Many people have asked where the name “beancurdturtle” comes from. So, I will indulge the curious and answer the question.

The Cast:
orto-ped – He’s a brilliant Russian dude. Born and raised in Moscow, worked in Italy for several years, now lives in Southern California like me. He speaks four or five human languages, and codes in three times as many programming languages. But for all his intelligence, he can't seem to translate a Russian joke into anything worth half a chuckle - and most are just plain lame. I'll assume it's a culture clash issue and give him a break 'cause he’s really a great guy.

daniel – He’s an unusual American with as many foreigners for friends as Americans. He speaks English very well, and a little bit of Chinese and Spanish poorly. His super hobby is brewing. For fun he cooks, eats, and plays geek card and board games. He’s me.

The Disclaimer:
Neither of us has a prejudice against any race, ethnicity, or religion. Nor do we have a problem with provocative language when we start talking smack in chat. So, don’t be offended by the seemingly disrespectful references to several cultures and religions. Also, don’t keep reading if you can't handle colorful language.

Following is the transcript of the chat wherein the name “Beancurdturtle” was born. It’s all in good fun - though perhaps in bad taste. Whatever!

The Setup:
Some time shortly after the turn of the 21st century, orto-ped tells me a joke in online chat. In chat, even though we sat in adjacent cubicles - because you don't talk like this over a cubicle wall in a quiet office. It was another really lame joke. And so I answer...

daniel says:
was that a joke?

orto-ped says:
it's a dog joke

daniel says:
yeah. is it a russian joke too?

orto-ped says:
well, if i told it to you, i guess it makes it more russian then mongolian, urdu, patagonian or fukenese, doesn't it?

orto-ped says:
i'd love to hear some chinese jokes

daniel says:
I like the Urdu jokes. they are so fucking funny dude!

orto-ped says:
like: “once a turtle crawls onto buddha’s foot, he looks at it and says - please, politely, get the fuck off of my foot or i’ll make a very good turtle soup out of you and won't even put lemongrass in it !”

orto-ped says:
“no lemongrass” - now that’s real funny ~

daniel says:
Legend says that the Buddha was vegetarian

orto-ped says:
good, matches my point

daniel says:
it has to be a imitation turtle made of beancurd

orto-ped says:
ok: “once a turtle, made of bean curd, crawls...

daniel says:
“one day a beancurd turtle walks into a bar with Buddha...

orto-ped says:
buddha goes: “woe, woe, woe - WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU?”

daniel says:
and the bartender says...

orto-ped says:
that’s a pretty raw chinese joke

daniel says:
It’s a fucking Tibetan joke.
*meanwhile i'm choking on my barely muffled laughter*

orto-ped says:
you can put that joke on the internet

daniel says:
a tibetan cowboy joke.

orto-ped says:
aren’t you easily amused

Ok, so maybe it's the type of humor "you had to be there" for. But that's how the name “beancurdturtle” was born.

BCT-88