7 Things about me

Für meine deutschsprachigen Leser: Dieses Posting ist eine Ausnahme, das Blog wird nicht auf Englisch umgestellt.

I usually only translate from English and never write in English, but I was tagged by marcoos and after procrastinating it for 4 days, I have to get it over with. So here it comes:

The rules.

Link back to your original tagger and list the rules in your post.
Share seven facts about yourself.
Tag 7 people by leaving names and links to their blogs.
Let them know they’ve been tagged

1. Although I’m writing my master thesis in applied linguistics, I do have a degree in electrical engineering. My first programing language was assembler (beat that!). I learned programing micro controllers and wrote programs for elevators and traffic lights. My final exam was writing a Cyclocomputer in C — on paper! My first computer was an ATARI 500ST, it broke after a few month and I took more interest in playing the bass and later the drums in our school band. Eventually computers won me back when I wrote my first web page in 1997 at high school and two weeks later knew more about HTML then my teacher and began teaching the other kids in my class (unfortunately most teachers don’t like that).

2. I’ve been specializing in conversation analysis for some time now, and I secretly analyze telephone calls I make with friends, offices, help desks etc, I can’t help it, it just happens. Friends gripe cause sometimes I use our mail conversation to demonstrate my point in seminars, of course it’s always anonymized.

3. I’m originally from Turkey (or at least my parents are) and I’m leading the German Firefox localization, which is maybe a little odd if you thing about it (of course a translation of this article in German will follow). I’m also a muslim which makes me somewhat of a rarity in the Mozilla universe, but I was almost never approached because of it (and I’m pretty thankful for that). One time I was invited to FOSDEM by Mozilla and we had to share rooms. My room mate was Simon Montagu, who is jewish and from Israel. I guess it must have been a pretty curious sight, when in the morning Simon prayed towards Jerusalem, while I was standing next to him praying towards Mecca. At breakfast we sat together with Gerv, who is hacking for Christ, and IIRC we had an interesting conversation about the Bible. I guess that’s the power of Mozilla!

4. A few years ago I went on a Southern Europe trip with a friend. We bought a Ford Transit, equipped it with selfmade beds and went on a 7 weeks 7 countries tour through the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Switzerland. We spent every single night in that car, the whole 7 weeks. Doing that was one of the best decisions in my life. Driving down the Atlantic coastline of France or standing in Tarifa in southern Spain and looking at Africa was just unbelievable. It was during that trip that I started juggling.

5. I lived and studied in Göteborg, Sweden for 7 months during my Erasmus semester, so jag can pratar en liten svenska, men bara en liten liten as David Tenser knows. Erasmus is not so much about studying (okay, it’s not about that at all) and also not so much about seeing another country (although that’s a very nice extra), in my opinion it’s about meeting people. I’ve never met so many so great people from so many different countries and so diverse backgrounds ever before or after that year. And I met a very, very special friend, maybe the most honest, most sensitive and most sympathetic person I know, and can you believe it, he is from Italy! I regard my time in Sweden as one of the best I’ve ever had and I can only urge everybody to study abroad, at least for one semester. By the way, I’m with Ted, Göteborg IS beautiful in summer.
This summer I’m going to take Swedish classes, to reach level B2 some time next year.

6. I’m a procrastinator, I used to be really good at that, maybe the master of all procrastinator, nothing would help, not even throwing out the TV (I still don’t have a TV, 3rd year now). Last year I read David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” and then Mark Forster’s “Do It Tomorrow“. Shortly afterwards I discovered “Things“. My life has never been the same. I’m still trying to procrastinate, but the difference is staggering. If you are a procrastinator or have trouble juggling ten projects at once and haven’t read David Allen, do it tomorrow (you’ll know why tomorrow after reading Forster)

7. I’m also a published author, that was my first book and I was 23 at that time (last month a scientific article of mine was published but it’s not online yet). I’ve also been on national television and radio shows and printed in national newspaper and magazines. After those airings I’ve been approached by total strangers on the streets a few times already, which was sometimes a little crazy and sometimes just awesome. And all of that because I decided to offer my far from perfect translation of Phoenix to the 3 other German users at that time. I have to say, I would have never ever expected to see Firefox usage skyrocketing to 25 million German users or even 200 million worldwide. It blows my mind every time I think about how this started with Blake, Hyatt and a few others and how it has changed (not only) my life completely since then.

Chosing next victims is not so easy, since I’m pretty late in the game and most of my friends don’t have a blog, but here you go:

David Tenser, du skulle blogga oftare, verklig
William I guess I’m the 10th person tagging you
Seth Managing L10n Communites for a year now, but no secrets revealed since then, about time 😉
Henrik for beeing the rising star on the QA sky
Thomas Schwecherl for leading SUMO work so passionately
Jonas, since he should start blogging more, much more
Ramis for having the guts to move to Sweden and to drag someone totaly unrelated into this meme.

By the way, don’t expect this meme to end anytime soon, I’ve tracked it back to at least November 12th 2008 (yes, I have way too much time)

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