Dr Iain Werry

It is very easy to be blinded to the essential uselessness of [their products] by the sense of achievement you get from getting them to work at all. In other words - and this is the rock solid principle on which the whole of the Corporation's Galaxy-wide success is founded - their fundamental design flaws are completely hidden by their superficial design flaws.
[So Long and Thanks for all the Fish - Douglas Adams; 1984]

Activities


I have flown a light aircraft, driven an Audi R8 around a track, performed music on stage in London, presented to a full conference audience and evacuated a cinema in a fire. I have a tendency to pick up and dedicate to strange new hobbies, and this can be a very important facet of my life. Right now, I am teaching myself to yoyo! I am also a huge fan of science fiction, and have read Asimov for longer than I can remember, but enjoy good science fiction in all of its various formats... and some bad science fiction too!

Most people have a favourite book. For most, this is a classic work of fiction, an inspirational biography, or a religious text. Mine is the '36 Strategems', sometimes alternatively titled 'Lure the Tiger from the Mountain'. This is an ancient Chinese text, similar to the far more well known Sun Zsu's Art of War. It formulates 36 strategies, broken into six categories of six strategies each, for different situations. I currently own five interpretations of this text, and aim to collect as many variations as I can.

Robots

I have been a fan of robots in general from a very young age. My childhood consisted almost exclusively of Transformers and Asimov books. I still have an enthusiasm for robots, both real world developments and in science fiction. I also rediscovered my interest in transforming robot toys a few years ago!

Wargames and Web Development

I have been a fan of miniature wargaming for many years now. My passion for the hobby expanded to include running a couple of web sites in support of it... and then to rules design and development and background fiction creation. As my life became busier, my involvement in the web side increased and the sites grew, while my time for wargaming shortened. I still enjoy the hobby, the creativity of painting and building, the background and fiction, the design of a force and the tactical challenge of using it.

Military Philosophy

Linked to my enthusiasm for wargaming is an interest in military philosophy and strategy. I am fascinated by the way in which military strategies change as a result of the evolution of arms and equipment and the changing face of the environment (political, technological, philosophical, etc), and how some things remain the same. From Qadesh through the Warring State Period of China to near future engagements, via the use of the elephant, the invention of the rifle and a thousand other critical developments.

Other

Aside from the above, I have at one time or another collected a variety of passions. I played bass guitar for many years, spending long nights in a recording studio and struggling with heavy guitar cases on London buses and in the back of vans. Similarly, I am a music fan with a broad taste from Beethoven to Rob Zombie.

I have an on-and-off relationship with Tai Chi, studying both Wu and Yang styles, and have also practiced Tae Kwon Do and Ninjitsu in the past. I also try to run when I can (be bothered).

I have a fascination for Japanese puzzle boxes, and I have a very small collection of these including four-step, seven-step, 31-step and 31-step musical boxes. I am also a big fan of mythology, and its relation to religion. I am particularly interested in ancient Egyptian as well as ancient Roman and Greek mythology, and European tales and mythical customs.