Truck Stop: About Lorry.
Me, myself and I.
This is so out of date it is silly - I think it was last updated in about
1999. Read it if you want but it's a little obsolete.
Once upon a time, many years ago in fact, a cute little boy called
Michael was born. Despite all the odds
he did eventually grow up (ish) and is now
looking forward to yet another 24th or 27th birthday, depending on his
mood at the time... Don't worry, he rarely wears suits really, and that
is quite a rare picture, he's more likely to be seen
He also prefers writing in the first-person so he is
going to switch now.
By trade I am a
Commercial Security Consultant;
basically that means
I cover all areas of financial security where Computers, communications
and technology are involved. I am also a qualified bodyguard
and an executive member of the
Professional Bodyguarding Association,
specialising in threat assessment surveillance and counter surveillance.
People seem to like writing about me in books and newspapers and generally
it's not always nice. I don't keep my press cuttings generally but
this one would have been quite nice
except that earlier in the book the author misses an important bit out
of something he quotes from me,
the full version of which can be found
here. I am sure you can
find other mentions elsewhere and if any are nice, please tell me; if I
get bored, I will collect some citations at the bottom of this page.
In the past I have been a
buyer and seller for junk shops, a photographer, a used PDP-11 salesman,
a private detective and a trader of "recreational armour". The latter
is just like being a used car salesman except that the cars generally have
deactivated guns and weigh a few tonnes more. After a while I discovered
that computer systems management not only paid more than lots of other
things but it also had the advantage that the better you did your job
the less work you had to do and the more you got paid.
I live just north of London with a cat called Poggin and
a whole heap of scrap metal that variously disguises itself
as computers or cars. I spend too much time on IRC (as Lorry), generally
on the IRCnet network on the
When I can work out how to work ICQ, I think I usually use 33595233
For fun I write things
that not many people ever read, I take far too
and I collect original
animation art. Before they changed the gun laws in this country I
used to shoot full bore pistol, these days I have a few CO2 pistols but
they are hardly the same. I drive a lot, and I used to collect cars but
that is an expensive hobby, and eventually I ran out of parking spaces.
I took up flying occasionally and occasionally fly a
Piper PA-28 161. Luckily, I have nowhere
to park a plane, so I haven't bought one. I am qualified as a Master Free
Diver (single breathold dives over 100ft) and I also scuba dive occasionally.
I have my PADI
rescue diver card. I got this in the Cayman Isles
where diving is far nicer but, alas, I made the mistake of taking it in
a place where the water exit is up a 15 foot ladder with razor sharp
coral at the bottom; that's not an easy place to learn to carry people out
of the water. I got my Medic First Aid one in England, if
that helps though... One day I will have to learn to swim so I can
go for my Freedive Instructor certification.
I have been using computer networks since 1981 and I guess most people
would consider me to have been quite influential in some areas. I
still like using IRC
and I have a mischievous streak in me that
forces me to write inane web pages. I also put far too much effort into
running "public access" systems and servers such as the now departed
HICOM. More and more, I read comments
from people that say after a few years on the Internet they are bored of it,
this is a sentiment I just don't understand. For all the time I have been
using networks I have never got bored of the new things you always find.
All I can say to people who think they are bored of the Internet after
a few years is that they must be bored of life and have very little
The gory details...
For any odd people out there who want to know more than the executive
summary, I have collected a few bits and pieces together. Some of it
is old, some of it is new and some of it isn't even written yet.
There are lots of these on the Internet, I chose to use a nice short, but
seemingly accurate one called the
Kingdomality Personal Preference Profile - This will open in a new
My result was:
The Benevolent Ruler:
Your distinct personality, The Benevolent Ruler might be found in
most of the thriving kingdoms of the time. You are the idealistic
social dreamer. Your overriding goal is to solve the people problems
of your world. You are a social reformer who wants everyone to be
happy in a world that you can visualize. You are exceptionally
perceptive about the woes and needs of humankind. You often have
the understanding and skill to readily conceive and implement the
solutions to your perceptions. On the positive side, you are
creatively persuasive, charismatic and ideologically concerned. On
the negative side, you may be unrealistically sentimental, scattered
and impulsive, as well as deviously manipulative. Interestingly,
your preference is just as applicable in today's corporate kingdoms.
Various citations - I have no idea why for most of them:
I have no idea what this is about, but what the hell it looks fun.
I wonder what I provided to this... frightening!
Another one about MIST - Weird how I always get quoted as just one of
the authors, yet nobody else can ever find a quote from anyone else.
Various reprints and alterations to Confessions of an Arch-Wizard.
Various things about the Harrods case.
Ok, I admit it, I did contribute to the Martial Arts FAQ. The thing is,
I am buggered if I remember what I contributed!
Well I have finally made it! So what if I have made the front pages
of most of the UK nationals, so what if I have made Litigation Weekly -
I have finally hit the big time getting myself into "New Therapist"
magazine for single handedly changing modern Pshychiatric Diagnosis, or
This was a bit odd, but I thought I would add it anyway.
Once again, Richard's opinions of MIST missing the main aspect that a game
like this needs constant management which muggins here never gets much
I don't remember saying this but if I did, it would have been in about 1987
so I guess that's reasonable. If I didn't say it, I will nick it anyway.
I still think mine is the most realistic one here...
Michael Lawrie's 'Lorry' homepage. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org