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Re: I introduce myself

On Thu, 2006-02-02 at 11:27 +0530, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
> >Ha!  You'd think a guy who gets mistaken for Karsten Hopp (or Rasterman)
> >would pay more attention.  *blush*
> >  
> >
> Hmm. Rasterman is Carsten Haitzler.

Yes, both first names are pronounced the same.  Carsten and I both
worked at VA Linux Systems at the same time, so it is a mistake that has

The key to my comment is, where I was born and have mainly lived
(California), _no_one_ was named 'Karsten'.[1]  I was rare, until I
discovered the Internet and a large number of German math students. ;-)

Part of my personal awareness becoming global has been understanding how
people are named.  It becomes easy to lump together foreign-sounding
names as being "all the same."  It is a worthy challenge to pay
attention when engaging with a new locale, trying to understand how
people's names are put together, and knowing who is who.

- Karsten

[1] I've yet to actually shake hands with someone of the same name.  I
do now have a good woman friend named Karsta, which I believe is of the
same origin.
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