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Who is Cervantes?

Cervantes is a regular on the CompSci.ca forums and in the IRC channel. He introduced himself in the Official hello world thread like so:

"Ahoy maties. I be Cervantes, and my hobbies include the following:

  • Rape and Pillage
  • Death and Destruction
  • Sailing the High Seas

If ye be so inclined as to join me on my expeditions, ye must be the sole reason for the evacuation of an entire town population greater than 50, ye must never have been in prison, ye must kill a ninja, and ye must not say "Shiver me Timbres" like that creepy Paul Bian character."

The Name

Cervantes originally got his name from the pirate in Soul Calibur, which he played on the Sega Dreamcast. Since then, he has discovered Miguel de Cervantes, who he also thinks is quite cool.

Cervantes' name was first degraded by TokenHerbz, who called him "Canvas". After being severly reprimanded, TokenHerbz did not learn his lesson: He went on to call Cervantes other grotesque variations.


Cervantes is in first year university at the University of Wateroo to study Mathematical Physics.


Cervantes has played soccer since he was 7 years old. He entered the rep system two years later, and has played on some fairly high calibur teams, such as Glen Shields. He is playing badminton quite seriously; Cervantes also enjoys cycling.


Cervantes likes the older music. Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly; The Beatles, The Kinks, The Band, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Bruce Cockburn, Al Stewart, Joni Mitchell, The Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel, Yes, Jimi Hendrix, the Police, Dire Straits, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, CCR, The Doors, The Guess Who/Bachman Turner Overdrive, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, old Rolling Stones, Supertramp, The Who, Peter Paul and Mary, and Eric Clapton.

Cervantes greatly dislikes rap and doom/death metal. Punk is pretty high up there, too.

Likes & Dislikes



  • Dial-up
  • George Bush
  • Stephen Harper
  • Polluted, greenhouse-gas rich atmosphere
  • QBasic

Past Avatars

Cervantes' avatars used to always have some correlation back to the name "Cervantes". This was usually in the form of adding a bit of pirate to the avatar, with the exception of Buddy Cervantes, which was a mix between an image of Miguel de Cervantes and Buddy Jesus. Since using the Boss from Dilbert, this rule has been relaxed greatly.

Cervantes' First Avatar
Buddy Cervantes
Pirate Duck
Pirate Minsc
Pirate Chuck Norris
From Penny Arcade, and justified by the fact that he will soon need an eyepatch
From Calvin and Hobbes
Pirate Elrond
Ninja Bill (April Fools!)
Pirate cleverly stealing a ruby disguised as his parrot
The Boss! From Dilbert.
Tux from the University of Waterloo
A green cube.
Quantum mechanics humour.
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