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Metamorphosis complete

Well, it is done. The results of my poll suggested that most of you like it, and I certainly do. So purple_pen is no more, and strange_complex has taken her place.

It felt a bit weird immediately after I'd done it. I was expecting it to maybe take a couple of hours to go through, but as soon as I'd paid up and returned to LJ, there it was - my username of seven years had unceremoniously vanished from its old home in the menu bar at the top of the screen, and some new name had appeared to take its place. It was hard not to feel deleted, kicked out and body-snatched for a moment, there. But I think I've pretty much got the hang of it already. It's like a brave new world. With, um, exactly the same stuff in it.

You, gentle reader, should be largely unaffected. All my friends contacts are exactly the same, and even if you forget my new username and type in <lj user=purple_pen> by accident, it will display as strange_complex. I think you should also find that every comment I've ever made, or every reference you have ever made to me in the past, has also been changed to show strange_complex as the username. So all you have to do is remember that that is the same person who used to be known as purple_pen.

Now I am off to round off the process by replacing my journal header, figuring out how all this has affected my OpenID (the official word is that it's anyone's guess), and also seeing whether LJArchive will be affected. Have a strange and complex morning!

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damien_mocata
Sep. 25th, 2010 09:28 am (UTC)
Better go and change your entry on my phone to your new name then.

Good luck in figuring out all the changes. :)
strange_complex
Sep. 25th, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
Heh, I'm sure you'll remember you who meant!
secretshadowss
Sep. 25th, 2010 09:32 am (UTC)
How much did it cost?
strange_complex
Sep. 25th, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
It was $15, which today was the equivalent of £9.72. So nothing too prohibitive, really.
rhube
Sep. 25th, 2010 09:32 am (UTC)
Cool! I like your new name. I'm curious, as I'm trying to work out a new name for myself for a public blog I'm wanting to set up - how did you come up with it?
strange_complex
Sep. 25th, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
I just went round for ages making sure I kept an eye out for possible names. I've literally been looking for years, so it isn't a very efficient way of doing it. But every time I came across an ancient female intellectual, or heard an isolated phrase which I liked the sound of, I rolled it around in my mind as a possible LJ name, until I hit on one that a) I liked and b) was free.

So, in other words, I've not got anything very helpful to say to someone else looking for a new name! I will come over and add what comments I can to your own post on the subject in a moment, though, when I've finished answering comments here.
ms_siobhan
Sep. 25th, 2010 10:03 am (UTC)
I'm wondering if you got a kind of shimmery light around your head and and hands and quite swirly dramatic music started playing when you did this *grin*
strange_complex
Sep. 25th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
Ah, well actually when you next see me you will discover that I have turned into a giant butterfly! It will making commuting to and from work a lot easier now that I can fly. :-)
chilperic
Sep. 25th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
Hello, Dr Complex!
strange_complex
Sep. 25th, 2010 01:34 pm (UTC)
Greetings! Actually, it hadn't occurred to me before that my new name works in a sort of pseudo-firstname-last-name format. The old one really didn't, not least because the second element in it was (part of) my first name. But now I can do things like go round calling my family The Complexities and so forth! Cool.
viscount_s
Sep. 25th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to see that your regeneration has been completed successfully - and hopefully your adventures through across the width, breadth and history of the internet are going to remain just as interesting!
strange_complex
Sep. 25th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
I feel oddly inclined to take up the recorder - but other than that, I think there are no ill effects. :-)
parrot_knight
Sep. 25th, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
Hello, your strange complexity! Or, your complex strangeness.
strange_complex
Sep. 26th, 2010 08:29 am (UTC)
Oh, both, I think! :-)
wardrobewitch
Sep. 26th, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC)
congrats on your transformation :D
strange_complex
Sep. 26th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :-)
foxy76
Sep. 27th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
You have emerged a beautiful butterfly!

Happy new name :-)
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