And you are...

Managing Director of Shadowcat Systems Limited a Perl consultancy in the North West of England. 

A community contributor who has organised the London Perl Workshop on 10 occasions along with the FLOSSUK Spring conference, Barcamps, Dynamic Languages Conference and Quality Assurance Hackathon. 

A member of the Perl Foundation and a Director of both FLOSSUK and the Enlightened Perl Organsiation. 

Contributes to his local Lancaster community via Digital Lancaster, Independent Lancaster and the Ethical Small Traders Association.

A lover of communities and the social mix that is humanity. Blessed with melancholy, feels he is both a champion and a sceptic of the future. 

Studies the cliche that is humanity as an amateur with a powerful microscope and a zoological guide to the mating habits of the hermaphroditic annelid. 

A poet, writer, a lover of nonsense, surrealism and whimsy.

Identifies as a male, but otherwise refusing to be easily defined. He is an advocate of; change, equality, aspiration, opportunity and education. Married, parent, pet owner, omnivore, author, photographer, dreamer and child.
First Loss

We stretch beyond midnight

Lost in the ignorance of desire

Our steam locomotive breath

Tracks escalating rhythm

Tympanic oceans surge

On cardiovascular estuaries

Until we reach the breach

And shudder in relief.

Together, we lie alone

As time decays the passions

Lost to our reflection

Trace conflicting memories

Swift feelings bring swift regrets

Dressed in shadows of denial

Mark Keating

Other Sites

Some of the other websites that I am associated with...

Personal Blog

Stuff I write for personal consumption.

Work Blog

Stuff I write for Work.

Work News

This is clearly self explanatory.

Leigh's Blog

My Wife's writings.

Family Blog

Family blog mostly images.


Lancaster and Morecambe Makers site - my Maker peeps.

The Yet as un-named podcast

The 'Yet As Un-Named Podcast' is a collaborative effort from Mark Keating (@shadowcat_mdk) and Tom Bloor (@tbsliver) and streamed via its own YouTube channel. Mark and Tom both identify as (currently) from the North West of England and live in the fair city of Lancaster where they work, and are enslaved, in the world of IT.

The Podcast will feature special guests and an occasional release schedule. You can Find the Videos on You Tube and they will be linked on this page.

Visit the Website

Even More Sites

You thought there was only 6 in my repertoire?

#1 Son

Blog about my eldest child, Benjamin. Mostly pictures.

#2 Son

Blog about my middle child, Elliott. Mostly pictures.

#3 Son

Blog about my youngest child, Asher. Mostly pictures.

The Dog Ate My Bookshop

Books that I am associated with, including ones I wrote.

EPO Site

I spend a lot of time working for this Perl Community Site


Another community that I have a lot of connections to


Mark Keating