My name’s Jon, a software consultant living in Reading, working in London or wherever I need to be. Professionally, I work in the area of technology governance – systems and processes to manage large scale budgets, manage portfolios of expenditure and project, and generally comment on policies and procedures. This blog, however, is about my personal interests.
I’m just going to let it develop over time and see how things turn out. The initial idea was as a place to display the results of my new hobby of concert photography, however it turned out I wasn’t going to enough gigs with the “proper” camera in hand to make that work. So now it serves the purpose of letting me exercise my writing neurons as the mood takes me.
There is a lot of political content, as I decided to get involved in 2010. My career in the tech sector has largely turned out to more about governance than technology, and that turned a general interest in current affairs turn to one of active participation in politics. Before, I viewed the sound and fury of politics as cynically as anyone else. Life experience, however, should give anyone an understanding of the traps and pitfalls facing anyone who stands up and seeks to make the world better.
I have joined the Lib Dems because their core values are closest to my belief in civil liberties and the importance of good governance. This blog is by necessity a partisan one, and I don’t pretend otherwise. But I also believe that the majority of those in politics – and any other sphere – are basically people who want to do the right thing. It is not easy to represent the conflicting needs and desires of a community. Those politicians who seek to do so with hard work and a dose of humility – which is not all of them – deserve support, no matter their party or background.
I’m not really a political animal, then, more a liberal one with a small ‘l’. I think human beings are rambunctious, rancorous and marvellous. The dominant political themes will probably be individual freedom and social justice in our local and global communities.
About the name of the site. I once joined a band in Scotland fronted by Ray, a fantastic songwriter, guitar player and singer. He described the sound he was looking for as a big, colourful Kandinsky painting. He liked albums and gigs that didn’t revolve around a single kind of sound, but were an incredible mix of different influences – every track different. I really liked Ray’s music, so inspired by his description of good music, I adopted the title of one of Kandinsky’s paintings as my online identity.
Kandinsky was an synaesthete, someone who actually perceived noises as colours and shapes. Things will never be simple; we are all of us born to see the world differently. That’s where the beauty comes from if you look for it.
Love and peace to all.