How hard is it to come up with a blog name?

February 11, 2009

The answer appears to be “very hard.”

Sirocco, my old blog, served me faithfully for so many years that it was hard to remember how I came up with the name. The answer to that is, it was a spell name in the video game Breath of Fire 3; in the real world, it refers to a dry and dusty wind local to the Mediterranean.

Well, what better than to continue the weather trend [sic], especially now that I’ve got—ding ding ding—the college education to back it up? Physical Geography freshman GE, fuck yeah! I played around with the idea of “Simoon” (Sirocco’s antecedent in the game), “Khamaseen,” and even “Santana,” but I’m trying to break away from the old, right? Nevertheless, a blog title that referenced the Santa Ana winds would have been appropriate, given my current location and other… tendencies. Just kidding, but see the following oft-cited passage:

Those hot dry winds that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands’ necks. Anything can happen.

—Raymond Chandler, “Red Wind”

The incidence of the Santa Ana winds is, in fact, correlated with increased violence in Los Angeles.

“Rainshadow” it is, then: when you have rain on the windward side of a mountain, but a hot, arid region on the leeward side. I like a couple of things about this name: the mere impossibility and invisibility of what is suggested by the term; the metaphorical representation of information-sieving and the resulting position of this blog as a brain dump. Or a b-rain dump.

They are the highest form of humor.

The tagline is an allusion to Sigil, my favorite fictional city-prison, where

Any bounded opening (a doorway, an arch, a barrel hoop, a picture frame) could possibly be a portal to another plane, or to another point in Sigil itself. Thus, the city is a paradox: it touches all planes at once, yet ultimately belongs to none; from these characteristics it draws its other name: “The City of Doors.” [wiki]

Cheers to new beginnings, then, and may we all find the portal-keys we seek.


One Response to “How hard is it to come up with a blog name?”

  1. Kat Says:

    Then again, increased ice cream sales are also correlated with increased violence. As we like to say, correlation != causation. Heat -> irritability -> fisticuffs.

    Like the new blog. Keep up the frequent posting!

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