who, what, why?
Right. Driven by an immense need to express myself in an electronic
medium, and also by ego, this page sets out to tell you a bit about
me, hopefully with some amusing links, maybe with some amusing photos,
and with a total lack of second-order partial differential equations
with non-linear, non-constant coefficients.
in as few words as possible
For just over three years until the end of 2004, I worked for Cambridge
Consultants Ltd as a software engineer, with special interests
in networking, mathematical modelling, user interfaces, PC architecture
and Windows development. One of my perennial projects was development
and testing for the Highways
Agency's NMCS2 (the motorway communications system in the UK).
And yes, I know it's irritating you're driving in fog, and you see
some sort of glowing sign ahead, and peering through the murk you
eventually realise it says 'Fog'. And no, I can't close the M42
at will or put "Hello Mum!" on the overhead gantry signs.
At the start of 2005, I began working for a global financial software
organisation (whose IT policy appears to caution against mentioning
by name on a personal webpage), based in their Cambridge office.
I live in Ely,
which was the smallest city in England until it grew rapidly in
the last few years (Wells is now the smallest). It's definitely
the shortest name of a city in England, though. But I'm no soft
southerner; I was born in Durham
in 1979 and lived there until I started at CCL in 2001.
Working backwards, I was a one-year Diploma
in Computer Science postgrad student at Christ's
University. For the previous three years, I was studying for
a BA (Hons) in Mathematics
including some Statistics,
which I completed with a 2:1 in June 2000. Before all of this University
lark, I went to Newcastle
Royal Grammar School, and before that, I watched TV.
Outside of work, I keep myself busy by DJing,
collecting 7" singles, listening
to all sorts of music and maintaining a strong interest in radio
by producing the Sunday evening request show on Radio
Addenbrooke's at the hospital in Cambridge. (I was the Station
Manager of Cambridge
University Radio for two years and I also presented a show and
produced hundreds of jingles for my own show and others on CUR -
you can read all about that here). I officially
play the clarinet
(Grade 8 merit), and unofficially dabble with keyboards (often using
synths) and an old acoustic guitar (mind you, it's strictly
rhythm - I don't want to make it cry or sing). I also go geocaching,
which is probably best explained by following the link.