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To Avatar or not to Avatar . . how did you choose or not choose?

Post by Sandtrap » Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:25 pm

I've noticed a plethora of very cool Avatars on members posts. And, some very astute portfolio reviewers have very nice ones. I wonder if it adds to the "wisdom effect"?
I believe there was already a thread on usernames, how they were selected and what they mean. "ArcticPineapple's" story was memorable.
I checked and the last Avatar thread was maybe 2011. Things have changed since then.

But why did you decide to have an avatar or not have one?
Why did you pick what you have?

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Does it help others with investment finance advice?

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Post by ResearchMed » Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:31 pm

Sandtrap wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:25 pm
I've noticed a plethora of very cool Avatars on members posts. And, some very astute portfolio reviewers have very nice ones. I wonder if it adds to the "wisdom effect"?
I believe there was already a thread on usernames, how they were selected and what they mean. "ArcticPineapple's" story was memorable.
I checked and the last Avatar thread was maybe 2011. Things have changed since then.

But why did you decide to have an avatar or not have one?
Why did you pick what you have?

Actionably.
Does it help others with investment finance advice?

"moderator: not sure if this is the right forum.
It was really simple, not having an avatar.

At first, I just didn't have one.

Then, after a particular vacation, there was a perfect photo I wanted to use.
But I couldn't get it to load.
:(
And so I gave up.

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Post by triceratop » Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:41 pm

I love Lucy (in the sky with diamonds?)
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Post by triceratop » Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:43 pm

this topic is now located in the SatuMedia community forum.
"To play the stock market is to play musical chairs under the chord progression of a bid-ask spread."

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Post by Nicolas » Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:47 pm

I find it helpful to later quickly spot my own posts in threads. I change mine frequently if something catches my eye. I do wish the forum would allow slightly larger avatars. Really, only 8 kB?
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Post by David Jay » Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:07 pm

My avatar is a Navy trainer from the WW2 era, the Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-3. I have a 75 year family history with this aircraft, my Dad was a crew-chief on these aircraft at NAS Glenview in 1942 and 1943.

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Post by oldcomputerguy » Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:16 pm

I’ve had a fascination with computers since 1972, starting with FORTRAN and BASIC on mainframes. I wanted something that would reflect my interest, that would compress well so as to fit within forum size limits, and that would not raise any copyright issues. My avatar is a screen grab of a login prompt from the SDS Sigma 9 computer at the Living Computer Museum in Seattle, grabbed on my home machine.

Nothing at all to do with investing, I grant you, but then again, does it really need to be? :wink:
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Post by digarei » Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:36 pm

triceratop wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:41 pm
I love Lucy (in the sky with diamonds?)
I suspect that you aren’t aware of the implications of this reference...

But different strokes for different folks.
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Post by baconavocado » Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:46 pm

I had started looking for one a couple weeks ago but I hadn't adjusted the size. Your thread made me finish it.

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Post by ResearchMed » Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:53 pm

baconavocado wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:46 pm
I had started looking for one a couple weeks ago but I hadn't adjusted the size. Your thread made me finish it.
Where's the bacon?
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Post by digarei » Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:59 pm

baconavocado wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:46 pm
I had started looking for one a couple weeks ago but I hadn't adjusted the size. Your thread made me finish it.
Nice. But where’s the beef... er, bacon?

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Post by tarnation » Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:02 pm

I don't like it when people change; pick one and keep it.
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Post by Sandtrap » Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:48 pm

tarnation wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:02 pm
I don't like it when people change; pick one and keep it.
It does help me scan threads to see input. Never thought about how often people change it.

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Post by FiveK » Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:52 pm

Sandtrap wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:48 pm
tarnation wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:02 pm
I don't like it when people change; pick one and keep it.
It does help me scan threads to see input. Never thought about how often people change it.
That's the primary one. Other reasons are more nebulous.

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Post by FrugalInvestor » Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:54 pm

I wanted an Avatar representing "ignore the noise" because it's such an important Boglehead principle.
The one I chose also just happens to look just like me in one of my better moments. :D
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Post by triceratop » Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:19 am

digarei wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:36 pm
triceratop wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:41 pm
I love Lucy (in the sky with diamonds?)
I suspect that you aren’t aware of the implications of this reference...

But different strokes for different folks.
You are correct, I was simply trying to make a stupid pun. In any case i would note the canon interpretation is not as popularly understood.

My avatar actually has no special meaning, though I can find various fake reasons to explain what it represents. I do like Peanuts.
"To play the stock market is to play musical chairs under the chord progression of a bid-ask spread."

