So there's this whole "seven things" meme going around. Someone posts seven things you might not know about them at their blog, then they tag seven others to do the same. A chain letter for the 21st century and all that. I was chatting with Harper Reed earlier today and I noticed that he got tagged, which reminded me that Massimiliano Mirra tagged me just before FOSDEM but I was too busy to post my reply. So here's a list of seven things about me that might not be very well known:
- I didn't graduate from high school the first time around, so I went to a second school for a postgraduate year before attending Columbia University.
- During my first two years of college I worked at IBM's Watson Research Laboratory on techniques for molecular beam epitaxy.
- After college I taught English as a second language at the Temelín Nuclear Power Station (then under construction in southern Bohemia).
- One of the best things that ever happened to me was getting fired from my job as an editor at M.F. Smith & Co., since it forced me to get my first job working on Internet technologies back in 1996 (though being escorted from the building in the pouring rain wasn't very fun).
- I've been playing guitar since I was 13 years old -- longer than lots of Jabber developers have been alive. :)
- I'm not really a geek -- I studied philosophy and ancient Greek in college (well, in fact I mostly played guitar).
- I have 72 first cousins. I think. :) Whatever the number, it's a lot.
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