Phil Watson
A Computery Type

It's about time I got around to updating this thing. I've been living in Australia for more than two years and it still said I was in Aberdeen. I know we live in a so-called "Post Truth" society but really I should be doing my bit to prevent that.

So I'm a Scotsman, hailing from the frozen North wastelands of the country. These days I live in Brisbane having discovered it by accident. And what an accident it was, this place is terrific.

Anyway, a wee bit about me. I graduated from the Robert Gordon University with a degree in AI and Robotics, and since then I've been working as a software developer, primarily on a variety of Microsoft .NET technologies. I'm a budding games developer.

I prefer tea to coffee, lagers to craft beers, hot weather to cold weather, and MegaDrive to SNES.

I love curry. Curry is amazing.

Yes, that is Stone & Wood I'm drinking.
I don't hate craft beer.

Workings...
Yes, I like modelling spaceships

I like to keep busy with wee projects from time to time. My current focus is on a mobile game, with emphasis on strategy and exploration. Sort of a mix between No Man's Sky and Carrier Command. Yeah, I really like No Man's Sky.

While the game is pretty ambitious for one dude, it is teaching me loads about Unity and game development in general. It's a good excuse to muck about with Blender and general attempts at graphic work.

When I came to Australia I also started writing a journal of my travels. As I've settled into Australia and made it my home, I'm sorry to say that it has been put to the wayside. It's still good readin' though!

Finally, because apparently some sites still link to it and it is a handy tool, I have this Filename Randomizer application what I made to build random mystery compilation discs for my car's MP3 disc player.

Career...
   This Is My Home Office

Since graduating univeristy, I have been involved in a variety of projects as a developer. In Aberdeen, the focus was primarily (but not exclusively) oil and gas related. My time there saw me developing against a variety of Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies, including C#, ASP.NET, MVC, WPF, WCF, SharePoint, Microsoft Office, and SQL Server.

On my arrival in Australia, I did a quick stint as a networking technician for a major cloud infrastructure installation in Melbourne, before moving up to Brisbane and resuming my duties as a programmer guy. My time here has seen me contribute to projects for a major regional energy company, and a major local cab company. Why knows where it will take me next?

Interests...
I Think I Need Another Holiday

Computing

Well I got into computing at a young age, starting with the Sinclair ZX Spectrum which feels like a very long time ago now, I can tell you. The Atari ST still holds a very special place in my heart, I spent an awful lot of time on that wee machine, making animations and the most basic of games.

Nowadays it's mostly Windows with the occasional bit of Linux thrown in. Manjaro is my distro of choice, but can't quite use it as a primary OS yet because Linux being Linux, support for my hardware is not yet up to scratch.

Travel

It's a funny thing, you know. I was never that interested in travelling until I was sent to Nigeria to provision and deploy a SharePoint intranet for a major global oil and gas company a few years ago. Six weeks there and I had the best time. After that I made it a priority to see as much of the world as I can, and I reckon it significantly contributed to me being here in Australia.

Since then I've been to Germany, Poland, Iceland, Greece, The Czech Republic, Romania, USA, South Korea, New Zealand, and Saudi Arabia (for work). There's plenty more places I want to go, and plenty I want to go back.

Hobbies

I got into motorbiking when I realised I kept looking at bikes, and a friend was selling his to go forth and travel. I got him to give me a ride on the back. Scared the crap out of me. So I bought it. Then I learned to ride it. I've yet to get a new bike since coming to Oz, but since things are settling down finally I think I can get around to it soon.

Something I always wanted to do was take up scuba diving, and Brisbane has to be one of the finest places in the world to get involved with it. I got my open water license and love getting underwater. It is an expensive hobby, but to catch a glimpse of a reef shark or to swim amongst leopard sharks is well worth the time, effort and money. Absolutely astonishing.