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Is it bad to buy a domain that used to be used for nefarious purposes?

I may be able to pick up an obscure but useful domain name soon. However, it was once a domain used for command-and-control systems for a well-known trojan that spread throughout the Internet. For the last five years, it's been held by a security/enforcement group that took it over. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Apr 16, 2015 - 5 answers

Name our bowling team

My company's new bowling team needs a nickname. We are a tech startup affiliated with the mortgage space. The leading candidates right now are all Lebowski-related, so we need something with a little more creative juice. Any ideas?
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? on Apr 14, 2015 - 11 answers

Name That Book: Sci-fi - shoots arrows to build faraday cage

I'm struggling to remember the name of a book I read from a school library around 1995. I remember very little other than towards the end of the story the hero was fighting some sort of machine or robot. He used a bow to fire wires/cables over the top of the robot. With each cable the robot became less powerful as he believed he was building a faraday cage which was weakening it's powers. However, it was a ploy and the robot was feigning weakness. [more inside]
posted by Simon_ on Mar 30, 2015 - 0 answers

Looking for a name that's Greeky or Latiny for part of a big project

I'm looking for a Greek or Latin name that basically means holy/sacred/important/influential book/writing/teaching. Something grandiose. [more inside]
posted by bfootdav on Mar 20, 2015 - 19 answers

Name that Company

I need to name a fictitious sporting goods company. This company will pretend to be a online retailer like REI who sells GPS watches, camping gear, and bikes. Although not required, the name should not already be a registered domain. The name needs to be authentic and not cheesy. Think "Gander Mountain" or "Sport Chalet". Help me name this company!
posted by jasondigitized on Mar 16, 2015 - 17 answers

Poutine Hipster

Recently poutine came up in a convo I had with a foreigner. After they told me they visited Canada and while here made sure to try poutine, I explained to them that I was familiar with poutine before most Canadians knew what the hell it was and that in the not-too-distant past poutine wasn't well-known outside of Quebec. I estimated that it only started becoming popular outside of Quebec in maybe the late 90s. Am I off in this estimate, MeFi? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Mar 5, 2015 - 31 answers

Pronunciation of Moriah

Up until five minutes ago, I've always pronounced the word/name Moriah the same way you would say Mariah Carey's name. But Baby Name Voyager says the correct pronunciation is mo-RAY-uh. Am I in the wrong here? (Biblical experts, or just name experts, help me out!)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Feb 25, 2015 - 14 answers

What should I name my barber/indian head massage/henna tattoo business?

My friend wants a name for her new business that includes barbering, Indian head massage and henna tattooing. She liked the names "Barber on a Bike" and "The Tonsorial Artist" but these are both taken. Any further suggestions? We are in the UK.
posted by stinker on Feb 22, 2015 - 5 answers

What should I name my company?

So I'm slowly building a company (audio and music software), and I'm starting to look at company name and branding. Naming is really hard. [more inside]
posted by hanoixan on Feb 19, 2015 - 18 answers

Help me name a documentary film.

I'm finishing a documentary on an extremely large (multiple millions of people), global subculture. We picked 5 characters in 5 continents and spent "one day" with each of them to show the breadth of the community and how varied their experiences all are. I need a title that evokes a similar feeling to "Life in a Day" (which is already taken). At the end of the film, the title flickers past in dozens of languages, so it should be something that reads pretty fast.
posted by nathancaswell on Jan 27, 2015 - 30 answers

When is a last name left lowercase?

I'm writing a piece of software to go through a very large database and format last names in their correct casing (i.e., smith or SMITH or sMith to Smith.) However, I'm obviously aware some names should be kept as lowercase—but what names? [more inside]
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire on Jan 21, 2015 - 17 answers

online personal reputation management/branding/privacy w unusual name

What some things related to my online profiles that I may need to consider with an extremely unusual first name + last name? [more inside]
posted by seesom on Dec 30, 2014 - 14 answers

When should I tell Social Security about my name change?

I'll be changing my name very soon. Problem: My employer will also file my W-2 soon. I don't want mismatched documents to make SSA or IRS send a no-match letter. It'd inconvenience us both, and since this is due to a gender transition, it would also accidentally out me. Is there some time early next year when all the W-2 forms will be processed, and I can tell the SSA of my name change, then my employer, without triggering a no-match? Or is my best option to tell everyone ASAP and hope for the best?
posted by aw_yiss on Dec 7, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me name my wife's professional organizing business

My wife is starting a professional organizing business and is having trouble coming up with a name for her business that a) doesn't sound generic (i.e. "Organizing Solutions"), b) would appeal equally well to businesses and homeowners and c) would avoid her services being confused with a cleaning service. I'm wondering if anyone here might be able to offer any suggestions?
posted by Proginoskes on Nov 18, 2014 - 10 answers

Let's play "name my website" again!

