Welcome to the world of Cute Macabre!

Hello! I'm Grampa Caligula- nice to meet you!

So - who are you, anyway!?

I recommission old children's toys for art and photography projects on a regular basis.
I fancy myself a musician though I don't practice nearly as often as I should.
(But that hasn't stopped me from producing and publishing music!)

I like to write children's stories (usually with a darker tilt) and the odd musical dirge.

I love to talk about politics and religion, and I am an ardent supporter of civil conversation and debate. I'm more interested in learning what other people believe than talking about my own beliefs. How else would you learn anything?
I'm a web application developer with a serious tilt towards homemade ETL projects.
I prefer to work on the database side of application development, which puts me backwards to the general ORM development craze.

Most importantly, I take a lot of pictures - usually practicing the mystic arts of Cute Macabre.


So - what is Cute Macabre?

It is something both adorable and profane; a happy face slightly obscuring something very wrong with the world. It's best to think of Cute Macabre as a small child's sense of humor when they first learn to express concepts adults find a bit taboo.

It's something that draws attention to what is both adorable and slightly disturbing at the same time.

In short - Cute Macabre is the joyous celebration of what's not quite right in the world. (You should take a look - here's a random smattering of galleries.')


Tell me about the website!

This is the 4th iteration of the BRAAINS.com website, which has been in existence since 2010.
It started as more of a horror-fan site that I largely ignored. It's been converted to more of a portfolio of my different photography projects.

The site has been built using Visual Studio 2019, using the Blazor server-side web application on top of the ,NET Core 3.1 framework.
This site uses a custom Web API to communicate with the Flickr API toolkit to manage and display images.
(For consistency, most code improvements will be done by expanding the Web API and consuming data that way.)
It uses RestSharp and Json.NET to manage web API activities and data structures.

And finally, this Bootstrap 4 template was made with by Colorlib.