My name is Nicholas Paul Sheppard (but "Nick" will do in most circumstances). I grew up in Brisbane, Queensland, but have spent most of the 2000's living in Wollongong, New South Wales. I recently returned to Wollongong after three years living and working in Singapore.
I'm an academic, software engineer and occasional writer with additional interests in the social implications of technology and in mediaeval re-creation. You might also find me reading, hiking, cooking, brewing (beer), travelling and/or doing conservation work. I love music but never practised hard enough to be a very good musician in my own right.
This web site has existed in several forms since July 1995, when having your own web site was the thing to do. I never joined Facebook, MySpace, et al. because I never found Internet relationships to be very satisfying, and because I didn't want to demand that my friends sign up with some Internet corporation in order to talk to me. You are, however, welcome to drop me an e-mail at email@example.com if you want to chat.
I hold a fractional appointment as Senior Lecturer in the Practice of Computing at Western Sydney University. I previously taught programming, mathematics, software design and software performance at various other institutions, and have published research in digital rights management, privacy and related topics.
The Society for Creative Anachronism promotes the arts and culture of Europe and neighbouring cultures as they existed prior to the seventeenth century. I have been a member since 1999. Within the society, I am known as Ælfred se leof, and have interests in dancing, brewing, history of science, and the occassional bit of fighting.
In mid-2019 I will be launching A Little Research, a consultancy aimed at connecting practitioners with academic research in computing and related fields.