About me

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Hmm, how to best describe myself?! I guess it’s fair to say that I am different personas in different contexts so let me try by answering the question “Who am I <in context X>?”

Who am I professionally?

I am working for Indicee, a local SaaS BI company in Vancouver, BC, Canada as a Software Release & Production Manager. That is to say that I manage the engineering operations, including QA, release management, production upgrades and support, etc. My LinkedIn profile is usually the best place for finding out more about my career and current work responsibility.

Disclaimer: This blog is not intended as a place to discuss BI or express any opinions related to my work or the area of business I’m in. As a matter of fact, the posts are not about my work and if I do occasionally mention something related it’ll be my opinion and not a reflection of my current occupation or under influence from my employer.

Who am I privately?

I am happily married and have two lovely daughters who make my life filled with happiness and fun. I am addicted to my family and they inspire much of who I am and what I do outside work.

Who am I in demographic terms?

I was born and educated in Macedonia, which defines my nationality. I now live and work in Canada, which defines my residence. Most importantly, I am a member of the Homo sapiens sapiens species and live on our precious planet Earth on which all living things form a complex life-system known as Gaia, which defines my views more than the previous two!

Who am I in my hobbies and interests?

As my posts will undoubtedly uncover, I love to read (I’m addicted to reading is probably the best way to describe it!) and my family has a big impact to the areas of interest I developed in my reading – child development, psychology, education, …

What else do I read? Anything from science fiction, historical novels, mystery, etc. to popular science like general physics and math, cosmology and astronomy, atomic and quantum physics, evolution and biology, philosophy, etc.

Beside reading I also love to put in-line or ice skates with my family and have fun outside or in the rink. I also like spending time on the beach or in the many parks in Vancouver or enjoy a good meal in one of the many diverse cuisines available in a truly multi-cultural city like Vancouver is. And if Vancouver is not interesting enough, then travelling around BC, taking a vacation somewhere tropical or visiting new places around the world makes live even more fun!

Who am I “spiritually”?

The irrational belief in the supernatural, especially religious beliefs and various silly “theories” of creations and intelligent design are drawing my attention too. Let me be upfront – I am an atheist! Not faithless, let me add, I have faith in science! 😉 However, being puzzled over those beliefs, I’m interested in understanding how they came to be and what sustains them over the long run.

I am interested in fostering the curiosity in my kids — that never-ending questioning, analyzing and dissecting skill that only little children posses! I also hope to impact my readers and tip them over to the side of reason and rationale that come with curiosity as opposed to the blindness to mind that comes with religion!

Who am I in this blog?

My reading, my spirituality (or lack of if we see it only in religious terms) and all my hobbies and interests will largely impact what I write about in this blog. My first post explains what the blog is about and the rationale for starting in it the first place, so instead of repeating myself I can just add that in this blog I’ll let my thoughts and opinions trickle in and keep open mind for any feedback from my readers. I just hope someone will find the posts useful and won’t hesitate to drop me a line of feedback, be that supportive or criticising!

Thanks for visiting my blog and happy reading!

/Kima

  1. January 6, 2011 at 4:17 am

    Hi Goran,
    I enjoyed reading about your project/vision. I’ll look forward to staying updated via Twitter and other places. Can you tell me more about TEDxKIDSBC? Sounds fascinating.

    • January 7, 2011 at 12:14 am

      Thx Elisa!!

      I am gathering the team and doing some brainstorming around TEDxKids@BC so it’s a bit early to tell how things will progress, but I am really passionate about turning the event into a combination of inspiring stories of kids and other people doing exceptional things from young age (think of Craig Kielburger starting Free The Children at age 12), together with discussion on some of the challenges kids face in today’s society (think of Sir Ken Robinson talking how schools kill creativity), as well as presentations of opportunities for kids to get engaged and empowered (I don’t have an example closer to me or you at the moment, but Dave Eggers and his 826 Valencia in San Francisco is a good reference for what I mean by this). Actually the latter is where I see the World4Children non-profit fitting in, though because most of us involved are full time employees and parents, we probably can’t progress on two fronts at the same time, so TEDx has priority.

      Btw, ultimately, I’d be happy if people attending the event or watching the livecast or the talks on Youtube afterwards feel proud to be called childlike when being curious, willing to experiment and eager to learn. I think the age-based labels we are so prolifically using serve no purpose but to alienate, so I hope TEDxKids@BC will be a place where anyone at any age will feel inspired and would like to connect with kids trying to follow their passion, whether they’re 8 or 18

      I forgot to mention that the target audience will include kids, parents, teachers and anyone interested in helping kids engage

      /Kima

  2. September 26, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Hey can I copy and paste this post on my web site? What references must I give? You might give this info for other people too.

