Humble Beginnings

I was born in Mount Lawley, Western Australia in 1975. My father was (and still is) a pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force. This meant that our family was frequently on the move as my father was posted to various RAAF bases around Australia and overseas. By the time I entered High School, I had attended more than 12 different schools. With the benefit of hindsight, I realised that changing schools so frequently helped me to develop invaluable social skills.

Living on RAAF Bases is essentially like living in a bubble. They are a secure closed community and as kids you have to find ways to keep yourself entertained. Fortunately my father purchased a computer for home use and it was an Apple IIe that first piqued my curiosity in technology. I can still remember basking in the warm green glow of a 12 inch monochrome screen. Since then, computers have been an integral part of my life.

My father was eventually posted to RAAF Base Williamtown, near Newcastle where we finally got to stay in one place for a while. After 4 years, my parents purchased a house and we moved to Merewether. Our house was a short walk from the beach and this allowed me to nurture my love of surfing which has never waned.

I finished High School and attended Newcastle University, completing my Bachelor of Information Science in 1997. After completing my degree I began working immediately as a junior Network Support Technician for a company called Pulse Mining which outsourced their technical staff to the mining industry. That lasted two years before I changed career paths and began my career in web development which is documented in my employment history.

Current Status

I live in Newcastle, Australia with my wife and two daughters. My three special ladies and my family are the most precious things in my life. We also have a beautiful female Crimson-breasted Conure named Ruby. That's a parrot for the non-ornithologists.

I am a true geek at heart and I always do my best to keep my finger on the pulse with regard to emerging web technologies and current internet trends. I have a current subscription to .NET magazine and I regularly visit their site. Other industry sites I like to read include A List Apart, UX Movement, Smashing Magazine, PHP Developer, and Nettuts+ to name a few.

Technology is definitely my passion but I also love to stay active and my favourite physical past time is surfing. Closely followed by mountain biking and snowboarding. I used to ride dirtbikes until I suffered a serious compound fracture which put me in hospital for a while. During my stay I came to realise that there was a large gap between my perceived ability and my actual ability. So I finally acquiesced to my family's advice and sold the dirtbike, a relatively common story.

I am a voracious reader. Some of my favorite authors (in no particular order) include Kurt Vonnegut, Sam Harris, Philip K Dick, Paul Davies, Carl Sagan, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Bill Bryson and Noam Chomsky.