You guys have given some great suggestions to people for naming their websites and blogs. Can you help me? I'm putting together an online list of eco-friendly places, like permaculture farms and yoga centers, for travelers to visit. [more inside]
posted by ananci on Nov 4, 2014 - 10 answers

How to sell a domain name to an interested buyer without getting scammed

I've been contacted out of the blue by a total stranger who has offered me a good-sized chunk of money for a domain name I registered about 4 years ago. I'd be happy to sell it to him, but have no idea how that works. How do I avoid getting scammed, & make the transaction, if it's legit, happen? [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher on Nov 3, 2014 - 9 answers

I can talk about polyphenols all day, but names escape me.

I'm a fledging dietitian ready to spread my wings. Please help me think of names for a future nutrition counseling practice and blog! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 31, 2014 - 14 answers

Stepmom? Dad's wife? Her?

How do you refer to your widowed parent's new spouse, when you are talking to someone who does not know them? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Oct 28, 2014 - 55 answers

I need help naming a blog

Metafilter has named cats and dogs, and roller derby babes. This should be easy. On the book of faces I talk a lot about my life with Agent K, my 11 yo with autism. I'd like to move it over to it's own blog and talk about our life, link to interesting articles and products, post pictures, etc. He's always been Agent K and he calls me Muh-ver, Mommy, or Heyshea. I keep a Pintrest board titled Agent K's Awesome board. Any thoughts?
posted by FunkyHelix on Oct 27, 2014 - 13 answers

Help us name our baby!

We're having a baby next week and need help picking between two names. Looking for advice and experience relating to full names vs. nicknames . [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2014 - 39 answers

Will I know it when I hear it? Is there a magical name for my baby...

We are about a 10 days away from having our baby girl And I can't help but think the right name will just come to us in some sort of magical, "that's her name!" sort of way. I think I may have exhausted every name search site and we just can't agree....plus now I hate all our top choices [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2014 - 100 answers

DNS Woes. Redirects. Subdomains. A Name Records. Help!

I'm building a website for an awareness campaign for the New York chapter of a national non-profit. The new site will be hosted on my server. We're going to need a DNS redirect. [more inside]
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup on Oct 6, 2014 - 5 answers

How long does it take to register a domain name with Gandi.net?

Does anyone has experience with registering a domain name at Gandi.net and the time involved? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc on Oct 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Stew would be funny but...

What should we name our new bunny? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Oct 3, 2014 - 61 answers

Name the song in this video

Name the song in this video. [more inside]
posted by jtothes on Sep 23, 2014 - 4 answers

They name cats, don't they?

Friends! This may be a bit of a stretch for this community but I need help naming a couple of kittens. Difficulty level: I don't know if I'm keeping both of them but I want names that work well together. [more inside]
posted by Jairus on Sep 13, 2014 - 52 answers

So, I hear you re-name cats here....

I adopted "Daisy" from the local shelter. She's not a "Daisy" in looks or personality and I'd like to call her something else. [more inside]
posted by goml on Sep 5, 2014 - 69 answers

Treez 'n' Cheez?

The co-op I work at is making a new VEGAN flavor of pizza. It's got broccoli, mushrooms, red onions and nutritional yeast based "cheese". Help, we need a cool name!
posted by a humble nudibranch on Aug 29, 2014 - 38 answers

This puppy has everything she needs, except a name.

We just adopted this 8 month old female Pekingese from a shelter in the midwest. We started out working through Buffy-verse names, and got excited about Fred, which we long-formed first to Winifred, then decided that sounded like a middle name and tried to think of a very generic first name, like Lady. We ended up with Lady Winifred and we call her Fred, but the grandparents object, and we're open to choosing something different, since we chose it before meeting her. [more inside]
posted by kevin is... on Aug 28, 2014 - 37 answers

How to pick a name for my company

I would like to pick a name for my construction company. I am living in Vancouver, Canada. I am looking for something tough and masculine as the industry itself. How can I find a catchy name which is not already taken? Also, I would like to use the word "development" instead of "construction" at the end of my company name (xyz development) Do you think it is a good idea since its more general?
posted by mbn1455 on Aug 21, 2014 - 19 answers

Name my brass quintet!

My brass quintet is giving its debut recital next month. We all identity as LGBT (and have slight aspirations of trying to get gigs playing at weddings, same-sex or otherwise), and we rehearse on Capitol Hill. At a loss for what to call ourselves. Hope us?
posted by QuantumMeruit on Aug 15, 2014 - 36 answers

How do you change the name of a preschool in California?

Asking for a friend who just became a preschool director and wants to rebrand. We have googled the hell out of it but just can't find anything. This is an existing licensed preschool that just wants to have a new name with no other changes. We are in Marin County, California. Hope us?
posted by guster4lovers on Aug 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Gramma, Grandmama, Nana, Oma, Nona, Gigi?

What do you call your grandmother? What do your grandchildren call you? What names for Grandmother do you like? I'm about to have my 1st grandson soon (yay!), and will need a grandmother name.
posted by Mom on Aug 5, 2014 - 106 answers

Name Blindness

I'm somewhat notable in my professional field and I meet a ton of new people weekly, as attending social events is part of my job (cocktail parties, art openings, etc.) It often takes 3-4 times before I can remember someone's name, or to even recognize their face. However, they recognize me instantly, and approach me with great familiarity, a hug, like we're buddies. I panic. It gets awkward. "Excuse me, ma'am, how did we meet?" seems such an rude question, especially when they act so intimate with me. (This happens weekly!) What can I say to people in this situation that doesn't offend them, but will divulge our (thinly) established relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2014 - 20 answers

Please help us name our kitten - very specific requirement edition!

