I believe that deeds define us more than anything we say. So when people ask me “who are you?”, I interpret that as “what do you do most often, and with most passion?”
I’ve always tried to be a good person, but I had never really defined myself, so a few years ago I sat down and thought deeply about my core values. I review myself each year with an annual integrity report. My core values are:
I am the eldest son of 8 boys. I don’t have any kids of my own yet, but I pray that will change soon.
My wife Elly is my best friend and my soul mate. For that I consider myself infinitely blessed.
I love reading. I recently calculated that the unread books on my book shelf would take me 6 years to read if I read 10 pages every day!
I love progressive rock and progressive metal music. My favourite band is Tool, and I routinely count songs in 5⁄8, 9⁄8, 11⁄16 time signatures. Other musicians/bands I like are Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree, Devin Townsend, DreamTheater, Opeth, NIN, OSI.
I can play keyboard, guitar, and drums. Drums are my favourite instrument - they are both melodic and rhythmic, with fascinating concepts like double sticking and 7-stroke rolls, paradiddles and polyrhythms.
A paradiddle is an alternating single and double stroke sticking pattern, like this:
I’ve been a competitive cyclist for 20 years, and at my peak I competed at the top national level here in Australia.
My top speeds are 94km/h on a bicycle (downhill in Kangaroo Valley), and 297km/h on a motorbike (down the main straight at Philip Island).
This is me during a cross country mountain bike race in QLD a few years ago:
I have a 106 acre property just south of Goulburn in NSW. I don’t consider myself the owner - I am just a caretaker, maintaining and hopefully improving the land for the generations to follow.
This is a photo of the property, shot on medium format film on my Mamiya RZ67:
I love photography, and after running a professional photography business for a couple of years, I sold all my digital camera equipment and have gone back to shooting old fashioned film.
This is one of my photos, taken on an Olympus Trip 35 from the 1970’s:
Lastly, I love a good quote. This is one of my favourites - one that I find particularly grounding in our success driven society:
"Success is the progressive realisation of a worthwhile goal." - Earl Nightingale
Despite evidence to the contrary (^^), I don’t like talking about myself - I’d much rather hear about you, so please feel free to say hello.