Open Thread: A rose by any other…

2010 March 25
by Melissa

Today’s Open Thread is hosted by the newly named baby elephant from Taronga Zoo:

Pathi Harn, the miracle elephant

A tiny baby elephant is hiding under his mother's belly as they frolic in water. His trunk is raised and his mouth open in a cheery expression akin to "IT'S GOOD TO BE ALIVE :D !!1!"

Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, Frank Sartor, today announced that Taronga’s new elephant calf will be named Pathi Harn (pronounced ‘par tea harn’).

“The people of NSW and zoo keepers have chosen Pathi Harn – the Thai word for miracle – as the new name for Mr Shuffles,” Mr Sartor said.

The little darling has been called a miracle since his birth, as zoo vets had given up hope that he would be born alive after they ceased to detect signs of life.

Anyway, during an IRC conversation earlier today Mary noted that we really don’t have a name for our beloved commenters:

<mary> You know, doesn’t have a name for our commenters.
<mary> I mean, like Twisty‘s Blamers, or Shakesville‘s Shakers.

We figure, what the heck, why not let you name yourselves. In a similar fashion to how the adorable bundle of ubercute above was named, we’ll take ideas and poll the suggestions we like most in a future thread.

So, Open Threaders: What do you, our community, wish to be nicknamed?

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16 Responses
  1. Erika permalink
    March 25, 2010

    After reading that article, I want to be nicknamed “Ms. Shuffles.”

  2. koipond permalink
    March 25, 2010

    Yeah, I’m out on this one. I’m horrible at nick names.

  3. Daniel Martin permalink
    March 26, 2010

    How about “the collective”?

    “Collective” has a history as a word associated with feminist groups, and “.org” sounds an awful lot like “borg”, and there’s no way a Star Trek reference isn’t geeky.

    (And it can be referred to as “The Anita Borg Memorial Collective” or something like that officially for extra geekfeminism-related references)

    • Rick permalink
      March 26, 2010

      IIRC “hivers” was suggested, which immediately made me think of “zerglings”. I’m not sure the reference is inferrable enough, though.

      “Collective” is my favourite so far.

      • Melissa permalink
        March 26, 2010

        “hivelings” would work too.

        Also, the reference is only lost if we let it stay obscure.

        • Alice permalink
          March 29, 2010

          I like the hive mind analogy, so I did a little Wikipedia-ing to try and find a suitably geeky and tongue-in-cheek extension to the metaphor.
          I looked at bees ( drones, workers, queens, honeybees, beeswax.
          I looked at swarm intelligence ( ants, agents, swarmers.
          I looked at collective consciousness ( but didn’t get any inspiration there.

          My pick would probably be ‘hive agent’ as it sounds slightly geeky and slightly spy thriller-esque: I personally don’t identify with Star Trek or more obscure sci-fi references! However, I’m a fan of ‘hiveling’ too (despite not getting the reference at all).

    • Mary permalink
      March 26, 2010

      “Collective” doesn’t apply to an individual though. If you wanted to say “Mary is a _____” or “I’m a _____” about a reader, what noun would you use?

      • Daniel Martin permalink
        March 28, 2010

        Wouldn’t you say “I’m part of the collective”? Or “Mary is part of the collective” or “Mary has joined the collective” or possibly “Mary has been assimilated”, though that seems a bit much.

        This term may lose out to geminists though.

        • Melissa permalink
          March 28, 2010

          Ok, pretend we need to Hat Tip a commenter or attribute a guest post to them. Does “Part of the collective Mary” work in that context? No. “Shaker Mary” or “Blamer Mary” does. We want something like the examples I provided in the post.

  4. Brendan permalink
    March 26, 2010


    • lsblakk permalink
      March 26, 2010

      that’s perfect

  5. spz permalink
    March 28, 2010

    nothing to do with the naming, but this is an open thread, right?


    • Melissa permalink
      March 28, 2010

      Wow indeed. appears to be her website and focuses on her work rather than whether she’s a “beautiful smith”.

      • Leigh Honeywell permalink*
        March 30, 2010

        amazingly, many of the comments on the blag spz linked to actually manage to focus on her work. refreshing, despite the title of the post :)

  6. Mackenzie permalink
    March 28, 2010

    “A rose by any other name…” reminding me of David Tennant & Katherine Tate in this skit:

  7. Tina Lee permalink
    April 5, 2010

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    Through an opportunity with a funder the volunteer Web Developer would be provided with a relocation allowance, insurance, a 4 week orientation and language course, a living allowance and accommodation allowance. She would have the institutional support of the funder and APWLD while here in Chiang Mai. The position would be for a minimum of 6 months, possibly extending to 13 months.

    Any inquiries, can be addressed to Tina,

    Thank You,

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