Simon McArdle

Bespoke Consultant

From an early age I’ve always been deeply interested in computing. When my dad brought home our first personal computer, a hulking beast of a machine, I remember being absolutely fascinated and wondered what made it work, what I could make it do, and where the limits were. Since then I’ve grown more and more to love the process of designing and implementing all manner of systems, ranging from simple web applications, and random image generators, to 3D graphics renderers and video games. I joined Waterstons in 2013 and haven’t looked back since.

At Work

So far, in my short time with Waterstons, I have worked on a number of different projects using a number of different technologies including a new desktop application that integrates with existing systems, and a number of pieces of SharePoint work. I have a passion for the technical aspects of any system I am working on, and love ‘getting my hands dirty’ with a bit of problem solving. I think every developer will agree that nothing quite beats the ‘eureka’ moment you get after scratching your head over a particularly tricky issue.

At Home

When I’m not at work I like to unwind by piloting an Apache war helicopter over a battlefield, or declaring war on other nations who’ve encroached upon my territory, or even hopping around in the shoes of an Italian plumber. In other words, I love to play video games! I could talk endlessly about game mechanics, theory and the impact games have on people while they play. I find the subject incredibly intriguing and there’s a lot more to games than people think. Thanks to my co-workers at Waterstons I’ve recently been introduced to the joy of modern board games as well.

Contrastingly, my other great passion is mountain biking and you’ll often find me at Dalby Forrest tackling its monstrous 36-kilometre trail. I’ve always been into cycling and BMX’ing from a young age and it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that during my youth I spent more free time on two wheels than on two feet!

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