What am I?
I'm an engineer and a geek.
If you think engineers are all covered in oil and grease then I'm not
that sort of engineer.
If you think geeks are all smelly, long-haired weirdos then I'm not
that sort of geek.
I've always had an engineering bent. Since the earliest time that
I can remember, I've always been interested in how things work. I
remember playing with batteries and bulbs, magnets and electromagnets
when I was very young. Then there were Lego and Meccano and early
At 13, I got my first computer - a Sinclair ZX Spectrum - and I learnt
to program - something I've been doing ever since. I persued both
electronics and computing at college.
If it's scientific or technological then I'm probably interested in
it. I also like science fiction - probably because of the endless
possibilities that it offers.
In many respects, I'm a typical engineer so if you've read the
chapter on "Engineers, Scientists, Programmers, and Other Odd People"
in Scott Adams' book "The Dilbert Principle", then you'll have a pretty
good idea of what I'm like. You know, the sort of guy who still
wonders what it'll take to turn the TV remote control into a death
ray. I'm blessed/cursed with the disease of good engineers -
honesty. That's why, at work, we're generally kept away from
customers. Never ask an engineer if your bum looks big in this
unless you really really want to know their opinion!
A director at my old company always seemed to get annoyed in
project meetings because I would be pedantic and worry about the fine
detail. Well I make no apologies for that. If it's pedantic
to use precise language when describing a technical endeavour then I'm
guilty as charged. I worry about the fine detail because projects
can live or die on the fine detail. If I know precisely what you
mean then there won't be any confusion. How many times have you
heard, "that wasn't what I meant"?
It doesn't mean I'm cold and heartless. Sure I'm pretty
reserved and a bit chilly on the outside if I don't know you but that's
mainly nerves. I'm a lot warmer on the inside. I'm also a
big cat lover or rather a big small cat lover. We currently have
two and they often came to visit/help/hinder me when I was working from
home in my garage/office. Sophie has a serious condition
now. She nearly died but for now, the drugs do work and she's
living a full, happy life unlike some of the birds and mice she's been
catching. Here's hoping that Miss Sophie and her brother Hector
have many more good years left.
22 November 2007: Hector fell ill with his lungs filling with
fluid. He rallied after excellent treatment but he had heart
disease and threw some blood clots that blocked the blood supply to two
of his legs. There was only one kind course of action. We
all miss him terribly.
As for my status, well I'm single but I would like to meet a good
woman, fall in love, get married, have a couple of children(well, not
personally but I think you catch my drift) and grow
old and wrinkly together. It's an old, traditional idea but just
because something is old doesn't necessarily make it rubbish.
There's nothing wrong with a bit of romance in my book either. It
is said that geeks make good lovers because they tend to be inquisitive
and want to find out how things work - usually by hands-on, trial and
error techniques. Yes, it's true - we like to press all the
buttons just to see what happens. :-)