Why So Siri-ous? Or: What’s in a name?


I know a lot of you have asked how I got some of my nicknames, so I’d like to take the time to address that here.

Sirithre
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Actually, I’m not entirely sure. First of all, since you’re bound to ask, it’s pronounced “See-ree-thray.” It was given to me a long time ago by a good friend. As in, long long ago when I was first on the internet. Back when frames were cool and geocities reigned supreme. Back in the day of MUDs, link rings, and fan clubs. A time when ICQ was the chat method of choice, and the internet was limited to those few who actually knew how to work a computer.

From what I recall, the name Sirithré was a rough Sindarin (elvish) translation of something or other. Unfortunately, I don’t remember what that is. What I do remember is that my friend, who had named himself Veiavas in similar fashion, had given me this name for a character I was creating for a D&D campaign. That campaign ran on so long and I became so attached to the name, it would then become one of my first online personas. From then on, most everything I signed up for used the username Sirithre. The accented e that was originally at the end of my name fell off after I realized most sites did not allow them in usernames and shortly after it became increasingly annoying to type anyway.

Heck, the whole name was so annoying to type, I became known as Siri in most forums and chat rooms I frequented. Mainly because people simply were not capable of remembering how to spell it. Naturally, this caused a bit of amusement when Apple came out with Siri. While the “Siri, where is the nearest ____” jokes do get old, I otherwise don’t mind sharing a name with this program, even if I am an Android user.  Additionally, I’ve had a few people point out that there is a porn star now that also goes by Siri. I’m sure you’re disappointed to know that I am not her. =P

Regardless, Sirithre is the name that has been with me since the beginning of my internet venture, and regardless of how many ‘Siris’ pop up over the years, I still consider it a big part of my internet persona. You can still can google ‘sirithre,’ and a good 80% of the sites you will find relate to me in some fashion. Only in the last few years has some foreign band named ‘SIRI3’ start popping up in the results.

To this day, the only services I have gone to sign up for that my name was already taken was Steam. The Steam name is taken  by a lovely fellow in the Netherlands with pretty decent taste in games. I sent him a friend request and we had a bit of a laugh about it.  Since then, accounts created by him under that name have started creeping into the google search results as well. So if you see the name on an FPS related site, that’s probably him.

Steve

Ah, Steve. A nice, strong, manly name. This name actually came about during my time playing WoW. At the time WoW came out, the internet wasn’t exactly well known for welcoming female gamers, and I had learned long ago to at least use androgynous names and act as crass as possible to sneak by in a male-dominated world without raising suspicion or being asked to make sandwiches.

From the beginning of my WoW career I had created primarily male characters, though it really depended on what race I was playing at the time. At one point, I joined a relatively casual guild and I got to know them a bit and was at last comfortable enough to get on TeamSpeak for the first time in ages. My character name at the time was Alaunus, and no one could especially pronounce that, so my real name was asked for ease of communications.

If you’re not aware, my real name is Gina. Unfortunately, there was already a “Jena” in the guild and this caused much confusion when trying to manage a dungeon or raid group. I jokingly said to call me Bob just to be silly, but there was already a Bob as well, even if he didn’t log on often. They seemed to find amusement in my continuing to use a male name, so Steve was chosen for me and it became second nature quite quickly.

This was especially amusing whenever new guildmates would join and come into TeamSpeak for the first time.  Someone would say something like “Hey Steve, can you meet me at the bank in Orgrimmar?” and my relatively feminine voice would respond.

Agenda
Gina

A few times now I’ve helped out working events at Endgame, a video game bar that a neighbor of mine opened. At one of these events, I walked behind the bar to grab a water. The bartender I guess hadn’t met me yet because he looked at me rather confused. Since said bartender was dressed as a Team Rocket grunt, I jokingly said “Don’t mind me, I’m just stealing a drink.”

Naturally this confused him even further, and as he wasn’t sure how to react to someone so brazenly walking behind the counter and stealing from the bar he simply said “Oh. Okay.” Now thoroughly amused, I continued. “Pro Tip: If you walk into a place acting as if you belong there and take their things, they generally don’t know how to respond and thus don’t try and stop you.”

I guess at this point he recovered and the improvisational skill I’ve come to know Agent Patio for kicked in  “Brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that. Hey, you wanna join Team Rocket?” Sure enough, I joined the Team and started helping them establish an online presence they previously did not have. While they had been around for years and had song parodies, had done convention panels, and a number of events throughout the valley, they had not bothered to document this in any way! I encouraged them to record some of their songs and put them online. Patio himself has been working on a comic for ages and still has not gotten it on the internet.

I became known in the team for harassing the crap out of him to work on gathering old photos for the website, writing up reports of any events they attended or even if they just showed up to a place in costume, like their occasional trips to the local mall or their weekly Karaoke night at a nearby bar. I was then dubbed Agent Agenda, and was tasked to bring organization to the Team, even if they still don’t listen to me half the time. Finally, over memorial day weekend they recorded their first music video, Giovanni (a parody of Aladdin’s Prince Ali). Even though it’s not the greatest quality, it’s already gathered nearly 40k views.

As is tradition in Team Rocket AZ, we pretty much only refer to each other by codename, so I’ve gotten rather used to the name.