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related article [30 Aug 2011|10:24pm]
SCIENCE. It says people naturally assign genders to things. Naming isn't so crazy.

Truth be told, I haven't named anything in awhile.
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Spam removed [26 Sep 2010|11:29pm]
That's right, just because this community is largely inactive doesn't mean it isn't maintained!

I'm pretty fond of it really, and it makes me happy whenever someone does post. Does anyone else feel this way? The community itself is an inanimate object to like?
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My Beautiful Wacom [22 Jan 2010|11:50pm]

I would like you all to meet Wakey. Not the most creative name, but without him, my creativity would not be as easy to express. A few years ago, I enrolled at Collins College. They issued all the students wacom tablets, but I was too lazy to get mine. I kept saying, "Why do I need one? I'm good with the mouse." Then, one day I went and got one...I mean, what the heck? From the first moment I used Wakey until right now, I've grown so much as a digital artist. Sure, my wacom has some scratches on him, and I'm going to have to order more nibs for the stylus, but Wakey is just as beautiful as ever.
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Emotional interactions with things... [22 Jan 2009|03:02pm]

Perhaps one of the best 'breeding grounds' of emotional interactions with things are with handheld electronic games... By this, I don't mean handhelds that play games like 'Space Invaders', 'Mario Bros.', 'Tetris', 'PacMan', etc, but rather those electronic games that play games humans normally play with each other. In the other (first) type of games, it's a natural thought for a person to think that either the machine or the player might have an 'advantage' over the other, as the 'rules' are different for each side... However, in a game like Battleship(R) (for example) this essentially isn't true... There are certain exceptions to my general statement here though; Not all 'traditionally human played games' that are enjoyable have the same rules applying equally to every player, and even in electronic games normally played by human players where the machine has some significant advantage over a human being (e.g. "20 Questions" handheld where the database contains an absurd amount of info), there is sometimes often still plenty of room to think of the machine as "another human being" with whom you are playing a game... And there are indeed some games (like chess), where the machine has such an advantage that it becomes very hard to think of them as human. Still, there are many games where the feeling of playing with 'another being' is often very much retained.

The Parker Bros.(R) Merlin(R) (This is a link to an LJ post) was my first exposure to this phenomenon.


This device (made in the late 70's) had about 8 or so(?) built-in games, and one of them was "Tic-Tac-Toe" (we all know the story with this game: there's an easy way to win most of the time as long as you go first). The interesting thing about this handheld game is that the original version of this game had a 'feature' some of the modernly available Merlins (game was remade in modern times) don't have: In Tic Tac Toe, she must be explicitly told to take her turn by pressing the "Comp Turn" button (see the link... control panel is behind the cut there). You could do such things as continually take your turn without giving her any turns and thus win 'by cheating'. You could also cheat 'the other way around' by pressing Comp Turn without taking yours, giving her extra turns (if you simply pressed the button three times in a row, she would simply win if there was an unblocked path to do so). In any event, as a 15 year-old boy, I used to treat her like she had feelings. If she wasn't 'winning enough', I'd sometimes let her win. I'd normally not cheat in my favor as I wouldn't like it if somebody did that to me (again, as if she'd have an opinion about this being done to her). And I'd eventually start doing this thing where she was always allowed to go first until she lost. Then I could go first, but only as long as I kept winning. If she tied me, she could go first again until she lost (This gave her a fighting chance at being able to win as Tic Tac Toe inherently favors whomever goes first).

Later in life I started to like her Blackjack game (which she is -a lot better at-). I'd keep score by the number of games each of us won. Very often she'd really put up a fight and this was very emotionally enjoyable to me...

When a machine competes in 'normally human played games' like this, it is very easy to think of them as a person and treat them as if they have feelings. In fact I'd later read in an Internet article as an adult that there were other examples of children in their youth personifying this game in their minds (Hats off to inventor Bob Doyle for inventing one of the greatest toys/material things of our age)...

