Recent Blog Posts

Make: Art!

There’s a wall in our place where they installed all the breaker boxes. Makes for easy access, but it’s not exactly attractive. In fact, it looks a lot like the inside wall of a garage (which is what it likely was at one point). So, the notion I had was, […]

Make: Eddie Bot – Redo

Back about three years ago, I printed and painted a version of a little robot called Eddie. You can read about it here. Sadly, in the move from our previous house to this one, poor Eddie got jostled about quite a bit and broke both his legs. Unfortunately, the resin […]

Make: EDC Trays v2

Prior to the Christmas Holiday last year (2023), I was noodling on something to make. At the same time, I was scrolling through some woodworking projects and I stumbled on the idea of an “Everyday Carry” Tray. Typically I only have a few things that I carry every day and […]

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!

Donnie Bates

Chief Image Officer

Quote: "The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same." - Carlos Castaneda.
Home Town: Kinston, NC.

Dianna Wiggins

Tech Monkey

Quote: "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln.
Home Town: Irving, TX.

Elmo Cherry

Senior Evangelist

Quote: "All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns." - Bruce Lee.
Home Town: Raleigh, NC.

Pauline Weiss

Director of Storytelling

Quote: "Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity." - Og Mandino.
Home Town: Dallas, 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.

Chartreuse

#7FFF00

From the classic X11 file rgb.txt

lunargreen

#3C493A

From the set of Resene colors.

Flash color

#cae297

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"