Um, I'm good thanks, but why are you chatting to me?
I was hoping to find some interesting stuff to read.
This was weird, but thanks...I think. 🤷♂️
Hi there 👋 my name is Kev Quirk, welcome to my little corner of the Internet.
On this page you can learn a little about me, my interests and what makes me tick.
During the day I work in the Information Security industry. I’m currently a Senior Vice President at Bank of America, where I lead a global team of analysts in the identity space.
I have worked in the InfoSec industry for over a decade now. Prior to this I was in the British Army where I served all over the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
In my personal life I’m a father of two and a husband of one. All in all I’m extremely privileged and very happy.
Table of contents:
- By hobbies & interests
1.2 Watch collecting
2.2 Design inspiration
2.3 Misc design info
My hobbies & interests
This blog is probably the hobby I spend most of my time on. I really enjoy sharing my thoughts here, and the conversations that come as a result of those thoughts.
When I’m not sat at my keyboard, I spend most of my spare time either looking after our many pets, or managing our 2.5 acre smallholding. I also enjoy both riding and working on my motorbikes, collecting watches, and all the usual stuff like spending time with friends etc. I'm also partial to reading a good book.
I have a deep love of motorbikes. I’ve been riding for many years and I'm an advanced motorcyclist. I've owned many motorbikes over the years, from large tourers, to naked sportsbikes. I currently have a collection of 3 bikes:
- A 2021 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
- A 2008 Moto Guzzi Breva 1100
- A 2003 Triumph Speed Four
I’ve been collecting watches for a couple years now. I have a particular penchant for Casio watches, but I do have many other brands in my collection. I tend to gravitate toward vintage digital watches and field watches. Although, I do have a few divers and dress watches in my collection too.
I prefer to collect more affordable watches, with the most expensive watch in my collection being around £650.
It's impossible to pick a single watch that's my favourite. Some are nostalgic, others I've had for a long time, then others are just plain gorgeous. My collection includes a rating so you can see which are my favourites.
Um, hi Kev...me again. 👋 Can I just interject for a second?
Soooooo I kinda like what I'm readin' here, but I probably won't remember to come back and check for new posts.
Is there a way I can subscribe to your posts?
That's great, thanks.
Bye for now.
Here's that sign up form I was talking about...
Enter your email address below and you will get an email whenever new posts are published.
OK, back to the about page...
We have lots of pets in Casa del Quirk. There’s 2 dogs, a blind cat, 6 chickens and 4 (yes, FOUR) fish tanks which contain approximately 150 fish and easily a few hundred shrimp.
One of my favourite times of day is during the evening when the kids are in bed, the house is quiet and I can just sit there, watching my fish.
OK, enough about me. Let’s talk about the technicalities of how this website is put together. I’ve had a number of people ask me question like “what do you use for x?” So I hope this section will help.
This site is built with Kirby, is hosted on a VPS with Ionos and uses a custom theme that I built myself (with a lot of help/advice from the Kirby forums and Manu Moreale). Heavier content, like custom fonts, is served from Bunny CDN.
My idea for the design of this site was to be brutalist, with a twist of whimsy to make it more fun. I think this site is beautiful in its simplicity. There are a few bells & whistles, but the site is extremely content focussed.
In my opinion there isn't a single website on the internet that is completely unique. Every site harps back to inspiration from other sites the designer has seen, whether that's a conscious decision or otherwise.
Here's some of the sites that have inspired the design of this site:
- I shamelessly stole the navigation menu from Robb Knight's website
- There's a number of factors on the Brutalist Web Design site that I wanted this site to conform to
- I love the bright colours and the button drop shadow on this Ghost theme
Misc design info
The font stack used on this site consists of the General Sans variable font as the primary font, followed by a local stack from Modern Font Stacks. I use the Neo-Grotesque stack.
The colour palette is of my own choosing, and I think it works quite well: