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!

Carmine Santiago

Ninja

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

Sung Doyle

Director of Spam Reception

Quote: "A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers." - Plato.
Home Town: Orlando, FL.

Belinda Cline

Marketing Rock Star

Quote: "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves." - Buddha.
Home Town: Spokane, WA.

Odis Perkins

Employee Experience Designer

Quote: "When you see a good person, think of becoming like him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points." - Confucius.
Home Town: Austin, 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.

Grey

#BEBEBE

From the classic X11 file rgb.txt

goben

#726D4E

From the set of Resene colors.

Nonnitric

#999d50

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"