Name(s) and Their Meanings
being the name that my parents gave me, is obviously my oldest name. People
often ask me why I bother to use ozymandias when my real name is so strange.
I don't have any set answer for that other than that I've been using ozymandias
for so long that I've grown used to seeing it associated with the stuff
I do on the net.
G desiderata (ogd)
I've completely forgotten when and how I came up with this name. I think
it was my senior year of high school, when I was first exposed to Internet
culture and was lost in the whole "industrial culture" scene. It sounded
mysterious and pretentious, which was good enough for me.
point is moot now, because ozymandias is now the name I'm known by on
the Internet. I'm halfway tempted to get checks printed up with that name
on them. Yes, it is supposed to be capitalized that way, mostly
because of the neat anagram you get with my initials. I prefer people
to shorten ozymandias to 'ozy' instead of 'Ozy' or 'Ozzy' (bleah! Two
bad references there - Ozzy Osborne and The Honeymooners).
I'm not going to complain if people refer to me as Forrest in e-mail messages
to the various lists I'm on, I have to admit it always weirds me out to
see my 'real' name in e-mail. I've gotten very used to using ozymandias
to refer to myself on the net. It's strange, but I'm comfortable with
Long ago, back in the mists of time (like in 1992), I decided that someday
I wanted to be a DJ. I was pretty new to techno at that point, and it
seemed like all of the DJs I respected worked behind weird names. I already
had come up with ozymandias by that point, but I wanted a new name that
was more directly connected to music.
I'm not a fanatic about David Bowie, I've always liked his music and admired
the deranged way he's approached being a pop star. I've always been envious
of his androgynous look, and my favorite T-shirt (that sounds really stupid)
is a batik print of the cover from the album Aladdin Sane. There's a really
horrible pun in the name that it took me a while to figure out, and I
feel no need to explain it here, because it's pretty obvious.
wasn't until much later that I realized the coolness of stealing the name
from the David Bowie album that has "Panic in Detroit" on it.
also stole the idea for my lightning-bolt logo from that cover, but I
don't use it much anymore because it confuses people (let's just say that
it combines my passion for artiness with my passion for random strangeness).
This one ought to be obvious. I stopped using it because it made me feel
like a dork, and too many people were calling me "ozy" in real life at
(winter / spring 1996)
One of the Old Ones in the Cthulhian Mythos. An enormous, star-sized mass
that floats in the nameless place beyond the stars, gibbering mindlessly
to itself, while unearthly flutes pipe around it. Likes frogs. For some
reason, this seemed like an apropos choice back in 1996, when I was still
new to ICB and working 100-hour weeks at Organic.
From Othiym Lunarsa, secret Goddess of the Moon of the Paleolithic matriarchal
world. First seen in Elizabeth Hand's Waking The Moon, a book that
did me a whole world of good when I first encountered it in 1996. I was
going through a major combined gothic and female-identified period and
the book spoke to both of those sides of my personality. In retrospect,
the story suffers
being a little too closely tied to the "post-feminism" that was then popular
with folks like Camille Paglia, but reading the book helped me reclaim
a part of my college experience I hadn't remembered that I'd lost.
Skeleton Key is a wonderful comic that everyone should read. It
is largely concerned with the adventures of Tamsin Mary Cates, teen kickboxer
and frustrated high school student, and her best friend, a fox spirit
named (unimaginatively enough) Kitsune. Tamsin (somewhat inexplicably
and narratively conveniently) gets her hands on a suit that allows her
to open doorways into a wide variety of parallel dimensions.
this name was also the result of my goth girl-power phase, although oddly
enough, I became less goth at pretty much the same rate that Tamsin
had to stop using this name because my friend Tammy bitched about being
confused by people saying "Tam" on ICB. Apparently she is incapable of
dealing with ambiguity.
My friend Jillian's daughter Sloan called me this. Now, of course, she
doesn't recognize the name and gets confused whenever anyone mentions
"Moira" to her. But it's still a cute name, with a cute origin. I like
it. And since my ICB usage has slowed considerably, I can't see myself
changing it anytime soon.