This is my personal website. Here you can find information about my favorite subject:
me - my professional career, a few things about my personal life and maybe you can
figure out a few things about my personality.
I adopted this way of presenting myself because it seems to be generally accepted that we have two separate section of ourselves - the work self and the personal self, however I need to state from the start that I do not completely agree with this social norm. It seems to be easier to convey information this way (not all of you are interested in the information about my profession and not all of you are interested in my personal life...) so I will comply with it for now.
I am a software engineer - as you might of guessed from the website title. If you want to see my CV here is my LinkedIn public profile. If you want the short version here it is: born in 1977, I was passionate about math and technical stuff before I discovered computers (in high school) when I became passionate about computers and programming them.(yes, I am still a geek and a techie even after 40). Later on I became interested in teams and human behaviour in the workplace so I shifted toward software management (because psychology was not an option). I must admit that from time to time I get an antreprenorial crisis but my mortgage calms me down quite quickly, and I also believe I have a good job so I tend to be creative there. In the last 2 years I become more and more interested in product management and marketing with a pinch of neuroscience and data driven decision making.
I am a family man - I am married with Simona and we have 2 kids. Here is our family website it you want to know more in this regard. If you are interested in my upbringing here is the short story: my family moved in Timișoara, Romania when my parents started their university studies (~1970s). I was born in 1977 and followed the "normal" education path of that time. I can say that the High School marked me the most (in good and less good ways) - here I discovered computers and forged friendships that influenced me in the adulthood. I followed the Politehnica University and afterwards I stated my software engineering career. As I hinted before my "professional" and "personal" life are very linked from my perspective, however in the next sections I will try to explain some things that go beyond "information about formal education".
Here are some details about my career organised by "stages" that I believe I went trough:
Here are a few ideas and beliefs that are related to the workplace
Now that the workspace item is covered, I should probably state a few of my philosophical/spiritual beliefs that I think define me as a person:
As this is my personal website I figured I should show you a picture of me... it seems to be the norm...
Cristina Ștefania and Teodor Andrei - our kids - born in 2008 and 2011. If you want to know more about them here is our family website.
My wife - Simona Marilena - we got married in July 17 2006. If you want to know more about her, here is her personal website.
For those of you who meet me before 2015, you most certainly know that I was overweight (morbid
obese would be more accurate). Because a lot of people asked me how I lost 60kg in one year and also
because I do not really enjoy these discussions I will try to explain here how I did it and how I
try to keep the weight in the "normal" range.
Firstly I need to admit that I was very lucky - the health issues that my obesity caused did not blocked/impeded weight loss (for example diabetes seems to make weight loss much more difficult). More, my health problems helped me mentally to associate severe discomfort with overweight. And here is my first point related to weight management - it is mainly a mental/psychological issue and only secondary a nutrition issue.
Let me elaborate on this item because I believe it was the key of my weight loss (and based on my readings I am no exception). The nutrition planning, diets and other technical items like intake motorization can and will be acquired by anybody that has the interest in weight management. However the key ingredient is the psychological change - for me was the mental association between an undesired state (sleep apnea in my case) and the food intake. Regarding "The Happiness Hypothesis" by Jonathan Haidt was illuminating in this regard and reinforced my convictions int his regard (also "The 4-Hour Body" by: Timothy Ferriss is reinforcing the idea).
I am not stating that the quality of the diet plan and other habits that need to be formed to control weight are not important, but without a good mental preparation weight management, at least for me (I believe I belong to a rather large section of the population that tend to gain weight in the current social environment) is not maintainable on the long run.
Onl last idea about the psychology of weight loss - like any change - and as Jonathan Haidt stated in his book mentioned above - will alone will not solve the weight loss problem - one needs to work on the mindset in order to change the bad habits and be able to resist all the junk food readily available on our consumerist culture/society.