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Title: The group names are boring...
Post by: Clive on December 02, 2007, 19:44 PM
Newbie     
Jr. Member    
Full Member    
Sr. Member    
Hero Member    
Full Shroomy

Newbie is a newbie as you should know by the q+a posts today...
http://www.iberianatureforum.com/index.php/topic,992.0.html

Can anyone suggest some better names relevant to iberianature for the various groups?

Also how many posts to move upwards? (to be a full shroomy right now you need to make 900 posts and maybe we should make that a bit more?). To become a Jr member you need to make three posts...

There are linguists and poets amongst us that I know :)

Clive
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Technopat on December 02, 2007, 21:04 PM
Greetings Clive and All,
Got kids* on case, but outlook bleak as Spanish is less dynamic in such matters (unless of course it's despective and/or insulting, in which case there's an amazingly rich variety of names out there  :santa_embarrassed: ). Principiante is too soso and novato can be insulting.

Something along the lines of evolutionary stages? Metamorphing?

"iberianatureforumer" as opposed to "member" has a more friendly ring to it?

*Native Spanish speakers

Regs.,
Technopat

PS:
Having run the whole gamut, must confess to kinda liking 'em  :dancing: . Am humbly looking fwrd to seeing suggestions for my next level  :technodevil: - Technodevil level has a nice ring to it ...
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Clive on December 02, 2007, 21:19 PM
Actually Tp I was thinking of making the "full shroomy" limit 2000 posts :)

tee hee
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: lisa on December 03, 2007, 07:46 AM
I've been thinking along the lines of Iberian endemic species but it's hard without it sounding like we sing a certain song around camp-fires (we don't do we?)
For instance, starting with something only fleetingly seen, or short-lived, for newbie such as umm.... a bird or butterfly  :santa_undecided: Or a plant with a very short flowering time. (I'm sorry, it's early.)
For Junior member how about one of Roxanne's prolifically breeding insects?
Through to the rarer mammalian species as we progress.....(some names sound better, I think, in Spanish or Latin).....liebre de piornal, signatus, cabra montés, pardinus, cantabricus, or Sue's aptera?
Well, it's a start  :santa_smiley:
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: lisa on December 03, 2007, 07:49 AM
 :santa_shocked: Lost the Full Shroomy. 5,000 posts?  :santa_lipsrsealed:
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Technopat on December 03, 2007, 11:24 AM
Greetings All,
Lisa, re. your
Quote
fleetingly seen, or short-lived, for newbie
, I get your point, but surely the rarer the specimen, the higher up in the hierarchy of iberianatureforumers? Which is basically what you say later on in your last.

Would it be too technically challenging to assign a level to each person according to the number of posts s/he has on that particular board? That is, iberianatureforumers who participate more actively on bird boards, for instance, could have a more high-falutin' "rank" there than on the 'shroom board, i.e. tester1 could be a Soaring Eagle (or Sp. equiv.) on the bird board but a mere Plankton on the Ocean, Sea and Shoreline board, if that is where s/he participates less often. That way each board could have its own benchmark/scale of values or whatchamacallit. And more lowly iberianatureforumers can have summat to aspire to - most adults are goal-oriented.

Of course, once the issue of whether 'shrooms belong to the flora or fauna boards or whether they should have one of their own has been settled, we could turn to other matters - it's just a humble suggestion :technodevil: - but how 'bout something along the lines of edible 'shrooms, staring off with the common or garden and working one's way up to whatever is the food for the gods that the experts decide on can reach agreement on.
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Dave on December 03, 2007, 16:24 PM
Hi Everbody
We could do something like
Egg
Chick
Fledgling
Fully Fledged
Ist Winter Adult
Fully breeding Adult
A far as points are concerned, I am not sure
regards
Dave
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Technopat on December 03, 2007, 18:17 PM
Nice one, Dave!
Maybe we'd have to find something else for the top category - not all iberianatureforumers are FBAs.
How 'bout something unique to iberianatureforum like, well, Full 'Shroomy  :dancing:
Regs.,
Technopat
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Clive on December 03, 2007, 20:39 PM
Quote
Hi Everbody
We could do something like
Egg
Chick
Fledgling
Fully Fledged
Ist Winter Adult
Fully breeding Adult
A far as points are concerned, I am not sure
regards
Dave

I reckon there's a bird board forum did that one already.... Anyway, Iberianature is more about the spaces in between... Isn't it?... A mix and mash of geography and bird watching and mammalian observation :)

Your plan Tp, whilst very good is a little to technologically challenging I think...

Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Simon on December 04, 2007, 18:04 PM
Hmmm,

Good post, must get the old grey stuff going on this one! Maybe the Iberianature glossary could be source of inspirtation!

Simes
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Clive on December 04, 2007, 20:23 PM
Inspirtation?
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Simon on December 05, 2007, 06:03 AM
Yes, "inspirtation" and why not! :santa_grin:
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: tonyninfas on December 06, 2007, 19:54 PM
Well, back from the LOG = ugh, never seen so much rain in my llife.  Glad you said that one Simon as I was thinking along the same lines eg Demantiser for one level.
Tony
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Simon on December 07, 2007, 08:00 AM
I’ve be seeking lots of inspirtation!

Hard work but how about a hierarchy based on the Ancient Greek, that should solve the five Iberian languages plus English, Dutch, etc.

Thus:

Neo – ‘new’
Proto – first (post)
Meta – self referent, i.e. by now member’s opinion is becoming known to other forumites
Magi –   wise, perhaps reserved for Nick and Clive!
Mega – huge, for regular contributors
Giga – ltop category for contibutors, like Technopat!

These prefixes could be applied to whatever noun we want, ‘-shroomy’ seems to have stuck, but maybe that’s the time to think of something else! Or have a rotating noun?

In the meantime, it looks something like this:

Neo-shroomy
Proto-shroomy
Meta-shroomy
Magi-shroomy
Mega-shroomy
Giga-shroomy

Ho-ho, it’s nearly Christmas!

Simon
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Clive on December 07, 2007, 10:27 AM
I like that Simon :)

Just need to replace the noun with something other than "shroomy"

Or have I gone too far....
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: nick on December 07, 2007, 17:05 PM
Neo-Iberian...
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Clive on December 07, 2007, 17:26 PM
What says the others?

I'll go for Iberian...

But will it mean a rebellion of shroomies?

:)
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Jill on December 07, 2007, 17:41 PM
P'raps, since most of us are not Iberian, as such, it ought to be Neo-Naturalista, etc.
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Simon on December 07, 2007, 20:47 PM
No problems with ex-shroomies (we can be a splinter goup of our own after all!). Neo-Iberians sounds cool, after all we hominids have been migrating for millenia!

Simon
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Technopat on December 10, 2007, 14:05 PM
Greetings All,
Just poppin' in for a quickie. Simon's Greek hierarchy looks gr8!
What noun to add to it seems harder. Technopat can cope with 'Shroomy giving way to summat more politically correct that includes everyone's tastes. And as Simon mentions, we can always form our own exclusive ex-'Shroomies Club for the select few.
yours truly has been doggedly using the term iberianatureforumer right, left and centre but have noticed that the rest of you heathens equally doggedly refuse to (Simon insisting on forumite and Lisa on forummers (sic)).
Bak sun.
Technopat
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Technopat on December 10, 2007, 18:52 PM
PS.
For those of us privelidged priviledged priviliged to have been educated at secondary modern/comprehensive schools during Thatcher's term as secretary of state for education, may i I humbly suggest some kind of graphic symbol (similar to the current star, but possibly more iberianature-minded, as in bulls bears) to accompany the "rank", 'cos - speaking for meself, didn't get no Greek nor Latin done in my part of Sarf Lunnon, like.

Regs.,
Technopat
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: tonyninfas on December 10, 2007, 22:13 PM
I too like the Greek approach, and the noun to go with it - why not just shorten Iberianatureforummer to inf ?
So one could be a neo-inf and so on.
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Clive on December 11, 2007, 00:02 AM
Nick has been referring lately to something called "IbNat"... Quite frankly it makes me cringe... jejejeje

I think it's cos he's busy and is typing in slang...