We have a naming convention for our cats - so far they are all science related terms that start with M. We have Magnet, Möbius and Meniscus. Now we have a new little fluff ball - a black kitten with a white tuft on her chest. Can you help think of a name for her? So far we've thrown around Muon, Mendel (too masculine) and plain ol' μ.
posted by lizjohn on Jun 21, 2014 - 67 answers

The Name as Subject Line==Severe Stuff convention: how did it start?

So I've noticed a convention that using someone's name--and only their name--as the subject line in the email message means that something pretty severe has happened to them. Like, if Jane Bloggs had a healthy baby, the subject line would be something like "Jane had a baby!", but if the subject line was just "Jane" or "Jane Bloggs" or "Aunt Jane" (assuming I'm Jane's nephew) then either Jane or her baby or both would be in the (N)ICU or more likely the morgue. I'm wondering where this started. Any help?
posted by tellumo on Jun 17, 2014 - 18 answers

Nobody calls "deja vu" the Spartacist League Phenomenon

What's the etymology of the "Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon"? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Apr 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Name my personal finance blog/website.

Asking for my boyfriend: This will be a blog about what steps I am taking as I learn to be responsible with money, with the goal of retiring early. I will write about budgeting, saving for an emergency fund, figuring out how to invest in 401ks, etc. While this all sounds serious, I am a young guy with a sense of humor. Some ideas I am considering inside.. [more inside]
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. on Apr 8, 2014 - 16 answers

Help me name my kitten!

What should I name the newest and most adorable member of my family? [more inside]
posted by fresh bouquets every day on Mar 28, 2014 - 69 answers

Help me think of a name for my potential business.

I need help coming up with a name for my potential new business. Unfortunately everything I like is already being used and I'm struggling to think of something suitable. [more inside]
posted by Ranting Prophet of DOOM! on Feb 24, 2014 - 26 answers

Lady Curie's Finishing School for Cybernetic Ladies

Myself and a group of like-minded ladies are in the throes of creating a feminist hackerspace in DC. We're at the point where we need to name ourselves, and haven't been able to get too far off the ground with brainstorming. [more inside]
posted by Gonestarfishing on Feb 19, 2014 - 29 answers

Name my teenage daughter's (hobby which is turning into a) business.

She paints sandshoes and calico bags with original designs. She's 15, this thing just started growing by itself, she's never aggressively marketed her creations. It might provide a bit of spending money or she could be the next Collette Dinnigan, she really doesn't care because she wants to be a forensic psychologist, but she wants a catchy business name to start a Facebook page, maybe get business cards, etc. [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Feb 12, 2014 - 25 answers

Name this recent literary science fiction book!

Name this Science Fiction book! Recently translated to english from a european language (german?) out in hardcover. Protagonist is an italian woman living in a post catastrophe europe. Primary plot mover is time-travel/many worlds machine. She travels back to the middle ages and engages with a philosopher/academic/monastic (after getting burned at the stake on at least one attempt) [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky on Feb 7, 2014 - 5 answers

So the name we liked was too masculine...

Mr. Kitty and I are adopting a puppy this Sunday! What do we call her? [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty on Feb 1, 2014 - 38 answers

Can you help me puzzle out what my sister is going to name her baby?

My sister is pregnant, and they're keeping the baby's name a secret. But I get one guess, and she'll tell me if I'm right. They came across the name in a magazine article, and they heard it in a sci fi movie, as well. Here's everything I know about the article and the movie... can you help me sleuth out the name? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Jan 19, 2014 - 24 answers

Open domains and business names for a mailing service?

I want to start a service that will put real letters into the mail via a website. I kind of prefer a meaningless name that is simple, unambiguous to spell, and memorable that would grow with the site, if it began to branch out into different areas. And of course, the domain should be open. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jan 14, 2014 - 14 answers

Help me name my new boat.

Continuing the long tradition of getting AskMe to help name things, I have a boat that needs naming. [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Jan 13, 2014 - 62 answers

Experience with changing from ethnic to non-ethnic first name?

I have a weird ethnic first name that causes me daily hassle and anxciety. Has anyone had experience with dropping their ethnic name or do you know anyone who has done it? [more inside]
posted by petrovski on Jan 8, 2014 - 40 answers

Deciding on a new name for myself

I am female, I go by like 10 different names (and respond quite well to all of them). I never really had one name as a result. I have reasons for changing from my birth name, including that there are porn stars with the same name online lol! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2014 - 70 answers

another round of Name My Dog

I have a new retired greyhound, and have utterly failed to come up with a new name for him. Please help! [more inside]
posted by sepviva on Dec 2, 2013 - 79 answers

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