My brother John
states the following:
"You know, most famous people just annoy me. They seem to live in a constant state of tripping over themselves to conform to some lame social standard of coolness. In the process, they forget the first rule of the truly cool, which is : "Dude. Relax. Be Yourself." And here enters in the zen paradox:
The coolest people on the planet are the biggest geeks.
Cause they just don't care what the world thinks- they just get on with life comfy in thier own skin and do frickin cool schtuff."
and asks who the coolest geeks are (with the rule that no one earlier than Tolkein be allowed).
Here are my replies to John's list:
Rowan Atkinson - ABSOFRICKINLUTELY! Love him!
J.K Rowling - certainly yes, but I'm still a bit peeved about the whole "Dumbledore is gay thing, but not until AFTER all the books have been sold" Plus she seems a bit full of herself lately. Still she gets major props for inventing HP, which I love, so on the whole yes.
The actor guys yes, I liked them in their rolls, but I don't know much about them personally.
Peter Jackson - Yes!
Weird Al - TOTALLY AGREE!!
D & D / and Magic guy - They totally are not my thing. But they definitely deserve props for inventing games so captivating that young white and nerdys are so willing to throw away so much of their lives and money. Whatever.
Rush guys - Um, not really my thing either, but I guess I can see why you like them.
Chess guys - Again just because I can't stand chess, it doesn't mean that they don't deserve major props for being so masterful at such a brainy game.
Carl Sagan - Yes, agreed!
Dresden guy - I don't know enough about to form an opinion
Douglas Adams - agreed.
SpaceX guy - again, I don't know much about him, but he sounds cool.
Now, here's my list (beyond the ones that I agreed to on yours):
I really want to add Sergei Rachmaninoff, but I don't know if he's allowed. He was born about 20 years Tolkien, but they were alive together for about 40 years. Anyway, allowed or not, he was totally awesome.
Wrote some of the hardest piano stuff ever. Totally awesome. Plus musically speaking, he's my great-grand-father.
Writes and arranges some seriously awesome stuff. Not only does he write many great things that are nice and spiritual and all and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir uses his stuff frequently, but he also put together my all time FAVORITE CD: Three Musical Fables
which is awesome, hilarious and brilliant, and I ORDER you ALL to check it out forthwith!
Next, how could you have a list of cool geeks without putting something in for Monty Python?! Hello?! I'm adding Michael Palin because for some reason unknown to me, he's always been one of my favorite Pythons, plus I don't think he's stooped to do any gay appearances in stupid things, in his old age.
Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Sr.The father in Cheaper by the Dozen (the book, the newer movie has pretty much nothing to do with the book). He inspired that AWESOME book, he had some awesome parenting / teaching ideas, and come one anyone who can intentionally have 12 children, love it, and do such a great job must be VERY COOL!!
George GershwinWrote some seriously cool music.
Writes and arranges AMAZING inspiring music! I want to be her.
I LOVE that show! Makes science fun for kids.
James Alfred Wight - AKA James Herriot
Wrote some of my favorite books! Great stuff!
Harlan Hock (sorry I don't have a picture). He's not a celebrity, but he was my piano teacher and he's just a totally awesome all around person. I compare him to Dumbledore in many ways because he really is that good with a piano, but he prefers to teach.
Last but not least: Al GoreAfter all, he invented the internet and global warming. (PUHLEASE!)
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