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#: My go to language. Love the strong typing and functional capabilities.
  • Ruby: Rails kicked off the whole MVC revival and got Microsoft to build ASP.NET MVC!
  • Elixir: Ruby style syntax for Erlang. On my list of things to play with.
  • Swift: A much, much nicer syntax than Objective-C. A 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 is great. Driving has become my book 'reading' (listening) time. A bit like boxed sets when you can't see a screen!

  • Sapiens / Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow: Yuval Noah Harari. A fascinating and sobering look at humans and where we're going.
  • The Culture novels: Iain M. Banks. Fantastic Science Fictions series - a place I'd love to live!
  • The Baroque Cycle: Neil Stephenson. Massive sprawling novel set in the 17th and 18th century.
  • The First Law: Joe Abercrombie. Gritty anti-heroes that are written with style.
  • The Gentlemen Bastards sequence: 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 Pro, PS Vita

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

Playing: Destiny 2

Awaiting: Not much else for a while. Destiny 2 has sunk its claws in! :(

Xbox

For Halo really.

Xbox

Gamer tag: Lord Motley

Devices: Xbox One

Favourites: Halo series

Playing: Cuphead

Awaiting: Nothing

iOS

The platform with the best mobile games first.

Game Center

Gamer tag: Tyridan

Devices: iPad Air

Favourites: Monument Valley 2, Super Hexagon, Hearthstone

Playing: Hearthstone

Awaiting: Anything that looks cool!

Battle.net

Are Blizzard the most consistent game developer in the world?

Battle.net

Gamer tag: Tyridan#2748

Devices: Alienware 13 R3, MacBook Air (2012)

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

Playing: Hearthstone, Diablo 3: Rise of the Necromancer

Awaiting: Diablo 3 expansion 2!?

Steam / Windows Store

Mostly console gamer these days, but a few games still drag me back in.

Steam

Gamer tag: Tyridan

Devices: Alienware 13 R3

Favourites: Elite: Dangerous, Half-Life series

Playing: Battle Chasers: Nightwar

Awaiting: Nothing

Curriculum Vitae

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

Current employment

March 2017
Present

Recruitment Genius

Software Consutlant (Contract)

Recruitment software. Full stack software developer. JavaScript, .NET/ASP.NET MVC/Web API, CQRS, Azure, Elasticsearch.
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 with me by using the contact options on the left.