Last issue I talked about identity as we saw it 10 years ago, in 1999. Today, I'd like to reprise a newsletter from five years ago, Christmas week in 2004. Nothing much has changed in those five years, or everything has. As the French say: "plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose." Happy Holidays, everybody!
It's that time of year when it seems our biggest identity problem is "will I remember who and where I am if I have another round of egg nog?" But there's one guy who goes through a major identity crisis each year at this time.
Every year, from Dec. 6 through Jan. 6, someone visits many of the children of the world and brings them presents. If you think remembering all your user names is tough, think of the problem he has! In various places around the world he's known as:
Dun Che Lao Ren
Fur Clad Nicholas
Jolly Old Elf
Sing dan lo ian
Winter Holiday Old Man
[Credit: The Santa Lady]
That's almost 60 different usernames! And those are only the most popular ones. Now since he does have to travel around the world, he probably needs a passport in each name as well as a description and picture. This part is hard to explain, though, as the pictures I've seen show both a tall thin man as well as a short round one. It may be that we're dealing with multiple people rather than multiple personas. I understand that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating.
We're taking a break next week, so have a wonderful holiday, remember who you are, then join us again right after the New Year festivities.