About me

I’m an eclectic rebel, nighthawk, and eco-geek

with an off-beat, dark, wickedly irreverent and sarcastic sense of humour, and an especial fondness for puns. Undoubtedly a skeptic, sometimes cynical, I’m occasionally a curmudgeon. I value integrity, honesty, intelligence, passion, compassion, fair play, tolerance, humour, adventure, an open mind, a stout heart, — and a sense of purpose.

Presently open to full-time employment or long-term contract opportunities as a software project leader developing enabling technologies, web back-end infrastructure, or application middleware (i.e., NOT front-end user interface), ideally for greenfield products or services at a startup in downtown Toronto. Will consider working remotely.

I'm a hands-on leader with a wide range and depth of experience in the architecture, design, and implementation of trustworthy web software infrastructure and applications. Leveraging an extensive background in a variety of web technologies, distributed systems, embedded systems, electronic commerce, secure messaging, public key infrastructure (PKI), and information security, I bring a pragmatic, application-oriented, systems design perspective to managing software projects and teams. My preferred programming languages are Rust, Python, and JavaScript.

As a strong advocate of free/libre & open source software (FLOSS), I can boast of using Unix V6, the first distribution by AT&T Bell Labs to academic institutions in the 1970s, and I’ve been using Debian GNU/Linux exclusively for my own systems for about 20 years.

I’m also an avid environmental and social justice advocate interested in issues of ecological sustainability, climate change, population growth, food & water security, consumerism, extreme poverty, and global development. For the past 30 years I have been a supporter of The Hunger Project, a strategic not-for-profit organization committed to ending world hunger and extreme poverty by empowering women and men to end their own hunger. I served for ten years on the board of directors in Canada and three years as president of The Hunger Project-Canada. I’ve been on study trips to Malawi and Bangladesh, where I accompanied my (then 16yo) daughter who was invited to speak at the official ceremonies for the first annual National Day of the Girl Child.

Philosophically, I’m an absurdist; I admire the works of Albert Camus, particularly The Rebel. (“I rebel — therefore we exist.”) As for religion, colour me an agnostic existential atheist and secular humanist. I’ve softened my former militant anti-theist stance to assume a more accomodating and pragmatic view of (non-proselytizing) religion, with considerable appreciation of the core beliefs in Stoicism, Daoism, Zen Buddhism, and Advaita Vedanta Hinduism. Politically, I’m a green democratic socialist with post-anarchist tendencies towards social ecology and sociocracy.

I love reading, especially non-fiction (history, philosophy, socioeconomics, science), and I’ve recently taken up reading classic literature. I enjoy alternative music and Toronto’s dark club scene. In times past, I’ve also enjoyed camping, canoeing and sailing (having crewed on the square-rigged brigantine STV Pathfinder in my youth, as did my daughter many years later), although I don’t do so much of that anymore. I love squirrels and until recently kept pet degus, little critters also known as bush-tailed rats or Chilean ground squirrels.

The Greater Toronto Area has always been my home base, although I’ve traveled extensively, mostly on business, throughout North America and Europe, with trips also to Australia, Bangladesh, Kenya and Malawi. However, I am contemplating an eventual move to Africa when I retire, to be with my daughter and her Kenyan family in her husband’s hometown of Kisii, where they intend to operate a school and orphanage.

Favorite Quotations

“I rebel — therefore we exist.”

— Albert Camus

“I don’t necessarily agree with everything I say.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.”

— Søren Kierkegaard

“Religion is for those who are afraid of going to hell. Spirituality is for those who have already been there.”

— unknown

“If you come only to help me, you can go back home. But if you consider my struggle as part of your struggle for survival, then maybe we can work together.”

— An Aboriginal Woman

“Anyone who believes in indefinite growth on a physically finite planet is either mad, or an economist.”

— Sir David Attenborough

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”

— Dwight D. Eisenhower

“I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.”

— Winston Churchill