I wished I was a hacker when I was young and naiver. Then, during high school, I tried (badly) to understand computer networks and operating systems using the cute Kurumin Linux distro and to learn how to program in C (which was mostly solving quadratic equations and printing messages to the console. What a wondrous hacker, huh?!?). Now I am an electrical engineer so I can hack not only code, but also voltages, currents, and impedances 😛

Despite my background in ASIC digital design, this was not enough for me to work in the semiconductor industry. Not even software development: life is not that straightforward.

Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin & Hobbes, might have given a speech to the 1990 graduating class at Kenyon College. He summarizes life after university with this sentence:

So, what’s it like in the real world? Well, the food is better, but beyond that, I don’t recommend it.

Well, I could not agree more! Boy, I wandered and struggled for five years after I got my diploma. Only recently I managed to work in my own field of study thanks to mainly pure dumb luck.

I think we were manually fixing some DRC violations that the tool was not able to solve by itself. I am the one in gray T-shirt. We do not wear paper hats any longer, though.

Some of my other interests revolve around learning new (computer and human) languages and Karate. I have a very strong weakness for Italy and the Italian language.

I have no idea how to finish this text, so I will end it now abruptly like this.