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Why did I change my name to Buster McLeod?
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When people ask me this question I think they assume it’s probably just to be weird, or to be stupid, or that maybe I’m doing it for attention.

I don’t think any of those are quite right (it’s difficult to know for sure), but to be honest I don’t really know for sure why I did it. I think my subconscious is highly responsible for it. It feels like the right thing to do. A while ago I became convinced that things that feel right, that fit my aesthetic for life, and that my subconscious endorses, are things that I should just go ahead and do even if they might be misinterpreted by some.

After all, the highest moments of life are when we are acting with freedom, creativity, instinct, happiness, focus, and mindlessness. Like a tennis pro mid-swing, or a writer in the zone, or a keyboardist on stage, the moments when we have the least self-doubt and the most inspiration are the moments when we have the least need for reasons.

Just for laughs though, I did come up with a serious philosophical reason. If you want to hear me expound on that topic then you’ll have to buy me a drink. But mostly, the reason is to embrace change, have fun, ask questions, and imitate life. Let's go!

Buster Butterfield McLeod

ps. Entries about the process of the name change are here.

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There are some things that I just don't think I could change, even if I wanted to. And my name is one of those. I can't think of any particularly good reason for this taboo, but it's there just the same. Congratulations on breaking free.

Still, I have used as my alter ego for the past decade or so the name James MacLeod. (And, yes, I was watching a lot of Highlander at the time). Even though your name is spelled a little differently, I wonder if we aren't related in some way.

Re: aka James MacLeod

I'm very attached to words, especially my (old) name. So far, the experience reminds me of a Twilight Zone episode where a guy woke up and though everything still used English words, they were all switched around. Cars were called dogs, and lamps were called cheese, and things like that, and everyone was used to the new system except for the main guy and I think he went a little crazy. Luckily, you're already a little crazy so it shouldn't be too much of a stretch. I highly recommend that even if you don't actually change your name, it's worthwhile to at least consider it.

i'm totally gonna think of this guy whenever i see your name


Re: i'm totally gonna think of this guy whenever i see your name

fox mccloud! oh boy!

The actual changing of the name doesn't seem like an odd concept to me--but I *am* really curious about the mechanics of it. Are you going to switch from erikbenson.com to busterbutterfieldmcleod.com? Instead of nosneb@livejournal, will you use your one username change to become deolcm@livejournal? What about any property ownership? Will that be put in your new name? Car insurance, health insurance, bank accounts...That's the part that I wonder about.

"There is no user deolcm at LiveJournal.com."

hahaha, i was about to check myself.

hello indeed! how funny, the overlapping of acquaintances.

Ohhh I like doelcm better.

AND PROOFREADING NINJAS

I completely understand where you are coming from.

After all, the highest moments of life are when we are acting with freedom, creativity, instinct, happiness, focus, and mindlessness.

I have expressed to people that the state in which I am happiest is the one where I have no idea as to whether or not I am actually serious. It's hard to explain to anyone who doesn't experience it.

Also this.

Oh, and this.

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