My name is Gray Marchiori-Simpson
. I'm based in the south west. I've worked in local government since 2009, increasing my interest in going into politics. I once had a formal disciplinary interview because I complained about a Trading Standards poster that linked copyright infringement to terrorism on our staff notice boards. I've been aware of the Pirate movement since its inception internationally, and followed it with interest. I've been a member of PPUK since April 2010 (almost continuously..?) but was somewhat disinterested in getting involved given my obscene level of prior commitments.
Since that time, I've left my three year career in Apple retail over their introduction of the Mac App Store. The proto-hackerspace I founded has started to reach critical milestones (Formed as a limited company, Bank account, twitter icon) which has solidified the interest of the subscribing group. This should give me a little extra time from that as well, as I now have a few more people to delegate to; although I plan to stand for election again next month.
I also formed an IndyMedia copy over the christmas period last year named '(.be) Outspoken' but a lack of free time on my part and near complete disinterest from the local community has put that project on hold for the time being. Aside from my interest in technology, I've become an obsessive photographer who keeps a DSLR on him nearly all the time. This all links in to an aim to get into photojournalism, although half a physics degree doesn't get you far in the current job market... Albeit I've heard the Sun may need some weekend writers?
My most longstanding personal site and attempt at pseudojournalism, is my technology blog https://geekchique.org
. It hosts my incessant babbling, a few of the projects I've worked on and my SecurID-authenticated web systems which are still being written. For more on the SecurID hilarity (BEST EBAY PURCHASE EVER.), here's the project writeup. :3 https://gqo.be/projectpage/?projectid=11
- Sorry if you find any bugs, it's a handwritten PHP CMS.
Like many people with an interest in journalism, I'd like to stand as a candidate
for the Pirate Party. I believe strongly in civil rights, although as a 'hacker' and online journali... hack writer, I have a particular interest and knowledge of digital civil rights. I don't feel a huge patriotic attachment to the UK as a country, so I'd be most interested in running for European elections
- although I'm willing to consider other elections in their own merits as they come.
I've been regularly described as outgoing and synonyms thereof, and I have no problem with publicly campaigning, either for myself or to assist other candidates or the party as a whole.
For people who want to get in touch with me, my hacked-together-cellphone (not-so-coincidentally my first cellphone from 1999) -project pending- can be called on O2 07809 208 210, but please remember I work a public sector 9-5 before you ring.
The geekchique page https://gqo.be/about
hotlinks to my various online presences, but for tl;dr I'm Gray_PPUK on Twitter, GrayMarchioriSimpson@diasp.eu on Diaspora, GraySimpson on facebook
; although my facebook page is likely to be shut down or at least stripped out over the coming months.
Finally, it is hard to identify one photographer from another in Teignmouth, so you're more likely to notice me taking a ferret for a walk, but (until I start knocking on your door) the best way to get in touch face to face is at the Exeter Hackerspace
, E-Space Project. Our meetings can be found on the various media linked from http://www.e-spaceproject.org
I hope I can offer some help to the party as a member, meet the needs as a candidate and offer interest to the wider public as a hacker, journalist and director of a non-profit. Not to mention I try my best to save on your council tax where I can!
Highlighted the important bits in red for the tl;dr skimreaders.
Ex-Pirate buried at sea.