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<h2 id="about_site">About this Site</h2>
Hi all, and welcome to the personal website of
<a href="personal.html"><b>Shlomi Fish</b></a>. I
am an Israeli software developer, and writer of stories, articles, essays and
You can explore the site using the <a href="#navbar"><b>navigation bar</b></a>
left. Alternatively, you can traverse it page-by-page using the <b>arrows at
the top</b>. There’s also <a href="#news">a <b>news feed</b></a> for what is
new on the site, which is updated periodically.
Here are some of the things you can find here:
<h3 id="humour"><a href="humour/">Humour</a></h3>
You can read many <a href="$(ROOT)/humour/bits/">shorter bits</a>
I have written, a <a href="$(ROOT)/humour.html">collection of
original aphorisms and quotes</a>,
<a href="$(ROOT)/humour/bits/facts/">factoids</a> about people
and things (Chuck Norris/etc.), and
<a href="$(ROOT)/humour/fortunes/">a large collection of quotes</a> by
myself and others.
If you do not lack the patience for reading longer texts, you can read
<a href="$(ROOT)/humour/stories">large-scope humorous
stories (novellas) and screenplays</a>, which I have written. The first
<a href="$(ROOT)/humour/TheEnemy/"><i>The Enemy
and How I Helped to Fight It</i></a>, which is a political
satire, inspired by Middle Eastern politics, but with more universal
messages. I also wrote <a href="$(ROOT)/humour/TOWTF/"><i>The One with the
Fountainhead</i></a>, an episode of the television show <i>Friends</i>
which parodies the book <i>The Fountainhead</i> by Ayn Rand. I consider it my
funniest piece yet. You can also read
<a href="$(ROOT)/humour/human-hacking/"><i>The Human
Hacking Field Guide</i></a>, which is a not-so-realistic realism about
teenagers who are open-source enthusiasts, but with many jokes.
<a href="$(ROOT)/humour/Star-Trek/We-the-Living-Dead/">Star Trek: “We,
the Living Dead”</a> is a screenplay for a
<i>Star Trek: Deep Space Nine</i> episode, in which the true essence of the
Q Continuum is revealed, and we meet Living Dead, “Vampires” and Qs. The
screenplay <a href="$(ROOT)/humour/Selina-Mandrake/"><i>Selina Mandrake -
The Slayer</i></a> is a Buffy parody, in which Selina Mandrake, a female
Anglo-American high school senior in 2011-2012, discovers she is none
other than The Slayer, and a lot of fun ensues. It has many ties with
“We, the Living Dead”.
The last screenplay that I completed is
at the NSA</i></a>, in which two Hollywood actresses conspire to kick the
ass of the NSA, using special warfare that is completely non-violent.
I have some other unfinished stories.
<h3 id="philosophy"><a href="philosophy/">Articles and Essays</a></h3>
You can read various essays and articles I wrote about politics, software
development and software management, the Internet, psychology, and ideology.
I am <a href="philosophy/politics/define-zionism/">a Jew and an Israeli</a>
by nationality, an agnostic by faith (or lack of it), and <a
Objectivist</a> by ideology. (Objectivism
not imply selfishness</a>, by the way, but rather rational self-growth.)
My expertise as a software developer (in many fields), and my interest
in philosophy, history, software management, and other fields also provide
fodder for my essays and articles.
<h3 id="open-source"><a href="open-source/">Open Source Software</a></h3>
Links to software I wrote, and some resources with links to other software.
Knock yourself out!
<h3 id="presentations"><a href="lecture/">Presentations</a></h3>
You can find several technical presentations I have written or maintain
here. Especially recommended is the
<a href="lecture/Perl/Newbies/"><i>Perl for Newbies</i> series</a>
introducing <a href="http://perl-begin.org/">the Perl programming
language</a> to absolute beginners.
<h3 id="puzzles"><a href="puzzles/">Puzzles and Riddles</a></h3>
Some pages with <a href="MathVentures/">Mathematical problems</a>,
with <a href="puzzles/logic/">Logic puzzles</a> and with other riddles. Some
of these pages require a <a href="http://www.w3.org/Math/">MathML</a>-enabled
<h3 id="computer_art"><a href="art/">Computer Art</a></h3>
You can find my lame attempts for art which I prepared, in
<a href="art/">the art section</a> which includes graphic designs, photographs,
and one piece of music.
<h3 id="links"><a href="links.html">Links</a></h3>
There are many links on the site, but I also concentrated many of them in
one place. Who doesn’t like links?
I hope you enjoy my web-site. If you do, please
<a href="$(ROOT)/meta/how-to-help/">link here</a>, recommend
it to your friends, and <a href="$(ROOT)/me/contact-me/">drop me a line</a>
that you enjoyed it.
<h2 id="shlomif_blog_roll">Links to Other Home Sites and Blogs</h2>
<a href="http://szabgab.com/">Gabor Szabo</a>
- Perl Trainer and developer (szabgab)
<a href="http://blogs.perl.org/users/sawyer_x/">Sawyer X’s blog about Perl</a>
<a href="http://idkn.wordpress.com/">Ido Kanner’s
“Seeing Differently” Blog</a> (mostly in Hebrew.)
<a href="http://actionflickchick.com/superaction/">Action Flick Chick</a>
<a href="http://perlmaven.com/">Perl Maven</a> - “for people who want
to get the most out of programming in Perl”
<a href="http://ozyandmillie.org/">Ozy and Millie</a> - an excellent
cartoon strip about the trials and tribulations of several furry elementary
school children, their parents and other grown ups.
<a href="http://xkcd.com/">xkcd</a> - a web comic strip by a computer geek
and for computer geeks.
<a href="http://www.userfriendly.org/">User Friendly</a> - a geeky comic strip
about a neurotic ISP.
<a href="http://stexpanded.wikia.com/">Star Trek Expanded Universe Wiki (fan-made Star Trek projects)</a> - about fan fiction, fan films, role-playing games, etc.
<a href="http://perlbuzz.com/">Perl Buzz</a> - “What’s happening in the world
of Perl programming, including Perl 5, Perl 6, the CPAN and Parrot?”
<a href="http://www.modernperlbooks.com/">“Modern Perl Books”</a> - chromatic’s
blog about Perl and programming in general.
<a href="http://www.catb.org/~esr/">Eric S. Raymond’s Home Page</a> - about
open source, web culture, Internet freedom, etc. from the author of
“The Cathedral and the Bazaar”.
<a href="http://esr.ibiblio.org/">Raymond’s <i>Armed and Dangerous</i> blog</a>
- not for the faint of heart, but has many interesting posts.
<h3 class="newsitem"><a href="old-news.html">Old News Items</a></h3>