On the Origin of BluChickenNinja

I’ve always thought that my username was far too silly to write about. To be honest it is the result of a joke among a few of my high school friends and six years later I still can’t get over it. But I’ve had so many people ask about it and what it means that I’ve finally decided to write about the history of BluChickenNinja.

So the first thing you should know about BluChickenNinja is that it has no meaning. The second thing you should know is that it was not my idea originally. I asked my best friend and creator of BluChickenNinja about its origins and he had this to say:

I did a talk in french class about chicken breeds that are called blues

we then joked about a chicken being actually blue and then for some reason it was a ninja

so I credit you for the ninja.. the bluchicken is mine

And there you have it. BluChickenNinja was originally a joke about blue chickens. However our story isn’t over yet. Because the final part; how blue chicken ninja turned into BluChickenNinja, is mostly a fluke.

I was a shy teenager. On the internet you can be whoever you want but I was shy online too. As a teenager I thought usernames were a big deal. I know now that I was wrong but at the time I thought that picking the right username was important. In the past I had just used a random name generator to pick something. However some time in 2008 I decided to use blue chicken ninja as a username.

But there was one tiny problem. This particular website had a character limit on usernames. My username had to be 15 characters or less. BlueChickenNinja had 16 characters. I decided that instead of finding a different name I would just remove one of the characters from my already chosen name. I tried a few variations but eventually I decided to remove the ‘e’ from blue. And BluChickenNinja was born. The result of a joke about chickens and some websites arbitrary character limit on usernames.

When I signed up to WordPress I knew my blog would be called BluChickenNinja. I had tried a few other names on various blogging platforms, but was never able to come up with a name I liked. Now that this blog is getting sort of serious I thought about giving it a serious name, but in the end I decided I liked having a silly name. What is the point in having a serious name when it would be just one of millions of other blogs with a bookish name.

I have lots of memories attached to BluChickenNinja and I would rather have a username that means something to me than something I hate. I know BluChickenNinja confuses people but I also know that many people have found my blog from seeing the name. I didn’t intend for that to happen but I find it hilarious that it does. I still find it crazy that a silly joke has turned into something I have to explain because so many people have asked about it. I don’t know what my teenage self would think about all of this, she would probably be horrified.

This post was getting just a bit too serious for my liking so…

On the Origin of BluChickenNinja

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Countdown to Zero Day by Kim Zetter

Countdown to Zero Day by Kim ZetterRating: 4 / 5 stars
Format: ebook
Published: 11th November 2014
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In January 2010, inspectors with the International Atomic Energy Agency noticed that centrifuges at an Iranian uranium enrichment plant were failing at an unprecedented rate. The cause was a complete mystery–apparently as much to the technicians replacing the centrifuges as to the inspectors observing them.

Then, five months later, a seemingly unrelated event occurred: A computer security firm in Belarus was called in to troubleshoot some computers in Iran that were crashing and rebooting repeatedly. At first, the firm’s programmers believed the malicious code on the machines was a simple, routine piece of malware. But as they and other experts around the world investigated, they discovered a mysterious virus of unparalleled complexity.

They had, they soon learned, stumbled upon the world’s first digital weapon. For Stuxnet, as it came to be known, was unlike any other virus or worm built before: Rather than simply hijacking targeted computers or stealing information from them, it escaped the digital realm to wreak actual, “physical “destruction on a nuclear facility.

I think this might possibly be one of the most interesting books I have ever read. It gives a detailed account of the US-Israeli effort to sabotage Iran’s nuclear enrichment program through a cyber-attack on the computers controlling the centrifuges. It has interviews with the specialists who originally found the virus and their efforts to slowly pick apart its code, the book then goes on to show how this virus affected the machinery at the nuclear plant. I found this fascinating, its incredible to see how a few thousand lines of code could have such devastating real world consequences. It really makes you think about the future now that computers are such a huge part of our daily life.

The book does however assume that the reader has some knowledge of computers. If you think viruses are those things you go to the doctor for and worms are found at the bottom of the garden you may want to give this one a miss.

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*I received a copy of this book from Crown Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Reader Questionaire

Again I found this on thebookiemonsters’s blog and thought it looked like fun. I would love to see everyone’s answers to this too!

1. What is your favourite book?
This is a difficult one. I have many favourite books. Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings will always have a special place in my heart but I think right now my favourite book is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

2. What are your goals? For the year? For your life?
My goals for this year are get back to college. Not sure yet if that will actually happen. My goals for life are find a job I enjoy doing, worry less and be happy.

