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The Coolness Meme, Part 4

Cool people 001 - 012 and the original meme
Cool people 013 - 024
Cool people 025 - 036

Continuing where I left off...
In decreasing order of how long I've known these fine folks:


037 - hpguo is cool because:
1. He is extremely talented and intelligent. His knowledge, like his interests, has grown broad and deep. This has made him quite a good researcher, and a pretty decent lecturer to boot. I should know, I helped a bit with his training! (He was my first padawan, so to speak.)
2. He is flexible: diligent and driven when the need arises, perseverant like nearly no CS graduate student I have ever known, able to hold up under pressure and in adversity, and laid back when there are no pressing concerns. As an example of the latter: he is very poetic (hence his nickname, Haipeng the Poetical). You should hear some of his original - and extemporaneous! - aphorisms.
3. He is friendly and very even-tempered. I have always known him to be patient, gently-spoken even when he is angry, tactful even when faced with unpleasant situations, and humble. He is honest and forthright, and has a refreshingly unselfish attitude, which I'm happy to say he is spreading all around Hong Kong (and elsewhere in East Asia, I hope). I'd like to say I had a little to do with this, but really, it's all to his credit. I am proud to say that of all the things he has learned from me, the one he has taken most to heart is to be generous to others. I believe his character to be very good. A lot of people - myself included - could really learn from this man. I am very glad and honored to have him as my first Ph.D. graduate, and am not in the least surprised that he is himself now a faculty member at a research university, barely a year after graduating.


038 - dragnflye is cool because:
1. She is open-minded, rational, and adept at making people think about their political positions.
2. She is raising a son by herself, which alone makes her a heroine in my book, and very responsible too.
3. If you get to know her, you will find that she is really caring and compassionate. I've always known her to be considerate of her friends.


039 - borgseawolf is cool because:
1. He is Shōgun of TEUNC. 'Nuff said. (No, really, or he will cut you with that katana.)
2. He is, as hempknight predicted, the greatest TEUNC LJ-er of us all. He resisted for the longest time when I started calling for TEUNCs to get LiveJournals after invite codes went away last December, and then - bam! Activism, reviews, thoughtful and aesthetic posts. I can't do half as well as I would like in twice the time that I should spend, as Bilbo would say.
3. He is a guru of many things illustrated and animated. His web comics are hilarious and brilliant!


040 - angelislington is cool because:
1. She is an aficionado of all that is Good and Great: Neil Gaiman, Tim Burton... the list goes on.
2. She's a staah, dahling! Talented, daring, passionate, and consummate about everything she puts her mind to. Just really cool.
3. She is the bestest hobbit lass ever! Look at her pic and tell me she isn't adorable!


041 - erebrandir is cool because:
1. He is the best journaller, in the precise use of the term, that I've ever read. His LiveJournal is a true chronicle: detailed yet interesting, down-to-earth, real. Truly "The Book of Joe".
2. He's not just a sharp guy; he is logical and keenly insightful. I am often positively surprised by what I find in his writings.
3. He is kind, considerate, thoughtful, romantic, mature beyond his years, and hyper-intelligent. You single ladies don't know what you're missing! (Honestly, he should be insanely popular - not just on LJ but IRL - and I can't for the life of me see why he is anything less than a rock godnet celebrity.)


042 - twinbee is cool because:
1. He is a math/computer science double major, which as we all know is a special breed. He joins a club that includes Nick Flink, zengeneral, Julie Thornton, and yours truly. Also, I think megruder had a minor in mathematics. So, you see? Augments should be led by Augments! (Heh, just kidding.)
2. He is funny as hell! In many ways he reminds me of my close friends in my university days: Evan Bynum, Chris League, and Jeremy Elson.
3. He has excellent taste in good SF. His list of previously read books contains several authors (Dick, Vonnegut, Clarke) whose works are on my reading list, and vice versa (Asimov).


043 - auriam is cool because:
1. He's sharp as a whistle. Some of the most interesting topics on cognitive psychology that I've come across online have been from his blog.
2. He is a good guy. Very sweet-looking and just plain sweet, from what I can see.
3. He's fighting the good fight under very stressful conditions, and having the courage to stick it out.


044 - mailea is cool because:
1. She is a hobbit lass, too! Sean Astin has a devoted fan in this one.
2. She has quite a few cool musical fandoms, and writes interesting concert reviews.
3. She's interesting LiveJournal themes, worth dropping by to take a look at.


045 - rsmit212 is cool because:
1. He has good sense and a real dearth of non-sense. Though we do not agree on all political issues, you can always trust rsmit212 to tell it to you straight without putzing around. Honest and open, he really sets a good example for people younger and older.
2. From what I can tell, he is an IT professional of high quality. He reads things on his own, and not just your Dr. Dobbs' Journal or JavaOne stuff, but real technical publications, and he doesn't just pretend to understand them, which happens a lot, as zengeneral avers and as I can confirm.
3. He is determined, and doesn't give up on things easily.


046 - huginn is cool because:
1. His icon screams coolness. Nice shades, casual smile, bright sun. Yeah.
2. He has a cool job. I mean, who else can say he breaks things for a living? Well, OK, fine, but I mean: on purpose?
3. He has a LiveJournal account name that is very close to Hugin, yet he is surprisingly unafraid of being crushed.


047 - poman/rasakavya/vajrahridaya/praxes is cool because:
1. He has four LJs! I mean, come on, even I have only... uh, three. (Well, three LJs and two GJs, but only two are active, and who's counting? ;-))
2. He writes really well. His poetry is inspirational; his stories, affecting; and his appreciation of spirituality and its aesthetics, of a high caliber.
3. He is a parent and a researcher, and yet he still finds time to read and write interesting things outside of work.


