David Bradley Abbreviated

I wrote a rather vainglorious post on my Significant Figures site last week – entitled David Bradley: Killer, Lover, Player Puller, it was basically an excuse to do a bit of personal branding but also highlighted the fact that there are so many other David Bradleys out there, including dozens of professors, photographers, a porn star, actors and tractors, and worst of all at least one lawyer.

One of my virtual friends on StumbleUpon, spostareduro, picked up on this article saying it was a great idea for branding. In an email chat though she asked “Do you know how nifty it is to have initials that stand for Data Base.” Obviously, I was aware of this…it was part of the underlying psychology of morphing Elemental Discoveries into Sciencebase when I registered this website’s domain in 1999. However, it got me thinking about what else my initials (I’ve no middle name so, they’re plain old DB) stood for, so here’s a brief list.

  • Data Base – as already mentioned, a database is usually thought of as a structured file containing information accessible with a computer, whether or not I or Sciencebase fit into that definition I couldn’t possibly say.
  • dB – decibels – a useful logarithmic unit for power in acoustics, physics, and electronics. An increase of 10 dB represents a ten times increase in power. Normal conversation bubbles along at 60 dB for instance, a rock concert, at 120 dB, is 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 times louder, which might just explain why so many aging rock stars suffer hearing loss.
  • db (pronounced dee-bee) – is, according to the Urban Dictionary, the ultimate power word, used for expressing absolutely any emotion at all. Of course, in its inimitable style, the Urban Dictionary also has a whole slew of more offensive definitions, which I am not citing here as a matter of principle.
  • In chemistry, my native tongue, DB is both 4-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy)butanoic acid di-n-butyramide.
  • Classiest automotive abbreviation has to be Daimler Benz, unless you add a digit and mention the Aston Martin DB9, obviously, maybe when Sciencebase has a few more dB income I could start saving for one.

    Deutsche Bahn AG

  • Sticking with the classy Germans, there is also Deutsche Bahn, the German railway company.
  • And by sheer coincidence, or maybe not the next DB is also German – www.db.com – Deutsche Bank, obviously.
  • Then there’s DoonesBury, okay, that’s just a D not a DB, but cartoon archives often use “db” to denote the Doonesbury folder. The classic situational scientist episode is a must for anyone struggling with ID and climate change skeptics.
  • Db – dubnium, very heavy element.
  • If you really want more DB’s than you could shake a stick at…check out the wiki entry for DB

UPDATE: Been messing around with name again and have created a page called David Bradley Actor just for fun.

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4 thoughts on “David Bradley Abbreviated

  1. DB was my nick name during my high school years too. In Cantonese bee means intelligence, and dee means low. That is ‘low intelligence’.

    I accepted this nick name and used DBIverson as online account names for a while (I’m a fan of Allen Iverson). All results of the google search of ‘DBIverson’ belongs to me. But I only knew the first two explanation you’ve pointed out until now.

  2. The DB follow-up! Beautiful.
    I hope you don’t become one of those underground sinister scientists that lures innocent bystanders to your basement to be hypnotized by little blinking lights into a deep trance which results in DB research for that next branding invention hoopla…
    Berkelium Dubnium – affects on human cerebral tissues
    Barium Darmstadtium – affects on human spleen
    Sheesh, now I’m scaring myself….
    Really, I Just finished reading your Dec. 14th article “Could warm feet save the world?” I’m impressed with the way you write about advanced scientific details in a way that is so easily understood. RSS’d and Stumbled. Cya round and good luck with sciencebase

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