What In The World Is “Skyzyx”?

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A guy named David emailed me today with a question. “How do you pronounce ‘Skyzyx’?”

The thought had never occurred to me before. I guess it should have. It’s not a name or a word of any sort, it’s just a name of my own creation. I came up with it back in 1992. I was in eighth grade, and I decided to create a word out of all of the “cool” looking letters of the alphabet. After a few tries, “Skyzyx” was the polished word.

For the record, Skyzyx is pronounced “Sky”, as in the sky above, and “Zicks”, just like “Ticks”, but with a Z (Z has always been a cool letter. Do you think that Jeffrey Zeldman would be as cool if he didn’t have a Z in his name?).

I guess the next logical question would be “What does it mean?” I still haven’t gotten around to that yet. Maybe “creator of words that are difficult to pronounce.” I dunno.

I started using it as a “pen name” of sorts when I would write short stories. It was also my callsign in the “club” I was in with my other eighth grade friends. After a while it just stuck. I would use it as my handle on BBS’s and IRC. In 1998, I launched “Skyzyx’s Lair” from my GeoCities web account… loaded with cutting edge frames, and magical table-based layouts.

Now, I use Skyzyx as my handle on forum boards and for my up-and-coming freelance business, Skyzyx Technologies. We’ll see where I’m able to go from there…

Ryan Parman

is an engineering manager with over 20 years of experience across software development, site reliability engineering, and security. He is the creator of SimplePie and AWS SDK for PHP, patented multifactor-authentication-as-a-service at WePay, defined much of the CI/CD and SRE disciplines at McGraw-Hill Education, and came up with the idea of “serverless, event-driven, responsive functions in the cloud” while at Amazon Web Services in 2010. Ryan's aptly-named blog, , is where he writes about ideas longer than . Ambivert. Curious. Not a coffee drinker.