Back in the saddle…
Good to be getting back in the saddle, so to speak (!) - and beginning a nice, long stint with the lovely, clever folk at cxpartners.
Can’t say anything about the project (top secret, of course) but very much looking forward to working with Stu and the crew again - thanks for inviting me back!
On a side note - I am hoping to starting breathing some life back into my blog again. Little and often is the key :)
Next freelance availability: Feb 2014
Where is the internet?
- friend: did you fix the internetz yet?
- me: a good portion of it, yeh
- friend: lovely jubbly
- me: didn't you notice?
- friend: Well my email is still slow. I guess you didn't get to that bit yet. I was thinking earlier. If someone really wanted to, could they delete twitterens?
- me: not really
- friend: could someone delete the whole internet?
- me: not really no - that's pretty scary isn't it?
- friend: yeh… I still don't understand where it is
- me: everywhere. every computer that connects to the internet potentially holds some of the internet. it's completely distributed
- friend: it must have a base though. is there not a central internet brain?
- me: nope
- friend: so when the person thought of the internet. Where did he put it?
- me: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Internet_map_1024.jpg - a network of computers, like a parallel circuit rather than series. you know how if one bulb goes out in series, they all go out, where as parallel currents if one bulb goes out, all the others stay on?
- friend: yes from GCSE physics!
- me: yeah, it's kinda like that
- friend: ok that makes some more sense
- me: if in your house you have 3 computers that are networked - none of them ARE the network but they are key parts of the network. the existence of more than one computer connected… is the network
- friend: ok
- me: like roads - there is no _one_ road, just many connected roads and cities
- friend: OMFG. I got it
- me: enlightenment
- friend: You're the internet aren't you?
- me: *headdesk*
- friend: It's you
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(This is what happens when a freelance web developer with a concern for animal welfare is off work with a cold…)
Featured interview on wowsociety.com
They were keen to find out more about my life as a freelance web developer as part of their celebration of ‘grassroots pioneers’ from around the world. Despite not having pioneered any flora of late, I was happy to chat to them…
We caught up with Keir Moffatt, whose hapless pursuit of a mystery train girl created headlines around the world and much goodwill, which Keir harnessed with contributions towards Marie Curie Cancer Care. We wanted to know a bit more about the boy and what more he’s been cooking since, hoping that some of his audacity might rub off on us.
What are you most proud about where you live?
What I love about Bristol [UK] is it has something for everyone – whatever you are into, you’ll find a passionate community in and around the city. As a breakdancer, web developer and reptile hobbyist, I’m well catered for!
I also love the size of Bristol – it’s big enough to feel exciting and busy, but small enough to be a manageable city for a country boy like me!
Bristol also has a great digital community and the freelance community in particular is so supportive and welcoming. We don’t compete; we share the load!
What issue(s) are you most passionate about in your community or the world at large?
I’m very passionate about the cultural, social and moral implications of technology and, especially, the web. It’s all full-steam ahead, but I feel like society’s moral compass is struggling to keep up. What does this mean? Etiquette, safety, security, law, etc on the web are basically being made up as we go along. I would love to see people exploring the implications of their actions within the digital world. Our children are growing up in a digital world and, as parents, we will need to be able to bring them up confidently in this new age.
What are you working on and what do you hope to achieve with your project(s)?
I’m a web designer by trade, so always working on making the web a better place! I have a few side projects, including a product that helps businesses share digital assets internally and externally. I am also an evangelist for Rusic, a superb platform for creating socially-integrated communities.
In the future, I want to build a social network based around adventures – a way to meet people whilst doing the things you love, and an opportunity to try new things, too. I’m a big adventurer so this is something I am very passionate about.
Failing the above, I’m thinking of fleeing the country to become a snowboard instructor!
What are the most valuable lessons you have learnt while pursuing your ambition?
1) Be honest and transparent. It’s hard but ultimately the very best way to work. You feel good about the way you conduct yourself, you become respected and recommended by others for your integrity, and you can sleep well at night.
2) Learn to criticise and take criticism well. Criticism should not be seen as an attack or insult but instead a wonderful opportunity to improve and grow. Learning to provide constructive and positive criticism is very key to collaborative working and successful relationships, both personal and professional.
3) Do what you love and always seek out the fun. Passion is a key ingredient to success so if you don’t love what you do, you’ll struggle. You only live once and there is really no excuse to not pursue your goals. What’s stopping you? Go get the fun!
What opportunities are there for anyone to contribute to what you are working on?
As a freelancer, I am always keen to meet new people to work on projects with, whether they be agencies, new businesses or fellow freelancers. Always seeking adventure.
What other personal project have you supported or especially admired?
I really admire people who have harnessed the web to support important campaigns against oppression, injustice and charitable causes. I think the power of the web to do good is an exciting and evolving adventure. In particular, I’m always inspired by Ze Frank’s mission to bring fun to every corner of the web. He’s a legend.
That’s a plateful to digest. Keir, thank you for taking the time to cook with us.
Thanks guys! - Keir