Les Orchard <me@lmorchard.com>

That's me!

About Me

TL;DR: {web,mad,computer} scientist; {tech,scifi} writer; home{brew,roast}er; serially enthusiastic; he/him; mozillian

I don't like writing my own bio. So, I've been kicking around that too-clever thing above for the last decade or so. Seems like it's been a stable description, if you don't mind reading curly braces.

Tinkering with data & code is something I like much better than writing a bio. So, the rest of this page is a collection of my personal data exhaust and featured projects.

If you feel like it, drop me an email or a tweet or a toot — or find me in one of the other usual places below.

Pinboard (u:deusx)


Toots (@lmorchard)

  • 22 hours ago

    @sydneyfalk I have been where you are, walked out to the road in snow in slippers to make sure I caught the food dude who couldn't find my house because I wanted those noms

  • 22 hours ago

    @cwebber I have 100% spent a day listening to these tapes and have thought the same thing

  • just nowretooted
  • 22 hours ago

    Like, I'm super in a mood for Mastodon, Clutch, and Devin Townsend today but Spotify keeps serving up recommendations for screamy shrieking dudes and I'm like nope.

  • 22 hours ago

    I need to find me some more modern metal that's got vampy pretentious guitar & drum work but less screamy vocals. Some shouty & growly stuff is good, but I just bounce right out of the shrieky stuff and really like dudes who can harmonize.

  • 1 week ago

    @numberwang 58008 07734

  • 2 weeks ago

    "Fun with Themes in Firefox" - wherein, in a surprise twist, I blog about what I'm working on at work and shockingly publish twice in the same day


Github (@lmorchard)

Pocket (@lmorchard)

  • 3 months agoStewart Brand Recalls First 'Spacewar' Video Game Tournament

    The first video game tournament was held on October 19th, 1972. Competitors gathered at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab in Los Altos, California to do battle in the sci-fi rocket combat game Spacewar.

  • 4 months agoNeoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems

    Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them all. Why has the left failed to come up with an alternative? Imagine if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of communism.

  • 4 months agoOn Quiet Developers

    As a UI engineer, I’m as passionate about diversity and accessibility in the tech industry as I am about JavaScript.

  • 4 months agoEnd of the road: will automation put an end to the American trucker?

    America’s 2 million truckers have long been mythologised in popular culture. But self-driving trucks are set to lay waste to one of the country’s most beloved jobs – and the fallout could be huge Jeff Baxter’s sunflower-yellow Kenworth truck shines as bright and almost as big as the sun.

  • 5 months agoTesting DRAM Using an Arduino

    A couple of weekends ago I was in the mood to do some retrogaming and didn’t know what I wanted to play so I asked for some suggestions from Twitter.

  • 5 months agoA Watershed Moment

    In 2004, a blue-ribbon commission issued its report on the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Many lapses had allowed the plot to succeed, the report concluded, but the central failure was a lack of imagination.

  • 5 months agoLighting by hand #1: the thin dark line

    Two weeks ago, I became intrigued with the idea of doing some form of real-time lighting on the PICO-8, a tiny fantasy console.

Spotify (Les Orchard)

Steam (LMOrchard)

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