New Username

Eric MacLeod's picture

My former username was EricFromPtown. I posted on threads, read many more, and posted some sans serif designs. I changed my name because according to Google PTown is the name for Provincetown, Massachusetts' Gay and Lesbian community. While I would not consider myself a homophobe, aberrant interpretation is a very serious offense in the communicative arts; thus I decided it was time to abandon the inter-webs moniker I've held since middle school. If moderators are reading this, feel free to delete the account "EricFromPTown".

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Jens Kutilek's picture

My former username was Eric MacLeod. I posted on threads, read many more, and posted some sans serif designs. I changed my name because according to Google MacLeod is the name of a character in a 1980s fantasy movie. While I would not consider myself a raging cinephobic, aberrant taste in motion pictures is a very serious offense in the communicative arts; thus I decided it was time to abandon the inter-webs moniker I’ve held since, uh, yesterday.

SCNR

paul d hunt's picture

you could have just edited the user name on your old account... it's changeable.

Eric MacLeod's picture

The "Edit / Additional Information" allows you to change your full name, but there is no entry to change username...unless there is something I totally missed.

Unfortunately a few Hollywood producers have shamed the MacLeod name with the Highlander movies (which I have never taken the time to watch). Thank you Jens for making that association; rest assured you aren't the first and won't be the last to point that out.

aluminum's picture

Are we to assume you're a different type of homophobe?

Eric MacLeod's picture

Yeah, I guess the "raging" was unnecessary. It seems like homophobes are often considered raging homophobes. You don't hear much about the mellow homophobes if there is such a thing.

paul d hunt's picture

Does the 'Edit/Account settings' let you edit your user name? if not, i could have done it for you as a moderator...

Eric MacLeod's picture

Cool...if you could delete this account and then change the username of "EricFromPTown" to "Eric MacLeod" that would be great.

The primary email of "EricFromPTown" is < eric [dot] m [dot] macleod [at] biola [dot] edu > if you need any email confirmation for that.

Zara Evens's picture

I always thought P-town referred to Portland, Oregon.

Eric MacLeod's picture

It used to...that's what I was going for. I think it still does to us West Coasters, but the 2 first pages of Google results say otherwise. Portland has many other endearing nicknames like Rose City, Bridgetown, Stumptown, Rip City, PDX so it isn't a complete tragedy.

Matthew Lujan's picture

In my neck of the woods P-town is Pomona. I guess it might as well be Placentia, too, etc. The name change is a bit like the ol' boycotting Gill Sans because Eric Gill was such a monster conversation. I think you've drawn more attention to this than anybody would have on their own. But, as my late grandfather used to say when someone disagreed with him, "do as you see fit."

Eric MacLeod's picture

Maybe I'm taking this too far, but it is kind of important. The purpose of a username is to give some kind of insight about the person posting. That way if I posted in a Typophile thread saying, "Lloyd Reynolds is the foremost calligrapher in the 20th Century," then my appreciation of this fact could be attributed to being from Portland. If P-town is not understood to mean Portland, Oregon, then I am just another Lloyd Reynolds fanatic from some backwoods town.

dezcom's picture

On the east coast, P-Town does refer to Provincetown Mass out on the Cape. While it does have a sizable gay population, it certainly is not exclusively a gay/lesbian community. I have visited there several times with my wife. There are lots of great restaurants and shops and a large art community. It is a good summer vacation place.

ChrisL

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