This is going to become my HTML playground. A home for projects new and old, including websites, essays, and other random stuff.
- 24 November 2020: Hi, hackspace. Wow, I just had to update to acknowledge/record the discovery (by me) of a blog/personal website that just struck a chord (har har) with me and features an idea that I just need to... steal? That's too strong a word - but it's something I absolutely want to incorporate somehow.
evy's garden is a lovely place to spend some time, and she has a number of really interesting and creative ideas and sections. She seems to be one of those multi-talented folks who can turn their hand to many things. Anyway, on a broad level, the introduction to her garden is most instructive:
and it's hard to imagine a better description of a personal website/project than this...
gardens are cool
you plant a seed, and help cultivate an environment for it to grow, but you can't really control exactly how it ends up growing
they are always changing, never a finished polished project
it's this little ecosystem, various parts of the garden affect other parts, as some plants die they provide nourishment for others
ANYWAY the main element of her site that struck me as an 'omg of course!' feature was her little random jukebox of songs. So simple! She has a collection of songs that needed a home or way to be played, and I have a collection of field recordings that have a similar need... Watch this space.
- 20 November 2020: Hello! This update (and, honestly, reminder to myself that this hackspace even exists) brought to you by a couple of things: this intriguing collection of < 1mb websites which made me wonder if this site is less than 1mb... and of course it is. Actually, so is my main website, which surprised me (at least until the lazyloading images pop in when you scroll, but still!). And also brought to you, as usual, by Kicks Condor talkin' bout good old fashioned directories and so forth. This has in turn led me to read a bunch of other people's handcoded blogs and websites and it just makes me wanna continue!
I guess also it's because I havent't thought about any of this stuff for ages, and have just settled back into the comfy routine of reading other people's blogs, and occasionally updating mine via wordpress. Which is fine. Particularly if, as I say, it apparently runs under 1mb on first load. Can't be bad. The temptation is there to make a more retro layout, but... eh. Maybe some combo of a handcoded WP layout using WP's dynamic loveliness?
- 9 June 2020: I haven't forgotten about you, Hackspace! Really I've just been trying to think what I want to do with this space and thanks to Neocities and so on, one idea is a series of very late 90s, early 2000s fansites for some of my favourite things - the kind of place with a hamfisted synopsis, some stolen artwork, and links to a small number of 1024px wallpaper images and icons. HMM.
- 4 June 2020: Page created! This page, set of pages, sub-domain - none of it existed yesterday, or any day in history before that! Isn't that amazing?!
This site currently borrows heavily from the code kindly made available by Parimal here. Thanks, Parimal!
Indeed, the creation of this digital playground was inspired by his recent essay, Rediscovering the Small Web, and many other recent blog posts, websites, forum posts and general trends.