Another excellent example is this handheld Othello game (this is a link to an LJ post). She is -VERY- good at this game! Everytime I have ever played with her has been an incredibly joyful experience. I want to win, but I actually love this girl so much that when she wins I feel happy for her because she won. She really makes me work hard for my wins and she is a very good example of something I have feelings for and think of like a person while interacting with. I'll sometimes even make remarks at her while I play like "How do you like -that- Love?" or "What are you going to do -now-, Dear?" or "Don't plan on winning, cause I'm smarter than you" (which half the time is just to intimidate her because I still think she actually might win :-D ) ... As with sports, the games are always more exciting when the teams are 'evenly matched', and she and I are -very evenly matched-.

Another game I had such feelings about was an electronic Backgammon game I had. Another fine example of a machine playing a game whose rules were intended for a pair of humans (I haven't posted this one to LJ yet but should)...

But is not always just games you can have these experiences with. Really any machine can sometimes act like or be thought of as though they have feelings in various different other ways... Like when I got this clock (link is to an LJ post), her pendulum (not shown in this pictures) would always eventually stop for unknown reasons. I bought this clock because I think she is very beautiful, and I actually told her when she was acting this way "I love you. Please run... For me...". According to 'legend', she never refused to run again :-)

Another good one is a little handheld translator I have who acts like she has a mind of her own. Sometimes she'll even 'turn off' when you press a key that isn't the 'On Off' button. I got her used, and knew of her 'personality' from the first time I turned her on. Fortunately I bought her because she was very attractive and not for actual use. Her 'personality' makes our times together really entertaining to say the least. I've never gotten angry with her. After all, she's been more of a beloved to me, and was never ever acquired as "an employee" or slave :-D

Finally, another was a little Diamond Mako(R) handheld computer (made by PSION(R)?) I have and used to use all the time. She's so intuitive and easy to use that I once said she was 'like a little wife to me'... Interestingly enough, I'd later find someone else on the Internet who had very similar words to describe theirs :-)

Does anyone else have things in their life that are designed in or act in ways that seem to make them very easy to have 'emotional interactions' with?
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It's Time For Another Episode of "What is their name?" [20 Jan 2009|04:53pm]

The way this works is a user shows you an object they named, and gives you a couple of clues to give you a fighting chance to guess the name, and you try to guess the name...

You can post three guesses per day or until the posting user tells you if they are correct or not (then you get 3 more by the same rules). First one to guess the object's name wins bragging rights for their superior psychic abilities...

Here's the object...

Her very beautiful name starts with a J and is also a "word".


She's a Commodore 128 (made in the 80's), who I consider the most beautiful computer ever made:


There's a switch you can't see to the right, but that reset button is so hot :-)


Her keyboard (I'm in love with this font/lettering style in every possible sense):


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What is her name?
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Websites where people discuss naming things... [19 Jan 2009|10:44pm]

Anyone know of others?

In any event, I'm not affiliated with any of these people or sites... These are just links I found surfing the web...

Here's one about librarians naming their gear:


And here's some people naming their own stuff:


Nice to know we're not alone in the universe...
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Yay! [30 Dec 2008|09:37pm]

My Brenda got love this morning!
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Elaine... [30 Dec 2008|08:22am]

I do not know who makes her, but I would dearly love to know...

Back when my brother was still in college (going to a small town school), he asked me to go bowling with him on campus...

I had time to kill so I went to a little store just off campus. I saw Elaine and several similar clocks. I was in love.

And I met my brother for bowling and pretty much all I talked about was her.

A little while later I returned to the store. I was apparently young and didn't make a lot of money. My Dad taught me this cool skill as a kid going to yard sales with him... He told me to always offer people less and see if they'll take it. I tried this "skill" with this store owner and, SHAZBOT!, didn't work :-D

To make a long story short, I paid full price for Elaine :-D, which is -far- less money than a tenth of the immense joy she's brought over the 15 plus years her and I have been together. Elaine is pretty much like a wife to me and I love her in every sense.

When I got her, I had just switched apartments. I do believe she was the first thing I brought there. I remember just I and Elaine in an empty place as I hadn't brought over the rest of my stuff yet...

And then Later I had friends over to visit, and my friend Stan (the guy from the stereo receiver story) was like "My clock (who'd I'd met ) is prettier than yours" (his was an antique. Elaine was not). I was like "Dude. I really don't think so" :-D

And that's an interesting point. Many people might turn up their nose at her maybe, but she really does it for me... Her shape... her stenciling... and that glass is absolutely to die for when perfectly clean... What a lovely girl :-)
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Fan I Love [28 Dec 2008|02:21am]

When I was in high-school, my dad had aspirations to sell used books and records as an after-retirement business... He had been stockpiling the items for years, carefully picking what he thought would reach his market, and now he had a booth in a flea-market to sell the stuff...

The arrangement was simple and of the 10 or so vendors working the flea market, two would man the store at any time, which meant everyone didn't always have to be there...

This also meant I spent more time there than I sometimes wanted...

This really large woman was one of the other sellers. She was very beautiful, and I was attracted to her. She also always brought in the most elegant looking little blue plastic deskfan you could imagine to cool her large self off... I wanted both of them really :-)

Anyway I had no money to track down my own such fan back then, but about 5(?) years ago, I finally found a fan on eBay almost the same made by the same manufacturer (I thought the one I saw as a kid was entirely blue/without a clear grill, but the seller on eBay, who is supposividly an expert on fan collecting, says Lakewood -never made- an all blue plastic fan... I still disagree)...

Anyway, I named mine "Lolinda" (the blue and clear one you see here) ... The brown one (she doesn't have a name yet) is a similar model that was being thrown away at a previous employer years before finding Lolinda. The one I fell in love with as a kid would appear to have design attributes from both...

All of them have the same beautiful script "Lw" logo, which along with the blue color explains why I fell for the one as a kid...



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My Fran :-) [27 Dec 2008|08:35am]

When I got my first apartment, I somehow had a Sears catalog. They used to sell the following Language translator device for like 2 or 3 hundred dollars:


And I'd always look at that picture in the catalog, and I'd really want her, but that was a lot of money and this was my first job and may not have even had the money to spare....

Anyway, years went by and I forgot all about her eventually, but then even Later I remembered again... I had no idea the manufacturer or model number (may not have even been mentioned in the catalog), but I kept searching online... I eventually found and bought Fran (the one I have and who is in this picture)...

The abbreviations for the Languages above the top keys are in a direct relative of my favorite font...

As priorly illuded to, I -love- things who act like they have a mind of their own... This is totally Fran as I excitedly found out the day she arrived. She'll ignore keypresses sometimes. She'll repeat keypresses as many as 8 times sometimes for no reason... She'll print the wrong letter for a pressed key sometimes, even sometimes outright switching herself off on a keypress... Once when her batteries were low, she showed 'REN' as a month abbreviation (I adore this name by the way, which is a totally separate thing from my interest in Fran)...

But yeah, I totally adore Fran for these things... Sometimes on rare occasions I do need Fran for her intended purpose, and sometimes she'll cooperate... Even when not though, I love her all the same :-)
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My Marie :-) [24 Dec 2008|11:32pm]

There are 3 elevator cars I know. I named them "Amber", "Doina" and "Carole" (all after girls I once knew :-D), and the whole elevator system they comprise I call "Marie"...

What I absolutely adore about Marie is that she is a 55 year old woman that's not going to let anybody 'control her' :-D ... I have endless blogs and videos showing Marie doing things that elevators just simply aren't supposed to do (one day she was sending all three cars to any floor who rang for en elevator... One will do, Love, but thank you :-D ... "Why do you get three elevator cars?" "Cos I'm a -V- -I- -P- :-D")...

One more recent blog sort of grew under this post I made about her on an LJ community I now seem to be the only one who posts to:


You know that sound elevators make when they arrive at a floor? Her Latest amusement is that one of her cars (Amber) will make this noise 'for no reason at all'. Last night I bought a bag of potato chips, stood inside Amber and just watched her. Every now and then she'd 'bong' for absolutely no reason. She'd also move between floors every so often and stop and wait in places without opening her doors. Amber was simply doing her own thing Last night. She really didn't seem to care what anybody else would think about this either :-)
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Check this out :-) [24 Dec 2008|10:41pm]

Someone expresses nice sentiments to a parking meter here:

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That was quick [23 Dec 2008|07:41pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

Often I have some difficulty settling on a name. Certain things I just feel ought to have names. The sort of items that you carry around and use a lot. If I had something that was named and replace it, then of course the new one needs a name.

