Er, hi there.
I guess you’re here because you would like to know a bit about me, so here goes.
My name, as you’ve probably figured out, is James McKay, and I work as a software developer/DevOps engineer/something or other like that for the Houses of Parliament, where I am on a team responsible for building a Continuous Delivery platform for the website on Amazon Web Services. I have also worked for the data.parliament.uk team, where we were producing data feeds of just about everything that goes on there.
Previously I was Senior Developer at a small Horsham-based Internet and New Media agency called EurekaStep Ltd. Before that, I was the webmaster for Kingdom Faith Church, a lively Charismatic church in Horsham, West Sussex, where I am still a member.
I am a graduate of Selwyn College, Cambridge, where I read Natural Sciences (Physics).
I am a Christian. More specifically, I am a Christian of the Charismatic variety. My late father was the author of a Bible reading course for Charismatic Christians called The Way of the Spirit, which I highly recommend. I also have something of an interest in discussions about science and faith, and on that matter my views are fairly similar to the old-earth, evolutionary creationist views of BioLogos. You can read more of my musings on the subject on my science and faith blog, How Old Is The Earth?
Contrary to popular belief, I was not born in Scotland. I spent the first eleven and a half years of my life in Hull, which is about a hundred and fifty miles south of the border. When I was a child my friends all told me I was Scottish, but up in Scotland all my relatives told me that being born in England made me a “Sassenach,” in other words, irredeemably English. For some reason that I never quite understood, they seemed to change their tune about that after I got into Cambridge though…
In addition to computer programming, I enjoy doing various other things including photography, playing the piano, researching better ways to bake flapjacks, and entertaining my nephews and niece. My favourite food is Sara Lee double chocolate gateau and my pet hate is mince.
You can also find me on GitHub, Twitter, Stack Overflow, Hacker News, Keybase, and the BioLogos forum, and more occasionally on Reddit, LinkedIn, and the Colemak forum. My Facebook account is currently deactivated, and I no longer participate in the ASP.NET forums.
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