You may not immediately recognize Chris Dearing's name but only because he chose to keep it undisclosed most of the time. Chris is IPVM's all-time top commenter, with 16,000+ comments and 20,000+ votes. Unfortunately, Chris recently passed away.
I wanted to share a little about what made Chris great and, if Chris' comments impacted you, to share your own thoughts.
Chris is a genius, literally so, with a breadth of knowledge that ranged from software development to electronics to nearly anything.
He did well for himself, not surprisingly, in tech and I think he just found IPVM an interesting place to debate with people.
He most always posted "undisclosed" usually "undisclosed #1" which became an inside joke, later on, he asked us to make it easier for regulars to know it was him by allowing him to disclose that he was certified while being undisclosed, so if you saw this below, it was almost certainly him:
We had talked about it and, on occasion, he mentioned to myself and others his belief that what matters is what you know and what you say, not who you are. This is something I generally concur with, though I am saddened that he did not get more recognition for his contributions.
Along with being so smart, Dearing is funny. IPVM regulars may recall the 'pun' scoring that Rhodes would do with Dearing, though as Dearing himself said "memes are my main gig":
And one of his creations from the recent Peter Goldringer saga:
I am going to get some of Dearing's greatest hits over the next few days and add them to this thread. If you find any, please share as well. Dearing's memory was incredible also, I wish I could ask him now to find some of his greatest hits!
Stunned. It seems like he was posting here this morning, but that might have been from yesterday. It's going to be a lot quieter now, I guess.
Chris's posts were always great. I always wished I could have gotten more of his backstory because he seemed to be a very interesting dude. Even though he made a lot of jokes/memes, he did occasionally take the time to challenge people's assumptions and force them to think more objectively. Also, he had some pretty mad photoshop skills.
Dearing was one of my favorite people and I considered him a friend. he was certainly a unique person, and he made IPVM better because of it.
what I liked the most about him was that he was a natural born provocateur. smart and funny, and he loved to debate pretty much any subject. he also loved to poke fun at anything (including himself) when given the opportunity. and his wit was strong.
his genius was apparent to everyone who knew him yet he never postured. instead, he liked to laugh and make others laugh with him.
the times that I met him, he was always smiling - seemingly scheming some new meme idea that he couldn't wait to start working on.
While I am new in terms of this professional community and physical security, it is always sad seeing a pillar of the community to be gone so soon. Honestly seeing some of the memes and other funny tidbits, gives me small moments of joy as I start my journey into physical security and especially as I am doing the IPVM Access Control course on demand.
As a small note/idea, could we 'retire' Undisclosed #1 in honor of this wonderful and unique individual? I know it would be kind of weird to have the first undisclosed person be listed as Undisclosed #2, but I think it would be a nice gesture for the community to rally around as we mourn the loss of a brilliant and bright individual.
Concur with the idea above to permanently reserve UD#1.
Sorry to hear of Chris's passing. I had seen his actual posts on occasion, but I recognize (and remember upvoting) every single one of his memes that were posted here. Such a shame and very sorry to hear.