So what about ibnat? :)

neo ibnat?

Ahaaaa... I see your plan Tony... "inf" are three letters in the same order in your name........ :)

Still need a noun...

Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Technopat on December 11, 2007, 00:35 AM
OK - so far we've got neo-nymphs and neo-gnats  :santa_lipsrsealed:

Or was that protonymphs and gigagnats?
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Simon on December 11, 2007, 06:34 AM
Gnymphs?
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Technopat on December 11, 2007, 07:47 AM
¡Me lo temía! (En. anyone?)
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Simon on December 11, 2007, 21:19 PM
Anyone???
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Technopat on December 11, 2007, 21:29 PM
Greetings Simon,
Es lo que me temía - just the two of us (good lyrics for a song if anyone wants 'em  :dancing:)
Regs.,
Technopat
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Clive on December 11, 2007, 23:32 PM
Ok so I have been migrating websites and generally getting confused by the complexity of something called PHP which if Caesar chimed in with an explanation now you would all know a lot more than I do (But don't ask him cos you will regret it)...

Any way whilst I have been doing stuff I see that not a lot of inspiration has occurred apart from the decision to use "the Greek approach" hmmmm

It occurs to me to use the noun "shroomy" if indeed it is a noun given that someone here at the "IbNat" (sounds like a bank) forum made it up... :)

So "Neo shroomy"? and upwards?

Please someone come up with something better than this........
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Technopat on December 12, 2007, 00:23 AM
Greetings Clive and All,
Not much inspiration goin' on, but plenty of inspirtation.
Technopat did lodge an informal complaint way back regarding the 'Shroomy vs. 'Shroomey version of the noun but was, as usual, ignored  :santa_cry:

Dasn't oppose the totally unacceptable IbNat 'cos if I do, going on past form, y'all opt for it like a shot (Sp. anyone?).

Regs.
Technopat
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: John C on December 12, 2007, 19:02 PM
Actually, I’ve never quite understood why “group names” are needed at all.   It strikes me as far too hierarchical and somewhat, well, bureaucratic.   

I’ll concede that it may be wise to indicate someone is a ‘newbie’ as they might be unaware of  the conventions of the group.  Similarly, it might be wise to know who’s a moderator of the group.  Beyond that I’m puzzled why we need six categories!  I’m not sure what I’m currently rated as and if I’ve scrabbled up the ratings from ‘newbie’ I haven’t a clue why! 

Still, if you must what about:-
Finger-nail 
Finger 
Thumb
Palm
Hand
Old hand

John
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Clive on December 12, 2007, 19:17 PM
Very good point John C,

The groups are important in many forums because each group has different permissions to do different things, Someone who has only posted once may not have the same options on their screen as someone who is an old hand and has submitted a lot of help and information to a forum. Kind of like being rewarded I suppose...

In some forums old hands may have access to free blogs or image galleries whilst others would aspire to have those things and would make more posts to get there. (Its all based on how many post you have made of course.) And moderators are there to make sure no cheating goes on..

Of course in our forum it is just for a bit of fun...... Maybe i should just delete all the groups and just have one group called "member" but I do think that is a bit boring.....

Below is the setup now... as you can see there are only 3 full shroomies as there are only three members who have made more than 900 posts....

NAME             STARS      MEMBERS      POSTS NEEDED

Newbie         *                121        0
Jr. Member       **               35              3
Full Member       ***                7              30
Sr. Member         ****       8            100
Hero Member      *****            3          500
Full Shroomy       ******      3            900

:)
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Simon on December 12, 2007, 20:39 PM
Hey Clive, give us all a break huh! I've just done my Christmas cards and have absolutely no inspirtation left! I mean, what is there to say to Great Aunt J in Wallasey?

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Clive on December 12, 2007, 20:43 PM
:)
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: tonyninfas on December 12, 2007, 22:06 PM
I've been taxing my poorl old brain on this one and decided that if we were to have classical Greek that it should be combined with that other classic, Latin - so why not Faunus - one of the Roman gods of nature.  So therefore you have neo-Faunus etc.

