Celestial Weasel (celestialweasel) wrote,
Celestial Weasel

Talking of people who may or may not exist

... though I'm sure Stallman exists.

Anyway, PCW (late, semi-lamented, PC magazine) used to have a column which I assumed to be a spoof, by someone called Nick Beard. The joke seemed to be that he was a megalomaniac medical doctor turned IT director at some big private hospital. It wasn't terribly funny and seemed to be pandering to some obvious prejudices that PCW readers might have about IT directors, however given the sort of thing that passes for 'humour' in IT magazines / on IT websites (apart from, of course, the blessed Verity Stob), neither of these points disqualified it from being a spoof. And of course there is the name.
However, back in relatively early days of the web I saw a web page (what would be a blog post now, but possibly pre-blogs) by someone who I was fairly sure was real referring to this Beard guy as though he was real.
And now in the days of more stuff being on-line a search brings up someone who sounds like it is him, so I guess he was real after all. (for some reason he came to mind tangentially when I was thinking about whether the RMS Twitter account was real or not).

(that was a rather pointless story, wasn't it? Oh well)


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