I am a basketball addicted, an amateur photographer and an information technology worker.

Who am I?
Talking about yourself is really difficult, I don’t know where to begin, so I try with “100 things about me” method:

[work in progress 55/100]

  1. My name is Luca
  2. My surname is Zappa
  3. I was born in Erba, Italy, on November 25th, 1975 at 6:30 p.m.
  4. I’m a Sagittarius
  5. I’m currently working in Reply
  6. I don’t believe in horoscopes
  7. I live in Italy
  8. “Luke Hoe” is the english translation of my italian name :-)
  9. I studied computer engineering at Politecnico di Milano
  10. I am a software engineer
  11. I love internet
  12. I love basketball
  13. My favorite Italian basketball team is Cantù
  14. My favorite NBA team is Utah Jazz
  15. My favorite NCAA basketball team is Utah Utes
  16. My favorite basketball player is Michael Jordan
  17. I love dogs
  18. I play (bad) basketball, I am a guard
  19. My favorite soft drink is coke
  20. My favorite alcoholic drink is Mojito
  21. My car is a Volkswagen Polo Alfa Romeo Giulietta
  22. Sydney is the best city in the world
  23. I like travel books
  24. My preferred travel writer is Bill Bryson
  25. I love Lonely Planet travel guidebooks
  26. I’ve been on the internet since 1994
  27. I wrote my first email in September 1994 (to myself)
  28. My first browser was Netscape Navigator
  29. Now I’m using Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox and sometimes Internet Explorer Safari
  30. My first email address was lzappa@varano.ing.unico.it
  31. My greatest basketball moment is during the 1992 Korac Cup Final in Cantù when Pace Mannion scored four 3-points shots in a row
  32. My first flight was on July 1993, when I was 17. Four flights in a day (two Iberia and two Delta flights): Milan – Madrid – New York – Dallas – Las Vegas
  33. The cheapest flight I have ever bought is from Milan Bergamo to London Luton with Ryanair (two-way for only 2 €)
  34. My first computer was Commodore 64
  35. I wrote my first program in Basic
  36. I am an IT consultant
  37. I work in Milan
  38. My favorite programming language is Java
  39. My favorite Java editor is Eclipse
  40. Google is the best search engine
  41. My favorite tennis player is Andre Agassi
  42. I’m not related to Frank Zappa
  43. My first motorcycle was Honda Camino (terrible)
  44. I think that Grand Canyon (Arizona), Bryce Canyon (Utah) and Uluru (Australia) are fucking amazing
  45. The countries I have visited are Italy, Switzerland, French, Croatia, Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Holland, USA, Germany, Egypt, Greece, Hong Kong, Australia, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, Russia, Japan
  46. My nicknames are Luke, Frank, Onippaz, Tons, Sindaco, Zap2.0, Zaps
  47. My favorite food is polenta with cheese
  48. I think open source was, is and will be the wealth of the information technology
  49. I think I’ll never finish this list
  50. My first blog was powered by Blogger, now I’m using WordPress
  51. My digital camera is a Nikon Coolpix 4300 Casio EXILIM EX-Z1000 Canon EOS 500D
  52. My photo taken in Kakadu National Park (Australia) is been published in a book: “The Legend of the Dragon”
  53. I switched to a Mac in January 2008 and I fell in love with it
  54. My mobile phone is an Apple iPhone 2G Apple iPhone 3S Apple iPhone 5
  55. I also own an iPad, an iPad Mini and a Google Nexus 7

My Flickr Photo Gallery My 500px Photo Gallery

My del.icio.us bookmarks


  • Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Stay out of my country and away from my canyons. And away from my women too!

  • Saturday, March 12, 2005 - 10:14 pm | Permalink


    I added a link to your button maker on my site:

    ciao ciao
    ps. that picture of Varenna is beautiful!

  • Monday, March 14, 2005 - 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Kenny!

