My consultancy rates regarding programming and game design
Algorithm design and programming relating to: Real time graphics (esp. procedural); audio; collision detection and mechanics; optimisation; lexical processing; approximation methods; strategy formulation; third world issues. Compact assembly coding. Game Aesthetics. Gameplay issues.
C/C++, Assembly (6502,ARM,Intel).
1st Class Honours Degree in Mathematics (MA), University of Cambridge UK (1985)
Diploma in Computer Science, University of Cambridge UK (1986).
A & S Levels:: (1981): Maths: A ; Further Maths: A2; Physics: A1 AO Levels:: (1979): Biology: A O Levels:: (1978/79): History: A ; Economics: A ; Physics: A ; Chemistry: A ; Maths: A ; Further Maths: A ; French: B ; English: B; English Literature: B
Machine control and Finite Element Analysis programing for Malaysian Rubber Producers Research Association. Freelance game design and programming (notably "Elite"). Conversions of Elite to a variety of 6502 platforms. Codevelopment of PC voxel-based character animation system for Revolution Software. Development water, fire and smoke effects for Sony Playstation for Pterodactyl Software. Independant development of procedural adaptive ray stepping techniques.
I was born in England in 1962 on the Samhain, I attended St Albans Abbey Public (ie. private) School on a State scholarship and received an Exhibition place at Jesus College, Cambridge to study Mathematics - specialising initially in pure mathematics and finally optimisation techniques. Despite obtaining a first class maths degree, the computer science department required i take a Copmputer Science Diploma prior to my intended PhD in Artificial Intelligence. I obtained the diploma but was so disenchanted by the nature of the material (with the exception of predicate calculus and formal semantics) that i left academia to concentrate on artistic programming.
While at university i wrote the computer game Free Fall and coauthored the original 3D space game Elite which sold well enough to finance many years of hobbyist programming and study of martial arts.
A project with Oxfam for a political/economic adventure game exposing the reality of US foreign policy in Central America collapsed and i have since been working on a new, somewhat psychaedelic, computer game.
I currently work from home in rural East Anglia, UK.
Some of my hobbies and interests can be inferred from my homepage but also include juggling , massage, and Trance DJing.
Stereotypical Classification : Vegetarian anarchist heterosexual artist programmer mathematician.
Favourite Films : Aliens [Amazon UK], Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure , Brazil [Amazon UK], Chinese Ghost Story #1 [Amazon UK] and #2 [Amazon UK] , The Insider, , Local Hero , Monty Python & the Holy Grail [Amazon UK] , Withnail & I. .
Favourite Director : Terry Gilliam.
Favourite Composers : J S Bach, Carlo Gesualdo.
Favourite Books : "Storming Heaven" by Jay Stevens; "The Cosmic Serpent" by Jeremy Narby [Amazon UK]
Notes : I am not to be confused with Ian Andrew Bell who trades as "Ian Bell Consulting".
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