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Post by TD2626 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:20 am

My avatar a hierarchy chart. I like hierarchy charts more than pie charts because they show levels of importance and relationships between different assets.

The original chart that I made was much larger and more expansive. It breaks down domestic stocks into large, mid, and small caps - and international stocks into developed and emerging markets (for example). Unfortunately, such a chart is too blurry to be readable in the context of an avatar. My avatar is thus an adaptation of the larger chart.

Using this sort of chart reminds me that there is a hierarchy of investment decisions.

At the top level is the portfolio. Decisions on how much to save and invest in the portfolio are fundamental. Without living below one's means and saving, there is nothing to invest.

The next level is top-line asset allocation. Deciding what to allocate between stocks, bonds, and cash is very important in influencing returns and risk levels. It is of somewhat less fundamental importance than the top (portfolio) level, since again, without a savings rate, there is nothing to invest.

The next level is of even lesser importance. This is the sub-allocation level. Hotly debated decisions like Domestic vs International go here. These are major sub allocations within each asset class and are important - but LBYM and AA are higher on the list.

The next level below that (it doesn't fit on my avatar but is in my original chart) is for more minor distinctions. Like large caps vs mid caps vs small caps.

The level below that is for individual fund selections. It answers questions like "Which large cap fund" and such. This is the least important level (at least in my opinion) even though it is often the most hotly debated here. Once I've decided how much to allocate to my portfolio, and what portion of that to allocate to stocks, and what portion of the amount in stocks to allocate to large caps, deciding, say, which S&P 500 fund to use (provided both options are ultra-low-cost and from reputable companies) is not likely to have a large effect compared to increasing savings rate or getting top line asset allocation right.

Just my thoughts and opinions. It's something that provides a good framework for me to work with and makes me focus on the bigger picture.

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Post by JoMoney » Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:14 am

I chose to have an Avatar, because I find it important for identifying regular posters.
I chose my particular Avatar because he's one of my favorite authors, who also happened to have quite a bit of wit and wisdom when it comes to investing.
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Post by StormShadow » Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:56 am

I have an avatar because they add character and I thought this particular one was cool to look at.

Ironically, it's Snake Eyes rather than Storm Shadow. Always thought it funny that nobody brought it up. :mrgreen:

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Post by Psyayeayeduck » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:53 am

It's a popular Pokemon that I grown to love and identify as my spirit animal over the years (another is Wobbuffet) -- lovable, well-traveled, and too dimwitted for its own good.

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Post by Peculiar_Investor » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:03 am

My username often get shortened to PI (or some variation), hence the avatar.
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Post by midareff » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:11 am

Sandtrap wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:25 pm
I've noticed a plethora of very cool Avatars on members posts. And, some very astute portfolio reviewers have very nice ones. I wonder if it adds to the "wisdom effect"?
Edited for my comment.. Nobody knows nothing so why would that matter?

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Post by mhc » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:13 am

I enjoy National Parks. This is a picture of my son and me standing under Delicate Arch in Arches NP.

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Post by morbster » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:28 am

As with others, I chose to have an avatar so I can quickly spot my posts on a thread.

I just made some simple geometric shapes in mspaint that matched the color scheme of the forum.

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Post by flamesabers » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:34 am

When possible I choose to use an avatar for forums I post to on a regular basis. I think it's a useful feature for others and myself to be able to identify a particular user at first glance.

I picked the 3rd Infantry Division unit patch to be my avatar as that was the unit I was assigned to when I invested in mutual funds for the very first time.

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Post by Sandtrap » Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:29 am

triceratop wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:19 am
digarei wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:36 pm
triceratop wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:41 pm
I love Lucy (in the sky with diamonds?)
I suspect that you aren’t aware of the implications of this reference...

But different strokes for different folks.
You are correct, I was simply trying to make a stupid pun. In any case i would note the canon interpretation is not as popularly understood.

My avatar actually has no special meaning, though I can find various fake reasons to explain what it represents. I do like Peanuts.
Same here. I initially was going to use Charlie Brown with a golf club but was concerned about copyright issues or things like that. I wanted something that was not pretentious, low key, easy to converse with. . . like "Lucy", though I think it costs 2 cents, can't remember.

