Dan Mailman's Studio MindStride
Genies for Geniuses
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - A.C. Clarke

I made Studio MindStride for getting the word out on projects I’m developing for either love or profit. It’s about 6 years old now. I don’t really have a mission or plan except to make cool things that help creative people do even cooler things.

My workshops are at Art 120 in Chattanooga and at TXRX Labs, a Houston-based hackerspace/makerspace. My second greatest pleasure these days is lending a hand to my creative maker colleagues in these spaces. Because I have a fair ability to encourage bits to dance on cue, mostly I write software for their projects.

The software often takes on a life of its own and is sufficiently 'magical' that I think of it as Genies serving Geniuses.

Who are the Geniuses? What are the Genies? Some of the Geniuses are makers; Project Genies are usually custom software for their projects; An Open Source Python LinuxCNC Industrial Machine User Interface for A Refurbished Press Brake Machine is an example.

Some of the Geniuses are still in school; Studio MindStride’s Classy Genies are enrichment classes to give them practice being makers. These Genies teach complex, non-trivial STEAM skills in a fun, interesting, hands-on, "apply-the-principles" way. The Stage Genie Tech and Curriculum (Thanks to Mozilla!!) is an example.

Commercial Genies are affordable tools to assist creatives in getting on with the business of creating. Valeria (Spanish Language Genie) and the other Language Genies are good examples. They came about because a lot of my writer, poet, and academic friends, especially the ones who deal with languages, had to spend an irritating amount of effort getting non-qwerty symbols into their articles, poems, and papers. Their complaints, suggestions, and requests inspired the Language Genies, who live to make it much easier for literate Geniuses to make what they make.

I've been so busy making them that I'm way behind on the project pages. Here's the first one: