A Bit About Me

I’m the UI Designer over at RapidSpike, where we’re building a world-class performance and uptime monitoring application.

I live in Leeds with my wife, Emma. We like to dine out on a weekend if we can – over the past five years we’ve been to just about every restaurant in the city. Favourites include Brasserie 44 (The Calls) & Kendells Bistro (St Peter’s Square). Regardless of where we eat, if there’s a steak on the menu then I’m having it.

My first actual computer was a Commodore Amiga 600, on which I played Bubble Bobble, Treasure Island Dizzy and Pang (Buster Brothers).

These days I build my own gaming rigs and geek out on watching talks at and eSports streams on Twitch.

I’ve been playing with HTML since I got my first web-connected computer back in 1997. For some reason I printed page after page of the HTML specification from the W3C and then set about trying to memorise it.

The first time I encountered Javascript was when trying to ‘hack’ into the hidden special features on a DVD of the The Matrix.

My first website was built in frames, tables and inline styles. I hosted it on Geocities. It was home to many horrendous crimes against design, but I can confidently say I didn’t use Comic Sans.

Since those early days I’ve maintained a passion for technology, gaming and the web.

For a few years I’ve been collecting & sampling Scottish single malts and Kentucky bourbon whisky in an attempt to develop my palette and appreciation of these fine drinks.

Favourite single malt: Ardbeg Corryvreckan.
Favourite bourbon: Four Roses (single barrel).

I like to think of myself as a proper film nerd, but I’m probably not as cultured as I ought to be. For example, I’ve seen Paul Blart: Mall Cop, but not Citizen Kane.

My favourite film is probably Apocalypse Now, but The Big Lebowski, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind would be close contenders.

I support Newcastle United, and have done since the days of ‘King’ Kevin Keegan and The Entertainers in the early-mid ’90s.

My all-time favourite players are Faustino Asprilla, who scored a hat-trick against Barcelona in the Champions League – and Alan Shearer, for obvious reasons.

These days my support of the club is tempered with an ever-deepening sense of despair.