John Colagioia

This is or should be the center point for everything that I (publicly) work on, a lot of random little things. When someone happens to show an interest in any of them, it seems practical to have someplace to point them.

The short version is that I write software by day and plot the Downfall of Civilization™ by night. Or, rather, I teach, I write, I program, I make things that hopefully make the world odder, more comfortable, and more inclusive. I try to be “full service,” where I can.


If you’re looking for me elsewhere, to get a sense of what I’m like “in public,” here are some good places to start.

You can generally find a dormant account on just about any social networking sites, too. I sign up to most things, just to see if they have any interesting features. If you desperately need to contact me only through those means, the response time varies depending on how often I remember it’s out there. Like, is Friendster still a thing? I could be easily convinced that I signed up for that long after everybody else left…


Other things going on that might be of interest include some topics that I’ve written about on my blog:

If it’s not a link, I haven’t written that page, yet. Clever, right?

The Name

While we’re here, let’s get one thing out of the way, because you’re probably asking, anyway. Co-la-gioi-a:

And there you go. Yes, an actual Italian-speaker would object to this pronunciation; several have, because they want a fifth syllable for gi on its own. However, that”s how my family mostly pronounced it.

Nine letters, three of which are consonants and the last two of which are I-A, as in Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fhtagn, which I assume is a coincidence and not an indication that my ancestors spent time foretelling the return of fictional squid-headed alien god-things. Although there is one weird novel from the 1800s that has just enough detail to make me wonder, sometimes…

I wouldn’t bet against it, mind you. I just assume it isn’t the case.

No, however, I don’t really care if you pronounce or spell it right. I know who I am, and have heard enough variations as to be immune to a weird pronunciation hurting my feelings. People ask, though, so here we are.

Care for a Puzzle?

As long as you’ve read to the bottom, might I recommend my Daily Nonogram, Daily Card-Matching, or Daily Geography puzzle? What about a trivia/tic-tac-toe/tile-sliding game, Mystic T-Square? I wrote them for my own entertainment and possible integration with another project, but it’s a decently fun way to spend an average of five minutes, if you enjoy these sorts of visual/mathematical puzzles.

If you would like the background on them, I wrote blog posts incroducing the Daily Nonogram, the Daily Iungimoji, and the Daily G.L.O.B.E..

And if you’d prefer something with a bit more action, give Chasing Phantoms a try.


I really should point out that the JC glyph was created by Brandon Eck for his Name Logo Directory project, a great job needing very little input from me.

The body typeface is Natanael Gama’s Exo 2. I liked the original enough that I pledged to the Kickstarter campaign.

The header typeface is Friedrich Althausen’s Vollkorn, which struck me as a good match.

Various bullets, such as the list of links at the top, uses Font Awesome. It has its faults and I should subset the thing, but it does the job.

The background texture is from Subtle Patterns, by Nathan Spady.