Since I went of on my tirade against Craig Cobbs I was reminded of the time I played poker against the guy who invented the jagged line underneath missppelled words.
I had not spent a lot of time pondering who invented this ever-present highlight when I type in Microsoft Word. But somebody had to have the idea.
It was Richard Brodie.
He plays poker professionally now and online at Full Tilt Poker as Quiet Lion. I was in an Hold ’em online tournament and he ended up at my table. Chat was enabled and he was pretty chatty with the group. Someone made the comment that the had seen him on the TeeVee in a tournament.
I chimed in with something fascinating like: oh, wow, what do you look like? because in online poker, as in other online life, you can pick your own avatar.
This was mine (and you can change the expression at will.)
This is pretty typical of the avatars… goofy characters and personnas.
He replied something like, Oh, I dunno, I guess like my avatar. This was his avatar:
Dur. I failed to notice that his avatar looked like a person. I would do real well at “reading” a poker opponent in real life.
So I Google ™ searched him and found out that Richard Brodie, The Quiet Lion, was in fact one of the authors of Microsoft Word. He was the 77th employee of Microsoft.
I spent my first summer at Microsoft writing CS, then returned the next summer to work on a secret new project. It was to be a modest word-processor to serve as an inexpensive entree to the business software market.
Richard Brodie invented the jagged line underneath missppelled words! So balance the dopes I have met online against some really cool people, and I’m still way ahead.
BTW: Brodie took me out of the tournament – his full house was bigger than mine. Board had trips, he had a bigger pair in the hole.