I am Joel Dueck, a computer guy from Minnesota.
I enjoy publishing small books and small websites. Nice smells. Birds chirping. 16th and 21st
My 8 most recent bookmarks
See the rest at my Pinboard page.
Spare-time Coding & Publishing
As a dad and a wage-earner, most of my focus is spent on things that will never be seen on
the internet. Lately I am a huge fan of the Not Writing lifestyle. But I’ve been
publishing stuff online since 1998, and I can’t seem to quit entirely.
My first experiment in creating a web site that is also a book. The included essay
Lightness of Web Pages, about why web sites should also be books, was
a minor viral sensation and was retweeted and shared by people whose work I have followed
for years. Very gratifying.
No one had ever made a print edition of the Diceware word list before, so I made
one just the way I thought it should be done. Typeset in Halyard Micro, processed with
Pollen/Racket and LaTeX. Selected as an official swag item for attendees of
The Local Yarn
A small Racket DSL for writing programs that produce print-ready PDFs for book
covers. The covers scale automatically to the size of your interior PDF, including
the size of the spine area, so you can take them right to Createspace or any other
My miscellaneous tech/how-to blog, originally hosted at Blogspot, now dual-published
to static HTML and PDF with Pollen.
Simulates a complete game of Bunco with unlimited players. Because the computer is
keeping track of everything, there are a lot more statistics you can track that aren’t
very feasible in a normal game: streaks of scoring rolls, longest time at a particular
table, longest time holding the traveling fuzzy die, etc.
Written in Python 3.7, uses the Twilio API for optional SMS updates to participants,
and generates complete scorecards for each player in Excel format.
I typed this web page by hand in a text editor (the same one you use!).
The font is Vulf Mono, the official font of the band Vulfpeck,
which is also good.
You can see how this site looked from 2004 to 2018.
That version of this site was designed to look like a GeoCities page from 1997. The guest book
was signed by Dean Allen himself, which
is why I must preserve it for all time.