Who is AntonioHS

Defining oneself is always a challenging thing to do, but let’s give it a try:

  • I am a developer:
    • Always wanted to be a video-games developer, and never had the courage to pursue that. But I fell in love (and still am) with web development.
    • When I was about to burn-out, I rediscovered the software craftsmanship thanks to agile and eXtreme programming and the DevOps movement. Since then I only wanna learn more and more.
  • I am a manager:
    • I’ve been acting as Lead Developer or CTO since 2008. Every time I started as developer and was offered the managing position, so I guess that I became a nerd with social skills.
    • I never consider this my main skill. Others do. I only wanted to be a nerd, but I’m enjoying it too.
  • I am an entrepreneur:
    • My first official job was on a consultancy that I founded.
    • I’ve tried (with successes and failures) building different companies on my own.
  • I am a skeptic:
    • Can it be tested? Is a fallible hypothesis? Are there studies that confirm it? I don’t like bullshit.
    • I am nice to naive people, mostly, but I have a Richard Dawkins approach to skepticism.
  • I am a wannabe philosopher:
    • There was a time when I almost chose Philosophy as my career. I’m glad I didn’t, because I like to eat. I regret not doing it, because I wanted to be wiser than I am. I still try to read some philosophy on my own.
  • I am a rocker:
    • The first website I wrote some HTML for, back in ’96, was «the WarClub», a Manowar unofficial web page, that later was chosen as the official web page for the band.
    • Although I love music in (almost) every form, rock and roll and metal are my thing.
  • I am a biker:
    • How typical, a rocker that’s also a biker. Huh?
    • I am the proud owner of a bike named «The Black Pearl», a piece of art created by the folks from Monegros Cycles.
  • I am a social dancer, teacher, festival organizer and performer:
    • There’s a dance, not very well known, called Brazilian Zouk. I’ve been dancing it since 2005, and without having time to realize, I became also a teacher and performer.
    • I travel all around the world enjoying dances, teaching the sub-style that I learned – MZouk, and sometimes performing shows on festivals and congresses.
    • I founded a group to promote Brazilian Zouk to people that are not (like me) the stereotypical dancer: the ZoukDevils. And with them, I managed to bring together dancing, rock and metal music, bikes, and the will for enjoying life.
    • With my mates at ZoukDevils we organized an annual festival called «ZoukDevils & friends Summer Weekend», with a regular attendance of over 300 people from all around the world.
  • I was a LARP nerd:
    • Since I was a kid I liked fencing with fake swords. So when my friends and myself grew up, we decided that it was time to buy real armors, and we co-founded a LARP organization: «La hermandad del acero».
  • I was an «american football» player in a country where that’s not a thing:
    • Kept playing american football for 14 years. From junior level, to winning the national championship, in a country where only a handful of people can appreciate that awesome sport.
    • Also, I was assistant coach on my team, as well as head coach for the team of young kids that were in the junior level when I retired from actively playing, and before I started to dance.
  • I was a bullied kid:
    • If what those evil kids did to me back in the time happened today, I would have been showcased in some local tv network newscast.
  • But I am also a flawed human being:
    • Sometimes I can be stubborn and come across as a know-it-all.
    • My family doesn’t get as much time from me as they deserve.
    • A while ago I was married to a wonderful lady, and we ended up divorcing.
    • There’s a constant fight in me between my natural laziness and my will to do amazing things.
    • And sometimes I use my powers for evil. Not to much, just a little. Sometimes. Not really evil… You know.