3. Are you a writer? If so, tell me about your work.
I am not a writer. I hated English in school, I enjoyed the reading bit but wasn’t so keen on the writing essays and analysing books thing. My entire life I always said I hated writing but I actually sort of enjoy writing for my blog.

4. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
If I had the money Walt Disney World. But the one place I would love to go is Brisbane, Australia. My best friend moved there 6 years ago and I would love to go see him.

5. What was the last movie you saw in the theatre and was it worthwhile?
I went to see The Hobbit: Part 3. It was actually really good. I liked that they kept to the book (and by that I mean I liked that they killed off certain characters). Legolas’ defying gravity moment was a bit silly but it was a good movie overall.

6. I’m curious, are there any books that you’ve tried to read and simply couldn’t finish? This is a no judgement zone.
Even if I really don’t like a book I will try and at least skim read to the end. The last book I gave up on half way through was something I got on NetGalley. It was so boring I just couldn’t finish it.

7. Are you currently working on a new book/project right now? If it’s secret, you don’t have to tell me about it. If so, however, I hope it’s going well.
My current project is get well enough to move out. Though it isn’t really a project. I get on with my life as best as I can and my CFS does whatever the heck it wants.

8. If you could live in any of your favourite books, which one would you choose?
Reader Questionaire

9. Are there any book-to-movie adaptations that you think are just incredible? That you absolutely hated?
I really enjoyed the Cloud Atlas movie adaption. Its a bit strange because you sort of need to read the book and watch the movie a few times before you can really understand what is going on. But its a fantastic movie. Every time I watch it I notice something new. I really loved the movie adaption of Ender’s Game too.

10. What do you look for in a book that you want to read? What’s the first thing to capture your attention?
The cover. I know everyone says you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but the cover is really important. If I like the cover I am more likely to look at the book and decide if I want to read it.

11. If you’re an author, what do you do when you first get an idea for a book?
I’m not an author and probably never will be so here is a photo of my cat hugging a book.
Reader Questionaire

12. How do you feel about different genres? Romance? YA? Sci-Fi? Poetry? Do you have any favorites? Any least-favourites?
I love sci-fi and fantasy the most but will pretty much read anything apart from romance. I have a love/hate relationship with YA. Some of my all time favourite books are YA but there are also some truly terrible YA books.

13. If you could meet any writer in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
J.K Rowling. I would meet her and then cry. I would probably also be too scared to actually talk to her. But Harry Potter was literally my childhood. I can’t have been the only one that turned 11 and was disappointed when I didn’t get my Hogwarts letter.

14. Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
I enjoy both equally the same. But I think I read more non-fiction. Edit: I just checked and I have more fiction. But I have more non-fiction books on my TBR list.

15. Are there any characters that everyone loves that you can’t stand? Or vice versa?
Elizabeth Bennet. The girl in Looking for Alaska (I never actually finished it).

16. What do you like to do besides reading/writing?
I paint. I draw. I do graphic design-y stuff. I read Harry Potter fanfiction.

17. If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?
This blog thing. I’m actually quite proud of what its turned into. I don’t mind telling people I have a blog. I’ve had so many cool opportunities and met so many lovely people because of it.

18. What is your favourite guilty pleasure book?
Duma Key by Stephen King.

19. Do you have a reading goal set for this year?
52 books just like last year. I am already 7 books ahead of schedule so I should manage it easily.

20. Tell me anything about yourself that I haven’t asked. Random fact. Weird human trick. Whatever.
I hate people touching my feet. Like I actually detest it. Its so bad I can barely touch my feet.

I tag everyone to do this next. Even though I’m not sure if its actually a tag.

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The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt

Today I’m going to do the Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt tag. I came across this on thebookiemonsters and thought it looked like fun. Also it gave me an excuse to rearrange my shelves.

Find an author’s name or title with the letter Z in it:
The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag
World War Z by Max Brooks.

Find a classic:
The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Is this even a classic? I should also point out that it was only as I was editing this photo that I noticed that this book comes with 3-D glasses.

Find a book with a key on it:
The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag
Clariel by Garth Nix. Okay I couldn’t find a book with a key on it but Clariel has a key on the back cover.

Find something on your bookshelf that’s not a book:
The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag
I am an adult and I have a collection of Lego key rings.

Find the oldest book on your shelf:
The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag
The King’s Highway. I don’t know anything about this book. I found it in a charity shop and bought it because I liked the cover and because it has a dedication on the first page dated the 27th of January 1897.

Find a book with a girl on the cover:
The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. Well it has half a girl on it.

