we still dont really know what you look like. My username was an old one for my phone bill and its just my name middle initial and first 3 letters of my surname. Just happened. nothing to do with eagles. Pure laziness on my Part. I don't like it much as I think it might lead people to believe I like eagles or native american folklore etc... can't be bothered to change it now.

      2010.02.13 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jacki

      Funny this has evolved into a discussion of user names.... so here goes: I love to dance probably only next to loving the ocean, and nothing moves me at the sea like seeing a dolphin "dance".

      2010.02.13 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Moira

      You look "sweet" in no9 but I know you would rather I say handsome;-)
      My ID is a combination of part first known as name and part middle name.

      2010.02.13 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Huiching

      Okay... right.
      My screenname is "Huiching". It's kinda of a translated version from my real given name, Kanapa. Huiching is a Chinese name, while I'm Thai.

      2010.02.13 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Mikkal Noptek

      Nice series.
      Using an ID name is like wearing a disguise when you're a kid. It's fun.
      The origin of my ID name comes from my given name where I shifted some letters and then change some letters of my given name for other letters that are not in my given name.

      2010.02.12 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Eiram

      my name is Marie...start reading from the end..Eiram...

      it is my childhood nickname:))

      2010.02.12 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Sadhya Rippon

      As long as you swear that this is not a vanity exercise, I will give you my response.
      Swear? Ok. I think #7 is the most honest. It is direct and clear and you don't appear to be hiding behind the cynical clown. I like the look of you in #7 and would be happy for it to appear as your profile pic. But the question is not which do I like most, it depends on who you want the world to see.
      And about my profile name. It is the name I was given many years ago by my Indian Guru (Osho, or Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh as he was then called) It is important to me, and I choose to use it all the time. The full version is Ma Deva Sadhya. I use the picture of the bird as I am not confident to show my face. I hide behind a Thrush!!

      2010.02.12 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Heather

      which of these pictures do you think best represents you? I would guess you would be the best judge. Theories on usernames: 1. there are some crazy stalker people that the news always scares us with ;) 2. If I put Heather, how many other Heather's would there be!? 3. Sometimes (though not in my case) people chose their usernames not to hide, but to express themselves.
      Mine is a middle name combination

      2010.02.12 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Stefan Fletcher

      OK, as you'll all realised, this is was my little joke on the previous post and on a comment (which I'm still expecting), but I am genuinely interested in the origin of your user names.

      2010.02.12 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jennye

      Love this set!
      I especially like #4 (of course!) #5 and 7
      ......... but my favorite is the last one! :))

      2010.02.12 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Ricardo

      what a LOL post!

      your nude pic for sure desperted much attention here lol

      if I'm allowed to say:

      My user name is onlyricky. My name is ricardo, and some people call me ricky. Only comes from onlymehdi, he said I should join this site to i used onlyricky

      :))

      2010.02.12 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Nick Cavell

      Not sure why I didn't use my real name, partly I think it's because a lot of people on PB don't, also it is a bit of a joke with the friend who introduced me to the site. I just used the name of where I live + dog. So in essence, not that interesting.

      2010.02.12 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Michael Sakowicz

      I'd like to think the last shot - your profile pic. I like that you haven't changed it forever.

      As for 'my' username; it's a long story that has a trivia game to go along with it. Only a hand full of peeps have been able to figure it out... Don't worry too much about it - just lame pop culture from American cinema. ;)

      2010.02.12 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Mark

      Definitely fourth from the top. As for choosing an "anonymous " id it's just to keep a semblance of a DMZ between assorted psychopaths and my family.

      2010.02.11 Edited Reply Cancel

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