Just in case you want to contextualize my comments, here’s some information about me. I’m a Software Engineer working in Silicon Valley. Married, 2 kids, 2 cats, 1 dog and a stick bug (though it’s not clear how much longer the stick bug will be with us).
I’m from Argentina originally and I’ve been a US citizen for a while. I desperately tried to become one to vote in the 2004 presidential election. I made it, but my vote did not make any difference. An unfortunate consequence of being a liberal in California and the winner-take-all electoral system. I talk about politics all the time. My Facebook profile lists me as “extremely liberal”.
I’m passionate about public education. My parents made it a point to send me to public schools in Argentina as I was growing up and I’m doing the same for my kids. The public schools here are much better than the schools I went to growing up, but unfortunately the funding reality in California is making them worse with every round of cuts. I’m involved in our local PTA and have been on the board of the Redwood City Education Foundation, and hence I’m very familiar with the funding issues.
I play the guitar and the piano, listen to a lot of music, read a lot of stuff and play video games on the Wii. I also watch lots of films, with a preference for foreign/independent/art films. It always bothers me that critics don’t tell you their top 10 favorite movies before giving you any review at all.
I play soccer and tennis and enjoy watching both. I insist on watching Argentina games in the World Cup live and tell my employers at hiring time that I will be taking off at strange times of the day when that time comes around every four years. With DVRs I can now watch many games after hours, without disturbing my family life.
I do not write about myself in the third person.