Welcome to my vanity domain.
For a living, I work for RainStor. In my spare time, I'm the Cub Scout Leader for Cranham, and I pursue my own open source software projects, experiment with metalwork and electronics, and learn things (I'm studying Lojban and Krav Maga, and anything else interesting I read on the Internet or pick up a book on). My goal in life is to develop technology, to make everything more awesome. If you bumped into me in the street, the first thing you'd probably notice is the amount of technology I'm wearing.
I live in Gloucester, England with my wife Sarah and our children. Sarah and I share a blog, www.snell-pym.org.uk, so our mutual friends can keep track of us. However, I've been putting rather a lot of technical ramblings up there, so I've divided it into categories. For just my writings, visit http://www.snell-pym.org.uk/archives/author/alaric/; for just technical things (by either of us), visit http://www.snell-pym.org.uk/categories/sci-tech/; and for stuff relating purely to our personal lives, instead see http://snell-pym.org.uk/categories/the-family/. I'm also to be found on Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and if you must, Facebook.
One day I'd like to:
- Go rock climbing frequently.
- Take up archery and/or clay pigeon shooting.
- Build a Farnsworth-Hirsch Fusor, a Tesla coil, a compulsator-powered railgun, an Explosively pumped flux compression generator, a wearable computer, and a Tesla turbine, amongst other things. You get the idea.
- Implement all of Open Research and ARGON.
- Master metalcasting, blacksmithing, and machining.
- Write lots of technical books.
- Publish my fiction.
- Invest in the stock markets and all that.
- Open a Swiss bank account.
- Be a gentleman scientist, spending all my time doing bizarre and eccentric research out of pure curiousity.
- Build a Seastead, and then establish a habitable colony offworld.
Here's my geek code:
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Click here for a decoding.
Lastly, I of course have a PGP key. My key ID is C38DBA49 (replacing my old 7371086A), my fingerprint is BC74 B312 F8EA 2F09 248C 93CC D567 6E7F C38D BA49, and my public key can be found on subkeys.pgp.net.
I'm a proponent of the Web of Trust model - I will happily sign keys. Show me a government photo ID and I'll use caff to sign your key at cert level 2, or level 3 if I know you personally anyway. Give me reasonable evidence of your ownership of a pseudonym and I'll sign that too. Since I'm also into RDF, as well as sending you signatures by email using caff, I'll also publish my assertion about the mapping between your name and your key in my signed FOAF file (linked above); if you receive the signature caff sends you and I notice it's been uploaded to the keyservers, or I have other reason to trust your email address is yours, I'll add an mbox:sha1sum statement to my RDF on you, thus publishing the same statement in RDF.