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Need a domain name... [Nov. 12th, 2010|10:49 am]
So... I've been getting my mail from Newsguy for a long time. The thing is, Newsguy is a Usenet provider. And it's $30 a year, just for email, and another $30 for Usenet access.

That's not a bad price - but I don't use Usenet much any more. So, I'm taking their smallest, cheapest Usenet access account, which doesn't come with e-mail, and moving my mail to a new address. And, then, I'm going to use a domain name to manage e-mail - my DNS registrar provides e-mail forwarding for free. That way, I'll have an e-mail address for as long as I want it, with just forwarding changes if I have to move to a new back-end address.

I've been holding on to my old domain name, forthedream for sentimental reasons.

Do people think that's a reasonable "businesslike" name? "Here's my card; you can e-mail me at johnpalmer at, etc.?

For a personal domain, I'm thinking of ShamanicWeirdness. I don't think that'll pass the "businesslike" test, but I still like it. (And I especially like that weird has two meanings.)

Any thoughts?

From: kightp
2010-11-12 07:32 pm (UTC)
Just riffing here, with domain names that show up on Network Solutions as available in the .com form:

verybigbrain (or verybigbrains)
sql-guy (might get confused with sqlguy, which is already registered)
longhairedweirdo is still available, too. (-:
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From: kightp
2010-11-12 07:33 pm (UTC)
P.S. I think "forthedream" could work as a business domain, though you might need to come up with an answer when people ask "what does that mean?"
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2010-11-12 07:44 pm (UTC)
Nod. I agree - no one needs to know I had big delusions about my ability to shape national discourse with common sense and empathy :-). It sounds like the silly kind of name people come up with. "For the dream, eh? (chuckle, probably from personal experience) I bet you feel a bit silly about that name once in a while." "Friend, you don't *know* how right you are!"

I was thinking more about the personal site - I hit on Shamanic Weirdness and it worked out kinda well.

LongHairedWeirdo - I just might want to nab that, just because.

For a SQL-ish business - I should check SQL411. I wanted that for a custom license plate for a while, once I realized that WA issued random plates with 3 numbers and the three letters S Q L.
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From: kightp
2010-11-12 07:52 pm (UTC)
The .com version of sql411, alas, appears to be taken. )-:
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2010-11-12 08:11 pm (UTC)
What are the two meanings of "weird"?
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2010-11-12 10:00 pm (UTC)
I just learned there's three (per a quick search).

One is just "unusual".
One means "of or relating to the supernatural".
One meaning refers to fate/destiny - one's "weird".
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[User Picture]From: pagawne
2010-11-12 08:15 pm (UTC)
I like "Shamanic Weirdness" for personal e-mail. For business I would simply use jpalmer@...

I do tend to be a bit traditional publicly, and usually privately as well. :}
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2010-11-12 09:58 pm (UTC)
Well, just to clarify - I mean my friends might be able to reach me at j(ohn)palmer at shamanic weirdness (etc.), whereas, if I'm job searching, or use a personal e-mail for a business card, it would be j(ohn)palmer at forthedream etc. They may or may not go to the same back-end e-mail account.
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[User Picture]From: glinda_w
2010-11-13 01:47 am (UTC)
Certain Callahaniacs from the USenet days have a Usenet server, and they'll allow free access; email me if you're interested and I'll email you back the info.

I've got midnightoilcreations.net registered, but have done absolutely nothing with it. One of these years... *wry*
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[User Picture]From: wyang
2010-11-23 11:33 am (UTC)

My perspective is perhaps of limited value...

Keep in mind that I named my first cat "Kitty" and I named my stuffed teddy rabbit "Bunny" as a child. Imaginative names are not my strong suit. ;-)

In terms of "Forthedream:? I'd be a little concerned about it being "charged" from a business standpoint -- it may betray your politics or link you to political movements (you may not want to do that, from a business standpoint -- you may be linking your business persona to progressive political movements, such as racial equality, without trying to... and that goes without looking at what content may be found on the Wayback machine for your domain). I don't think that's an impossible problem, just something to think through as you consider your personal brand, which your e-mail address will in part represent.

I kinda like Kightp's suggestion of "SQLShaman" -- its suggestive, but not in a way that carries a negative charge from a business standpoint (it can be presented as using shaman in the "wise man" mode, rather than linking it to any particular religious or metaphysical movement). It also suggests other branding ideas, which could be valuable. But that's just me.

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