Web Matters

Some people speak of digital gardens, linklogs and personal wikis. Of how to bring back a Geocities-era web without the baggage. Other people instead prattle about profiles, feeds and mentions. Choose wisely.

Tools

(From newer to older.)

Console Form 2
Tiny Javascript library to embed a command console into a webpage.
AntiWiki
A helper for small websites.
Keep an EyeOut
A tool to eye the outline of various documents.
BrutalWiki
Wiki engine based in Brutalist (web) design principles.
Statickle
Static site generator in a Tcl script: download, unpack, run!
Clinklog 2
Static site generator optimized for linklogs and microblogs.
Fcp Calendar
Tiny, self-contained Javascript calendar.

Writing

Long-form and stand-alone pieces.

Plain old webpages still matter
an essay on new media (plain text version).
Distributed social networks: a personal survey
my overview of alternatives (plain text version).
Just another website
an essay about the state of web design and how we can reclaim it.
Notes on the small web
(And web-adjacent technologies.)
RSS (news)feeds and how to tame them new
An introduction that explains the what and why for a change, not just where to click.

Themes, skins and stylesheets

Stark Retro
Style websites like it's 1994.

This page is a live demo of Diary, a drop-in stylesheet, or "classless" like the cool kids say. Feel free to use it with attribution.

Newsprint theme

A minimal, light gray theme, with two colums and sidebar on the left.

This is probably my most ported theme. See also the edition below.

PmWiki skins

My newest as of September 2022 is Stark Retro, based on the eponymous stylesheet (see above). Others are:

Newsprint template
Minimal, scalable design in light gray and black.
Leatherbound template
Fluid design with an Old West sort of vibe.
Fiction template
Scalable design with a bookish motif.

These are general-purpose web page templates that happen to ship as skins for the PmWiki engine. Thanks to the simplicity of the format, you can easily adapt them for other uses.

OddMuse Wiki stylesheets

Leatherbound stylesheet
Single-column design with an Old West sort of vibe; a port of the PmWiki skin of the same name. Supports FAQs, footnotes and comments.
Electronic stylesheet
A recolor of Leatherbound made to look (retro)futuristic instead.

The OddMuse wiki engine doesn't allow to change the HTML it emits, but only the stylesheet applied to it. Hence why these ship as just a CSS file each.

Miscellaneous themes

Leatherbound for HTMLy
Fluid design with an Old West sort of vibe.
Ramus for Pelican
Single-column theme in white, blue and brown, elegant and very lightweight.
Electronic Weasel
Single-column design with a retro-futuristic look inspired by 1970s electronics. For Weasel CMS.

See also: Soft Brown and Electronic Bash, two BashBlog themes. They're free for personal use, and presented as zip files because each consists of two stylesheets to be copied into the blog directory.

Portfolio

The old SPAG Magazine
(as graphic designer)
No Time To Play
(as editor, webmaster and co-author)
Soft Records — Music matters!
(as programmer, consultant and webmaster)

Links

The web directory and linklog live on their own pages due to sheer size.