What’s in a name?

“Soon” this blog will be moving to a new server. The hosting itself is all lined up, but now I need a domain name. (OK, technically I don’t need one, but it’d be very nice to have.)

I have lots of ideas for good domain names. Alas, most of them are already taken. Here’s what I’ve considered (and, as appropriate, reasons they’ve been rejected). If you’ve got any other suggestions, post them!

Already taken. No surprise there.
Available, but let’s be honest, why not get a domain name that people can actually spell? Say….
Already taken.
Available, but unspellable.com is a generic squatter site. Not exactly someone I want to be namespace neighbors with.
Or, “k, nine letters, z” (see also: i18n, l10n, m17n, a11y, etc.). Taken, surprisingly. That’s probably for the best, though — k9z.org sounds like a site about dogs written by someone who considers -z an acceptable suffix for making a noun plural.
Statistically speaking, this is how my last name is most commonly pronounced. Alas, this domain name is also taken.
Available, but a bit longer than I’d like.
Also available, and this one might actually be acceptable.
As much as I’d like to make anyone who visits my website lose The Game, it’s already taken by a squatter.

And… nothing else springs to mind at the moment. I’m open to suggestions; otherwise, I’ll probably end up going with captderiv.org.

9 Responses

  1. I must admit, I got a kick out of the “awkwardpause.org” one because, let’s face it, that’s how it usually is. Either that or they completely butcher it.

    Hope you’re doing well big bro.

  2. paulk9z.org? pmkdotorg.org? yeah, captderiv.org is probably the simplest right now. I know with my domain, I had to resort to a hyphen to find one that wasn’t taken. Just be advised that when you’re on the phone with car rental places, family, friends, you’ll probably have to explain it each time if you give an email address like cd@captderiv.org (assuming you have *@captderiv.org forward to another email address like a gmail one)

  3. Bah, even the fun obscure words are taken:

    penultimate.org — Taken.

    antepenultimate.org — Squatted.

    quincunx.org — Squatted.

  4. postpenultimate.org, however, is available….

    (I suspect that these days, any word you can find in a dictionary is already taken by squatters.)

  5. Ooh! Ooh! thricedefenestrated.org!

    dephlogisticated.org would also be tempting, if the .com variant weren’t already claimed.

  6. Kulinibox!

  7. I heartily agree with Benji on this one.

    Other suggestions:

    digitaldarwin.com (re: emulator project)

    and perhaps my only serious suggestion – I hope it’s not taken

  8. May I make my suggestions? No? Too bad:


    or (less gramatically correct, but more pronunciably correct)
    or (more teen-chat-roomy)

    http://www.gpaul.com/ (okay, that’s being squatted on, but if not, would be tottaly cool)

    okay, I think I’ve found my personal favorite!!!
    Get ready! It rocks… better get it before it’s squattededed’d!


    Perfect. It has a hint of tech class as well as represents what the site is about… the innards of Paul spilled out upon the web in all its magnificent glory. Want more ideas? Just ask. I got a bucket of ‘em!

  9. Paul

    I’m late in the game on this, but I have a few too


    Oh, and don’t get an obscure word for a domain name. I briefly had cryptozoic.com, and after I had to spell it letter by letter for the millionth time, I finally changed over to something I never have to spell. And wonderfully enough, none of my suggestions really fall into that category.

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