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I started a Toastmasters club in Ascot in 2015 after being a Toastmaster for 18 months at Windsor. The club chartered in April 2016. The innovations it introduced in it meetings and organisation drew a lot of repsect from surrounding clubs and Toastmaster officials.


I ran a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to edit and print fingers & tongues, a book of my erotica short stories.



One of my digital pictures was used to make the cover art for [off-site] Emergence: Contemporary Readings in Philosophy and Science edited by Mark A. Bedau and Paul Humphreys (2008) ISBN-10: 0-262-52475-9.


One of my company's ideas - Tell Me When - was one of ten short-listed for the 2007 BBC Innovation Lab for London. We worked up the idea at the lab and pitched it to commissioners at the end of the week when it was one of three picked for further development.


One of my company's ideas - BBC Keywords - was one of ten short-listed for the 2006 BBC Innovation Lab for London. We worked up the idea at the lab and pitched it to commissioners at the end of the week when it was one of six picked for further development.


[Hexodus] [Optical allusion]

I sold two pictures at the 2005 World Con art auction.


[Stake out]

I was a finalist in the 2003 International Open Image competition.

I was one of four professionals invited to present a case study at a 2003 workshop organised by Across Design, a group of researchers from engineering, architecture and product design based at Cambridge University and MIT. I talked about the OED Online Tour. Case studies were also presented by professionals from the pharmaceutical, engineering and motor industries.


[RCL 20 book cover]

I designed and co-produced the book [off-site] RCL 20: People, Dreams & HP Calculators with Frank Wales. It is a book celebrating 20 years of HPCC, the Handheld and Portable Computer Club in the UK.

RCL 20: People, Dreams & HP Calculators, W.A.C. Mier-Jedrzejowicz Ph.D. & Frank Wales (Eds), 2002, ISBN: 0-9510733-3-8


I started Limitless Innovations with Frank Wales.


I created the [off-site] Colour Selector, a colour-exploration resource for web designers.

I was interviewed on BBC World Service News in an item about the Computer Decency Act. There as a former contributor to the Usenet group rec.arts.erotica, I argued the case against strict regulation.


Co-founded Limitless Technical Dimensions Ltd with Frank Wales, Julian Perry and Nicky Perry.

I was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's The Lipman Test, Maureen Lipman's programme - the segment covered friends who had first met online. I organised monthly meets in London for regulars of a Usenet newsgroup during 1994 and 1995.

The interview took place during a picnic in Richmond Park attended by 100 people - newsgroup regulars and their families. I'd organised the picnic with another newsgroup regular.


I carried out the European research for Harley Hahn and Rick Stout's The Internet Yellow Pages, Osborne McGraw-Hill, 1994 (first edition), ISBN: 0-07-882023-5

This was a directory of gopher and wais Internet resources, text-based pre-cursors of the web.


I assisted Harley Hahn on the IRC chapter for The Internet Complete Reference by Harley Hahn and Rick Stout, Osborne Mc-Graw Hill, 1994 (first edition), ISBN: 0-07-881980-6


I was filmed for Channel 4's First Sex, a programme for and about women. The segment included me and two friends who first met in a Usenet newsgroup and who were regulars on the newsgroup's associated IRC channel.


I maintained InetUK, the UK & Irish Internet Company Directory. InetUK started off as a Usenet FAQ (for, was later made available by ftp and by mail and eventually was made into a popular web site.


I was a regular contributor to Comms Plus! and The Message, its successor. Both were magazines for the comms (BBS) community. I wrote about the Internet and online multi-user games.


Co-founded ArcGlade Services Ltd with Frank Wales.


Research, University of Kent, UK [human-computer interaction]


MSc Computing Science, North Staffordshire Polytechnic, UK


BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Leeds, UK


'A' levels: Biology, Physics, Pure & Applied Maths.


Ranked 14th in the Surrey County under-17s table tennis league.

1976 - 1979

Winner of various team and individual table tennis competitions in the Surrey League.