Education and Work
Initially I didn't do very well in eduction. A lack of interest and focus at secondary school meant I left with rather poor GCSE results.
At age 23 I went back into education (college) and discovered an interest in Information Technology. I then became extremely focused on perusing a career in computing. That led me to going to university – something that I never imagined doing.
In 2006 I attended the University of Kent studying a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Information Technology with a Year in Industry. I graduated in 2010 with First Class Honours.
I have done a wide variety of jobs over the years. Just some of those are: fruit picking; order picking/packing; retail; bar work; door work / security; refuse collection; archiving; fitter's mate; highway maintenance; peer tutor.
My first main career was in electrical installations, where I worked and trained as an electrician for two years. The work was OK but I did find it had become repetitive after about eighteen months. My main reason for leaving was because I didn't enjoy working in the construction field.
My first job in the IT section was my year in industry as part of my degree. I worked in the Software Solutions department at Kent Police.
Since graduating I have mainly just worked full time as an IT Applications Developer for a successful law firm in Kent. Although I did take time off to travel around the USA and around Thailand.
Some things I like
I always enjoy watching a funny sitcom. Some of my favourites are: Scrubs; 3rd Rock From the Sun; Psych; Seinfeld; The Big Bang Theory; Friends; The King of Queens; That '70s Show; Roseanne; Modern Family.
I look forward to watching a blockbuster movie. Sci-fi and action are my favourite genres. Deadpool is a great example of one of my favourite movies. The Marvel movies are usually a pretty-good fit – particularly those in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise. But I own a collection of movies spanning various genres. In particular, Forrest Gump is probably my favourite movie - which is surprising as I don't tend to like watching very much in the drama, romance and war genres.
I have a somewhat eclectic music collection. However, most of it does have an upbeat rhythm. With a general preference for those that fall into the dance / club music genre. Some of my all-time favourites I think are probably so because they remind me of my early clubbing days: Artful Dodger & Romina Johnson - Movin' Too Fast; DJ Luck - Little Bit of Luck; The 3 Jays - Feeling It Too; Armand Van Helden - You Don't Know Me. A random selection my eclectic collection includes: Madness - House of Fun; Arrested Development - People Everyday; Michael Jackson - Ghosts; Journey - Any Way You Want It; Oasis - Live Forever; Martha and the Vandellas - Heatwave; Diana King - Shy Guy; Pharrell Williams - Happy; Prince - Gold; Earth, Wind & Fire - September '99.
I like to stay current with various technological advances. I enjoy imagining how that technology will shape both the present and the future.
I enjoy writing short stories (and, more recently, screenplays). Largely this compliments my interest of thinking about a future that has been changed by technology. So the stories are mainly in the sci-fi genre. But I write what I feel like writing at the time – so it can be a mix of genres. I hope to one day get one of my stories/screenplays turned into a blockbuster movie.
Although I do enjoy doing the above (and other things), I actually spend a lot of my spare time working on different logical, creative and fun projects. These can range from different things to aid in my day-to-day life, to games created mainly just for fun. Some of those are listed in the My Creations section below.
Some of the photos that I have taken over the years, of which I more prefer, are shown here.
They are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.
On average they are 6 MB is size and have dimensions of 4896 x 3672 pixels.
This section contains a variety of zip files containing playing card decks.
- A deck contains 56 cards: 1 introduction card (detailing copyright information, etc.), 2 designs for back cards, 1 joker and the standard 52 face cards.
- A deck is available as a single image file and as 56 separate image files.
- All cards are in PNG format.
- Typically both standard and high quality (HQ) versions are supplied (but this could be restricted based on the source quality of the images used in the designs). HQ cards are a lot larger file sizes and are primarily designed for 4K monitor support.
- A HTML document is supplied, which displays a variety of the cards and in various sizes(/scales). This is useful if you wish to use the deck as an image sprite on a webpage (as the positions have already been mapped for you).
- If relevant, you will also find a 'Credits' text file, which will be used for any appropriate attributions.
In general, the playing cards are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. However, some may be restricted based on copyright material they use (The Simpsons deck is an example of this).
Themes for The Hi-Lo+ Game
This section contains a variety of zip files containing themes for The Hi-Lo+ Game. Each theme contains a folder/directory which is named after the theme; and within that folder is one or both theme files:
- The image file of the playing card deck.
- The storage file containing the quiz questions.
If either of these files are not included in the theme then the default (built-in) version will be used instead.
Simply unzip the contents into the 'Themes' folder in the game's directory.
Caution: make sure only the exact contents are extracted to the 'Themes' folder.
E.g. the structure for Deck.png in The Simpsons theme should be as follows:
Windows will likely extract it as:
The above is wrong - it would result in a theme called 'Hi-Lo+.Theme.-.The.Simpsons' with no files found.