+<subject "About Myself" />
+<img src="images/shlomif1.jpg" alt="Picture of Shlomi Fish" />
+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
+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
+I am enjoying my studies as much as academic studies can be enjoyed. (and trust
+me, they can't be enjoyed very much). In any case, I feel that I deepend my
+understanding of computers and electronics because of them. The Technion gives
+hist student 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,
+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 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 etymology 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 (I'm a little bit
+isolated at the Technion so I don't get to play much basketball as I like
+to), biking, hiking, and solving puzzles and riddles of all sorts.
+I am very interested in the <a href="http://www.linux.org.il/">Linux</a> and
+free software world. I initiated some of those open-source projects of my
+own. Namely, I ported a MOD player to Java, wrote a program that solves the
+Freecell card game and coded a useful patch for
+<a href="http://www.gimp.org/">the GIMP</a>. You can find more information
+about them on my homepage.
+Aside from all that there is my literatural creations. I wrote a funny story
+which I called "The Enemy and how I helped to Fight it", which you can find
+on my web-site. It was originally written in Hebrew, but there is also an
+There's also "The One with the Fountainhead", which is an episode of Friends
+which parodies the book "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand. Naturally, it is
+written in English, and you can also find it on my site.
+<a href="http://humanity.berlios.de/">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. There are other exploits like that in the <a href="$(ROOT)/humour/">section</a>
+I recently started to consider myself an open-source advocate and software
+"guru"-wannabe. You can check some of my writing in the <a href="http://better-scm.berlios.de/">Better SCM</a> site, in the <a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hackers-il/">Hackers-IL Group</a>, and on <a href="http://www.advogato.org/">Advogato</a>. Nothing quite like Eric Raymond yet, but it's a start.
+I hope you enjoy my web-site!