Patrick Herring's home page

places I keep going back to
ideas I'm responsible for, mostly
life & what's happened in mine
work related stuff
bottom change notification, read counter, translations, that kind of caper


change gallery
Places I go back to every now & then -

  • A scheme for arranging for netnews articles, cross-posted to more than one moderated newsgroup, to be seen by all relevant moderators.
zen christianity logo
  • zen Christianity - an attempt to define Christianity in a way that I can believe in.
CafePress logo
  • Believe it or not you can buy a most excellent anweald coffee mug, if you really feel the need. OK it's a bit tangible for an idea...



on 40th birthday  

19630529 Liverpool (Queens Drive near Sevvy Peark), 1967 London (Grove Park), 197001 Bristol (Golden Hill), 197109-198112 Bristol Grammar School: A levels in double maths & physics, enjoyed it all really, 197109-198112: year off, various temp clerk jobs (Bristol & West and Phoenix Assurance), spent it all going round Europe on InterRail, 198210-198606 Durham University: maths & physics but started again with philosophy, then did half a PGCE in maths - would have preferred more logic I think - Educational in eg religion & 'life', 198805 Daventry: first 'proper' job as a trainee programmer - revelation of 'the real world', 198808 Daventry: flat in 70's council estate - rather pleasant because of the new trees, 198909 London (Hanger Lane): second job - now an analyst/programmer - London's very different, 198910 London (Fitzroy Square): room in huge Georgian house - classy, shabby & odd but friendly, 199009 London (Covent Garden): shared Victorian flat, interesting & central but noisy, 199010 Poole, Dorset: first free-lance (for which I have to form a limited company quickly, so I call it "Aristotelian Technic" but subsequently come up with "Anweald Systems") contract - real work at last, 199210-199309 Imperial College: FAIT MSc - mostly logic programming - exhausting but very worthwhile, 199403 Daventry again: second contract - a long way to commute - tried tele-working for 18 months but you're never not at work, it's a bit lonely & you don't participate in the "team energy", 199412 London (Primrose Hill): first-floor flat in a Regency terrace - very nice but expensive, 199610 London (High Holborn): third contract - only 20 mins cycle ride away & with full Net access... 199807 London (Old Street): team moves & I get a window seat on the sixth floor looking over to Canary Wharf etc. Commute now 30 mins. 199809 London (Clerkenwell): Get terminated in general contractor cull but find fourth contract - only 25 mins cycle ride away, better work, better pay & still with Net access. 199906 Sheffield (Nether Edge): Both contract & flat lease end and I meet my soul-mate when handing over a Usenet moderatorship, so I move to be with her. 199910 Sheffield (University): Get a job as a research assistant on an AI project - much better work, much worse pay. 19991226 Sheffield (Pitsmoor): Debbie & I move to a new house, and get married on 20000501. 20030529 oh no four-o.


Personality type: a Myers-Briggs-style Keirsey test came up with INTJ (Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging). Enneagram Type: 5 (observer). A brain-use test gave left 50% to right 50% & auditory 20% to visual 80%, which means, apparently, that my brain can take in information in parallel streams & cope with ambiguity when filing it. IQ: 165, according to a rather duff test, but what do I know? I see IQ as being about mental agility rather than intelligence; agility implies speed but I prefer slow & quiet gradualism. Kingdomality: Benevolent Ruler.


Plainsong, Bach, Lego, Meccano, Scalextric, Airfix, sand, Beethoven's late string quartets, Mozart, Vermeer, Moore's sculpture, Charles & Ray Eames, Alvar Aalto, Tolkien, the Eesha Upanishad, the Heart Sutra, Vanstone's "Love's Endeavour, Love's Expense", Maurice Nicholl's "The New Man", Kant, Wittgenstein's Private Language Argument, Zen, Prolog, Nick Drake, the Tao, Chelseaware, Poole Pottery.


See the ideas section. Being a Gemini I like communications & so am keen on the Internet generally. My main contribution until recently was to be the moderator for uk.religion.christian, by its charter and meta-FAQ.

Google Groups home page
  usenet articles written by me over the years.


Here are my current mail addresses for home & work.

Here's my page of work-related stuff. It includes my current work contact details, cv, research & publications.

Here's where I work and my frames version of that site.

read count FastCounter
AltaVista page translation service
  this page.


  to be mailed when changes occur.
NetMind logo
2004.12.01 change from index.html to ph.html to accommodate mugs page
2004.08.31 places: add photo gallery link
2004.07.29 general improvement to navigation scheme
2004.07.28 places: fix up random image
2003.06.17 life: oh no, four-o.
2002.11.03 bottom: NetMind gave up so the change notification is now by ChangeDetection, though I've kept the NetMind image because I like it.
2002.11.02 fix annoying difference between physical & logical top-of-page - it's only taken five and half years; still there in Opera
2002.02.21 add hacked overLib hover boxes to navigation devices,
ideas: add CafePress link
2002.01.21 places: add Porsche 911 page (yes I know there are some 912 etcs in it)
2001.11.24 NetMind doesn't seem to have charged me anything so I'm switching back.
2001.11.19 rename software section to "ideas" & include zen christianity in it
2001.09.07 life: switch from DejaNews to Google groups.
2001.07.04 start work-related page & move cv page to be a sub-page.
2001.03.30 NetMind has started charging (a lot) for its change notifications so I've rolled my own. You'll have to re-register.
2001.01.23 start using a style sheet
2000.12.15 correct multimap urls
2000.12.14 some new places
2000.12.09 new marriage page in life
2000.11.23 remove lava-lamp, the cat & the blather about HTML standards
2000.11.23 add amazon wish-list, just in time for Christmas ...
2000.11.23 change to a FastCounter counter, because they're fast; started at current count
2000.10.02 change to home address
2000.08.18 add software section & put multiple-moderators scheme in it
2000.08.02 add some home page & index places
2000.06.02 add places section, change main logo, improve navs with a style sheet
2000.04.16 add particularly significant item to life
2000.02.09 move to FreeNetName for the free domain name; read count (adjusted as per 19981021) was 779
1999.05.20 change CV section to page here rather than link to JobSearch since they expire after two months
1998.10.21 FC changes counters & multiplies by 10. Count here was 284. Will reset when they let me
1998.09.14 change to work address
1998.07.24 change from Netscape button to one for the Best Viewed With Any Browser Campaign
1998.03.24 move to Fortune City (rivendell/albion/63) because, heck, I'm British. GeoCities counter was at 182. BTW, although the Rivendell district is supposed to be for Fantasy & Role-playing gamers I'm not interested in such, I just like the name. Also FC uses FormMail.
1998.01.29 add link to Altavista's translation service
1998.01.14 add pointer to uk.religion.christian meta-FAQ pages
1998.01.07 start GeoCities counter; PageCount was at 958
1998.01.06 move to Geocities (Athens/Parthenon/3299) from Exnet.
1997.07.04 find Felix at Dr Fun
1997.06.11 find lava lamp at Silicon Graphics
1997.04.03 do link to JobSearch CV database
1997.03.26 add NetMind registration link
1997.03.26 get Netscape download link
1997.03.25 get read counter from PageCount
1997.03.24 publish what I've got after a few days learning HTML & playing with colours
copyright Anweald Systems, except where otherwise acknowledged eg. in "alt" clauses.