This website will have mostly philosophy-, psychology-, and technology-related content. I aim to display this content on a simple yet beautiful website that is designed to last and to be accessible to as many types of people as possible throughout its lifetime.
Welcome! Welcome to my humble digital abode, to my corner of the internet, to another website with a forgettable name that you will probably not return to.
I have several essays lined up and ready to go, but this one seems the most difficult. Maybe because it is the first one, maybe because this essay is meant to explicate the implicit assumptions of my website... maybe both. So, to achieve the goal of this essay, I will talk about:
- what I write about,
- how the website is built, and
- why the website is built.
Why am I writing about this? It feels like a cliché by now, but, as Alex Nixon said [archived link], it is to justify to myself why I made this website and how.
I will write about philosophy, psychology, and technology. Take a look around my website; look at my ideas, for example, and you will get a taste of what is to come, content-wise, from me.
I will write about issues I searched for but could not find a satisfactory answer to. I will also write about myself — my ideas, philosophy, stuff like that. I will try, as much as possible, to only write stuff that never existed before.
Because the medium is the message, I also have to talk about this website.
The styling was VERY HARD. There are so many different CSS frameworks to choose from and so many website designs that I like (more on this below)... I settled on making my own CSS which I based on chota.
This site is for reading, so I did not add a lot of padding — no wasted space in my layout! No animated content. No fixed floating header.
I created the favicon using Photopea and converted it to multiple formats using realfavicongenerator.net. (You can grab the .PSD file.)
The logo (my name + the favicon) was created by my friend Alex Arghiriade, because I am definitely not a web designer. I did a previous iteration myself, but it did not click as much as the current logo does. The font is Segoe UI SemiLight.
I found the artwork at the top of this essay on Hacker News [archived link]. There are more AI artists out there: art42.net and thisartworkdoesnotexist.com, for example.
I, along with the styling and almost everything else around here, was inspired by these websites:
- brandur.org [archived link]
- thebestmotherfucking.website [archived link]
- tonsky.me [archived link]
- fingers.today [archived link]
- jmduke.com [archived link]
- fabiensanglard.net [archived link]
- rxi.github.io [archived link]
I was also probably inspired by my webmarks.
For the technically inclined, here are the tools I use for this website:
- IntelliJ IDEA for writing the content;
- GitHub and Soverin for hosting the content;
- cssnano for minifying the CSS;
- cwebp for compressing images into WebP files;
- svgo for optimizing SVG files;
- Microsoft's Accessibility Insights, IBM's Equal Access Accessibility Checker, and Toptal's Colorblind Web Page Filter for accessibility testing;
- Checkbot for assessing the SEO, speed, and security of my website; and, finally
- Mozilla's Observatory and Google Chrome's Lighthouse for a holistic assessment.
(I found some of these tools on Shawn Wang's website [archived link] which, in turn, I stumbled upon in the comments of an HN article [archived hacker link].)
The GitHub README of this website has some instructions on how I used and configured cssnano, cwebp, and svgo.
I finally decided to make this website because I no longer feel that my ideas, poems, and essays are trash. Secondly, publishing these things pushes me to get rid of the trash. Lastly, I want an email address with a custom domain. That is it.
You might have noticed that I like to archive every link. This is because I like the idea of a sustainable, long-lasting, free, and fun internet. This preference, I think, is shared by people like the guys at LOW←TECH MAGAZINE [archived link], Parimal Satyal [archived link], Jeff Huang [archived link], and Ben [and the archived link].
I — like SourceHut [archived link] — also like the idea of an accessible internet, hence why I strived to make the website conform to some accessibility standards and why I will probably translate the content into several languages later.
Thank you Larisa for helping me write this.