About me

Hi, I’m Matt. I was born in the early 80’s in Margate, a seaside town in the county of Kent in the UK. Currently I live in Sevenoaks; still in Kent, but closer to London; with my wife, daughter and our cat.

I hold a BEng (hons) in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Kent (although it was called University of Kent at Canterbury when I studied there).

I also hold a MSc in Broadband and Mobile Communication Networks from the same University after my undergraduate supervisor applied for EPSRC funding on my behalf (and without my knowledge, it was a pleasant surprise).

I started my career as a programmer straight away after leaving University. After a couple of years as a junior Delphi, Visual Basic and C# programmer I changed direction. I found Ruby in 2007 via a junior Systems Administrator position at a startup based in London.

I moved from SysOps into Development in 2008 and I’ve been writing Ruby for the last 11 years in various forms.

As of November 2018 I am a Senior Developer at Shopify. Shopify are based in Canada and I work remotely from my home in the UK. Working with a 5 hour time difference is a new experience for me, but

Previously I have worked at FutureLearn, OnTheBeach and Reevoo

When I’m not working I enjoy music, both playing and listening. As my pithy slogan intimates, I’m not very good; predominantly because I don’t do enough deliberate practice, but it makes me happy.

I have pretty varied music tastes. I’ve always been a metalhead, ever since I taped my first Metallica songs off the radio at age 7, but I’ve also got a lot of time for electronic music, UK Hip-Hop and Grime, Chiptune, Post-rock, Screamo, Math rock, Classical music and whatever else takes my fancy.

I enjoy anime, manga and video games. My favourite console is my PlayStation Vita, the most underrated handheld console ever released in my view. I have the originally released version (with the OLED screen). It’s a Shame that Sony are discontinuing it in 2019. One day I’d like to get into PSVita development.

About this site

This site is static HTML, generated by Hugo, a static site generator written in Go. I write my content using Markdown in Emacs, the only true programmers editor. One day soon I’ll get around to learning Org Mode.

Hosting is provided by Github pages, with my custom domain on top. The theme I’m using is my own fork of Cactus Plus by nodejh