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Post by nedsaid » Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:03 am

I chose my Charlie Brown avatar because I have been a Peanuts fan for many years and because I can relate to the Charlie Brown character. In fact, my camp name at outdoor school was Charlie Brown. Like Charlie Brown, I have been accused by the fussbudgets around here of being wishy-washy.
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Post by itstoomuch » Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:07 am

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Post by baconavocado » Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:27 am

digarei wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:59 pm
baconavocado wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:46 pm
I had started looking for one a couple weeks ago but I hadn't adjusted the size. Your thread made me finish it.
Nice. But where’s the beef... er, bacon?

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Pulp Fiction condiments (“lots of cream, lots of sugar”).

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Couldn't get both in one 8 kb avatar.

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Post by Ice-9 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:34 am

After not having an avatar for a few years, I added one in 2013 based on reading this thread: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=118611

My username comes from Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, and when I searched Google Images at the time for something small enough to use as an avatar, this was what I came up with.

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Post by englishgirl » Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:47 am

Avatars are just easier to see and remember when you are skimming through a long post. It is easier to spot regular posters - there may or may not be certain times when I might just skim down and read what certain people have posted without necessarily digesting what everyone else has said. Similarly, if I can spot myself easily I can skim down to when I last took part in the conversation and read from there.

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Post by mega317 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:14 pm

FiveK wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:52 pm
Sandtrap wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:48 pm
tarnation wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:02 pm
I don't like it when people change; pick one and keep it.
It does help me scan threads to see input. Never thought about how often people change it.
That's the primary one. Other reasons are more nebulous.
HA HA.

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Post by 22twain » Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:20 pm

nedsaid wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:03 am
I can relate to the Charlie Brown character.
Including getting nothing but rocks while trick-or-treating on Halloween? :wink:

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Post by greg24 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:32 pm

Sandtrap wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:25 pm
Actionably.
Does it help others with investment finance advice?
I think it adds to the visual continuity of a forum conversation. Better conversation helps readers receive better advice.

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Post by saltycaper » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:16 pm

nedsaid wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:03 am

Like Charlie Brown, I have been accused by the fussbudgets around here of being wishy-washy.
Accused? How about "identified"? Or, "wrongly labeled"? Nevermind. You probably aren't sure.

:P

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Post by Elsebet » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:20 pm

I love the Final Fantasy video game series, especially IX, so I chose a character (Garnet) from that game for my avatar. I started playing the series with Final Fantasy I on my NES console back in 1990-ish and am still playing the online version XIV today!

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Post by Pete12 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:23 pm

Mine speaks for itself...

Just received my copy of the new edition of Mr. Bogle's "The Little Book of Common Sense Investing". I am trying to savor it and not finish it too quickly!

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Post by FiveK » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:40 pm

mega317 wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:14 pm
FiveK wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:52 pm
Sandtrap wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:48 pm
tarnation wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:02 pm
I don't like it when people change; pick one and keep it.
It does help me scan threads to see input. Never thought about how often people change it.
That's the primary one. Other reasons are more nebulous.
HA HA.
:wink:

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Post by nedsaid » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:51 pm

saltycaper wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:16 pm
nedsaid wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:03 am

Like Charlie Brown, I have been accused by the fussbudgets around here of being wishy-washy.
Accused? How about "identified"? Or, "wrongly labeled"? Nevermind. You probably aren't sure.

:P

Well, you will have to ask the fussbudgets. :wink:
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Post by nedsaid » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:53 pm

22twain wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:20 pm
nedsaid wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:03 am
I can relate to the Charlie Brown character.
Including getting nothing but rocks while trick-or-treating on Halloween? :wink:
Yes, indeed. I can relate to Charlie Brown.
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Post by Oak&Elm » Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:18 pm

My avatar is a photo taken in my backyard of an Oak tree and an Elm tree which grew up together over 100 years, if one dies the other would look awkward, I feel like it represents my marriage of 34 years, I would be lost without her.

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Post by Ethelred » Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:26 pm

I found a nice picture of a coin from the reign of Ethelred the Unready to use as my avatar, but I couldn't find a way to get it to fit the tiny 8kb file size limit, so I gave up. The End.

I checked one of the other forums I regularly visit, and the size limit is 64k. Why is the limit so small here?

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Post by nedsaid » Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:33 pm

triceratop wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:19 am
digarei wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:36 pm
triceratop wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:41 pm
I love Lucy (in the sky with diamonds?)
I suspect that you aren’t aware of the implications of this reference...

But different strokes for different folks.
You are correct, I was simply trying to make a stupid pun. In any case i would note the canon interpretation is not as popularly understood.