  • Saturday, April 16, 2005 - 5:40 pm | Permalink

    Hi Luca! I´m a brazilian woman and now it´s 12:40pm (haha)
    I´ll add a link to all mine too.

  • Saturday, April 16, 2005 - 5:42 pm | Permalink

    thanx your mom for
    being born!!!
    all rite?
    i mean it

  • SoyJames
    Tuesday, May 24, 2005 - 12:38 am | Permalink

    You got me curious about mojitos but the link is dead. Just so you know. Chop Chop! 51 more to go!

  • Tuesday, May 24, 2005 - 11:18 am | Permalink

    > You got me curious about mojitos but the link is dead.
    I have fixed the link. Mojito is a cocktail with Rum, Mint and Lime …

  • Friday, June 10, 2005 - 1:26 am | Permalink

    Dude, your button maker is totally bad ass, \m/, Italy rocks, um, vilisamo? I don’t know, thanks for making…your button maker, ^_^ I’m going to link you!

  • Sunday, June 12, 2005 - 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Used your button maker! awesome.

    I have taged you at delicious.

    best, mark

  • Wednesday, June 29, 2005 - 7:19 am | Permalink

    Hey, i cant believe i stumbled upon your amazing site! Upon seeing this page i was befuddled in the least, we share birthdays!
    Ha, I must contact you and we must chat! If you can tell from my last name (in the email) my family is from italy (avellino!) you must email me.

  • Wednesday, June 29, 2005 - 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Freaking awesome button maker. You definitely deserve a link. Thanks!

  • Sunday, July 24, 2005 - 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Yep – awesome button maker! ^^ I used it and I’m gonna link You :).

    BTW Italy rox! I have been there few times and that’s the most beautiful country I’ve ever seen… And so calm :). Maybe I’ll live there one day (but I have to finish my studies first :)).

  • jai
    Wednesday, July 27, 2005 - 9:07 pm | Permalink


    The code http://www.cowpimp.com/archives/2003/05/19/buttons/ does work

    Can you send me the code for button maker

  • Wednesday, July 27, 2005 - 9:10 pm | Permalink

    The link to Bill Zeller’s code is:


  • Dezso
    Sunday, August 7, 2005 - 4:31 pm | Permalink

    This list is simply a great idea! Just trying to start up my ebusiness and blogging will be a basic channel in the beta version of the model.

    Rulling out horoscopes is loosing an opportunity to know yourself better, but it does naturally not mean you cannot live your destiny :)…

  • Sunday, October 16, 2005 - 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Ciao Luca.

    What type of cheese do you eat with Polenta?

  • Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - 11:57 pm | Permalink

    criticas literarias

  • Chicca
    Friday, April 28, 2006 - 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, you forgot one nickname: SINDACO DI BUCCINIGO!!!
    Troppo bello il tuo sito, ammazza, mica scherzi!
    Finalmente ho avuto tempo di guardarlo… ;)


  • Saturday, April 29, 2006 - 3:19 am | Permalink

    Te ghe reson Chicca!!!

  • Friday, September 22, 2006 - 2:23 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never even been to Italy, even though its not far away from me here in Spain, I would love to go! I am also well into basket ball and remember watching the final you mention on a tiny little TV in a Dutch friends apartment! I’m an Audi man my self though!!

  • Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 8:14 am | Permalink

    I arrived here for the first time, I found my English is so poor, almost anything can not read. Fortunately, I saw the phrase “I was born in Erba, Italy, on November 25th, 1975 at 6:30 p.m.” Oh, Italy! I was born 13 days later than you, in Xuzhou, China. Your Web Corner is a good place, I will come later. Do not click my website, it is the Chinese website, you will see the whole of chaos codes.

  • Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 8:38 pm | Permalink

    I like your 100 things .. I am going to use that idea on one of my blogs too

  • Monday, January 24, 2011 - 12:48 pm | Permalink

    I really like your button maker *good old time* and use it for fancy buttons :D

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