Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Seven quiet facts

I didn't want to get involved, but Jan caught me in the tell-seven-things-about-you game. The rules:
  • Link your original tagger(s), and list these rules on your blog.
  • Share seven facts about yourself in the post - some random, some weird.
  • Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
  • Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs and/or Twitter.

Here are the seven facts about me:
  1. Nobody among my parents and siblings speaks any foreign language. On the other hand, my wife speaks four languages, my sisters-in-law at least three each, and my father-in-law speaks seven languages fluently.
  2. English is my fourth language and I learned it at the age of 33. (Previous ones: Italian, Sardinian, French, and Spanish as my fifth one)
  3. I never had typing lessons. I type with only two (occasionally four) fingers.
  4. I learned SQL before English. I attended my first Oracle course five years before my first English lesson.
  5. I wrote a database query language in 1991. One of the application that I created with that interpreter is till running today.
  6. My first operating system was VMS, running on a Digital VAX 11-750. I still fondly remember that file system with integrated revision control.
  7. My favorite pastime is reading (mostly in English, but also in Italian and French). I have always a book with me, in case I get stuck in traffic, at the supermarket queue, or at the airport. During working days, I read one book per week. During weekends and vacation, one per day is quite common.

The seven invited ones:
  • Kaj Arnö, my boss, who offered me the job of my dreams in MySQL, writes in languages that he does not speak, and who will surely enjoy this new form of social networking.(done)
  • Barton George, one of the finest minds in the open source arena, who always enjoys a good challenge.(done)
  • Edona Nahi, my wife's third sister, who's attending a master in California.
  • Ivan Zoratti, my Italian colleague who enjoys his life abroad.
  • Monty Taylor, a fine open source enthusiast with an extensive culture that I would like to unveil.
  • Ronald Bradford, because he has a lot to say now, and I am curious to hear it.
  • Stefano Rodighiero, who shares my passion for Perl and has recently made me envious by writing a book that I would have liked to. (done)


Stewart Smith said...

My favourite fact there is learning SQL before English. I don't know why, but it makes me giggle.

hingo said...

I believe I learned Basic (C64) before English, but much younger than Giuseppe. I also learned Basic (including things like less than, greater than) before we had that kind of math in school.

Finnish on the other hand is a very easy language: everyone in Finland speaks it, even children.

I would call you a silly ignorant American, but...

simotrone said...

Caro Giuseppe, ho scoperto solo oggi il tuo blog e quello di Kaj, e li ho trovati interessantissimi. Sono un informatico/sysadmin molto alle prime armi e benchè trovassi i database estremamente utili, non riuscivo a trovare un vero fascino...
(In effetti proprio in questi giorni sto lavorando su un'applicazioncina C che fa parlare i miei client col server e vede di fare select ed insert su MySQL... e mi sono pure incartato. :) )

Comunque: voi siete contagiosi.
Grazie per tutte le risorse e gli interessi che mettete online. I tuoi filmati su YouTube sono notevoli.

Grazia per aver alimentato ulteriormente il mio entusiasmo.