 :santa_azn:
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Technopat on December 12, 2007, 22:59 PM
Greetings tonyninfas, John C, Simon, Clive 'n' All,
Can just see it:

Quote
Me: I'd just like to congratulate **** for having been given the become a Finger  :technodevil:

or

Quote
I hate to disagree with you and we all know we musn't bite the Hand that ...

One of the basic tenets or whatchamallits of adult education lifelong learning is that [we] adults are goal-oriented, i.e. we need to find a purpose for doing whatever it is we're doing  :santa_cheesy: . Not sure how that ties in with Maslow, but I dasn't ask Mrs Tp right now 'cos she's still looking at me in a funny way since I asked her 'bout The Dream ...

John C, all this has come to a head (Sp. anyone?) 'cos the Ps-that-B don't know what to do with non-conformists like Yours Truly who can't leave well alone and let sleeping dogs lie  :dancing: and are driven ever-forward by the need to push things to the limit ...

That said, until you've experienced it yerself, you'll not understand the feeling of fulfilment one gets on reaching the rank of Full 'Shroomy (reaching Hero Member status was def. a highlight in my career also). In a lifetime choc-a-bloc full of achievements both great and small, I can honestly say that few have given me as great a feeling of smugness satisfaction. But of course, success hasn't spoilt me ...

Reducing the number of groups might give the appearance of making things more "democratic"-like, but there is actually naught wrong with a bit of competitive spirit, if kept to a healthy pace and not indulged in as a means to itself  :dancing:

Or put in nature-related terms, separating the wheat from the chaff (Sp. anyone?) is part of this iberianatureforum's declared creed of natural selection  :sign:

I'm outta here before all this goes to my head ...

Regs.,
Technopat (Full 'Shroomy - but just you watch my smoke - or ecological equivalent)

PS:
Christmas cards? What Christmas cards? Oh dear, oh dear!
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Jill on December 12, 2007, 23:11 PM
I'm somewhat inclined to agree with John, but I also like T-Pat's idea, of symbols instead of names.

Newbie = Worm... No, sorry. Newbie = picture of an Iberian butterfly of some kind
Junior = some kind of small-sized typically Iberian bird... or perhaps a small mammal, such as an Iberian Hare
Next...  Hmmmmm......
Hero would be an Eagle of some kind. Not a vulture, because we have to recognise the anthropomorphic associationsl. (eg. Foxes are sly. Wolves are mean.)
Full Shroomy would be a boar. Oops...! No, it would have to be the Spanish bull, as T-P suggests.
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Clive on December 12, 2007, 23:51 PM
Ok. Cant help it...

Whilst looking for some relevant info I chanced across the grey man part (the un-printed part cos it was deemed to be too radical) of the time machine....

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Grey_Man
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Technopat on December 13, 2007, 01:35 AM
Greetings Jill and All,
Sure I said boar not bear? It's true that living in Madrid does tend to give one that bearish feeling of, you know, just about bearing up under the strain ...
But it would be a bit of a boar if I could only aspire to becoming a bull in this 'ere chinashop iberianatureforum
G'night all,
Technopat
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Simon on December 13, 2007, 07:16 AM
Hi y'All

I like Jill's idea of using symbols based on nature. Bit usure about the hierachy of animals, though, as I'm not sure that we do see species as being ranked in such manner. Like TP I'm outta here as it gets me a thinkin'!

Meanwhile, OK. here goes with some more inspirtation: I don't know if anyone else has suggested this already, it seems too obvious. We are Ibernauts of various stripes and we operate in Iberspace.

Yoiks, tally Ho

Simon

PS. I quite like 'IbNat' even if it does sound more like a worrying top-secret scientific project in some dessert somewhere (how about Los Monegos - there really is something worrying gong o out there) Furthermore, if IbNat got into regular use it could give a model for the various factions (factia?) i.e. CatNat, BasNat, AndNat, MurNat, LeoNat, Portnat, CantabNat, and, of course, MadNat. But then if we had a MadNat someone would be wanting a BarNat. In that case there should be another 'barNat' - note the use of the 'miniscula' here - to which I volunteer myself as Founder Member, General Secretary and chief bottle-washer!

PPS. I can't remember fully Techno, but shouldn't it be 'Shroomie' ? Call me old-fashioned, butI think we give too much to the other side of the pond already!

Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Technopat on December 13, 2007, 08:30 AM
Greetings Simon 'n' All,
Great Darwin, Simon! That's an awful lot of inspirtation for so early in the morning.
Just for the record, and for all the Newbies (and Guests) out there who have probably been losing much sleep over this and many other things going down at this 'ere great iberianatureforum, using the Advance Searching function brought up Simon's initial reference as 'Shroomey - as in 'Shroomey Squad -  way back in March 2007 on a thread which in the years to come will be looked on as a turning point in iberianatureforum's meteoric trajectory:
http://www.iberianatureforum.com/index.php/topic,110.msg1169.html#msg1169

barNat? Too reminiscent of barfly - barGnat. Nah! It'll never catch on! :dancing:

I'm-outta-here-before-this-hierarchy-of-animals-idea-gets-me-down regs.,

Technopat
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Technopat on July 14, 2010, 23:21 PM
Greetings All,
'Nother update required 'ere.
Re. Lisa's
Quote
I've been thinking along the lines of Iberian endemic species
, and given the obvious fact that a great many of you lot are bird-of-prey fanciers, how 'bout something along the lines of relative soaring heights of birds of prey? One of the useful things I picked up from our last - brilliant - iberianatureforumsummit in Huesca was that quebantrahuesos (Lammergeiers) are easy to distinguish, even from a distance, from the crowd of circling bs of p 'cos they'll be the ones flying lowest.

So, depending on the exact definition of a bird of p., :noidea: maybe we could devise a ranking by which high-flying folks like me get to stand out as kings of the skies  :dancing:

Just-a-thought regs.,
Technopat
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Rosie on October 13, 2010, 19:07 PM
Hello everyone

Just browsing and came across this thread.

Amoeba
Jellyfish
Gecko
Eagle
Dolphin
Human
Superior Being

A sort of ascension of complexity (I'm sure that will be arguable) that is not too cranially challenging for us lesser mortals. (I have observed that full shroomies are more complex beings.)
Actually, I quite liked being a newbie. It sounded all shiney but somehow friendly and caring. Junior member sounds a bit dismissive in comparison. Is that what TP means by aspiring to acheive something for reward - ie not being a junior anymore?

Rosie
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Technopat on November 13, 2010, 20:49 PM
Greetings All,
Re. Rosie's proposal above - and as she points out herself, the arguabilitiness of the issue is mind-boggling - one particularly obvious flaw is that our Human friends should probably be at the lower end of the scale rather than at the top end. And speaking from my own personal viewpoint - that of having been a Full Shroomy since only-Darwin-knows-when*, the thought of being considered a mere Superior Being strikes me as being a bit of a let-down.

*Haven't checked the Mindless Stats, but I'd hazard a guess that, despite a notable reduction in my productivity over recent months,** there ain't no-one yet near enough to challenge my lead  :dancing:

**Coinciding with the increasingly higher scientific level of the posts appearing here - one knows one's limits...
Like Rosie, I too quite like the cosiness of the term Newbie - and of course Full Shroomy*** is pretty cool, too

***Simon, it's clear that the plural of Shroomy should be Shroomies, but ain't too sure that the singular should be Shroomie. Tommy - Tommie? Bobby - Bobbie? Billy - Billie?

One-does-aspire-to-more-or-less regs.,
TP
PS.
Has anyone noted down Simon's "inspirtation" for future iberianatureforumer use?
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Simon on November 15, 2010, 17:45 PM
Hi Guys and Gals, especially Rosie and, all in good time, Herr Doktor Technopat

Rosie, you're right maybe it is time we had a little change, might make some of us 'ere present, naming no names of course  :technodevil:, less prone to dwell on past glories (s. 'glory'), no matter how glorious they indeed were. And you're certainly right that 'Junior member' lacks substance and has shades of old school ties, even freemasonry perhaps.

Ditto Technopat's queries (s. 'query') about the place of our old friend Homo sapiens sapiens (a misnomer if ever there was one!) in your hierarchy (pl. hierarchies), which I take it you had already anticipated. But I take issue with you about us Full Shroomies  as being "more complex beings" - I think you're partly right, but maybe your hypothesis (pl. hypotheses) could be  expressed better; so could I suggest that Full Shroomies are 'beings with more complexes'  :angel:

Now, on to grapple with Master Technopat, the Ogre Oracle of Madrid, whose no doubt eagle eyes have already spotted what's coming with regards to his seemingly innocent comment, "Simon, it's clear that the plural of Shroomy should be Shroomies, but ain't too sure that the singular should be Shroomie. Tommy - Tommie? Bobby - Bobbie? Billy - Billie?" I like the "it's clear" - the phrase should, I think, be given in full at this juncture to illustrate Mr T's opinion of others, especially in the vexed subject of the English Language  >:D, thus, the full phrase should be inferred as follows:, "It's clear, even to the most meagre intellingence, that the blah, blah, blah . . ."

So, it's clear is it? I give you, after the briefest of consideration, the following list: kelpie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelpie), mealie (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/mealie), stovie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stovies),tie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necktie)

Need I go further . . . Yes,  thanks to Rosie, who I hereby dubb, 'Rosie-the-not-quite-shroomie-but-definitely-a-bit-fungussish', who handed to Teeps, on a plate as big as a safata), 'Newbie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newbie)'! - clear enough even for those of the most meagre intelligence!

Ha ha,

That's all I have time for today folks!

Regs

Simon
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Technopat on November 16, 2010, 00:55 AM
Greetings All,
Such is the magnetism of our fractious learned friend from the Tarragona Fraction that I was on the verge of writing a semi-apologetic posting humbly acknowledging defeat and generally putting myself in the rather undignified position of underdog to his top dog.

It was the Rosie bit that threw me. I’m pretty sure that most people – including yours truly, if left to his own devices - would plump for the Rosie Lea version over the Rosy Lea option, but a nagging doubt led me to check it out in Partridge’s Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English - Google Books version (http://books.google.es/books?id=tvRp1whVFUsC&pg=PA73&lpg=PA73&dq=rosie+lea+partridge&source=bl&ots=gQaVa_Uz1D&sig=u2g8l51TjI8lygy9-FO2rDxXnSY&hl=en&ei=87fhTJ6VJc6ahQfyj8mFDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBQQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=rosy%20lea&f=false) - and there it was: the Wonderful Y as the main entry. :dancing:

Knowing now that I was onto a winner, it was pretty easy to throw off the oppressor’s yoke (yes, Simon, I know some fokes :-X out there would spell it yolk) and ride off suavely (Sp. anyone?) into Jesús' glorious - and conveniently posted - Autumn sunset (http://www.iberianatureforum.com/index.php?topic=3290.msg25364#msg25364), taking care not to step on any creepy-crawly (pl. creepy-crawlies) on the way.

I'll spare y'all the details, but suffice to say that I took a beeline through
Tommy (pl. Tommies) (http://oxforddictionaries.com/view/entry/m_en_gb0869680#m_en_gb0869680), among other traditional English names/nouns/words, including Blighty, and breezed though the arty-farties and namby-pambies. I did actually stumble across  goolie (pl. goolies) (http://oxforddictionaries.com/view/entry/m_en_gb0343040#m_en_gb0343040) but I put it down to the poor light, and easily recovered my poise with me googly (pl. googlies) (http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/googly).  :technodevil:

All in all a pleasant way to spend a freezing winter evening in Madrid eating chestnuts with the Technopatlets while Mrs Tp packs her suitcase for yet another of 'er trips to foreign shores and leaving yours truly and our hard-done-by Technopatlets free to go off and dine at our favourite restaurant one of these nights. Aprovechando que la Pisuegra pasa por Valladolid (En. anyone?), I did try to inveigle get another member of the Madrid Fraction to go out on the town with me, but he wouldn't have any of it :noidea: and fobbing me off with an appointment for an afternoon coffee day after tomorrow...

