Hi. My name is Brian.
That's me. I have decided to make a fundamental change to my blogging persona by retiring the sporting but quirky name b. smoove, mostly on account of the rather bizarre mixture between that persona and real life the other weekend at AdeptiCon. To put it plainly, I simply cannot introduce myself to anyone (at least not with a straight face) as B. Smoove. I just feel really silly. That's because it is really silly.
About four years ago, I lifted that name from the Onion (America's Finest News Source) when I needed a pseudonym on the fly (no pun intended) in order to comment on a blog that I had been
reading lurking around for a while (cough BoLS cough). It seemed the thing to do, so I chose/borrowed/stole that particular name because I have enjoyed the Onion since way back when it was still in Madison WI, and because I have only ever really had the nickname B in the greater much more real world. Nevertheless, b.smoove has not always nor genuinely fit well to my mind, and more than a few people never really grasped the slangy "smooth" in the name, but nevermind. He's gone now.
AdeptiCon weekend was illuminating for a litany of reasons, but mostly because I met so many people that I already "knew" from the internet. Moreover, I was often at a loss reciprocating when I encountered personalities from the webs unless that individual politely referenced his other moniker. Brent is kind enough both to use his real name and to post images of himself, so there was no hassle on that end. I knew Papa JJ from last year's AdeptiCon, and I was able to guess that Gabe is, in fact, DrGabe, but after that I needed a lot of help greeting people that I semi-regularly correspond with and otherwise should already know. It got a little weird after a while.
So. Hi. My name is Brian. The pleasure is all mine.