On Being Cryptic

by THX 0477
originally published at 07:16PM on Thursday, October 04, 2007

Ha! A challenge! I never back away from a challenge. Okay, actually I do, or I talk my way out of it. I’m conniving that way.

I have been coming up with screennames for over a decade, and quite frankly it’s getting silly. I think I’ve been everything from acronyms to puns, favorite animal to random medication.

You’d think I’d enjoy it more, since I used to complain about not having a nickname as a kid. Nicknames take time, and when you move every two years, well, it’s not as likely to happen. I’m not asking for a pity party. Life is good, and I actually have a pretty cool nickname at work. Well, it sounds bad, but I like it.

That’s all rambling and irrelevant. There’s an old sci-fi movie—post-apocalyptic, stark, inventive, a little disturbing, and ultimately about man’s struggle for individuality. Perfect! The movie title is THX 1138 (Go! Go now, and rent it!), so I just changed the last four numbers to my birthday, and voila, a vague yet descriptive nom de plume. Feels good to share.



  • from Kermitgorf:

    Awesome! Now I’ll rent the film if only to find out what the 1138 means .. you’ve achieved individuality in ficlets that’s for sure.

  • from Kermitgorf:

    random medication, that’s Funny!

  • from Kermitgorf:

    I thought your name was a abrv. thanks thx… glad you cleared it up, i should have figured a sci- fi origin..

  • from Lone Writer:

    wow. thats so cool!

  • from Brebelles:

    awesome, dude.

  • from One Time, One Chance:

    OMG UR OLD ! omg lolol i’m just kidding. =]
    anyway, neat how u made it like tht – awesome =]

  • from Alexa ♥:

    {Hating OTOC for thinking that someone born in ‘77 is old.}
    I’d always thought your initials were THX and you were born in April of ‘77 (given OTOC ’s comment, I won’t say how old I am), so I was half-right.

  • from WriterDan:

    THX . Isn’t that a Stephen Spielberg movie? Swear it is. Never seen it myself, but have heard of it before. Never mind OTOC , Alexa. I’m in your boat. Well, at least in THX ’s. 77 was the year.

  • from artistsrunwild:

    Yeah i knew it was your birthday as well especially when i read another of your comments saying you were a father…and alexa take it easy on OTOC shes’s only 12

    when i was 12 – 30 was old….now it just looms closer and closer

    and i agree with kermit – it makes sense for your name to have sci-fi connotations

  • from Yeah Write!:

    wow! so apparently, alexa and thx are like the freaky cat ladies of ficlets (jk! excuse me, “just kidding”... you might not understand whippersnapper’s IM slang… i can tell i’m gonna pay for this!)! ficlets is being overrun with 12 yr olds! (frightened yet?)

  • from BetwINeen:

    Hey I take offense to that!
    The twelve year olds that are on here (me stovohob, one time, one chance…umm some other people) are just as good as you old people..jk

  • from BetwINeen:

    sorry stovohob…not stovohob

  • from The Ghost in the Machine:

    thx 1138 was george lucas’ first movie. he made it in college or sometin like that.

  • from One Time, One Chance:

    i love the debate going on here for one of my “omg j/k j/k” moments =]
    Yeah Write!’s comment made me laugh though – you should be frightened. we’re the future, ya know. =]

  • from ♠Ana Cristina♥:

    Hey, I was born in 1978, just turned 29, and I’m perfectly OK with my age. I don’t feel old at all. I’m a high school teacher who gets confused for being a student, so it’s all good. >:p Age is just a number—it’s how you feel on the inside that counts.
    Oh, and that’s a great movie, THX .

  • from Dr. Lew:

    im 13, but a 18 year old at heart