hmm...friends...well dunno about friends but people i talk to on IRC alot are Reich, Yeloazn, Flare, n_w, and Razor Blade (where the hell is he anyways, havent seen him post in a while).
And me and Boltzmann share alot of the same interests so its always interesting talking to him.
I find that so hard to determine, especially because often someone in RL is so different from what you were thinking...
I could name names, but I'm afraid people would feel left out. So I'm not. All I can say is that if you were all annoying people to me I wouldn't visit the place.