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Hi, I am Mark, an IT/Tech Vet with 20+ years experience in various technical and leadership disciplines. I am a literal bag of stardust, living one chemical reaction to the next.

I am an engineer at heart with a passion for security, data and any science related subjects. A big geek, with an appreciation for pop culture nerd humour. An amateur cryptologist with a great passion for the history of cryptography, in-fact I am a friend and patron of Bletchley Park.

What Is This Blog For?

As you can probably tell, I am a terrible writer. I need to practice, and to do that, I need a blog to keep me committed to writing articles that some of you may find interesting.

What I Do?

  • Question all the things. Always question all the things.
  • Furious Yak Shaving.
  • Collect metrics from everything, even Humans.
  • Fix all the things. In legacy and not so legacy environments.
  • Build all the things. CI/CD Pipelines, cloud platforms and neat elastic band creations.
  • Code all the things. I use Python and Golang as my tools of choice. I have authored/contributed to many internal tooling projects in my career, which means I’m down with Developer Experience……apparently.


  • Comedy. I like jokes.
  • Films/TV Shows.
  • Science.
  • Reading.
  • Travelling.

Books Read in 2021

  • The Visual MBA by Jason Barron
  • What Everyone Needs To Know About Tax: An Introduction to the UK Tax SYstem by James Hannam
  • Radical Candor by Kim Scott
  • The Lean Product Playbook by Dan Olsen

Books Read in 2020

  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Linear Regression and Correlation by Scott Hartshorn
  • Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven
  • Naked Statistics by Charles Wheelan
  • The Art of Statistics by David John Spiegelhalter
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today by Linda Yueh
  • Quiet by Susan Cain

Books Read in 2019

  • Python Pattern Designs by Kamon Ayeva & Sakis Kasampalis
  • User Stories Applied by Mike Cohn
  • The Great Silence by Milan Cirkovic

Books Read in 2018

  • The Simpsons & Their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh
  • 17 Equations That Changed The World by Ian Stewart
  • Probability - A Beginners Guide To Permutations and Combinations
  • Chancing It by Robert Matthews
  • The Science Of Interstellar by Kip Thorne

Books Read in 2017

  • Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh
  • Naked Trader by Robbie Burns
  • Economics In One Lesson by Henry Hazlift
  • Big Bang by Simon Singh
  • Why does E=mc2 by Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw

Books Read in 2016

  • How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg
  • Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software by Charles Petzold
  • The Code Book by Simon Singh
  • How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
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