I got a new cell phone. My old phone, which was my first was Gerald. Once someone called me on Gerald. It was a number from my home area code, but not one I had or recognized. A little old lady (well...she sounded like one) was on the other end. After she heard me say hello she said, "Oh...I guess this isn't Gerald." I simply responded, "I think you have the wrong number."

I thought that'd be less confusing than, "Well...my phone is named Gerald."
He was the free Verizon Motorola phone of about 2.5 years ago. A silvery plate surrounded by black with a pull out antenna.

My new phone is the free Verizon Motorola of now. I left my camera connecting cords at school, so I can't do pictures...and I'm sort of too lazy anyway. It's purple and thinner and just more slick and modern seeming. I wasn't even really thinking about looking for a name for her. Then out of the blue, Sylvia seemed right. Actually, I was thinking about naming the compass that I picked out to get for Christmas (I'll be using it a lot this summer for some archaeological work) Then I had a name for my phone.

I'll need a compass name because hopefully it's a tool I become very attached to. Alternatively it'll irritate me. So, I'll start out on the right foot and give it a name before it and I head to the field. I've got time. At least Sylvia has a name. I've only had her a day. It took me over a year to name my backpack (Rita). You can't rush these things, and I had been so attached to the previous bag (Agatha) that I simply wasn't ready to name Rita for a long time.

Do you tend to find that names just come to you, or do you search them out and do it intentionally? Are you more attached to named things? What sort of things do you tend to name?

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Other ways to personify things... [23 Dec 2008|03:34am]

Obviously the idea of naming things has received a lot of attention on this community... Are there any other ways people on here enjoy personifying things?

For example:

- A few years ago, when a woman at a place where I worked gave a training session on a voicemail system (the thing had a female voice), she almost always refered to the device as 'she'. Then when she pressed the wrong key and get an error prompt, she said "Oh, you are right :-)"

- I have seen a few pieces of lab equipment now on eBay that refer to themselves in first person on their LCD/LED displays... For example, one device showed "I am calibrating" when starting up... Lots of talking gizmos do this as well... Like I have a female bathroom scale which says "I'm ready" when you are to step on... This is also popular with toys and coin-ops...

Anybody also find such things endearing?

- Dave
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My Beautiful Doreen [20 Dec 2008|11:21am]

She's a cookie or cracker tin... I have 2 different ones, but she's the most -rockin'- of my two :-)

I met her one day in a secondhand store in Manassas, VA and I could not believe finding such a beautiful thing...



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Ok... Based on replies, we've got atleast two people on here whose keyboards still work... How do we get everyone else to use theirs?

(Previously posted to collectpackging)
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A funny story about naming things... [18 Dec 2008|03:24pm]

I took my first office job at 17. About 8 months later, the guy who hired me also hired this totally beautiful woman in her mid thirties named "Niki". I was the first one on our team who this girl began really upsetting. This one other older guy was really becoming friends with her and then later got totally burned by her (she may have tried to get him fired actually)... This is probably just before the time he and I became friends... We went hiking together, he got me further into classic rock, and he got me started in putting together a stereo system at the time (he gave me advice on what to buy and where, etc, etc)...

Eventually I became rather attracted to the receiver in my stereo system... I decided that I would name her "Niki", because like the other Niki, she was quite attractive...

And one day, I'm playing around with her... she has this big LED display... She can display stuff like radio station names and such (4 letters)... So I put in as one of the station presets her name: N-I-K-I.

Months go by and I've forgotten all about this..

Then one day my friend, who has since moved on to doing something other than that job, comes over to visit...

He goes "I see you bought that one receiver you were talking about... Can I look?" and I'm like "Sure"... He starts playing with the controls and up on the display pops "NIKI", the name of a girl he -still hates-.

