History of "PsiNormal"

It happened in the summer of 1997.  I was moving my webpage from the school's servers to some place a little more public where I could control my pages.  I went to geocities.  Whether that's bad or good, who knows, but it caused me to create a new username/handle.  I had previously gone under a few other usernames (like Longshot, which was oddly enough my old CB Handle.  Yes, I had a CB), but none of the usernames I had were unique.  I wanted something that was absolutely mine.

I poured through a dictionary trying to find anything that sounded decent as a handle.  Everything I came across had already been used, which is pretty scary considering how long ago it was; I can just imagine how hard it is now to find something unique now.

Anyway, as I was passing through the 'P's I ran across psi, which in my dictionary was either the 23rd letter of the Greek alphabet or the abbreviation for pounds per square inch.  As an avid science fiction reader I knew that psi had another meaning, as an abbreviation for psionics (powers of the mind like telepathy, telekinesis, etc).  Of course, you can look at dictionary.com now and find as good a definition as I just laid out, but where's the fun in that?

So, I looked at the word psi and knew that I wanted to do something with that.  I've always been fascinated with the paranormal and parapsychology, and while I believe that some measure of abilities like that is possible, I also knew that I was completely normal -- i.e. I had no such powers of the mind.

So, that's it.  That's where PsiNormal comes from.  It's a word I made up out of thin air to be somewhat of an oxymoron, although it's not really a "pair" of words.  So, I've got my very own word I created, which by the way means it's © 1997-2023, thank you very much.  Isn't that special? :)

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