In My Own Time - Charlie Love

10th August 2012 at 01:00
Charlie Love, Teacher of computing at Cults Academy in Aberdeen, and lead developer of


Digital gaming is of huge interest to me. I got the bug in the early '80s with the ZX Spectrum and titles like Atic Atac and The Hobbit. These days I spend more down-time playing games than anything else. My favourite is a massive multi-player online title, Guild Wars. Since its original publication in 2005 I've played it for over 2,000 hours, and Guild Wars 2 comes out soon! Batman: Arkham City is another favourite.


The Matrix has to be my favourite movie. I first saw it in a provincial movie theatre in the US, and the point where the movie switches was one of those "What is happening?!" moments. I love how cinema can flip a story in a second. The Sixth Sense is like that, too. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is another favourite.


As a former professional musician, I love music but never have enough time to enjoy it. My iPod has everything from Iron Maiden to Bruce Springsteen. I can listen to John Mellencamp all day and was gutted to miss him at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall a year or so ago.


I've read just about everything by Terry Pratchett. I love his humour and I'm amazed there hasn't been much fuss made of his writing. Discworld would be more fun than Hogwarts! I've been a graphic novel fan for years and now read Batman, Judge Dredd and others on my iPad. 300 is a classic graphic novel and I loved that the movie mirrored the comic almost shot for shot. I've just finished reading Steve Jobs' biography and was inspired by his attention to detail. I love the way he completely changed how we all interact with music, video, software and books.


I rarely watch TV. Never have the time.

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