What are the stories behind your username and avatar?
Some users' usernames and/or their avatars have a significance behind them. What about yours?
My real name sounds very similar to "mouse" and since I'm a big fan of both real mice and computer mice. Most people online and IRL just call me Mouse.
I added tail just so that my username is at least 8 characters, the minimum on many sites. However, since I switched to wireless mice I may need to change it to remain accurate.
My profile picture is a stylized mouse.
You might know me as the creator of the 2-D esolang Trilangle. I'm genderfluid so my pronouns vary on a day-to-day basis (or sometimes even more frequently than that), but xe/xem is a safe default if you don't have a chance to ask me or if I don't/can't respond.
I created the username
bbrk24 when I was in fourth grade, originally for an email account, but I've used it in many other places since. It contains the initials of my deadname, but it doesn't bother me.
In 2020, I started having more conversations online compared to in-person, for some reason. People tried to come up with various ways to say that consonant group out loud. The one that stuck best was Beberka, from someone reading "b-b-r-k" in his native language as "be-be-er-ka". I say it as [bɛˈberka] (original) or [bəˈbeɹ̈kʰə] (more Englishy), roughly. My username on Discord is Beberka for that reason.
My usual profile picture here comes from Discord. For a while, I just had the default profile picture on Discord. At some point, one of my friends started sending a bunch of gradients and people were claiming them for profile pictures, so I did too. I set it as my profile picture here because someone in TNB said they confused me for user. For pride month, I've added a genderfluid symbol to my pfp, since I can't exactly combine the flag with the gradient.
I created my username in 2012 when I was in Year 2 of NUS High School (roughly equivalent to US 8th grade), in the same process where I became a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (MLPFIM) fan and created the pony version of myself.
At the time one of my main interests was organic chemistry, and I wanted a name for the pony based on some organic compound. My first choice was Paracet from paracetamol, but it didn't sound natural enough to me. I eventually found paclitaxel – a chemotherapeutic drug that famously took 30 years after discovery to market and famously was the target of a total synthesis race in the early 1990s, just before I was born – and transformed the word to Parcly Taxel, complete with an R I don't pronounce. (The name is pronounced park-ly tax-səl, and far too many ponies think at first that the first name is Parsley.)
Eventually I became a vector graphics artist drawing MLPFIM stuff, both canon characters and original characters. At the same time I developed tools to help with the art, which evolved into my first Git repository called Kinross and the principal storage for my art called Selwyn. These "unusual" names in turn grew into one of my traditions: every Git repository I create must be named after a real-world location. (Shinjuku, Malibu, Shibuya, Skopje…)
Parcly's backstory developed alongside the art. In August 2013 she became a wish-granting genie. She then gained a windigo companion called Spindle in late 2015 – the ghostly horse in the first picture of this answer. I have been regularly commissioning others to draw pictures of Parcly as well.
Although MLPFIM is considered part of the furry fandom, it took until 2021 for me to draw more general furry art. I created my own furry characters; my "fursona" (that represents myself in the furry world) is a female tiger genie called Tori Taxel, whose species is also my Chinese zodiac sign. (I am a Chinese Singaporean after all.) Her husband is a chimeric dullahan called Hearth Taxel.
The "bat in a hexagon" avatar I use alongside the Parcly Taxel name is the cutie mark of a bat pony form of Parcly. Fluttershy became one in an MLPFIM episode, and her cutie mark changed from three butterflies to three bats; this change is sometimes emulated with original character bat ponies, including here.
The background of my avatar is RGB
#230F38. This colour and the three colours in Parcly's cutie mark (exactly the same across normal and bat pony versions) are also used in the logos of many of my Git repositories, giving a common theme.
Okie, because uh, replacement for my old name
edison1119 because security sucks.
My pfp is niko because niko is god.( from game Oneshot)
My pfp was my facebook pfp since I associated using it. After I joined CGCC, I decided to change my pfp.
chat pfp comes from cat girl/boy week.
My username is an ancient relic from when my dad made my first Hotmail account before at least 2007. Ever since I've consistently used this username for everything. Since my real name is a hellish mess of a Chinese romanization, most people don't realize that it's just my first name with
big prepended to it. Besides, most people don't know how to parse the
hsuan part of it and just call me
bigy /bɪg.i/ "biggie" in voice chat lol
I don't have a "set" profile picture, I just switch my profile pictures whenever I find a good one somewhere on the internet. My current profile picture is a cutout of a face drawn by @TheRealTrampy on Twitter of Thomas-ized members of the LNER A4 class (since a fictional member of the class, Spencer, appears in the show).
It also somehow manages to mimic my facial hair, so that's a bonus.
oeuf simply means
egg in French, and it sounds pretty similar to the Roblox dead sound (
oof), so I thought at the time that it would be funny to use it as my username.
As for the profile picture, it is an ASCII art drawing on a rabbit I found on asciiart.eu. It was made by Linda Ball. I took the ASCII art, then use an online ASCII-to-image tool to turn it into an image. (I believed it was this one)
For the reason why I chose a rabbit, I used to play a mobile game called
Tsuki's Odyssey, in which the main character, also called
Tsuki, came back to his hometown from the crowded city life to start a calm life. Think of it like Animal Crossing, but on mobile phones.
Even though this game bores the hell out of me, it pretty much influences my username choice. If not because I like the name
oeuf more, I could have chosen
tsuki as my new username, as that's my username on many social platforms (or anywhere that has an account system).
My pfp contains the image of Sophie Germain, it is nothing more than everything to me... I wish sometimes I could go back in time and tell her, that I am obsessed with her, and my love and respect for her will stay regardless of the time. That's all to say.
Long live Imtiaz Germain primes!