13 Apr 2000 maphew   » (Apprentice)

the problem with names I can sure empathize with this one. Professionally, I'm Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tech. So I called my first attempt at my own business "Perigee". Perigee is the word used to describe the point in the moon's orbit where it is closest to earth. I thought a GIS company named "closest to earth" was pretty cool synthesis of my work and the word's meaning. Unfortunately, nobody I encountered knew what the hell it was, or if they did they thought I was trying to capitlize on Apogee Ltd. or Inc. or ...)'s popularity. yuk. So I chose an even worse name: "patawi", shamelessly pilfered from Sanskrit and spelt like it sounds. It means earth. After explaining that away a few thousand times I gave (but not wised) it up as a business name. Then I got the bright idea of mixing my and my SO names up to produce Tammik, which appears to be a popular last name in estonian.

I'm still explaining the name with every new encounter, but I've stopped trying to generate the "right name". One of these days I'll spring wake up at 3am and it'll be there. Or so I've been telling myself for the last 3 years anyway. :)

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