On-a-high-in-Madrid regs.,
Technopat

PS.
Just in case any of you newcomers newbies out there have never come across one of our little to-dos (to-does?) before and were wondering if we were going off-topic or how it all relates to nature, I'd like to point out my use of the following keywords:
Partridge, underdog, top dog, yoke, sunset, creepy-crawly, beeline, chestnut, winter, shores. I could, of course, added the great Spanish dishes I and mine will be enjoying, but that would be rubbing too much salt into Simon's already smarting whatchamallems. :biggrin:

P*S.
And just in case anyone's thinking of crying out Fowl Foul! and accusing me of taking Rosie's name in vain, let me put it on record that I graciously acknowledge her right to spell her name however she likes. That is not the issue here, whatever her iberianatureforumer status be, now or in the future. But I, for one, shall definitely watch your smoke - as will all the mozzies.

P*PS.
Mealie indeed!
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Technopat on November 16, 2010, 11:44 AM
P*P*S.
Re. rubbing salt in Simon's already smarting whatchamallems, I forgot to mention that he's already overburdened by all those folks in his home town building all them castells (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castell) in the sky, so we have to be kind to him...  :angel:
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Technopat on November 16, 2010, 12:56 PM
P*P*PS.
Of course there's the Mealy Pinkgill (Entoloma prunuloides) and, going a bit further off-topic, the great Mousepee Pinkgill, Entoloma incanum :dancing:
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Technopat on November 16, 2010, 13:40 PM
Greetings All,
Desperately trying to get back on topic, I seem to remember someone sometime mentioning using native Iberian Peninsula species -  Spanish name - in ascending order of endangeredness. I like it 'cos that way we'd probably get a cross-section of flora, fauna and fungi so no one of our many experts in different fields would feel they'd been left out.

Maybe some of us/y'all out there would like to submit draft proposals of a dozen-or-so names and we could "vote", pending an expert opinion from our Spanish iberianatureforumers, and/or their contacts, on the relative inclusion value of each.

Off the top of me 'ead, we'd have a beetle (Jesús will tell us the one), a frog or toad (Iñigo's the man here), the lince, the oso, the lobo?, and I'm sure that between 'em Lisa, Lucy, Tree and Sue will come up with a couple of orchids, butterflies and what-have-yes (as in ye. not yes).
Regs.,
Technopat
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Rosie on November 17, 2010, 21:17 PM
Gosh.

Should I start using my Sunday name or from now on be known as Rose?

A rose by any other name......

Rosie/Rosey/Rosy/Rose

Cider with Rosie anyone? Well, Laurie Lee for one.
Title: Re: The group names are boring...
Post by: Technopat on November 18, 2010, 00:26 AM
Greetings Rosie,
As I mentioned earlier, and while I can't vouch for Simon*, as far as I'm concerned you may continue to spell your name as you wish. Can't say fairer than that, can I? :angel:
As for the Laurie Lee and 'is Rosie gag, those two ies had also cropped up in my background research, but as they would have biased my findings somewhat, I was sort of obliged to obviate 'em.

*though I have it on pretty good authority that he's a pretty reasonable sort of chap when he wants to be. On the other hand, he's unlikely to reply for the next few days as he'll still be suffering from the celebrations following the Unesco gig
UNESCO: Human towers aka castells inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/index.php?lg=en&pg=00011&RL=00364)  :clapping:

Another one I was forced to abandon along the way was the "Roses are red" gag, based on Sir Edmund Spenser's "The Faerie Queene" (1590) - in which we see that the guy was just as orthographically challenged as Simon

It was upon a Sommers shynie day,
When Titan faire his beames did display,
In a fresh fountaine, farre from all mens vew,
She bath'd her brest, the boyling heat t'allay;
She bath'd with roses red, and violets blew,
And all the sweetest flowres, that in the forrest grew.

Roses-are-red-and-violets-are-blue-and-I'll-leave-the-rest-up-to-you regs.,
Technopat
PS.
Variations on a theme:  Wikipedia article on Spain's very own Rossy de Palma (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rossy_de_Palma)