About me

Originally from London I have been living the U.S. since 1995, which is a tad longer that the 18 month assignment I came out here for.  I’m married to a wife that I don’t deserve and we have three wonderful kids.

I’m told that I am creative, irreverent, geeky and “sometimes scary”…(sic)

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I have been in IT since the tender age of 16 and spend a good deal of my time playing with new gadgets and checking out new offerings, particularly in the open source world.  For fun I created websites for friends and charities and that blossomed into a business creating websites for companies under the banner of “The Computer Whisperer“.

My British upbringing causes me to insult the people that I like, so any darts thrown your way are really a lame attempt at being friendly. Honest!

I like reading but tend to get most of my “reading” done these days via audio books, as I can do that while driving the car.  Books that take a slightly sideways look at life (Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Notes from a Small Island and books by Scott Adams) will generally have me squirting drinks through my nose.  But anything that causes me to look at life differently is engaging and I actually enjoy a well thought out argument / debate as long as everyone keeps it friendly.

I love driving and riding motorcycles but I take the art of doing that far too seriously for my own good.  But that is also my favorite form of meditation and where I get most of my “good” ideas.

Other likes are Sci-Fi (my wife says “good sci-fi” is an oxymoron), Music, Food – especially cookies, Skiing, Scuba diving, and teaching.  I play various sports well enough to not be an embarrassment, but not well enough to have people pick me for their teams.

Travel should be something on everyone’s agenda – it teaches you to roll with the punches and to realize that inconvenience is a misperceived adventure.  And, yes, you should try those “funny” foods while you are there.

Claims to fame:  Runner up in the 1974 under-12 Wittly-woods Hop-Scotch Championship.

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The opinions expressed here are mine, and mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect my past, current or future employers.
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13 responses to “About me

  1. Duggie

    Yo matey, bring it on , would love to see all those thoughts from all those times. Have read a few blogs that are basically written masturbation so don’t fall into the ‘who loves me?….. I do’ trap.

    And yes you take driving waaay too seriously, but you haven’t crashed yet that I know about.

    Best of luck buddy.

  2. Here is another Sci-Fi fan.

    Happy Weekend.

  3. John

    What about our mutal love of Fiscal?

  4. Matt C

    Nice start barry, nice to have some time in your life to do things like this for once.

  5. John Vervoort

    Reminds me a bit of the “risk homeostasis” days…
    He’s baaaack!!

  6. leslie

    Hi Barry,

    I myself have been hitch hiking around the galaxy. Let’s catch up and compare notes.

    Les

  7. strikehold

    Hey Houldsworth – my surname is “Holsworth” and I moved to the UK in early 1996 (I’m originally from Canada, but lived in the US for about 18 years as well). And we both have blogs on WordPress – how random is that? 🙂

  8. Ah ha ha…”My British upbringing causes me to insult the people that I like.” I very much relate to that statement but I’m French Canadian.

  9. Hi Barry:

    I came over to check out your blog after your comment on Jane’s (They Call Me Jane) blog about not getting many comments…basically, generating comments is all about networking. I’ll celebrate a year of blogging on March 23rd…over the year, I’ve steadily built up a community of fellow writers whose work I admire (see my blogroll “He Said”, “She Said”, and “They Said”). I read and comment on their posts, and they often reciprocate (I also answer almost all comments on my blog). I have my blog posts linked to my Facebook account, so those friends and family who choose to read them have easy access.

    I liked the posts of yours that I read, especially your Valentine’s Day tribute to your wife…very nice! As a teacher, you might enjoy my friend, EduClaytion (Clay Morgan)…he’s just launched a new site called “Pop Teacher.com” which is all about using pop culture to teach (he’s a college history professor). There are also lots of other cool people on my blogroll…check them out…I find it fun to “hook people up.”

    I have subscribed…I will definitely comment!

    Wendy

    • Wendy,

      Thank you for the helpful advice – and for taking the time to comment :). I do already have my blog linked to Facebook. In fact most people then comment on FB rather than here.

      Education is certainly an area that I am very interested in – in fact I have another education blog waiting in the wings (meaning I have the notes but not the blog). I definitely like the idea of using pop culture to boost education so I will check those sites out.

      I do find the Twenty Ten template tends to hide the comment link somewhat – I even have to look for it myself – so I might switch to another template in the future. A shame because I actually like the look other than that.

      Thanks again!

      Barry

  10. “My British upbringing causes me to insult the people that I like, so any darts thrown your way are really a lame attempt at being friendly. Honest!”

    I suffer this all the time – reassuringly I also manage to insult or terrify UK natives too.

    As Kermit said – “Its isnt easy being Green”

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