Hi,

Thanks for visiting "down here"; I have many interests, but don't ever seem to take time to create a full-blown personal web page. When I do find time, I'll probably write about:

In the meantime, let me attach a couple links:

Traveller is my personal solution for the spam problem. Both me and my wife have been living with it for many years now.

My current favorite "hacker's delight" mobile computer is the Open Pandora.

My design for a 64-bit Forth engine.

Fred on Everything is a web columnist I enjoy reading very much.

I wrote a CLI based PIM in Python. Compact and powerful, and works in the classic UNIX fashion. I call it myPIM and you can download the source here.

Even if you don't want the PIM, if you deal with calendar dates you might want the xcal.py module. It's a port of FreeBSD's libcalendar, written by Wolfgang Helbig, and handles a much wider range of dates than Python's "time" module.

Larry Wall is famous for creating the programming language perl. But did you know that a long, long time ago he wrote a really cool ASCII game named "warp"? I resurrected it and made it work right on Linux with modern console speeds. If you're interested, please grab the source for Warp8.

I needed an efficient way to directly feed a PostScript file to a PostScript printer (my system's CUPS printing subsystem took forever to needlessly grind on the files). I found a simple script lpr.py which I tidied up. It'll directly feed a PS file to a network-attached PS printer, which might save you a *lot* of time. If you link the command to lpq.py and run it under that name, it'll also query the print queue of a PS printer.

I run (or ran) these Yahoo groups: SuperPET, Goldoni walk-behind tractor, gizmo-users, SEAforth CPU, and Foton FT404 Tractor.

The Gizmo is an electric motorcycle, and the SuperPET is a funky old 6809 microcomputer made by Commodore a long, long time ago. The SEAforth is a cool microprocessor with 24 parallel CPUs running inside. The Nortrac 40XT is the main work tractor at our home.

I dug up a really good essay written a long time ago after I saw a billboard which asked "What is the difference between a democracy and a constitutional republic?". I think it does an excellent job of explaining this.

Don't build in King County.
We built a small passive solar house in King County. It was a brutal experience because of the building department. Here is a writeup I did, which I hope might help others thinking about building here.

Georgie Sheldon (a pen name) wrote many books, all now public domain. Project Gutenberg has a fair selection, including Virgie's Inheritance. Strangely, this is a two-part story, and the part supplied by Gutenberg leaves the story hanging! It bothered me enough that I bought a copy of the second part, scanned it in, and corrected it. Project Gutenberg turns out to be quite a beast to try and work with, but even without them you can still help yourself to a copy of Threads Gathered Up. I hope you enjoy the conclusion to the story!


For many years I was reached via vandys@zendo.com, vandys@vsta.org, or vandys@cisco.com. Due to the spam problem, none of these addresses work any more; please see my contact form if you do not have a current address for me and would like to reach me. I look forward to hearing from you, unless you're a spammer.

My GPG public key may be found here, or here.

Feel free to contact me via Bitmessage, an open source, secure, and decentralized e-mail system. My contact Bitmessage ID is BM-2DBPey3T9aExixNRSrd9cM64hJ8orDNMUf.