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Brandoch Daha
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M 54, Wayland Michigan, happy heavy handsome. Taken. I live with my son, a cat, and a dog.

Lord Brandoch Daha is a character in a book, one of the four princely heroes of The Worm Ouroboros, a pre-Tolkien high fantasy by E.R. Eddison. Get it and read it. The fancy-shmancy high-falutin style takes a little getting used to, and the beginning takes a while for a character to go to bed and have a dream and in the dream the real story starts, but once you get going, you'll be hooked. Trust me on this.

Anyway, in 1990 I discovered the magic of the one-line BBS, generally put up by a high school student who got a second phone line in the house and left his computer hooked up to it 24x7. You could post public messages in forums for others to read, and send private messages to other users. You could play some very limited online games, upload and download files, and sometimes if the SYSOP was in, hold an actual chat with him/her. When I entered this world I discovered that the only people who logged in with their real names were clueless newbies. Fantasy nicknames ruled. I didn't want to be the seventeenth Gandalf on the block, so I took my name from a fantasy character unlikely to be duplicated. Thus: Lord Brandoch Daha.

Some months later, I discovered that some of the one-line BBS systems were part of a system that included discussion groups that spanned more than one system. Each night, when the long distance rates were low, somebody would place a call to a hub and download a bunch of new messages that had accumulated over the past 24 hours, and upload a bunch of new messages that had been generated locally. Then the local boards would dial into the local hub and get their set of new messages and upload their new outgoings, and eventually everybody everywhere would get to read what everybody else had to say. It might take a few days for all the messages to propagate. This was FIDOnet. People on FIDOnet signed their posts. I was on FIDOnet. I signed my posts. Everybody signed their posts. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Signature_block

Later, I got an internet connection and discovered FIDOnet's big brother - USEnet. People on USEnet signed their posts. I signed my posts.

When I migrated to EFnet IRC, with its 9 character limit for nicks, I became, simply, daha. Every so often a Turkish person tries to chat with me because of it. I having been signing posts of one sort or another with variations of *daha* since 1990 and I am a stubborn curmudgeon and I don't intend to quit.

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