Recent Blog Posts

Make: Thor Statue!

It turns out my brother is a big fan of Thor. Did not know this. But, that’s cool! It gave me an idea to do something unique for him for his birthday this year. So, I decided I was going to find and print and paint a nice Thor statue […]

Make: Fake Folks and Fortunes

The weather is getting nasty around here, so the opportunity for outside projects decreases in inverse proportion to the increasing rain. This means it’s time to start on some other projects for a while. As it turns out, I’d been noodling on the idea of fake people. Specifically, based on […]

Make: Ghostbusters Costume!

Since I was a kid, I loved movies and I loved monsters and fantasy and science fiction. I loved how they looked and how they made me feel, whether it was scary or funny or exhilarating, it made me feel something that I couldn’t find easily in my life. One […]

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!

Jerald Banks

Chief Happiness Officer

Quote: "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." - Thomas Edison.
Home Town: Seattle, WA.

Freddie Morris

Logic Gate

Quote: "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucius.
Home Town: Dallas, TX.

Harris Price

Corporate Magician

Quote: "Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill.
Home Town: Phoenix, AZ.

Bethany Dillon

Chief Geek

Quote: "And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." - Nelson Mandela.
Home Town: Galveston, TX.

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.

Maroon1

#FF34B3

From the classic X11 file rgb.txt

surf

#BBD7C1

From the set of Resene colors.

Klebsiella

#d63437

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"