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<h2 id="history">History</h2>

My name is Shlomi Fish and I was born on May 5, 1977 in Israel. When I was 
about 1 year old, my parents moved to the United States for my Father's 
Post-Doctorate. I stayed there until I was 5, and my sister Michal was born 
while we stayed in Dallas, Texas.

My other sister, Noa, was born after we returned to Israel. Here, I went
to kinder-garden, and to elementary school. Afterwards, I studied in
Gimnasia Hertzelia in both junior high and high school, and I graduated
from high school at the summer of 95'.

I spent some time working as a programmer and computer developer for
several computer-related companies. I gained a lot of knowledge and
experience in the process, and met some very supportive people in the
industry. In October 97' I began studying Electrical Engineering in the 
<a href="">Technion</a>.
I enjoyed my studies as much as academic studies can be enjoyed.  
I feel that I deepend my understanding of computers and electronics
because of them. The Technion gives his students a high level of studying, but
my main problem with it is that its tests are sometimes completely out of sync
with the material that is learned, too long and/or too hard, and so students 
receive low grades and are frustrated. This is especially demotivating 
considering the fact that studying there is <b>a lot of work</b>.
I graduated from the Technion in July 2004. After over a year of job searching,
I have eventually found a job. I am now working as a hired employee for 
<a href="">Perl Technology Israel</a> - a 
small Consulting firm, as a Perl/WWW/SQL programmer. The job is interesting,
the pay's good, and I'm becoming familiar with more programming
technologies and techniques.

<h2 id="interests">Interests</h2>

I am particularily intersted in mathematics, computing, philosophy and 
writing. I've been programming since I was 10 years old, but it was not very
serious until I started working as a programmer at 1997. As for 
math, it's been a favourite of mine since junior high. (I'm also
interested in linguistics and anicent history of the Near East and
Europe, but in a rather unprofessional manner).
Other hobbies of mine include a small amount of sports, biking, hiking, and 
solving puzzles and riddles of all sorts.

<h3 id="foss_contributions">Open-Source Contriubtions</h3>

I am very interested in the <a href="">Linux</a> and 
free software world. I initiated some of those <a href="">open-source</a> projects of my own. Namely, I ported a 
<a href="$(ROOT)/jmikmod/">MOD player to Java</a>, (where MODs are a type
of Music files which contain notes and samples for instruments), wrote 
<a href="">a 
program that solves various variants of Card Solitaire</a> and coded 
<a href="$(ROOT)/grad-fu/">a useful patch</a> for 
<a href="">the GIMP</a>. (a cross-platform and platform 
Image Manipulation Program) You can find more information
about them <a href="$(ROOT)/open-source/">in the software section.</a>.
Recently, I also contributed more patches to GIMP; some cleanups and 
functionality extensions to the 
<a href="">Subversion version-control system</a>;
and some documentation cleanups to <a href="">Perl</a>. I
hope to contribute more.

<h3 id="stories">Stories</h3>

Aside from all that there is my literatural creations. I wrote 
<a href="$(ROOT)/humour/TheEnemy/">a funny story called "The Enemy and how I 
Helped to Fight it"</a>. It was originally written in Hebrew, but there is 
also an English translation.
There's also <a href="$(ROOT)/humour/TOWTF">"The One with the 
Fountainhead"</a>, which is an episode of the T.V. Show Friends
which parodies the book <a href="">"The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand</a>. It is written in English, and you can also find it 
on my site.

<a href="$(ROOT)/humour/human-hacking/">"The Human Hacking Field Guide"</a> 
is a complete story that I wrote in English. It tells the story of teenage
computer enthusiasts in 2005 Los Angeles.

<a href="">Humanity</a> is a parody about Humanity
and modern life in particular that describes a day in the life of a Semitic
city circa 500 B.C.

<p>There are other exploits like that in 
the <a href="$(ROOT)/humour/">humour section</a>.

<h3 id="essays">Essays and Philosophy</h3>

I recently started to consider myself as an open-source advocate and software 
"guru"-wannabe, as well as a general philosopher. So far I wrote 
<a href="$(ROOT)/philosophy/">a large number of essays</a> which you can 
read. Some of my other writing is available in 
the <a href="">Better SCM</a> site, in 
the <a href="">Hackers-IL 
Group</a>, and on <a href="">Advogato</a>.

My interest in philosophy is definitely not a passing phase.
The philosophy which I found to make the most sense is 
<a href="">Neo-Tech</a>, which is an
extension and re-organization of Ayn Rand's Objectivism. The so-called 
"Neo-Tech Discovery" is a mind-revolving and very insightful book. Another
heavy source of influence is Eric S. Raymond's 
<a href="">"The Cathedral 
and the Bazaar"</a>, series and his many other writings, but
there are many other lesser sources of influences. (and I have reached many
philosophical conclusions on my own).

I hope you enjoy my web-site!

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<i>Shlomi Fish</i>