+<latemp_subject "Shlomi Fish Introducing Himself to the MIT Writers Mailing List" />
+<b>From:</b> Shlomi Fish <<a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>><br />
+<b>To:</b> writers<br />
+<b>Subject:</b> WOW: Introducing Myself (Shlomi Fish)<br />
+<b>Date:</b> Thu, 16 Sep 2004 17:34:11 +0300<br />
+I haven't really introduced myself, so consider this a introduction. It is
+rather lengthy, but only because I have a lot of things to say. For the
+reader's sake I have split this document into sections, so if one section
+bores you, just skip to the next.
+My biography can be found here:
+Namely, I was born in Israel, and lived there most of my life, save for some
+time in the states when I was very young (and to trips abroad, naturally). I
+am a proud member of the Jewish people and culture, but also a very
+ideological Atheist. My mother tongue is Hebrew, but I have a very good
+command of English as well. I studied written Arabic and to a much smaller
+extent French in High School, but I forgot most of them, since, due to lack
+I have two younger sisters. Both of them graduated from the same high school
+as I did, and both finished their army service. They are now studying in
+university - one Bio-Technological engineering, and the other Computer
+As for me, I did not go to the army (exempt from service), and instead worked
+for a while at three different workplaces, and then enrolled into the Technion.
+My studies were interesting, frustrating, eventful, and all-in-all a very
+intensive experience. I did graduate, however, this year, (B.Sc. in Electrical
+Engineering) and am happy everything is behind me. Tonight, I had a phantasm
+about having to attend a Technion lecture, only to recall that I no longer had
+to endure such a thing. Pheewww!
+Right now, I'm looking for a good job. I was able to earn some money by writing
+articles for O'Reilly Net and other gigs like that. But a steady source of
+income would be even nicer. My ideal job is interesting, with good and
+supportive co-workers, and naturally such that doesn't require me to overwork.
+Too many IT workers work way too long, and it doesn't increase their
+productivity by one ounce. In fact, several software management systems, like
+Extreme Programming or Peopleware, explicitly state that one should maintain a
+Cutting to the chase, I'd like to say that I write both fiction and
+non-fiction. My fiction consists of the following creations:
+<h3 id="the_enemy"><a href="http://www.shlomifish.org/humour/TheEnemy/">1. "The Enemy and How I Helped to Fight it"</a></h3>
+This is a political satire (with a much more general moral) about the situation
+that used to prevail in the Israeli-Lebanese border. It tells the story of the
+ex-Member of the Organization, who after leaving makes a suggestion to his
+commander for better fighting the Enemy, the archevil nation that the
+organization is dedicated to fighting. This suggestion is so good, that the
+commander implements it immediately. As the ex-Member and another member who
+quit from the Organization that day leave, they witness the Organization's
+post's members killing one another. (read the story to find out what was the
+This is just the beginning of the story in which the ex-Member of the
+Organization, finds himself handling the consequences of his suggestion, much
+This story was originally written in Hebrew. I eventually translated it to
+English. However, since the story was written in a relatively high language,
+I found out that I did not understand some of the words in the translation
+after I read it again. You are welcome to read it anyway (because most of it
+is understandable) and comment.
+I do have a to-do list item to revise both versions to make the language
+somewhat more common, but I have other priorities first.
+Despite its shortcomings, I consider this my best and favourite piece yet.
+<h3 id="towtf"><a href="http://www.shlomifish.org/humour/TOWTF/">2. "The One with the Fountainhead"</a></h3>
+This is a parody of Ayn Rand's book, "The Fountainhead" modelled around a
+two-part episode of the T.V. show "Friends". This is probably my funniest
+piece yet. The combination of the Fountainhead, which is an excellent book,
+that takes itself very seriously, and Friends, which is an excellent show,
+that doesn't, as well as my crazy imagination, led to some very nice gags.
+Many of which follow various common sitcom patterns, but I think they are
+still funny. So far I received two good impressions from the story, one of
+them from someone who did not watch "Friends".
