About Me

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I grew up in Scotland, lived for some years in Cambridge in England, and now live with my wife in Christchurch, New Zealand.

A child of the 1980s, I’ve been a heavy computer (and later Internet) user since my first home micro at the age of 8. I think of myself as a generalist, capable of deep understanding of systems and subjects, yet also capable of turning my hand to new challenges, new workflows, new environments. I’m not too proud to be told when I’m wrong, and I believe in finding the right solution.

From 2000 to 2011 I lived in Cambridge, doing various software jobs with a focus on embedded systems. For some of that time I was a self-employed contractor.

My then-partner (now-wife) and I moved to Christchurch in 2011, several months after the devastating earthquake that struck the region.

My first career was as a software engineer, teaching machines to communicate.

In 2013 I realised that it was time for a new challenge and enrolled at the New Zealand Broadcasting School, to read Digital Film and TV Production towards the Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications degree. I graduated in 2016 and am now freelancing as a videographer, still taking on the occasional software contract.

I particularly enjoy camera operation, vision switching and editing. I love the buzz of the team environment, both on the set and in the studio.

Contact information & GPG key

If you’re not already in contact with me, webcontact at crazyscot.com is a good place to email in the first instance.

I have a GPG key. (You might find a more up-to-date version on the standard keyservers.) If you know what to do with one of those, you’ll find other email addresses in it. The address which starts with the digit zero does not have any spam filtering, so is a good one to try if you have problems reaching me on other addresses.