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Make: Star Wars Style Mounting Board

I made a thing this week and thought I’d go ahead and write about this one because I think it’s fairly representative of how projects happen for me these days and how I go from idea or need and iterate through to a completed project.  This is what works for […]

Write – Animals!

One of the pleasures of our new place is that since we’re no longer in an urban neighborhood, we get to see animals that we just didn’t have much exposure to.  What was once a rare and noteworthy thing risks becoming commonplace, but so far that has not become the […]

Write : Doing Time

This story comes from around 1985, give or take.  This story is about when I did time for my crimes.  When I went to the Big House (jail).  When I had to repay my debt to society. This started one time I was driving back from Portland where I was […]


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!

Eddie Richards

Chief Ego Operator

Quote: "If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way." - Aristotle.
Home Town: Indianapolis, IN.

Shannon Quinn

Chief Futurist

Quote: "Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it." - Colin Powell.
Home Town: Indianapolis, IN.

Erica Trujillo

Herder of Helpless People

Quote: "Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking." - Marcus Aurelius.
Home Town: Milwaukee, WI.

Mallory Mckinney

Code Monkey

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

Credit to HelloACM for the random identity generator, for the AI generated headshots and Pixabay for the random backgrounds and 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.



From the classic X11 file rgb.txt



From the set of Resene colors.



A unique color and name, created just for you!


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"