Who am I?
Scientist, Engineer, Hacker, Artist, and more.
I value the scientific method, which is "the process by which scientists, collectively and over time, endeavor to construct an accurate (that is, reliable, consistent and non-arbitrary) representation of the world. Recognizing that personal and cultural beliefs influence both our perceptions and our interpretations of natural phenomena, we aim through the use of standard procedures and criteria to minimize those influences when developing a theory." [http://teacher.pas.rochester.edu/PHY_LABS/AppendixE/AppendixE.html]
Formally: I am currently working as a Research Scientist in the Competence Center of Food and Fermentation Technologies on developing new cell models and simulations.
"Engineering is the discipline, art and profession of acquiring and applying technical, scientific and mathematical knowledge to design and implement materials, structures, machines, devices, systems, and processes that safely realize a desired objective or inventions."
Formally: I am NOT a certified / licenced / professional engineer (and have not tried to be one so far). What I do have is BSc and MSc in Computer and Systems Engineering, and the specialization of the PhD I am currently pursuing is also in Computer and Systems Engineering. I am currently also a member of IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).
(NOT to be confused with cyber burglars who should be referred to as crackers).
Hackers solve problems and build things, and they believe in freedom and voluntary mutual help. In a more general sense it doesn't even need to have anything to do with computers, it's more about the attitudes and worldview, no matter what area of life they are applied to.
The hacker attitude:
1. The world is full of fascinating problems waiting to be solved. 2. No problem should ever have to be solved twice. (it does NOT mean that it's not ok to try solving something again and again if inclined to do so, it just means that when some solution exists, it should be accessible to everybody who does not feel like solving it again) 3. Boredom and drudgery are evil. 4. Freedom is good. 5. Attitude is no substitute for competence. [http://catb.org/~esr/faqs/hacker-howto.html#attitude]
I might not support these principles always and unconditionally, but in general I find them rather good.
Formally: NO significant reputation of being one, nor have I tried to get it.
Artist is a person who creates art. Art is a rather ambiguous notion, but considering it to be something that "according to aesthetic principles ... is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance" [http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/art] provides, in my opinion, a good enough common-sense understanding.
There certainly is an element of artistic thinking also in my approach to various things that are not classical art in the narrower sense, such as writing software. As for more classical examples, I have been having some interest in music, poetry, depictive art, photography, scientific/technological art. However, so far these have been mostly tiny side hobbies with very limited time put into them, so there isn't much to demonstrate for the wider audience yet.
Formally: NO significant reputation of being an artist of any kind (apart for some acknowledgements for participating with my works at a few exhibitions), nor have I tried to get it so far.
I'm the author of BarrierGame.
... and more.
There certainly exist additional descriptors that either already are or hopefully will soon be applicable to me, but I'd rather keep this page here concise.