048 - maegwen is cool because:
1. She is a staff member of TheOneRing.net, and TORners are intrinsically as hella cool as people who have eaten Red Dragons... heh, sorry, little NetHack humor there. Just look at jereeza, weetanya, and figgylicious! Good company, there.
2. She is a fellow consummate Lost fan. I've enjoyed wibbling over the latest episode with her, Figgy, and narvi, for many an evening this fall.
3. She has neat design concepts. Fonts, graphics, all sorts of things you can see on her LJ.


Baaaaaaaa...
Following queenmidalah, a web utility meme:

Who's been commenting in your journal?


1 banazir 2955 comments 44.75% of total
2 hfx_ben 243 comments 3.68% of total
3 gondhir 201 comments 3.04% of total
4 jereeza 189 comments 2.86% of total
5 Anonymous 164 comments 2.48% of total
6 masteralida 164 comments 2.48% of total
7 istari_ala 152 comments 2.3% of total
8 yahvah 106 comments 1.61% of total
9 zengeneral 102 comments 1.54% of total
10 thanatos_kalos 92 comments 1.39% of total



Who's been commenting in your journal?


1 banazir 2955 comments 44.75% of total
2 hfx_ben 243 comments 3.68% of total
3 gondhir 201 comments 3.04% of total
4 jereeza 189 comments 2.86% of total
5 Anonymous 164 comments 2.48% of total
6 masteralida 164 comments 2.48% of total
7 istari_ala 152 comments 2.3% of total
8 yahvah 106 comments 1.61% of total
9 zengeneral 102 comments 1.54% of total
10 thanatos_kalos 92 comments 1.39% of total
11 miajesbar 87 comments 1.32% of total
12 hempknight 86 comments 1.3% of total
13 zaimoni 76 comments 1.15% of total
14 sui_degeneris 74 comments 1.12% of total
15 andrewwyld 73 comments 1.11% of total
16 oxbastetxo 73 comments 1.11% of total
17 twinbee 72 comments 1.09% of total
18 borgseawolf 69 comments 1.04% of total
19 f00dave 67 comments 1.01% of total
20 myng_rabbyt 66 comments 1.0% of total
21 celandineb 62 comments 0.94% of total
22 chaosinaskirt 62 comments 0.94% of total
23 cretaceousrick 60 comments 0.91% of total
24 mailea 47 comments 0.71% of total
25 yodge 41 comments 0.62% of total
26 kaladhwen 40 comments 0.61% of total
27 prolog 39 comments 0.59% of total
28 crypthanatopsis 37 comments 0.56% of total
29 tamf 35 comments 0.53% of total
30 vretallin 35 comments 0.53% of total
31 nobuddy69 30 comments 0.45% of total
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35 mrowe 28 comments 0.42% of total
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39 deire 26 comments 0.39% of total
40 dragnflye 25 comments 0.38% of total
41 digby_tantrum 24 comments 0.36% of total
42 r3turn0 23 comments 0.35% of total
43 angharad 22 comments 0.33% of total
44 scionofgrace 21 comments 0.32% of total
45 scottharmon 21 comments 0.32% of total
46 chevronsha 21 comments 0.32% of total
47 sugarsnap 20 comments 0.3% of total
48 spoothbrush 19 comments 0.29% of total
49 narvi 19 comments 0.29% of total
50 phawkwood 19 comments 0.29% of total
51 erebrandir 18 comments 0.27% of total
52 wondergurl_77 17 comments 0.26% of total
53 megruder 17 comments 0.26% of total
54 dakotamidnight 17 comments 0.26% of total
55 auriam 16 comments 0.24% of total
56 siocled 16 comments 0.24% of total
57 huginn 16 comments 0.24% of total
58 burkhardt 15 comments 0.23% of total
59 darana 14 comments 0.21% of total
60 hermes_imagod 13 comments 0.2% of total
61 wiliqueen 12 comments 0.18% of total
62 starfish82 12 comments 0.18% of total
63 rsmit212 12 comments 0.18% of total
64 angelislington 12 comments 0.18% of total
65 aricadavidson 12 comments 0.18% of total
66 koinonia 11 comments 0.17% of total
67 cenire 11 comments 0.17% of total
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84 jenlight 6 comments 0.09% of total
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90 alvinboo 5 comments 0.08% of total
91 maegwen 5 comments 0.08% of total
92 oskeladden 5 comments 0.08% of total
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96 immortalvisions 4 comments 0.06% of total
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103 vajrahridaya 3 comments 0.05% of total
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105 penguinicity 3 comments 0.05% of total
106 bxidntdrmer 2 comments 0.03% of total
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These statistics were generated using the LJ Stats Web Interface by mpnolan. Original idea from scrapdog's LJ Comment Stats Wizard.


Finally...

Congratulations to zengeneral on his graduation!

BS-CS and BS-Math!
<AUSTIN_POWERS>Yeah, babee!</AUSTIN_POWERS>
From the rock-bound coast of Maine to the Sun…oh-oh, no----ah –Well, be that as it may. Back where I come from we have universities, seats of great learning—where men go to become great thinkers. And when they come out, they think deep thoughts—and with no more brains than you have…But! They have one thing you haven’t got! A diploma!
    -The Wizard of Oz

Therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Universitatus Committeeatum e plurbis unum, I hereby confer upon you the honorary degree of Tr.D. (Devil of Trask)
Go forth and kick asses!

--
Banazir
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