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post Dec 18 2004, 04:50 AM
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Mata, two questions:

1. Is your last name really Mata?
2. If so, any relation to Juan Mata of Fairfield, Illinois? (He was in the Sun-Times for painting his house bright green)


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post Dec 18 2004, 04:59 PM
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1.

'Real' is all about perspective. It's my signature on the back of my credit cards and in my passport, it's the name my girlfriend calls me. It's the name that people have in their mobile phones for me, and it's the one I turn to when I hear called.

It isn't the one I was given at birth. As has been mentioned in other threads asking this question, I was given the name 'Timothy' but for many reasons progressively gave it up about eight or nine years ago, one of the reasons being that it just didn't suit me. These days I don't usually notice when someone shouts the name (well... any more than I would notice a person shouting 'Dave', for example).

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No, no relation. I would never be associated with a person who paints their house bright green.


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post Dec 18 2004, 09:23 PM
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painting their house green got them in the paper? how slow was the news that day?
oh, sorry... completly off topic.
how did you end up with the name mata though?


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post Dec 18 2004, 11:34 PM
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QUOTE (arachnidoc17 @ Dec 18 2004, 04:50 AM)
1. Is your last name really Mata?
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It's my signature on the back of my credit cards and in my passport, it's the name my girlfriend calls me. It's the name that people have in their mobile phones for me, and it's the one I turn to when I hear called.
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I thought Mata was your first name...?


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post Dec 19 2004, 12:48 AM
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Sorry, yes, I misread the question, Mata is my first name, I still use my family surname, which is 'Haggis', so my signature in my documents reads Mata Haggis.

In answer to Voices In My Head (now there's a phrase I didn't expect to be typing any time soon), here's the brief version. Mata is actually short for Matazone. I read a play by an Italian chap called Dario Fo, around ten years ago, the character appealed to me and took on the name as a stage name. I then came to use it occasionally with a girlfriend of a couple of years later, then I got online and used it on the internet. After I began meeting people from online in the material world I found that Mata felt like a far more appropriate name for me than the one I was given. This was also happening at the end of a very turbulent period of my life, psychologically speaking, and so it also symbolised a new beginning with a healthier outlook on things.


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post Dec 19 2004, 11:10 AM
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So matazone.co.uk isn't Mata Zone but your name Matazone?

I had actually considered both possibilities. biggrin.gif


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post Dec 20 2004, 12:30 AM
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Yep. I've always considered the site to be an extension of myself. A little piece of my psyche stuck out in cyberspace, and Matazone has always been the name of the most internet based side of me, so it was natural that the site be called Matazone too.


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post Dec 20 2004, 01:49 AM
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QUOTE (Mata @ Dec 18 2004, 07:48 PM)
Voices In My Head (now there's a phrase I didn't expect to be typing anytime soon.)
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well, my life goal is acomplised- I made someone realise why I picked the name int he first place. I always found it ammusing when I heard someone say it outloud.
"voices in my head"
"you do?"
"no!"
"yeah, sure..."


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post Dec 20 2004, 02:21 AM
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QUOTE (Mata @ Dec 19 2004, 08:30 PM)
Yep. I've always considered the site to be an extension of myself. A little piece of my psyche stuck out in cyberspace, and Matazone has always been the name of the most internet based side of me, so it was natural that the site be called Matazone too.
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*Hmm* Most people I know are only in website hosting for the commission.


AAAaanyways, to answer (Goddamnit I cant ever tell if im spelling that right) Voices In My Head, no, the Sun-Times always prints stories on the rather stranger side. It's as if a large portion of the paper is just filler (Some times I see articles from columnists I've never heard of before)...


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Hum. I always thoughts of it as Mata Zone too. Now I will have to reconfigure the brain files. bah

If I don't sound too daft for asking, how do you pronounce your name? I'm serious. This would sound like less of a silly question for people who live in a state where Newark is pronounced Nurk. --;; I've always said it Mat-a. As opposed to, say, Mah-ta. eheh...

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As has been mentioned in other threads asking this question, I was given the name 'Timothy' but for many reasons progressively gave it up about eight or nine years ago, one of the reasons being that it just didn't suit me.

You, Ri, and I need to start a "people with dull biblical names they'd rather pretend they were never given" club.


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post Dec 21 2004, 12:07 AM
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If I don't sound too daft for asking, how do you pronounce your name? I'm serious. This would sound like less of a silly question for people who live in a state where Newark is pronounced Nurk. --;; I've always said it Mat-a. As opposed to, say, Mah-ta.


Yes, I'd like to know that too, as I've always said it Mah-ta, and think that I'm probably wrong.

