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Industry Consulting
Occupation Software Architect
Location London, United Kingdom
Introduction I'm a freelance Oracle practitioner, specializing in database design and development.

I studied history at university but didn't want to stay in academia. After my finals I read "Neuromancer" by William Gibson and decided to try computing. Those were the days when a history graduate with no relevant experience could get a job in IT. Luckily, I had an aptitude. At school, one teacher had repeatedly told my class that history was a training in the gathering, analysis and presentation of data; we scoffed but he was right. Also I enjoyed programming COBOL. It was like being paid to solve crossword puzzles all day.

Since 1992 I have worked on Oracle database systems. Over that time I have worked as a data modeller, designer, developer and DBA. I have also undertaken assignments as a business analyst and a technical architect. If pushed, I would have to say I'm happiest writing PL/SQL programs. I am least happy when attempting to marry a normalised data model to the needs of an ORM tool.

I was made an Oracle ACE programme in 2003 . In the same year I won the Oracle Magazine OTN Contributor of the Year award.

Also known as Arfur C.
Favorite Movies Koyaanisqaatsi, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Apocalypse Now, Hard Target, The Right Stuff, Casablanca, The Seven Samurai, 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould, About A Boy, Diva
Favorite Music Orbital - Snivilisation, Scott Walker - Scott 3, Philip Glass - Koyaanisqaatsi OST, The Fall - Hex Enduction Hour, Portishead - Dummy, Loop Guru - Duniya, Brumel - Missa "Terra Motus Est", Bach - Goldberg Variations (Gould, 1981), Tindersticks - (second album), Les Troubabdours De Roi Baudouin - Missa Luba
Favorite Books William Gibson - Neuromancer, Damon Runyon - Furthermore, Douglas Hofstadter - Godel Escher Bach, Richard Feynman - Surely You Must Be Joking Mr Feynman, TS Eliot - Selected Poems, JG Ballard - Collected Short Stories, Paul Reps - Zen Flesh Zen Bones, Edward Luttwak - The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire, Will Self - Great Apes, Lawrence Durrell - The Alexandria Quartet, Jared Diamond - Guns Germs and Steel, Saki - The Collected Short Stories, Brian Eno - A Year With Swollen Appendices

If mud is dirt plus water, what is clay?

The stuff that feet are made of