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Josh Smith: The Disambiguation

Posted by on October 2, 2005

I just googled my name, “Josh Smith” and it was worse than I thought. After 17 pages of the basketball player, with a few sprinkled links to the teenage blues guitarist and a knife salesman, and a Chemistry Professor, I found, halfway down page 18, a reference to yours truly, which I didn’t even put on the internet! This is a page on a website with many magic decks, sortable by creator(or at least pilot) and you can see my name and two of the decks I played when I posted my two greatest magic career accomplishments. The third result for decks “created” by Josh Smith pertains to the fella who won GP Houston in 2002(I know the site says ’01: it is wrong). That’s right. Another magic player with my name who also has a better lifetime achievement at the game. PTGT told me that he played against another Josh Smith at GP SLC a few weeks ago. This means that I am but one of three Josh Smiths who play this game at or near the highest level of competitive play. GT said “Nice name, idiots” which I laughed at quite a bit.
So, what with at least one magic player with my name, and a guitar player with my name who are both apparently much better than me at their particular craft, I may have a hard time distinguishing myself in this world. It’s a good thing my sunny dispostion is more powerful than my competitive streak, otherwise I might be pushed to A)Work so hard I couldn’t help but to beat one or more people with my name at their own game, or B)Give up entirely. Like I said, good thing I’m such an optimist. It lets me relax and take life easy.

Ooh, here’s some more of me. This one’s from page 53 of the google results. The card store where that took place is no longer in business, and neither is the one that came after it. I work in the one that came after that.

5 Responses to Josh Smith: The Disambiguation

  1. seifertim

    You could always take up a new name? Like Josh “Like’s Koala’s” Smith?
    It’s worked for me!

    • zaxecivobuny

      I don’t suppose that will be necessary. As I’ve stated before in this journal, my online name is utterly unique, thus I can stand a little conformity when it comes to my _real_ name. And anyway, I’m not totally sure your first sentence is really a question.

  2. teflonspyder

    …And that card shop burnt down, fell over, then sank into the swamp.

    In all seriousness though, if you really feel the need to distinguish yourself you could always attain a high public office. Or kill a bunch of people.

    Probably better of sticking with the cards, though. At least for now, you’re one of a surprisingly small number of people in your age bracket with a life approaching what could be called ‘stable’ or ‘not full of very, very bad things.’ Good a place as any to start from.

    • zaxecivobuny


      Behold my decoding:


      In all seriousness. . .you really. . .need to. . .kill a bunch of people. Probably better. . .stick. . .At least. . .a. . .small number of people. . .in. . .what could be called. . .very, very bad things. Good a place as any to start from.


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