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Postby welshnerd » Fri Feb 15, 2008 4:05 pm

welshnerd wrote:February 13th 2008:

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Name: William Henry Gates III

Born: October 28, 1955 (age 52)

Occupation: Chairman, Microsoft Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

An American entrepreneur, software executive, philanthropist and chairman of Microsoft, the software company he founded with Paul Allen. Gates has been number one on the "Forbes 400" list from 1993 through to 2007 and number one on Forbes list of "The World's Richest People" from 1995 to 2007 with 58 billion U.S. dollars. In 1999, Gates's wealth briefly surpassed $101 billion causing him to be referred to in the media as a "centibillionaire". Time magazine named Gates one of the 100 people who most influenced the 20th century, as well as one of the 100 most influential people of 2004, 2005, and 2006.

Bill Gates and Microsoft have been criticised for there aggressive and oppressive marketing tactics.


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Postby BlackMumba » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:26 am

Where are the horns? You forgot the horns of the devil!
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Postby welshnerd » Sun Feb 17, 2008 1:43 pm

February 16th 2008:

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Name: Gareth Owen Edwards CBE

Born: July 12, 1947 (age 60)

Occupation: Retired Amatuer Rugby Union Footballer*

Gareth Owen Edwards CBE is a former Welsh rugby union footballer who played scrum-half, considered by many to be the greatest player in the history of the game. He is Wales' youngest ever captain, gaining his first captaincy at the age of 20. During his era the Welsh side dominated the Five Nations Championship, winning the title seven times, including three grand slams.

He also played ten times for the British Lions, playing for the legendary 1971 Lions team that was the only such team to win a series in New Zealand and for the unbeaten 1974 side in South Africa.

Edwards was blessed with extreme pace and married this with strength, agility and guile, scoring twenty tries in internationals. His try for the Barbarians against the All Blacks in 1973 at Cardiff Arms Park, often referred to simply as 'that try', is commonly said to be the greatest ever.



*Rugby Union was an Amateur Sport until 1995.
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Postby welshnerd » Sun Feb 17, 2008 1:52 pm

February 17th 2008:

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Name: Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger

Born: July 30, 1947 (age 60)

Occupation: Actor, Bodybuilder and Politician

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-born American bodybuilder, Golden Globe-winning actor, businessman and politician currently serving as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California. Schwarzenegger's breakthrough film was the "mythical epic" Conan the Barbarian in 1982, which was a box-office hit. As an actor, he is best known as the title character of director James Cameron's influential science-fiction film The Terminator (1984) and its sequels.
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Postby Psychotik » Sun Feb 17, 2008 2:11 pm

The Terminator 1, 2, and 3 are awesome movies.
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Postby MileHighGeekGuy » Sun Feb 17, 2008 2:27 pm

welshnerd wrote:February 17th 2008:

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Name: Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger

Born: July 30, 1947 (age 60)

Occupation: Actor, Bodybuilder and Politician

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-born American bodybuilder, Golden Globe-winning actor, businessman and politician currently serving as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California. Schwarzenegger's breakthrough film was the "mythical epic" Conan the Barbarian in 1982, which was a box-office hit. As an actor, he is best known as the title character of director James Cameron's influential science-fiction film The Terminator (1984) and its sequels.



You know what's fun?

Watching Terminator 1 while within sight of where he is.

(We watched it in a Motel in Sacramento and we could see the capital building which is where he was at the time)

I bet I'm the only one here that has done that...
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This Picture really puts things in the Perspective

Postby welshnerd » Sun Feb 17, 2008 2:31 pm

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Above is proof that a life politics does affect your health!

He's wasting away!
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Postby klondike mac » Sun Feb 17, 2008 3:26 pm

where are all the famous nerds like this list
1:Ludwig Van Beethoven
2:Leonardo DaVinci
3:Albert Einstein
4:Bill Gates
5:Weird Al Yanchovic
6:me
what is the difference between a giant midget and a normal person?
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Postby BlackMumba » Sun Feb 17, 2008 4:21 pm

Tomorrow, when I do my round at NT, I would like to see Kasparov as person of the day. :)
He stood up for the greater good of chess, fighting against FIDE.
Not only is he probably the greatest chess player to have walk the earth, but he is politically active.
He is even running in the Russian presidential elections.
He also has his own foundation.
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Postby MileHighGeekGuy » Sun Feb 17, 2008 5:24 pm

BlackMumba wrote:Tomorrow, when I do my round at NT, I would like to see Kasparov as person of the day. :)
He stood up for the greater good of chess, fighting against FIDE.
Not only is he probably the greatest chess player to have walk the earth, but he is politically active.
He is even running in the Russian presidential elections.
He also has his own foundation.


Just imagine if he becomes Russian president, if he wants to take over the world he could do it.

War is like chess, and rule #1 of chess is, Kasparov > world.
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Postby welshnerd » Sun Feb 17, 2008 7:40 pm

klondike mac wrote:where are all the famous nerds like this list
1:Ludwig Van Beethoven
2:Leonardo DaVinci
3:Albert Einstein
4:Bill Gates
5:Weird Al Yanchovic
6:me


I don't think you can really call Weird Al Yankovic a nerd. He is to extrovert.

Ludwig Van Beethoven was an accomplished musician and composer, but that does not make him a nerd.

I also find it hard to see that you are a famous nerd.


Leonardo DaVinci however is a good choice. He is probably the greatest nerd of all time.
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Postby Psychotik » Sun Feb 17, 2008 10:11 pm

What about Thomas Edison? He has a lot of famous inventions.
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Postby welshnerd » Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:43 pm

Psychotik wrote:What about Thomas Edison? He has a lot of famous inventions.


He was a true Nerd, with great vision and inventiveness.

We could really do with someone like him alive today.
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Postby welshnerd » Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:45 pm

February 18th 2008:

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Name: Garry Kimovich Kasparov

Born: April 13, 1963 (age 44)

Occupation: Chess Grandmaster

Kasparov became the youngest ever World Chess Champion in 1985. He held the official FIDE world title until 1993, when a dispute with FIDE led him to set up a rival organisation, the Professional Chess Association. He continued to hold the "Classical" World Chess Championship until his defeat by Vladimir Kramnik in 2000. He is also widely known for being the first world chess champion to lose a match to a computer, when he lost to Deep Blue in 1997.

Kasparov holds the record for the longest time as the #1 rated player.
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Postby welshnerd » Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:46 pm

February 19th 2008:

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Name: Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito)

Born: 29 April 1901

Died: January 7, 1989 (aged 87)

Occupation: Monarchy of Japan

Emperor Shōwa was the 124th Emperor of Japan according to the traditional order of succession, reigning from December 25, 1926 until his death in 1989.

In the Western world, he is best known as Hirohito. The word Shōwa is the name of the era that corresponded with the Emperor's reign, and was made the Emperor's own name upon his death, the name by which he is now exclusively referred to in Japan. Although he often was and continues to be known outside of Japan by his personal name, Hirohito, in Japan an emperor's personal name is never used.

His reign was the longest of any historical Japanese emperor, and encompassed a period of tremendous changes in Japanese society, in some of which he played a significant role. At the start of his reign, Japan was still a fairly rural country with a limited industrial base. Japan's militarization in the 1930s, in which he is thought by some scholars to have been a participant, eventually led to Japan's involvement in World War II, a decision in which he has again been argued to have had some influence. After that ended with the total devastation of Japan, he co-operated with the re-organization of the Japanese state during the following Occupation of Japan, and lived to see that re-birth result in Japan becoming a highly urbanized country which was one of the industrial and technological powerhouses of the world.
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