demigod

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demigod

a. a mythological being who is part mortal, part god
b. a lesser deity

demigod

(person)
A hacker with years of experience, a national reputation, and a major role in the development of at least one design, tool, or game used by or known to more than half of the hacker community. To qualify as a genuine demigod, the person must recognisably identify with the hacker community and have helped shape it. Major demigods include Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie (co-inventors of Unix and C) and Richard Stallman (inventor of Emacs). In their hearts of hearts, most hackers dream of someday becoming demigods themselves, and more than one major software project has been driven to completion by the author's veiled hopes of apotheosis.

See also net.god, true-hacker.
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Due to recent failures, the Opposition must retrench in order to rid the universe of the two demigods who are threatening the freedoms of the Galaxy.
If the Poland vs Greece opening match of Euro 2012 was held a thousand years ago, Dimitris Salpingidis, Greece's substitute striker, would have entered his country's mythology, at least as a demigod.
Like our forebears, we hope to attach the glory and grace of the mighty to our own lives, and these demigods do seem to look down upon us as great sympathetic spirits.
For those not familiar with the film, Percy Jackson is the story of a group of kids born as Demigods, or half-human and half-God.
RIORDAN, Rick (ed) Demigods and Monsters Benbella, 2008 197pp US$14.
But, at least, New African is leading the campaign to clarify why some leaders (such as President Mugabe) are selected for censure by the West while others are treated like demigods because they are agents of Western interest.
In single player, Demigod provides both a skirmish mode for individual battles as well as a tournament in which players choose a Demigod and compete against other Demigods controlled by the computer to gain the most favor points with the gods in order to ascend.
The final is that we put guys like Phelps on Olympian pedestals, turn them into demigods and slavishly fawn over them.
Barney could well be left to pose the same question tonight as the two darting demigods cross tungsten once again in Liverpool's Echo Arena.
Here, they are elevated to the status of demigods, rescuing fallen comrades from a burning building in their underwear or defeating a gun-toting bad guy using a humble family hatchback.
When a group of demigods decide to try to end the world, this motley crew is thrown together to try and save Pantheon High--and the world
So, too, sportswriters and fans around the globe spent much of the past summer wringing their hands and hearts over yet another load of professional sports' dirty laundry--expressing shock and dismay that one more crop of Herculean demigods has shown itself to have feet of clay--or mud.