Hi! Welcome to the “nexus of my lexis”! (Yes, it did take me ages to come up with that)
That’s just a fancy way of saying this personal blog represents a convergence point for the manifold things that cross my mind. A virtual “hub” if you will, of my brief years of life experience, lengthy cogitations, books, conversations, and observations. It is a place to celebrate life. A space for reflection on the universe.
My name is Shawn Powrie. I am a product of the internet generation. A protégé of a hyperconnected world.
I was born and grew up in Pretoria, South Africa. There I learned reasonable, though in hindsight “flavoured” English as my mother tongue. I then moved to Manchester, England and worked as a volunteer in a not-for profit organisation for two years. I then moved to Sydney, Australia to “adventures unknown”. I have subsequently found my formal education as a computer engineer, my beautiful wife and family, my deep and abiding passion for the internet and marketing along with a wonderful and satisfying career — And perhaps most profoundly where I continue to find myself.
I am blessed to have associated with exceptional mentors and teachers in my life. The world is filled with incredible, unique and inspiring people. It is with gratitude and respect towards them that I approach life.
I am a disciple of the Mandarin Chinese language. I have studied, contemplated and taught Chinese for over five years. Chinese is a huge part of my everyday life and happiness. I am deeply fascinated by the mappings of meanings between languages, linguistics and etymology.
I am a dyed-in-the-wool generation Y technologist. Having worked in the Information Technology industry for several years, I have grown to appreciate the role technology plays in our modern life. It is a huge part of me, and continues to fundamentally alter our world.
My blog is primarily an avenue to self-expression. It is here that I attempt to write great, sententious discourses on the profound effect this world has on us. I am amazed by the universe that we are in, and the universe that is in us.
Join me, if you will, for a brief journey of appreciation for life — and all the great opportunities and gifts she bestows on us.