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What's in a Name? [May. 13th, 2010|08:31 pm]
Tomas Gallucci

Where does the name schpydurx come from?

One upon a time, there was a website called schpydurX.com. (Currently, that’s just a parked domain.) SchpydurX would play scores. You could request up to three tracks within a 30 minute time period. There was a perl-based chat on the home page and there were forums where games such as guess-that-poster or movie trivia would be played. Over all, we were a small site and a small group of people, but we were tight-knight.

I believe I am correct in stating that I first found the site in 2002, but I have no corroborating evidence. I know that I started streaming the site when I did school work in the UAH math lab and it seems like I was doing that my first semester in college, so that was Fall 2002.

For the life of me, I can’t recall how I first found schpydurX. I vaguely remember stopping by streamingsoundtracks.com and not liking the site that much. Maybe someone there linked me to SchpydurX; I simply don't remember. I do know that SchpydurX was much more inviting. The owner, DJ Thresher, hung out in the chat with us. I would hang out in the chat on a daily basis as well as play in the forums.

Then I went home for summer break.

When I got back to school, I couldn't find SchpydurX. It was around this time I was getting into IMing; I named both of my IM handles after the website. In fact, despite having no money, I was working on a way of conniving an investigator to go find the owner of SchpydurX and offer to put up the cash to keep the site running.

Despite having grown up with the ProfesorTom moniker, I chose schpydurx when I signed up on Live Journal in 2004 to keep up with a dormmate's blog. His account is still on Live Journal, but he hasn't updated it in over five years.

Despite my distaste for streamingsoundtracks.com, I still had scores I wanted to listen to, so I popped on the site and played around in their chat. Someone there tipped me off that SchpydurX had re-opened as The Score Station which if not parked is, for all practical purposes defunct. I remember telling whomever it was in the chat that I wasn't going to leave streamingsoundtracks. What a load of tripe that was! I don't think I've been back to the site since that day.

TSS was under the same management as SchpydurX. We had the same chat room, the same forums engine (though the forums were brand spanking new) and the color scheme was the same. I remember the name Damon from the SchpydurX days. For the life of me, I can't remember the girl's name that used to hang out in there with us, but I do remember her getting saucy and buying a SchpydurX thong from CafePress and modeling it for us!

Other names I recall are Chyllo our Canada girl, stuf123 (TSS only)…I know there are a few more names that I'm forgetting. TSS is where ehowton and I met. Let me tell you, it's a whopper of a story!

Eventually, I quit going to TSS because I started buying my own scores, not because I had money, but because I really had to have this one or because I could get it for cheap, or, in the case of borrowing it from the library, for free. There was also the time factor and the fact that no one stopped in the chat anymore. Then the forums broke and I think the chat broke too. My personal stash of scores started accumulating and as such, the need that The Score Station fulfilled was outsourced to my collection.

And the rest is history.

Ever since I used Live Journal to sign up to follow my dormmate's blog I've been schpydurx to Live Journal. For the first several years of having a Live Journal account, I only posted once a year; I didn't see the trend building until the third year I did this. Eventually, ehowton signed up to blog on Live Journal and I stared using my schpydurx account to comment on his blog. After almost two years of begging and pleading, I started cross-posting between Live Journal and Xanga.

[User Picture]From: ehowton
2010-05-13 10:02 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-05-13 10:19 pm (UTC)
Now I feel like a douchebag. I knew her name was something simple like that, just had a mental block. Thankfully, you have a propensity to collect data that rivals mine and thus were able to help "cleanse the stigma" of my error.

Are you in contact with Heater these days? If memory serves me correctly, she only used Messenger.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2010-05-13 10:24 pm (UTC)
I am not. The only people I still talk to from "back in the day" is you & stuf123. I lost track of Astro about two years ago.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-05-13 10:31 pm (UTC)
I still have his email, though I'm not sure it's still valid. I kinda thought the two of you would have kept in touch. Did you just drift apart or what? I thought you were going to meet up and play with cats or something.

Did I get the name Dameon right? I tell you, writing this post was a trip down memory lane for me. It was fun too.
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[User Picture]From: celtmanx
2010-05-14 12:00 am (UTC)
I always thought it was SphincterX misspelled!!!
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-05-14 12:11 am (UTC)
It's a good thing you majored in History instead of Literature or English.
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[User Picture]From: celtmanx
2010-05-14 06:34 pm (UTC)
I still think it is SphincterX misspelled!!!
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[User Picture]From: gradumacated
2010-05-14 01:02 am (UTC)

In a name, everything!

Wow, this is really cool! It's good to hear the backstory for everything! It's a personal preference of mine. XP

This is awesome! :)
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-05-14 01:05 am (UTC)

Re: In a name, everything!

Did you see the ProfessorTom explanation too?
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