I like it because it sums up what most of us do when we wake. We get up and armour ourselves with whatever delusion stands between us and the rest of the day, whether it be God, science, Mammon or the Daily Mail. Or the opposite of the above.
But why drop the original tag line that I’ve used for the last eight years? Well apparently Random Thoughts is even more unoriginal than borrowing words from a cartoonist, at least according to some research I read a while ago that reckoned that my “original” phrase is among the most commonly used blog tag lines.
Anyway, I thought it time to ring the changes. I may even ring them again should I feel less delusional tomorrow.
But while trawling the web in a failed attempt to recover the research I mentioned above, I stumbled on this rather sinister site that can not only generate a random name for you, but a brand new identity complete with email address, mother’s maiden name, credit card number and blood group.
I couldn’t think why anyone might want to use this service, other than perhaps criminals and News Corporation journalists, but they say it is useful for:
- Quality test data
- Websites that are difficult for visitors from foreign countries to sign up for accounts.
- Using fake information when filling out forms to avoid giving out personal information.
- Generating a false identity to use as your pseudonym on the internet.
- Getting ideas for names to use for characters in a book or story.
- Generating credit cards to test validation techniques without accidentally processing a real card.
- Generating national identity numbers to test validation techniques without risking disclosure of real information.
Oh, and you can also use it to generate the names and occupations for a whole family in The Sims.
All very odd and in just a few clicks I became Lewis Nixon of 59 Old Edinburgh Road, Belper Lane End, Derbyshire. I’m not sure I’d be able to keep a straight face though when explaining that my occupation was Rock Splitter.