Explanation of the site name

Posted on 2007-11-04 21:51:44

Pandora’s Box. A controversial “box” which wasn’t a box at all, but rather a mistranslation of the Greek word “pithos” (jar).

If you know your classics, you will be aware that Pandora (meaning “all-gifted”) was a woman in Greek mythology. She was given a jar with a lid and told not to open it. Curious as she was, she opened it anyways, and all sorts of evil fled into the world. For the full story, I refer you to Wikipedia.

Anyway, I have a habit of naming my computers after mythological beasts or persons (‘pegasus’, ‘phoenix’, and ‘cerberus’ – the router), and my server needed a name as well. After much thinking I named the old laptop serving these pages: “Pandora”.

Then, when the time came to come up with a title for my site, I had to think for a long time. I wanted to reflect the fact that it was going to be a repository of personal programming projects, and it should preferably start with a “P” because my nickname on the internet has been “Pecunia” since 2000. On a train ride I came up with “Pandora’s Box”, scribbled it down on the edge of a newspaper and that was it.

When I got back home I still liked the name, so it stuck.

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