My avatar actually has no special meaning, though I can find various fake reasons to explain what it represents. I do like Peanuts.
Well, Lucy van Pelt is a fussbudget. I don't think that is why you picked the avatar, you are the "Doctor" that is always in to give good advice. You don't charge a Nickel though.

As far as Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, it was a featured song in the famous Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Supposedly this song was about LSD. It was well known that the Beatles were experimenting with drugs and had departed from their more wholesome image. I remember the Beatles in their earlier years performing with suits and ties, which was very common in the earlier 1960's. The band members denied the song was about the drug LSD but claimed the inspiration for the song was Alice in Wonderland. No doubt drug use influenced the music but this is probably overstated.

I am also reminded of the rumors that the Beatles employed "backmasking" where they supposedly hid secret and subliminal messages in their music. My foggy memory remembers that "Paul is dead" was one of the hidden messages. Supposedly, playing the music backwards revealed the hidden messages. On one radio program I remember, the host played a song backwards and if you used plenty of imagination you could make out the word "marijuana." Among certain religious circles, there was a lot of hysteria over these subliminal messages. I always thought the backmasking and the subliminal messages was a bunch of bunk. Someone took songs from a Gospel recording artist, Merrill Womach, who was horribly burned in a plane accident, and found with some imagination, hidden Satanic messages. Open hearing this, I rolled my eyes as hearing this confirmed my suspicions this whole "backmasking" thing was pure baloney.

So anyway, a little trip down memory lane.
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Post by FrugalInvestor » Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:49 pm

Ethelred wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:26 pm
I found a nice picture of a coin from the reign of Ethelred the Unready to use as my avatar, but I couldn't find a way to get it to fit the tiny 8kb file size limit, so I gave up. The End.

I checked one of the other forums I regularly visit, and the size limit is 64k. Why is the limit so small here?
Because we believe that if you have 64k, 32k may be used for ongoing expenses, 6k should be put in your emergency fund, 6k should invested in your 401(k) (matched of course), 6k should be invested in taxable and 6k will go to taxes. The remaining 8k may then be used for your avatar.
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Re: To Avatar or not to Avatar . . how did you choose or not choose?

Post by Sandtrap » Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:08 pm

nedsaid wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:33 pm
triceratop wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:19 am
digarei wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:36 pm
triceratop wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:41 pm
I love Lucy (in the sky with diamonds?)
I suspect that you aren’t aware of the implications of this reference...

But different strokes for different folks.
You are correct, I was simply trying to make a stupid pun. In any case i would note the canon interpretation is not as popularly understood.

My avatar actually has no special meaning, though I can find various fake reasons to explain what it represents. I do like Peanuts.
Well, Lucy van Pelt is a fussbudget. I don't think that is why you picked the avatar, you are the "Doctor" that is always in to give good advice. You don't charge a Nickel though.

As far as Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, it was a featured song in the famous Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Supposedly this song was about LSD. It was well known that the Beatles were experimenting with drugs and had departed from their more wholesome image. I remember the Beatles in their earlier years performing with suits and ties, which was very common in the earlier 1960's. The band members denied the song was about the drug LSD but claimed the inspiration for the song was Alice in Wonderland. No doubt drug use influenced the music but this is probably overstated.

I am also reminded of the rumors that the Beatles employed "backmasking" where they supposedly hid secret and subliminal messages in their music. My foggy memory remembers that "Paul is dead" was one of the hidden messages. Supposedly, playing the music backwards revealed the hidden messages. On one radio program I remember, the host played a song backwards and if you used plenty of imagination you could make out the word "marijuana." Among certain religious circles, there was a lot of hysteria over these subliminal messages. I always thought the backmasking and the subliminal messages was a bunch of bunk. Someone took songs from a Gospel recording artist, Merrill Womach, who was horribly burned in a plane accident, and found with some imagination, hidden Satanic messages. Open hearing this, I rolled my eyes as hearing this confirmed my suspicions this whole "backmasking" thing was pure baloney.

So anyway, a little trip down memory lane.
Or "Stairway to Heaven'" by Led Zep. played backwards. Or "Revolution 9" by the Beatles.
Could never figure out how someone got a vinyl record playing backwards on a turntable.

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Re: To Avatar or not to Avatar . . how did you choose or not choose?

Post by nedsaid » Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:33 pm

Sandtrap wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:08 pm
nedsaid wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:33 pm
triceratop wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:19 am
digarei wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:36 pm
triceratop wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:41 pm
I love Lucy (in the sky with diamonds?)
I suspect that you aren’t aware of the implications of this reference...

