Les Orchard <me@lmorchard.com>

That's me!

About Me

TL;DR: Tinkerer; maker of things; webdev; crazy cat gentleman; serial enthusiast; Mozillian. He / him.

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.

Github (@lmorchard)

Toots (@lmorchard)

  • 9 hours ago

    @typingmonkey @george Huh, looks like there's a new crop of them that come with wifi modules. Wonder how useful those are...

  • 11 hours ago

    @george godspeed, sir. I locked out and found existing paths through the walls. So I didn't have to use one of those bits. The borescope was really handy in kind of wiggling around past things and then vaguely having a clue where I ended up upstairs

  • 11 hours ago

    @george inorite?! Seems like this just happened in the last couple of years. They're slightly terrible yet unreasonably useful for the price versus what like a real professional scope would cost

  • 14 hours ago

    This is the picture of a great victory.

    Using a cheap USB-C borescope gaffer-taped to a fiberglass fish rod, I figured out how to work a network cable up from the basement to my office. Then I went all stabbity on the drywall and managed to find the fish rod on only the third try.

  • 2 days agoretooted https://computerfairi.es/users/maple
  • 2 days ago


    (now i have that song stuck in my head)

  • 2 days ago

    So i was setting up some Bluetooth stuff in my office, and i kept noticing a speaker that's not mine show up in the pairing list.

    That was yesterday. It's still available today. I kind of want to pair up with it and blare a fart app or an air horn and check if I hear it out my window.

Pinboard (u:deusx)

Typing (typing.lmorchard.com)

  • 6 months agoA river, not an inbox
    Feed readers work best for me when they're rivers, not inboxes.
  • 7 months agoDone with Google’s Feed
    For the past year or so, I've been using Google's Discover feed from my phone's home screen for part of my daily news habit. It's been mostly okay and often relevant. But, little paper cuts have finally hit my annoyance threshold.
  • 7 months agoI ❤️ Glitch
    Lately, when I start tinkering with a side project, I reach for Glitch.
  • 10 months agoGOTO Hell
    Here's a spoopy little story I wrote. The gist of it comes from a dream. There's blood, murder, an unhealthy relationship, and a bit of existential angst.
  • 10 months agoGenerating a Firefox static theme from a web page
    Folks would like to export their themes from Firefox Color as standalone theme add-ons. These can be submitted to AMO and allow for further advanced tinkering not supported by the theme editor in Color. Up until today, I was thinking that we'd need to do this with server-side code like an AWS Lambda function. But, with more due diligence, I realized all the pieces exist to make this happen completely in the browser.
  • 10 months agoInsultron2000 is here to serve!
    It was a rainy, chilly day this past Sunday. I had been meaning to work on Picodon. But I was feeling low enthusiasm for that project. So, I spun my Wheel of Side Projects. It landed on "ActivityPub insult bot"--a similar theme but it felt like something I could actually get working in a day. So, Insultron2000 was born!
  • 10 months agoEmbracing stasis to get unstuck
    By letting things I've made go static, I can shed encumbrances to try new things. And I want to try new things to see if I can remove limiters on my writing.
  • 11 months agoWhen Yak Shaving is The Point
    I've been working on some side projects lately. I feel good about that. But, I usually don't finish them. I feel bad about that. I always feel bad about that. But, maybe I shouldn't be so hard on myself.

Glitch Projects (lmorchard)

Spotify (Les Orchard)

Steam (LMOrchard)

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