Formica Peak

Why the name? My wife and I were looking for a domain name to call our own some years ago, and her first choice, micapeak, was taken. (In fact, I used to work with the owners!) We were having this discussion in the kitchen, seated at our 'lovely' beat-up Formica counters, and looking out the window at nearby Mica Peak... the connection was not difficult to make, especially with the occasional Formic invasion we suffer.

Besides, it's vaguely funny, short, and easy to remember, and we're planning to replace the counters with.... more Formica! (The ants we're planning to replace with dead ones.)


Jim's original 'Crap'

Coeur d'Alene Symphony promotional materials

Spokane Youth Symphony promotional materials

Central Valley Marching Band promotional materials

Horizon Middle School Band/Orchestra promotional materials

The Kiwi Empire


This site is served by a 1.4 GHz 2014 Mac Mini, the lowest-power non-laptop Apple has ever made. It draws about 4–6W when quiescent, and has an extremely quiet fan. This latter characteristic is what prompted the change in servers (from a faithful 20TH-century G4 "Sawtooth" PowerMac that drew about 30W) since I now work from home in the computer room, but the choice of the 4-year-old 2014 model in particular was due to its low power draw. It is unlikely, however, that the lifetime power savings will ever pay for the premium I had to pay for such a new (at the time) unit, versus a similarly-quiet but older and less expensive 9–13W Mac Mini that would have run the same software. (Our power here is only 5.5¢ per kWH.)