+I was able to find other nice parodies (by other people) of Ayn Rand's works
+<h3><a href="http://www.shlomifish.org/humour/Pope/">3. "The Pope died on Sunday"</a></h3>
+A humourous story that describes a rather insane week in the life of a
+female American graphic artist in her early twenties. Only in Hebrew for the
+time being, and heavily under-finished. I received some very good reviews of
+it from some people I know.
+<h3>4. "The Human Hacking Field Guide"</h3>
+The story is written in English, and focuses on high-school teenagers at
+present-day Los Angeles, California.
+It talks about one female open-source hacker (= a computer enthusiast, not a
+computer intruder) who is a full guru, but a self-made social outcast, and a
+punk, who tutors a female hacker wannabe, (who is also the narrator of the
+story) who is a pop-culture and very solid girl, who's at first only interested
+in open-source so she can get to a good college. There are then other twists to
+I'd rather not reveal it to the world at large at this point until it is
+finished, but if you're interested drop me an E-mail, and I'll send you the
+URL. (as long as you implicitly promise not to disclose it to someone else
+<h3><a href="http://humanity.berlios.de/Summary-0.0.7.txt">5. "Humanity"</a></h3>
+This is a screenplay for a film that aims to be a parody of Humanity and
+modern life in particular. It tells the story of an imaginary (and incredibly
+unrealistic) Semitic city circa the year 500 BC, through its common
+elements, with each one a philitone is associated.
+I personally find it very amusing, but your kilometrage may vary.
+<h3>6. More small-scale creations:</h3>
+In the course of time I wrote a lot of articles, essays, and the like about
+philosophy, science, computing, politics, etc. Most of them can be found by
+following the links from:
+Or simply a google search for "shlomi fish" possibly with some of your
+favourite keywords. Perhaps I need to index my favourite creations and put
+them or link to them from my site, but once again, have other priorities.
+Despite the fact that I studied Electrical Engineering in the Technion, I'm
+more of a programmer and mathematician by profession. I've been programming
+since I was 10 years old, and I'm 27 years old now. I still feel a bit
+nostalgic about DOS and BASIC, and sometimes get the feeling that young people
+today who grow up on using such great systems as Linux, Mac OS X, and to a
+lesser extent the NT-line of MS-Windows systems, haven't suffered enough, and
+don't really appreciate the power and stability of their systems.
+As time went by, I learned C/C++, Windows 3.x, Windows programming and Visual
+Basic for Applications. My real revelation came in my second job as a
+programmer, where I was exposed to UNIX and Perl. Both technologies were so
+good that I felt that I saw the light, and found the pot at the end of the
+rainbow. I still feel this way.
+There was a time, I actually prefered using Windows 98 for most day to day
+use (but not development), because I found it more convenient. After KDE 2.x
+was released, I found that working on Linux was considerably more enjoyable,
+and now use it for everything, including most tasks I used Windows for. While,
+I still acknowledge the fact that some Windows software is superior to its
+Linux equivalent, (including some Microsoft software) I still detest Windows
+as a whole more and more.
+I am a user, developer and advocate of open-source software. My enthusiasm with
+open-source stems out of the appreciation of its technical (and to a lesser
+extent philosophical) superiority, rather than as an ideologist who's trying to
+eradicate the "evil", "greedy", vendors of software that is not
+free-as-in-speech. I contribute because I like to contribute and it makes me
+feel good, and makes me highly appreciated in the community, not because I feel
+I have a moral obligation to.
+You can find more about my open-source endeavours here:
+Aside from being a programmer, I also webmaster and write content for a few
+sites, including my homepage (<a
+ href="http://www.shlomifish.org/">http://www.shlomifish.org/</a>), and the
+site of the Israeli Group of Linux Users (<a
+ href="http://www.iglu.org.il/">http://www.iglu.org.il/</a>). I'm writing my
+HTML directly with the help of Web Meta Language (<a
+ href="http://thewml.org/">http://thewml.org/</a>) or other frameworks that
+don't generate incredibly bloated code. I don't like WYSIWYG editors much, and
+since I like Linux where they aren't always available, I tend to not be able to
+use them anyhow, and I certainly don't miss them much.