But different strokes for different folks.
You are correct, I was simply trying to make a stupid pun. In any case i would note the canon interpretation is not as popularly understood.

My avatar actually has no special meaning, though I can find various fake reasons to explain what it represents. I do like Peanuts.
Well, Lucy van Pelt is a fussbudget. I don't think that is why you picked the avatar, you are the "Doctor" that is always in to give good advice. You don't charge a Nickel though.

As far as Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, it was a featured song in the famous Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Supposedly this song was about LSD. It was well known that the Beatles were experimenting with drugs and had departed from their more wholesome image. I remember the Beatles in their earlier years performing with suits and ties, which was very common in the earlier 1960's. The band members denied the song was about the drug LSD but claimed the inspiration for the song was Alice in Wonderland. No doubt drug use influenced the music but this is probably overstated.

I am also reminded of the rumors that the Beatles employed "backmasking" where they supposedly hid secret and subliminal messages in their music. My foggy memory remembers that "Paul is dead" was one of the hidden messages. Supposedly, playing the music backwards revealed the hidden messages. On one radio program I remember, the host played a song backwards and if you used plenty of imagination you could make out the word "marijuana." Among certain religious circles, there was a lot of hysteria over these subliminal messages. I always thought the backmasking and the subliminal messages was a bunch of bunk. Someone took songs from a Gospel recording artist, Merrill Womach, who was horribly burned in a plane accident, and found with some imagination, hidden Satanic messages. Open hearing this, I rolled my eyes as hearing this confirmed my suspicions this whole "backmasking" thing was pure baloney.

So anyway, a little trip down memory lane.
Or "Stairway to Heaven'" by Led Zep. played backwards. Or "Revolution 9" by the Beatles.
Could never figure out how someone got a vinyl record playing backwards on a turntable.
You need a reverse disgroenificator unit. :wink:
A fool and his money are good for business.

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Re: To Avatar or not to Avatar . . how did you choose or not choose?

Post by dwickenh » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:39 pm

I never could figure out how to resize, but my son is here from California and showed me the errors of my ways. My hero as a child was Stan Musial and my lucky number is 6 based on his uniform #.
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Re: To Avatar or not to Avatar . . how did you choose or not choose?

Post by rocket354 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:48 pm

This thread made me get one. On another forum years ago, I had an amusing avatar of an elephant jumping up and down (drawn). I searched for the same picture and found this one. Figured it was both cute and unique enough to run with.

I will say, having both a size and a memory limit made it difficult as I had to play around quite a bit on my own. And I'm not exactly computer ignorant. For many people, I could see how those hoops would be prohibitive. Isn't there some automatic resizing/compressing tool the site could use?

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Re: To Avatar or not to Avatar . . how did you choose or not choose?

Post by Nicolas » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:57 pm

rocket354 wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:48 pm
This thread made me get one. On another forum years ago, I had an amusing avatar of an elephant jumping up and down (drawn). I searched for the same picture and found this one. Figured it was both cute and unique enough to run with.

I will say, having both a size and a memory limit made it difficult as I had to play around quite a bit on my own. And I'm not exactly computer ignorant. For many people, I could see how those hoops would be prohibitive. Isn't there some automatic resizing/compressing tool the site could use?
I use imageoptimizer.net but even then I usually have to crop a bit from the finished result to get the forum to accept it. http://imageoptimizer.net/Pages/Home.aspx

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Re: To Avatar or not to Avatar . . how did you choose or not choose?

Post by arcticpineapplecorp. » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:03 pm

For those not familiar with the past post about "your user name...what does it mean?" you can find it here:
viewtopic.php?f=9&t=210591

I also thought it was a great question and very interesting to read people's thoughtful choosings. I was surprised to see that post go on for 8 pages, and enjoyed everyone's response.

I chose my avatar, which is Toad (of Toad Hall) from the Wind in The Willows. In the picture I believe he is smoking a cigar at the breakfast table and reading the Financial Times, both activities, I imagine leads his money to go up in smoke.

There's very little to be gleaned from the financial pages, Jonathan Clements and Jason Zweig's columns, being the exceptions. Even though Toad reads the financial news, he is always getting caught up in the latest craze which ultiimately leads to his financial downfall. He was swindled by weasels posing as stockbrokers in one episode of the television series. There's a lesson in there for our new SatuMedia who ask about gold, individual stocks, what they saw on CNBC, bitcoin, and the like. Hope that answers it.

Extra, Extra, Read All About It:
viewtopic.php?f=9&t=210591&start=50#p3231499
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