Hi!

I'm Michael, co-founder of Red Sequence, a Cloud software startup based on the south coast of England.

The purpose of this site is to act as a simple electronic business card (vCard) to promote my skills, and highlight some of my personal interests.

If you're more interested in my work, then please visit:

Red Sequence Timestamp

About me

Just some lists of stuff that I'm currently into!

Coding

Always interested in new languages and software engineering techniques. Some things that have interested me, or do interest me.

  • C#: Love the strong typing and functional capabilities using LINQ and delegates (Func).
  • Ruby: Rails kicked off the whole MVC revival and got Microsoft to sort out ASP.NET!
  • Elixir: Ruby style syntax for Erlang. On my list of things to play with.
  • Swift: A much, much nicer syntax than Objective-C. Shame it's still layered on Cocoa! :(
  • Rust: Really interesting ownership semantics. C and C++ alternative for systems programming!

Music

Spotify has my vote! Discover Weekly is an awesome feature. I have massively divergent musical tastes. Mostly listen to Ambient Electronica whilst working. Try this playlist for the sort of thing I like.

  • Ambient/IDM: Always when programming so as to not be distacted by lyrics!
  • Rock/Metal: Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Tool. Lots of stuff!

Books

Audible has my vote! Commuting has become my book 'reading' (listening) time. Like boxed sets when you can't watch a screen!

  • The Baroque Cycle: Neil Stephenson. Massive sprawling novel set in the 17th and 18th century.
  • Gentlemen Bastards: Scott Lynch. Really looking forward to Thorn of Emberlain.

Gaming

I'm a keen gamer. Look me up if you fancy a game, especially if you play Destiny - my current addiction! I generally go by the gamer tag Tyridan (an old World of Warcraft character name) or Lord Motley.

PlayStation

Primary gaming platform!

PlayStation

Gamer tag: Tyridan

Devices: PS4, PS Vita

Favourites: God of War series, Uncharted series, Batman: Arkham series

Playing: Destiny: The Taken King, Star Wars: Battlefront

Awaiting: Uncharted 4, DOOM

Xbox

Mostly Halo and entertainment apps.

Xbox

Gamer tag: Lord Motley

Devices: Xbox One

Favourites: Halo series

Playing: Halo 5: Guardians

Awaiting: Quantum Break

iOS Game Center

The platform with the best mobile games first!

Game Center

Gamer tag: Tyridan

Devices: iPhone 6s, iPad Air

Favourites: Monument Valley, Super Hexagon, Hearthstone

Playing: Hearthstone, INJUSTICE, Geometry Wars

Awaiting: Anything that looks cool!

Battle.net

Are Blizzard the most consistent game developer in the world?

Battle.net

Gamer tag: Tyridan#2748

Devices: PC, MacBook Air (2012)

Favourites: Diablo series, StarCraft series, Ex-WoW player...

Playing: Hearthstone

Awaiting: Diablo 3 expansion 2!?

Steam / Windows / VR

Can't wait for the Oculus Rift! Microsoft HoloLens looks cool too.

Steam

Gamer tag: Tyridan

Devices: PC

Favourites: Elite: Dangerous, Unreal Tournament series, Half-Life series

Playing: Elite: Dangerous, Star Citizen (Alpha), Unreal Tournament (Alpha)

Awaiting: EVE: Valkyrie, Star Citizen

Curriculum Vitae

Highlights from my CV. Click to LinkedIn on the left for a more detailed overview.

Current employment

June 2015
Present

Milliman

Software Consutlant (Contract)

Actuarial consulting software. Full stack software developer. AngularJS, .NET/ASP.NET MVC/Web API, Azure, Event Sourcing, CQRS.
June 2013
Present

Red Sequence

Co-founder

Red Sequence are specialists in Azure, .NET, full stack JavaScript and associated Web technologies. Timestamp is our flagship product.

Education

1998
2002

The University of Birmingham

BSc (Hons) Computer Science/Software Engineering with Business Studies

Contact

Feel free to get in touch! (Not currently hooked up - use one of the social links instead!)