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.

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Toots (@lmorchard)

  • 1 day ago

    @craigmaloney @nolan yeah, it was 100% meant to just be an easter egg for a Mr. Robot ARG. No advertising, no data collection. Bad delivery, imo, to say the least

  • 1 day ago

    @nolan fwiw, there are a number of us *inside* Mozilla who were surprised and upset by this thing, too. Not sure what will shake out of it, but some folks are getting an earful internally

  • 1 week ago

    Maybe instead of Facebook, I'll just play Fallen London from now on

  • 1 week ago

    if we're talking giant robot mechs, I'll still go with the same thing painted on the side like the ships of The Culture universe

  • 1 week ago

    fear of losing the plot and never again understanding a current meme is my mech

    (did i do that right?)

  • just nowretooted
  • 1 week ago

    once told me
    the plums were in the icebox
    I ate them they were sweet and so cold
    You were prob'ly saving them
    for breakfast in the morn
    I hope that anyway you can forgive

    (not the best attempt, but I tried)

Pocket (@lmorchard)

  • 6 days 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.

  • 1 month 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.

  • 1 month agoOn Quiet Developers

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

  • 1 month agoEnd of the road: will automation put an end to the American trucker?

    Jeff Baxter’s sunflower-yellow Kenworth truck shines as bright and almost as big as the sun. Four men clean the glistening cab in the hangar-like truck wash at Iowa 80, the world’s largest truck stop.

  • 2 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.

  • 2 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.

  • 2 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.

Steam (LMOrchard)

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