Tiger!Tiger! was the name under which
I used to play Paradise Netrek on the server defiant in Kiel around
1995, instead of working on my Ph.D. thesis.
I took the name from the title of Alfred Bester's 1956 novel, which happened to be on my desk that day. And Bester, of course, took it from first line of William Blake's poem "The Tyger".
When, in 2000, the time came to get my own domain, I found that tigertiger.de was still available, and took it.
Much later, I started working in computational biology, and the poem is fitting better than ever.The tigertiger domain has been ever growing since: My laptop, random.tigertiger.de and its MacOSX alter ego macrandom.tigertiger.de, are named after Arthur Dent's daughter in Douglas Adam's Mostly Harmless. arbitrary.tigertiger.de, my office desktop, is the name of the General Contact Unit (a talking spaceship) in Iain M. Banks' novella The State of the Art. The machine serving these pages, a Strato virtual server, is intertiger.tigertiger.de, and tinytiger is... but that's quite another story.
Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
In what distant deeps or skies
And what shoulder and what art
What the hammer? What the chain?
When the stars threw down their spears,
Tiger, tiger, burning bright,
William Blake (1789)
Tenser, said the Tensor.
Alfred Bester (1953)