Ricardo Aiello

The Teacher

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Your job title?

Methodology Advocate

Which languages do you speak?

EspaƱol, English

Which languages do you write?

UML, PHP, JavaScript, SaSS, CSS, HTML, a little Bash

Where were you born?

Buenos Aires, Argentina

What was your first experience with the internet? What year was that?

It was around 1996. I was 16, and working part-time in our small family business, where I could be around computers. One day, a guy came to teach us about "the world wide web", how to access it (via dial-up) and surf it (using Netscape Navigator), and some basic HTML, which I used to create a very rudimentary website. But what really got me was IRC... when I discovered it I was like, "wow, there's people at the other end of this thing!" So, for me it was, and still is, a way to connect with people.

Who you are? What are a few key points that make you, you?

I'm a pragmatic, realistic, and very analytical person. I like to really understand things, so I usually ask a lot of questions. Also, I'm extremely loyal to the people I care about.

Where in the world do you like to work?

Any place with good internet. A peaceful environment with a good view helps, though.

What led you to work at Saucal?

The opportunity to work and improve in the stuff I know and like, at a large scale, teaming up with people from all over the world, from my own home, in my own time, for a company which understands and fosters work-life balance. Work doesn't get much better than that!

What is your favourite activity outside of work?

Family time, wine tastings, movies, nature, travelling, and music. I also love teaching, but technically that's work :P

What is your favourite food/beverage?

I can't choose just one. I learned that even the simplest meal can be tasty and delicious (tip: the right spices make a huge difference). My beverage, though, is definitely red wine (especially Cabernet Franc, if I get to choose).

Favourite quote or song lyrics they live by (or) that best reps you?

I have two, both fairly known:
"I don't want to believe. I want to know."
"And bad mistakes, I've made a few. I've had my share of sand kicked in my face, but I've come through!"

Most interesting story or factoid about you?

One time, while travelling around Patagonia with friends, we tried to hitch-hike from Punta Arenas (Chile) to Ushuaia (Argentina). We ended up spending a night in the lobby of a tourist information post at the Strait of Magellan, right next to an old minefield from the Beagle conflict.