I almost missed this thread!"Radical Brad"
was given to me by my grade 9 computer teacher.
Back in the 80's, you had 4 basic groups; nerds, jocks, bangers, and preppies.
Being strange, I was active in the first 3 groups.
As a nerd, I helped others with coding (PET Basic), and had an electronics club going.
As a Jock, I was right into motocross racing and extreme stunt sports.
As a banger, I was lead guitar in a heavy metal band.
Never did break into the preppie group much back in the day.
So one day for Halloween, I dressed in my metal gear and came to computer class a bit late.
Sat down with my fellow nerds looking like something from Motely Crue, and started coding.
That is when the teacher started calling me Radical Brad.
They day after, I started using the name on any game I cracked.
My other name "AtomicZombie"
was given when I started building many strange vehicles and robots.
This eventually stuck as well, and I made a business out of it...http://www.atomiczombie.com/DIY%20Plans.aspx
Have been doing that for over 17 years now.
I also hack together solutions for complex problems during the day... R&D.
Glad to find this site... it brings me back to the good days of computing!