Hub #1,500: In Praise Of... nicomp

A couple of my latest "In Praise Of..." Hubs seem to have had a diametrically opposite effect from each other. The first one caused the subject to only post a couple of comments on my Hubs from then on, while the second one got me into even more intensive contact with one of the truly nicest people I've ever met. I hope that the effect of the third one will end up to be similar to the second, as nicomp simply has to be one of the most supportive and nicest Hubbers to be found anywhere.

No, I'm not just sucking up because nicomp wrote a Hub entitled Top 10 Reasons You're not Smarter than Hal Licino, containing such gems as:

Herein we pay tribute to our idol, Hal Licino. You are not smarter than he. Read on and have your eyes opened. Have your mind expanded and your psyche polished. Sit in awe of his voluminous hubbage output. Gape in amazement at his worldwide variety of topics. Stand on his giant shoulders. Rest in his shadow. Lay down in agony should you cramp up during all this activity.

Geez whillikers, nicomp... all that for lil' ol' me? I'm flattered. I'm delighted. I'm sending you fifty bucks via Paypal...

Actually, that is the kind of guy nicomp is. He embodies that rare and remarkable (for this century) combination of wit, intelligence and humility. It was always that last characteristic that I never could get my chops around, not that I tried too hard. In my writing I'm usually as humble as the average biker bar bouncer, and just about as subtle: while nicomp's Hubs are unique and delightful due to his laconic, self-deprecating, yet profoundly entertaining and accessible writing style.

I have previously placed Shalini Kagal on the altar of the Hub Heights which we should all strive to aspire to. I have to confidently state that if more Hubbers wrote with the insight, integrity, and innate sense of fun as nicomp, this would be a far better website.

His What is shophq04.info and why are they stealing our stuff? is a very interesting expose about a Hub cloning site that I was not aware of. His Hideous, Annoying, and Unspeakably Ugly Cars is so laugh out loud good that I wish I'd written it. Besides, anyone who shares my opinion about the utter stupidity of Men Who Stare At Goats is a friend of mine! We are also in lockstep when it comes to the perils facing the global automotive industry in a coming age of Chinese domination (with all that entails). All in all, great stuff from a truly great Hubber!

So the next time you're facing Hub Writer's Block and want some inspiration on how to entertain and inform your audience, check out some of nicomp's Hubs. He not only is a great Hub writer, but I share his appreciation for his "idol."

A bit of a P.S.: It was with a mixture of shock and surprise that I learned that Ryan Hupfer was leaving HupPages... er... HubPages for greener pastures... if such a thing can be found anywhere in the Bay Area. Maybe the Infield at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum? Anyway... I am very sorry to see the Hupmeister go, and I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. Fortunately now that he's gone I am no longer held to the promise I made him to never reveal the photo of Ryan in a bikini. I truly am sorry if his new wife sees this, but I've always believed that truth is the best policy and you should always reveal to your wife the indiscretions of your bachelor days. So here you go!

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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks

Hal, you haven't actually said much in praise of Nicomp here, besides something we all are already aware of: that he has a "laconic, self-deprecating, yet profoundly entertaining and accessible writing style."

He says you are his mentor. What's the back story? Inquiring mind want to know!


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Well, I don't know nicomp's personal background anywhere near as well as I do Misha or Shalini. The back story is that one day I was having a burger at a greasy joint and nicomp came up to me and asked me if I was Hal Licino. I replied "did the cat face tip you off?" He said yes and then showed me some old photos of me when I was younger getting it on with some wild pussies. It turns out that one of these pussies was now married to a Meowfia Chieftain and that all nine of my lives would be snuffed out by the Catfather if he ever saw these pix. I told him I would do anything at all to keep those pix secret, so he told me that the only way he would put those photos where the Cata Nostra wouldn't find them would be if I would help him out on HubPages. I agreed and we've lived happily ever after.

OK, now that we're through the silliness, it started quite innocently enough. He began commenting on my Hubs and I soon came to realize that he was an exceptionally intelligent, thoughtful and skilled writer. We also seem to be in tune on many issues as he is a CompSci grad and professional. I've added links to some of his Hubs which have particularly struck me. Ever since I have tried to answer any queries he would have in as much detail as I could. That may be the benefit and the drawback of living in an electronic community. It is very difficult to learn to know the person behind the words and much has to be inferred.


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks

Hal, thanks for the imaginative answer and the truthful one. I guess we'll all just have to keep wondering about both the man behind the cat and the one behind the horse face.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

The one behind the horse's face is one smart kitty, and the one behind the cat's face is a horse's behind. :)


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

Thank you. This is very touching.

You were my #1 hubber, even before you wrote this.

Now, give me your email address!!!


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

SIR YES SIR! PROVIDED IN MESSAGE TO YOU SIR! :)

And thanks for the kind words, but you certainly are one of the best Hubbers around! :)

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