Great name archive, 30 January – 5 February 2012


Steele von Hoff

Steele von Hoff

Yu Darvish, Japanese baseballer and erstwhile Ham Fighters employee

Purdy Crawford, 80yo Canadian lawyer, business identity and 7am work starter

Korren Kirven, 6’4″ 260lb American gridironer and self-professed artist

Dilly Duka, American footballer and Amsterdam visitor

Brown Johnson, Nickelodeon Animation President and Yo Gabba Gabba green-lighter

Samba Sow, Malian footballer and ‘poo ball’ kicker

Professor Saul Perlmutter, Nobel Laureate physicist and question asker

Marfan Wafa, Vice-Chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus & landscaping fan

Brian Brain, English cricketer and author

Mate Maglai, 120-year-old house renter

Ronal Serpas, New Orleans police chief and revolving door blamer

Bright Dike, American soccer player and failed pivot step taker

Phedon Papamichael, Descendants cinematographer and photography real-keeper

Goodluck Jonathan, Nigerian president, husband of Patience and fedora fan

Steele Von Hoff, professional cyclist and Scody Cup blitzer


Great name archive, 23-29 January 2012

Krystal Ball

Thorne Holder, Trinadadian soccer goalkeeper and centre of rumour swirls

Zebb Prime, mechanical engineer and nice-looking document producer

Twyla Tharp, choreographer and Frank Sinatra homage payer

Alfredo Tweezy and Tee Streets Bang Bang, friends and disgruntled festival attendees

Krystal Ball, former political candidate, Internet sensation and now commentator

Boubacar Aw: former Sengalese basketballer and enthusiastic body-shaker

Sybilsue Strivelli, daughter of anti-Bible distribution pagan mum

Merry Wickes, retired diplomat and library friend

Banana Yaya, Cameroonian footballer and TV watcher

Itzcoatl Ocampo, Iraq war veteran and alleged homeless killer

Jurgen Zopp, Estonian tennis player and clinical executioner

Welcome Zangwa, South African policeman and ‘car guarding’ invigilator

Dr Modesto A. Maidique, former president of Florida International University

Kyperoo Gore, alleged goods stealer from scene of former partner’s murder

Sheahon Zenger, Kansas University athletics director and non-thumb twiddler

Q & A with Konee Rok

Konee Rok

Konee Rok, music video and documentary maker

Konee Rok is a Chicago music video and documentary director. He’s directed music videos, documentaries and commercials featuring Grammy Award winner Rhymefest, Kanye West, Raekwon, rapper Cassidy, Little Jon and DJ Jazzy Jeff of the Fresh Prince.

And now he graciously directs this Q & A – thanks Konee!

1) Is there a story (that you’ve been told) about where your name comes from?

A sober individual drove backwards, over and through a 30 foot path of orange traffic cones arranged on a drivers education course; then continued off the road, through a chain link fence and into a high school soccer field with an active game.

2) What does your name mean to you? Do YOU think you have a great name?

It means to disregard the standard rules, which is a terrible/awesome habit of mine.

Is it “great”? Well, let’s take a look:

With “Konee” we have a playful, off beat double syllable sound. And then we have “Rok”, a counteracting single syllable with a strong, finite sound. So, phonetically, it is well balanced with a kind indirect ambiguity ending in curt definition.

Aesthetically it has some appeal: KO-NE-ER-OK . There’s a lot of symmetry going on here. An even amount of letters, a perfectly centered “double E” and a miracular front & end sandwich of “K-O” & “O-K”.

3) Is it good or bad – or perhaps a bit of both – to have a distinctive name?

It depends on what you do. Distinction is generally positive for me since I make films and break (dance). Intentional public displays.

The down side though is (a.) mispronunciation (b.) misinterpretation and (c.) misspellings:

a. Even though it is pronounced with an “O” sound, as in “kO-nee”, a lot of people say it with an “ah” sound like, “kAH-nee”. Sometimes I correct people, but sometimes I don’t feel like it & figure eventually they’ll figure it out. Many times they won’t learn.

b. Also, probably 9 times out of 10, when I tell people my name they hear it as “Tony”. This never fails. So I’m always introducing myself by saying, “like Tony, but with a “K””.

c. Spelling wise, my email & website are my name, but people never get there because they are always adding unwarranted “C’s” into the spelling and doubling the “N” amazingly. This happens both intentionally & subconsciously; so what can you really do?

4) Do you care what others think of your name? What reactions from others have you encountered over the years?

Nobody has said to me, “I hate your name”…yet, but I fear it everyday. My wife likes it enough to take on the “Rok” surname, so you can’t argue w that.

5) Do you have a favorite name you’ve come across over the years?

Probably my daughters name: Emjay Luna Rok. Either her name or there’s this other guy out there named Delorean Blow. I think they may have to fight to the death for the top name award.