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It rhymes with hatter, as in The Mad.


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post Dec 21 2004, 02:14 AM
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I got quite accustomed to lots of different pronounciations when I was in the US, but Commie is right, it rhymes with 'hatter'. The full version is mat-a-zo-nay ('zo' rhyming with 'ho').

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I don't pretend I was never given it, I just don't think it's really me anymore. It suited me fine when I was a child, but now I am a man and have put away childish things smile.gif Well... Most of them. laugh.gif


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post Dec 21 2004, 02:48 AM
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QUOTE (Mata @ Dec 20 2004, 10:14 PM)
... but now I am a man and have put away childish things smile.gif Well... Most of them. laugh.gif
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Well they say the difference between a man and a boy is the size of his toys... I, however, have observed that the difference between a child and an adult is usually the complexity of the toys... Baby Dolls to babies, bicycles to motorcycles, interactive toys to computers, and so on... laugh.gif

Oh, and I always pronounced it Mah-tah. It'll be hard to get my head around the real pronunciation...


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As I say, I'm quite used to both versions from trips to the US where people seem to have trouble with my version of the pronounciation, so don't worry too much if it bothers you. Also, when I'm talking about my website address I use the English pronounciation ('ma-ta-zone') for the sake of simplicity.


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I remember Mata explaining to me how his name was pronounced.... he said its sortah like "matter" but minus the ter and add an a.... .... So to this day, I always say matter and then mata.... and still end up saying it wrong o.o;

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still can't tell if i'm saying it right....even though i'm probly not going to change how I say it anyway.... tongue.gif


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This is how i pronounce it...
Ma- (a as in Attic)
Ta- Ta as in (Tah-dah!)

I also try to pronounce it as japanese as possible, because 'Mata' in japanese means 'inner thigh'
Hmm? some secrets, Mr. Haggis?


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post Dec 28 2004, 01:42 PM
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*laughs* I wasn't aware of that! Well... *blushes*

In one of the African languages I've heard it means literally 'the tightest strung bow', which means the most dangerous weapon it is possible to create (which I thought was rather fun!). In Portugese it means 'jungle', and in Spanish it literally means 'he who kills', which is slang for Death (as in the grim reaper).

I didn't know any of these when I took the name!


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QUOTE (Mata @ Dec 28 2004, 08:42 AM)
*laughs* I wasn't aware of that! Well... *blushes*

In one of the African languages I've heard it means literally 'the tightest strung bow', which means the most dangerous weapon it is possible to create (which I thought was rather fun!). In Portugese it means 'jungle', and in Spanish it literally means 'he who kills', which is slang for Death (as in the grim reaper).

I didn't know any of these when I took the name!
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Does that mean that your the unknowing embodiment of Death, who is sexualy fustraighted because...well...only necro- blink.gif*buzzzzzz* Due to the nature of the sentence it will not be compleated. This censor was brought to you by the letters A and Z and the number 12.ph34r.gifinnocent.gif


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So you're supossed to say it matter? I'm confused so very much. I live in Massachusetts. Us with Boston accents don't prounounce the letter r, I think this is why I'm so confused. We prounounce the word matter as 'matah'. I need help. Help!


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QUOTE (rockyhorrorfan @ Feb 1 2005, 11:44 PM)
how did you come up with the idea of matazone to begin with? was  animatiaon something you enjoyed watching as a child or was it out of the blue?
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As SPS points out, this site was originally one big piece of art.

I've always loved animation since I was a child. In my teens I was desperately trying to find an old Cine 8 camera that could take single fram exposures so I could make stop frame animations. I remember being amazed by the old Industrial Light & Magic computer animation demo films, and I loved the early Pixar work with the table lamp. One of my favourite animations with computers is still 'Red's Dream' (look it up).

As I got older I had less time to pursue my desire to make animations and so had to concentrate on more productive ideas. Eventually, during a break in my studies I saw the Dead Cities website, made by Future Sound Of London, and this had some small looping gif images on it. I had never seen animation on the web before, and this was a whole new world to me. I did some research into web animation and found that a lot of people were using something called Flash.

I really had no idea how to even make a basic webpage in those days. During my university degree I found a module that would teach me web-design, so I got about 30 minutes of web-design instruction. I was hooked. The next week I was teachig my tutor new things about the web.

After my course finished, and under the influence of the Dead Cities website, I went off and read a book on web-design and made the webart site. After that we get back into the story on that link...

Essentially I've had 30 minutes of HTML tuition in my life. After that it's been a long process of stealing from people more knowledgable than me until I'm now in a position where people can steal from me, and so the cycle begins again.


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