radical minimalism


I've decided to radically redesign this blog, out of boredom mostly, but also because I am sick of a lot of how the internet is going.

I was inspired by reading about 1024B Club, which was inspired by 512K Club. I haven't managed to get the pages down to <=1K regularly, but I don't think that's too bad for a blog.

Even approaching 512K is just absurd for a web page. Are you making a web application? Sure. Are you just putting out some nonsense content, like I am? You don't need all that. This site doesn't even need a GDPR warning (not that those make any difference) but it literally collects no data on you and sets no cookies. I don't want to monetise you and right now I'm not even that interested in page impression counts.

I haven't managed to work out how to get the reader view on Firefox or other browser to work on it, but I will. Either that or it really doesn't make any difference.

I'm not planning on putting galleries and photos up much. Partly that would go against the radical minimalist concept, but also, I am paying for Flickr for some reason so photos might as well go there.

I've taken comments out, or rather not put them into this new version. It's perfectly possible to do but the JS required to run Disqus just doesn't work with this design philosophy. In my experience there was never a particularly thriving comment scene on my random blog posts anyway - sorry to anyone who was interested in pencils and old cameras, I did appreciate the contact, but you were few and far between I'm afraid.

I've also developed new interests - specifically, tabletop RPGs (TTRPGs) which I've been playing over lockdown, on virtual tabletops like Roll20. The one that I have been running the most is Starfinder. It isn't perfect but it doesn't need to be perfect to be fun. I also developed an interest in the "OSR" style recently, but am already starting to hate the community drama involved there, so we'll see how that goes.

eta oh and one thing I never have to worry about with this setup is accidental security issues, because it is all just flat HTML. I have written a little bit about it on the about page.

eta 2 strangely enough my site speed review is now very good, who would have thought

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