5 things you didn't know about me

I first didn't want to participate in this blog-tagging game, but I got tagged by Martin Plante, and I thought: what the heck, I'll do it.

  1. I have 5 brothers (3 older and 2 younger than me). There is very little physical resemblance between the 6 of us, and we all have different characters. We do have some things in common, like our broad sense of humor, and our loyalty towards each other. Even though we don't live together anymore, we still stick together.
  2. I'm missing pieces. Years ago, I had this disease called Ulcerative colitis, which wasn't curable at the time (and I think it still isn't), but they could suppress the symptoms (diarrhea and blood loss) with heavy medication. After trying out all the different kinds of medication without luck, the only option left was to remove my colon. But before they could do that, they first had to remove my spleen, that was damaged by the medication. So I sit before you, an incomplete man. (BTW: after a long and heavy revalidation, I'm better than ever now)
  3. I have a talent that I can't use as much as I would like to. I'm pretty good at drawing cartoonish stuff, but the problem is inspiration. I'm currently missing the inspiration, so if I do draw something, it's usually some meaningless figures on a piece of paper.
  4. I have a very broad and weird taste in movies. I like artistic and alternative movies, good thrillers, but I can also really enjoy science fiction, action movies and cheap comedies that are considered dumb, and that are frowned upon by intellectuals and so-called educated people. I have no problem with this duality, but because of it, people usually think I'm a weirdo. Most people fit in one category, on one end of the line, and don't understand that I also like the other end.
  5. After I graduated, it was very hard for me to find a job in IT. The dot-com bubble had just burst, and nobody wanted to hire unexperienced youngsters. I spent about 6 months looking for a job, I had sent my resume to dozens of companies, I registered with at least 6 interim bureaus and never got a single call or offer. And then, I got an e-mail from a small software company in Harelbeke that I never even heard of. They were looking for a developer, and had found my resume in a job database. That was and still is my first job as a software developer. I've been working there for more than 4 years, and I couldn't image working somewhere else.

I'm tagging Phil Wright, C.K. Lester, Christian Liensberger, Erik Porter and Brendan Grant.