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Eric: Home again!


Back from Vegas, feeling somewhat ill -- hardly surprising, after a whirlwind desert week filled with educational conferences, evenings out, occasional liquor, and, y'know, getting married. The wedding was lovely, with evaporative cooling surrounding us with a light mist as we said vows under a rather nice outdoor gazebo. Weds was beautiful. I didn't trip at any point.

It's done.

I'll have more to say on it and many other things later this week, but as I said I'm feeling ill and besides, I want to show off Snarky, the Snarkasaurus, as created in the free demo of the Spore Creature Creator. This is an amazingly cool thing to play with -- I've created something like a dozen creatures so far, and I'm really chomping at the bit to get the full game (or even the full version of the creature creator -- but the game isn't until September and it'll be a few weeks before a ten dollar cool thing is a prudent investment). I think he came out pretty well given the limited tools, and he looks so happy.

Which is how I'm feeling too. Sick? Sure. Still jetlagged? You bet.

But happy.

More later. In the meantime, Eric Burns-White is signing off to lie down and feel a bit ill.

(Yes, Eric Burns-White. I'll explain my choice in detail later, though one friend has mentioned I've managed to up my pretentiousness another eight points, and another friend has said "wow -- your lifelong ambition to be E. B. White has finally seen fruition!" I have literate friends.)

Posted by Eric Burns-White at June 23, 2008 5:28 PM


Comment from: Dave Van Domelen [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 23, 2008 6:07 PM

Well, at least you both have short enough names that hyphenating isn't unwieldy. My last name alone is as long as yours is now, hyphenating mine would be insane unless I married someone with a single-letter family name. :)

Although sometimes I consider going for an "intersection of sets" deal, marrying a Van Something-else and just both becoming Vans. ;)

Comment from: 32_footsteps [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 23, 2008 6:08 PM

Man, I could never do the hyphenated name thing. My wife and I both kept our pre-wedding names.

And I have to admit, My knee-jerk reaction to your old last name going first was that you wanted to have Elements of Style in your whole life.

Comment from: DarkStar [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 23, 2008 6:24 PM

Huge congratulations! Don't forget to post pictures. We want to see pictures.

Wishes of happiness to the both of you in your new life together.

Comment from: Ununnilium [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 23, 2008 6:27 PM

Twice awesome.

Comment from: Andrew [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 23, 2008 6:43 PM

If I ever get married (and frankly, seems like at this point in my life, I may never get married, and I'm comfortable with that) I will take whatever my wife's name is. Simply because I hate my last name.

Maybe it's just me, but the whole Spore game seems to be a semi-sophisticated Poser program, but has a game on top of it.

Comment from: Morgan Wick [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 23, 2008 8:43 PM

If I had the full say, both of us would keep our own last names and the kids would take the last name of the parent of the same gender. If I decided to go the hyphenated route, I'd be Morgan Wick-(wife's name) and my wife would be (wife's name)-Wick.

That's assuming I went with all the formalities of marriage anyway. Needless to say, I probably wouldn't be not-marrying a Canadian expatriate. :)

Knowing you, I suspect you won't write about nearly as much of that stuff you were going to write about as you'd like because you'll be "ill" for the rest of the week.

But people might be interested to know that my comic strip for today mentions Burns and Websnark and my blog (in the URL field, should be accessible by clicking my name, if not it's morganwick.blogspot.com) has a long, rambling, short-on-sleep post on Websnark.

And I'm probably going to regret this shameless self-promotion because I probably look like a complete idiot.

Comment from: quiller [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 23, 2008 8:57 PM

The one problem I've found regarding hyphenated names is they are non-recursive. My Ex had a hyphenated name from her two parents (who actually kept their own names) but when she got married, adding a third name was not a viable option, so they kept their own names, but it still doesn't say what they should do if they have a child. At least sexism was simpler in many ways.

Oh yeah, and congratulations on your marriage, Eric, and yeah, that EB White thing, there are a lot worse figures to emulate, particularly for an essayist.

I share your pain on Spore. It is fun playing with the trial version, but throwing in an additional $10 for electronic clay seems too steep at the moment, and yet I look at what some people have put together with that version and am envious. And then I whack myself on the head and say "Back to finishing Persona 3, slacker, you can relax when you finish the school year!"

Comment from: Elizabeth McCoy [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 23, 2008 9:23 PM

Congrats to you, and heee, on E.B.White!

(And, surely, the logical thing to do should there be offspring is to evolve the name to Burnswite? I mean, that there looks like an excellent last name to see in the phonebook!)

Comment from: Kate Sith [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 23, 2008 11:23 PM

That reminds me. I want to see screenshots of Antimony. :D

Comment from: Ardaniel [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 24, 2008 12:04 AM

Heh. Having IMDB credits under my maiden name kind of forces me to retain it professionally, but the heck I'm hyphenating. I like being able to just scribble "Collier" on something when I want to. ;)

Comment from: coldcut [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 24, 2008 5:57 AM


There you go.

It occurs to me that maybe you wanted to do that on your own. Oh well. Your snarky will have the authenticity of ownership.

Comment from: Sean Duggan [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 24, 2008 9:11 AM

*sigh* Morgan, it does help when you put a URL in your link rather than just enclosing words inside of an <a> tag. Still, it is an interesting sort of post (I can't view the comic from here. Apparently your hosting site is a "known source of malicious software" according to my workplace). It comes off as a bit arrogant at times, but it's the kind of young arrogance that one can accept. I posted further in the comments on the site.

As for last names, I'm one of those traditionalists who thinks that a person should take another's name and, if there's kids, one should stay to take care of them. Personally, I'm flexible either way. My parents had five boys, so it's not like I'm going to end my family line by changing my last name. But overall, in terms of name games, it's all fun and games, but if you have kids, they often have to live with the consequences of your choices. "Angela Correra... but your father's last name is Wronskison and your mother's is Smith" "Yeah, they figured they would split the difference between common and rare names for the children."

Comment from: Eric Burns [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 24, 2008 10:26 AM

That is awesome, Coldcut. I'm looking forward to playing with the full toolset sometime in July. Or August. Or just getting the whole game in September. Or...

Regardless, it's clear there's amazingly cool stuff in there.

Comment from: gwalla [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 27, 2008 4:05 PM


Comment from: Paul Gadzikowski [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 28, 2008 12:16 AM

I told my wife I should take her name but it didn't work out that way.

At least I'm an easy google.

Comment from: Cornan [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 28, 2008 7:24 PM

I'm not sure how or why, but it looks like I can't add the rss feed for Websnark. When I try to through firefox I get a page with a very strange error on it.

Page not found - /index.xml%20/%3E%3Clink%20rel=

Just wanted to give you a heads up.

The RSS had been working for me before but I was readding it to 3.0 and it hasn't been working. If this is strictly a problem on my end please let me know so I can try to fix it. :D

And extreme congratulations and I hope you're feeling better. :D

Comment from: B. Durbin [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at July 2, 2008 1:03 PM

There was no way I was going to hyphenate because my maiden name would have made any such hyphenation a bigger joke than it was by itself. (Note: Do not, ever, make the obvious joke about somebody's name and then say, "I bet you've heard that a lot." Yes. Yes I have.)

I *did* keep it as a second middle name, though Social Security insists it's my first last name (only important for tax purposes.)

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