Recent Blog Posts

Write: Moving!

We moved last year.  Well, end of 2021, start of 2022.  But, we no longer live where we lived.  Don’t come visit us there at the old place.  We’re not there.  We have left.  We moved! I lived west of Portland, Oregon, variously in Beaverton and Hillsboro from 1989 till […]

Write: A Quiet Passing

After fifteen and three quarters years, our dogs are no longer with us.  It’s still a bit sad and it still hurts a bit when I think about it, but we had 15 awesome years with Gabby and Zena.  Fifteen great years where we loved them and they loved us […]

Write: The Rise of the AI Assistant

Welcome to the age of the AI Assistant!  You may not have known you were there, but you’re there.  You may not be using one, but most of you are.  If you’re not using one, you probably will and you are almost certainly underestimating the impact of this coming change […]

Fortune

Once upon a time, in the Before Times (call it the 1990s), software engineers would add to an otherwise boring login by displaying additional things like time, date or weather. Another was to display a random fortune. Some are movie quotes, some are literary quotes and some are just fortunes. Some are profane and some are a little profound. This bit of code accesses an online API to generate a fortune and display it.

Credit to HelloACM, which provides and hosts the API for this and many other cool things.

Staff Spotlight

This is our Staff Spotlight where we focus on some of the folks who help make us who we are!

Frank Fitzpatrick

Muse

Quote: "Trying to sneak a fastball past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster." - Joe Adcock.
Home Town: Addison, IL.

Angelita Ramsey

Kick Ass Developer

Quote: "Chaos and Order are not enemies, only opposites." - Richard Garriott.
Home Town: Ames, IA.

Rod Malone

Chief Biscuit Dunker

Quote: "Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little." - Edmund Burke.
Home Town: Auburn, NY.

Gregorio Peters

Chief Inspiration Officer

Quote: "The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action." - Confucius.
Home Town: Massillon, OH.

Credit to HelloACM for the random identity generator, Generated.photos for the AI generated headshots and Pixabay for the random backgrounds and api.quoteable.io for the quotes api.

Random Colors of the Day

Find some inspiration to brighten your colorspace! The three options below are based on trying to assign names to colors as they are represented on a computer screen, typically via a hex value like this: "#546789". Each pair represents the strength of the Red, Green and Blue value. Back in the day, the X11 Consortium declared that colors would be stored in a file called "rgb.txt" and many had names associated with them. Additionally, I found a list of colors and names based on Resene colors. The third one is what happens if you pick a random value and call it a random name. Very useful and highly scientific.

Alice blue

#F0F8FF

From the classic X11 file rgb.txt

silk

#BDB1A8

From the set of Resene colors.

Nonrealistically

#50ee0f

A unique color and name, created just for you!

About

This is a place where I keep my stuff on the web. The contents and appearance change with time, but tend to reflect my interests. Those interests include: writing, technology, computers, software (both as a user and a developer), 3D printing, crafting, role playing games, computer games, music, art and woodworking to name a few. I do a variety of things that change often and sometimes without warning and typically reflect things I'm curious about.

Darrin Mossor

Human In Training

“Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another."

"Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary"