I’m Mike Taylor, 51 years old, very happily married to Fiona for the last 26 of them, and father to three boys: Daniel (21 years old), Matthew (19) and Jonno (16). [Those ages were correct when I wrote this in 2019. If it’s not 2019 when you read this, you can figure it out.]
By day, I am a computer programmer for the good folks at Index Data, and I will be writing a lot about programming here. In my spare time, one of the main things I do is work on dinosaur palaeontology: my Ph.D is from the University of Portsmouth, and I’m currently affiliated with Bristol University. My publicati0ns are all freely available. But dinosaurs are the one subject I won’t be covering here because my dino-blogging is over at Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week. I made this blog specifically so I’d have a place to talk about everything else, in fact I nearly entitled it Everything Except Sauropod Vertebrae.
So this is a blog about everything else. There’s a lot of stuff that I’m interested in, including (from left to right across the banner) music, 1980s microcomputers, sushi, Doctor Who, (and now going off the edge of the banner), the science/religion interface, fundamental politics and of course the nominal subject of the blog, computer programming. I promise not to post photos of my cats (I don’t have any), but I might post photos of my various dead-animal skeletons: I have a wallaby, a juvenile rabbit, a monitor lizard and a turkey nicely prepared; and a badger, a fox, a rat and a hamster in various stages of decomposition. (Come to think of it, parts of the wallaby are still decomposing, too, but other parts are nicely cleaned.)
If you want to contact me, email to firstname.lastname@example.org is the best bet.