Find a book with a boy on the cover:
The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life On Earth by Chris Hadfield. This was the closest I could get to a book with a boy on the cover.

Find a book that has an animal in it:
The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag
Jeremy and Amy by Jeremy Keeling. The author is a keeper at a primate rescue center. So there are lots and lots of animals in this.

Find a book with a male protagonist:
The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag
Misery by Stephen King. I read this once and will probably never read it again.

Find a book with only words on it:
The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag
Typography Sketchbooks by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico.

Find a book with illustrations in it:
The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag
The Children of Hurin by J. R. R. Tolkien. I forgot to take photos of them but it does have illustrations by Alan Lee in it.

Find a book with gold lettering:
The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.  Okay it doesn’t have gold lettering on it but it does have gold on it.

Find a diary (true or fictional).
The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag
Sara Midda’s South of France. This is really more of a journal than a diary. It is a collection of small watercolour paintings done during the authors time in the south of France.

Find a book written by someone with a common name (like Smith):
The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag
The Silence of Animals by John Gray. Is Gray a common name? I don’t think so but the cover is pretty so who cares.

Find a book that has a close-up of something on it:
The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag
Creative, Inc by Joy Deangdeelert Cho and Meg Mateo Ilasco. This was the closest I could get to a book that has a close-up of something on it.

Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period:
The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag
The Epic of Gilgamesh.

Find a hardcover book without a jacket:
The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag
Masquerade by Terry Pratchett.

Find a teal/turquoise coloured book:
The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag
Mrs Queen Takes The Train by William Kuhn. Yeah, this was a really really silly book.

Find a book with stars on it:
The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag
The Humans by Matt Haig. Can we just talk about how nice this cover is.

Find a non-YA book:
The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag
So I have over 200 books and maybe 10 of them are what I would consider YA…

Find the longest book you own:
The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag
Gray’s Anatomy by Henry Gray. This book is huge, like you could actually use it as a weapon.

Find the shortest book you own:
The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag
The Penguin of Death by Edward Monkton. This will forever be the best Christmas present my sister has given me.

Find a book with multiple PoVs:
The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.

Find a shiny book:
The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag
The Tibetan Book of the Dead. I’m going to be totally honest here. I bought this book because it was shiny. Also because I wanted to read it. But mostly because it was shiny.

Find a book with flowers on it:
The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. Yeah I didn’t even try to find a book with flowers on it.

I’m not going to tag anyone to do this next, but if you want to do it then consider yourself tagged.

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A Day In My Life

I decided to do something a little different today. On the 14th of January I took a photo of everything I did during the day and this is the result. Before I get any comments about it; yes I have a very boring life, I would do more if I could but someone needs to find a cure for CFS first.

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I wake up around 9, look out my window to see it has snowed overnight. Which basically means I will not be getting out of bed any time soon.

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I finally get up. Tea and a banana for breakfast while I watch some youtube videos. Checked the mailbox to see I have two books in for review. Written in the Blood by Stephen Lloyd Jones and Smiler’s Fair by Rebecca Levene. I was really surprised to get a copy of Smiler’s Fair, I requested it over a month ago.

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I decide to take the puppies outside so they can have a run about. It was still snowing a little bit but the dogs didn’t care.

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This was Alfie’s first time in the snow, he was a little bit hyper. Even though he has a short coat he didn’t care that it was freezing cold.

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I finally sit down to work on todays blog post. I try to write posts a week in advanced but got a little behind from my CFS not liking bad weather. I’m not sure of exactly what I want to write about, I have a few photos and a vague idea. I prefer to do a first draft of my posts in a notebook before I open Wordpress. The post comes together quickly and soon enough I have it typed up and scheduled.

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Lunch today is a ham and cheese toastie (on the tiniest slice of bread I’ve ever seen), tea (Twinings Everyday) and more YouTube videos.

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Mum asked me to make some shortbread. I love shortbread and it literally only takes 5 minutes to mix everything together. If you want the recipe it can be found here: Chunky Shortbread Recipe.

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While the shortbread is in the oven I take photos for Sunday’s post. My set-up may look ridiculous but it was cheap and it works.

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Another cup of tea while I work on my review of Alice and the Fly. This is the last thing I have to do today which is good timing as I’m just starting to get tired.

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I take amitriptyline every night to help me sleep. The funny thing about having a chronic tiredness problem is it also causes really bad insomnia.

A Day In My Life | bluchickenninja.com

Bath time. Today I am using my sisters mango and papaya bubble bath.

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I do some more replying to comments and checking emails, then I get started on The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.

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And goodnight!

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