About me

I make my living writing software, mostly applications for the pension industry. For some years I edited my Vector, my professional association’s journal; these days I’m its webmaster. I have a life-long interest in typography and typesetting, and rebuilt the journal’s production system for publishing online and in print. My main working tools are AJAX, APL, JavaScript, PHP, XML, XSLT, XSL-FO.

I live in North London, where I support my street association and am a trustee of the local conservation society. In 2009 I was the venue manager for the Convention on Modern Liberty. I write occasionally for OurKingdom. In the 1970s I converted to Rinzai Zen Buddhism and trained for some years. In the 1980s I trained as a psychotherapist; I do not practise.

I get around on a bicycle and volunteer at a monthly bike maintenance workshop. In 2012 some friends and I founded Londoners on Bikes, a pop-up campaign to make road safety an issue in the London mayoral election. When the moon is full and the weather fine I might be found riding to the seaside for breakfast.

In the 1970s I was a performing member of Ignition Poets. Recently I printed a collection of my own verse.

Other lives

So often one’s true life is the life one does not lead. Oscar Wilde

You can live two lives, but not three. Nigella Lawson

Author, barrister, jazz singer, saxophonist, therapist, typographer & printer

Credits

fencing
Angelo de Sant’Angelo, Sydney University
Vivienne Watts, Manly Fencing Club
ki
Master Oh Soon-Tak, Chun Do Sun Bup
languages
Steen Christian Andersen, Københavns Intensiv Sprogskole
mathematics
Messrs Pring & Willis, Canford School
ontology
Norman Crowder, Canford School
Irmgard Schloegl (Daeyu Myoko Zenji)†, The Zen Centre
Jorge Rosner†, Gestalt Institute of Toronto
Anna Bernet & Yaro Starak, Sydney Gestalt Centre
Marie-Louise Makris, Alain Roth, Nicole Tremblay & David Ure, Landmark Education
philosophy
David Armstrong, Denise Gamble & Michael McDermott, University of Sydney
poetry
Andrew Davies, Canford School
Elizabeth Maslen, London University
Ed Simpson, Bonnie Shaljean and Alastair Howard Robertson†, Ignition Poets
programming
Mr Willis, Canford School
Ken Iverson† & Arthur Whitney, IP Sharp Associates
Paul Mansour, The Carlisle Group
John Scholes, Dyalog
Ray Cannon
science
Tony Ayres, Canford School
Cyril Latimer, Sydney University
singing
Ian Brown, Canford School
Barb Jungr, London

when I grow up I want to be like

© 2003-2017 Stephen Taylor
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