Welcome to
Will's Place

A Bit About Myself

authors photoI do some web development, and programmer/ analyst work in the Portland, Oregon, area. I have quite a bit of experience in moving policy and procedure manuals from hardcopy web pages: my results are easy to use and easy to maintain. I also have experience in extracting information from legacy databases and word processing files using Perl and other tools. On the side, I am a technically oriented photographer that enjoys the challenge of recovering a good digital image from a damaged or aged original photographic print.

In the past, I have used this web site to demonstrate my capabilities, and to keep some of the tools and resources that I have found or developed in an easy to get to location. At the time of this writing, 20100615, these web pages have been off line for several years while I pursued other interests. I am now in the process of bringing them up to date and fitting them into their new home on NoPoCo.net.

I can be reached by

  • email at Will of NoPoCo,
  • Snail mail at
    Will Woodhull
    10101 N Smith Street
    Portland OR 97203
  • or by phone at 503.421.8207

Places of Current Interest

  • I have a personal wiki. Only a few of the pages are open to public viewing, because it is, well, personal.
  • I have started The Boat Shop Pages where I am documenting my adventures in building kayaks from kits in a garage.
  • Outside links of very great interest (at least to me) are:
    • Pygmy Boats, Inc, who make the kayak kits I am turning into kayaks.
    • WikkaWiki has somehow managed to become the web tool I use most at this point. It works well for open collaborative development of text material, of course, since it is a wiki. But it also works very nicely as a blog, or as any of several types of hybrid between blog and wiki.

Web Tools

This is an electronic palette for exploring color schemes that could be used on a web site. I made this one simple, to meet my own needs without any extras. There are links to other products that do much the same thing (but with more bells and whistles) in the "Other Tools" section.
This was the convergence of several tools I've developed over the years. When you've got to move a report, essay, short story, or chapter of a book into HTML, taking it into the Simple Text Format first then running it through STF2HTML can be an efficient route. There are other uses, too.

Blogtexts and wikitexts came into being long after I started development of STF, and have largely mitigated the original need STF addressed. However the Simple Text Format differs from these other approaches in that raw STF plain text files are designed to be as easily readable in plain text: a definite advantage when writing and revising content in plain text editors, especially when using tiny screens or some of the tablet hardware. That said, STF does need to be brought into better alignment with its younger cousins. It is being rewritten to closely conform to the the WikkaWiki style of wikitext. But don't hold your breath waiting for STF; there are several higher priority projects to tend to first.

Other Tools
This is a short collection of links to web design tools.
Ray Tracing, Bicubic Patch Routines
I did some work with this, back when ray tracing was a much younger technology. I don't think this has any value any more: the newer tools in Blender, etc, handle these kinds of deformations in a much more intuitive way. But if anyone asks, I can make this stuff available again. Don't expect me to explain it though. Too many years have gone by... I would have an easier time explaining the use of a sliderule.