I couldn't disagree with this conversation more, and here's why:
Look, I just can't come along on this whole "deadmau5" thing. First and foremost, a "5" is not an "S." It vaguely resembles an S, yes. This whole "numbers that look like letters being used as letters" thing is really old. It was old when Deadmau5 first did it. But the problem here is that not only is it not the letter it's meant to represent, it doesn't look like the letter it's meant to represent in the context of the word. Granted, this is because I speak a language where the letters "maus" don't mean anything. The cute numbers-as-letters trick really only works when your brain expects a letter and sees a number which approximates that letter and accepts it in context. Otherwise, we'd just think letters and numbers were the same thing. The trick requires a context to be effective.
So, when my eyes drag across the word "Deadmau5," I see the phonetic equivalent of "Dead Mou Five." It drives me crazy.
Of course, this is the age where artificial words aren't pronounced how they look, they're pronounced how the author SAYS they're pronounced, and everyone is apparently willing to go along with that.
"I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question." -Charles Babbage
"Unity and Mediocrity are forever in bed together." -Zane W.