Who Am I?
UNSW Engineering IT staff, Freelance Journalist, Photographer, Environmentalist, Professionally Curious, Lifelong Learner. Formerly Librarian, ProBlogger.
Engineering IT Officer & Faculty Photographer - Pro-active can do attitude, diagnosing issues, identifying solutions, making systems more efficient, helping colleagues save time by streamlining and automating systems. Trained volunteer first aid and fire warden. In charge of Technology Support for Engineering faculty staff in the Tyree Energy Technologies Building (solar photovoltaics, clean fuels, smart grids, energy storage, energy economics etc). Also Engineering Faculty photographer: taking photos for the Engineering Marketing team who bought a Canon 5DMk III for me to use.
Freelance Journalist - Thanks to my broad general knowledge, research skills and ability to explain complex issues I have appeared in the online, print, radio and TV media: SBS World News Online, ABC News Online, ABC Local Radio, ABC Radio National, BBC World Service Radio, 10 News TV, Sky News TV, ABC News 24, News Ltd online, iTnews, APCMAG, IDG, YHA Backpacker Essentials magazine, GEARE magazine and a variety of other publications.
Freelance Photographer - Taking photos for fun and to accompany print and web Freelance Journalist articles. Specialising in Travel photography eg: Tourism New Zealand in 2010 and also 2011 post-Earthquakes, Tourism Western Australia, South African Tourism, Tourism Northern Territory and AirAsia (Bali).
Professional Blogger - from 2004 - 2013. Earned substantial income from advertising on Rambling Thoughts Blog (diverse spectrum of topic areas including Technology Reviews, Personal Finance, Movies and TV Shows, Politics, Environment) and Road Less Travelled Blog (Travel Tales, Reviews and Photos from places around the world off the beaten track).
Qualified Research Librarian - 7 years experience answering a wide variety of questions from students & staff working as a Research Helpdesk Librarian at the University of Technology Sydney. Often entrusted with solo Librarian in Charge shifts during evenings and weekends.
Environmentalist - Working towards a fair, prosperous and sustainable future. Open to good ideas from anyone - have friends and business acquaintences across the political spectrum. Australian & NSW Greens candidate for 2007 elections, Leichhardt Greens candidate at 2012 NSW Council Election. In charge of all Digital Communications for successful Balmain Greens campaign in 2011 NSW election.
Freelance Photographer (Specialising in Wildlife and Wilderness Travel)
As well as writing about technology, science, business etc I'm also a photographer and have been regularly invited by Tourism organisations (eg: Tourism New Zealand, Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism, Tourism Western Australia, South African Tourism, Tourism Northern Territory and AirAsia (Bali) to visit their area, take photos, video and write about the wilderness and wildlife. In all cases I have full editorial control about what I say and I do not accept invitations if they are to a place that clashes with my ethics/beliefs.
TV & Newspaper Interviews / Media Mentions
ABC News interviewed me, Youtube star Natalie Tran and Media buyer Harold Mitchell about why young Australians are abandoning Broadcast TV for internet video and pirated tv shows from overseas networks.
(Full length story-Technology Quarter) (Shorter version of story-7PM Weekend News)
- Network 10 TV News interviewed me and 2 other Australian Professional Bloggers
- UWS Gradlife magazine interviewed me and published the article "Professional Blogger Hits Big Time" on their Frontpage
Included in Google News as a trusted source of accurate and breaking news
Social Networking & RSS Feeds
Contact Me if you’d like further details about my skills, education, and work history