why mcshane?

This is a question I get asked quite a lot - why do you own mcshane.org? My standard reply is that it's named after my boat, a lovely single scull that I bought in 1997, which is called McShane. The trouble with that is that I named the boat that, so it's a bit of a circular argument.

Firstly I have no good reason for using mcshane as a pseudonym; I'm not related (as far as I know) to anyone called that. It's a name that I've used for a long time, probably about 10 years or so and the reasons why I picked it were never particularly clear then, so why they should be more illuminated after this length of time I don't know.

Okay, so maybe this isn't really an answer, but at least it's a start.