About Me

I would be a perfectionist, but I'm not good enough.

Last updated: 9th October 2015

My name is David Blamire-Brown.
At the time of writing I am 37 years old.
I live in the South West of England with my wife and our three young sons. Our youngest son was born in January 2015.
I have a full-time job as a business development manager in an Information Technology company. It's a varied role with responsibility for staff and a lot of customer interaction. I do a reasonable amount of travelling; generally within the UK.
In my spare time (), I also run Ordinary Superhuman Ltd. Ordinary Superhuman provides support and products for endurance athletes.

I am a perfectionist. I really want to be good at everything I do. I set myself tough goals and I hope that I work hard to achieve them. That's a lot of what this blog is about.

I love sports, both watching and playing. I have particular weaknesses for Football and American sports, especially Basketball and American Football. Although, because I love Test Match cricket, I occasionally find myself worrying absorbed by Baseball.

I love listening to music. I have a pretty eclectic collection with over 500 albums. Most genres are represented. I don't have much Country & Western, but that's not to say I wouldn't listen to that either. A lot of my favourite music dates back to my late teens: Tricky, Massive Attack, Smashing Pumpkins, Beastie Boys, U2, REM, Ben Folds Five, DJ Shadow, Underworld, The Prodigy, etc. Marginally newer stuff I like includes The xx, The Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Florence + The Machine, Everything Everything, Django Django, etc. You probably get the picture.

I try to read a lot, but I never read enough. I enjoy fiction, but find that I read those books very slowly. The only books I do read fast are either by Neal Stephenson (and you have to read those fast, they're generally BIG), Douglas Coupland or Douglas Adams (if I'm re-reading Hitch Hikers' Guide to the Galaxy again, or again, or again, or again). I read a lot about current affairs, politics, business, economics, geography, history, science and technology.

I'm very interested in technology. I'm a geek. I'm not a total early-adopter of all things gadgety, but I do enjoy playing with computers and related gadgets. I've mucked around with having a Linux operating system (but abandoned that when life became too short with children arriving). I've done bits of programming and scripting in my time. I have had iPhones and Android phones (currently using a Google Nexus 4). I have had iPads and other tablets (spot the theme - my current tablet is a Asus MemoPad ME572C). I recently converted all of the CDs I own into lossless FLAC format and play it back wirelessly around the house through Sonos Play:3 units. This is where geekery and a love of music meet beautifully.

I used to play a lot of computer and console games. I have a varied collection of consoles including a Super Nintendo, MegaDrive, Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, Playstation One, Nintendo GameCube, Playstation Two, XBox, XBox 360. I'd love to have time to get back into games, but that seems unlikely. If I do, I'll be playing RPG, strategy or platforming games. Probably. I have quite a random taste in games and I can play some pretty obscure stuff for some worryingly long periods of time (300+ hours of Disgaea anyone?).

I love running. I particularly like trail running. After rupturing my Achilles Tendon playing squash in February 2012, I focused on completing an Ultra Marathon in 2014. Specifically this one. Because I'm a perfectionist and unremittingly competitive, I set myself a goal of finishing in under eight hours. I completed the race on Saturday 15th November 2014 in 7 hours, 41 minutes and 23 seconds. I came in 11th place.
In 2015 I've carried on running. I finished the London Marathon in under 3 hours, I completed my first 100km event (Race To The Stones), and I came 8th in the Purbeck Marathon.

That's probably more than you ever wanted, or needed, to know about me. But, hopefully, if you've been interested enough to read this far, you'll appreciate more of what I am writing about. And if you're interested enough to have got this far, I'd love to get to know you, so drop me a line.


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