"Wedged as we are between two eternities of idleness, there is no excuse for being idle now" (Anthony Burgess)

I'm an Honorary Reader in the Department of Computer Science at The University of Manchester. Having worked at the University since 1983 and been Director of Undergraduate Studies (Computer Science) from 2011–2019, I took early retirement in 2020.

From 2008–2018 I established and led the team running the annual UK Schools Computer Animation Competition.

My academic field is computer graphics (projects|publications) but I'm a general-purpose geek. These days I enjoy fiddling about with generative computer arty things.

Together with Emeritus Professor Jim Miles I'm working on a University project cataloguing the history of the computers developed at Manchester since 1948. I built the searchable image catalogue.

From 1989 to 1998 I was joint editor (with Steve Donnelly) of The Skeptic magazine.

I founded Elephant Talk, the newsletter/wiki for Robert Fripp/King Crimson enthusiasts.

My interests are guitars, photography (flickr|license my stuff), cooking, crosswords, 日本語, old films (especially British B-movies), recreational maths, reading, pondering, writing, walking, prog rock, dogs. I'm a keen Wikipedian.