About Me

Starstone Software Systems, Inc. is the business end of Richard S. Wright Jr. I’m a contract software developer (fancy programmer) with an affinity for the sciences and anything to do with 3D graphics or imaging. I sometimes pickup small side jobs on Upwork, but mostly these days I’m full time astro-nerd for Software Bisque making software tools for both professional and amateur astronomers. I also do a lot of writing and photography, and I’ve managed to figure out a way to eek a decent enough living doing all of the above, all run though this solely owned business.

I Code

My main gig is at Software Bisque as a member of the Sr. Development Team. Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and even a pinch of Android. C++ is still my tool of choice and Qt my primary application framework.

I Write & Take Pictures

Blogger and contributing author for Sky & Telescope

The Accidental Astronomer – Adventures in professional/amateur astronomy.

A layman’s overview of astrophotography

The Evening Show, Revealing the Universe through Astrophotography. My first book on astrophotography available on Kindle and the iBooks book store.

The OpenGL SuperBible – What a big part of my life this was for so many years! I still love OpenGL and still use it from time to time, while dabbling with some of the newer technologies that is now replacing it.

Astrophotographer at large – my gallery is at www.eveningshow.com

I Volunteer (too dumb to say no)

Coffee and Cosmos – my monthly astronomy outreach program.

Central Florida Astronomical Society – President of the local astronomy club.

I used to do…

I’ve done a lot of OpenGL…

I spent 15 years teaching OpenGL, and some networking and multithreading techniques in the gaming program at Full Sail University. Former student? You found me and I’m still kicking 😉

I/Starstone might also be well known for a Hurricane Tracking program (Eye of the Storm) I developed and maintained for years. Many thousands of customers, and more than a few catastrophe’s later, I’ve had to lay that product aside, and it’s been retired for several years now.

Your personal hurricane weather center…

Same goes for “The Fourth Day”, and astronomical almanac. Windows desktop, and for a while an iOS app was sold under that name. One day I may return to this, but not for the foreseeable future.