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what's in a name? - silver Harloe

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A while ago a coworker asked me about my lowercase name, and I made an offhand reply which I realized exposed the underlying truth to the story that I had never quite articulated in all these years.

back story 1: I have oft credited myself with the saying, "you can never be the same person twice." This is, of course, an obvious knock-off of "you can never cross the same river twice." The motivation of the idea is that the mind is as ever changing as the river - the self is a fiction, anyway, a convenient point of reference no more "real" than center of gravity (yes, I'm totally stealing from Dennett).

back story 2: my original computer handle was the "silver owl," and then later I changed it to "silver adept" in honor of a close friend. Then I got over my Piers Anthony fixation and dropped the 'adept'. Thus I became just "silver". That's when "Aldo Cella" dubbed me "the silver identity crisis," a handle I never actually used (yes, that was a reference to the old Cygnus BBS of San Antonio).

Anyway. My off-hand reply to my coworker was "because it's not a noun, it's an adjective. An adjective in front of an unspecified (and ever changing) noun." But, actually, had I thought about it originally, that fits both of my pieces of back story incredibly well. I think perhaps it was subconsciously what I meant all along in insisting it not be capitalized.
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Date:September 10th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
So the noun is ever-changing, but it's always silver?
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Date:September 10th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
Interestingly, I always thought of your name as the adjectival form rather than the noun (lump of silver) form. Though I never realized it until just now.
Date:October 11th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)

no, just weird

I just think you're weird.
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