+The HTML I produce by hand is clean, standards compliant, and can be viewed by
+all modern browsers. OTOH, I wish I had a nickel anytime an overbloated site
+misbehaved in browsers except MSIE (or even in MSIE). It doesn't happen with
+my sites or with big international sites, whose back-end writers are much more
+clueful than to use automatic graphical front-ends and generators to generate
+I am very enthusiastic about the way I express myself in both Hebrew and
+English. I do my best to always write and speak in a style that is
+gramatically and syntactically correct, fully punctuated, with proper
+capitalization, using the best words I can think of, etc. I even try to
+do it in interactive chats, where it is many times obvious that my fellow
+conversers invest much less effort in trying to accomplish that. While
+it takes me longer to write and express myself this way, I feel that my
+message gets across better, and that I am happier with the end results.
+I am very interested in Linguistics, etymology, etc. but only get random
+bits and pieces from various sources, and nothing particularly professional.
+I do have aspirations of getting a Ph.D. in Linguistics someday, but it's not
+a high priority, because lingual experts still need to eat.
+So far there were four books that influenced me the most:
+ <li> "Innumeracy" by John Allen Paulos</li>
+ <li> "The Neo-Tech Discovery" by Frank R. Wallace (pen name) and others. (the
+ book I have is now out of print)</li>
+ <li> "Feeling Good" by David D. Burns.</li>
+ <li> "The Cathedral and the Bazaar Series" by Eric S. Raymond.</li>
+The most influential among them was #2. Neo-Tech is an extension and
+re-organization of Objectivism, that is mind-blowing, mind-expanding
+and revolutionizing. I have searched for the philosophical "truth" since
+I was very young, and Neo-Tech is just that. Anything contradictory I
+encountered or heard about before or since, is a long way behind. The
+non-contradictory things were often very insightful, but fell nicely within
+the grand Neo-Tech scheme and weren't as fully revolving as Neo-Tech.
+Note that this book is not available in shops and you need to order it by
+mail. <a href="http://www.neo-tech.com/">http://www.neo-tech.com/</a> is the official Neo-Tech site, but since its
+purposeful but malevolent re-organization which removed most of the contents
+( :-( ), I am no longer even able to find the catalog there (or on Google).
+I was able to receive one by mail by commenting through their commenting
+The latest Neo-Tech material seem to have become more repetitive, to
+incorporate more hard-to-understand material and to generally become more
+redundant. This is instead of either making minor updates to the already
+existing material, selling it through bookshops, and making it available
+online, plus sending people to propagate Neo-Tech and give presentations about
+it (for pay or free of charge depending on the context) around the world.
+The way I see it, the Neo-Tech leadership is a bit paranoid in this regard,
+and that's not good, because they have a philosophy that is second to none.
+I have a solution in my mind to remedy it and reverse this unfortunate trend,
+but I will need some perpetual financial income to embark on it, which I don't
+I like to bike, take walks in my neighbourhood and hike. I also like to swim,
+albeit I don't have too much discipline when I'm in the swimming pool. I used
+to hit the gym quite often for weight-training, but no longer have a
+The thing I hate the most is probably stupidity and irrationality. I know
+quite a lot of very intelligent people who are infested with it as well. I,
+too, have my share of it, but try to minimize it as time goes by. The second
+thing I hate the most is probably cruelty. I encountered some instances where
+some people were just cruel to me or to other people, and it is very
+irritating. I hope I don't seem cruel to anyone else, because I have to
+practice what I preach. (I was sometimes mocked, but it's not really cruelty,
+and I'm perfectly OK with it).
+I'm not going to say the usual C.V. bullshit about myself like "Team player.
+Fast learner." etc., (even though it may be true) but just say that I consider
+myself honest, idealistic, individualist, and think I am entitled to be proud
+Some of my faults are that I'm too spontaenous sometimes, and do things I tend
+to regret. I'm also not very assertive, and have a bad diction, and a bad
+hand-writing. (which is a bit ironic considering the language part).
+I try to keep myself healthy by eating good food and I refrain from consuming
+Alcohol, Sugar, Caffeine, Nicotin, much less the currently illegal drugs. I
+never was a real junkie of anything like that (except perhaps sugar), but now
+that I completely refrain, I feel that I'm much more focused, energetic, feel
+Finally, I'm keeping an online journal at:
+Best regards, and I hoped you enjoyed reading this, and found the various