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Sean D Stevens # Posted on August 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm

When I was a teenager, I was in the hobby of painting Japanese Kanji onto shirts. I wanted to write a phrase I heard on tv that went “Life is a comedy for fools”, but after consulting a dictionary, I couldn’t find the character for comedy, so in the end, I wrote “Laughter of Fools”. Or so I thought. Later, when dining at a Japanese restaurant, a waitress corrected me and said what I wrote was “Laughing Fool”. I liked the way it sounded, and it has become my nickname ever since.
This is also related to my avatar. After getting this nickname, I decided to create a symbol I could use to represent it. I wanted it to be easy to draw with simple geometric shapes, but also to represent my nickname. The symbol I came up with with was designed to look like a laughing face.
I’m actually very proud of both aspects. It fills me with an unusual amount of glee when someone in a forum like this calls me “the fool”.