Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Being Vangelis Simeonidis

The details of my life are quite inconsequential... Very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low-grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a 15-year-old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize; he would drink. He would make outrageous claims, like he invented the question mark. Sometimes, he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament... My childhood was typical: summers in Rangoon... luge lessons... In the spring, we'd make meat helmets... When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds — pretty standard, really. At the age of 12, I received my first scribe. At the age of 14, a Zoroastrian named Vilmer ritualistically shaved my testicles. When I was 18 I went to evil medical school. At age 25 I took up tap dancing. I wanted to be a quadruple threat: an actor, dancer, singer... and I would possess nuclear weapons, which really is the most threatening of the four.

My life has not been nearly as exciting as that. I was born in Greece, in the northern city of Thessaloniki, and lived there for the first 25 years of my life. I studied Chemical Engineering, and then moved to London for a Master and PhD. And for the last 4 years, I have been living and working in Manchester. I once wrote on my old website that "I am a chemical engineer, currently masquerading as a Systems Biologist!". I guess as the years have gone by, the "masquerade" has become more and more interwoven with my actual identity. So yes, I am a systems biologist, and this webpage (not a "blog", oh please God, anything but a blog) will be about systems biology as much as anything else that makes me tick.

Once upon a time, I started a website to let people know of my existence on this planet, share my thoughts, talk about my interests, and, also, because I thought it would be the best way to learn everything there is to know about the Internet and HTML. Yeah, I know, I know. These days, it sounds funny to me too. Well, I've moved on since then, and today I am starting Page V, my humble attempt to inform the general public of my presence in this world, communicate my ideas, discuss the things I like or dislike, and also because, as my friend Natalie pointed out recently over at PhD Fodder, I thought it would be a great way to learn all there is to know about Web 2.0 technologies...

OK, it seems I have not moved on as much as I thought...

Anyway, I digress. Today is kind of a big day for me, as it marks my 35th year on Earth. As a special gift to myself (and to you, my one reader!), I decided to finally jump on the Blogger bandwagon and see where it takes me. So welcome to Page V. I hope you enjoy the ride.

Come to think of it, I hope I enjoy it too!