I'm Francesco

Science enthusiast, web engineer, nature lover.

A photo of me

TL;DR

  • I'm currently focused on mastering the web engineering wizardry;
  • Studying and learning new things is a first priority;
  • Curious by default, I try to understand how things work under the hood;
  • Highly thoughtful and addicted to the multiple forms of beauty.

Okay, I want to discover more.

My adventure began in Como (Italy) the nineteenth day of January, where for the first time I felt how seeing light was like.

I don't know what are the reasons behind this, but the fact is that growing up I became interested on technology and science topics, fascinated by the underlying interconnections between everything around us. Trillions of invisible interconnections between everything, not visible at a first glance yet ruling everything.

I was also very attracted by that little grey box from which branched several cables, also called computer. I was interested on how it can be so useful in almost every field: from math to art, from games to business, able to create virtual realities and forecasts ruled by tireless algorithms.

My fist computer was a nice Windows desktop, on which I did many Frankenstein-like experiments. I enjoy experimenting things, I feel kinda of a mad scientist. First of all I added a transparent plexiglas panel on his side and four or five really loud fans (except the Noctua one, it was unbelievably quiet) with led lights.

I can also remember of a crazy trial-boot setup, running on the same HDD Windows, Ubuntu and macOS (branded as Mac OS X in the good old days). The boot was managed by Chameleon.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard logo
the old gold Mac OS X Snow Leopard
Chameleon bootloader
Chameleon bootloader
Kext installer
Kext installer

I installed the Snow Leopard version, maybe one of the best Mac OS version ever. I spent almost the entire summertime in order to make it working properly, trying to enable that damn Kext to get the Graphic Acceleration (QE/CI - Quartz Extreme / Core Image) on my GPU (an ATI HD5770). I lost the count of how many times I formatted and re-installed the entire system from scratch, and unfortunately it was a really boring and time-consuming process.

After that I finally switched to a MacBook Pro (the colourful one with the TouchBar™), no more hundreds of cables and peripherals to manage or hours spent trying to connect the printer... One of the best tech buy ever.

My old desktop PC
me trying to abandon my old desktop (security first)
My new Mac laptop
here my Mac with some nerd stickers attached

Back to me, my childhood flowed slowly between friends, cartoons, books, games and snacks, first with the background of Oltrona, then of Colverde, both in northern Italy. As for the school, I decided to continue on the wave of my interests, studying at I.T.I.S. Magistri Cumacini, a technical public school with a very strong path on Information Technology (main subjects: Software Engineering, Systems Architecture and Telecommunications).

During my studies, with the desire to turn my gaze to something new and feed my mind, grew up inside me many other interests. For example, on the success wave and traction of MasterChef, I decided to experiment some weird things with food (see photos below). You can find more photos in my old website version, where I created an apposite section branded as Food Engineering.

Breaking news: actually I recreated that weird section on this website too, see it!

Chicken plus caramel
chicken plus caramel and lemon
Poached egg
poached eggs with toasted bread
Salmon plus eggs
salmon plus salad and egg

I'm really curious and I'm usually not satisfied to just scratch the surface, I want to go deeper, much deeper, to discover the why of the things. I also like nature, a lot. It's extremely relaxing walking between trees in the woods and taking photos of flowers and animals.

White flowers
white flowers found in the woods (Italy)
Passion flower
the stunning passion flower (Italy)
A group of monkeys
a group of monkeys photographed in the Zoo of Zurich (Switzerland)

All my different interests can be grouped into three main fields: Science, Philosophy and Psychology. They are also abstracted in circular shapes (ouroboros) in my logo.

Regarding my professional history, it is mainly about web engineering, from idea to production. You can discover much more stuff on that following the links below.

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