    • kima
      September 26, 2010 at 9:16 pm

      Thanks for raising this question as I haven’t thought about it before. I generally think of my blog as public and free to reuse (ideally you link back or quote the blog/my name as source). I have put a new page (https://mybin.wordpress.com/legalese/) with a bit more details, which would hopefully answer similar questions from others

  3. Jahannumwala
    September 15, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Well Kima.. longer you tread your path in the journey of your life with scientific temperament the thirst to know the ‘other’ seemingly vanishes.. It happened with many great people too (possibily with great minds ever produced on earth).. Einstein, Carl Jung, Newton and our current day quantum physicist Dr. Hawkins.. are no exceptions.

    I understand you probably feel restricted and tied up when you are put in the sphere of faith and that is certainly alright to feel so however frankly speaking religion starts with sincere inquiry about self in the first place rather than a ‘faith’ or a belief. I found myself to be enriched on spiritual front while interacting with AD who writes at http://agyaatdarshan.wordpress.com and I feel that did not require any sort of specific faith. The self exploration using his techniques and meditations sounded very scientific and logical to me.. may be with your scientific bent of mind you can fare better than others.. and frankly people like you can definitely help dissolving the faith system which is contrary to universal peace of this planet ‘earth’ whose citizen you are (as you say it).

    Why not explore it rather than ignoring it?

    Jahannumwala

    • kima
      September 19, 2010 at 11:46 pm

      Thanks Jahannumwala. I am surprised you’re trying to draw conclusions about me from just reading this page and my blog — at the same time elated by your compliment comparing me with Einstein, Jung, Newton and Hawking!

      What I found interesting to ponder from your comment is your remark that when leading “life with scientific temperament the thirst to know the ‘other’ seemingly vanishes”.

      If I assume that ‘other’ refers to “other people then one thyself” then I must question your conclusion. Personally I feel exactly the opposite! I am discovering every day that I am inspired and motivated by people more than by any technology, scientific discovery, etc.

      True, I am awed by the grandiosity of the Universe and the complexity of the subatomic world, but nothing excites me more than opportunity to engage with people all over the world in discussing ideas, taking actions, or simply learning! Sure, you can point to people like Newton and say they were not quite social, but I don’t think their lack of sociability was caused by their scientific mind, but in spite of it — I think that neither faith, nor lack of it defines how one thinks about other people!

      If that ‘other’ refers to “the creator” (as in the god of the Bible) or “the force” (as in some religions based in mysticism), you’re wrong again! Science is about seeking for explanation, and, crucially, questioning the best explanation available for something better. To me, that is thirst for understanding at its best!

      Many people think of faith as being tied to religion. As you know, many religious people would like to present atheists as amoral as if morality is proscribed from above and not part of what it means to be human. Morality aside, they also tend to describe people that do not believe in any supernatural being or force creating or shaping the world and our lives as people with no faith.

      I find this too simplistic. Faith is in no way limited to religion. For example, I have faith that people are generally moral. I can’t prove that and can’t even describe what I base my faith for that — though attempts to provide evolutionary explanation have been made, no strong theory exists yet — but I still believe it!

      I also appreciate that methods exist, like meditation, that can help one self-reflect and “get to know themselves better”. I am not sure why they’re associated with faith or religion, though?! I personally don’t practice meditation, but have learned other ways to self-reflect and rethink my actions or views — always asking the same question when interacting with people “am I assuming something in this situation?” is just one example. But I don’t think anyone would try to relate those methods to religion, though they may not be all too different than some of the meditation methods.

      I find the topic of religion, faith, morality, and culture in general amazing and would like to use my blog on some thoughts around that. I find this approach — letting my thoughts develop as I write and then engaging with my readers — as much more valuable than trying to listen to one or few select spiritual “leaders”!

      /Kima

  4. September 14, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    This is very thoughtful and revealing. I enjoyed reading it. I think your TEDChildren idea is fantastic!!!!! I will spread the word.

  5. September 5, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Superb posting, I share the same views. I wonder why this particular world truly does not picture for a moment like me and also the blog site creator 😀

  6. Greg Ewasiuk
    January 31, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Interesting and ambitious endeavour Kima. (this Blog)
    What would be really interesting is exploring the idea of faith, spirituality, and belief… both with and without religous connotations.

    • kima
      February 2, 2010 at 11:14 pm

      Thanks Greg … I have been thinking along the same lines, but I’m biased in my thinking about religion as I find it countering my idea of free thinking and curious questioning as something very dear to my heart … though exploring why faith developed in the first place and what kind of evolutionary benefit may have had in the past to the human species is worthwhile exploration and may help us explain some of the irrational behaviors in a modern context

      If many people read my blog and encourage me to bring on ideas, maybe I will tackle various issues, including religion and faith, who knows 😉

      /Kima

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