Simeon Simeonov's Short Biography


Early Childhood

I emerged on a cold February day (Friday) as a "Model 1979" in the Regional hospital in Varna, Bulgaria. Despite my suspicions, there is no proof of large shiny objects appearing in the sky at that very moment. Following the family tradition, I was named after my father's father.

I was raised as a high-class kid in a middle-class family and drafted into the army at early age, when I was sent to kinder-garden. Here, I acquired a set of skills that would prove to be extremely useful during my college-years:


The Sofia-years

When I was 8, I moved to Bulgaria's capital - Sofia to live with my mother. In Sofia, I quickly discovered that there are dialects sounding even worse than the Varna-dialect.

Trying to recover from my troubling past in the army, I tried to live as a football professional, Indian chief, musketeer and at the end - as a black ninja. At the same time, I discovered my passion for women, who found me irresistible mainly because of my diverse work.

I went to school (20то ОУ - "Тодор Минков") and later high-school (НГДЕК - "Константин-Кирил Философ"), where I tried to stay alive while learning dead-languages. Meanwhile, I showed interest in history, geography, military tactics and martial arts.

I used to spend my summer-vacations with my relatives in Varna and Trondheim, Norway. Glory days!


The Oslo-years

At the age of 15, I moved yet again. This time to Oslo, Norway where I lived with my father.

In Oslo, I discovered that there are dialects sounding even worse than the Sofia-dialect and then again others that sound even worse than them.

As I hit puberty, I stopped partying as I felt that it was a waste of time if there are no women involved. Instead I became interested in programming, chess and guitar playing. After graduating from high-school ("Lambertseter" vgs.), I decided to become an engineer.


Mission Narvik

Being heavily disappointed in my teenage years in Oslo, I wanted to study in a different and more remote city. I began studying computer-science at Narvik University College (NUC) in Narvik, Norway. I went through the bachelor and later the master's engineering program. Here I was introduced to free-software and my life changed.

I spent more than 7 years in Narvik going through many ups and downs, tears and laughter, learning the value of knowledge and love, entering as a teenager and leaving as a man.

No other stage in my life has managed to change me to that extent. I will treasure it for the rest of my life.

On the other hand, it was never my intention to settle down in Narvik.


Back to Oslo

In February 2006, I moved back to Oslo and began working for a small company which specializes in the area of Artificial Intelligence (search & categorization, semantic webs). After spending almost 2 years developing proprietary software, I decided to leave the company and find an alternative that does not interfere with my ethics. I am currently working at Redpill Linpro - the largest company for free-software development and consultancy in Northern Europe.

In Oslo, I rediscovered my passion for psychology, science and languages.

To be continued...


Why Blackmore?

When I was 16, I was drawn towards hard-rock music and especially Deep Purple, featuring guitar player Ritchie Blackmore. At the same time I was also introduced to the Internet and IRC. Choosing Blackmore as my alias is probably not the wisest decision, but the name stuck and most of my friends on the net refer to me as "Blackmore". There is no turning back now... Karma.


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