That's really not like I am in person. The people here who've met me in person
will certainly tell you that.
I can attest to that. I have hung out with Randal in conference settings, business settings and personal settings. Randal is a cool guy, fun to hang out with, good to have conversation with, and fun watching him charge a single piece of pie!
I think your impression of his is incorrect. He truely does like to help people and help people become better Perl programmers. Unfortunately, tone of voice, intentions, etc... don't come across in a textual world. But, I can attest that the following statement is not a true reflection of Randal (at least from my experiences with him over the last few years):
One gets the mental picture of you being a very haughty person who doles out information when absolutely neccesary, and then it's always with the inflection of "why am I bothering with you?"