Recent Blog Posts

Make: A Bust!

I’m sure this happens to everyone. You are sitting alone, thinking thoughts or you are still in bed and your mind wanders and your mind says, “Hey! You know what you need? You need a life-sized bust of your head! That’s what you need. I will now harass you with […]

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 […]

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!

Pearl Ashley

Chief People Pleaser

Quote: "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein.
Home Town: Sunnyvale, CA.

Ramon Fulton

Director of Sales

Quote: "Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Home Town: Wichita, KS.

Erna King

Chief Biscuit Dunker

Quote: "Our passion is our strength." - Billie Armstrong.
Home Town: Appleton, WI.

Rickie Cantu

Sales Executive

Quote: "Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises." - Demosthenes.
Home Town: Rome, GA.

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.

Navy blue

#000080

From the classic X11 file rgb.txt

galliano

#DCB20C

From the set of Resene colors.

Georgi zhukov

#05d7d8

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"