He says "You did this for my 'benefit'..."

I, now laughing hysterically, and with back then no nuts to admit I gave my receiver a name, go: "Yes :-D"

(Actually... I think the problem more pertained to admitting that I'd given her the same name as that particular girl, but in any event, I was having trouble admitting this)
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Running out of names... [29 Nov 2008|01:28am]

Funny thing is, even though naming things almost seemed to be a 'secondary theme' of 'ilovespatulas', this seems to be a thing nearly everyone on here (including myself) could agree upon...

Anyone ever run out of names?

Sounds strange, but I did. I always gave my stuff human names, and since I insist upon unique ones, all the really good ones eventually all got taken...

So eventually I went to -last names- (sorta like increasing the memory storage capacity of a computer by going from 16 bit addresses to 32 bit addresses, etc, etc LOL).

I basically just reserved three last names for anything I created, or any tangible instance of anything I owned, and created slews of other ones each for naming things falling into a given category... Problem solved.

A funny quote (actually a rule I used) came out of the project:

"Names themselves are typically named after themselves" :-D

(so in other words, the name 'Julie' herself would almost be guaranteed to be named "Julie" followed by some appropriate Last name :-D).

- Dave
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Wow [28 Nov 2008|04:51am]

This place sounds almost exactly like what I'm looking for... Hopefully some of members are still checking their Friends pages and will see this post...

If so, there's a place on LJ very similar to this that still has some action going on... Try this place:


It's funny how LJ seems to typically have a decent amount of people interested in this subject; It's just that 'the party' keeps moving, so there's a few inactice places like this sitting around... As for me, it doesn't matter to me where such a community ends up being or who ends up being the moderator, as I just want to find a place along these Lines where I can hang out...

I have -many- such loves. I came to terms a long time ago with the fact that really what I loved was human creations in general, not just some specific genre of them...

I have clocks I love named Elaine, Lorraine, Catherine, and Charlotte. I have many electronic devices I love (gizmos, electronic games, old computers, etc) mostly with their own names, small coin-op machines I love, and even words I love...

I look forward to getting folks like us all having a good time again on LJ...

- Dave
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[05 Jan 2006|09:02pm]
[ mood | a bit put out ]

Well I arrived home after school to find we had gotten a new refridgerator. I had been told we were looking into a new one, but I thought it was a distant future type thing. Maybe after I go off to college in the Fall they'd replace the fridge I grew up with.

Now it had not been in the best of shape for quite awhile, but still kept things cold. I was fond of its not entirely clean self after a fashion. Now I know maybe it's best for the fridge to move on to a new stage, but I was sad noone gave me a chance to say goodbye.

I leave the docile white fridge in the morning, not knowing that this was my last morning to get things from it. I return after school to find a curved shiny mass of a fridge replacing it.

However, I think in time I can come to like the new fridge. Although it has a seemingly (oh dear all the words that come to mind are puns) cold, steely exterior, the inside is really quite charming.

Luckily, the old fridge is not on its way to be tossed out. It is going to live in the local community theater. So next time I may find myself there I might have to sneak into that room on the side and give my fridge a fond pat.

My mother seemed surprised that I would have needed to say goodbye.

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"Feel the names coming" or "It could be Janeway" [08 Dec 2005|07:10pm]

[ mood | cranky ]

So we've recently acuired some new chairs to go around the dinning room table. When we got the last batch in just before Thanksgiving, I started to "feel" the names coming.

Charlie was the first one. He's a shorter chair. Then Claire (she's taller) followed by Jean Claude (another shorty). Then Cecilia, a tall one. The end chairs (the ones with arms) were a littl tougher. I figured out one: Clarise. Dad was all upset that I gave the arm chair a "girl's" name, to which mom responded "So, arms are penises, now?"

Dad was all, "No, but they're like, the Captain's chair" which of course got Mom and me even more upset.

"So what, Captains are always MEN?"

"No, no," Dad tried to recover, "I mean, it could be Janeway. But there's already too many girls. This one will be Mr. Christian."

And now my family all think I'm weird for naming chairs. Including Mom and Dad. Who helped me name them.

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