Kibo

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Kibo is also the name of a volcano which contains the highest peak of Mount Kilimanjaro; Kibō (Hope) is also a name for the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) component of the International Space Station.

Kibo is the nickname, username and e-mail address (kibo@world.std.com or kibo@kibo.com) of James Parry (b. July 13 1967), a Usenetter known for his sense of humor, various surrealist net pranks, an absurdly long .signature, and an uncanny, machine-assisted knack for joining any thread in which his nom de guerre is mentioned (to "kiboze"). His exploits have gleaned him a multitude of enthusiasts, who celebrate him as the head deity of the joke pseudo-religion kibology, centered on the newsgroup alt.religion.kibology.

James Parry grew up and lived in Schenectady, New York, before moving to Boston, Massachusetts, about 1990, where he lives today. He had amazing abilities with computing, such as being able to open up ROM video game cartridges such as those for the Atari 2600 and fully reprogram them, but was more interested in graphic/artistic pursuits. In this vein, he initially was a Computer Engineering major at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York, but when he moved to Boston attended Emerson College, where he studied videography and graphic design. At that time, he also worked as a typeface designer and for the world.std.com internet service provider, whose praises he sings on his website (in a rare moment where he is not being outrageously tongue-in-cheek). He has a great artistic eye for typeface and developed several fonts in use today.

Many assume his nickname is derived from the acronym KIBO, although Parry himself has repeatedly denied this. Another rumor has it being short for King Body, a pseudonym he very briefly used on computer forums as a freshman at RPI in the mid-1980's.

Kibo is a supertaster, and has prosopagnosia. He frequently dyes his hair, which as of late 2004 is bright orange. Kibo likes bacon, but greatly dislikes cheese.

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