About Me

First and foremost, I’m a dad and husband – my son Daniel was born in 1998, my daughter Laura in 2000, and Deb and I were married on January 19th, 1991.

I became a downshifter when my son was three years old. Work to live, don’t live to work. But in 2007, I became tired of being an employee and wanted to move into a new phase – being a business owner. I realised that downshifting and running your own business are about the same thing – being in control of your life. Doing what you want to do rather than what you have to do, and having the flexibility to do it when you want.

I don’t watch TV. I don’t know where I’d find the time. But I love films and regularly make the time. I’m glad to be living in an era where I can watch what I want, when I want (well, almost).

I’m a keen cyclist, riding a modified Giant Iguana for my 20km round-trip commute.

I love running. I ran my first Marathon in October 2006 in 5hr 10min. I would love to improve on this time in the coming years. I ran a half-marathon in October 2005 in 1hr 59min. The running is on hiatus at the moment (as at early 2011) due to “runner’s hip” (tearing of the labrum (cartilage), chondromalacia, tendonitis and perifascial muscle fibre tearing. i.e. I need to take a break for a while. So it’s cycling and swimming for at least 12-18 months and then we’ll see.

I’m a sustainable vegetarian. I’ll only eat what I kill myself. And I wouldn’t refuse anyone’s hospitality, especially in another country. I wonder how much meat we’d eat as a society if everyone did?

My friend Nick and I run Arktisma, which includes Serversaurus web hosting and cloud computing, and the Electron Workshop co-working space, which we built ourselves. We’re a founding Australian B Corporation, with environmental and social responsibility baked into the core of our business.

Back in the internet dark ages, I wrote some open-source software. See my software page for details. I’ve had an email address since 1989 and a personal website since 1994. That makes me internet ancient.